Condottiere has recently been added to the Z-Man Games catalog and is being re-released with new art, upgraded components, and new rulesets.
In Condottiere, players assume the role of ambitious leaders of wealthy Italian city-states who have hire the Condottiere of assert control over other regions of Italy. The various strength of the Condottiere, ranging from the lowly foot soldier to the elite cavalrymen, are represented by cards in each players hand, and the players commit their Condottiere to battle in each region by bidding their cards. The highest bidder (strongest army) wins the region but all cards bid are expended, so hand management is key. Some cards have special features that change the results of the battle and should be committed wisely to achieve a surprise victory. The first player to control three adjacent regions or five total regions is the winner.
The iconic art style from the 2007 edition of Condottiere is preserved in the new edition with original artist Tomasz Jedruszek returning to update the artwork. Additionally, the new version will include not only a modern ruleset, but also the classic ruleset for fans of the original game and a 2-player variant ruleset. The new version will include new larger board and reminder icons on the special cards to aid in gameplay.
Learn more about Condottiere at Z-Man Games.
The battle of Valeria is about to get a little bigger with the Agents mini-expansion for the Valeria Card Kingdoms game. Set for release in late December 2017, this 15 card expansion introduces agents that allow you to hire townsfolk to do your bidding.
Players will shuffle the agent cards and then place them above the left-most monster stack. One agent card will then be dealt face-up above each of the four monster stacks. As an action players can hire one of the face up agents to take advantage of the power displayed. Once the action has been completed the agent gets placed face down at the bottom of the agent deck and the empty space is refilled.
The third expansion deck, this follows previous expansions King’s Guard and Undead Samurai.
Valeria Card Kingdoms
Valeria Card Kingdoms is a tableau-building game for 1-5 players focussed on a deck building mechanic. Cards bought will go to work for both the player on their turn as well as on other player’s turns.
On a players turn they will roll two dice to activate citizen cards with both the results of each individual dice as well as the sum of both dice. Other players will also activate their cards based on having cards matching the rolled dice. After activating their cards players can take two actions including slay a monster, recruit a citizen, buy a domain, or take 1 resource. Whichever player has the most victory points at the end of the game is the winner.
The Right of Kings is a new combination board and traditional card game announced on Kickstarter. In Right of Kings, 2-4 players try to reveal the proper face down king to win the campaign for their kingdom. Two custom historical sets of playing cards are available, medieval and renaissance, with great art and a graphical display of military formation in the middle of the card. As players win campaigns they get to roll the die and move their pawn towards the center of the board hoping to acquire the Oreka and win the game. Extras include a metal Oreka medallion, and hand made wooden storage and display boxes. The Kickstarter Campaign continues through April 10, and The Right of Kings is expected to deliver July 2017.
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.
Mayfair Games has officially announced the upcoming release from designer Alexander Pfister (Port Royal) entitled Oh My Goods! This is a card game in which players take on the role of medieval craftsmen striving to produce tools, barrels, glass windows, and many other goods, and must achieve the title of most efficient, profitable business owner in your village. Players will have many decisions to make, such as whether to produce a higher (and sloppier) quantity of goods, or aim for the highest quality of manufacturing.
Oh My Goods! is for 2-4 players ages 10 and up and plays in 30 minutes. The game’s street release date is June 2016. For more information, visit Mayfair Games’ website.
Assert influence and prove your worth in the revolution! Green Couch Games presents Fidelitas, a design by Jason Kotarski and Philip duBarry.
If you’re looking for a quick, medieval themed 2 to 4 player card game with attractive art this may interest you!
“In Fedelitas, players take on the role of faithful citizens in a medieval city exerting influence in order to gain the credibility needed to lead the charge against the corrupt crown. Players play character cards to various locations that make up the city in order to meet conditions of hidden objectives. Each type of character card is associated with a unique action that manipulates cards in the game; use the Butcher to bully other characters to new locations, use the Student to gain more cards, use the Soldier to keep the peasants from loitering too long.”
“In this game where keen maneuvering is key, attentiveness to the opposition may uncover hidden motives that seek to foil your bid for power. The first player to gain a certain number points depending on the number of players is determined worthy to lead the revolt, and also wins the game.”
The funding period for Fidelitas ends Sunday, August 31. The game will be available for Print and Play in September, and the full release is expected to ship in January 2015.