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Lamonts Promise to Have Players Spellbound for Spiel 2012

W. Eric Martin
United States
North Carolina
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Board Game Publisher: Fragor Games
Since 2004, Fraser and Gordon Lamont have published one game annually through Fragor Games, starting with Leapfrog and going through the 2011 release Poseidon's Kingdom, which had all 900 preorders claimed within days, despite not much being known about the game. The secret, of course, is that you never quite know whether a Fragor game will be right for you – but you can be assured that it will be unlike most other games you've played. (What's more, you can likely recoup your cost should you not like the game since all Fragor releases have been one-and-done.)

In any case, the Lamonts have now revealed the basics of their release for Spiel 2012: Spellbound. Here's an overview of what's going on in the game:

You are spellbound. As a novice mage leaving the tower for the first time, you thought you were invincible. Taking on evil Baba Yaga the witch was, perhaps, not a good idea. Her hands became a blur, her mouth moved and her spell hit you between the eyes. It was two days before you woke up, four days before you could speak, and seven days before you remembered your name. No whisky was even involved. Some parts of your body have been enlarged – and some shrunk. Shoes are going to be expensive for sometime. The less said about your nose, the better. It is now time to take matters into your own (now quite large) hands.

The Spell de Spiel is hidden in spellbooks scattered throughout the land. Find the books and cast the spell, and you can banish the witch and return to your normal size. However, watch out! The witch is powerful. Maybe the good creatures of the land will come to your aid. Centaurs may gallop, dragons may fly, and even the crusty old librarian could research some dusty tomes. Vampires, for once, are keen to get their teeth into the action. Even the truculent dwarves might arrive in time to help (with their small-man syndrome axes). You need to act now. The witch grows ever stronger. Skeletons and goblin spider-riders are not traditionally known for their sense of humor. Can you recover the spellbooks, defeat the Witch and her allies, and have bards sing your praises for evermore?

It is a time for justice, a time for change, a time for heroes. With big feet. And big noses. Spellbound – the story is yours for the telling...

Spellbound, a co-operative, deck-building game playable in one hour for 1-4 players, is Fragor Games' Spiel 2012 release with 1,000 copies available. (Note: This game is an English language edition due to some of the cards having English text. German rules will be made available with card translations.)
In a press release announcing the game, the Lamont brothers note that "[w]e have increased our run to 1,250 so that we can guarantee 1,000 copies for pre-order" and they promise to start releasing images soon.

Should that information be enough for you to consider preordering, the Lamonts ask that you write to and in the subject line put the number of copies desired and "E" for Essen pick-up or the name of country – "e.g., Spellbound 1 x E, Spellbound 2 x Scotland". The price for preordered copies is €60, with payment taken only at Spiel.
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