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More Cards for Dominion, More Palaces for Carrara, and More Animals to Stack Upon Animals

W. Eric Martin
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• While many of us were busy with Gen Con 2021, U.S. publisher Rio Grande Games announced Dominion: Allies, the 14th expansion in the Dominion game line from Donald X. Vaccarino.

Board Game: Dominion: Allies

Here's an overview of this December 2021 release:
It's a celebration! People are dancing in the streets, and riding horses through the dance halls. You've finally formed an alliance with the barbarians to the north. Instead of the streets running red with blood, they'll run, well, the usual color — let's not focus on what color the streets run. The point is, there's peace. Sure, negotiations were tricky. The barbarians are uncouth; they have no five-second rule and stick out the wrong finger when drinking tea. There are perks, too, though. They've given you skulls to drink mead out of and spices to get rid of the skull aftertaste. And you've given them stuff in return: forks, mirrors, pants. It's great for everyone. And with this treaty out of the way, you can get to work on your other neighbors. Soon, all the allies will be yours.

Dominion: Allies contains 400 cards, with 31 new Kingdom card piles that contain allies who will do favors for you and split piles that you can rotate.
Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara
• Belgian publisher Game Brewer plans to release a new version of The Palaces of Carrara from Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling, the design team behind its 2020 release Paris. This title will be Kickstarted in December 2021, and it will be followed by a new release from Kramer and Kiesling based on this calendar of crowdfunding projects on the Game Brewer website:

Oak, by Wim Goossens — October 2021
Palaces of Carrara (remake), by Kramer & Kiesling — December, 2021
Camargue (working title), by Franz Couderc — January, 2022
Lord's Land (working title), by Kramer & Kiesling — March, 2022
Hippocrates expansion, by Alain Orban — May, 2022
Pixie Queen expansion and big box, by Rudy Seuntjens — October 2022

• Designer Max Wikström has written designer diaries about many of the aspects of the 1-4 player co-operative fantasy game Agemonia, which is being Kickstarted by Finnish publisher ahead of a planned 2022 release.

Board Game: Agemonia

HABA is expanding its "My First..." line of products in 2021 with My First Advent Calendar, and while this item isn't a game, I'll be darned if it wouldn't make an ideal expansion for the Animal Upon Animal line, possibly with players taking turns to draft critters prior to the start of play.

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