In February, IELLO is publishing a children’s, dice rolling, pattern recognition game of farm animal fun.
The animals have escaped from the farm! You need to bring them back before they get into trouble and you want to do so faster than your opponents so that you can save more than they can!
In the fast-catching game Fun Farm, players compete to spot and catch the animal shown on the cards before all their opponents. Each round, the active player reveals the top card from the deck, placing it next to any others still on the table. Each card depicts an animal, a black die (showing one color on this die), and a white die (showing one color on this die). The player then rolls the black die and the white die. If a die depicted on a card matches the color rolled on that die, players race to grab the animal toy from the table that matches the animal depicted on the card. Whoever does so first claims the card, and once the deck runs out, whoever has the most cards wins
Fun Farm is for two to ten players, ages six and up and plays in 15 minutes.
Coming this April from game designer Leo Colovini is an adventure game of purr-fect spryness.
It’s night and you, a clever cat living on rooftops high above the busy city, have a mission. Your lofty goal is simple: become the town’s “Top Cat.” Stealthily moving from roof to roof, stake out as many shelters as you can, connecting with your cat buddies and collecting tribute fish from your fellow felines. With fish you get valuable cans. Collect the most cans and you become Top Cat! To win, you’ve got to navigate the right paths, avoid the dangers of the city streets below, and dodge the fishy demands of your hungry rivals. Every game involves different paths to victory, so you better be nimble and quick, curious and catty… and oh so clever! After all, just being furry won’t make you the best cat on a hot tin roof.
• 1 board
• 16 cat pawns (2 shapes in 4 colors)
• 24 catwalks (6 each in 4 colors)
• 12 shelters (3 each in 4 colors)
• 65 fish
• 14 tin cans
• 52 cat path tiles
Rogue Agent (LIMITED EDITION) – designed by David Ausloos
Stronghold Games has announced preorders for Rogue Agent and Voluspa: Order of the Gods expansion.
NOTE: This “Limited Edition” of the game will contain 10 additional Criminal cards. Please note that this will be the only printing of the LIMITED EDITION of Rogue Agent.
2048, Earth. The corrupt government has lost grip on Rain City, a brooding metropolis were crime runs amok, depsite patrolling police squads. This desparate battle has recently seen a new player: a secret Agency of Bounty Hunters, attempting to control the endless assaults on innercity life.
Your task: Defeat and arrest Ciminals, defuse high tech bombs that threaten to destroy city districts, and prevent assassins from completing their destructive path. You are one of the members of this secretive brotherhood of justice. So… are you ready to survive the crime waves in the big city and uncover the infiltrating Androids amongst your team that plan a revolt?
Rogue Agent is a tense cyberpunk adventure game, pitching players against underground networks. The game features detailed plastic miniatures, a large variety of unique criminals to defeat, special icon-driven custom dice, and two different game play modes.
Voluspa: Order of the Gods – designed by Scott Caputo
The balance of power is shifting among the Order Of The Gods!
- The goddess Freya can permanently increase the value of the other beings.
- The resourceful Dwarf taps the power of neighboring gods.
- The monsterous Niohoggr hoards extra benefits for anyone brave enough to defeat it.
- And the swift flying Raven can score twice in the same turn!
Play these new tiles with the Voluspa base game, or blend tiles from the “Voluspa: Order of the Gods” expansion with tiles from the “Saga of Edda” expansion!
Four recommended game setup variants are included, and many other variants are possible, enabling you to enjoy Voluspa and these expansions in many different ways!
The possibilities in Voluspa are more endless than ever!
Looney Labs have released a street date for their frenzied, Fluxx matching card game, Loonacy, of March 28th.
Loonacy is a rapid fire game where players race to be the first to empty their hand of 7 cards by matching one of two images with the images on the open piles in front of them. Speed of the hand and luck of the draw determine the winner in this frenzied free-for-all!
Plays great with 2 to 5 players and features images from all of your favorite Fluxx games.
Queen Games has just launched Tortuga on Kickstarter. In Tortuga you are a swashbuckling buccaneer trying to safely transport your acquired treasures to the legendary pirate haven of Tortuga before other buccaneers (your fellow players) try to capture them from you. The game plays in about 30 min and is for 2-4 players.
Tortuga has a goal of $10,000, and has already raised $13,395. It is available on Kickstarter until February 13. A pledge of $50 will get you the game (though some $39 early bird slots are still available).
A press release from uKloo
Toronto, ON – (January 27, 2014) – To announce its new game, uKloo Kids, Inc., creator of the international award-winning children’s literacy game, uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt, asks:
- Solve the riddles.
- Find the surprise.
- Kids practice reading
- With brain exercise
- Name the Game!
Answer: It’s the new uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game (MSRP $17.95 for two or more players ages 7 and up). The new game is an engaging seek-and-find literacy game that combines thinking skills with physically active fun. It encourages kids to call upon their logic and reasoning abilities to solve riddles towards finding a surprise. It offers a Riddle Writing Guide, which encourages parents and children to challenge each other with their own riddles.
“uKloo Riddle Edition is for kids who enjoy the thrill and personal satisfaction of problem solving their way to success. It was created in response to the many parents who told me how much they loved the first game, uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt,” said Doreen Dotto, president of uKloo Kids Inc. “They asked me to create a next-step game that would help their kids reach even higher reading levels. They were also looking for ways to include older siblings who wanted to join the treasure hunt. Why should the little ones have all the fun?”
Dotto, who created the content for the game, quipped,
- “Don’t tell the kids
- That it’s learning fun
- They’ll solve the riddles
- ‘Til a surprise is won!”
uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game is now available at http://ukloo.com/shop_ukloo/and other online and specialty retailers.
About uKloo Kids, Inc.
uKloo Kids, Inc. is a children’s literacy game developer based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2010 by Doreen Dotto, the firm’s first product, uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game earned 10 prestigious awards and is now sold in 19 countries. This year, uKloo Kids launches its two new products: the uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt App and uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game. For further information, visit the company website athttp://ukloo.com/ and to interact with the company directly, see our social links onFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest
Imperia Games (which funded Colony Clash: Insect Warfare on Kickstarter last November) has now launched Grand Tactics: Rise of Novice. This is a re-launch of the game after problems with component sourcing forced a cancellation of the first project in August of last year. Grand Tactics is a strategy board game where players battle arena-style for the “Matilda Defender” title. Each character features a unique set of skills represented by tokens that make cooldown tracking and ability usage simple.
Grand Tactics has a goal of $28,000 and is well on its way to meeting that goal. The base pledge level is $68 and you can pledge any time until March 12, 2014.
As an employee of the “Continental Express” railroad company, you are in charge of the constant ballet of train cars at your station. You must complete each train in time for it to depart. But, the other “switchmen” want the same train cars as you…and in this yard there are no holds barred!
As a railyard manager, players must “switch” the right train cars to the station in order to form their train. The cars will be worth victory points, depending on their number and rarity. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is declared the winner!
- 2-4 players
- Ages: 8+
- 20 minutes play time
- 82 small cards (58 train cards; 2 events; 12 bank notes; 10 character cards)
- 20 company tokens
- 30 long cards (20 objective cards; 10 contract cards)
- 1 rule book
The Builders: Middle Ages
Recruit workers and create buildings to prove that you are the greatest builder. You’ll have to start small, with cottages and stables, but you’ll be building your name as you build your masterpieces, and before long, you’ll complete the cathedral!
Hire worker cards, pay them to build your buildings, and balance your income with your expenses. You can’t do everything on your turn but you’ll want to! From wells and shacks to castles and churches, use your resources to create structures that will stand the test of time.
- 2-4 players
- Ages 10+
- 30 minute play time
- 42 Worker cards
- 47 Building cards
- 40 coins
- 1 rule book
A large, green animal from long ago? Must be a dinosaur. Water, cube and cold weather? Has to be an ice cube. A man with a job who rides large brown animals in the United States? Is that a cowboy?
In Concept, players team up to place tokens on a board covered in icons, depicting everything from ancient samurai and snails to Leonardo DiCaprio. Points go to the player who can guess the correctly by looking at the various symbols, but in this wild party game, the points are less important than just having a great time!
- 4-12 players
- Ages 10+
- 40 minute play time
- 1 game board with universal icons
- 5 sets of pawns and cubes (1 green set for the main concept pawn and 10 cubes, and 4 sets consisting of sub-concept pawns and 8 cubes)
- 110 concept cards
- Victory point tokens
- 2 player aids
- 1 storage bowl
Enter the thrilling adventures of Corto Maltese, the hero from the fertile imagination of Hugo Pratt. Choose your adventures and then live through them as the game unfolds. Aided by Corto and resisting Rasputin’s attempts to thwart your plans, recruit your own bands of adventurers and get your hands on the gold at the end of the story.
Corto is a card game of high adventure, mixing tactics and luck with exciting tales. In each game, you choose the quests you want to play – each brings its own set of character and exotic locales. Attack the train full of Russian gold, research the four aces of whale bones, or meet the leopard men. Games are diverse, rich in action, and of course, full of treasure!
- 2-4 players
- Ages 10+
- 20-40 minute play time
- 2 figurines
- 6 storyline boards
- 6 decks of 20 of cards
- 4 sets of 13 markers
- 4 “seals”
- 1 quest tile
- 2 handbooks (rules and adventures)
Dyskami, a Canadian publisher that brought Upon a Fable to many tables last year, has just announced they will publish a new strategy board game by Game Artisans of Canada designer Micah Fuller.
Game Artisans of Canada is a group where Canadian game designers can collaborate and play test to improve board game designs. Some of their past games include Belfort, Expedition: Northwest Passage, Haggis, and Wasabi!
Warband will be a game for two to five players with a play time around 60 minutes. In Warband, players control different fantasy races that have rallied against armies of a Dark Lord. Players use actions to recruit, train, tax, and politically influence the build of their army and maintain control of different areas for influence and victory points.
Dyskami and Fuller have reached a licensing agreement and are expecting a release in late Fall 2014. Dyskami will have a preview of the game at their Gen Con booth.
Fantasy Flight Games has partnered with CD Projekt RED to bring an adventure game based on the Witcher universe created by author Andrzej Sapkowski.
Game designer for The Witcher is Ignacy Trzewiczek. Other titles designed by Trzewiczek are Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Curse Island, Stronghold, and 51st State.
Image from BGG.
In The Witcher Adventure Game, players assume the roles of one of four characters known from the books and video games. Each of these characters have specific skills and abilities that help players achieve their goals in different ways – Geralt, a monster slayer, Dandelion, a rogue bard, Triss, a cunning sorceress, or Yarpen, a dwarven leader. Players hunt monsters, solve mysteries and complete quests as they embark on a storytelling experience to complete missions. Development cards allow players to blend tactics and discover new synergies by creating different builds with these skill cards.
The game is for two to four with a play time of 120 minutes and a suggested age of 16 or older. No release date has been provided.
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