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I really enjoy Tsuro from Calliope Games. It’s that type of abstract strategy game that I just adore. Well, a new version is up on Kickstarter now in honor of Calliope’s 10th Anniversary. It’s Tsuro: Rising Phoenix, and it adds in new concepts like diagonal movement, a molded board, and the ability to rise again from the ashes like the titular bird of flame.
From the campaign:
At Calliope Games, we are thrilled to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! Over the past decade, our library of gateway and filler games have entertained, inspired, and provided an opportunity to make memories around the game table, and it all started with our flagship title, Tsuro: The Game of the Path. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this 10 year milestone than by returning to the series that started it all – so we welcome you to the launch of a brand new Tsuro game!
Long ago, a vengeful god stole the stars from the night sky. To illuminate the night, brave people released glowing paper lanterns toward the heavens. This act of hope summoned clever magical phoenixes, who soared through the sky and raced toward the lanterns.
In Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, an exhilarating new entry in the classic Tsuro series, each player is a phoenix, soaring across the board in an effort to reach glowing lanterns and transform them into new stars in the night sky. The first player to collect seven star tokens wins the game!
Tsuro: Phoenix Rising builds upon the foundation of classic Tsuro – you must play tiles to extend your path, traverse the board, and be aware of your surroundings – but it adds exciting new features such as double-sided path tiles that allow for diagonal movement and can be flipped and rotated to choose your destination, as well as a revolutionary new molded board. As a phoenix, you also have the astounding ability to rise from the ashes and return to the board once per game!
The campaign’s closing in on 4x funded with still 29 days left to go.
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