Hasbro

Previously we reported on the fact Hasbro was running another set of Indigogo campaigns as part of their Next Great Game series of contests.  Now they have announced a winner, and this time around it’s the story telling game, The Plot Thickens.  The Plot Thickens is a collaborative story telling game where you are telling a story using cards that represent people, places, and things.  The more plot points you are able to fit into your story, the more likely you are to be able to tell the ending, while the player who got referenced to the most gets to name it.

Color me skeptical that this will be the next great game, but it could still at least be a fun game to play so I don’t think Hasbro’s gone off the rails just yet.  In the mean time, the game creators will take their prize of $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro HQ to finish development of the game for release into the mass market in 2017.

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Hasbro has had some fairly big success with recent Star Wars-themed re-implementations of popular board games. Star Wars Risk is one of their latest examples.

Well, this time Hasbro appears to have, once again, outdone itself with a re-scheming/re-implementation of Star Wars Clue!

But the biggest twist you’ll find in this version of the game is that no one actually dies. Instead of solving a murder by figuring out who the killer was, what weapon they used, and where they committed the crime, Clue: Star Wars Edition ($25) has players trying to escape the moon-sized space station with a copy of the Death Star’s plans. (i09)

You can read more about it over at Hasbro’s site here.

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The last edition of Acquire was released back in 2008 by Avalon Hill/Hasbro and featured all cardboard components, with the buildings being cardboard chits.  Fast forward to today and Hasbro has just let loose images of the very soon to be released 2016 version of the game, and they are going for broke on this one.  The cardboard buildings have been replaced with 3D plastic models, with each company in the game getting a unique building and the rest are generic office buildings.  So now you will have something nice to look at as you invest and merge companies to gain the most wealth.  Look for this edition of the game is stores this month.

hascon

Its true. Hasbo has decided to enter the convention business and they are promising it will be unlike any other before. This landmark convention, appropriately named HASCON (not HAZMAT) promises to contain first-of-it’s-kind activities such as meet-n-greets, movie previews and for the theatre lovers among us even stage performances.

No mention of Wizards of the Coast by name but Magic the Gathering has been referenced in recent press releases. Other product lines to be included will be Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Nerf, and yes, Play-doh.

Interested in attending? Its being held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017.  Sprinkled Doughnuts not included.

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, you can visit their page here.

finalists

Hasbro continues to search for new talent in the area of hobby games and so has selected five finalists for their latest Next Great Game contest.  There is no particular theme to this contest unlike some of the previous ones, and at least one of the games is something I think would appeal to a lot of board gamers.  The finalist are:

  • Lair – this is a two player dungeon exploration game where you create the dungeon on a sheet first, then you will take turns exploring it, revealing things as you go until the hero perishes or finds all the loot
  • Colossal Blob – this is a card game where you are trying to grow your blob to colossal size by playing out in order, 1-4 and then a colossal card on top.  While that sounds easy there are plenty of attack cards which will knock up back down so you have to grow back up again.
  • The Plot Thickens – this is a story telling game where you are telling a story using cards that represent people, places, and things.  The more plot points you are able to fit into your story, the more likely you are to be able to tell the ending, while the player who got referenced to the most gets to name it.
  • Plank and Rank – this is best described as a race game as you try to build your bridge across the river and then try to get your army across faster.  The number of army guys you get to move each turn is determined by a 10 sided die, with the option to move either a line of X guys one space, or one guy X spaces, where X is your die roll.
  • On The Slopes – this is a game all about skiing and trying to visit all the lodges on the mountain.  On your turn you have three actions to use, going up a lift will take an action, visiting a lodge takes an action, but going down a slope takes a variable amount of actions.  This is because you can choose what difficulty of slope you take down, beginner slopes guarantee you make it but cost 2 actions.  Intermediate and advanced slopes take fewer actions but you have to roll a die, possibly giving you wipeout cards that have negative effects on them.

All the games are currently up on Indiegogo and if they get at least 100 backers then they will be considered for the final win on November 13th.  Personally I hope On The Slopes takes the win, but everyone has different tastes in games, and right now The Plot Thickens is doing the best.

Hasbro has just unveiled their latest Star Wars toy, and it’s a version of Simon where you will be playing the game on Vader’s face.  Simon, is the game where an electronic device shows you a series of colors and sounds and you have to perfectly repeat back the sequence.  Now with it shaped like the head of Darth Vader, you will be learning a Star Wars appropriate tune on the dark lord’s head.  That’s right, you will be tapping out the tones for the imperial march music as you are testing your memory and listening to Vader breath, which makes my inner geek giggle.  Look for this to hit store shelves in the spring of 2017 at most places where toys are sold.

Hasbro’s Next Great Gaming Challenge is live and going on through October 23rd. Independent game designers are working on and submitting unique and surprising prototypes up until the last day of the competition, where a panel of judges will select the best of the best and award a hefty 25 grand, a trip to Hasbro, and a chance to publish their design. Joining the panel as a guest this year is Daymond John, a regular titular shark of ABC’s Shark Tank. As founder, president, and CEO of FUBU, John has been busy through motivational talks, writing books, and being a staple of a popular television series and is no less excited about being a part of the competition. As quoted in the press release for the Challenge:

“It’s an honor to be a part of a program like Hasbro’s 2016 Fall Gaming Challenge that celebrates core entrepreneurial values like creativity, talent, and drive,” said Daymond John. “As both a leader in business and diehard gamer, it’s exciting to get in on the action of providing players with the next big thing in gaming and helping someone’s dreams come true. I enjoy playing games with my own family, and am looking forward to being a part of this challenge to bring families together with new and exciting games.”

The Next Great Gaming Challenge pits qualifying designs through a series of criteria, including game play, viability, and theme. Finalists from the past year are seeing the rewards of their victory come to fruition, with Hex Casters available through online retail, and Irresponsibility: The Mr. Toast Card Game coming to Target locations soon. The room for innovation is aplenty and competitions like this with judges of merit have an amazing opportunity to spark something special in gaming history. A big heartfelt thanks to all the panel members for being a part of it, and good luck to all competitors. May the best game win!

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Riding on the success of last year’s PIE FACE is Hasbro’s next game SPEAK OUT. In the game SPEAK OUT, players are challenged to say outrageous phrases such as “Nifty Nuns Having Fun” while wearing a mouth piece. The game follows on the popularity of mouth guard videos online wherein youtube personalities challenge each other to different contests while wearing a mouth guard.

SPEAK OUT comes with the following components:

  • 5 mouth pieces
  • 200 double-sided Content cards
  • 1 one-minute sand timer

The game is targeted towards a 16+ audience and should be released in August, 2016. For additional information, visit here. I hope the game instructions will remind players to wash the mouth pieces before and after game play.

Image from Variety.com

Image from Variety.com

That’s right!  Hasbro has entered into a partnership with the Araca Group, a Broadway theatrical production and brand management company, to create a series of projects for the stage and beyond the first of which will be Monopoly, the Musical!

Like a Hollywood actor wanting to prove himself, Hasbro is stepping beyond their toys & games, as well as, the big screen world of Transformers, G.I. Joe, etc. and onto a live Broadway stage.  Their new partner, the Araca Group, is no newcomer to the business having been previously involved in the production of such Broadway hits as Disgraced, Wicked, A Raisin in the Sun, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among many others.  According to the exclusive obtained by Variety, “A merchandise deal for “Magic: The Gathering” first brought Araca into contact with Hasbro, after which the two companies began to discuss the potential for collaborating on stage work.”

In addition to the Monopoly project which is still several years away, we can expect even more collaboration between between Hasbro and Araca that is expected to delve into many different markets ranging from theater to amusement parks to cruises.  All indications are that Hasbro is making a big move to get its name out there as much more than just a toy company.

For more information, read the full article from Variety by clicking <here>.

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Yokai Watch is the current hotness when it comes to anime aimed at young kids and has a successful toy line already going, so why not expand it a bit more?  In the fall Hasbro will be releasing the trading card game based on Yokai Watch in America, this launch will include booster packs, starter sets, play mats, and even an exclusive Yokai Watch medal to go with an already existing line of toys.  The TCG will be aimed squarely at kids with a recommended minimum age of only 6, and there will even be a Walmart exclusive collection box that will include boosters inside a box to carry all your other cards.  Will this new trading card game be a success?  We will have to wait and see, but if the popularity numbers from Japan carry over into the US, it just might be a hit.  You can read the announcement on the ICv2 site and check out the game on the official website.