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Board Game News Brief 4/28/2015

Posted Tuesday, 28-Apr-2015


Junta Returns

1978 classic Junta is returning to print this summer with a swanky new design thanks to AEG.  Players once again take on the roles of shady government officials in a corrupt Latin American republic, plotting to make the most money through a web of intrigue and coups.  If you enjoy silly themes or scheming against your friends, then it’s worth keeping an eye out for.

Junta Board Game


More Than Five Tribes

Days of Wonder has announced the first expansion for their popular Five Tribes board game, The Artisans of Naqala.  Now artisans come to the tribes, allowing players to craft unique artifacts in their quest for dominance.  Coming to Europe in June and America in August, this will add new meeples to the set, as well as new djinn cards and tiles to alter the layout of the board.

Five Tribes The Artisans of Naqala
Five Tribes: The Artisans of Naqala


Smash Up to Add Player Suggestions

It’s all go for deck-selection combat card game Smash Up The latest expansion, Pretty Pretty Smash Up, is now available, adding princesses, kittens and ponies to your zombies and ninjas, while the next expansion will be a tie-in with Steve Jackson Games for Smash Up Munchkin.  On top of all this, AEG is taking open submissions from players for the spring 2016 expansion, so if there’s a set you’d like added, now’s your chance to suggest it!

Smash Up Munchkin
Smash Up: Munchkin


Latest Fantasy Flight Expansions

It wouldn’t be a week in games news without a string of expansions to Fantasy Flight’s various collectable games.  Among this week’s highlights is the Imperial Raider for the X-Wing miniatures game, including a card for classic Star Wars villain Grand Moff Tarkin, letting you field Peter Cushing at his sinister best.  There’s also the addition of the Breaker Bay university to Android: Netrunner, and the much anticipated arrival of The Treason of Saruman for the Lord of the Rings card game.

X-Wing Imperial Raider
X-Wing Imperial Raider


Play Pirates in Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot

Portal Games has announced Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot, a dice rolling game of piratical action. With physical ships that you assemble as you build them during the game, and the chance to roll whole fistfuls of dice, it looks like a game with lots of fun potential.

Rattle Battle Grab the Loot
Rattle Battle Grab the Loot


Quick Kickstarters

“Like Corporate America, but with swords and stuff”, Dark Masters lets you create a dungeon and fill it with monsters, profiting at the expense of everyone else.

Dark Masters Kickstarter
Dark Masters Kickstarter


8-Bit Battle is a two player game with cards charmingly illustrated in the style of old-school computer games.

8 Bit Battle Kickstarter
8 Bit Battle Kickstarter


If you fancy your chances as part of a rebel alliance then check out Gateway: Uprising, a game that combines deck building with a board game as rebel wizards grapple with the forces of a menacing inquisition.

Gateway Uprising Kickstarter
Gateway Uprising Kickstarter


Adding a fantasy twist to hex based wargames, Lord of the Dead pits one player as an evil necromancer against another as the villagers trying to stop him, in an asymmetrical strategy game.

Lord of the Dead Kickstarter
Lord of the Dead Kickstarter


And finally, for sheer novelty value it’s hard to beat Geomorphic Beermats, which allow role-players to construct dungeons without leaving the comfort of the bar.

Geomorphic Beermats
Geomorphic Beermats Kickstarter

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