Archive for June, 2009

Catan Masters Tournament!

June 19, 2009

Due to a last-minute cancellation, Mayfair Games is adding a Settlers of Catan Masters Tournament to our Gen Con event lineup on Thursday. This is a free event, open to anyone who has made a Catan semi-final (or is a past prequalification tournament winner) at either Origins or Gen Con. The winner will receive an invitation to play in the North American Catan Championship, to be held at Gen Con on Saturday.

One of the benefits for the  North American Catan Tournament winner is a pass to the Catan World Championship in 2010, to be held in Germany. Contact if you qualify and wish to request a slot in the Masters Tournament!

Artisans & Benefactors Expansion Set!

June 18, 2009

The 7th Catan Card Game Expansion Set!

The seventh expansion to Klaus Teuber’s Catan Card Game is coming June 25! The Artisans & Benefactors Expansion Set™ contains 30 new cards that can help you enhance the “happiness” of your principality’s residents. Visit the product page for more information.

MFG48722 Artisans & Benefactors Expansion Set™

Origins Game Fair 2009!

June 18, 2009

We believe that the best way for someone to get excited about our games is to play them. And, opportunities for play don’t come much larger than the Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio! This year’s convention is from June 24-28, and we’ve got both traditional favorites and some new surprises lined up!

–       We kick off on Wednesday with a free event designed to showcase our newest games, and especially Steam! Join us in the Mayfair Room from 2 pm until 6 pm for the Mayfair New Game Showcase to play a game or two, chat with Mayfair folks, and even a surprise or two.

–       The Mayfair Ribbon Quest is back, but with a twist! Once you earned the usual five resource ribbons and become a Knight of Catan, you’ll be invited to take the next step to become a Defender of Catan! Earn three commodity ribbons by playing specific titles, and qualify for a special item! The Knight of Catan will provide you with the usual benefits like a raffle ticket, a coupon for Mayfair Games, and a choice of prizes!

–       Mayfair is again sponsoring the Children’s Room at Origins. We’re always pleased to help with the efforts to show children how much fun-and how different-games can be!

–       The Mayfair Room is back and bigger than ever, with more than 300 events scheduled 8am to Midnight. These events give players a chance to find other players for all of our titles, and to try your skills against different players. We’re located in Concourse E, at the north end of the convention center.

–       Mayfair is once again participating in the Origins Hall Pass program, a special programming track for educators. Our annual look at our games and ways that they are being used in school and youth settings will be Friday at 1 pm, and a seminar on games that use non-fictional maps and books across the entire gaming industry will be Saturday at 1 pm.

–       The Mayfair U series of seminars are back, with the chance to learn about our games, and a sneak peek into how they’re made and produced. Last year, participants learned about subjects as diverse as wargame development, auction strategies and what Australian miners want in Australia Rails. They’re a chance to talk with designers and industry folks about how they work and what they make!

–       The Settlers of Catan North American Championship Qualifier tournament will be held over the four days of the show. Qualifying rounds will be run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the top-rated players moving on to the Sunday semifinal and final rounds. The winner is rewarded with transportation, lodging and a ticket into the North American Championship at Gen Con, providing that lucky person a chance to win a trip to represent the U.S. at the Catan World Championship in Germany in 2010! Award winners must be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.

That’s an overview of how we’ll be keeping busy at Origins. Visit us in booth 601, try out a game or two, and say hello!  And saunter down to E-pod 170-172 and play in a scheduled event or perhaps a pickup game.  See you there!

Calling all Train Gamers! Eurorails 4th Edition

June 17, 2009

Discover the new edition of a modern European classic!

Celebrate one of the world’s most vital and enduring passions: railroads. The brand new Eurorails® 4th Edition is coming June 25th! With over a million variations, Eurorails® never grows old. You decide where to lay your tracks. Your only obstacles are rival tracks and Europe’s great mountains, channels, and rivers. So, ignore the borders. Capture the industrial spirit of Europe and learn to build an empire. Whether you share Eurorails as an evening with friends or as a rainy day activity with your family, you’ll always find it captivating! Learn more by visiting the product page at the link below.

MFG4507 Eurorails 4th Edition®

Pack & Stack Available Now!

June 17, 2009

The newest game co-produced with Kosmos is available now!

Pack & Stack™ is a fast and funny, wild and crazy game about moving stuff on all sorts of odd trucks. Every interactive turn is a new adventure, where all the players discover new loads, grab new trucks, and then gamble on their planning and packing skills. So, test your wits and find your cool. It’s time to get packin’ and start stackin’!.

MFG3308 Pack & Stack™

Catan in Wired Magazine!

June 16, 2009

Read this wonderful article about Klaus Teuber and his flagship game design, The Settlers of Catan !

We are very proud that one of our favorite designers to work with, Klaus Teuber, has received credit where it is due. There is a glowing write-up about Mr. Teuber and his first big hit, The Settlers of Catan. We don’t know if Klaus would use the words “Monopoly Killer” himself, but it is nice to see a game like Settlers being compared to one of the best-selling boardgames of all time. Here is a link to the article, please enjoy:

Monopoly Killer: Perfect German Board Game Redefines Genre

Steam and MWTRTG!

June 16, 2009

Martin Wallace’s Steam: Rails to Riches™ will be hitting shelves soon on June 18th. We are very excited to finally release this special title which has been in the making for some time. This culmination of Martin Wallace’s classic railroad game series contains a brilliantly balanced standard game, and a very rich, elegant basic game. Steam: Rails to Riches™ will also be joining the Mayfair Demo Program along with the extremely limited edition, Martin Wallace’s Totally Renamed Train Game™. If you wish to demo these new Martin Wallace Games check with you local retailer or visit our Mayfair Demo section on our website.To learn more about both of these games, please visit the product pages at the links below.

MFG4551 Steam: Rails to Riches™ $55.00

MFG45511 MWTRTG™ $70.00