New York Slice

UK based organization, Imagination Gaming, had their 6th Annual, International, Hobby Game awards competition. Imagination Gaming was created by Nigel Scarfe and Chris Standley. The awards have a strong emphasis on games around the world which engage children and families and promote social and life skills. The competition is solely funded by Imagination Gaming and assessed by panels of experienced educational professionals and family game enthusiasts and assesses games new to Imagination Gaming in the past 12 months.

“Imagination Gaming offers solutions to engagement and learning in educational and social organisations – for all ages and abilities, focusing on enjoyment and learning in equal measure. Founded in 2007 with the goal to continue to change the perception of games within the UK to one where they are seen and used as the great learning tools that they are. The desire is to see games used on a regular basis in schools and other organisations, as well as by families and groups, to bring people together and provide a stimulating mental challenge across all ages and abilities. The results and testimonials speak for themselves.”

The Award winners for 2018 are:

Maths Award:

 

Gold: Chicken Out, Sum Fun, Ice Dice.

Silver: Spookies, 3×4=Swat, Alana’s Animals, City of Zombies (Ultimate Edition).

Bronze: Race To Infinity.

Literacy Award:

Gold: When I Dream, Werewords, Lexit, Bananagrams.

Silver: Word Bits, Speedy Words.

Bronze: Vote Me!, Wibbell++.

Cross-Curriculum Award:

Gold: Doodle Rush, Destination X, SeArCH, LUPO – The Space Adventure, Brainbox: Under The Sea.

Silver: Insect Intersection, Globe Runner, Can You Hear Me, Speed Colours, Enchanted Paths.

Bronze: Take Care Of Polar Bears, Crazy Cats, Vote Me!, Fast Flags, Weird Things Humans Search For.

Player’s Choice Award:

Gold: Ice Cool 2

Silver: Rhino Hero Super Battle

Bronze: Pyramid Of Pengqueen

Young Einsteins Award:

Gold: Animal Actions (Hampeltiere), My First Orchard, Silly Shenanigans, Rhino Hero Mini, Animal Upon Animal, Catch A Roo, Here Fishy Fishy, Counting Fun, Alana’s Animals, My First Animal Upon Animal.

Silver: Quirk!, Quirk! Legends, Alphabet Jigsaw, Numbers Jigsaw, Hanna Honeybee, Froggy, Jeunesse Farm, My Little Garden (Kleiner Garten), Lucky Sock Dip (Socken Zocken), Go Go Little Penguin, What A Performance.

Bronze: Dog Rally, Tiny Park, Lilly’s Favourite Clothes.

Problem Solving Award:

Gold: Karuba, 13 Ghosts, Arokah, Match Madness, Maze Racers, Baffled.

Silver: Shaperise, Enchanted Paths, Destination X.

Bronze: –

Family Award:

Gold: Werewords, Whoosh!, Doodle Rush, Codenames Duet, Rhino Hero Mini, Destination X, Museum Rush, Yogi, Animal Upon Animal, Chicken Out, Ice Dice, Spookies, Baffled, Maze Racers, Shaperise, Pyramid Of Pengqueen, Brainbox: Under The Sea, When I Dream, New York Slice, Sum Fun, Here Fishy Fishy, Arokah, Match Madness, Abalone, OK Play, Thieves, Counting Fun, 13 Ghosts, Karuba, Catch A Roo, Ice Cool 2, My First Animal Upon Animal, Rhino Hero Super Battle.

Silver: Enchanted Paths, Cauldron Master, Speedy Words, Pikoko, Animal Actions (Hampeltiere), Jeunesse Farm, Quirk!, Quirk! Legends, Bananagrams, 6 Suits, Colour Chess + Lure, Flicky Spaceships, Go Go Little Penguin, SeArCH, Speed Colours, City Of Zombies (Ultimate Edition), Alana’s Animals, Click Bait, Talking Tom – Shopping, Froggy, Silly Shenanigans, 3×4=Swat, Talking Tom – IQ, Insect Intersection.

Bronze: Christmas Tree, Lost ’n’ Found, That’s A Question!, Tri Hand, Crazy Cats, Vote Me!, Race To Infinity, Dog Rally, Hanna Honeybee, Fast Flags, Globe Runner, Can You Hear Me?, Take Care Of Polar Bears, Wibbell++, Word Bits, Aqualiens, Orclympics, My Little Garden (Kleiner Garten), Tiny Park, Weird Things That Humans Search For, My First Orchard, Lilly’s Favourite Clothes, Alphabet Jigsaw, Number Jigsaw, Lexit, Animal Ailments, Lucky Sock Dip (Socken Zocken), LUPO – The Space Adventure, Polar Panic, What A Performance.

Family Classic Awards:

Kingdomino, Ice Cool, Ubongo

Excelled in Schools Awards:

Cortex, Storyline Scary Tales, Pass The Bomb

The BIGGY (Best Imagination Gaming Game of the Year) Award is Imagination Gaming’s most prestigious award. All games submitted into the 2018 awards were eligible for this award. The BIGGY winner this year proved to be a little bit ‘different’ and is a game which can be used in a variety of sessions and educational activities.

BIGGY (Best Imagination Gaming Game of the Year) Award:

When I Dream

 

For more details on these awards visit the Awards website.

Renegade Game Studios has started laying the groundwork for another big GenCon with plans to release Gunkimono by Jeffrey D. Allers with art by George Sellas. Gunkimono has already received a Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower!

Gunkimono is a tactical tile-laying and area control game set in feudal Japan where players will be challenged to optimize their troop deployment in order to gain the most ground while increasing military strength. The game is designed for 2-5 players aged 10+ and will play in 45-60 minutes.

In war-torn feudal Japan, the soldiers are restless. The endless battles, betrayals, and broken promises have the soldiers questioning where their loyalties lie. Meanwhile, the daimyo are strategizing, marshaling their troops, and erecting strongholds to bolster the strength of their armies, all in pursuit of honor and ultimate victory.

In the game each player will take on the roles of a daimyo. Players will then plot military movement across the countryside. Players will develop new squads of troops to build up victory points but must balance this with the need to forego expansion in order to build up their stronghold instead.

The game will be released at GenCon 2018, taking place August 2-5th 2018.

 Designer Jeffrey D. Allers
Jeffrey D. Allers is a German based designer currently living in Berlin and is active in the Berlin board game design community. Other designs by Allers include New Amsterdam, New York Slice, and  Heartland,

What’s in the Box?

Included in the game will be:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 25 Small Army Tiles (1 troop each) – infantry, samurai, cavalry, spearman, archer
  • 60 Large Army Tiles (2 troops each)
  • 15 War Banner Tiles – dragon, crane, lotus
  • 10 Strongholds
  • 5 Daimyo Figures
  • 5 Daimyo Tiles
  • 25 Honor Markers
  • 1 Start Player Sword
  • 1 End-of-Game Tile
  • 1 Cover Tile
  • 1 Rulebook

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New York Slice is coming soon from Bezier Games and is a distillation of the ‘I split, you pick’ mechanic where the whole of the game revolves around it.  In New York Slice you are splitting up pizzas according to the number of players, but remember, while you are splitting, your opponents will get first pick.  That means you have to split each pizza so that they are enticed to pick one thing, leaving something that is hopefully better for you.  Some mystery is also added by removing slices at the start of the game, making the information you gather imperfect, and Today’s Special cards which offer a range of bonuses to entice people.  After everyone has picked their slices you have the option of eating a slice to score bonus points at the end of the game.  At the end of the game you will score points for pizza types you have the most of, subtracting points for anchovies, and whoever has the most points is the winner.

This game is an evolution of the older game Piece o’ Cake, and adds a couple layers to the game to give it some more depth.  To see the game in action you can check out the BGG video from Spiel 2016 and look for it on store shelves in January 2017.