Asmodee, which has the largest catalog of games under it’s wide umbrella thanks to it’s partnerships with Days of Wonder, ZMAN Games, Fantasy Flight, Catan Games and more, has announced it’s Modern Classics line. This new category is for games that are easy to get into yet offer tremendous depth and make for excellent staples in any new or existing collection. The titles in this series together cover a wide range of mechanisms and modes-of-play and each one is considered a gateway of it’s respective genre. As stated by Asmodee in their announcement:

“Modern Classics refers to a small group of pioneering titles that have left a lasting legacy on the board-games market and have stood the test of time to remain preferred gateway purchases in a constantly changing landscape of products. […] Each of the highlighted titles is easy to learn but hard to master, making them well suited for any gaming situation that you might encounter. The Modern Classics range consists of the following games: Ticket to Ride Europe, Catan, Carcassonne, Dixit, Pandemic, and Splendor.

While this really is just a matter of showcasing for new customers, the games chosen here are, I feel, irrefutably ‘Modern Classics’ and deserve to be called as such. These quintessential games also cover a lot of ground as well, certain to prepare even the newest of gamers for the great many strategy games that lie beyond. Just with these six games there’s card drafting, network building, tile laying, set collection, storytelling, cooperation, trading, and resource management game mechanisms. Hoo! The question I have now is, will there be any more games added to this list in the future? Only time will tell.

yokohama deluxe

Tasty Minstrel Games would like to announce their current project, Yokohama Deluxe, a new version of Yokohama that includes metal coins and upgraded wooden components.

Yokohama is a game by Hisashi Hayashi in which players take on the role of merchants in the Meiji period, an important era of commerce and international trade in Japan’s history.  Players work to gain fame through successful business practices, including building a store, broadening their sales channels, learning a variety of techniques, and responding to trade orders from abroad.

yokohomo components

TMG has clearly expressed that they are providing the upgraded components in this deluxe version of Yokohama at cost to backers, and that this will be a limited, one-time opportunity to obtain this deluxe version.  For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page here.

captains of the golden age

Golden Age Games, a relatively new publisher from the Netherlands, is currently running a Kickstarter project to fund a game that has been 8 years in the making: Captains of the Golden Age.  This game boasts a 0% luck factor and is themed around the golden age of piracy and shipping, where players are working to trade the most pepper (worth more than gold in this setting) in the fictional East Indies.

Captains of the Golden Age is set in a fictional ‘East-Indies’ where pepper is worth more than gold. Four competitive captains seek to control the Mighty Trading Company. You sail around the globe in search of cargo to upgrade your precious ship. Add sails to travel far and wide, expand your cargo-hold to earn and carry more cargo, upgrade and fire your cannons to damage other ships, or board other ships with your crew to steal their cargo! Wherever you go and whatever you choose; the captain who controls the pepper trade controls the Mighty Trading Company!

captains of the golden age board

The game features a circular game board that represents the map of seas and islands through which players are adventuring.  Each turn is made up of the following steps:

SAIL: Move your ship across the board based on the amount of sails you have on your ship.

LOAD: Load cargo depending on the size of your cargo-hold.

TRADE: In the trade phase you may trade cargo, buy shares for pepper in the Republic, and upgrade and repair your ship.  When you buy your 4th share of pepper you win the game!

COMBAT: If you sail to a tile with the ship of another captain on it, you may decide to attack with your cannons or board with your crew.

CARDS: Earn reinforcement cards.

Captains of the Golden Age is for 2-4 players ages 11 and up and plays in 1-3 hours.  For more information on this project, visit the Kickstarter page.

dice bazaar

New to Kickstarter, a dice rolling family game for up to 4 players – Dice Bazaar! Developed to be a fun, light yahtzee-style game, Dice Bazaar invites players to match product prices through die rolls, rerolls, trading, and luck! Check out the description below, straight from the Kickstarter campaign page:

On your turn, roll your player dice. Use those dice, plus any items you’ve already purchased, to pay for goods like spices, tea kettles, pottery gems and even cobras. Each of which have a certain appraised value. Each time a player makes a purchase, the merchant changes his prices by re-rolling his Price Dice. Once two items are sold out, the merchant goes home for the day. The shopper that got the most valuable items for their money is the winner!

dice bazaar comp

The Kickstarter campaign is off to a brilliant start, having accrued several reviews by prominent Kickstarter critics and having easy-to-understand rules available for all to see. Even more impressive, the developers have also included two ways to try the game before you even back it, by making it available through print-and-play and the digital platform, Tabletopia. While the game really is just Yahtzee style dice rolling, the theme, art, and ease of play are certainly appealing for those looking for a nice, light dice game as a filler. Check it out!

mare nostrum

Mare Nostrum: Empires from Academy Games and Asyncron is a new version of Mare Nostrum a 2003 empire-building game both designed by Serge Laget. With updated rules, components, board, and new ways to win it takes what was great in Mare Nostrum and improves on it. It is also currently blowing through stretch goals on Kickstarter and adding huge amounts of gameplay as it does.

Mare Nostrum is an empire-building game in which 3-5 players lead their individual ancient empires to dominion of Mare Nostrum. You grow the fame and glory of your empire by expanding your influence into new Provinces, then extending your Trade Caravans, building Markets, and founding new Cities and Temples. You can recruit Heroes and create Wonders to help your cause. But beware of your “friends” because they may look upon your gains with envy and greed…

Mare Nostrum is a re-introduction by Academy Games and Asyncron of the original 2003 release with updated rules, counters, and map board. This edition includes many new components and multiple new ways to win!

There were a lot of changes to the original game made before the launch including two more victory conditions, another resource type, additional buildings, a revamped trade system, and custom battle dice to name a few. Also a lot of the stretch goals add game play like the Punic Wars rulebook that adds in two player support. A lot of these stretch goals will be combined into the Atlas Expansion that will be included free for a backers. Yes your pledge on Kickstarter will get you the new game and an expansion that will be separate at retail. The artwork has also been redone by the talented Jean-Marie Minguez.

mare nostrum pieces

In the game players will start with an empire that has a unique bonus and try to expand by using resources to build markets, cities, caravans, etc.. They will  expand into adjacent provinces through influence or military might and acquire new heroes and and wonders. This will be paid for by taxing cities and collecting goods from caravans. Battles will be fought by Legions who will be able to travel the seas with the use of Triremes. As your empire grows it will move up three tracks: Trade, Culture, and Military and the leader in each will gain additional powers and benefits.

As stated above Mare Nostrum: Empires is rapidly adding on stretch goals including component upgrades, new events and heros, small expansions, additional tracking boards, and 3D components for legion tokens, fortresses, and ships. It is also available in multiple languages including English, French, German, Polish, Italian, and Spanish. If this sounds like your kind of game or you are looking for a sub two hour civ type game then you need to check out the Kickstarter for Mare Nostrum: Empires.

hellweg board

The following press release was written by someone who’s first language is not english.  It is in regards to the newest release by designer Michael Schacht for his new game Hellweg Westfalicus.  It is slated to be available at Essen.  Please read the press release below for full details and a description of the game.

„Spiele aus Timbuktu“ is back again!

Since 25 years Michael Schacht designs games. The anniversary year is a good opportunity for a big celebration.

That started in february with the anniversary game „HAN“.

At the „Internationalen Spieletage“ fair in Essen will be now published „Hellweg westfalicus“ which celebrates a second anniversary as well: 15 years of „Spiele aus Timbuktu“.

This small publishing project run by Michael Schacht originally offered games to tinker. Over the time a collectors box, expansions and „real“ produced boardgames as special editons competed the portfolio.

With „Hellweg westfalicus“ now gets a special edition released that is a moderate economic game for 2 to 4 players from 10 years on. The Westphalian Hellweg is a more than 5000 year-old road between Duisburg and Paderborn and was up to the Middle Ages of great importance for trading.

From the box: „Buy goods at low prices and sell them for maximum profit! On offer are salt, beer and ironware. If you wait too long, you might get a good purchasing price but only for what is still left. You can create trade routes with the help of coaches and thus supply distant towns. The player who owns the most money after 12 rounds wins the game.“

„Hellweg westfalicus“ is a boardgame for 2 to 4 players from 10 years on, duration 30-60 minutes

Content: 35 cards, 90 wooden tiles, 45 coins, 1 gameboard, 1 rulebooklet (german and english)

Publisher: Spiele aus Timbuktu, Agentur Vielfalt (1F 103)

Already part of the game is the expansion module „Warehouse and Privilegies“ for experts.

At the fair in Essen „Hellweg westfalicus“ can be found at the booth of the „Spielbar“ (Halle 1F 103) for the anniversary price of 25 €.

Exclusive expansion, surprise packs and playing with the designer

All buyers of „Hellweg westfalicus“ will get at the booth of the „Spielbar“ (hall 1F 103) additonally an exclusive mini expansion and a surprise pack, as long as the stock lasts.

More events at the booth are planned, for example „playing with the designer“ and a big raffle with a lot of prizes, where everyone can take part. The main prize is a visit by Michael Schacht at the home of the winner for a together game evening (Germany only).

The exact schedule of the events will be communicated later.


Mayfair games has announced dates for their latest game from the newly acquired Lookout Games.  Johari is a game of gem and jewelry trading.  Get ready to practice your best deceit.  Not only are you going to be doing gem trading you are also going to try pass off the occasional fake as the real deal with fortune coming to you if you succeed and punishments if you don’t.

Picture Found on BGG

Picture Found on BGG

For details on the game visit Mayfair Games Facebook post here.