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In Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans, journeymen have returned to the city as master craftsmen, equipped with knowledge of new crafts and tools. The Guildhall has never been so busy! While some apprentices spend time learning new skills, others adorn the city’s buildings with everything from golden tapestries, to stained glass windows. But don’t let the shimmer of lights and fancy wares deceive you. For not all that glitters is gold.
In addition to including components for an extra player, Age of Artisans adds the new Craft Cards, a dual-layered Guildhall Board, two new Player Boards and a variety of new Apprentices and Buildings.
You need a copy of Architects of the West Kingdom to play. It’s for 1-6 players, ages 12+. Games should last 60-80 minutes and the expansion retails for $35.
Paradox Interactive, the creators of the classic PC game, Cities: Skylines has teamed up with the world-renowned board game producers, Kosmos to create a whole new physical experience for the beloved city-building game.
Taking Cities: Skylines right off your screen and to your coffee table, the board game version brings the game to life by highlighting its most popular elements and at the same time, creating a real-time, person-to-person, board game experience. The completely cooperative board game lets players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. Just like in the PC version, players begin with a vacant plot to develop residential, commercial, and industrial areas, gradually creating new neighborhoods.
Players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. The key to a successfully developed city is a happy population; as players decide how and where to build, they must consider a variety of factors such as the environment, crime, traffic flow, education, and financial resources.
Cities: Skylines is for gamers age 11+ and retails for $49.95.
The city-building board game Foundations of Rome puts you into the role of an architect competing to own land and build magnificent structures! Build domūs and insulae, fountains, foundries, and more to increase your renown – gaining glory for yourself and the empire! With 96 wonderfully detailed miniatures in the base game, Foundations of Rome is a testament to the glory of Rome that you can bring to the table.
Foundations of Rome is the next, and biggest game to date, in the Dice Tower Essentials line and is designed by famed designer Emerson Matsuuchi.
On a player’s turn they select from purchasing a new lot, building a new building in the shared city of Rome, or collecting income!
Players collect Glory Points at the end of each round based on the population and commerce they have brought to the city as well as gaining glory for civic buildings that score not only based on their own buildings, but those of their opponents!
With a quick setup time and easy to learn to rules you will be on your way to achieving glory within Rome in no time!
Money Maker –the economic family board game which puts you in the shoes of the inventor of banking– is now out in 4 languages. Set in 16th century Amsterdam you start as a trader who quickly figures out that you can create money by lending it out. But be careful that you do not lend too much, or a Bank Run may wipe you out!
Money Maker is suitable for gamers who like Monopoly, Catan, and Agricola, and like to build empires and amass wealth. As the only board game about the working of banks, it is loved by bankers and anarchists alike as how it relates to current events regarding Bitcoin and Quantitative Easing.
Fireside Games will release Stringamajig this April. Stringamajig is a party game that’s part drawing and part charades with a string. Each player is given 60 seconds to draw a shape with a loop of string, move it around, and interact with it, trying to help other players guess that word and as many other words in the time allotted.
Selecting the words to draw is constrained by the numbers on the back of the next card on the top of the deck. Sometimes the person drawing will be able to choose from among all 4 words on their card, sometimes between just 2 words, and other times the game decides which word must be drawn.
When the drawer is ready, they flip the sand timer, grab the string, and start drawing. They can make any kind of drawing and then start interacting with it, such as strumming a guitar, moving the tentacles on an octopus, and twirling the rotors on a helicopter. The drawer can’t make any noise, and part of the string has to remain touching the table while they animate their drawing. Otherwise, the drawer can get crazy with it. The game really shines with the creative drawings and funny interactions with the string.
The other players call out their ideas and when a player guesses the word correctly, they are given the card, and the drawer quickly moves on to their next drawing.
When time is up, the drawer gets a point for each word that was guessed correctly, and each player scores 1 point for each correct guess they made.
There are also 3 types of Challenge Words in the game that are harder to draw, but worth 2 points if guessed.
2-Player: Make the drawing in the air with another player.
Don’t Look: Draw with your eyes closed.
Forbidden Word: Guessing a certain word costs a card.
After everyone has had 2 turns as the drawer (or 1 turn in a 7+ player game), the game is over and the player with the most points wins.
Stringamajig is a great way to introduce new players to the hobby and provide experienced players with a creative challenge between heavier games. Stringamajig will hit stores in April 2020. The game plays in 20 minutes, seats 4–10 players ages 13 and up, and has an MSRP of $19.95.
Game publisher Vesuvius Media has launched its new engine and route building, worker placement boardgame,Pacific Rails Inc., on Kickstarter.
In Pacific Rails Inc., players are the Presidents of their own railway company, with a contract to build a railroad from one side of the board to the other. To succeed, they need to hire specialists to build the most efficient economic engine, place workers wisely to collect and manage resources, and lay tracks to complete the link.
The Kickstarter campaign runs from January 10 to January 27.
Designed by Dean Morris with art by Damien Mammoliti, Pacific Rails Inc. is for 2 to 4 players, ages 14+, and plays in 60 to 90 minutes. Both standard and deluxe reward levels are available on Kickstarter. The deluxe edition includes upgraded tokens and components.
With brain function being a major concern amongst adults, Thames & Kosmos has created Brainwaves, a new board game line that focuses on improving memory and is unlike any other game previously released by the company. The game series was developed by experienced game designers and was scientifically tested by neuroscientists. Their conclusion was, that regardless of the player’s age, Brainwaves: The Astute Goose, The Brilliant Boars, and The Wise Whale all test different parts of the brain, including, fluid intelligence, working memory, and episodic memory. In just 15 minutes, users can train, challenge and test their brains in a fun and exciting way.
In Brainwaves: The Astute Goose, players must identify a burglar hiding in a crowd. What did the culprit look like? What color were their clothes? And what animal accomplices did they have with them? Suspect cards are assigned a number, from one to six. Players look at these cards, then turn them face down. On a turn, a player rolls the two dice: one showing a number, the other a characteristic of a burglar card. If the player can identify the correct item on the correct burglar card, they claim that card as a reward, and then put a new card in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.
In Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar, each player takes cards showing different animal portraits on their reverse sides into their hands. They can look at the cards briefly when they draw them, but then must face the cards away from them. On a player’s turn, they can either take the top card from the deck into their hand or play one of their cards onto the table, attempting to make as many pairs as possible from the card just played and those already face-up on the table. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.
In Brainwaves: The Wise Whale, players lay nine cards showing different colorful sea creatures face down after trying to memorize which creatures are on which cards. During a player’s turn, they reveal a new card from the deck. Then, they must reveal a card that matches either the creature or the color on this new card. If they do, they claim this card and then lay out a new card face down in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins. Ages 8+ MSRP: $14.95.