Umbra Via

BGB News - 2nd Week of January 2021

Pandasaurus Games has announced their first major 2021 release, Umbra Via. So far, there is a solid amount of detail about the new the game that has been officially confirmed. But first, here's a brief overview from the official game page:

"Unlock the secrets of Umbra Via... Just beyond the towering vines lies an ancient pathway into the unknown. Push back the thorn-riddled stocks to discover a clandestine garden, blooming with mysterious vigor. Vivid colors mark the way to intricate tiles zigging and zagging through the green. Within the flowers lies the key to greater meaning. An explanation for all things unknown...
In Umbra Via, players compete to control and complete the most cunning paths. Reach into your bag to select wooden flowers, then place them on your secret board in the order of the paths you want most. But when players reveal their choices, things get delightfully tricky. Experience the magic of Umbra Via and find out why this award-winning design belongs on any table.

The game was designed by Connor Wake and originally won the 2019 Cardboard Edison Award, a game design competition for unpublished games. Umbra Via is an abstract strategy game, combining elements of tile placement, are control and bidding. It was originally designed for 2 players, but the game is now listed as being for 2 - 4 players and takes about 30 - 45 minutes to play. Preorders are available now from Pandasaurus Games.