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Century: A New World

After travelling the Spice Road and discovering Eastern Wonders, Emerson Matsuuchi’s Century trilogy comes to an end this summer in A New World. The designer reveals how a simple misunderstanding spawned one of the most innovative series in years


In 2014 Emerson Matsuuchi had just finished up his hit stealth game Specter Ops for publisher Plaid Hat, and was working on an idea for a light Eurogame called Spice Road. “At that time I had a good relationship with [founder] Colby Dauch from Plaid Hat, and he was intrigued by the designs that I had,” the designer says. “He basically said anything that I come up with, he’d like to take a look at. I wanted to honour that, so I showed him things even though in the back of my mind I thought, ‘This is not going to fit Plaid Hat, their catalogue, at all.’ But I respected his wishes and showed him Spice Road.”

To Matsuuchi’s surprise, Dauch was captivated by the game and offered to sign it.

“I think he was on the verge of maybe creating like a little sub-brand or just a category that would fall a little bit outside of what Plaid Hat usually does,” Matsuuchi suggests.

It wasn’t to be. In 2015, Plaid Hat was bought by F2Z Entertainment, the Canadian company that also owned Pandemic label Z-Man Games.

“When that acquisition happened, the management there had decided that Spice Road would fit better with the Z-Man brand – which I kind of agreed with,” Matsuuchi says.

Plaid Hat’s Spice Road became Z-Man’s Caravan. As well as rechristening the game, Z-Man planned to release it in two distinctly different versions: one with a “typical trading in the Mediterranean theme” and a second inspired by the “whimsical” style of Studio Ghilbi film-maker Hayao Miyazaki. (A fantasy makeover of Spice Road would later surface as the one-off Century: Golem Edition.)

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