Un viaggio dentro Metras (Parte 1) – A Journey into Metras (Part 1)

VERSIONE ITALIANA

Buongiorno a tutti! Con oggi comiciamo a pubblicare una serie di articoli per mettere sotto i riflettori e analizzare i prodotti di Aleph Game Studio, sia passati che di prossima pubblicazione. Questo servizio è a uso di tutti voi in modo che abbiate il miglior quadro possibile su ogni prodotto.

In questa prima serie di articoli, ci focalizzeremo su Metras, il nostro prossimo titolo in pubblicazione e il nostro primo titolo eurogame.

Con questi articoli vogliamo darvi una panoramica del gioco e approfondire alcune sue peculiarità che lo rendono un gioco con una buona dose profondità e di scelte strategiche da affrontare, pur rimanendo contenuto come durata (15 minuti per giocatore, massimo 60 minuti quindi).

Diamo uno sguardo al tabellone di gioco e alle sue parti:

Sul tabellone troviamo le seguenti zone:

La zona delle Carte Missione, che ha anche il ruolo di tracciato del turno.

Alla fine della Fase del Mercato di ogni turno, verrà scoperta una nuova missione che sarà possibile affrontare nel nome dell’Imperatore!

 

Il quadro delle Carte Azione.

All’inizio di ogni Fase di Mercato, qui verranno piazzate le nuove Carte Azione che saranno oggetto della prossima Fase dell’Asta.

 

Qui troviamo le zone dei Servitori e degli Inetti (quadrati piccoli), la pila degli scarti delle Carte Azione (rettangolo vuoto) e le zone dedicate ai due mazzi delle Carte Azione: il mazzo I (utilizzato per i turni 1-3) e il mazzo II (utilizzato per i turni 4-5).

 

 

 

Questa è la zona dedicata alla riserva di Punti Influenza.

 

 

Diamo anche uno sguardo alla plancia del giocatore:

Come vedete è composta di alcuni tracciati e di una zona al centro per le Carte Azione acquistate nella seguente asta e i Servitori/Alleati in Riserva.

I tracciati rappresentano i 4 Rami di competenza della vostra Famiglia Nobiliare: Fama (in alto), Esplorazione (destra), Ricchezza (sotto), Intrigo (sinistra).

A ognuno di questi Rami, saranno associate le varie Carte Azioni (che riporteranno l’icona del Ramo per una più facile consultazione).

Ogni Ramo, sul bordo della scheda, presenta gli spazi per i Servitori/Alleati/Inetti. Durante ogni Turno, ogni Ramo potrà avere al massimo un numero di servitori pari al numero del turno (1 al 1°, 2 al 2°, ecc.).

La zona centrale invece è occupata dagli spazi per le Carte Azioni acquisite durante la Fase dell’Asta, con l’ordine di acquisizione e quindi di risoluzione.

I due spazi quadrati invece ospitano i Servitori/Alleati acquisiti in seguito a Carte Azione. Alla fine del turno potranno essere posizionati. Di solito si mettono qui per due conseguenze:

  • non c’è spazio in un Ramo per quel turno
  • proteggerli dalle Azioni di Intrigo (che rubano o addirittura uccidono i servitori)

Questo però lo vedremo nei prossimi articoli!


ENGLISH VERSION

Good morning everyone! Today we will start to publish a new series of articles to highlight and analyse the products of Aleph Game Studio, both the previous ones and those to be published in the next future. The purpose of this service is to give you the best possible view of each of our products.

In this first sequence of articles, we will focus on Metras, our next title to be published and our first ever Eurogame.

With these articles we want to give you a panoramic overview of the game and further knowledge some of its peculiarities, which give a good dose of profundity and strategic choices to face even keeping its duration very short (15 minutes per player, for a maximum of 60 mins).

Let’s have a look to the map board and its parts:

On the map board we can find the following areas:

The Mission Cards area which has also the purpose to keep track of the turn.

At the end of the Market Phase of each turn, a new mission will be revealed which will be possible to undertake in the name of the Emperor!

 

The Action Cards area.

At the beginning of every Market Phase, the new Action Cards will be placed here and will be subject to the next Auction Phase.

 

 

Here we can find the areas of the Servants and of the Incompetents (small squares), the discard pile of the Action Cards (empty rectangle) and the areas dedicated to the two decks of the Action Cards: Deck I (used for turns from 1 to 3) and Deck II (used for turns 4 and 5).

 

 

 

This is the area dedicated to the reserve Influence Points.

 

 

Let’s take a look to the Player Sheet:

As you can see it is made of some tracks and of an area in the centre for the Action Cards purchased in the following auction and the Servants/Allies in Reserve.

The tracks represent the four Branches of Skills of your Noble Family: Fame (on top), Exploration (on the right), Wealth (below), Intrigue (on the left).

To each of these Branches will be associated the various Action Cards (which will show the icon of the pertinent Branch for an easier reference).

Each Branch, on the edge of the Player Sheet, has spaces for the Servants/Allies/Incompetents. During each turn, each Branch may have maximum a number of servants equal to the number of the turn (1 for the 1st turn, 2 for the 2nd, etc.).

The central area is reserved to the spaces of the Action Cards purchased during the Bidding Phase, in order of acquisition and thus of use.

The two square spaces though host the Servants/Allies obtained after an Action Card. At the end of the turn they can be placed. Usually they are placed here for two effects:

  • There is no space in a Branch for that turn;
  • To protect them from Intrigue Actions (which steal or even kill servants).

But this part will be covered in the next articles!!!!!

Newsletter (5th October 2017)

VERSIONE ITALIANA

Buongiorno a tutti!

Aleph Game Studio è lieta di annunciare il suo primo eurogame: Metras!

Il pre-order sarà attivo fino a domenica 14 gennaio 2018 e il gioco verrà prodotto se verranno raggiunti i 500 pre-ordini!

Siamo lieti di pubblicare questo piccolo gioiellino creato da Eletria Games del quale esiste già una pagina su BoardGameGeek e potete provare la versione per 3-4 giocatori su TableTopia.

La versione che verrà pubblicata conterrà la variante per 2 giocatori, così da poter giocare assieme al viziato Figlio dell’Imperatore!

Prezzo pre-ordine: 31 € più spese di spedizione

Tra le opzioni di spedizione per l’Italia esiste anche la possibilità di ritirare direttamente il gioco presso l’Associazione Ludica NoFerPlei di Reggio Emilia oppure a PLAY 2018!

Vi invitiamo a leggere le nostre condizioni di pre-ordine alla nostra pagina “Pre-Orders“.

Ecco alcune presentazioni del gioco:

ENGLISH VERSION

Good morning everyone!

Aleph Game Studio is proud to announce its first eurogame: Metras!


The pre-order will be active until Sunday the 14th of January 2018 and the game will be produced once it reaches 500 pre-orders!

We are very pleased to publish this little jewel created by Eletria Games, for which a dedicated page on BoardGameGeek already exists. You can even try the 3 to 4 players version of this game on TableTopia.

The version that will be published will have the 2-players expansion so you can play together with the vitiated Son of the Emperor!

Pre-order price: € 31 + shipment costs.

Among the shipment options within Italy there is also the possibility to pick the game up directly at Associazione Ludica NoFerPlei in Reggio Emilia or at PLAY 2018!

Everyone is kindly invited to read our Pre-order conditions at the “Pre-Orders” page of our website!

Here are some presentations of the game:

Newsletter (4th August 2017)

Hello everyone!

Aleph Game Studio will be closed (except for contacts and pre-orders) for summer holidays to freshen up our brains for new ideas/projects, but we cannot leave you all without some hot news… so you can play from September!

Distributors

Distributors and Retailers who may want to get in touch with us for our products, please visit the distributors link on our web page.

Dego & Raab

This is a little status update for our first 2 products and remember: They are in promotion ‘til August the 20th!!!

Just a little reminder for next September:

  • On September the 2nd there will be a presentation of both titles during the “Ferrara Ad Pugnam” Convention, which will be held in Ferrara (Northern Italy);
  • On September the 4th all the pre-ordered titles will be finally sent to every customer!

Titles pre-orders status update:

Dego – 4 pre-orders (+2 pre-orders since last newsletter)

Dego Deluxe – 33 pre-orders (+16 pre-orders since last newsletter)

Montecuccoli on the Raab – 43 pre-orders (+20 pre-orders since last newsletter)

Metras

Aleph Game Studio will publish this title designed by Eletria Games! It is a great pleasure for us to have this opportunity to publish this beautiful game.  It is not a wargame, but an eurogame with a high interaction between players and very fast to play.

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In the next September Issue there will be more news about the pre-order “campaign”!

Next in the pipeline (last, but not least)

Starting from next September we will work on these 3 new titles with the aim to publish them during 2018.

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Enjoy your holidays!!!

Newsletter (18th July 2017)

Good morning to all!

Here there are our most recent news about Aleph Game Studio:

Dego & Raab

Our first 2 products are in production this month, so everyone have pre-ordered these titles will have in September their respective copies.

For now the promotion is going well (below you find a summary) and we’re taking contacts with some distributors and retailers.

Dego – 4 preorders

Dego Deluxe – 17 preorders

Montecuccoli on the Raab – 23 preorders

The countersheets will be printed on forex, in order to give you indestructible counters.

At our BGG pages you’ll find a copy of the rulebook for each game:

Dego BGG page

Montecuccoli on the Raab BGG page

Aleph: a green company

Since the production of Dego and Raab, we’re printing all materials with biodegradable inks.

We’re just evaluating, for every print run, to plant little trees in relation of how much paper (and therefore cellulose) we have just consumed.

Next in pipeline: a work in progress

We’re setting up next games in the pipeline. In August you’ll have more news because we’re just signing some agreements.

As a sneak peek:

La Belle Epoque will begin the final playtesting

– we’re signing an agreement for out first euro-game style

– we’ll begin the graphic art on one of the three Richard Berg’s games

– one of the 18XX game will enter in final production in order to publish it within Q1 2018

See you in a couple of weeks for more information!

Newsletter (06th June 2017)

Good morning to all!

Finally we’re beginning our first promotion sale for our first 2 products: Dego and Montecuccoli on the Raab.

Shipping information

Next September, 4th 2017 we will start shipping these titles.

For those Italian Customers who chose the “local pickup” as a shipping option, there are two possible locations where to pick up your copy:  to “Camelot Games” in Milan, OR during the next wargame convention  “Ferrara Ad Pugnam Convention” which will be held in Ferrara in the first weekend of September (1 to 3).

First of all these are the shipping information:

– Pickup: 0 €

– Italy: 6 €

– Europe: 14 €

– USA & Canada: 20 €

If you’re outside from these regions, please contact us! We’ll try to find a solution!

Products in promotion!

Until 20th August 2017 we’ll have these 3 products in promotion (visit our pre-order page):

Montecuccoli on the Raab – The first title in Montecuccoli Battle Series

Dego – The second title in Napoleon Small Battles

Dego (Deluxe Limited Edition) – A limited deluxe edition of Dego, with bigger counters, bigger map and an amazing cover by Keith Rocco! This product is available only in 100 copies!

So have fun with us and have a good play!

 

Newsletter (27th March 2017)

As promised, there are some hot news to be announced!

Cooperation with LudoLab

Aleph Game Studio will be in coproduction with LudoLab (games already published like Montenotte and San Fermo). The collaboration will be either in production of games designed by LudoLab and in playtesting new prototypes.

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New titles in the pipeline

The collaboration with LudoLab brings in the pipeline 2 new titles, that will be in pre-order since May-June 2017 and published in November-December 2017 (hopefully):

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Alongside with these 2 games, a third game will be in playtesting just by now:

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During next month there will be more news and mostly some previews of the games (expecially Raab and Dego)

Pre-order system

April will be our final test for pre-orders on our site. There can be some offline time. Don’t worry, we’re working for you!

See you in April for our next newsletter!