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Grail Games would like to announce the publication of new editions for two classic Reiner Knizia game in 2017: King’s Road and Stephenson’s Rocket.

The following is an excerpt from the official press release:

King’s Road is a re-implementation of Imperium, last published in 2001. It is due to be released mid- 2017, and will feature art by Vincent Dutrait (Medici, Lewis & Clark, Broom Service, etc.) Stephenson’s Rocket, last published in 1999, will feature artwork from Ian O’Toole (The Gallerist, Vinhos, Lisboa, etc.) Grail Games also plans to produce a previously un-released expansion map for Stephenson’s Rocket that features the eastern United States. Both titles are from famed board game designer Dr Reiner Knizia (Medici, Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Ra, etc.)

Stephenson’s Rocket, a route-building and bidding game, has a devoted fan-base. Widely considered to be Knizia’s best design not to be re-printed since its original release, this new edition of Stephenson’s Rocket will be highly anticipated. The game, its mechanisms, and goals, will be refreshed and presented in a clear and beautiful art style from famed board game illustrator Ian O’Toole.

“I am very excited to announce the upcoming release of these titles,” said publisher David Harding. “The new presentation of Stephenson’s Rocket and its expansion will please current fans and attract new ones, while King’s Road, with its fast play time and meaty choices, will deserve a place in any gamer’s collection. We are so pleased to be able to continue releasing great games from one of our greatest designers.”

For more information, and to read the entire press release, visit the publisher’s website.

 

Mr. B Games and L4 Studios are currently running the Kickstarter for the 5th Player expansion for Glenn Drover’s WarQuest, a high-strategy, fantasy adventure game in which players are competing to recruit an army from the various races of Myrathia and become the ruler of the land.  This 5th player expansion introduces experienced units and the warlord faction’s elite guard to the WarQuest experience.

The 5th player expansion includes the following:

  • 1 Warlord
  • 2 Lieutenants
  • 30 experienced units:
    • 4 Satyr Infantry
    • 2 Satyr Archer
    • 4 Dwarf Infantry
    • 2 Dwarf Crossbowman
    • 4 Elf Infantry
    • 2 Elf Archer
    • 4 Goblin Infantry
    • 2 Goblin Archer
    • 4 Orc Infantry
    • 2 Orc Archer
  • 5 Experience Dice
  • 5 Faction Dice
  • Setup Guide
  • Companion Rules

This project is set to fund on February 10, 2017.  For more information, visit the project’s Kickstarter page.

Gamewright, makers of great games like Forbidden Desert, Sushi Go Party, and Qwixx, are rolling out with no less than nine games/reprints for 2017.  The games Gamewright usually put out are very family friendly and often include the younger kids as well, so no doubt their new releases will follow suit.  And they are:

  • Cha-Cha Chihuahua – A vibrant new “get up and dance” preschool game with some adorable doggies.
  • Go Nuts for Donuts! – Our next sure-fire hit family card game about picking the donuts that no one else will pick
  • Cardventures #3 and #4, Vanished & Time Raiders – Two new installments in this interactive story series.
  • Qwingo – A fast paced dice game that the whole family can enjoy.  Another in the line of roll a die and cross off something on a pad.
  • Rory’s Story Cubes Fantasia – A 9-cube fantasy themed version of our best-selling creativity tool.
  • Tiki Topple (reprint)  A revamped look and feel to this simple to learn game of getting your tiki’s to the top.
  • Loot (reprint) – Deluxe Tin – An old favorite sporting a new look, can you be the pirate with the most loot?
  • Think ‘n Sync – The new Port-a-Party game where great minds think alike, pick a category and a partner and see if you both are on the same wavelength.
  • PDQ (reprint) – An update of this “all-play” word-building game.

All these great games are coming out in spring of 2017, so look for them on store shelves then.

Clank! is the hot deck-building game right now that utilizes a push your luck type mechanic as well as utilizing a board to good effect.  So to not let a good thing go to waste, Renegade Games is releasing an expansion for the game in March called Clank! Sunken Treasures.  This expansion will include an all new board that has a partially flooded dungeon, meaning in some rooms you will have to contend with flooding as well as the normal dangers.  Can you make it out with your loot of will you drown while trying to carry it all?

Look for this expansion on store shelves in March, and if you are going to PAX South at the end of the month you can check out Clank! at the Dire Wolf Digital booth.

Dice Stars, the latest in the line of games where you roll dice and cross off things on a pad of paper.  Some of the difference in Dice Stars is that when you start collecting stars for a row you want to score, unless you finish those stars, the row is worth nothing.  Another aspect is that instead of rolling a fixed set of dice you will draw dice from a bag and roll them, adding them to dice already previously rolled.  After doing that you then pick all of one number, all of one color, or all the stars to mark off your sheet.  Play passes to the next player and they do the same going around and around until someone triggers the end game, at that point you will calculate your score and the highest point total wins.

It’s a quick and easy dice roller if you are looking for something light to fill the time, you can check out Zee’s review of the game and then grab a copy at your local game store.

The highly rated, economic game Concordia is getting a few more maps added to it’s lineup.  The new maps are Gallia, which covers the areas of modern UK and a chunk of mainland Europe, and Corsica, a small island off the coast of Italy.  While these new maps provide some fresh terrain for you to build your empire on, they do come with some changes that will mix things up.  On the Gallia map you will start with only your land colonist, meaning that you will have to build into the harbor cities before you can venture out on the water.  Meanwhile Corsica is a very tight map meant for only 2 to 3 players, increasing the level of competition at those lower player numbers.  Both of these will be packaged in one unit and will be going on sale in the next couple weeks.

The wave of reprints continues with the announcement that Asmodee will be reprinting the game Troyes and Ladies of Troyes. Troyes is a euro game on the heavier side and features an interesting mixing of worker placement and dice rolling to activate different actions.  At the start of a round you will take turns placing out workers onto the three main buildings of the game.  From where you place your people will determine what colored dice you will roll, and then from those dice results you will activate different actions in the city.  You will be doing different things like building the cathedral, combating events that come up, or activating various character cards on the board.  All of this is to grow the influence of your family because at the end of the game, the family with the most influence is the winner.

Ladies of Troyes expands the game to include women of the period and give you more options for actions you can do.  In total you will have 16 more actions that you can take that are outside the city, but access to those actions is only granted through your guards.  The expansion also adds in extra dice in the form of the head of your family, giving you an extra die to use that can’t be used by anyone else.  Look for Troyes and this expansion on store shelves in the coming weeks.

New content is coming soon to the TIME Stories game in the form of Expedition: Endurance, an adventure that sends you back to 1914 aboard the doomed ship Endurance.  The boat has been trapped in the ice now for a while, heat and food are running low and crew’s sanity is starting to slip away.  You have to be extra careful this time out because while you haven’t endured what they have, their loosening grip on their mind is affecting you as well.  There will be a fourth stat to keep track of this time, willpower, and the adventure will constantly test your will.  If you should fail that test enough you will go insane, drawing an insanity card with some very nasty and lingering effects.  Can you fix the temporal anomaly before you lose your mind?  This new expansion will be on shelves soon, and until then you can check out Asmodee’s preview of the expansion.

Fireside Games and Justin De Witt, the publisher and designer behind the Castle Panic game, are designing a new game all about fighting forest fires called Hotshots.  Hotshots is going to be a push your luck style game where you will take on different roles in the effort to fight a raging forest fire.  Roles like the Crew Boss, Swamper, Sawyer, and Spotter will each have unique abilities as well as home tiles, and you will lose those abilities if you home tile gets destroyed.  On your turn you will roll dice to try and fight the fire on the tile you move to, manage to match enough symbols and you will beat back the fire, don’t match enough and the fire will spread instead.  Then at the end of your turn you will draw a fire card which indicates how the fire spreads and if there are gusts of wind that blow around the embers.  Manage to put out the fire and everyone wins!  Look for this game on store shelves at the end of May.

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