Nicole Bunge over at ICV2, posted an article regarding the expansion of U.S. company Thames & Kosmos expanding into the board game market.
Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 as an alliance between the Thames Science Center, a science museum and learning store, and Kosmos, the nearly 200-year old German-based publishing house Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH.
The first game she mentions is Lost Cities the Board Game. This game is based on the 2008 Spiel Des Jahres winner Keltis, and it is due out in April. She also goes on to mention the Lost Cities The Card Game for 2 players, which is also being released in April.
She then goes on to mention some more games soon to be released like: Kahuna, Dimension, Dohdles!, and Ubongo. These are games that have been out of print and many gamers can now look forward to a wide release in the coming months.
To learn more, and to read the whole article, please click here.
The new two-player deck building wargame Hands in the Sea was launched on Kickstarter this past week by Knightworks Games. The game takes its inspiration from A Few Acres of Snow and is set during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage from 264-241 BC where players will colonize, maneuver navies and do battle in order to emerge victorious.
The project is already nearly two-thirds funded with 28 days remaining, you can check out the project page here.
Z-MAN Games has announced their newest title Fields of Arle. This game seems to have been influenced both in name and art by Van Gogh’s wheat fields a series of paintings done around the end of the 1800’s in among other places Arles. Being that this is what appears to be a heavily agriculturally driven game I would expect this theme will continue throughout the game. Z-MAN has said that they will be releasing the rulebook soon.
This is the information Z-MAN has released on their website about the game and its contents.
DISCOVER THE QUAINT VILLAGE OF ARLE!
In the small East Frisian village of Arle on the verge of the 18th century, your family must take care of numerous tasks: dehydrate the moot, plow the farmland, and breed the animals. Improving your craftsmanship in the village and constructing the appropriate buildings will be invaluable.
Turn by turn, assign various tasks to the members of your family while keeping an eye open for the changing seasons. Use your vehicles to trade resources with others and upgrade your goods.
The fields of Arle await you!
Approx 120 min
1 to 2 players
- 1 Large Game Board
- 1 Supply Board
- 2 Home Boards
- 2 Storage Boards
- 60 Wooden Animals
- 40 Wooden Peat Tokens
- 31 Buildings
- Over 150 Other Tiles
- 1 Scoring Pad
- 1 Rule Book
- 2 Overview Sheets