Spield des Jahres Winner

Jamey Stegmaier from Stonemaier Games today announced the first expansion to Elizabeth Hargrave’s  mega hit Wingspan. Wingspan took the gaming world by force when it hit in early 2019, combining a huge variety of gorgeously illustrated cards with simple, elegant gameplay. Wingspan was quickly the most talked about game, unfortunately making it frequently out of print, and difficult to find. Winning the illustrious Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel award probably did not help matters either.

The European Expansion, also designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, still contains the fantastic art by Ana Maria Martinez JaramilloNatalia Rojas, and Beth Sobel. The new birds included in this expansion will use a variety of new abilities, including round-end abilities, more player interactions, and birds that benefit from excess resources. The plan for this expansion, and future additions, it to be seamlessly shuffled into the original cards, creating a larger, more varied game.

Stonemaier has also announced that future copies of Wingspan will include a “swift start promo pack”, which includes a first round walk-through, using specific new bird cards to demonstrate how to play. The back of the Wingspan box will clearly show whether the promo pack is included. This promo pack will be also available for separate order directly from Stonemaier. For more information on the Swift Start Promo Pack, check out Stonemaier’s website here.

The European Expansion for Wingspan will contain a new tray for holding the tremendous quantity of cards, 15 more eggs (purple!), more food resources, and a new scorepad. Pre-orders for this expansion will begin on November 6, and look for the game to hit shelves November 22, 2019. For those lucky enough to attend, limited copies will also be available at Essen in October. For more information, check out Stonemaier’s website on the European Expansion here.

Tired of eating wheat and mutton? Catan is about to get a lot more delicious.

Just in time for Christmas (and Easter) a new edible edition of Catan is rolling out. The new Catan: Chocolate Edition includes 32 pieces of fine Belgian chocolate in the shapes of knights, cities, settlements and roads. And the end of the game tuck the pieces away, into your belly rather than back in the box.

The new Catan: Chocolate edition includes everything you’ll need to play. In addition to the chocolate the game comes with  a set of resource cards, spinner and a complete set of simplified game rules.

This simpler (but far more delicious) version of the Catan includes a spinner to determine resources rather than dice. To build something, pay the familiar resource costs but chocolate bars earned get placed in front of you. The first player to reach 5 victory points wins the game. Following the game players eat the pieces in their tableau.

Inedible Editions of Catan

In Catan (formerly The Settlers of Catan), designed by Klaus Teuber,  players try to settle the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. Players roll dice to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources in the form of wood, grain, brick, sheep, or stone cards and then use cards to build up their community and try to be the first to 10 victory points. Though the original edition of Catan has cards for grain and sheep, none of the original commodities were actually edible or shearable.

Catan is considered by many to be a staple of the modern gaming era. The game has been winning awards steadily since it’s original release in 1995. A short list of awards won includes: