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New Game Round-up: Dominion, Bohnanza & More from Rio Grande Games and Firefly Keeps Getting Gamier

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Dominion
Board Game: Mogul
• Time to catch up on some of the game announcements that have been piling up during all the Spiel 2014 hubbub. To start with the biggest wavemaker, designer Donald X. Vaccarino has noted and Rio Grande Games' Jay Tummelson has confirmed that a new large (~400 card) Dominion expansion will be released, most likely in the first half of 2015.

In a separate BGG post, Tummelson notes a few other items that might be released in the series: "We may replace the original Treasure and Victory cards (already available separately) in the base set and/or Intrigue at some point, and are also looking at offering a set of the metal tokens (the Treasure and Victory tokens) later in 2015. In the end, we want to offer our players new things to add to their Dominion experience and not just a replay of what they already have."

• In other Rio Grande news, Tummelson slipped out a newsletter during Spiel 2014 that announced a few new items, in addition to the Race for the Galaxy: Xeno Invasion expansion announced in mid-2014:

We...expect to release Mogul before the end of the year in both English and German.

We have completed work on two additions to the Bohnanza game: Ladies & Gangsters and Princes & Pirates. Ladies & Gangsters is our English version of Ladybohn and Al Cabohne; Princes & Pirates is our English version of Bohnröschen and La Isla Bohnita.

We are also working on a reprint of Elfenland, which will include the Elfengold expansion and a new map and transportation options to go with the new map.

Although we do not have print schedules for any of these games, we expect the two Bohnanza games to be ready in either December or January. Elfenland should release in the spring of 2015.
Board Game: Firefly: Tall Card
Toy Vault has announced another title in its Firefly universe of games — Firefly: Tall Card from TV game developer Ed Bryan. The gameplay description is meager — "...similar to draw poker, but the suits are inspired by Mah Jong tiles, so the composition of the deck is very different from a standard 52-card deck" — but the game isn't due out until early 2015 so there's still a few months for additional details to be delivered.

• Ed Bolme, who does work for AEG, posted a note looking for playtesters for new maps for Hisashi Hiyashi's Trains, and while he's been overwhelmed with responses at this point and doesn't need to hear from more people, I thought I'd share word of more Trains being in the works.

• French publisher Serious Poulp has a teaser for The 7th Continent on its website, describing the title as "the first 'choose-your-own-path' exploration board game" and inviting players to "help us make The 7th Continent the biggest playing field ever created" with "hundreds of events to face, challenges to overcome, creatures to hunt and fight, puzzles to solve!" when the title launches on Kickstarter in Q1 2015.
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