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Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new age: a new age of Twilight.  Twilight Imperium, that is, in the form of a fourth edition of the epic 4x space strategy game that has been loved and celebrated in the gaming industry for many years.  This new edition celebrates 20 years of this epic space opera board game of expansion, diplomacy, and war to control the galaxy, best explained in this excerpt from the official release:

For twenty years, the custom space operas created by Twilight Imperium have thrilled gamers like nothing else. Now, Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition builds on the grand space opera found in previous editions while streamlining rules and putting player interaction center stage…Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition aims to be the most complete version of the game ever printed. Seventeen playable races are included in the game, offering a wide variety of starting faction options. Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition brings a galactic space opera to your table, and no two games will ever be the same.

This new version of the game will include 350 plastic units, 51 system tiles, 561 command and control tokens, 80 action cards, 50 agenda cards, 40 objective cards, 59 planet cards, 184 technology and technology upgrade cards, 41 promissory note cards, and much more.

TI veterans will likely be asking (as I did!) what the main differences are between TI3 and TI4.  Some of the main changes include a stunning new graphic design and layout, but with the same great and familiar artwork flavor.  Additionally, changes will be seen in game mechanisms such as Trade, Technology, PDS Units, Space Docks, Politics, and the Imperial Strategy Card, to name a few.  FFG has anticipated the question of specific changes to the game in their product description, which can be read here.

The game is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017.  To read the entire article that announces the new version of the game, click here.

 

one night ultimate alien

Social deduction games have become a staple of many game gatherings, and Bezier Games has been contributing their fair share to the genre.  The One Night Ultimate series of games, including One Night Ultimate Werewolf (which has sold over 100,000 copies) and One Night Ultimate Vampire (earning $378,000 on Kickstarter) have been top sellers worldwide.

Now, Bezier Games would like to announce a new addition to the series in the form of One Night Ultimate Alien, which will offer not only a strong alien vs. villagers theme, but will also introduce the Dynamic Rules system.  The following is an excerpt from the official press release for One Night Ultimate Alien:

In One Night Ultimate Alien, players are assigned a role, perform actions secretly during a “night” phase, and then have just a few minutes to discuss among themselves who the alien invaders are. All players vote, and the role of the player with the most votes is revealed. If it is an Alien, the Villager team wins. If it isn’t, the Alien team wins. The game takes less than 10 minutes to play, but is so addicting players may find themselves playing game after game for hours on end.

While previous One Night games took advantage of the free One Night app to guide players through night time actions, Alien relies on the app to ensure that each game has a unique set of rules for each role. These Dynamic Rules have never been used in a traditional board game before, and they breathe a gust of fresh air into the social deduction genre.

Bezier Games, Inc. creates board and card games for the whole family, including Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Suburbia, and the original Ultimate Werewolf.  For more information, visit the Bezier Games website.

vanuatu

You are a Vanuatuan who wants to prosper during the eight turns of the game. In order to do this, you will have to go fishing, discover treasures, buy and sell the local natural resources, and be on the lookout for tourists. To earn money or prosperity points, you may also draw on the sand, or trade cargo with foreign countries.

Quined Games announces a new Kickstarter project to fund a new edition of Vanuatu, a strategy game of programming actions through placing and retreiving workers, majorities, earning a little money and a lot of interaction between players.  Paul Mulders of Quined Games seeks to bring this game by Alain Epron back to life with polished artwork and added Rising Waters and Governor mini-expansions. The Rising Waters expansion is also available as a standalone, yet the five submerged island tiles will be replaced by wooden parts to make it compatible with the old version of the game. The Governor expansion will not be available as a standalone expansion.

This new version of the game will include:

  • 1 Gameboard
  • 15 Archipelago Tiles
  • 1 Sailboat, 3 Player Discs, 5 Action Markers, and 8 Huts for each player in various colors
  • 10 Demand Tiles
  • 14 Fish Tiles
  • 10 Treasure Tiles
  • 9 Tourist Tiles
  • 4 Rest Tokens
  • 9 Sand Drawing Tokens
  • 1st Player Token
  • 1 Fish Price Marker
  • 1 Game Turn Marker
  • 18 Tourist Pawns
  • 14 Fish Tokens
  • 10 Treasure Tokens
  • 11 Character Tiles
  • 10 Kava Resource Cubes
  • 8 Copra Resource Cubes
  • 6 Beef Resource Cubes

For the Rising Waters expansion:

  • 5 Submerged Island Tiles
  • 20 Dike Sticks
  • 20 Water Markers
  • 1 6-Sided Die

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Vanuatu is for 2-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes.  This project will fund on Thursday, June 2, 2016.  For more information, visit the Kickstarter project page here.

coup brazilian art

Indie Boards & Cards (Flashpoint: Fire Rescue, The Resistance, Coup) announces a project to fund a special edition of Coup, the internationally acclaimed game of bluff and deception, with beautiful Brazilian art.  Coup has been published in many languages around the world, and many of these international versions feature unique art, inspired by a diverse set of local artistic culture.

Artist Weberson Santiago and publisher Funbox are collaborating with Indie Boards & Cards to release an English language edition of Coup featuring the beautifully unique artwork from the Brazilian version of the game.  This will be a limited release and will include the Allegiance and Inquisitor mechanics from the Reformation expansion in a single box called the Coup Deluxe Edition – Brazil Art. 

The publisher is currently running a very brief, 15-day Kickstarter project for this new version of the game.  For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page.