May 31, 2017

A New Twist on Tile Games

This Belongs in a Museum is not your typical tile-laying game.

Built on the familiar mechanic of placing tiles to create the board as you play, we’ve added some fun, new twists to this beloved game genre.

Action Tiles

Some of the tiles in This Belongs in a Museum have action icons on them that give you an additional benefit when placed. This allows you to manipulate the board as gameplay progresses and create an ever-shifting landscape of give and take between the players.

There are three different action types you can tap as part of your strategy: Rotate, Swap, Replace

rotate action iconThe Rotate Icon allows you to choose a tile in play (already placed) and rotate it in place any direction to change how it lines up with the tiles around it.

swap action iconThe Swap Icon allows you to choose TWO tiles in play and switch their locations, placing them back in any way you like. You can rotate them to create new connections beneficial to your scoring or detrimental to an opponent.

replace action iconThe Replace Icon allows you to pick up a tile in play and put it in your hand for later use, replacing it with a tile from your hand. If the tile you place has an action icon on it, you do NOT get to then use that action as well.

In This Belongs in a Museum you can also choose to forfeit the icon action in exchange for moving a Mummy character to anywhere on the board. (More on Mummies later.)

There are a few limitations: You cannot use the action icons to move or manipulate the Mummy Tomb, Base Camps, or any tile with an Archeologist or Mummy on it at the time the action tile is laid.

Archeologists

In addition to laying tiles for points, each player has an Archeologist character they bring into the game when they place their base camp tile. The archeologist is moved around the game space to collect artifacts for extra points. Your archeologist can also block other player’s options by being in the way of moving their archeologist. Also, any section of your color occupied by your archeologist is considered connected back to your base camp for scoring.

Artifacts

Collecting artifacts adds points to your score and adds another layer of strategy to your gameplay. There are eight different artifacts in the game. During set up, you will choose 5 artifacts at random from your archeologist’s set. Those are the 5 artifacts you will be trying to collect throughout the game. You need to move your archeologist to land on the artifact spaces on select tiles to collect that artifact and score the points for it at the end of the game. Collected artifacts are worth 3 points each.

Mummies

Mummies act as boons or foils to scoring sections of connected dig sites. You can move ANY mummy by forgoing the action permitted by an action tile and choosing to move the mummy instead.

Placing the mummy of YOUR color on another player’s dig site section pulls the scoring for that entire section to you. If another player’s color mummy is in one of your sections at the end of the game, they earn the points for that section that otherwise would have gone to you!

In the above image, the green area surrounded by the yellow line illustrates a scoring section that would steal points from the green archeologist and give them to the blue archeologist because the blue mummy is occupying that section. 

Mummies also block movement. Archeologists cannot move through a space occupied by a mummy. Any same color dig site that is directly connected to the site the mummy occupies is considered cursed and inaccessible. In our example above, the entire green section surrounded by the yellow line is considered impassable. Note: tiles connected via airports, rivers, or mountains are not considered cursed and can be moved through.

Mummies and Archeologists affect which tiles can be manipulated via action icons. Any tile that is occupied by either a mummy or archeologist cannot be rotated, swapped, or replaced. This applies to only the specific tile the mummy or archeologist is on, not an entire section connected to that tile. 

Why You Should Be Playing This Belongs in a Museum

Let’s recap the many reasons you should put This Belongs in a Museum in your game table rotation:

  • Unique board every time you play
  • Multiple scoring options
  • Fun, nostalgic theme
  • Varying strategic depths depending on how seriously you play
  • Constant push-pull for dominance between players keeps everyone engaged
  • Mummies!!

Oh, and did we mention you can get all this for $24.99?

Ask for This Belongs in a Museum at your Friendly Local Game Store or order online to have the adventure delivered right to your door.

Check out what reviewers are saying about This Belongs in a Museum if you need more convincing:
Anticipation Mounts for This Belongs in a Museum

May 12, 2017

More Praise for Element – Secret Cabal Podcast

Looking for something new and different to play this weekend? Check out the praise Element is receiving and move it to the top of your list!

Our abstract strategy game was recently featured in a segment on the Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast and they had some very flattering things to say:

“I had a lot of fun playing this game. I really like this Element game.”

“Had just as much fun playing this as Santorini. This would be better in my mind than Santorini.”

“It’s a beautiful game, the components were really well done.”

Element, I was really into it. It was fun. This is a perfect game.”

“I’m going to bring this one out at our next game night.”

Listen to the full podcast to hear more about Element and the other games discussed in this episode: Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast Episode 134

If you want to play Element at YOUR next game night, ask for it at your Friendly Local Game Store. See our retailer map for a store near you.

Already playing and loving Element? Share your opinions on Boardgamegeek.com and/or Amazon to help your fellow gamers decide to add it to their collections as well! 

May 10, 2017

Get ready to haggle in Hafid's Grand Bazaar!

Coming September 2017

We are pleased to announce Hafid’s Grand Bazaar, coming September 2017 from the creative team that brought you Element! Bid, haggle, and trade your way to the top in this raucous trading game of set collection and player negotiation for 2 to 6 players.

Acquire spices, textiles, livestock and other exotic goods by bidding on caravans from foreign markets across the ancient world. Manipulate the market – and each other – using your shrewd bargaining skills to trade with your fellow merchants and collect resource sets to maximize profits.

This game is played in a series of rounds based on the number of players. Each round consists of four phases during which players will take turns bidding on caravans, influence, and customers; collecting goods from caravans; trading and negotiating with each other to collect sets of goods; and selling their goods for maximum profit. This isn’t your typical trading game, however, and player interaction can get raucous and wildly entertaining as players are encouraged to get creative in their haggling! 

The marketplace is dynamic and ever-changing. You will need to stay sharp and engaged to amass the most wealth and become the greatest merchant in Hafid’s Grand Bazaar!

Hafid’s Grand Bazaar set up

“This game captures the essence of an ancient market, with all of the exotic goods, intrigue, and rambunctious haggling you would expect were you actually standing in a Grand Bazaar.” – designer, Michael Richie

“Not only is Hafid a beautiful game, but it is also one of the best bidding and negotiating games I’ve played in a while. So many fantastic negotiating moments! With some unique set collection and each game round is unique in some way. Really enjoyable, this is one to not be missed folks. Give it a closer look.” – Mark Streed, Boardgame Corner

Each game includes:
• 1 Game Board
• 36 Bidding Cubes
• 125 Merchant Cards
• 84 Talent Coins
• 2-piece Hafid marker
• Rulebook

Release date: September 2017
Average game play: 30-90 minutes
MSRP: $34.99
SKU: RDG704003
UPC: 06446514003
ISBN: 978-1-62700-501-2

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on Hafid’s Grand Bazaar, including vidoes, photos, and more! Look for it this fall at your Friendly Local Game Store!

March 28, 2017

Anticipation Mounts for This Belongs in a Museum

Adventure arrives April 5 with This Belongs in a Museum, a new tile-laying game that immerses you in the golden age of archeology.

This Belongs in a Museum is the third installment in the Drawn & Quartered series of tile-laying games, and takes the core game system to whole new level. Building on familiar mechanics of laying, swapping, rotating, and replacing tiles, This Belongs in a Museum introduces new scoring opportunities with player action and artifact collection, as well as some new ways to increase your area of control in the play space.

For an overview of the game, check out the introductory video below:

We’ve been receiving some great feedback from advance reviewers! We’ll let them answer the questions we know are on your mind!

Is it fun?

“This isn’t just a game of good times with your friends and/or family. This is adventure right in your living room. This is exploration in the comfort of your home.” – Huck Talwar, ComicWow TV

“The third installment in the Drawn & Quartered line is a solid, light- to medium-weight experience that leaves you puzzling out patterns and contemplating mischief. “ – Jason Meyers, iSlaytheDragon.com

What about the components?

“…all the pieces that come with the game are really sturdy and ready for a lot of gameplay.” – Huck Talwar, ComicWow TV

“Everything is chunky, sturdy, and feels like it can stand up to the rigors of play over time. The box insert also fits everything nicely without anything falling out of place when stored on the shelf.” – Rob Kalajian, A Pawn’s Perspective

How about the gameplay?

“With the familiar sense of both Dominoes and Tetris, This Belongs in a Museum combines ease of play with smart decisions and a puzzle nature that will attract family and casual players.” – Jason Meyers, iSlaytheDragon.com

“The game plays along at fast pace, please don’t let that fool you though, there is a nice bit of strategy that is involved here” – DDO Players

“With easy-to-learn rules, multiple ways to score points, and multiple ways to block other players from doing the game, it’s a great value.” – Rob Kalajian, A Pawn’s Perspective

Who will like this game?

“Newcomers can grasp it quickly, social gamers will enjoy the relaxed feel, hobbyists should find its decision points satisfactory and everyone will feel smarter afterward.” – Jason Meyers, iSlaytheDragon.com

This Belongs in a Museum succeeds at delivering smart decisions out of simplicity and familiarity. While the primary target audiences are casual and family gamers, its puzzle-nature will also gratify serious players. “ – Jason Meyers, iSlaytheDragon.com

Why should I get this game?

“It moves along at a fast pace, is very engaging, and is sure to liven up any game night.” – Huck Talwar, ComicWow TV

“Designer Mike Richie has once again, brought us a strategic yet very engaging game.” – DDO Players



So what are you waiting for? Grab adventure by the horns and pre-order your very own copy of This Belongs in a Museum at your Friendly Local Game Store today!

Check out the other titles in the Drawn & Quartered Series: Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies and Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses.

March 20, 2017

Element, This Belongs in a Museum are hits at GAMA

Mark Streed from Boardgame Corner and Mike Richie, game designer for Rather Dashing Games, engage in an epic battle of Element. Boardgame Corner awarded Element its first-ever Cornerstone Collection award prior to the game’s release. A Cornerstone Collection award is granted to a game Boardgame Corner believes belongs in everyone’s collection. 

The Rather Dashing team spent March 13-17 at the GAMA Trade Show at Bally’s in Las Vegas. It was fantastic to see so much excitement for our new games, Element and This Belongs in a Museum! With Element only out for two weeks, we were thrilled to hear that retailers were selling out of copies quickly and reordering more in an effort to meet customer demand. It’s obvious our 2- to 4-player abstract strategy game has developed a great fan base!

Tim Kidwell of Rather Dashing Games explains This Belongs in a Museum to a visitor at our booth.

Fans of adventure, archeology and tile-laying games were drawn to This Belongs in a Museum and its strategic game play. Figuring out how to connect your dig sites via airports, mountains and water as well as collect artifacts for more points kept the challenge level up. Game store owners we talked to thought this was a fun addition to the Drawn & Quartered series of games, which includes Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies and Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses. This Belongs in a Museum hits store shelves April 5. 

Rather Dashing Games art director Grant Wilson provides a demo of Element.

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Enjoy some more photos from GAMA!

February 10, 2017

Element Receives Rave Reviews

Early reviews for Element are in and they are excellent! We’ve been encouraging you to get this game, but don’t just take our word for it…

Mark Streed and Randy White at Boardgame Corner say: “It’s super accessible, plays quick. There’s so much strategy going on I have yet to have two games play the same” and “It will draw people to the table even if they are not gamers.”

They even awarded Element their first ever Cornerstone Collection Award!

Need more convincing? Check out these awesome reviews!

“I enjoy games that make me think yet are not so bogged down that the mental exercise becomes tiring. Games should be fun, after all. Element, for me, hits that spot almost perfectly.”

– William Liebling, ICv2
http://icv2.com/articles/reviews/view/36684/review-element

“It’s been a huge hit and we’ve had a blast playing. It’s my most played game in the few weeks that I’ve had it and I don’t see us losing interest any time soon.”

– George Jaros, EverythingBoardGames.com

“I’m getting a very Avatar: the Last Airbender feeling from this game and, I’m not going to lie, I love it.”

– Huck Talwar, ComicWow!TV
http://comicwow.tv/reviews/element-comicwow-review/

“Element was a winner for us. I’m already looking forward to my next play of the game.”

– Rob Kalajian, A Pawn’s Perspective

http://pawnsperspective.com/Element-Review/

“You’ll find a surprisingly deep experience with no game playing the same way twice.”

– Keith Schleicher, Gaming Trend

“The game pieces are well made and quality.”

– DDO Players

http://ddoplayers.com/2017/01/31/element-from-rather-dashing-games-review/

“Spoiler alert: It’s all pretty darned awesome.”

– Vince Paone, Dad’s Gaming Addiction

http://www.dadsgamingaddiction.com/element/

Element can be found in game stores on March 1, 2017. Order NOW or ask for it at your Friendly Local Game Store!

February 08, 2017

Element Wins Cornerstone Collection Award!

We’re drawing closer to the release of Element on March 1 and we are excited and honored to announce Element is the recipient of the Cornerstone Collection Award from Boardgame Corner.

Boardgame Corner says, “Our Cornerstone Collection is for games we feel are games you should absolutely own. Element is our first entry into the Cornerstone line and a perfect example of this, such a great strategy game with some puzzle like elements. One of those games that keeps you coming back for more, with every experience being unique in some way.”

They awarded Element with this award while it was still in prototype stage! They love it THAT much!

Recently, they received their advance copy as part of our review program and were just as excited, if not even more impressed with the quality of the finished product.

You can watch their unboxing video for the full experience, but here are some of the highlights:

“Really well done… the pieces are amazing!”

“A really neat, abstract, puzzle-y game. I can’t recommend this game enough.”

(Watch their unboxing video: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1dRJZXQXQwQKB)

First Impressions

“What is it like to play?” you may ask. Well, Boardgame Corner did a little periscope video of their first impressions after playing with their Corner Squad and here’s what they had to say:

“I love it!” – Anna

“The rules are pretty easy to understand and yet it adds a lot of strategy to it, what you pick and the different options you have.” – Steve

“I enjoyed it. You can play it on a lot of different levels… At first it sounded complicated, but once you get into it, it is pretty straightforward… You have to be both offensive and defensive.” – Linda

“Wow. The components are amazing. Just beautiful, beautiful artwork on this game…This rulebook is fantastic. Very well done, very straightforward.” – Mark

(View their First Impressions video here: https://www.periscope.tv/BoardgameCorner/1PlKQEmZkZkKE)

Aww, shucks! Now the sages are blushing. We want to thank Boardgame Corner for the praise and for the Cornerstone Award. We are honored and tickled pink that they are enjoying the game so much!

Official Review

Now that they’ve played it a few times (20+ according to Mark!) they have a real sense of the game and are still eager to play more. How’s that for replay ability!?! Check out their full official video review for a good overview of the game and some thoughtful commentary on the production value, gameplay, and rules for Element.

If you are interested in learning more about Element, check out our website for How to Play videos and to download a copy of the rules. Be sure to pre-order your very own copy at your Friendly Local Game Store! Element hits store shelves March 1.

January 25, 2017

"This Belongs in a Museum" Expands Drawn & Quartered series

We are pleased to announce our second new title for 2017 will expand our popular Drawn & Quartered series of tile-laying games. This Belongs in a Museum takes you on an adventure in the Golden Age of Archeology!

Players compete to become the most renowned archeologist by having the most extensive network of dig sites connected to their base camp, as well as collecting precious artifacts and outwitting their rival colleagues. Place your base camp, dig site, and terrain tiles strategically to easily maneuver your archeologist to the artifacts for recovery. Use the mummies to block opponents movements and break up their carefully connected networks.

Easy to learn, This Belongs in a Museum is a great introduction to tile-laying games for new players, but also adds new strategic layers to our game system that experienced gamers will love.

This Belongs in a Museum can accommodate 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 20-30 minutes.

Each game includes:

  • 4 Archeologists with stands
  • 4 Mummies with stands
  • 1 Tomb Tile
  • 4 Base Camps
  • 54 Dig Site Tiles

The adventure begins April 5, 2017!

Check out the other games in our Drawn & Quartered series of tile-laying games:
Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies
Graveyards, Ghosts & Haunted Houses

Watch the official game trailer for This Belongs in a Museum:

January 11, 2017

Vote Element for Most Anticipated Abstract Game of 2017

Final Voting is now OPEN for the Most Anticipated Board Games of 2017 on BoardGameGeek.com. While we didn’t get into the top 20 overall, Element is still in the running for Most Anticipated Abstract Game and we would LOVE your vote!

If you want to share the love with your most anticipated games (like Element), you can vote through the following steps:

(Please Note: your previous votes to help us get into the finals have been reset so you CAN vote again! In fact, we need you to do so for your vote to count in the finals!)

  1. Visit the final polling list on BoardGameGeek.com
  2. Scroll down to Category #14: Abstract Game

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  3. Click the box next to Element

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  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the voting section… it is a bit of scrolling, but is for a good cause. You can do it! Keep scrolling! (Vote for other games in other categories as you scroll and let your opinion be heard throughout Geekdom!)
  5. Click the “Vote” button at the bottom of the voting section to lock in your support for Element

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  6. Tell all your friends to Vote for Element as well. All the cool kids are doing it!

You will be able to see the current results once you submit your votes.

If you get to the poll page and you cannot see the check boxes for voting, and only see results bars and percentages displayed, scroll down to the bottom of the voting section and click the button that says “Questions” to have the voting display reset to add in your votes.

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Check out the Official How to Play Tutorial video for Element and download a copy of the rules to get ready for the March release! You can pre-order a copy NOW at your Friendly Local Game Store!

December 20, 2016

Vote for Element on Boardgamegeek.com!

Are you excited about Element coming in 2017? We sure are. Now you can share that excitement and anticipation over on Boardgamegeek.com.

Nominations are open and Element would love your vote to make it into the top 50 finalists by January 8 when the nominations are closed and finalists are named.

Vote for Element in the Top 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2017 poll going on RIGHT NOW!

"How can I help?"

We’re glad you asked! Head over to Boardgamegeek.com and the Anticipated Games of 2017 Geeklist (if you don’t already have a BGG account, it’s FREE to sign up and you can become part of the largest tabletop gaming community online).

  1. Access the Element nomination listing by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2ha3ZeW
  2. Give Element a Thumbs Up by clicking on the green thumbs up button beneath the game box image indicated in the photo below with the arrow and star.

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  3. Don’t forget to tell your friends to vote for Element as well!

It’s that EASY! 

Visit the official BGG page for Element to share reviews, rankings, images, and videos for the game.