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Portal Games’ Vienna Connection Pre-Order Has Begun

Vienna Connection

Portal GamesVienna Connection pre-order campaign starts now! A fully independent title, Vienna Connection, brings a new quality to the Detective line. This is a cooperative espionage board game and an experience that lets you and your friends take on the role of spies conducting secret operations during the historic Cold War era! Vienna Connection contains four unique missions taking place across Europe, including Vienna, Prague, and Berlin!

In this story-driven game for 1-5 players, you command a team of CIA agents during the Cold War conducting secret missions in various European cities. It is January 1977. CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia gets wind of Soviet activity in Austria and has no choice but to intervene. The CIA decides to dispatch members of their Special Activities Division (SAD). The game is on.

Vienna Connection is a campaign game consisting of 4 missions. It shines when played as a complete experience. Separate game sessions are less interesting if you don’t know, or don’t experience the whole story. 

The game is heavily language-dependent. You will read a ton of cards, reports, and files. It’s a full-blown narrative experience. The box comes with 100 pages of different files and documents! 

If you’re looking for a spy game and would love to outthink and defeat Soviet agent’s activities—Vienna Connection is the game for you.

Why pre-order

For a limited time of 4 weeks, Portal Games has an exclusive Vienna Connection offer for you. They are not running a Kickstarter campaign for this title, as it is complete and already in production. Still, this preorder offer is as unique as what you would expect from most Kickstarter campaigns. If you preorder the game directly from us, you will:

  • Receive the game before its official release date.
  • Get additional components and bonuses worth over $35 for free (see our daily updates!) that will not be part of the retail version.

You can pre-order it now:

Vienna Connection

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game Gets a Game of the Year Edition

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

Portal Games has announced a Game of the Year edition of the award-winning Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game. Portal Games was able to improve the basic game and add additional components to the box.

The new edition includes a set of 30 photos of character portraits, which the players can use during their investigation to make a mind map. The pictures show the suspects met throughout the game, and bring an amazing immersion to the gameplay. The set was previously available for purchase only as an additional promo item at the Portal Games store and during conventions. With the Game of the Year edition of Detective, now all players will be able to enjoy this great tool.

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game is a fully cooperative, deeply immersive, detective experience for 1 to 5 players taking on the roles of investigators trying to solve a crime. The game has been published in 10 languages and sold over 100.000 copies worldwide. It won many prominent awards and nominations including As d’Or Expert Game of the Year Award 2019, Dice Tower Best Theming Award 2018, nomination for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019, nominations for Golden Geek Best Game of the Year 2019, Golden Geek Best Cooperative, Best Innovative and Best Thematic Game of the Year 2019.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire Preorders Have Started

Portal Games has opened up preorders for Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire is an expansion that introduces an Open World Campaign in the Settlers universe. The goal of the campaign is to consecutively grow your Empire game by game while achieving Quests, conquering new Provinces while maintaining your expanding Empire to avoid crumbling, and most importantly, progressing to reach the Modern Era of the Imperial Settlers universe!

During the course of the game, empires advance their military, economic, and cultural aspects as well as race to complete various Quests. Being the first to complete these Quests is crucial – at the end of each game, players progress on tracks connected to the Quests. They also invest in new Inventions and take on newly acquired Provinces. If players reach the end of a progress track they enter a new era – that gives them access to new impressive inventions and skills—but as always, there is a cost to progress, and provinces are lost when entering a new era.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Tracking Eras on 3 different Empire sheets

Players’ empires progress is tracked on personalized Empire sheets. There are 3 consecutive eras Empires can progress in – Ancient Era, Middle ages, Industrial Era. Reaching the end of the Industrial Era means entering the Modern Era and indicates completing the campaign.

Each Empires’s progress is tracked on the personalized Empire sheet, which is specific to the Era the Empire is currently in. Empire sheets are personalized, which means players write on them and change them as the campaign progresses. The Empire sheet contains space to write the name of the Empire, it also tracks the cost of supporting the Provinces, progressing of the Empire, Knowledge points, the current state of achieving Quests, and Final score. Developing on the progress tracks unlocks certain bonuses for the Empire. When the player reaches the end of one of the progress tracks on his Empire sheet, he will move onto another era in his next game and start with a new Empire sheet specific to the Era. Each Era offers new bonuses on the Progress tracks, as well as new Inventions, and different costs on the Province map.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Huge replayability with 163 new cards

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire comes with many new cards making each gameplay individual:

  • 55 Province cards represent new lands players can conquer and they provide Goods.
  • 66 Invention cards represent advances of the Empire in various fields and provide special features.
  • 42 Quest cards represent crucial agendas that Empires face. The player who achieves a Quest first will gain a significant boost on the progress of the corresponding category as well as a small in-game bonus.

What is the Open World campaign?

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire introduces an Open World campaign mode, in which player governs the same Empire and develops it from game to game. What sets it apart from a Legacy type of game is that to play the Open World campaign you don’t need to always gather the same playgroup, because your Empires can be in different Eras as you play. New players can join the campaign and start from the beginning. Just like in history: new empires rose and developed through ages, while the others were already thriving. Regardless of the differences in progress the game remains well balanced because a more developed Empire is simply more difficult to provide for.

All preorders will be shipped before the street date planned for July 2020, and will include additional promo content: 4 Interimperial Organization Tiles and 6 Memorial Postcards.

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Portal Games announces PortalCon Online

Portal Games

Portal Games has announced PortalCon Online, a live-streaming, English language event for all fans of Portal Games. PortalCon Online will stream live on the Portal Games YouTube channel July 10th thru 11th. Each stream will feature contests, gameplay sessions with designers, seminars, special guests, and more.

With fans asking for an English edition of PortalCon for years and the impact of COVID-19 on conventions, Portal Games felt this would be a great time to host this online convention.

Earlier this month, Portal Games hosted an online PortalCon for Polish fans that lasted over 20 hours. The Polish show featured contests for fans to win Portal Games products, special guests including designers and artists from many fan-favorite titles, and charity auctions to benefit those impacted by COVID-19. PortalCon Online will feature the best features of the Polish show with many updates and improvements based on the feedback received.

More information can be found later this month and on the Portal Games YouTube channel leading up to the event.

Dig Deeper with the First Standalone Expansion for Detective

Detective: Dig Deeper

Portal Games is opening up the pre-order for Detective: Dig Deeper, the latest expansion for Detective.

Pre-orders for the game open May 8th, 2020.

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game is the highly acclaimed cooperative game. Dig Deeper is its first stand-alone case in the Signature Series.

It’s written by Rob Daviau, Dig Deeper will transport players to an American town in the ’70s, where the players’ goal will be to solve the mysterious death of a local politician.

Like the base game, it’s for 1 to 5 players and uses modern tools to enhance the investigation, which now includes an all-new interactive interrogation mechanism!

Set for release June 4, the game retails for $15.

Portal Games Announces New Games for 2020

Brand new spy game: Vienna Connection

In this exciting stand-alone game inspired by the game mechanics of Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, you will take on the roles of CIA agents sent to Europe in 1977 during the Cold War to investigate a mysterious death of James Werner, an American citizen murdered in Vienna.

Vienna Connection

Solve new cases in Detective: Season One

In this new stand-alone game inspired by Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game you will find 3 stand-alone cases that can be played in around 90 minutes each. Each of the cases has a different setting and style. Due to a shorter playtime and simpler family-friendly rules, the cases are perfectly tailored for a mystery game night.

Detective: Season One

First case in the Signature Series of Detective: Dig Deeper written by Rob Daviau

This dripping with theme case will transport you into the American town in the 70-ties, where you will investigate the mystery of the death of a local politician.

Detective: Dig Deeper

2 new expansions for Empires of the North: Roman Banners & Barbarian Hordes

Empires of the North is getting even more new clans! Each expansion will introduce 2 new factions and their individual decks with unique abilities and game mechanics. All expansions combined with the base game will give you as many as 12 different factions to choose from.

Empires of the North: Roman Banners
Empires of the North: Barbarian Hordes

New meta-expansion for Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

This new meta-expansion will ad a completely new layer to the game by introducing an open-world campaign setting. From game to game your empire will advance reaching new eras, goals, technologies, discoveries, and provinces. Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire expansion will include 220 new cards divided into 3 types: Provinces, Goals & Achievements, Technologies & Discoveries. Growing a civilization has never been so captivating!

Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write App

With the Roll & Write app, you will be able to play the game on your mobile when you’re on the go. Initially, the app will support solo play in which you will develop your own roll & write civilization to gather Victory Points and Stars that you will spend to gain access to more buildings improving your engine. The app will also introduce multiplayer mode at subsequent updates.

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write App

New Kickstarter campaign for Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures

In 2020 Portal Games will launch a new Kickstarter project – Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures. The almanac will consist of new Robinson Crusoe scenarios ranked by their level of difficulty, complexity, and theme. The Book of Adventures will offer scenarios suited for every audience – for playing with children, for a fun family game, but also really heavy scenarios for experienced players.

Robinson Crusoe: The Book of Adventures

Portal Games Announces the Cry Havoc: Aftermath & Iron Gang US release!

Portal Games has announced that Cry Havoc: Aftermath and Iron Gang will be released December 13th.

Continuous fighting between four factions of Trogs, Pilgrims, Machines and Humans has made the extraction of precious crystals very difficult. Every side is in a desperate need of new tactics, skills and leaders. This is the point, where you come in and utilize those new additions to totally wreck your opponents. How will you use them, to achieve victory?

Cry Havoc: Aftermath features important additions including new structures, which allow new tactics. It also offers, new Universal Structures, new Faction Structures, new two-sided Leader Boards, and new Scoring Events.

The Cry Havoc: Aftermath is a game expansion for 2-4 players ages 10+ and should be able to be played in 90-120 minutes.


Iron Gang is the new force in the Neuroshima HEX! 3.0 universe, which will make you run for your lives. But there is nowhere to run, when the army has the features such as ranged net, ranged medic, and ranged chain attack, that can be activated out of combat.

Games take 30 minutes for 2-4 players ages 10 and up.

Portal Games Reveals Their 2018 Games

Alien Artifacts: Discovery

With Alien Artifacts official released, one may think – isn’t it too early for an expansion? Well… no. The core game was received extremely well and to survive, we must expand. We would like you to discover (see what we did there) the very first expansion for Alien Artifacts 4X engine building card game – Discovery.

Alien Artifacts: Discovery moves forward the storyline of the universe and introduces a new type of cards – Alien Resources. It adds the total of 50 cards to the core game!

First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet

The game hits the streets! Or rather we have a lift-off! The English version of the First Martians was released last month in the USA, and it is officially released in Europe. The most anticipated game in Portal Games history, based on the great adventure engine known from Robinson Crusoe, is finally here! And we have plans to support this game for the years to come:

▪ Early Launch Kits with Demo Copies through a Retailer Support Program
▪ First Martians rules Almanac in PDF form
▪ 7th stand-alone Removal mission release
▪ Updates for the First Martians Companion app, including:
▪ Community created content
▪ New features
▪ Tutorial mission

But wait! There is more! Portal Games also plan to release a new Epidemia mission and prepare a First Martians In-Store event Kit for 2018!

Halloween event

Just around the corner Portal Games are planning a two days Halloween event, with special, spooky edition of the Probe on the Loose mission! There will be tons of spooky surprises waiting for you, while chasing that probe!

Make sure you plan a gaming session next week and please use the #HalloweenInSpace hashtag, when you post about it!

Last but not least Portal Games would like to introduce a new mini-expansion for the First Martians – a set of extra ROI tiles! Available in their shop now!

Robinson Crusoe: The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z is a second big expansion for the Robinson Crusoe bestselling Adventure game! Like its predecessor, Voyage of the Beagle, this expansion follows another great explorer, Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett. His expedition went deep into the Amazon rainforest in the search for a hidden civilization, the mythical Lost City of Z.

Robinson Crusoe: The Lost City of Z introduces new mechanism of Horror and Sanity into the game! Discover new characters, beasts and Mystery deck cards! The expansion will include 5 missions forming a long and epic campaign!

Robinson Crusoe Companion app!

Bet you didn’t expect that! We are going a little bit digital with the Robinson Crusoe franchise. Abandon your hope, if you think the game would get easier – it will certainly get more interesting. Portal Games will introduce new events and adventures. The app will allow you to choose a theme for each scenario.

Herb Garden & Pen promo!

There are many great mini-expansions for Robinson Crusoe. Here is another one – Herb Garden and Pen. It’s available in their shop now!

Imperial Settlers: We Didn’t Start The Fire

Imperial Settlers: We Didn’t Start The Fire is the third Empire Pack for Imperial Settlers engine building card game. Join your favourite factions, best your opponents and expand your empire!

The expansion offers new cards, increasing replayability and much more! More details soon!

Diplomacy promo!

This awesome Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island mini-expansion includes Herb Garden, which can help you heal and Pen, where you can breed animals to gain food!

Available in the shop now!

Neuroshima HEX: Iron Gang Hexpuzzles Pack

Iron Gang Hexpuzzle Pack is an expansion for Neuroshima HEX! 3.0, that introduces new clever puzzles to solve on your hex board. It’s a perfect way to play some HEX on your own, or challenge your friends!

It includes a bonus army tile for Iron Gang Army. More details soon!

Monolith Arena – new Portal Games title!

Monolith Arena is a fantasy battleground boardgame, designed by Michał Oracz, creator of the bestselling Neuroshima HEX games.

Wage war against you opponents on a hexagonal board. Prepare your armies to face off on the battlefield and surprise your enemy with your choice of special abilities!

The game will include five factions, with unique abilities and units! Monolith Arena will also have an amazing production value, with literal monoliths standing tall over the battlefield.

Monolith Arena
Time: 30-45 min.
Players: 2-4
Age: 10+

Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame

Detective is a modern crime boardgame, designed by Przemysław Rymer and Ignacy Trzewiczek. A game, that truly tell stories, inspired by true events. Use every tool at your disposal to solve crimes – consult the Internet, check the facts and constantly learn new clues. You are not playing a detective, you are a detective!

The game includes 5 scenarios for players to solve and a high quality components.

Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame
Time: 90+ min.
Players: 1-4
Age: 14+