Kristian Amundsen Østby

The Magnificent from Aporta Games, designed by Eilif Svensson and Kristian Amundsen Østby, is a game that’s got dice, unique player powers, and clowns!

Players will try to gather the biggest audience and put on the best show to win the game. It all revolves around choosing a die that determines how strong your actions will be. There are 3 actions the players can take: build, travel, or perform! Their ringmasters will determine how they score each given round.

The game is set to come out in 2020. For more information, check out their site here.

Offshore by Aporta Games, designed by Thor Egil Braadland, Eilif Svensson, and Kristian Amundsen Østby, is a game for 3-5 players that takes strategy gaming to the family table.

Players will be building oil platforms in North Sea, but it won’t be easy as it requires the right technology and cooperation amongst the people you are competing against! The game revolves around 3 actions: buying technology, exporting oil for money, and opening a new oil field as players press their luck drilling for oil!

For more information, check out their site here.

Aporta Games has just announced the next in their continuing line of excellent roll and write games, Trails of Tucana. This “flip and write” variant was designed by Eilif Svensson and Kristian Amundsen Østby, both of whom had previously worked on the critically loved gems Doodle City and Avenue. Tucana also features adorable art by Gjermund Bohne.

In Trails of Tucana, players each have a board comprised of a hex map of varying terrain types, such as mountains, desert, jungle, etc. Along the edge of the map are villages, labeled A-F, and within the island are various treasures. Players flip two terrain cards each turn, and draw a trail connecting those two terrains, ie. Mountain to desert, or jungle to jungle. Eventually these connections will turn into a network of trails across the island. After the deck runs through, points are awarded for connecting villages together, or connecting a treasure to a village. The game ends after 2 runs through the deck.

Look for Trails of Tucana in stores soon, and for more information check out Aporta’s website here.

Santa Maria by designers Eilif Svensson and Kristian Amundsen Østby is a well regarded dice drafting and tile laying game from 2017, and now the designers along with publisher Aporta Games have started a Kickstarter Campaign for the first expansion, American Kingdoms. Briefly, in Santa Maria, 1-4 players draft dice, and slide them down or across the associated row or column on their personal board, activating every building the die moves over. However, the last building activated in this manner holds the die, effectively shutting that building down for the round. Players can also buy new tiles for their board, adding buildings, and individual buildings can be activated using money instead of dice. The game emphasizes the timing of when to draft dice, what order to activate rows, and the puzzle solving nature of designing the perfect engine. Santa Maria combines resource collection, racing down tracks for points and bonuses, end game goals with scholars and bishops, and set collection via shipping tiles.

American Kingdoms adds a couple new features, and 4 new modules that modify play. Cacao is a new resource in the game, used for new expensive shipping tiles, but mostly for modifying the dice. New scholars and bishops provide abilities and end game scoring. New 3×1 building tiles can be purchased for player boards, but come with a prohibitive 4 coin cost.

The Governor Module adds a… governor to each player’s board. The governor starts in the upper left corner of the player board, and moves one space whenever a die is used. Governors activate buildings, gaining resources when they land on buildings, but can move back off later, opening the building up again. Players lose points at game end if the governor has not moved far enough, and gain points if he makes it to the lower right of the board.

The Specialists module adds specialist tiles, which are randomly associated with dice. When the dice are drafted, the player can buy the specialist, gaining resources or buildings, but at a cost. Upgraded buildings are expensive, but players get a discount if they replace another building.

The Ambassador Module changes the dice mechanic of the game slightly. Players start with less dice, but there are 2 ambassador dice available each round, one white and one blue. These special dice can be drafted, but all players will be able to use the number when one player drafts. The drafting player is the only one able to modify the die number.

The Mayan Module is by far the most involved. With this addition, the game can play up to 5 players, with one player taking on the role of the native Mayans. The Mayan City has curving roads for each drafted die, rather than the regimented grid of the standard player boards. Mayans have several changes to their game play, and their main goal is to use resources to build multi-level pyramids. The higher the pyramid (up to 3 levels) the more points they earn. Additionally, the Mayan player has a hand of cards for trading with players, changing resources, and generally getting their monuments built. The game even changes the conquistador track, adding a back and forth of Mayans gaining gold and conquistadors stealing the gold from the Mayan player.

Finally, the Kickstarter Campaign also contains a mini-expansion for the original game, the Exploration deck. This deck provides 5 nationalities with varied starting resources for each player, and 21 achievement cards with secret player goals.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Santa Maria: American Kingdoms is set to continue through November 11, and the game should deliver in March 2019.

Modiphius Entertainment are running a Kickstarter project to fund Kung Fu Panda The Board Game. It’s a co-operative game where 2-4 players must defeat Tai Lung, and other villains from the Kung Fu Panda movies, in a certain time limit. The game supports players aged 8+, and plays in 10-30 minutes.

“The game uses the Furious Action Dice which show various faces: a Kick, a Punch, two Moves, a Chi and a Claw. Players frantically roll four dice to get different combos to move around the board, attack enemies, and complete exciting objectives. The game features a unique mechanic, if you roll Claws on the dice, you move around the Dial of Destiny triggering enemies to spawn and attack!”  [source]

Players need to face the different challenges such as Ox Grunts, Wolf Slashers & Spearmen, and the Wolf Boss. Finally, they will face Tai Lung himself.

Kung Fu Panda The Board Game is designed by Kristian Amundsen Østby (known for Escape from the Temple), Nick Fallon (known for Airfix Battles), James Sheahan (known for Fallout: Wasteland Warfare), and Rob Harris.

The base game will cost about $33 (excluding shipping) while a collector’s edition will set you back $80, which includes the Masters miniatures and player boards and additional stretch goals. The Kickstarter campaign ends Sunday, July 15th, 2018, with delivery estimated to be March 2019.

Aporta Games teased the box art for their upcoming expansion to Santa Maria. Santa Maria is a dice drafting and strategic engine building game in which you establish and develop your colony without any direct confrontation between players. Santa Maria: American Kingdoms is expected to be released at Essen Spiel in October this year.

“American Kingdoms, an expansion for Santa Maria, includes new buildings, scholars, bishops and shipping tiles, as well as several new modules, including: Cocoa The specialists The governor A new asymmetrical role for one player, with its own rules and goals.” -Description from the publisher

Santa Maria: American Kingdoms is designed by Eilif Svensson and Kristian Amundsen Østby with art by Gjermund Bohne. The expansion should make the game play for 45 – 90 mins (depending on number of players) and supports 1-5 players, aged 10+.