WELCOME to the Reiner Knizia games pages at Convivium. In these pages you will find background information and features on many of Reiner's games, as well as free games for you to play!

We have been somewhat quiet over the last few months, as we prepare a brand new Knizia website for you to explore. We will of course be posting a link here when we are happy with what we have for you. In the meantime, you can enjoy both Lost Cities and Keltis (for free, and with no downloads) with our friends at

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We have not one but two new videos to share. Firstly Reiner outlines his Approach to Game Design, courtesy of the Submarine Channel. Then we see Reiner present Maximum Impact Game Design at the recent DIGRA confererence. Go to the Cool Stuff page to download and play for free Domino Sudoku! And for fans of Battle Line we have added a link to a strategy discussion article, courtesy of The Boardgaming Life.

Please take a look at the Knizia Mobile page for news of the new and exciting titles - there are some classic Knizia games now on smart devices as well as some new SoloPlay games. SoloPlay designs pit you against the toughest of opponents - yourself!

2011 is proving to be an exciting year, with some great boardgames being released. The 2008 Deutsche Kinderspiele Preis Wer War's? is now available in English as Whoowasit? A classic dungeon exploration also gets the computerised treatment and is reborn as Electronic Labyrinth. The co-operative adventure game Star Trek: Expeditions proved to be a big hit over the summer - watch out for the Tribbles! promotional Captain's Log Supplemental card (which first appeared at the Essen game convention).

Meanwhile... the message for all visitors here - old and new - remains the same: Enjoy!


A presentation at the NYU Game Center PRACTICE conference. The origins and design thoughts behind the award-winning Whoowasit?




On the Submarine Channel Reiner outlines how he approaches game design from a mathematical base, but never loses sight of the goal - to bring enjoyment!



Reiner discusses successful game design in a social context. A presentation from the 5th DIGRA conference, hosted by the Utrecht School of the Arts.




English language version of the best-selling Kinderspiel des Jahres winner, Wer War's? The ring that protects the castle has gone missing - can the players find the culprit before the evil wizard arrives? A co-operative game for 2-4 players, ages 7 and up.


The classic Labyrinth game updated in electronic form. For 2-4 players, ages 8 and up.


Gandalf the wizard has chosen Frodo the Hobbit to accompany thirteen troublesome dwarves to recover treasure from the wily dragon Smaug. Can you control the dwarves through a series of increasingly difficult adventures, so that when you arrive at the dragon's lair you are able to defeat him? For 2-5 players, ages 10 and up.


Follow up to the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2008 winner, Wer War's? A co-operative game for 2-4 players, ages 7 and up.


Join the senior crew of the starship Enterprise in their mission to bring the planet Nibia into the Federation of planets. Things would be difficult enough with a planetary government getting cold feet, a bunch of trigger-happy rebels trying to disrupt everything and the deterioration in the planet's ecology. But there's the minor matter of a Klingon Battle Cruiser sitting in orbit as your arrive. Oh, and the Battle Fleet is on its way... For 1-4 players, ages 14 and up.


After the fiendish fun that was FITS, it's time to welcome BITS! Everyone has the same set of multicoloured dominoes, but it's the player who connects the colours most cunningly that will win. For 2-4 players, ages 8 and up.


Callisto is Reiner's ingenious new tile placement game. Players vie to place as many as possible of their tiles - which come in a variety of shapes. Unfortunately there's not enough room for them all... so careful planning is required to outwit your opponents' moves!


A Convivium exclusive! Four more fiendish boards for you to enjoy with FITS, as designed by Reiner himself. Click on the FITS box to go to the 'Cool Stuff' page & download for free now!



In Keltis, each player can embark on up to five quests. Points are awarded for achieving distance along each of the quest paths. But starting out on too many could lead to disaster. For 2-4 players, age 10 and over. Winner of the Spiel des Jahres 2008! Please visit the Cool Stuff page for Keltis solitaire.

Also available: Keltis - Neue Wege, Neue Ziele [original game expansion]; Keltis: Das Kartenspiel [card game]; Keltis: Der Weg der Steine [tile game]; and Keltis: Das PC-Spiel [computer version].


Lost Cities - The Board Game is the English language version of Keltis, but keeping the adventurous theme of the original card game. Each player can undertake up to five expeditions - but starting too many can be risky! This is a family boardgame for 2-4 players.


Selected interviews and articles from around the real and virtual world.
Game Rules
The translations pages. Here are Reiner's game rules rendered in languages useful to you!
Cool Stuff!

Some of Reiner's original games for you to make and play! Expansions and neat ideas for exisiting favourites, all free! Plus even more cool stuff!


The tournament for players of all Knizia Games. A direct link direct to the Kniziathon page.

A complete listing of all Reiner's games, his many awards and a brief biography.
Meet Reiner Knizia
Where to meet Reiner at conventions and fairs world-wide over the next few months.


Knizia Games
The Official Reiner Knizia Homepage.


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