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New Game Round-up: Vinhos Comes Close, Bleasdale Cracks Nuts & FFG Launches Sky Traders

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Vinhos will be available (finally!) in the U.S. the week of March 12, 2012, according to Filosofia's Martin Bouchard.

• In a March 5, 2012 news item, I noted that German publisher Pegasus Spiele had picked up Sebastian Bleasdale's On The Cards for a localized edition. This was incorrect. The card game Auf die Nuss is actually a new design from Bleasdale that will debut from Pegasus sometime in 2012 with illustrations by Michael Menzel. The game description in the Pegasus catalog was vague, noting only the card game's "simple, yet ingenious mechanism", and I jumped to the wrong conclusion. Thanks to Sebastian for slapping my wrist and not allowing me to retcon his creation out of existence!

• Steve Jackson Games says that production delays have bumped the release of Munchkin: The Guild from April to May 2012.

• A number of European game releases will be available through U.S. stores in March 2012, according to Alliance Game Distributors, which (unsurprisingly) is distributing the games. The titles in question are Michael Schacht's Gold!, Reiner Stockhausen's Siberia, Alba Longa (which is actually a small run production by Tasty Mintrel Games and not an import), Pirates: Governor's Daughter, Arriala: Canal de Garonne, Mare Balticum, Coney Island, Cité, and Masters of Commerce (which again is actually from a U.S. company, although Asmodee is releasing the game in an edition of its own later in 2012).

• U.S. publisher Fantasy Flight Games has announced Sky Traders, a big game from designer Gioacchino Prestigiacomo co-produced with Dust Games for release in Q2 2012. Here's a brief description of the game:

Command your own skyship and become a master merchant in Sky Traders, a board game of commerce and intrigue for two to five players. Evade the ruthless Wind Pirates as you collect influence with the powerful Sky Guild. Manipulate the commodity market using your powers of persuasion. Through clever trades and resourceful captaining, you can seize the title of Master of the Sky Guild!

A much longer description awaits on the game page. One note: FFG lists the playing time as 120-240 minutes, but we have only a single playing time box here on BGG, so I split the difference at 180 minutes. Adding a second p.t. box to allow for a range of times is one of many suggestions I've submitted to TPTB. They're busy with the site redesign, of course, so I don't expect to see something added right away that will encourage 50,000 corrections, but I did want to pass along that bit of behind-the-scenes info.
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