Thames & Kosmos Announces Nationwide Release Of Spiel Des Jahres-nominated Board Game, My City, At Barnes & Noble

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PROVIDENCE, RI (JUNE 12, 2020) – Thames & Kosmos, the company behind some of the top strategy and family-focused board games on the market today, recently announced that the highly-anticipated tabletop game, My City, is available to pre-order now through Barnes & Noble and will be launching in stores next month. Developed by award-winning game designer Reiner Knizia, My City was named one of three nominees for this year’s prestigious Spiel des Jahres Award (German for “Game of the Year”)—an honor granted to games that represent the best of the best in family-style board games.

The game consists of 24 different games, or episodes, beginning with the development of a city in its early preindustrial stages and progressing through industrialization. Each player has their own game board, which they permanently modify during each episode through the addition of stickers. As such, My City is a legacy game, but its distinction within this category of board games is in the family-oriented rules, play time, and built-in system of handicaps and advantages which provide a balance between players of different skill levels.

“The category of legacy games is hugely popular within the board game community. People love these types of games for the unique experiences they provide—no two games are the same,” explained Andrew Quartin, CEO of Thames & Kosmos. “The brilliance and allure of My City is in its more accessible approach to this category of game. Through simple rules, a relatively short play time, and a pattern of increasing difficulty as the game progresses, My City fits perfectly in our mission to make fun, addictive games that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, it offers a secondary, repeatable play experience thanks to double-sided game boards. This isn’t a trait that many other legacy games share.”

Designed by renowned game author Reiner Knizia, whose games have been nominated countless times for the Spiel des Jahres and include two winners (one for the Spiel des Jahres and one for the Kinderspiel des Jahres, or “Children’s Game of the Year”), and illustrated by world-famous board game illustrator Michael Menzel of Legends of Andor fame, many predicted the success of My City even before its recent Spiel des Jahres nod.

“We are so excited to be a launch partner for My City,” said Sabrina Testa, Toys & Games Buyer at Barnes & Noble. “I can’t wait to get this into our customers’ hands, and I can’t wait to play it with my own family!”

My City is available to preorder now on and will be available for purchase in-store at Barnes & Noble locations nationwide starting July 31, 2020, with distribution in specialty stores slated for October 2020. The suggested retail price is $34.95. To learn more about My City and Thames & Kosmos, please visit

About My City:
My City is a unique, family-oriented legacy gaming experience that is played in relatively short episodes. The game consists of 24 different episodes beginning with the development of a city in its early preindustrial stages and progressing through industrialization. At the beginning of the first episode, every player receives their very own board (players even write their name on it). During each episode, players customize their experience by adding stickers and writing on their own boards. Players’ choices and actions made during one episode of gameplay carry over into the next episode, creating a personalized gaming experience. For players who do not want to experience My City as a legacy game, a double-sided game board offers an alternate setup for repeatable play. For 2 to 4 players | Ages 10+ | MSRP: $34.95 | Play time: 30 minutes.

About Thames & Kosmos:
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology-related educational products for children of all ages. T&K’s mission has since expanded from its STEM roots to encompass other educational branches, including arts and crafts and early childhood learning, as well as the multitude of thinking and social skills that can be taught through board games and performative magic sets. T&K’s entry into the world of board games came in 2015 with the release of five games from the prestigious Kosmos line. Today, T&K’s game line includes more than 50 unique titles, including award-winning brands such as EXIT: The Game, Lost Cities, and Imhotep. Brought to you by the same editorial teams behind classics like Catan, these games build social skills, stimulate logical and strategic thinking, promote visual-spatial and math skills, cultivate physical coordination and manual dexterity, encourage family time, and inspire fair-mindedness, confidence, and honorable attitudes. T&K is headquartered in Providence, RI, and is the North American subsidiary of Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co. KG.

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