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An invasion of barbarian tribes can certainly feel like pandemic to the Roman world.  Matt Leacock and Paolo Mori have teamed up to bring the Pandemic gameplay to Ancient Rome.  In Pandemic: Fall of Rome, players are members of Roman society employing Roman legions to defend against invading tribes.  Plays may also convert members of a tribe into Roman soldiers. Rome survives to continue its long history is they can defeat all the barbarian tribes, whether by absorption or eradication. Rome has five barbarian tribes threatening its borders: Huns, Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Vandals, and Anglo-Saxons and Franks.  Each invading tribe follows their migration pattern that eventual leads to Rome. Pandemic: Fall of Rome will also feature a Solo Play mode and a challenge mode for season Pandemic players.  The tribes are represented by wooden cubes like all pandemic games, but the Roman legion tokens are legionnaire shaped meeples.  The game will include custom dice for resolving battles with the invading hordes.  Pandemic: Fall of Rome is available for pre-order now with a projected release in Q4. Go to Z-man Games to learn more about Pandemic: Fall of Rome.

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A unique worker placement game has just hit Kickstarter! Ave Roma, from A-Games, has a ranked worker drafting mechanism that is sure to turn some heads. This brief description of the game’s phases straight from their campaign page gives insight to the flow of it all.

Each round consists of three phases. First, you send your workers to various action locations, to collect supplies and gain influence through their labour. In the second phase, you collect new workers, which will also determine the player order for the next round in the third phase.The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game.

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Ranked workers and worker drafting (or reallocation) by themselves are not terribly new mechanics, but put them together and you have something really unique going on! The particular order of drafting workers after placement followed by determining first player really opens up for some particularly interesting choices. By the look of the game, it’s not just about planning workers to pick up later, but also where to place them to reduce risk of giving an opponent a distinct advantage in the next turn. That makes for a delicious cocktail deep strategy for any worker placement fan.  To find out more, please check out Ave Roma’s Kickstarter page!

The new two-player deck building wargame Hands in the Sea was launched on Kickstarter this past week by Knightworks Games. The game takes its inspiration from A Few Acres of Snow and is set during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage from 264-241 BC where players will colonize, maneuver navies and do battle in order to emerge victorious.

The project is already nearly two-thirds funded with 28 days remaining, you can check out the project page here.