Hokkaido is a sequel to Malmioja’s 2017 title Honshu (see “Build a Feudal Japanese City in ‘Honshu’”), and features many of the same themes and mechanics. But the new game builds on the previous design by introducing a card drafting mechanic and changing the way cities are built. In the game, players draft cards, then use them to build their own personal map over twelve rounds of play. An optional scoring variant based on goal cards is also included in the game.
Renegade recently announced plans to bring the game Trajan back into print (see “Stefan Feld’s ‘Trajan’ Returns”).