Italian publisher Horrible Games has announced two new partnerships, with North American-based Luma Games now having exclusive English-language distribution rights for the Horrible Games catalog.
This partnership will begin with the distribution of The King's Dilemma and Similo: Fables, with these titles being available for demo at Gen Con 2019 in August ahead of a Q4 2019 retail release.
For those not familiar with the games, The King's Dilemma from Lorenzo Silva and Hjalmar Hach is a legacy-style game with long-term narrative elements. In more detail:
The King's Dilemma features several branching storylines leading to many possible finales and an evolving deck of event cards at its core. Players represent the various houses leading the government of the Kingdom of Ankist.
You will draw one card from the "Dilemma deck" each round and experience the game story as it unfolds. Each card poses a problem that the Council has to resolve on the King's behalf. As members of the King's inner circle, your decisions determine how the story proceeds and the fate of the kingdom. Each event happens only once: You discuss and bargain with the other players, then finally you make a choice, determining the outcome, progressing the game story, and possibly unlocking more events.
You have to keep the kingdom going, while also seeking an advantage for your own house; this power struggle may lead the kingdom into war, famine, or riot, or it could generate wealth and well-being. This will depend on your choices! The thing is, each decision has consequences, and what is good for the kingdom as a whole may be bad for your family...
Will you act for the greater good, or will you think only for yourself?
BGG recorded an overview of the game at Spielwarenmesse 2019 that shouldn't spoil anything for you, and Jules Vautour, CEO of Luma Games, says that it's working with Horrible to develop a dilemma scenario for use at conventions that conveys the nature of the game without jumping people through the first chapter.
Similo: Fables is a co-operative deduction game from Martino Chiacchiera, Hjalmar Hach, and Pierluca Zizzi that includes a deck of thirty cards. Your goal is to make the other players guess one secret character (out of the twelve characters on display in the middle of the table) by playing other character cards from your hand as clues, stating whether they are similar to or different from the secret character. After each turn, the other players must remove one or more characters from the table until only the right one remains and you win — or it is removed and you lose!
In a press release announcing the deal, Vautour, who used to work for CMON Limited, Horrible's previous English-language publishing partner for titles like Potion Explosion, Dragon Castle, and Railroad Ink, said, "I've had a strong relationship with Horrible Games for many years. They are making excellent, innovative games, and it is humbling to be entrusted with their brand going forward." Luma plans to make reprints of these older titles available once they sell through those earlier editions.