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The Return of the King: Knizia's The Lord of the Rings Being Released in Q4 2020

BoardgameNews - Sexta, 03/07/2020 - 17:39

by W. Eric Martin

U.S. publisher Fantasy Flight Games has announced that in Q4 2020 it will release a twentieth-anniversary edition of Reiner Knizia's classic co-operative game Lord of the Rings under the new title The Lord of the Rings: Anniversary Edition.

For those not familiar with what is arguably the second most influential co-operative game of all time, Pandemic being the first, here's an overview of the setting and gameplay:
Lord of the Rings is a co-operative game in which the object is to destroy the Ring while surviving the corrupting influence of Sauron. Each player plays one of the Hobbits in the fellowship, each of which has a unique power.

Over the course of the game, you make your way across four conflict game boards, representing some of the most memorable conflicts from the entire trilogy: Moria, Helm's Deep, Shelob's Lair, and Mordor. Each conflict board tests your small Fellowship to the utmost as you must play your quest cards to advance along multiple tracks. These tracks represent fighting, hiding, traveling, and friendship, and by playing quest cards from your hand with matching symbols, you can keep moving forward and push closer to victory.

Cover of the anniversary edition
The master game board indicates both the physical progress of the fellowship across Middle Earth and the corrupting influence of Sauron on the hobbits. If you're able to slip past your foes, you can hope to escape with minimal corruption, healing your hurts at safe havens along your path, such as the forest kingdom of Lothlórien. By playing your cards right and advancing quickly, you can collect powerful runes, unlock legendary cards to aid your journey, or find life tokens to help stave off corruption — not to mention advancing quickly through the conflicts. As you travel, the One Ring can be a crucial tool in your journey, allowing you to hide from sight, but repeated use will draw the attention of Sauron and corrupt the heart of the Ring-bearer.

Your journey leads you deeper into the darkness with each passing conflict, and safe havens become few and far between. You must carefully watch the corruption track because if the Sauron miniature ever meets a Hobbit, that player is eliminated — and if the Ring-bearer is eliminated, all players lose as Sauron reclaims the power of the One Ring. To win, throw the One Ring into the volcanic fires of Mount Doom.

FFG notes that the gameplay of this new edition hasn't been altered from the original release, but some of the punchboard components are being replaced by miniatures:
The Hobbits setting out on their journey are shaped with careful attention to detail, from their hairy feet to the top of their sturdy walking stick. The Sauron token has now been replaced with a menacing Black Rider figure, racing forward at a dead gallop and representing the constantly growing threat of corruption. The threat die now represents Sauron's power in a menacing black. And finally, the One Ring is now a beautiful miniature, graven with Elvish script and perfectly sized to fit over the Ring-bearer's miniature when they choose to use the One Ring.

FFG doesn't mention whether any of the expansions — Friends & Foes, Sauron, and Battlefields — will return to print. I'll update this post if I receive a response to my question about their status.
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New Game Round-up: Undaunted Awaits Reinforcements, Powerwolf Hunts Again, and a Llama Turns Pink

BoardgameNews - Sexta, 03/07/2020 - 13:00

by W. Eric Martin

• In 2019, UK publisher Osprey Games released the two-player, deck-building game Undaunted: Normandy from Trevor Benjamin and David Thompson. In November of that year it announced a sequel game taking place on a different continent — Undaunted: North Africa.

Now one week ahead of the delayed release of that second game, which was originally due out in May 2020, Osprey has announced an expansion for both games — Undaunted: Reinforcements, with this title due out in August 2021. Yes, that's more than a year away, but you haven't even touched North Africa at this point, so ideally you'll have plenty of time to prepare for this modular expansion. Here's what's coming:
In North Africa, the Long Range Desert Group is a thorn in the sides of the Italian forces, disrupting vital lines of communication and striking at strategic targets ranging far and wide. In Normandy, U.S. forces brace against German counterattack, determined to maintain their foothold in the region. The fighting is intense, and the outcome hangs on a knife's edge. With everything at stake, you desperately need reinforcements!


Undaunted: Reinforcements introduces a range of new rules, scenarios, and units. Unleash the might of the German and American tanks and see how your new squad options fare against them in Undaunted: Normandy, or make use of mines, assault aircraft, and other new units as you attempt to outfox your opponent in Undaunted: North Africa. Whether you have one Undaunted game or the other, with Reinforcements you can play for the first time in a four-player mode, or test your mettle in a solo mode by Dávid Turczi.

• As part of its fortieth anniversary celebration, German publisher AMIGO is releasing special editions of various titles in its catalog, with the newest such announced title being L.A.M.A. Party Edition, a new version of Reiner Knizia's 2019 Spiel des Jahres-nominated card game L.A.M.A.

This version of the game includes a single pink llama card that can be played on top of any card, but which is worth -20 points in hand at the end of a round; number cards with pluses, e.g., 4+, that allow you to take another turn immediately when played; and pink tokens worth 20 points, which means your luck can turn around quickly if you win a round and ditch one of those! For details on how to play L.A.M.A., check out my wildly enthusiastic overview video.

Cryptozoic Entertainment had announced Steven Universe: Beach-A-Palooza Card Battling Game from Erica Bouyouris and Andrew Wolf as a Q1 2020 release, but plans changed for what is likely to be any number of COVID-19-related reasons, and instead the game will now be Kickstarted starting on July 14, 2020, with the game being advertised as a "Kickstarter exclusive".

• German publisher Pegasus Spiele has picked up the Paolo Vallerga and Marco Valtriani design Armata Strigoi — which debuted at SPIEL '19 from Italian publisher Scribabs — for release worldwide, with the second edition of the game hitting the market in September 2020.

Armata Strigoi is inspired by and set in the world of German power metal band POWERWOLF, which co-designer Valtriani explained in detail in a BGG News designer diary in October 2019. For an overview of the setting and gameplay, you can watch this overview video recorded at SPIEL '19 or read the following:
The eternal struggle between vampires and werewolves is coming to an end. The last Vampire Master and his Apprentice, Strigoi from Wallachia, are dwelling in the ancient fortress of Tismana: a stronghold haunted by evil undead creatures. Nevertheless, the POWERWOLF — sons of the Legends of the Night and the Armenia Savage Army — the defenders of the "Real Truth", prepare for a last frantic assault knowing there are no alternatives to victory!

Armata Strigoi is a game in which the Powerwolf win or lose as a team, but each player makes their own decisions about their actions and movements. Each player represents one of the Powerwolf heroes which assault the Strigoi's fortress as a single pack. In order to win they have to defeat both Vampires. However, the two foes are initially invulnerable and their vitality is intrinsically linked to their dwelling fortress, thus, upon the demise of the first vampire the whole structure will start to crumble and collapse on itself, making the victory a race against time!


The Powerwolf act collectively, but a pack of werewolves during a furious assault is not known to be a highly organized band that can devise and set up high-profile strategies and tactics. Hence, the players are forbidden from sharing details about their cards, though they can talk to each other, propose joint actions, or heal a comrade.

Victory is achieved by defeating both Strigoi. To make them vulnerable, the Powerwolf must first collect Blood Points by decimating the fellow Creatures of the Night who haunt the fortress. During their quest, they can also collect weapons and magical artifacts.

If one Strigoi perishes, the other immediately turns into a Supreme Master Vampire, making them even more lethal. At the same time, the fortress starts to crumble and collapse room by room. If both Strigoi are defeated, the Powerwolf pack wins the game. It is not an easy task, but let the hunt begin!
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Fortress: Ameritrash - Sexta, 03/07/2020 - 06:00
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Decision Games’ July Deal of the Month!

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Buffalo Wings (Against the Odds @ Kickstarter)

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