Minecraft: Builders & Biomes Brings Block Building to the Tabletop

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Minecraft: Builders & Biomes Brings Block Building to the Tabletop

September 30, 2019

By: Robert N. Adams

More Info About This Game
Developer
Mojang
Publisher
Xbox Game Studios
Release Date
May 17, 2009 (Calendar)
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For only the second time after its creation ten years ago as a video game (now on multiple platforms) Minecraft is making its way to the tabletop with an officially-licensed board game. Minecraft: Builders & Biomes distills the core elements of gameplay down into a different style of gameplay that nonetheless maintains the spirit of things.

The game was created by Ravensburger in collaboration with Mojang. Unfortunately, we don't have a whole lot to go on just yet, but a trailer was released that gives us some details about the game.

What is Minecraft: Builders & Biomes Gameplay Like?

The trailer for Minecraft: Builders & Biomes gives us a rough idea of how the game is played. To start, there are a bunch of colored wooden pieces that seem to represent the various kinds of basic blocks in the game like dirt and sand. It isn't entirely clear what these are used for, though.

A worker placement element seems to be a factor, as the three people playing the game in the trailer put a paper doll character in-between stacks of square "grass cards". They flip the cards over to reveal resources before ultimately uncovering a spider, an apparent threat to their fun.

 
 

One of the female players then flips over smaller chest cards, eventually uncovering a diamond sword and using it to defeat the spider. The trailer then concludes. 

There is a larger overall board off to the side, and the grass cards have block and building icons on them. I can't say for sure what this means, but it certainly does look interesting.

We don't have any more details on Builders & Biomes, but you can check out the trailer below to get a feel for what they're going for.

What do you think of Minecraft: Builders & Biomes? Do you think it will be able to capture the magic of Minecraft? Let us know in the comments below!

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Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!

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