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New Game Round-up: Preparing More Escape Rooms, Revisiting Ground Floor, and Reading a Column of Fire

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: A Column of Fire
Board Game: Legends of Andor: The Last Hope
• English rules are now available (PDF) from Thames & Kosmos for Michael Rieneck's A Column of Fire, the third game in the Ken Follett series that started with The Pillars of the Earth. Thames & Kosmos has confirmed that A Column of Fire is due out in Q4 2017, with a reprint of The Pillars of the Earth due in mid-November 2017.

Thames & Kosmos has also confirmed a Q4 2017 release date for Legends of Andor: The Last Hope while noting that an English-language version of Legends of Andor: Dark Heroes will not appear until 2018.

The next three titles in the EXIT: The Game series of escape room games from Inka and Markus Brand — The Forgotten Island, The Polar Station, and The Forbidden Castle — will be released in the U.S. in mid-October 2017.

Board Game: Unlock!: Mystery Adventures
Board Game: Deckscape: The Fate of London
• Speaking of escape room games, Space Cowboys will release its second series of them — Unlock! Mystery Adventures — in France in July 2017, with distributor Asmodee stating that they'll be available in the U.S. in Q4 2017, with each scenario being sold separately (as was the case with the first three Unlock! scenarios).

• Italian publisher dV Giochi has already released its first escape room game — Deckscape: Test Time from Martino Chiacchiera and Silvano Sorrentino — and it will have both this title and the newer Deckscape: The Fate of London for sale at Gen Con 2017 in August.

• Developer Ulli Blennemann with Spielworxx is working on a new edition of David Short's Ground Floor, first released in 2012 by Tasty Minstrel Games, for release in 2018.

• New Zealand publisher SchilMil Games has posted the following teaser image on Facebook, noting that this game "does involve Martin Wallace and has links to A Study in Emerald".

From gallery of W Eric Martin

More generally, SchilMil announced in May 2017 that it had "entered into a two-year contracting agreement with internationally renowned board game designer Martin Wallace". In more detail:

Martin's expertise and experience will be invaluable to us and we are really pleased to have him on board. Initially he will be helping us refine a prototype we have under development and we're planning to publish and re-launch some of Martin's older designs under the SchilMil Games brand.

We've brain-stormed a number of other concepts together in the last few months, so we are both excited that more new games will appear as a result of this collaboration.
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