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July 14, 2018
You glance down at the diagram on your clipboard before looking back at the zoo beginning to take shape in front of you. The herbivore enclosure will fit perfectly in the top corner of the grounds. Maybe a large topiary should go next to it. You look at the diagram again, making a few changes to optimize the layout. Adding another section for the monorail track to zoom guests around the zoo would be a good idea. You adjust your plan and hurry off to talk to the workers. You can’t wait for opening day.
It’s your job as the director to plan and construct a dinosaur zoo to surpass any others. Strategically select the features you want and race against the clock to quickly piece together your zoo’s layout in this real-time card game. Mesozooic is available for pre-order now and will be available in stores in Q4.
July 1, 2018
The age of the dinosaurs is back—this time safely behind glass! Draw in guests from far and wide to see dinosaurs at your zoo. Select features to build and race against the clock to quickly construct your zoo’s layout in this real-time card game. Perfect for parties and family game nights, Mesozooic is available for preorder from Z-Man Games now!
Dinosaurs are back and the world is clamoring to see them! In Mesozooic, it’s your job as the director to plan and construct a zoo that will surpass any others. Fill your zoo with a variety of crowd-pleasing features: wow your visitors with towering dinosaur enclosures, entertain them with prehistoric attractions, and let them travel around the zoo in style on a network of monorails.
Over the course of three rounds, players will draft the most desirable features into their hand, piece their zoo together in real-time, and score each layout to see who has created the best zoo.
After drafting your favorite features, you’ll have to organize them in your zoo—but things won’t always go as planned! Race against time by frantically sliding the cards one at a time to match up features and optimize your zoo’s layout. Complete dinosaur enclosures, connect monorail tracks, and maintain your attractions to score points. The zoo with the best layout will score the most points!
Careful planning and quick thinking can give you the edge. Astonish guests with the amazing creatures from a land before time. Will guests flock to your dinosaur zoo?
May 21, 2018
An ocean of adventure awaits you in Anchors Aweigh from Z-Man Games!
Load your ship with everything you’ll need, then weigh anchor. Discover items, trade goods, and complete contracts to earn treasure. Grapple with fierce pirates, earning rewards if you defeat them. Will you earn the most treasure?
The wind rushes, carrying the smell of salt water and ruffling your hair. The crew bustles around you, hauling up crates of supplies and organizing them in the cargo hold. You hear the crash of the waves against the side of the ship. The captain calls for the anchor to be hauled up. It’s time to set sail!
Every adventure requires supplies. You’ll need everything from shovels and rope to a compass and sword. Prepare for your adventure by quickly grabbing tiles representing these pieces of equipment (known as assets), filling your ship’s cargo hold.
Pirates lurk on the high seas, hoping to catch sailors unaware and unprepared. As players continue their adventure, they will come across pirate cards. Each player can choose to fight or flee. If you choose to fight the pirates you must satisfy the supply requirements on the card or else you’ll pay a penalty. If you can satisfy the pirates you’ll reap the benefits, gaining treasure or valuable cargo items.
May 20, 2018
Return to the world of Cacao with Z-Man Games announcement of Cacao: Diamante, available for preorder!
Cacao: Diamante adds more depth with four new modules: The Gem Mines, the Tree of Life, the Emperor, and the New Workers. Play the modules individually or combine them to customize your gameplay. Combine Cacao: Diamante and Cacao: Chocolatl with the base game for a gigantic variant!
Walking deeper into the mine it gets colder and darker. The rocks shift as you run your hand along the wall. Lifting your torch, the light reflects on something in the distance. You walk closer and see the edge of a gem embedded in the wall. With your tools and a bit of work to excavate it, a ruby falls from the rock into your hand. Just a few more gems to find before returning to the tribe.
With the Gem Mine module of Cacao: Diamante, players can send workers to unearth valuable gems in the mines. Players uncover the colorful gem pieces from a three-dimensional mine cart. Collect gems in all four colors and exchange them for the valuable gold and gemstone-encrusted masks.
May 11, 2018
Will you be able to win the Princess’s affection?
Z-Man Games are pleased to announce that the essential card game Love Letter will join their catalog! Along with distributing remaining inventory from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), they will also reprint current versions of the game that players know and love already.
“We are thrilled to have Love Letter join Z-Man’s diverse catalog,” says Steve Kimball, Head of Studio at Z-Man Games. “This gem of a card game packs a lot of fun in a tiny box (or velvet bag) and fits perfectly with the many other acclaimed card games that have been a hallmark of the Z-Man brand. I’m excited to work closely with Seiji Kanai to help Love Letter reach new audiences and realize its full potential.”
Designed by Seiji Kanai, Love Letter is a quick deduction game in which players will carefully use a cast of characters in the castle to carry a message of love to the Princess. If you can successfully carry your love letter to her before your opponents catch you then you can obtain her affection and ultimately win her heart!
April 23, 2018
The classic Choose Your Own Adventure series comes to life in this new narrative adventure game. Will you survive the House of Danger? Pre-order from Z-Man Games or your local retailer and solve the mystery!
Images flash through your mind. You only catch a few visuals from these premonitions before they disappear. A grand staircase. A dollar bill. A looming statue. A chill runs up your spine. You know there is danger ahead, but you can’t resist the case.
In Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger , you are a psychic detective, haunted by the mystery of the missing owner of the Marsden mansion. With only a water bottle, your trusty pocketknife, and confidence in your detective skills, you set out to solve the mystery.
April 22, 2018
In the age of discovery, sailors risk life and limb to cross the vast and stormy Atlantic ocean in search of new territory. Compete to claim the riches of a new land for your country.
Dare to venture across the shifting seas! Pre-order your copy of Race to the New Found Land from your local retailer or Z-Man Games.
Sail your country’s fleet onward to the new land. Though a quick ship will get you there first, other ships can carry more cargo, settlers, or are better equipped for exploring the new world—you’ll want to diversify if you seek true riches. Upgrade your port, enlarging your shipyard and gaining an additional bonus unique to your country. Choose your ships and upgrades strategically to outmaneuver your opponents. Spend your hard-earned commodities to upgrade your fleet. Small ships are easier to build, but large ships will immediately score additional points. Larger ships can also be faster and carry more cargo or people.
Keep an eye on your opponents as they gather resources. Each order can only be fulfilled once, and you don’t want to lose out on a big payday just because your opponent beat you to it. Extra supplies mean extra orders! Each ship with supplies can sail to deliver the required items to different cities, netting you even more victory points. Will you win the race to the New Found Land?
Move settlers, sell valuable cargo, and discover new resources in the race to become the most influential power in this burgeoning new land.
April 14, 2018
Travel back to India at the height of the Mogul Empire, and join the Grand Mogul as he tours across the twelve provinces. Compete for the Grand Mogul’s approval, the loyalty of his advisors, and the wealth of the provinces. The court is yours to influence, and the future of India is within your grasp. You can now Pre-order your copy of Taj Mahal from Z-Man Games.
India has progressed and prospered, but that wealth could collapse at any moment. Instability and unrest plague the courts with petty concerns tearing the people apart. The Grand Mogul desperately seeks new leaders to carry India into a new age. Play your cards right and seize the opportunity to win the Grand Mogul’s favor as he tours across the beautiful provinces of India.
But beware! You aren’t the only one competing to seize power. As you travel with the Grand Mogul to the many beautiful provinces of India, keep an eye on your opponents. Pick your battles carefully and strategically time your withdrawal to claim your influence of particular members of court or save your cards for future confrontations.
Some provinces are richer opportunities than others, with bonus tokens and desirable commodities. You don’t want to be left without the means to influence the court at a more desirable new province. Strategically saving your influence cards could lead to victory in the best provinces.
A carefully placed word or the right gesture and the members of court will be at your feet. While touring each province, you must carefully spread your influence to master the dance of intrigue and defeat your opponents who are also seeking the court’s favor.
To influence the court, select a card from your hand and place it faceup in front of you. You may start ambitiously, playing a card with the Grand Mogul’s symbol on it to draw out other player’s cards. The next player can choose to spread their influence to the Grand Mogul as well, matching your influence, or they can play a card with a different symbol, going after other members of court or control of the province itself.
You must continue to spread your influence with cards that have the same background color. A yellow card can’t be played once you have started your influence with red, for example. Once you have spread as much influence as you can or as much as you choose to, you withdraw. For each member of the court you have influenced more than your opponents, you claim the corresponding tokens.