Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is an epic cooperative game for 2 to 4 players. Unlike most other games, this one is working against you. What’s more, some of the actions you take in Pandemic Legacy will carry over to future games. No two worlds will ever be alike!
Like Season 1 there will be two different box designs for Season 2, but the components of the game are the same. This is meant for players who would like to run two different games at the same time.
Asmodee has posted a preview for Cities of Splendor, the upcoming expansion for Splendor:
With Cities of Splendor—a collection of four distinct expansions, each offering a unique experience—you can make your dreams of fame a reality as you outthink your opponents. No matter which expansion you choose to use, you’ll find an entirely new way to play Splendor, expanding the game’s replayability without sacrificing the elegance of the original.
And ZMan Games has announced Majesty: For the Realm, a new card game from Splendor designer Marc Andre:
In Majesty, you take on the role of a king or queen seeking to gain power during the Middle Ages. Like any good monarch, you have plenty of subjects ready to do your bidding and help your kingdom grow. Running a kingdom is no easy task and you must make the best use of your subjects and buildings if you want to succeed.
This was my fifth play of the game and I still like it. This time it was a 3 player game, after all the others so far had been 5 player games. And it makes a big difference: the game was much faster, even with two new players. Whereas with 5 players, especially new ones, the game tends to drag a bit, which is annoying because there isn’t much to do on your own turn and you are always keen to get your next action in. I really would like to play it with 4 players the next time, to see if this is maybe the sweet spot for the game.
This was the first game of Isle of Skye for me and I was very keen on giving it a go. The result: similar to Spice Road it is perfect for me at the moment: short playing time, easy to explain but still a lot of options to play and win the game. It took me two turns to understand the buying process of the tiles and what you need for your little island, but afterwards, the turns flow by and I enjoyed it a lot. Can’t wait to play it again.
The last game of the night for me was Arboretum, a great looking little card game about creating paths in the players’ gardens by planting trees. I had heard about the game before, but I didn’t know what to expect. Like BGG says it is an interesting mix of “set collection, tile-laying and hand management” with an interesting scoring mechanism at the end. After not being so sure about the game after I had heard the rules explanation, I started to like it more and more while the game went on. I can recommend it to everybody who is looking for a shorter, but not too light game to end an evening.
ZMan Games has presented Pandemic Legacy Season 2 at the New York Toy Fair. The game will be a stand-alone sequel and is expected to release in September/October.
Here a short description from ICv2:
This stand-alone sequel, designed by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau, is set 71 years after the plague ravaged humankind. The last fragments of humanity have lived in cities near the seas, on floating “haven” stations. But in the past few years, some of the cities have gone dark, and now a small group must venture onto land, not knowing what they’ll find.
That doesn’t sound like a typical Pandemic game, but this is exactly what has caught my interest.