No one fights like Gaston in the Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots expansion - pre-order it here

Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots
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Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots will be the next expansion for the Disney Villainous board game series, and it's due to launch this February 28 for $24.99. Featuring three new characters (including Gaston from Beauty and the Beast), it can be played by itself or with other sets from the franchise.

As the fourth expansion so far, Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots adds to the game's roster while adding some gameplay twists to keep veterans on their toes. It carries on the tradition of an usual line-up, too; even though Gaston is the headline act, it also features Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother and The Black Cauldron's undead Horned King.

It's hard to tell how these villains will shake up the existing game, but, as the name would suggest, they all lean on coercion or force to get their way. Gaston has to remove obstacles from the board in his quest to prove that he'd make the perfect husband for Belle, for example, while the Wicked Stepmother (or Lady Tremaine, if you're feeling formal) must convince the Prince to marry one of her daughters.

The Horned King may be the most interesting character to play, though. He's on a mission to fill the realm with Cauldron Born after securing the Black Cauldron itself, suggesting a greater focus on Ally cards than we're used to from other Disney Villainous expansions.

We'll have to wait and see how these characters play against existing villains, but it looks like they'll inject a bit of life back into the game for those who are already familiar with the others. It should make for a more unexpected match if you go up against them, too. Because Villainous is a 'hobby' game with a long life, that's no bad thing.

You can pre-order a standard copy of the game from Amazon ahead of its February 28 release for $24.99. You can also opt for a Target-exclusive version (also $24.99) that gets you a bronze Gaston game piece and unique cover sleeve based on the Beast's castle's ripped decor. You'll find links for both below.

Oddly, we've yet to see a UK pre-order link. We'll update this page as soon as listings appear.

Pre-order Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots

Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots | $24.99 at Amazon

Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots | $24.99 at Amazon
The standard version of Despicable Plots comes with three playable villains: Gaston, the Wicked Stepmother, and the Horned King. The pack can also be played as a standalone game or with other versions of Disney Villainous.

Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots Limited Edition | $24.99 at Target

Disney Villainous: Despicable Plots Limited Edition | $24.99 at Target
This special edition of Despicable Plots features a bronze version of the Gaston playing piece to go with a unique cover design based on Beauty and the Beast. Naturally, it also comes with the other two villains - the Wicked Stepmother and the Horned King.

We've had no word yet as to a possible expansion for Marvel Villainous after its instruction booklet teased Loki, so we'll just have to keep an eye out for more news on the comic book version of the series.

Want to organise a games night? Don't forget to check out the best board games and board games for 2 players. If you'd rather catch up on the movies featured in Despicable Plots, you can also find them on Disney Plus.

Benjamin Abbott
Tabletop & Merch Editor

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to lists of the very best Lego. I've also been writing about games in one form or another since 2012, and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.