11 November 2021
The war is on
Dune is in the headlines at the moment, with an epic cinematic release, and whilst it originated in a fiction novel, the tabletop-ers amongst us may well be most familiar with the board game, Dune: A Game of Conquest, Diplomacy & Betrayal. The new expansion sees two new factions to spice up the game.
These include House Ricese, and CHAOM offering new mechanics, as strongholds and leader skills offer the opportunity to gain advantages over rivals. Both explore alternatives – what if you take a more aggressive approach? What if you use economic advantages for a powerful army? And many more. The two new factions add to the original six, as well as Ixians & Tleilaxu of the previous expansions. As a result, you'll be able to play with ten playable factions that bring 210 combinations to the 6 player game.
Of the factions themselves, Gale Force Nine explained in a press release: "House Ricese, just like the Ixians, had a well-earned reputation for ingenuity, and created important technological inventions. After being ousted from governing Arrakis, they are reduced to selling off important creations simply to raise enough funds to continue their efforts to compete", and that "the Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles (CHOAM) controls much of the economic affairs across the cosmos and have a keen interest in Arrakis, above and beyond spice production. Because of it’s control of inter-planetary commerce, CHOAM is the largest single source of wealth in the Imperium. Influence in CHOAM is a major focus of political manoeuvring in the Imperium, both to maximize dividends and to skim profits. The leaders and bureaucrats of CHOAM were dedicated to controlling vital products that enriched the Great Houses… And CHOAM itself…"
The game will be available in February 2022, and will be £20.