PRESS RELEASE: Grail Games to publish new editions of two classic Reiner Knizia games in 2017.
King’s Road will be released mid-2017, with art by Vincent Dutrait. Stephenson’s Rocket will be released in December, with art by Ian O’Toole. Neither title has been published for over 15 years.
Sydney, Australia – Friday, January 13th, 2017. Today, Grail Games announced that it will be publishing two classic Reiner Knizia games in 2017: King’s Road and Stephenson’s Rocket.
King’s Road is a re-implementation of Imperium, last published in 2001. It is due to be released mid-2017, and will feature art by Vincent Dutrait (Medici, Lewis & Clark, Broom Service, etc.) Stephenson’s Rocket, last published in 1999, will feature artwork from Ian O’Toole (The Gallerist, Vinhos, Lisboa, etc.) Grail Games also plans to produce a previously un-released expansion map for Stephenson’s Rocket that features the eastern United States. Both titles are from famed board game designer Dr Reiner Knizia (Medici, Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Ra, etc.)
Stephenson’s Rocket, a route-building and bidding game, has a devoted fan-base. Widely considered to be Knizia’s best design not to be re-printed since its original release, this new edition of Stephenson’s Rocket will be highly anticipated. The game, its mechanisms, and goals, will be refreshed and presented in a clear and beautiful art style from famed board game illustrator Ian O’Toole.
In Stephenson’s Rocket, players take the role of rail barons at the dawn of the rail age in England. Players will attempt to gain the most influence and prestige amongst the different railroads vying for dominance, by expanding and merging the various lines. It is a highly interactive game – other players may use their clout with a railroad to veto another player’s move.
King’s Road is an area-majority game. Each player has identical decks of eleven cards. On a turn, players simultaneously select the three cards they will play, and in what order. To win, players not only have to influence the king as he traverses the land, but attempt to read the minds of their opponents. The superb artwork of Vincent Dutrait will transport players to a rich fantasy land, as they attempt to sway the king to their favour.
“I am very excited to announce the upcoming release of these titles,” said publisher David Harding. “The new presentation of Stephenson’s Rocket and its expansion will please current fans and attract new ones, while King’s Road, with its fast play time and meaty choices, will deserve a place in any gamer’s collection. We are so pleased to be able to continue releasing great games from one of our greatest designers.”
King’s Road is for 2-5 players and takes approximately 30 minutes to play. The game will include: 1 game board, 55 cards, 75 player markers, and 1 king marker. It’s MSRP will be approximately $30USD. Stephenson’s Rocket is for 2-4 players and takes approximately 60 minutes to play. The game will include: 1 game board, 60 rail tiles, 45 city and passenger tokens, 28 station tokens, 28 player markers, and 7 locomotive miniatures. It’s MSRP will be approximately $50USD. Accurate release dates and MSRPs will be announced soon. Please stay tuned to www.grailgames.com.au for more info.
These two titles join our 2017 release schedule that also includes: Doughnut Drive-Thru, Medici: The Card Game, and Hang 12. Please visit our website or www.boardgamegeek.com for more info on these games.
About Grail Games: Grail Games is a board and card game publishing studio located in Sydney, Australia. Our games, including Elevenses, Cat Box and Medici, are available worldwide. Our focus is on board and card games that are family friendly, fast to teach, and that offer depth and replayability. We create games of excellent component quality that offer a very high Depth to Box Size Ratio. To find out more, please visit www.grailgames.com.au
Grail Games announces Reiner Knizia’s Medici: The Card Game
This all-new design, sister to the classic Medici board game, will be the first entrant to the Medici & Strozzi family of games in nine years, and will feature stunning new artwork by Vincent Dutrait.
Sydney, Australia – Monday, June 20th, 2016. Today, Grail Games announced that it will be publishing the English language edition of a brand new game, Medici: The Card Game. It will be available to demo at the upcoming Gen Con in Indianapolis, and is due to be released in Q1 2017.
Designed by famed games designer Dr Reiner Knizia (Medici, Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Ra, etc.), Medici: The Card Game will feature artwork by Vincent Dutrait (Medici, Rise of Augustus, Lewis & Clark, Broom Service, etc.)
Contact (AUS): David Harding
Phone/Skype: By appointment
Grail Games announces new edition of Reiner Knizia’s classic Medici board game
First printing of this award-winning game in ten years
to feature stunning new artwork by Vincent Dutrait.
Sydney, Australia – Friday, September 18th, 2015. Today, Grail Games announced that it will be publishing a new English language edition of Medici. This classic auction game has been out of print since 2006. The Grail Games edition is due to be released in Q2 2016.
Designed by Dr Reiner Knizia (Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Ra, etc.), Medici was first published in 1995. This new edition will feature artwork by Vincent Dutrait (Rise of Augustus, Lewis & Clark, Broom Service, etc.)
Medici is part of the so-called “Knizia auction trilogy” (including his other games Ra and Modern Art), and remains one of the most highly regarded board games of the 1990s. After its original release, Medici was named on the 1995 Spiel des Jahres recommended list and it continues to be a much-loved game worldwide. The new Grail Games edition will include rules and component additions that allow Medici to be played by two players for the first time.
“Celebrating my 30 year anniversary, I am very excited to announce that Medici will once again be made available to board game enthusiasts,” said famed game designer Reiner Knizia. “The new artwork and expanded rules will do nothing but add to the gaming experience Medici provides. It is one of my favourite games and I am glad to see it back.”
The new English edition of Medici will be adorned with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Vincent Dutrait. “To be asked to illustrate this classic game was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse,” he said. “The art I have completed thus far includes some of my favourite illustrations I have yet to create for a board game. Medici will not only be fantastic to play, but also I hope, a treat to behold.”
In Medici, players take on the role of merchants during the profitable age of the Medici family. Players, in turn, reveal lots of valuable trade goods for auction. After a once-around bidding process, players fill their boats with these goods. At the end of each round, money is earned for the highest valued ships, as well as for having monopolies in each type of goods. Medici is full of player interaction and boasts an innovative scoring system that has players bidding on goods with their end game points.
Medici is for 2-6 players and takes approximately 60 minutes to play. The game will include: one game board, 36 cards, 36 scoring tokens, 3 day markers, 5 monopoly markers, 6 ship player mats, and 2 ship player mats to be used in the 2-player game. An accurate release date and MSRP will be announced at a later date. You can find out more at www.grail-games.com/medici
About Grail Games
Grail Games is a board and card game publishing studio located in Sydney, Australia. Our games, including Elevenses, Too Many Cinderellas, One Zero One, and Matcha are available worldwide. We have just launched our first card game for Android devices: Elevenses for One. Our focus is on board and card games that are family friendly, fast to teach, and that offer depth and replayability. We create games of excellent component quality that offer a very high Depth to Box Size Ratio. To find out more, please visit www.grail-games.com