Centuries before the first universities, the internet and the modern era of scientific discovery there was the Great Library of Alexandria. Created to store the world?s knowledge, its scribes would copy every book found on every ship that entered Alexandria, and would go on to accumulate untold volumes of history, mathematics, geography, politics and more. And now it's burning! The Great Library, the world's most complete archive of knowledge and wisdom is on fire!
As books and relics are consumed by the flames, you must make a choice over what to save - some artifacts are more valuable to you than others, and your fellow heroes may have different priorities than you - and some may even be trying to burn books!
In Alexandria, 2-4 players must use a limited supply of time to move through the burning corridors of the Great Library, looking for scrolls, items and even scholars that they can save. Each of the four Heroes in the game has a different reason for being in the library at the time, and each one has different skills and motivations. Each round, up to four rooms of the library will surrender to the flames, and anything in them will be lost!
Alexandria is a eurogame that takes 45-60 minutes to play, albeit a more unconventional one. With asymmetrical gameplay and a shrinking gameplay area, parts of the library are slowly consumed by fire as Heroes seek the treasures within it.
The Queen is dead! Long Live the Queen!
After a terrible epidemic, the Queen has passed on, leaving behind her twin daughters: the determined Princess Black Rose and the ambitious Princess White Rose. The Queen expected to live for a very long time and had not taken the time to declare which of the two would succeed her. Thus, the battle lines are drawn; each Princess has gathered her courtiers around her and is prepared to risk it all in pursuit of the throne. Will prestige be enough to rule the kingdom, or will it take intrigue and violence? As a loyal servant for their Princess, each player must manipulate her supporters and use their abilities effectively to gain enough prestige to dominate the proceedings or humiliate the opposing Princess into relinquishing her claim to the throne.
In Long Live the Queen, each princess is placed opposite the other, with five character tiles placed face down on either side. Beginning with the starting player, the game takes place in turns, during which a player rolls the dice to determine which position is activated, reveals or activates characters, then may reposition a tile. To win, a player must guide their Princess to victory, either by accumulating enough of each type of prestige or by causing the opposing Princess tile to be turned face down.
[microfilms] is a microgame set in the world of [redacted]. Using only 25 cards, players try to deduce each other?s identities and objectives. [microfilms] features some of the same mechanisms as [redacted], most notably the double-blind interrogation. The first spy to collect the right item and the correct information wins.
[redacted] is a game of spycraft, intrigue, betrayal, and bluffing set in the golden age of the cold war, when men knew how to drink a Martini, and women knew not to trust a man who claimed to know how to drink a Martini.
In the game, spies must infiltrate the embassy during the reception that the ambassador holds every year to show how important he is. Moving from room to room, they have to recover files and escape in the helicopter, or make sure that the other side's pilots have a really bad day.
While interacting with each other, the players seek to interrogate, steal or injure when they can. With a double-blind interaction mechanism that never really lets the tension ebb, a skilled agent will need to do a lot more than see through a bluff...
Money makes the world go round. It also helps secret agents pay their rent.
In [redacted]: Mercenaries, a whole new level of spycraft is necessary, not for the glory of the revolution or to defend fast food and reality TV, but to end your career with a nice chunk of change. With a variety of conflicting missions, players must use the skills they picked up during the base game of [redacted] to work together (or not) and complete assignments for their shadowy employers.
Changing loyalties, shifting objectives, conflicting assignments. Nothing ever stays the same, and players must balance short-term gain and long-term strategy to win, in this advanced expansion to [redacted].
Gods and Goddesses are mercurial beings, given to jealousy and treachery, but they can also possess compassion and valor. Who among the pantheon can win enough glory among their believers, so that their story of mythic victory can be passed down through the generations?
They Who Were 8 is a game for 2-4 players where each player serves two Gods, seeking to praise them for their Glory, and trying to avoid stories of their Infamy.
In Town Center, players build a city ? in particular, the town center. They add cubes on their personal board and try to arrange them as best as possible in order to score the most victory points. Each cube represents a different type of module. Flats, shops, offices, generators, lifts, car parks, town hall can be built and stacked during the course of the game. Each module generates influence on adjacent land and on cubes directly below or above.
Each round, players will gain two cubes of different colors through a non-random mechanism, build them on their game board, then eventually stack them in order to make towers according to the building rules. If the players have done their job well, some modules will be able to evolve, becoming bigger in three dimensions. The last phase is an income phase in which players gain money from the shops and parking lots if they are supplied with electricity.
The bigger and higher your city is, the more victory points players will have at the end of the game, which lasts ten rounds ? but do not forget to provide electricity to all your flats, shops, and lifts to make them more efficient.
Town Center: London / Hong Kong is comprised of 4 double-sided player boards, with the all-new London expansion map on one side, and the also all-new Hong Kong expansion map on the other. There's also an A5-sized rulesheet/cover that explains the special rules of each map.
Both maps are something new and challenging (in fact, very challenging), as players will have to manage their budget (London), and their building plans (Hong Kong) very, very carefully.
Expertly designed by Alban Viard and beautifully illustrated by Todd Sanders, these highly thematic maps were developed to showcase just how deep this game can be, while taking advantage of each city's unique characteristics.