Uwe Rosenburg

Stronghold Games have announced a new game designed by Uwe Rosenberg (known for Agricola) called Second Chance. Players fill in a garden, represented by a 9×9 grid on a sheet of paper, based on the shaped flower tiles which players draw as a group. While players initially start with a unique tile, the rest of the game has players drawing two tiles then filling in one of the commonly drawn tiles on their sheets. If players cannot fit the tile on their sheet, they’re eliminated from play. The last person standing is the winner. Second Chance supports 1-6 players, aged 8+, and plays in 10-15 mins. Art for the game is by Max Prentis (also known for Boldest).

In Subtext, players try to communicate with one another by drawing hints about the word on their card. At the start of the round, the dealer looks at the word on their card, adds it to the cards to be dealt to players, shuffles, then hands out the cards. The dealer then draws the picture matching the word and tries to get their “partner” to guess the word from the picture without the other players getting it right. Points for the dealer and partner are scored only if they’re the only ones to guess the word and recognize each other as a team. Other players score points for incorrect guesses. It’s designed by Wolfgang Warsch (known for The Mind, and The Quacks of Quedlinburg), with art by Studio Muti. Subtext is for 4-8 players, aged 10+, and plays in 20-40 mins.

Terraforming Mars: Turmoil will also be released from Stronghold Games but will be done as a Kickstarter project. Read Corey’s recent report from GAMA for more information.

Board games apps continue to flow as they are a great way to play some of our favorite board games where ever we want, like Tsuro and Cottage Garden.  The Tsuro update is something that just recently launched on the iOS platform as the latest iOS update included tech to be able to utilize augmented reality.  Augmented reality is basically where you can look on your phone for a view of what is front of you, overlaid with information, objects, or other things digitally.  What this means is that now you can “play” Tsuro on your real life table via your iPhone.  Is this really necessary?  No, but it is a cool next step for technology to be able to now see the digital board game on the table in front of you, although still on your screen.  You can download the update now on the App Store.

The second announcement is that another of Uwe Rosenburg’s polyomino games was released today, Cottage Garden.  The app was designed by the company DigiDiced, known for faithfully and effectively translating other games of his to the digital space.  Of course it comes with a list of great features including:

• 2-4 players locally, online or even cross-platform
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• Worldwide ranked multiplayer and casual play with your friends
• fast real time games or asynchronous games with 24 hour time limit per turn
• Easy interactive tutorial to learn the game from scratch
• Analyze your best games or learn tricks from the best with playback
• 3 different computer opponents

You can find out more about the app on their website.

Released today with Cottage Garden was Smash Up, by Nomad Games Ltd (II) and published by Asmodee Digital. It’s features are:

– Online Cross-platform multiplayer: 2 to 4 players
– Play with 4 players or solo against the AI
– 9 faction decks, including the base game set and more: Zombies, Aliens, Dinosaurs, Ninjas, Pirates, Robots, Tricksters, Wizards & Geeks
– Random or manual faction selection
– Fully automated scoring
– Tutorial system plus ‘Step Through’ and ‘Review’ modes to help players learn
– Leader boards & Achievements
– Contains 16 Base cards to compete over
– Languages available: English, French, German

One of Uwe Rosenburg’s classic games is finally coming back into print courtesy of Lookout Games and Mayfair, and that game is Le Havre.  The game itself plays very simply in that on your turn you have two actions you can take, grab a stack of goods being offered, or activate one of the many buildings on the board.  The buildings will allow you to sell goods, upgrade goods, and even use the money you gained to build new buildings or ships.  After seven turns the round is over, your cattle and grain will increase based on how much you have, and then you have to feed your people.  After a set number of rounds the game is over and you get one final action to maximize your money, and whoever has the most is the winner.

This game is highly rated on BGG and has also been long out of print, with copies on the second hand market getting as high as $160.  Luckily with this reprint the price to acquire this game will come down to something more reasonable, so look for it on store shelves in the new year.