GAMA Trade Show

Cryptozoic has published a recap of their experiences at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas this past week, with product updates and upcoming releases.

First of all, the DC Deck-Building Game will be receiving a few new additions, including:

  • Teen Titans, a new stand-alone game for the series
  • a few more variations to the previously-announced JSA pack, such as the Crossover Packs for Arrow, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Watchmen
  • DC Deck-Building Game Playmats featuring the box art from Heroes Unite and Forever Evil

Card Wars will also be seeing a few more expansions, including the Ice King vs Marceline and Lemongrab vs. Gunter decks.

Another announcement Cryptozoic made at the show was that they would be partnering with Looney Labs to create a Batman edition of the game Fluxx this year.

The staff of Cryptozoic thanks everyone who attend GAMA 2015 and stopped by to visit their booth.  They were excited to be able to share and demo their games with so many and consider this year’s show to be a big success, with hit upcoming games such as Spyfall and Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Rumble at Castle Tentakill receiving a lot of play time in their booth.

To see more about Cryptozoic’s time at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, follow this link.

Mirror Box Games brought along their long awaited game Chaosmos. Chaosmos showed up at GenCon 2013, successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2014, and should be delivering soon. It is a hidden information strategy game where cards are held in players hands as well as envelopes that can be accessed by landing on planets. Players will be looking for the Ovoid and trying to retain it till the last turn of the game.

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Chaosmos should provide unique game play and is described by the publisher below:

The universe is about to collapse, and your final hope lies in an ancient mysterious artifact, the Ovoid. Whoever controls this “cosmic egg” can shape the birthing of the next universe according to their own agenda. Players are secret agents from a handful of surviving worlds, zipping from planet to planet in special “amnion suits” that allow for interstellar travel, space combat and planetary landings.

Each planet has its own envelope of cards. When you arrive on a planet, you decide which cards you want to take and which to leave behind. Knowledgeis the most powerful resource in the game, and being able to predict the cards your opponents possess at any given time is a powerful advantage as you build up a handful of weapons, tactical gear, vaults and traps, as well as cards that counter your opponents’ cards. The best players will keep their hand fluid, constantly changing tactics while they search from world to world for the Ovoid or find a safe place to stash it.

Balance your hand of cards, spend your turn actions wisely, and cleverly use your special alien powers to stay one step ahead of your opponents. When the Chaos Clock reaches zero, only the player who possesses the Ovoid will become master of the new universe.

 

Cheapass Games showcased Stuff and Nonsense in which you and your friends tell the tales of your great adventures while actually all you did was hide around London collecting antiques. But watch out, Professor Elemental is trying to catch you to show you are a fraud.

Stuff and Nonsense is an adventure game with no real adventuring. You and your friends are globetrotting explorers. Or so you claim. Actually, you are all liars and cowards, and despite your assertions to the contrary, you’ve never left London.

Lord of the Fries Superdeluxe Edition also by Cheapass Games and currently on Kickstarter made an appearance as well.

You’re a Zombie working in a fast food joint, and you must build combo meals from a hand of random ingredients. That’s the story in Lord of the Fries, one of Cheapass Games’ most beloved games.

 

If you like Arthurian lore and cooperative games then be on the lookout for Albion’s Legacy by Lynnvander Productions. Albion’s Legacy is a successful Kickstarter project that should be releasing soon. With a central board of Castle Camelot, modular hex tiles to explore, colorful character standees, custom dice, and more Albion’s Legacy is sure to bring out your inner knight.

Albion’s Legacy is a cooperative adventure board game for 1-4 players in the CORE box and up to 6 players in the DELUXE and EXCLUSIVE boxes. The game allows players to participate as one of their favourite Arthurian characters ranging from the legendary wizard Merlin, the famous Lady of the Lake, the brave Sir Lancelot, and the great King Arthur himself. These heroes will champion all that is good in 90 minutes as the players travel across the realm of Albion and face dangerous roaming threats, mythical beasts and deadly encounters.

Collect lore-enriched relics, artifacts, weapons and special awards under a heated deadline while solving some of the most famous historical and mythical chronicles of the Arthurian legend.

 

Artana has a Kickstarter project running for Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents. Designed by Dirk Knemeyer and wonderfully illustrated by Heiko Günther and Jessica Riola Tesla vs. Edison tries to be historically accurate and includes many of the famous people from the time period it is set in.

Tesla vs. Edison is a light-to-medium weight strategy game for 2-5 players. You are an investor who teams up and creates a company with one of the exciting, visionary inventors leading the nascent electric light and power industry of 1880s and 1890s America.

Your inventor, along with other famous people of the period that you hire as employees in your company, work together to claim electric projects across the United States, advance your company’s technology, engage in propaganda wars with the other companies, and buy and sell stock from your and your competitors companies.

Tesla vs. Edison plays quickly and provides interesting decisions while telling the exciting story of the birth of electricity.

Artana is  new publisher and successor to Conquistador Games, Inc. which had some successful Kickstarters itself.

 

Above and Below is a new 2-4 player storytelling game by Red Raven Games and is now on Kickstarter. Designed and beautifully illustrated by Ryan Laukat who brought us other great games like The Ancient World, City of Iron, and Eight Minute Empire: Legends.

Description from the publisher:

Above and Below is a mashup of town-building and storytelling where you and up to three friends compete to build the best village above and below ground. In the game, you send your villagers to perform jobs like exploring the cave, harvesting resources, and constructing houses. Each villager has unique skills and abilities, and you must decide how to best use them. You have your own personal village board, and you slide the villagers on this board to various areas to indicate that they’ve been given jobs to do. Will you send Hanna along on the expedition to the cave? Or should she instead spend her time teaching important skills to one of the young villagers?

 

This week at the GAMA Trade Show:

  

Cool Mini Or Not came to show off the prototype for their succesful kickstarter game Blood Rage. Designed by Eric Lang,  this is a game of vikings where 2-4 players compete for the favor of the gods and march to meet the other clans in glorious battle.

Find more information about this game on Boardgamegeek here.

Rather Dashing Games was on hand to promote their new release: Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies. This is a family friendly tactical tile laying game for 2-4 players in which players attempt to create the most valuable section of connected tiles.

Find out more at Boardgamegeek here.  Or check out the publisher’s website here.

Dapper Devil.com, purveyor of accessories for the well dressed game, gave us a first look at the custom box for the upcoming 50th Anniversary edition of Nuclear War. In this classic satirical card game, first published in 1965, 2-6 players attempt to achieve world domination through the strategic use of propaganda and nuclear weapons. The Anniversary edition will be realized in the form of a Kickstarter project – the game’s publisher, Flying Buffalo, Inc., is expected to release more detail in the near future.

Check out this game at Boardgamegeek here.

 

Stoneblade Entertainment revealed the newest set for their highly popular deck-building game Ascension. Called ‘Dawn of Champions’, this set will allow players to take on the role of a faction leader, building up their reputation in order to unlock powerful cards and effects. Ascension: Dawn of Champions can be played as a stand alone game or in combination with other Ascension games.

Find more information at Boardgamegeek here.

 

Stoneblade also brought a copy of their newest card game, Bad Beets. Expected to be released this summer, Bad Beets is a family friendly bluffing game for 2-5 players about picky eaters.

You can read more about the game here.

  

Eagle Gryphon Games brought out their upcoming release Clockwork Wars. A game of conquest, discovery and espionage for 2-4 players, Clockwork Wars is set in a world of magic and steam era technology where the human ‘Purebreeds’ and the three hybrid races, ‘Troglodytes, Rhinochs and Mongrels’ are locked in a war for survival and control.

Find more information about this game at Boardgamegeek here.  Or at the publisher’s own website here.

 

And finally, Eagle Gryphon also brought along ‘Cheesonomics’, a family card game for 2-5 players about manipulating the supply and demand of various types of cheese. This game is based on set collection, memory and hand management mechanics and can be played at three different skill levels to allow players to adjust the game to their own taste.

Check out Boardgamegeek here.

Day 3 of GAMA trade show started with a lot of new exciting family, action, and dexterity games.

Mayday Games has a new dexterity game, Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000 (CDMC 3K). In this 2-3 player game, players compete to grab specific wooden tokens from a bowl using only their chopsticks. CDMC 3K was funded by Kickstarter in April of last year and had some delays in shipping, but it is available now.

R&R Games will be releasing Cup-a-Cup next week. In this action/dexterity game, players race to grab the correct cup after rolling the dice.

   

North Star Games was showing off a couple games at GAMA. Wits & Wagers, a party trivia game where players get points for both guessing answers correctly and for betting on the right answer, has a deluxe edition coming in June. The deluxe edition has nice poker-like chips for the player chips. Evolution, a strategy card game where players adapt and evolve their species to survive, has a second edition with newer and more colorful art.

Kosmos has a new 3D stacking game called Dimension that’s available now. In this puzzle game, players try to stack balls to match all the tasks shown on the playing cards before time runs out.

Queen Games was showing off Parfum, their new game where players roll Aroma dice to create unique perfumes and sell them to their clients. Parfum was funded by Kickstarter on March 11, and is estimated to be delivered in July of this year.

Stay tuned for more news from GAMA trade show!

 

Asmodee announced at the Gama Trade Show that they will be entering the realm of organized play coining it AsmOPlay . Organized Play is usually tournament style play that takes place in FLGS’s and/or conventions. It is commonly found with CCG’s and role playing games and can include prizes and player rankings. To start the popular games Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash ‘n Guns – Second Edition will be supported in the from of tournaments, casual play, and weekly leagues.

AsmOPlay kits come jam packed with amazing, exclusive swag for award winning games like Splendor, 7 Wonders, and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition. The perfect addition for people who want to deck out their games! Each AsmOPlay kit includes two demo copies of the games, promo items and everything you’ll need to run casual play nights, organized tournaments and even repeated weekly in-store gaming  events. You will also receive promotional posters to create buzz for your event, sign-up sheet templates to help with organization, and everything you will need to successfully execute your in-store events.
This is an exclusive program and will only be offered for a very limited time, so sign-up before the opportunity passes you by. Retailers make a one-time program commitment and receive three different AsmOPlay kits, distributed throughout the year, for Splendor (Q2/2015), 7 Wonders (Q3/2015), and Cash’n Guns – Second Edition (Q4/2015). Program enrollment can only be made through select distributors and is limited to two programs per brick and mortar store location. Membership definitely has its advantages!

Be sure to talk to your local game stores if you want to make sure they take part in this program.

Check out the full article here.

More news from the GAMA Trade Show:

New boardgame publisher Voodoo Bunny Co. is at GAMA to promote their recently released game, Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis.  This is a Steampunk card game for 1-5 players that uses deck building, exploration and resource management mechanics. Players have to gather a team for their expedition, discover new locations, overcome challenging encounters and race to be the first to discover the Lost City of Atlantis.

You can find more information on its Board Game Geek page here.  Or check out the publisher’s own website, here

Jasco Games was also on hand to provide a look at their upcoming release Megaman: The Board Game. Based on the classic video game series from Capcom, this is a game for 2-8 players in which players compete to be the first to defeat the dastardly Dr. Wily. Players play cards from their hand to overcome challenges or to interfere with the other players’ challenge attempts.

Jasco expect the game to hit shelves this July, but for now you can feast your eyes on these gorgeously painted figures from their booth at the Trade Show:

Find more information on its Board Game Geek page here.