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Asmodee catan

Asmodee and Mayfair just announced via press release that it has bought the English-Language publishing and brand rights for Catan from Mayfair Games. To facilitate this purchase, Asmodee has created a new branch, known as Catan Studios Inc., for the future development of the Catan series and it’s products. Peter Fenlon, former CEO of Mayfair Games, and a team who has worked intimately with Catan for years have moved to create the backbone of Catan Studios Inc.  Mayfair Games is still otherwise intact, with responsibilities of it’s acquired employees being impressively spread among existing staff. Mayfair Games still holds a controlling interest in Lookout Games, and will assist Catan Studios Inc. in the promotion of the Catan brand in all of it’s continually held events, such as the 2016 Catan tournament Schedule, Catan Day 2016, and the World Championship. Guido Teuber of Catan GmbH, the family-run studio founded by series creator Klaus Teuber, had this to say about the acquisition:

“As we celebrate Catan’s 20th anniversary, we are proud to announce this very strong partnership with Asmodee Group. We are excited about the prospect of adding Asmodee’s special talents, strong crew, and deep, global structure into the Catan program. Alongside Catan Studio we will focus on an even closer collaboration with international publishing partners, especially Kosmos Verlag and USM, to strengthen and broaden the overall Catan story and experience worldwide.”

king choc

This November you will have the chance to be the wealthiest chocolate maker among your friends in King Chocolate.

The fruit of the cacao tree goes through six steps to become chocolate. You can only control a few of these steps, so you  must work with your fellow chocolate makers to keep the chocolate flowing through the production chain. You can be the king by controlling the links in the production chain to get your cut of the cash, but sometimes you may need to help your customers and suppliers to help yourself.

The game includes:

  • 57        Double hex tiles
  • 1          Starting hex ring
  • 85        Cacao cubes
  • 99        Coins (1s, 5s, 20s)
  • 20        Workers in 5 colors
  • 5          Player screens

King Chocolate will be published by Mayfair Games and it is designed by Stefan Alexander. It is for 2-5 player, ages 10+, with a play time of 30-60 minutes.

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.

five year mission

Mayfair Games announces a new game by designer David E. Whitcher, Star Trek: Five-Year Mission.  A cooperative game for 3-7 players, Star Trek: Five-Year Mission creates a scenario in which players assume the role of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise for a…you guessed it…five-year mission.

As the crew of the Enterprise, players can choose whether to “engage” with either the Enterprise NCC-1701 or the next generation NCC 1701-D.  Players must overcome multiple obstacles throughout their mission that threaten to destroy the ship.  Cooperating as a crew to solve these threats will result in scoring points for your crew and winning the game.

Every great starship crew is made up of individuals with very different, specialized abilities, and it is no different in Star Trek: Five-Year Mission.  Each player will use their crew member’s special abilities cooperatively with the rest of the crew and their abilities to overcome each dangerous alert situation.

The game box will contain:

  • 1 Enterprise mat (double-sided)
  • 7 Crew mats (double-sided)
  • 3 Decks of alert cards (24 Blue, 24 Yellow, 24 Red)
  • 35 Six-sided dice (14 red, 14 blue, 7 yellow)
  • 1 sand timer
  • 1 damage marker

Star Trek: Five-Year Mission is for 3-7 players ages 10 and up and plays in 30-45 minutes.  The game is scheduled for release later in 2015.

Now all those worries of losing or damaging the Catan game components as you travel are over!  Mayfair Games has announced a travel edition of Catan that will feature a space-saving box that unfolds to reveal:

“The variable board. Roads, settlements and cities are safe in their locking drawers.  Cards are held securely in holder trays. Even the dice, thanks to the practical hex-shaped shaker cannot get dropped and lost.  CATAN compact is handy, fits easily into your luggage and contains all of the components and fun the “big” CATAN.

A copy of Catan Traveler will contain:

  • 1 folding tough plastic box
  • 6 double-sided plastic game board parts
  • 1 dice shaker
  • 97 plastic game pieces
  • 2 plastic card holders
  • 134 cards

It is important to note that this version of Catan, due to its unique design, will not be compatible with any of the Expansions or Extensions in the Catan line of products.  This new travel version is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.

Treasures of all types! But the hard part is not capturing the ship’s bounty, but dividing it fairly to the pirates!  To the clever go the spoils in a new game of piracy and plunder from Mayfair Games!

Mayfair Games announces a new game from designer Alexander Cobian entitled Booty!  In this pirate-themed card game, players will begin each round by revealing treasure cards with varying types of booty such as immediate points, cards that cancel other cards, and hidden items to keep all the pirate players guessing.  Each round, the Quartermaster role moves from player to player, whose job it is to divide the treasures into shares.  The Quartermaster also selects the order of picking treasures in the next round. Balancing what you need, what others might want, and trying to get a little extra into your treasure pile is the key to success!

The game also includes building cards that provide special benefits and allow for unique game experiences every time you play.  A copy of the game will include:

  • 108 cards
  • 54 player flag tiles (9 of each color)
  • 6 player turn order tiles
  • 6 turn selection tiles
  • 4 stock market markers
  • 1 quartermaster token
  • 1 Quartermaster token
  • 5 islands tiles
  • 12 legacy tiles
  • 1 rulebook

Booty! is for 2-6 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 60 minutes.  Booty! is scheduled for release in August of 2015.


It may sound like a crazy idea. 10 Catanimals traveling through the northern part of India on Motor-Rickshaws. But if the reason for such a journey is the support for a great humanitarian project like Childaid Network, that idea may sound a little less crazy.

Mayfair Games would like to announce that this, the 20th anniversary of the now iconic game of Catan, will be a year chock full of surprises and special offerings.  Of these offerings, the first will begin on April 6th, where Mayfair will be teaming up with Kosmos Verlag and Catan GmbH to present the Catan Rickshaw Run 2015.

The Catan Team’s aim is to divide into 4 teams and travel the country of India via motorized rickshaws (in all 4 player colors from Catan), visiting the less-traveled areas of India that are far-removed from the usual tourist spots.  The teams will include a 10-person Catan Team made up of four members from Mayfair Games, two from Kosmos Verlag of Stuttgart, Germany and four members from Catan GmbH of Rossdorf, Germany.  There will also be international crew, composed of four Americans, five Germans and one French citizen.


They will begin on the west coast of India in the town of Jaisalmer, then travel for two weeks across 2700 km (1677 miles) of northern India, passing through Jaipur, Agra, Kanpur, Varanasi, Patna, Siliguri and Guwahati until they reach their destination in distant Shillong.

Through this tour, they will be showing the rest of the world what daily life in these more remote areas is like and the challenges the people of these areas are facing.  This endeavor will be raising support for Cool Earth and Childaid Network, an organization that is “doing an amazing job in the north eastern part of India building and maintaining several humanitarian projects that help street kids as well as setting up schools.”

To read more about this event, visit Catan’s website here.

cones of dunshire

In January, Mayfair Games launched a Kickstarter for the game Cones of Dunshire, a game created in the TV Show Parks and Recreation. That project, with a goal of $300,000, failed with only $46.6k raised. Then they relaunched the kickstarter in February with a lowered goal of $150,000, which also failed, only raising $48.6k.

If you are unfamiliar with the game, see this clip from the TV show where the character Ben invents the game:

The Kickstarter was for a Deluxe Edition of the Cones of Dunshire, with the price set at $400 to receive a copy of the game. According to Mayfair Games, this version was supposed to be as close to the on-screen version as possible, and was designed for a select few people that wanted a souvenir version of the game. If the Kickstarter were successful, Mayfair could go on to make a non-deluxe edition of the game for a wider audience. But now, after the second Kickstarter flop, that probably will not happen.

Aspiring Kickstarter publishers can probably learn a few things from this campaign and why it failed. Firstly, many people thought it might be a joke, since Mayfair’s entire pitch, including the FAQ and comment replies, was in character for the universe of the TV show. Also, there was no indication of how the game would play. Furthermore, the high price point and the small target base was a nail in the coffin for the campaign. Crowdfunding gets its success from catering to large crowds of people, not a select few.

If Mayfair had started with a more affordable, non-deluxe version of The Cones of Dunshire, perhaps more people would have invested in the Kickstarter and we would be seeing the game on shelves today. But, unfortunately for fans of the show and game, the Cones of Dunshire project was unsuccessful.

To read more about the campaign flop, see here.

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Mayfair Games has released the following announcement concerning their collaboration with Martin Wallace:

Mayfair Games and Martin Wallace have made some great games together: games about trains, games about planes and games about automobiles. Games based on best-selling literary works, games set upon the fields of honor and games about making things. However, all things, no matter how good, must eventually end. And it is endings we speak of today. Mayfair Games and Martin Wallace shall venture forth to seek their futures along divergent paths. We, Mayfair Games, wish him and his family good health and prosperity as we know he will continue to delight board game enthusiasts in the future.

To Martin Wallace from Mayfair Games, best of luck and may fortune smile broadly upon your endeavors!

ICV2 reached out to Mr Wallace who gave the following response.

Yeah, bit of a surprise for me too, An issue came up concerning a joint project, called Ships.  Treefrog was due to produce the limited edition version, for which we had taken advance payments.  Mayfair was going to produce the standard edition.  I was handling artwork and graphics, as well as the printing schedule.  As many of the components are the same between the two games it only made economic sense to produce the limited edition at the same time as the standard one.  We hit a problem when Mayfair wanted to delay production until 2016.  I could not afford to alienate those people who had already paid money for the game, so asked for the title to be returned to Treefrog so that I could print it in 2015.  I asked for something in writing to this effect.  I was not expecting a public press release.

Furthermore Chuck Rice of Mayfair Games did clarify

All Martin Wallace titles currently being published by Mayfair will continue to be published by Mayfair.  This announcement only reflects the future, not the past.

Additionally one final expansion map set for Steam, expansion 5 will still be released later in 2015.

catan 5th ed

In the 20 years since Klaus Teuber revolutionized game design with the original Settlers of Catan, a worldwide fandom has developed around the game. The original game, plus its expansions, have sold more than 22 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages.

The influence of Mayfair Games’ Settlers of Catan on the world of tabletop gaming is irrefutable.  Now, after 20 years of the game’s success, Mayfair Games has announced that the game’s name will be officially changed to simply Catan.  What’s more, they will be releasing a 5th edition of the game, along with all of its expansions and 5-6 player extensions.  The new edition will be fully compatible with the 4th edition of the game, yet with fresh and intriguing new artwork.  Additionally, there will be a new clarified rules set, which will be the official tournament canon and will be available in PDF form online when the new edition is released.

For more information on this new edition, visit the Alliance Alert for Game Trade Magazine article here.