Richard Borg

Days of Wonder announced Memoir ’44: New Flight Plan, a new expansion to their popular Memoir ’44 board game. Memoir ’44, designed by Richard Borg, is a historical board game where players participate in famous battles which took place in World War II such as the battles at Omaha Beach, Pegasus Bridge, Operation Cobra and the Ardennes. In this expansion, players are able to deploy air units to turn the tides of war.

“Air supremacy was a constant challenge during World War II. In the Battle of France, the Luftwaffe’s powerful Stukas were a key component to the German’s blitzkrieg strategy that led them to victory. Over the English Channel, the heroism of RAF pilots saved their country from an invasion. In the skies of Kursk, Smolensk and Stalingrad, many Soviet pilots defended their land against German bombs. And when the Allied forces landed in Europe, it was under a constant aerial cover of fighters, fighter-bombers, and bombers. At that time, Allied air supremacy was at its pinnacle.” [source]

Fighters, fighter-bombers and even bombers join the fray to support troops on the battlefield. While this isn’t the first time airplanes make an appearance in the Memoir 44 system, Memoir 44: New Flight Plan does add many new tactical options and is compatible with all existing scenarios in all theaters of operation. The expansion includes 21 new scenarios, and 16 plane models (including a larger B-17 model).

For more information on the expansion, check the Days of Wonder website. Expect it’s release in May of 2019.

Compass Games, a leader in historical wargames,  has announced some new releases coming later this year.

First is LEBENSRAUM! The War For Europe 1941-1945, designed by Stephen Newberg. Lebensraum is a “grand strategic, moderate complexity game of the war between Nazi Germany and the Allied Nations” for 2 players, and plays in 3-16 hours. Players can play either east or west fronts, either individually, or as a campaign, and gameplay focuses on leadership, playing at an army group level. The game contains 3 50×35 inch maps, 3 sheets of counters, rules and dice, and is expected to deliver in 3rd quarter 2018. You can read more about Lebensraum on Compass Games’ website here.

Compass Games also announced The American Revolution War Expansion Kit 1 – The French & More! This is the first expansion for Command & Colors Tricorne by Richard Borg, and adds the French army as expected, and 10 new battles. Award winner Command & Colors is by nature a card and dice driven, slightly simplified wargame, and affords the flexibility to portray large scale battles as well as small skirmishes. The new scenarios include large land battles Savannah and Yorktown, as well as the Battle of Brandywine, Springfield, King’s Mountain and Pell’s Point. This expansion contains 3 thick punch boards, new larger molded battle dice, cards, labels, rules, charts, and over 100 wooden components. Look for The French And More! in the 4th quarter 2018. You can read more details on Compass Games’ website here.

Days of Wonder will be releasing the Through the Jungle and Desert expansion for Memoir ’44 in April of 2018. This will be the second installment of Memoir ’44’s new Battle Map series following the 2018 release of The Battles of Khalkhin-Gol. The jungle and desert expansion will include two new decks of combat cards, six pre-printed standard scenarios, punch-board tokens, and two pre-printed Overlord scenarios.

Lead your men through the merciless jungles of Burma, trying to escape the Japanese grasp or rush to Rangoon before the British forces evacuate the city on the jungle scenario. Then, change the terrain and fight the very first tank battle between US and German forces in the sands of North Africa, where Stuart and Panzer clash in the middle of the desert.

Jungle scenarios can be played separately, or can be played as a campaign with each scenarios results impacting the scenario that follows.
In addition to the Burma, Rangoon, and North Africa locations, Overlord scenarios will have teams fighting at Henderson Field in Guadalcanal or conduct a desert battle marking the beginning of the second battle of El Alamein.
Through Jungle and Desert has been designed for 2 to 8 players. Two players will take on the six standard scenarios, and up to 8 players can take on the two Overlord scenarios. To play at least one copy of the base Memoir 44 game is required as well as the Pacific Theater and Mediterranean Theater expansions. To enjoy the full experience Days of Wonder are also recommending using the Terrain Pack and Equipment Pack expansions.
While players will need to wait until April to pick up a copy, Days of Wonder have already made the rules available on their website here.

QST Tabetop Subscription Box is a really interesting new project just launched on Kickstarter. QST aims to deliver a brand new board game each month, created as a collaboration between a famous concept creator, board game designer, and artist. What makes this project special is the amazing caliber of the personalities already lined up. Get ready for a long impressive list.

The Concept people include Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Nolan Bushnell (Remember Atari and Chuck E. Cheese), R. A. Salvatore (Sci Fi Author), Kevin Eastman (Heroes in a half shell), and many others.

Board Game Designers include Richard Borg (Liar’s Dice, Memoir ’44), Bruno Faidutti (Citadels, Mission Red Planet), Bruno Cathala (Shadows  Over Camelot, Cyclades), James Ernest (Kill Dr Lucky), Seiji Kanai (Love Letter), just to name a few.

The artist list is no slouch either, with huge names from various field, such as Vincent Dutrait, Mihajlo Dimitrovski, and Marvel artist Walt Simonson.

The first game from QST will be Foreclosure: Dungeon Masters Tavern, by Cory Jones (Co-Founder of Cryptozooic), Matt Hyra (Adventure Time Card Wars) and Robb Mommaerts (Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis). In Foreclosure, the boss monsters have sought legal counsel and sued the dungeon masters over loss of treasure. Having won, they are now collecting on the loot from the Dungeon Masters Tavern, driven into foreclosure. 2-4 players take on the roles of varied monsters in a blind bidding game in an attempt to gather the most loot.

The Kickstarter Campaign will run through September 29, and is expected to start shipping in March 2018. Check out the complete list of people involved here.

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Memoir ’44 is a classic game that has enjoyed many expansions and extra content over the years, and Days of Wonder wants to continue that trend.  Coming in December is the first map in the Series 2 line of expansions called Memoir ’44 – The Battles of Khalkhin-Gol, which covers the early WWII battles on the Soviet-Japan border.  This new expansion contains 6 new scenarios to play either individually or as a campaign, two of which are breakthrough scenarios and two overlord scenarios.  In addition to all the usual maps and books for an expansion like this, it will also include 6 Soviet BA-10 Armored Cars and 6 Japanese Type 97 Te-Ke tankettes to expand your forces.  One thing to note though is that this expansion requires other expansions in order to play, on the Days of Wonder blog it says, “The expansion requires one copy of Memoir ’44 (two for the Overlord scenarios), as well as the Terrain Pack, Eastern Front and Pacific Theater expansions. The Equipment Pack and Winter Wars expansions are also recommended.”  So if you are looking for more battles to go through with your massive Memoir set, then look for this on store shelves in December of this year.

commands-med

Commands and Colors is a game system that has been used for many years now as a simple and straight forward wargame system.  Some of it’s notable entries include games like Commands and Colors: Ancients, Battlelore, and Memoir ’44.  This new entry, Commands and Colors: Medieval, takes us back to the dark ages to fight the battles between the Byzantine Empire and the Persians between 530 and 627 AD.  A few modifications were made to system to tweak balance like upping some unit sizes, adding armor effects, or adding abilities to when units evade.  The game is currently being funded through GMT Games trusty P500 system and so once the orders reach 500, the game will be printed.

You can head over to the GMT Games website to check out more about the game, and add your own order to the system at a discounted cost.

siege of citadel

Mutant Chronicles – Siege of the Citadel is a cooperative miniatures game that was released back in 1993 and was bore a very similar play style and look to Heroquest, but with a distinctly sci-fi theme instead of fantasy.  Now, 23 years later, Modiphius along with Cabinet Entertainment is going to be reprinting the game with the help of big name designers Richard Borg, Kevin Wilson, and Eric lang.  Not much has been released on the game besides the box cover and some pictures of the board and figures but a Kickstarter for the game will be coming this summer so look forward to that.  Until then you can view some of the proposed content below.

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With the original game engine rebuilt and growling to life, Siege of the Citadel has everything you need to recreate the famous battles of Alakhai’s citadel – just imagine you can be Doomtroopers like Sean Gallagher or Big Bob! Get a FREE Plasma Carbine and armoured shoulder pads with every box whilst stocks last.

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Get ready to face the devastating Praetorian Stalker, which now joins the existing forces of the Citadel’s Dark Legion including Undead Legionnaires, Necromutants, Centurions, Razides, and the terrifying Nepharite and Ezoghoul!

New rules let you master the Citadel’s terrible machinery, the Dark Legion gain defensive and destructible terrain, whilst terrifying story based mission features and other exciting new developments will push you to the limit of your humanity!

 

 

prototype con

Prototype Con is hosting it’s inaugural event this Feb 19-21st in Kissimmee Florida.  Designers Richard Borg, Karen Boginski, Robert Burke, Richard Launius, Ken Shannon, and Jason Maxwell will be in attendance. Prototype Con is a con for designers to bring games to be playtested and gamers to try them and provide feedback on their experience. You can learn more, as well as register, here.

mutant chronicles

Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel, a co-operative miniatures campaign board game, is getting a re-boot next year. Eric LangRichard Borg, and Kevin Wilson are among the team of designers developing the re-boot. The game was a major release in the 90’s, and the re-boot will build and expand on the original gameplay and campaigns.

Read about it in the press release below:

 Modiphius & Cabinet Entertainment have joined forces to re-boot one of the most epic miniatures boardgames, Siege of the Citadel.
Originally designed by the team at Target Games in Sweden and then developed by Richard Borg at Pressman Toys, Siege of the Citadel became a worldwide hit with its lavish components, high quality plastic figures and innovative rules.
Modiphius & Cabinet Entertainment have assembled an all-star team of designers to work on the re-boot including Richard Borg, Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson, along with cover artist Adrian Smith, and a sculpting team of Prodos Games and Paolo Parente.
Siege of the Citadel was a major release by Pressman Toys in the 90’s and is set in the Mutant Chronicles universe, where players control one of five corporations: Imperial, Cybertronic, Mishima, Capitol, or Bauhaus. Each player begins with two of their own unique Doomtroopers who both benefit from their Corporation’s special ability. The players must prevent the Dark Legion and one of its vile leaders, the vile Nepharite, Alakhai, from conquering the solar system.
Each successful mission brings news monstrous foes and terrifying events as the heroes explore the modular Citadel whilst events can help or hinder their missions. Promotion give credits to access more powerful weaponry and abilities whilst secret missions can cause chaos for the heroes!
In the new edition, narrative led designs will build on the original gameplay mechanics and campaigns based on major events from the Mutant Chronicles universe will expand on the much loved game. We will be unveiling more about plans for the game over the coming weeks and months, sign up to be the first to know!
Grab a Punisher Shortsword and Plasma Carbine, strap on your shoulder pads and make your mark in the Mutant Chronicles!
Siege of the Citadel will be launched at Essen 2016 and in retail from October 2016. Find out more about the original game on the BoardGameGeek page.