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Let the good times roll!

Let the good times roll!

Our Dutch publisher 999 Games is presenting our Pick A Pen line – a new roll and write concept in which you do not roll any dice, but you roll coloured pencils instead.

The first three games in the line are Gardens (Tuinen), Reef (Riffen) and Crypt (Crypten), and each game offers several scenarios.

To start the game, you roll all five pencils and pick one of them. On each of the six sides of each pencil there are different symbols.

By choosing the colour you want to use, you also choose a certain symbol – or vice versa.

With this combination of colour and symbol you mark or colour spaces on your play sheet, and hopefully you will do it optimally so that at the end of the game you will have the most beautiful garden, collect the most valuable treasure, or be the best at deciphering the inscriptions in the crypt.

Pick a game, pick a scenario, and Pick A Pen!

Home Alone

Home Alone

Living on a desert island? Stuck in a pandemic? The kids don’t want to play with you? No problem!

Together with Schmidt Spiele, Reiner has published the For One line of games which gives the lonesome player the chance to beat himself at Kniffel and other games.

In contrast to other playful self-activities, in particular those involving solving puzzles and logical thinking, or even digital one-person games that you play in front of a screen, with the new For One line Reiner wants to convey the same feelings and tension that you get in a multi-player social game. The only difference is that there are no other players making moves. You make one move after another, so it is always your turn and you are always involved!

These games are not “brain teasers”, because all our For One games have challenging random elements built in which you have to adapt to move by move.

Each For One game comes with many levels of increasing difficulty, but the random elements mean that no two games are the same, so you can try your luck again and again at the same level.

Don’t forget: “Fortune favours the brave.”

Offline Fun in Brazil

Offline Fun in Brazil

In 2023 with the pandemic officially declared over, Reiner accepted an invitation to visit the Diversão Offline event in Brazil, and flew over for the weekend so that he could meet our Brazilian partners and extend our publisher relationships in South America.

Reiner thanks everybody for the warm reception he received in São Paulo – by the publishers as well as by the gamers.

Mandatory use of bow ties – put it on at KniziaCon!

Mandatory use of bow ties – put it on at KniziaCon!

In July, a friendly message reached us from Robert Rawes who had the idea of hosting a KniziaCon together with two of his friends. The trio owns around 83 Knizia games of which about 60 were shown and played at a Board Game Tavern near Raleigh, NC, USA where the KniziaCon took place.

Robert and his friends not only offered their personal Knizia game library to the public but also prepared a supply of bow ties that attendees could wear while playing. Unfortunately, no contest took place to see who looked smartest with Reiner’s trademark piece of clothing. But then, who can beat the master, right?!

Instead, a raffle was held and the main prize ( Blue Lagoon) went to a lucky winner who was then able to add the first Knizia game to his board game collection. Congratulations!

All in all, the small privately organized KniziaCon with roughly 50 participants turned out to be a great success, and Robert and his friends are planning to make it an annual event. Following our motto, they simply want to focus on “Bringing Enjoyment to the People”.

Bring your own bow tie!

The Quest for El Dorado continues…

The Quest for El Dorado continues…

Somewhere deep in the South American jungle lies the mythical land of ‘El Dorado’. Legend speaks of unimaginable golden treasures to be found there. But no-one has ever discovered this legendary place – until they played the game…

Since the start of its voyage into the board game jungle, the game has felt the golden shine of El Dorado on its cover: Nominee for the German Game of the Year, the Ravensburger expedition (treading the beautifully illustrated paths by Franz Vohwinkel) moved on to win the Game of the Year in Italy and Spain.

Even more gold hit the game when Vincent Dutrait started a second expedition with a new look that led not only to many more discoverer teams from many nations, but also to being awarded the Game of the Year in the Netherlands (999 Games), Poland (Nasza Księgarnia), Hungary (Reflexshop) as well as Finland (Lautapelit).

A true international bestseller, with expansions and promo-packs supporting the continued success of the game, offering ever new challenges to the players in their quest for gold and playful enjoyment with family and friends. Join the expedition!

© Dr. Reiner Knizia 2015-2024