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Coming fresh off of its nomination for the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres (German expert game of the year) award, Raiders of the North Sea is set to disembark on North American shores in wide English distribution by publisher Renegade Game Studios.  Renegade has also announced the release of the game’s expansions in English this coming fall.  Raiders of the North Sea was first released on Kickstarter in 2015 from Garphill Games.
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.

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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.

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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.

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Fans of the award-winning Lanterns: The Harvest Festival will have something new to look forward to from the emperor in the new expansion: The Emperor’s Gift.

Designed by Christopher Chung and published by Renegade Games studio, Lanterns is a hit family-weight tile laying game where players attempt to collect lantern cards by strategically placing their tiles. Sets of lantern cards are traded in sets to score honor (points) in this game. The twist in this game comes from the fact that all players will receive lantern cards when you place a tile, so you’ll always have to watch what your opponents are collecting.

The new expansion, designed by Jason D. Kingsley, includes player pavilions that can be built on tiles that you place. Colour matches between your pavilion and the tile earn you a new currency that allows you to activate new special abilities from the Emperor. This expansion will add a new level of depth to those already familiar with the game as these new actions will have to be taken into account for you to surpass your opponents!

Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gift will hit stores  in January 2017.

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After 42 hours of nonstop board gaming through 63 different games, Mensa has announced their Mensa Select winners for 2016.  They are:

These are the second wins for Renegade Game Studios and Breaking Games who both secured wins last year with Lanterns and Letter Tycoon respectively.  The win by Bezier is it’s third with previous wins being for Castles of Mad King Ludwig in 2015 and Suburbia in 2013.  As for Columbia Games and Blue Orange games, these are their first wins for the Mensa Select award so hopefully this means good things for their futures.  You can see the article about the winners here, and visit the Mensa Mind Games site to see all the previous year’s winners.

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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.

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We all have initial reactions to situations we find ourselves in, and we typically refer to these as “knee-jerk reactions.”  Renegade Game Studios has encapsulated this theme into a game aptly entitled Knee Jerk, a party game in which players will hear a situation presented and must shout out an ending for the situation as fast as possible.

For example, such a situation might be “I Feel Panicked At The Beach Because I Saw ______!”  Players will be able to shout anything to complete the statement, such as “A shark!”, “A smoke monster!” or even “My grandmother in a bikini!”.  The first player to respond receives a point, but if more than one player responds, the host player chooses his or her favorite answer.  The forces players to offer creative, witty responses on the fly.

New scenes and situations (Your First Date, A Haunted Mansion to Outer Space, etc.) are presented in rapid-fire-succession, creating a zany, fast, and hilarious atmosphere.  The game boasts 150,000 different possible situations.   The first player to achieve 3 points is the winner of Knee Jerk.

Knee Jerk is a game for 4-8 players ages 9 and up and plays in 10 minutes.  A definitive release date has yet to be announced.

Mensa Mind Games each year evaluates dozens of games to determine which should earn the honor of being a Mensa Select game, and they have finished evaluating this year’s batch and announced the winners.  The five games that earned this distinction are:

Castles of Mad King Ludwig – Bezier Games, Inc

Dragonwood – Gamewright

Lanterns: The Harvest Festival – Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot Games

Letter Tycoon – Ad Magic/Breaking Games

Trekking the National Parks – Bink Ink, LLC

That is a second win by Bezier Games after winning in 2013 with Suburbia and Gamewright adds another to it’s list of winners with this year being their eighth win.  The announcement as well as a link to previous winners can be read HERE.