Uwe Rosenberg

Patchwork Doodle is a new game by Uwe Rosenberg (known for Agricola, and A Feast For Oden). Rosenberg’s original Patchwork, had players placing buttons and shaped, patch tiles on a 9×9, quilt grid, while the recently released Patchwork Express followed the same concept with a 7×7, quilt grid for 2 players, and simpler rules. Patchwork Doodle abandons the tiles and buttons in favor of paper and pens and a much larger grid to draw upon.

Each player receives a sheet of paper with game plans, a pen, and a random start card which depicts 1 of 10 different puzzle pieces. Over the course of 3 rounds, puzzle cards are drawn then laid in a circle between all players. After each round, dice is rolled, and players move a bunny character over the laid-out cards until it lands after the number of steps as indicated by the dice. That card is then removed, and players draw the puzzle shape, as represented by that card, on their sheet of paper. Each player also has 4 special actions which can be used through the game.

Patchwork Doodle supports 1-6 players, plays in about 20 mins, and is aimed at players aged 8+. It’s expected to release in Germany in March of 2018. For more information, visit the Lookout Spiele product page.

Digidiced, the company that has brought many board game classics to digital platform, now brings us Indian Summer.  You may be familiar with the many Uwe Rosenberg games Digidiced already has in their inventory: Le Havre, Patchwork, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Cottage Garden,  and Bohnanza: The Duel.   The digital version allows players to play in solo mode against three different computer opponents, against friends in local multiplayer, or any player in online mode.  It also includes an asynchronous mode that provides notifications when it is your turn.  The interactive tutorial easily teaches new players how to play the game.  The game is available now on both the Apple App Store and in Google Play.  A Steam version is soon to be released.  Visit Digidiced to learn more about the digital version of Indian Summer.

2016’s A Feast for Odin took the gaming world by storm, not only because it was the latest farm building, feed your people masterpiece from Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola, Caverna: The Cave Farmers), but also because of its unprecedented number of worker placement slots (60+), and brilliant integration of Uwe’s new tetromino placement mechanism (Patchwork, Cottage Garden). Z-Man Games has just announced the first full sized expansion for Feast for Odin, The Norwegians, and it adds more of what we loved in this worker placement magnum opus. First, Norwegians adds more worker placement slots – There are now more ways to breed animals, craft, trade and hunt, as well as a fifth column of actions. These new actions come on several new boards tailored to the player count. New actions come with new tiles, and Norwegians comes with 95 new goods tiles, from elk and pigs to horses and antlers, as well as 6 new special tiles. Additionally, Norwegians comes with personal artisan sheds, small boards which provide individual player powers, such as better whaling or wood storage, helping further to guide your strategy: something especially useful in a game with so many options. And of course, the expansion comes with new islands to explore, and updates of the old islands, incorporating the new rules and tiles. Read more on Z-Man’s website here, and expect A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians in stores at the end of 2018.

Life in the fishing village of Nusfjord, in Norway, is about to become a bit more interesting. Lookout Games have announced the upcoming release of Nusfjord: Plaice Deck which aims to provide more variety to the base game. Nusfjord was designed by Uwe Rosenberg (known for Agricola, Bohnanza, and A Feast for Odin) with art by Patrick Soeder. The game is set 50 years ago in the village of Nusfjord where players are trying to develop the harbor and surrounding landscape, grow their fleet of ships, and satisfy the local elders while keeping their competition at bay. Nusfjord supports 1-5 players, aged 12+, lasts between 20 and 100 minutes, and the Nusfjord: Plaice Deck expansion requires the base set to play.

The expansion simply adds another 45 cards which is used as a 4th deck (the base game has 3), as well as two more additions. There’s the architect, the first woman on the Council of Elders, who is put under the oldest pile at the start of the game. If you win the pile then she joins your business and provides a random building to be put into play and then allows you to do construction straight after that. The expansion also comes with 25 metal coins, in a gold appearance, and which matches the Nusfjord imprinting.

Nusfjord: Plaice Deck is expected to release in October of 2018.


Related: The Dice Tower reviews Nusfjord

Not one to slow down on release announcements as of late, Lookout Spiele has another announcement for Agricola fans even after the reprint of Farmers of the Moor. Joining the long line of expansion decks and following on last year’s Artifex deck, the Bubulcus deck is set to arrive in October. It brings more cards, more farming, and more fun, and completes your updated collection to boot! As described in the (translated) announcement:

     “120 new cards, of which 60 training and 60 small purchases, give the game even more variability and variety. Of course these cards are also balanced according to the “power values” of [Agricola] and adapted to the graphic update of the new edition of the basic game of 2016.”

Of course more cards are always welcome, and those who have been interested in the past deck expansions have more reason to be excited for this one as it matches the updated art of the new version while also complimenting the previous addition. For those who are just recently getting into Agricola, both decks mentioned in this article are good easy upgrades to what you already have if you’re not already looking at Farmers of the Moor. So whether you’re new to the whole Uwe Rosenberg farming extravaganza or if you’re looking to complete your collection, be sure to check out the Bubulcus deck at your favorite retailer come October.

Lookout Games have announced an expansion to Caverna: Cave vs Cave called Caverna: Cave vs Cave – Era II: The Iron Age. Cave vs Cave is a shorter, 1-2 player version of Caverna: The Cave Farmers (which is not compatible with this expansion), where each player has dwarves excavating the side of a mountain to create living space and dig for precious metals. It’s designed by Uwe Rosenberg with art by Klemens Franz and plays in 30-60 mins.

In this expansion 4 new rounds are added where iron is added as a new raw material. Iron ore must be mined with donkeys before it can be processed into iron bars, and then, into weapons. There are also 21 new facilities, an extended cave plan to allow for the new buildings, and thus 8 new building sites, and the addition of a score block. The 4 new rounds follow the 8 rounds of the basic game (known as the first epoch) but for those who want to get straight into the expansion, a Quick Start variant has also been added which starts in the Iron Age (the second epoch) and provides for a shorter version of the game.

Fear not Uwe Rosenberg fans! This does not mean that your opponent will raise up a dwarven army and send them hurtling into your cave in a bloodthirsty attack. The designer has promised that no direct confrontation will be allowed in this expansion.

According to the Lookout Games website, Caverna: Cave vs Cave – Era II: The Iron Age is expected to release October 2018.

Announced March 14th, Renegade Games is entering a partnership with Frosted Games to bring some of the newest European-designed games to English markets. The first on the docket is Uwe Rosenberg’s newest title, Reykholt, which is slated to be released this fall during Essen with pre-orders for both English and German copies. In Reykholt, 1 to 4 players are competing to be the best farmer of vegetables in Iceland using geothermal energy to grow your crop and meet demand for delicious points. With gorgeous artwork by Lukas Siegmon, this game is an excellent first choice for this new partnership to undertake and impress broader markets. As stated by Scott Gaeta, founder and president of Renegade games, and quoted in the press release:

“Frosted Games has built up an array of top quality games, to be released in the upcoming years. It is such a pleasure to be working with a wonderful partner located right in the center of the modern European game movement. Kicking off this partnership with a game from famed designer, Uwe Rosenberg, sets the bar high. We look forward to exceeding expectations with future releases through this partnership.”

Partnerships such as these are amazing for the board gaming hobby, especially with the ever-growing amount of new games being created across the world. European designs are still wildly popular and the ability to get these games into more hands than before is also bound to be lucrative for both Renegade and Frosted Games. This news also means that there will be even more reason to keep an eye on both of these publishers around Essen as Reykholt is just the start. If you are interested in Reykholt or any future releases from Renegade Games or their partnership with Frost Games, be sure to visit their website for more information.

Z-Man Games recently provided a preview of Tea & Trade, their forthcoming expansion to Fields of Arle.

Tea & Trade adds a third player to Fields of Arle.  Tea is a new upgradable resource that improves the actions of your workers.  The expansion also comes with a new Harbor Board, along with fishing cutter and trade ships which allow players to gain additional food, upgrade resources, and import tea.  The higher the quality of your tea, the better its effectiveness of your actions.  The expansion also adds a new “Ditcher” action which dehydrates the land to make it easier to plow and provide more land for livestock.

Tea & Trade is designed by Tido Lorenz and Uwe Rosenberg.

Contents include 1 Home Board, 1 Supply Board, 1 Action Board, 1 Overlay, 1 Travel and Barn Board, 3 Harbor Boards, 4 Building Displays, 30 Wooden Ditches, 10 Wooden Peat Tokens, 13 Wooden Tool Indicators, 6 Wooden Good Indicators, 4 Wooden Workers, 23 Buildings & over 50 other Tiles, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Scoring Pad, 1 Rulebook, 1 History Book.

Tea & Trade is available for pre-order now.

Z-Man Games announced a new mini-expansion for Uwe Rosenberg‘s most recent magnum opus, A Feast For Odin. The new expansion has 2 new double sided exploration boards, allowing players to travel to Lofoten, the Ornkey Islands, or even Tierra del Fuego. Each board has more spaces for points, bonuses or plundered goods, and the Ornkey Islands even comes with a bonus weapon card to boost hunting or trading. Read more about the mini-expansion on Z-Man’s website here.

Tea and Trade from Z-Man Games will be the first expansion for Uwe‘s hidden gem, Fields of Arle (2014). Fields of Arle is a true Rosenberg gem, complete with multiple resource types, space to clear fields and build structures, tons of different spots for worker placement, and of course the need to feed your people. Often regarded as one of Uwe‘s best, Fields of Arle was a 2 player only sleeper hit, now playable with 3 using the new expansion. The Tea and Trade expansion will unsurprisingly add tea as an upgradeable resource to the lands of East Frisia. Tea has the unique property of invigorating your workers, making them act as if they were more skillful then they are, and can even allow workers to act twice. A new action, digging ditches, makes draining the moors and clearing peat bogs easier, and can make the land more productive. Finally, a new harbor board allows you to take to the sea,  trading and upgrading your resources or collecting more food from the bounty of the sea. Read the full press release about Fields of Arle: Tea and Trade on Z-Man’s website here.

Continuing Uwe Rosenberg‘s exploration of polyominoes, Indian Summer is coming soon from Stronghold Games.  Stronghold Games released Rosenberg’s previous puzzle game in 2016, Cottage Garden, too.  This one features the same beautiful artwork of Andrea Boekhoff, but is touted as being geared toward more experienced gamers:

At the heart of the game are puzzle tiles with holes that are placed on individual forest boards to cover up treasures. When players get their hands on these, they gain more options and an edge over their opponents. All that counts in the end is to be the first to cover your forest floor completely with leaves.

From the publisher’s thematic description:

Before winter makes its appearance, a particularly warm fall bathes the forest in a golden shimmer. During the Indian Summer, New England blossoms one last time. Treetops are ablaze with countless colors — a living rainbow, from green to orange to red. Slowly the first leaves are starting to fall. Meanwhile, our steps and the diligent squirrels rustle the colorful foliage.

On our walks through the woods, we discover all kinds of little treasures; we collect berries, nuts, mushrooms and feathers. We pause for a moment to watch the shy inhabitants of the forest before we set off towards home once again. There, a good book and a hot tea are already awaiting.

Indian Summer is set to arrive in January 2018.