July 10, 2021 – This one was announced back in May but went under the radar for us. There is a new Kingdomino game releasing in September. That game is called Kingdomino Origins and it reteams publisher Blue Orange Games with designer Bruno Cathala and artist Cyril Bouquet.
The listed release date is currently September 16, 2021 with a $24.99 MSRP. There is no official listing on the Blue Orange games website but word of pre-sale, while not yet available, is starting to pop up across the typical digital games stores.
About Kingdomino Origins (Coming Soon)
Go back in time to the prehistoric era of Kingdomino! Kingdomino Origins plays similarly to the original game but introduces new components for additional actions and new ways to score points. Regions in your territory will earn you points if they contain fire. Fire is either part of your terrains, or earned by adding dominoes with volcanoes.
There are 3 game modes to play: the 1st one introduces fire and volcanoes, the 2nd mode uses wooden resources and the 3rd one features cavemen tokens. You will earn points by collecting resources and additional points when you have the majority of a type of resources. Then resources allow you to bring cavemen to your territory and each type of caveman has its own way to give you points based on their position.
About Kingdomino Original
Originally released in 2016, Kingdomino, the light and breezy game it is, game into the hobby like a hurricane. This game, that seamlessly blends dominos, drafting and tableu building, was an instant favorite and rocketed to the top of the charts. It won the Spiel des Jahres (best board game of the year) in 2017 and then in began to spawn more in it’s universe. In 2017 Blue Orange dropped the stand alone follow-up Queendomino which added some more strategy. In 2020 the publisher dropped kids version of the original, Dragomino, which just won the Kinderspiel des Jahres for 2021, the best kids game of the year.
The game uses tiles with two sections, similar to Dominoes. Every turn, each player will select a new domino to connect to their existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type in play. The order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen, with better tiles forcing players to pick later in the next round. Your goal is to make touching groups of the 6 different types of terrain with as many crowns as possible. For 2 – 4 players, games run 15 – 20 minutes.