Stonemaier Games is well known for keeping a tight rein on the number of new games released each year. And with Pendulum ready for release, Jamey has started to reveal more information on their most anticipated expansions. Here's the first, with Tapestry: Plans and Ploys.
If you're not aware...
2019 was the year of Wingspan and it was covered by all sorts of non-hobby related media. This game about birds had people going absolutely nuts. And in comes Tapestry, a "civilization game from Stonemaier Games". It had everything going for it—the momentum of their biggest seller Wingspan, the brand of epic civilization games, as well as the expectation that Stonemaier Games will deliver on their usual high production value and accessibility. It had a lot to live up to, and frankly, it didn't meet it.
Personally? I think it's a good game. It's not my favorite, but it sure is one of the most accessible "civ-like" experiences around that you can freely introduce to your friends and family. You can read more of my thoughts on the game here.
What's in the expansion? (and frequently asked questions)
The biggest question that everyone is asking is:
Does the expansion include changes for the faction balance updates? From reading through the comments section, Jamey has mentioned that the tweaks to a few faction setups will be included on the back of the rulebook. These tweaks are currently available here.
Will the expansion content fit inside the original box? The answer is a no, and you will have to remove the original insert in order to fit everything in one box.
The expansion will include:
- An additional card type
- New miniatures
- New civilizations
- And more
Sounds like the new cards will allow more opportunities to interact with other players. This is a welcome news because the amount of interaction in Tapestry is largely based on racing each other down the different tracks and competing for territory.
As for new miniatures, it's not a big attraction for me but they sure look great on the table and offers a pleasant tactile experience. The base game is also currently offered at Game Nerdz' Deal of the Day for around $45 (Aug 12, 2020 at the time of writing this), and that's a steal if you ask me. At its original price, I felt that it was a lot to pay for a big box of content that feels like it's 50% aesthetics and tactile fun.
When will it release?
This expansion will be available for pre-order early September and will start shipping soon afterward.
With that said, how do you feel about Tapestry? And if you have the base game, are you interested in getting this expansion?