Essen SPIEL 2019

The next big thing designed by Jamey Stegmaier is Tapestry, a 1-5 player civilization game that plays in 90-120 minutes. The game was revealed on Stonemaier Games’ weekly livecast video on Facebook.

In Tapestry, you start from nothing and advance on any of the 4 advancement tracks (science, technology, exploration, and military) to earn progressively better benefits. You can focus on a specific track or take a more balanced approach. You will also improve your income, build your capital city, leverage your asymmetric abilities, earn victory points, and gain tapestry cards that will tell the story of your civilization.

Stonemaier website

The game features art by Andrew Bosley, of Everdell fame, and sculpts by Rom Brown. The first English print run of 25,000 is complete and the game is sailing from production to fulfillment centers now, with each box individually numbered. Tapestry will be available for preorder through Stonemaier’s website in early September, and will be for sale at Essen Spiel.

Some tidbits from the video: Tapestry is not tied to real world history. The rulebook is only four pages long. The factions have asymmetrical starting points. The solo mode is by Automa Factory. The game includes a spatial placement element somewhat similar to A Feast for Odin.

Over the coming weeks, additional game details will be revealed through the Tapestry Facebook group and the Stonemaier website.

HABA announces three new games to be released at Essen SPIEL 2019 with the intention of a simultaneous release in the US.

Dragon’s Breath: The Hatching, designed by Lena Burkhardt (Dragon’s Breath) and Günter Burkhardt (Ulm, Seeland) is a stand-alone game in the Dragon’s Breath universe, featuring Dragon Mom and a new egg about to hatch! Dragon Mom melts the ice column, releasing more sparkling gemstones that players collect to complete amulet cards, all while trying not to let the egg fall. Elements from this game can be combined with the original Dragon’s Breath to increase the player count to 5.

Dragon’s Breath: The Hatching plays 2-4 players, ages 6+, in about 20 minutes.

Cloaked Cats, designed by Connor Reid (5-Minute Dungeon) is a deduction game where players are cats at a Masked Ball. Players try to figure out whom is whom, while keeping their own true identity secret. Players try to unmask the other players among all the velvet-pawed guests before they are unmasked.

Cloaked Cats plays 2-4 players, ages 7+, in about 20 minutes.

Miyabi, designed by Michael Kiesling (Azul, Tikal, Heaven & Ale),is a tile laying game to design a Japanese garden.  Players skillfully placing stones, bushes, trees, ponds and pagodas on multiple levels in their gardens to score points become the best garden designer of the season. Miyabi comes with five expansions included in the game.

Miyabi plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in about 45 minutes.