Vladimír Suchý, the designer of Underwater Cities, has announced his next project: Praga Caput Regni is an action-selection game based around building projects in medieval Prague.
Charles IV has been crowned King of Bohemia and ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. From his castle in Prague, he oversees construction of new fortifications: a bridge across the Vltava River, a university, and a cathedral rising within the walls of the castle itself. Prague is already among the largest cities in Europe. King Charles will make it the capital of an empire!
In Praga Caput Regni, players take the role of wealthy citizens who are organizing various building projects in medieval Prague. By expanding their wealth and joining in the construction, they gain favor with the king. Players choose from six actions on the game board — the “action crane” — that are always available, but which are weighted with a constantly shifting array of costs and benefits. By using these actions, you can increase your resources, improve the strength of your chosen actions, and build “New Prague City”, the Charles Bridge, or city walls. You can possibly gain additional actions or even participate in the construction of St. Vitus Cathedral.
Clever players will discover synergies between carefully timed actions and the rewards from constructing civic projects as all of the mechanisms mesh together. At the end of the game, the player who most impressed King Charles wins.
It took a lot longer than expected, but finally, we have good news from our supplier: the reprint of New Discoveries, the first expansion for Underwater Cities, is on the way to us. We expect the delivery for Wednesday next week.
Underwater Cities: New Discoveries has a number of modules which are playable as an expansion to Underwater Cities. Individual modules are not completed yet but there are planned to be new cards in each of the eras, new optional personal assistants and cards with starting resources, additional green metropolises, and one big surprise…
No big surprises here: Maracaibo is our Bestseller from the day we received the first delivery and it is still going strong. The Norwegians was a surprise restock and sold over 20 copies in a couple of days. Watergate is another steady seller and with Robin of Locksley (a Uwe Rosenberg design) the second two-player-game in the Top 5. And our Bestseller for 2019, Wingspan, starts the new year in the Top 5 with no signs of interest in the game slowing down.
New Discoveries, the first expansion for Underwater Cities, sold out shortly after Essen and now with the reprint getting closer interest is picking up again. Eclipse has still a strong following, so it is no surprise that this new edition (despite the high price tag) is generating interest. Atlantis Rising is the new edition of an older, well-received co-op game. Isle of Cats is another hit from publisher City of Games and Roman Banner is the second expansion for the successful follow up to Imperial Settlers.
Vladimir Such, the designer of Underwater Cities, has posted a Designer Diary for New Discoveries, the first expansion for Underwater Cities.
Instead, the expansion — Underwater Cities: New Discoveries — is made of several independent modules that add a variety of aspects to the game, such as greater variability, asymmetric starting conditions, and more interaction.
Underwater Cities, one of the hottest games from Essen 2018, is finally coming back in stock: We are expecting new stock by the end of next week.
In Underwater Cities, which takes about 30-45 minutes per players, players represent the most powerful brains in the world, brains nominated due to the overpopulation of Earth to establish the best and most liveable underwater areas possible.
(Source: Publisher description)
If you haven’t heard about the game, here is a video review from No Pun Included:
But we also have good news for everyone who already owns the first edition of the game: we will get the Upgrade Kit which brings the game up to date with the same delivery. The Upgrade Kit will go online sometime next week and will cost £4.95.
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