Mice & Mystics

Variety.com just announced the news that Mice & Mystics, a cooperative board game by published by Plaid Hat Games and designed by Jerry Hawthorne, is in negotiations with Dreamworks Annimation to become a full-length movie!!

“Alexandre Aja attached to direct and co-write the script with “Aquaman” scribe David Leslie Johnson. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg are producing.”

Mice & Mystics is a beautiful dungeon-crawl game for both adults and families and sports several expansions. You can find out much more about the game over at the Dice Tower here (including reviews and features)

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Thinker Tinker Maker (TTM), an Oregon based duo that creates custom game components, is now planning on starting up a company to sell laser-cut board game inserts, accessories, and components. For their first project, they’re creating a Kickstarter for board game inserts. According to TTM, their inserts will accomplish the following:

  1. Consolidate shelf space to make room for more games
  2. Decrease setup and pack up time
  3. Enhance presence, interaction, and organization of components
  4. Draw envious eyes of other gamers

From the gallery of their current inserts, I’ll definitely agree with point 4, since the inserts are filled with nice thematic laser-cut designs.

Currently, you can get inserts from the following games on the Kickstarter:

TTM plans to use the Kickstarter funds to get its own laser cutter for future inserts. After the Kickstarter, TTM will launch an online store with the items at standard prices (the Kickstarter has discounted prices based on bulk). If you want to get an insert for one of your games (or just want to see some neat inserts), check out the Kickstarter here!

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I had the pleasure of discussing Tail Feathers, at Gen Con, with designer Jerry Hawthorne. Now it’s no hidden secret that my family and I are very thrilled about the Mice & Mystics line as it’s definitely my #1 rated game. Mice & Mystics is a wonderful dungeon crawl that is story-driven and appeals to children and adults alike. You can learn more about Mice & Mystics here. Tail Feathers is best described by the publisher, Plaid Hat Games, as:

Tail Feathers is a head-to-head skirmish/battle game that takes place in the Mice and Mystics universe. Players battle against other players, and since the mechanisms of the two games cross over to some degree, you can play the characters/figures from Mice and Mystics in Tail Feathers. That said, the games plays completely differently.

I shot some video that demonstrates a very unique mechanism used in the game. Each miniature stand utilizes a tract ball of sorts to pivot the bird in various directions. The direction that the bird will be set at will indicate such things as direction of flight as well as altitude (ie climbing, descending). Each bird allows for a character mini to be placed upon it to add skills and benefits. I spoke to Jerry and the game is currently being produced with a hopeful release date at Essen 2015.

 

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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.

IMAG0776One 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.

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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 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.

IMAG0788Sure 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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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The following Press Release was issued by F2Z Entertainment:

Rigaud, Québec, Canada (July 29, 2015) – F2Z Entertaiment, Canadian game publisher of the brands Filosofia, Z-Man Games and Pretzel Games, announces today the acquisition of American publisher Plaid Hat Games. The new entity, now operating under the name F2Z USA Corp., will be operating out of Dallas, Texas.

“Plaid Hat Games has always put a strong focus on the design and development process of making board games and the skill set of the team at Plaid Hat Games reflects that focus. As Plaid Hat Games has grown, the other aspects of the board game publishing business have devoured more and more of the team’s time and attention. This acquisition by F2Z Entertainment allows the Plaid Hat Games’ team to turn their attention back to what they do best as they are bolstered by a super-star production, logistics, sales and marketing team that will have a fast impact on game players around the world having reliable access to the games we create,” comments Colby Dauch, Plaid Hat Studio Manager.

Some titles currently in the Plaid Hat Games catalog will also be gradually integrated into the F2Z Digital Media branch.

“This acquisition will give the actual and forthcoming titles a wider and deeper reach into the national and international markets over all media support,” comments Sophie Gravel, President of F2Z Entertainment inc

The bestselling titles Dead of WinterTM and Mice & MysticsTM join the F2Z portfolio of world-wide award-winning games like Carcassonne* , PandemicTM, Catane*, Terra Mystica*, Zooloretto* and Camel Up*.

“Starting next year, every Plaid Hat titles will be simultaneously released by Filosofia. That is wonderful news for our French-speaking fans !,” notes Lyne Bouthillette, marketing and communication manager at F2Z Entertainment. More simultaneous releases in German and Dutch are also in the planning.

*Published under license Filosofia or Z-Man Games.

About F2Z Entertainment Inc.

The F2Z Entertainment Team counts some forty employees located in Canada, the US, German and France. It manages the following brands : Filosofia Éditions, Z-Man Games, Pretzel Games, F2Z Digital Media and now, Plaid Hat Games.

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So – Day 1 – COMPLETE CHAOS!!  Remember, you can receive LIVE tweets as they happen by following @dicetower_news!!

The day started out calm enough, with the troup gathering for morning sustenance:

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As many of you may realize, the hall opens at 9:00 for VIP guests.  This gives those that paid an insane amount of cash to get their first pick at their favorite releases.  THEN, 10:00 hits and BAM, the crowd enters:1408024935030

 

The boys manned the Dice Tower Booth:

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And even the TARDIS couldn’t take me away from all the fun:

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But I had to watch out for those pesky Daleks:

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I was able to meet Ignacy Trzewiczek, designer of Imperial Settlers, this year’s popular card drafting, player power, and hand management game:

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I was able to get pretty much everything I was wanting.  I ran them back to the hotel, but took time out to tweet open box pics:

King of New York

King of New York

Pathfinder Card Game Skull & Shackles

Pathfinder Card Game Skull & Shackles

Mice & Mystics Downwoo Tales Expansion

Mice & Mystics Downwood Tales Expansion

So Gen Con isn’t complete without a few staples like:

Cardhalla

Cardhalla

Long Lines

Long Lines

Balloon Sculptures

Balloon Sculptures

Game Demos

Game Demos

Cosplay

Cosplay

Gaming Statues

Gaming Statues

For more coverage, follow @dicetower_news on Twitter!!

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So, the entire DTN crew will be bringing you constant coverage of Gen Con this year.  The quickest way to receive updates is to follow @dicetower_news on Twitter.  You will receive Tweet alerts throughout the day of many exciting events and news. All of the pictures that you’ll see in this, and many future articles, can be seen first on Twitter, live, throughout the day.

So today was setup day.  Many of the Publishers were setting up in the Convention Center and many had their demo play rooms set up.  I had the luxury of play testing, along with Eric Summerer and Dan King from The Dice Tower, City Hall by Tasty Minstrel Games.  Designer Michael Keller set up a game that we were able to play through.  Unbelievably, I came in second – behind Michael himself (go figure, right?)

 

Michael Keller - Designer of City Hall

Michael Keller – Designer of City Hall

A stop at the Tasty Minstrel room wouldn’t be complete without Michael Mendes himself (owner of TMG).  Holding up a copy of Scoville – an exciting new game from designer Ed Marriott.

 

Michael Mendes - owner of Tasty Minstrel Games

Michael Mendes – owner of Tasty Minstrel Games

One of my favorites, that I actually got to play test, is Downwood Tales, the newest expansion to the popular dungeon crawl – Mice & Mystics, from designer Jerry Hawthorne (Plaid Hat Games)

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Downwood Tales – Mice & Mystics expansion

 

Here were some items on display at the FFG booth:

 

Last Banquet

Last Banquet

New Flight Template for Star Wars Armada

New Flight Template for Star Wars Armada

New X Wing Wave Ships

New X Wing Wave Ships

Just a few familiar faces:

Tom with Designer Richard Launius

Tom with Designer Richard Launius

Rob and a Happy Tom

Rob and a Happy Tom

Tom with Scott w/Arcane Wonders

Tom with Scott w/Arcane Wonders

Tom with Sheriff of Notthingham

Tom with Sheriff of Notthingham

Dice Tower Crew

Dice Tower Crew

Rob Searing & Zee Garcia

Rob Searing & Zee Garcia