competition

Brain Games have created a competition where you could win a trip to Antarctica worth $18,000.  It’s a global, ICECOOL trick shot video contest where the winner will win a two-person trip to visit real penguins in Antarctica.

The contest will run from October 1st, 2018 until January 15th, 2019 and will be available in 26 countries. To enter the competition, you’ll need to submit a video of yourself doing a trick shot with the ICECOOL penguins. The video should then be submitted through the ICECOOL Antarctica Challenge website along with required information regarding your entry. Note that your videos can be shared on various public, social media platforms to increase competition awareness and public votes.

Once all videos have been submitted there will be an evaluation period between January 15th and February 4th, 2019. In the first part, national judges will select winners from the regions who will receive prizes from ICECOOL distributors and partners. Each nation’s judges will then select the 5 best videos to compete in an international competition in the finals for a world, final prize winner.

The global jury will consist of well-known board game experts like The Dice Tower’s Tom Vasel, Amigo Spiele CEO, Joachim Ulbrich, and Brain Games CEO, Egils Grasmanis.

“The trip includes plane tickets to Argentina (including connecting flights) as this is where the cruise will depart from. Winner will also enjoy 9 nights of discovery and learning voyage through the “Classic Antarctic” route, taking on an adventure through Antarctica, where travelers will stay in a complete twin cabin on a new and advanced vessel, Hondius. The prize will include two inspiring activities including a night of camping out under the Antarctic night sky with all the camping gear provided and kayaking through the Polar waters with a chance to explore the shorelines of the Polar regions. This incredible trip is operated by Oceanwide Expeditions and will be used on December 9th-11th, 2019.”

Visit the ICECOOL Antarctica Challenge website for more information.

BANANAGRAMS has launched it’s 2018 in school challenge this year for 4th thru 6th grades, and it’s even bigger than before.  The Bananagrams Challenge is a tournament held each year in schools across the country, and this year they will be even bigger with them giving out free tournament kits for 1,500 schools.  Each school that enters in the contest will get two free copies of the game Bananagrams, as well as additional resources and materials to be able to hold the competition, and even a medal for the winner.  Each school will then hold their own tournament in an elimination bracket to determine who the Top Banana is for that school.  From there the organizer will submit the winner’s name and story along with other stats from the tournament including longest word, number of people who entered, and room with the most banana decor.  Out of the winners of from each school, one will be chosen to receive $1,000 for their school, and additional prizes will be given for the longest word, best banana decor, and the highest school participation.

Now you might be asking, why is Banangrams doing this?  Well because it’s great advertising, but more importantly it’s to help make learning vocabulary and spelling skills fun, as students will readily bone up on new words in order to win.  So if you are a teacher or administrator of your school, head on over to the Challenge page in order to register and find out more information.  And even if you are past the initial 1,500 schools, you can still participate, but you will have to bring your own copies of the game to play.

Dawn of the Archmage continues the rich fantasy world of Archmage Origins. Once the rulers of Sorcado, mages have fallen from power. Challengers arrive from every corner of the land. Knighted Paladins, land-hungry Lords…​ ​all seek to dethrone the mages. But mages don’t go down easily. It’s time to fight back!

SolarFlare Games announces their latest Kickstarter project, Dawn of the Archmage, a miniatures skirmish game in which each player controls a mage from a school of magic.  Each player will be summoning powerful monsters to the battlefield and pitting them against the other players in battle.  The winner of the game will rise above the other mages, ascending to the rank of Archmage.

Here’s a look at more from the press release for Dawn of the Archmage:

Each mage uses summoning powers to bring new and dangerous creatures to the battlefield. Expending massive mystical energy, their battle grows in frenetic power as monstrous beasts fight for the mages who control them, seeking to destroy all challengers in a magic-fueled frenzy.

In addition to summoning fearsome creatures to fight, mages possess a selection of powerful spells. With a single word, the battle can shift. Manipulating odds, controlling movement, and countering rival spells, the mage’s strategy will determine the supreme ruler of Sorcado.

The battle rages everywhere. Modular map tiles allow the mages to customize the battle area. Large, sprawling battlefields or close, confined ones…​ ​the fight is different every time. Will it be the Arena? The Forest? The Ruins? Or even Underground?

Dawn of the Archmage goes live on Kickstarter on August 1, 2017.  The project features two separate pledge levels, the first including one copy of the game, and the other including a copy of the game as well as the card game Archmage Origins.

Dawn of the Archmage is for 2-4 players ages 8 and up and plays in 40-80 minutes.  For more information on the project, visit the Kickstarter page here.