pattern building

IDW Games is publishing a family update to their 2017 release Seikatsu. Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life features adorable artwork by Neytirix and reunites the design duo of Matt Loomis and Isaac Shalev for the same core tile-laying as the original.

In Seikatsu, players place tiles containing a bird of a certain color and a flower of a certain color in a shared garden. Players score groups of birds when tiles are placed, and score rows of matching flowers at the end of the game. Similarly, in Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life, players place tiles containing a type of animal and a color of pillow upon which the animal is sitting in a shared living room. Upon placing tiles, players will score for groups of the same type of animal. Then, at the end of the game, players score rows with pillows of the same color.

Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life has a player count of 1-4, and releases on August 30, 2019.

Seikatsu by Matt Loomis and Isaac Shalev is coming at the end of August from IDW Games. It is a 30-minute competitive tile-laying game for 1-4 players who will have the opportunity to build a Japanese Zen garden. It might not be as peaceful as it sounds, though, because each player looks at the garden from their own pagoda (their place on the board), which influences the patterns they would like to see emerge. Of course, it is important to ensure that your pagoda has the access to the most beautiful and calming view – and there are ways to do that since a particular tile placement may favour your point of view but might not be nice at all from the perspective of others.

Featuring a one-of-a-kind dual aspect tile design, players must weigh the benefits of scoring flocks of birds now, or the benefits of planting sets of flowers to be scored later. In a battle of serenity, tensions will be high as the best tile placement for you may also aid your neighbor. Who will have the best view of the garden? It’s all a matter of perspective!

 

New from Level 99 games in January 2017 comes Anansi, an abstract strategy pattern building game, and Tomb Trader, a light real time adventure game.

Anansi and the Box of Stories is an abstract strategy game for 2 to 4 players inspired by Tibetan sand mandalas and named after a mythic spider from African folk tales.  In it players take on the roles of  archetypal animals drawing cards and attempting to keep the web pattern secret from the other players.  Each turn players place a stone on the intersections of the grid and attempt to recreate the web pattern on their own card.  Once a move is made, it cannot be undone.  If two player’s webs overlap, it then becomes a race to see who can capture those intersections first.  Points are scored based on the alignment of the stones and whether they coincide with your web or your opponent’s.  Once all stones have been placed, the game ends.  Each game is about 30 minutes.  Whoever has the most points wins.

Also from Level 99 comes Tomb Trader.  A real time light adventure game where you join an archaeological excavation team.  In this game however, your not in it to revel in the days of old or to rebuild history, your goal is simply to become rich!  Each round players go head to head to sneak into the tomb and be the most cunning, quick, and bountiful in smuggling out their loot.  After 6 or 7 rounds of exploring and stuffing their pockets, players have one minute to divide the treasure up between everyone in their same section.  If in that time all players cannot come to an agreement, all treasure is lost!     Tomb Trader plays 3-6 players in 5-10 minutes and is ideal for ages 6 and up.

 

 

 

planes

Planes puts you in the role of a group attempting to push your way through a crowded airport to reach your plane before takeoff. Other players’ families or groups, as well as neutral travelers, will cause all sorts of congestion in the terminal and may keep you from boarding.

With cards that affect play and allow bonus scoring, in addition to variable airport maps, Planes is the next phase in global travel from AEG, publisher of Trains.

Last week on their Facebook page, they posted:

Here’s your first look at the cover of Planes, coming this fall from AEG as part of our new “Destination Fun” line, featuring Trains, Planes,… and possibly others in the future.