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2024-02-16Making Board Games Episode 8: The Story of Arnak

Making Board Games Episode 8: The Story of Arnak

This is it…the grand finale! We’ve made it to the eighth and final episode of our epic Making Board Games documentary series. It’s been a long road and a lot of hard work behind-the-scenes (thanks Eleni!). We’re so thrilled to have you following along with us as we journey through CGE’s history and unique approach to making board games!

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the story of Lost Ruins of Arnak, then touch on other recent CGE releases that have launched in the years since. You’ll also learn a lot about how and why we do things the way we do as a company.

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2024-01-14Making Board Games Episode 7: Under Falling Skies, Letter Jam, ...

Making Board Games Episode 7: Under Falling Skies, Letter Jam, Adrenaline, Sanctum

It’s a New Year and a great time to roll out the next episode of our long-running CGE docuseries! We’re getting close to the end, but there’s still more to come.

By the way — In case you missed Episode 6, which released right before the Christmas holidays, that one covers the creation of CGE Digital and our digital adaptations of some of our favorite CGE releases (including the Galaxy Trucker, Through the Ages and Codenames apps).

And with that, we’re already up to Episode 7, which is out now! In this episode, we talk about the post-Codenames era of CGE and the emerging new wave of game designers at the company who brought fresh (and sometimes risky) ideas to life.

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2023-12-24Happy Holidays from CGE!

Happy Holidays from CGE!

Another year has passed and it's another year when you've shown us a great support—and we would like to thank you for it! There would be no board games without people playing them, so thank you for chatting with us at conventions or leaving a message on BGG or our socials, and thank you for playing our games.

Below, you can find some of the treats that we've prepared for you to enjoy as a small thank you gift!

 

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2023-12-20OUT NOW: Kutná Hora: The City of Silver Companion App

OUT NOW: Kutná Hora: The City of Silver Companion App

We have an early xmas gift to all city-builders and guild-members, as we've just released a free browser-based companion app for Kutná Hora: The City of Silver.

The app simulates the game's physical cardboard resource trackers, while also calculating players' income, and offering two modes of economy.

You can preview and read more about the app in our BGG article.

 

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2023-11-10Find CGE (and friends) at BGG.CON and PAX Unplugged 2023

Find CGE (and friends) at BGG.CON and PAX Unplugged 2023

With the building buzz around this year’s new releases, we’ve been getting a lot of the same question from people all over the globe: when are CGE’s 2023 new releases available in my country and language? For those who can’t wait to get your hands on Kutná Hora: The City of Silver and Lost Ruins of Arnak: The Missing Expedition, we’ve got some updates for you!

 

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2023-11-08CGE 2023 new release global availability updates!

CGE 2023 new release global availability updates!

With the building buzz around this year’s new releases, we’ve been getting a lot of the same question from people all over the globe: when are CGE’s 2023 new releases available in my country and language? For those who can’t wait to get your hands on Kutná Hora: The City of Silver and Lost Ruins of Arnak: The Missing Expedition, we’ve got some updates for you!

 

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2023-10-18Making Board Games, Episode 5: Codenames

Get ready for SPIEL '23 Streaming Coverage!: Tzolk'in, Tash-Kalar, and Alchemists: Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz, Last Will, and Pictomania

After a brief SPIEL break, the CGE documentary is back—and this time, we're bringing you a special episode that's focused on one game and its family. A game that was a huge milestone in the CGE history and which exploded into becoming one of the global hits of board gaming. We're talking about Codenames.

Today, Codenames is available in two sizes (regular and XXL), each in three variants (standard, Pictures, and Duet). It had licensed versions featuring for ex. Harry Potter or Marvel. It's a browser game and a mobile app is on its way. It's the most streamed board game on Twitch and, after all those years, it still belongs to one of the most beloved and played party board games in the world.

But do you know how this all started? And what was the game's journey? Join us on our trip back to the time around the year 2015 and later to find out.

And if you have missed previous episodes, you can check them all out in the YouTube Playlist.

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2023-10-03Get ready for SPIEL '23 Streaming Coverage!

Get ready for SPIEL '23 Streaming Coverage!

We're excited to share our SPIEL streaming schedule with you, featuring content on both YouTube and Twitch, hosted by Eleni and Stephen!

Join us on Wednesday for an afternoon dedicated to previewing some of the most anticipated games of Spiel '23, including our latest releases: Kutná Hora: The City of Silver and Lost Ruins of Arnak: The Missing Expedition. You can catch it on our YouTube channel!

Join Stephen for an exciting adventure as he explores the Messe halls, providing you with an exclusive look at the most highly anticipated titles from other publishers. Be sure not to miss these live Twitch streams!

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2023-09-29Meet our two new US colleagues—a new in-house streamer and events manager

Meet our two new US colleagues—a new in-house streamer and events manager

We're proud to share, that we've recently welcomed two new wonderful people to CGE's North American team—please, meet Megan, our new in-house streamer, and Jaffer, our new events manager!

Megan will start streaming after SPIEL (but will already be active in our Twitch chat during our live streams from SPIEL), and you will be able to spot Jaffer in the near future at SPIEL, BGG.CON, and PAX Unplugged.

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2023-09-26SPIEL ‘23 Overview

SPIEL ‘23 Overview: Tzolk'in, Tash-Kalar, and Alchemists: Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz, Last Will, and Pictomania

WHERE: Hall 3, booth #3Y124 (NEW LOCATION!)
WHEN: October 5–8, 2023

Next week, gamers will once again gather in Essen for yet another exciting four days of SPIEL—and, if you’re coming, we'd like to invite you to stop by our CGE booth. But careful, this year, you will find us in a new location! We’ve moved to Hall 3 and you can find us at booth #3Y124.

Letter Jam Goes Online!

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2023-09-19Making Board Games, Episode 4

Making Board Games, Episode 4: Tzolk'in, Tash-Kalar, and Alchemists: Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz, Last Will, and Pictomania

In the fourth episode of our captivating "Making Board Games" series, we're rewinding the clock to the years 2011-2014. At this point in our journey, Czech Games Edition (CGE) was known for exclusively publishing designs from Czech authors, but we had an unwavering appetite for extraordinary games that pushed the boundaries of creativity...

We are currently in the middle of the docuseries. How are you enjoying it so far? We'll soon leave the deep nostalgia behind and enter the recent era with newer CGE games.

The next episode captures a milestone, not just in CGE history but also in the broader board gaming world. We'll reveal how the idea of Codenames was born, so be sure to stay tuned in October after Spiel.

In the meantime, catch up on episodes featuring your favorite CGE games that you might have missed on the YouTube Playlist.

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2023-09-08Letter Jam Goes Online!

Letter Jam Goes Online!

We are thrilled to announce that Letter Jam, the 2–6 player cooperative word game, is now available to play online—Letter Jam Online, our browser implementation of the board game is officially out!

If you can’t meet with your friends or family face-to-face but still want to enjoy a round or two of Letter Jam, we’ve got your back! Simply head to www.LetterJam.game, create a room, and send out an invite link to start playing. Letter Jam Goes Online!

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2023-08-30Making Board Games, Episode 3

Making Board Games, Episode 3: Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz, Last Will, and Pictomania

The third episode of the "Making Board Games" video docuseries delves into dungeons, starting with Dungeon Lords and Dungeon Petz. Discover the story behind the charming illustrations, color scheme, and artistry by French artist David Cochard that brought little imps and unpredictable petz to life.

Not skilled at painting like David? No problem! Pictomania, a clever drawing game, demands no such ability and eliminates waiting—it's everyone's turn at once. See how the game springs to life and learn who from Vlaada's family added drawings to the Pictomania box.

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2023-08-28Spiel '23: Pre-Order New Games for Essen Pickup!

Spiel '23: Pre-Order New Games for Essen Pickup!

After an exciting gaming event last month at Gen Con, where some of you had the chance to purchase the latest Arnak expansion, The Missing Expedition, and try out the demo of the dynamic city-building Euro-style game Kutná Hora: The City of Silver, we're bringing both new games to Spiel '23 in Essen in just 6 weeks!

 

    >>> Reserve your copy now!<<<

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2023-08-09Making Board Games, Episode 2: Galaxy Trucker & Space Alert

Making Board Games, Episode 2: Galaxy Trucker & Space Alert

In this second episode of the unique docuseries, we delve into the inception of Galaxy Trucker and Space Alert. You'll discover the fascinating story behind when and why (and where :-)) Vlaada Chvátil conceptualized Galaxy Trucker. This real-time building game, with its quirky chaos and explosive energy, immediately captured players' hearts.

And if you've ever wondered how the Galaxy Trucker game would unfold when encountering a hostile enemy or a meteor shower, then get ready to step into the shoes of the brave crew who must man the cannons, confront unforeseen challenges, and work together as a team. Thus, the concept of Space Alert, a cooperative survival game...

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2023-07-27Introducing RE-Wood: The Eco-Friendly Innovation in Board Game Components

Introducing RE-Wood: The Eco-Friendly Innovation in Board Game Components

We’re proud to unveil our SPIEL 2023 release, Kutná Hora: The City of Silver, as the first modern board game to feature RE-Wood—a revolutionary material developed in Germany.

This new technology combines wood waste and recycled binding material in an 80:20 ratio, creating biodegradable products, including intricate board game bits!

If you're attending Gen Con, come check out our Kutná Hora RE-Wood bits at our demo tables. And for those unable to join us, you can experience the components yourself after the game's release this Fall.

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2023-07-25Meet us at Gen Con '23!

Meet us at Gen Con '23!

Where: CGE room 235–239 (right above Hall I entrance)
When: August 3–6, 2023

It's this time of year again—Gen Con! And we're excited to invite you to the CGE room to play games, meet Arnak designers, and enjoy the beautiful hobby of board gaming.

Here's all that we've prepared for you this year:

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2023-07-18Introducing Making Board Games: The CGE Documentary

Introducing Making Board Games: The CGE Documentary

The story of CGE began a long time ago and now we're thrilled to announce the start of our documentary series with Episode 1: Story of Through the Ages and CGE's founding!

Get ready for an 8-episode series that provides a comprehensive view of the board game industry. Join us as we explore the captivating stories, extraordinary individuals, and memorable events that have shaped CGE over the past 16 years!

Immerse yourself in the evolution of our beloved hobby. You'll enjoy exclusive interviews with industry experts and passionate personalities like Tom Vasel from The Dice Tower, Kevin Sussman from The Big Bang Theory, Rahdo, and more.

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