W. Eric Martin
At this point I'm still feeling my way around the BGG News stage and figuring out the best way to do things. Let me know in the comments whether you prefer posts that include short descriptions of many new items (such as this post) or separate posts for each item. The goal, of course, is for everyone to find out about the games they might want to find out about, while not being burdened to read every fool thing I might post.
And now, on to a few tidbits about new or forthcoming games!
• Designer Antoine Bauza has posted info about 7 Wonders: Leaders, on display at the Nürnberg 2011 Toy Fair. The white-backed Leader cards are played at the start of each of the game's three ages, not mixed with the other cards, and they cost money to be played, not resources. The expansion will likely include 35 cards along with a new double-sided wonder.
Bauza also notes that in response to comments from buyers, the next print run of 7 Wonders will have a plastic insert instead of a cardboard one, and cardboard coins instead of wooden ones.
• In more news from Nürnberg 2011, French website Jedisjeux reports that Dixit has sold 350,000 copies so far and will be followed by a new standalone game from designer Jean-Louis Roubira titled Dixit: l'Odyssée. While the game will include new rule variants, including a team option that allows for up to ten players, the cards – once again bearing art from Mary Cardouat – can also be mixed with those in the base game and expansion.
• To confirm an earlier report of a new edition of Samurai Swords/Shogun coming down the pike, yes, the game will once again be available, this time from Avalon Hill. A January 27, 2011 press release announcing Pegasus Spiele as the distributor of Avalon Hill titles in Germany and Austria includes the game in a list of games to be distributed, albeit with the name Ikusa (and the clarifying note "formerly Shogun"). The game is listed at €65 with a publish date of June 26, 2011. Other titles forthcoming from the deal include Risk: 2210 A.D. (due April 2011) and Acquire (in late 2011).
• Phalanx Games Polska is releasing Ted Raicer's The First World War in Polish in 2011 as Pierwsza Wojna Światowa. Here's a game description in Polish on the Phalanx website.
• German rules for Reiner Knizia's BITS have been posted on the Ravensburger website.
• Alderac has posted English rules for Thunderstone: Dragonspire.
• In the "how much time does that take again" category, I present 18OE – On the Rails of the Orient Express, an 18xx design by Edward Sindelar that he plans to release in 2011. Look at that map! All those tiles! Eighteen major railroads! Seven national railraods! Your weekend will fall to its knees in submission...