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Board Game News Brief: July 2, 2015

Posted Thursday, 2-Jul-2015

Contributed by Andrew Knighton

Take Catan Wherever You Go

Klaus Teuber’s classic Catan will get a compact travelers’ edition from Mayfair Games this fall.

 

This Fall, you can take one of the all-time greatest board games with you wherever you go.
This Fall, you can take one of the all-time greatest board games with you wherever you go.

 

Designed to store away easily so that you can take it with you on your travels, it also comes with special two player rules. Now you can take one of the all-time great board games with you wherever you go, and play when there are only two of you around, something the existing rules weren’t designed for.

 

Fight an Asymmetrical War in They Come Unseen

Osprey Games have announced the upcoming release of They Come Unseen, an asymmetrical strategy board game designed by former submarine commander Andrew Benford.

 

One player uses subs to launch attacks while the other hunts with surface ships in They Come Unseen.
One player uses subs to launch attacks while the other hunts with surface ships in They Come Unseen.

 

The game draws on Benford’s military experience to replicate submarine warfare on a pair of boards, with one player using subs to launch attacks while the other hunts them down with surface ships. With only the submarine player able to see the underwater map, it looks like an intriguingly different approach to war games.

 

Stakes Rise in Gomorra With Doomtown: Reloaded Release Schedule

This week sees not just the release of No Turning Back, the latest expansion for AEG’s Doomtown: Reloaded, but also the publication of the game’s release schedule over the next few months.

 

Doomtown: Reloaded saw the release of a new expansion this week titled No Turning Back, as well as the publication of the game’s release schedule over the next few months.
Doomtown: Reloaded saw the release of a new expansion this week titled No Turning Back, as well as the publication of the game’s release schedule over the next few months.

 

August will see Nightmare at Noon add more cards to this expandable card game of fantasy western action, while September will see the addition of new factions for the first time, with The Eagle Wardens and the 108 Righteous Bandits bringing shamans and kung fu to the game in Immovable Object, Unstoppable Force. This larger pine box expansion should provide some new dynamics to an already exciting game, and is followed in October by The Light Shineth, about which more details have yet to be provided.

 

Firefly: The Game Grows

There’s good news for fans of Joss Whedon’s sadly shortlived TV show Firefly, with the announcement by Gale Force Nine of three expansions to Firefly: The Game.

 

Firefly: The Game is set to receive the Kalidasa expansion in September, featuring new challenges and contacts for the popular board game.
Firefly: The Game is set to receive the Kalidasa expansion in September, featuring new challenges and contacts for the popular board game.

 

In September, the Kalidasa expansion will add new challenges and contacts to the popular board game, while two smaller expansions later in the year will add new ships for you to fly on your adventures around the ‘Verse. Between the fun of the game and the dedicated nature of Firefly fans, Firefly: The Game has done well for Gale Force Nine, and it looks set to continue entertaining sci-fi gaming fans with these expansions.

 

Quick Kickstarters

Nuclear War, Doug Maliewicki’s classic card game of surprisingly funny mutually assured destruction, is getting a 50th anniversary reprint after quickly hitting its goal on Kickstarter.

 

Classic card game Nuclear War is getting a 50th anniversary reprint. Get ready for some destruction.
Classic card game Nuclear War is getting a 50th anniversary reprint. Get ready for some destruction.

 

The Kickstarter for a Marshlands expansion to Kingdom Builder by Donald X Vaccarino has had to be cancelled due to contractual complications around the designer’s relationship with Queen Games, but there are still hopes for an expansion in future.

 

Get your kilt ready for action with Swords and Bagpipes.
Get your kilt ready for historic action with Swords and Bagpipes.

 

Fight for freedom or betray your country in Swords and Bagpipes, a board game by Moroz Publishing inspired by the movie Braveheart – if it’s anything like the film, it will make Scots cheer and historians grind their teeth.

 

Molecular
Molecular uses tile laying strategy to face players off against each other on the brinks of new research.

 

Inside the Box Board Games is offering an unusually themed tile laying game in Molecular, a game of rivalry between research chemists.

If you like card games but have had enough of the collectable game trend then check out Ember: Shroud of the Shadow Demon, a non-collectable card game by Paw-Warrior Games.

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