Renegade Game Studios has announced that players everywhere will be able to shed the winter chill and go gardening on January 10th, 2018 when they officially release Topiary. The game is for 2-4 garden enthusiasts aged 10+ and plays in 15-30 minutes. Topiary is designed and features artwork by Danny Devine.
It’s a fabulously sunny day – the perfect occasion for folks to visit the new topiary garden on the outskirts of town! Nothing spells a relaxing weekend like enjoying sculptures created with the assistance of nature herself.
Topiary is an abstract strategy/puzzle game where players are positioning their visitors meeples along the edge of a topiary garden represented by a 5 by 5 grid of cards. Visitors will jockey for position to view the closest topiary sculpture and any behind that topiary along the same sight line that are larger than those in front. Visitors who are fortunate enough to to see multiple topiaries of the same type will score bonus points.
The garden can get quite crowded at times, though, so it’s up to you to make sure your visitors have a good experience with these beautiful botanicals. You’ll want to place your visitors in the best positions along the outer edge of the garden and rearrange the sculptures strategically to give your visitors the most spectacular view of the landscape!
Players slowly fill in the garden by placing tiles and visitors while manipulating sculputures.
A possible award season favorite, the game has already been nominated for the 2017 Italian Game of the Year. This will be the English North American release of the game originally released by Fever Games
What’s in the Box?
The game box contains:
- 40 Topiary Tiles
- 32 Visitor Meeples
- 1 Scoreboard
- 4 Scoring Tokens
- 1 Rulebook
Renegade Game Studios, in partnership with Lautapelit.fi, is bringing the excellent game Dokmus to North America in Q1 2018. Dokmus, by Mikko Punakallio, is a highly regarded abstract strategy game with a fantasy theme, taking place on the island of Dokmus. The island is made of 8 large square map tiles in a 3×3 array with a central hole, with each tile made of a 7×7 grid of small terrain squares. Each turn, 2-4 players draft guardian tiles, which provide the actions to move and rotate the map tiles. Additionally, each turn the players place 3 camp tokens on the board, next to their already placed camps. After 8 rounds, players score based on how many camps they placed next to special temple spaces, and how many camps they sacrificed to the volcanoes.
Renegade will also be releasing the expansion, Dokmus: Return of Erefel, which adds another guardian and new map tiles to the game. Read the details in the full press release on Renegade’s website here.
Renegade Game Studios and Oni Press are teaming up to bring the world The Tea Dragon Society to gaming. The Tea Dragon Society is a webcomic and upcoming graphic novel by author Katie O’Neill (Princess Princess Ever After) tells the story of Greta, the blacksmiths daughter, who enters the enchanting world of Tea Dragons. The Tea Dragon Society Card Game is being designed by Steve Ellis (Dicey Goblins, Railways of the World: Card Game) and Tyler Tinsley (Dicey Goblins).
The Tea Dragon Society Card Game is Due to hit stores in Spring of 2018. You can read the full press release from Renegade here.
Cool Mini or Not has announced that Universal Distribution will be exclusively distributing their games in English speaking Canada. This agreement is to take place immediately, and includes demo copies, Game Night Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. You can read CMoN’s press release here.
Renegade has announced new support for it’s fans in France. Renegade Game Studios and Origames have formed a partnership to localize and bring Renegade Games to the French market. The first games to be treated will be Clank! and it’s underwater expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures. World’s Fair 1893 and FUSE will follow shortly thereafter, with all games in the Renegade line to eventually come to France. You can check out the Renegade France Website and Facebook Page, and read the official press release here.
Renegade Game Studios is releasing Ex Libris, a worker placement and card drafting game about creating and maintaining the best library to compete for the title of Grand Librarian. Designed by Adam P McIver (Coin Age) with art by Jacqui Davis (Bullfrogs, Dicey Goblins), Ex Libris will have 2-4 players competing to impress the Mayor’s Official Inspector by having prominent works with good variety on hand, sturdy shelves and proper alphabetical order. Players must additionally be careful to avoid books the Council has banned. Beat your opponents by sending your assistants to the village to collect the most impressive tomes first, or even use some magic to thwart your competition.
Ex Libris is due for release in Fall 2017, and you can read the official press release here.
According to Renegade’s press release:
Raiders of the North Sea is set in the central years of the Viking Age. As Viking warriors, players seek to impress the Chieftain by raiding unsuspecting settlements. Players will need to assemble a crew, collect provisions and journey north to plunder gold, iron, and livestock. There is glory to be found in battle, even at the hands of the Valkyrie. So gather your warriors, it’s raiding season!
“Raiders of the North Sea is a very well thought out game. The unique scoring, beautiful art, and dynamic game play really draws players in,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “We are excited to be the exclusive English partner and bring this Viking adventure to fans thanks to Shem Phillips at Garphill Games.”
“I am really excited to be partnering with Renegade Game Studios to see these games reach a much wider audience,” states Shem Phillips, designer of the Raiders of the North Sea series and owner of Garphill Games.
Look out for the Raiders of the North Sea this summer. In the meantime, check out Renegade’s website for more of their games.
Every year since 1990, American Mensa has held the Mensa Mind Games competition to recognize recently released board games and card games, and that continued in 2017. Over one intense, 46-hour-long weekend of gaming (of which, to be honest, many of us are probably jealous), Mensa members/judges select the top five games, which are awarded the Mensa Select distinction and seal. The winners for 2017 are:
The Mensa Mind Games criteria examines the games’ originality, challenge, design, creativity, ease of comprehension and play, fun factor, and interestingly, value of game play for its price. Past winners include Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Dominion, Yinsh, Magic: the Gathering, and Apples to Apples. The list of this year’s winners can be found here and all of the winners can be viewed and filtered by year on the Mensa Mind Games page.
Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot Games have announced The Fox in the Forest, a new 2 player trick taking game by Joshua Buergel (Hocus). The two studios have previously teamed up for the popular games Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and World’s Fair 1893. Special abilities of fairy tale figures let players change the trump suit, lead a hand after losing a trick, and more. Win by taking the most tricks, but if you are too greedy, you may fail like the classic fairy tale villain. The Fox in the Forest is due to be released Summer 2017.
Renegade Game Studios will be publishing Castles of Caladale in February. Castles is designed by David Wilkinson with artwork by Erin Koehler. Not much is known about the game at this point however it does look beautiful. It sports huge tiles with an interesting story-line.
Castles of Caladale is a tile-laying game set in a fantasy world where all of the castles have been dismantled by a powerful spell, their components now mixed up and scattered. The players must attempt to rebuild their castles using these castle components. The player who can assemble the largest and most complete castle will be the winner.
You can read the official announcement here or watch Renegade’s web site here for more information.
Renegade Game Studios has announced an exclusive early release program for the upcoming expansion Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gifts. The full launch isn’t scheduled until Quarter One, but brick and mortar stores who sign up for this limited offer will receive 12 or more copies to sell in time for the Holiday shopping season.
Sara Erickson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Renegade Game Studios explains the intent behind the program:
“When we released Lanterns in 2015, local hobby stores embraced it and we owe a lot of its success to the enthusiasm of these businesses. We’re very excited to be offering these same stores an exclusive chance to sell the expansion during the holidays.”
Check out Renegade Games Studio’s website for the full announcement.