In September, Czech Games Edition announced many of its games, previously released in North America by Rio Grande Games and Z-Man Games, were now going to be published under the CGE logo. CGE has now announced that these games are coming soon.
Perhaps the most anticipated game of the bunch is Alchemists by new designer Matus Kotry. Alchemists is a 2-4 player deduction board game that plays in about two hours. Players will mix ingredients and test the results using a smart phone app (recommended but not required) that will randomize the results for each new game. You can find a review of Alchemists, by Dice Tower’s Tom Vasel here.
Bunny Bunny Moose Moose by designer Vlaada Chvatil was originally published in 2009, and pits 3-6 players in the roles of rabbits and moose against the hunter in this humorous party game that plays in about 20 minutes. Here is a review from Tom Vasel and his daughter Melody.
Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends and its expansion Everfrost by designer Vlaada Chvatil are also part of this wave of CGE releases. Tash-Kalar, previously published in North America by Z-Man Games, is a 2-4 player abstract strategy game that plays in about an hour. Participants play the role of summoners creating patterns that bring about powerful minions battling it out in the Tash-Kalar arena. Click here for a review of the base game by Tom Vasel.
Dungeon Lords, its expansion Festival Season, and the anniversary edition, by Vlaada Chvatil, were also previously published by Z-Man Games. First release in 2009, Dungeon Lords is a 2-4 player game that takes about 90 minutes. Each person takes the role of an evil dungeon lord trying to build the best dungeon. Check out Tom Vasel’s review of the base game here.
Fans of Shipyard, by designer Vladimir Suchy and formerly released by Rio Grande Games, have anxiously awaited a reprint. Here it is. Set in 1870, Shipyard has 2-4 shipyard owners trying to build the best ships and takes 30 minutes per player to complete. On a turn, a player will choose an available action giving him pieces needed to complete a ship. See what Tom Vasel has to say about the game here.
Also by designer Vladimir Suchy and formerly published by Rio Grande Games, Last Will and the expansion, Getting Sacked, are on the way. In Last Will, players take on the role of cousins seeking to inherit their uncle’s wealth by being the first one to spend a substantial sum of money in the same vein of 1985 comedy Brewster’s Millions, starring Richard Pryor. Last Will is a 2-5 player game that takes about an hour. You can view Tom Vasel’s base game review here, and the expansion here.
Finally, we have Vlaada Chvatil’s Dungeon Petz and the expansion Dark Alleys formerly published by Z-Man Games. Dungeon Petz finds 2-4 players breeding and selling pets, using the worker placement mechanic, in the same world as Dungeon Lords. Check out Tom and Melody Vasel’s review of Dungeon Petz here.