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Feb 4, 2019
Create a stone garden with everything in its place.
Coming soon from Z-Man Games, a compact game of elegant simplicity, in Narabi players work together to untangle the chaotic placement of stones to create harmonious, numerical order in their stone garden. With quick play, light strategy, and hundreds of card combinations, this is a must-have title. Pre-order your copy of Narabi through the Z-Man Games website or your local retailers.
A perfect stone garden is carefully arranged to create a feeling of harmony and peace. Working together, players must move stones one at a time to place the stones in numerical order, either clockwise or counterclockwise, in as few moves as possible. If players can find order from the chaos, they win!
Each stone is randomly paired with a restriction card and inserted into the included card sleeves to create hundreds of possible combinations. Each game will be a new puzzle to solve as the restrictions and stones are mixed together
Once you have set up the game and randomly sleeved the restriction cards with the stone cards, each player will get a set of stones in front of them. With three players, each player will get four stones each. With four or five players, each player will get three stones in front of them. Once the stones are randomly dealt out, players must work together to figure out the puzzle. Players can look at the restrictions on their own stones. Then with limited table talk, players can try to deduce the best movements allowed within each stone’s restriction to strategically change the numerical order. On a player’s turn they must move a stone. So giving one player a 7 next to their 8 may seem like the best move but that 7 or 8 might have to move on their turn.
Will you be able to achieve true serenity? Narabi will be $14.99 and on shelves very soon!
Feb 3, 2019
Z-Man Games has announced the release of Kingsburg Expansion Module #6, a set of familiar faces with all new abilities.
The King’s advisors have convened once again to pool together their collective resources in hopes of saving Kingsburg for yet another year. Only this time, their offerings will change at some point during the game.
The premise is simple. Essentially, at the start of each productive season, a new advisor reward is revealed and placed on top of its spot on the board, replacing the reward players have grown familiar with. Eventually, each advisor will feature a brand-new effect, allowing players access to the advisor’s new reward while removing its existing reward for the remainder of the game.
For example, the General originally focuses on battle, recruiting 2 soldiers and secretly looking at the top card of the enemy deck. The new reward tile replaces that effect with the reward to gain 2 gold or 2 wood or 2 stone. The Wizard normally rewards players with 4 gold, but with the new advisor tile placed on his space, he will now reward players with 5 victory points. These subtle differences can dramatically change strategies for fans of the game who feel like they’ve fully explored what Kingsburg has to offer.
Whether you’re a die-hard Kingsburg fan or you’ve just been itching for an excuse to get this beloved classic back to the table, look no further than Module #6 , sold exclusively on the Z-Man website and available now for just $6.99!
Note: Expansion Module #6 is already included in the newest version of Kingsburg. This expansion is intended to offer owners of the first edition the chance to purchase the expansion separately.
Jan 5, 2019
Z-Man Games are thrilled to announce Noctiluca, an engaging abstract game from acclaimed designer Shem Phillips. Renowned for their restorative properties, the noctiluca are desired by many healers. Players must carefully plan their path before diving into the water to collect these mysterious glowing creatures. With a beautiful double-sided game board, up to four players can compete against each other, or one player can rescue noctiluca from the tempest in the included solo mode.
Pre-order your copy of Noctiluca through their webstore or your local retailer today.
In Noctiluca, 104 colorful dice fill the pool on the game board to represent the different glowing noctiluca. Players will take turns diving in to the water from the edges of the shore to collect the noctiluca dice from the board and keep them safely in jars until they can deliver them to healers. After two rounds, players will compare points from their successful deliveries and the player with the most points will win.
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.