Czech Games Edition has partnered with German publisher Heidelbar Games to bring their games to the North American market.
Time Division contains cards for three eras: Ancient Egypt, Dark Ages, and the ’80s. You can play a single era or a campaign of three eras. Players try to win control over an era by gathering the most influential characters. They achieve this through the way they draft and play the character cards.
Each game consists of two major phases: Draft and Play. The Draft is done simultaneously by both players. Each player distributes three cards between themself, their rival, and the Independent Stack until all 18 Era Characters are distributed.
Play consists of six rounds. In each round, the players play one card each. Then the player with the card of higher influence decides over the two played cards: Which card should be triggered by their player for its effect and which is moved to the Influence Area of their player? A coin indicates who is deciding, but also who has to play first in the next round. Each era and each character have unique effects and therefore require a different tactical approach and deliver.
Once upon a time, three big cats became exhausted fighting to be top cat. They agreed to quit the fight and spice up their nine lives with a hot spice eating contest. Alas, everyone was soon cheating, so the cats invented a very hot, often tearful, bluffing game.
Spicy is a bluffing card game. The cards are played face down, so you can cheat when you announce your card. That said, this clever card game isn’t just about bluffing for you can almost always play a card that is at least half right if you cleverly play your hand. This means tactically deciding which card to use to get through: Do I play a “Pepper 10” or a color wild on a “Wasabi 9” and declare it a “Wasabi 10”? Or do I better pass because surely someone has noticed me thinking for so long now?
Spicy contains six game-variant cards, but even without these, a high replayability is guaranteed. The cards are illustrated with forty separate pieces of art. In addition, not only the game box sparkles in chic metallic gold, but also the card backs are adorned with a gold-colored finish.