Troyes

Asmodee has pre-order information for one of their hottest games of GenCon 2019, Black Angel. Only the most dedicated line-sitters were able to nab one of the few copies of this spectacular game at the show, as it consistently sold out at the start of the convention each day.

“Humanity, through its irresponsible behavior, has rendered Earth uninhabitable. The greatest nations are forced to share their knowledge in order to create the largest spacecraft ever constructed: the Black Angel. Its mission: Transport the genetic heritage of Humanity to a new home planet.”

Black Angel is the loving brain child of Pearl Games designers Sébastien DujardinXavier Georges, and Alain Orban  – the creators of the cult dice drafting favorite Troyes (2010). In Black Angel, 1-4 players take on the roles of competing A.I. brains, guiding the eponymous unmanned starship on its thousand year mission to deliver mankind’s DNA to a distant world. The game is a dice drafting game, wherein the players have their own dice pool, used to drive action on and around the starship. However, other players’ dice are free game, and can be bought with resources. Dice come in 3 colors, defining the actions they can trigger, with the number of pips on the die being the strength of the triggered action. Actions allow the player to repair the ship, fight back the evil ravager attackers, gain new technological programs, or execute missions in the planets surrounding the traveling Black Angel. Exterior missions are accessed by beautiful robot meeples, which fly around space in small round saucers.  The player board holds a 3×3 grid of technology tiles, which can be activated in unique ways throughout the game. The Black Angel itself “flies” along a conveyer belt board of chevron shaped hex tiles; Strips behind the ship are removed, flipped, and placed in front, propelling Black Angel forward on its journey to a new home world. Mission cards previously played in the disappearing wake of the ship are left behind in space (discarded), giving benefits and scoring opportunities to their owners. All together, Black Angel is a heavy, dice drafting, engine building euro game, sure to be a hit seller once inventory can catch up with the overwhelming demand.

Black Angel comes with game board, 7 chevron space strips, 4 player boards, 64 robot figurines with 20 saucer ships, 18 custom dice, 60 technology tiles, 60 mission cards, 20 ravager cards, clear gem “resource” tokens, red “debris” tokens, scoring discs, and player aids. The game is enhanced by Ian O’Toole‘s fantastically colorful yet minimalistic sci-fi art. A solo mode is included, and the game should be available for purchase in 3rd quarter 2019. For more information, check out Pearl Games’ website on Black Angel here.

Pearl Games has announced Solenia, a new resource collection, pick up and deliver game from renowned designer Sébastien Dujardin (Deus, Troyes) and artist extraordinaire Vincent Dutrait. Solenia takes place in an interesting world that has lost its day-night cycle, plunging the northern regions into eternal darkness, and the southern land into an endless daylight. The Day People down south have a demand for stone and water, while the Night People require wood and wheat to survive. The board is composed of 5 strips of square spaces creating the day/night world, an airship miniature is placed on the middle space of the middle strip, while each of 1-4 players receives a deck of 16 cards with number values 0-2. Players take turns placing one card from their hand of 3 on the board each turn, on an empty space either next to an existing card they previously played, or next to the airship, although extra resources can be spent to distance the card further away. If the space contains a Production Island, the player gains the matching resource (wood/wheat/stone/water) in a quantity equal to the card played, although players can only hold 8 resources. If the space has a City, the player can fulfill an order for that city. Tiles for Day and Night Cities sit beside the board, and having fulfilled the requirements, the player collects the tile and earns gold stars equal to the value of the card played. Value 0 cards cause the airship to move around the board. The game ends after all 16 cards have been played, at which point players earn bonus stars for pairs of Day/Night city tiles and leftover resources, then the player with the most gold stars wins. Look for Solenia in the US in January 2019, and for more information, check out the Solenia web page at Pearl Games.

The wave of reprints continues with the announcement that Asmodee will be reprinting the game Troyes and Ladies of Troyes. Troyes is a euro game on the heavier side and features an interesting mixing of worker placement and dice rolling to activate different actions.  At the start of a round you will take turns placing out workers onto the three main buildings of the game.  From where you place your people will determine what colored dice you will roll, and then from those dice results you will activate different actions in the city.  You will be doing different things like building the cathedral, combating events that come up, or activating various character cards on the board.  All of this is to grow the influence of your family because at the end of the game, the family with the most influence is the winner.

Ladies of Troyes expands the game to include women of the period and give you more options for actions you can do.  In total you will have 16 more actions that you can take that are outside the city, but access to those actions is only granted through your guards.  The expansion also adds in extra dice in the form of the head of your family, giving you an extra die to use that can’t be used by anyone else.  Look for Troyes and this expansion on store shelves in the coming weeks.

pearl games logo

Pearl Games has announced that in 2016 they will be publishing an expansion for Deus, designed by Sébastien Dujardin, which has been well received since its release in 2014. Deus is a civilisation style card game where players compete to build their empires and can call on the assistance of a god.

Additionally, Pearl Games have said that their dice placement game Troyes will be re-printed this year. Troyes was originally released in 2010 and is designed by Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges and Alain Orban. If the re-print run is successful then a re-print of The Ladies of Troyes expansion will follow.

Looking further ahead: “We will also work on several big events for 2017” is the teaser from Pearl Games.