Tom Russell

Rio Grande Games announced two new games to be released in April 2018 and a reprint to be released in May 2019.

First up is Epoch: Early Inventors, designed by Martyn F.    Epoch: Early Inventors takes players back to the dawn of civilization where they take on the role of clan leaders and explore the landscape, discover new tools and make offerings to holy places. Exploring land gains status and makes more resources available, but energy to explore land requires food.  Gathering, hunting and fishing provides food as well as raw materials.  Developing tools enables players to be more effective with future actions. And making offerings at holy places gains more status.  The game plays over 14-20 rounds, advancing from the Mesolithicum era to the Bronze Age.  The player with the most status at the end of the game wins.

Contents include 4 Carrier boards, 44 Player huts, 4 Clan leaders, 16 Offer tokens, Start player token, 64 Food cubes, 58 Status counters, 44 Landscape tiles, 16 Ceremonial tiles, 2 Player overviews, 3 Last round markers, and Resource counters

This strategy game supports 1-4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores this April.

Next up is Beta Colony by designers Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle.  In Beta Colony, players are one of five directors trying to create prosperous colonies and be elected as the first leader of Victus.  The players with the most Confidence Points at the end of the games is elected the first leader of Victus and wins the game.  Players earn Confidence Points by building colony pods, having a majority in a colony and from a variety of other achievements from improving the colony.

Beta Colony features a unique dice based “rolldell” system where all players will use a duplicate dice roll to take two actions each round, with each action using two dice. Players will use one die to move and one die to activate the location to which they moved. Die color and value affect how each of the seven unique locations are used.

Contents include Game board, Round marker, 5 Player markers, 16 Player markers, 16 Artifact markers, 16 Dice, 9 Cycle tiles, 30 Fuel markers, 60 Crew markers, 16 Artifact markers, 4 Player spaceships, Start player marker, 8 Cultural achievements, 8 Cultural achievement tiles, and 40 Colonization pod tiles.

This mid-weight strategy game supports 2-4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 30 to 60 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores this April.

Finally, Rio Grande Games is reprinting Northern Pacific, a fast playing strategy game designed by Tom RussellNorthern Pacific is set in 1870 as the Northern Pacific rail lines expands from Minneapolis to the Pacific Ocean. Players are investors who can either extend the rail line or invest in a city the rail line has not yet connected. The game is played over three rounds and the player whose investments have paid off the best wins the game.

Contents include the game board, 16 locomotives, 108 small investment cubes and 12 large investment cubes.

This strategy game supports 2-6 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 30 to 45 minutes to play. Look for this game in stores in May.