Hyperborea

CMON is set to release Richard the Lionheart by designer Andrea Chiarvesio and artist Stef Kopinski this November. The game is designed to play in 60 minutes with 2-6 players aged 14 and up.

While the King is away, the prince will play.

The Crusades have summoned Richard the Lionheart to the Middle East. Back home in England, John Lackland is trying to consolidate his power, recruiting the Sheriff of Nottingham to his side. Opposing them is Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. What will be left of Richard’s Kingdom when the Crusades are over?

During the game players will chose to align themselves with either Robin Hood or John Lackland. Once aligned players will spend their turns traveling across England while attempting to earn Prestige points and influence the far off Crusades. When (or if) Richard returns he will take stock of his kingdom and will declare whoever earned the most prestige points the winner.

Andrea Chiarvesio has worked on several successful titles including Hyperborea and Kingsburg. Artist Stef Kopinski has worked on games that include The Others, Warhammer 40,000: Battle for Macragge, and the upcoming CMON Game of Thrones title A Song of Ice & Fire.

As with many CMON titles the game includes a small pile of well designed miniatures. Contents of the game include:

16 Highly Detailed Plastic Miniatures
10 Character Dashboards
240 Influence Cards
England Board
Crusade Board
Reserve Board
15 Edict Cards
18 Event of the Crusade Cards
6 Player Aid Cards
7 Faction Skill Tokens
First Player Token
1 Game Round Token
6 Ship Tokens
60 Coins
60 Prestige Point Tokens
6 House Tokens
Rulebook
Richard the Lionheart is currently scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017.

international game award

The 2015 International Gamers Award nominees for general strategy games released between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 have been announced. The nominees are grouped in two categories—multiplayer and two-player games.

The multiplayer nominees are:

Game Designer Publisher
Aquasphere Stefan Feld Tasty Minstrel Games/Quined Games
Deus Sebastien Dujardin Pearl Games/Asmodee
Elysium Matthew Dunstan and Brett Gilbert Space Cowboys/Rebel pl./Asmodee
Five Tribes Bruno Cathala Days of Wonder
Hyperborea Andrea Chiarvesio and Pierluca Zizzi Asmodee/Asterio Press
Kraftwagen Matthias Cramer ADC Blackfire Entertainment
La Granja Michael Keller and Andrea Odendahl PD Verlag/999 Games/Stronghold Games
Orleans Reiner Stockhausen Dlp Games/Tasty Minstrel Games
Panamax Gil d’Orey, Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade HC Distribuzione/Stronghold Games
Quartermaster General Ian Brody Griggling Games
Roll for the Galaxy Wei-Hwa Huang and Thomas Lehmann Rio Grande Games
Voyages of Marco Polo Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini Hans im Gluck/Z-man Games

 

The two-player nominees are:

Game Designer Publisher
Baseball Highlights 2045 Mike Fitzgerald Eagle/Gryphon Games
Fields of Arle Uwe Rosenberg Feuerland Spiele/Z-man Games
Patchwork Uwe Rosenberg Lookout Games/Mayfair Games
Star Realms Robert Dougherty and Darwin Kastle White Wizard Games
Star Wars Armada James Kniffen and Christian T. Petersen Fantasy Flight Games
Wir Sind das Volk Richard Sivel and Peer Sylvester Histogame

For more details on the nominated games, and on the nomination committee members please go to the International Gamers Awards website here.

asmodee

Asmodee has announced their October and November game releases.  Many of these games were made available or announced at Gen Con and/or Origins.  But are only hitting the retail channel now.  Read the press release below.

abyss

Abyss

Internal unrest brews among the court of the Abyss. The warlike Crabs bring chaos against the wise mages of the Jellyfish while the merchant Shellfish wage trade wars against the insidious Squid politicians. Can you recruit the allies you need to master the lords of the Abyss? Venture to Abyss, where players must battle monsters, recruit allies, and sway the great lords of the deep. The right hand of ally cards will let you control the lords who will help you seize the kingdoms of the Abyss. Be careful of your foes, though, because treachery abounds in the lands under the sea!

Abyss is a game of development, combination and collection in which players try to take control of strategic locations in an underwater city. To achieve this, players must develop on three levels: first by collecting allies, then using them to recruit Lords of the Abyss, who will then grant access to different parts of the city. Players acquire cards through a draft of sorts, and the Lords of the Abyss acquired on those cards grant special powers to the cardholder but once you use the cards to acquire a location, that power is shut off, so players need to time their land grabs well in order to put themselves in the best position for when the game ends.

  • 2-4 players
  • ages 14+

dixit daydreams

Dixit: Daydreams

In Dixit, each round one player takes on the role of Storyteller, choosing one card from his hand, then telling a story, singing a ditty, or otherwise doing something that in his opinion is associated with the played card. Each other player then chooses one card in her own hand and gives it to the Storyteller in secret. These cards are shuffled and revealed, then players vote on which card was played by the Storyteller. If either no one or everyone votes for the Storyteller, then he receives no points; if he received some votes but not all of the votes, he scores based on the number of votes received. Each player who submitted a correct vote or who received a vote on her card submission also scores. After a certain number of rounds, the player with the most points wins.

Dixit: Daydreams is an expansion for Dixit that contains 84 new cards beautifully illustrated by Frank Dion.

  • 3-6 players
  • Ages 8+
  • 30 minute play time

timeline americana

Timeline: Americana and American History

Americana

From the first Stetson hat to the unveiling of the first iPad, America’s history and its popular culture have gone hand in hand. See if you can remember when the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth, or when Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic. American popular history was never so much fun!

Timeline: Americana takes the players through a historical tour of the popular history of the country. Each player has a hand of cards, and they take turns placing those cards correctly into the growing timeline. Guess correctly to get rid of all of your cards and win the game!

2-8 Players
Ages 8+
15 minute play time

Contains:

  • 110 double-sided cards
  • Rulebook

American History

Which happened first, the Salem Witch Trials or the foundation of Harvard College? Was Watergate before Woodstock? Sure, it’s easy to know whether the discovery of America came before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but how well can you remember everything that happened in between?

In Timeline: America History, players have hands of cards and take turns attempting to place the cards correctly into the growing timeline. Easy at first, but rapidly growing more difficult, Timeline: America  History will test your knowledge and help you learn the history of the nation.

2-8 Players
Ages 8+
15 minute play time

Contains:

  • 110 double-sided cards
  • Rulebook

lords of xidit

Lords of Xidit

The Black Southern Host has arisen, corrupting the hearts of the indigenous creatures. Afflicted by a mysterious sickness, they are attacking human cities. The last remaining hope for restoring peace to Xidit lies with the Kingdom’s noble heirs, the Idrakys. As one of them, you must roam the Kingdom recruiting brave soldiers and reclaiming threatened cities. Your bravery will not go unrewarded: accumulate wealth, send bards to sing your praises, and build Sorcerers’ Guilds!

Lords of Xidit features simultaneous programming and an elimination-based scoring system that leaves no room for complacency! In more detail, at the end of the game players compare their influence in one category and the player with the least influence is eliminated and his pieces removed from the board; players then compare influence in another category, with a player again being removed. The order of elimination is randomly determined at the start of play, forcing you to thinking in different ways each game.

Prepare to ride out, Idrakys, and forge your legend!

  • 3-5 Players
    Ages 14+
    90 Minute Play Time

Contains:

  • 75 figurines
  • 75 guild stories
  • 60 sovereigns
  • 100 bard tokens

hyperborea

Hyperborea

The mythical realm of Hyperborea was ruled by an ancient civilization that used magical crystals as their main source of energy. With time, the Hyperboreans became greedy, and their search for power in the deep made the crystals unstable, causing earthquakes, mutations, droughts and floods. Hyperboreans just dug deeper, and only a few wise mages, foreseeing the inevitable, built an unbreakable magical barrier. When the unharnessed magical energy was unleashed from the deep, the Hyperborean civilization was destroyed in a single day, only the magical barrier preventing the disappearance of life from the whole land.

Over centuries, six rival realms were born from the ashes of the Hyperborean civilization: the militarist Red Duchy; the Emerald Kingdom and its death-delivering archers; the Purple Matriarchy fanatically worshipping the goddess of life; the skilled diplomats and merchants of the Golden Barony; the Coral Throne with its efficiently organized society and finally the secluded and enigmatic Celestial Reign.

The fragile peace between the different realms was not intended to last. One day, the magical barrier suddenly collapsed. A whole new land stood in front of the six kingdoms, still haunted by the old Hyperboreans turned into harmless but ominous ghosts, full of ruins to discover and cities to explore. Each realm is now sending its best warriors and explorers to Hyperborea in order to achieve dominance over their rivals, but which will prevail? Brutal strength or deep understanding of science? The discovery of valuable artifacts in the lost ruins or the retaking of long, lost cities? Only you, as the leader of one of the factions, can lead your people to the ultimate dominance over Hyperborea!

Set in a mythical land of the same name, Hyperborea is a light civilization game for 2 to 6 players that takes 20-25 minutes per player. The game begins at the time when the magic barrier protecting access to the mythical continent of Hyperborea suddenly falls.

Each player takes the role of the leader of a small kingdom situated just outside the now open to be conquered and explored land. Her kingdom has limited knowledge of housing, trade, movement, warfare, research, and growth, but new and exciting powers are hidden in Hyperborea. During the game, this kingdom will grow in numbers and raise armies, extend its territory, explore and conquer, learn new technologies, etc…

The game’s main mechanism, which can be described as “bag-building”, involves you building a pool of “civilicubes”. Each cube represents specializations for your kingdom: war, trade, movement, building, knowledge, growth. Grey cubes represent corruption and waste, and players will acquire them by developing new technologies. Power corrupts by its own definition, and the more complex a society becomes, the more waste it generates. Each turn, players draw three random cubes from their bags, then use them to activate knowledge (technologies) they own. But be careful, with great power also comes great responsibility.

2-6 players
Ages 14+
20 minute play time

Contains:

  • 1 Market board
  • 4 indicator tokens
  • 4 Dice
  • 60 Bank Investment tokens
  • 39 erasable company tiles
  • 7 erasable “x 2 income” company tiles
  • Roughly 200 bills
  • 1 Timer
  • 5 erasable markers
  • 1 rule booklet

colt express

Colt Express

On the 11th of July, 1899 at 10 a.m., the Union Pacific Express has left Folsom, New Mexico, with forty-seven passengers on board. After a few minutes, gunfire and hurrying footsteps on the roof can be heard. Heavily armed bandits have come to rob honest citizens of their wallets and jewels. Will they succeed in stealing the suitcase holding the Nice Valley Coal Company’s weekly pay, despite it having been placed under the supervision of Marshal Samuel Ford? Will these bandits hinder one another more than the Marshal since only the richest one of them can come out on top?

In Colt Express, you play a bandit robbing a train at the same time as other bandits, and your goal is to become the richest outlaw of the Old West. The game consists of five rounds, and each round has two phases:

Phase 1: Schemin’- Each player plays 2-5 action cards on a common pile, with the cards being face up or face down depending on the type of the round. Instead of playing a card, a player can draw three cards from her deck.

Phase 2: Stealin’- The action cards are carried out in the order they were played, with a player’s best laid plans possibly not panning out due to mistakes and oversights!

The game takes place in a 3D train in which the bandits can move from one car to another, run on the roof, punch the other bandits, shoot them, rob the passengers, or draw the Marshal out of position. The train has as many cars as the number of players, and each car is seeded with gems, bags of loot or suitcases at the start of play. Players will plan ahead and play cards to steal the most loot, shoot their opponents, move around the train and elude Marshal Ford. Will you be the richest bandit in the outlaw gang?

  • 2-6 players
    Ages 10+
    40 minute play time

Contains:

  • 6 Train Cars
  • 1 Locomotive
  • 10 terrain elements
  • Assorted Loot tokens
  • 17 Round Cards
  • 1 Marshal pawn
  • 13 Neutral Bullet cards
  • 6 Character cards
  • 6 Bandit pawns
  • 60 Action cards
  • 36 Bullet cards