Bruno Cathala

titans

Titans releases next month from Asmodee Games and is designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc.  Previously reported here, this is the second expansion for Cyclades and features conflict around neighboring islands and 6 great, ancient Greek cities.  The game includes a double-sided game board, an offerings board, a large Kronos tiles, 5 Divine Artifact figurines & cards, 5 Special Metropolis cards tiles & cards, and 7 prosperity markers.

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Announced today in various news sites, including Forbes, Days of Wonder (publisher of games such as Small World, Ticket to Ride, and the recent hit Five Tribes) is merging with Asmodee (publisher of 7 Wonders and Eclipse).

By merging with Days of Wonder, Asmodee increases its exposure to the US game market, and it also gets access to the company’s award-winning portfolio, which includes Small WorldShadows Over Camelot and the Ticket to Ride series. Days of Wonder has also made major strides creating digital versions of its games for iOS devices and personal computers.

Days of Wonder will continue to operate with its current team as an independent brand and studio within the Asmodee Group, according to the company, and will continue its mission to release a limited number of new games with high production values. Adrien Martinot, who has led the company’s European sales and marketing operations for the last 7 years, will be the new head of the studio; current Days of Wonder CEO Eric Hautemont and vice president Mark Kaufman will continue in an advisory role to Asmodee CEO Stéphane Carville.

I found it interesting that Bruno Cathala had a recent release with both companies (Five Tribes and Abyss) at Gencon.

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Neuroshima Hex: Mississippi

In this army pack for Neuroshima Hex, the Mississippi army are ready to lay waste to their opponent’s headquarters with their toxic bombs.  This faction also has a noticeable resistance to attacks and ability to bypass the enemy’s defense. However, the army’s disadvantages are a low number of Warriors, low mobility, low toughness, as well as a complete lack of armor.  Pack contents include 35 army tiles, 5 wound markers, 2 HQ markers, 1 toxic bomb marker, and 5 venom markers.

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Neuroshima Hex: Mephisto

In this army pack comes Mephisto.  Mephisto is a giant worm, a unique synthesis of flesh and steel, which can be a serious threat to even well-armed forces. The contaminated crater, Mephisto’s territory, is a tempting shortcut route and a source of resources but it often becomes a graveyard for newcomers.

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Neuroshima Hex: Sharrash

The main advantages of the Sharrash army are: mobility of HQ, the ability to blow up even the fastest enemy units and to paralyze the slower ones, and also bypassing enemy’s defense lines thanks to the mortars. Another advantage of the Sharrash is a difficult to eliminate Foundation Tile (Hole), which can easily thwart the enemy’s plans.

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Boardgames That Tell Stories

A group of the finest boardgame designers answered Ignacy Trzewiczek’s invitation to take part in creating this 268 page book. They shared their anecdotes, tips and memories, making the book a unique trip over different designing styles, and a engaging guide through the world of boardgame creation.  Featured guests include Bruno Cathala, Mike Selinker, Vlaada Chvatil, Antoine Bauza, and Michal Oracz.

268 pages

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Five Tribes, designed by Bruno Cathala (Cyclades, Shadows Over Camelot, Mr. Jack) and published by Days of Wonder is now available for pre-order.

Five Tribes is a “worker displacement” game with a set collection and area control aspects.  An interesting twist to worker placement, in this upcoming Arabian themed game, the worker meeples are placed on the board at the beginning of the game.  The main board consists of tiles placed in a 5 by 6 grid and meeples are randomly placed on the tiles.  These meeples do not belong to any one player and will move around the board.

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Players are vying for influence control over the different tiles and at the end of the game, the player with the most influence controls the Sultanate.  A player will choose a tile, redistribute meeples on that tile, and then take actions based on meeple color and last movement.  There are five meeple colors, or tribes.  Green provide resource cards, blue provide points for building tile locations, yellow meeples are placed in front of each player and follow a majority system for scoring, white enables powerful djinns, and red allows elimination of other meeples.  As tiles are emptied, player’s camels mark them as influenced.

Components include 30 tiles, 90 wooden meeples, 96 victory coins, and 76 cards.  Five Tribes is for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up and a play time of 60 minutes.

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Designed by Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes is the new big box board game coming from Days of Wonder this fall. Five Tribes is a bit more of a “Gamers’ Game” than Days of Wonder’s standard fare. The game builds on a long tradition of German games with wooden Meeples in a unique twist on the Worker Placement game genre. While the rules are quite easy to learn and understand, implementing a winning strategy will take a calculated approach. In this worker displacement game, you score by carefully maneuvering the Five Tribes of Meeples over the tiles that make up the ancient city-state of the Sultanate of Naqala. You need to look ahead to determine what moves will not only position you to score well, but put your opponents at a disadvantage. It’s when, how and where you dis-place the Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants & Viziers that will determine your victory or failure!

The game will be available worldwide in September, 2014. We expect to have a limited number of copies available to sell at Gencon in August. Also the game’s designer, Bruno Cathala will also join us at Gencon to demo the game and be available for interviews.

madame ching

It is the year 1808, and the Sea of China is ripe with plunder. Command a pirate junk as you sink the Emperor’s ships, loot the port of Hong Kong, and learn the skills to take command of The China Pearl, the grandest ship in the fleet of the infamous Madame Ching.

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Players will manage hands of navigation cards and match symbols to gain skills, play increasing numbers to complete missions, sack Hong Kong, and reach the end of the world. To win the respect of Madame Ching, you’ll need to carefully play your cards and outwit your opponents.

  • 2-4 players
  • Ages 8+
  • 45 minute play time

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Unita

A civil war is sweeping the mythical land of Helvetia, and only by seizing control and ruling the country can you put an end to the war. Maneuver, battle and outwit your foes to claim leadership of the nation!Unita is an abstract war game of fantasy warfare. Each player has armies represented by dice and moves those soldiers toward the gateway to gather the most powerful warriors and claim the throne. Battle your opponents, weaken their troops, and move on to victory.

  • 2-4 players
  • Ages 13+
  • 60 minute play time
Contains:

  • One double-sided game board
  • 64 dice (16 green, 16 yellow, 16 red, 16 blue)
  • First player marker
  • 12 Terrain tiles (3 of each color)
  • 12 Power cards (3 per faction)
  • Rules

 

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Desperados of Dice Town

You’ve hired the most ruthless gang of desperados you could find, but before they could take care of your opponents, the sheriff went and locked ‘em up. Now it’s up to you to spring those banditos and send them after your foes, before they do the same to you!

Players will roll a handful of specialized dice, hoping to see the symbols that will advance their outlaws to the keys that will get them out of jail. Underhanded tricks, surprise cards, and the abilities of the bandits themselves will help you push your luck and execute your cunning plan – bankrupt the others and become the criminal mastermind of Dice Town!

  • 2-4 players
  • Ages 8+
  • 25 minute play time

Contains:

  • 4 gangs of desperados
  • 4 specialized dice
  • 29 cards
  • $200 in poker chips
  • 4 gang cards

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Archipelago: War and Peace

The exploitation of the New World continues, but new challenges and opportunities await. Rescue Robinson Crusoe, imprison unruly natives, and take your chances in the colonial lottery. Challenge the corrupt governor or use him for your purposes. But be careful in your maneuvering – the Archipelago survives on a knife-edge balance of war or peace.War & Peace is an expansion for the hit game Archipelago. It contains 40 new cards and a special box designed to speed up play. New evolution cards and character cards add variety and new dimension to this exciting game, and three new play modes will make for exciting and diverse games every time you play.

  • 2-5 players
  • Ages 13+
  • 30-240 minute play time

Contains:

  • 40 beautifully and individually-illustrated cards
  • 1 tray to hold all progress cards from the base game and expansion cards
  • Rulebook