HABA announces three
new games to be released at Essen SPIEL 2019 with the intention of a simultaneous
release in the US.
Dragon’s Breath: The Hatching, designed by Lena Burkhardt
Breath) and Günter
Seeland) is a
stand-alone game in the Dragon’s Breath universe, featuring Dragon Mom and a
new egg about to hatch! Dragon Mom melts the ice column, releasing more
sparkling gemstones that players collect to complete amulet cards, all while
trying not to let the egg fall. Elements from this game can be combined with
the original Dragon’s Breath to increase the player count to 5.
Dragon’s Breath: The Hatching plays 2-4 players, ages
6+, in about 20 minutes.
Cloaked Cats, designed by Connor
Dungeon) is a deduction game where players are cats at a Masked Ball.
Players try to figure out whom is whom, while keeping their own true identity
secret. Players try to unmask the other players among all the velvet-pawed
guests before they are unmasked.
Cloaked Cats plays 2-4 players, ages 7+, in about 20
designed by Michael
Tikal, Heaven & Ale),is a tile laying game to design a Japanese garden. Players skillfully placing stones, bushes,
trees, ponds and pagodas on multiple levels in their gardens to score points
become the best garden designer of the season. Miyabi comes with five
expansions included in the game.
Miyabi plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in about 45
Three games were nominated for the 2019 Kinderspiel des Jahres – Valley of the Vikings, Fabulantica, and Go Gecko Go! – but Valley of the Vikings took home the prize.
Valley of the Vikings was designed by Marie Fort and Wilfried Fort. The artwork for the game was provided by Maximilian Meinzold. The game is aimed at kids aged 6 and up. It plays 2-4 people and takes about 20 minutes to play. The game is billed as a “tactical game of skill” as the players have to use balls to knock down barrels in the annual bowling barrel contest.
If you would like further information on the game itself, check out the Dice Tower website here. For more information on the Kinderspiel winner and the other nominees, check here.
In Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed toys that have been drawn into the Fall, a dark realm ruled by a master of nightmares. This storyboard adventure game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 7 and up, to be played in 60-90 minutes.
In the video, Eric provides some tips on playing Stuffed Fables with children as young as five. His sons Evan and Noah share their experiences and reactions to the game, and Eric demonstrates his tips during gameplay. Eric’s tips will help ensure you and young children have an enjoyable game of Stuffed Fables.
“Following in the footsteps of the 2016 Kinderspiel des Jahres Award winner, My First Stone Age — The Card Game returns kids and families to the dawn of civilization while they join Martin the mammoth and Guff the wolfhound on a quest to build a village. […] To complete their huts, players must locate the fish, arrowheads, berries, and other goods they need along a path of goods cards. Finding the right combination of goods to build a hut can be difficult. Luckily, Martin and Guff can help them along the way.”
The game uses an array of cards representing resources that can be kept or passed, but passing a card leaves it available for players face down so that those who remember it can seek it later for completing a building. The game encourages development of both memory and resource management skills, but the small box does more than that. For those who own 2016’s My First Stone Age, this newest addition acts as an expansion with the tiles being added to the original game and the tokens adding additional strategic options for gathering resources. This flexibility with the product is outstanding both for value and practicality, as it allows the newest edition to gain more legs as it’s outgrown the potential of it’s own merits and effectively add depth to a bigger game. If you’re interested in My First Stone Age – The Card Game, be sure to check out Z-Man Games’ website and socialmedia accounts for more information.
The UK Games Expo (UKGE) released it’s attendance numbers for this year, and with a total of 16,383 attendees, they have increased their attendance from last year by around 30%. This pushes the UKGE up on the list of gaming conventions to be the 3rd largest gaming convention in the world. Another interesting number is that they showcased 320 different exhibitors, and the attendees attended an average of 2 days with entry numbers over the whole convention being 30,743. Also announced were the winners of the UKGE Awards for 2017, and they are:
Hasbro, Inc. has announced the winner of their 2016 Fall Gaming Challenge, in which the public were invited to submit board game designs through Indiegogo. After considering the five finalists, judges at Hasbro along with guest judge Daymond John of Shark Tank fame have picked a winner. Cloud Control, designed by Eugene Bryant of Suwanee, Georgia, is a card laying game for 3-10 in which players turn, twist, and overlap their cloud cards into recognizable shapes before time runs out.
Bryant will receive $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro to help make his game a reality. Hasbro started the Gaming Challenge in 2015, when The Mr. Toast Game came through victorious, and is now available for sale in stores. For more information on past and future Gaming Challenges, visit the Hasbro Gaming Lab here.
Haba is releasing the sequel to the convention favorite Rhino Hero, Rhino Hero – Super Battle. In Super Battle, players not only build and climb the toppling card tower, but they need to defeat the mean spider monkeys in the process. Luckily, Rhino Hero is joined by his superhero friends Giraffe Boy, Big E. and Batguin. In this continuation of the card stacking classic, it appears players can start from multiple foundations and join the towers together with bridges. Rhino Hero – Super Battle is due to release in September 2017.
BirdDay Party is a new cooperative card game for 1-4 players age 5 and up. Players want to help all the birds get to the party at the birdhouse, but must make sure each bird brings a gift. Players do this by matching card colors to peephole colors, encouraging memory and cooperation skills.
Three Lil Birds is another children’s cooperative game for 2-6 players. Players ages 3 and up must use simple math to progress around the board with cards depicting different numbers of colored birds.
Sitting Ducks Deluxe is a new edition of Sitting Ducks Gallery (2005) card game. In Sitting Ducks, players manipulate their line of duck cards to move the ducks down the row and avoid the line of fire. In this “take that” game, cards can target, shoot or move the line of colored ducks in various ways. The Deluxe edition plays 3-6 players and includes the “Birds of a Feather” expansion deck.
Claim to Fame (1990) has a new printing. Claim to Fame is a party game for 4 or more players that combines charades, drawing and verbal clues. Players guess five facts about a celebrity on their card, using a method determined from their space on the board.
In Costume Party Assassins, 2-6 players play assassins all invited to the same costume party. In a vein similar to AssassinCon, each player knows his own identity on the board, but not that of the other players. Try to eliminate your rivals and be the last surviving assassin at the party.
Spoiler Alert is a card driven party game for 4 or more players in which players try to get teammates to guess a title. But the clue giver cannot spoil the story, and like Taboo has a list of words they cannot say, each with a negative point value attached.
Geek Out Family is a new edition of the popular bidding and trivia game Geek Out (2013), with topic cards the whole family can enjoy.
Finally, Unspeakable Words Deluxe is a new edition of Unspeakable Words (2007), the Cthulhu themed word game. Words are scored based on the number of angles in the letters, and players must roll less than their word score on a 20 sided die to avoid going slowly insane. The Deluxe edition plays up to 8 players, contains upgraded components, a glow in the dark die, and new art by John Kovalic.
Matt Leacock and Peaceable Kingdom have announced Mole Rats in Space, a new cooperative game aimed at children 7 and older. In Mole Rats in Space players will take the role of mole rats running a space station, when a band of snakes infiltrates the station. The players need to work together, gather resources and make it to the escape pods in time. Peaceable Kingdom has been exploring the role of cooperative board games in teaching children to work together in a team in respectful and compassionate ways. Mole Rats in Space is for 2-4 players and plays in 20 minutes.