Coming Jan. 15 from Rio Grande Games and PD Games is an expansion to Concordia, Concordia Venus. By Mac Gerdts and dRioesigned to be integrated with the basic game and other expansions, this 2-5 player game uses the help of Venus, the goddess of love, as two partners work together while competing against one or two other teams. This expansion comes with new personality cards and two new maps. The game has a playing time of 45-90 minutes and is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Also out in January from Rio Grande is Gambit Royale, originally published under the name Ruse & Bruise. This family game now has five new cards than the previous version. In Gambit Royale, the players use royal households to manipulate the court and score the most victory points using influence cards and characters. Players use their influence to try to claim a goal card of between 1-5 victory points. Whichever player has the most influence obtains the goal, and after six rounds, the winner is determined. It has a game time of 30 minutes for 2-6 players, ages 13 and up.

Rio Grande Games has announced 3 new games coming to game stores in Q1 2018.

Broadhorns has 2-4 players take on the role of St Louis merchants, moving cargo down the Mississippi River in the early 1800s. Players need to buy their boat (the titular “Broadhorn”) and cargo, and will get a greater return on their investment the further down the river they travel. Cargo can be sold anywhere along the way, and new cargo and passengers can be picked up. Cargo can be perishable, and players may want a smaller, faster boat to bring delicate apples, pork or flour further on the river for more profit. The game lasts for a number of trips over the course of a year, with changing seasons playing havoc with travel.

Rob N Run is a cooperative game for 2-5 players. Each round, one player acts as the “boss”, giving his accomplices hints and the necessary tools to best crack safes, rob the gold, get away to the airport and claim the prize. Players need to hurry, but be careful not to be caught by the police on their grand heist.

Transatlantic is a new board game from eminent designer Mac Gerdts, whose credits include Concordia, Antike, Imperial, and many others. Transatlantic takes place in the shipping boom of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and has 2-5 players running their own shipping lines, moving mail, passengers and freight. Actions are card driven, and players can accumulate new action cards as the game progresses. Transatlantic promises to be a high strategy economic game with low luck and tough decisions.

The highly rated, economic game Concordia is getting a few more maps added to it’s lineup.  The new maps are Gallia, which covers the areas of modern UK and a chunk of mainland Europe, and Corsica, a small island off the coast of Italy.  While these new maps provide some fresh terrain for you to build your empire on, they do come with some changes that will mix things up.  On the Gallia map you will start with only your land colonist, meaning that you will have to build into the harbor cities before you can venture out on the water.  Meanwhile Corsica is a very tight map meant for only 2 to 3 players, increasing the level of competition at those lower player numbers.  Both of these will be packaged in one unit and will be going on sale in the next couple weeks.


There have been a couple new releases from Rio Grande Games lately with one in stores already, and two more almost there.  The first game that is in stores is Tiffin, an area-control, hand management game where you play as delivery runners in Mumbai.  The process to deliver lunch, called tiffins, to workers gets a little complicated, and amazingly with over 250,000 deliveries each day, hardly any mistakes are made.  In Tiffin you are a group of those delivery runners and you are trying to maximize profits through choosing the best route, finding shortcuts, and overcoming obstacles other players throw at you.  While sometimes you have to work together, in the end it’s whoever has made the most money who is the winner.

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Next is an expansion to a very popular game called Concordia Salsa.  This expansion adds more to the game in the form of Byzantium and Hispania maps, wooden pieces for salt as a commodity, city tokens for additional salt cities, and 27 new forum cards.  While an English/German version of this expansion has already been released, this will be a full English edition released by Rio Grande Games.  Look for this to hit stores soon.


Lastly Rio Grande Games is reprinting the third edition of Imperial, an area control/area influence type game.  This game has been around for a decade, but with the most recent printing having been long sold out, this reprint is overdo.  In Imperial it is “Europe in the age of imperialism. International investors try to achieve the greatest influence in Europe. With their bonds, they control the politics of the six imperial nations: Austria-Hungary, Italy, France, Great Britain, the German Empire, and Russia. The nations erect factories, build fleets, and deploy armies. The investors watch as their nations expand, wage wars, levy taxes, and collect the proceeds. Since the European nations are under the shifting influence of different investors, new strategic alliances and conflicts arise between them again and again!”  Also look for this to hit stores in the near future.

You can see all these and more on the Rio Grand Games website.


PD Verlag has announced the second expansion to the popular 2013 game Concordia.  This expansion will introduce a new resource into the game (salt) along with 2 new maps Hispania and Bycantium.  With last years expansion adding Britannia and Germania but no new resources.  With the addition of salt the base game will have some new variation.

With an announced release of Essen 2015 more details should be coming out.  Until then you can check out the original announcement from PD Verlag here (in german)

Rio Grande Games announces two new releases in January and two in February.


First, Concordia by designer Mac Gerdts will be getting its first expansion titled Concordia: Britannia and Germania, which features a double-sided map. The first side, Britannia, offers 23 cities in 10 provinces and has players starting in London and Calais expanding from the South. The Germania side has 30 cities in 12 provinces. The new expansion changes the game through additional castles, different starting positions, and sea colonists moving through rivers. To learn more about the base game Concordia, watch the reviews by Tom Vasel and Ryan Metzler, both from The Dice Tower.

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Antike II, a strategy board game about evolution and competition among ancient civilizations also by designer Mac Gerdts, will be released in January. Antike II is a 3-6 player game that has players seeking to create cities, build temples, sail the seas, and discover science and technology. You might remember the 2005 release of the Antike, but Rio Grande Games has this to say about the differences:

Antike II differs from the 2005 Antike in several ways. To start, players now own city tokens, which allows them some degree of choice as to which resource a newly founded city shall produce. Military units have become more expensive, and the rules for the conquest of cities are considerably easier. The scientific progresses were altered as well. Neutral temples now exist, which may be destroyed, gaining VPs of a general, without harming other players. The game features two new maps in a new graphical design, and a new card named “BELLONA” (the ancient Roman goddess of war) has been introduced to counter the starting player’s advantage.

In February, expect to see a couple of new options for the card game, Bohnanza.


Bohnanza: Ladies and Gangsters is a stand alone card game by Uwe Rosenberg that offers two different modes of play. First, Ladies has female versions of the beans from Bohnanza with better payouts than the male counterparts. Second, we have Gangsters that pits 1-2 players against the Bean Mafia, and the players must have more profit than the mafia to win. Gangsters also offers a few new beans.

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Bohnanza: Princes and Pirates is an expansion to Bohnanza and Bohnanza: Ladies and Gangsters (depending on which mode you are playing). Princes may be played with either base Bohnanza or the Ladies mode of Bohnanza: Ladies and Gangsters and has bean princes making their way to sleeping beauty in the king’s castle. The prince that reaches the castle with the most gold may awaken sleeping beauty with a kiss and win the game. Pirates offers enough components for up to seven players and must be played with the base game, Bohnanza. Unlike original Bohnanza where players harvested beans and immediately sold them for gold, Pirates allows players to load up harvested goods on ships to sell at a higher profit in other markets. However, pirates are waiting at sea to steal the players cargo of beans.

You can find a review of the base game of Bohnanza by Miami Dice of The Dice Tower here.

For more information about Rio Grande Games, visit their website.

international gamers awards

The International Gamers Awards have announced their slate of finalist nominees for 2014 in the two categories they give awards in for general strategy.  The multiplayer strategy category features some of the big name games of the last year running from July 2013 to June 2014.  Titles like Caverna, Russian Railroads, Concordia, and Freedom the Underground Railroad among others have been named.  In the two player strategy category titles like Battlelore (second edition) and Pagoda have been named.

The IGA’s do give awards for historical simulations as well but those are awarded for a different time period running from January to December of each year.

To see the full list of nominees and how the voting process are conducted visit the International Games Awards website.