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Portal Games is taking their Detective series to Arrakis in Dune: House Secrets

Portal Games has announced Dune: House Secrets will debut October 15, 2021 at Essen Spiel, the enormous gaming fair in Germany. The game will implement their cooperative, digitally-integrated system from Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game and subsequent releases. The game includes a prologue and three chapters inspired by the upcoming movie release, Dune , which is expected to release on October 1st. Players choose from four characters taking part in the Fremen guerrilla resistance against the Harkonnens. The player characters are not pulled from the Dune books or movie, but inspired by...

Exciting News for Paladins Fans

Renegade Game Studios, in conjunction with Garphil Games, has announced two new Paladins of the West Kingdom products: The Paladins of the West Kingdom Collector’s Box and an expansion, Paladins of the West Kingdom: City of Crowns .

Paladins of the West Kingdom was originally released in 2019. The game was designed by Shem Phillips and S.J. MacDonald, with artwork supplied by the Mico, Mihajlo Dimitrievski. The new Collector’s box is designed to fit both the base game and the expansion, City of Crowns , in it as well as metal coins...

A Race to Stop The Hunger

Renegade Game Studios has announced a new game by famed designer Richard Garfield, The Hunger . The artwork for the game is by Marta Ivanova and Jocelyn Millet. The Hunger plays 2-6 players, ages 12 and up, in about an hour.

The Hunger is a deckbuilding race game in which the players are vampires tracking down humans, racking up victory points as they do so, fulfilling secret missions, acquiring a special rose, and then making their way back to the castle before sunrise. The more that the players hunt, the thicker their decks...

Taking Trails through Parks

Keymaster Games has announced a new game in its Parks’ line of games, Trails . Trails is designed by Henry Audubon, who also designed Parks , using the same group of artwork as that game, the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series. Trails plays 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, in 20-40 minutes.

In a desire to bring Parks to a more general audience, Trails streamlines the gameplay of the original game. Rather than using the U.S. National Parks System as the original game does, Trails focuses on the...

A Different Kind of Ticket to Ride

Days of Wonder has announced a new brain teaser puzzle game, Ticket to Ride: Track Switcher , based on Alan Moon’s famous Ticket to Ride board game. Ticket to Ride: Track Switcher is a solo game for players ages 8 and up.

In Ticket to Ride: Track Switcher , the player is a Railroad Manager directing locomotives and shifting the train cars into the right places so that every train leaves the station on time. The player needs to use their cognitive skills like logic, spatial reasoning, and sequencing in order to play. There...

Blue Orange Games on the Horizon

Blue Orange Games has announced forthcoming games scheduled for release in the fall of 2021:

Bellum Magica - Designed by Frédéric Guérard and illustrated by Sylvain Aublin, Bellum Magica is a strategy game that employs an automatic resource growth mechanic. The game plays 2-5 players, ages 10 and up, in 15-30 minutes

Kingdomino Origins - Designed by the original Kingdomino designer, Bruno Cathala, and illustrated by Cyril Bouquet, this game goes back in time to the prehistoric era. The game hearkens back to the original, but has three different...

D&D Adventure System is getting an expansion from WizKids

WizKids is releasing Ghosts of Saltmarsh , an expansion for the Dungeons and Dragons Adventure System board games. The Ghosts of Saltmarsh requires one of the standalone D&D Adventure System games to play for you to use heroes from. One to five players can dive into an overarching campaign or standalone scenarios in and around the coastal village of Saltmarsh. The expansion comes in two versions, a standard version, and a premium version. In the premium version, the included 8 Sahuagin miniatures are prepainted; they are unpainted in the standard version. Two of the eight miniatures depict...

New Disney games coming from Funko Games

Disney Hidden Mickeys has 2-6 players, aged 3+, trying to find Mickey Mouse through two different methods. First, all players hide the Mickey Markers around the living room, through the house, or the yard. Then players get together and flip cards from a pile hoping to find a Mickey card, while one player hurriedly searches in a race against a sand timer for the matching Mickey Marker which has been hidden. The player with the most Mickey Markers at the end of the game is the winner. The game features over 30 beautifully...

Earthborne Games - A New Studio in the Works

Andrew Navaro, lately of Chip Theory Games, has announced his own board game studio, Earthborne Games. He is not only the founder of Earthborne Games, but he is also the head of creative direction, art direction, additional design, content development, graphic design and illustration. Andrew brings a wealth of board game company knowledge with him, having worked at Fantasy Flight Games in a variety of roles before working with Chip Theory Games as the studio director.

There are a number of other people behind this new gaming studio endeavor including: Adam Sadler and Brady Sadler with...

Hasbro loses monopoly use of the "Monopoly" trademark

Hasbro, the owner of the trademark and popular board game called Monopoly, have lost the EU legal battle to exclusively use that brand. A new decision means that they’ve lost the monopoly to use the trademark of “Monopoly” as is in a board game as the EU General Court found its filing strategy was designed to avoid proving its genuine use, a key requirement for a trademark filing.

The owner of a trademark has to prove genuine use five years after the mark was registered and granted by the EUIPO and can be invalidated under EU law....

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