Renegade Games to publish Honshu for North America

November 23, 2016 - 9:06am
honshu Renegade Games has partnered with the Finnish publishing company to bring to the american market Honshu, a city building card game.  But this game isn't like other city building games, and this is because the main mechanic of the game is trick taking and then using the cards from the trick to build your city.  The selection order and what cards will be used to build your cities is determined by the trick with the winner picking first, and the available cards being the ones played that round.  Cards will have many different types of terrain on them like forest, lake, fallow, or even a factory of some sort.  If you manage to connect a factory to the resource it needs you will get a resource cube, which you can then use to boost your card value when playing a later trick.  At the end of 12 rounds you will count up points, forest and lakes are straight points, cities score based on the largest one you have, and each supplied factory will score you points as well.  Most points is the winner! This game reminds me a bit of the Trick of the Rails game in that it uses the base of a trick taking game, but then uses the winner of that trick to spring board you to another level of gameplay.  I am looking forward to this hitting stores in the near future, you can read the press release below for more information. Renegade Game Studios and to release Honshu in North America San Diego, CA (Nov. 17th, 2016) — Renegade Game Studios™, the premier publisher of original games has partnered with, a leading Finnish publishing company, to release a Honshu, a city building card game, in North America. After a successful launch at Internationale Spieltage in Essen, there has been increasing demand for the title in the American market. Honshu is a map-building card game set in feudal Japan. Players are lords and ladies of noble houses seeking new lands and opportunities for fame and fortune. One game of Honshu lasts twelve rounds, and each round is divided into two phases. First, map cards are played in a trick, and the player who played the highest valued card gets to pick first from those cards played. Then the players use the map cards picked to expand their personal maps. Each player must expand their personal maps to maximize their scoring possibilities. Manipulating your position in the player order is crucial for mastering Honshu. "We are always on the lookout for games that are incredibly easy to learn but offer a deep and fulfilling experience. Honshu fits this description perfectly. "  says Renegade President Scott Gaeta.  "We are excited to bring this elegant game to our fans in North America thanks to the wonderful team at" Look for Honshu at friendly local game stores in North America and online.  Honshu takes about 30-40 minutes to play and is for 2-5 players ages 8+.   You can visit: for more information about our games and the designers we work with.