You may recall the Small World Design Contest that Days of Wonder began a while back. As of today, the winners have been announced, and there are far more of them than expected. As detailed in a supplemental post, the contest winning entries have been brought together into three mini-expansions releasing this year, and a full-sized expansion due in 2010. The first two expansions – The Grand Dames of Small World and Cursed! – will debut at Essen, reaching stores around the same time for $10. A secondary prize winner, Leaders of Small World, will be sent, free of charge, to all those who submitted an entry in the Small World Design Contest, and will be available exclusively from BoardGameGeek.com in November for a small shipping fee. The full-sized expansion, Tales & Legends of Small World, was described by DoW as “so impressive that we’re publishing it in 2010 as a separate expansion.” Click the links (or see below) for the details.
Pair of Days of Wonder announcements follow:
The Envelope Please…
If 1 Winner is good, then 3 or 4 must be even better, especially when the winners are this much fun. The Small World Design Contest generated some truly first rate entries. So good, that we abandoned our original plan of awarding a single Grand Prize and instead we’re honoring 4 designs: 3 Grand Prize winners and 1 Special Award; plus we’re also awarding an additional 9 Secondary prizes.
Without further ado, we present the winners of the Small World Design Contest…
Special Prize Winner:
* Laurent Verrier of France – Tales & Legends of Small World
This unique design was so impressive that we’re publishing it in 2010 as a separate expansion.
3 Grand Prize Winners:
* Jörg Krismann of Germany – White Ladies & Kobolds
* Paolo Mori of Italy – Cursed
* Jason Oman of Australia – Priestesses
Each Grand Prize Winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to Essen Germany for the debut of the new Small World Expansions that their designs appear in.
9 Secondary Prize Winners:
* Gustav Åkerfelt of Finland (Goblins)
* Philip Harding of Australia (Were-)
* Leif Steiestol of Canada (Hordes of)
* Daniel Zielinski of USA (Marauding)
* Travis Lauro of USA (Ransacking)
* Clay Blankenship of USA (Gypsies)
* Blaise Hanczar of France (Peace-Loving)
* Mike Haverty of USA (Historian)
* Michael Ormesher of UK (Leaders)
Each Secondary Prize winner will receive complete published sets of their work and €100 or $150 in cash.
You’ll find additional details on the upcoming Small World Mini-expansions that these winning entries will be a part of in a separate blog entry.
All of us at Days of Wonder offer our congratulations to all the winners and a big thanks to all the Small World fans who took the time to create and submit their designs.
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DoW announcement #2:
Small World Mini-Expansions!
The winning entries from the Small World Design Contest have been announced (see The Envelope Please…) and will be published in a series of Small World Mini-Expansions.
The Grand Prize and Secondary Prize winners will be released in 3 different Small World mini-expansions this year.
The first two expansions will debut at Essen.
The Grand Dames of Small World will feature Priestesses, White Ladies, and Gypsies, along with Historian and Peace-loving Special Powers.
Cursed! introduces the Kobolds and Goblin races along with 5 Special Powers: Cursed, Hordes of, Marauding, Ransacking, and Were-.
Both of these Small World mini-expansions will be available for sale at Essen and shortly thereafter from the Days of Wonder webstore and in game stores around the world for the MSRP of $10/€8.
One of the Secondary Prize winners, Leaders of Small World, is a special game play option that players can choose when picking a new Race/Special Action Combo.
The Leaders expansion will be sent free of charge, as a thank you to all those who submitted an entry in the Small World Design Contest. Small World fans worldwide who did not enter the contest will also be able to get a copy exclusively from BoardGameGeek.com in November for a small shipping and handling fee.
The Special Prize winning entry – Tales & Legends of Small World – will be published as a separate expansion in 2010.