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An old family-weight betting game is receiving a fresh modern facelift and premium treatment thanks to Calliope Games and Kickstarter. Station Master, designed by Chris Baylis and originally released in 2004 by Mayfair Games, is back with a new look and streamlined rules, and it’s seeking funding right now. In this game for 2-to-6 players, locomotives are arriving at a station awaiting passengers and train cars. Each turn players may add either cars or passengers to a train, with each car either adding positive or negative points to a line. Once a line fills up with cars and passengers, each player who has passengers on that line will multiply their passengers by the total value of the cars to receive points and the player with the most points at the end is the winner.

“We have restored this timeless train game, creating stunning all-new artwork based on classic locomotives, railcars, and railroad history.  In addition, we have refined and streamlined the rules for modern audiences, as well as adding in upgrades and new material to create the greatest possible Station Master experience!”

It’s a surprisingly simple to teach and learn, but even more impressively quick to play as each turn is just a matter of adding a card or a passenger here or there. It boils bluffing and speculation down to easy-to-follow figures and formats, with a theme that disarms it entirely so that it may not seem to some that they’re even playing a betting game at all. This kind simplicity, ease of play, and well-executed theme is ideal for any family-weight game, and Calliope is taking it a step further by making it look great and giving this 15 year old gem the love it deserves. If you’re interested in learning more about this new edition of Station Master, check out the Kickstarter campaign page now for full rules, reviews, photos, and community feedback.

runebound

Welcome to Terrinoth, adventurer! You are one of a few worthy heroes, wandering across the realm and taking what quests you encounter. But now, a dark terror from centuries past has awoken, and it threatens to cast all of Terrinoth into darkness. Only a peerless hero – a hero such as you – can defeat this evil and save the realm. Perhaps you will be the one to save Terrinoth and have your name enshrined as a living legend!

Fantasy Flight Games released the hit adventure board game Runebound in 2004, then followed it up with a second, revised edition in 2005.  Now, ten years later, FFG has announced a fresh, new release of Runebound in its third edition!

In this new edition of Runebound, experienced players will discover familiar characters and villains from the previous versions of the game, as well as some familiar game design and mechanisms, such as terrain dice for movement.  However, this version of Runebound will hit players as a breath of fresh air, as many new innovative changes have been implemented.

runebound board

One such change from the previous versions in the method of engaging in combat.  Instead of using 10-sided dice in combat, players will cast or flip combat tokens to the table and take turns spending them to attack, shield from attack, affect their opponent’s tokens, or stack them for more power.  Surge abilities are also possible by spending surges printed on the tokens.

As in previous versions of the game, players will begin with an adventurer of humble status and must upgrade their hero throughout their adventurers.  They can do this by purchasing upgrades at the four Free Cities of Terrinoth and battling the minions of Margath the Dragonlord or Vorakesh the necromancer.

Runebound is a game for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 120-180 minutes.  It is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2015.  For more information on this new release of Runebound in its third edition, visit the game’s pages at FFG’s website here.

police precinct 2

Karl Fenner the designer of Police Precinct, and Common Man Games are Kickstarting an upgrade for Police Precinct or the option of buying the new second edition of the game.

Police Precinct is a popular cooperative game where players take on the role of police officers in a precinct in a seedy part of a city. They have to keep the peace, deal with ordinary crime, respond to emergencies, and ultimately solve a major murder spree by a serial killer, all within strict time and turn constraints.

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Uplift allows owners of the 1st edition of the game to upgrade the components to match the new 2nd edition of the game released earlier this year (also the subject of a Kickstarter campaign in 2014). The upgrade is really a major overhaul of the game featuring 16 characters—some of them new, new artwork by original game artist George Patsouras, revised rule book, new 2-sided game board, player aids, new loyalty and event cards, and bonus cards.

New backers will also have the option to support a complete 2nd edition version of the game, including the Kickstarter stretch goals from last year’s campaign.

Common Man will also give a reward to the 2014 backers of the 2nd edition by “taking measures to be sure that you can get any and all stretch goals” from the current campaign in the future. The campaign ends on July 31, 2015.

You can visit the Kickstarter campaign here.

 

tigris euphrates

The king surveyed his territory, wondering where to build a temple to the goddess Inanna, a promised reward for her help in ending a rebellion. The city was crowded thick with houses and markets, bounded by the Tigris River and ringed by the bright colors of cultivated land. His eyes finally came to rest on a flat-topped hill looming over the city’s northern edge, long held by another king. There had been decades of peace between the two kings, but the temple must be built or else the goddess would exact terrible vengeance for the broken promise. The king had no choice. It was time for that peace to end.

Fantasy Flight Games announces the return of a classic tile-placing game by well-known designer Reiner Knizia: Tigris & Euphrates.  In the game, you play the role of a ruler in ancient Mesopotamia.  Your task: to grow the largest, healthiest, and most balanced civilization among the four spheres of commerce, agriculture, housing, and religion.

tigres euphrates board

This high-quality reprint of Tigris & Euphrates will feature an updated look based on the art of ancient Sumer and Babylon.  This edition will also feature advanced variations of play, including such components as a double-sided game board, civilization buildings, and a wonder tile with its accompanying idol.

The game is recommended for ages 14+, is for 2-4 players and game play lasts from 1-2 hours.

This edition of Tigris & Euphrates contains:

  • One rulebook
  • A double-sided game board
  • Over 150 civilization, unification, and catastrophe tiles
  • Over 150 victory point and treasure tokens
  • 27 detailed plastic components representing leaders, monuments, and civilization buildings
  • Four player screens
  • One embossed cloth bag

The struggle to dominate the fertile crescent begins in first quarter of 2015.  

To read the official announcement of this reprint, visit the article at FFG’s website.  For more information on this new edition of Tigris & Euphrates, visit the game’s mini-site at Fantasy Flight Games.