S J Macdonald

Renegade Games is bringing Circadians: First Light to retail in September, and you can pre-order your copy now. Circadians is a sci-fi strategic dice-placement, resource management and engine building game for 1-4 players. It was designed by S J Macdonald, a co-designer of Architechts of the West Kingdom, and successfully kickstarted in January 2019 by Shem Phillips (Garphill Games), the other co-designer of Architechts.

In the game, players are leading research teams with variable powers on the planet Ryh, collecting samples while negotiating favor with the three local clans. The game has a vibrant color palette and distinctive artwork by Sam Phillips.

The only difference between the Kickstarter version and the retail version of the game is the former includes the small Allies Expansion pack with four additional player factions, which will be getting a limited retail release. Both versions feature linen finish, black core cards, premium wooden tokens, thicker box, translucent dice, plastic molded insert, and a solo mode. If you missed the Circadians: First Light Kickstarter, now is your chance to snag a copy.

Garphill Games and Renegade Game Studios are teaming up to co-publish a new trilogy of stand-alone games: West Kingdom Trilogy.  The first game in the trilogy is Architects of the West Kingdom, designed by Shem Phillips, designer of the North Sea Trilogy of games, most notably Raiders of the North Sea. Co-designing with Shem is first-time designer S J Macdonald.

Architects of the West Kingdom is set at the end of the Carolingian Empire, circa 850 AD.  Players are royal architects creating important landmarks, competing to impress their King and maintain their noble status.  Players will collect and manage resources, hire apprentices, and manage their workforce, and keep an eye on their rivals who may attempt to slow your progress.  Victory points are gained by building various buildings and advancing work on the Archbishop’s Cathedral.  This worker-placement strategy game requires more than resource management.  Some underhanded deals may need to be made to remain competitive.  The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is the winner.

A Kickstarter campaign for Architects of the West Kingdom begins on 13 March, and the game is projected to be released in October 2018.

Architects of the West Kingdom plays 1-5 players, ages 12 and up, in about 60-80 minutes.

Contents:

  • 1 Rulebook
  • 40 Apprentice Cards
  • 40 Building Cards
  • 10 Black Market Cards
  • 22 Debt Cards
  • 11 Reward Cards
  • 6 Multiplier Cards
  • 1 Large Punchboard
  • 1 Game Board
  •  5 Player Boards Double–sided
  • 100 Meeples
  • 10 Player Markers
  • 35 Clay Tokens
  • 40 Wood Tokens
  • 40 Stone Tokens
  • 30 Marble Tokens
  • 25 Gold Tokens
  • Solo Mode Components (30 Scheme Cards, 2 Reference Cards, 1 Double-sided Opponent Board)

Learn more about Architects of the West Kingdom at Renegade Game Studios.