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Anyone who has come to the Dice Tower News website over the last two weeks has seen a myriad of articles talking about product releases and the future product lines from some of our favorite game publishers.  GAMA the Game Manufacturers Association has released their post GAMA Trade Show recap.  This years show has exhibited the healthy growth of the game industry.

“The GAMA Trade show would not be possible without the support of our show sponsors, exhibitors, GAMA Board, volunteers, and of course, our retail attendees, We are committed to providing great learning and business opportunities for all of our members.” John Ward, Executive Director of GAMA.

While fewer stores were able to attend this year there was an 8% increase in total attendance over last year.  They have identified that the demand for the presentation programs have been met with much success and are anticipated to grow even more.  In addition to those successes they have added 18 exhibitor booths.  While our industry has seen some consolidation over the last year that is quite common in any healthy industry and is what opens up the opportunities for upstarts to find inroads for the gaps between the big players.

They have announced their 2015 GAMA Power Retailers

  • Outstanding Organized Play Program
    Fan Boy Three (Manchester, UK)
  • Outstanding Marketing
    The Game Closet (Waco, TX)
  • Outstanding Store Design
    Kirwin’s Game Store (Catskill, NY)
  • Outstanding Store
    The Game Closet (Waco, TX)

GAMA is thrilled to announce that they will be returning to Bally’s next March 14-18

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.

Titans, & Witches, & Bears! OH MY!

Last week at the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, Fireside Games proudly announced three product releases for 2015: Castle Panic: The Dark Titan, Bears!: Trail Mix’d and The Village Crone.

Castle Panic: The Dark Titan

Castle Panica tower-defense cooperative board game in which players strive to defend their castle against an onslaught of monsters, will be receiving its second full expansion, The Dark Titan.  This expansion will add new monsters, new cards, and new support tokens, as well as Agranok, the Dark Titan who has escaped exile and returned to exact his revenge on your Castle.  The Dark Titan requires the Castle Panic core game to play, is fully compatible with the game’s first expansion, The Wizard’s Tower, and is scheduled for release on April 1, 2015.

Click here for the full story and further links on this new expansion.

Bears!: Trail Mix’d

Fireside Games’ dice roller, Bears!, is a fast-paced game in which players pair dice to avoid bears that are attacking their camp.  The game will now receive an expansion, Trail Mix’d, which will give players 6 new rules for the original game, as well as a die that is rolled before each round, changing up the rules that affect pairing and scoring for even more versatility and unexpected results.

Bears! is a game for 2 or more players ages 7 and up, and plays in 20 minutes.  Bears!: Trail Mix’d will be available in June of 2015.

The Village Crone

Finally, Fireside Games announces a brand new game, The Village Crone, where each player takes on the role of a witch in the medieval village of Wickersby.  Each player will vie for the venerable title of the Village Crone using worker placement and resource management to gather ingredients and cast spells on the villagers.  Players will achieve goals and score victory points by making the villagers fall in love, turning them into frogs, or teleporting them.  The game will also feature a solo play option.

The Village Crone is for 1-6 players ages 13 and up and plays in about 90 minutes.  It is scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.

For more information on any or all of these three new releases, visit the Fireside Games website to read the official announcement and visit the game pages.

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?

 

If you are wondering what the booth of Plaid Hat Games, publisher of hit games like Dead of Winter, and Specter Ops, looks like, look no further.

In this first picture we can spot their highly anticipated SeaFall Legacy game. The game is based on the popular Legacy campaign game mode by Rob Daviau, which he first introduced in the popular game Risk Legacy. We can also spot the upcoming expansion for Mice and Mystics on left. What do you think that iPad screen is about? Perhaps a game that utilizes an app?

Next we have Zee Garcia chatting with Isaacs from Plaid Hat Games with the expansion for Mice and Mystics in the center. Look for this video interview soon.

At the GAMA Trade Show every year, game publishers, designers, and media creators like us at The Dice Tower, get together in Las Vegas for a week long convention of sorts. The GAMA Trade Show is not open to the general public, but concentrates on the publishers, and designers showcasing their upcoming games to media creators and game distributors.

Here at some AEG news to report from the show.

Here is a list of games coming out soon:

  • Rumpelstilskin: this is a 2 player hidden role game coming this June.
  • Adventure Time Love Letter: This version of the game will recreate the art from Love Letter with Adventure Time characters.
  • Archer Love Letter: This will be coming soon.
  • Game of Crowns: The tag line for this game is: “Summer is Coming.” Expect this game in June.
  • Dice City: This is a dice rolling resource gathering game for 2-4 players. Expect this game in June.
  • Dark Seas: In this game players will use a shared dice pool to sail the seven seas. Expect this game in April.
  • Epic Adventure: A card based role playing game that uses “box master” and stickered cards to level up characters. This will be coming out in late 2015.
  • Smash Up Munchkin: This will be stand-alone expansion for the popular game Smash Up. This should be released at GenCon 2015.

You’ve opened the Cave of Treasures, now can you escape with the spoils?

Remember ol’ Ali Baba?  Let’s see now, what were those magic words to open that cave door?  You’d better remember them and escape, for thieves are approaching…

This summer, IDW Games will be bringing a brand new card game from celebrated designer and multi-Spiel des Jahres winner Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Takenoko, Tokaido, Rampage, Hanabi), Open Sesame.  In Open Sesame, players take on the alternating roles of Ali Baba, treasure-hunter, and one of the 40 thieves who are guarding their precious Cave of Treasures.  When playing the role of Ali Baba, you will be working to steal as much as possible from the cave and flee while you can, lest you get too greedy and get trapped.  As a bandit from the notorious band of 40 thieves, your goal is to observe carefully what Ali Baba is stealing and recite exactly what he is attempting to escape the cave with.

Open Sesame is a press-your-luck and high-stakes memorization card game for 3-5 players ages 10 and up and plays in about 20 minutes.  The announced due date for placing orders is April 10, 2015 and shipping date is June 15, 2015.  The game is scheduled to be available in stores on June 30, 2015.

IDW Games will be showing Open Sesame at the GAMA Trade Show on March 16-20, 2015.