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New Game Round-up: Card Tepee in Cherokee, Spielbox Freebie & a Rune Age Peekie

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Cherokee
White Goblin Games has announced a new card game from Fréderic Moyersoen called Cherokee that will be released on May 28, 2011. Here's a short description:

Players try to occupy the most and highest positions in the hierarchy with their clan members. On a turn, a player chases away one member in the pyramid of cards, which represents the hierarchy of the tribe. This gap is then filled with one successor from below, with that gap being filled likewise. At the end of a turn, the player adds one card from his hand to the final gap in the base of the pyramid.
WGG has released a video trailer in Dutch for Cherokee that is long on theme and short on game play.

• Spanish publisher nestorgames has released a new version of an old game from Philip Orbanes called Realm, which with What's My Word? and Montage makes three returning titles from the 1970s Gamut of Games line. Do I hear four?

• In addition to the previously announced The Great Museum – overview hereRichard Denning's Medusa Games will feature one other title in prototype form at the UK Games Expo in June 2011: 1066: The Battle of Hastings Card Game. A short description from the new games page for UK Games Expo:

It is October 14th 1066 – late afternoon. On Senlac Hill near Hastings the Saxon Army under King Harold II is fighting the invading Normans under William, Duke of Normandy. The battle is not going well for William. Twice he has attacked and twice been repelled and it looks as if he cannot break Harold's Lines. He calls his nobles to him and promises them gold and land if they will defeat the Saxons and Kill Harold. It is time for his Counts to make a name for themselves.
Lots of other titles listed on that page.

• Trask at names Reiner Knizia's Star Trek: Expeditions, coming from WizKids in June 2011, his pick of the GAMA Trade Show held in March 2011. Details from a sample game he played at GTS are included in the link above.

• Spielbox has made Funkenschlag: Speicherkraftwerk – an unofficial Power Grid expansion card published in issue 1/2011 of its magazine – available for download from its website.

Fantasy Flight Games has posted a preview of its deck-building game Rune Age highlighting how the game is centered on scenarios that will give players a specific goal each time they play.

• A new expansion – or something – is in the works for Days of Wonder's Small World given the representative image currently in place on the BGG game page and the shadowy presence on DoW's own Small World game page. If I had to guess, I'd say Li'l Abner's Mammy is coming to bash a few interlopers in Dogpatch...

Update: Alas, no armies of Mammy – at least not yet, but DoW has revealed one of the new races players will see in whatever Small World expansion is on the horizon: gnomes.
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