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Z-Man Games - Game Publisher




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The Basics:

Z-Man Games was formed in 1999 by Zev Shlasinger. The company's original purpose was to bring back Shadowfist, which Shalsinger believes is "one of the best multiplayer collectible card games ever made." Today, Z-Man Games publishes a variety of board games and card games in multiple genres.

Best Known For:

Among the best-known games in Z-Man Games' catalog are the cooperative board game Pandemic, the strategy game Agricola, the presidential election game 1960: The Making of the President, and the party game Attribute.

Other Games:

Z-Man Games has published more than 100 board games and card games, including Reef Encounter, Neuroshima Hex!, Santiago, Chinatown, Primordial Soup, The Scepter of Zavandor, No Thanks!, Ubongo, and Fairy Tale.


Agricola has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Deutscher Spiele Preis, the 2008 International Gamers Award for multi-player games, a 2007 Meeples Choice Award, and the 2008 BoardGameGeek Golden Geek for Game of The Year. I chose Agricola as the #3 board game published in 2007.

Pandemic was nominated for the 2009 Spiel des Jahres award and was named the 2008 Family Game of the Year by Games magazine. I chose Pandemic as the #1 board game published in 2008.

1960: The Making of the President won the 2008 International Gamers Award for two-player games. I chose 1960 as the #1 board game published in 2007.


Z-Man Games often co-publishes games with other publishers from around the world.

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