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New Game Round-up: Works in Progress — Zombies Around the Dark Moon in 80 Days

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game Publisher: Twilight Creations, Inc.
Twilight Creations has announced that it plans to release a Zombies!!! Ultimate Collector Set in 2016, with this item being a giant carrying case that can hold all fifteen Zombies!!! sets released (to date).

The case — shown below as a work in progress — will be available on its own or jam-packed with all fifteen Zombies!!! titles. The publisher notes in its announcement, "We originally wanted to do this as a Kickstarter, but to save you all (the customer) money we will be offering this through retailers as well as [via] direct sales. Hopefully this will be available by Halloween — if all goes well."

In a separate announcement, Twilight Creations revealed that Midnight Syndicate will produce a "dark instrumental album, which will feature new and previously recorded material blended with movie-style sound design" to serve as a soundtrack to accompany the playing of Zombies!!!. From the press release:

"We've been talking about doing this project for a long time," said Edward Douglas. "With Zombies!!! celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016, now seemed like the perfect time. We're working closely with the Twilight team to create something that really enhances their players' gaming experience."

"Musically, it will be interesting to work in a modern setting," added Gavin Goszka. "Most of our albums have been set in the Victorian and early 20th century, so this will definitely be something different and exciting for us and our fans."
Twilight Creations anticipates releasing this soundtrack in September 2016, and it will be included in both the empty and game-filled versions of the Zombies!!! Ultimate Collector Set. An Ultimate Upgrade Kit is also in the works for Zombies!!!, with details of this item to be announced at a later date.

From gallery of W Eric Martin

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Board Game: Dark Moon
• Continuing the theme this post of "works in progress", in this blurry pic from The Gathering of Friends, Stronghold Games owner Stephen Buonocore "revealed" the Dark Moon expansion Shadow Corporation. Whether this is something under development, under contract, or under consideration for possible publication in the future is, like the picture, unclear.

Board Game Publisher: Purple Brain Creations
• In early 2014, I wrote that French publisher Purple Brain Creations was publishing a new version of Gary Kim's Royal Turtle as The Hare and the Tortoise as part of its "Tales & Games" series.

Now the name of that familiar fable is coming up once again as PBC plans to launch a new series of "storybook games" — one aimed at an older audience than "Tales & Games" — in 2016 with a new version of David Parlett's Hare & Tortoise, with this design being revamped to have players live the story of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. As noted on Tric Trac, Tom Vuarchex is handling the graphic design of this game (and the subsequent series), and he's taking inspiration from the look of Pierre-Jules Hetzel editions of the Verne novels released in the mid-1800s. The design is still a work in progress, but I practically fell out of my chair when I saw the pics below that PBC's Benoît Forget posted on Facebook. So gorgeous!

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Then Forget followed up by posting this teaser of what might come in the future, stressing that David Parlett is not the author of every game in this series — simply a placeholder for this work in progress by Vuarchex:

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