CMON has announced its next board game project: Dune War for Arrakis. The miniatures specialist is bringing out another board game based on the popular license, at least if the associated crowdfunding campaign is successful. You'd think it would work, but Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City is anything but smooth. And the new Dune board game is already being criticized on social media.

CMON takes advantage of the license and plans to release a new board game based on Dune. The title "War for Arrakis" suggests that things won't be particularly peaceful. What's more, it's again about fighting for control of the desert planet. It is already clear that it will be an asymmetric strategy game. Otherwise, CMON has so far been economical with information. The fans, on the other hand, are not stingy with comments after the announcement, and not everything is positive. It is unclear when the campaign will start.

Fan: Focus on gameplay, not miniatures

After the Kickstarter campaign for Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City, there is uncertainty among fans after the announcement of the Dune board game: Apparently not everyone trusts CMON to put together a qualitatively convincing game. In fact, the publishing house's projects are now like this: Visually, the titles are mostly outstanding, there is plenty of material, often at a steep price. The gameplay is not always convincing. With the previous Cyberpunk 2077 board game, fans criticized the obvious proximity to the five-year-old area control board game The Godfather: Corleone's Empire. Cyberpunk 2077 is too close with its concept. The lack of innovation and the non-transparent shipping costs ultimately led to a crowdfunding campaign for CMON, which in view of the popular franchise can be described as a flop. Although the approximately 890.000 US dollars generated is a proud sum, CMON was previously significantly more successful in monetary terms with other projects.

Accordingly, fans are now cautious after the announcement of a new Dune board game. The publisher and authors not only have to win back the trust of the players, but also prevail against the competitor Dune: Imperium. Paul Dennen and Dire Wolf showed how to get out of a good license an outstanding board game can make. And with the extension Rise of Ix the bar has been raised again.

After all: In Dune - War for Arrakis, the story doesn't seem to be neglected. In addition to an "action dice system", the board game by the authors Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi (War of the Ring) relies on event cards, which are intended to tell the Dune saga differently with each new part. As Nepitello confirms, the aspects surrounding the backstories should indeed play a central role. That would differ significantly from Paul Dennen's strategic concept and make the CMON board game a real alternative for Dune fans, at least if the quality is right. According to CMON, Dune – War for Arrakis "covers the full scope of the Gale Force Nine Master License, which includes the Legendary films and TV series, as well as the classic literary series by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson." Still, there's a danger that War of The Ring will simply be rolled over to the Dune franchise, which might work tolerably - or turn out to be just right. The prediction is difficult. Fact is: It is a strategy board game and not a miniature skirmish game. CMON confirms this itself.

In any case, fans scoff on social media: “Where is my copy of Ankh?” writes a fan on Facebook. “Stop using Kickstarter,” or “It looks like a 1:1 scale sandworm is coming. For the 3564567 dollar pledge and same for shipping”. "Easy pass," writes another fan. The mockery of the fans is loud against the background of past CMON campaigns. The reasons: the usually high prices for what is offered and recently also the enormously high shipping costs.

On the other hand, there is agreement on the quality of War on the Ring – should CMON and the authors succeed in crafting a similarly good title based on the Dune license, the publisher could win back some doubters.


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