2019-10-30Essen Spiel 2019 was awesome!

Essen Spiel 2019 was awesome!

Thank you to all the fans who came by and played games, talked to us, or bought games to take home! This was one of our favorite Spiels ever. We enjoyed demoing Letter Jam and Sanctum, and we really loved everyone’s photos they entered into the #PlayLetterJam contest.

We're especially grateful for all the interest in Sanctum — which sold out! Geek Buzz voters took the game to 5th on the charts during the show at one point and helped the game to end at 21st place overall. We love this game, so we’re happy to see players seem to enjoy it too.

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2019-10-21Due to a Printing Error, Through the Ages Expansion Won't Be Available At Essen

Due to a Printing Error, Through the Ages Expansion Won't Be Available At Essen

We’re sorry to announce that, despite our best efforts, we are unable to offer Through the Ages: New Leaders and Wonders for sale at Essen Spiel 2019.

Due to an error at the printer side, the card backs for the expansion are a different shade than the card backs for the base game. This is very unfortunate, especially with military cards that should remain secret.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, you can try the expansion on the digital Through the Ages app. It’s already for sale now for iOS, Android, Steam, and GoG. Or you can come by our booth at Essen Spiel (Hall 1, F-145) for a digital demo.

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2019-10-18Sanctum: all you want to know!

Sanctum: all you want to know!

Sanctum is a competitive epic adventure game for 2 to 4 players.

Expect Sanctum in stores worldwide in February 2020 … Or you can come by Booth Hall 1, F-145 at Essen Spiel ‘19 to get your hands on a copy earlier.

Preorder your Spiel copy through October 21.

In the meantime, you can take a look at our BGG Sneak Preview Article Series. (And once you’ve read up on the game, take our BGG quiz! Four lucky winners will win a free copy.)

The game is inspired by hack-and-slack RPG video games, and there are plenty of dice rolls … but don’t let that fool you. This is a highly strategic game.

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2019-10-04Czech Games Edition Announces Change in German Distribution

Czech Games Edition Announces Change in German Distribution

Today, we have some serious business news to share. This news is certainly very important for our German partners, and we firmly believe will only be beneficial to them in the future.

We, Czech Games Edition and HeidelBÄR Games, announce complete re-establishment of cooperation regarding all CGE's hobby market games in German-speaking territories.

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2019-09-13Through the Ages: New Leaders and Wonders Release Announcement

Through the Ages: New Leaders and Wonders Release Announcement

After many months of careful design, testing, and balancing, we are proud to release the long-awaited expansion to the digital version of the beloved game Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, titled New Leaders and Wonders!

The new expansion contains plenty of new leader cards to choose from, including such great personalities as Cleopatra, Jan Žižka, or Marie Curie. You can build exciting new wonders such as the Forbidden City, and explore new ways of interacting with your fellow players through new military cards!

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2019-09-05Essen '19 pre-orders and new games overview

Essen '19 pre-orders and new games overview

Essen Spiel '19, starting this year on October 24th, will bring us an amazing amount of shiny new games. Czech Games Edition is no exception. You can find us at our booth Hall 1, Booth F 145.

Once again, we will accept pre-orders which will help you to reserve a copy of the game you want. To do so, please fill out simple form. Pre-orders close on Monday, October 21st at 12:12 AM (CET).

At Essen, we will be able to accept payment by credit card. There is no need to pay anything in advance. Games should be picked-up by Saturday at noon.

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2019-08-09Nice memories of Gen Con 2019

Nice memories of Gen Con 2019

Now that Gen Con (the 4 best days of gaming) has concluded, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for a fantastic event!

Thank you for stopping by, whether it was to chat with us, compete in the Galaxy Trucker or Codenames tournaments, or trying out our classic titles as well as the new games of this season.

It's thrilling how well the pre-released Letter Jam clicked with you immediately...

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2019-07-31New Leaders & Wonders Expansion Announcement!

New Leaders & Wonders Expansion Announcement!

The long wait is over! After months of development, careful balancing, and intensive testing, we are proud to announce that the expansion for Through the Ages, titled New Leaders & Wonders, will come out this fall – digitally on September 12, 2019, and as a board game on October 24, 2019!

The expansion will bring to play new courageous and inspiring leaders, more great wonders, and clever military cards and tactics. It will come to all current digital platforms (via Google Play, App Store, and Steam) and will cost $4.99. The physical board game expansion will have a recommended retail cost of $24.95.

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2019-07-15Gen Con '19: Letter Jam pre-order and more

Gen Con '19: Letter Jam pre-order and more

In two weeks we will be welcoming you to Room #237 at Gen Gon, the biggest US gaming event!

We accept pre-orders which will help you to ensure a copy of the game you want. To do so, please fill out simple form.

You could be one of the very first people who try out our fresh new title Letter Jam, a 2-6 player cooperative word game, where players assist each other in composing meaningful words from letters around the table. The trick is holding the letter card so that it’s only visible to other players and not to yourself.

Are you curious how is this game is played? Check out video, where Tyler explains it all. Please note, that some components in the video are not final yet. Which will not be the case of the shining new final copies!

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2019-07-04Vlaada has been inducted into the the Origins Hall of Fame!

Vlaada has been inducted into the the Origins Hall of Fame!

Origins Game Fair was a great 5 days long tabletop gaming con held in Columbus, OH, last month. It's a great event to meet people from the gaming industry and of course gamers themselves, the kind of people we care a lot about.

We are always thrilled to show you what's new at CGE and what we are working on. Usually, the CGE team gets back from Origins with a huge feeling of gratitude for the time got to spend with you. This year, one member of our team brought home something extra.

That's right, Vlaada, our key game designer (he himself is the author of ⅔ of all CGE portfolio) has been inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame.

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2019-05-30Codenames: Duet XXL is about to hit the shelves!

Codenames: Duet XXL is about to hit the shelves!

All of you word-associative-game lovers move in a little bit closer and let us tell you about the newest release.

Codenames: Duet, the cooperative version for two players or two teams is now double–sized.

Starting tomorrow, you should be able to find Codenames: Duet XXL (so far in English, followed by German language next week) at your favorite hobby store for a price around $40.

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2019-04-09Sanctum – new BIG game announcement

Sanctum – new BIG game announcement

Prepare to explore Sanctum, a new game designed by Filip Neduk and going to be released in Fall 2019.

Sanctum is an epic adventure game for 2–4 players, inspired by a classic monster slashing and looting goodness, converted to a modern board game.

As one of the heroes, you will embark upon a quest to rid the land of a demonic invasion, fighting your way through countless enemies and gearing up to face the Lord of Demons himself.

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2019-03-13Letter Jam – official announcement

Letter Jam – official announcement

We are thrilled to officially announce the newest 2019 title that we are working on right now: it’s called Letter Jam, created by Ondra Skoupý, one of our game designers.

Letter Jam is a 2–6 player cooperative word game, where players assist each other in composing meaningful words from letters around the table. The trick is holding the letter card so that it’s only visible to other players and not to yourself.

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2019-03-07Galaxy Trucker Finally Lands on Steam!

Galaxy Trucker Finally Lands on Steam!

Great news, Truckers – our shuttles have successfully landed on Steam! Repeat, the shuttles have landed, and our brave space explorers have started colonizing computers all over this new strange land.

To support these colonization efforts, we’ve set up a 38% discount that will last until 14 March.

Join in, and discover a new wider Galaxy! Enjoy Galaxy Trucker on a bigger screen of your Mac or Windows.

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2019-01-29The secret of the key card in Codenames: Duet

The secret of the key card in Codenames: Duet

We are facing an unusual phenomenon in the Codenames: Duet game.

On the double sided key card grid there are 3 words seen as black from the one side, where one of them is black for your co-op partner as well. The second black word is surprisingly green on your colleague's side of grid and the last one (the third one) is neutral, beige. It works same way on both sides.

The problem starts when you try to check it by turning the grid card from one side to another and all of the sudden you realize that all this doesn't work with your grid card! Moreover, it doesn't work for any of the key cards in your game actually...

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2018-12-03Both Trapwords and Adrenaline DLC are landing at your FLGS in the US!

Both Trapwords and Adrenaline DLC are landing at your FLGS in the US!

Good news everybody! Trapwords and the Adrenaline DLC expansion has landed at our US warehouse in Madison. That means that you can ask your favorite local hobby store to order a copy and ensure some nice gifts for the board game lovers in your life. You can even please yourself with our newest fun and fast-paced games.

Just be aware that the actual stocking date depends on each retailer and their shipping policy. It can also depend on the distance from their distribution warehouse. For the latest information please contact your local friendly game store.

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Web news

As a small gift, you can download and print out our calendar for 2019.
Rules for Pulsar 2849 are now available for download.
We are excited to announce that USAopoly are our official partner for the licensing of the Codenames Game franchise.
Rules for Adrenaline and Alchemists: The King's Golem are now available for download.
Some more languages of rules for Codenames are now available for download.
Rules for The Prodigals Club in 4 languages are now available for download.

2018-11-04Essen is over, time for a big thank YOU!

Essen is over, time for a big thank YOU!

From the whole CGE team, who has arrived safely back home from Essen (the greatest boardgaming fair in the Europe) we want to thank you very much for being there with us!

Regardless if you just took some time to talk about the Adrenaline: Team Play DLC expansion, or found time to get a proper demo of Trapwords, the revised edition of Pictomania and XXL edition of Codenames and Codenames: Pictures, we hope you enjoyed it, at least as much as we did.

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2018-09-24Pictomania is available in North America now!

Pictomania is available in North America now!

We don’t know if they were skilful carriers, the sea was quiet, or the game just wanted to be played as early as possible, but the fact is that last week our warehouse in Madison reported that Pictomania landed!

Usually it takes almost 2 months just to ship a container full of our games from one side of Atlantic Ocean to the other. This time, it made it in less than the half the time. We are really happy that everything went smoothly to get the new version of Pictomania to you.

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2018-09-19Essen pre-orders and new games overview

Essen pre-orders and new games overview

Essen Spiel '18, starting this year on October 25th, will once again bring the amazing amount of shiny new games. As usual, we will be there with our titles this year. You can find us at our booth Hall 1, Booth F 145.

Once again, we will accept pre-orders which will help you to ensure a copy of the game you want. To do so, please fill out simple form. Pre-orders close on Monday, October 22nd at 10 AM (CET). Until then, you can edit your order as much as you need. Games should be picked-up by Saturday at noon.

For the first time, we will be able to accept payment by credit card.

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2018-09-14First Anniversary of Through the Ages app

First Anniversary of Through the Ages app

Thank you all for the marvelous year you have spent with us playing Through the Ages. Over the course of almost 160,000 finished online games, you have generated over 46.5 millions of the culture points – that’s a remarkable trace through this virtual world’s history.

That’s not even including the massive amount of single-player games you’ve played! 40,767 brave leaders conquered at least one challenge and 689 mastered all of them. The 35 most devoted heroes have gathered every achievement the game offers!

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2018-08-28A little story behind the big Codenames

A little story behind the big Codenames

You might know that this year CGE released Codenames XXL with plans for other XXL versions of the favorite Codenames family. You may like to know who came up with the original idea and who should be given credit for this.

Back in 2016, it was December 13th, the CGE "Christmas" party was held and we invited all our colleagues, their families, our dear Czech partners and also manufacturer representatives. It was them who brought two super size Codenames boxes they made for this occasion, as a gift, after the huge success of Codenames that year when it won the Spiel des Jahres award.

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2018-08-14Trapwords release announcement

Trapwords release announcement

We are very pleased by such a warm reception of the new Trapwords at Gen Con last week! We would now like to officially announce that Trapwords will become another new title for this year. We plan to release it for Essen Spiel'18 (25th-28th October) and then ship it over the ocean to our US friends as soon as possible. The recommended price will be $19.95/16.95 €.

The game is for 2 teams, divided into two approximately equivalent number of players and takes about 30 minutes to play. It was created together by a trio of promising new Czech authors, Jan Březina, Martin Hrabálek, and Michal Široký. Their lifelong love for board games and a two-year game development lead to creating Trapwords.

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2018-07-26Gen Con, yes we can!

Gen Con, yes we can!Preparations for the greatest american gaming event are culminating. Shall we enter the imaginary door of room 236 and walk through what we will have there for you?

Also don't forget, we are running a BoardGameGeek contest this week. Unlike the past, we've avoided our favorite brain-melting questions. Pictomania is more about fun and right guesses, so take your chance to win one of 10 shiny new games.

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2018-07-04Through the Ages is taking part in the Steam Summer Sale!

Through the Ages is taking part in the Steam Summer Sale!

Through the Ages, the digital app, is part of the Steam Summer Sale and will be available until July 5th with a fine tuned discount of 38 %.

Take the opportunity to bring the award-winning strategy game to a wide screen this game deserves. Compare the strengths of science, culture, and army. This is the game where the mastered balancing of all your resources really matter. Take Ceasar and let him lead your tribe or follow the knowledge of Aristotle.

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2018-06-02Pictomania in a new coat and for a better price

Pictomania in a new coat and for a better price

We are thrilled to introduce to you the second edition of Pictomania, the favorite family game where everybody draws and everybody guesses – all at the same time!

Seven years ago, the first edition was released. In gaming, that’s a long time, so let's remind you a bit how is the game played, shall we?

The game itself consists of two simultaneous actions: drawing the one word or phrase and guessing what other players are drawing.

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2018-05-31Introducing Codenames XXL (the big one, literally)!

Introducing Codenames XXL (the big one, literally)!

Our newest title is not necessary to introduce since it's still the good old Codenames, the multiple awards-winning social word game by Vlaada Chvátil, Spiel des Jahres 2016 winner.

But it's a bigger now!

How big you ask?

Twice as big, which means double the size of the box and cards. Those hoping we would double the size of the timer for more time to think will be disappointed.

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2018-04-25The celebration of Tabletop Day… all week long!

The celebration of Tabletop Day… all week long!

The Tabletop Day celebration starts in 3 days on Friday, April 27th. It lasts a whole week and, man, do we have some good stuff for you:

  • There will be a running traditional Delivery Mission connected with a contest – upload the cargo of board games from CGE catalog. Three lucky truckers will get one of the games they loaded and brought safely home!
  • Both the base game and expansion on iPad and Android will be just $2.99.
  • Last, but not least, the iPhone version will be free!

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2018-03-26Steam debut: One click to write your story… Story of Civilization!

Steam debut: One click to write your story… Story of Civilization!

Starting today you can play Through the Ages on the wide screen at Steam for Mac and PC, with a special first-week price of $9.99. Welcome to the realm of one of the best strategy board games ever – now fully digital. Challenge your friends across various devices and beat the artificial intelligence.

Long story (of civilization) short: Lead your civilization from pyramids to spaceships in less than one hour with hundreds of cards which provide you unlimited replayability.

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2018-03-08Time to add Through the Ages to your Steam wishlist

Time to add Through the Ages to your Steam wishlist

Through the Ages app is coming to Steam? Exactly! The big EPIC screen and all that it comes with. Come March 26th, Through the Ages is only as far away as your alt-tab is. All PC players can join our big family of Through the Ages fans! They can try to climb the leaderboard or just enjoying building their own civilization in less than an hour using hundreds of cards.

Go from pyramids to spaceflight on Windows or Mac computers. Bring your civilization to the wide screen this award-winning strategy game deserves! On March 26th you can play Through the Ages wherever you like for a one-week special price $9.99.

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2018-02-28Pulsar 2849 as a one of EuropeMaster'18 nominees

Pulsar 2849 as a one of EuropeMaster'18 nominees

We are thrilled to announce that Pulsar 2849 was picked as one of the nominees to become the part of EuropeMasters 2018!

EuropeMasters has been around for 30 years and is one of the oldest and also the largest international boardgame tournaments in the world. It is hosted at the Spiel in Essen, where teams compete for the European Championship title.

 

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2018-01-26Fake Codenames, no it's not a new edition

Fake Codenames, no it's not a new edition

Today, we would like to inform you about the situation regarding counterfeit copies of Codenames that CGE has been looking into for a couple of months.

Counterfeit copies of Codenames include components of lower quality, misprints, or even some pieces missing. They harm both customers and the CGE brand as we are not able to guarantee the replacements since it's not really our game.

Unfortunately, this is still happening, so we felt it was time to help people avoid these fake versions.

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2018-01-26Pocket Tactics 2017 Awards for Through the Ages!

Pocket Tactics 2017 Awards for Through the Ages!

It’s a great honor for our CGE digital team that the recently released Through the Ages won Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2017. We are really happy and would like to thank all of the readers of Pocket Tactics and all of the players around the world.

Through the Ages was also a winner in two other categories: Card Game of the Year and Multiplayer Game of the Year - this also makes us very proud.

The bar has been set high for 2018, but we are ready to go. We are working really hard on the expansion for Through the Ages, where we would like to introduce you new leaders and wonders. We are also working on other digital games, such as Codenames, and the Steam version of TTA. So stay tuned.

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