festival

Passport Game Studios would like to announce their upcoming June 2016 releases entitled Kingsport Festival: The Card Game and Simurgh.

kingsport card

Kingsport Festival: The Card Game is a game is which players take on the role of high priest of the shadowy cults of Arkham, with the goal of dominating the city.  In this card game, players are now the bad guys, thwarting the attempts of the investigators and preserve your sanity, all at the same time.

simurgh

Simurgh is a game in which players take on the role of the heads of powerful clans in a fantasy world, where humans and dragons alike hunt and go to war together.  Each player’s goal is to gather the most Power Points by breeding dragons, gathering resources, and making use of special abilities.  On each turn, players will receive 1 main action and any number of free actions.  Throughout the game, players build the board by drawing and placing Action Tiles and use them to score points or to provide new Action Spaces.  When all the scoring spaces are filled with tiles, the game ends at the end of the round and Power Points are tallied.

Both of these new games are scheduled to be released in June of 2016.

For more information on these new releases, visit the official press release here.

lanterns

Renegade Game Studios would like to announce that Pegasus Spiele, German board game publisher, is set to produce Mensa Select winner Lanterns: The Harvest Festival for the German market.  The German edition is on display this week at the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg and is expected to release this March 2016.

For more information, see the official announcement here.

From BGG

Rio Grande Games announces a new board game themed on Oktoberfest festivals, aptly named Oktoberfest.  In the game, players are artisanal brewmasters working to provide the annual festival with the most popular types of beer–but you can’t just make the beer, you have to get it into the mouths of the festival attendees.

The game consists of three rounds: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening.  On a player’s turn there are three options: start an auction of supply cards, sell a barrel card, or close a tent.  Several mechanics in the game include a closed money system that forces players to vary their auction strategies, as well as the fact that all players contribute to the various tents, making the closing of one a tense decision.  Only the players who supply the most popular beers in a tent receive victory points for them.  After the tenth tent is closed, the player with the most points is the winner.

Oktoberfest is a game for 3-5 players and plays in about 90 minutes.  The release date for Oktoberfest is yet to be announced.  For more information, visit the game’s page at Rio Grande’s website.