Making Board Games, Episode 4: Tzolk'in, Tash-Kalar, and Alchemists

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...

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - Where the Gears Rock!

Italian designers Daniele Tascini and Simone Luciani brought us a prototype of Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, and it wowed us with its unique rotating gear component. It became an instant favorite among creative gamers who love adding flair to their gaming experiences. Discover what unfolded when the CGE team unboxed and assembled the production copy for the very first time. And can you guess how big an influence the design of Tzolk'in had on another great designer, Jamey Stegmaier? Keep watching to find out.

Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends - Abstract Brilliance

Prepare to be captivated by the abstract brilliance of Vlaada's Tash-Kalar. Designed to shine brightest in two-player mode, it stunned gamers even in its prototype stage with stunning art and iconography illustrations.

Alchemists - The Game-Changer

And if that weren't enough, we'll dive headfirst into the enchanting world of Alchemists by Matúš Kotry. Witness the story of the companion app, a groundbreaking addition that would forever alter the gaming experience. Monique Macaseat and Naveen Sharma of Before You Play, among others, will share their memories of this revolutionary concept and how it transformed the way we enjoy playing.

Next Episode(s)

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.