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Days of Wonder was proud to announce its winner of the Ticket to Ride World Championships today.  This announcement was however scarred by the fact that the initial champion was caught cheating.  As a result they have had to award the championship to  Kenneth Heilfron (USA).  Fortunately for all involved the cheating was observed and brought to light very quickly before official announcements went out.  This championship had been broadcast over the internet and numerous fans watching in addition to competitors there in person pointed out the issues to DoW.

This news is very unfortunate.  That being said in the end the caliber of our community truly shined.  That we had fans who cared enough to actually watch this championship live and were able to call out someone for cheating speaks well to this community.

Days of Wonder’s official press release below

Representing the USA, Kenneth Heilfron is officially declared the 2014 Ticket to Ride World Champion as the previously announced champion, Erwin Pauelsen has resigned his title.

After more that 25,000 contestants played around the world, Days of Wonder gathered the 28 National Champions in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France for the final stage of the Ticket to Ride World Championship tournament. After 3 qualifying rounds, the top 8 then played a succession of head to head games for quarter, semi and then championship games. Erwin Pauelsen appeared to have won the final match and was awarded the Golden Train Trophy.

However, quickly after the event ended, contestants and Ticket to Ride fans from around the world (who were able to follow the tournament live on the internet) voiced concerns about possible irregularities during the final game.

Days of Wonder closely examined the final matches and unfortunately found evidence of cheating during the 2nd game of the final. Mr Pauelsen has admitted to his dishonesty and agreed to hand back his title and trophy.

In accordance with the Official Rules of the 2014 Ticket to Ride Championship, the final ranking is now as follows:

  • 2014 Ticket to Ride Champion: Kenneth Heilfron (USA)
  • 2nd Place: Michel Hautecœur (Belgium)
  • 3rd Place: Piotr Hrachun (Russia)

While it is unfortunate that the Championship was marred by cheating, Kenneth is a true champion and Days of Wonder congratulates him on winning the title.

The board game world, specifically the Ticket to Ride community, has always been one filled with friendly and fair competitors. It saddens us that this dishonest behavior occurred, especially given all the time and energy put into the Championship – not only by the company, but by the hundreds of volunteers who helped run Ticket to Ride events worldwide. Days of Wonder is thankful to those who have helped to uncover and resolve this situation in the most honorable way possible.

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For those of you that are fans of the Memoir ’44 series of games you will be ecstatic to hear that Days of Wonder has just released the Tactics & Strategy guide.  This is meant as a supplement for the base game and includes numerous references to the many expansison that have been released fro the game thus far.  Meant as a comprehensive guide for those that truly want to be fully immersed in the gaming experience this should allow you to be able to more effectively play your games of Memoir ’44.

The book’s author Alexis “Praxeo” Beuve, is both an experienced Memoir ’44 player and a well known author and editor of numerous strategy books on “classic” games such as Chess, Go and Poker.

This book is over 500 pages long and has numerous beautiful illustrations within it.  It also includes 139 scenarios and 4 annotated games.

You can learn more about it on DOW’s website here.

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Days of wonder has announced their newest expansion for Small World “A Spiders Web” with this expansion comes three new races (Ice Witches, Skags, and Slingmen) and three new special powers (Copycat, Lava, and Soul-Touch).  This expansion also features a plastic storage tray which allows for storage of all the badges and tokens from not just “A Spiders Web” but all of the recent expansions for the game.

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Additionally they are releasing the “Royal Bonus” expansion which until this point only be available through their Small World 2 Kickstarter campaign.  This expansion also features three new races (Fauns, Igors, and Shrubmen) and three new powers (Fireball, Aquatic, and Behemoth).

Finally two long out of print mini expansions will be coming back into print.  Necromancer Island

In Necromancer Island, one of the players assumes the role of a dreaded Necromancer who inhabits an island in the center of Small World’s central Lake region. He captures the souls of all Race tokens lost to conquests, using them to progressively spawn Ghosts who invade the surrounding Regions. To make matters worse, his Powers grow as his reach across the land increases. If the Necromancer succeeds in bringing all of his Ghosts into play, anytime before the game’s end, he wins!

and Leaders of Small World

The expansion consists of 24 leader tokens that are neither a race nor a power. When you pick a new race, you can opt to buy its leader. The leader acts as an additional race token. The leader, however, disappears as soon as the race goes into decline. Also, the leader is brave, which means that he can only be staying at regions that are not immune.

Leaders can be held hostage for ransom. If the ransom is not paid, the leader counts as two victory points at the end of the game for the player that captured the leader.

All of these expansions will be available from retailers starting in November and “A Spiders Web” and “Royal Bonus” will be available at Essen.
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For the complete press release you can visit Days of Wonder’s website.

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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.

memoir 44 tacticsDays 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.

 

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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.

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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.