Fans of Small World (and board games in general) prepare to be amazed!
Earlier today Days of Wonder announced that their Designer Edition of Small World will go on sale later this week. After looking at the photos I must admit that it is, quite possibly, the most amazing special edition of a board game I’ve ever seen! Encased in a heavy, wooden chest all pieces have been upgraded to give them a more tactile and “real” feel. With cardboard replaced by resin, wood or even metal tokens this is sure to provide an amazing boost to the great experience that is Small World. As you’d expect this version also includes all expansions making it truly the definitive version of the game!
Born of a Kickstarter funding campaign the Designer Edition of Small World will be available for retail purchase from June 9 on the Days of Wonder website!
Now if I can only figure out a way to justify $450 USD plus shipping for a board game I already own….
Contains all the components to accommodate 2 to 6 players:
- 3 oversized boards
- All the Races from Small World, Cursed,Grand Dames, Be Not Afraid and Royal Bonus (heat-printed wood Tokens stored in 28 individual boxes)
- 65 sculpted figures (Troll Lairs, Fortresses, Heroes, Dragon, Pots of Gold, Fireballs…)
- 27 race and 35 power wood banners
- Piles and piles of Metal Coins
- 6 purses
- 1 Small World Pocket Encyclopedia
- 6 helpers
- 1 game guide
- 1 metal Turn Marker
- 1 reinforcement die
From the website:
When we embarked on a Kickstarter campaign for the digital versions of Small World in the spring of 2013, we knew this would give us a chance to develop something we could otherwise never have justified doing: namely, going all out (figuratively) and all in (quite literally!) to deliver the mother of all games – The Designer Edition of Small World that graces this website.
To say we underestimated how expensive, time-consuming and arduous this project might be, would be quite an understatement: even for a company as known as ours for its lavish attention to details, focus on beautiful components and dedication to recapturing the sense of wonder you had as a kid opening presents, nothing could have prepared us for the work that lay ahead.
We dedicate this coffer and the treasures it holds to the 524 Kickstarter backers who pledged for it unseen, to the 6,520 additional backers who contributed to our campaign in some way and to the countless game authors, illustrators, contributors and employees with whom we’ve had the privilege to work with all these years.
One of the real delights of playing with Philippe Keyaerts’ first prototype of the game, in the fall of 2008, was the tactile feel and gratification of piling up your army tokens as you moved them across the board to squash your opponent’s own puny derisive little armies. Ever since those early plays, we’d been looking for ways to recapture this not-so-innocent pleasure; cardboard, once beyond a certain thickness, becomes ungainly however; it wasn’t until we could afford the enclosed wood tokens that we truly recaptured the beauty and appeal of Philippe’s initial, hand-made prototype!
Here we are, with a wooden box that weighs in at 40 pounds, 65 exquisitely sculpted resin figures, 6 purses with the coins to fill them all, and wooden components’ galore!