Dune (1979)

Average Rating: 7.62/10
Board Game Rank: 134
Thematic Rank: 28
Strategy Game Rank: 87
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Year Published
1979
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 6 players
Recommended with 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
60 − 180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Primary Name
Dune
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Frank Herbert's Dune
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Set thousands of years in the future, Dune the boardgame is based on the Frank Herbert novels about an arid planet at the heart of the human space empire's political machinations.

Designed by the creators at Eon of Cosmic Encounter fame, some contend that the game can best be described as Cosmic Encounter set within the Dune universe, but the two games bear little in common in the actual mechanics or goals; they're just both set in space. Like Cosmic Encounter, it is a game that generates a lot of player interaction through negotiation and bluffing, but that can be said of numerous unrelated games.

Players each take the role of one of the factions attempting to control Dune. Each faction has special powers that overlook certain rules in the game. Each turn players move about the map attempting to pick up valuable spice while dealing with giant sandworms, deadly storms, and other players' military forces. A delicate political balance is formed amongst the factions to prevent any one side from becoming too strong. When a challenge is made in a territory, combat takes the form of hidden bids with additional treachery cards to further the uncertainty.

The game concludes when one faction (or two allied factions) is able to control a certain number of strongholds on the planet.

Avalon Hill Complexity rating - 3

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More Information Edit | History

Awards: 1993 Golden Ace Nominee.

from "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980"

Dune (1979)
Freelance design revised by Avalon Hill
Designed by Jack Kittredge
Development by Mick Uhl and Richard Hamblen

An excellent adaptation of the book by the designers of FUTURE PASTTIMES. Mick Uhl authored most of the advanced game options.


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Frank Herbert's Dune
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Descartes Edition
Publisher: Descartes Editeur
Artist: Fabrice Lamy, Olivier Vatine
Year: 1993
Size: 15.50 x 11.00 x 2.75 inches
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Year: 1984
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Avalon Hill sandworm edition
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Jean Baer, Mick (Mike) Uhl, Chris White (I)
Year: 1979
Product Code: 824
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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Avalon Hill Sandworm Edition Red Box
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Chris White (I)
Year: 1979
Product Code: 824
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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4 Dune Ilya Leader Discs and Tokens Sticker Sheets
These files were used for my build of the Ilya set. The stickers are 0.5" and 1.2" and were made for 0.75" and 1.5" discs, respectively. I've included the sticker templates from http://www.printplaygames.com/product/12%C2%94-wood-disc.
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8 Dune Components List
A list of the components for Dune. I based this off of my Avalon Hill "Sting" cover version, and also various posts I found here on BGG.
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2015-01-25
3 dune avec cartes illustrées "ilya style"
3 cartes fidèles à l’édition Descartes: Cape Jubba la!la!la! ya!ya!yawm! toujours ilya design
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2014-12-08
9 Variant Treachery Cards to match Ilya's build
These cards are more subtle/widely accepted. Several tokens that I haven't found among the files here are also included. Note that Base Camp (for the Shield Wall) is a Bonus card and requires a different back.
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2014-08-29
8 Dune Redesigned Retro Board
I made an english custom version of the board for the Descartes edition. I have relied on material from the Avalon Hill editions.
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2014-05-16
9 Duel Arena for Ilya's Design
I recognize that most players feel the Duel expansion adds nothing but time to the game, but as long as I'm going to craft it I wanted an arena to match Ilya's design. I spent a while looking for one before giving up and making one from scratch. I'm still a Gimp novice, but it turned out well enough that I'm not ashamed to share it.
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2014-04-16
6 The Duel rules
Out of print rules for The Duel expansion
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2014-03-24
4 Dune Box Art
This is for the bottom part of the box. It's the same art but with the side logos rotated and re-sized so it fits the lower portion perfectly.
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2014-03-05
12 Dune Player Aid 2014
List of changes: - Changed "No mulligan if all 4 are own leaders" to "Each player receives 4 random Traitors, and keeps 1 Traitor. Reshuffle and redraw if all 4 are own leaders." - Changed "In rounds 3-7 players act in Dot Order" to "Players act in Dot Order".
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2014-02-10
18 Dune Almanac 2014 v 3.0
List of corrections: - Changed the word "president" to "precedence" on page 3. - On page 5 I separated the "10 Spice" so it would be consistent with the format. I also separated the "Great Wealth" power to its own paragraph. Also the wording of the power was changed from "You may give Spice to your allies at any time in the turn" to "You may transfer Spice to or from your allies at any time in the turn". - On page 7 I also separated the "3 Spice" so it would be consistent with the format. The typo "each and ever" to "each and every". - Fixed the typo "May be have their target" to "may have their target" on page 7. - Fixed the format on page 8 and 9. - Changed the wording "It is poor form to use this ability to ensure cannot abide by the answers given to Prescient questions" to "It...
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Board Game Rank: 134
Thematic Rank: 28
Strategy Game Rank: 87
Num Ratings: 4096
Average Rating: 7.62
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