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New Game Round-up: New Edition Assembled for Patchistory, Vikings Sail Again & New Nemesis for Not-So-Old Relic

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Patchistory
• Eric Reasoner, formerly of Japanime Games, has started his own publishing house — StuntKite Publishing — and announced his first release: a new edition of Spiel 2013 wunderkind Patchistory from designers Yeon-Min Jung and Jun-Hyup Kim and publisher Deinko Games. Patchistory had only fifty English-language copies available at Spiel 2013, and they were snatched up within minutes of the doors opening on the first day. Reasoner says that all of the material is being edited and the rule rewritten for clarity, with the StuntKite edition of the game due out in May 2014. In case you're unaware of what the game's about, a short description:

Patchistory is a strategy board game with cards that symbolize historical heroes and wonders, with the whole game being divided into three eras. During the game, you acquire these cards through auctions and expand your territory by placing cards so that they overlap one another in a 5×5 space in the first era, a 6×6 space in the second era, and a 7×7 space in the third era. When your land – that is, the layout of your cards – is well built, the card functions are activated. You can earn victory points with diplomatic actions, domestic politics, war movement, the actions of production, etc., and at the end of the game, the person with the highest score after the third era wins.

Because you can make combos with lots of features on historical cards and you can score in various ways, Patchistory will give you another new exciting play every time it hits the table.
Adds Reasoner, "Patchistory is our first release, and we have a number of exciting new titles in the pipeline."

Board Game: Vikings
• When Z-Man Games announced in 2012 that it was the new English-language license partner with Hans im Glück and asked what people wanted to see, Michael Kiesling's Vikings was one of the top requests. Now Z-Man has announced that a new edition of Vikings will be released in Q2 2014.

• Z-Man Games also plans to release a fourth title in the Pocket Battles series of games from Paolo Mori and Francesco Sirocchi. Details on that are forthcoming the week of January 27, 2014.

• On Facebook, AEG posted a pic of a new POP display that holds its line of small, boxed, quick-playing card games such as Agent Hunter, Maximum Throwdown and various editions of Love Letter. From the announcement: "Retailers can then restock with those games and upcoming new games such as Sail to India, Valley of the Kings, Seventh Hero, and more!"

Wait, what was that last one again? AEG's Todd Rowland has let me know that Seventh Hero is "another under-the-radar Japan import", more specifically a card game that plays with up to four players due out in 2014 that isn't yet in the BGG database. Okay, that's still not very specific, but more details will come later.

Board Game: Relic: Nemesis
• U.S. publisher Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new expansion for John Goodenough's Relic board game, with Relic: Nemesis having an anticipated release date of April 2014. Lots of new stuff is being added to the game, as detailed here:

Nemesis, the first expansion for Relic, introduces player-versus-player combat to the board game in an optional new "Enemies of the Imperium" game mode; in this mode, up to two players play as Nemeses, such as a World Eaters Berserker or a Eldar Dire Avenger, instead of characters. In addition to the four nemesis roles, Nemesis introduces two new player characters — an Eversor Assassin and a Storm Trooper Sergeant — with up to six players now being able to play at the same time.

Nemesis also adds player-versus-player combat through a standalone "Apostates versus Devotee" mechanism; characters who choose to try to use new Apostate wargear — proscribed technology created by enemies of the Imperium — become Apostates, subject to the prosecution of other, more puritanical, Devotee characters.

Finally, Nemesis adds four new Scenarios to Relic, such as the "Hulk of the Wayward Warrior", in which players must complete a clean-up mission of the long lost space hulk, Wayward Warrior, and the "Master Collector" scenario that requires players to bring precious but forbidden treasures to an infamous and reclusive Rogue Trader.
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