Archive for December, 2009

Facebook Settlers Tourney!

December 18, 2009

The Facebook Settlers of Catan Tourney II wrapped up last night!

Facebook Settlers of Catan Tourney II FINALS

Sarah Smith of Facebook has been organizing Catan tournaments over there this year. Last night was the final for the second tournament this year!

Three competitors from three different departments competed in Facebook’s CafeX. In the end, Kari Lee of search was victorious.

Sarah and the Facebook tourney’s were also recently featured in the front page Wall Street Journal article that just came out!

Here’s the tournament details: 27 original competitors, 3 departments remaining, 1 Wall Street Journal article with 10 points between them, and the championship. Who will win? Kari Lee did!

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Settlers of Catan in the Wall Street Journal

December 18, 2009

The Settlers of Catan was on the front page of The Wall Street Journal yesterday!

A wonderful article in The Wall Street Journal by Pui-Wing Tam, called “An Old-School Board Game Goes Viral Among Silicon Valley’s Techie Crowd ,” was on the front page of the publication December 17th! We were very excited to learn about Catan’s popularity in Silicon Valley. It appears Facebook, LinkedIn, Mozilla, and others are all having a blast throwing tournaments. Is it possible we’ll start seeing some more contestants from the high-tech crowd in the WWCC this up coming year? Read this article at the link below:

“An Old-School Board Game Goes Viral Among Silicon Valley’s Techie Crowd” by Pui-Wing Tam

1853 and World Without End are Here!

December 17, 2009

Just in time for the holidays! 1853™ India and World Without End™ in stores today!

Visit the product pages below each game to learn more about these exciting new releases!

1853™ India
1853™ India is a railway building game using the 18XX game system, set in imperial India. It was originally published in 1989 by Hartland Trefoil. Contrary to many other 18XX games, 1853 does not require aggressive stock trading, but skills in engineering the best possible routes.

MFG1853 1853™ India

World Without End™
Journey to Knightsbridge, England, where 200 years ago Prior Phillip oversaw the building of the cathedral renowned as “The Pillars of the Earth.” Now farmers, wool dealers, and builders seek wealth and prestige amidst a rivalry between the priory and merchants. As the plague reaches town, nothing remains as it once was. World Without End™ is based on Ken Follett’s best-selling novel.

MFG4118 World Without End™ $49.00

Rules Variants and Designer Notes

December 15, 2009

     

Starting in 2010 Mayfair Games will be regularly publishing rules variants and designer notes on our website. At the beginning of the year we anticipate posting rules variants for Horus™. We are working with some of our designers on additional rules variants, designer notes and “expansions” so keep an eye on this newsletter and the website.

To whet your appetite, here is a rules variant for one of our newest games, Le Boomb™:

If the die holder has the boomb and roles a boomb on the die, the player may give the boomb to any other player.

MFG73101 Le Boomb ™ $4.50

Giving the Gift of Play

December 15, 2009

December is the traditional season of gift-giving. What I like about giving the gift of games is that it is a gift that almost always gives back immediately. After all, it makes sense that we tend to want to give games that we have played and enjoy. Also, it is often easier to learn a game from someone walking us through the rules then it is sitting and reading the rules for ourselves. So not only can we give the gift of a game to a friend or family member, we give the gift of teaching the game. Because most games need more than one player, we can also give the gift of time when we play the game with the gift receiver. And this is when the gift giver gets a gift back; we get to play a game that we love with the people we like. That is, in my opinion, the perfect gift.

If you are looking for last minute game gifts, here are some games that are easy to learn and fun to play:

Atlantis™:

Atlantis Easy to understand and play (while hiding a depth of strategy) this Leo Colovini game is great for both adults and kids.

ASI5753 Atlantis™

Le Boomb™:

Le boombThis is a perfect stocking stuffer and enjoyable for most ages. At $4.50, the price is right and the fun’s outta sight.

MFG73101 Le Boomb™

La Strada™:

La Strada A Martin Wallace classic that is accessible for most ages and packs a lot of fun into a short 30-minute play time.

MFG3304 La Strada™

Hey! That’s my Fish!™:

Hey! That’s My FishA great game for younger gamers, this game has enough strategy for the older members of the family. And it comes with DELUXE penguins!

PHA6027 Hey! That’s my Fish!™

Just in time for the Holidays!

December 15, 2009

Just in time for the holidays! 1853™ India and World Without End™ will be in stores December 17th!

Visit the product pages below each ga me to learn more about these exciting new releases!

1853™ India
1853™ India is a railway building game using the 18XX game system, set in imperial India. It was originally published in 1989 by Hartland Trefoil. Contrary to many other 18XX games, 1853 does not require aggressive stock trading, but skills in engineering the best possible routes.

MFG1853 1853™ India

World Without End™
Journey to Knightsbridge, England, where 200 years ago Prior Phillip oversaw the building of the cathedral renowned as “The Pillars of the Earth.” Now farmers, wool dealers, and builders seek wealth and prestige amidst a rivalry between the priory and merchants. As the plague reaches town, nothing remains as it once was. World Without End™ is based on Ken Follett’s best-selling novel. Strive to navigate turbulent events, ensuring and balancing your food supply, income, and prestige. Piety and loyalty remain vital, for you must cater to the upper classes. And precious medical knowledge is your greatest weapon against the Black Death. So, gather your power and spirit and rise above your rivals into legend!

MFG4118 World Without End™ $49.00

Just in Time for the Holidays!

December 15, 2009

Just in time for the holidays! 1853™ India and World Without End™ will be in stores December 17th!

Visit the product pages below each ga me to learn more about these exciting new releases!

1853™ India

1853™ India is a railway building game using the 18XX game system, set in imperial India. It was originally published in 1989 by Hartland Trefoil. Contrary to many other 18XX games, 1853 does not require aggressive stock trading, but skills in engineering the best possible routes.

MFG1853 1853™ India

World Without End™

Journey to Knightsbridge, England, where 200 years ago Prior Phillip oversaw the building of the cathedral renowned as “The Pillars of the Earth.” Now farmers, wool dealers, and builders seek wealth and prestige amidst a rivalry between the priory and merchants. As the plague reaches town, nothing remains as it once was. World Without End™ is based on Ken Follett’s best-selling novel. Strive to navigate turbulent events, ensuring and balancing your food supply, income, and prestige. Piety and loyalty remain vital, for you must cater to the upper classes. And precious medical knowledge is your greatest weapon against the Black Death. So, gather your power and spirit and rise above your rivals into legend!

MFG4118 World Without End™ $49.00

Witch of Salem Reviews

December 9, 2009

If you’re interested in learning more about Witch of Salem, read these great reviews we found on the web:

Review of Witch of Salem on RPG.net

http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/14/14606.phtml

Another review of Witch of Salem

http://www.flamesrising.com/witch-of-salem-review/

To learn more about Witch of Salem on our website, visit the product page:

MFG3309 Witch of Salem ™ $49.00

Game Cruise Earlybird Specials

December 9, 2009

Game Cruise Early Bird Specials for Caribbean Gamer Classic Aboard the Carnival “Glory”

March 28 – April 4, 2010

Early bird pricing is still available until January 11th!

Early Bird pricing is still available for the 2010 Gamer Cruise sailing from
Miami on March 28, 2010. Prices increase on Jan. 11, 2010 so book now.
Details can be found at: http://www.gameradventures.com/caribbean.htm

For those not already familiar with the Carribean Gamer Cruise: Mayfair Games is joining Gamer Adventures to hold a Settlers of Catan Tournament, taking the winner to to GenCon Indy 2010, a seat in the semi-final round of WWCC US Qualifier round. Winner receives flight, hotel, badge and a seat in the semi-final round of WWCC US Qualifier round providing the chance to continue on to Germany for the World Championship as a US representative!The seven days aboard the Carnival Glory will include a lot of gaming in addition to the WWCC pre-qualifier.

The ship departs and returns from sunny Miami so come early or stay late and extend your vacation! We’ve got Games, We’ve got Food, We’ve got Adventure and We’ve got a payment plan… just ask! Get on board!

Follow this link for more information and registration:
Gamer Adventures Carribean Gamer Classic

Be sure to mention “Mayfair Games” when you register!

35,000 and Counting…

December 4, 2009

The Settlers of Catan fan page exceeded 35,000 fans this week! A big thank you goes out to all our Facebook fans and our fans all over the world. We appreciate all the wonderful things people have written in response to our posts! And, we thoroughly enjoy having the ability to foster a stronger community supporting our games via Facebook It is our mission to continue to bring you the best possible gaming experience and we are very excited for the new releases coming in 2010! Please find us on Facebook at the links below, if you haven’t already:

The Settlers of Catan on Facebook

Mayfair Games on Facebook