Stonemaier Games

One might not be able to tell from the consistent popularity of Scythe that it was ever in need of anything new, but Stonemaier Games has made it a habit of offering new gameplay experiences to Scythe fans. First it was Invaders from Afar, which gave fans two new factions. Then it was The Wind Gambit, which gave fans Airships and the Resolution module. The Rise of Fenris brought fans an 8-game replayable campaign and 11 interchangeable modules.  The latest addition to the popular game is a Modular Board.  This is not the first time Stonemaier has offered a different gameboard experience.  The original gameboard is two sided, one side with the full game board map and the other side consisting of a portion of an enlarged gameboard that could be completed with a gameboard extension for a 70% larger gameboard. The enlarged gameboard did not change gameplay though.  The new modular board for Scythe, on the other hand, does.  The Scythe modular board adds a new level of variability to Scythe.  The map is different on both sides and has spaces for 4 big double-sided tiles that change the landscape each game.  Even the faction home base locations can change each game. No longer must the Nordic faction start in the north, or the Saxony faction start in the corner without easy access to the wheat fields that both neighboring factions have. Faction location and landscape can vary every game. No longer can faction strategy count on the consistent landscape around their home base.  Additionally, the modular board adds a drafting element to setup, along with a variant for a tighter map at low player counts.

The Scythe Modular Board comes with 1 double-sided board (624x818mm, same size as the standard Scythe board), 4 double-sided tiles (7 hexes per tile), 8 home base tiles, 8 structure bonus tiles, 1 rulebook (11 languages), and Automa rules for solo play.  Pre-orders from Stonemaier open on May 29, or look for the Scythe Modular Board at your friendly local game store late this summer.

Acram Digital, maker of fine digital board game conversions, has announced their next A2D project and it’s a doozy. The worker placement legacy game Charterstone, from Stonemaier Games and designer Jamey Stegmaier, will be inserting its electrons on Steam, Apple iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch next year much to the joy of its many fans. In Charterstone, players build up from a simple worker placement game to a monumental resource manipulation, multiple worker type, adorable civilization in a multigame epic. Acram Digital is known for making high quality digital versions of board games, with the impressive translations Istanbul, Steam: Rails to Richesand Eight Minute Empire already under their belt. Expect Charterstone to hit the system near you in early 2020, and for more details check out Acram’s website on Charterstone here.

Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia (2013) was one of the early award winners to come from Stonemaier Games, and the studio has just announced the first expansion, Euphoria: Ignorance is Bliss. In the original Euphoria, players used dice as workers to manipulate the three factions in the Euphoria world: the Euphorians, the Subterrans and the Wastelanders. The numbers on the dice represent the intelligence of your workers: higher numbers allow them stronger actions, but in this world, you want dumb workers, because the smart ones run away. In Ignorance is Bliss, by designers Morten Monrad Pedersen and automata-masters Nick Shaw and David Studley, the once lofty Icarites, who lived among the clouds selling bliss, have now descended to the peons, imposing a new way of life. For more information, keep an eye on the Stonemaier website here, where they will continue to provide more information on this expansion all February long.

Stonemaier Games, publishers of the immensely popular Scythe, have released all the details on their new game, Wingspan. Players are bird enthusiasts who seek to discover and attract the best birds to their network of wildlife preserves. Its described as a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game for 1-5 players, aged 10+. Wingspan is designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, with art by Ana Maria Martinez JaramilloNatalia Rojas, and Beth Sobel. It plays in 40 – 70 mins.

The game is played over 4 rounds with the player with the most points being declared the winner. Habitats (which are actions in the game) are used by birds to perform combinations. Habitats focus on different aspects of growth:

  • A bird feeder dice tower dispenses food tokens via custom dice
  • Egg miniatures, in a variety of colors, are used to lay eggs
  • A deck of cards allows hundreds of unique birds to be drawn and played

Featured game components include:

  • 170 unique bird cards (57x87mm)
  • 26 bonus cards (57x87mm)
  • 16 Automa cards (57x87mm)
  • 103 food tokens
  • 75 egg miniatures
  • 5 custom wooden dice
  • 5 player mats
  • 1 birdfeeder dice tower
  • 2-piece Game Trayz custom tray
  • 1 goal mat
  • 8 goal tiles
  • 1 first-player token
  • 40 action cubes (8 per player)
  • 4 clear plastic resource containers
  • 1 scorepad (50 sheets; 1 sheet used for all players each game)
  • 3 rulebooks

Wingspan also supports solo play by making use of an Automa. For more information on the game you can check out the Stonemaier Games website, or watch Tom’s video review on the Dice Tower channel. Wingspan will be released on March 8th, 2019.

The official announcement and pre-orders for Wingspan, a new game from Stonemaier Games (publishers of Scythe), will be available on January 2nd, 2019. Wingspan is designed by Elizabeth Hargrave, with art by Ana Maria Martinez JaramilloNatalia Rojas, and Beth Sobel.

If you don’t mind being trickle fed information you can join the Wingspan Facebook group, where the box cover was recently teased.

The only details regarding game play are that it will be for players who enjoy Terraforming Mars and Gizmos. There have been pictures of dice for the game, along with beautifully crafted and painted eggs, tokens, and cards. Until the new year, keep an eye on the Facebook group for more information.

Stonemaier Games has announced a limited edition set of metal mechs for their super popular (BGG ranking #7!) board game Scythe. The set comes with one mech from each faction, packaged in a felt lined insert in a numbered, foil embossed box. The print run of the new mechs will be limited to 4000, although a special numbered run of 40 will be released in a 2018 charity auction. The metal figures will be released world wide on November 2, 2018. For more information, check out the Stonemaier announcement on their web site.

 

Stonemaier Games and developer Jamey Stegmaier have announced a new small box expansion for their mega hit Scythe (currently rated number 7 on boardgamegeek). Scythe Encounters started in June 2018 as an invitation to fans to design encounter cards for the game, those random events players find while wandering the countryside. The response was overwhelming, and Encounters represents the best 32 entries. Scythe Encounters is due for release December 8, 2018, however Stonemeier went one step further and had one palette shipped over to the US, so the first 1900 pre-orders will receive their boxes significantly earlier. Check out the Stonemaier Games Newsletter for more information, and as always, a great chart on the progress of new additions from the company.

If the name in the headline seems slightly odd and lengthy, you’d be forgiven for thinking so, but such is the cost of combining two fairly different tile-laying games into one new and surprising title. Stonemaier Games announced on Wednesday that they’ve gotten permission from Bezier Games  to combine their Castles of Mad King Ludwig with Stonemaier’s Between Two Cities, creating a more unique version of the latter with advanced scoring and theme from the former. It’s a kind of board gaming mad science that, when coupled with several prominent reviewers having received early copies to critique, makes for one very powerful piece of news that subverts disbelief with lots of pretty new tiles and possibilities. Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig plays 2 to 7 players, features a 4-piece Game Trayz custom insert, and is set to hit retail on October 19th.

     “Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a competitive tile-drafting game in which each tile is a room in a castle. You work together with the player on your left to design one castle, and with the player on your right on another castle. […] At the end of the game, each castle is scored. Your personal final score is the lower of the scores of the two castles you helped design, and the player with the highest final score wins the game. To win, you have to share your attention and your devotion between two castles.”

As presented within the description above, it really is just Between Two Cities but with some better bits mixed in. You’re still doing the same wonderfully unique exercise of building two places between your neighboring opponents, but now there’s more involved with what kinds of rooms you add that affect scoring in new and interesting ways. It is doubtlessly a more attractive package than either of it’s parts, both on the table and in it’s design. Fans of either game have something a bit more of value in store in this union, which speaks to the thoughtfulness of Stonemaier Games’ presentation of this product.

Apart from the praise and criticisms this game will gather under it’s own merits, I can’t help but applaud the idea of smashing up two games into something a bit different. Will this become a new trend to takeoff into 2019? The year of board game mashups? It would be fascinating to see, and I encourage it! If you’re interested in learning more about Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, check out Stonemaier Games website for more pictures, videos, a full rulebook, and updates.

The award winning Scythe by Stonemaier Games has commanded a top 10 spot at BoardGamesGeek ever since it came out in 2016 and is #1 on the Dice Tower People’s Choice Top 100 Games of All Times.  Scythe’s third expansion, The Rise of Fenris, was just released this Summer.

Now, you can play Scythe on the PC.  In association with the Stonemaier Games and Asmodee Digital, The Knights of Unity have developed Scythe Digital Edition. Early access is available now on SteamScythe Digital Edition features the same great gameplay and art as the tabletop boardgame.  The accompanying soundtrack for each faction in the digital game is as unique as the factions and wonderfully consistent the 1920 alternative history beautifully illustrated by Jakub Rozalski.

While the game is in early access, users may provide feedback to the developer to improve gameplay and features of the game in Steam forums and reviews.  The game is expected to remain in early access for the next two to four months.  However, the game is fully functional with single-player and local multi-player modes.  The game also includes a tutorial and different visual themes. The game is supported in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Polish.

Currently, the Digital Edition features only the base game and does not include any of the expansions.  iOS, Android, and other formats planned for later.  Go to Steam to learn more about Scythe Digital Edition.

 

My Little Scythe is a competitive, family-friendly, adventure, Euro game based on the enormously successful Scythe board game.

“…each player controls 2 animal miniatures embarking upon an adventure in the Kingdom of Pomme. In an effort to be the first to earn 4 trophies from 8 possible categories, players take turns choosing to Move, Seek, or Make. These actions will allow players to increase their friendship and pies, power up their actions, complete quests, learn magic spells, deliver gems and apples to Castle Everfree, and perhaps even engage in a pie fight.” [source]

My Little Scythe is designed by Hoby Chou and his daughter, Vienna Chou, with artwork by Noah Adelman and Katie Khau. The game supports 1-6 players, aged 8+, and can be played in 45 mins. My Little Scythe was originally a fan created, print-and-play game that won the 2017 BoardGameGeek Best Print-and-play Game Award. It combined the theme of My Little Pony with gameplay mechanisms from Scythe. Considering the licensing hurdles with having to obtain the rights to produce a My Little Pony themed game, Stonemaier Games chose to theme the game in a different universe of their own making where players control cute pets going out on adventure.

Pre-orders are available on the Stonemaier Games website for a limited time. The game will be pre-released at GenCon and GenCan’t 2018 and will see retail release August 17th, 2018.