Betting

An old family-weight betting game is receiving a fresh modern facelift and premium treatment thanks to Calliope Games and Kickstarter. Station Master, designed by Chris Baylis and originally released in 2004 by Mayfair Games, is back with a new look and streamlined rules, and it’s seeking funding right now. In this game for 2-to-6 players, locomotives are arriving at a station awaiting passengers and train cars. Each turn players may add either cars or passengers to a train, with each car either adding positive or negative points to a line. Once a line fills up with cars and passengers, each player who has passengers on that line will multiply their passengers by the total value of the cars to receive points and the player with the most points at the end is the winner.

“We have restored this timeless train game, creating stunning all-new artwork based on classic locomotives, railcars, and railroad history.  In addition, we have refined and streamlined the rules for modern audiences, as well as adding in upgrades and new material to create the greatest possible Station Master experience!”

It’s a surprisingly simple to teach and learn, but even more impressively quick to play as each turn is just a matter of adding a card or a passenger here or there. It boils bluffing and speculation down to easy-to-follow figures and formats, with a theme that disarms it entirely so that it may not seem to some that they’re even playing a betting game at all. This kind simplicity, ease of play, and well-executed theme is ideal for any family-weight game, and Calliope is taking it a step further by making it look great and giving this 15 year old gem the love it deserves. If you’re interested in learning more about this new edition of Station Master, check out the Kickstarter campaign page now for full rules, reviews, photos, and community feedback.

Ankama Board Games announces Treasures of Cibola, a family-style board game that plays in about 15 minutes. The game was designed by Romaric Galonnier. It is for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up.

In Treasures of Cibola, the players are exploring the ancient temples of the city using a betting mechanism, pitting their team of explorers against the teams of the other players. Be careful though! Every time the temple is explored, it becomes less and less stable. The game ends after just 8 turns and whoever has rescued the most treasure, i.e. scored the most points, wins.

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Looking Games is bringing you a new gateway game for 2-5 players. In Isle of Sky: From Chieftan to King, the players are chieftains of 5 famous clans in Isle of Skye, one of the most beautiful places in the world. The players are trying to build their kingdoms and score as many points as possible.

In each turn, each player places two tiles in front of him and specifies a price for other players. The other players can choose whether or not to buy the tiles – if no one buys it, then the seller must pay the price and lose money. Players must use all their wagering and speculation skills to come out on top.

But in the end, it’s not the richest player who wins, but the player with the best kingdom, scored by the scoring cards. The game comes with 16 scoring cards, but only 4 are used in each game, so each game is different.

Isle of Sky plays in around 45 minutes, and it’s a¬†gateway¬†game for the whole family. The game is illustrated by Klemens Franz. The game will contain:

  • 1 game board
  • 16 Scoring cards
  • 72 landscape tiles
  • 1 cloth bag
  • 5 score markers (wood)
  • 5 bag markers
  • 5 player screens
  • 1 round marker (wood)
  • 1 start player marker
  • 80 coins

If you’re looking for a new gateway game with tile-laying, betting, and commodity speculation, then keep an eye out for Isle of Skye, coming out this summer!