News for October 2011
A Galaxy Full of Riches 29
Announcing Merchant of Venus, a board game of space traders and alien riches
Merchant of Venus | Published 21 October 2011

Xandar hauled a piece of impossible furniture onto the bridge, curious why it sold so well across the galaxy. Designed by the Whynoms, the thing looked more like a chair than anything else, but the way it adapted to hold the wires dangling from his open engine assembly gave him the creeps. They said that impossible furniture could adapt to hold giant tentacles or slugs. Xandar shook it off. Space loomed before him, and his cargo holds were full. It was time to get rich.

Fantasy Flight Games is delighted to announce the upcoming release of Merchant of Venus, a board game of space traders and alien riches. Two to four players race through the galaxy on a wild dash for cash, locating and establishing vital trade lines to transport goods from the planets where they’re common, to the planets where they can sell for maximum profit.

A day in the life of a space trader

Aliens sell you their goods, and you’ve got a deadline to hit high market on a distant world. Streamlining your trade route is vital, as is boosting your ride, tweaking it out with all the latest and coolest upgrades. However, money invested in your ship cuts into your bottom line, making it a tough choice each trader will face as they compete to become the richest and greatest space trader.

Pilots, lasers, and shields can help you bypass the hazards of space travel. Increased cargo holds let you transport more goods with each voyage, and better pilots and drives can speed your ship across the galaxy in record time.

Meanwhile, you can pick up passengers able to pay for their rides and eke a profit out of the emptiest stretches of space. Transport enough, and your fame may translate to wealth later on, especially when alien cultures learn about your most distinguished guests.

A new lift-off for a classic game

More than a year ago, Fantasy Flight Games signed an exclusive licensing contract with Wizards of the Coast, LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., to return this classic 1980’s board game of interstellar trade and exploration to print.

Since that time we’ve been working hard to produce what will be a fantastic edition of Merchant of Venus, one that remains true to its magnificently campy core, while expanding the game in surprising ways that will cause even the most hardcore fan to celebrate.

We’re excited to announce that Fantasy Flight Games will release Merchant of Venus in the first quarter of 2012 and we are now accepting pre-orders. For more information, please contact the FFG Sales Department at sales@fantasyflightgames.com.

Discover new alien cultures and get rich selling their goods in Merchant of Venus, the board game of space exploration and interstellar trade for one to four players! Featuring a double-sided board, Merchant of Venus presents both Richard Hamblen's beloved classic and a newly reimagined design by Rob Kouba.

© 2012 HASBRO, Inc. All rights reserved. Merchant of Venus and its logo are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. Used with permission. Licensed by Wizards of the Coast.

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Boromir_and_kermit
Published: 10/21/2011 6:25:17 PM
#5

Hmnm... weird to announce it after Stronghold Games already did. There definitely needs to be some explanation. You can't just announce a game already announced by another company without some sort of clarifications or explanations... very odd indeed.

Reaper Steve
Published: 10/21/2011 6:22:50 PM
#4

 So I dash off to BGG to see if the news had broken there (it had), only to also see that Stronghold Games announced a reprint as well (and a little sooner), as mentioned by ColtsFan76.

Hmmm... this could mean 2 new editions... or zero new editions if lawyers get involved...

I see FFG has staked their game with "over a year ago... exclusive rights"... 

ColtsFan76
Published: 10/21/2011 6:14:53 PM
#3

 So what's this mean that Stronghold Games also announced a reprint of Merchant of Venus for Q2 2012?

Reaper Steve
Published: 10/21/2011 6:08:43 PM
#2

 And FFG resurrects another classic!

Alexca1
Published: 10/21/2011 6:08:42 PM
#1

Interesting... keep us posted, FFG.

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