medieval theme

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) announced a new game, Cutthroat Kingdoms by designer Bryan Merlonghi. Players will take the role of a leading lord or lady in the six Houses of the Kingdom of Aurum. Utilizing political intrigue, powerful armies, and strategic alliances, Cutthroat Kingdoms is a competitive game of negotiation and dealmaking with a medieval fantasy theme.

The throne to the Kingdom of Aurum lies unclaimed.

As memory of the slain king Ratimir Dravanof passes, the six great houses vie for control of the land in a neverending dispute of title, territory and birthright.

Now, embroiled in conflict, the lords and ladies lock eyes on the crown, as they fight to contend with the remnants of the Dravanof legacy: the great plague that has now turned upon the people, to ravage the countryside, exacting its cruel revenge.

This is the innovative new social game of contract, duplicity, arranged marriages and tainted food. Every group will create their own rules for how to play and every game will be different. Will yours be high on subterfuge, backstabbing and betrayal, or conducted on a higher plane of rock-solid agreements and unbreakable oaths?

The game supports 3 – 6 players, with a playing time of 90 – 150 minutes. For more information, visit the AEG Cutthroat Kingdoms page, where you can download the rulebook and see images of some of the cards.


lords of scotland

Announced earlier today on Z-Man Games Facebook page are plans to update their 2010 release, Lords of Scotland.  Designed by Richard James (Court of the Medici, Straw, Pirate Den), this medieval themed strategy card game pits players in skirmishes.

Each skirmish played over a series of rounds and in each round, players choose to build their army by playing cards or recruiting clans.  After five rounds, in descending order of army strength, players choose a supporter, a point valued card.  Then all armies are discarded and a new skirmish begins.  The winner is the first player to acquire forty or more points.

So far, Z-Man has only stated that the game will come with a redesigned look and is expected Spring 2015.  2010’s edition came with 99 cards, for 2 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, and a play time of 35 minutes.

orleans components

Releasing at Essen, in October, from DLP Games is Orléansa game designed by Reiner Stockhausen (Crazy Kick, Dolce Vita, Siberia).  In this medieval themed game set in France, players must assemble various trade craftsmen like knights, farmers, merchants, and monks to dominate trade, construction, and science.  The game is for 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up and a play time of 90 minutes.  Components include 4 cloth bags, player boards, and merchant tokens, 40 trading stations, 28 wooden cubes, 104 tiles, 90 goods tiles.