Canada

A new distribution agreement has been struck to bring Horrible Games’ titles to the U.S. and Canada. The Italian-based publisher will have all games for the foreseeable future brought to North America by Canada-based publisher and distributor Luma Games. Horrible Games to be carried by this deal include hits like Potion Explosion, Dragon Castle, and Railroad Ink, but this will also include all future titles from the publisher as well. This is a mutually beneficial deal which will see more exposure for both companies across North America.

“Under the new agreement, Luma will distribute all our upcoming games, including Similo and The King’s Dilemma, and take over distribution of backlist games such as Potion Explosion, Dragon Castle, and Railroad Ink as existing stock sells down and new printings are done. Luma will also handle retail and event support for our catalog.”

Keen observers will notice that this is a huge boon for Horrible Games as Luma is taking over the exact same capacity that CMON did for all of their current catalog. While CMON will no longer be distributing the above-mentioned titles after the stock sells, the prolific publisher already has a release schedule and brand presence that is strong on it’s own. On the other hand, Luma has only been able to distribute a select few titles, such as Museum and Memoarrr!, and this partnership will surely escalate their outreach and footprint in the states through Horrible Games’ existing excellent catalog. If you’re interested in reading more about this distribution agreement, or want to learn more about Horrible Games or Luma Games, check out their websites for their own news posts and products.

Crokicurl, the sport-like game where crokinole and curling collide, is now being played in multiple cities across Canada.

The game has players competing using crokinole rules, but using curling stones in lieu of wooden discs and competing on a large scale playing surface made of ice. Players still need to aim for the 20 hole and hit competing players pieces, but now they will be doing this by hurling curling stones across a sheet of ice, with wooden posts blocking shots instead of pegs.

The hybrid game originated in Winnipeg in 2017 when a team of architects built the first crokicurl board at the iconic Forks river site.

While the game was the brainchild of the architects at Winnipeg-based Public City Architecture firm and the first rink was built in Winnipeg, Crokicurl has been picked up in other Canadian municipalities. The Acadia Community Association in Calgary found their inspiration from the Winnipeg game, building a crokicurl rink further West.

As a testament to the popularity of both sports, a story about the Winnipeg invention was one of the most popular posts the Calgary based community association had in 2017:

Last year, when the Winnipeg [crokicurl] article came out, I had put it on our community Facebook page… and the engagement on that post alone pretty much outweighs what we [usually] do in the whole entire year.”

While the game has no confirmed place in the 2018 winter olympics, a possible bid by Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Games could raise the hopes of potential crokicurl medalists.

Disclaimer

As a disclaimer, I have taken guests to the Calgary crokicurling site. The game is every bit as amazing as you could possibly hope it would be.

Cool Mini or Not has announced that Universal Distribution will be exclusively distributing their games in English speaking Canada. This agreement is to take place immediately, and includes demo copies, Game Night Kits, and Kickstarter Retail Pledges. You can read CMoN’s press release here.

Renegade has announced new support for it’s fans in France. Renegade Game Studios and Origames have formed a partnership to localize and bring Renegade Games to the French market. The first games to be treated will be Clank! and it’s underwater expansion, Clank! Sunken Treasures. World’s Fair 1893 and FUSE will follow shortly thereafter, with all games in the Renegade line to eventually come to France. You can check out the Renegade France Website and Facebook Page, and read the official press release here.

Lion Rampart Imports, Canada’s leading distributor of adventure games and all sorts of hobby games, are importing two new kids games.  The first game is called Clearing Coffins, and is a speed recognition game where you are trying to match the symbols on dice to the coffin cards in front of you.  On a turn you will roll two dice, if the symbol and color matches one of the coffins in front of you, be the first to slap the garlic card.  If you are first you get to flip over the coffin, if the combination comes up again and you manage to be first again, you can then get rid of the coffin.  However if the exclamation point is shown on the color die instead of a color, you will get a special action to do instead of the normal one, unless the skull is showing, you don’t want to slap on a skull.  First person to get rid of all their coffins will be the winner.

Next is a chemistry themed game called Nitro Glyxerol, where you will be rattling around a beaker with different colored cubes in it to get the right combinations.  You can do this because the beaker has a spout at the top that will line up the cubes, but first you will have to shake and twist them around in the base of the beaker to get them to go to the top in the right order.  While shorter chains score you less points, if you take too long on getting a longer chain, someone else might get a shorter chain and mess up the color order for the longer one.  Once you finish a chain you grab the appropriate victory point card, most points at the end is the winner.

Look for both these games on store shelves (in Canada at least) this month!

The prestigious and coveted Spiel des Jahres award nominees are once again receiving great attention, the three nominees for 2015 being Machi Koro (IDW Games), Colt Express (Ludonaute) and the lesser-known-in-North-America card game The Game (Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag and IDW Games).

IDW Games has announced that they will be publishing the game in North America under the same title, The Game.  The Game is a cooperative card game for 1-5 players in which cards are played into one of four different piles with the hopes of discarding all 98 cards.  Players are not, however, allowed to share what cards they have with the other players, which can upset the best laid plans.

The Game is scheduled to become available in September of 2015.