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 World, Shadows 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.
Days of Wonder announced the upcoming release of the English edition of a Tactics & Strategy guide authored by Alexis “Praxeo” Beuve for their popular game Memoir ’44.
“Lavishly illustrated, this book contains over 500 pages of tactical and strategic advice. Novices and veterans alike will improve their Memoir ’44 play thanks to this guide’s use of core principles to understand and retain key concepts; and the careful study of the 139 scenarios and 4 annotated games included in the book.”
It’s been available in French for some time. You can read snippets on their website here.
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.
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.
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.
Days of Wonder have announced the following:
We have a new Memoir ’44 expansion we are announcing this Thursday. This expansion, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and the tenth anniversary of Memoir ’44 includes 6 giant new BattleMaps in a new Extended Breakthrough format. The maps can even be placed side by side to create a giant board recreating the entire Normandy landings in a massive 12 player battle. The maps and accompanying punchboard and rules will come packaged in a cloth-bound, commemorative Briefing Folder.
You can get more info at Days of Wonder site here