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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally launched in 2008 the award winning Snow Tails returns! Renegade Game Studios has obtained the rights to this fast paced sled racing game and is updating it with brand new artwork from artist Beth Sobel.
Snow Tails includes a modular track which allows for a multitude of courses to be created. As you play cards while racing along these courses you will have to take care not to lose control of your sled because for every dent you take you hand-size shrinks.
“It’s one of the best racing games we’ve ever played and are really excited to be able to make it available again,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta.
Look for Snow Tails to be available in stores August of this year.
Scott Gaeta, prior Chief Operating Officer of Cryptozoic has formed Renegade Games. They will be concentrating on publishing light to medium strategy games. They plan to start releasing new games starting next year.
Renegade has also acquired rights to some titles from Cryptozoic like Gravwell, ROFL, and Word Whimsy, amongst others.
Gaeta was one of the founders of Cryptozoic, originally formed as the publishing company for the World of Warcraft TCG. He remains a consultant to Cryptozoic Entertainment.
For more on this go here.