Quined Games

Want to enhance any game in your collection quickly and easily without have to scour the internet for variants or house rules? Quined Games has you covered with their next release – The Game Changers. This is not a full game, of course, but more like an 80-card expansion for your whole collection. With these cards, you can add new end game scoring, turn a cooperative game competitive and vice versa, or even alter the flow of the game with fun solutions for analysis paralysis or making mistakes.

“The Game Changers box gives you the possibility to give more or other fun to any of your games. It can give the games that you know and love so well a new and fresh impulse, but it can also freshen up your worn and torn games and even give the boring evergreens a second life. It’s up to you to use, or not use, any of the Changers.”

Now of course not all of these will work with every game, your mileage will vary. Each card is essentially going to amount to the same value as a fun, harmless house rule, so if that’s something  you already do then this pack of cards is a no-brainer. However, even if you aren’t into variants but have thought about it from time-to-time, this simple pack of 80 cards is a harmless way to dip your toe into the water and it may even inspire many more cool ideas. If you’re interested in learning more about The Game Changers, or other releases from Quined Games, be sure to check out their website for their product pages and articles.

Quined Games is set to launch Counterfeiters– a resource management game of mafia mastery where players print fake money and launder it into the real thing.  Play as a mafia counterfeiter in Miami, Florida using Supermarkets to launder your fake money, Black Markets to make higher quality counterfeits and Offshore Accounts to hide your real money from the Godfather and the police. To play you place one of your henchman on the board in the location you want to go. There are 6 different options: Buy at the Black Market,  Print fake money, Flog (launder) your money at the Supermarket or through a Receiver, Commit Tax Fraud or Fly to the Caribbean (stash your real cash.) You take the action based on that location- for instance:  if you go to the Black Market you use real money to purchase printers, ink, holograms and paper (so you can make better fake money,) diners (convert fake bills to real ones) or a private jet (to fly your real money to safety).  You can also ask the Godfather for protection – but it’ll cost ya! All the while the police are on your tale and the Supermarkets are getting wise to your counterfeit game. So look out! You may not be able to launder those low quality bills for long! Be the one with the most real money at the end of the game and you are the winner! Counterfeiters is for 2-4 players ages 13 and up.

Firenze, designed by Andreas Steding, is 8 years old now and still remains a fan-favorite euro set-collection game. Easy to teach, but be careful biting into it because it’s so crunchy it could hurt with all of it’s agonizing decisions. Players are constantly torn by the need to draft particular colors of tower pieces from a conveyor belt while also trying to avoid cards with negative effects that pieces could be sitting on.  It’s this constant crunch and tension over colored wooden bricks that has kept the game relevant and unique and people have been clamoring for it since it’s been hard-to-find for a long while, so-much-so that there have been requests on BGG for a reprint for well over two years now. Quined Games has responded to this request by announcing that they’ll be Kickstarting the 2nd edition of Firenze on August 15th. As announced via a press release:

     “We hereby introduce our third new release for Spiel 2018: Firenze (2nd edition). This game probably needs less of an introduction, since it was already released back in 2010, was well rated but never became widely available. We are delighted to announce that Firenze finally gets its long-awaited reprint, fully language-independent through the use of simple yet elegant iconography on the games’ cards! Just like our other Masterprint releases, rulebooks in English, German, French and Dutch are included.”

While this is only being conditionally brought back on success of it’s Kickstarter and not exactly a done-deal, I expect this campaign will do very well given the interest in it after so many years. This new version will doubtlessly look nicer and players new and old will have something fresher and still good to look forward to. Quined Games will also have two other titles on Kickstarter at the same time – Raiatea and Counterfeiters – and while these games will be done on separate campaigns, there is expected to be an attractive bundle for all three games together so be sure to be on the lookout for that. If you are interested in learning more about Firenze 2nd edition, or the other Kickstarter projectes from Quined Games, please be sure to check out their website as August 15th draws near.

Quined Games has announced that the next game in their Masterprint Series will be an India themed game called Agra.  In Agra it’s all about the money, and whoever has the most money at the end of the game will be the winner.  How you get there though is really up to you as you can fulfill contracts, trade goods, or fulfill the demands of Akbar, the ruler of India at the time.  Not much more has been released about the game other than pictures of the different boards, but from what I can tell this is going to be a worker placement style game.  Plus there is a very interesting King board with lots of information being displayed and several tracks players can move along.  However, with design by Michael Keller and art done by Michael Menzel, I think we can expect a good playing and looking game.

Lucky GenCon attendees will get to demo the game, and the even luckier Essen attendees will be the first to be able to buy the game before it’s wider release.  See below for the full press release.

Quined Games is happy to announce their 2nd Essen 2017 release: Number 21 in the Masterprint series, Agra

The game is designed by Michael Keller (La Granja) and illustrated by Michael Menzel.  The goal of the game is to become the wealthiest player. Money is used to measure this wealth, although there are just a few other functions for money in the game. There are multiple paths to victory. You can trade goods, fullfill contracts and demands of Akbar himself and you can get in good company by befriending the different nobles that show up on the board (a random set of nobles is used each game).

An excerpt from the back of the box:

Agra, India. The year is 1572; this year marks the 30th birthday of Akbar the Great, third ruler of India’s Mughal dynasty. Using his strong personality and skill as a general, Akbar’s presence is felt across the entire country due to the Mughals’ military, political, cultural, and economic dominance. As an ambitious landowner, you see the festivities as a golden opportunity for you to rise in stature and wealth.

Agra is a highly strategic and exciting board game for 2 to 4 players. Many roads lead to victory, and it will be your task to produce, process, exchange and sell goods to become the most profitable landowner this side of the River Yamuna. Embark on this ambitious and colourful journey through one of India’s most fascinating eras.

Agra will be released at Spiel 2017 in Essen. Pre orders will be available soon in our webshop and the game rules are posted on our website and at BoardGameGeek. At Gen Con, we will have a prototype version with us. So if you want to see and/or test Agra, you are welcome to visit us at booth 2953! For more info, please visit www.quined.nl

Quined Games has announced their first game for 2017, and the 20th game in the Masterpiece SeriesHalloween. In Halloween, players take on the role of demon lords competing for control of a town during Halloween. 2-4 players move ghosts around a small town, scaring people and even fighting other ghosts. Numerous action cards help players as they manipulate multiple ghosts, trying to be the scariest demon lord. Halloween is a medium heavy tactical euro game by designer Angelo de Maio, and will feature 25 miniatures by artist Stéphane Simon (Conan, Mythic Battles: Pantheon), and art by Konstantin Vohwinkel (Vanuatu Second Edition, Key to the City – London).

The Kickstarter for Halloween will start before Summer 2017.

Quined Games has announced their first releases for the new year with Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley and the fulfillment and wide release of their Kickstarter game, La Cosa Nostra.  Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley in the first expansion to the previously released game, Haspelknecht, where you are farmers digging for newly discovered coal.  The expansion will bring into the game 2 new modules to play with as well as 21 new development tiles, bringing a lot of new content to this game.  Now you will be able to dig deeper through the use of iron, sell your coal to the new barges coming down the river, and building water channels to help drain the pits of water.  Look for this expansion to hit stores in early 2017.

The second game being released is their mafia themed Kickstarter game, La Cosa Nostra.  You can check out our previous article to get more information, but at this point they are at the end of the development/production phase of the game.  This means backers will be getting their games soon, and those that didn’t back will see the game on store shelves in early 2017.

Lastly Quined Games is going to continue publishing games in their Masterprint Pocket series, but they need a new game to publish.  So they are putting the call out to anyone with a small card game to send them their prototype for review and comment, and if you impress them enough they just might publish it.  You can head over to their website to contact them for more information.

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La Cosa Nostra is the latest game being Kickstarted by Quined Games, and it’s a whole lot of mobsters contained in a box.  In La Cosa Nostra you are trying to be the top dog, the kingpin of all the organized crime in the city, and so you will need to fight and deal all the way to the top.  In each round of the game you will be hiring new gangsters, going on jobs, killing other gangsters, buying up businesses, and more in the effort to get more money.  When you go on jobs you will roll dice to see how well you do, the higher you roll the more likely you are to get a better return, but roll poorly and the job fails.  Then there is the fact some jobs require you to already own certain businesses, and this is where the deals come in.  When making deals you can offer anything you like except the cards in your hand, and if you manage to strike a deal you will be able to use the business you selected at a later time.  Say you want to steal some cars, but to do that you need the garage your opponent has, so you have to make it worth their while to allow you to use it.  In the end whoever has the most money will have the most power and is deemed the winner.

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The game lasts about 90 minutes and is all about playing cards at the right time and making good deals.  The art is nicely done and at a cost of only 25 euro, not a bad price either.  Head on over to the campaign page to pledge for your own copy today.

vanuatu

You are a Vanuatuan who wants to prosper during the eight turns of the game. In order to do this, you will have to go fishing, discover treasures, buy and sell the local natural resources, and be on the lookout for tourists. To earn money or prosperity points, you may also draw on the sand, or trade cargo with foreign countries.

Quined Games announces a new Kickstarter project to fund a new edition of Vanuatu, a strategy game of programming actions through placing and retreiving workers, majorities, earning a little money and a lot of interaction between players.  Paul Mulders of Quined Games seeks to bring this game by Alain Epron back to life with polished artwork and added Rising Waters and Governor mini-expansions. The Rising Waters expansion is also available as a standalone, yet the five submerged island tiles will be replaced by wooden parts to make it compatible with the old version of the game. The Governor expansion will not be available as a standalone expansion.

This new version of the game will include:

  • 1 Gameboard
  • 15 Archipelago Tiles
  • 1 Sailboat, 3 Player Discs, 5 Action Markers, and 8 Huts for each player in various colors
  • 10 Demand Tiles
  • 14 Fish Tiles
  • 10 Treasure Tiles
  • 9 Tourist Tiles
  • 4 Rest Tokens
  • 9 Sand Drawing Tokens
  • 1st Player Token
  • 1 Fish Price Marker
  • 1 Game Turn Marker
  • 18 Tourist Pawns
  • 14 Fish Tokens
  • 10 Treasure Tokens
  • 11 Character Tiles
  • 10 Kava Resource Cubes
  • 8 Copra Resource Cubes
  • 6 Beef Resource Cubes

For the Rising Waters expansion:

  • 5 Submerged Island Tiles
  • 20 Dike Sticks
  • 20 Water Markers
  • 1 6-Sided Die

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Vanuatu is for 2-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes.  This project will fund on Thursday, June 2, 2016.  For more information, visit the Kickstarter project page here.

Quined Games is proud to announce the release of three new Master Print titles in 2016:

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Vanuatu: a medium-heavy Euro that transports players to the South Pacific, where they will “try to catch fish and find treasures, welcome tourists to the archipelago, and draw beautiful sand drawings, a tradition that is on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.”  The Master Print edition will include the “Rising Waters” expansion, which adds a whole new level of tension to the game in the form of Global Warming.  This edition will also introduce The Governess, a new character to the game. The new edition will feature all new artwork by Konstantin Vohwinkel, and is scheduled to launch on Kickstarter in late April 2016.

For more information on Vanuatu, visit its page on BoardGameGeek.com.

La Cosa Nostra Box Art

La Cosa Nostra:  From the publisher: “In La Cosa Nostra, you take on the role of a mafia boss.  During the game, you will hire new gangsters to do the dirty work and collect your money.  To get the big deals, you need to cooperate with the other families — but never rely on those “friendships”. The others will take the first opportunity to stab you in the back, so you better do it first…”  In cooperation with author/ designer /artist Johannes Sich, Quined Games will bring a redesigned English version of this game to Kickstarter in June of 2016.

For more information on La Cosa Nostra, visit its page on BoardGameGeek.com.

3D Box papa paolo

Papa Paolo:  An all-new game by Fabrice Vandenbogaerde (Warlock) where players are managing a pizzeria and have to deliver pizzas to the hungry inhabitants of Naples.  This interactive strategy game is set for launch in the fall of 2016.

For more information on Papa Paolo, visit its page on BoardGameGeek.com.

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.