Sunday, June 16, 2013

"New" is the new "Nieuw"

Nieuw Amsterdam, my game released through Dutch publisher White Goblin Games last year, has now been picked up by a North American publisher.  Pandasaurus Games in the U.S. has put the game on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter which is the first time any of my games have been funded in this way. It is now over 400% funded with 12 days still to go, and that's without any huge benefits or stretch goals.  It's encouraging to see that the game's reputation speaks for itself, without any major gimmicks and extras. 

The biggest change is in the spelling of the game, with the Dutch "Nieuw" being replaced by the English "New."  Despite having a Dutch publisher for the original game, I was actually the one who insisted on using the original spelling of the colony, mainly because I liked the historical significance and thought that it would help the game stand out in Essen among hobbyists, where Latin names like Agricola and Alea Iacta Est are commonplace. I'm not at all bothered by the name change for the North American market, however, and am excited that the game will now have a wider distribution. If you are interested in the game, there are still 12 days left to pledge!  You can see my explanation of the game at Essen on BoardGameGeek.

In addition, White Goblin Games tweeted in May this message to fans of the game: "Everyone who wants us to release an expansion for our game New Amsterdam may express that on:"

While Josh Cappel was completing the wonderful graphic design for the game about a year ago, White Goblin asked me for ideas for some small expansions to use as exclusive Essen "giveaways." As can often happen, brainstorming led to so many ideas that it was not difficult to come up with enough for a decent-sized expansion. I know I'm biased, but I like the expansion quite a bit and would love to see it produced professionally with Josh's graphics, so please write to White Goblin if you, too, are interested!

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