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Portal Games Unearths Alien Artifacts, Expansions for Multiple Titles

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game Publisher: Portal Games
Portal Games plans to debut its new edition of Robinson Crusoe at SPIEL 2016, along with expansions for Neuroshima Hex! and Imperial Settlers, but hey, why stop there? Let's announce even more!

Yes, Portal Games has announced four forthcoming titles for 2017, in addition to the previously announced (and still under development) First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet. Stronghold: Undead is a revised version of the previously released Stronghold: Undead expansion from 2010, with rules for "gathering mana, spell casting, and terror", as well as new buildings and abilities for the Defender and a brand new map with new routes for the Attacker. 51st State: Scavengers, an first expansion for 51st State: Master Set based on the previous 51st State expansion Ruins adds new locations to the game and lets you search the discard pile for tools to use in your State. Cry Havoc: Aftermath includes five new skills and three new structures for each faction and introduces an alternate game mode that ensures each game lasts for five full rounds; what's more, when passing an event token, instead of removing it, new scoring abilities are introduced that allow players even more options to gain victory points.

From gallery of Photodump
Board Game: 51st State: Master Set – Scavengers
Board Game: Cry Havoc: Aftermath

Aside from those expansions, at Gen Con 2017 Portal Games plans to launch Alien Artifacts by Viola Kijowska and Marcin Ropka. Here's a short description:

Alien Artifacts is an 4x-style card game in which you play as an interplanetary corporation, sending your research vessels into uncharted space to expand your knowledge and power. Build your ship, research tech, and explore the galaxy for anything — or anyone — you can exploit.

Alien Artifacts provides a true 4x experience in under an hour. With over 200 cards, Alien Artifacts offers players many scoring strategies and great re-playability.
A game titled "Alien Artifacts" by seemingly the same authors was announced by Polish publisher Trefl in 2015, and this might be the case of one game migrating to another publisher — something I hope to check given that the publisher and at least one of the authors is one site here at SPIEL 2016 and I can ask directly! Update, October 12: Yes, the two titles are the one and the same, and I've merged them in the BGG database, while moving the old images on that game page to the personal galleries of those who uploaded them since they no longer represent the game in question.

Board Game: Alien Artifacts
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