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Board Game News Brief: July 26, 2017

Posted Wednesday, 26-Jul-2017

It’s submarines, spaceships, and Sauron in this week’s Board Game News Brief!

Prepared by Calvin Wong


Captain SONAR spinoff announced, designed for 2 to 4 players

Last year’s Captain SONAR was a massive hit for publishers Matagot. Pitting players as teams of two opposing submarines hunting each other under the waters, the game features up to 4v4 gameplay in either real time or as a turn based game.



Now Matagot has announced SONAR, a streamlined version of the game that omits the real time and reduces the roles from four to two. While SONAR loses the most captivating and tense aspect of the original (the real time gameplay) it does gain the benefit of being designed to be played by 2 to 4 people.



Released by the same designers, look for SONAR to be out soon! Meanwhile, Captain SONAR continues to be one of the top searched games on BoardGamePrices; and for good reason: It’s an excellent game.


War of the Ring reprint slated for August

The shadow of Mordor once more falls over Middle Earth – Ares Game’s classic two player epic War of the Ring, long out of print, has been confirmed to be coming in a new run.


"There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power."
“There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.”


With Amazon prices breaching 200 dollars for a new copy, this reprint has been long awaited – and a new printing of both the Lords of Middle Earth and Warriors of Middle Earth expansions which add powerful characters such as Elrond, Galadriel, and the Balrog – and new factions such as the Ents and the Great Eagles, respectively.

It is unclear whether these will be ready in time for Gen Con – we shall have to wait and see.

Star Trek: Ascendancy expansions finally arriving

The Cardassian Union and Ferengi expansions for Gale Force Nine’s Star Trek: Ascendancy are finally warping in




After many months of production delays, both the profit-driven Ferengi and conquest-focused Cardassians are finally arriving in stores. Star Trek: Ascendancy has found critical acclaim as the definitive epic Star Trek game.



Can our main deflector handle that many components?!


If you’ve happened to miss the charms of this game and its thematic clash of cultures in the Star Trek universe, you can check out the game here.


Quick Kickstarters

First up we have Epoch: The Awakening.



Left for dead on a hostile island, you must recruit a party, explore the island, and grow in power in order to restore your honor. Promising unique gameplay each time with hundreds of combinations of abilities, an ever-changing map, and plenty of monsters to defeat, Epoch: The Awakening has a lot going for it.


Diesel Demolition Derby is exactly what it sounds like – giant robots doing battle with each other with a card drafting system.



Featuring the stellar art of Anthony Cournoyer of games like Rattle Battle Grab the Loot and Aether Captains, Diesel Demolition Derby features simple card play and deep decisionmaking all set in the universe of economic eurogame Crisis. Go check it out.


Argent: The Consortium is a highly regarded worker placement game set in the universe of Indines; host to games such as Battlecon. The Second Edition of Argent is now on Kickstarter.



The project also reprints the Summer Break and Mancers of the University expansions, updating everything to second edition. New rules tweaks, updated miniatures, and implemented errata – as well as a new expansion, Festival of Masks – round out the Kickstarter, which you can check out here.


Community Centerpiece

What do you get when you cross pop culture phenomenon Mad Max with classic French card game Mille Bornes?



Mad Max Mille Bornes was made by Maxime Verrette of Montreal, a professional Art Director. It looks ridiculously good.



And that’s it for this week’s News Brief! Check out the top trending games on BoardGamePrices this week, including new releases First Martians and Dice Forge!

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