Rio Grande Rings in New Year

Coming Jan. 15 from Rio Grande Games and PD Games is an expansion to Concordia, Concordia Venus. By Mac Gerdts and dRioesigned to be integrated with the basic game and other expansions, this 2-5 player game uses the help of Venus, the goddess of love, as two partners work together while competing against one or two other teams. This expansion comes with new personality cards and two new maps. The game has a playing time of 45-90 minutes and is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Also out in January from Rio Grande is Gambit Royale, originally published under the name Ruse & Bruise. This family game now has five new cards than the previous version. In Gambit Royale, the players use royal households to manipulate the court and score the most victory points using influence cards and characters. Players use their influence to try to claim a goal card of between 1-5 victory points. Whichever player has the most influence obtains the goal, and after six rounds, the winner is determined. It has a game time of 30 minutes for 2-6 players, ages 13 and up.