Rio Grande Games

Rio Grande Games is an American game company, based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The company imports mainly so-called " German - style" board games and adapts them for the North American market.


Began in 1995 Jay Tummelson to work for Mayfair Games on Darwin Bromley. At that time, Mayfair had begun to import " German - style" board games and sell them unchanged in German version in the U.S. market. Tummelson first suggested that the games should include an English translation, and then, that they should be implemented independently for the North American audience. This resulted in Mayfair published their own versions of " Detroit-/Cleveland Grand Prix", Manhattan, Modern Art and the settlers of Catan. Part of this implementation was the own graphic design of the game designs and components.

After these experiences, Tummelson believed that it was a better solution to use the same images and the same ingredients as the original games to benefit from the favorable production sharing costs. 1998, therefore, he founded the publishing Rio Grande Games, to achieve the goal.

Since that time, Rio Grande Games has published over 250 games and plays a significant role among game publishers in the United States.

Well-known games of Rio Grande Games

Here are some well-known, award-winning games that were published by Rio Grande Games in English version:

Game of the Year

  • Dominion (2009)
  • Zooloretto (2007)
  • Thurn and Taxis (2006)
  • Niagara (2005)
  • Alhambra (2003)
  • Carcassonne ( 2001)
  • Torres ( 2000)
  • Tikal (1999)
  • Elves (1998 )
  • Mississippi Queen (1997)
  • El Grande ( 1996)

German game prize

  • Louis XIV ( 2005)
  • Saint Petersburg ( 2004)
  • Amun Re ( 2003)
  • Puerto Rico ( 2002)
  • Carcassonne ( 2001)
  • Taj Mahal (2000)
  • Tikal (1999)
  • Lionheart (1997)
  • El Grande ( 1996)