Board Games

Z-Man Announces The Great City of Rome

Oct 10, 2018

The Emperor of the greatest civilization in history calls for the finest master architects to rebuild Rome! Compete against your fellow architects for blueprints and materials, and manage your resources carefully to sculpt a city where any citizen can live and thrive.

Pre-order The Great City of Rome today from Z-Man Games or your local retailer.

The construction of a city is a complex endeavor, requiring meticulous planning, dedicated workers, and sturdy materials. Before the work can start, players must first travel to the court of the Emperor for blueprints and materials to enact their plan. Using emissaries to earn the Emperor’s favor, players can claim spaces on a unique action strip to strategically prepare and move their city plan forward.

At the start of each round, players reveal a set of available building cards, each with their own attributes, as well as flip one of the six unique action strips. Using their emissaries, players claim spaces on the action strip, carefully choosing the placement to earn the right to claim the best building cards or maximize the number of actions they can take. Once emissaries have been placed on the unique action board, players draft building cards, resolve actions, and construct buildings in order from closest to farthest from the golden Emperor pawn.

Send out your emissaries wisely. Spending less time beseeching the Emperor leaves more time to gather resources and materials; players receive the resources depicted on each space between their emissary and the Emperor pawn (including the emissary’s space). Balancing your priorities each round is key to victory.

Tabletop Tycoon and Vicotry Point Games Align

Oct 10, 2018

Tabletop Tycoon has added game publisher Victory Point Games as a publishing imprint retaining their VPG brand and logo.

Victory Point Games is a small format, indie board game publisher currently based in Irvine, California. Originally the company focused on developing quick playing historical war games like the Napoleonic 20 series, States of Siege series, and BATTLESSON series.  They have since expanded their product range to include strategy, card, family, and casual board games like Nemo’s WarDarkest NightRenegadeand Dawn of the Zeds. Alan Emrich, States of Siege series designer, sums up what the alignment means:

 We are very happy to be working with the entire team at Tabletop Tycoon. By allowing us to focus on what we do best, developing and creating amazing gameplay experiences, it means more great games and expanding game universes for our popular series are closer on the horizon.

Tabletop Tycoon will leverage its game industry expertise and its various game publishing capabilities, from logistics to wholesale and retail sales, to support Victory Point Games.  Through Game Salute, Tabletop Tycoon publishes popular games such as  Everdell, Black Orchestra, Alien Frontiers, and Nothing Personal. Having worked with Victory Point Games team for ten years, President and CEO Dan Yarrington is pleased with the addition:

We have worked very well with the team from Victory Point Games for a long time. We are pleased to have their team joining our staff to continue to expand opportunities for the fans of their games.

Renegade Game Studios and Huch! Announce Reprint of Trajan

Oct 7, 2018

Renegade Game Studios and Huch! are excited to announce a reprint of the Roman development game, Trajan! In this award-winning game (designed by Stefan Feld, illustrated by Jo Hartwig), players balance politics, military, trading, and other parts of Roman culture while enjoying a rondel mechanic to plan out their actions.

You can find this title on game shelves beginning December 2018.

Pre-order from your Friendly Local Game Store now or through the Renegade Store

110 AD – the Roman Empire is at its height of glory, ruled by the “optimus princeps,” Emperor Trajan. All borders are secured, and people can focus again on the empire’s internal matters — ROME. Take your chances and boost your power! With the proper tactics, you may outmaneuver your opponents and eventually claim victory.

Players try to score victory points (VP) by taking advantage of opportunities with six different actions. At the end of the game, the player with the most VP is the winner.

To succeed, you must allocate action markers to the trays of your action circle cunningly, trying to catch the best time for certain actions. On the one hand, it is important to make use of sudden opportunities, such as to get hold of attractive tiles. On the other hand, you must not neglect to give other players a hard time at crucial times. To accomplish this, you may need to scheme some of your actions a few turns in advance.

Regardless of the outcome of your first game, you will become more experienced with each new game, always learning new refinements to your strategy.

Gnomes & Associates Now Available from Happy Games Factory

Oct 7, 2018

Gnomes & Associates is now available in the online store of Happy Games Factory !

For those who missed the kickstarter, now it is the time to correct that !

This simple, family-friendly and easy-to-play game will allow you to introduce your whole family to the miniatures board game!

Each player will run a guild whose goals will be different and you will earn gold for each good action performed. But be careful, whether you are a thief, a brigand or an usurer, the right actions will be different!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course Previewed by IDW Games

Oct 3, 2018

Sonic The Hedgehog: Crash Course is for 2 to 4 players as their race their characters on, and take part in creating, an ever-growing track, using items to advance their characters or disrupt their opponents. Players who move off the edge of the most-recently-played Track Tile add a new tile to the track before finishing their movement and free, or as Eggman, capture a Flicky Bird. They may also free or capture Flicky Birds through unique Character objectives. The first player to collect the required amount of Flicky Birds, then cross the finish line, which constantly moves to the edge of the most-recently-played Track Tile, wins the game!

Sonic The Hedgehog: Crash Course will be available only at GameStop this Fall! Pre-Order Now!

Renegade Game Studios Previews Spell Smashers

Oct 2, 2018

Harness the power of your vocabulary in this exciting, monster-battling, loot-collecting word game. In Spell Smashers, now available to preorder from Renegade Game Studios, you combine your letter cards to spell words, smashing fearsome monsters and their even more fearsome adjectives!

When you deal damage to a monster, you gain precious coins. When you defeat a monster, you collect that monster as a trophy … and gain a new letter to use later on! But beware — as you battle these dangerous creatures, you receive wounds, which are difficult letter combinations that could ruin your day.

Between battles, visit the local town and spend your hard-earned loot to outfit yourself with powerful gear, take on new quests, buy devious potions, or grab an ale at the tavern as you boast about your battle scars. Set your sights on fame and glory as you smash monsters with your spelling skills and rid the world of evil!

Number of Players: 1-5
For Ages: 12+
Playing Time: 45-60 minutes
MSRP: $45.00

 

Onitama: Way of the Wind Announced by Arcane Wonders

Oct 2, 2018

In Onitama: Way of the Wind, an indomitable force, the wind spirit, will be interfering with the rival schools that are competing at the ancient shine of Onitama. This expansion, that requires the base game Onitama to play, creates a new layer of interaction and tactics in the game.

“Once again, rival schools have made the treacherous journey through the mist-shrouded mountains to the shrine of Onitama. But something is different this time… their activity has attracted the attention of a Wind Spirit!”

The wind spirit is an impassable object, neither students nor masters may move into a space occupied by it. If the wind spirit lands on a student pawn, it does not capture it, instead, it swaps places with the student! However, the wind spirit cannot land on master pieces.

If you’d like more information about Onitama: Way of the Wind, we will be adding videos, reviews, the rulebook, and more information at: The Onitama: Way of the Wind Game Page.

A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians Announced by Z-Man Games

Oct 1, 2018

In the realms of crafting, trade, discover, and battle, you have already proven yourself a worthy chieftain. Now it’s time to broaden your horizons, to explore and tame new lands, and to bring further wealth and glory to your tribe.

The Norwegians expansion continues the epic saga of the critically-acclaimed A Feast for Odin, providing a host of new lands to discover, more wares, more animals, new challenges, and a multitude of new actions to perform. The Norwegians is is now available for Pre Order from Z-Man Games.

Will you lead your tribe to glory? Keep an eye on our website for more articles about the new options and strategy presented in A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians and pre-order your copy today!

The Norwegians will be $39.99 and release in late 2018.