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May 05
2022

Ding! Ding! Get on Board the Cable Car for Ticket to Ride: San Francisco

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by W. Eric Martin Publisher Days of Wonder has announced the fourth title in its Ticket to Ride "city" series from designer Alan R. Moon. After transforming transportation in New York, London, and Amsterdam, players can now build networks of cable cars in Ticket to Ride: San Francisco — which is kind of amusing given that these days only three cable cars lines still function, but it's not like you're ...


May 05
2022

Build a Viking Clan in Lofoten, and Run an Elven Workshop in Woodcraft

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by W. Eric Martin I recently published BGG's Origins Game Fair 2022 Preview, which will keep growing with U.S. game releases until the show opens on June 8, but European publishers already have their eyes on SPIEL '22, which takes place October 6-9. Here are a few of the upcoming games from this show that I've come across:Non-final cover• Belgian publisher Pearl Games will release the two-player game Lofoten from ...


May 04
2022

Upsizing Kingdom Builder and The Castles of Burgundy

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by W. Eric Martin Ahead of a game's appearance on retail shelves, it might debut at a convention...and ahead of that debut, it might be crowdfunded...and ahead of that, the crowdfunding campaign will likely be teased with multiple previews so that those who are looking to plan a game night in late 2023 can figure out what they might be playing. With that spirit in mind, I offer teasers of ...


May 03
2022

Impress Catherine the Great Through Fancy Card Play

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by W. Eric Martin German publisher dlp games has released a new title from designer Johannes Schmidauer-König, who created the great card game Team Play.The game is Katharina: Die Städte der Zarin, and U.S. publisher Capstone Games will release the title as Catherine: The Cities of the Tsarina in August 2022. Here's an overview of this 2-4 player game:Catherine: The Cities of the Tsarina takes players to the Tsarist Empire ...


May 03
2022

Designer Diary: Cryptid: Urban Legends, or An Asymmetric Hidden Movement Game That's Neither

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by Ruth Veevers Cryptid: Urban Legends is a hidden movement game in which the movement isn't hidden. It's also an asymmetric game in which you do the same stuff. It sounds like a joke — and it is — but it also says something about how we got to the game we ended up with.Get You a Game Who Can Do BothYou can broadly divide hidden movement games into two ...


May 02
2022

Pies Are Made for Slicing: Cutting Berried Treasure Down to Size

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by W. Eric Martin In mid-April 2022, I wrote about Sid Sackson's Berried Treasure from Restoration Games, stating among other things that the box is comically large for the components included.I understand all the reasons why publishers use boxes that seem larger than they need to be, but I also understand that once a game is in your hands, you can do with it whatever you like (within the legal ...


May 01
2022

Origins Game Fair 2022 Preview Is Live; Masks No Longer Required at the Show

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by W. Eric Martin With conventions scheduled to take place somewhat as normal in 2022, I've started assembling convention previews once again, with the Origins Game Fair 2022 Preview now live on BGG.The preview lists barely more than a dozen titles right now, but it will fill out more as we get closer to Origins, which runs June 8-12, and as we work our way through publisher surveys about games ...


Apr 30
2022

Links: Sales in the City of Games, Cheating for Charizard, and Neolithic History Explored

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by W. Eric Martin • In mid-April 2022, designer Frank West of The City of Games published a five-year summary of revenue received by the company (£5,648,209.36 before costs), number of games and other products sold (530,786), and other statistics that make for fascinating reading should you be a small publisher or be considering a step in that direction.West writes:I think the most important lesson from the years has been ...


Apr 29
2022

Designer Diary: Legends of Hellas, or A Legendary Quest

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by Pierre Knockaert Legends of Hellas, newly released by Quined Games as of April 2022, is a reimplementation of Escape Now!, so let me start with the birth of that game.In 2017, I was already designing tabletop games, but at that time I was mainly busy designing escape rooms, — more specifically, mobile escape rooms. With my escape room partners in crime, we were brainstorming about a small gift to ...


Apr 29
2022

Command German Aerial Squadrons, Lead A Convoy Across the Atlantic, and Fight for Richmond

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by Candice Harris • In April 2022, Dan Verssen Games (DVG) launched a Kickstarter campaign (KS link) for Stuka Leader, a new solitaire, Leader game from designer Chuck Seegert, which plays in 45-120 minutes, and expands upon the gameplay of DVG's Corsair Leader and Zero Leader. In Stuka Leader, you take command of a huge selection of German aircrafts in World War II, and work through a variety of campaigns ...


Apr 28
2022

Draw Scribbly Gums, Eat Green Snakes, and Collect Australian Birds Courtesy of Joey Games

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by W. Eric Martin Designer Phil Walker-Harding and artist Meredith Walker-Harding have started their own publishing company: Joey Games. The name emphasizes the focus of the company to release "board games about Australia", with the intended audience being children and adults who play together — which fits the audience of pretty much all games that Phil Walker-Harding has released since his debut in 2007 with Archaeology through his first publishing ...


Apr 27
2022

Ride Through Poland, Roll Through Twilight Imperium, and Protect Yourself from Stranger Things

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by W. Eric Martin • In 2019, Days of Wonder released Wsiąść do Pociągu: Polska, a Ticket to Ride expansion map from Alan R. Moon for the Polish market.At the time, I had asked Days of Wonder about the general availability of this expansion and was told, "This expansion has been made for the Polish market, like Ticket to Ride: Germany back in the day" — and by Ticket to ...


Apr 26
2022

Continue Misbehavin' in Firefly, and Prove Your Worth in Pirates of Skydock

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by W. Eric Martin • To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the debut of the Firefly television series, U.S. publisher Gale Force Nine is releasing a new game set in that universe — sorry, 'Verse — courtesy of designer Jack Reda.Here's an overview of Firefly: Misbehavin', a 2-4 player game that will debut in August 2022 with a US$65 MSRP:Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em ...


Apr 26
2022

Designer Diary: Oranienburger Kanal

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by Uwe Rosenberg The First IdeasOranienburger Kanal is surely one of my "heaviest" games to appear in 2022, but originally it was not supposed to be like that at all.I can still remember how I went to my favorite café with the mere idea and a few blank pieces of paper and made notes. After that, the game was almost ready — the rules, at least. I then spent several ...


Apr 25
2022

Game Overview: Full Throttle!, or Gambling in Candy Land

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by W. Eric Martin In general, I've been having a blast with Friedemann Friese's Full Throttle!, which he released through his own 2F-Spiele brand in October 2021 and which Rio Grande Games released in January 2022.The gist of the game is simple: Six mopeds are racing, and you're placing bets on which ones will come in first, second, and third after three laps around the track. Each round you reveal ...


Apr 24
2022

Links: Game Donations from The Spiel Foundation, and Advice for Aspiring Publishers

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by W. Eric Martin • In March 2022, Eric Hanuise of Flatlined Games released his book Board Game Publisher, which is subtitled "Better than a real job", which may or may not be sarcastic. Perhaps both.Here's the pitch for this book, which can be purchased either digitally or in a softcover format at DriveThruRPG or at Lulu.com:The tabletop games market has never been as large and diversified as today, yet ...


Apr 23
2022

Stretch Cats, Topple Dominoes, and Rescue Souls from Cerberus

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by W. Eric Martin Tokyo Game Market is taking place on April 23-24, 2022, so despite me being far from Big Sight and observing the convention only from afar, I want to channel the spirit of the show and highlight a few Japanese releases, many of which I barely know anything about.• One such mystery title is ギャラクシーねこのばし from Reiner Knizia, which Japanese publisher Studium Mundi released on March 25, ...


Apr 22
2022

Author Diary: Novelist, Thanks to BoardGameGeek

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by Paul DeStefano While I was a writer well before BoardGameGeek, it really is this very site that launched me on the path to traditional novelist. We'll skip the part of the story where I majored in writing, always wanted to be a writer, and had completed a novel-length work in high school because you hear that kind of thing all the time.Let's start where you, the BGG user, come ...


Apr 21
2022

Explore Gielinor in RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg

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by W. Eric Martin • UK publisher Steamforged Games has signed a deal with video game publisher Jagex to bring its long-lived RuneScape franchise to tabletops, with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg due to take place in 2022.Here's an overview of this 1-5 player design:RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg is a co-operative campaign board game set in the fantasy world of Gielinor from the ...


Apr 21
2022

Arrange a Town, Fulfill Drink Orders, and Tidy the House Before Guests Arrive

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by W. Eric Martin Tokyo Game Market takes place on April 23-24, 2022, so I thought I'd highlight a few games from Japanese designers and publishers, games that may be available at that show — or available in the future through other means, as will be the case for the card game 535 from designer かぶきけんいち (Kenichi Kabuki) and publisher Game Nowa.I wrote about this title in December 2020, and ...