Portal Games was one of the stars of the show at GenCon 2016 with the highly asymmetrical area control game Cry Havoc. Players took completely different strategies playing as either the inventive Human Military Complex, the destruction-oriented Machines, the mystical almost euro-stylings of the Pilgrims, or the native omnipresent Trog. Now with the recent release of the first expansion, Aftermath, Portal Games has been filling the inter-sphere with goodies showing off its new addition. First, Portal has put up a beautiful gallery of images from Cry Havoc: Aftermath, showcasing its gorgeous art and elegant, functional graphic design.
Secondly, Portal Games has always been very close with the fans, and Portal Games founder and number one cheerleader Ignacy Trzewiczek has been known to keep dialogs going online, getting new ideas from the people who play the games the most. Ignacy has recently posted a blog describing some of the best moments where game design came directly from we, the public, the fans. For an interesting read, the original BGG threads that led to the Blog are referenced here.
On the cusp of Cry Havoc’s 1 year anniversary, Portal Games have announced Cry Havoc Aftermath‘s release date, and that is the Essen fair later this year. Also, in addition to announcing the date of its release, Portal Games has also given us more info on what you can expect from this new expansion. Below is from the email announcement they sent:
New addition: Universal Structures
Aftermath expansion includes new universal structures, such as victory points generating Propaganda Center, crystal placing Geological Scanning Center and card drawing AI Servers, which will give you universal bonuses and advantages.
New addition: Faction Structures
Your army never was more powerful, more determined and closer to ultimate victory. These new Faction Structures include units transporting Choppa (which allows you to Get to da choppa!) for the Human Army, prisoner exploiting Psycho-Chamber (which will let you get psyched) for the Machine Army, crystals turbo harvesting Turbo Harvester for Pilgrim Army and movement slowing Swamp Fields for Trog Army.
New addition – 4 Leader Boards
Four great leaders for your armies, such as Human Col. E Rose, Machine Omega Brain T-14, Pilgrim Mystic or Trog Ashlas Chief who will not only increase number of your tactical options, but will prove quite useful at managing your skills and structures.
New addition: Scoring Events
Additional ways to score points with new scoring events cards, such as Probe Reports and Training Alarm!
So if you are a fan of Cry Havoc and want more, look for this at the Essen fair, and if you aren’t there, look for it on store shelves soon after.
Just a few days ago on the 28th January Portal Games held PortalCon 9.
A one day event, this gives Portal Games staff a chance to meet local fans, and highlight what’s been happening in the Portal world.
The keynote speech highlighted the successes of Cry Havoc, Robinson Crusoe (2nd Edition) and the opening a new office in Germany.
Looking forward to 2017, they highlighted the upcoming releases of First Martians, Alien Artifacts and the Cry Havoc expansion, Aftermath. A mention was also given to a Portal studio dedicated to bringing our favourite Portal games to iOS and Android.
They have now made their keynote presentation available here.
Just as Essen was getting underway, Portal games gets the convention started by announcing four new games that will be made available in 2017. Three of these are expansions to existing games and the fourth is a new card game.
The First up is the expansion to the 51st State: Master set entitled 51st State: Scavengers from Ignacy Trzewiczek. 51st State: Scavengers is based on a previous 51st State expansion called Ruins. This re-do brings back favorite cards from Ruins in addition to introducing new locations and a brand new mechanism to the game. With Scavengers, you’ll have the ability to search the discards and retrieve those valuable cards for use within your State.
Are you willing to scavenge to have the best state?
The second up is an expansion to one of the hottest games of 2016…Cry Havoc entitled Cry Havoc: Aftermath. Cry Havoc: Aftermath expands upon the base game, adding 5 new skills and 3 new structures to each faction. In addition to the skills and structures, there is a new game mode that allows for a full 5 round game. This game mode introduces new scoring abilities when an event token is passed instead of its removal, further increasing your options for scoring victory points.
Will your faction be the one left standing in the wake of the aftermath?
The third expansion is for the all new Stronghold Second Edition entitled Stronghold: Undead by Ignacy Trzewiczek. Stronghold: Undead is a re-balancing release of the original Undead expansion to be compatible with Stronghold Second Edition. This expansion introduces new rules for terror, casting spells, and gathering mana. New buildings and abilities for the Defender to help ward off the Attacker on a new map with new routes.
Can you hold back the undead, or will your Stronghold fall?
Last but not least is a new game from Marcin Ropka and Viola Kijowska entitled Alien Artifacts. Alien Artifacts is a 4x style of card game, where you take on the role of an interplanetary corporation exploring uncharted space in hopes to gain knowledge and power. Alien Artifacts boasts a true 4x experience in under 1 hour!
Does your corporation have what it takes to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate the other corporations?
Portal Games has stated that these new titles will follow Portal’s first release of 2017 entitled First Martians. Alien Artifacts will be released at Gen Con 2017. Price and contents will be announced at a later date as well as the details for all other titles.
For more information, you can visit Portal’s website here.