Hey guys! I’m very excited to announce that I have made a mid-summer order. I think you guys will really like these new games. First summer order is Olympos. Here is the description of the game on the box.

Olympos, coming from French publisher Ystari Games, Keyaerts has another go at the simplified civilization game. The playing time for Olympos is only 60-90 minutes for 3-5 players, but says Ystari’s Cyril Demaegd, “Even if it’s a short game, it’s a gamer’s game.”

Players take actions based on their position on a time track, along the lines of Peter Prinz’ Thebes. (Says Demaegd, “This is mainly a coincidence because Philippe designed this game years ago.”) By spending time, players take actions, with the choices being expansion or development. Expanding brings new settlers onto the game board, which depicts Greece and Atlantis, which lets you conquer territories and thereby acquire resources.

Development takes place on the game’s discovery board, with players either buying new scientific discoveries – such as medicine or phalanxes – or building architectural wonders. Each discovery brings you new powers, such as an upgrade in military strength due to the phalanx, and each wonder earns you points.

A player’s piety is measured by discoveries, and the most pious player might be rewarded during the game by one of the nine gods included. Similarly, the less pious players might be punished by those same gods.

The replayability of Olympos is huge, says Demaegd, as the discovery board and gods in play will be different each game, not to mention the territories you’re able to conquer.

Next up is Blockade Runner…

Blockade Runner is a resource trading game in the Euro style, but with a dash of danger. In Blockade Runner, players take on the roles of entrepreneurs attempting to make the most money by shipping cargo in and out of the South during the American Civil War. Positioning is achieved by competing with each other for access to commodities, top market prices, and newly built ships. Hard decisions include whether to play safely to keep ships afloat or take potentially profitable risks. The crux of the play is hinged upon whether to bring in vital war goods, which reduce the intensity of the growing blockade, or more profitable black market goods. This enables a potential for cooperation, but competition is the heart of the game.
publisher blurb.

Lastly is a good game called Hold the Line.

Take command of the American and British Armies in twelve great battles of the American Revolutionary War. You’ll feel the battles come to life as the American Continentals and feared British Elites try to hold the line against each other at the battles of Long Island, Harlem Heights, Weitzel’s Mill,Trenton, Hobkirk’s Hill, Eutaw Springs, Bemis Heights, White Plains, Kings Mountain, Brandywine, and the double scenario covering the morning and afternoon battles at Monmouth.

The game comes with a beautiful hard mounted game board with hard mounted terrain tiles, counters and thick counters representing infantry, dragoons and artillery. The game also uses the Clash for a Continent system.

As British leaders you’ve told the American patriots to lay down their weapons or you’ll lay waste to their homes. And as the Americans you have pledged your lives and fortunes in defense of all you value. Take the role of British generals Howe, Burgoyne, Cornwallis and others as you stake your reputation on defeating the rebel armies. As American generals Washington, Greene, Gates and others as you’ve precariously placed your army in their path… The enemy approaches, the sound of cannon deafens, men shout commands, smoke fills the air, can you HOLD THE LINE!

These all look like great games. I have read many reviews, and watched others video reviews. These all hold a high place in the gaming world. Can’t wait to get them to the table. If you ask me to pick which ones I am most excited about I would have to say the first two. But, remember, that these are all good. If you make me choose one, I would say, I am most excited about Blockade runner.

Take care and keep in touch.

Josh, I wish you were here to help un-box.

Mr. Matera