Stronghold Games is continuing their Great Designers line of games, the first two having been Porta Nigra by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling and 504 by Friedemann Friese. Now Stronghold has announced the next three games in line, Kraftwagon-V6 Edition, The Fog of War, and Jorvik, along with the next game by the Engelsteins, The Dragon and Flagon.
Kraftwagon-V6 Edition is designed by Matthias Cramer and will feature all the same gameplay and mechanics as the original Kraftwagon game, the major difference is that an additional set of tiles has been added to the game in order to utilize V6 engines that were available at the time the game is based in. This edition will be available in August of 2016.
Next is The Fog of War, designed by Geoff Engelstein, this is a two player strategy game covering the European theater of World War 2 from 1940 to 1945. The game will focus less on the battling and more on the intelligence and planning aspects of the war, in the game you have to commit to your operations in advance using a unique mechanic called the “Operation Wheel”, but what you commit is secret so you can bluff your opponent. This will be Geoff’s first solo design game so look forward to it in September 2016.
Game number five in the series will be JORVIK, designed by Stefan Feld, and although was previously announced by Stronghold, it has been now officially been added to the Great Designers series. Jorvik, the modern city of York, was a major hub of trade and commerce in the viking era, and so in the game JORVIK you are Viking jarls trying to make your clan the most prestigious. How you do this is through funding pillaging runs, defending the city, hosting lavish feasts, trading goods, and hiring craftsman. Look for this game to arrive on shelves in October of 2016.
And last but not least, while not a part of the Great Designers series of games it shouldn’t be taken lightly as it is a Engelstein family creation, The Dragon and Flagon. This is a game of chaos where up to 8 people are trying to get the last flagon of the famous brew, The Dragon, and so will do anything to get it. You will be rolling barrels, swinging from chandeliers, pulling rugs out from under people, and all sorts of other craziness to try and be the one to grab that brew. Another aspect that is unique is that the board will be a 3D representation of the tavern so it can be set up differently each time, making the game even more interesting. Look for this game August of 2016.
You can read the press release below for more information on all the games mentioned.
Stronghold Games Announces Titles from Designers Matthias Cramer and Geoff Engelstein
Kraftwagen-V6 Edition (#3), The Fog Of War (#4), and Jorvik (#5) added to “The Great Designer Series”
New Jersey, USA – May 9, 2016
Stronghold Games is proud to announce the publication of three new late summer game releases, as well as the addition of games to the Stronghold Games’ The Great Designer Series :
- Kraftwagen – V6 Edition, designed by Matthias Cramer (The Great Designer Series #3)
- The Fog Of War, designed by Geoff Engelstein (The Great Designer Series #4)
- The Dragon & Flagon, designed by Brian, Sydney, and Geoff Engelstein
- JÓRVÍK, designed by Stefan Feld (previously announced, now added as The Great Designer Series #5)
Kraftwagen – V6 Edition, designed by Matthias Cramer, is a 2-4 player game exploring the dawn of the automotive industry in the early 20th century. Players advance the state of automobile development and production by playing as start-up companies, researching new technologies and building improved chassis and engines. Early Grand Prix races provide the young companies with prestige and money, but the players must maintain a key balance of fulfilling the demand preferences of buyers at the lowest possible price. In Kraftwagen – V6 Edition, a new set of tiles has been added, which feature the next technology available at the time, the V6 engine. Kraftwagen – V6 Edition has been designated the third game in The Great Designer Series from Stronghold Games. Street Date: August 2016. MSRP: $59.95.
The Fog Of War, designed by Geoff Engelstein, is a two player grand strategic game covering the European theater of World War II from 1940-1945. The game focuses on the planning and intelligence aspects of the war. Players create military operations utilizing the “Operation Wheel”, which is a unique mechanism that forces players to commit to operations in advance, while giving opportunities for bluffing as well as intelligence gathering by the enemy. Each turn the dial on the Operation Wheel is rotated by one position, which controls when an operation can be launched and any attack or defense bonuses that apply. The Fog Of War is Stronghold Games’ first war game. It is also Geoff Engelstein’s first solo game design after a string of co-designed games. The Fog Of War has been designated the fourth game in The Great Designer Series from Stronghold Games. Street Date: September 2016. MSRP: $59.95 (tentatively).
The Dragon & Flagon, designed by Brian, Sydney, and Geoff Engelstein, is a game of chaos and mayhem for 2-8 players. The Dragon & Flagon is a tavern world-renowned for its most magical drink, The Dragon. Legend has it that one sip of The Dragon can give a hero wondrous abilities beyond their wildest dreams — but with a tavern full of thirsty adventurers and only one flagon left, things are bound to go wrong. Players take on roles of a very diverse group of adventurers who throw mugs, roll barrels, smash chairs, cast spells, wield weapons, swing from the chandelier, and pull the rug out from under fellow adventurers as they attempt to gain the greatest reputation in the land. The game features multiple play modes and a 3D tavern environment, which can be set up differently every time for even more variety of play. Street date: August 2016. MSRP: $59.95.
JÓRVÍK, designed by Stefan Feld, was announced in a previous Press Release (see “Stronghold Games and eggertspiele Announce Strategic Partnership”, February 13, 2016). JÓRVÍK has now been designated the fifth game in The Great Designer Series from Stronghold Games. Street Date: October 2016. MSRP: TBD “We are very excited by this group of games”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “We are adding several games by renowned designers into The Great Designers Series, as well as publishing our first war game. The broadening of our catalog and market position continues in a robust way with these new titles”.
About Stronghold Games LLC:
Stronghold Games LLC is a publisher of high-quality board and card games in the hobby game industry. Since 2009, Stronghold Games has released many highly-regarded games, including the best-selling “Survive: Escape From Atlantis!”, the most innovative deck-building game, “Core Worlds”, the smash-hit game line of “Space Cadets”, and its latest copublished game line “Among The Stars”. Stronghold Games publishes great game designs developed both in-house and in partnership with European publishers. Stronghold Games LLC is a Limited Liability Company formed in the State of Delaware, USA.