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Mr Jack: Not a simple Jack-o'-lantern for Halloween

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It's dark and it's rainy.
Maybe a bit foggy.

It's midnight.
And obviously, you're in London. Right?

Running the streets,
Not looking for treats,

But a murderer to arrest.
Will he get some rest?

Welcome to another game from Bruno Cathala! But not only, as he's been joined by Ludovic Maublanc, another famous board game designer.
Mr Jack is a 2 players game where the goal is to guess who is Jack, and to arrest him. Or Her.
All the salt comes from this simple rule:
At the beginning, a player will be Mr Jack, trying to escape from London before being caught.
The other one has to find out which character is the murderer and stop him/her before they can escape the city.

What's clever in here is that you're not playing 1 character only: You will play most (if not all) of them.
Each of them has special abilities.

For example, Ms Stealthy can go through buildings.
If you're the detective, you can move her quickly close to another character, to find out if he's innocent.
If you're Mr Jack, you can try to give fake informations by making her run closer to one of the exits if you're not that character.
BUT you can also try to reach the street really quick.
If there are no light poles on the way.

What about going through the sewers?
And could I move the police cordon to free the way in time?
What if I get in the way of Watson's torchlight?
Will Mr Gull be available next turn?

It's all about this.
It's like playing the last scene of a murder movie, from which you have no clue about the ending.
You have to be clever. Very clever to win. Maybe also a bit lucky.

Did he saw that you moved here?

Mr Jack is a very good seller worldwide and one of the reasons is that it's pretty straightforward.
Rules are simple and a game can be finished in less than 15 minutes.
You can, of course, rematch to change the roles.

We like it so much that we prepared a very nice implementation of the game.
Animations, sounds (yeah, gaslights shouldn't sound like a neon-one, but gas makes no interesting sounds. We tried.)
You can also activate or deactivate the visual hints, to experience the game like the real one.

A lot of love has been brought to this adaptation that is now available on BGA.

You can give it a try by clicking here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=mrjack

The game is available to play for all, but like all Premium games, you'll need to find an open game from a subscriber if you're not already one of them ;)

All of our thanks goes to the game designers, Bruno Cathala & Ludovic Maublanc, and the publisher Hurrican for their help into bringing the game here.
But most importantly, we would like to thank Jurica or Joezg in here, the BGA developer that worked on this game with much love, patience and passion: that's part of why he is now a member of the BGA team.

Enjoy this game before next week's madness:
Brace yourself,
Essen Spiel is coming.
10/14/2020 Comment on this

7 Wonders DUEL AVAILABLE NOW!

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You asked for it.
We worked on it.
IT'S NOW ONLINE!
And it's official.

Board Game Arena and REPOS Productions are proud to present you with 7 Wonders DUEL.
The 2-Players version of 7 Wonders containing all the wonders you can... wonder at. I guess.

This 30+ Awards game designed by two famous authors, Antoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala, is now available for all on BGA.

You don't know about it?
Where were you since the last 5 Years?

In many ways 7 Wonders Duel resembles its parent game 7 Wonders as over three ages players acquire cards that provide resources or advance their military or scientific development in order to develop a civilization and complete wonders.

What's different about 7 Wonders Duel is that, as the title suggests, the game is solely for two players, with the players not drafting cards simultaneously from hands of cards, but from a display of face-down and face-up cards arranged at the start of a round. A player can take a card only if it's not covered by any others, so timing comes into play as well as bonus moves that allow you to take a second card immediately. As in the original game, each card that you acquire can be built, discarded for coins, or used to erect a wonder.

Each player starts with four wonder cards, and the construction of a wonder provides its owner with a special ability. Only seven wonders can be built, though, so one player will end up short.

Players can purchase resources at any time from the bank, or they can gain cards during the game that provide them with resources for future building; as you acquire resources, the cost for those particular resources increases for your opponent, representing your dominance in this area.

A player can win 7 Wonders Duel in one of three ways: each time you acquire a military card, you advance the military marker toward your opponent's capital, giving you a bonus at certain positions; if you reach the opponent's capital, you win the game immediately; similarly, if you acquire any six of seven different scientific symbols, you achieve scientific dominance and win immediately; if none of these situations occurs, then the player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

It's rich, fast and clever, and it's been done with love by our developer JumpMaybe in a record time. All kudos and love to him. Let's make an emoji wave in your comments ;)
The game should work flawlessly on any devices, as long as you're up-to-date.

You can find the game here and add it to your favourites:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?ga ... ondersduel

Also, don't forget to report bugs, as there could be some, but please, take the time to get how the game works before.
That's not the same game ;)

We would like to thank the team of Repos Prod., Géraldine and all the team working there, as well as the game designers and the illustrator, Miguel Coimbra, for their confidence.

Oh, i was going to forget: The game is available in ARENA mode too. Time to get in the world ranking ;)

And so, like David Mann would say :
"Okay.. Okay..! You want to play games?"
09/30/2020 44 comments

Kingdom Builders: More kingdoms to build!

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We can't get enough Kingdoms to build.
That's why to quench your thirst for power, we offer you Kingdom Builder!

In Kingdom Builder, the players create their own kingdoms by skillfully building their settlements, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.

Nine different kinds of terrain are on the variable game board, including locations and castles. During their turn, a player plays their terrain card and builds three settlements on three hexes of this kind. If possible, a new settlement must be built next to one of that player’s existing settlements. When building next to a location, the player may seize an extra action tile that he may use from his next turn on. These extra actions allow extraordinary actions such as moving your settlements.

By building next to a castle, the player will earn gold at the end of the game, but the most gold will be earned by meeting the conditions of the three Kingdom Builder cards; these three cards (from a total of ten in the game) specify the conditions that must be met in order to earn the much-desired gold, such as earning gold for your settlements built next to water hexes or having the majority of settlements in a sector of the board.

On each game, players will use a random set of Kingdom Builder cards (3 of 10), of special actions (4 of 8), and of terrain sectors to build the map (4 of 8), ensuring you won't play the same game twice!

That's a game you'll enjoy to discover, and you can do so right here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?ga ... dombuilder

The game has been one of the most popular on BGA in BETA version, so we have no doubts it will rock now that it's fully released.
All our thanks go to the publisher Queen Games, to the designer Donald X. Vaccarino and to our developer, Tisaac, who made it easy to play online in a fully-functional version here on BGA that you'll love. Guaranteed!

“My Crown is in my heart, not on my head:
Not deck'd with Diamonds, and Indian stones:
Nor to be seen: my Crown is call'd Content,
A Crown it is, that seldom Kings enjoy.”

― William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 3
09/23/2020 18 comments

MARCO? POLO... MARCO? POLO!

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It's not about a swimming-pool game, a space mission or an old theme-park:
It's about ADVENTURE!

The Venetian explorer Marco Polo is taking over Board Game Arena and his ship is coming with, not only 1, but 2 surprises!

The Voyages of Marco Polo is a 2015 Hans Im Glück release designed by Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini.

It's not that short of a game, but it's not a really difficult one, and has a lot of depth and strategy.
Made for 2 to 4 travellers (we prefer 4), the games are lasting for 50 mins once you know the game.
We recommend you to try it first in turn-based ;)

How does it play? Easy.
Each player will play a different character with special powers, and they will recreate Marco Polo's journey through Mesopotamia and the "Silk Road".

Five main different actions are available:
- Get resources using dice
- Take resources of your choice and 2 camels
- Earn money
- Purchase orders
- Travel

After 5 rounds, the game ends with players receiving points for arriving in Beijing, fulfilling orders, cities reached, secret objectives, etc...

Being a dice-based game will not make your luck decide on whether or not you will win: you need strong strategies, and anticipation.
Winner of more than 15 awards around the globe, this game is a gem to play, and we are proud to bring it to you right now, on BGA.
Oh, and... It's FREE for all!

So why not give it a try right now?
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=marcopolo

Thanks to our developer Hersh, the game should play flawlessly on any devices. He did a wonderful job adapting this boardgame for BGA and all kudos are going to him for his hard work.








What are you looking for?
Oh, yeah, we told you there is more...

So you'll be glad to know that for the first time ever, we are also releasing at the same time:
MARCO POLO II : In the Service of the Khan!

But not too fast: first, this is not an update of the game : it's a whole new game, an epic follow-up of the first one.
Second, it's not fully released yet: it's available in BETA, so you'll find it in the BETA section of the game page (and thus, it's still a work in progress, but already fully playable).
It will be released officially in a few weeks, but you can try your hand at it right now:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=marcopolotwo

Please also note that this game is available as a PREMIUM game (only PREMIUM subscribers can create new tables, then everyone can join).

And now for something completely different, you'll be glad to know that the team is growing and we will have a nice announcement in a few days.

But I must not write half of what I saw, for I know I would not be believed...
09/16/2020 11 comments

Better, Stronger, WONDER: Play it now!

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10 Years later, the well-named game gets a lifting for the best 7 Wonders you've ever played!

7 Wonders was the first winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres, the Enthusiast's Game of the Year, and had immediate success.

The new edition features new cover and interior artwork with a brand-new logo, and a larger box to match other products in this line. The wonders feature both day and night-time artwork, and cards have new icons that allow them to be more easily read. Additionally, the rules have been updated to allow players to pick up and play faster.

And Yes, it's online and you can play it now.
The world-famous game from Antoine Bauza is now available on BGA with its latests improvements.

To list some of them:

- Whole game graphics upgraded
- New Day and Night cards for Wonders: not only A side and B side, with some graphic enhancements
- New icons, easier to catch and see. Also colorblind-proof.
- Rules have been cleaned-up and made more clear for all
- Overall game balancing has been improved: no drama, no cry.
- Icons are improved to match the excellent 7 Wonders Duel iconography feel.
- Olympia has new powers, as well as some other small things you will have to discover.

It is there, of course, to accompany the release of the game, but not only: it's a real upgrade of the game, that you can enjoy right now on BGA.
We would like to thank Repos Prod, the publisher, as well as Antoine Bauza for this fantastic game, and of course, our team for making it... a wonder.

You can find the game here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=sevenwonders

Oh and, don't forget: if you don't like novelties, new ways to play, etc, you can still play with the old version by switching it in the options ;)


Stay tuned. There are plenty of wonders to come...
09/11/2020 61 comments

BGA TV: IT'S WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE!

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3 NEWS IN 1!

- First, It's time for us to go LIVE:

That's why we're launching Board Game Arena TV!

As you can see since a few weeks, we are trying to get things tied together to offer more entertainment on BGA. The goal is not to turn everything LIVE, but to offer some quality content for our members: from discovering new games to learning how to play, we want to offer a wide variety of content in different languages.

To see them is easy: if you've setup your languages in your account profile, you'll be able to see every LIVE streamings accordingly to these settings.
While we mainly focus on English for now, more Streamers will join soon to have you enjoy some nice events, from worldwide championships to "how to play" videos.

And what could be a better way to learn about new rules than having two incredible hosts:
Anthony Chatfield and Christopher Carbone!

They're called "Board Gamers Anonymous", and they're here to teach you some games.
Starting TONIGHT 8:30PM (EDT Time) or 2:30AM (CEST Time) will be aired the first episode of BGA LIVE!

The game will be MARCO POLO, and you will know everything about our hosts, as well as the game.

Being streamed on Twitch, Youtube and Facebook simultaneously, don't forget to come see them tonight and drop a few words of encouragement.
This show is the first on BGA, and we count on your feedback to improve the show.
It will be held from now on EVERY WEDNESDAY night, at the same time schedule, and visible on the front page.

You can find them on their own page: https://boardgamersanonymous.com/
As well as on our Twitch account: https://www.twitch.tv/boardgamearena

Also, expect to have more events coming, like the Carcassonne World Championship, the Kingdomino World Final events we had, and many other events.
It's only the beginning...

- Second, it's LUCKY NUMBERS Time!

Tiki Editions, the publisher of Lucky Numbers, is setting up a tournament with some prizes to win!
Do you want that game in your hands to be able to play around a real table with your relatives?

All the informations about this event are here: https://boardgamearena.com/forum/viewto ... =8&t=17373
The final will be streamed LIVE online with the game designer himself.

- Third, we are lucky...
Last night we had a small server issue, but everything is now back to normal.
But guess what? That's certainly because your weekly release is delayed to Friday.
That's a big update of a big game.
Greater than 6, lower than 8.
Yes.
That's why.

Let's enjoy these news altogether, thanks for your support, the best is yet to come... See you on Friday.
09/09/2020 14 comments

LUCKY NUMBERS: Clever Clovers

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Keep off the grass!
...Or at least, take off your shoes.

Lucky Numbers is here, and it's so fast and refreshing you'll forget it's time to go back to school.

Lucky Numbers is a game from Michael Schacht, designer of games such as Coloretto, Zoloretto, Serengeti, and many, MANY more.
The thing is that the game is not new: it's, in fact, a reissue of the original game, that was originally done by Ravensburger, but now boosted by Tiki Edition, and efficiently illustrated by Christine Alcouffe.

So what's all about this game that needs to keep my attention?

It's dang easy, fast and straightforward:

The object of the game is, by successive draws and placements, to fill your grid. The constraint is that each row and each column must contain numbers of strictly increasing value. On each turn, you have the choice between drawing a hidden token or taking a visible one. You can then place it on a free space that meets the constraints or replaces a numbered token already placed, or reject the token if it does not suit your needs. The rejected tiles are placed face up.
You must therefore be careful not to discard a value that is too beneficial to an opponent.

The luck is of course important, but good tactic and strategy are essential if you want to win.
The games are fast and tense.

We strongly suggest that you give a try at this game, but beware: you could become quite addicted to this numbered-clovers-madness of a game!
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=luckynumbers

The game is offered for FREE on BGA by the publisher, and a special tournament will be held this week to win the game, so have a look at the official publisher page for more informations: HERE


We, of course, would like to thank the game designer Michael Schacht and Tiki Editions, as well as our developer XCID.

A good game is like a four leaf clover: hard to find, lucky to have.
09/02/2020 30 comments


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