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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 Reiñ (h)e soñj

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 4 addisplegoù

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 7 addisplegoù

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 45 addisplegoù

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 19 addisplegoù

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 addisplegoù

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 addisplegoù


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