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Board Game News Brief: September 16 2015

Posted Wednesday, 16-Sep-2015

Legends of the Five Rings, a new Star Wars game, and a few high profile reprints in this week’s Board Game News Brief.

 

Contributed by Calvin Wong

 

Risk: Star Wars Edition (Also available in Black)

Considered a reboot of the 2000 classic Star Wars: Queen’s Gambit, Risk: Star Wars Edition puts 2 to 4 players in the cockpits of the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire as they reenact the final battle of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The board is shaped like a TIE Fighter. Well done, Hasbro.
The board is shaped like a TIE Fighter. Well done, Hasbro.

 

Despite the name, the game bears little resemblance to Risk as we know it, taking place on three separate battlefields: The space battle for the Death Star, the ground battle to disable the Death Star’s shields, and the duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

The game is also available in a more expensive Black Edition, which includes extra miniatures for the Death Star, the Millenium Falcon, the Super Star Destroyer, Stormtroopers, and some improved dice.

 

Legend of the Five Rings acquired by Fantasy Flight, to become LCG.

20 year old collectible card game Legend of the Five Rings has been sold by its parent company AEG. Fantasy Flight Games has acquired the property and plans to relaunch it in its Living Card Game format in 2017.

 

Hopefully the game kicks as much butt as she does.
Hopefully the game kicks as much butt as she does.

 

Legend of the Five Rings is notable for its constantly evolving storyline which responds to the results of players around the world.

Fantasy Flight’s Living Card Game format (which includes games like Android: Netrunner, Warhammer 40k: Conquest, and Game of Thrones: Second Edition) eschews the hunt for random and rare cards by standardizing the contents of each expansion.

AEG’s final expansion cycle for Legend of the Five Rings will be released later this year before its long hiatus and eventual rebirth.

 

Zombie 15 receives solo campaign

Long after being promised in the Kickstarter campaign, real time co-op game Zombie 15 is finally receiving its solo play rules.

 

Not pictured: The follow up campaign Right of Way
Not pictured: The follow up campaign Right of Way

 

The new campaign features 15 (ha!) new scenarios, each written for one or two of the Heroes on the roster, and some new rules. The English release will be in October 2015, and backers of the Kickstarter who pledged for this can expect to receive it soon.

Zombie 15 is a real time co-op game for 1 to 4 players which lasts exactly 15 minutes.

 

Escape From The Aliens in Outer Space: Ultimate Edition 

This 2011 hidden movement horror game is receiving a brand new edition. Osprey Game’s website  has the Ultimate Edition up for preorder.

 

The minimalism. The horror.
The minimalism. The horror.

 

This new box contains laminated boards for easy reuse, 8 dry erase markers, content from the earlier Limited Editions, and new abilities for all the characters.

Escape From the Aliens In Outer Space pits humans vs aliens in a pitch-black space ship – but who is human and who is alien? And where exactly are they?

 

Twilight Struggle receives 2015 update.

Classic Cold War game Twilight Struggle Deluxe Edition is being updated with new layouts and rules tweaks.

 

The new board layout.
The new board layout.

 

Hailed as the #1 ranked game on BoardGameGeek.com, Twilight Struggle is a 2 player, card driven game simulating the entire length of the Cold War. Known for its asymmetry and quagmire of impossible decisions, the game has been extremely well-regarded since its release a decade ago.

 

Quick Kickstarters

From industry luminary Eric Lang, the designer of XCOM: The Board Game, Chaos in the Old World, Blood Rage, Arcadia Quest, and Marvel Dice Masters comes his latest design The Others: 7 Sins.

 

Mountains of miniatures
Mountains of miniatures

 

This horror board game pits 1 player as a Sin against the forces of FAITH, a team of heroes who must save the world from darkness.

Charm City Blues is a noir detective card game where players co-operatively try and solve a case and catch the suspect before time is up.

In the same vein, Private Die: A Noir Dice Game is a quick dice-rolling game where players are trying to press their luck and break their witnesses, featuring varying complexity levels and a low price point.

Explore the solar system with Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration – a board game about rocket science designed by actual rocket scientists.

 

A mission patch!
A mission patch!

 

Players must complete their missions while dealing with political and funding pressure. Inspired by and hewing close to real science, Xtronaut can double as a fun way to learn about orbital mechanics.

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