A List of Games from Z-Man Games
Z-Man Games is a designer and manufacturer of
board games, card
games, and roleplaying games. The company was founded in 1999. Their
headquarters is near New York City, and the company is named after its
founder, Zev Schlasinger. This article consists largely of a list of
games published by Z-Man Games, but the focus is on their line of board
Z-Man Games Board Games
Some of the board games published by Z-Man Games are translations of
European games, but others are original to Z-Man Games. Below you'll
find a list of Z-Man Games board games that includes both:
- 1960: The Making of the President - A
person board game in which one player runs for president as
Richard Nixon and the other one runs for president as JFK. 1960:
The Making of the President has similarities with Twilight
Struggle, which was also designed by Jason Matthews.
- A board game which puts you in control of a farmer trying to do
right by his family. The way you manage your farmstead will result
in your level of success.
- The Ares Project - A
science fiction board game with a strong card game element. Four
factions compete to see who's going to control the future after a
worldwide apocalypse. The Ares Project is playable by 2-4
players age 13 and older.
- Arimaa - A 2 person abstract strategy game that
uses a chess board and chess pieces, but Arimaa has a
different set of rules. Games magazine named it the Best
Abstract Strategy Game of 2011.
- Ascending Empires - Another science fiction board
game. In Ascending Empires, the human survivors have fled to
a distant galaxy, and they're hoping to use ancient alien technology
to become interstellar travelers again.
- At the Gates of Loyang - An economic/trading game
where you plant crops which you later sell to customers. At the
Gates of Loyang has an Asian theme.
- Castle Merchants - Players portray merchants who
are selling goods to various castles. Castle Merchants has
tile-laying and card management aspects.
- Chang Cheng - In Change Cheng, the players
take the roles of the four Chinese officers tasked with building the
Great Wall of China.
- Chinatown - A city building game with strong
economic and negotiation aspects. Players own city blocks in
Chinatown. They then place business on them.
- Cleopatra's Caboose - A train game set in ancient
Egypt. In Cleopatra's Caboose, players build trains that ship
fruit to various cities. Players also build pyramids and other
- Dark Minions - Hordes of dark minions are
pillaging and destroying. The players represent these hordes, and
they earn victory points based on how many towns they capture and/or
- De Vulgari Eloquentia - The game is set in the
late Middle Ages in Italy, and the players earn points by reading
manuscripts and finding documents.
- Duel in the Dark - A game set during the Second
World War II nighttime air raids, in which British Bombers hit
German cities. One player in Duel in the Dark is British, the
- Duel of the Giants - A sequel, of sorts, to
Duel in the Dark, but Duel of the Giants recreates tank
battles between Russia and Germany.
- Dungeon Lords - The players are evil dungeon lords
who stock their dungeons with monsters and traps. Obviously inspired
by old-school RPG's, but the players are on the other side of the
dungeon delvers for a change.
- Earth Reborn - A nuclear disaster all but
destroyed the world 500 years ago. Now your factions have emerged
and are going to war. One side in Earth Reborn plays
scientists and military, while the other side plays occultists and
- El Capitan - An expansion, update, and improvement
over the board game Tycoon. El Capitan is a
citybuilding and economic game set during the Renaissance.
- End of the Triumvirate - Set in ancient Rome,
End of the Triumverate allows players to take the roles of
Caesar, Crassus, and Pompeii. Your goal is to dominate via one
strategy or another.
- Endeavor - Players portray a European empire
exploring and expanding their empires. Endeavor requires 3 to
5 players age 12 and up to play.
- Factory Fun - In Factory Fun, players are
building factories. The goal is to connect your input and output
reservoirs in the most productive manner.
- Feudo - A medieval fighting game, Feudo
involves moving units around a map and capturing and/or defeating
enemies. Every turn, luck plays a role in the form of the plague.
- First Train to Nuremberg - A revised edition of
Last Train to Wensleydale, First Train to Nuremburg puts
the players in the roles of railway promoters, who goal are to build
rail lines that make a profit.
- Gheos - A mythological themed board game where
players take the roles of gods creating the world, Gheos
players have a goal of gaining followers.
- The Golden City - The Golden City is a
family game where the players are adventurers who try to open shops
on an island with a golden city at the center. The goal is to
establish yourself in the city and get the most contacts to trade
- Hansa Teutonica - Traders try to control cities by
building networks of offices and building up their skills. Hansa
Teutonica is a strategy game set during the Renaissance.
- Heads of State - Players in Heads of State
represent nobles in Europe during the 1600's and the 1700's. The
goal is to take control of countries.
- Hornet - The board has fields of flowers and nests
of hornets. In Hornet, players control hornets trying to
produce nectar and honey.
- Hotel Samoa - Players represent competing hotels
on a vacation resort island. Hotel Samoa has economic/auction
- Ideology: The War of Ideas - Players are avatars
of various ideologies, like capitalism or communism. The goal is to
influence and control various regions. Ideology: The War of Ideas
can be played by 2 to 5 players age 12 and older, but it's best when
played with 5 players.
- Il Principe - An auction game set during the
Renaissance, Il Principe players have the goal of building
- Inca Empire - Players in Inca Empire are
regional leaders whose goal is to increase their status with the
emperor. Status is increased by adding new regions to the empire.
- Junta: Viva El Presidente - A sequel to the 1978
satirical board game, Junta. The players are members of the
elite in a third world country, where they pocket as much foreign
aid as they can in order to support their estates and militias.
- Kings & Things - A Tom Wham game that was
originally published by Games Workshop. It's a fantasy themed game
with a new board each game, and the players bluff about what units
they have in their army.
- Lifeboats - Players take the roles of lifeboats
after a boating accident. Each turn, only one life boat makes any
forward progress, which is decided by vote. Boats also spring a new
leak each turn, and the sailors in the boats keep changing their
minds about which life boat they want to be in. It's a pure
negotiation game with no random element.
- Long Shot - A party board game that recreates the
experience of betting on horses at the racetrack. The game uses
cards and dice to determine outcomes, and it has a strong betting
- Luna - A fantasy themed board game. Luna is the
name of the moon priestess, who is trying to decide on who her
successor is going to be. Players compete to collect influence
points in order to be named her successor.
- Magnet - An abstract strategy board game that won
runner up in Games magazine for 2010 Best Abstract Game of
the Year. Each players tries to get her king to the center of the
board. A black pawn acts as a magnet, moving the other pieces closer
and capturing pieces.
- Martinique - Players take the roles of pirates
searching for a lost treasure on the island of Martinique.
- Megacorps - A science fiction board game that
represents a possible future where half a dozen megacorporations
control all life in the 21st century. The players' goal is to make
more money than the other corporations.
- Merchants and Marauders - Players portray either
pirates or merchants during the Golden Age of Piracy. It's an
involved game that takes 3 hours to play, and players can trade, go
on missions, and fight.
- Merchants of the Middle Ages - The players portray
medieval merchants who buy goods, transport them, and then sell
them. Unlike most economic games, the goal in Merchantes of the
Middle Ages isn't to be the player with the most money; the goal
is to be the merchant with the highest social status.
- Mermaid Rain - A Japanese board game with five
rounds. Players begin by predicting the surf and continue by riding
- Midgard - A Viking-themed board game where players
try to control various regions. Some regions face Ragnarok, which
sends players' soldiers to Valhalla.
- Mines of Zavandor - An auction and trading game
with a fantasy theme. The players are dwarf miners using gems to
enhance their mines and other objects.
- Neuland - A civilization building game with some
Settlers of Catan. The players are trying to develop enough
land to place their coats-of-arms on the board. They do that by
putting together supply chains which can provide them with the
building blocks of civilization.
- Neuroshima Hex! - The setting for this game is
based on a Polish roleplaying game. Players lead armies after the
apocalypse and try to destroy the other players' armies.
- Ninjato - A ninja themed strategy game for 2-4
players age 12 and up. Set in Japan during the 12th century.
- Order Up - A children's board game where the
players make and deliver pizzas.
- Owner's Choice - An economic strategy game where
players buy and sell stock. If you own enough stock, you can take
control of a company.
- Palenque - An archaeologist themed game where
rival explorers search for Mayan treasures in Central America.
- Pandemic - A challenging cooperative board game in
which players try to prevent the end of the world via a pandemic.
This might be the best board game that Z-Man Games publishes.
Pandemic won Best New Family Game from Games magazine in
- Pandemic: On the Brink - An expansion for
Pandemic which features new roles and new event cards.
Pandemic: On the Brink also expands the game so that you can
play with a fifth player.
- Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean -
- Pied Piper
- Power Struggle
- Primordial Soup
- Primordial Soup: Freshly Spiced
- Prophecy: Dragon Realm
- Reef Encounter
- Reef Encounter of the Second Kind
- Road Kill Rally
- Scepter of Zavandor
- Secret of Monte Cristo
- Shadow Hunters
- Silk Road
- Skyline 3000
- Spectral Rails
- The Speicherstadt
- The Swarm
- Tales of the Arabian Nights
- Travel Blog
- Ubongo Duel
- Ubongo Extreme
- Wars of the Roses
Z-Man Games Card Games
Here's a list of Z-Man Games card games:
- Archaeology: The Card Game
- Batt'l Kha'os
- Bell-Bottomed Badasses
- Berserker Halflings
- Bottle Imp
- Bridge Troll
- Bushwhackin' Varmints
- Camelot Legends
- Campaign Manager 2008
- Cannibal Pygmies in the Jungle of Doom - Part of
the B-movie themed set of card games available from Z-Man Games.
- Conclave of Wyrms
- Court of the Medici
- Dragon Parade
- Fairy Tale
- Grave Robbers from Outer Space - This is one in a
series of B-movie themed card games published by Z-Man games.
- Grave Robbers II - Skippy's Revenge
- Grave Robbers 3
- Gumball Rally
- The King Commands
- Kung Fu Samurai
- Lords of Scotland
- Magical Athlete
- Master of Rules
- Middle Kingdom
- Mountain of Inferno
- No Thanks
- Nobody but Us Chickens
- Perry Rhodan
- Pick & Pack
- Pocket Battles
- Pocket Battles: Orcs vs. Elves
- Queen's Ransom
- Saboteur 2
- Scurvy Musketeers
- Shadowfist - A collectible card game that was
originally released in 1995. Z-Man Games was formed initially in
order to bring Shadowfist back into print.
- Silent but Deadly Night
- Stack Market
- Start Player - This is a clever idea for a card
game. The winner of this game gets to go first in whatever the next
- Street Illegal
- SuDoku: The Cardgame
- Take Stock
- Tien Zi Que
- Traders of Carthage
- What's Missing
Z-Man Games RPG Products
Here's a list of RPG products published by Z-Man Games:
- Cartoon Action Hour - An RPG that recreates
classic action adventure cartoons like GI Joe and
ThunderCats. Cartoon Action Hour was originally a PDF
only product, but it proved popular enough that Z-Man Games bought
the rights to publish a print version.
- Midway City - A science fiction noir RPG using the
Cartoon Action Hour system. Notable especially for the pulpy,
scifi, noir setting.
- Omlevex - A Silver Age setting book for Mutants
and Masterminds published under the M&M Superlink
license. A superhero setting book for the 1960's.
- Tome of Levity - A book of funny and useful spells
which can be used in almost any fantasy roleplaying campaign.
- Tomorrow Knights - An RPG with elements of
cyberpunk, noir, and pulp in the setting.