board game reprint
Pocket Box Games, as they sound, are games designed for and packaged in small plastic boxes that are easily transported so you can bring them with you anywhere. How big are the boxes? They measure a mere 4.25 inches in one direction, 7.25 inches in the other, and only 2 inches thick. This puts it in the same size class as the Tiny Epic series of games, meaning they will be highly portable and you could easily bring several of them without much effort. But enough about the box, what about the games?
The games they are packaging in these boxes are what really bring back the 80’s as they are reprinting classic SJG titles for these boxes. The initial titles (not including stretch goals) are Illuminati, Ogre, GEV, Battlesuit, Car Wars, Truck Stop, and Crash City. Also since they are wanting to really relive the time, they are making minimal to no additions or changes to these games so they will play like they did back in the day, although with a “2019 Reproduction” stamp on components so you can tell editions apart. However, they did depart from the original in one way, and that’s the price. Each pocket box game will cost you $20 plus shipping, with discounts for buying in sets of 4. Also available are just empty pocket boxes themselves, that way if you have the original but the box is beat up and busted, you can just get the new and improved box at $10 per pair of boxes.
So if you are looking for some gold from Steve Jackson Games’ past in a brand new box, check out the Kickstarter page today!
oSuper Meeple has announced on Twitter that they will be republishing Mississippi Queen, the Spiel des Jahres winner from 2017 from designer Werner Hodel and art from Christophe Swal, Franz Vohwinkel, and Fabrice Weiss. A light family racing game, Mississippi Queen has 3-5 players race paddleboats down the mighty Mississippi River, picking up passengers and exploring the bends of the river. Players have to be efficient, as they have a limited amount of coal on board, necessitating careful acceleration and navigation. Mississippi Queen has shown up in several favorites lists from the Dice Tower, including Best from 1997, and Top 10 One Hit Wonder Games.
Byzanz is the latest game being printed by Renegade Games from their partnership with Lautapelit, and it’s a well liked auction card game. In Byzanz you are trying to be the most successful merchant in the land, and to do that you need to buy and sell goods to generate the most profit. The game is simple to play, each turn there is a display of cards up for auction, and you bid using the cards you currently have in your hand. Each goods card is worth between 1 and 4 and you will use that value to pay for your winning bid. Once you have won the cards you have the option to sell a set of three cards of one good, scoring the highest value card in that set as profit, and discarding the other two out of the game. There are also wild cards that by themselves are worth nothing, but if you manage to sell a set of three of them they are worth five. Once all the cards have been won and sold the game ends, at that point everyone counts up their profits, and whoever has the most is the winner.
This reprint from Renegade will have very few things changed, with the only overtly mentioned change being the different box art. So if you are looking for a fun auction style card game, look for this on store shelves in Q1 of 2018, and you can read more on the Renegade Games website.
Endeavor is a euro-style game that came out in 2009, and while you may not hear about it talked much, it is a solidly rated game with some good mechanics. So in order to bring the game back into print for more to enjoy it, Burnt Island Games and Grand Gamers Guild have teamed up to reprint the game. They have gone through and done the usual updating with better art and revised rules, but they have also gone the extra mile to include extras. Some of those extras include a second side to the board for a different player count, variable setups with new buildings, a new exploits mechanic, and more. Another aspect that was updated was how slavery was depicted in the original game, and while it is still present in this edition, they made it more risky. This was done with the possibility of slavery being abolished during the game, effectively ruining any strategy that uses it too heavily.
Having played the original I wouldn’t mind getting this game to see if the new changes improve an already great game. Watch for the Kickstarter to launch in January of 2018, and see it premiere in print at Essen next year. You can read the press release below for more information.
Burnt Island Games & Grand Gamers Guild Reissue Endeavor
Burnt Island Games & Grand Gamers Guild join forces in a bold new Endeavor designed and updated by Carl de Visser & Jarratt Gray
Toronto, Ontario, Canada & Grand Rapids, MI, USA—Today, Burnt Island Games and Grand Gamers Guild announce a co-publication updating the 2009 Endeavor.
Endeavor was originally published in the United States in 2009 by Z-Man Games. The game currently sits at #172 on BGG. This edition will hold true to its Euro-style gameplay, and introduces a number of new features:
⎈ Double-sided board to accommodate different player counts
⎈ Variable starting set ups with new Buildings
⎈ Exploits to enhance the mechanisms and story of the different regions
⎈ Updated visuals by the original Artist and Graphic Designer: Josh Cappel
In Endeavor, players strive to earn glory for their empires. Sailing out from Europe and the Mediterranean, players will establish shipping routes and occupy cities the world over. As they do so, players will leverage their growing Industry, Culture, Finance, and Influence, building their engine and extending their reach into the far flung regions of the world.
One of the most controversial aspects of Endeavor that has been a topic of much discussion is the Slavery aspect of the game. Historically empires capitalized on the backs of indigenous peoples, and this Edition will not shy away from this reality. Employing Slavery is gut wrenching, but can often be a winning strategy. Empires who rely on this unsavory means of prosperity might find themselves in ruins if the tide turns and Slavery is abolished.
Endeavor is for 2-5 players, ages 13+, and plays in approximately 90 minutes. It will be hitting Kickstarter in January 2018, with fulfillment in late summer/early fall, and have a convention premiere at Essen 2018. For more information visit the Endeavor website: endeavorgame.com or e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Much more information coming soon!
About Burnt Island Games
Burnt Island Games makes games that are innovative, thought provoking, and beautiful. Their games are engaging in play and aesthetic. Burnt Island the sibling company of Kids Table Board Gaming (Foodfighters, Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants, and Haunt the House).
About Grand Gamers Guild
Grand Gamers Guild is the publisher of both Unreal Estate and Stroop, as well as the upcoming Pocket Ops. While they began with smaller titles, the Guild is excited to add Endeavor to the roster of bigger boxes to their production line.
Burnt Island Games, Kids Table Board Gaming, Foodfighters, Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants, Haunt the House, Grand Gamers Guild, Unreal Estate, Stroop, and Pocket Ops are all trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Avalon Hill has announced that they are reprinting the Anniversary Edition of the classic Axis and Allies. Originally published in 1981 by Larry Harris Jr, Axis and Allies has remained a fan favorite, and a true board game classic, although some of the original rules could arguably have needed some tweaking here and there. The Anniversary Edition, originally released in 2008 to celebrate the company’s 50th year, was gigantic and beautiful, with the biggest board ever in an Avalon Hill game, and contained over 650 pieces. The Anniversary edition adds a 3rd Axis power, Italy, and keeps 2-6 players engaged for, well, quite a long time (6 hours on the box).
You can read the Avalon Hill Press Release here, and look for the re-issue of this amazing classic in September 2017.
Vasel’s Law* is finally producing fruit for a grail game on a lot of people’s lists, The Pillars of the Earth. This announcement came across BoardGameGeek’s twitter feed and calls out Thames and Kosmos as the publishers. Planned release is for late 2017/early 2018, most likely to coincide in some way with the release of the latest book in the Pillars of the Earth series in September. Hopefully this game can live up to it’s status as grail game for so many people, and I am personally eager to find out myself.
*Vasel’s Law states that if a game is truly great, it will be reprinted
One of Uwe Rosenburg’s classic games is finally coming back into print courtesy of Lookout Games and Mayfair, and that game is Le Havre. The game itself plays very simply in that on your turn you have two actions you can take, grab a stack of goods being offered, or activate one of the many buildings on the board. The buildings will allow you to sell goods, upgrade goods, and even use the money you gained to build new buildings or ships. After seven turns the round is over, your cattle and grain will increase based on how much you have, and then you have to feed your people. After a set number of rounds the game is over and you get one final action to maximize your money, and whoever has the most is the winner.
This game is highly rated on BGG and has also been long out of print, with copies on the second hand market getting as high as $160. Luckily with this reprint the price to acquire this game will come down to something more reasonable, so look for it on store shelves in the new year.
The new edition of Citadels has officially hit stores, and so to help spread the word Asmodee decided to interview the three brains behind it’s reprint, Bruno Faidutti, Steve Kimball, and Alex Ortloff. The questions mostly pertain to the new edition of Citadels and it’s design, favorite characters, and the quintessential question of theme first or mechanics. Another interesting note is that this the first full game co-designed by Alex, and so they talk briefly about how he felt working with designing veterans like Bruno and Steve. To read the full interview check out the Asmodee website, and then you can grab a copy of the new edition of the game at your friendly local game store.
Splotter Spellen is known for their crunchy euro games like Food Chain Magnate and Roads & Boats, so fans of those types of games will be happy to see two of their popular titles getting reprinted. The first game being reprinted is The Great Zimbabwe, a euro game where you are building a trade based civilization in ancient Africa. In this game you want to build monuments to the gods you choose in order to win, but each god is different to build for and offers different benefits. So in order to build your monuments you have to build a trade network to be able to get the supplies you need for the construction. Build the most extravagant monuments and you will be the winner. Look for this game to be back on shelves in October.
Second is the economic game Indonesia, one all about controlling both the production of goods and their shipment. It is all a balancing game to make the most money as you acquire the production of goods, then transport those goods to cities that want them. But be careful, you still have to pay the ships that carried your goods, even if that results in a net loss in profits. So do your best and make the most money and you will be the winner of this game. Look for this game to be on store shelves in November.
The Kickstarter for the reprint of the popular Siege of the Citadel game successfully completed, and with it comes a completion of a deal as well. Modiphius has partnered with Fantasy Flight Games to co-publish the game after it has funded on Kickstarter. This new partnership will allow Modiphius access to FFG’s extensive knowledge of manufacturing miniature games as well as their distribution and localization infrastructure. This means a higher quality game and a wider and more broad release of the game once it comes time for fulfillment, which we can all appreciate that. You can read the full press release about the partnership below.
MUTANT CHRONICLES: SIEGE OF THE CITADEL SECURES DEAL FOR CO-PUBLISHING, GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION, AND LOCALIZATION WITH FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
LONDON, ENGLAND (October 5, 2016): Today Modiphius Entertainment, publisher of the Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Infinity, and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games, and Cabinet Entertainment (Conan the Barbarian, Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane, Mutant Chronicles, Mutant: Year Zero, Kult) announced a new partnership with Fantasy Flight Games for the global publishing, retail distribution, localization, and translation of the Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel miniatures board game.
In a joint statement issued by Fredrik Malmberg, president and CEO of Cabinet Entertainment and Chris Birch, publishing director of Modiphius Entertainment, “FFG’s global reach is unsurpassed in the hobby game industry and their expertise allows us the opportunity to focus on the game’s design and development. We’re thrilled to be working with them to bring Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel to friendly local game shops everywhere.”
Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel [Kickstarter Link] has currently raised more than $280,000 in a highly successful Kickstarter campaign with more than 2200 backers and three days to go. The retail version of Siege of the Citadel will be released worldwide after the delivery of the Kickstarter rewards, which are due to be shipped Q4 2017.
Siege of the Citadel, originally designed by Richard Borg and published by Target Games and Pressman Toys in the 1990s, was one of the first games of its kind to offer character development and the unique rotating Dark Legion player, among other groundbreaking ideas. Conceived by Sweden’s gaming powerhouse Target Games, Siege of the Citadel was advertised on television in the US and hundreds of gamers still own much loved copies across the world.
This new edition reboots the classic game with balanced and updated rules, 40 new sculpted minis, new double-sided tiles, new creatures, and an A-List design team of Richard Borg, Eric M. Lang and Kevin Wilson.
For more information, visit the Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel Kickstarter campaign, running now through 16:00 British Standard Time, October 8, 2016.
About Fantasy Flight Games
Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is a pioneering publisher of board games, Living Card Games®, miniatures games, roleplaying games, and digital games. Established in 1997, it has earned a reputation for its top level production values, epic themes, and immersive gameplay. Many of FFG’s most popular titles are based on beloved licenses, including Star Wars. Fantasy Flight Games is a subsidiary of Paris-based Asmodee Group, a leading global publisher of games. For more information, visit our website at www.fantasyflightgames.com. You can also find us on Facebook and follow @FFGames on Twitter.
About Modiphius Entertainment
Modiphius Entertainment is a London, England-based entertainment publisher of tabletop games and related hobby merchandise. The company launched its first game, the Achtung! Cthulhu Roleplaying Game, in 2013 via a highly successful Kickstarter, followed by 5 additional projects that were among the biggest in the Kickstarter tabletop games category. A slew of games are in development with licensed properties including the forthcoming Star Trek Adventures RPG & Miniatures, Mutant Chronicles RPG, DUST Adventures RPG based on Paolo Parente’s DUST universe, Infinity Roleplaying Game, Matt Leacock’s Thunderbirds, a cooperative board game based on the classic 60’s show and the official Kung Fu Panda Boardgame.
Modiphius Entertainment seeks to inspire with its tales of heroism, adventure and courage and is built on strong principles of fair business practices. Modiphius Entertainment also works to combat global child trafficking through raising awareness of and funds for Vision Rescue. For more information, please visit modiphius.com.
About Cabinet Entertainment
Cabinet Entertainment owns and develops global entertainment franchises in all forms of media, including motion picture, television, and the gaming, publishing and toy/collectibles industries. Our portfolio consists of such well known brands as Conan the Barbarian, Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane, Mutant Chronicles, Mutant: Year Zero, Kult, and many more. For more information, please visit cabinetentertainment.com.
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