Pretzel Games, the wood block experts behind Flick Em Up and Junk Art, are at it again, having just announced Men at Work, a competitive stacking and balancing game designed by Rita Modi, with art by Chris Quilliams. In Men at Work, 2-4 players try to build the best construction from wooden supports, girders, and workers (with hard hats!), trying to impress Rita the Boss in order to earn Employee of the Month. The game includes 16 wooden workers, 28 girders, 8 supports, instruction cards, safety certificates, a rescue hook, 12 beams, 12 bricks, and 3 modules for increased replayability. Games typically last 30-45 minutes, and are suitable for ages 8 and up. Look for Men at Work at Essen Spiel 2018 this October, but for more details and pictures now, check out Pretzel Games’ press release and web site.
Those who were lucky enough to go to GenCon have most likely already seen this, but apparently Flick ’em Up is getting a zombie make-over. Presenting Flick ’em Up Dead of Winter (courtesy of Jonathan Gilmour’s twitter), the game combination that I doubt anyone saw coming, and some thought was just a clever re-theme of the original. But it is indeed real and includes things like busted up cars, individual player boards, and a zombie “dice” tower. More info will become available as the game continues it’s development, but until then we will have to content ourselves with a picture or two.
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
Day two started out fresh, having rested and recouped from an exciting day 1. The Dice Tower crew grouped up to start a very busy day. I had the pleasure of getting to visit with Chaz Marler from Pair of Dice Paradise. Many of you know Chaz from either his board game reviews or his Board Game Breakfast segment (Head in the Clouds with Chaz Marler). I’m here to tell ya, he’s a great guy, a hard worker, and just a ton of fun to hang around.
Upon entering the convention, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Patrick Nickell, owner of Crash Games. Patrick is well known in the board game community and just a great guy. He’s located at booth 2828 and is demoing several games in his line-up, including his newest release, Dead Drop. You can learn more about the successfully Kickstarted game here. I personally own a copy of Yardmaster and it’s one of the few games I can get my wife to play with me.
One of the hardest games to get your hand on over at the Asmodee booth is Mysterium. Mysterium is an English version of the Polish game Tajemnicze Domostwo. It’s a cooperative game where one player takes on the role of a Ghost trying to describe where he/she was murdered via giving out various clues while others try to deduce the location – all done via Dixit-style cards. It’s a gorgeous game and their demo booth is a must grab for anyone remotely interested in the game.
Another game that had a TON of hype around the convention was Pretzel Games’ fun dexterity game, Flick ’em Up. Pictured above is the upcoming expansion, Stallion Canyon, which features ramps, horses and about 5 new scenarios. Players will have to rope in wild horses using a lasso and then use those horses in further scenarios. Keep your eyes on this one, it’s sure to add to the fun of the base game.
A huge hit at the Arcane Wonders booth was Board Game Theatre’s Kevin and Matti in their Sheriff of Nottingham regalia. Come by Arcane Wonders’ booth at 1:30 to get a look!!
Don’t forget to come by the Dice Tower booth, located at booth 3030. You can pick up a free fortune cookie and Dice Tower badge sticker. Stop by at 10am to meet Tom, Eric, Zee, and Sam!! There’s still plenty of promos left including 3 Mage Wars, 2 Sheriff of Notthingham, Spyfall, Robinson Crusoe, Core Worlds, and Nothing personal promo packs. We have t-shirts, dice towers, various dice and the Arcadia Quest Tomrick mini If nothing else, stop by to say hi!
So the Dice Tower kicked Day 1 off with a bang. For those not familiar with the early mornings of the convention, the doors open to exhibitors at 8am followed, on day 1, to the VIPs at 9am. 10 o’clock welcomes the masses. Mysterium, from Asmodee, seemed to be the big hit- having sold out before 9:20.
One of the big hits was the display of upcoming Mice & Mystics product line games – Tail Feathers. Jerry Hawthorne, designer, was demoing the unique tilt mechanism used for the flying birds. In this sky and land battle game the birds will actually have removable “flyer” minis. Tail Feathers will hopefully be released sometime around, if not at, Essen.
One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to meet the folks over at NSKN. I got to meet with Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac (Designer and Artist along with founders of NSKN) to get a look at the HUGE BOX expansion to Exodus entitled Edge of Extinction. It’s a GORGEOUS expansion to an already wonderful game. You can watch Tom’s review of the revised edition of the base game here. And if that wasn’t already exciting enough, I got a sneak peak at only 1 of 2 copies of Mistfall – a cooperative adventure game hopefully due out at Essen. It’s got some top-notch components and features some beautiful artwork – tons of cards!!
Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing
Portal Games had quite a few releases this year including Rattle, Battle, & Loot – a fun, light-hearted pirate-themed game. Also available was the drafting game Tides of Time and the Imperial Settlers expansion Atlanteans.
Sure to be a hit, from Pretzel Games, is Flick ’em Up. In this scenario-driven game, you use dexterity to flick (shoot) opponents and move around the board. An expansion has already been announced that will add ramps and horses. You can watch Tom Vasel’s review here.
Another fun stop was to the Chip Theory Games booth where they had, on display, their Hoplomachus line of products. I got to tell you, the chips are of a VERY high quality and the game play is quite fun. They had their, recently successful Kickstarter project, Origins on display.
If you’re at the convention, don’t forget to visit the Dice Tower booth. Although located at the very back of the hall, it’s definitely been flooded with traffic. You can meet and greet the entire gang first thing in the morning(s). Stop by and pick up any of the various promos on display along with dice towers, t-shirts, play-mats, and tons of other memorabilia.
F2Z Entertainment would like to announce the first expansion for Pretzel Games’ Flick ‘Em Up entitled Stallion Canyon. In this expansion, horses are introduced into the game, allowing your cowboys to ride them to move faster and cross canyons.
This expansion will feature a booklet including five new scenarios and three practice fields to improve your abilities. Additionally, new components will be included such as lassos, horses, and “high shot” ramps.
See a short video demonstration of the “high shot” ramps here.
Flick ‘Em Up is a cowboy-themed dexterity game by Pretzel Games and designed by Jean-Yves Monpertuis and Gaëtan Beaujannot. The official release of this expansion will be at Spiel Essen 2015.
Z-Man Games has announced that they will be releasing 4 new titles at GenCon 2015 this July. Brief descriptions are given below, along with links to further information about each title.
Code of Nine
Mankind is No More! You are an automaton awakening to the ruins of the world 100-years after the fall of humanity. Yet, the will of Mankind is still pulsing in your memory – but, that memory is fading! Can you retrieve it?
Code of Nine is a game of mystery and deduction in which you play as automatons who are attempting to discover the final will of humanity, now long lost. Your goal is to discover humanity’s last will, divided into eight fragments, use powers that are offered by the various locations in the game, and find out what memories are in play.
Code of Nine is a game for 3-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 40 min. The game box includes:
- 28 cards
- 1 Game Board
- 31 Item Tokens
- 12 Player Pawns
- 4 Will Markers
- 4 Player Sheets
- 4 Memory Lists
- 1 Round Marker
- Score Sheets
- 1 Rulebook
View more information about Code of Nine here.
We are in grave danger! Enemies are swarming around the ship and they will not go down without a fight. We’ll have to work together in order to get out of this one alive. We’re going to need a plan, and we need it fast! Let’s not let these things outsmart us, outnumber us, and certainly not outshoot us! I need you all to do what you do best. Got it? Let’s do this!
In Apocalypse Chaos, your ship is being attacked by hostile aliens, and you and your crew must do everything it takes to survive while securing scientific artifacts, rescuing survivors, and destroying the alien leader. This cooperative game allows players to create their own missions via modular components in addition to the included scenarios.
Apocalypse Chaos is a game for 1-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 60 minutes. The game box includes the following:
- 20 6-sided custom dice
- 5 Standees
- 4 Player Boards
- 10 Room Tiles
- 31 Enemy/Equipment Cards
- 90 Various Tokens
- 8 Plastic Pillars
View more information about Apocalypse Chaos here.
The long enjoyed peace of Yon has been disrupted by a ferocious and mean-spirited dragon he’s terrorizing the locals and eating their livestock without their permission. Fortunately, a few wannabe heroes (that’s you!) have risen to the challenge of slaying the beast. Get yourself a brave companion, gather a powerful army, and enter the Dragon’s Keep. For cheese and country!
In Dragon Farkle, you are recruiting soldiers to build an army in order to fight a dragon. The game is fast and features a push-your-luck dice-rolling mechanism.
Dragon Farkle is a game for 2-5 players ages 13 and up and plays in 30 minutes. The game box contains:
- 30 Soldier Dice
- 1 Event Die
- 10 Companion Cards
- 20 Magic Item Cards
- 5 Player Mats
- 1 Dragon
- 5 Damage Counters
Read more about this release here.
Flick ‘Em Up!
The cities in the West are not the safest place to be. In the disc-flicking game Flick ’em Up!, you can become an outlaw and rob banks, free prisoners, attack innocent bystanders…or become the Sheriff and try to protect the people of your city from these bandits! Relive the great adventures of the West, face your enemies in street duels, use different guns and tactics to get what you want. You can follow the scenarios or create your own – the choice is yours, cowboy!
Flick ‘Em Up is a game with equal amounts of dexterity and strategy and ten different scenes for play. This game includes high quality wooden pieces, including bullets and dynamite, which are being flicked at the opposition. Many other actions are available depending on the scenario.
Flick ‘Em Up is a game for 2-10 players ages 8 and up and plays in 45 minutes. The game box includes:
- 12 Figures
- 12 Removable/Reversible Hats
- 10 Cowboy Tiles
- 6 Buildings
- 1 Gallows
- 72 Tokens (dynamite, pistols, rifles,etc.)
- 36 Wooden Pieces (cactuses, barrels, etc.)
For more information on this new release, read here.
There is a new game studio from F2Z Entertainment, the same people in charge of Z-Man Games. This studio, Pretzel Games, will focus solely on producing dexterity games made from wooden components. The name comes from the idea that dexterity games and pretzels go together.
From the website:
For as long as we can remember, dexterity games have always been accompanied by a nice big bowl of pretzels and are synonyms of joy:
The joy of spending quality time with family and friends, to play and laugh without taking things too seriously.
The joy of playing with beautiful game pieces and the sound of two wood pieces when they hit each other.
The joy of impressing everyone with an extraordinary play that defies the laws of physics.
The first game from Pretzel Games is Flick ‘Em Up!, a team-based Wild West themed dexterity game where you move and shoot by flicking disks. It looks like a solid first game for the studio, and if you enjoy dexterity games like Terror in Meeple City or Catacombs (which have similar movement mechanics to Flick ‘Em Up!), then Pretzel Games is the studio for you.
For more information, visit their website here.