Essen 2018 release

Renegade Game Studios will be releasing a new dexterity game in September that is all about cats and explosives… but has nothing to do with that other game about explosive felines.  A new addition to the collection of pet-themed games by artist and designer Aza ChenFireworks! pits one cute little Anime-style cat against another in an effort to create the best pyrotechnic display. To create the display, you ‘launch’ a die into the game box full of tiles using a cute decorative dice cup.  The die (hopefully) flips over several tiles and the pips on the die tell you how many of the revealed tiles you can take to place on your player mat. End game points are awarded based upon the number and completeness of the bursts that you have placed.

Fireworks! plays 2-4 players in about 20 minutes and is recommended for ages six and up. Fireworks! will retail for around $25 U.S and will be available starting in September, but the studio is taking pre-orders now for pickup at Essen.

For more information, visit the Renegade Game Studios product page.

Keep Exploring Games just launched their third game, Tour Operator, designed by Nestor Tyr, on Kickstarter.

In Tour Operator, players manage a well-known travel agency that serves a variety of tourists who each have different wishes and demands. Players need to manage their travel office, their aircraft, and their hotels to accommodate the tourists.  They will have more tourists than they can accommodate, and some destinations may be out of reach for travel agencies who do not manage their resources. Players will be challenged to keep as many tourists happy as possible by taking to places that fulfill their demands and providing them accommodations that meet their needs.  Players can hire help to staff their office, their aircraft, and their hotels to better serve the tourists and keep them happy.  The happier the tourists, the more victory points players earn, but be careful because unhappy tourist cause players to lose victory points. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins.

Tour Operator plays 2 to 4 players, ages 8+, in about an hour.  Contents include 4 plane/office boards, 4 hotel boards, tourist cards, employee cards, 25 city cards, turn overview cards, 4 airplanes, fuel tokens, coupon tokens, clean seat tokens, clean room tokens, player tokens in 4 colors, 5 dice, and a start player marker.

The Kickstarter campaign ends April 28 and is aimed for an Essen 2018 release. Learn more about the contest for a discount on the Kickstarter at the Facebook Tour Operator group.