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.