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  • Ticket to Ride Invites You to Paint Tracks in France and Claim Land in the Old West
    by W. Eric Martin Many publishers had surprise game announcements at Gen Con 50, with one of those announcements being the revelation of Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 6 – France & Old West from designer Alan R. Moon and publisher Days of Wonder.I had scheduled an interview with Moon in the BGG booth, but my understanding was that we would discuss the Ticket to Ride family, game design in general, and whatever else came to mind. Moon doesn't appear at many game conventions, so this was an interview I was looking forward to — and in the end we filmed a game overview as we did with dozens of other guests. Ah, well, Moon is still a great person to have on camera as you're never sure where the conversation might lead.We haven't processed that video yet (or the 200-ish others that we recorded over four days), so let's go with a text description for now:Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 6 – France & Old West includes a double-sided game board that features France on one side and the western half of the United States on the other.In the France half of this expansion, 2-5 players collect train cards and claim routes in order to complete tickets in hand, but most of the tracks on the board aren't colored! Each time that you draw cards, you must take a colored tile that's 2-5 train cars long and place that tile on an empty track bed. Once you've done this, any player can claim that route by discarding the appropriately colored cards from hand, as in any other Ticket to Ride game. (Single-length routes are already colored, and the map contains a number of gray-colored ferry routes.)Multiple track beds on the game board overlap, and once a tile has placed on the board, any track beds crossed by this tile are off-limits and nothing can be built on them. At the end of the game, players score their tickets, with bonuses being awarded for longest continuous route and most tickets completed.In the Old West half of the expansion, 2-6 players start the game by choosing (in reverse player order) a starting location for one of their three city pieces. The first route that a player claims must have this city as one of the route's two endpoints, and each subsequent route claimed must connect to that player's existing network.After claiming a route, a player can place one of their remaining cities on either end of that route by discarding a matching pair of train cards. Only one city marker can be in each city. Whenever a player builds a route that connects to a city owned by another player, the owner of the city claims the points for the route, not the player placing the trains. If both endpoints of the route have cities, then the owner of each city scores these points. Whoever completes the most tickets in this expansion scores 15 bonus points.As a variant, you... Read more »
  • SPIEL '17 Preview Now Live
    by W. Eric Martin BoardGameGeek's SPIEL '17 Preview is now live! For those who didn't immediately leave to go look at it, a few notes about the preview:• Currently the SPIEL '17 Preview has "only" 168 titles on it. Only. That's it.I sent out requests for information to publishers on July 31, and in the subsequent three weeks I added some of the info I received to this preview, but not nearly as much as I had hoped to do. Work on the Gen Con 2017 Preview was the usual throw-everything-at-the-wall-at-the- late-minute experience, the internet in the Gen Con hotel was terrible, and I didn't complete nearly as many Gen Con previews as I had wanted to. Cue this convention's laments. I still have designer diaries in the queue that I had hoped/planned to publish prior to Gen Con, for example, and I apologize to those designers. You'll be hearing from me with new publication dates.• If you are a publisher who has sent me your SPIEL '17 list, I probably have your info in my inbox. If not, it's in a folder for such things. I'll get to it. You're welcome to poke me should you care to do so.• As I noted in my preview of the new convention preview tool, comments currently don't work. You can thumb game listings, add private notes, and tag games with a personal priority status, but you can't comment publicly on the listing itself. I'm not sure when we might have comments on the preview as I'm not the tech guy doing such things.• Users have suggested listing the game designer above the fold, adding different printing options, and doing other things with the preview format. We have read those suggestions, and we'll figure out what we want to do over the next two months prior to SPIEL '17. I want to find some way to indicate the languages included with a particular version of a game, for example, with links to rules being a dream addition. We'll see.As noted above, the past few weeks have been consumed with Gen Con prep, so I'm running with what I have available to me right now — especially since I promised to publish the SPIEL '17 Preview on Monday, August 21 — rather than waiting until some unknown day in the future. Act now! If needed, update later! I'm trying to do more of that, both in work and in life, and so far so good.That's it for now. Go have a look SPIEL '17 Preview, subscribe for future additions to the list, and don't burn your eyes out staring at the sun!... Read more »
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    Publisher: Shades of VengeanceHarness amazing Psionic abiltiies for your character in A New Dawn, our fourth expansion for Era: The Consortium! Bring Psionic abilities to bear in the battle between the Consortium and the Resistance! A New Dawn brings the story of the end of 450CE, when a serum that imbues the user with Psionic abilities is created by Gaia Adaptation and Adjustment… then promptly stolen by both sides for use in the ongoing conflict. While the Senate argues over whether it should have been distributed under their control and the inventor wishes it had never been created, Psionic operatives appear on both sides. With this expansion, any player can get Psionic abilities, for a price: not only does a Psionic character’s body reject all their implants, but they begin their path down a slippery slope into Psionic Madness… N.B. This expansion requires the Era: The Consortium Core Rulebook or Rulebook Primer for use.Price: $5.00... Read more »
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  • Starting at Higher Level
    Some of your stories may involve a higher power scale than starting off at “level one” or the equivalent in your game system. Perhaps the tale you want to tell with your players is on a greater epic scale. Perhaps you tire of struggling to keep those lower-level characters alive. Perhaps it’s just time to […]... Read more »
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    The last new chapter of Hydro Hackers that I wrote was about Gear. It is the last thing I designed for the game. After this, I will be just adding text and mechanics to all the existing chapters of the game. Gear was a tough thing for me to wrap my head around. I knew […]... Read more »
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  • Masquerada - Review @ TechRaptor
    TechRaptor has reviewed Masquerada Songs and Shadows: Masquerada Songs and Shadows Review Sometimes through public professionalism, we grin and bear annoyance, or put on a brave face in times of extreme stress. Sometimes, we steel ourselves to from personal embarrassment or for selfish goals....... Read more »
  • Sole Descendant - Now on Indiegogo
    An Indigigogo campaign for the Action RPG Sole Descendant has been started: Sole Descendant Fast paced action RPG, with an emphasis on medieval combat mechanics and visually rich storytelling. loading... Awake and master sword fight in brutal, fast-paced melee combat across an engaging story campaign as the last cursed guardian of humankind....... Read more »