A. J. Porfirio

Van Ryder Games has announced that they will be partnering with Awaken Games Lite to bring English versions of their games to retail around the world. Awaken Realms has already greatly impacted the board game world with highly thematic, miniatures heavy hits such as Lords of Hellas, and the recent Kickstarter explosion, Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon. Awaken Realms Lite is a subsidiary, specializing in games with “fewer components and lower price points than the parent company.” The first games planned for English translations by Van Ryder Games will be Siege Storm: SiegeMode and Bees: The Secret Kingdom.

Siege Storm: SiegeMode by designers Kamil ‘Sanex’ Cieśla and Marcin Świerkot is a competitive battle card game in a fantasy world, meant to be “a game that feels like a CCG, but that is more accessible and doesn’t have the ‘Pay to Win’ aspects of the CCG model.” A successful 2018 Kickstarter project, this game has distilled a head to head card game to its very essence, with only one card type, simple and intuitive play, and combos galore. Each card can be used 3 ways: it can be sacrificed for mana, the card action can be used, or the card can be deployed onto a track for future use. SiegeMode supports 1v1, team play, or co-op/solo play with a specialized AI deck. Awaken Realms Lite also has support for organized play, and plans for future expansions.

Bees: The Secret Kingdom by Kamil ‘Sanex’ Cieśla is a beautiful, family weight card game “light on rules but featur[ing] interactive gameplay suitable for just about anyone.” In Bees, 2-6 players choose between generating honey and playing a flower card to collect pollen. Playing cards for resources allows all players to collect, however the active player gains the biggest benefit. Bees has 2 different play modes, one for families and small children, and one for more competitive play. Van Ryder Games president A. J. Porfirio quipped “Like a bee to the flower, customers will be attracted by the beauty of the game, but the sweet gameplay is what will keep them coming back.”

Seige Storm: SiegeMode and Bees: The Secret Kingdom are both expected to come to retail stores in the 2nd half of 2019.

Hostage Negotiator is a popular single player game created by Van Ryder Games and designer A. J. Porfirio in 2015. In Hostage Negotiator, players use card play to manipulate dice rolls, trying to diffuse the threat of a hostage situation or collect conversation points from the abductor. These points are then used to buy new cards, all the while trying to free the hostages by reducing threat to 0, or through special cards. The Crime Wave expansion followed in 2017, and many Abductor packs added cards to the game. Now all of the previously released content can be combined into an overarching campaign with Hostage Negotiator: Career on Kickstarter. Career simulates 10 years in the career of your character, adding personal and professional stresses, awards of merit, and promotion through the police ranks. Career even adds legacy-like elements, such as secret packets, advanced skills and hidden cards. For fans of this classic solo game, Hostage Negotiator: Career is a beautiful way to turn the game into a full 10 year campaign. The Kickstarter campaign for Hostage Negotiator: Career, including purchase options for all previous content, continues through May 17, and the game is expected to deliver in March of 2020.

Van Ryder Games, publishers of Hostage Negotiator (2015), Saloon Tycoon (2016), and the upcoming Detective: City of Angels (2019), have issued a press release announcing their first ever Vendor Awards, recognizing the best of their industry partners. According to Van Ryder Head Honcho A. J. Porfirio, the awards were based on excellence in communication, relationship, service quality and price. A special shout out to , and congratulations to The Dice Tower Convention for winning Top Convention, and congratulations to all of the winners:

The tense, intriguing, quick, and easily replayable solitaire game, Hostage Negotiator, is now on mobile! This easy to learn but constantly challenging experience puts the player in the role of the titular police operative charged with rescuing hostages and capturing or neutralizing the abductor before more than half the hostages are killed or before the criminal escapes. Hostage Negotiator was originally crowdfunded via Kickstarter back in 2014 and has since enjoyed great success and multiple expansions since then. The app is available on Android and iOS as announced via the publisher, Van Ryder Games’, website which also features a video demonstrating the app by the designer, A.J. Porfirio. Whether you are interested in having this excellent solo game with you on the go, or if you’d like to just try the game via an inexpensive outlet, check out the Hostage Negotiator app on Google Play or iOS app stores.

Van Ryder Games have announced a new Graphic Novel Adventures brand label under which their graphic novel game books will be distributed. Makaka Editions in France have produced these books in the French language. Van Ryder Games have been granted the English distribution rights and will be translating, producing, and distributing the English versions in the USA and Canada. In these books the player is the hero where each book has a different theme and different game play. The production of the Van Ryder Games editions of these books will be funded via Kickstarter in March 2018.

The Big Score is a new board game Van Ryder Games will be releasing in 2018. It’s a competitive game for 1-6 players where each player is a crime boss in a fictional city. The game plays in 30-60 minutes depending on player count. Players get a crew together to pull off small heists around the city before going for a big heist at the Centennial City bank in a push-your-luck style of play where you could end up very rich or behind bars. The game also features a challenging solo-play mode designed by A.J. Porfirio (of Hostage Negotiator fame). They expect to fund the game via Kickstarter with a project launch date of February 20th, 2018.

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On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Van Ryder Games has issued a press release concerning an addition to its staff.  The following is the press release in full:

Van Ryder Games announced today that Evan Derrick, designer of the hit 2015 Stronghold Games release Dark Moon, has formally joined the company as partner and will assume the role of Vice President and Creative Director. In this role, Evan will oversee and manage art direction and graphic design, implement marketing strategies, and help with game development, in addition to other duties.

A.J. Porfirio, President of Van Ryder Games, comments: “I am very excited to officially have Evan join the company. Not only does he bring many useful talents and skills to improve our growing brand, but he is also well-known in the industry and a great up and coming designer. This puts us in a great position to expand our library of thematic games in 2016 and beyond.”

Evan has been working with Van Ryder Games on an interim basis since the middle of 2015. He has contributed to the upcoming 2016 releases of Salvation Road (graphic design) and Saloon Tycoon (art direction and graphic design). Additionally, Van Ryder Games will be publishing Evan’s next design to be announced at a later date.

Evan’s reaction to joining Van Ryder Games: “Highly thematic games that give players an immersive, unforgettable experience are my favorite games to both play and create, so I could not imagine a better company to be working with. I’m thrilled to be a part of expanding existing games like Hostage Negotiator, as well as helping to develop VRG’s upcoming releases.”

Van Ryder Games was established in 2011 for the purpose of bringing thematically immersive board and card games to the market. Van Ryder Games continues to grow each year and will be releasing their first big box game, Salvation Road in 2016. For interviews or other media inquiries, please contact A.J. Porfirio at sales@vanrydergames.com.