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Rants & Raves U ubarose Updated April 26, 2019 2031 0
Merchant of Venus is considered by many to be Richard Hamblen's masterpeice. It was originally designed on commission for Mccormick Spices as a spice trading game. Mccormick rejected the design as too complex. So Avalon Hill rethemed the game and published it in 1988 as Merchant of Venus; setting it in an unexplored part of the galaxy during a reawakening of galactic civilization with players moving around the board as traders discovering long-forgotten pockets of civilization and buying and selling goods. After it went out of print, it became a holy grail game for many...
Analysis ES Egg Shen Updated June 21, 2019 7043 0
Welcome back. This is part two of my "Ode to FFG". In this week's episode we will be looking exclusively at games that the company brought back from the dead. For a bunch of nerdy guys in Minnesota, their Necromancy skills are quite high. Yes, FFG really started making a name for themselves by bringing many beloved games back to the market. Some were really terrific. They were games that made you weep a little because you never thought you'd get your hands on them. Others were a little less well received....
Member Blogs R repoman Updated April 26, 2019 3634 0
"I want to blow some shit up!" was the statement made by Uba in a post put up on The Fort earlier this week.
Board Game Reviews SI san il defanso Updated April 26, 2019 4793 0
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the events of a year ago, when both Stronghold Games and Fantasy Flight announced a reprint of Richard Hamblen’s Merchant of Venus. Confused fans had every reason to be pessimistic. The ensuing silence only fed fears that the lawyers had been sent in to do battle. We may never know all of the details of how the whole thing happened or how it was resolved. But what I do know is that the resulting reprint of Merchant of Venus succeeds beyond anything my heart dared to hope for. ...
Member Blogs R repoman Updated April 26, 2019 3622 0
The interstellar ship settles onto the field that has become a make shift landing pad. Venting steam hisses into the morning air as it's landing gear auto adjust to bring the main body of the craft back to level. With a click and a whir a doorway irises open and a ramp descends to the ground.
Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated May 04, 2019 7457 0
In this glorious age of reprints, there are very few remaining classic titles from the eighties that haven’t seen a rebirth in some form or other. Of those left stranded in the past most of any consequence were by designer Richard Hamblen. Known for his intricate and fiendishly detailed designs, one game in his oeuvre was relatively simple and short and cherished fondly for those exact reasons. And now Fantasy Flight Games has brought it to join the ranks of the resurrected.
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The galaxy is bursting with opportunities for savvy space traders to exploit, and the race to profit blasts off in Merchant of Venus. Discover new alien cultures and learn where you can get rich selling their goods in this board game of interstellar trade and exploration for 2-4 players. From your First Contact with alien cultures to the establishment of trade routes and spaceports, your quest for cash demands you keep on the move. Successful traders will quickly locate fast and reliable trade routes, timing their purchases and sales with the interest in the market. ...
Fantasy Flight Games and Stronghold Games Announce Resolution to The “Merchant Of Venus” Board Game Publishing Hot
Press Releases SR Shellie Rose Updated April 26, 2019 3293 0
Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) and Stronghold Games (SG) are pleased to have reached a favorable resolution regarding the publishing of a new edition of the classic “Merchant of Venus” board game.
Board Game News SR Shellie Rose Updated April 26, 2019 4839 0
As many of our customers already know, back in October while we were in Essen, we announced a reprint of Merchant of Venus, a Richard Hamblen designed game, after 18 months of discussions directly with Mr. Hamblen. To our surprise, a day later Fantasy Flight Games also announced a reprint of Merchant of Venus. Of course, under normal conditions, with licensing contracts granting exclusivity, this should not have been possible. Fantasy Flight Games had obtained their license of the game from a different party, and of course neither FFG nor Stronghold Games was aware of each other's...
Board Game News SR Shellie Rose Updated April 26, 2019 12819 0
Stronghold Games has announced that they will be reprinting Richard Hamblen's Merchant of Venus. They expect to release it in 2012, possibly as early as the 2nd quarter. As Stronghold Games has done with other reprints of classic games, Merchant of Venus will include a straight reprint of the original game with enhanced, high quality components, and also include some optional new ways to play. The new additions may come from the many fan variants that have been posted and published over the years.
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