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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.

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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.

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Quined Games is a small game publisher from the Netherlands, mostly known for its deluxe Master Print editions of acclaimed board games…the collection has included such titles as Trajan, Keyflower, American Rails and Homesteaders. Xavier Georges’ incredibly unique worker placement game Carson City was also one of their Master Print (#5) titles, but has remained out of print and hard to find for years.

In celebration of 10 years in the game publishing business Quined Games had some big news.
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Carson City Big Box Edition

In mid-June, Quined Games plans to begin a Kickstarter campaign for a new-and-improved Big Box edition of Carson City. This will include the main game, the hard to find expansion Gold & Guns, and finally a brand new expansion entitled Horses & Heroes. For owners of previous editions, there will be a backer level to order just the new expansion. It includes new actions, new character roles and even a sixth player to bring the whole posse together at one table.

I’ve been interested in Carson City ever since I heard Ryan Sturms seminal How to Play Podcast on the game. The combination of straight Eurogame worker placement mechanisms with dice-rolling gun duels has to be experienced to be believed. After playing numerous games online, the interest level for a new printed version has only increased. I have a feeling they will have no trouble finding backers.

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Who loves coal mining? Thomas Spitzer does, that’s who. To finish off a trilogy of historic coal mining games (Ruhrschifffahrt 1769-1890Kohle & Kolonie) Quined Games will be releasing Haspelknecht. For this game, players will have to get out their figurative shovels and dig as the game explores extremely early 17th century surface mining in the Ruhr valley.

Players will have to carefully select actions in order to continue expanding their farms, digging deeper for coal, and fighting the creep of groundwater at the same time.

Haspelknect will be released at Essen 2015 as Master Print game #15, simultaneously available in English, German, Dutch and French.

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If neither of these games sound like your cup of tea, Quined Games’ other new release Xanadu comes from an entirely different direction. From Colombian designer Javier Velázquez, Xanadu was originally released in 2012 by Azahar Juegos, but will be the first “Master Print Pocket Game” in Quined Games’ line.

Players will place workers on cards to make the best buildings to satisfy Kublai Khan, while also working to sabotage their rivals. This is a faster game, taking under an hour to play, and features new art from Konstantin Vohwinkel. A release date has not been announced.



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Quined announced that they will have four games at Spiel 2014.


Stefan Feld’s Aquasphere will be available in the Dutch language.

A new printrun will be available for Carson City: Gold & Guns, designed by Xavier Georges.


They will have two new additions to their Masterprint Series, Massilia and The Golden Ages.

Massilia is designed by Alain Epron and is a economic, tile placement game where players are trying to get the most reputation.

The Golden Ages is designed by Luigi Ferrini and is a civilization building, tile placement game played over four eras.  Players erect buildings, advance technology, create fine arts and wonders, and grow armies to find glory and win.