One of the things we like to do here at the Malted Meeple is give some extra attention to our favorite board game publishers and designers. In our monthly Publisher’s Spotlight we provide a bit of a background on the publisher, discuss a few of their games, and may even announce a visit to The Meeple by some of the publisher’s representatives!
This month, we shine our spotlight on a company who has published several Malted Meeple favorites, including One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Terra, and Castles of Mad King Ludwig. We’re talking of course about Bezier Games. Founded in 2006 by Ted Alspach, the designer of Ultimate Werewolf, Bezier Games is an American publisher based in California which produces a variety of quality strategy, party, and card games.
In Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players have been contracted to cater to the whims of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. However, the king’s tastes are a bit eclectic, he only wants you to build one room at a time, and his desires are constantly changing! Each round one player will take on the role of the Master Builder, setting the price for each room currently available for purchase. Each player must pay the Master Builder for the right to add the room to his castle. When a player completes a room he will receive a special reward depending upon the room type. Each round, the next player becomes the Master Builder. Whoever pleases the King the most, by scoring the most victory points, will be declared the victor!
One Night Ultimate Werewolf is also a Malted Meeple favorite. In this game, players must figure out which of the other players is a “werewolf in sheep’s clothing” so to speak. However, they only have one chance to get it right! Players are randomly dealt a role card with a special power. After taking a quick peek at their card, all players close their eyes. Then, one by one, they will open their eyes, and use their special power before closing their eyes once more. After each player takes their turn, players will have a mere six minutes to decide which, if any, players were werewolves. If they vote to eliminate the wrong person, they lose and the werewolves win! One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a reworking of Ted Alspach’s classic social deduction game Ultimate Werewolf. This version has been significantly shortened, and player elimination has been removed entirely!
The next time you visit the Malted Meeple or Ravenwood Castle, ask your game master which Bezier Games titles we carry. From lighter party games, to heavier European style games, Bezier Games has you covered!
Karington Hess is a lifelong gamer whose passions for hospitality and all things game-related led him to Ravenwood Castle, where he served as an Innkeeper before joining The Malted Meeple. When not pouring beers, crafting milkshakes, or teaching boardgames, Karington can be found behind the DM’s screen, weaving intricate stories for his fellow gamers.