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New Game Round-up: Old Games Made New — Acquire, RoboRally, Order of the Gilded Compass & Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier Game

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier Game
• In what might be seen as a perfect branding opportunity, Brian Yu's Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters — the 2014 Kinderspiel des Jahres winner that's finally due out in English from Mattel in July 2016 — will also be released in a separate edition as Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier Game. I believe that this latter item will be exclusive to the Target retail chain in the U.S., but I'm double-checking that detail. Update, June 1: This item will be available at multiple retailers, according to designer Brian Yu. Target, which does have exclusivity on a number of game releases, has just listed the game prior to anyone else in this situation.

Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier Game includes four ways to play: Basic Battle, Basic Battle with Rowan, Advanced Adventure, and Advanced Adventure with Rowan. Designer Yu tells me that Rowan is a special ghost figure included in this version that cannot be killed. When Rowan's card comes up in the deck, you draw the next card, then move it to that room. If that room becomes a haunting due to the number of ghosts in it, Rowan automatically moves to the next room.

Board Game: Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier Game

Board Game: Alea Iacta Est
Board Game: Order of the Gilded Compass
Grey Fox Games plans to release a new edition of Jeffrey D. Allers and Bernd Eisenstein's Alea Iacta Est at Gen Con 2016 under the title Order of the Gilded Compass. (Note that the image at left shows only the logo for this new release.) Here's an overview of the setting for this re-design:

Order of the Gilded Compass is a dice assignment game for 2-5 players. In this game, each player takes on the role of a treasure hunter seeking invitation to join the most prestigious of archaeological secret societies. Players scour the globe to unearth fantastic and valuable artifacts. By assigning their archaeologist dice to the right locations at the right time, players acquire treasure maps and specialists to follow them, dive for sunken treasure, acquire rare finds at the auction house, and even enlist the help of the Illuminati. The player who has the most treasure at the end of the game earns an invitation to The Order of the Gilded Compass and wins.

Order of the Gilded Compass uses a variable set-up in order to create fresh and interesting game play experiences. Each game has five locations in play to which players may assign their dice for various kinds of treasures and bonuses, and the game includes nine different buildings to allow for many unique combinations.
• I skipped ACD Games Day this year to attend BGG.CON Spring 2016, which meant that I missed out on seeing the new versions of Sid Sackson's Acquire and Richard Garfield's Robo Rally that Avalon Hill displayed at that trade show, but thankfully Josh Githens from Czech Games Edition passed along the following image to me:

From gallery of W Eric Martin

I posted some details about the new edition of Robo Rally on BGG News in March 2016, but this is the first that I've head about Acquire hitting the market again, so I've contacted Avalon Hill for details and will post again if I hear anything.
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