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Stronghold Games - May 2019 Newsletter:
  • What's the buzz, Buonocore?
  • Preorders open for:
  • Twice as Clever (a.k.a. Doppelt So Clever)
  • Brikks
  • Valparaiso
  • Encore!
  • Late Pledge FINAL CALL: Terraforming Mars: Turmoil! Join the 27,000+ backers!
  • EGIZIA: Shifting Sands edition -- Kickstarter on May 22, 2019!
Buzz from Buonocore
You would think that after all these years in the industry, convention season would not "sneak up" on me. Each year it does! Sigh...

The good news is, of course, that I'll be seeing many of you soon. And that much I really do like. Talking about the games, the industry, sharing a beer with some of you... it's a good time. Hard freakin' work, but a good time!

More on the conventions in a second, but first...

Let's talk Preorders... New to our list of preorders are the following:

Valparaiso is a great mid-weight Euro game with fantastic Michael Menzel artwork. This is one of the excellent games we picked up out of Essen this past year. If you like simultaneous action selection with critically-important short/long-term planning requirements, you'll want to check out Valparaiso!

Encore! is another great roll-and-write, this time by Inka & Markus Brand (designers of "Village"). Simultaneous play keeps all players engaged in the game. This is also the biggest selling roll-and-write in Germany!

And of course, as previously announced, Brikks and Twice As Clever are still on preorder!

See more information on all of these preorder games below, and/or click the links to go to the Stronghold Games preorder page!

Second, we will have a new Kickstarter happening on May 22nd:

By backing this Kickstarter, you'll not only get this fully updated game - a true second edition of the classic game - but you will be able to play both the original Egizia with the updated art and components of the new edition, Egizia: Shifting Sands Edition. See more information below.

Lastly, convention season is underway and Stronghold Games will be at the following conventions this Spring:

May 16th-19th, 2019 at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO

May 24-27th 2019 at the Hyatt Regency - DFW Airport, Dallas TX

May 31-June 2 2019 at NEC and nearby Hilton Hotel, near Birmingham, UK
(Sadly, I will not be able to make it to UKGE, but... Stronghold Games will have a presence there).

June 12-16, 2019 at Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH

Visit our website for more information and to preorder the games!

Stephen M. Buonocore
President, Stronghold Games
Twice as Clever (aka Doppelt So Clever)
Twice As Clever (Doppelt So Clever) follows the model of acclaimed game That’s Pretty Clever (Ganz SchönClever), and it is designed by the same, award-winning designer, Wolfgang Warsch! But you’ll need to be twice as clever to rack up those big scores!

Each turn the active player rolls six dice, chooses one of them to mark off a space on their scoring grid, places any dice with lower numbers on the side,then re-rolls any remaining dice. The white die is a joker and can be used as any one of the other five colors. After the active player chooses at most three dice, then the other players choose one of the set-aside dice for use on their scoring sheet.

Twice as Clever (Doppelt so Clever) features five new dice-marking categories, the special Silver die (which gives you the potential to mark offer several spaces at once!), the Pink die (which has tricky placements but many potential bonuses!), and new actions.

If you liked That’s Pretty Clever (Ganz Schön Clever), you will love Twice as Clever (Doppelt so Clever) twice as much!

Immerse yourself in the world of retro-game consoles by "dropping" Brikks blocks onto your game sheet!

And this is yet another great roll-and-write game by the famous Wolfgang Warsch!

A dice roll decides which block the players must place. The block “falls” on the field from top to bottom. Players can move the blocks to the left or the right, and rotate blocks by spending energy points. If you cover a circle on the grid that's the same color as the block just placed there, you earn two energy points for later.

You score 1-5 points for each row completed, with double and triple points for the higher rows in your grid. Most points wins in Brikks!

If you liked That's Pretty Clever (Ganz Schön Clever) and Twice as Clever (Doppelt so Clever), then Brikks presents a new challenge with a cool retro-theme!

In 1811, free trade is declared for the harbor city of Valparaíso in Chile. A short time later, Chile proclaims its independence. As an influential citizen of Valparaíso, you want to push the development of your city, so you send merchants into the hinterland to get hold of important export goods and send your ships overseas to gain new achievements there.

To do well in Valparaíso, you must plan well ahead, keep an eye on your opponents, and react to their actions at short notice. Almost any action influences the other players by changing costs or trading possibilities. Each building of a house must be given a lot of thought, every trade must be well-timed. Whoever wants to change the order of their initial planning during the course of the game must pay a penalty, but if your plans aren’t good enough, time will slip away — in the short run as well as in the long run. You all plan simultaneously, and the end of the game may come sooner than you’ve hoped!

For advanced players who like planning while pressed for time, the game includes a variant using a sand timer.

Encore! is another great roll & write game that allows everyone to play at the same time!

A player rolls all 6 dice, picks 2, and crosses out the results. The other players select 2 of the remaining dice and cross out the results for themselves. Points are earned by completing a column, and bonus points can be earned by crossing out boxes of the same color. Be the first player to finish a column to earn the most points! Encore! will provide hours of addictive entertainment, and you‘ll want to play again and again!

This game is designed by Inka & Markus Brand, the famed designers of games like "Village".

This is published in Germany as Noch Mal!, and it is the best-selling roll-and-write in Germany.

Subtext - Envoy In-Store Demos!
Learn the newest Wolfgang Warsch Game, now out in stores!
There are many Friendly Local Game Stores that are participating in the in-store demos for Subtext (May 15 - June 15). 

Learn how to play this great game by Wolfgang Warsch!

Terraforming Mars: Turmoil - Late Pledge!
Don't Miss Out!
Late Pledge option still open! Ends MAY 24 !
27,000+ backers of the Terraforming Mars: Turmoil Kickstarter can't be wrong!

Get this great expansion,
PLUS the dual-layer Player Boards, PLUS all the Promos while you can!
Next on Kickstarter!
Coming to Kickstarter on
May 22nd!
EGIZIA: Shifting Sands
Egizia: Shifting Sands Edition is an updated version of the beloved strategy game, Egizia

Players travel down the Nile, placing ships as they go, to collect resources that will help them construct some of Egypt's most famous monuments. 

This new edition features two brand new monuments, new cards, and a constantly rearranging river, which creates an engaging experience for both new players and longtime fans.
We are excited to announce that in this Kickstarter, backers will receive all the components needed to play the original Egizia with the updated art and components of Egizia: Shifting Sands Edition.

Egizia: Shifting Sands Edition keeps all the painstaking risk/reward decisions of the original Egizia, and adds new depths of strategy, balance, and gameplay, for a fresh twist on a timeless classic.

ALSO - Worth noting the daily milestones that will unlock promo cards and component upgrades. And the replayability of the new edition because of randomized goals and abilities.


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