Century: Spice Road

Plan B Games is bringing a new expansion to Century: Golem Edition! Eastern Mountains, designed my Emerson Matsuuchi, works much like Eastern Wonders for those familiar with Century: Spice Road where players will explore the Carvania Mountain ranges and establish a trade network. Of course, this expansion will resemble the Golem Edition artwork, illustrated by Chris Quilliams and Atha Kanaani, utlizing manga inspired art. This expansion is now available for pre-order along with its playmat.

For more information, visit Plan B Games’ website here.

UK Games Expo is the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof. It will run on Friday, 1st June to Sunday 3rd June 2018. The UK Games Expo Awards were developed and introduced in 2007 to recognize the achievements of manufacturers and publishers of eligible games in a variety of game genres.

This is a shortlist of the games nominated in no particular order.

Best Abstract Game

Best Children’s Game

  • BrainBox People at Work (The Green Board Game Company)
  • Don’t be a Donkey (John Adams Leisure Ltd)
  • Rhino Hero: Super Battle (Habermaass GmbH aka HABA)

Best Family Game

Best Miniature Range

Best Miniature Rules

Best New Accessory

  • Big Book of Battle Mats (Loke Battle Mats)
  • DMB Games Resin Dungeon Tile Core Set (DMB Games)
  • Blood Red Skies – Aces Accessory sets (Warlord Games)

Best New Boardgame (American-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Euro-Style)

Best New Boardgame (Strategic Style)

Best New Card or Dice Game

Best New Expansion

Best Party Game

Best Role-playing Adventure

Best Role-playing Expansion

Best Role-playing Game

Each year the Dice Tower and it’s contributors vote for the games worthy of an award among a variety of categories, not the least of which is the best game of the previous year. 2017 was an awesome year for gaming with lots of surprising games from new designers and independent publishers, so the awards this year have many deserving nominees yet only so many could be elected for each category. The nominees have been chosen, and the winners will be announced July 5th during Dice Tower Con. Congratulations to all the nominees, and good luck!! May the best games win! Without further ado, the nominees are:

Most Innovative:
Gloomhaven
Charterstone
The 7th Continent
Fog of Love
DropMix

Best Strategy Game:
Anachrony
Spirit Island
Near and Far
Gloomhaven
Dinosaur Island

Best Reprint:
Nemo’s War (second edition)
Colosseum
Stop Thief!
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
Downforce

Best Party Game:
Magic Maze
Word Slam
Werewords
Meeple Circus
Rhino Hero: Super Battle

Best Game from a Small Publisher:
Century: Spice Road
Sagrada
The 7th Continent
Gloomhaven
Azul

Best Game from a New Designer:
Gloomhaven
Photosynthesis
Spirit Island
Dragon Castle
Too Many Bones

Best Family Game:
Azul
Bärenpark
Century: Spice Road
Downforce
Sagrada

Best Expansion:
Scythe: The Wind Gambit
Terraforming Mars: Venus Next
Star Wars: Rebellion – Rise of the Empire
Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star
Champions of Midgard: Valhalla

Best Cooperative Game:
Gloomhaven
Flip Ships
Spirit Island
Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
The 7th Continent

Best Board Game Production:
Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
Photosynthesis
Azul
Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Charterstone

Best Game Artwork:
Near and Far
Lisboa
Charterstone
Century: Golem Edition
Yamataï

Plan B Games, the publisher that brought us the crazy popular Century: Spice Road, it’s much anticipated sequel, and the excellent Azul, has announced a new publishing branch they have titled Next Move Games. Next Move Games, much like Plan B, is focused on creating short, punchy, and high quality games that focus on elegantly simple rules and exemplary table aesthetic but feature incredible strategic depth, so the program doesn’t seem to have changed much. The only noticeable difference is that each game from Next Move will only have 4 letters in the title in order to drive home the point of their design and publishing goals, which leads us to their first of such titles – REEF. As described on their press release:

The first title REEF was created by acclaimed designer Emerson Matsuuchi – best known for designing the Century series. During the game, players serve as the reef itself, alternating turns and carefully selecting which colors and patterns in which to grow and expand – the more beautiful the reef, the more points they will score! […] While it could take thousands of years for a coral reef to grow, we expect a game of Reef to only take about 30 – 45 minutes.”

What a gorgeous game box, wouldn’t you agree? Even if that graphic is described on their press release as “Visual still in development”, I feel their progress thus far is a pretty good sell. Given that this is yet another game in a line following from Azul, I have nothing but good expectations for  REEF and Next Move. However, we may not learn much more about REEF until it’s debut on June 13th at Origins (much the same as the sequel to Plan B’s Century: Spice Road). If, like me, you want to find out more about Next Move’s future games and more information about REEF, please check out their website for more information and future updates!

After the phenomenal success of Century – Spice Road and Century – Golem Edition, Plan B Games have announced Century – Eastern Wonders. Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi, this will be the second title in the Century trilogy.

Centuries ago, the lucrative spice trade compelled the prosperous nations of the world to explore alternate routes to the sources of these precious goods. These nations took to the seas to seek out exotic lands. This led to the discovery of the famed Spice Islands where the most valuable spices of the world were found. This discovery also led to further exploration, competition….and later, war! During this time of prosperity and opportunity, you find yourself traveling on the high seas in search of these exotic wonders. As a merchant and privateer representing your nation, you seek to control this region for glory and profit. Your journey continues in the Far East.

Players take to the high seas as merchants who will trade cloves, tea, chili and ginger around the exotic Indonesian Islands. Century – Eastern Wonders introduces new mechanisms and players now utilize a map instead of cards to trade. The signature bowls and spice cubes make their return in addition to other, high quality components such as wooden boats, tons of tiles, and outposts.

Fans who already own Century – Spice Road can combine both titles to play the mixable game, From Sand to Sea, which has its own rule set. Unfortunately, this game does not appear to be compatible with Century – Golem Edition.

Century – Eastern Wonders supports 2 – 4 players, ages 8+, and takes about 30 – 45 minutes to play. It releases on June 13, 2018 at Origins 2018. Retail release would be shortly thereafter. Pre-orders will open soon with an exclusive pre-order promotion.

The International Gamers Awards have been going on since the year 2000, celebrating and recognizing gaming a truly global scale by having a committee of judges from all around the world. Each year they vote for the best game within the General Strategy category, which is split into two sub-categories: Multiplayer and 2-Player. 2017’s finalists have been announced and it’s immediately noticeable that this year’s competition is fierce. So without further ado, the nominees are:

General Strategy Games – Multiplayer nominees

A Feast for Odin
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Feuerland Spiele

Century: Spice Road
Designer: Emerson Matsuuchi
Publisher: Plan B Games

First Class
Designers: Helmut Ohley
Publisher: Hans im Glück

Gloomhaven
Designer: Isaac Childress
Publisher: Cephalofair Games

Great Western Trail
Designer: Alexander Pfister
Publishers: eggertspiele

Key to the City: London
Designers: Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games

Lorenzo il Magnifico
Designers: Flaminia Brasini and Virginio Gigli and Simone Luciani
Publisher: Cranio Creations

Magic Maze
Designer: Kasper Lapp
Publisher: Sit Down!

Scythe
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher: Stonemaier Games

Image from the English 2nd Printing

Terraforming Mars
Designer: Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher: Fryx Games / Stonemaier Games

The Colonists
Designer Tim Puls
Publisher: Lookout Games

Ulm
Designer: Günter Burkhardt
Publisher: HUCH!

Yokohama
Designer: Hisashi Hayashi
Publisher: OZAKU Brand

General Strategy Games – 2-Player nominees

 

Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Designers: Nate French and Matthew Newman
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Caverna: Cave vs. Cave
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games

 

Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
Designer: Diego Ibanez
Publisher: Devir

Santorini
Designer: Gordon Hamilton
Publisher: Roxley

Star Wars: Destiny
Designers: Corey Konieczka and Lukas Litzsinger
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Spielbox has announced the acquisition of Eggertspiele by Plan B Games Europe GmbH.  As part of the acquisition Peter Eggert has stated that he will remain on with company for 3 years doing game development.  Word on the continuation of strategic partnerships has not been released with the news of the acquisition.

Plan B Games is the company behind Origins Game Fair hit Century: Spice Road.  It was formed by Sophie Gravel who was the founder of Filosofia Editions.  After the acquisition of F2Z entertainment by Asmodee North America she spun off Plan B with a number of F2Z’s publishing house Z-Man Games design partners like Emerson Matsuuchi, Matt Leacock, and Anita Landgraf.

Eggertspiele is the publisher behind games like Coal Baron, Animals on Board, Great Western Trail, and many others.  Historically they have had strategic partnerships with Gigamic (french language editions) and Stronghold Games (english language editions).

Renegade Games has secured the rights to bring the 2016 Essen release Planet Defenders to a wider audience. Originally a release from EmperorS4 Games in Taiwan, Planet Defenders is an interesting twist on the euro mechanics of games such as Splendor and Century: Spice Road. 2-4 Players control the three Defender Robots on a 3×3 grid of planetary cards, using Battery Cubes to move the defenders according to three movement cards. When a defender is moved onto a planet, the planet gives an ability to convert batteries into larger, colored Energy Cubes, or to convert between Energy Cube types. Additionally, the goal of the game is to spend Energy Cubes to clean up derelict Robots in space, claiming these Robot cards for points. Players can also purchase Technology Cards, which give the player more conversion abilities between the cube types. When two of the four piles of derelict robot cards are depleted, the game ends, and highest score wins. In the new Renegade release, the Robot Defender standees will be replaced with high quality miniatures.

Planet Defenders is due to be released in Fall 2017, and plays in 30-60 minutes. You can read Renegade Games’ press release here.