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Robo Rally Returning from Hasbro in 2016

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Hasbro has announced that it will release a new version of Richard Garfield's RoboRally on August 1, 2016. (Note that the press release refers to "Robo Rally", and I'm checking on the actual spelling in order to assuage or inflame OCD tendencies.)

In September 2014, Garfield noted that he had revisited the game and "thought seriously about how I would redesign it given 20 additional years of experience". The result?

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I came up with a new design I really like. To summarize the effects of the changes: the game plays faster, has less downtime, is a bit crazier, and has more option card influx.
He also polled BGGers on how they'd like to experience a new edition of RoboRally. It's not clear from the game description exactly what might have changed from the 1995 or 2005 editions of the game, but I will note that this edition is for 2-6 players and it carries a $40 MSRP. Here's the description from Hasbro:

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Enter the world of mad machines and dangerous schemes in the Robo Rally board game. Players control their robot with game cards which reveal directions on how the robots can move through the hectic Robo Rally automobile factory. Use strategy to outsmart rival robots while racing towards each checkpoint in your chosen course in numerical order. Beware of factory obstacles such as industrial lasers, gaping pits, and moving conveyer belts that can make or break the race. The first player to reach all of the checkpoints wins and becomes an ultimate race legend.

The Robo Rally game includes 6 double-sided game boards, double-sided start board, 6 robot figures, 6 reboot tokens, 36 checkpoint tokens, plastic priority antenna, 6 checkpoints, 48 plastic energy cubes, 30-second sand timer, 6 robot player mats, 40 upgrade cards, six 20-card programming decks, 6 special programming cards, 74 damage cards, vac tray, label sheet, and game guide.
Oh, and one final note from Hasbro: "We're also excited to announce that Robo Rally will have a presence at the Hasbro booth at SXSW, offering attendees a live demo of the game. If you are planning to attend and would like to view Robo Rally in-person, the game will be available in the SXSW Gaming Hall on Thursday, 3/17 through Saturday, 3/19 from 12pm – 8pm."

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