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international gamers awards

Each year the International Gamers Awards are given out to the multiplayer and 2 player games that are deemed the best for that year.  Some notable previous winners are games like Twilight Struggle, Agricola, and Terra Mystica.  All highly rated and well respected games, so the nominees for this year are the cream of the gaming crop.  One note is that while this is the 2016 award, the games eligible are those that have been released between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  And the nominees are;

blood rage

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – Multi Player category

Blood Rage – Eric M. Lang, Guillotine Games / Cool Mini or Not

Codenames – Vlaada Chvatil, Czech Games Edition

Food Chain Magnate – Jeroen Doumen, Splotter Spellen

Grand Austria Hotel – Virginio Gigli & Simone Luciani, Lookout Games

Isle of Skye – Andreas Pelikan & Alexander Pfister, Lookout Games

Mombasa – Alexander Pfister, Eggertspiele

Nippon – Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade, What’s Your Game?

Pandemic Legacy – Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games

Quadropolis – Francois Gandon, Days of Wonder

T.I.M.E. Stories – Peggy Chassenet & Manuel Rozoy, Space Cowboys

7wonders duel

GENERAL STRATEGY GAMES – 2 Player category

7 Wonders Duel – Antoine Bauza & Bruno Cathala, Repos Productions

Patchwork – Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games

Raptor – Bruno Cathala & Bruno Faidutti, Matagot

Star Wars: Rebellion – Corey Konieczka, Fantasy Flight Games

Trambahn – Helmut Ohley, Lookout Games

Interesting fact, 9 out of the 15 titles being nominated are in the top 100 of games in the entire BGG database.  To see the list as well as previous year’s winners you can head on over to the International Gamers Awards website.

 

ticket to ride journey

Ticket to Ride by Alan R Moon from Days of Wonder has introduced a great many people to the hobby of board games. With Days of Wonder’s big announcement, a path has opened up for younger players in Ticket to Ride First Journey.

This shorter game, with a 15 – 30 minute play time, has simplified rules and shorter routes, marked with kid-friendly illustrations making finding your route easy for even the youngest players. When a player completes a route on a new version of the North America board, that player must slap the ticket down on the table, loudly announce “Ticket”, and draw a new ticket. This new mechanism alone is enough for my kids to want to play immediately.

For 2-4 players ages 6+, this is a great family-friendly introduction to the Ticket to Ride series. Sold exclusively at Target stores, expect to see this in America as early as July 31st.

Ticket to Ride First Journey includes:

  • Map of North American Train Routes
  • 80 Custom Plastic Trains (20/player)
  • 72 Train Cards
  • 32 Ticket Cards
  • 4 Coast-to-Coast Bonus Cards
  • 1 Golden Ticket

 

sDTAwards

The 2015 Dice Tower Awards winners were announced at Dice Tower Con last night. The Dice Tower Awards nominees were announced earlier this year. Nominees are determined by a panel of roughly 100 people. A list is comprised and people can vote on up to their top 3 choices in any category. Based upon a weighting system determined by a person’s knowledge of any specific category, a list of the top 5 comprises the nominees with top vote getting the winner’s award (Best Game of the Year gets 10 nominees). This year was composed of a very impressive list of games which only goes to show how the board game industry keeps improving year after year. A huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners! For a list of all the nominees you can visit the official Dice Tower Awards page here.

Best Small Publisher

stockpile

Stockpile

Designers: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden
Publisher: Nauvoo Games

Best Party Game

codenames

Codenames

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Game Artwork

ashes

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

Artists: David Richards, Fernanda Suarez
Designer: Isaac Vega
Publisher: Plaid Hat Games

Best Board Game Components

blood rage

Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game from a New Designer

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Two-Player Game

7wonders duel

7 Wonders: Duel

Designers: Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Repos Production

Most Innovative Game

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Cooperative Game

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

Best Game Theming

time stories

T.I.M.E. Stories

Designers: Peggy Chassenet, Manuel Rozoy
Publisher: Asmodee

Best Game Expansion

ticket to ride penn

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania

Designer: Alan R. Moon
Publisher: Days of Wonder

Best Game Reprint

through the ages

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Family Game

codenames

Codenames

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Best Strategy Game

blood rage

Blood Rage

Designer: Eric M Lang
Publisher: Cool Mini or Not

Best Game of the Year

pandemic legacy

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Designers: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

great lakes

Days of Wonder today announced the latest addition to their Ticket to Ride line. Rails & Sails is a stand-alone Ticket to Ride game featuring not only trains, like previous editions, but now also features ships!

The double sided game board features a world map on one side, and the Great Lakes on the other. Both maps feature a new type of route on which only ships may travel. Shipping routes are built on just like you would build train routes in previous iterations, however you have to use the new, coloured ship cards rather than the regular train cards.

At the start of the game players receive their routes and then decide what proportion of ships and trains they start the game with. They can exchange later in the game if they find they need more of another type, but there will be a points penalty for that.

Another new feature is the ability to build a harbour. These are tricky to build, requiring both 2 special train and 2 special ship cards of the same colour but they give great benefits with bonuses for how many routes you have entering each harbour.

The game is expected to be released around August, and you can read the full press release here

 

 

europa

Days of Wonder had created the app version of the quintessential board game Ticket to Ride and it has been a great game to play, which also has some expansions available to it like Europe, India, and Asia to name a few.  Now they have added two new expansions to the game, the Europa 1912 expansion and Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries.

The Europa 1912 expansion will come free to those who already own the Europe expansion in the app but will be a separate purchase like 1910 for those just getting the map.  The 1912 expansion now adds tons of new tickets allowing you to play the Europe map in modes like Big Cities or the Mega game, as well as add in depots and warehouses for the Expanded game.

The Nordic Countries expansion adds a new vertical map to the game and while it is tighter and only meant for 3 players, it is no less fun, plus the snowy train cards look amazing.  You can download the app on the App store, Google Play, or even Steam and you can check out the Days of Wonder site for more info on the Nordic Countries Expansion and this article on Pocket Tactics to read about Europa 1912.

naqala

Naqala is now a prosperous place. Gaining the favors of the different Tribes was not that easy… but your rivals are not so easily discouraged.

Some Tribes now abandon your cause and rally to your rivals instead ; and soon it turns out that they follow influential leaders that your rivals hired against you.

Yet every man has his price, and you could return the favor to your rivals… should you have what it takes to recruit the Thieves of Naqala.

Days of Wonder has announced a new mini-expansion for its game Five Tribes that introduces a new play-style through unique powers and treachery.  This new expansion will include six thief cards and one new Djinn.

The mini-expansion is planned for released in June 2016 in Europe and August 2016 (Gen Con) in America.  For more information, visit the game’s page on the Days of Wonder website.

dtawards

The Dice Tower Awards are only a couple months away in July at Dice Tower Con, so to ramp up to that day we are releasing the nominees for each award category.  And the nominees are:

BEST BOARD GAME COMPONENTS

BEST CO-OP GAMES

BEST FAMILY GAMES

BEST GAME ARTWORK

BEST GAME EXPANSIONS

BEST GAME FROM A NEW DESIGNER

BEST GAME OF THE YEAR

BEST GAME REPRINT

BEST GAME THEMING

BEST PARTY GAME

BEST SMALL PUBLISHER GAME

BEST STRATEGY GAME

BEST TWO PLAYER GAME

MOST INNOVATIVE GAME

quadropolis inside

Today saw an event that doesn’t happen too often – Days of Wonder announcing a new game! Quadropolis puts players in control of their own city where, as mayor, they must manage buildings and resources.

Quadropolis is a family game for ages 8 and up and between 2 and 4 players and should take between 30 and 60 minutes to play.

Players take control of their own city and will adjust their strategies depending on what is available in the central ‘Construction Site’ to be built in their cities. Buildings will allow players to score victory points, many can be combined for better results.

Buildings included tower blocks, parks, shops, public services, harbors & factories and players will need to balance all of these to ensure their city runs smoothly.

Rules & gameplay should be fairly simple and straight-forward, as are most of Days of Wonder’s offerings, while still offering plenty of variety and options to gameplay. I for one am looking forward to this title when it arrives in March here in Europe, and April in the US.

For more information see the Quadropolis website.

five tribes solo

While board gaming is mainly a social activity, there are some of us who like to sit down for a solo experience to either learn the game better or to just enjoy the game at your own pace.  Games like the Pathfinder Adventure Card Games were designed from the start with the ability to be played solo, while other games, like Suburbia, tend to need some massaging to get the solo experience to work.  So Days of Wonder has done that massaging and released the rules for the solo variant of Five Tribes.  Designed by Bruno Cathala and Thierry Jolit, the solo variant has you going up against a dummy player, Yazid the First, as you try to usurp his throne before he has a chance to rally enough support to stop you.  You can head over to the Days of Wonder site and download the rules page for free and then try it yourself.

asmodee north america

The board gaming industry has been full of many recent mergers and acquisitions. Well, formally announced today is the grand-daddy of them all – Asmodee has announced that those games formerly published by Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, and Asmodee Editions will now be consolidated into Asmodee North America. Asmodee released the following information to their distributors:

“Beginning January 1st, 2016, the games formerly made available through Asmodee Editions, Days of Wonder, and Fantasy Flight Games, will be consolidated into one source: Asmodee North America.

These new terms and policies have been created with the goal of maintaining a healthy and thriving hobby games industry, and to allow to make additional investments in infrastructure and marketing to help you sell even more products.

Asmodee North America is committed to brick-and-mortar hobby market specialty retailers. We are very hopeful that our upcoming policy changes will balance the existing marketplace to reflect the value of those outlets providing outstanding customer experiences in a physical retail environment, and whom allow for so many gamers to enjoy events, demonstrations, and 
 in-store play.”

What impact will this have on the industry as a whole? Hopefully good things. Recent acquisitions have proven to be quite seamless. Keep your eyes out for future details about the specifics of the aforementioned merger.