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Asmodee Acquires Mayfair and Lookout Games

Feb 10, 2018

Asmodee continues to acquire game publishers at an astronomical rate. This time it’s Mayfair and Lookout Games!

From Mayfair;

As of today, the management team at Mayfair Games, Inc. announces we will wind down game publishing. After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary. Once we had come to this conclusion, we knew we had to find a good home for our games which is when we reached out to Asmodee.

We are pleased to announce that we have sold our games to Asmodee North America, who have acquired all the assets of Mayfair Games, Inc. This acquisition includes the product line for both Mayfair Games, Inc and Lookout Games, GmbH.

We would like to take a moment to say – Thank You!

Thank you to the many retailers, reviewers, customers, industry partners, and volunteers, who made us a success over the past 36 years! You helped bring our games to game stores and cafes, conventions, libraries, schools, kitchen tables, backyard patios, family vacations, and more… where thousands of fans have been introduced to this great world of board gaming. Thank you!!

Mayfair Games Announces Isle of Skye Journeyman Expansion

August 22, 2017

Isle of Skye: Journeyman, is the first big expansion to Isle of Skye from designers Alexander Pfister and Andreas Pelikan.

Becoming a king is hard, but being a king is even harder. You need warriors to protect your kingdom, merchants to keep your treasury liquid and heralds which proclaim your popularity across the kingdom. Luckily, your best mate has agreed to take over the hard graft so that you concentrate becoming a glory chieftain.

This new expansion contains new personal player boards indicating your progress in terms of strength, prosperity and popularity. As each progress step has requirements to be met, the personal player boards affect tile selling and placement. However, in order to claim the next level of development and gain potential rewards, it’s not sufficient to place the corresponding tiles only. A new pawn (the journeyman) needs to travel the kingdom and “activate” the tiles. In addition, 4 new scoring tiles are contained respecting the new challenges of Isle of Skye: Journeyman.

4 New scoring tiles
8 New landscape tiles
7 Gold coins
15 Roads
5 “50/100” VP markers
1 Rulebook
In each of the 5 player colors: 1 progress board,
6 markers, 9 bonus tiles, 1 Journeyman pawn

Uwe Rosenberg’s Glass Road to Return This Summer to the US Market

April 8th, 2017

Glass Road from designer Uwe Rosenberg is returning to the US market early this summer thanks to Mayfair Games picking up the licence!!

Glass Road puts the players in the role of medieval glass-makers and celebrates the tradition of Bavarian glasswork. Make the best uses of your resources and specialists to win the game!
This is a medieval economic game for 1-4 players, ages 12+.

Glass Road is a game that commemorates the 700-year-old tradition of glass-making in the Bavarian Forest. (Today the Glass Road is a route through the Bavarian Forest that takes visitors to many of the old glass houses and museums of that region.) You must skillfully manage your glass and brick production in order to build the right structures that help you to keep your business flowing. Cut the forest to keep the fires burning in the ovens, and spread and remove ponds, pits and groves to supply yourself with the items you need. Fifteen specialists are there at your side to carry out your orders…

The game consists of four building periods. Each player has an identical set of fifteen specialist cards, and each specialist comes with two abilities. At the beginning of each building period, each player needs to choose a hand of five specialists. If he then plays a specialist that no other player has remaining in his hand, he may use both abilities of that card; if two or more players play the same specialist, each of them may use only one of the two abilities. Exploiting the abilities of the specialists lets you collect resources, lay out new landscape tiles (e.g., ponds and pits), and build a variety of buildings. There are three types of buildings:

  1. Processing buildings
  2. Immediate buildings with a one-time effect
  3. Buildings that provide bonus points at the end of the game for various accomplishments

Mastering the balance of knowing the best specialist card to play and being flexible about when you play it – together with assembling a clever combination of buildings – is the key to this game.

Le Havre sailing back into stores courtesy of Mayfair and Lookout Games!

December 27th, 2016

Le Havre has been out of print for a while but soon it will be sailing back into hobby game stores courtesy of Mayfair and Lookout Games!

Each turn, players will reveal goods coming into the harbor. From there they take one of two main actions, either to take all the goods from one dock (all the accumulated wood or clay, for example) or to use their worker. Alternately, players can take special actions, to buy buildings, sell buildings or repay loans.

After 7 turns, the game advances to a new year, which requires players to feed their workers and allows them to take a harvest. During the harvest, players with 1 grain will grow an additional grain and players will two cattle will breed one additional cattle.

As the game progresses, players will begin to build ships, both for exporting goods but also to import food to feed their workers. Players will also build a variety of buildings allowing their workers to take more actions, such as converting grain into bread, or smoking fish to making each a more valuable source of food.
At the end of the game, players will add up the value of all their buildings, plus their gold on hand and whoever has the most gold is the winner!

Mayfair Games acquires Twilight Creations

June 6th, 2016

Mayfair Games is excited to announce the purchase of a controlling interest in Twilight Creations, the award winning board game publisher of the well-known Zombies!!! series of games in addition to a horror-themed line of games including The Haunting House.

During this change, Kerry Breitenstein will remain an integral part of Twilight Creations, overseeing the creative side of the company as the Vice President of Design and Production. Loren Roznai of Mayfair Games will be taking on the role of President and will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company.

All logistical operations for Twilight Creations are being moved to Mayfair Games in Skokie. All sales and distribution inquires will be handled by our Sales team in Plant City, FL. All distributors will remain the same.

We are also happy to announce we will be showcasing the Zombies!!! product line in the Mayfair Games booth at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH – June 15-19, 2016. Our presence for both companies at Gen Con, August 4-7, 2016, will remain the same this year. Twilight Creations will be in Booth# 523 and Mayfair will be in Booth#117 – watch for combined space for 2017.

We are both excited about the possibilities ahead of us and we hope you’ll join us in this Zombie adventure. Stay tuned for BIG Zombies!!! announcements in the coming months!

The new version of Agricola is here!

May 23rd, 2016

This weekend was the long awaited, official Agricola Re-Release Weekend and things kicked off with the Agricola base game, the heart of the revamped Agricola line.

This game for 1-4 players features an updated and streamlined design by creator Uwe Rosenberg. The components are wood and the game features an expanded card deck with a “greatest hits” collection of cards from the original game and its expansions, newly revised and updated for this edition.

The Agricola base game is a revised edition of Uwe Rosenberg’s
celebrated classic. The game is designed for 1-4 players, features
improved all-wood components and a card selection from the
base game as well as its expansions, revised and updated for
this edition.

Players begin the game with two family members and can grow
their families over the course of the game. This allows them more
actions but remember you have to grow more food to feed your
family as it grows!

Feeding your family is a special kind of challenge and players will plant grain and vegetables while
supplementing their food supply with sheep, wild boar and cattle. Guide your family to wealth, health
and prosperity and you will win the game!

Asmodee aquires Catan from Mayfair Games

January 9th, 2015

Asmodee North America has acquired the license for the English language publishing and sales of Catan from Mayfair Games, Inc.. From this, Catan Studio, Inc. has formed and becomes the newest creative unit in the Asmodee group. Mayfair Games will continue to do business as an independent company publishing both Mayfair and Lookout Games products.

Mayfair Games (MGI) will assist Catan Studio, Inc. and Asmodee North America in the promotion of the Catan brand including but not limited to the continued coordination of the 2016 Catan tournament schedule, Catan Day 2016 and the 2016 Catan World Championship.

MGI carries a strong and skilled team moving into the new year. Its staff includes Larry Roznai, who will continue as President and take on the role of CEO previously held by Pete Fenlon, Alex Yeager will take on an expanded position as VP of Acquisition & Development, taking on responsibilities previously held by S. Coleman Charlton. Daniel Decker, as the new VP of Sales, and Julie Yeager, as Director of Marketing, will manage department responsibilities previously held by Robert T. Carty, Jr.. Loren Roznai will serve as MGI’s Executive VP. Jim Miles becomes MGI’s Director of Event Management.

MGI continues to retain a controlling interest in Lookout GmbH and Mayfair GmbH, providing a wide range of games worldwide, and distribution to the European marketplace. These efforts will be expanded with a new focus on multi-language and international products.

MGI is also pleased to announce the acquisition of several Martin Wallace games as permanent additions to the Mayfair game library. Those titles include Steam™, Aeroplanes™, Automobile™, Test of Fire™ and Clash of Wills™.

Moving forward, all of MGI’s distributor and retailer terms will remain the same. MGI will also be continuing its exclusive agreement with Alliance for all sales in the USA to the hobby market and with Esdevium for the UK market. MGI will be reevaluating and making some adjustments to its distribution strategy in Canada.

The new team at Mayfair Games, Inc. is excited about the possibilities ahead, and as always, our focus will continue to be to offer games of the highest quality to our faithful and ever-growing fan base.

Settlers no more

January 21st, 2015

At this year’s International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Kosmos and Mayfair Games are proud to announce a new look for the entire line of Catan® games. The new look will strengthen the Catan brand both domestically and internationally. The new cover art utilized by all partners will provide a visual continuity throughout the world.  This new look is more vibrant and alluring with overall improved presentation and splendidly clean branding.  The new packaging cries out… CATAN!

In the 20 years since Klaus Teuber revolutionized game design with the original Settlers of Catan®, a worldwide fandom has developed around the game. The original game, plus its expansions have sold more than 22 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages.

As part of the growing expansion of the Catan® family of products, the base game will simply be called CATAN® in all countries and languages, along with a unification of the game’s graphic design in all territories and languages.

Catan’s creator, Klaus Teuber, said that “By means of this change, we will continue to grow global demand and modernize the Catan family of games.”

Catan will visit India during the 2,700km Rickshaw Run. During this charity event, players will get to play Catan and Mayfair Games, Catan GmbH and Kosmos will teach the game and raise money for charity.