Ingenious is the new abstract placement game from internationally-renowned game designer Reiner Knizia. Players place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring points, blocking opponents tile placement, and trying to protect themselves from being blocked by their opponents.Marvelously elegant and compulsively replayable, Ingenious is an excellent introduction to German-style abstract board games. Its ingeniously simple, and simply ingenious!Ingenious is suitable for up to four players, as well as for solo play.
Secretly bid against your opponents to gain the support of the people, win territory . . . and gather more Gold, Blackmail, and Force for the next round of bidding! Will you try to control the tavern or the fortress? The harbor or the plantation? Knowing where to push for support and where to back away and let your opponents fight is the key to victory. It´s a game of bluff, counter-bluff, and surprise.Bidding tokens have different shapes and colors for easy identification. Colorful cardstock shields keep your bids private, and provide a handy rules reference during the auction. Traditional wooden blocks allow players to see, at a glance, who controls which territories.
Scandaroon is an engaging and quizzical game for 3 or 4 players played over 4 rounds. Players are dealt a hand of cards each round with which they will compete to create their own high scoring row, while seeking to minimise their opponent´s scores. Players are awarded victory points for specific achievements during the game, such as getting the highest score in a single round or winning a no trumps´´ round - and victory points may change as the game develops.Scandaroon has a scoreboard, a set of wooden markers for each player and a pack of special cards, each of which has a scoring value, a suit, and an effect or ability that will modify the scoring values of other cards.´´
Arboretum is a card game where you grow your very own botanical garden. Making the most beautiful arboretum will not be an easy task, and some planning will be required. Which species will you choose? Lilac, willow, or maybe maple? Keep an eye out on your opponents, manage your hand wisely, and your arboretum will be blooming!
Vici - a head-to-head battle where your wits are as important as your ability to strategize.Will you conquer and claim victory?In Vici, players become military generals, leading their battle-hardened men on an ancient battlefield. Under each general´s command are armies of varying strengths and abilities. Players take turns deploying pieces into their Camps and advancing them down the game board toward their opponent´s Camp.Only one army can be left standing - make sure that it´s yours!
In the game Alliances you will play a superpower nation seeking world domination along with its ally.The game is mainly based on trick taking. Each trick represents a local struggle to control a country in the world.In order to win, your alliance has to dominate the world by gaining control over the most countries.While you try to win over countries, your opponents will strive to stop you from winning battles.
On the outskirts of the Empire, the tension is tangible: the internecine struggles for the power conquest take more and more important proportions.As a baron, you rule one of the fourth most influent families of the region. With your army of knights, you have to reach the most rich and fertile lands, colonize them and above all, defend them against your opponents!You have also to climb the stairs of power in order to, one day maybe, become the new king!
In ancient times, monarchs built temples to demonstrate their wealth. The highest temple belonged to the wealthiest monarch. In this two-player game by Uwe Rosenberg, you are one of these long-forgotten monarchs. With the help of various nations, your temples will grow more and more beautiful, reaching ever closer to the sky. But beware of your opponent and the nations on his side, for they will want to destroy your temples and convince your own people to change sidesSo, who will be the greatest monarch?
A Game of Bribery, Bluffing, Betrayal, and Banishment. Intrigue - a secret scheme... To achieve or force a result by manipulation, scheming, or underhanded means. Can you suppress your integrity and honor? Will only the money in your coffers have value to you?As master of a palace of unemployed scholars, you must coerce, cajole, con, bully, beg and bribe the other palace holders to employ these freeloading academics and bring you profit. Beware of double-crossing opponents, who may not honor your deals and banish your scholars to the Island of Misfit Scholars´´.But revenge is sweet (and the profit that much greater) when they come to you for employment!´´