Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics was never like this. 3 Laws of Robotics from Floodgate Games is a new social deduction game for 4 – 10 players. Each player is a robot in a holding cell who can see everyone’s rank and faction except their own. Each round, players may ask another player a question to determine their own rank and faction while complying with the robotic laws in play. Once all the robots from one faction have given their keycodes to the highest-ranking member in the faction, they are free. The game is easy to set up and teach, plays in about 30 minutes, and has no player elimination. The variety of rule combinations permits high replayability. 3 Laws of Robotics is available for pre-order in is expected to be released at the end of March 2019.
Eagle Games are reprinting the Sid Sackson classic “Can’t Stop” – a simple push-your-luck dice game originally designed in the 1980s. The new edition is on kickstarter, and disposes of the physical board in favor of a paper score pad. Some changes from the original rules have been made as well:
“Can’t Stop Express is an elegant game where you use a shared dice roll (with the other players), and mark down a “Combo” total (adding the total amount of the two dice). Out of the 5 dice rolled you will always exclude 1 die, and it will be marked in the “5th Die” area. This mechanic functions as a timer throughout the game giving Can’t Stop Express a tidy 30 minute play time. Throughout the game you are attempting to score pairs, but you do not immediately receive a positive score. First you must push through the -200pt column to break even, then any successful score of that number becomes positive points.”
Can’t Stop Express is being produced as part of Eagle Games’ “EGG” series of small-box games (the 12th in the series), and can play an unlimited number of players – assuming everyone can see the dice. The estimated shipping date is June 2017.