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USAopoly would like to announce the upcoming release of a new board game featuring the iconic video game franchise, Super Mario Bros.  Super Mario Level Up! is a board game that features a 3D game board, 13 Character Movers, Power Up cards and “?” Block Chips to offer an immersive, thematic experience reminiscent of the well-known video game experience.

The publisher’s website states the following about this release: “Join Mario and his pals as you advance them up the Mushroom Kingdom while challenging other players to gather the most coins and reach the castle at the top.”

Super Mario Level Up! is a game for 3-6 players ages 8 and up.  For more information about this release, visit the publisher’s website.

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Hector Vargas built a glorious multibillion dollar empire on a string of shady business promotions and Ponzi schemes. His life ended rather ingloriously, however, when a champagne cork shot into his windpipe and he choked before anyone could provide aid. Now, you have a chance to inherit his unbelievably large fortune. All you have to do is prove yourself worthy by showing that you are as clever, ruthless, and deceitful as he was.

Fantasy Flight Games announces the upcoming release of a revised version of Hoax, the game of secret identities designed by Bill Eberle, Ned Horn, Jack Kittredge, and Peter Olotka.  In Hoax, players will possess a true, secret identity, and must weave a web of deceit amongst the other players in order to mask their own identity while catching their opponents in their own stream of fabrications.  By investing their own resources to investigate rivals, and by making timely and accurate accusations, players will work to eliminate their competitors and seize Hector Vargas’ amassed wealth.

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Changes in this new version of Hoax include a seventh playable character, improved privileges and immunities, reference sheets to track assumed identities and past lies, and a new scoring system.

Hoax is a game for 3-6 players and plays in 45 minutes.  The scheduled release date is the fourth quarter of 2015.  For more information on this new version of Hoax, visit the game’s pages at FFG’s website here.

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Fantasy Flight Games’ upcoming reprint of the classic title Tigris & Euphrates (Reiner Knizia) is a board game in which players compete to develop the most extensive and well-balanced civilization.  In the beginning of the game, there is plenty of room for expansion of your empire on the Fertile Crescent, but as yours and your neighbors’ kingdoms expand, conflict is inevitable.  In a recent article by Fantasy Flight Games, the process of growing one’s civilization and the conflict that occur in the game are explained in more detail.

Players begin by taking control of treasure-filled temples dotting the landscape by placing one of their leaders (kings) near one of them.  Each player will be expanding their civilization by placing buildings of four different colors: blue, green, red, and black, representing agricultre, commerce, housing, and religion.  Players score points by placing tiles connecting to a connected civilization.  Treasures grant victory points in any color.  The winner is the player who has the highest amount of points in their weakest color.

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Revolts can occur in a kingdom when a player places a leader token in a kingdom that already has a leader of that type.  The player with more temples (therefore more favored by the gods) wins the revolt.  Placed tiles can also connect two kingdoms, which can also lead to a revolt.

Catastrophes are a way to permanently protect your civilization, or buy time to place more tiles.  They can also be used to sabotage another player due to their ability to “transform a square of land that could have become disputed into a permanently blighted disaster zone where nothing can be built.”

In the early days of urban civilization, countless leaders fought for control over Mesopotamia’s rich land and swelling population. Only one leader had the foresight, the support, and the ruthlessness necessary to overcome the competition, and found a dynasty that would last far into the future. Can you create an enduring civilization and a powerful dynasty, or will you be defeated in the brutal battles fought over the fertile crescent?

To read this article about the details of gameplay in Tigris & Euphrates, visit the web page here.