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SKULL: I like to save bones for special occasions

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TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!

Please welcome an all-time classic for board-game fans: a distinctive, quick and dirty game of bluffing. It is as clever as it is small (containing only 24 cards and 6 player mats) and plays 3 to 6 players.

SKULL!

This game won many awards when it was released : Golden Geek Award, Spiel Des Jahres recommendation, As d'Or Winner, Golden Geek Best party Nominee, etc, etc...

It's Amazingly simple.

Bruno Faidutti write about it into his "Ideal Game Library" article like this:

Skull & Roses is the quintessence of bluffing, a game in which everything is played in the players' heads.
Each player plays a face-down card, then each player in turn adds one more card– until someone feels safe enough to state that he can turn a number of cards face up and get only roses. Other players can then overbid him, saying they can turn even more cards face up. The highest bidder must then turn that number of cards face up, starting with his own. If he shows only roses, he wins; if he reveals a skull, he loses, placing one of his cards out of play.

Two successful challenges wins the game. Skull is not a game of luck; it's a game of poker face and meeting eyes.

So, tired of your werewolves games?
Want to spice up your game time?
The game is working perfectly on most devices, and the graphics of Tom Vuarchex really help you get into the mood.

Why not try it right now? Click here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=skull

This game is an absolute legend any board game enthusiasts can relate to.
The Board Game Arena team would like to thank the team from Space Cowboys, the original publisher Lui-Même as well as Hervé Marly, the game designer, for his brilliant game.

Nothing would have been possible without the help of Sunil, our developer, and the BGA dev. team.

Now is time for you to overbid the last player: Will you dare to increase the number of cards you can reveal without showing a skull?
It's all up to you.
Time to get your ticket for the 9th Express!

Oh, also, don't forget that it's the last day to gather eggs around the website.
Have you looked into the Legal stuff, right at the bottom?
Don't forget any pages ;)
04/14/2021 Reiñ (h)e soñj

Schrödinger's Cat: When your average furball could be Alive, Dead, or Bloody Furious

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Of course you know the thing.
At least until you open that famous box.

Schrödinger’s Cats is a pseudo-scientific card game of strategic uncertainty for 2-6 players. A fast, fun game of bluffing, deduction, and cute cat pictures!

Uncertainty didn’t kill the cat, but that doesn’t mean it is not dead. Dr. Erwin Schrödinger and Werner Heisenberg taught us that. We’ve all heard about the cats in boxes experiment and maybe we are even curious about the results- but attempting such an experiment would be INSANE in real life! Now you can try your hand at challenging the uncertainty principle without risking the lives of innocent kittens or risking exposure to radioactive particles! Awww!

In Schrödinger’s Cats players run experiments, form hypotheses, and try to one-up each other’s research. Players take on the role of a Cat Physicist such as Albert Felinestein, Sally Prride, or Neil deGrasse Tabby! Using their special ability to help prove their hypothesis, or at least debunk someone else’s, each cat physicist tries to determine the minimum number of alive cats, dead cats, or empty boxes across all the boxes in Schrödinger’s lab.

You may not be certain your hypothesis is valid, but if you love cats, science, and games you will be certain to love the Schrödinger's Cats card game!
It's fun and quite fast, while being clever at the same time. Once again, you won't know until you try it.

So find out about your own tastes by clicking this link:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?ga ... ingerscats

We would like to thank the nice (or not) team from 9th Level Games, and to 100% send our biggest thanks to XCID, our developer that has made it possible to play this game on Board Game Arena.

And now, get into it!
(Or not.)
Your choice.

And don't forget that the EGG HUNT will end in 3 days!
So hurry up before they disappear ;)

PS : yeah that's my cat on the banner. Couldn't resist. Sorry. Her name is Rocket.
04/12/2021 9 addisplegoù

Jekyll vs. Hyde / Rest in Peace: 2 ALL NEW GAMES RELEASED!

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Double trouble to not struggle!

On my left side, Jekyll Vs. Hyde.
On my right side, Rest in Peace.

Two games sharing common points:
- They're BOTH all-new and just-released-games you can NOW find in any good boardgame shop.
- They're BOTH two-player only games.
- They're BOTH exploiting their own unique mechanisms.
- They're BOTH brilliantly developed.
- They're BOTH worth a try.

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But they're DIFFERENT. In many ways.
That's why we're sharing a never-seen before Wednesday release today.

Pay attention, it's TOTALLY worth diving into this.


On the right side:
REST IN PEACE.

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Published by Blue Cocker (Welcome to, Save the Meeples, etc...) and designed by Fabien Gridel, REST IN PEACE is a 2-player game in which you play a family of ghosts, composed of 21 cards (from 1 to 6). Each round, you will be fighting for a Mansion, trying to outbid your opponent. Managing your hand will be critical, and knowing when to withdraw from a fight might lead you to the final victory.
The game is mainly focused on guessing, a bit of bluffing, and is very tactical.
Thanks to Archduke, our developer, you can play the game on BGA in our best implementation. We would also like to thank the publisher, Blue Cocker, and especially Alain Balaÿ, who made it happen.

Not afraid of ghosts? Then click here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=restinpeace


On the left side:
JEKYLL VS HYDE:

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Published by Mandoo Games (Rising 5, Manhattan, etc...) and designed by Geonil, JEKYLL VS HYDE is a trick-taking game for 2 players based on the famous novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. As Dr. Jekyll, you'll need to resist Mr. Hyde's fierce attacks to protect your mind and keep the secret of your dual nature. As Mr. Hyde, your goal is to dominate Dr. Jekyll and overcome his identity.
The game is a mind-bending trick-taking game with a lot of strategies, a bit of bluffing, and hand management.
Thanks to the developer, Moof, the game is working wonderfully on the platform, and we would like to thank the publishing team as well as the people behind InstaPlay that made it possible.

Not decided about which side you'll go? Jekyll OR Hyde? Try it here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=jekyllvshide

The feel and gameplay mechanisms of each game are very different and will bring you different experiences depending on your gaming taste and opponent.

That's why they're released at the same time. So YOU can decide which one you prefer- if not both of them.
They are 2 player games, easy to learn, and so fast that you can play both of them blissfully.
Then you can tell us about what you liked about each of them, right here.

They are both now officially available in stores, so if you really enjoy them you can also support them and their publishers by getting a physical copy of these games.
TWO 2 player games that are this good doesn't happen very often.

That's the first time we have done this on Board Game Arena, and we're expecting some nice conversation about both titles, their mechanisms, and their development.

So now, tell us which one you prefer and why.
It's all a matter of taste and preferences. And we would love to read them.
Enjoy the variety, enjoy the diversity,
AND LET'S CELEBRATE DIFFERENCES!
04/07/2021 9 addisplegoù

Arena Season 5: let's go!

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Congratulations to every winners of Season 4!


Yet another improvement for turn-based Arena

Following your feedback on the last season, we improved again the end of the Arena Turn-based.

Some reminder: At the end of a season, for turn based games that did not "finish in time", the player who consumed the most time will lose the game (all the opponents will be winners).

At the end of Season 3, we stopped all turn-based games in progress, and a lot of you were frustrated by this. For the end of Season 4, we did things differently:
  • The rule remains the same: player who consumed the most time during the whole game (= player who is the most reponsible of the delay) is losing the game, and his/her Arena rank will be modified accordingly.
  • However, the game itself can continue in training mode. It means that you can finish the game if you want to, or leave it without penalty if you don't want to.
Thanks to the players who suggested this solution that we found to be the best compromise.



Important reminder: recent games are not concerned by the end of this season

All games published (= out of Beta) less than 1 month before the end of a season are not concerned by the end of the season (no trophies, no relegation).


Season 5 is NOW launched.

The new Arena is going to be opened in few hours.

Some Arena configuration has been updated:

_ Takenoko: Switch to new edition (this is now the official version of the game)
_ Terra Mystica: Loon Lakes + landscape ON
_ RFTG: Alien artifact without orb (thanks for organizing a poll on RFTG forum about this)
_ Stone Age: 2 players (odd season)
_ 7 Wonders: 3 players (odd season)
_ Kalah: 5 stones (odd season)
_ Tokaido: No Crossroads (odd season)
_ French Tarot: 4 players (odd season)
_ Clans of Caledonia: Auction starting player order based on auction results (for this season and all further seasons)
_ Tash-kalar: Nethervoid and Eherweave extensions are ON (for this season and all further seasons)
_ Unconditional Surrender: France 1944
_ NXS: Random start position (for this season and all further seasons)
_ Dungeon Twister: Full Random Intelligent (as ask for you in the DT forum)
_ Potion explosion: 2 players (this is a test for this season)
_ Toc: see last post of this thread: https://boardgamearena.com/forum/viewto ... 22&t=20257
_ Letter Tycoon: Automatic challenges + 1 retry + 1 doubling ability maximum + 3 players (according to polls on Letter Tycoon forums)
_ Draftosaurus: Summer/Winter


We try to follow everything and to catch all your suggestions / polls: sorry if we miss something. If you create a poll in a game specific forum that clearly show that players prefer another Arena setting, please post it there.



It's up to you to find the way of the elite!


May the odds be ever in your favor!
04/06/2021 85 addisplegoù

Wizard: oldies but goodies in the card games

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It's cheesy, but you might not know about this very well-known card game that is pretty much available in any board game stores, or even toy stores.

Why is it so popular?

The trick-taking game Wizard uses a sixty-card deck that consists of the traditional 52-card deck (1-13 in four suits) along with four Wizards (high) and four Jesters (low).

Players compete over multiple rounds based on the number of players, and whoever ends with the highest score wins. In each round, players are dealt a hand of cards — one card in the first round, two cards in the second, three in the third, etc. — then trump is determined by flipping the top card of the undealt deck; if a suit is revealed, that suit is trump, while if the card turned up is a Jester, it is turned down and there is no trump for that round. If the card turned up is a Wizard, the dealer chooses one of the 4 suits as the trump suit. The dealer cannot choose "no trump". On the last round of each game all cards are dealt out so there is no trump. Players then state how many tricks they expect to win in the round.

The playing and winning of the tricks uses mostly standard trick-taking rules. If a player leads a suited card, then all other players must follow suit, if possible. If a player leads a Jester, then the second player determines the suit led. If a player leads a Wizard, then those who follow can play whatever they want. However, in all cases a player may always play a Wizard or Jester, even if they hold cards in the suit led.

After each player has played a card, determine the winner of the trick as follows: If one or more Wizards were played, the player of the first Wizard wins the trick, collects the cards, and leads to the next trick. If not, whoever played the highest trump wins the trick. If not, whoever played the highest card of the suit led wins the trick. If all players played Jesters, whoever played the first Jester wins.

After all tricks have been played, players tally their score for the round. If a player matched their bid, winning exactly as many tricks as stated at the start of the round, they score 20 points, plus 10 points for each trick taken. If a player missed their bid, they lose 10 points for each trick that they were off, whether they took more or fewer than predicted.

A game you can discover right here:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=wizard

Yes, it's from 1984 and still relevant today. We can tell by the many tables currently open on Board Game Arena.
That's why we would like to thank the publisher AMIGO, the author Ken Fisher and our developer MGoulet who implemented this game for BGA.

It plays from 3 to 6, and lasts for 40 minutes.
So you can try to test your skills on this game, you'll always find someone to play it.

And don't forget that tomorrow, it'll be all about the eggs!
But for now, you're a wizard, Harry...
03/31/2021 18 addisplegoù

No thanks? Yes, of course!

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It's an old game, but a classic.
A classic so classic you probably forgot how good it is.

No Thanks! is a card game designed to be as simple as it is engaging.

Each turn, players have two options:
- Play one of their chips to avoid picking up the current face-up card.
- Pick up the face-up card (along with any chips that have already been played on that card) and turn over the next card.

However, the choices aren't so easy as players compete to have the lowest score at the end of the game. The deck of cards is numbered from 3 to 35, with each card counting for a number of points equal to its face value. Runs of two or more cards only count as the lowest value in the run - but nine cards are removed from the deck before starting, so be careful looking for connectors. Each chip is worth -1 point, but they can be even more valuable by allowing you to avoid drawing that unwanted card.

The first versions of the game supported up to five players, but now on BoardgameArena, you can play up to 7 players.

This game was originally published in Germany by Amigo as Geschenkt ...ist noch zu teuer!, meaning Even given as a gift, it is still too expensive!. Amigo's international edition, titled No Merci! (a delightful multi-lingual pun), had rules in several languages, including English. The game has subsequently been released in other countries under an assortment of names.

The game also won many awards since it's initial release time, like the Golden Geek Award, As d'Or, TricTrac, Spiel des Jahres recommendation, etc...
It's a classic.

And you can play it now here (it's short):
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=nothanks

The whole team would like to thank the game designer, Thorsten Gimmler, and of course, the original publisher: Amigo Spiele.
And of course, nothing would have been possible without Mogri, our developer, who made it happen.

We're wishing you a lot of fun discovering this game.
And we'll come back to you in a few days, cause, eh... It's gonna be April ;)
03/29/2021 16 addisplegoù

Cubirds: Hold the line!

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You won't believe it: it's a game about birds.
You won't believe it twice: it's easy and fun.


Read by yourself:
Players begin each new round of CuBirds with eight bird cards in hand.
Some birds also sit on four distinct fences on the table.

On your turn, you lay a series of identical birds from your hand on one fence's extremity. These birds instantly gather with any identical bird already present on this fence, making all birds placed in-between them fly into your hand. With enough identical birds in your hand, you can perform a flock, allowing you to add some of these birds in your scoring area.

Your ultimate goal is to be the first player to gather in your scoring area either seven different species, or two species with at least three identical birds in each.

Each bird comes with one small and one big flock scores, so you may want to wait to reach a big flock to add more birds at once to your scoring area. Beware, though, as the round ends as soon as a player empties their hand, forcing all players to discard their current hands and plans!

Fly to this page to see the game in action:
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=cubirds

The artwork is as lovely as the adaptation of the game on Board Game Arena, and the game can be played from 2 to 5 players with an average duration of 10 minutes.

The beauty behind that game from Stefan Alexander is the purity of its design.

Fortunately, our developer JustinFernal and the BGA team have achieved a very nice implementation, which should allow you to play comfortably from modest phones, tablets, computers, or any NASA supercomputers as well.
As long as you've updated them.

The team would like to thank our friends from Catchup Games, and the team behind it from ForgeNext. You rule!

It's time to assemble flocks of birds instead of Avengers.
And why not gather some eggs at the same time?

Oops.

Did i said too much about our next event?
Oh...
By the way, this ARENA season is coming to an end. It's time to finish your curent games before the next season launches!

Take care and... fly as high as the sky!
03/24/2021 22 addisplegoù

Fleet: There's plenty of fishes into the sea...

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Somewhere, beyond the sea...
Somewhere waiting for me...

Fishes! A lot of fishes!

In the northwest corner of Nunavut, Canada, a formerly inaccessible bay off of the Arctic Ocean has become reachable through a secret inlet. Untouched by the hands of time and fed by both the ocean and warm fresh water springs, Ridback Bay is teeming with sea life. A remote, timeless bayside village is now being inundated by entrepreneurs awaiting the influx of the world's greatest fisherman to harvest this plentiful bounty. The docks and warehouses are being revitalized, and now it is time to begin the real adventure. Go build your Fleet and become master of the high seas!

Fleet is an exciting, strategic card game with in-depth decisions and thrilling game play that new and experienced gamers can enjoy! In Fleet, you'll acquire licenses, launch boats, and fish the great briny blue. The player who best manages his resources and acquires the most VP via fish, licenses, and boats will build the strongest fleet and lead his crew to victory!

You're the captain, now. Right here.
https://boardgamearena.com/gamepanel?game=fleet

The game is amazingly simple but deep and works really well thanks to the work done by Marcuda, our developer.
We would like to thank also Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle for their game, and Eagle-Gryphon Games for the right to have it here, on BGA.

We strongly encourage you to to look at it, as it only takes 20 minutes for 2 to 4 players, and it's way more engaging than what you can actually think from looking just at the surface.
Since BETA, there is close to 150 games open, non-stop.

So don't loose a minute and dive into Fleet!

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles,” Doug Larson.
03/22/2021 8 addisplegoù


Kargañ savenn ar c'hoari ...
TRUGAREZ : Unan eus hor c'hoarierien lealañ oc'h !
Tapit pep gwellañ Board Game Arena evit €2 / miz hepken !
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