Chariot Race is a new dice game that will be released by Pegasus Spiele at Essen, and it aims to bring the excitement of chariot racing to your table. In Chariot Race you will be using your dice to take different actions ranging from affecting your movement, gaining favor, or attacking your opponents. On your turn you will first decide if you want to use Fortuna points to repair your chariot, then based on you current condition you determine your base speed. That speed is both how far forward you will move on the board as well as how many dice you get to roll. You get two rolls of the dice, keeping what you like between rolls, and then you can use Fortuna points to augment your dice. Different actions that can come up are increase/decrease your speed, change lanes, gain Fortuna points, attack your opponents and more. After your dice are set then you move and attack according to what actions you kept and play passes to the next person. The game continues around and around like this until someone crosses the finish line.
The game sounds like a mashup of Formula D and King of Tokyo and so has me intrigued and looking forward to it’s release at Essen.
Essen continues to inch ever closer and the new games keep on coming, here are four games you can look for in the coming months. First, from Stone Blade Entertainment is a quick little bluffing game filled with adorable animals called You Gotta be Kitten Me! In the game you are essentially playing Liar’s Dice with cards where the first player makes a bid of objects or colors, and you either challenge or raise that bid. If you challenge the previous bidder has to reveal their cards, if they were bluffing they lose a card, lose all your cards and you are out. Look for this utterly adorable card game this month at your local retailer.
Next comes the game you will only find at your local Walgreens, and that’s Munchkin Grimm Tidings. This new Munchkin plays off all the fairy tales that were authored by the Brothers Grimm, so expect unicorns, evil stepmothers, and wolves. This will be a full standalone game of 114 cards with illustrations done by the talented John Kovalic, so look for it on store shelves this fall.
Last are two reprints of games for younger kids from Pegasus Spiele called Save the Treasure of the Fairy Tales and Wizardry to the power of Three. Save the Treasure is a typical memory match game, but instead of flipping tiles, you are revealing them through a slide puzzle type mechanic. Match two images that create a full page of the fairy tale and you get that page, try to collect them all before the King returns and finds out you lost the fairy tale pages.
Wizardry to the power of Three is a cooperative dice game for kids where they are trying to get back to the wizard school before the principal notices. The problem is that the way back is through a dark forest, so they have to work together to navigate the forest and get back in time. Both of these kids games will be available come Essen, and as an added bonus, Pegasus Spiele will be donating copies of these games to local day care centers and kindergartens.
This weekend in the Bad Nauheim area of Germany, Pegasus Spiele is co-organizing an event called BAD NAUHEIM SPIELT! where people will have the ability play all sorts of games at the Sprudelhof, the largest center of Art Nouveau in Germany . Admission will be free and if the weather is nice a lot of the gaming will be happening outside, and with a library of over 500 games being brought in from Pegasus Spiele, there won’t be a shortage of games to play. Also of interest will be some national tournaments being put on for the games Istanbul, Village, and Mage Wars, as well as a qualifying tournament for Krosmaster Arena. So if you have time and are in the area, I recommend stopping by.
Renegade Game Studios would like to announce that Pegasus Spiele, German board game publisher, is set to produce Mensa Select winner Lanterns: The Harvest Festival for the German market. The German edition is on display this week at the Spielwarenmesse in Nuremberg and is expected to release this March 2016.
For more information, see the official announcement here.
Civilization games have a long and storied history in tabletop boardgaming and continue to be a popular genre. Be it ancient earth-bound cultures to space-faring aliens, players can’t seem to get enough of building their legacy from the ground up. Luckily, Pegasus Speile is bringing us the biggest civilization game ever made, suitably titled, Mega Civilization! The press release says this about the game:
Mega Civilization has already made the headlines at SPIEL’15. It contains up to 12 hours of strategy with 5 to 18 players, more than 2.000 tokens and 1.500 cards and one game board which is 2 meters long – mega on the outside, mega on the inside.
The wooden box weighs 10 kilograms […] and contains not only a lot of gaming materials but also a well elaborated and balanced board game. The authors John Rodriguez and Flo de Haan spent over 15 years perfecting the rules.
Mega Civilization is available exclusively through Pegasus Spiele Premium Stores in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. All other buyers can find it at the Pegasus Spiele online store.
Selecta has released some fantastic children’s games over the years, including Viva Topo! (a favorite in my house!). Now, thirteen great children’s games previously released by Selecta are now being published by Pegasus Spiele, featuring a whole new box design illustrated by Anne Pätzke.
This new design features new, loving illustrations that will greatly appeal to children. Additionally, a colored dots-scheme for the background of the game boxes will reflect the age-level of the game: green (from 3 years old on), blue (from 4 years old on), yellow (from 5 years old on) or red (from 6 years old on). The games will still feature the same excellent wooden figures from Selecta.
Pegasus Spiele has announced the first four games of this new series release:
- Viva Topo!
- The Ladybug’s Costume Party
- the nominated Zoowaboo
- Bouncing Bunnies
These new games from Pegasus Spiele will be presented at the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL in Essen from October 8 through October 11, 2015 at booth GA-31.
For more information on the new design and release of these children’s games, visit the announcement on Pegasus Spiele’s news page.
Istanbul, designed by Rüdiger Dorn and the 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres award winner, is going to get an expansion AEG and Pegasus Spiele announced. Titled Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh the expansion comes with four new locations and a new resource, coffee, that is the focus of these new locations. Also included are new versions of the existing tiles Wainwright and Caravansary that take advantage of the new resource. To top it all off Guild cards will allow players to explore different strategies during play.
I am a lover of efficiency and this I believe is a big reason Istanbul was one of my top games last year and still one of my favorite games to play. I love the race to gather gems, the multiple ways to do so, and the fact that to win you need to be very efficient in how you go about doing that depending on the board set up. It’s a fantastic game and one I highly recommend playing if you haven’t done so already.
That said I am very excited for this expansion as new locations will only add to the variety of the board set up and a new resource could significantly change current strategies. Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh is due to come out in September/October. You can read the full announcement here.
The Dwarves: The Board Game: Own the award-winning fantasy board game – and help making it more awesome with the Saga Kickstarter!
The Dwarves: The Saga is an expansion for The Dwarves: The Board Game, a game by Pegasus Spiele that has taken its source material from a very popular German adventure series, The Dwarves by Markus Heitz. This epic series tells the tale of the Dwarves Tungdil (the stories’ hero), and his friends Balyndis, Boëndal, Boïndil and Bavragor on their fight to save their homeland Girdlegard.
The Dwarves is a cooperative game in which players take on the role of one of the dwarf characters from Heitz’s stories. Players work together to stop the evil forces comprised of Orcs, Trolls, and the Älfar from flooding Girdlegard. The players’ goal is to complete a number of main quests in the form of Scenario cards before the forces of evil take over Girdlegard, and side quests are included to enrich gameplay.
This Kickstarter project includes not only this new expansion, but also the base game as well, available in English for the first time.
A copy of The Dwarves: The Board Game includes 20 Älfar troops, 30 Orcs troops, 5 Health tokens, 36 Perished Land tiles, 15 Value modification tiles, 1 Tunnel Tile, 1 Doom Token, 1 Hero Token, 30 Adventure cards, 12 Scenario cards, 5 Dwarven figures, 5 character boards, 1 game board, 15 Threat cards, 25 Trolls troops, 5 Scenario tokens, 1 Council Token, 22 Equipment cards, 7 Number dice, and 3 Recruitment dice.
The Dwarves: The Saga expansion will include:
- 2 new game boards
- 4 new miniatures
- 2 new punchboards
- 12 new and additional value modification tiles
- New Scenarios, Adventures and Threats for you to face!
- 75 new Wooden Meeples
Many stretch goals are also available to backers of this project. To support it, visit the Kickstarter page here.
In a press release announced today, Passport Game Studios and Pegasus Spiele have formed a partnership and will immediately be releasing two new games – Hospital Rush, a light worker placement game, and Grog Island a pirate-themed dice/auction game.
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Passport Game Studios Partners With German Publisher Pegasus Spiele
New Partnership Agreement Adds Two New Games To Passport’s Catalog
Auburn, Washington, May 13, 2015: Passport Game Studios has forged a new alliance with German publisher Pegasus Spiele (German Kennerspiel des Jahres winner 2014) and its editorial partner eggertspiele (German Spiel des Jahres winner 2014). The new partnership has hit the ground running, with Passport proudly publishing two of Pegasus Spiele’s and eggertspiele’s newest games, available as early as July 2015.
Hospital Rush, one of the new titles from the Passport/Pegasus partnership, is a light, funny worker placement game for 3-5 players. Players fight to become, for better or for worse, the next doctor at a bustling hospital by curing patients and outdoing their competitors…but before long, dirty tricks and backstabbing become the method of choice to claw their way to the top. Thanks to individual player abilities, every game plays out differently. May the best (or most devious) intern win!
Grog Island, the second of the new titles from the Passport/Pegasus partnership, answers every landlubber’s question: What exactly do pirates do when they retire? In this game, 2-4 players – ex-pirates, all! – invest their hard-plundered loot in bizarre businesses, such as peg-leg shops, carpentries for figureheads, workshops for voodoo dolls, or the infamous “Grog Hole” pub. Players are able to buy new real estate through clever auctions-by-dice, and are able to trade with the occasional merchant for parrots and treasure chests to keep things interesting.
Passport Game Studios has a history of successful cross-continental partnerships, partnering with French publisher Funforge, Italian publisher Stratelibri, and Polish publisher NSKN Games to bring internationally popular titles to English-speaking audiences around the world. Of this newest partnership, Passport’s Vice President of Operations Richard Dracass had this to say: “Passport Game Studios has been truly fortunate in the partnerships we’ve made over the past few years, and this partnership is no exception. We are absolutely thrilled to add our new partner Pegasus Spiele/eggertspiele to our ranks, and to add Grog Island and Hospital Rush to our catalog.”
Grog Island and Hospital Rush will begin making their way to retail stores in July through Passport’s standard distribution channels.
Passport Game Studios is an independent board game publisher based in the Pacific Northwest. Since the company’s founding in 2012, Passport has partnered with a selection of hand-picked companies to publish over 30 English-language titles for gamers in North America and beyond. The company’s mission: To provide the best tabletop games in the world, to the gamers who love to play them. For more about Passport Game Studios, visit http://www.PassportGameStudios.com.
Pegasus Spiele Verlags – und Medienvertriebsgesellschaft mbH, based in Friedberg, Germany, was established in 1993. Within the last decade, the German company has established itself as both a distributor throughout Europe and a publisher of successful board games. Several of Pegasus Spiele’s titles have garnered prestigious nominations and awards. This includes nominations for the Spiel des Jahres in 2009, 2010 and 2014, nominations for Kennerspiel des Jahres (expert game of the year) in 2011 and 2014, and awards for Deutscher Spielepreis (German Game Prize, Spiel des Jahres 2014, and Kennerspiel des Jahres 2012 and 2014. For more about Pegasus Spiele, visit www.pegasus.de/en/news
Istanbul Wins Kennerspiel 2014
Camel Up has won the Spiel des Jahres 2014 and Istanbul won the Kennerspiel des Jahres.
Camel Up is designed by Steffen Bogen and published by Pegasus Spiele / Zman Games.
In this camel racing game, players bet on who they think will win. The earlier bets are placed means more winnings if correct. Dice come out of the pyramid tower one at a time moving the camels and giving players time to bet.
Camel Up is for 2 to 8 players, ages 8 and up and a play time of 30 minutes.
Istanbul is designed by Rüdiger Dorn and published by Pegasus Spiele / AEG.
In Istanbul, each player is a merchant in a bazaar. As you work your way through deciding what to buy, you drop your assistant to handle all the fine details. In order to use that assistant again, you have to swing back and pick him up. The first player to collect five rubies wins the game.
Istanbul is for 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up and a play time of 50 minutes.
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