SteamRollers, created by Mark Gerrits (Mini Rails), is a railroad building game set in the boom times that followed the American Civil War. The players are investors buying into the new technology, building networks of rail lines, investing in newer and better steam locomotives, and competing for delivery contracts. The game uses a “roll & write” mechanic, based on a set of dice that determine what actions are available, with players recording their accomplishments on their own player sheet.
The game comes with 200 player sheets, 7 dice, 56 goods cubes, 1 cloth bag, 1 supply board, 1 player aid, 1 first player marker, and 18 tiles. It is suitable for 1 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in a little over half an hour. MSRP is $49.95.
Intended as a “filler” or family-friendly party game, Gold Fever can support 2 to 5 players, ages 7 and up, and plays in less than half an hour. The game includes 100 plastic stones and 5 cloth bags. MSRP is $29.95.
Paper Tales was created by Masato Uesugi (Welcome to the Dungeon, Lost Legacy: Second Chronicle) and comes with 111 cards featuring artwork by Christine Alcouffe, 1 score track, 6 wooden tokens, and 70 other tokens. This game is for 2 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, and plays in half an hour. MSRP is $45.00, and Stronghold is offering a “buy 5 get 1 free” deal exclusively to brick and mortar stores.
2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for Stronghold, currently in the middle of a move to new offices while expanding its core staff in addition to planning a number of new releases (see “Stronghold Games Levels Up in 2018”).