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Help Creatures Gain Immortality in Equinox, from Knizia and Plan B

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Equinox
Reiner Knizia designs tend to have a long lifespan, either because the game itself becomes iconic (as with Lost Cities) or because the design is flexible enough to fit many different environments.

In 1996, for example, Austrian publisher Piatnik released Knizia's Grand National Derby, a game in which you were betting on which horses would complete a race, with you also influencing how those horses finished! I guess you were secretly working with the trainers to help or hobble horses as needed.

That design was then released on the U.S. market in 1997 by Avalon Hill as Titan: The Arena, with players now betting on which fantasy creatures would survive over time, with the creatures having various powers that you could use to affect the competition. Fantasy Flight Games re-released this design with the same setting, but a new look in 2007 as Colossal Arena.

Now in 2021, Plan B Games is bringing this design back to market, but with the setting not being creature combat in an arena, but instead more of an "arc of history" approach, with the creatures trying to land a spot in human memories.

Here's an overview of Equinox, which is due out in June 2021, with preorders shipping in April 2021:
In Equinox, mysterious creatures gather in the forest in an effort to write themselves into the legendary storybook and for tales to be shared for countless generations. However, there is room for only four more stories — not every story will be recorded, so the creatures have to be cunning and clever to outwit their opponents and make the cut.

Equinox is a deeply satisfying betting game that gives players agency to influence the outcome of this competition. Each round, players place numbered power cards in front of the creatures, with the lowest-valued creature being eliminated from play. Players also place bets on which creatures they think will make it into the storybook, and you can use the special powers of these creatures to ideally turn things to your advantage.

Equinox contains fourteen unique creatures, two more than Colossus Arena, but only eight are used in a game, which means more than three thousand different combinations are possible.
Board Game: Equinox
Since Earth has two equinoxes, Plan B Games has created two separate cover designs for this game, which means we can now start arguing over which of these designs is more appealing, similar to all the discussion over the Century line from the late 2010s.

What's more, to further cement the connection with the Century trilogy, Plan B Games plans to release a "golem edition" of Equinox toward the end of 2021 or start of 2022, with fourteen varieties of golem in the game! Now you can golem up all the golems you'd ever want to golem.

Note that the playmat shown in the image below is not included in the base game, but will instead be sold separately by Plan B Games, similar to what it's done for, yes, the Century line.

Board Game: Equinox

Board Game: Equinox

Board Game: Equinox
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