Secrets lurk in the shadows of the King’s castle…barbicans, moats, courtyards…and clever Secret Passages…
Today, Bezier Games (One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Suburbia, and the upcoming Favor of the Pharaoh) announces the first expansion to the Essen 2014 hit, Castles of Mad King Ludwig by Ted Alspach. This expansion takes Castles of Mad King Ludwig, currently ranked #84 on boardgamegeek.com, to new levels of intrigue, by introducing dozens of new components and several new mechanics.
King Ludwig II of Bavaria was known for his eccentric castle-building, having created some of the most iconic castles in the world during his short reign. He is known as the “Swan king” as his signature castle, Neuschwanstein,translates roughly to “New Swan Stone”. One of the elements of a castle that Ludwig didn’t get to build during his short lifetime was a moat, something he longed for as a moat separated two of the castles he frequented as a young boy. But he did get to indulge in another of his architectural desires: Neuschwanstein has several secret passages added specifically at Ludwig’s request.
Designer Ted Alspach had the following to say about Castles of Mad King Ludwig Secrets:
“Barbicans and Moats change the way you construct your castle, upping the spacial element that so many people enjoy in the original Castles game. The new rooms provide immense replayability, and coupled with placing Secret Passages and collecting Swans for money and/or points, it really broadens the overall game experience without increasing complexity.”
Secrets will be available for purchase in October 2015. Preorders are available by visiting www.beziergames.com.
Bezier Games 2015 Preorder Special
Bezier Games would also like to bring attention to their 2015 preorder special! You can now order Castles of Mad King Ludwig Secrets, Suburbia 5 Star, and Favor of the Pharaoh together in one package! What’s more, this preorder special also includes three additional sets of dice for Favor of the Pharaoh and 1 set of Suburbia 5 Star Game Con Bonus tiles (featuring Kublacon, DiceTower Con, Gen Con, Essen Spiel, and BGG.con!
Bezier Games has announced their latest title “Favor of the Pharaoh. This reimagining of the game “To Court the King” by designer Tom Lehmann expands upon the original game play making for a more varied game. Centered around moving up the social ladder in ancient Egypt this game is all about strategically working your prowess to outwit your oponents.
Designed for 2-4 players and taking about 45 minutes this should be a nice medium length game. In addition it is heavily dice dependent which may influence how much you enjoy this game. This game also appears to be on e that will have the great standup dice roll moments on a semi-regular basis which is not necessarily something you see in this length of a game.
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In “Favor of the Pharaoh” (2-4 players, 45 minutes) from Bezier Games, Inc., players roll dice to advance in Egyptian society, each turn gaining a new contact and more influence. These contacts give players more dice to roll or special powers to adjust those dice. The game culminates in a tense final roll-off as players vie for the Pharaoh’s favor.
This re-imagining of Tom Lehmann’s earlier game “To Court the King” boasts over 50 different characters, each of whom has a unique ability. In each game, only 21 of those characters are used, increasing variety and replay value. Also new are 6 different custom dice with special abilities, special Immediate dice, and bonus tokens that are used to tweak players’ rolls.
More than 100 sturdy tiles depict the characters with easy-to-read imagery. Double-sided level bars organize them and vary their claiming requirements from game to game, while pyramid-shaped dice frames hold players’ locked dice. For the final roll-off, notched slots mark the high roll, while the current leader holds the wooden Pharaoh token.
To store everything, the game comes in a big box (Ticket to Ride size) with an insert. Re-developed and expanded by Ted Alspach and Tom Lehmann, Bezier Games, Inc. will be publishing “Favor of the Pharaoh” at Essen 2015.
Bezier Games announced a new expansion for Suburbia bringing even more variety and a fifth player to Ted Alspach’s hit city-building game.
“Now that your town is up and running and is acting like a proper township, it’s time to start growing even more rapidly by turning your borough into a tourist destination. Build landmarks, monuments, and tourist traps to increase your reputation and income while determining the player order each turn. In addition, the metropolitan area has expanded, allowing up to five players to build the city of their holiday dreams simultaneously.”
Suburbia 5★ adds 50 additional building tiles, many using the new stars mechanic which determines player order, breaks ties, and provides bonuses. This expansion also adds components for a fifth player and a new Marketplace board, and is compatible with the first expansion, Suburbia Inc.
Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming expansion. Bezier Games is taking preorders on their website now, and will have copies available at GenCon 2015.
Bezier Games has announced Daybreak, a sequel to the One Night Ultimate Werewolf that can be combined or played stand alone. All roles in Daybreak are new. The Kickstarter campaign starts September 29, 2014 where one of the delivery options will be BGG.con (in November). Some of the free extras for backers include alternative artwork for popular characters and even more roles.