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Marco Polo 2: Not the Wrath of Khan

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... And nothing related to Ricardo Montalbán or Benedict Cumberbatch.

Marco Polo 2 : in the Service of the Khan is all about that guy with the spyglasses, staring at the horizon from a boat.
Merchant and adventurer, he opened many roads to Asia until he found Kubilai Khan, the mongol emperor, and decided to join him for 20 years.

Marco Polo 2 is depicting an epic follow-up to The Voyages of Marco Polo, taking you back to the West after having travelled to Beijing.
Here, the Khan sends you to the farthest reaches of his empire in search of wealth and fame.
It's a standalone game that will present you new challenges on a new journey, with different actions, new scoring rules, and a new good: the rare and valuable jade.

Apart from this, you'll feel like home playing it: the game brings a lot of novelties and improves what made the original game so famous, but stays very closely related.
It's still 2 to 4 players, 60 to 120 minutes, but it's a must-play if you played already enough to master the first one and can't get enough of the wonderful mechanics brought to us by Simone Luciani and Daniele Taschini.

Don't forget that the game also features the brand new "The Caravans" expansion that has just been released by the publisher last month! Yeah, you're getting the best.

If you didn't know the first one, don't worry: it's not mandatory. And you can enjoy both of them at different levels.

But first, why not get an eye on it ?
You can check it, as usual, right there:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=marcopolotwo

We would like to thank, as usual Hans im Glück for their cooperation into bringing such a novelty (released in 2019) on BGA.
We're also sending all of our warm thanks to our developer, hersh, who did an exploit by making an exploit, twice. You rule!

There will be more to discover next week, and December will bring some nice treats for you to end this year.

And like Kubilai Khan would say :
Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me.
Or like Kirk:
"Khaaaaaaaaaaaan!"
That's all folks!
11/18/2020 Comment on this

Marrakech: Carpet diem!

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Seize the rugs.
It's time for a carpet race.
But not your average thousand nights story time.

In this multiple-awarded game from Dominique Ehrhard, designed for 2 to 4 players, you're managing Assam, a rugs salesperson who tries to outwit the competition.

Each player starts with 30 coins and an equal number of carpets.

The overall rules are really easy:

On your turn, you may rotate Assam 90 degrees. Then roll the die and move him forward as many spaces as showing (d6: 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4). If Assam reaches the edge of the board, follow the curve and continue moving in the next row. If Assam lands on another player's carpet, you must pay that player 1 coin per square showing that is contiguous with the landed-on square. Then, you place one of your carpets orthogonally adjacent to Assam (but may not fully cover another carpet).

There is an optional variant available for this game that changes a really small part of the rules, but changes a lot the way it's played: you can decide that players will rotate Assam at the end of their turn (letting the next player deal with what's facing the pawn) or the classic way at the beginning of the turn (letting the next player with more control over their destiny).
There are strategic differences in playing one way or another, so you should try both until you find the one you prefer.

The game ends when all players have played all carpets. Each gets 1 coin per visible square in addition to the coins they own. The player with the most coins wins!

That's it!

Marrakech is a long-time best-seller worldwide and a multiple-awarded game that is such a classic that you should have played it, at least once in a lifetime.

You can click right there to enjoy the work done by our developers, Tanguy_D and Tisaac, who made a perfect adaptation for a game that will last around 20 minutes:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=marrakech

We would like to also thank Dominique Ehrhard as well as Gigamic for helping us bring this gem to Board Game Arena.


Be prepared for the next weeks, plenty of things are coming!
But for the moment, relax and enjoy getting your old-fashioned Moroccan-style mint tea while laying rugs on the floor!
It's always tea-time on BGA.
11/04/2020 9 comments

We're live, we're a partner, and we have games!

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Today is launching the Spiel Digital, the largest board game fair on earth that's online this year, with Board Game Arena as an official partner of the event.

And we have plenty of surprises for you.

FIRST : The Crew is released!
Yes, you read it right, The Crew, the latest Awarded Spiel Des Jahres game is available NOW on BGA.

You can play missions one-by-one by keeping the same group into play.
You don't know The Crew ? The game that won more than 15 awards since its release ?
Ok, that is an easy one to explain, but not to play...

It's a cooperative trick-taking game.

In The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. What about the rumours about the unknown planet about? The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated by meeting common individual tasks of each player. In order to meet the varied challenges, communication is essential in the team. But this is more difficult than expected in space.

With each mission, the game becomes more difficult. After each mission, the game can be paused and continued later. During each mission, it is not the amount of tricks, but the right tricks at the right time that count.

The team wins only if every single player is successful in fulfilling their tasks.
It's intriguing, right ?

Some refers to this game as a really innovative way to play a trick-taking game with missions.

You absolutely must try this gem, designed by Thomas Sing and published by Kosmos.
You can play it here, NOW:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=thecrew

And thanks to our developer Mistergos, the game is quite easy to play and to have fun.

And now, for something completely different:

We're in a 4-days special event till Sunday midnight.
We've prepared a lot of special things for you.

First: Please remember that BETA versions are not finished nor official releases, but they are playable.
Here are some of the games you can find right now on BGA that are being presented in BETA on BGA simultaneously to their release for the Spiel (a big thank you to our partners!)

- Seven Wonders Duel: AGORA expansion (new game option when starting the game)
- Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers (new edition)
- Marco Polo II: The Caravans expansion (new game option when starting the game)
- Quetzal
- Boomerang: Australia

Oh and don't forget that 7 Wonders and 7 Wonders DUEL are free during the event ;)

In terms of events:

Some LIVE events will take place starting today, and Repos Production prepared some for 7 Wonders and... Concept. Yes. This one is also coming to BGA. Please check the schedule on front page.

In terms of tournaments, don't miss out on the Quetzal tournament: we're partnering with Gigamic to setup the first tournament of Quetzal and they're offering games for the winners: Don't miss this chance to get a free copy!
https://boardgamearena.com/tournament?id=63346

There is also a Kingdom Builder tournament, you can check all the information here :
https://boardgamearena.com/tournament?id=63468

There is a lot of things going on during this week, please don't forget to check out our social networks to get the hottest updates during the Spiel Digital!

Take care and have fun!
You can check more informations about the Spiel Digital here : https://spiel.digital/en
10/22/2020 8 comments

Cheap Sheep Ship! Turn the Tide is now afloat!

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Some games are old, others are outdated, but when a game stays a hit for years, it becomes a modern classic.

Today, we're more than proud to offer you Stefan Dorra's "Turn The Tide", also known as "Land Unter" in Germany, or "Sauve Moutons" in French.

Awarded all over the world and being published in more countries than you can calculate, Turn The Tide is a simple but not simplistic game for 3 to 6 players where you'll try to care about the sea and your sheep.


Players are dealt a hand of 12 from a deck of 1-60 (the remainder go back in the box for the whole game), and then lay out marker cards that show the other players the strength of their hand. Another scoring deck of 24 has values of 1-12; two cards from this deck are laid face up.

Players choose one card from their hand in secret and reveal them simultaneously. The highest value played takes the lowest scoring card, which goes face-up to a pile in front of you. The second highest takes the other card likewise. Remaining cards are discounted. Then look at everyone's face-up deck: the highest scoring player turns one of his or her marker cards over! At the end of a round, players score according to their markers cards that they managed to save.

There is a further twist! Players then pick up all their playing hand, and pass it clockwise. So as each round commences, you are using the cards previously used by your neighbor! Are you smarter? Can you make a better fist of the same hand your neighbor had? Play out rounds until all players have had each hand. Top score wins.

You can enjoy the game online right now here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=turnthetide

The team would like to thank the designer Stefan Dorra and the artist Oliver Freudenreich for granting us their authorization for the game, and, of course, our developer Volker78 for the very nice work he has done implementing the BGA version.

Are you able to recognize the languages used to make these sheep sounds?
- Bêeh
- Baa
- Beee
- Mäh
- Mei Mei
In our next episode: Find out the country of a player losing a game on BGA by reading its words.

Have fun!
10/21/2020 6 comments

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 11 comments

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 47 comments


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