board games

Last week we reported on the ICO Partners analysis of Kickstarter success that revealed Games to be the leading category on Kickstarter. This is not to say that the Games category does not have its share of failures. More than half do not reach funding, and there are still challenges to those that do.  Funded projects have a lot of expenses to cover in order to develop and deliver products to backers, and this includes shipping.  Shipping expenses to backer may vary widely and may change depending on what stretch goals are included.  Shipping and customs requirements and processing timelines may also affect delivery dates to customer.

NSKN Games, who have ran eleven successful Kickstarters such as Mistfall and Exodus, recently published 5 Shipping Tips for a Successful Kickstarter on their NSKN Blog that offer sage advice for Kickstarters.  They share their experiences and provide sound advice on how to establish campaign funding goals to sufficiently cover shipping costs and how to establish realistic campaign delivery dates.

Previously, NSKN Blog published Top 5 things to do before launching your first Kickstarter, and it has posted numerous advice for game developers. Read more from NSKN on http://blog.nskn.net/.

Toy Fair 2018 is right around the corner.  February 17-20 will mark the dates of this New York Trade Show. Cryptozoic Entertainment will be previewing a lot of new games at this year’s fair. Rick and Morty has been a popular IP recently and Cryptozoic is bringing three Rick and Morty titles along with them: The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Pickle Rick, and The Rickshank Rickdemption.   In addition to the Rick and Morty games, Crypotzoic is adding two new entries to their DC Deck-Building series: Rebirth and Crisis Expansion Pack 4.  They are also bringing The Arrival (Martin Wallace), a strategy board game where players assume the role of a tribe leader and Wallet, a 2-7 player party game where players need to convince the cops of their innocence.  Cryptozoic will preview these games (and a few more) at its booth (#5344) during the Toy Fair. 

Long time board game publisher Mayfair Games has announced it’s closure as a publisher.

After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary.

Board game publishing giant Amodee has purchased all the assets of the former company, including the product lines of both Mayfair Games, Inc and also Lookout Games, GmbH.

Once we had come to this conclusion, we knew we had to find a good home for our games which is when we reached out to Asmodee.

This news marks the latest addition to Asmodee’s now very impressive arsenal who have been aquiring other high-profile publishers over the past few years.

Thank you to the many retailers, reviewers, customers, industry partners, and volunteers, who made us a success over the past 36 years!

With such household names as Catan and Agricola under their belt, Mayfair Games have left an undeniable mark on the industry of board gaming and introduced a generation of fans to what this wonderful hobby has to offer. For me personally the thanks, is very much mutual.

Eggertspiele has announced a new title for their catalog – Coimbra.  Coimbra is designed by Virginio Gigli and Flaminia Brasini and is illustrated by Chris Quilliams.  Coimbra is a set in the Portuguese city with the same name during the Age of Discovery (15th – 16th century).

As one of Coimbra’s oldest houses, your role is to seek prestige with the monasteries, universities, and fund explorations.  To do this, player’s will draft dice each round that can be used in multiple ways and taking dice can affect turn order, income, and the cost of bribery .  Whoever can optimize the use of the dice and the constant change of synergy with the monasteries, universities, and expeditions will be the winner.

Coimbra is a designed for 2-4 players and takes approximately 60-90 minutes.  Coimbra pre-orders will open April 16, 2018 and it will be released on August 2, 2018 at GenCon.

Thames and Kosmos has recently announced a ton of new games and expansions releasing in the coming months.

Word Slam Family, a more compact version of the 2016 Inka and Markus Brand hit Word Slam, is coming in September. Players try to get their teammates to guess a word, using only the 105 explanatory cards in the game; talking, signing and emoting are forbidden. Teams word simultaneously, and the first to get the word correct earns the point. Word Slam Family replaces the classic die and timer with an app, and the box itself becomes the screen between the teams. World Slam Family should arrive in September 2018.

Mercado by Rüdiger Dorn (Istanbul, Karuba) has 2-4 players purchasing valuable items from the great market. Players draw coins from their bag, and place them face down at market locations, competing with others for the same goals. Players who have paid all the necessary matching coins can take the location and gain reputation. Market boards can bring privilege or seals, or some can introduce counterfeit coins into a players bag. Look for Mercado in July 2018.

In Drop It, 2-4 players drop circle, triangle, square and diamond pieces of their color into the slots at the top of a large vertical board. Points are earned for hitting higher locations and special targets, but the pieces can bounce around a bit, so aiming is tricky. Additionally, if pieces of the same color or shape touch, they earn no points.

The EXIT series of escape room games have received well deserved accolades over the past year, including the Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel award in 2017. These games are self contained, one use, elaborate puzzle games driven by code wheels, puzzle books and props, which often involve the destruction of pieces while finding solutions. Six games in the series are already available, and now four new EXIT games are coming – Dead Man On The Orient Express and The Sunken Treasure are due out in July, while The Sinister Mansion and The Mysterious Museum should arrive in October. Due to the secret nature of the EXIT games, not much else is known about these games other then the titles.

Imhotep: A New Dynasty is a new expansion for the 2016 Spiel Nominee Imhotep. Imhotep had players mining and shipping their stone blocks to various locations, building pyramids, obelisks and temples for points. The new expansion adds 5 new locations, new market cards, gods and chariots to the classic. God cards add a bidding and betting element to the game, allowing players to secretly predict the outcome on various locations, earning rewards if they are correct. A New Dynasty should be available to purchase this August. \

Dark Heroes is a new expansion to the classic Legends of Andor. Winner of the Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel in 2013, Legends of Andor is a cooperative fantasy quest game with strong puzzle and strategy elements. Dark Heroes adds 4 new hero boards with dice and standees, and allows up to 6 players to overcome the original challenge. Dark Heroes is scheduled to come to stores June 2018.

 

Gentres, designed by Stephen Risthaus, is being Kickstarted now by Tasty Minstrel Games and will be getting the Deluxified™ treatment.

Gentres is a civilization game for 2-4 players and will last around 90 minutes.  In this game, players take the role of an ancient people who are attempting to develop their society by building monuments and colonizing or founding new cities in the Mediterranean sea.

The game lasts 6 rounds with each round consisting of two phases.  During the Heyday phase, players will carry out their actions using two precious commodities (coins and time).  The more you spread out the time tokens, the fewer actions you can perform.  However if you combine time tokens, you can carry out more actions this round but fewer next round. Once all players pass, the Decline phase begins which is where clean-up and setup for the next round takes place.

Tasty Minstrel Games has listed the following upgrades to Gentes for the Deluxified™ treatment over the retail edition:  A Foil-Stamped box, Box Sleeve, 6 Oversized Silkscreened Meeples, 24 Normal-sized Silkscreened Meeples, 89 Metal Coins, 28 Stickered Wood Action Tokens, 20 Silk Silkscreened Lock Tokens, 60 Silkscreened Wood Hourglass Tokens, 4 Dual-layered Player Boards, and 4 Custom-shaped Score Tokens.

The Gentes campaign is running until February 17, 2018 and has already met the minimum level for funding.  A pledge of $45 will get you the Standard edition while a pledge of $59 will get you the Deluxified™ English Edition.  A pledge of $60 will get you the Deluxified™ Edition in either Dutch, French, German, Italian, or Polish.  Please check out the campaign page for more details on shipping costs.

Wizkids has announced that their newest game, Lancelot, originally published in 2017,  is finally available to North American customers.

Licensed from Ergo Ludo Editions, Lancelot is a game that takes place in the world of King Arthur, where players are trying to amass more virtue points than any of the other players.

“In the Court of King Arthur, you are the Knights that prove their individual valor by performing heroic deeds, setting out on the quest for the Grail, and obtaining the Knightly Virtues…The goal? To be elected First Knight – Lancelot – he who will steal the heart of Queen Guinevere.”

Players move around the board, visiting certain locations to gain items or complete quests that will help them gain virtue. Each time around the board is one round, with the game ending after seven rounds.

You can move around the board at your own pace, but keep in mind that you are all racing for points, so don’t dawdle too much.

The winner of the game will be called Lancelot, with all the benefits that entails.

Those who have been anxiously awaiting this game in North America can finally pick it up without importing it.

 

Upper Deck Entertainment has just posted a blog article reviewing their 13 card and board game releases for 2017. Legendary, the very popular deck building system, added the small expansions Legendary Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Legendary: Noir, and the larger Marvel Legendary: X-Men. Additionally, the Legendary system welcomed the new standalone game Legendary: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

VS System 2PCG had a number of changes and additions last year, including Legacy, Monsters Unleashed, S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Hydra, and The Predator Battles. The games have also undergone a huge change in their publication format, and Upper Deck has said the small box expansions (now known as Giant-Sized Issues) will be released much less frequently.

There were also 5 original games released in 2017, including The Dingo Ate The Baby, Dread Draw, Dungeon Draft, Quest for the Antidote. Finally, Upper Deck released the wonderfully campy hidden movement one-vs-many game Shark Island from Richard Launius and Pete Shirey.

Read the full press release on Upper Deck’s webpage here.

Ty Bomba and One Small Step Games have begun a Kickstarter Campaign for their new war game, America Falling – An Apocalyptic Game About the End of America. In America Falling, 2 players compete in the first year of a near-future civil war, possibly leading to the demise and fall of the United States. The factions in America Falling are loosely described as the liberal Blue and the Conservative Red, but the game allows for local separatist movements exclusive of these, including The Republic of Texas, The Islamic State in America, New Jerusalem, and others. The game comes with two maps, numerous cardboard tokens and dice, is considered 6/10 complexity, and can take 4+ hours to complete.

Ty Bomba is considered an instrumental figure in the history of war games, having been inducted into the Wargaming Hall of Fame in 1988, and won several awards. As the founder of Command magazine, he was instrumental in nearly every game to come from that publication. The Kickstarter Campaign for America Falling continues through February 13, and is expected to deliver in August 2018.

Compass Games Expo 2018 will be held at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell (Cromwell, CT) over Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 9-12, 2018).  The Expo offers a special guest rate and complimentary breakfast as well as:

  • Monster Games and Open-Gaming
  • Designer-hosted Playtest Sessions
  • Tournament Play
  • Seminars
  • Group Breakfast
  • Door Prizes
  • Compass Games Exhibitor Hours for on-site sales (special attendee discounts!)

Full Expo registration fee is $45 or $20 for single-day attendance.  There is an Early Registration Special that offers a Compass Game Expo shirt for FREE if you register for the full event ($45) by January 31, 2018. The shirts are also available for purchase separately on-site for $15.

Doors open Friday, Nov. 9 at 9:00 A.M. and close Monday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 P.M.  Gaming runs around-the-clock.