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It’s been 15 years since Days of Wonder released Ticket to Ride by Alan R. Moon, winner of the 2004 Spiel des Jahres, and over the years the game has sold over 8 million copies and become a modern family board game shelf staple. On July 25th, Days of Wonder announced that they will be releasing Ticket to Ride: 15th Anniversary Edition to celebrate the game’s success.

The 15th Anniversary Edition will feature new exclusive sets of clear plastic trains, a 4-page retrospective booklet featuring the history and creation of the game, and a special box sleeve.

“Huge thanks to everyone who has played and enjoyed Ticket to Ride over the last 15 years,” says Alan Moon. “I can’t wait for you to see what’s coming next!”

Days of Wonder expects the game to be available August 9th in the U.S., and you can find their official site here.

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Last year Van Ryder Games released Season 1 of their Graphic Novel Adventures, a series of graphic novels with a variety of themes and storylines which blend a “choose your own adventure” style reading experience with puzzles, hidden numbers, and challenges. In October 2019, Van Ryder Games will release Season 2 of this series.

Season 2 will include Sherlock Holmes & Moriarty: Associates,
Sherlock Holmes: The Challenge of Irene Adler, Pirates: The Great Chase, Pirates: The City of Skulls, and Mystery.

In Sherlock Holmes & Moriarty: Associates, you will be able to not only play as the classic Holmes & Watson duo, but will also have a chance to play as their arch nemesis Moriarty (under peculiar circumstances) to question suspects and solve cases.

In Sherlock Holmes: The Challenge of Irene Adler, you will have the chance to either play solo or head-to-head against another player to either choose the role of Irene Adler, the new detective in town competing with the Baker Street Boys for business, or Sherlock Holmes. Either way, you will be using your wits and cunning deductive techniques to prove that you are London’s greatest detective of all time.

In Pirates: The Great Chase, you will have a chance to choose one of three different pirates with different stats to try and find the prisoner that has escaped your ship and is swimming toward a nearby island, all while keeping your eyes peeled for hidden objects and treasures along the way. Then, in Pirates: City of Skulls, you’ll continue your adventure by exploring a bustling pirate town and unlock the secrets within.

In Mystery, you will be playing the role of an aspiring super hero trying to prove your worth by undergoing trials in order to join the Legion of Champions, the famous super hero group.

For more information on Season 2 of Graphic Novel Adventures, visit Van Ryder Games’ official page here.

After nearly a decade, Portal games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back Prêt-à-Porter by Ignacy Trzewiczek, an economic euro game set in the fashion industry which received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence. This edition features some rules, design, and component updates, as well as artwork by Kwanchai Moriya (Dinosaur Island, Cryptid, and Kodama: The Tree Spirits).

Prêt-à-Porter is a worker placement game in which players use three player pawns to perform actions, including signing new Contracts, building new Buildings, hiring new Employees, buying fabric and materials, and arranging finances at the bank. Ultimately, however, the game revolves around international fashion shows. During Show rounds, players present their Collections in hopes of gaining awards in four different feature categories.

Some rules changes in this edition include an advanced player order variant, longer-lasting contract cards, a refreshed victory point system, the threat of bankruptcy, and starting design cards for variable setup. Component updates include a larger board, bigger tokens, custom wooden pieces in place of wooden cubes, and wooden rather than cardboard tokens for the round tracker and upkeep costs.

For more information, you can find the official Kickstarter campaign page here.

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Ultra Pro is releasing a new expansion for the popular deck-building game, Shards of Infinity (awarded the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence), titled Shadow of Salvation. The expansion is set to release in fall of 2019.

Along with adding 118 new cards, a new Hero dial counter, and a new faction with new mechanics, Shadow of Salvation will introduce a cooperative, branching, campaign mode of play in which players will work together to in multiple boss battles.

For more information, visit Ultra Pro’s website here.

On July 3rd, Days of Wonder announced the upcoming release of Deep Blue, a family-weight push-your-luck and engine building game designed by
Asger Harding Granerud & Daniel Skjold Pedersen (co-designers of 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Copenhagen, and A Tale of Pirates).

Having acquired a fabled map pointing the right way to the most ancient, legendary, and extravagant underwater wrecks, players in Deep Blue will take risks and compete to become the most wealthy diver. They will do so by collecting the right crew of divers, sailors, and archaeologists, racing to the best wreck sites, and searching the seas to discover new wrecks.

According to the game designers, “Deep Blue is one of those games that took 6 years on and off, to get just right. It is a passion project and a game we are immensely proud of. And we are very happy to announce this as our first partnership with Days of Wonder, one of our grail publishers.”

Days of Wonder expects Deep Blue to be available in Europe and North America in October. To find more information about the game, including the full rule book, visit the game’s official site here.

The return of Fluxx to the digital gaming space was announced on July 3rd by Playdek, mobile video game publisher, in partnership with Looney Labs, tabletop game publisher. The app will be available for Android and iOS on July 18th, and will also available for PC and Mac via Steam later this year.

“Fluxx is a wonderful game for digital adaptation, and we are happy to be able to bring it back to iOS as well as finally get it in the hands of Android users,” said Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek. “It plays great against your friends online and is a perfect fit for pass-and-play games.”

The Fluxx app will feature offline and online play against human or AI opponents, a local pass-and-play multiplayer mode, full asynchronous support in the online multiplayer mode, online player stats, and a tutorial. Languages supported in the app will include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.

Playdek has developed and published digital versions of popular board games such as Twilight Struggle, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ascension (winner of Best Digital Board Game in the 2011 Dice Tower Awards). You can find more information about them on their website.

The physical version of Fluxx by Looney Labs has sold over three million copies worldwide and has won the Mensa Select Award. For more information on Fluxx and Lonney Labs, you can visit the publisher’s official site here.

Renegade Game Studios has just announced ClipCut Parks, a 1-4 player game designed by Shaun Graham and Scott Huntington (co-designers of Jolly & Roger) which will take scissors the roll & write genre.

By using their snipping talents, players in ClipCut Parks will be attempting to beautify an urban landscape and will compete to build the most beautiful park, ultimately trying to be the first player to complete 5 Park cards. Players will take turns rolling, cutting, and building their way to victory.

Dan Bojanowski, Senior Game Producer at Renegade Game Studios said, “We love roll and write games, and we hope gamers will get hooked into the unique gameplay and the delightful physicality.

ClipCut Parks will be released in October 2019, and you can find more information on Renegade Game Studio’s website here.

Congratulations to Derek C, this week’s winner of a $10.00 gift certificate to Cool Stuff Inc. Just prior to posting this announcement, instructions were emailed on how to claim his certificate.

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