But why?

My friends and I have been playing "Frank Herbert's Dune" game since the late seventies. The rules are pretty simple, but everything has an exception, which makes the play rather complicated but endlessly fascinating. And the play balance is surprisingly good--every strategy has a counter like rock-paper-scissors, but much more convoluted, "...feint within a feint within a feint...seemingly without end."

But the game is out of print. We have a copy of the game, but it's getting ragged with a few missing pieces. So I decided I can make my own art and have fun at the same time. Lots of people have done it before me, but I don't like what they did too much (I can't stand the movie nor the tv versions, and much of the art is poorly drawn).

So I'm making this web page so my friends can easily see my progress and make comments. Yes, please email/call/text--I really want to hear feedback. To be honest, my main hurdle is simply making decisions, so feedback is something I hunger to hear!

Map

I have player markers for 6, 5, and 4 player games. Also note that this map has the player markers on the edges instead of the center of the sectors. This provides space for the storm marker.

Other details to point out: The cities that provide better movement and spice mining are marked with an ornithopter. The imperial basin has a special mark since it is desert that is safe until the shield wall is blown. And Carthag & Arrakeen have marks indicating that they are not safe if the shield wall is blown.

The amount of spice that pops up in each territory is listed on the map. Cities that provide income in the advanced rules are marked as well.

Icons
atreides
bene gesserit
emperor
fremen
guild

—I especially do not like this one.

harkonnen
Leaders

back of leader card

Atreides

Bene Gesserit

Emperor

Fremen

Guild

Harkonnens
Spice Blow

back of spice blow card

Treachery Cards

back of treachery card

Player Shields
Tokens
Battle Wheel

This is my first attempt at a battle wheel. It only works for the advanced game battles withOUT Fedeykin and Saudarkar. And it's obviously is made of flimsy paper. Furthermore, it doesn't prevent you from dialing more spice than you have armies, sigh. And I miscalculated and only put 20 positions (zero to nineteen). But it works!

Special

Kwisatz Hederach

spice

tanks

player markers

bank

storm