Michael Scorefan said:
You can find the announcement on the "Upcoming" section of this webpage. It is towards the bottom between the announcements for Planet Steam and Star Wars: Assault on Echo Base. Unfortunately, there is no information as to when this reprint is expected to be released, unlike most of the other entries where FFG lists the expected quarter the respective product is to be released.
Interesting. It's not actually listed as a reprint, so I missed it the first time.
MP3 killed the radio star
I'm interested to see if there is going to be a new edition as well. I just recently began to get into board games hardcore and discovered Runebound. Seems right up my alley being a strategic RPG boardgame that can be pretty easily played solo. The only daunting thing is the sheer number of products in the line and the somewhat questionable artstyle of the game. It is just offputting to me for some reason. So, I'm hesitant to try and get into it even though my local game shop does have a copy of the core game. If a third edition comes out I'm right there with wallet in hand.
I'll also agree with people saying that Fantasy Flight arn't really abandoning the game. This game has four big box expansions and twenty four card packs. That's far more love and attention than most games can even dream of recieving. Even Arkham Horror is only about on par with that.
The only daunting thing is the sheer number of products in the line and the somewhat questionable artstyle of the game. It is just offputting to me for some reason. So, I'm hesitant to try and get into it even though my local game shop does have a copy of the core game. If a third edition comes out I'm right there with wallet in hand.
You're not the first person to express dismay with Runebound's art style. Out of curiosity, what do you think of the artwork in Descent Second Edition? (You can find samples of it in the rulebook PDF and D2E product pages available here, if you're not familiar with that game.)
The reason why I ask is because I figure there's a better than average chance that if they do make Runebound 3E, it will use the same style of art as D2E.
MP3 killed the radio star
I actually quite enjoy the artstyle in the new edition of Descent. The Runebound art looks alot like some of the mid-90s comic book art that is just slightly deformed in a way I find disturbing.
A new edition would need to shorten turns and increase player interaction. Otherwise I'm perfectly happy to keep playing my base game, two big box expansions, and numerous card pack expansions. Not to mention the home brew scenarios readily available here and on BGG.
I don't mind the cartoony art. A new edition would probably recycle big chunks of it or import art from the other Terrinoth games IMO.
It is a shame that 2nd Edition has been allowed to languish for so long now, and I concur with the conspiracy theory that they are letting it go out of print before a re-launch of some sort. Terrinoth seems to have changed a lot since I first opened Runebound all those years ago, we're now looking at races more than individual heroes, and I see very little similarity between the land of Runebound and the land of Rune Age. So maybe they'll relaunch this game with a setting more in-line with the current crop of Terrinoth games.
However, FFG seems to be ploughing an awful lot of resource and effort into their licence-holdings, Star Wars is of course big news for them right now as they seek to recoup the loss they have inevitably incurred through holding the licence for a year with no products to show for it. Otherwise they seem to be more and more an outlet for Games Workshop games. Arkham Horror and Runebound have both seen tremendous support in the past, but all is quiet on the western front while games like Talisman catch up, but also they seem to be moving away from this style of boardgame product. It could well be too early to tell of course, but from what I pay attention to that comes from FFG, there aren't really any of the sort of "modular board games" like these coming out anymore - Talisman being the notable exception. A case could be made for Mansions of Madness, but I feel there is a distinction between boards and tiles there. Has anyone any greater insight? Are FFG making boardgames where the expansions feature new/additional boards? Or is it a case of an expansion being more cards, more minis, more bits, and little else?