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The Clowdus Collection was remastered and released as a trio-set by Kolossal Games. It was the 11th campaign from Kolossal Games, who has funded each Kickstarter they’ve launched. Each game in the Clowdus Collection was originally designed and released by John Clowdus of Small Box Games. Kolossal Games is known for publishing diverse, accessible, and inclusive games that create memorable experiences for families and friends.

The Clowdus Collection launched on Kickstarter in January 2019 and was fully funded in two days. During the campaign backers consistently hit stretch goals to build out expansion packs for each of the three games. Character cards and prized item cards were added to Keep, character cards, market cards, and a new produce card was added to Merchants of Muziris, and explore cards, resource cards, and a hunt card was added to Neolithic. At the end of the campaign, 641 backers pledged $29,241 to bring this project to life.

The set includes Merchants of Muziris: a fast-paced game of set collection for 2-4 players set in the lost port city of Muziris. Neolithic: a head-to-head civilization-building game featured card-based worker placement. And Keep: an innovative take on card-drafting that plays 2-5 players in 30 minutes or less.

Neolithic is set in man’s earliest cultural origin with a head-to-head or solo option. It’s a thematic micro civilization-building game with innovative card-based worker placement. Only one village can become the most advanced culture and players must use multi-use cards to hunt, gather, forage, and innovate.

Merchants of Muziris is fast and fun for 2-4 players. Each turn players use actions to choose good from the market to play for their abilities or combine to make sets for coins. Players are able to vary their markets and characters, making each strategy unique each time you play. It’s cleverly designed to be easy to pick up and play.

Keep is set in medieval times and is a card drafting system with a humorous theme. Players collect characters and goods using a secret and public card pools. Each round players choose a card with the goal to gain enough wealth to rise up and start a life beyond the walls of the keep. Whoever has the most coins at the end of the game wins.  This fast-paced game is done in 30 minutes or less.

For more information on the Clowdus Collection, Kolossal Games, or their project on Kickstarter, check out the details and links below.

Game Information: Merchants of Muziris
Number of player: 2-4
Suggested Play Time: 30-45 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Character cards
Produce Cards
Market Cards
Action markers

Game Information: Neolithic
Number of player: 1-2
Suggested Play Time: 30 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Innovate cards
Hunt, gather, procreate, festival, and forage cards
Trade, festival, founder, and achievement cards

Game Information: Keep
Number of player: 2-5
Suggested Play Time: 30-45 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
67 Cards
Action tokens

*All three games are included in the Clowdus Collection

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: January 2019
Ship Date: October 2019