Brett G Murrell, the designer of Duel of Ages II, has settles on a release date for his newest game, July 15th, 2013, with pre-orders becoming available a month before on June 15th. This is a new version of the Duel of Ages system that was released in eight sets back in the early 2000’s. Here is an overview of the game, which might found familiar to those who know it already.
Duel of Ages II is a time-scramble board game played between two opposing sides each having 1 to 4 players, with uneven size allowable. Each side controls a selected team of 8-12 characters from different ages of time: Ancient, Colonial, Modern and Future. The goal is to win greater glory in overcoming adventures and in tactical combat than the opposing team.
Game play is an unusual mix of tactical wargame-style combat, treasure gathering, and non-combat character teamwork and adventuring, and has no close comparison to other games. Differences between characters is significant, with many having poor fighting skills. Game play and winning is therefore an act of balancing fighting, treasure-gathering and adventuring.
There will be two versions upon release, the Basic set – which will contain about equivalent to the first two sets of the original game – and the Master set contains everything else. At first, the game will only be available through the Duel of Ages site and Amazon, but will go out into normal US distribution later.