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Root: Second Expansion announced

Leder Games, the publisher of the highly regarded games Vast and Root, has announced Root: Underworld, the second expansion for Root.

Introducing Root: The Underworld, a new expansion pack for Root: A Woodland Game of Might and Right. This pack provides two new asymmetric factions to mix and match with current Root content for new player dynamics, as well as two new maps with new map-specific rules.

Publisher website
Underworld announcement banner

As always the expansion will come to Kickstarter first, but will also see a retail release once it has been finished production and has been shipped to everyone.

A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians Update

The good news: The Norwegians expansion has finally arrived in the UK. The bad news: only in very small numbers.

Box cover

So for us, this means that of 24 copies we had pre-ordered with the UK distributor we only will get three copies. This, unfortunately, means that we won’t be able to fulfil most of the pre-orders that have been placed with us.

We have informed all our pre-order customers by email and are very sorry that it has come to this. Because at the moment we don’t know if/when there will be a restock of the English edition, we are looking into ordering the German edition of the expansion which could be here sometime next week (and is with £24.95 also a lot cheaper than the English one).

The only problem: there is some German text on the game boards and some tokens.

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Back of the German box

For comparison here is a screenshot of the English components of the expansion:

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English components

There is also a discussion on BGG about the language independency of the expansion:

To be clear you won’t need to know another language to be able to play it. 

However, the new action board and exploration boards will have text on them. For me personally this means I will be waiting for an English copy. 

It will be up to each individual though to know how important that is to them.

BGG forum

If based on this informations anybody is interested in taking a copy of the German edition instead of the English edition, please let us know. We will place the order in Germany on Friday morning and should have the expansion in stock sometime next week.

Space Cowboys restarts TIME Stories

Eric Martin (BGG News) talked to Space Cowboys at the Nuremberg Toy Fair and the most interesting news they had for him was about the reboot of TIME Stories in Q3/Q4 of 2019:

TIME Stories base game

First, no base game will exist for what’s been re-dubbed TIME Stories Revolution. Each scenario will be a standalone item that can be played in any order relative to other titles in the “blue cycle”. Says Doucet, instead of starting each scenario in the time agents’ base with Bob scowling and sniping at you while giving you an info dump, you’ll jump straight into the scenario. While the “white cycle” tended to focus on items — as indicated by the cover of each scenario in it — the “blue cycle” will focus on characters, and the covers of these scenarios, such as that of TIME Stories Revolution: A Midsummer Night at right, will reflect that.

(BGG News)

The new cycle will start with two new scenarios (A Midsummer Night and The Hadal Project) in Q3/Q4 (I assume both will get released at GenCon in the US and at Essen in Europe).

Iello announces Expansion for Bunny KingDOM

Bunny Kingdom in the Sky is the first expansion for Richard Garfield’s Bunny Kingdom.

Cover box

Bunny Kingdom in the Sky adds a new game board to the world of Bunny Kingdom that allows you to link fiefs in the sky with those on land. Aside from the game board, this expansion includes new cards, new types of resources, a set of playing pieces that allow five bunnies to play in the same game, and a larger type of building that increases your influence in that area by a factor of five.

(Publisher description)

The estimated release date for the UK is May and the expansion is now available to pre-order.

Link: Dice Tower News

Unboxing: Adventure Island (Pegasus Spiele)

Adventure Island is a new game from Pegasus Spiele, designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach.

Adventure Island box cover

Unfortunately, your ship got hit by a storm on the way to India and sank. With your last bit of strength and a huge amount of luck, you made it to the banks of a desert island. Through a miracle, you are not hurt, but you are exhausted and disheartened. How will you escape from this unfamiliar desert island? Or maybe the island is not so deserted after all? As a group of shipwrecked passengers, you need to survive, explore the island, and find a way home.

Adventure Island tells a continuous story in multiple parts. Players have to work together to survive. Their decisions influence the development of the story and add new elements to the game. Achievements reached throughout the game unlock permanent bonuses. With so much to explore and no destruction of components, Adventure Island can be played over and over again.

(Publisher description)

Joel Wright from Devon Dice has taken a look at the contents of the box and posted the Unboxing video today on Youtube:

FFG announces Star Wars: Outer Rim

FFG has announced a new Star Wars board game called Outer Rim.

Far from the shadows of Coruscant’s skyscrapers lies the dangerous Outer Rim. To many citizens, the galaxy’s edge represents a hive of scum and villainy that is better left ignored. But to the scoundrels of the galaxy, the Outer Rim represents opportunity. If you can survive the harsh conditions of the edge of space, you may just find yourself emerging from the grime of the underworld as one of the most famous scoundrels in the galaxy.

In Outer Rim, you take on the role of an underworld denizen, setting out to make your mark on the galaxy. You’ll travel the Outer Rim in your personal ship, hire legendary Star Wars characters to join your crew, and try to become the most famous (or infamous) outlaw in the galaxy!

(Description from the FFG Website)
Star Wars: Outer Rim box cover

The game will get released in the second quarter of 2019, so my guess would be June with a release at Origin in the US and the UK Games Expo in the UK.

For more details have a look at the Youtube video from Crabbok:

Plan B unveils two new games

The Toy Fair in Nuremberg has started today and while it is not as important for the board game industry as Essen or GenCon, it is still an important event to find out about the new releases planned for later in the year.

Plan B Games used the Toy Fair to unveil their next two projects:

  1. Century: A New World is the last part of the Century triology. According to Plan B the “game integrates the compelling and incredibly fun resource trading mechanisms found in the Century series with a worker placement mechanism with a twist!”
  2. Era: Medieval Age is a new game from Matt Leacock and builds upon his earlier Roll Through the Ages games and is according to the publisher description the first Roll-and-Build game.

Century: A New World will get released at Origins in June (hello UK Games Expo???) and Era will be available at GenCon in August.

Link: BGG News


New Digital Board Games announced

Dire Wolf Digital (Clank! and the digital card game Eternal) has announced six new digital adaptations of well-known board games.

The six games are:

  • WizKids and Mage Knight Board Game (WizKids)
  • Root (Leder Games)
  • Sagrada (Floodgate Games)
  • Yellow & Yangtze (Grail Games)
  • Wings of Glory (Ares Games)
  • Raiders of the North Sea (Renegade Game Studios)

Only Raiders of the North Sea has a release date yet (Q1 2019), hopefully we will get updates for the other five games soon.

Link: Dire Wolf Digital website

Portal Games announces plans for 2019

Last weekend Portal Games held their PortalCon and used the event to announces their plans for 2019.

Here is the list of new releases they announced during the keynote:

▪ Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North
▪ Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write
▪ Imperial Settlers: Big Box
▪ Prêt-à-porter
▪ Monolith Arena: Academics
▪ Neuroshima HEX! 3.0: Sand Runners
▪ Stronghold: Undead 2ed.
▪ Detective: L.A. Crimes
▪ Detective: Alexa edition
▪ Detective Signature Serie

Out of these titles, the Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write and the Alexa edition of Detective caught my eye. Hopefully, we will soon hear more about these games.

Link: Tabletop Gaming News