Power Grid (2004) by Friedemann Friese is one of the more critically loved games of recent years (BGG ranking #34), with a deep economic system, player auctions, and a crunchy route building mechanism. Rio Grande Games has just announced a new “Recharged” edition of the classic, the English 5th edition, and although details are scarce, the publisher promises “all the strategy and fun of the classic first edition, but adds some updates that improve the (already great) game play.” Power Grid has 2-6 players bidding for coal, oil or nuclear generators, in order to produce and distribute power. Resources are bought from a dynamic market which responds to supply and demand, and players need to expand their power grid to spread electricity across cities. Considered a must-play by many in the board game world, Power Grid Recharged Edition is expected in March 2019. For some more details, watch the Rio Grande Website on Power Grid, which sums up the game very modestly – “this game is perfect”.
Eagle-Gryphon Games has started a new Kickstarter Campaign for the reprint of Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age (2014), the followup to Matt Leacock‘s Spiel nominated Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age (2008). The Bronze Age had some pretty big shoes to fill for a followup, and The Iron Age did not disappoint, being designed by heavyweight Tom Lehmann (Race for the Galaxy). Roll Through the Ages is a roll and write game, where 1-4 players roll custom dice, yahtzee style, and fill in spaces on their score pad for points. This new edition of the game comes in a more compact box, with wooden peg boards with pegs, 6 custom Empire dice, 1 Fate Die, and the previous Mediterranean expansion has been fully integrated into the score sheet. The Kickstarter Campaign also includes “personal stretch goals” – backers can receive free games, such as Dead Man’s Chest or SIXeS, depending upon how much they end up pledging to the project.
The Kickstarter Campaign for Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age continues through January 2, and the game is expected to deliver in February 2019.
Upper Deck has announced that they will be reprinting one of the first expansions to the classic deck builder Legendary, the long out of print Legendary: Fantastic Four. Originally stopped due to licensing issues with Marvel, Upper Deck has stated that new copies should be available in 6-8 weeks. The new reprint falls in line with other statements Marvel has made regarding the return of some long gone Marvel mainstays – The Fantastic Four comic has been on hiatus since 2015.