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New Game Round-up: Kemet Returns with Blood and Sand, Treasure Island Expands, and 7 Wonders Duel Gains a Senate

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Kemet
• In a post SPIEL '19 wrap-up, I mentioned that French publisher "Matagot is working on version 1.5 of the [Kemet] base game's rules to update and streamline everything to get people playing more quickly".

Turns out that Matagot and designers Jacques Bariot and Guillaume Montiage were doing even more than that as Matagot has now announced Kemet: Blood and Sand, which it describes as "a new revised edition" of Kemet. Here's a short take on this title:
The epic Egyptian game Kemet is reborn!

With Kemet: Blood and Sand, immerse yourself in a more realistic Ancient Egypt. Here, Gods are powerful, masters of both the desert and the Nile delta. They challenge each other in violent battles and show no mercy. Get ready to become an Egyptian God, open the gates of your city, and let your troops sing the song of war to please you and claim your dominance as master of Ancient Egypt.

Kemet: Blood and Sand features new art and upgraded gameplay with new approachable rules that go beyond the 1.5 version of Kemet developed with the help of the BGG community. Free from the constraints of existing components, designers Jacques Bariot and Guillaume Montiage go even further in fine-tuning the Kemet experience.

The game also features a redesigned map with a twist, bigger and more detailed figurines, and other surprises.
Board Game: Kemet: Blood and Sand
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Board Game: Treasure Island
• Aside from that, Matagot has announced an expansion for Marc Paquien's 2018 game Treasure Island. Here's what awaits:
After a first adventure full of twists and turns, Captain Silver takes shelter on an island he knows well: Revenge Island! Unfortunately, an English garrison controls the area, and soon after having concealed a precious treasure, Silver ends up in jail once again.

With a new island to discover and a new "The Tricks of Silver" module that includes new cards for Long John Silver — corrupt soldiers, worrying weather, a ghost twin... — it's up to you to overcome his tricks and achieve your goals before he escapes from the English jails!

In addition to the new module for Captain Silver, the Treasure Island: Captain Silver – Revenge Island expansion contains new immersive components and two new maps: Revenge Island, and an original re-interpretation of the existing map.
Board Game: Treasure Island: Captain Silver – Revenge Island

Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel
• In a wrap-up of 2019, designer Bruno Cathala noted that he and Antoine Bauza are working on a second extension for 7 Wonders Duel called "AGORA" that Repos Production is currently planning for a SPIEL '20 release. Cathala's short description: "This time, we're with the Senate, with senators struggling to pass decrees in various chambers ... unless they prefer to hatch dark plots."
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