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New Game Round-up: Dividing Spoils of War, Terminating Timelines, and Celebrating Ten-Year-Old Feld

W. Eric Martin
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• Every gamer knows, whether true or not, that Vikings were all about pillaging, and now in Spoils of War — due out from Bryan Pope, Jason Medina, and Arcane Wonders in April 2017 — 3-5 players get to figure out how to divvy up the goods. An overview:

The raid is over, and the victorious Vikings gather in the chieftain's tent to divide the spoils of war! Piled high on a massive oak table are the best treasures taken during the raid: gleaming gems, shiny swords, fine armor, and magical artifacts! Once strong allies, the Vikings are taken by greed, and soon a heated debate ensues — who will get which spoils? Fists pound the table, insults are made, and tempers rise!

Spoils of War is a fast-paced and exciting game of bidding and wagering. Each round, players roll their dice, then cleverly bluff and bet to outwit their fellow Vikings. The winners of each round get to claim fantastic treasures to add to their collection! With lots of twists and surprises, no one knows who will win until the last treasure is claimed and the spoils are counted!
Space Goat Productions, publisher of the forthcoming Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game, has announced that it will kickstart The Terminator: The Official Board Game in 2017, with William Wisher Jr. — screenwriter on both The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day — serving as a story consultant for the game. Here's an overview of the setting:

The Terminator: The Official Board Game is an asymmetrical strategy game played across two boards: one in 1984 and one in 2029. One player takes control of all the forces of the machines — Hunter Killer flying machines, Terminator endoskeletons, and new robots based on the classic 1980s aesthetic — while the rest of the players take the role of the human resistance, struggling against the impossible odds of the machine uprising.

CMON Limited has licensed Edward Chan's Banana Bandits for release in the U.S. in Q2 2017, with the monkey players crawling around a skyscraper trying to punch one another to steal each other's coins. A representative from CMON Limited told me that the game rules have been reworked somewhat from the game's first appearance at SPIEL 2016 from Capstone HK.

Thames & Kosmos will release the three escape room games from Inka & Markus Brand — EXIT: The Game – The Pharaoh's Tomb, The Secret Lab, and The Abandoned Cabin — in English in Q2 2017.

• At BGG.CON 2016, the U.S. branch of Ravensburger teased two items forthcoming in 2017, those being new editions of Stefan Feld's Notre Dame and In the Year of the Dragon, with both of the cover mock-ups being labeled "10th anniversary" and "Expansions included". The expansions in In the Year of the Dragon are straightforward — The Great Wall of China & The Super Events, both of which appeared in the Treasure Chest of alea expansions released in 2009 — but it's not clear exactly what's in Notre Dame as the expansions listed are "New Persons I" and "New Persons II", while the Treasure Chest included only a set of nine "new person" cards.

What's more, the back cover of Notre Dame notes that it also includes "The Trading Routes" expansion for The Castles of Burgundy. I plan to speak with a Ravensburger rep at BGG.CON 2016 on Friday to find out more about these two items.

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