Reiner Knizia’s classic game Ra has now been released. New art and components described by Steve Kimball, head of Windrider Games, as deserving of a “premium touch” has set high expectations for the look and feel of this board game. He continues by adding “Just run your fingers over the board when you get it—especially the hieroglyphs” In addition to the premium components, Reiner has updated the rules organization to bring this reprint to life. Windrider Games is Asmodee‘s newest studio, and Ra will be their first title.
In Ra, players compete over three ages (each age called an epoch) to create the most successful society. Through auction style bidding and set collection, each player builds a balanced culture to avoid destructive disasters, and keep their civilization progressing through each age.
Whether you’re a fan of Ra, Reiner Knizia, or just the Ancient Egyptian theme, this is something you’ll want to check out later this year.
Read the full interview with Steve Kimball here. For the launch you can visit Asmodee’s site here.
Valley of Kings
|In Valley of the Kings, 2-4 players are Egyptian nobles at the time of the pharaohs, preparing for their death and burial in the Valley of the Kings. In the Egyptian religion, when you die you can take it with you! Egyptians therefore stocked their tombs with food, shabti (statuettes of servants who will work for them in the afterlife), canopic jars (to preserve their organs), statues of the gods, household items, and amulets. You compete with the other players to accumulate the best artifacts for your tomb. At the end of the game, you score the artifacts stored there – the player with the most victory points wins!
- Ages 14+
- 45 minutes playtime
- 96 Artifact cards
- 4 Tomb cards
- 4 Reference cards
Hustle and bustle in the bazaar district of Istanbul: merchants and their assistants are hurrying through the narrow alleys attempting to be more successful than their competitors. Good organization is key: wheelbarrows have to be filled with goods at the warehouses and then swiftly transported by the assistants to the various destinations. The goal of the merchants is to be the first to collect a certain amount of rubies.
You are leading a merchant and four assistants through the 16 Places of the bazaar. At each Place, you can carry out a specific action. The challenge is that, to carry out an action at any of those Places, your merchant needs the help of an assistant and has to leave him behind. To use that assistant again later, your merchant has to come back to that Place and pick him up. So plan ahead carefully to avoid being left with no assistants and thus unable to do anything…
- 2-5 players
- Ages 10+
- 40-60 minutes play time
The Emperor of China is coming to visit you! It is now upon you – the best architects – to honor him by building the most extravagant pagodas in this game of tactics. Show your opponent who truly is the best architect of all!
Pagoda combines simple rules with tricky decisions and brings with its short playtime the best entertainment for two players. Featuring stunning components, players build up six pagodas represented by three dimensional towers. The player who uses the available resources and tactics to score the most points wins the game!
- 2 players
- Ages 10+
- 30-45 minutes playtime