Dice Tower Newsletter

Splendor

Renegade Games has secured the rights to bring the 2016 Essen release Planet Defenders to a wider audience. Originally a release from EmperorS4 Games in Taiwan, Planet Defenders is an interesting twist on the euro mechanics of games such as Splendor and Century: Spice Road. 2-4 Players control the three Defender Robots on a 3×3 grid of planetary cards, using Battery Cubes to move the defenders according to three movement cards. When a defender is moved onto a planet, the planet gives an ability to convert batteries into larger, colored Energy Cubes, or to convert between Energy Cube types. Additionally, the goal of the game is to spend Energy Cubes to clean up derelict Robots in space, claiming these Robot cards for points. Players can also purchase Technology Cards, which give the player more conversion abilities between the cube types. When two of the four piles of derelict robot cards are depleted, the game ends, and highest score wins. In the new Renegade release, the Robot Defender standees will be replaced with high quality miniatures.

Planet Defenders is due to be released in Fall 2017, and plays in 30-60 minutes. You can read Renegade Games’ press release here.

 

Asmodee has posted detailed information about Cities of Splendor, the long awaited first expansion to their 2014 mega-hit and multiple award winner, Splendor. Designer Marc Andre and Space Cowboys are back at it in Cities of Splendor, which actually includes 4 mini-expansions: The Cities, The Trading Posts, The Orient and The Strongholds.

  • The Cities replaces Nobles Tiles with double-sided City Tiles, which functionally act the same, but unlike the Nobles players must claim a City Tile in order to win the game.
  • The Trading Post adds some engine building to Splendor by adding the Route to the Orient board. On this board, players can claim achievements, gaining special abilities such as additional Prestige Points, or the ability to claim more gems.
  • The Orient adds 30 new Developments Cards, which add unique new powers. These new Orient cards sit alongside the normal Development Cards, giving tons of new options.
  • Finally, The Strongholds adds a new mechanism to Splendor increasing player interaction. Players now have plastic Stronghold Towers which reserve a Development Card for their own exclusive purchase. When a player claims a Development Card, they may also either place a Stronghold, or remove an opponents’ Stronghold. Additionally, if all 3 of your Strongholds sit on the same card, you may claim it by right of conquest!

Cities of Splendor will be released at GenCon 2017, and will be in stores the same week (August 17-20). You can read Asmodee‘s press release here.

The UK Games Expo has announced national tournaments for Catan, Carcassonne, Pandemic, Splendor and 7 Wonders to be held at the popular convention June 2-4, 2017. Additionally, Agricola Regional Championships, Ticket to Ride and Mage Wars Arena National Championships, as well as the Hey Thats My Fish Galactic Tournament are returning. The list of events for the UK Games Expo can be found here, and includes information on how to sign up.

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Throughout the month of March, Barnes and Noble bookstores will be hosting Casual Game Gatherings put on by Publisher Services Inc. (PSI), supplier of games, toys, books, and collectibles.

Each Thursday night in March, Barnes and Noble employees will be facilitating game nights for new players and fans alike, featuring one light strategy game each night.  Promotional items for four of the featured games will be given to participants wile supplies last.

These Gatherings are positioned as casual game meetups for customers who want to come in, play games, share a coffee from the café and demo the featured game. Local game groups, board game meetups and gaming clubs are also invited to join in the fun.

Game nights will begin at 7:00 PM and will last until the store’s posted closing time.

The gaming schedule will be as follows:

  • King of Tokyo (3/3/16) – Participants Receive Promo pack of 11 Power Cards
  • Sheriff of Nottingham (3/10/16) – Participants Receive Promo pack of 6 Contraband Cards
  • Splendor (3/17/16) – Participants Receive one Splendor Play-mat
  • Codenames (3/24/16)
  • Lanterns: the Harvest Festival (3/31/16) – Participants Receive a pack of 4 Lanterns promo tiles

Below is the official listing of all participating Barnes and Noble stores:

ALASKA – Anchorage ARIZONA – Tempe ARKANSAS – Fayetteville
200 East Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99503

United States

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy #1032

Tempe, AZ 85281

United States

Northwest Village Shopping Center

4144 North College Avenue

Fayetteville, AR 72703

United States

CALIFORNIA – Dublin CALIFORNIA – Glendale CALIFORNIA – Redlands
Hacienda Crossings

4972 Dublin Boulevard

Dublin, CA 94568

United States

The Americana at Brand

210 Americana Way

Glendale, CA 91210

United States

Citrus Plaza Shopping Center

27460 Lugonia Ave

Redlands, CA 92374

United States

CALIFORNIA – San Diego CALIFORNIA – San Jose CALIFORNIA – San Jose
Mira Mesa MarketCenter

10775 Westview Parkway

San Diego, CA 92126

United States

Stevens Creek Blvd

3600 Stevens Creek Blvd

San Jose, CA 95117

United States

Almaden Plaza

5353 Almaden Expressway Bldg. B

San Jose, CA 95118

United States

CALIFORNIA – Anchorage CALIFORNIA – Santa Monica CALIFORNIA – Torrance
200 East Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99503

United States

3rd Street Promenade

1201 3rd Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

United States

Del Amo Fashion Center

21500 Hawthorne Blvd

Torrance, CA 90503

United States

COLORADO – Boulder COLORADO – Colorado Springs COLORADO – Ft. Collins
Crossroads Commons

2999 Pearl St

Boulder, CO 80301

United States

1565 Briargate Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO   80920

United States

4045 S College

Ft. Collins, CO 80525

United States

COLORADO – Glendale COLORADO – Lakewood COLORADO – Lone Tree
960 S Colorado Blvd

Glendale, CO 80246

United States

Denver West Village

14347 West Colfax Avenue

Lakewood, CO 80401

United States

Shoppes at the Meadows

8374 S. Willow Street

Lone Tree, CO 80124

United States

CONNECTICUT – Milford DELAWARE – Newark HAWAII – Honolulu
1375 Boston Post Road

Milford, CT 06460

United States

340 Christiana Mall

Newark, DE 19702

United States

Ala Moana Center

1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1272

Honolulu, HI 96814

United States

INDIANA – Mishawaka KANSAS – Wichita KENTUCKY – Lexington
University Park Mall

6501 N. Grape Road

Mishawaka, IN 46545

United States

1920 N. Rock Road

Wichita, KS 67206

United States

Hamburg Pavilion

1932 Pavilion Way

Lexington, KY 40509

United States

MASACHUSETTS – Burlington MASACHUSETTS – Framingham MASACHUSETTS – Millbury
98 Middlesex Pkwy

Burlington, MA 01803

United States

1 Worcester Rd

Framingham, MA 01701

United States

The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley

70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5

Millbury, MA 01527

United States

MICHIGAN – Grand Rapids MICHIGAN – Grandville MICHIGAN – Portage
Woodlands Mall

3195 28th St SE

Suite B116

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

United States

River Town Crossing

3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058

Grandville, MI 49418

United States

Southland SC

6134 South Westnedge Ave

Portage, MI 49002

United States

MINNESOTA – Duluth MISSIOURI – Springfield NEVADA – Reno
Miller Hill Mall

1600 Miller Trunk Hwy. #L25

Duluth, MN 55811

United States

3055 South Glenstone

Springfield, MO 65804

United States

Meadow Wood Court

5555 S. Virginia St.

Reno, NV 89502

United States

NEW MEXICO – Albuquerque NEW YORK – Albany NEW YORK – New York
Coronado Mall

6600 Menaul Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110

United States

131 Colonie Center Suite 355

Albany, NY 12205

United States

82nd & Broadway

2289 Broadway

New York, NY 10024

United States

NEW YORK – New York NEW YORK – New York NORTH DAKOTA – Fargo
150 East 86th ST & Lexington Ave

150 East 86th Street

New York, NY 10028

United States

Union Square

33 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003

United States

1201 42 St SW

Fargo, ND 58103

United States

OHIO – Akron OHIO – Columbus OHIO – Columbus
4015 Medina Road

Akron, OH 44333

United States

1560 Polaris Parkway

Columbus, OH 43240

United States

 

Easton Town Center

4005 Townsfair Way

Columbus, OH 43219

United States

OREGON – Beaverton OREGON – Portland PENNSYLVANIA – Pittsburgh
Tanasbourne

18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy

Beaverton, OR 97006

United States

Clackamas Town Ctr Mall

12000 SE 82nd Avenue

Portland, OR 97266

United States

South Hills Village

301 South Hills Village

Pittsburgh, PA 15241

United States

RHODE ISLAND – Warwick SOUTH DAKOTA – Sioux Falls TENNESSEE – Chattanooga
Warwick Centre

1350-B Bald Hill Rd

Warwick, RI 02886

United States

3700 West 41st Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

United States

2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard

Chattanooga, TN 37421

United States

TEXAS – Frisco TEXAS – San Antonio TEXAS – Webster
Stonebriar Mall

2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204

Frisco, TX 75034

United States

Northwoods Shopping Center

18030 HWY 281NSuite #140

San Antonio, TX 78232

United States

Baybrook ll

1029 W Bay Area Blvd

Webster, TX 77598

United States

UTAH – Orem VERMONT – S. Burlington VIRGINIA – Fairfax
University Crossings Plaza

330 East 1300 South

Orem, UT 84058

United States

102 Dorset Street

S. Burlington, VT 05403

United States

Fair Lakes Promenade

12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive

Fairfax, VA 22033

United States

VIRGINIA – McLean WASHINGTON – Seattle WASHINGTON – Silverdale
Tysons Corner Center

7851 L. Tysons Corner Center

McLean, VA 22102

United States

Northgate Mall

401 NE Northgate Way #1100

Seattle, WA 98125

United States

PO Box 250

10315 Silverdale Way NW

Silverdale, WA 98383

United States

Gear Patrol has published an article offering up a brief list of board games for the holiday season “that have gotten great reviews, but aren’t as financially successful as the old classics [like Monopoly, The Game of Life and Risk].”  One of the games mentioned in this list was One Night Ultimate Werewolf, with a few comments by its designer, Ted Alspach.

When asked about the old family classics like Monopoly, Alspach offered to explain why those older games are still so prevalent and games published in the last ten years come nowhere close.  “They put a lot of money into those brands to put them on the shelves. Hasbro continues to market them, and they spend more money than any other board game company…If we got to reset right now, those games wouldn’t exist without the history and the marketing.”

It is because of the strong presence of these classic games and the fact that most people already know how to play them that makes them the usual go-to games for the holidays.  However, the article suggests a new lineup of options in various categories, with alternate suggestions for each:

  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak

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  • A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition

  • Fire in the Lake

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  • Terra

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  • Splendor

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  • Dixit

  • Coconuts

Each of the above-mentioned games brings with it a similar, alternate suggestion, such as Star Wars: Armada in place of Fire in the Lake.

To read the article in full, visit the Gear Patrol website here.

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Dice Tower Con 2015 has come and gone and so we now look forward to Essen and the flood of games coming out then.  But before that, we have the winners of the Dice Tower Awards for games released in 2014 to announce:

Most Innovative Game – Tragedy Looper
Best Two-player Game – Star Realms
Best Strategy Game – Five Tribes
Best Small Publisher – Star Realms by White Wizard Games
Best Party Game – Spyfall
Best New Designer – Alchemists by Matúš Kotry
Best Game Theming – Dead of Winter
Best Game Reprint – Ticket to Ride: 10th Anniversary Edition
Best Game Expansion – Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture
Best Game Artwork – Abyss
Best Family Game – Splendor
Best Board Games Components – Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Best Co-op Game – Dead of Winter
Best Game of the Year – Dead of Winter

You can look at the list of winners as well as all the nominations over on the Dice Tower website or you can watch the awards on Youtube at the Dice Tower’s channel

Every year at the Origins Game Fair the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design presents the winners of the Origins Awards for that year. The winners are chosen from a pool of 5 nominees and voted on by the Academy members. These nominees are pulled from a pool of games that publishers and designers can submit eligible products to. Additionally attendees of the Origins Game Fair are asked to vote for the Fan Favorite winner.
This year’s winners in their respective categories are:

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Best Board Game:
Sheriff of Nottingham from Arcane Wonders, designed by: Sergio Halaban, Bryan Pope, Andre Zatz
Fan Favorite: Dead of Winter from Plaid Hat Games, designed by: Jonathon Gilmour

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Best Card Game:
Splendor from Asmodee, designed by: Marc Andre
Fan Favorite: Star Realms from White Wizard Games, designed by Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle

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Best Children’s, Family, & Party Game:
The Hare and the Tortoise from Iello, designed by: Gary Kim
Fan Favorite: Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension from Renegade Game Studios, designed by Corey Young

Best Collectible Card Game:
Magic: the Gathering Khans of Tarkir from Wizards of the Coast, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R&D
Fan Favorite: The Spoils from The Spoils USA, designed by Ken Pilcher, Josh Lytle

Best Game Accessory:
Wings of Glory Mat from Ares Games, designed by: Ares Games
Fan Favorite: Counter Ring from Crit Success, designed by Aaron Laniewicz

Best Historical Board Game:
Heroes of Normandie from Iello, designed by: Yann and Clem
Fan Favorite: Heroes of Normandie from Iello, designed by: Yann and Clem

Best Historical Miniature Figure/Line:
Sails of Glory Series 2 from Ares Games, designed by: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini
Fan Favorite: Sails of Glory Series 2 from Ares Games, designed by: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini

Best Historical Miniature Rules:
Sails of Glory from Ares Games, designed by: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini
Fan Favorite: Sails of Glory from Ares Games, designed by: Andrea Angiolino, Andrea Mainini

Best Historical Miniature Rules Supplements:
Battleground Europe from Osprey Publishing/Warlord, designed by: Ryan Miller, Rick Priestley and Alessio Cavatore
Fan Favorite: Flames of War: Barbarossa from Battlefront Miniatures, designed by: Battlefront Miniatures

Best Miniature Figure Rules:
Golem Arcana from Harebrained Schemes, designed by: Jordan Weisman, Mike Mulvihill, Brian Poel
Fan Favorite: Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy Starter Set from Wizids, designed by: WizKids Games

Best Role Playing Game:
Dungeon & Dragons Players Handbook, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R & D
Fan Favorite: Dungeon & Dragons Players Handbook, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R & D

Best Role Playing Supplement:
Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual from Wizards of the Coast, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R &D
Fan Favorite: Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual from Wizards of the Coast, designed by: Wizards of the Coast R&D

Some excellent games in this list and they are all worth checking out.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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The Dice Tower released their 2014 Gaming Award nominee list. Here’s the official press release:

April 21, 2014

The Dice Tower Network is proud to announce the nominees for the best games of 2014. A jury of more than fiftyy Dice Tower staff, prominent bloggers and reviewers went through all the games released in English in 2014, and chose the five best in each category – with ten games nominated for best game of the year.

The winners of each category will be announced on June 26th, at the Dice Tower Convention in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations to all the publishers and designers who were nominated, and we hope that gamers will have a list of truly excellent games to seek out and play.

See the complete listing with pictures at http://www.dicetowerawards.com

Best Reprint

* Ca$h ‘n Guns, 2nd Edition – Asmodee/Repos, Ludovic Maublanc

* Doomtown, Reloaded – AEG, Dave Williams & Mark Wootton

* Medina – Stronghold Games, Stefan Dorra

* San Juan, 2nd Editions – Ravensburger, Andreas Seyfarth

* Ticket to Ride, 10th Edition – Days of Wonder, Alan R. Moon

Best Party Game

* Ca$h ‘n Guns, 2nd Edition – Asmodee/Repos, Ludovic Maublanc

* Clusterfight – Game Salute, Sam Liberty & Kevin Spak

* Good Cop, Bad Cop – Overworld Games, Brian Henk, Clayton Skancke

* Spyfall – Hobbyworld – Alexandr Ushan

* Strike a Pose – R&R Games, Sébastien Decad

Best Artwork

* Abyss – Asmodee, Xavier Collette

* Alchemists – CGE, David Cochard

* Battle of the Five Armies – Ares Games, Lucas Graciano, Jon Hodgson, Fabio Maiorana, Francesco Mattioli, Ben Wootten

* Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Fantasy Flight Games, Henning Ludvigsen

* Imperial Settlers – Portal Games – Thomasz Jedruszek

Best Components

* Arcadia Quest – Cool Mini or Not, Eric Lang, Fred Parret, Theiago Aranha, Guilherme Goulart

* Colt Express – Asmodee / Ludonaut, Christophe Raimbault

* Star Wars: Imperial Assualt – Fantasy Flight Games – Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying, Justin Kemppainen

* Splendor – Asmodee / Space Cowboys – Marc André

* Xia: Legends of a Drift System – Far Off Games, Cody Miller

Best Two-player Game

* Battle of the Five Armies – Ares Games, Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi, Francesco Nepitello

* Dice Masters – Wizkids, Eric Lang, Mike Elliott

* Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Fantasy Flight Games – Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying, Justin Kemppainen

* Star Realms – White Wizard Games, Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle

* Warhammer 40K: Conquest – Fantasy Flight Games, Eric Lang, Nate French, Brad Andres

Best Cooperative Game

* Dead of Winter – Plaid Hat Games, Isaac Vega, Jonathan Gilmore

* Legendary Encounters: an Alien Deck Building Game – Upper Deck, Danny Mandel, Ben Cichoski

* Pandemic: the Cure – Z-man Games, Matt Leacock

* Shadows of Brimstone – Flying Frog, Jason C. Hill

* Witness – Ystari Games, Dominique Bodin

Best Strategy Game

* Five Tribes – Days of Wonder, Bruno Cathala

* Imperial Settlers – Portal Games, Ignacy Trzewiczek

* Kanban: Automotive Revolution – Stronghold Games, Vital Lacerda

* Panamax – Stronghold Games, Gil d’Orey, Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro, Paulo Soledade

* Xia: Legends of a Drift System – Far Off Games, Cody Miller

Best Expansion

* 7 Wonders: Babel – Repos Productions, Antoine Bauza

* Cyclades: Titans – Matagot, Bruno Cathala, Ludovic Maublanc

* Mice & Mystics: Downwood Tales – Plaid Hat Games, Jerry Hawthorne

* Terra Mystica: Fire & Ice – Z-man Games, Jens Drögemüller, Helge Ostertag

* Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture – Stonemaier Games, Alan Stone, Jamey Stegmaier, Morten Monrad Pedersen

Best New Designer

* Splendor – Space Cowboys – Marc André

* Heroes of Normandie – IELLO Games, Yann and Klem

* Paperback – self-published, Tim Fowers

* Alchemists – CGE, Matús Kotry

* Xia: Legends of a Drift System – Far Off Games, Cody Miller

Best Family Game

* Camel Up – Z-man Games – Steffen Bogen

* Diamonds – Stronghold Games – Mike Fitzgerald

* King of New York – IELLO – Richard Garfield

* Splendor – Space Cowboys – Marc André

* Spyfall – Hobbyworld – Alexandr Ushan

Best Game from Small Publisher

* Medieval Academy – Blue Cocker Games, Nicolas Poncin

* Paperback – self-published, Tim Fowers

* Run, Fight, or Die! – 8th Summit and Grey Fox Games, Richard Launius

* Star Realms – White Wizard Games, Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle

* Xia: Legends of a Drift System – Far Off Games, Cody Miller

Most Innovative Game

* Alchemists – CGE, Matús Kotry

* Dead of Winter – Plaid Hat Games, Isaac Vega, Jonathan Gilmore

* Golem Arcana – Harebrained Schemes, Jordan Weissman, Seth Johnson, Michael Mulvihill, Brian Poel

* Tragedy Looper – Z-man Games, BakaFire

* Spyfall – Hobbyworld – Alexandr Ushan

Best Theming

* Alchemists – CGE, Matús Kotry

* Castles of Mad King Ludwig – Bezier Games, Ted Alspach

* Dead of Winter – Plaid Hat Games, Isaac Vega, Jonathan Gilmore

* Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Fantasy Flight Games – Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying, Justin Kemppainen

* Legendary Encounters: an Alien Deck Building Game – Upper Deck, Danny Mandel, Ben Cichoski

Game of the Year

* Alchemists – CGE, Matús Kotry

* Dead of Winter – Plaid Hat Games, Isaac Vega, Jonathan Gilmore

* Dice Masters – Wizkids, Eric Lang, Mike Elliott

* Five Tribes – Days of Wonder, Bruno Cathala

* Imperial Settlers – Portal Games, Ignacy Trzewiczek

* Kanban: Automotive Revolution – Stronghold Games, Vital Lacerda

* Splendor – Asmodee / Space Cowboys – Marc André

* Star Realms – White Wizard Games, Robert Dougherty, Darwin Kastle

* Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Fantasy Flight Games – Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying, Justin Kemppainen

* Xia: Legends of a Drift System – Far Off Games, Cody Miller

 

Asmodee announced at the Gama Trade Show that they will be entering the realm of organized play coining it AsmOPlay . Organized Play is usually tournament style play that takes place in FLGS’s and/or conventions. It is commonly found with CCG’s and role playing games and can include prizes and player rankings. To start the popular games Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash ‘n Guns – Second Edition will be supported in the from of tournaments, casual play, and weekly leagues.

AsmOPlay kits come jam packed with amazing, exclusive swag for award winning games like Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition. The perfect addition for people who want to deck out their games! Each AsmOPlay kit includes two demo copies of the games, promo items and everything you’ll need to run casual play nights, organized tournaments and even repeated weekly in-store gaming  events. You will also receive promotional posters to create buzz for your event, sign-up sheet templates to help with organization, and everything you will need to successfully execute your in-store events.
This is an exclusive program and will only be offered for a very limited time, so sign-up before the opportunity passes you by. Retailers make a one-time program commitment and receive three different AsmOPlay kits, distributed throughout the year, for Splendor (Q2/2015), 7 Wonders (Q3/2015), and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition (Q4/2015). Program enrollment can only be made through select distributors and is limited to two programs per brick and mortar store location. Membership definitely has its advantages!

Be sure to talk to your local game stores if you want to make sure they take part in this program.

Check out the full article here.

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Matagot has announced a new addition to their Select Collection, Barony.  Designed by Marc André (Splendor), and illustrated by Ismaël Pommaz (Archipelago), Barony is a game in which players assume the role of one of four barons who, with their armies of knights, must colonize the most rich and fertile lands and defend them against the opposing barons.  Each player strives to climb the stairs of power with the ultimate goal of becoming the new king.

The game contains:

  • 36 Territory tiles
  • 1 score board
  • 1 First Player token
  • 112 wooden pawns:
    - 28 knights 20 cities
    - 8 strongholds
    - 56 villages
  • 84 tokens
    - 4 Score
    - 80 Resource

Barony is for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 45 minutes.  The game is scheduled to be available to the public in May of 2015.  For more information, visit the Barony game page on Matagot’s website, or the game’s page on Board Game Geek.