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New Game Round-up: Bullets Become Dice in Bang! The Dice Game & Pre-Origins Overviews of Templars and Dungeon Venture

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game
• Italian publisher dV Giochi has announced the August 2013 release of Bang! The Dice Game, the next iteration of Emiliano Sciarra's decade-old card game Bang!. Bang! The Dice Game was designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach in collaboration with Sciarra, and it keeps the team-based hidden identity core of the original game, while transforming gunshots into dice rolls. Here's a description:

At the start of Bang! The Dice Game, players each take a role card that secretly places them on a team: the Sheriff and deputies, outlaws, and renegades. The Sheriff and deputies need to kill the outlaws, the outlaws win by killing the Sheriff, and the renegades want to be the last players alive in the game.

Each player also receives a character card which grants him a special power in the game. The Sheriff reveals his role card and takes the first turn of the game. On a turn, a player can roll the five dice up to three times, using the results of the dice to shoot neighboring players, increase the range of his shots, heal his (or anyone else's) life points, or put him in range of the Indians, which are represented by nine tokens in the center of the table. Each time a player rolls an arrow, he takes one of these tokens; when the final token is taken, each player loses one life point for each token he holds, then the tokens are returned to the center of the table.

If a player collects a trio of Gatling symbols on the dice, he fires one shot at everyone else and rids himself of Indian tokens. Who'll get his shot off first? Play continues until one team meets its winning condition – and death won't necessarily keep you from winning as long as your teammates pull through!
Or if you want to hear about the game instead of reading about it, here's a demonstration from dV Giochi's Roberto Corbelli that we recorded at the Nürnberg Toy and Game Fair in February 2013:

Board Game: Dungeon Venture
Board Game: The Mystery of the Templars
• Perhaps surprisingly (or perhaps not) that video is not the only one that's been in the can since February 2013 but not posted on BGG's YouTube channel or BGG itself. For Bang! The Dice Game, dV Giochi asked me to embargo the video until it was ready to announce the game properly; in other cases, though, I plead to negligence and busyness. Nürnberg was overtaken by NY Toy Fair, then attempts to catch up on game postings, then ACD Games Day, then that lost weekend from which I have only a tattoo as evidence, then [redacted], which brings us to the present day and the news that Italian publisher Stratelibri will be present at the Origins Game Fair – which opens June 12, 2013 – with Goblins: Epic Death, Jungle Brunch, Dungeon Venture, Bookmaker, and The Mystery of the Templars.

"Wait a minute," says I to myself upon reading this list of games. "Don't we have video overviews of Dungeon Venture and The Mystery of the Templars that were recorded at Nürnberg 2013? Yes. Yes, we do." So here (finally) is Silvio Negri Clementi from Giochi Uniti/Stratelibri giving an overview of these two games.

• Don't expect these to be the final videos from Nürnberg 2013. Looking over a list of what's been published to date, I see more than a dozen other videos waiting for their moment in the sun, some due to an embargo status still in place and others waiting due only to neglect. I'll finally get to those orphans in the next few days while posting new game news as well...
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