Galeforce 9 gets the Dune license

Remember back when Fantasy Flight was an independent company and tried to go for the Dune license to make games and could not do it– instead making REX?   While the engine to REX is the old DUNE board game one, the space kittys and frogs and stuff are a far, far cry from the Sardakar and Fremen of DUNE.

Out of print for close to 40 years now, Avalon Hill’s Dune is one of the best asymmetrical board game experiences you can have and holds up fantastically even today.  We played it so many times that we ran through the entire set of player aid pads that came in the box and had to start recycling!

This week it was announced that Galeforce 9 got the license to Dune and will be making board games with it.  Great news as they have done some excellent work recently with Sons of Anarchy (still real cheap on Amazon!) and succeeded there DESPITE the game being a licensed property.

Yet the biggest question is there: will Galeforce 9 be able to or choose to resurrect one of the best board games ever created?  Will they be working with the original designers (the Cosmic Encounter guys)?  Or will they try to make a totally different (and likely inferior) game to the original AH Dune?

New Fantasy Flight GOT game based on Cosmic Encounter

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The current big Fantasy Flight Game of Thrones board game is just OK, definitely not my favorite area control/war game engine.  It could and should have just been a direct heir to Avalon Hill’s Dune board game with the dials and treachery cards,  unfortunately, FF wasted that on their derivative space kitty sci fi setting with Rex, complaining the whole time that they couldn’t get the Dune license to remake the classic while to GOT one was right there!

I suspected the new GOT board game may be that Dune remake we’ve been waiting for, but it looks just like Cosmic Encounter, which is not a bad thing since Cosmic is the best board game ever made.  Should be out by end of the year, and may have a demo at gencon.

More info here.