homesteadersTasty Minstrel Games is a new, small publisher publishing games from a few well-known BGGers. Their current games, both of which were already prototypes back in 2006:

  • Homesteaders: By Alex Rockwell, developed by Seth Jaffee. A game set in 1862 about acquiring new land in the American midwest. Homesteaders is an auction and resource management game, in which players bid on land to use to develop buildings. Each round features an income era, where players acquire resources, and an auction and building era, in which players bid for available land, and then spend their resources to develop a building on that land.

I don’t know about you, but just looking at that resource conversion chart makes my thumbs sweat.

  • Terra Prime: By Seth Jaffe. A game of interstellar exploration and colonization for 2-5 players. The goal of the game is to show the most Leadership by exploring the space around Terra Prime, founding colonies on planets discovered, delivering resources to Terra Prime, and driving off hostile aliens. The value of colonies and the resources they produce increase the farther away from Terra Prime you get, but so do the dangers of exploration! Customize your command ship to support your strategy.