Mayfair Games News Get the latest information about games, events, Mayfair, and its partners. en-us Copyright 2015 Mayfair Games Mayfair Games Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Catan: The Big Game Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="Catan - Big Game on Gen Con 2015" width="500" height="169" /></p> <p><span>Make history with us at Gen Con 2015!</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span>In 2013 the world record for "the most people playing the Settlers of Catan simultaneously" was set on also Gen Con. This year, on Friday, July 31st, you have the chance to play in The Big Game&trade; again in an attempt to break the previous record of 922 people.</p> <p><span>What is The Big Game? It&rsquo;s a giant game of Catan played from start to the finish &ndash; to 25 points. It's a hybrid set of rules from both base Catan and the Seafarers expansion.</span></p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Big Game is also a Charity Event supporting this year&rsquo;s Gen Con Charity partner,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Julian Center</a>. The center supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other life crises.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Date:</strong>&nbsp;Friday, July 31, 2015</li> <li><strong>Place:</strong>&nbsp;JW Marriot: White River Ballroom; Indianapolis, IN</li> <li><strong>Admittance:</strong>&nbsp;7 pm</li> <li><strong>Duration:</strong>&nbsp;approx. 2 hours</li> </ul> <p>In addition every participant will receive:</p> <ul> <li>A special limited edition &ldquo;Big Game&rdquo; Catan&reg; t-shirt</li> <li>A special limited edition &ldquo;Big Game&rdquo; card deck with some cool extra cards</li> <li>A "Big Game" map printed specially for this event</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Prizes Include:</strong></span></p> <p><span><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span><strong>Winner</strong> receives an full set of Catan 5th Edition (base game, expansions and extension)!!</span></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span><strong>Gold Ticket prizes</strong> include:</p> <ol> <li>A spot on the Gamer Adventures&#8203; cruise in January (double occupancy room). &nbsp;;</li> <li>TBA - July 21</li> <li>TBA - July 22</li> <li>TBA - July 23</li> <li>TBA - July 24</li> </ol> <ul> </ul> <p>Admission price for the Catan: The Big Game is $26. Availability of tickets is limited.</p> <p>Tickets can be purchased on the Gen Con website or on site. &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Gen Con Event-ID#: BGM1576923</em></p> Patchwork Wins 2014 Golden Geek Award! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Every year the members of BoardGameGeek, RPGGeek and VideoGame Geek get together and celebrate the best in gaming.</p> <p>We're pleased as punch to announce that this year, <a href="">Patchwork</a> won the award for Best Abstract Game! Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the Geek communities for the award!</p> <p><a href="">See all the winners and runners up here.</a></p> Catan Con 2015 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <h2><strong>Catan Con 2015 - &ldquo;Where Catan Day Comes to Life!&rdquo;</strong></h2> <h3>April 24 -26, Gaylord Opryland Resort - Nashville, TN</h3> <p>Join Mayfair Games and hundreds of your fellow Catan enthusiasts as we celebrate the first annual International Catan Day at Catan Con 2015, April 24-26, 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort &amp; Convention Center in Nashville, TN.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t miss your chance to play all things Catan, along with the entire Mayfair Games library.&nbsp; There will be an exciting event schedule with all Mayfair products including free open play!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Additional show highlights include:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Catan National Championship Qualifier ($5 additional fee). </strong> - 1st place winner will receive a trip to Gen Con 2015 (travel included, standard hotel room/double occupancy, and guaranteed seating into the semi-final on Sunday)<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Settlers of America Tournament</strong> - The Train Gamers Association (TGA) will be joining us for a modified Puffing Billy game track and a Settlers of America Tournament. Winner of the Settlers of America tournament will receive a 4-day Gen Con badge &amp; a TGA ribbon for Gen Con 2015<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Play your favorite Catan games</strong> and even a few you probably haven&rsquo;t seen in years including the original Catan Historical series, Settlers of Nuremburg, Das Buch and more.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>&ldquo;The Big Game&rdquo;</strong> &ndash; play in a 100-player version of the world record setting Catan game. <br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Catan Teen Tournament</strong> (ages 12-17yrs)<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Mammoth Carpet/Floor Games</strong> (Catan, Star Trek: Catan, Catan Junior, Pompeii, Hot Tin Roof and more)<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Giant Tabletop Games</strong> (Catan, Lords of Vegas, Shear Panic and more) </li> </ul> <h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Registration Pricing:</strong></em></span></h3> <p><strong>3-day Badge (Ages 12+) - $45</strong></p> <ul> <li>Admission to the Convention Friday through Sunday</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Pre-register</span> to receive a special limited edition 2015 Shirt (extras may be purchased)and special Catan Day 2015 SWAG</li> </ul> <p><strong>Individual Day Badge (Ages 12+) - $25 </strong></p> <ul> <li>Admission to the Convention for the day specified at time of purchase</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Pre-reigster</span> to receive special Catan Day 2015 SWAG (sorry, no shirt, though you may buy one on-site)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Child Badges</strong> - Ages 11 and under are free (no t-shirt or SWAG included)</p> <h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Discounts Available:</strong></em></span></h3> <ul> <li>$5 discount if you &ldquo;Like&rdquo; the <a href="">Mayfair Games Facebook Page</a></li> <li>First 100 hotel rooms booked receive ONE (1) free badge to Catan Con 2015 <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Email your Hotel Reservation Code and your Convention Registration Account Number to <a href=""></a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Convention Registration and Hotel Registration are required to complete the authorization process.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Register Today!</strong></em></span></h3> <p><a href="">Convention Registration</a></p> <p><a href=";eventID=12729232">Hotel Registration</a></p> <p>For an additional information/questions, please email <a href=""></a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="news.php">back</a></p> Amy Poehler Hates Cones of Dunshire; Amy Poehler Thinks You Should Back Cones of Dunshire Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p>In a recent zap2it article, Amy Poehler discusses her feelings on the Cones of Dunshire, which are, well, complicated.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>"I hate Cones of Dunshire,'" Poehler says. "It gives me a headache. It's really cool that people are raising money for it, but I mean, it's just that it's so many rules."&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>"So make sure you contribute to it," she instructed the audience, if only to make her suffering during that scene worth it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10px;">To read more about the Kickstarter and how the creators of Parks and Recreation feel about the Cones of Dunshire and its place in the show, <a href="">go here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10px;"><a href="">To back the Kickstarter, go here!</a></span></p> The Settlers of Catan®: 20 years of settling, trading and building Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <p><strong style="font-size: 10px;">January 15<sup>th</sup>, 2015</strong></p> <p>At this year&rsquo;s International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Kosmos and Mayfair Games are proud to announce a new look for the entire line of Catan&reg; games. The new look will strengthen the Catan brand both domestically and internationally. The new cover art utilized by all partners will provide a visual continuity throughout the world.&nbsp; This new look is more vibrant and alluring with overall improved presentation and splendidly clean branding.&nbsp; The new packaging cries out&hellip; CATAN!</p> <p>In the 20 years since Klaus Teuber revolutionized game design with the original Settlers of Catan&reg;, a worldwide fandom has developed around the game. The original game, plus its expansions have sold more than 22 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages.</p> <p>As part of the growing expansion of the Catan&reg; family of products, the base game will simply be called CATAN&reg; in all countries and languages, along with a unification of the game&rsquo;s graphic design in all territories and languages.</p> <p>Catan&rsquo;s creator, Klaus Teuber, said that &ldquo;By means of this change, we will continue to grow global demand and modernize the Catan family of games.&rdquo;</p> <p>Catan will visit India during the 2,700km Rickshaw Run. During this charity event, players will get to play Catan and Mayfair Games, Catan GmbH and Kosmos will teach the game and raise money for charity.</p> <p>So here&rsquo;s looking forward to the next 20 years of Catan, in Germany, India and throughout the world!</p> Mayfair Games gets Villainous at PlayCHIC 2014! Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img title="Have you seen this man?" src="" alt="" width="267" height="400" /></p> <p>An as yet unidentified villain made a dastardly appearance at this year's PlayCHIC fashion show!</p> <p>Flanked by two mysterious femme fatales the villain demanded Fantastiman make an appearance and proclaimed the completion of his magnum opus. Reports that the world's coffee supply may have been decaffeinated have not been confirmed.</p> <p>More information will be provided as it becomes available but authorities are advising the public to remain calm. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Caverna nominated for International Gamers Award Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Caverna is an instant classic and critics are starting to take notice!</p> <p>The latest accolade granted the game is a nomination for the International Gamers Award, in the category of General Strategy!</p> <p>Congratulations to Uwe Rosenberg and Lookout Games!</p> <p>For more information on the IGA's visit:&nbsp;<a href=""></a><br /> <br /></p> BGGCon 2014 Mayfair Round-up Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Once a year from Novemebr 19<sup>th</sup> to the 23<sup>rd</sup> the world&rsquo;s premier online community for board games comes to the Dallas Fort Worth Hyatt Regency and Mayfair Games is there! Coleman Charlton, Ron Magin and Morgan Dontanville will be manning the fun and free-wheeling Mayfair booth this year where you can see our latest titles or even get a glimpse of the future with upcoming games you can play before anyone else! What could be better than learning a new game? Being rewarded by a dip in our awesome sea of swag, that&rsquo;s what! Learn a game, win something awesome.</p> <p>Come test your luck and get UP! with the new Lords of Vegas&trade; expansion. Defeat Fantastiman once and for all with Villany&trade;. Escape from Shady Pines with Bedpans and Broomsticks&trade; or plan as fast as you can with Mad City&trade;. Experience the joys of quilting with Patchwork&trade;. Search for lost treasure with Gold Ahoy&trade;. Live the dwarvish dream with Caverna&trade; or become a legendary gem merchant in Johari&trade;.</p> <p>Or for those seeking a real adventure, Steam Expansion #5: India and Flea Market will be at our booth before their release. Play these titles before anyone else, then make them jealous.</p> <p>All this and more awaits at BGGcon so make sure to visit us there!&nbsp;</p> Dan King's Top 100 Board Games of All Time Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Dan King has reviewed a lot of games, so when he compiles a list of his favorites, we sit up and take notice.</p> <p>And we're pleased to announce that two Mayfair Games made the cut!</p> <p>Automobile was rated Dan's 84th best game of all time.</p> <p>You can see the list and watch Dan talk about those games here:&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile, Lords of Vegas scored even higher! Dan rated it his 8th best game of all time.</p> <p>See more about Lords of Vegas here:&nbsp;!10---1/c2q4</p> A new Catan World Champion has been crowned! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="" alt="" width="370" height="558" /></p> <p><span>Congratulations to Sander Stroom of Estonia, our new Catan World Champion!! Great game!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>Pictured here is the 2012 Catan World Champion Herbert Schager of Austria (left) with our new 2014 World Champion, Sander Stroom of Estonia (right)!!</span></p> The Catan World Championship: coming to a computer near you Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>The Catan World Championship happens every two years and alternates between Germany and the United States. This year it is being held in Berlin, Germany and will be organized and carried out by KOSMOS GmbH, the German language publisher of &ldquo;Catan&rdquo;.&nbsp;<br /><br />On October 11-12 the greatest Catan players in the world will gather in the heart of Berlin. Including 2012&rsquo;s Catan World Champion, the 2013 European Champion, the 2013 North American Champion - in total, approx. 65 players representing 33 countries will compete with the best of the best determine the 2014 Catan World Champion.&nbsp;<br /><br />And Oomba TV will be there as well! Streaming live all day Sunday the 12th. Tune into to watch. The final should commence at 8am ET. We will be replaying throughout the day as well.</p> <p>Sun Oct 12, 2014, 12:30PM - 7AM (Berlin Time)</p> <p><a href="">Watch it here!</a></p> <p>Berlin, Germany</p> Catan World Championship (CWC) set for Berlin October 11-14 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img style="float: right;" src="../pictures/CWC_2014_Promo.jpg" alt="CWC Promo" width="250" height="250" />From October 11th to 14th the greatest Catan players in the world will gather in the heart of Berlin. Including 2012&rsquo;s Catan World champion, the 2013 European champion, the 2013 North American champion and the representatives of 33 countries. Soon these contestants will compete to determine who is the best of the best and deserves the crown of Catan World Champion.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 10px;">The CATAN WC takes place every two years, either in Germany or in the USA. This year, Berlin was chosen as the host city. The 2014 international event will be organized and carried out by KOSMOS GmbH, the German language publisher of &ldquo;Catan&rdquo; since its first release in 1995.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 10px;">Klaus Teuber's worldwide hit "The Settlers of Catan" and its expansions have sold over 20 million units and have been translated into more than 30 languages. In addition to the classic Catan board game, Catan expansions, and Catan special edition product, players may enjoy still more Catan fun with Catan card games, dice games and computer games or apps.</span></p> Catan Anytime! Anywhere! Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Mayfair Games is happy to drop the beta tag from <a href=""><em>Catan Anytime</em></a> on Thursday, August 28, 2014. <em>Catan Anytime </em>is a casual, free-to-play web variant of <em>The Settlers of Catan</em> brought to you by Bontom Games, in cooperation with Internet Explorer and Catan GmbH. Now the whole Catan community can connect through an evolving digital social game experience.</p> <p><em>Catan Anytime</em> provides a new way to experience Catan. Easy to play and designed for touch across any device, it gives players easy access to a Catan experience. Its turn-based asynchronous gameplay and automated trade and roll features streamline and the play flow, making it flexible and portable. Its simplified game features and open architecture make it simple to learn and permit dynamic development.</p> <p>Invite friends to play <em>Catan Anytime</em> via Facebook or email. A tutorial that walks you swiftly through your first turn, so anyone can jump into the Catan experience. Whether you&rsquo;re an experienced player or simply heard about Catan, check it out.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Mayfair Games Helps Gen Con Raise Record Charity Amount Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Exciting things happened at Gen Con this year. As always there were a lot of fun and amazing games at the show. But Gen Con and Mayfair Games are also committed to giving back to the Indianapolis community which has been such an amazing host for Gen Con through the years.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Gen Con, more than $40,000 was raised for their official charity partner, "Gleaner's Food Bank of Indiana's BackSacks program, which provides weekend food to children at-risk for hunger. This donation includes a $20,000 check provided by Mayfair Games' Cones of Dunshire event, a charitable game played Saturday, August 16 on Georgia Street."</p> <p>This is a proud moment for Gen Con and Mayfair Games is thrilled to have played such a large part in giving a helping hand to a fantastic charity!</p> <p><span> <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br /> <!--[endif]--></span></p> Designer Demos at Gen Con 2014! Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>As you know, you can get demos on hundreds of games at the Mayfair Booth in Hall J.</p> <p>But this year you can also learn a game from its designer!</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Thursday</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>5-6pm &ndash; James Ernest &ndash; Lords of Vegas / Lords of Vegas UP!</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>1-2pm &ndash; James Ernest - Lords of Vegas / Lords of Vegas UP!</li> <li>1-3pm &ndash; Kane Klenko &ndash; Mad City</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10px;">Saturday</span></strong></span></p> <ul> <li>10am &ndash; 2pm &ndash; Phil Chase &ndash; Theophrastus</li> <li>1-3pm &ndash; Kane Klenko &ndash; Mad City</li> <li>1-4pm &ndash; Nicholas Trahan &ndash; Villainy</li> <li>3-4pm &ndash; James Ernest&nbsp;&ndash; Lords of Vegas / Lords of Vegas UP!</li> </ul> With Deepest Sympathy Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Mayfair Games wishes to extend its collective condolences to the family of Konstantin Krivenko and his company on his passing.</p> <p>Zvezda is a Russian company and sometime publishing partner of Mayfair Games.</p> The Cones of Dunshire Charity Event at Gen Con Indy! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>You&rsquo;ve seen it talked about on the hit NBC television show&nbsp;<strong>Parks and Recreation</strong><strong>&reg;</strong>, you&rsquo;ve seen glimpses of the bizarre gameplay, but this is your first chance to see The Architect&rsquo;s vision in all of its conical glory! Mayfair Games, Inc. is proud to team up with Gen Con LLC and&nbsp;<strong>Parks &amp; Recreation</strong>&nbsp;to present The Cones of Dunshire<strong>&trade;</strong>&nbsp;game!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This charity event will take place Saturday, August 16 at Gen Con<strong>&reg;</strong>, in Indianapolis IN. Only 33 tickets are available for this game, which will give you the opportunity to play as one of the two Wizards, the Arbiter, or one of the other new classes of character! (The Architect is always making changes, so there will be some surprises in gameplay!) Players will be grouped into teams of three, with special sub-classes ONLY used for this event! Participants will receive special gifts commemorating the event and their participation, and other surprises are in store! And the game will be played on an oversized carpet version of the board, so that players and spectators alike can experience the Cones in all of their majesty!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There will be one other special spot in the game: The Ledgerman! Everyone wants to keep score (and wear that spiffy hat), so the Ledgerman non-player will be auctioned off LIVE at the event! ANYONE may bid for the opportunity, even if you are not attending Gen Con, since the winner will receive a badge for Gen Con 2014 (if the winner doesn&rsquo;t have one already), and a 4-day badge for Gen Con 2015!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All money raised from event tickets will be matched by Mayfair and donated to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, the 2014 Gen Con Official Charity. Gleaners&rsquo; BackSacks program works with nutritionists to provide kid-friendly, shelf-stable food for kids in grades K-6 in challenged economic situations. Mayfair will also be collecting appropriate canned food at the event as well as cash donations, with a special Cones of Dunshire item for everyone who contributes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This event (BGM1466786 for Gen Con attendees) is limited to 33 players, with tickets costing $100. Check-in for the event will start at 7 pm on Georgia St. (just outside the Indiana Convention Center, the home of Gen Con). Questions about the event, or requests for registered players who would like to play together as a team, should be directed to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Will you brave the Doom deck? Will you sheathe or unsheathe the Cone of Decision? Will your resource gems rule the day, or will the dreaded Teuber spell strike? All of this will be discovered at Gen Con with the Cones of Dunshire charity event!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"The Cones of Dunshire" is a copyright and trademark property of Mayfair Games, Inc. and Open 4 Business Productions, LLC. &ldquo;Parks and Recreation&rdquo; is a production and property of Open 4 Business Productions, LLC. "Gen Con&rdquo;&nbsp;is a trademark of Gen&nbsp;Con&nbsp;LLC. All rights reserved.</em></p> GTM #173 Cover Story: Become the Ultimate Villain in 5 Easy Steps with Villainy Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>GTM #173 features our latest game on the cover!</p> <p><a href="">So join us in learning how to become the ultimate villain with Villainy!</a></p> Mayfair Games and GTM Partner to Bring You Free Game Expansions Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Here at Mayfair Games, we&rsquo;ve been producing Limited Edition Promo Expansions for a while now. Each release contains expansions for one or more Mayfair Games. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ve attempted to provide them to hobby stores and customers that pre-order our games, or order them in the month of release, but now we&rsquo;re thinking bigger. We&rsquo;re so pleased with the program we wracked our brains trying to figure out a way to get them into the hands of more folks and came up with the idea of including them as inserts in Game Trade Magazine, which we think is swell.</p> <p>In the first issue we&rsquo;re providing promo expansions for Mad City&trade;, Station Master&trade; and Zen Garden&trade;. Having done this, surely we couldn&rsquo;t do it again, right?</p> <p>Well, we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing this program for the foreseeable future! In the months ahead, look to GTM to bring you promo-expansions for many of our most popular titles. Gamer&rsquo;s games like Asgard&rsquo;s Chosen&trade;, Lords of Vegas&trade;, Steam&trade;, Alchemist&trade;, Global Mogul&trade;, Urbania&trade; and Automobile&trade;. But not just games for the dedicated gamer in your life. We will also be presenting new options for our classic family games such as Ablaze&trade;, Downfall of Pompeii&trade;, Road Rally USA&trade;, Elk Fest&trade;, Nuns on the Run&trade; and Bacchus&rsquo; Banquet&trade;!</p> <p>So look forward to the months ahead because now you will not only get the latest in gaming news and previews from GTM but your also going to get expansions for new and classic Mayfair Games covering our most popular titles along with brand new favorites that will become staples of your gaming shelf!</p> FLGS of the Month: Gamescape San Francisco! Wed, 07 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span>Drum roll please...</span><br /><br /><span>The first winner in our Friendly Local Game Store of the Week is...&nbsp;</span><a href="">Gamescape San Francisco</a><span>!!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span>After almost 29 years - the #1 reason customers shop with them... "We take pride in stocking a wide variety of games for customers to peruse."</span></p>