“You’ve come to make your fortune on Cooper Island, whose
untouched peninsulas stretch out like long arms into the wild Atlantic. With
two ships and a few workers, each of you has landed on a separate peninsula,
which you hope to explore, cultivate, and settle. But who will do this best?
And how? Will you expand your land quickly, or will you instead spend your
efforts cultivating it, making it more and more valuable and productive?”
Frosted Games along with Capstone Games have announced Cooper Island, a new complex strategy game from the brilliant mind of Andreas “ode.” Odendahl (La Granja). In Cooper Island, 2-4 players compete as explorers to colonize their island off the Atlantic peninsula. Players have 2 ships and a worker, and place landscape tiles over their island, gaining resources. Resources can be used to build structures with special abilities. Certain areas on the island are inaccessible and need to be cleared to gain access. Supply ships can come in from the Old World, helping the colonization.
As you can see, Cooper Island is a complex set of mechanical interlocking gears, melding together into a satisfying heavy euro game. The point scoring and tracking is yet another unique element to this game; each player marks their points by moving a small ship around the perimeter of their island. However, this ship can discover new lands, granting benefits to the player. After 5 rounds, the player with the most victory points is declared… well, the victor.
Renegade Game Studios partners with Frosted Games to publish its first roll-and-write game, Hex Roller. Designed by Rustan Håkansson (Nations and Nations: The Dice Game), Hex Roller features a score pad with a hexagonal groupings of hexagons to record die rolls. Over the course of seven rounds, players will roll the dice, selecting two grouping of numbers to record on their scoresheet. There are numerous scoring opportunities on the scoresheet, so players need to think strategically when selecting and recording their rolls. Hex groupings are only scored when they are completed, and they are worth the predominate value recorded in the grouping. Each scoresheet does start the players out with some pre-filled numbers in each of the hex groupings. Connecting those numbers scores points also. The unique six-sided dice, numbered 3-8, help in providing higher scores, but the game also rewards filling the hexes with the largest array of values so long as it starts with 3, the lowest number. The simple rules and game play will appeal new gamers while the various scoring strategies will appeal experienced gamers.
Hex Roller plays
1-8 players, ages 8+, in about 15-20 minutes.
Contents include 8 dice, pad of game sheets and the rulebook. Hex
Roller is available for pre-order now or look for it in your friendly local
game store in May.
Announced March 14th, Renegade Games is entering a partnership with Frosted Games to bring some of the newest European-designed games to English markets. The first on the docket is Uwe Rosenberg’s newest title, Reykholt, which is slated to be released this fall during Essen with pre-orders for both English and German copies. In Reykholt, 1 to 4 players are competing to be the best farmer of vegetables in Iceland using geothermal energy to grow your crop and meet demand for delicious points. With gorgeous artwork by Lukas Siegmon, this game is an excellent first choice for this new partnership to undertake and impress broader markets. As stated by Scott Gaeta, founder and president of Renegade games, and quoted in the press release:
“Frosted Games has built up an array of top quality games, to be released in the upcoming years. It is such a pleasure to be working with a wonderful partner located right in the center of the modern European game movement. Kicking off this partnership with a game from famed designer, Uwe Rosenberg, sets the bar high. We look forward to exceeding expectations with future releases through this partnership.”
Partnerships such as these are amazing for the board gaming hobby, especially with the ever-growing amount of new games being created across the world. European designs are still wildly popular and the ability to get these games into more hands than before is also bound to be lucrative for both Renegade and Frosted Games. This news also means that there will be even more reason to keep an eye on both of these publishers around Essen as Reykholt is just the start. If you are interested in Reykholt or any future releases from Renegade Games or their partnership with Frost Games, be sure to visit their website for more information.
With the success of the advent calendar promo pack of board game expansions, Frosted Games has decided to do another pack, this time for Easter. The Brettspiel Easter Basket 2016 will contain promos and mini expansions for 8 different games including ones for T.I.M.E. Stories, Colt Express, and Imperial Settlers, as well as the micro game WH1CH GAM3. You can head over to the geeklist on BGG to take a look at the full list of games and then wait in aticipation for the release in March.