deluxe version

The British Isles and, in particular, Wales, is home to some of the richest railway history in the world.  In the early 1800’s smaller narrow gauge railways were carved out of the rocky hills and mountains, carrying slate and workers through the Welsh countryside.  Snowdonia, named after a mountainous region in northwestern Wales, was first released in 2012.

Described as a lighter but interesting worker placement game, players seek to blast, excavate and build sites and structures and lay track for railways.  The first scenario, set in Wales, was included in the original game.  The deluxe version will include all expansions and scenarios to date, 12 scenarios in all with different locations.  The new Deluxe Master Set will also include:

  • A larger deluxe board
  • New, larger box
  • Custom double decker insert
  • One brand new scenario, along with all those that were previously released
  • 365 custom wooden components
  • Several promo cards featuring unique trains and other items and people
  • Large full colour scoring pad
  • Cloth bag

Not familiar with the game?  Click here and you’ll be up to speed before you can say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!  This deluxe version will be on Kickstarter for the next 23 days.

Solarius Mission is a space-faring eurogame from the creators of La Granja, Michael Keller II and Andreas “ode” Odendahl. It’s unique for being a 3X game, exhibiting all the features of the 4X genre minus the “eXtermination” (or combat), making for a relatively peaceful space epic as players expand, exploit, and explore the galaxy. Unfortunately, Solarius Mission saw a limited language distribution in 2016 via Spielworxx, although it still impressed many players with it’s familiar mechanics from La Granja and those inspired by Ora et Labora. Fortunately, Flying Lemur Games has announced that they’ve partnered with Spielworxx and obtained English language rights for publishing and they plan to start via Kickstarter, improving the components while they are at it. As described in their press release:

“This is a big game with lots of components – dice, cubes, tons of cardboard, minis, and cards – so we are pleased to be bringing it to Kickstarter within the next few months,” says Mischa Harris, CEO of Flying Lemur Game Studio. “And, we’re going to do it right, with a deluxe version to really make it pop on the table.”

This is excellent news for people around the world that have been waiting to play this game, especially fans of La Granja and deep, brisk eurogame sensibilities. Solarius Mission is a game that really deserves to see a wider audience, being a member of a small club of space-themed games that lacks interstellar conflict yet still keeping the gratifying sense of technological progression and discovery. It’s nicer still that this game will go through Kickstarter first, as the visuals of the first edition were frankly simple and lacking and could use the deluxe treatment. If you are interested in Solarius Mission and it’s upcoming Kickstarter, keep an eye on the Flying Lemur Games Twitter page for announcements and dates.