Ravensburger, which has 3 titles coming out in the third quarter of this year, has preorders available for them now. The games include Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared, the Castles of Burgundy, 20th Anniversary Editionand, Las Vegas Royale, 20th Anniversary Edition.
Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared plays 2-3 players, ages 10 and up. The game can either be either played as a stand alone game or in combination with the other Villainous games, Villainous: The Worst Takes it All or Villainous: Wicked to the Core. Three new villains are introduced in the new game: Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective, Scar from The Lion King, and Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove.
Castles of Burgundy: 20th Anniversary Edition plays 2-4 players, ages 12 and up. The game includes all of the expansions previously released for the modern classic, Castles of Burgundy, plus one new expansion that is exclusive to this edition.
Las Vegas Royale, 20th Anniversary Edition plays 2-5 players, ages 8 and up. The new edition of the game includes both the classic game and some exciting new additions designed to make the players want to keep playing.
For further information and to preorder any of these games, please check here.
The latest expansion to Villainous, Evil Comes Prepared, offers three new Disney villains for players to control: Scar from The Lion King, Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove, and Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective. Each villain comes with their own unique colorful plastic character icon, custom illustrated cards, and player board. Like the previous expansion, Wicked to the Core, it can be played on its own or with either the Villainous base game or the other expansions. Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared plays 2-3 players, ages 10+ in 45-60 minutes. Looks for Evil Comes Prepared in stores now.
Update: Originally this article reported that this International Edition would be an improved version of the original available everywhere. This is not the case, as told by Ravensburger the International Edition will be it’s own product under the new name El Dorado distributed only in regions outside of Ravensburger’s current reach. This has been corrected below.
Prolific and renowned designer Dr. Reiner Knizia announced via twitter that his hit deck-building design, The Quest for El Dorado, will be getting an International Edition. It will be distributed under the new name El Dorado later this year in regions Ravensburger does not currently serve and will have all new art by Vincent Dutrait featured on large format cards. Understandably there were many concerns about whether this would cause compatibility issues with future expansions and those concerns were quickly addressed. The new International Edition will stand apart from the English version of the game and will not interfere with expansion content that is still planned for release from Ravensburger. As tweeted by Ravensburger:
“This international edition of the base game will not be published by Ravensburger, but by other publishers selling into areas we do not cover. Future Ravensburger expansions will be compatible with the Ravensburger base game.”
The Quest for El Dorado is a deck-building racing game where 2-to-4 adventurers cut through thick, unexplored jungle to reach the legendary city. Each turn players will buy more cards that will help their deck run more efficiently, make travel across specific terrain types easier, or help with buying even better cards. The game made such a splash when it released in 2017 that it already has one expansion, adding heroes and hexes, and there’s a standalone expansion is on the way. It’s easy to see, from the pedigree and it’s following, why El Dorado deserves wider distribution and it will be awesome to see this on shelves in many more countries by the end of the year.
“The positive response from Disney fans and strategy board game enthusiasts for the growing Disney Villainous franchise has been overwhelming. In the last quarter of 2018, Ravensburger sold more than a quarter of a million copies globally of Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes It All, and it rose to Top 5 of Amazon’s Most Wished for Board Games. Even before it hit shelves last summer, we knew we had a winner and had already begun working on the next in the franchise, Wicked to the Core.” -Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America
In Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes It All, players take on the personas of classic, Disney, wicked characters who compete against their evil peers. Players can choose from Maleficent, Ursula, Jafar, Prince John, Queen of Hearts, or Captain Hook. Each of the villains have their own storylines based on events in the Disney films in which they appear including, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. The villains stay in their own story realm but are able to foil other villains by playing Hero cards, which hamper their paths to victory. A standalone expansion, Disney Villains: Wicked to the Core, was also announced and it expands the base game (allowing for 6 players) with 3 more villains, who can also be played on their own without the original game. The villains included in the expansion were voted for by Disney fans.
“To engage the fans in the process, we encouraged people to ‘Vote’ for the Disney Villain they’d like to play. We were thrilled to see that our next trio of bad guys (and gal) – Hades, Dr. Facilier and Evil Queen – made the top 10 list of Disney Villains as voted by our fans.” -Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America
Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core will be available from March 3rd, 2019.
Here is the line of new Ravensburger Escape Puzzles, first available in Germany and now available in the UK.
Ravensburger are specialists in creating puzzles, and their recent Escape Room games, now available in the UK, have also proven to be a great success. Now, they’ve combined their best selling products to create Exit Room puzzles where players have to build a 759-piece puzzle using clues on, and in the box. Clues are given through QR codes, puzzle pieces, an in-box leaflet, and, if players are really desperate, a secret envelope in the box. All of the puzzles are designed for players aged 12+, with no limit on the number of players who can participate. The puzzles are 70 x 50 cm (27 x 20 inches) in size, and made from a strong, premium grade cardboard, with a linen finish.
In Escape Puzzle: Space Observatory, a huge fireball is racing towards the earth and players need to save the planet by assembling, then firing, a powerful laser within the observatory.
Escape Puzzle: Witch’s Kitchen has players find themselves in a witch’s woodland kitchen after eating a poisonous mushroom. They need to find the antidote and save themselves.
The Escape Puzzle: Temple scenario has players on a holiday trip to Asia where their guide takes them to an ancient temple. The players become weary, then get lost, and slip into the depths. They need to put together the puzzle, utilizing the clues, to escape.
The 2017 Spiel des Jahres nominee, The Quest for El Dorado, is getting it’s first expansion – Heroes & Hexes! Reiner Knizia’s deck-building racing game through South America can be expanded to add heroes and demons to the course, injecting riskier decisions and daring rewards. Demon spaces are cheap, costing nothing to enter, and can even offer shortcuts, but all of it is for a price. Demon spaces bring curses, burdening the player with unsavory effects they’ll have to deal with for the rest of the game. It’s not all bad though, as everyone starts with familiars in their deck offering one-off powers and tavern spaces on the board provide heroes that can really give you an edge on your way to the City of Gold.
“To play with this expansion, you must use the “Caves” variant of The Quest for El Dorado base game in which mountains are loaded with cave tokens. This expansion includes new cave tokens to be mixed with those of the base game, as well as four new types of expedition cards (with three copies of each) that can be pulled into the market once a stall opens. […] The expansion includes six suggested map set-ups — all at medium or hard levels, and all with three new terrain tiles — as well as guidelines for how to create maps yourself.”
Knizia’s games are often mechanically strong, elegant, and lacking frills, so to see an expansion to one of his designs which adds risk/reward systems is exciting. Do you take the path that’s really less traveled, or take the longer route to come out of this race with a clean soul and sounder mind? To me this feels like a must-have expansion for anyone who loves The Quest for El Dorado, as the familiars, cards, and map variability alone breathe more zest into an already rock solid game, all the other bits are an even more pleasing bonus. The expansion is slated to make it to retail soon, or at least before the end of the year as far as I can find, but If you’d like to find out more be sure to check out their website for rulebooks and further announcements.
Castles of Burgundy is a classic euro game that sits in the BoardGameGeek top ten, and with a card game version already created, why not create a dice version? Coming later this month you will finally be able to play Castles of Burgundy the Dice Game, a roll and write style game. The core of the game is still there with the familiar hex board, the ability to buy and sell goods, different actions you can take on tiles, and bonuses you get for completing areas of the board. But now instead of rolling dice and assigning workers to slowly do these actions, now the roll of the dice will immediately let you get silverlings, mark off spots on the board, get goods, and other things. This means you will be able to play a game very quickly, and still get a bit of the experience you have from the big game. Look for this game to hit store shelves by the end of the year.
Next we have a new game coming from Cryptozoic based on the highly popular Rick and Morty cartoon called Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game. This game is a unique engine building game in that you will be using energy from the different levels of the multiverse in order to build and operate you inventions, but there is more to it than that. If you go into the lower multiverses you will get first dibs on energy to be able to power/build things, but because that universe is more primitive, the things you can build are more limited and more unreliable. Stay in the higher ones and you will be farther down the list when comes time to give out energy, but you will be able to build the best stuff, so plan wisely. Whoever can “collect” the most tech by the end of the game will be the winner. Look for this game to be released in April of next year.
The last physical game we will be talking about is the unique game called Wallet, which uses a literal wallet as the main component. The story is that you are surrounded by the cops, and to escape you need an ID and some cash form the boss, but he just took off in a helicopter. Lucky for you, he dropped his wallet with all of the IDs and cash left inside. So on your turn you will be searching the wallet trying to find a plausible ID and some cash to either get out of town, or bribe the cops to look the other way. But be careful, there could be an undercover cop in your midst if they find their badge in the wallet. Rounds are quick at only 10 minutes and the whole game is over in 30 minutes, with the person who scored the most points being the winner. So if you want to get your hands on this game with a very thematic and unique component, you will have to wait until June of next year.
And finally, we have the two App releases for the day, the first being an update to the Carcassonne app and the release of the updated Abalone app. Carcassonne is the perennial favorite tile laying game that most games and even non-gamers know about, and it has done very well as an app in the past. But this new release of the game makes it look stunning by introducing fully 3D tiles to the game. This will give the classic game a lot of pop and make it look really impressive. Check out the new version here and then download it from Google play (sorry iPhones) or steam today.
The second app that has been release is Abalone, a classic abstract strategy game of pushing marbles to corner and remove your opponent’s pieces. The game looks great and bringing it to the app space means you will be able to practice and work on your strategies against an AI before challenging other players. Plus the ability to vary aspects of the game like how many marbles you need to remove to win, or setting a time limit, allows you to add more challenge to the game if you are a seasoned player. So if you are interested you can find out more about the game here, and then download it from your particular app store or steam today.
The latest edition of this classic from designers Andrea Chiarvesio and Luca Iennaco has just been announced by Z-Man Games. Containing the base game, all five modules from the To Forge a Realm expansion, and the brand-new Alternate Advisor Rewards module, you will have more options than ever before!
Sadly this reporter could find no expected release date, but here’s hoping for 2017!
Not to be outdone, WizKids have been busy. Blade Runner 2049: Nexus Protocol is coming out in January 2018. Nicely timed to coincide with the new film coming out soon, this deduction game will have you using influence to meet contacts, gather information, and reveal evidence, to identify the replicant. Unless of course, the replicant is you!
Last, and by no means least, we have CMoN announcing DOJO KUN: THE BEAUTIFUL FIGHT . The good news is that this one is imminent, expect to see it in your FLGS around September 29th.
A mysterious letter with an invitation to enter Dojo Kun has arrived on your doorstep. Have you acquired the knowledge necessary to lead your Athletes to victory, or is there still a long way to go on your path?
And now for something completely different…..BUSINESS NEWS!
ThinkFun the leading developer of logic and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) games in the U.S. market, including the ever popular Escape the Room series have joined the renowned Ravensburger Family, following closely from Wonder Forge and BRIO .
It’s clear in the press release that this is seen as a really positive step for both parties, as they look to expand their range, and their penetration in the growing games market.
Good luck to them, and fingers crossed for more Escape the Room games!!
The Castles of Burgundy is a Euro, ‘point salad’ game by Stefan Feld and is one of his most popular games, (especially for two players), and now it is getting a card version.
The Hundred Years’ war is over and the Renaissance is looming. Conditions are perfect for the princes of the Loire Valley to propel their estates to prosperity and prominence. Through strategic trading and building, clever planning, and careful thought, players add settlements and castles, practice trade along the river, exploit silver mines, farm livestock, and more in this classic Stefan Feld Eurogame.
The game looks to keep the same style & artwork as the board game and will be published by Ravensburger. It is expected to launch in the US in April 2016, possibly slightly sooner in Europe. You can read more over at BGG here.
Ravensburger acquired Swedish toy company BRIO in a deal that, Karsten Schmidt, chairman of Ravensburger, says will increase growth abroad and help them expand from the games market into the toy market.
Ravensburger manufactures puzzles, activity products, and publishes children’s and youth books. They are best known for their board games, though, which are geared toward children and family. Some of their published games are: Labyrinth, Enchanted Forrest, and Bugs in the Kitchen. BRIO is a toy company that creates high quality wooden toys. They have over 200 items in their line which specializes in infant and pre-school toys.
Ravensburger board member Clemens Maier, who on the Ravensburger board is responsible for BRIO, said, “BRIO is a a strong brand and a perfect match for Ravensburger. We look forward to working with a strong and competent team.” Heikki Takanen, Chairman of BRIO Holding AB, welcomes the acquisition just as well: “We are pleased that BRIO will join the Ravensburger group. This will add new longterm opportunities and accelerate growth.”