Zestrea Board Game

I spent a good part of 2019 working on Zestrea, a hilarious Romanian board game loosely based on local customs and traditions. Players act as old time nobles, Boyars and Boyaresses, taking care of the villagers who live on their land, setting up weddings and surviving hard time. You can find all about the project and game play – hey, you can even support us- on the Kickstarter page . We are live until the 21st of November.

One year ago, Horațiu Roman and Alex Pațiu invited me to play a round of Zestrea, back then in early prototype stage, and I fell in love with the concept. It was really fun to play, and it had a special Eastern-European twist, the laugh-at-your-sorrows brand of humor used to survive real life hard times. So, of course, I joined the project. Taking inspirations form traditional motifs (folk costumes from Cluj, rugs from Oltenia, authentic boyar attires), I designed the illustrations and tried to put my own-geometrical-spin on the images. I hope you like the results!

After a lot of play-testing and design challenges, the game is available in both Romanian and English. Laura Bularca of Valiant Games joined the team and with our powers combined we have a ready-to-print-prototype and a Kickstarter campaign!
Did I mention the Kickstarter campaign?
We also have a website, a lively facebook page and an instagram account!