“Dorfromantik” will be yet another PC title to hit the board game world in the form of “Dorfromantik: Das Brettspiel” (translation: “Dorfromantic: The Board Game”). It will carry the same theme as its PC predecessor – players will be placed in a relaxing game world where they will have to place hex-tiles on the map, in order to build and control an ever-growing idyllic village.
There are no wars or dangers in the world of “Dorfromantik”, allowing up to six players to completely immerse themselves in their city-builder roles. They will get to watch how their interlocking hexagon tiles evolve from simple landmasses to little farms, rustic homes, towers, water wheels and windmills.
Relaxing, Yet Challenging Gameplay
The basic idea is simple – relax and take a break from your daily worries and chores. The name of the game is quite fitting – “Dorfromantic” literally translates to “village romanticization”, but perhaps a more accurate translation would be “Romantic Village”.
This does not mean that the game comes without challenges. You must be effective and strategic in your village planning to receive more points – this means that the locations of tile placement matter. After all, you can’t build a water wheel in the middle of a grain field. Well, technically you can, but it won’t be very effective.
Being a relaxing village builder, in “Dorfromantik: Das Brettspiel” up to six players work together to create the best village possible, working with the hex-tiles and laying as long a river as possible and as long a road possible. Players might be familiar with this mechanic, which seems to take it directly from the classic board game “Carcassonne”.
But that’s not all. Players also need to consider the bonus flagged tiles, which unlock additional points. The points earned throughout campaigning can be used to unlock new tiles that are hidden in initially locked boxes. They will provide additional tasks for the players, which provides opportunities to raise their scores higher and higher.
Clearly Inspired by the Computer Version
Much like the PC version of the game, players will also have to fulfill villager requests, which will earn them even more points. Those requests can range from constructing a specific building to fulfilling a certain building arrangement.
The board game is being developed by German designers Michael Palm and Lukas Zach, responsible for the popular board game “BANG! The Dice Game”. Toukana Interactive, the original developers of the PC game, are also directly involved with the project. The publishing of “Dorfromantik: Das Brettspiel” will be handled by industry giants “Pegasus Spiele”.
A village-building session of “Dorfromantik: Das Brettspiel” is expected to last between 30 and 60 minutes. The game is set for release later this year, with the English version coming a little later down the line in 2023. The retail price is expected to be about $35.