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New Game Round-up: The Empire Rises, Roosters Go Rushing, and Ruins Inhabits New Scavengers

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• I've been writing about Tokyo Game Market for the past week or so (and tweeting dozens of pics from that show), but plenty of other game announcements have taken place during this time, such as Fantasy Flight Games' announcement of Star Wars: Rebellion – Rise of the Empire, with this prequel(?) expansion including "eight new leaders, thirty-six plastic miniatures, five target markers, two attachment rings, three new dice, and more than one-hundred new cards" to incorporate elements from the movie Rogue One into the earlier game.

• On Facebook, Lookout Games has posted two images of a prototype from Michael Kiesling titled Riverboat: entlang des Mississippi (Riverboat: Along the Mississippi), with the earlier, March 2017 image referring to the game as one of their "summer novelties", but nothing has been announced definitively, so I'll leave this as a teaser for now.

• The video game Deadly Premonition is being made into a board game, specifically Deadly Premonition: The Board Game. The website for the game has almost no information on the design, but that's because it served to countdown the launch of a Kickstarter funding project that has already netted $120K. As for the gameplay, here's a short description:

Deadly Premonition: The Board Game is a detective-themed 2-4 player card-based board game inspired by cult sensation video game Deadly Premonition and set in the mysterious town of Greenvale, following the Murder of Anna Graham.

In Deadly Premonition: The Board Game, you and your fellow detectives must take on the task of protecting the innocent, incriminating the guilty, and working out who might not be who they say they are. With a hidden killer amongst the detectives, the race is on to identify a suspect as an accomplice in order track down the true killer.

• Designers Antoine Bauza and Corentin Lebrat originally self-published Gaijin Dash! for Tokyo Game Market in 2016, and now Mayday Games has licensed the design for a U.S. release in Q4 2017 as Rooster Rush.

I recorded an overview video in May 2016 if you want the full details on the game, but in brief players are trying to cross a busy road and not be hit by traffic. On a turn, you spin colored tokens that represent vehicles, and you want to slap the matching-colored card that you feel won't hit you — but the safety of that lane in the highway won't be determined until the token stops spinning and lands on SAFE or UNSAFE. Collect three unsafe results, and you're out of the game; score eleven points or be the last one standing, and you win.

• On June 7, 2017, Portal Games debuts 51st State: Scavengers — an expansion for 51st State: Master Set based on the older 51st State expansion Ruins — in Poland and Germany, with the English-language expansion coming to Europe on June 14 and North America on June 28. The expansion includes new and old cards, with players now being able search the discard pile for valuable locations in order to reuse them for your own purposes.
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