Avalon Hill

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The last edition of Acquire was released back in 2008 by Avalon Hill/Hasbro and featured all cardboard components, with the buildings being cardboard chits.  Fast forward to today and Hasbro has just let loose images of the very soon to be released 2016 version of the game, and they are going for broke on this one.  The cardboard buildings have been replaced with 3D plastic models, with each company in the game getting a unique building and the rest are generic office buildings.  So now you will have something nice to look at as you invest and merge companies to gain the most wealth.  Look for this edition of the game is stores this month.

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Betrayal at House on the Hill is the quintessential Halloween game and one that a lot of people think of when asked about horror story type games.  Now, after it’s initial release 12 years ago, the game is getting a long overdue expansion, Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk.

As expected from any expansion it will add additional cards to the omen, item, and event decks as well as provide more haunts in the form of a second set of books, but the most interesting aspect is that it also adds additional room tiles of a new floor, the roof.  Now as you explore the mansion you will be able to go upstairs and then out onto the roof, opening up more possibilities for horrific events and ways to trigger new haunts.  The release date is still a ways off but it is planned to be released in October of 2016, you can head over to the Wizards Play Network site to check it out.

Robo Rally Game

The race is on for the robots of the Robo Rally automobile factory who work long, hard days at the assembly line building high-speed supercars, but never get to see them in action. On Saturday nights, the factory comes to life as the ultimate race course with treacherous obstacles and rival sabotage. In the thrilling Robo Rally Game, players move their robots through the course by speeding through corridors and dodging traps to reach each checkpoint first. Only the strongest robots survive!

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast has announced that they will be re-releasing the classic Richard Garfield hit board game from the 1990’s, Robo Rally. This iconic “programmed movement” game will become available at retail as early as August 1, 2016.

Additionally, Robo Rally will have a presence at the Hasbro booth at SXSW, and Wizards of the Coast will be offering attendees a live demo of the game.  The game will be available in the SXSW Gaming Hall on Thursday, 3/17 through Saturday, 3/19 from 12pm – 8pm.

Here is the press release of the game description:

Enter the world of mad machines and dangerous schemes in the Robo Rally board game. Players control their robot with game cards which reveal directions on how the robots can move through the hectic Robo Rally automobile factory. Use strategy to outsmart rival robots while racing towards each checkpoint in your chosen course in numerical order. Beware of factory obstacles such as industrial lasers, gaping pits, and moving conveyer belts that can make or break the race. The first player to reach all of the checkpoints wins and becomes an ultimate race legend. The Robo Rally Game includes 6 double-sided game boards, double-sided start board, 6 robot figures, 6 reboot tokens, 36 checkpoint tokens, plastic priority antenna, 6 checkpoints, 48 plastic energy cubes, 30-second sand timer, 6 robot player mats, 40 upgrade cards, six 20-card programming decks, 6 special programming cards, 74 damage cards, vac tray, label sheet, and game guide. Available at local game stores and most major retailers nationwide.

For more information, see the Wizards of the Coast website or visit the game’s pages on BoardGameGeek.com.

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Ken Hodkinson, the inventor of the abstract strategy board game Bin’Fa, the Tao of War, announced today that a fourth version of the classic game has gone into production after 40 years in development.

The new version has many changes from those familiar with its previous small run incarnations, including the 1977 original Bin’Fa, Avalon Hill’s version, Hexagony, which was produced by Alan Moon, and the 2000 Seacoast Tube Edition.

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Continually tinkering, altering and adding rules based on play and reviewer commentary, the latest changes include the addition of the General, Vortexes that allow you to traverse the board in one move, rule changes governing the gathering of supplies, and the separation of the original hexagon shaped game board into six separate game board sections which offer almost limitless possibilities for new terrain each game.

Kicking the release off will be a Kickstarter campaign this November 4, 2014 designed to raise awareness within the gaming community, funds for production costs and sample demos for game clubs at Toy and Hobby Store across the United States.  In addition to some of the more regular types of rewards, Ken is offering the use of his San Diego house for the duration of Comic-Con next summer.

Bin’Fa The Tao of War will be officially launched at the March 2015 GAMA trade show in Las Vegas.  The first Bin’Fa tournament will be held at the Origins Game Show in Columbus, OH July 3-7, 2015.