Stonemeier Games have announced a brand new expansion to their competitive tile-based board game: Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig.
During a Facebook livestream, details were given around the new Secrets and Soirees expansion. It expands the number of players from a maximum of 7 to a new high 8. Furthermore, it introduces brand new room tiles and bonus cards, including activity and secret rooms, a new specialty room type in the form of a ballroom, as well as a new throne room. Surprisingly, the expansion will include new automa rules for playing single-player games. This is a big and welcome change considering how many players are needed to get the most competitive and chaotic fun out of the game and scheduling such nights can be challenging. It is a feature that host Jamey Steigmeier announced will become standard out of the box for all games going forward.
The expansion also includes several convenient plastic trays which will allow all of the new material to fit into the game's original box. If you enjoy reducing clutter in your tabletop games, this is a godsend. The Secrets and Soirees expansion will be available to order on May 26th on Stonemeier Game's store page, and will begin shipping in June. Orders will include friendly shipping to the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The stream and official newsletter also included several new details about Stonemeier Games' shop going forward. In addition to announcing several reprints and restocking of several popular products including Pendulum and Scythe as well as pending restocks coming for the multiple expansions to their best-selling avian preserve game, Wingspan, there is a newly formalized policy now in effect.
If you order a product from Stonemeier Games' official store and within twenty days of purchase see that same product listed under a better price, you can send the order number to customer support and get refunded the difference. Overall, this is great news for fans of Stonemeier Games' products and the management's ongoing transparency in terms of production and customer service is to be commended.