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SPIEL '19 V: More Cases for Detective, More Sheets for Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Season One
At SPIEL '19, Polish publisher Portal Games announced a follow-up title to its highly successful Detective: A Modern Crime Board GameDetective: Season One.

This standalone game for 1-5 players due out in the second half of 2020 will feature three cases with a somewhat shorter playing time than the original game's 120-180 minute timespan. The summary:
Detective: Season One is a fully co-operative, deeply immersive board game in which 1-5 players take on the roles of investigators trying to solve a crime.

Detective: Season One consists of three standalone cases — two previously released ("Natural Causes" and "Suburbia") and one new — that can be played in around 90 minutes each. Each of the cases challenges players with different settings and styles and with simpler family-friendly rules.
Board Game: Stronghold: Undead (Second Edition)
• Portal Games has been working on the second edition of Stronghold: Undead — a standalone expansion for Stronghold that was originally released solely as an expansion in 2010 — for years. Heck, we recorded a teaser video for this item with designer Ignacy Trzewiczek at SPIEL '16!

Finally, the publication of Stronghold: Undead is within sight, with Portal Games previewing the upcoming Kickstarter project for this 2020 release (link) to solicit feedback from potential backers. In fact, the KS launch date is Monday, Nov. 4, so the project might even be live by the time you see this post.

• Portal debuted Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write at UK Games Expo in the middle of 2019, and the company has released several promotional sheets for this roll-and-write game since that time, including one at SPIEL '19 that features Ignacy demoing Prêt-à-Porter in the BGG booth and another one the following week to celebrate Halloween.

Board Game: Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write – Halloween 2019 Promosheet
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