Portal Games’ new game releases at Essen Spiel’21

Here is the list of Portal Games’ three new products that will premiere at Essen Spiel 2021:

  • Dune: House Secrets – adventure board game designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek,
  • Dreadful Circus – competitive card game designed by Bruno Faidutti,
  • Petty Officers – an expansion for Detective: Signature Series written by Mike Selinker, Liz Spain, Skylar Woodies and the Lone Shark Games team.

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The scent of cotton candy fills the air, and the mysterious melody irritates your ears. Children cannot sleep and adults look curiously from behind the windows. A huge tent appears on the market in the blink of an eye, inviting all those who’s eager for excitement. The circus has come to town. Not a typical circus, but a dark show from the darkest corners of your imagination …

It’s gonna be a great show! Dreadful Circus is a fast strategy game by Bruno Faidutti (The Citadel, Diamant). It will take us to a mysterious world somewhere at the bottom of our minds. As circus directors we will try to organize an unforgettable evening of shows, fighting with each other to attract the attention of the largest audience. The wonderful, dark graphic layer is just a taste. It promises to be fierce competition based on bidding, negotiations and negative interaction!

At Dreadful Circus, our goal will be to create an unforgettable exhibition to our visitors’ delight and the envy of the competition. We will create our ridiculous shows with the Attraction and Performance cards. We put the former on the table in front of us, ensuring long-term benefits. The latter have an immediate effect and we discard them after use. However, we will not play both types of cards directly from our hand, but only after purchasing them from the Seller.

At the beginning of the round, one or two players (depending on the total number of players) have the Seller token (tokens). The Seller chooses one Attraction or Performance card from his hand and plays it in the center of the table. The other players bid for this card by placing in their Wagons only known amounts of Coins and / or Contracts. The Seller reviews each of the Wagons one by one, being able to agree to the offer proposed in it or give it back to the owner. However, the rejected offer cannot be considered again later, so the Seller deciding to reject the Wagon risks that he will not find better offers in the remaining Wagons.

The player who wins the bidding takes the card and uses it according to its type. In addition to being divided into Appearances and Attractions, cards are also divided into colors that describe how they work. By using the Red cards, we will interact with another player, for example by robbing him of his Attractions. Yellow cards will help us get Coins, while Orange cards will help us get our Collections.

Collection cards have four distinct patterns. The collection can be made up of up to three different patterns. The more such collections we get, the more VPs we get at the end of the game. In addition, we will receive VPs for the number of Coins and Contracts earned. In the case of Contracts, it is best to get as many of them as possible in the same color.

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Arrakis, the planet of spice and endless sand at the far end of the Imperium, is filled with intrigue, conflict, and war. On the infamous planet of Dune, you find yourself between two Great Houses. The sinister House Harkonnen schemes for power and profit, while those loyal to House Atreides rally a rebellion among the native inhabitants long suppressed under Harkonnen rule.

Dune: House Secrets is a cooperative story-driven game in which you join the resistance against House Harkonnen! Experiencing an original adventure inspired by the blockbuster film, you must complete a series of missions with limited time and resources. It’s impossible to experience every encounter, and the story changes as you make hard decisions and sacrifices along the way. How will you uncover the secrets of Arrakis?

Dune: House Secrets premieres on October 15, 2021.

In Dune: House Secrets, players take on the roles of rebels who must solve a series of challenging missions with a finite amount of time and resources. Players cooperatively make decisions on how to progress the story.

You find yourself in the middle of the conflict between two Houses. Your every decision will influence how the story unfolds. Wherever you go, whoever you befriend, or who will you pick as your enemy is entirely up to you. Where will this adventure take you?

  • A Prologue Chapter to introduce you to the game
  • 3 Chapters filled with unique encounters
  • Unique, immersive experience
  • Take part in secret rebel tasks

Sometimes everyone needs a break, even special agents. They come home with a desperate need of a hug. Especially if it’s a hug from someone hairy, with a damp nose and a wagging tail. But hugs aren’t their only speciality. They can also solve a criminal investigation…

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game is a fully co-operative, immersive, detective experience. This is a game of wits and deduction, a full game night experience – a single game session can last up to 3 or more hours. It is also rules-light, meaning, that the most powerful tool at your disposal is your team, your imagination, and your own mind.

In this challenging, story-driven game for 1-5 players, you will play as group of Antares National Investigation Agency members. You are going to tackle five different cases and solve them in order. Each of them affecting the next. Together they will form a campaign that will put your skills to the test.

If you are looking for a modern detective simulator, this is the game for you.

Agents of Antares come back! Canto Parellis, the famous handler, gets badly injured during practice. Is the wild tiger responsible for the accident or is there something else? Petty Officers is an expansion to the legendary criminal board game Detective by Ignacy Trzewiczek (Imperial Settlers, Robinson, Stronghold).

The expansion was written by famous Mike Selinker, together with Liz Spain, Skylar Woodies and the Lone Shark Games team. This time in the investigation the pets will help their owners!

In Petty Officers you will take the challenge of solving the investigation by using the amazing skills of your pets. Cleo the cat can spend an hour napping to add one Authority token to the Token pool. Whereas Snowflake the albino ferret can steal any token from the Token pool and put it under this badge to add two Authority tokens to the Token pool. Tokens under his badge cannot be spent.

Hola the parrot can add one Stress token to the Token pool and repeat something she just heard to add one Questioning token to the Token pool. Moreover Texas the German Shepherd can spend one Authority from the Token pool and glare commandingly to add one Wild Skill token to the Token pool.

Pet tokens can also be used to get rid of Stress tokens. This option is extremely useful, especially in the action Choose Now!. When you encounter such an action, you will have at least two options to choose from, among which you must choose one before drawing another Lead card. Action Choose Now! will result in an increased number of simultaneously active Lead, which cooperate with the ability of Betty the Beagle, who can read a Lead card for one Authority token without spending any time on it.

Welcome to PORTAL GAMES

We are bookworms. Movie maniacs. Story addicts. We grew up reading Tolkien, Howard, Herbert, Dick, Lem… We were watching Willow, Blade Runner, Never Ending Story, Robin Hood…

And yet, we don’t write books… we don’t make movies. We don’t make those things, because we make games. We make games that tell stories.

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