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Michael Mindes is the founder of Tasty Minstrel Games. The company was founded in early 2009 and was the culmination of a life long dream. When Michale was young he loved everything that had to do with gaming. Homesteaders was one of the first games that was released. It was well received by the community and sent TMG on its way.  A lot of the games that the company publishes are older games that are needing to be updated.

They decided to do a re-release of Homesteaders for their 10th anniversary along with an expansion of the game on Kickstarter. TMG games first gave a design diary of the game and talked about the way that it played through. As they were approaching their funding goal, TMG announced that they would be having a silver coin upgrade and a silver foil box that would be included with this release of the game. They were able to reach their funding goal within their first week, successfully raising $78,323 for the production of their game.

The story behind Homesteaders is that “Beginning in the 1800’s brave and ambitious settlers travel west across the United States, emboldened by the lure of a better life and an innate sense of adventure. These early settlers did not know what kind of life awaited them, but they pressed onward, in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their families.”
Through a process of bidding, city building and resource management players will be able to gain points. Players have ten rounds to bid to build buildings, and manage different resources. It will take planning forethought and the manage resources to come out on top.

Homesteaders is a short game but it is also deep and strategic. The new expansion will include all of the components needed to add a 5th player to the game.  It will have more auction and building tiles to give more variance to each play session and jumbo size resource components. Every round the game will be altered slightly by an event and the players will have to stay on their toes. To find out more about this game or to view their Kickstarter campaign please visit the links below.

Game Information:
Suggested Players: 2-4 players
Suggested Play Time:60-90 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Silver foil box
Box sleeve
65 metal victory point coins
65 metal silver coins
1 auction board
4 player screens
8 custom shaped player markers
30 auction tiles
74 wooden resource tokens
53 building tiles
25 worker meeples
1 start player marker
4 market reference tiles
162 punchboard chits

Expansion:
1 auction board extension
components for 5th player
10 auction tiles
30 oversized wooden resource tokens
9 building tiles
38 punchboard chits
25 event cards
5 worker meeples
5 player score pad

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: April 24, 2018
Ship Date: August 18, 2019
Website:  TMG Games