War for Arrakis announced by War of the Ring Designers

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CMON has announced their next project – Dune: War for Arrakis. The board game maker is a new asymmetrical war game for two “factions” that pits the Harkonnen forces against the growing Fremen rebellion. While House Harkonnen initially begins to control Arrakis, the smaller Fremen forces have the advantage of being hidden in the desert and using it to slowly build up their forces. The game will feature multiple victory paths for both sides, the Harkonnen can win by conquest, while the Fremen can win by advancing Paul Atredis from runaway nobleman to galaxy conquering Muad’dib. CMON noted that its version of Dunes uses original designs that are not based on the recent film. A trailer for the game can be seen below:

CMON recruited Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, two of the designers of the immensely popular War of the Ring board game, to design War for Arrakis. In a video announcing the new game, Nepitello admitted that he and Maggi used many mechanics of War of the Ring as a source of inspiration for Dune: War for Arrakis and that War of the Ring veterans might notice how War of the Ring inspired War for Arrakis. For instance, War for Arrakis brings the action dice mechanic, in which players use a pool of dice to determine their actions during a turn.

As CMON produces Dune: War for Arrakis, the game will come with a ton of minifigures. CMON producer Thiago Aranha noted that the board will support up to 100 miniatures, many of which are individual characters from Dunes. Since Dune: War for Arrakis is a war game, CMON opted for a smaller scale figure than other games, just to fit all figures. A Sandworm figurine will also appear in Dune: War for Arrakis and will be a staple on the Fremen side of the game.

Fans can sign up on Kickstarter to be notified when Dune: Arrakis’ War the crowdfunding project is launched.

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