Essen 2017

APE Games has announced plans for wide distribution of Petrichor in January 2018 following a limited release that took place at Essen 2017. The game was designed by David Chircop (designer of The Pursuit of Happiness, … and then, we held hands) and David Turczi (designer of Anachrony, and [redacted]) with incredible artwork by Daniela Attard and Sami Laakso (artist for Dale of Merchants).

The game was originally published as kickstarter project with 2,294 backers pledging $125,449 to successfully back the campaign.

Petrichor – noun: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather

In the lush world of Petrichor players will take on the role of a cloud, with the goal of expanding, sire other clouds, and water crops. Other players will compete with your plans however, so it will be up to each player to manipulate the weather and assimilate clouds to add to the growth of as many crops as possible. At the end of the game the winner will take home the prize of Most Valuable Cloud.

The base game of Petrichor has 1-4 players ages 14+ playing a game in 20-40 minutes. In Petrichor players will use cards symbolizing each of four types of weather in order to both manipulate clouds above fields and to influence upcoming weather. Each player is attempting to make sure the water they are creating is in the majority on growing plants during the harvest. Points are scored each harvest for having the most water on a field tile, and by having the most votes on the weather effects each round.

What’s in the Box:

The base game of  Petrichor includes:

  • 10 sets of Frost, Sun, Wind, and Rain cards
  • 4 Player Aid cards
  • 9 Southern Wind cards
  • 1 normal 6 sided die
  • 1 game board
  • 80 translucent water drops – 20 in each of 4 colors
  • 56 discs – 4 sets of 12 voting discs and 2 points discs
  • 3 Harvest dice
  • 12 3-d cards
  • 16 crop tiles
  • First Player marker
  • 1 round marker

Petrichor: Flowers Expansion
Also scheduled for release in early 2018 is the Petrichor: Flowers expansion that includes three new field types,  and enough extra components to play Petrichor with five players.

 

Essen is THE convention for board gamers to grab the latest and greatest when it comes to their favorite hobby.  But one thing is for sure, Essen it not a playing convention like your Dice Tower Convention or GenCon, so Pegasus Spiele is offering the chance to have a game night right at the fair.  Starting now, you can purchase tickets for Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th to be able to hang out at the Pegasus Spiele booth after the hall has closed, and play games with them into the wee hours of the night.  And just like your game nights at home, food and drinks will be offered for no additional charge to keep you going.  You can find out more on the event’s Facebook event page, and once you purchase a ticket, you can rest easy knowing you have some game time already scheduled to play all the amazing new releases.

The German Game Prizes, awarded to top games by Essen Spiel since the late 1970s, have been announced for 2017, and well deserved congratulations go to Terraforming Mars by Jacob Fryxelius. Runners up in order include: A Feast for Odin, Scythe, First Class, Kingdomino, Robber [Raiders] of the North Sea, Fabulous [Fabled Fruit], Captain Sonar, Magic Maze, and Competition [Quest] to El Dorado.

The winner of the German Children’s Prize is Ice Cool by Brian Gomez. Click here for the press release from Spiel.

Originally published by Placentia Games and Post Scriptum and funded on Kickstarter, Kepler 3042 has now been picked up by Renegade Games Studios and looking at an Essen release this year. This new version will maintain all of the original game’s rules with only a few clarifications added, but will feature all new artwork by Kwanchai Moriya (who recently produced the captivating art for Flip Ships). Up to 4 pioneers will compete against one another, exploring, colonizing, and developing their way to victory. As further explained in Renegade Games’ press release:

 “You must carefully manage your resources as you colonize, exploit, and terraform the planets of the Milky Way, developing critical technologies along the way. Each round, you choose which action to perform and which bonuses to activate to further your goals. The nation with the most victory points at the end will be remembered by history as the greatest explorers in the galaxy!”

With Renegade Games producing quality light and medium weight games over the past few years, this step into a heavier 4X style game is a nice addition to their repertoire and the new art is a definite improvement. The advantage for them is that the game is already pretty well tested and positively reviewed, now with just enough polish to make the game really attractive to those that missed out on the original printing.  If you are interested in learning more about Kepler 3042, feel free to check out the previous edition’s campaign page and visit Renegade Games Studios’ website for more information on the new edition.