Gale Force Nine has released details about its upcoming boardgame Dune:  A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy, which is being produced under license from Legendary Entertainment and set to launch in September.

Dune:  A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy is based on the 1979 Avalon Hill classic, which Gale Force Nine updated in 2019 (see “Gale Force Nine Reveals ‘Dune’ Details”).  The new game, however, will offer a streamlined rules set and shorter playing time to create a more casual gaming experience compared to the original, including a 2-player mode and the introduction of a market deck that allows players to purchase advantages within the game.

Like the original, players control one of the great factions of the Dune universe: House Atreides, House Harkonnen, the Fremen, or the Imperium.  They compete over the famed desert world and it’s unique supply of the all-important spice, which also functions as a currency in the game.

Dune:  A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy is intended for 2 to 4 players, and games take under an hour to play.  It features a new board design and artwork that reflects the style and imagery of the upcoming film.  MSRP is $50.00.

The release date for the Dune has been pushed back to October 1, 2021 (see “Hollywood Comes Down with Another Wave of Geek Movie Coronavirus Shuffling”).

Frank Herbert’s classic Dune series is inspiring a number of other releases, including a deck-building game (see “Gale Force Nine and Dire Wolf Digital Team up for ‘Dune:  Imperium’”), a series of games based on Portal’s Detective engine (see “Portal Games Announces ‘Dune:  House Secrets’ at Portal Con”), and a role playing game (see “Modiphius Details ‘Dune:  Adventures in the Imperium’ RPG”), as well as comic books (see “‘Dune’ Prequel Comics to be Collected in Hardcover”).

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