Mayfair Games at Origins 2014 Preview

With Origins 2014 just a week away, it’s time to start looking at a fresh crop of game releases here at the start of the 2014 gaming convention season. Next up is Mayfair Games.

HotTinRoofHot Tin Roof: Cats Just Want To Have Fun

It’s night and you, a clever cat living on rooftops high above the busy city, have a mission. Your lofty goal is simple: become the town’s “Top Cat.” Stealthily moving from roof to roof, stake out as many shelters as you can, connecting with your cat buddies and collecting tribute fish from your fellow felines. With fish you get valuable cans. Collect the most cans and you become Top Cat! To win, you’ve got to navigate the right paths, avoid the dangers of the city streets below, and dodge the fishy demands of your hungry rivals. Every game involves different paths to victory, so you better be nimble and quick, curious and catty… and oh so clever! After all, just being furry won’t make you the best cat on a hot tin roof.


  • Contains:
  • • 1 board
  • • 16 cat pawns (2 shapes in 4 colors)
  • • 24 catwalks (6 each in 4 colors)
  • • 12 shelters (3 each in 4 colors)
  • • 65 fish
  • • 14 tin cans
  • • 52 cat path tiles
  • • rules
    • Ages: 10+
    • Players: 3-4
    • Playing Time: 30-60 minutes
    • Designer: Leo Colovini
    • Art: Corey Godbey
    • Made in: USA

MadCityyMad City: Plan as Fast as You Can

Take on the role of city builders as you race against time and other developers, and strive to build the most lucrative city. Arrange your city tiles in order to score for Residential, Industrial, and Urban areas. Do you dare boast that you have the largest communities or show off your roadwork skills in order to score bonus points? Or do you play it safe to avoid the shame of being wrong? If you’re a really efficient builder, you can wrap up your building projects before your opponents and be the only one to score bonus points from your city’s ponds and parks.

Score your districts! If you choose to focus on particular areas, you will become more efficient at building those types of districts. Clear away all the red tape and you’ll be on your way to building an empire! Or at least a really nice city.

Play the solo variant of this game to test your building prowess against The Grid!

Are you ready to build Mad City?!? Then get to work… you only have 1 minute to do it!


  • Contains:
  • • 1 Wooden Tree
  • • 54 City Tiles
  • • 24 Contractor Tiles
  • • 54 Zoning Scoring Tiles
  • • 6 Player scoring Boards
  • • 1 One Minute Sand Timer
  • • 1 Large Bag
  • • 6 Score Cubes
  • • 1 Rulebook
    • Ages: 8+
    • Players: 1-6
    • Playing Time: 20-30 minutes
    • Designer: Kane Klenko
    • Art: Krzysztof Ostrowski, Jared Blando
    • Made in: U.S.A.

Bedpans and BroomsticksBedpans and Broomsticks: Escape From Shady Pines

Might be available at Origins, Depends upon the slow boat from China

It’s the start of another day in the Shady Pines retirement home. Your abode is pleasant enough, but the home is not very exciting for someone like you. Why, back in the day, you were a mover and shaker… Or, at least you think you were. It’s hard to remember exactly…

The other inmates… sorry that’s residents… refer to you and the other more active seniors as the “Elders.” Today, the Elders are going on a field trip. After all it’s the 4th… or is it the Queen’s birthday… or … never mind. You’ve heard the staff talking, and it’s a nice day outside and you would really enjoy a walk along the beach and maybe a drink at a seaside cafe.

However, your bold plans have a few obstacles to overcome. The nurses, Doctor Tuur, and the rest of the staff have no intention of allowing unauthorized excursions. In addition, you cannot remember where the exit really is. Luckily, you have pieced together that the exits are on the ground floor, and that your room is on the floor above that.

So it’s custodial confrontation toe to toe with the Staff. Will you prevail and escape, or will you fail and remain safe and secure in the environs of the home.

Are you ready to Escape From Shady Pines?!?


  • Contains:
  • • 21 Room Tiles
  • • 50 Stuff Tiles
  • • 6 Staff Figures
  • • 4 Elder Displays
  • • 40+ Status Markers
  • • 3 dice
  • • 1 rules book
    • Ages: 12+
    • Players: 2-5
    • Playing Time: 30-60 minutes
    • Designer: Frederic Moyersoen
    • Art: : Jacob Chabot, Jared Blando
    • Made in: USA

SteamExpansion4Steam Map Expansion #4

Steam Expansion #4


Poland – An Expansion for 2-4 Players

The “Crossrails” of Europe, A broad to Standard Gage transition

The Poland has 2 sets of rules. One for 2 players, the other for 3-4 players.

South Africa – An Expansion for 3-6 Players

Mining and Markets in Africa

The So Africa Map has 1 set of rules, for 3-6 players.


  • Steam™ – Expansion #4 contains:
  • • 4 double sided map panels
  • • mapboard – Poland
  • • mapboard – South Africa
  • • 1 Exclusive NEW Steam Tile Sheet for Expansion 4– with new tiles for Expansion 3
  • • Rules
    • Ages: 12+
    • Players: 2-5
    • Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
    • Designer: Morgan Dontanville
    • Art: Jared Blando
    • Made in: U.S.A.


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