city building

Design unique and beautiful cities in this partnership-driven, 20-minute, competitive tile-drafting game for 2-7 players.

Stonemaier Games is kicking off a Kickstarter today for the first “gateway game” in their collection, Between Two Cities.  Designers Ben Rosset and Matthew O’Malley have worked in conjunction with Jamey Stegmaier to create a tile-drafting game that is partnership-driven, but competitive at the same time.  You and your neighbors at the game table will draft tiles to simultaneously build two cities, but only the city with the lowest score matters.  Table discussion on where to place tiles is important, as your neighbors are working with you to create these cities–but they will be answering questions without exposing yours or their own strategies.

A game of Between Two Cities is played in three rounds, with each round consisting of drafting two tiles at a time from a hand of tiles, placing one in the city on your left and one on the right, and then passing the remaining tiles around the table.  After three rounds are finished, each player will have built two cities, and will compare their lowest-scoring cities to each other to determine the winner.

The retail version of the game will include:

  • 108 2″-Square Building Tiles
  • 24 Duplex Tiles (2″ X 4″ Rectangle)
  • 7 Pairs of Wooden City Tokens
  • 1 Scoreboard
  • 1 Rulebook (English)
  • 7 Reference Cards

The Kickstarter will feature a special edition of the game with the following additional components:

  • 7 More Pairs of Wooden City Tokens
  • Numbered, Gold-Foil-Embossed Box
  • 2 Rulebooks (French and German)

Between Two Cities is a game for 2-7 players and plays in 20-25 minutes.  The game will also include a solitaire variant as a stretch goal.  The primary funding goal of this project is $20,000.  For more information on this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

chinatown

Chinatown

It appears that Z-Man Games will be rereleasing Chinatown in September.  Originally published in 1999 and recommended by Spiel des Jahres committee the same year, this classic negotiation game set in the 1960s has players moving into Chinatown as immigrants.  In addition, the game has been awarded the multi-player nominee of 2000’s International Gamers Awards for General Strategy  and 2008’s Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee. Chinatown, designed by Karsten Hartwig (Lucky Loop, Augsburg 1520), is a 3 to 5 player game that plays in about an hour.  Components will include 171 cards, 90 tiles, 151 markers, a game board, and linen bag.

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F2Z Entertainment

According to a press release yesterday, Z-Man Games, Filosofia Distribution, Filosofia Editions, and F2Z Digital Media are all merging to become F2Z Entertainment.  F2Z is the company that brought the digital version of Pandemic.  Filosofia started out as a distribution company and has become a developer of French editions of many titles.

 

The press release can be found here.

 

machi koro

San Diego, CA (May XX, 2014) – Today, IDW Games announced a small-box expansion for the hotly anticipated Machi Koro card game. Machi Koro: The Harbor Expansion will include 10 new establishments, one new starting establishment, two new landmarks (82 cards total), and the ability to play Machi Koro with up to five players. Machi Koro will hit shelves this July, and the expansion will follow before Christmas.

“There are so many exciting elements to this expansion,” said Pandasaurus Director of Marketing, Molly Wardlaw. “Get ready for more zany properties, more players, and even more fun!”

This is the second major announcement from IDW Games this month regarding Machi Koro. At the beginning of May, it was announced that five copies of an exclusive pre-order card would be included in each game headed to the Hobby Market. With today’s expansion announcement, it becomes clear that the exclusive pre-order card will be compatible with the new Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion. The expansion will offer players new game mechanics and a variant play option that changes which resources are available for purchase at the start of each game.

“Machi Koro has been a focal point for IDW Games,” said IDW Director of Business Development, Jerry Bennington. “There’s been nothing but positive response regarding us bringing the game to the U.S. and we hope this expansion announcement shows our commitment to supporting Machi Koro with everything we can do.”

This first expansion not only adds the ability to bring a fifth player to the table for your Machi Koro sessions, there’s also big changes to the strategy as players will be working to complete six landmarks instead of the four required to win the base game. Further changing the landscape of Machi Koro, the expansion changes how each game begins, as only 10 types of establishments will hit the table for any one game. This move should add variety to an already incredibly re-playable game.

The pre-order exclusive card offer ends on May 28th, so fans are encouraged to head to their friendly local game shop and put their order in today!

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walled city

From Mercury Games:

Mercury Games is pleased to officially announce “The Walled City: Londonderry” by designers Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer.

“The Walled City: Londonderry” pits rival politicians against one another to become the First Mayor of the city. Founding a medieval walled city is no easy task and you are about to find out just how difficult it can be!

walled city components

Two rounds with multiple turns are played with a scoring phase after each. Quick play is complimented by tough decisions, and missed opportunities can come back to haunt you.  Providing a safe place to live for the peasants will earn you a large reward, but failing to construct the city wall in time will see the loyal knights abandon the city for safe haven.

Each turn consists of playing cards to build roads that form neighborhoods with citizens that have allegiances to one of the players. Nominate watchmen to the towers, rig districts (called gerrymandering) and raise great walls.  All these play a part in solidifying your power as you attempt to climb to the top of the political heap.

All the while the Guilds that you align yourself with impart special powers that can upset the plans of your rivals. Move a road to form a new neighborhood where the citizens in your camp are in the majority or remove a wall that protects rival citizens from the ravages of the surrounding area. The Guilds will affect the outcome of who runs the city when all the dust settles.

“The Walled City: Londonderry” is a highly thematic and elegant area control/area influence game for 2-4 players that plays in about 60 minutes.  As with all Mercury Games products, players will enjoy the unique mechanics and interesting choices this game has to offer.

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Portal Games announces Imperial Settlers, which will be released at their booth at Gen Con 2014.

Imperial Settlers is a card game played over five rounds where players will take various actions to explore lands and build their empires.  Designer Ignacy Trzewiczek (Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island & Stronghold) built the core mechanism of the game from his 2010 release, 51st State, a city building, economic game of power.

settlers of catan

Mayfair Games Press Release

Mayfair Games is happy to announce the locations of the Canadian Catan WorldChampionship (CWC) Qualifiers. The winnerof each qualifier will represent Canada atthe 2014 World Championships in Berlin,Germany.

Western Canadian Championship

The Western Canadian Championships willtake place at the Trilogy Gaming Club May31, 2014. Information about Trilogy GamingClub can be found at http://www.trilogygamingclub.com. Pleasecontact them for further information aboutthe format of the tournaments. Specificevents are also listed on the Mayfair Gameswebsite.

Pre-Qualifier Events for the WesternCanadian Championship:

  • February 28 – March 2, 2014 GottaCon
  • March 29, 2014 Trilogy Games
  • March 29, 2014 Meeples Board GameCafé April 19, 2014 Trilogy Games

Eastern Canadian Championship

The Eastern Canadian Championships willtake place at Games for All August 24, 2014.Information about Game Summit can befound at www.gamesforall.ca. Pleasecontact them for further information about the format of the tournaments. Specificevents are also listed on the Mayfair Gameswebsite.

Pre-Qualifier Events for the Easter CanadianChampionship:

  • August 28 – 31, 2013 Fan Expo Canada
  • April 6, 2014 Games for All
  • April 12, 2014 The Dam CharityTournament
  • May 9 – 11, 2014 Ottawa Comic Con
  • May 16 – 18, 2014 Rideau Curling Club

praetor

NSKN Games is proud to announce Praetor, our first board game release in 2014 and our largest hobby release to date.

Praetor is a strategy board game designed by NSKN Games and published in cooperation with 8 other publishers in 7 languages. Designed and developed in English, Praetor will also be released in German, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Romanian.

About Praetor

praetor components

In Praetor players will take the role of Roman engineers working together to build a magnificent city and competing for the title of Praetor. Each player will manage workers which are gaining experience throughout the game to build districts in the Roman city of Segedunum, while using the same districts to recruit new workers, gain resources, praise the gods and gain Caesar’s favor. In the end, the most skillful of them will win the game and become Praetor.

200 copies available through pre-order

The first 200 copies of Praetor (English edition) can be pre-ordered directly from NSKN Games until April 21st, with multiple delivery options (worldwide shipping, UKGE and Spiel’14 Essen pick-up).

Release dates

The official European release will take place on June 1st, 2014 at the UK Games Expo (Birmingham, UK) and the game is planned to reach the majority of hobby retailers throughout Europe in June 2014.

The English edition will be carried by major hobby distributors in the United States and although a North American release is not planned yet, we expect Praetor to make its debut at GenCon in August 2014.