The news broke this Wednesday that three industry veterans have started up a new design studio out of Worthington, Ohio – Laboratory H. They are Jeff and Carla Horger, designers of games such as Thunder Alley, Grand Prix, and Orient Express, along with Jonathan Anglin, graphic designer and art director. Previously the three came together to venture into publishing as Nothing Now Games, but have now switched gears to focus on design and development and leaving the printing, shipping, and fulfillment to their new partnership with Mr. B Games. As stated in their press release:
“Laboratory H, LLC announces its first steps in the board gaming industry. This trio of industry veterans has assembled to create a creative lab dedicated to producing unique, challenging and fun games. In addition to announcing its founding, Laboratory H would also like to thank Mr. B Games for bringing our company into the fold as an affiliate studio of the established senior company.”
There’s a lot of history here that has culminated to this point of origin for Laboratory H, but it’s good to see this is the end result. This is a positive restructuring of skills and abilities to bring about new games and new opportunities. They appear to have one tentative title coming to Kickstarter this fall, Dark Domains, so we will need to keep our eyes peeled on that and what else the future may hold. If you are interested in learning more about Laboratory H and new games in the pipeline from them, I suggest taking a look at their website for more news and announcements.
One of the most exciting and memorable events for Gen Con attendees during the past 14 years has been True Dungeon. This live-action role-playing experience allows teams of players to tackle challenging stories, puzzles, and NPCs with cunning, dexterity, and sometimes appropriately luck. While True Dungeon has certainly grown to offer new scenarios each year, it has also started to branch out to other locations throughout the United States and this year will be the events first time at Origins Game Fair. As stated in their press release:
“At Origins 2017, True Dungeon will be offering two completely different two-hour, live-action D&D events that will immerse players in adventures featuring amazing sets, animatronic monsters, costumed NPCs and high-quality props. The two adventures have sequential background stories, but they can be played in any order and enjoyed.”
This is a great opportunity for Origins attendees to get in on the remarkable action, and for dungeoneering veterans this is an excellent opportunity to get their hands on 2017 loot tokens before the main event at Gen Con 50. Origins 2017 will take place June 14-18 and is already shaping up to be a convention to look forward to. Be sure to follow the Origins website for more information and announcements, and visit the True Dungeon website itself for more information on other 2017 events, loot tokens, and more.
Cleveland’s first board gaming cafe has opened – Tabletop Board Game Cafe. The cafe will have over 1,000 board games (see their list of games on their website), weekly trivia nights, and a maker station where customers can tinker or attend their DIY instructional workshops. They will also have a full service menu, including coffee and beer.
The cafe is open from 11 am to 11 pm (till 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights), and customers can have unlimited all-day access to board games for a $5 cover charge (free if a weekday before 3 pm). Shiva and Brady Risner created a Kickstarter last year detailing all of their ideas for the cafe, and it looks like they’ve succeeded, for they opened on Friday, June 26.
For more information, check out their website or Facebook page, or check out these photos and video tour from Cleveland.com.
At the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this week, WizKids announced that they will be partnering with Nickelodeon to create two new games set to release later in 2015–and they will be themed with the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
The two games that are planned will be a TMNT version of the HeroClix collectible figure-battling game, and a TMNT version of the Dice Masters Dice Building game. Representatives from both WizKids and Nickelodeon both have shared their excitement over this new venture. These two new games will be released to the public later this year.
You can read the entire announcement here.