R & R Games

The International Gamers Awards have been going on since the year 2000, celebrating and recognizing gaming a truly global scale by having a committee of judges from all around the world. Each year they vote for the best game within the General Strategy category, which is split into two sub-categories: Multiplayer and 2-Player. 2017’s finalists have been announced and it’s immediately noticeable that this year’s competition is fierce. So without further ado, the nominees are:

General Strategy Games – Multiplayer nominees

A Feast for Odin
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Feuerland Spiele

Century: Spice Road
Designer: Emerson Matsuuchi
Publisher: Plan B Games

First Class
Designers: Helmut Ohley
Publisher: Hans im Glück

Gloomhaven
Designer: Isaac Childress
Publisher: Cephalofair Games

Great Western Trail
Designer: Alexander Pfister
Publishers: eggertspiele

Key to the City: London
Designers: Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games

Lorenzo il Magnifico
Designers: Flaminia Brasini and Virginio Gigli and Simone Luciani
Publisher: Cranio Creations

Magic Maze
Designer: Kasper Lapp
Publisher: Sit Down!

Scythe
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher: Stonemaier Games

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Terraforming Mars
Designer: Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher: Fryx Games / Stonemaier Games

The Colonists
Designer Tim Puls
Publisher: Lookout Games

Ulm
Designer: Günter Burkhardt
Publisher: HUCH!

Yokohama
Designer: Hisashi Hayashi
Publisher: OZAKU Brand

General Strategy Games – 2-Player nominees

 

Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Designers: Nate French and Matthew Newman
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Caverna: Cave vs. Cave
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games

 

Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
Designer: Diego Ibanez
Publisher: Devir

Santorini
Designer: Gordon Hamilton
Publisher: Roxley

Star Wars: Destiny
Designers: Corey Konieczka and Lukas Litzsinger
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Coal Baron was released a few years ago by R&R Games and was all about mining coal and building an industry around that to gain the most money.  Now Stronghold Games is going to be releasing the card game version of the game called Coal Baron the Great Card Game.  The game promises to play quicker and easier than it’s full sized brother, while still retaining the aspects of it that people enjoyed.  The German version of the game is out but the English release will be coming in February of 2017, so look forward to it.

R&R Games is releasing a new strategy game in October called Ulm that features a unique action selection mechanic.  In the game the town of Ulm is prospering, even as the construction of the cathedral is not yet finished, and people are looking to make their mark.  You will do this during the game through card play, moving your barge farther down the Danube River, and gaining influence in the different areas of the city.  When you can do these different actions is based on the action tile grid, which is a 3×3 grid of randomly seeded tiles with the different actions on them.  On your turn you will take a tile and push one of the rows, and then the three tiles left in that row are the three actions you get to take.  There are special rules for which rows you can or can’t push, but that is the crux of the action selection, knowing which way to push the tiles to get the actions you need.  At the end, when the cathedral construction is complete, the player with the most points is the winner.  Look for this game on store shelves and October, and then maybe you will be able to play a game about where you live.

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We have 3 new R & R games releasing in October 2015.

gobble stones

Gobble Stones

Players are hungry little goblins, trying to gobble up as many stones as possible to score points. Be a clever goblin and eat up the most valuable stones, but don’t be too greedy…. a stuffed goblin is a slow goblin! The more stones you gobble, the bigger you get, and the fattest goblin wins!

Gobble Stones is family strategy game. It plays 2-4 player and it’s for ages 10 and up. It will take 30+ minutes to complete a game.

rome

Rome: City of Marble

Influence and direct new construction of the expanding metropolis through shrewd development of the city’s districts. Construct various civic buildings: Temples for worship, Baths  for health, Theaters and Arenas for arts and entertainment. The more you build, the more you gain Imperium, the measure of real power and influence in Roman society.

This a tile-laying game for 2-4 players, ages 14+, and it will take around 60 minutes to play.

mombasa

Mombasa

Trading goods reaped from your plantations, you acquire shares of companies based in Mombasa, Saint-Louis, Cape Town and Cairo. However, the value of a company is only as good as its sphere of influence. So expanding into new territories is vital if you want your investments to pay off. Players start with an identical hand, but acquire new and more powerful cards from the rotating display throughout the game.

Will you collect diamonds or opt for clever bookkeeping? Will you play aggressively by expanding companies and pushing back others, or will you sit on the fence and jump in at an opportune moment? Perhaps a little of everything!

This is billed as a tense Euro-style strategy game which plays 2-4 players, ages 12+ with a 90 minute play time.

R & R Games, publisher of games like Hanabi, SpellCaster and Spike, will be releasing three new games soon.

Caffeine Rush

Caffeine Rush

In Caffeine Rush you and your fellow competitors are baristas who will compete to be the one barista to have finished the most orders when the game ends. You do so by grabbing ingredients and making your drinks as fast as you can. The game is for 2-6 players, ages 8+ and plays in 10 minutes.
Components

  • 162 Ingredient cards
  • 36 Order cards
  • 12 Special cards and player aid cards

Spit It Out

Spit it Out

A party game where you will answer six easy questions wrong to get them right. If that wasn’t weird enough, you will have a short time limit to answer the questions your brain is hardwired to answer correctly. Each wrong answer can only be given once, but sometimes you have to give the correct answer as well. Sounds like a fun, whacky, party game for the whole family. The game is for 3-8 players, ages 10+ and plays in 20-30 minutes.

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Components

  • 300 Question cards
  • 2 Dice
  • 1 Score pad
  • 1 Sand timer

Cup A Cup

Cup-A-Cup

This game requires fast hands and fast reflexes. Roll the dice, quickly identify the missing colored shape and grab the matching cup. You will have to move fast since they are all up for grabs and the first to collect three cups wins the game. The game is for 2-8 players, ages 6+ and plays in 10-20 minutes.
Components

  • 9 Cup-A-Cups
  • 2 Symbol dice

New from R & R Games!

hearts of attraction

What happens when Cupid shoots his…magnet??
Hearts of AttrAction is the fun and flirty version of our original AttrAction game, where skill, strategy and a little bit of luck results in a chain reaction of magnetic proportions!
Players flick their “shooter” magnets into the playing field to attract other magnets. Sounds easy, but magnets can attract or repel! Whoever collects the most magnets wins!
Hearts of AttrAction is fun to play with anyone, anytime, anywhere. So get ready to prove just how irresistible you are. Cupid’s got nothing on you!
Hearts of AttrAction is for 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, and plays in ten minutes.