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Play Smart for the first time in English!

In 2019 Portal Games celebrates the 20th anniversary of the company. Today, to celebrate our roots in the role-playing world, we would like to announce the very first English release of Play Smart by Ignacy Trzewiczek, at Gen Con 2019.

Play Smart is an iconic book from A Game Master’s Almanac series. A Game Master’s Almanac line was inspired by a classic book Play Dirty by John Wick. Total of 6 books was released under that banner, and now the bestselling one is getting its first English release.

Play Smart: A Game Master’s Almanac addresses key issues of a Game Master’s relationship with players. Packed with examples, stories, and anecdotes from actual game sessions, the book also contains useful tricks and advice to overcome common problems a GM might face. A priceless resource for beginner Game Masters, a valuable reference point for the more experienced, and just an overall great read! Ignacy Trzewiczek is an experienced Game Master and co-author of the Neuroshima and Monastery role-playing games. He became known for Autumns Tales, a series of articles on running Warhammer, forever changing the way the game is played in Poland. Now, with his experience, insight, and humor, he shares a valuable guide for all levels of Game Masters.

Play Smart was released ten years ago in Poland for the first time. The Polish RPG community very well received it. It had three print runs and sold over 5000 copies. Play Smart will be released at Gen Con 2019 with 25 USD MSRP for a hardcover copy.

New Portal Games merchandise!

Celebrate 20th Portal Games birthday with us!

Today we have introduced a brand new set of merchandise in our Portal Games shop! Take a look at new mugs with Board Games That Tell Stories branding, and posters for Stronghold, Neuroshima, Robinson Crusoe, and Imperial Settlers.

To go to the Portal Games Online Shop just click the item’s image.


Mug – “Board Games That Tell Stories”

Black or white

Portal Games is a publisher that belives in Board Games That Tell Stories. We like our games. We like to play them ourselves. We like when they are telling you a story. Maybe it is a different story each time, like in Robinson Crusoe, or a similar story, but told differently, like in Detective.

The point is, we like stories. And we like board games. And we also like coffee. Thus, whis mug was born. It also represents 20 years of the company – it’s one of ours anniversay products.

Have fun drinking, playing, and telling stories!


Stronghold poster

Unique Stronghold poster in a blockbuster movie style! A perfect match for every fan of Stronghold and stories about medieval sieges

Size: 50x70cm


Neuroshima Ruins poster

Unique Neuroshima Ruins poster in a blockbuster movie style! A perfect match for every fan of Neuroshima and stories about post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Size: 50x70cm


Neuroshima RPG poster

Unique Neuroshima RPG poster in a blockbuster movie style! A perfect match for every fan of Neuroshima and stories about post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Size: 50x70cm


Neuroshima HEX poster

Unique Neuroshima Hex poster in a blockbuster movie style! A perfect match for every fan of Neuroshima and stories about post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Size: 50x70cm


Robinson Crusoe poster

Unique Robinson Crusoe poster in a blockbuster movie style! A perfect match for every fan of Robinson Crusoe and stories about adventures on the crused island.

Size: 50x70cm


Imperial Settlers poster

Unique Imperial Settlers poster in a blockbuster movie style! A perfect match for every fan of Imperial Settlers and stories about building an Empire

Size: 50x70cm


Be sure to visit our shop’s gadgets section to learn more!

Portal Games celebrates 20 years

Portal Games plans to celebrate their 20th birthday with surprises for fans.

Gliwice, Poland – January 31th, 2019.

Founded in Poland in 1999, Portal Games will celebrate 20 years in business in 2019. Portal Games will celebrate this momentous year with 20 special events at major conventions around the world, unique gifts, and limited releases of classic fan- favorites. More information can be found on this website.

During the early years, from 1999 to 2006, Portal Games became a major publisher in Poland with bestselling titles Neuroshima RPG and Machina. During this time, Portal Games produced their products only in Polish.

In 2007, the team began to shift focus to board and card games and introduced an English edition of Neuroshima Hex at Essen Spiel. Z-Man games licensed Neuroshima Hex the following year which helped introduce United States gamers to Portal Games.

Since 2013, Portal Games began to distribute their games worldwide in both Polish and English language editions. The company has continued to grow ever since with the success of their products such as Imperial Settlers, Tides of Time, Robinson Crusoe, and Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game.

In celebration of 20 years, Portal Games will hold special events at major conventions including: Dice Tower Con, Gen Con, BerlinCon, and Essen Spiel. A full calendar of events can be found at the special 20th birthday website: https://20.portalgames.pl/. Here, fans can learn more about the company history, win unique prizes, and participate in a worldwide poll to choose the best game Portal has released. Fans in the Polish market will also be able to buy limited release print runs of classic Portal Games titles.


About Portal Games

Portal Games is a publisher of award-winning games such as Imperial Settlers, Tides of Time, Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, Cry Havoc, Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, and Neuroshima Hex. Founded in Poland in 1999, Portal Games has developed into one of the most renowned European game publishers and design teams. Their commitment is to produce only the highest quality Board Games That Tell Stories.