The forecast for today shows that we received a shipment of games from Cool Stuff (https://www.coolstuffinc.com/) and we got another game through Kickstarter just last week, so we are going to talk about the exciting games that have arrived!
This game first came to my attention when I saw a video of it hosted by Edward Uhler and the Heavy Cardboard crew (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwoYqMeJ_XA) do a tutorial of the game, followed by a full play through. The game was on Kickstarter at the time and seeing that the publisher was Tasty Minstrel Games and they were doing a “deluxified” edition, I was immediately in. We also happen to own Tasty Minstrel’s “deluxified” editions of Yokohama and Orleans, so we pretty much knew what we were getting with this particular Kickstarter project. The game is just gorgeous and blinged out to the hilt – it also includes an insert!
Gentes was originally published in 2017 by Spielworxx before Tasty Minstrel published it here in the United States. The game was designed by Stefan Risthaus and the artwork was provided by Harald Lieske and Adam P. McIver. It is a civilization building game, which is just up Beth’s and my alleys. Really looking forward to getting this game to the table!
Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road
Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road was on my Board Game Geek wishlist ever since I saw Rahdo’s video on the game play (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbTSYIoC_5w) some 3 years ago. The game has finally been published in English and is now in my hot little hands!
I should also mention that Kashgar was also recently played by the Game Night crew on the BGG channel, which let me know that the game had been published in English. You can check out the Game Night video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iehbZ80fmIk
Although it was originally published in 2013, Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road was published in the United States this year (finally!) by Grail Games. The game was designed by Gerhard Hecht and was illustrated by Franz Vohwinkel. Kashgar is a 2-4 player game – although you will soon learn that almost all the games played in our house are played 2-player – that plays in about 60 minutes. It features a unique deck building mechanic in which the players are trying to combo their cards in just the right way. Another game that I cannot wait to try!
Lorenzo il Magnifico
Lorenzo il Magnifico is another game that was brought to my attention through Rahdo’s YouTube video on the game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOPJbu-Hezo). This is a game that I have gone back and forth on several times, debating on whether to buy it or not. I finally persuaded myself to buy the game because of the games’ designers and the games that they have previously designed: Egizia (I cannot wait for a reprint of this one!), Grand Austria Hotel, and The Voyages of Marco Polo, all of which I have played and loved. We own two of those three and they will be remaining in our collection forever as far as I am concerned.
Lorenzo il Magnifico was published in 2016 by CMON Limited here in the United States. The games’ designers Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, and Simone Luciani, have stellar successes designing games, as mentioned before. The artwork for the game was provided by Klemens Franz, Andrea Kattnig, and Andreas Resch. The game plays 2-4 players and takes about 1-2 hours to play. As is the case in most euro games, the victor is the player with the most victory points at the end of the game. It is the getting there that is so intriguing in this game!
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Mystery Tales
Now that is a title for you! Robinson Crusoe is one of my all-time favorite games (it ranks number 4 on my list), so when I heard that another expansion was coming out, you can only imagine my glee! Having read David Grann’s excellent book, The Lost City of Z, my interest was doubly piqued. I am a bit worried, however, about the introduction of sanity and horror into the framework of Robinson Crusoe and hope that the game is not changed too much by that.
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island was originally published in 2012 by Z-Man Games in the United States, although it was reprinted two years ago. Robinson Crusoe was designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek. The version of the game that I have features artwork by Tomasz Bentkowski and Mateusz Bielski. Robinson Crusoe is a survival game that you will likely not survive.
Professor Evil and the Architects of Magic
I am always on the lookout for both good cooperative games and good family games in order to encourage my casual gamer husband to get involved. Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time was both, so I am excited for Professor Evil and the Architects of Magic, a small box expansion for Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time. This expansion adds a couple of new characters to the game as well as “time portals” that allow the evil professor to gain even more power than he had previously.
Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time was originally published in 2017 by Funforge. The game was designed by the duo of Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert with artwork provided by Biboun. In the game, the players are trying to rescue treasures that Professor Evil is moving through time to steal. The players have to work together or Professor Evil will steal all the world’s treasures! It is much harder to do than it might sound.
I hope you enjoyed this look at the games we just got! We are very excited to give them all a try!