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Mercury Games Adds More Walls to More Cities and Prepares for Foreclosure

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: The Walled City: Londonderry & Borderlands
• North American publisher Mercury Games has revealed that the previously announced game The Walled City: Londonderry from designers Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer will now be released in October 2014 as The Walled City: Londonderry & Borderlands. What's changed? Well, let's post the old description for a starting point:

The Walled City: Londonderry pits rival politicians against one another to become the first mayor of the city. Founding a medieval walled city is no easy task, however, and you are about to find out just how difficult it can be!

The game consists of two rounds, each with multiple turns followed by a scoring phase. In each turn, you play cards to build roads that form neighborhoods with citizens that have allegiances to one of the players. You'll nominate watchmen to the towers, rig districts (gerrymandering), and raise great walls. All of these play a part in solidifying your power as you attempt to climb to the top of the political heap. Providing a safe place to live for the peasants will earn you a large reward, but failing to construct the city wall in time will see the loyal knights abandon the city for safe haven.

All the while, the Guilds that you align yourself with impart special powers that can upset the plans of your rivals. Move a road to form a new neighborhood where the citizens in your camp are in the majority or remove a wall that protects rival citizens from the ravages of the surrounding area. The Guilds will affect the outcome of who runs the city when the dust settles.
The game board in The Walled City will now be double-sided, with the reverse side featuring a region called "Borderlands" that's based on the city of Neuf-Brisach in the Alsace region in northeastern France. Construction on Neuf-Brisach began about 1700, with the city featuring streets in a regular grid pattern within an octagonal fortification, as the city was meant to help guard the France/Germany border. A new set of Guild cards is included for use with the Borderlands version of The Walled City, which includes other twists to the gameplay as well; the Guild cards for the two halves of the game can be combined for more variety of gameplay, with nine of the 24 cards being used in any one game.

Mercury's Richard Diosi notes that The Walled City: Londonderry & Borderlands should be playable at Gen Con 2014 in August, but the game's production won't be finished in time for sales at that show.

Board Game: Foreclosed!
• Also due out in October 2014 from Mercury Games is Foreclosed!, an English-language version of Vasaran Alla from Finnish brothers Jani and Tero Moliis. Here's a rundown of the setting and gameplay:

Wealthy Uncle Moneybag has gone bankrupt, and his entire property must now be sold to the banks and creditors. Are you greedy enough to get more than your fair share? Can you negotiate your way to prosperity? Then Foreclosed! just might be a game for you.

In the game, you are one of the creditors looking to reclaim your, ahem, "fair" share of this debtor's wealth. His property has been divided into five different categories: real estate, vehicles, luxury, antiques, and collector items. Cash is also available, and it's needed for negotiating with the other creditors. To start, you're awarded one item from Wealthy Uncle Moneybag's collection of property, but perhaps you'd like something else instead? If so, make the holder of that item an offer, and he'll be forced to either pay money to protect it or swap his item for yours. Once all players have had a chance to swap, the items they hold are added to their personal collections. The more property of one type you manage to acquire, the more valuable your share will be — and this is what counts in the end, so take your seat as the negotiations are about to begin.
Mercury's Kevin Nesbitt describes the game this way: "Imagine For Sale with a bit of a mean streak."
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