Fury of Dracula, Runebound and Mission: Red Planet have all been out of print for several years, much to the frustration of board game enthusiasts. Now, Fantasy Flight Games has released new editions of each of these titles that offer updated rules and components.
- Fury of Dracula, 3rd Edition, is a tense game of hidden movement as four players take on the roles of vampire hunters while one player becomes the evil count himself. The hunters attempt to corner and defeat Dracula somewhere in Europe before he succeeds in maturing his new vampires and advancing his influence track.
Fury of Dracula is recommended for ages 12 and up and plays in about 2-3 hours.
- Runebound, 3rd Edition, is a grand game of questing and combat in a fantasy kingdom as two to four players seek to be the one to destroy an evil dragon or necromancer, depending upon the scenario. Players move about the board by rolling terrain dice, going on quests directed by cards, shopping for items in cities and upgrading their skills.
Runebound is recommended for ages 14 and up and plays in about 2-3 hours.
- In Mission: Red Planet, 2nd Edition, two to six players attempt to gain the most points by colonizing Mars and exploiting its resources with their astronauts. A round game board represents Mars, which is divided up into sections, as well as its moon, Phobos. A spaceship dock is laid out with a number of spaceship cards bound for the sections of Mars.
Mission: Red Planet is recommended for ages 14 and up and plays in about 45 to 90 minutes.
All of these games offer something fun and unique, and with the new editions, they've never looked better. If you're looking for a gothic horror adventure, a fantasy epic or a bold science-fiction experience, you'll definitely want to check out one of these games.
Cody K. Carlson holds a master's in history from the University of Utah and teaches at Salt Lake Community College. An avid player of board games, he blogs at thediscriminatinggamer.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org