Steven Aramini

Happy Meeple, a web browser based board game app provider, has announced their next game is Circle the Wagons by Button Shy Games. Released in 2017, Circle the Wagons by designers Steven AraminiDanny Devine and Paul Kluka, is one of Button Shy’s wallet games, packing a deep experience into an 18 card deck. The cards have 4 territories on one side and endgame goals on the back. 2 players take turns creating a town with 15 cards, trying to connect like territories, and meet the goals set forth on the remaining 3 cards. If a player skips the first available cards, they must give them to their opponent. Towns are scored after all 15 cards have been played. Happy Meeple, who previously created web browser versions of Lost Cities and Hanamikoji, has a contest going for Circle the Wagons – the first player to beat their top rated bot, Verboten, 3 times in a row wins a cash prize.

Build your pocket-sized boomtown in Circle the Wagons, a two player card game designed by Steven Aramini (Yardmaster), Danny Devine (Mob Town), and Paul Kluka with art by Beth Sobel (Viticulture, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival).

The game contains just 18 cards, but cleverly allows for nearly 5,000 combinations in using them to build your boomtown, ensuring that you’ll never build the same town twice.  15 cards are arranged in a circle around 3 bonus scoring cards. Players take turns drafting cards using a take-or-skip mechanic to build a town that will score them the most points. The rulebook is only 4 pages and can therefore be taught very quickly. The game last about 20 minutes and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

But wait, there’s more!  Also included in the Kickstarter are three more games; Mint Julep, That Snow Moon, and Wagon Wheels.

Mint Julep is a 2-4 player horse racing/betting game where players draft cards, place bets, and then manipulate the race in order to ensure the horse that they want to win ends up finishing in a top spot.

That Snow Moon is a 2-4 player asymmetrical card throwing game. Players divide into two teams, Liberation and Dynasty. Liberation throws their cards facedown onto the table in an attempt to build particular sets.  Dynasty drops their cards on to the table, trying to land on the Liberation cards to reveal and remove them from play.

Wagon Wheels, a 2 player game based on Circle the Wagons, has players placing and moving tokens around a map card to score the most points by taking advantage of the quadrant’s special bonus while trying to get the east and west sides of the map for additional points.  With just 3 cards and a few tokens, designer Nat Levan has turned the small wallet game into nano-sized entertainment.

Head over to the Circle the Wagons Kickstarter page to learn more and back the project!