Sunday, July 21, 2024

NorthStar Game Studio Announces Gen Con Releases ‘Biomos’ And ‘Sacred Valley’

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American board game publisher NorthStar Game Studio (Oceans, Evolution) have announced their next pair of 2024 releases: the Inca-themed Sacred Valley and a terraforming tile-placement title Biomos. Both games will debut at Gen Con 2024, with their full retail release set for August 1.

Sacred Valley box

Sacred Valley

Age 8+ | 3-5 Players | Playtime 60 minutes | $39.99 MSRP

Sacred Valley is a tile placement board game about farming in the mountains of Peru. Players will work cooperatively on developing the farming terraces while competing for victory. 

Each player takes on the role of a family of expert farmers who are ready to expand their farmlands and agricultural knowledge. Learning to plant other players’ crops is crucial to success, but any player can benefit when expanding shared interests.

Sacred Valley alpaca and meeples

Sacred Valley is a tile placement board game about farming in the mountains of Peru during the Inca Empire. Each player takes on the role of a family of expert farmers who are ready to expand their farmlands and agricultural knowledge. Hire specialists, develop technology, and diversify your crops. Will your family become the best farmers in the valley?

Plant strategically, time your harvests, and ensure your family becomes the best in the valley.

  • This marks NSG’s third collaboration with designer Jeffrey CCH after publishing Eila and Something Shiny and Inheritors.
  • NorthStar is publishing the English edition. The Chinese/English edition was published by Broadway Toys under the name ‘Urubamba Valley

Biomos

Biomos box

Age 8+ | 1-4 Players | Playtime 20 minutes | $29.99 MSRP

Biomos is a 20-minute cozy puzzle game about terraforming planets for life. NorthStar describes it as quick to learn, highly replayable, and features tactile gameplay. Nominated for two Board Game Arena ‘Game of the Year” categories and has over 50,000 plays on BGA. It also won the prestigious FLIP 2023 Trophy in the green-game category.

Players draft terrain tokens (sea, ice, forest, mountain, and desert) and choose where to put them on their planet board. Race to complete specific terrain patterns and claim biome cards, representing new life on the planet and points. Solve the puzzle of life in Biomos, with not just one, but three different game modes. Each mode presents a unique challenge, all leading to one ambitious goal: Develop the most biodiverse planet.

Biomos game contents

Images via NorthStar Game Studio

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