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Dec 16, 2018
Aerion is a solo/cooperative game for one to two players published by Z-Man Games. Your goal is to build six airships to create the most beautiful fleet in the Oniverse. By rolling dice and managing your resources, you must find the best blueprints, materials, and crew for each ship. Can you build the best fleet in time?
As a well-known air-shipwright, a builder of flying machines, the Archonts have come to you with a weighty charge: to build a new fleet of ships to traverse the skies of the Oniverse. With limited resources, you face a great challenge to complete the order before your resources are exhausted.
The Archonts want a full fleet of six airships. You have the skills to build what they demand, but you must weigh your options carefully to get the components you need. Each ship requires a sound blueprint, the correct materials, and a trusty crew.
Aerion will be $24.99 and release in spring 2019
Nov 22, 2018
Humanity yearns for the stars and the race to explore is in full swing! With everyone wanting to claim their spot in history and start the golden age of space exploration, you must make strategic choices to outwit your opponents. Compete against other agencies to hire the best specialists, expand your research, upgrade your rocket, and complete missions in this retro resource management game.
Lift Off will be $59.99 and release in spring 2019. You can pre-order your copy of Lift Off through Z-Man Games or your local retailer today!
The unexplored cosmos awaits you in Lift Off. Build your space agency and compete to claim the most glorious milestones of space travel. New research has refined techniques to send astronauts into space. Specialists in the field will give your agency the edge. Bring a lead researcher or astronaut commander onboard and prepare for launch.
With the skills and technology to reach space finally within humanity’s grasp, there are many different possibilities to explore. Send up the first satellites, mine minerals from asteroids, build an orbital trading post, or land on a new planet. Select your missions carefully. A more complex mission will have a bigger payoff for your agency but will require more work.
To prepare for your missions you’ll need to develop technologies: life support, oxygen, energy, and fuel. You’ll also need to carefully manage your agency’s funds to upgrade your rocket to carry larger loads and fly more efficiently with rocket boosters. An upgraded rocket will be better suited to tackle the more ambitious missions. Plan ahead and your agency will win the race to the stars!
Nov 5, 2018
The ocean waves crash into the shore on a bright summer day. As the villagers start their morning, a cry goes out. The tide has changed and filled the lagoon to bursting with fish of all shapes and sizes! The Miauians quickly hurry to grab their preferred fishing equipment: everything from fishing rods and nets to a snorkel and spear. Racing down to the water, cats of all ages dive in to chase after the best fish. The annual fishing festival has begun!
Travel to the tropical island filled with cats in Miaui! Cute illustrations and light, fun gameplay make this card game a perfect addition for family game night. Pre-order your copy of Miaui today from Z-Man Games or your local retailer.
On the island of Miaui (MEOW-ee), the villagers count down the days until the tide changes, bringing in a wealth of fish to the nearby lagoon. Once the first surge of fish is spotted, the whole village comes together for the fishing festival. The most skilled Miauian divers try to bring back the most valuable fish from the lagoon for the evening feast. All kinds of fish are served at the feast but beware the gooey jellyfish and the thieving seagulls.
Miauians of all shapes, sizes, and age compete for glory at the fishing festival. Players will select their diver from a quirky cast of characters illustrated by Paul Mafayon. Will the kitten win their very first fishing competition or will the grandpa cat take the victory? May the best diver win!
Oct 22, 2018
Travel to the African savanna and experience the classic tile-laying game with a new twist in Carcassonne: Safari! Pre-order your copy through Z-Man Games or your local retailer today.
The lion roars from the shadows of the baobab tree as the zebra darts past. The ground shakes with the thunderous footballs of elephants. Looking through your binoculars, you zoom in on the towering giraffe slowly lowering its neck to the edge of a pool of clear water. The watering hole is key to survival under the sweltering African sun. You wait patiently, excited to see even more animals on your safari.
From the mischievous monkey to the proud lion, many different species of animal roam the African savanna. With 72 land tiles and 50 animal tiles, you and your fellow safari-goers will have a lot of ground to cover to see the diverse wildlife scattered around the plains. Climb the baobab tree to get a birds-eye view, walk the trails and spot the animals hiding in the bush, blaze new trails with the ranger vehicles, and dig watering holes where wildlife can peacefully gather.
As you explore the savanna, many different animals will cross your path. Keep a sharp eye out! A wider variety of animals along a completed trail will score you more points. Once a path is complete, check how many different animals are present. Spotting a giraffe, monkey, elephant, and zebra is a wide variety of creatures and will score ten points. Clever tile placement to provide more variety in your exploration across the savanna will be key to victory. Whoever spots the most animals will amass the most points and be declared the winner!
Oct 21, 2018
Z-Man are pleased to announce that the former Mayfair line, Lords of Vegas, is joining their catalog!
“We are selling the existing Mayfair Games stock of the base game and the UP! expansion, so if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on them, we’ve got you covered.”
In Lords of Vegas, players are competing casino owners seeking to hit the jackpot in a gambler’s paradise. Set in the era of Las Vegas’ postwar boom, you’ll build casinos along the strip, helping the city go from its promising fledgling potential to its modern, full-fledged state. With careful planning, wise investments, and a bit of luck, you’ll end up as the reigning lord of Vegas!
“We’re very excited to welcome Lords of Vegas to the Z-Man catalog,” says Steve Kimball, Head of Studio at Z-Man Games. “It’s been incredibly satisfying for me to interact with Mike and James as I’ve always personally admired their work from afar, and I’m looking forward to not only support Lords of Vegas, but potential future opportunities as well.”
Also to come will be the long-anticipated Underworld expansion that had been previously announced by Mayfair, but never before released. The Underworld expansion brings characters to the game, adding a unique dynamic of agenda and persona that as yet had been unexplored.
“When Mike and I created Lords of Vegas, it had more of an organized crime theme,” says James Ernest, co-designer of Lords of Vegas. “You weren’t really the owners of casinos, just connected into their systems at the highest levels. This is why it makes sense that you only have nine employees in a city-block sized casino. Some of that theming disappeared as we worked on it, and some of it just didn’t apply, so the game we made had nearly all of the criminal themes removed. Underworld is our chance to reintroduce the mobsters who have always been a part of the story of Las Vegas, using a new set of cards that add twists and turns (and loan sharks!) to the game.”
The Underworld expansion is still in development, and as the game nears its release we’ll begin showing preview articles and more updates.
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.
Oct 5, 2018
Narabi is a unique cooperative card game. With quick play, light strategy, and hundreds of card combinations for variety and new challenges, this card game is a must-have for any gamer’s library. Prepare to create your stone garden by pre-ordering your copy of Narabi from Z-Man Games or your local retailers.
You walk slowly around the garden, stepping carefully around the deliberately placed stones. A breeze loosens a few delicate pink petals from the tree at the edge of the garden and you smile as you watch them dance in the wind. Picking up a nearby rake, you gently push the fallen petals out of the way before dragging the rake back through the sand to recreate the elegant linear pattern. After slow and steady work moving the sand and adjusting the placement of the stones, the garden is complete and a feeling of serenity washes over you.
Creating a stone garden is a meditative experience, but it also takes concentration and the help of others. Working together, players build a peaceful stone garden with everything in its proper place. Some stones in the garden are dark or light, others are large or small. Stones will either be blank or have a value ranging from 0 to 9. Exchanging the stones one at a time, players must work toward the correct arrangement in as few moves as possible. A serene stone garden will have the stones in numerical order, either clockwise or counterclockwise. If players can achieve this order, they win. However, this isn’t as simple as just handing a player a 2 for their 5.
In Narabi, the stones in your garden can only be moved in certain ways. These movements are defined by the restriction cards. For example, a restriction card could say that a stone can only be exchanged with a stone that has a higher value. Another stone may only be exchanged with another stone that is numbered between 2 and 6. Each stone will have its own restriction that players must follow.
With limited knowledge of other player’s stones, a perfect stone garden can only be achieved through teamwork, memory, and strategic precision. Will you be able to achieve true serenity?
Narabi will be $14.99 and is planned to release early 2019.
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.