Tortuga is hot! Also – new pledge levels announced!

Screenshot 2014-02-01 00.56.15Screenshot 2014-02-01 23.03.05I was going to post that Tortuga was ranked 2nd in the hotness ranking on boardgamegeek yesterday (it’s a ranking based on how much traffic each game is getting on the site) – and then today I see that it’s climbed up to number 1! That’s great! It means a lot of people are interested and are checking out the game on BGG.

Also, some new pledge levels have popped up! The Early Bird (get the game at $39) and the Sea Dog (get the game at $41) are all sold out – but they introduced a new level – Corsair (get the game at $43) – which is still $7 less than what you’d pay retail. Aaaaand, if you buy it retail – you won’t get all the stretch goal goodies!!!

They also added their recent Kickstarter game, Fresco Big Box into some of the levels as well. So if you missed that very successful campaign, well now you can get it along with the bonus Kickstarter board!

Support Tortuga on Kickstarter!

As a bonus – check out this photo that just came in of the dice used in the game. They look pretty sweet!!


Screenshot 2014-02-01 23.08.29Also – under the hotness list for People – Sen and I are in the top 2 spots! So this once and for all proves that I am hotter than Sen! 🙂


Top 10 in the Hotness on the ‘Geek

It’s nice to get recognized.

Even if we are below My Little Pony Hide & Seek

Belfort breaks into the top 10 on the Hotness, no doubt thanks to the gargantuan review by Ender Wiggins and jtemple as well as the game’s success at BGG.con last weekend.  We’re in fine company with Martin Wallace’s latest game, A Few Acres of Snow, Uwe Rosenberg’s long awaited Ora et Labora, and last year’s breakout hit, 7 Wonders by Antoine Bauza.  So we’re ecstatic, to say the least, to be amongst standouts like these.

Thanks, everyone, for you support and we hope you continue to love playing Belfort as much as we loved designing it!

~ Sen-Foong Lim

A Banner Day for Belfort

BoardGameGeek is all abuzz with talk of Belfort post-Essen.

Belfort is back in the hotness (below Quarriors and above Village):

There’s a picture of Belfort in the Image Hotness (first column, second row):

Best of all, Belfort hit #1 on the Essen GeekBuzzList (Medium Traffic).  This one is easier to find.  It’s at the freaking top!  Wow!  For a game that wasn’t even officially over there, we managed to generate a lot of positive word!  European publication deal?  Hopefully!

A banner day, indeed!

The Big Belfort update!

There has been plenty of action with Belfort recently! Let’s break them down:

The Hotness

Belfort is currently, as of this writing, the 5th hottest game in the Hotness List on! This is just a fluctuating list that tracks which games have the most activity on their pages. Lots of people are interested apparently. Not only that, but on the people side of the Hotness List, both Sen and I are hot. For some strange reason, Sen is hotter than I am!

Belfort at the Printers

On June 1st, Belfort was at the Printers being printed! We’ve been told that it takes 28 days to get everything printed and fully boxed. Then it gets placed on a boat and is shipped to America, and that takes another 30 days. That means Belfort should hit America around August 1st. Some time will be needed for it to get to the distributors and then even more time to get it up to Canada for our Canadian readers out there. Still, we’re expecting to have it in our hands sometime in August!

Final Rules are available

Belfort Board Game rulesIf you can’t wait that long for a taste of Belfort then, you can check out the final rules with all the amazing art from Josh Cappel. They are posted on the new Tasty Minstrel website (which is much more functional than their last site!): If you’ve been interested in the game but wanted to know how it works, then give them a read!

Contest to win Belfort!

For our American readers, Tasty Minstrel is holding a contest in which you can win one of 15 prize packages that includes: Belfort, Jab: Real Time Boxing, Eminent Domain and Homesteaders (2nd printing). To enter the contest, check out the rules and link here:

Pre-orders for Belfort – even for Canadians!

You can now pre-order a copy of Belfort for yourself, even if you’re not in the US! They’re even offering a package deal if you want to get a few games from Tasty Minstrel Games (like, say, I don’t know…Train of Thought maybe?!). Straight from Michael Mindes, the owner of Tasty Minstreal Games comes this message:

I have been receiving numerous emails about shipping costs worldwide through  I was planning to offer no shipping outside of the United States, for various reasons.  So, let me preface these costs with the following information:

    • These rates are non-negotiable.  They are as low as I can afford to make them, and I will continue to learn about how to get better rates.
    • These rates do not include any import taxes or duties imposed by your home country.
    • I will not make any adjustments to the stated value of the games to help you avoid those import taxes or duties.  You will need to address that through the political process afforded in your home country.
    • Yes, you can combine orders of multiple games from multiple people for combined shipping costs.  Up to 25 pounds.

In this fashion, I am able to offer worldwide shipping for those that desire it.  Tasty Minstrel fans have asked for worldwide shipping and it is now available.  Those are the terms.  Here are the rates:

    • Hawaii & Alaska = $30 USD
    • Canada up to 25 pounds = $30 USD
    • Canada 26-50 pounds = $50 USD
    • Rest of the World up to 25 pounds = $50 USD

Promo video for Belfort

Sen and I have finished the script for a promo video to help promote the game and now we’re in the process of getting it animated as it will only feature real people at the end when it zooms out to show people playing the game.  Of course we’ll be sharing it here as soon as it’s done – which might even be a bit after the game launches.

Comic Book for Belfort

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve partnered up with Tim Reniert to write comic books. We’ve written a bunch of scripts already, but the first one we’ve commissioned an artist to draw is a story set in the world of Belfort. We found an amazing artist, Rob Lundy, who has gone above and beyond our expectations for this story. We’ve seen some rough layouts and are excited about how it’s coming together. We’ll be sharing more as we progress, but for now, here’s some character art for our two main characters in the story.

We’re very excited about this game. As excited as we were for our first game, Train of Thought, I would say that I am twice as excited for this one. Belfort is the kind of game I like to play – the gamery game! We’re in the home stretch now!

Where can you get Train of Thought?

Well it’s out there now!  Train of Thought is available online and in stores.  Yeah but which stores?  Well, it’s hard to know all the stores that are carrying it, but they’ll mostly be actual game stores.  Don’t go looking in Toys R’ Us or Walmart quite yet!

If your local game store doesn’t have it – well, tell them to order some in! 🙂  Hopefully if more and more people are asking for it, then they’ll have to bring it in to keep up with the immense demand.

I’ve listed a few sites below of online stores that are carrying it if you want to buy online.  Also – Train of Thought is back on the Hotness List on!  When people play any game, they can log into their profile and record that they’ve played it.  To get on the Hotness I believe a game has been played by the most people.  So Train of Thought is currently the 22nd most played game in the world (according to the users of!).

If you have played the game, please give it a rating on!  Here are some pictures of Train of Thought on store shelves:

Train of Thought available in the US:

Board & Bits


Cool Stuff Inc

Thought Hammer

Card Haus Games

RC Hobbies

Gnome Games

CCG Armory


Train of Thought available in Canada:

Fun Games Cafe

German Boardgame Co.

Starlight Citadels

Craving for A Game

Train of Thought available in the UK:

Infinity Games