Pearl Games has announced Solenia, a new resource collection, pick up and deliver game from renowned designer Sébastien Dujardin (Deus, Troyes) and artist extraordinaire Vincent Dutrait. Solenia takes place in an interesting world that has lost its day-night cycle, plunging the northern regions into eternal darkness, and the southern land into an endless daylight. The Day People down south have a demand for stone and water, while the Night People require wood and wheat to survive. The board is composed of 5 strips of square spaces creating the day/night world, an airship miniature is placed on the middle space of the middle strip, while each of 1-4 players receives a deck of 16 cards with number values 0-2. Players take turns placing one card from their hand of 3 on the board each turn, on an empty space either next to an existing card they previously played, or next to the airship, although extra resources can be spent to distance the card further away. If the space contains a Production Island, the player gains the matching resource (wood/wheat/stone/water) in a quantity equal to the card played, although players can only hold 8 resources. If the space has a City, the player can fulfill an order for that city. Tiles for Day and Night Cities sit beside the board, and having fulfilled the requirements, the player collects the tile and earns gold stars equal to the value of the card played. Value 0 cards cause the airship to move around the board. The game ends after all 16 cards have been played, at which point players earn bonus stars for pairs of Day/Night city tiles and leftover resources, then the player with the most gold stars wins. Look for Solenia in the US in January 2019, and for more information, check out the Solenia web page at Pearl Games.


In 2014 Asmodee  brought us Deus, a fantastic civilization building strategy board game. It’s beautiful art and rich mythology theme is back with it’s first expansion, Deus Egypt. Players are ruling over Ancient Egypt, attempting to lead the dynasty to expand over the land. Deus Egypt adds 96 new building cards, 16 for each development area. Players can either completely replace all the cards in the base game or replace a chosen amount of base game cards with cards from the expansion. Each group of 16 cards contain new rules and strategies. Create endless combinations to mix and match creating fresh new gameplay! Look for Deus Egypt in your friendly local game store September 2016. You can read the official announcement here.

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Pearl Games has announced that in 2016 they will be publishing an expansion for Deus, designed by Sébastien Dujardin, which has been well received since its release in 2014. Deus is a civilisation style card game where players compete to build their empires and can call on the assistance of a god.

Additionally, Pearl Games have said that their dice placement game Troyes will be re-printed this year. Troyes was originally released in 2010 and is designed by Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges and Alain Orban. If the re-print run is successful then a re-print of The Ladies of Troyes expansion will follow.

Looking further ahead: “We will also work on several big events for 2017” is the teaser from Pearl Games.


Those of us here in the states know about the WBC or the World Board gaming Championships that happens in Pennsylvania each year, well before you can win the world you have to win your continent first.  EuropeMasters is the board gaming championship for all of Europe and Canada and featured 29 teams vying for the title.  Teams consisted of 4 people and they played 4 different games with each individual’s win getting their team 5 points for a possible max score of 80.  There were prizes for first, second, and third as well as the best individual performance.  The four games played this year were Five Tribes, Deus, ZhanGuo, and Orleans.  After all games were played the results were as follows:

1st Place with 65 points – Brettspielteam Hamburg (Germany); Jan Ruess (16 points), Sebastian Moises (14 points), Dennis Johannsen (18 points), Mika Seidel (17 points)

2nd Place with 59.5 points – Steppe Nomads (Finland); Oskari Vuorio (15,5 points), Johannes Rimpiläinen (11 points), Iridian Kiiskinen (18 points), Juuso Lähdekorpi (15 points)

3rd Place with 58.5 points – Poslední Naděje (Czech Republic)l; Mario Babunek (15 points), Mailan Horák (9,5 points), Karel Kozmik (16 points), Ondřej Demel (18 points)

Overall Best Individual with a perfect score of 20 – Robert Oestreich from InTeam (Germany)

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The 2015 International Gamers Award nominees for general strategy games released between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 have been announced. The nominees are grouped in two categories—multiplayer and two-player games.

The multiplayer nominees are:

Game Designer Publisher
Aquasphere Stefan Feld Tasty Minstrel Games/Quined Games
Deus Sebastien Dujardin Pearl Games/Asmodee
Elysium Matthew Dunstan and Brett Gilbert Space Cowboys/Rebel pl./Asmodee
Five Tribes Bruno Cathala Days of Wonder
Hyperborea Andrea Chiarvesio and Pierluca Zizzi Asmodee/Asterio Press
Kraftwagen Matthias Cramer ADC Blackfire Entertainment
La Granja Michael Keller and Andrea Odendahl PD Verlag/999 Games/Stronghold Games
Orleans Reiner Stockhausen Dlp Games/Tasty Minstrel Games
Panamax Gil d’Orey, Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade HC Distribuzione/Stronghold Games
Quartermaster General Ian Brody Griggling Games
Roll for the Galaxy Wei-Hwa Huang and Thomas Lehmann Rio Grande Games
Voyages of Marco Polo Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini Hans im Gluck/Z-man Games


The two-player nominees are:

Game Designer Publisher
Baseball Highlights 2045 Mike Fitzgerald Eagle/Gryphon Games
Fields of Arle Uwe Rosenberg Feuerland Spiele/Z-man Games
Patchwork Uwe Rosenberg Lookout Games/Mayfair Games
Star Realms Robert Dougherty and Darwin Kastle White Wizard Games
Star Wars Armada James Kniffen and Christian T. Petersen Fantasy Flight Games
Wir Sind das Volk Richard Sivel and Peer Sylvester Histogame

For more details on the nominated games, and on the nomination committee members please go to the International Gamers Awards website here.