Playford Games Releases New Collection of Abstract Strategy Games

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Chess & More Treasure Chest - Collection of Abstract Strategy Games

Newport Beach, CA – 26 October 2016. Playford Games, publisher of Cartography® and ILIOS, today released a massive 11-game treasure trove of classic and new abstract strategy board games based on ancient times.

A well-thought-out games collection of abstract strategy games

Players can choose from classics like Checkers (English Draughts), Egyptian Seega, and Roman Latrunculi, or can play newly devised games by contemporary game designers, such as Playford’s flagship Cartography® and ILIOS. These beautifully made games with wooden boards and pieces help improve strategy skills and promote fun and social interaction between players. They’re easy and quick to learn for adults and children alike. They’re also very compact, using many of the same tiles in different configurations for the various games, so storage needs are minimal and there’s great portability for family vacations and travel.

“The greatest thing about this set of games is that it just keeps on giving,” said Dave Stennett, President of Playford. “Playford continually develops new games that work with the tiles and boards already in the box. In the near future players will be able to either purchase an expansion pack or simply download the rules and start playing with the pieces they already have.”



Popular strategy games that bring friends and families together

A huge compendium like this with rules that are easy to grasp can become a focal point for holidays and family get-together’s. Everyone, from grandparents to school children, can get involved and have fun with games that encourage co-operation, competitiveness and interpersonal relationships in a safe and friendly environment. The collection offers a variety of strategy games, with elements of luck in some, to suit players of different skill levels. There are no long time commitments – it takes only 10-30 minutes per game, and players can choose how heavy or light they want each game to be.

Two of the games included have been successfully backed by crowd funding investors in the online Kickstarter programs and have proven to be popular with experienced gamers and newcomers alike.

Games in the Treasure Chest


About the abstract strategy games in the Ancient Conflict Treasure Chest

 Journey Stones by Frank Zazanis II

Viking & Celtic raiders and warships battle on the sea with the help of journey stone. Whoever sinks the ships faster wins the battle.

ILIOS by Eliot Hochburg

In the world of Homer’s Iliad, your warriors can strike and capture as they see fit, but there isn’t a winner until the plunder is secure!

Kush by Dave Stennett

Move your opponent’s tiles or your own in each move as the ancient Egyptians fight their way into the Kingdom of Kush.

King’s Ransom by Frank Zazanis II

Royal chess played in a lighter, less time-consuming way, players need luck and bluffing in addition to their strategy skills.


Using a smaller space on the board, this classic surround-and-capture game of the ancient Egyptians is still a favorite pastime in some part of the world today!


As well-trained Roman legionaries campaign against merciless Germanic tribesmen, Latrunculi, they must move their invincible kings strategically.


One of the most popular and oldest table top games known to mankind, checkers as a simple strategy game is a delight to players of all ages.


Originated in India and popularized by the Europeans, this classic battle of wits requires skills in strategic thinking and planning ahead.

Quorsum by Steve & Will Erickson

Flip the tiles and roll the dice: winning this racing game can be a choice between paving your path or blocking your opponent’s.

Cartography® by Jon Adams

One of Playford’s flagship games, expand the kingdom and capture the castles in this map-making game of strategy.

Yangtze by Brendan Herlihy

With a skillful combination of competition and co-operation, players harvest the fields before the mighty river dries up for the summer.

About Playford Games

Playford publishes inspirational high-quality strategy board games that encourage players to connect, engage and reflect. Playford Games, ILIOS, Cartography, and Ancient Conflict are all trademarks or registered trademarks of Playford Games, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.