Arboretum is a card game of skill and decision that has players creating the most beautiful path through an arboretum. Renegade Game Studios is proud to announce that their beloved game of strategy and gardens will be released as a Deluxe Edition.  Enjoy the resplendence of this game with the most elegant engraved and heat-treated wooden box with a full color sleeve, premium rainbow foil cards, a scorepad, a rulebook and an embroidered fabric bag.

Arboretum:Deluxe Edition is a game for 2-4 players ages 8 and up and will play in about 30 minutes. It is slated to release in November 2018 and is available for pre-order now!


In celebration of National Arbor Day, Renegade Games has announced that they will be publishing a second edition of the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence Winner Arboretum by Dan Cassar (The Blood of an Englishman). Originally designed in 2015, Arboretum is a card game in which 2-4 players compete to create the most beautiful path through their garden. Players create a grid of trees, laying down one card each turn from their hand of 7. At game’s end, cards in hand determine which color trees will score for each player, and the greatest orthogonal path beginning and ending with that color determines score. The second edition will feature new artwork from Beth Sobel (Lanterns: The Harvest Festival), with a focus to make the trees distinct enough for color blind players. Arboretum Second Edition will be available at your FLGS in Fall 2018. You can read the full press release from Renegade Games here.

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The classic fairy-tale Jack and the Bean Stalk is getting a card game re-imagining courtesy of Dan Cassar, designer of Arboretum.  The game is called The Blood of an Englishman, derived from the iconic phrase the giant shouts as he chases after Jack.  In this two player game you will either be Jack, trying to loot the giant’s home for treasure, or the giant trying to stop him.  Both have specific card arrangements they are trying to achieve, Jack has to form three bean stalks to make three trips for the bag of gold, Golden Goose, and the Singing Harp.  Meanwhile the giant is trying to arrange the Fee, Fi, Fo, and Fum cards into his iconic phrase in order to stop him.  There will be multiple actions available to both sides so the winner will be whoever can carefully build their goal first.  Look for this game to hit stores in early November 2016, and you can read the press release below for more information.

 Renegade Game Studios to release The Blood of an Englishman

Dan Cassar’s take on a classic tale.

San Diego, CA (August 11th, 2016) — Renegade Game Studios™, the premier publisher of original games, is proud to announce The Blood of An Englishman by Dan Cassar, designer of Arboretum. This new take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk will be released November 2016.

“Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!” roared the giant as he crashed through the vines. Jack, with one arm around his precious stolen harp and the other grasping the bean stalk, felt the rush of danger. Will he make it to the bottom in time to chop down the leafy ladder or will the Giant successfully catch the thieving beggar?

In The Blood of an Englishman, players take on the role of either Jack or the Giant. The Giant must maneuver the Fee Fi Fo and Fum cards while Jack tries to create three bean stalks to steal the bag of gold, the Golden Goose, and the Singing Harp. Each player has different available actions and must carefully arrange the cards to achieve their goal. Are you brave enough to face your fate?

“We are thrilled to be working with Dan Cassar on this project. He’s an incredibly talented designer and will be the perfect addition to our designer family,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “The Blood of An Englishman is so well balanced and thoughtful. It’s a great puzzle for both players.”

Look for The Blood of an Englishman to hit shelves in early November 2016. Each game takes about 20-30 minutes to play and is for 2 players ages 10+.

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Z-Man games has announced their newest game arboretum.  This is a game of complex tree lined path building.  Containing up to 10 different kinds of trees you will be using different numbers of them depending on the number of players.

With a system of drawing cards blindly from the center or from other players discard piles this will have a fair of strategy required to succeed.  In addition having to be strategic with discards and draws you also will be required maintain a stock of trees that you have anchored paths with in order to be allowed to score with.

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This highly thematic game is designed for 2-4 players age 10 and up.  It will be available March 20th.  Thus spring will usher in the blooming of Arboretum.

For more information head over to Z-Man’s product page for it here.