Each year, the members of The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design presents the Origin Awards to companies for outstanding games in the hobby industry. Attendees at the Origins Game Fair can examine and play the nominated games in the Origins Awards Area in the Exhibit Hall, then vote for the Fan Favorite Award in each category. On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, all winners will be announced and presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony.
The three companies originally met through digital game development but all three had a passion for board games and realized that there was much more to be gained by working together than working apart. Between the three companies, there is a wealth of design experience, artistic talent and production skills – however, each time one of them encountered a challenge, they had to deal with it on their own. Together they plan to share best practices to solve the inevitable challenges more efficiently.
This cooperation is also an attempt to buck the current trend in the games industry of larger companies gobbling up indie developers while the remaining indies compete for an ever smaller part of the revenue. Instead of competition, these three companies choose to cooperate based on shared values and ways to run a business.
Auroch Digital is currently running a Kickstarter campaign titled Mars Horizon: Blast Off in which each player leads a major space agency from the dawn of the space age through humanity’s journey to Mars.
Bos Taurus Diceworks is new to the industry and is currently working on an as-yet unannounced major IP title.
Underground Games is located in Germany, while Auroch Digital & Bos Taurus Diceworks are both in the UK. The three companies also have called on other independent developers to join their cooperation and push the envelope on how games can be created and brought to players.
Designer, Sophia Wagner (known for Noria), has players exploring the Iron Valley in The Boldest. Each round, 2-5 players form 3 groups of heroes who portion their power to form the strongest groups. Cooks get new adventurers, with special abilities, to join factions who venture out to defeat mechanical monsters, retrieve artifacts, use helpful items, and lead their faction to glory.
In Farben, 3-5 players associate a color with a word, then tell a story of why those two are connected. To win at Farben, players must remember who best assigned which color to specific words, with more points being scored as more players remember those associations. Apolline Jove has designed a vivid, storytelling game in a minimalist style.
Fields of Green: Grand Fair
Fields of Green, inspired by Among the Stars, has 2-4 players take on the role of farmers trying to expand their property and business. The expansion, Fields of Green: Grand Fair, adds a 5th player and a solo play mode. A new module, called Attractions, adds Attraction Mats such as a Carnival Ride, Dancing Contest, or Beer Festival, which adds variety to scoring options in the game as each one has different requirements to operate. Awards, is also a new module which adds goals for players to achieve. New locations and equipment also expand the game. The expansion is designed by the original game’s designer, Vangelis Bagiartakis, and is expected to release on February 6th, 2019.
For those of you anxiously awaiting the second printing of Jonathan Ying’s Bargain Quest, you can now also look forward to a brand new expansion, too! This fun little game of adventure and capitalism will offer even more must have items for heroes to choose from.
In Bargain Quest, players take on the role of shopkeeper trying to attract adventuring heroes to their shop over their opponents. Each player will secretly draft from a deck of items to place in their shop windows and then help equip their heroes for an upcoming ad kkiventure. Players earn money to upgrade their shop and hire employees based on how their hero fares in battle.
The Black Market expansion will offer players more heroes, employees, and play modes. A new shipment of items will also be available to entice heroes to battle the new monsters.
Gather up to eight of your friends to see who can run the most successful shop with the most gold and prestige. Renegade Games will be releasing the Black Market expansion in May 2019. Don’t worry if you missed out on the Kickstarter for the base game. It will be available through Renegade Games once the Kickstarter fulfillment is completed.
Released in 2012, CGE now takes Pictomania and dresses it anew with its second edition! With a brand new design and at a lower price point, families will get to enjoy the fast paced game of drawing and guessing at the same time with this brand new edition!
Pictomania gives each player a certain word or phrase, then, simultaneously, everybody tries to draw it. Are you an artist? Do you draw bad? It’s fine! This game evens out talent by being a real-time game! Everybody draws and guesses what the other players’ drawings are, giving out points to everybody who finishes fast and guesses correctly.
Curious to know when this game will come out or what the changes are? Head on over to their website here for more details.
Today, Bézier Games announced that Ultimate Werewolf Legacy will be released at Gen Con in August. Many are familiar with their game Ultimate Werewolf where players are given secret roles are either working together to identify the werewolves (if you’re a villager) or working together to get rid of all of the villagers (if you’re a werewolf).
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy adds elements that make decisions made in this social deduction game impact in future games. In addition to a secret role, players will be given a family card that incentivizes players to work with their family members…as long as nobody in that family is secretly working against them.
Players are able to gain special abilities that carry on from game to game, too. The players aren’t the only thing evolving throughout the game, though. The village itself will change throughout the game. Both of these elements lend to high variability in the game as you can play through the campaign multiple times with different results.
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy implements an 80+ page diary that walks the game moderator through each session.
The Diary has been designed so that players with no previous werewolf playing experience can both play and moderate. The Diary is structured into 5 distinct chapters with 3 game sessions in each chapter, as well as an introductory Preface game session. Players can jump in and out for individual sessions, but they’ll have the most fun if they player all the sessions in a chapter. Each chapter can be played in a single evening. At the end of the 16 game session campaign, the Diary will be a record of exactly what happened in your village, and who was ultimately responsible for what it became over time.
A replay pack is available for purchase for those who wish to get a fresh diary and new family cards in order to play the game again.
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy was co-designed by Ted Alspach, (Ultimate Werewolf, Werewords, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf) and Rob Daviau (Pandemic Legacy, Seafall, Betrayal Legacy, and Downforce).
Ultimate Werewolf Legacy and Replay Packs can be preordered at beziergames.com, and will ship in August 2018.
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.
Untold riches await you inside the pyramids of the Ancients – but they are well protected. An undying Mummy guardian spreads a vile curse to those who would rob its tomb. And, inevitably, the treasure has attracted a dragon. Can you escape the fearsome Croxobek? [source]
In Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure, players venture underground to loot treasure as quietly as possible to avoid the dragon’s attention. When the dragon awakens he attacks those who have made the most noise. To win, players need to have the most valuable treasure and make it out of the dungeon alive!
Dire Wolf Digital designed and co-published the first expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures, and was their first foray into board game publishing. They’ve designed this latest expansion and will co-publish it with Renegade Games.
Scott Gaeta, President of Renegade Game Studios:
The Mummy’s Curse ramps up the suspense as players try to avoid being cursed by the wandering monster. We can’t wait to share this with Clank! fans everywhere!
Clank! The Mummy’s Curse will see release in March 2018. The game is ideal for 2-4 players, aged 12+, and takes 30-60 minutes if players have a particularly good treasure run.
Arcane Wonders has announced the release of a new set of promotional items that will be available exclusively to brick and mortar retail stores. A box of 12 unique promotional items along with instructions will be available for use at in-store events.
The promotional kit, which will certainly help convince Sheriffs everywhere that there’s nothing in the bag but chickens, will only be available while supplies last and only is available to brick and mortar stores.
Renegade Game Studios has announced an exclusive early release program for the upcoming expansion Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gifts. The full launch isn’t scheduled until Quarter One, but brick and mortar stores who sign up for this limited offer will receive 12 or more copies to sell in time for the Holiday shopping season.
Sara Erickson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Renegade Game Studios explains the intent behind the program:
“When we released Lanterns in 2015, local hobby stores embraced it and we owe a lot of its success to the enthusiasm of these businesses. We’re very excited to be offering these same stores an exclusive chance to sell the expansion during the holidays.”
Check out Renegade Games Studio’s website for the full announcement.