Calliope Games has announced the availability of Ancestree, Capital City, and ShutterBug, Wave 2 in its ongoing “Titans of Gaming” series. The product line presents family-friendly tabletop games that are easy to teach and play in under an hour.
Ancestree is a tile drafting game designed by Eric M. Lang, illustrated by Larry Elmore and colored by Adelheid Zimmerman. In Ancestree, players get to build their personal family trees! Over three rounds, players cleverly choose Ancestor tiles and cultivate their lineage, scoring points for generations, wealth, and marriages. In the end, the player with the highest score wins and gets to brag that “My family is better than yours!” Ancestree is for 2-6 players ages 8+ and play in 20-30 minutes.
Capital City is a quick-playing card game designed by James Ernest and colorfully illustrated by Brian Bowes. Over four seasons, players hire new kinfolk arriving from the train to run their buildings on Main Street. Picking the right characters can provide bonus points – but may also help the other players! At the end of the year, the player with the most prosperous town will become Mayor of Capital City! Capital City provides 3-6 players ages 8+ a light, strategic experience in about 30-50 minutes.
ShutterBug is a fast-paced game of set collection and exploration designed by Mike Elliott and illustrated by Char Reed. It is 1932 and the world is fascinated by growing rumors of hidden creatures that roam America. As a freelance photographer looking to make a name for yourself, you must crisscross the country, following tips that lead you to “snap the myth” and take the creature pictures that the tabloids most desire. ShutterBug is for 2-6 players ages 8+ and plays in 20-50 minutes.
Ancestree, Capital City, and ShutterBug join Wave 1 titles Hive Mind (Richard Garfield, creator: Magic: The Gathering), Menu Masters (Zach & Jordan Weisman, designers: Got ‘Em & Shadowrun and Mechwarrior) and Running With The Bulls (Paul Peterson, designer: Smash Up) in the Titan Series.