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Board Game News Brief: June 17, 2015

Posted Wednesday, 17-Jun-2015

Contributed by Andrew Knighton

War of the Rings Returns and Expands

 

The out of print War of the Ring board game will be returning to stores in August.

 

War of the Ring will be returning to stores with a new expansion.
War of the Ring will be returning to stores with a new expansion.

 

Not only are Ares Games reprinting this popular game set in J R R Tolkien’s Middle Earth, but they’re also adding an expansion – Warriors of Middle-Earth. Adding ents, great eagles, giant spiders and much more, it will increase the strategic options for players, as well as the spectacle of this fantasy game.

 

Undead Arrive in Battlelore

 

Just as no week in gaming would be complete without a bunch of expansions from Fantasy Flight, so too no fantasy setting could be complete without the addition of undead. These two trends come together this week with Fantasy Flight’s announcement of an undead faction for Battlelore Second Edition.

 

New expansions to Battlelore brings an undead faction into play.
New expansions to Battlelore brings an undead faction into play.

 

Terrors of the Mists and Heralds of Dreadfall add necromancers, monsters, skeletal troops and the cards and scenery tiles to go with them, making this strategic battle board game all the more varied and exciting.

Treefrog Games Lose Discworld Licence

 

Treefrog Games have lost the licence to produce games based in the Discworld setting. Created by the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett, this fantasy world has provided a theme for Treefrog’s Discworld: Ankh-Morpork and The Witches: A Discworld Game, but with Sir Terry’s passing they have lost the licence.

 

The Witches by Sir Terry Pratchett returns with a third game planned in the series.
The Witches by Sir Terry Pratchett returns with a third game planned in the series.

 

This will affect a planned third game in the series as well as re-printings of the existing games, so now may be the time to snap these games up while stocks last.

 

Quick Kickstarters

 

Take to the seas with Yargo by International Modern Pastimes, a two player strategy game of pirate boarding parties with a traditional wood and metal look.

 

Slaughterville by George Rubio pits players against the creatures of the night.
Slaughterville by George Rubio pits players against the creatures of the night.

 

Fully funded within 24 hours, Slaughterville by George Rubio has clearly caught the eye of horror fans, providing a solo or cooperative game of survival against the dark things lurking out there in the night.

 

Scoundrel Society turns players against each other with suspicion running wild.
Scoundrel Society turns players against each other with suspicion running wild.

 

For something a little more sophisticated why not try card game Scoundrel Society by ActionPhase Games, in which you play con artists competing to get the biggest score without drawing too much suspicion on yourselves.

 

1-6 players get to the bottom of London's crime in Deadcert.
1-6 players get to the bottom of London’s crime in Deadcert.

 

If you prefer to play the side of law and order then you might be interested in Deadcert by David Hockley, another card game for 1-6 players in which you attempt to solve a serious of crimes taking place in modern London.

 

Science fiction board game Hope sees players cooperating to save the universe while also competing to come out on top, with a changing board and asymmetric player powers adding to the variety and the challenge of play.

 

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