While I was at Origins Game Fair this year I got to speak with the people over at Calliope and found out that they are releasing an anniversary edition of Tsuro. If you haven’t played it, try it. While talking about it, I was shown some preproduction artwork and we discussed the quality & craftsmanship of the parts. I think you will be impressed, although I still balk a little at the price point. Below is the official press release from them and I have included one of the images that they have shared.
Calliope Games announces 10th Anniversary Edition of Tsuro™ Anniversary edition to feature components based on work of fantasy artist Andy Hepworth
Redmond, WA. Today, Calliope Games announced the tenth anniversary edition of the award-winning board game Tsuro: The Game of the Path.
Designed by Tom McMurchie and originally released by WizKids in 2004, it was not until Calliope picked up the game and it appeared on Geek & Sundry’s TableTop© that the game’s popularity soared. With a design that’s both elegant and accessible, Tsuro is now a household name. Now, as Tsuro turns ten, Calliope plans to celebrate its success with a truly sumptuous anniversary edition of the game.
“The simplicity of Tsuro’s design means we can really go all-out with the anniversary edition’s components. Each of the materials has been carefully sourced.” says Ray Wehrs, president of Calliope Games. “With this edition, it’s not about controlling cost. It’s about celebrating the beauty of the game. My goal is to create a luxurious product that anyone would be proud to own; the gem of any game collection.”
The anniversary edition of Tsuro is anticipated to include a silkscreened raw silk board, beautifully engraved wooden box, and embroidered silk tile bag, all featuring dragons and phoenixes. The tiles themselves will be crafted from a sturdy polymer that mimics the feel of stone without a true stone’s weight. Eight unique and exquisitely detailed dragon and phoenix miniatures take the place of Tsuro’s iconic dragon pawns, while the dragon tile is replaced by an interwoven dragon and phoenix totem.
Acclaimed fantasy artist Andy Hepworth, whose work has been featured in works by Alderac Entertainment Group, White Wolf, and Games Workshop, has been brought on to create the look for the anniversary edition.
“I am extremely excited about working on the 10th anniversary edition of Tsuro, especially as I have such an in-depth involvement in the design of the product as a whole. It is unusual for an artist to be involved in a single aspect of a product, and so to have a hand in the design of the box, the counters, the board and, well, everything, is rare and inspiring.” says fantasy artist Andy Hepworth. “On top of that, Ray and the team are producing such a lavish product that nobody could fail to be impressed by the vision for the luxury edition of Tsuro.”
The tenth anniversary edition of Tsuro will be released later this year.