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Calliope Games Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Tsuro: Phoenix Rising

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Press Release

Redmond, WA – January 10, 2019: Calliope Games is celebrating its 10th anniversary by launching Tsuro: Phoenix Rising.

This brand new tile-laying game, the third in the classic Tsuro series, puts each player in control of a magical phoenix, cleverly swooping around the board to reach floating lanterns and turn them into new stars in the night sky. During the game, players will flip and rotate the double-sided tiles to create clever paths to the lanterns. The revolutionary patented board allows one tile to be manipulated without disturbing surrounding tiles. Tsuro: Phoenix Rising can be enjoyed by 2-8 players ages 8 and up, and plays in less than an hour.

Since 2009, Calliope Games has been publishing family-friendly tabletop games, with Tsuro: The Game of the Path as its flagship title. “Over the past decade, Tsuro has cemented its place as a preeminent gateway board game for families and gamers alike,” said Ray Wehrs, president of Calliope Games. Tsuro has inspired a second entry, Tsuro of the Seas, as well as a smash hit app for iOS and Android by Thunderbox Entertainment. “When the time came to celebrate our ten-year milestone, we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than with an exciting new Tsuro title,” Wehrs said.

Based on the original Tsuro game by Tom McMurchie, Tsuro: Phoenix Rising features beautiful artwork by Andrew Hepworth. In addition to the innovative board, its premium presentation includes custom-molded Phoenix pawns, “glowing” translucent Lantern markers, Star tokens, double-sided tiles, and Life tokens which allow the Phoenixes to rise from the ashes. Even with gorgeous art and components of the highest quality, Tsuro: Phoenix Rising remains incredibly affordable at an anticipated price of $40.

Tsuro: Phoenix Rising launches on Kickstarter Thursday, January 10, 2019 and runs until February 9, 2019. Those who pledge during the campaign will have access to exclusive items – such as an additional set of Phoenix pawns, a mini-expansion, and a custom insert tray – that will not be available through retail later.

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About Calliope Games 
Calliope Games publishes family-friendly tabletop games, including Tsuro and Roll For It! All Calliope titles are carefully crafted so kids and adults can play on equal footing. Most are playable in 60 minutes or less, designed for 2-8 players, and affordable – usually $30 or less. Most importantly, Calliope Games are fun for all players!

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Commentary: Having played the first Tsuro I'm excited to see how this one plays. Laying tiles that carry you along a path, and potentially ending your opponent is a strategic roller coaster ride of fun. The original game's objective was to stay on the board longer than your opponents. The game requires a little bit of planning and a lot of luck, that your opponent doesn't force you down an ill-begotten path. Have you played Tsuro or Tsuro: Of the Seas?