Architects of the West Kingdom and Gunkimono Awarded Mensa Select Seal

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Renegade Games is thrilled to announce that Architects of the West Kingdom and Gunkimono have won the Mensa Select award this weekend at the Mensa Mind Games event held in Wadsworth, Ohio this past weekend. At the conclusion of the the 40-plus hour marathon judging event, 300 of the most avid board gaming fans judged a myriad of games using a criteria that includes originality in concept, challenging gameplay, quality design, and entertainment value. Only 5 new-to-market games are recognized annually with the Mensa Select seal.


Architects of the West Kingdom is set at the end of the Carolingian Empire, circa 850 AD. As royal architects, players compete to impress their King and maintain their noble status by constructing various landmarks throughout his newly appointed domain. Players will need to collect raw materials, hire apprentices and keep a watchful eye on their workforce. These are treacherous times. Rival architects will stop at nothing to slow your progress.

In Gunkimono, players take on the roles of these daimyo, plotting their military advances across the countryside. Each new squad of troops yields victory points, but you may decide to forego these points and save up for your stronghold instead. All the while, you need to keep an eye on your opponents, so that their forces do not grow too large and expand at your expense.

These two games grow Renegade Game Studios’ library of Mensa Select distinguished games: Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Ex Libris, Clank! A Deckbuilding Game, World’s Fair 1893, and Raiders of the North Sea have earned the Mensa Select distinction in past years.

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"We are grateful to Mensa's community of board gaming fans for awarding Gunkimono and Architects of the West Kingdom the Mensa Select distinction. To now have eight of our games -- in a landscape of thousands of games -- tirelessly evaluated and recognized by a discerning group of gaming enthusiasts is an honor."

You can find Architects of the West Kingdom and Gunkimono at your friendly local gaming store or online.

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