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New Game Round-up: Totally Hip, Half of the Oniverse & None of the Galaxy-Rolling

W. Eric Martin
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• All too often, I write notes to myself or email/bookmark links or save catalogs and press releases, then never get to that material because so much other stuff has followed it down the pipe and buried it. Sometimes, however, I run across that material once again and share it with you, gentle reader.

In this case, here's an image from a sell sheet that Z-Man Games was handing out at Spielwarenmesse 2014, the annual toy and game fair in Nürnberg, Germany. Artwork on these three games — Onirim, Sylvion and Castellion — isn't final, but it gives you a taste for what's coming. Each box is 6.3" square and 1.8" thick. The new edition of Onirim, for which I've created a separate listing given that the game now has seven expansions instead of three, contains 76 cards for the base game, 93 cards for the expansions and a small incubus figure.

At least three other games will exist in designer Shadi Torbey's Oniverse, but I don't have a pic of them. At least, I don't think I do...

• In the meantime, Z-Man Games has announced another new game, a new addition to its Deluxe Classic Card Game collection due out Q4 2014. Details are brief right now about Chimera, but here you go:
Chimera will transport you into the world of Tichu, but for three players. Place your bet and manage your hand wisely in order to trump your opponents. Sequentially play pairs, trips and straights, but beware of the Chimera that could ruin your grand plans...
• Another small Z-Man note: I need to eat crow about this comment regarding the packaging for Pandemic: The Cure as Z-Man's Sophie Gravel told me during Spielwarenmesse that she intends to package the game in a giant pill bottle, just as designer Matt Leacock had been presenting it during BGG.CON 2013. Color me surprised as I didn't think such packaging would fly with retailers, but I'll be happy to see on shelves should this turn out to be possible.

• Contrary to rumor, Wei-Hwa Huang and Thomas Lehmann's Roll for the Galaxy is not due for release in March 2014. I asked Rio Grande Games' Jay Tummelson for confirmation — along with the confirmation of release dates for Rattlebones and Quilt Show, which are listed as March 2014 releases in this retailer solicitation from Alliance Game Distributors — and Tummelson replied, "We have no release dates yet for any of these, but expect all within the next few months."

Board Game: Ogre
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• U.S. publisher Steve Jackson Games says that Ogre: Pocket Edition will reach retail stores in June or July 2014, with this recreation of the original 1977 release from designer Steve Jackson bearing the original $2.95 price.

• Coming out in the same timeframe and slightly more expensive is Hipster Dice, which bears this description:

Based on the underground German phenomenon Nichteinechteswürfelspiel and updated with vintage rules, Hipster Dice is poised to be the perfect game to play while you're waiting in line at the second-hand clothes store. Get it before it's cool.
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