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New Game Round-up: More Ships for Star Wars, More Forces to Clash & More Hopes of Seeing Glory to Rome

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• In a Kickstarter update, Jeremiah Lee at Cambridge Games Factory notes that "advanced shipping orders" of the black box version of Carl Chudyk's Glory to Rome will leave China by plane before the end of April 2012, with the remainder of the print run leaving by boat shortly afterward. A demo copy will be available at the 2012 Origins Game Fair, and KS backers can pick up their copies at the con, but no copies will be available for sale. Instead, writes Lee, "pending boat vs. ocean, and then customs, we expect games to be arriving at your doors in the summer" – i.e., Q3 2012.

• In a newsletter update, Tasty Minstrel Games notes that reprints of Belfort and Martian Dice, along with the yet-to-be-released For The Win, are being prepped for shipping and "if everything goes according to plan, then the games should be arriving in about six weeks" – i.e. the start of June 2012.

As for other releases coming from TMG, Village is in the finishing stages at Ludo Fact and will likely take six weeks or so to ship once finished, artwork is nearly done for Kings of Air and Steam (and I'll post a diary from designer Scott Almes before the game hits the market), and pre-press work has started on Ground Floor (now on Kickstarter).

• After having his previously self-published Elemental Clash picked up by T.O.G. Entertainment, designer Andreas Propst is once again bringing out the game on his own, this time via The Game Crafter. In addition to re-releasing Elemental Clash: The Basic Set and EC: Underworld, Propst is publishing a second expansion for the game: Elemental Clash: Spellforce. In a BGG blog post, Propst has detailed the contents of these new "Master Editions" as well as plans for quarterly expansions, with eight expansions already planned out.

• Spanish publisher nestorgames has published BASKETmind, a thirty-year-old design from Miguel Marqués, who has detailed the origin and development of the game in this BGG thread.

Fantasy Flight Games has updated the release date for the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game, noting that the game "will be launching onto shelves in the summer of 2012" – which I'm listing on BGG as "Q3 2012" due to all those folks in the southern hemisphere. Hey, y'all!

What's more, FFG has announced a quintet of X-Wing expansion packs and four of those now have listings on BGG:

-----X-Wing Expansion Pack
-----Y-Wing Expansion Pack
-----TIE Fighter Expansion Pack
-----TIE Advanced Expansion Pack

Each of these expansions consists of a miniature of the starfighter named, new Upgrade cards, and Ship cards that include pilots to allow for squadron customization. The fifth expansion is a Dice Expansion Pack so that players don't have to pass dice back and forth during play.

• To close, I'll point out Joli Quentin Kansil's Solitaire for Two, which Gryphon Games now has launched on Kickstarter. Solitaire for Two (which actually plays with up to four) takes the solitaire game Klondike and adds two additional suits of cards and a point system to put a competitive spin on the game. Of course if you want to play Klondike using this release, which uses tiles instead of cards, that's possible, too... (KS link)
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