Antoine Bauza

Cool Mini or Not has a big batch of new products coming very soon. Announced via press release, CMON has updated their release schedule to show a large number of titles all being available for retail in time for Christmas. With such a wide variety of games suitable for players of all preferences, it’s safe to say this is one publisher ready to please for the holidays. The following list of games are all slated to release on November 23rd:

  • Narcos, the cooperative board game based on the hit Netflix original, pits players as characters from the show trying to manage a growing narcotics empire.
  • Newton, one of the hottest euro-games of the year, has players take on the role of young scientists following in the footsteps of the greatest minds of 17th century by traveling Europe, studying, earning money, developing new tools for the pursuit of knowledge.
  • Both versions of Railroad Ink, a striking roll-and-write challenging players to build networks on an ever shrinking dry-erase board of options. Each version includes two unique expansions, and both versions can be combined to mix up the options and the fun.
  • The Grizzled, Armistice edition, is the new CMON re-release of the favorite cooperative game now featuring a campaign mode and pre-painted miniatures.
  • 5 new products for A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. A Night’s Watch Starter Set brings many of the brave and grizzled watchers of the wall to the table, and they pave the way for 4 new add-on packs – The Sworn Brothers, the Ranger Hunters, the Stark Outriders, and the Lannister Halberdiers.

Victorian Masterminds, on the other hand, is an exception and is instead slated to release January 25th, 2019. The hotly anticipated game from Eric Lang and Antoine Bauza where players take on the roles of famous villains attempting to realize their nefarious plans is only a few months away yet I’m positive the wait is well worth it. Of course all dates listed here are subject to change, which is par for the course as many of the titles listed here have had their street dates revised at least once before. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these releases, or further release updates from CMON, be sure to check out their website for announcements and details.

CMoN has announced they will be publishing Victorian Masterminds from acclaimed designers Eric M. Lang and Antoine Bauza in 2018. Originally announced by Space Cowboys in 2016 (french video here, english here), Victorian Masterminds has 2-4 players take on the roles of evil geniuses in the 19th century, wreaking havoc on an unprotected London after the disappearance of the protector Sherlock Holmes. Players need to send their henchmen into the city, completing missions, destroying buildings, and collecting pieces to build their ultimate evil contraption. When a player has finished their contraption, or the Secret Service can control this villainy, the game ends, with victory going to the player with the most points. Victorian Masterminds features highly asymmetric characters with unique abilities and contraptions. Gameplay involves placing tiles representing individual agents (Henchmen, Machine, Saboteur, Pilot or Number 2) face down on locations within the city. When a location gets 3 tiles, they are immediately revealed and executed in order.

Read the full press release on the CMoN website here.

Asmodee is celebrating the 7th anniversary of 7 Wonders, originally released in 2010, with two new mini expansion packs.

The first expansion pack, 7 Wonders: Leaders Anniversary Pack Expansion is an expansion to 7 Wonders: Cities, which was released in 2010 as the first 7 Wonders expansion. This anniversary pack will include at least fifteen new leaders to include in games of 7 Wonders. Characters from history will include Gorgo, Cornelia, Enheduanna, Roxana, and more. 7 Wonders Leaders added Leader cards to the base game. At the start of every game, each player drafts a hand of four leaders and can pay money to play one leader at the start of each of the three Ages.

The second expansion pack, 7 Wonders: Cities Anniversary Pack Expansion, is an expansion to the 7 Wonders: Cities expansion, which was released in 2012. The expansion pack will include at least fifteen new cities. City cards will include a memorial, customs, counterfeiter’s office, smuggler’s cache, and more. 7 Wonders: Cities was the second expansion for 7 Wonders. City cards were a new type if card in the game and aggressively increased the interaction between players in games.

7 Wonders & Many Awards

When released in 2010 7 Wonders was an instant hit, finding both popular and critical success. A sample of awards includes:

The game continues to make regular appearances on Dice Tower Top 10 lists, especially those focussed on higher player counts. Dice Tower Top 10 appearances include:

Games for Five Players – The People’s #1 game
6 Player Games – The People’s #1 game
7+ Player Games – The People’s #1 game


Mayday Games has announced a new speed/dexterity title from Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Ghost Stories and many others) and Corentin Lebrat (Takenoko: Chibis), Rooster Rush. A re-imagining of Gaijin Dash, Rooster Rush has players take on the roles of chickens trying to cross the road. Players simultaneously compete over Crossing Cards by slapping them as quickly as possible. However, at the same time, token representing dangerous vehicles are spinning on their edge, slowly winding down and eventually resting on either the “safe” or “unsafe” side of the coin. These tokens make the Crossing Cards either safe or unsafe, meaning your rooster has either contacted the other side of the road, or contacted the vehicle. Three unsafe crossings and you are out. The first player to claim 11 points of safe crossings wins the game.

Rooster Rush plays with 3-6 players in 15 minutes. The Kickstarter for Rooster Rush will begin in late May, and the game is expected to hit stores in Q4 2017.

Mayday Games announces ​Rooster Rush​ board game Layton, UT

May 8, 2017​ – Today, Mayday Games is pleased to announce Rooster Rush, a card game by designers Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat. Rooster Rush is based on the previously published design Gaijin Dash! by the same designers. Rooster Rush is a party game in which players need to cross the road while avoiding oncoming vehicles. Observation, risk-taking, and speed are the three skills you need in order to keep out of the animal hospital!

Players simultaneously compete over crossing cards worth various points. To claim a card, the player must be the first to slap their hand on the card. But beware, only safe crossing cards are eligible to be claimed. While players are deciding which cards, if any, to claim – tokens representing the threatening vehicles are spinning on their edges. Instead of heads or tails, in Rooster Rush the tokens will land either safe or unsafe side up. Safe cards are claimed, unsafe cards count as being hit by the vehicle. Claim three unsafe cards and you are eliminated from the game. The first player to claim 11 points or more in cards, or to be the last rooster rushing, wins the game!

This simple dexterity speed game will delight players with its different potential win conditions and quick play. Light enough to play with kids and yet fast and fun enough to be played as a filler on those serious gamer nights. Rooster Rush is for 3 to 6 players​ and takes approximately 15 minutes​ to play. It includes 5 Vehicle Tokens, 40 Crossing Cards, and 1 Red Button Card. Rooster Rush is expected to be available in the USA in Quarter 4 of 2017​ and will be released on Kickstarter in late May 2017​. For more information you can visit the Mayday Games website at: http://www.​

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Our recent hits such as Isle of Monsters, Nerdy Inventions, Assassin Con and Garbage Day, and classics such as Viceroy, Get Bit!, Walk the Plank, Coconuts, and Click Clack Lumberjack show Mayday Games has something for gamers of all ages and experience levels. With lightning mechanics, eye-catching art, and customer-driven content, Mayday Games is proud to present an all-new, old-fashioned game night. Visit our website for more information:


Geeks under Grace is a geek website that looks at things like anime, video games, comics, and most recently, board games with a Christian perspective.  So in pursuit of that interest they were able to land an interview with 7 Wonders designer Antoine Bauza.  They talk about some of his past and current designs, whether he starts with mechanics or not, and then they talked about some games he is working on.  Three games that were mentioned in the interview were a new 7 Wonders expansion called Armada, a collaboration with Eric Lang called Victorian Masterminds, and finally a new coop game called Oltréé.  Victorian Masterminds has a tentative release of early 2017, the other two games are still in development so we will just have to wait for more information to be released.  You can read the full interview on the Geeks under Grace website.


The 2015 Dice Tower Awards winners were announced at Dice Tower Con last night. The Dice Tower Awards nominees were announced earlier this year. Nominees are determined by a panel of roughly 100 people. A list is comprised and people can vote on up to their top 3 choices in any category. Based upon a weighting system determined by a person’s knowledge of any specific category, a list of the top 5 comprises the nominees with top vote getting the winner’s award (Best Game of the Year gets 10 nominees). This year was composed of a very impressive list of games which only goes to show how the board game industry keeps improving year after year. A huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners! For a list of all the nominees you can visit the official Dice Tower Awards page here.

Best Small Publisher



Designers: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
Publisher: Nauvoo Games

Best Party Game



Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Game Artwork


Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

Artists: David Richards, Fernanda Suarez
Designer: Isaac Vega
Publisher: Plaid Hat Games

Best Board Game Components

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Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game from a New Designer

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Two-Player Game

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7 Wonders: Duel

Designers: Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Repos Production

Most Innovative Game

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Cooperative Game

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

Best Game Theming

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Game Expansion

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Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania

Designer: Alan R. Moon
Publisher: Days of Wonder

Best Game Reprint

through the ages

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Family Game



Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Strategy Game

blood rage

Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game of the Year

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

With Origins passed and GenCon close at hand more game announcements are being made, and here are several that are coming soon from iello.

Being released at GenCon is a new game from Antoine Bauza called Oceanos, a game where players are submarine captains exploring the ocean depths.  You will draft cards to build out the area of the ocean you are exploring and then score that line, scoring points for different animal types, upgrade your sub, and if you have the most eyes of the kraken, taking a penalty.  Player with the most points wins.

Next is Schotten Totten from Reiner Kinizia, a reskining of the classic game Battle Line where you are trying to play sets of cards to different areas to try and control them.  The theme is no longer ancient armies battling to rival clans trying to expand their land so expect some light-hearted art typical of iello.  Look for this game at GenCon as well.

The last game being released at GenCon is another reskin and that is Rent A Hero, a reskin of the game Seventh Hero.  In Rent A Hero you are trying to recruit heroes to fight against the hordes raiding your village and pass of heroes your don’t want to other players.  The game play is simple with heroes being passed around and players deciding if they want them or not, asking for more info to make a decision and using powers to try and figure things out, first player to have a full set of heroes is the winner.

Next is a game being released at Essen called Bunny Kingdom, a game where you will be drafting cards and playing them in order to establish your kingdom on the board.  You will harvest things like carrots, copper, wood, and spices and build cities which will multiply the points that you can acquire from these fields.  Art is very nice and extensively bunnized so look forward to this game.

The last game being released at Essen is Kanagawa, a game by Bruno Cathala that is all about creating the most harmonious painting that you can.

“It’s 1840: In Kanagawa, the great bay of Tokyo, the Master Hokusai decided to open a painting school to share his art with his disciples. You are one of these disciples, and more than anything, you want to prove yourself worthy of the “crazy, old artist”. Follow his teachings to expand your studio and paint your preferred subjects (Trees, Animals, Characters, Buildings), all while paying attention to the changing of the seasons in order to make the most harmonious print… the one that will become the work of your lifetime!”

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Those who follow the official blog over at NSKN Games already know that they’ve posted a great article analyzing the history of civilization-building board games, from Francis Tresham (Advanced Civilization) right up to Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders).

Innovating in civilization games is no easy task, as it’s very easy to misplace those precious few elements that make a civ game what it is: the sense of building something grand, and the feeling of great progression, of one thing evolving from another.

The article also drops some pretty oblique hints at a new project in the offing at NSKN, “completely different” in its design from their previous offering, Progress: Evolution of Technology. Let’s look forward to seeing how well it rises to the challenge of innovation.

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Grab your French fries, French bread, French dressing and Pay-roo, we’re going to Cannes baby! Cannes! What, no interest in the glitz, glamor and pageantry of modern film and documentary? Good, because we are going for the board games.
The French board game publisher Ludonaute has announced some exciting news. They have several booths at the Cannes Film Festival showing off their goods and previewing some of their upcoming work.

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Colt Express, which made a huge splash last year for its unique theme and components, is being shown off at Cannes with the ‘over-sized version’ treatment! Perhaps like the oversized Mayfair games at Gen Con? I look forward to seeing the pictures of this!
Colt Express, for those that have not been introduced, sports a 3D cardboard train that caught many eyes. Players play as Old West bandits robbing a train and collecting riches using action cards.
In addition to the ‘Big’ novelty treatment for Cannes display, an expansion is being previewed at the film festival. This expansion will include:
– Horses!
– Prinsoners
– A New Car (not an automobile)
– Hostages
– Stagecoach
– A new way to play: a Marshall vs. all others!
This expansion will be released at Essen.


Another of Ludonaute’s popular games, Lewis & Clark, is also discussed in Ludonaute’s news release. Lewis & Clark is an American West exploration themed game that features a bit of drafting, a bit of pool building, some resource management and a whole Corps of fun. Now the company is giving L&C the Race to Roll treatment, enter dice. This totally new dice game will be shorter than Lewis & Clark but the decision making is reported to still be deep and fun.
The game will be released at Gen Con but a playable prototype will be at Cannes.

“The Little Prince” is a French novella published in 1943 which is the most-read and third most translated book in the world (per Wikipedia). Well loved designers Antoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala gave the story a board game adaptation (The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet) back in 2013 which was published by Asmodee. Now, in anticipation for the new animated feature film based on The Little Prince, the same designers have created a new game. The company has given no detail on how this game will differ but has said it will not require the building of planets this time around and instead include traveling the stars. It will target the casual gamer and families yet still include clever play.
The new game can be previewed at Ludonaute’s boot at Cannes as well.

So see, even us board gamer geeks could have something to do at French film festivals! Adieu!

See Ludonaute’s news article here.

takenoko chibis

Antoine Bauza used Twitter to announce an upcoming expansion for his popular game of Takenoko. The Expansion will be called Takenoko: Chibis. The Twit simply states, “Coming Soon!” The expansion has his name as a designer, as well as Corentin Lebrat, co-designer of Diavolo, Ali, and Le Petit poucet. How soon this year can you expect the expansion? Well, in answering to his Twitter followers, Antoine’s answer was GenCon 2015.

To check the Twitter announcement and the rest of the conversation click here.