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New Looks for Irish Gauge and Quartermaster General WW2, and a New Country for Brides & Bribes

W. Eric Martin
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Capstone Games is launching a new partnership with Winsome Games with a new version of the 2014 release Irish Gauge from Tom Russell with new art and graphic design from Ian O'Toole. Gameplay in this 3-5 player game features the familiar Winsome minimalism:

On each player's turn, they can either place a share of one of five companies up for auction, build track (represented by cubes) in one of these five companies, upgrade a town to a city, or call for dividends. The dividends are paid out to shareholders of certain railroads based on how many cities/towns they connect to and how many shares of this company have been issued. The upgrade and dividend actions also affect game length and the likelihood of further dividends for each company. The game ends when a certain condition is met at the end of a player's turn, and the player with the highest sum of money and stock value at the end of this turn wins.
Capstone notes that Irish Gauge is the first title in its new "Iron Rail" series of games: "The Iron Rail series will focus on rail network developments in various geographic regions around the world at a time when iron and steam powered locomotives were the best means of transportation. Player interaction, route building, and stock investments are key features of the Iron Rail series." Irish Gauge is due out Q3 2019.

Ares Games has signed a deal with Griggling Games to release a second edition of Ian Brody's Quartermaster General under the slightly tweaked title of Quartermaster General WW2. This second edition features a new cover as well as revisions meant to improve "its ease of play, clarity, play balance, and more". For those not familiar with the game, here's an overview, along with a video summary:

Quartermaster General is a fast-paced game that puts you in command of the major powers of the Second World War. In the game, supply is crucial to keep your armies and navies fighting; destroy your enemies' supply lines and their forces will surrender!

During play, you control one or more countries on either the Axis or Allied team and try to score as many victory points (VPs) for your team as you can through the use of cards or by occupying the starred supply spaces. Each major power has a unique set of cards with which to marshal its forces, which are represented by wooden army and navy pieces. After twenty rounds of play, the team with the most VPs wins.
• Along the same lines, in April 2019 Ares Games plans to start distributing the strategy game Brides & Bribes from Andrea Gallazzi, Elisa Lenardi, Pietro Navarotto and Spaceballoon Games. Here's a summary of this 2017 release, along with a video overview recorded at SPIEL '17 should that be preferable to you:

Over six rounds in Brides & Bribes, each player takes the role of a powerful family of Genoa. Carefully employing your family members, each of whom has a unique ability, is the key to your success.

Each round, you plan to send your family members to the Genoese boroughs to hire new employees, get new workers, and convince the local lord that your family is worthy of marriage with his beautiful daughter. If you want to succeed, you have to send the right person in the right place.

Hire the most skilled people, intermarry with the most powerful families, poison your enemies, and increase your commercial empire!
I like that casual "poison your enemies" dropped in there. It's not only about who you know and who gets hitched, but who's still breathing at opportune moments...
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