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TableTop News! 03/02/20

by GameStart Asia

Phew! Is it February already? Time flies when Tabletop is your hobby. So many games, so little time. Here’s some more…

Cat Lady: Box of Treats

Cat Lady is a fantastic little game in its own right and not just because it’s cats. A wonderful game of set collection, cat collection and resource management which is now about to get bigger as there is an expansion on the way!

From the publisher:

New items, boxes, and cat treats and there’s even more cats to feed with the addition of new stray cats and gray cats! Box of Treats also expands the game to be played with up to six players, so now you’ll have to outmanoeuvre more players to be crowned as the best cat lady in town. Compete for goals, try new strategies, and, as always, keep your cats fed!

Looking forward to this. Because of cats…

Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition

First released in 2012, Clash of Cultures has become a bit of a classic and Wizkids are bringing it back with all the expansions included. This is great news as the expansions are pretty hard to find and can set you back over US$200! That will all change in November 2020.

From the publisher:

Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition brings back the classic game of exploration, expansion, and development with the Clash of Cultures base game and the Civilizations and Aztecs expansion in one box! Grow your civilization, advance your culture and tech, and leave your mark by building wonders, with this edition of the game including fully-sculpted miniatures of the Seven Wonders.

In Clash of Cultures, each player leads a civilization from a single settlement to a mighty empire. Players must explore their surroundings, build large cities, research advances and conquer those who stand in the way. The game features a modular board for players to explore, 48 distinct advances, seven mighty wonders, and loads of miniatures and cards. The winner will create a culture that will be remembered and admired for millennia.

Looking forward to this one.


Now, this looks like something special. An engine-building game based on the 16th-century legend of the Golem of Prague. Colour us interested.

From the designers:

In the Golem, players take the role of kabbalists who create and grow these powerful and magical creatures that will be moved around the main places of magical Prague under the control of their masters — but if a golem becomes too powerful, it will destroy everything it encounters on its way! Players also create powerful artefacts and cast several kinds of spells.

The game is divided into five rounds, and at the beginning of each round, the players place fifteen coloured marbles into the 3D synagogue that will split them into five lines corresponding to the five main actions available in the game:

  • Work: By paying mana, activate the Golem placed in the city of Prague and get bonuses.
  • Golem: Obtain clay to create new golems or grow yours.
  • Artefact: Obtain coins and buy gold to build artefacts that offer permanent bonuses in the game.
  • Spells: Obtain mana and perform spells, with scoring for spell set collection.
  • Mirror: Perform one action of your choice by paying 1 coin.

The number of marbles available in the corresponding action line determines how much the player gets from the action. When you choose an action, you collect one marble of your choice in the corresponding line (two actions) per round. Depending on the colour of the marble you chose, you may move your masters forward on one of the tracks of the city: External, Commercial, Ancient and Magic.  It’s important to advance your masters on those tracks to be able to keep the control of your golems. At the end of the round, mana can also be used to control a golem that surpassed its master, but if one of these creatures is uncontrolled, it may become dangerous and destroy the neighbourhood, after which you will have to destroy and bury it!

Pretty unique from where we are sitting. Can’t wait to try it for sure.

Vienna Connection

We weren’t big fans of Detective from Portal Games or it’s expansions. However, this has us interested. It uses the Detective game system but is a new standalone game.

From the publisher:

Vienna Connection is a standalone game inspired by the game mechanisms of Detective. In this game, players take on the roles of CIA agents sent to Europe in 1977 during the Cold War to investigate the mysterious death of James Werner, an American citizen murdered in Vienna.

The international plot involves various secret agencies, and players will travel around Europe visiting a dozen destinations and discovering secrets.

Vienna Connection, although inspired by Detective, features with new rules and game mechanisms that bring the spy theme to life. Players will manage resources (such as informants, bribes, and pieces of information), decode reports (including secret messages, codes, and wiretapped conversations), and will have to outsmart enemy spy agencies.

Being a spy is way better than desk jockey cop right? Hopefully, this delivers.


Martin Wallace is back on Kickstarter with his latest game, Rocketmen. You can check out the campaign HERE. We loved his last game, Auztralia and this one looks pretty great too.

From the publisher:

They have set up their empires of trailblazing innovation and groundbreaking technologies on a somewhat unremarkable planet circling around a rather average star. Years of hard work and steadfast dedication to their clear-cut vision of looking further than the day-to-day toils and chores of human civilization have cemented their reputation as the forefathers of future humanity. Secretly, they have never stopped dreaming about the thrust of all their entrepreneurial actions and deeds – reaching the stars. Now, the time has come for them to embark on a second giant leap for humankind, to make the outer reaches of the solar system our home. Only one of them shall go down in history as the first explorer of space and a person who truly forged their will and power according to the bold words: citius, altius, fortius – faster, higher, stronger.

Immerse yourself in a fast-paced race to the final frontier: space. A deck-building confrontation of swift decision-making and tactical choices, Rocketmen gives you the feel of taking a front seat in a technologically wonderful spectacle of space exploration. It’s up to your predictive abilities and resource management skills to determine what kind of endeavour would be most suitable for paving the way to Earth’s celestial neighbours. It doesn’t matter whether it would be a low Earth orbit satellite or a manned base destined for the Red Planet; plan your mission carefully, equip your shuttles and rockets craftily, yet do not hesitate when your gut instinct tells you when it’s time to launch!

The universe might wait for you eternally. Your opponents won’t!

It’s fully funded and the campaign has a few hours left if you are interested. We are!

That’s all for this week!

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