Ex Libris and Raiders of the North Sea Win Mensa Select Awards

San Diego, CA (Apr. 22nd, 2018) – Renegade Game Studios is proud to announce that Ex Libris and Raiders of the North Sea have been awarded the prestigious Mensa Select Award during the Mensa Mind Games event this weekend. Each year, only five games are chosen as the top games of the year. The Mind Games competition has been held annually since 1990. This is the 5th year in a row that a game in Renegade’s catalog has received this distinction.

In Ex Libris, you are a collector of rare and valuable books in a thriving fantasy town. The Mayor has just announced a new seat in the Village Council, Grand Librarian. The prestigious and lucrative position will be awarded to the citizen with the most extraordinary library! To outshine your competition, you’ll need to expand your personal library by sending your trusty assistants out into the village to find the most impressive tomes. You’ll need shrewd planning, cunning tactics, and perhaps a little magic to surpass your opponents and become Grand Librarian!

Designed by Adam P. McIver, Ex Libris was previewed at Gen Con 50 and then released in October 2017. With delightful art from Jacqui Davis, Ex Libris has been an astonishing success and was sold out upcoming release. The English language reprint is currently available through friendly local game stores worldwide. Localization projects to translate Ex Libris are underway for a variety of regionally specific languages.

Raiders of the North Sea is set in the central years of the Viking Age. As Viking warriors, players seek to impress the Chieftain by raiding unsuspecting settlements. Players will need to assemble a crew, collect provisions and journey north to plunder gold, iron and livestock. There is glory to be found in battle, even at the hands of the Valkyrie. So, gather your warriors, it’s raiding season!

The North Sea Trilogy covers the Viking era chronologically with mechanically different games for each time frame. Shipwrights of the North Sea, Raiders of the North Sea, and Explorers of the North Sea follow the expansion of the Vikings as they reached far past their homeland. While they are all tied together by theme and art from the talented Mihajlo Dimitrievski (also known as The Mico), each game stands alone. Raiders of the North Sea also has two expansions, Fields of Fame and Hall of Heroes, adding more options and challenges to the game.

Designed by Shem Phillips of Garphill Games, Raiders of the North Sea is co-published with Renegade Game Studios in English and is available in a wide variety of languages worldwide. In 2017, it received a nomination for the Kennerspiel des Jahres Award, a prestigious German award for enthusiast games.

“This is truly the golden age of board games” explains Scott Gaeta, President of Renegade Game Studios. “Thousands of superb games are being produced each year and Mensa members put an immense amount of work into evaluating submissions to find games that are truly unique.  We are incredibly honored to have 6 titles in our catalog that now bear the Mensa Select Seal.”

In the past 4 years, Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, World’s Fair 1893, and Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure have all received Mensa Select Awards. Find Ex Libris and Raiders of the North Sea at your friendly local game store worldwide!  

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