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Although there are many cooperative games, free for all games, and one vs many games, there seems to be a dearth of team games. So any team-based game is bound to pique your interest. Portal Games has announced a fast-paced racing game for teams of two called Crazy Karts. In Crazy Carts, each pair has to coordinate actions without communicating with each other. Players will use cards to secretly assign actions (acceleration, brake, turn, shoot). There will be four unique factions plus a Lone Wolf faction (for a single player team), so it can also accommodate an odd number of players. See the full press release below for more information.

Gliwice, Poland – March 16, 2016. Today, Portal Games announced Crazy Karts from designer Charles-Amir Perret. Crazy Karts is a fast-paced racing game for teams of two in which each player controls specific actions of their kart, but they cannot communicate with their teammate. One player controls the brakes and turns, while the other player speeds up and fires the cannon. Teams must out maneuver their opponents, dodge obstacles, grab power-ups, and avoid smashing into the walls, all without talking!

In Crazy Karts, teams of two pair off to race to the finish line and must coordinate their actions without communicating. Each round, players draw cards from their team deck and assign them to the various actions on the cart: accelerate, brake, turn, and shoot. Each player is in charge of only two of these actions and the cards they assign to their actions are not know to their teammate. After all cards have been played, actions are revealed and executed. If they coordinated their actions, they may advance down the track. If not, however, they may end their turn in disaster by crashing into obstacles, walls, or other karts!

Like most Portal Games titles, Crazy Karts includes 4 unique factions for teams to choose from, each with their own unique power. If you are playing with an odd number of players, there is also the Lone Wolf faction which allows a single player to compete with a unique set of skills and disadvantages.

“Each year we receive more than 50 prototypes. Some of them are bad. Some are soso. Some are good, but not good enough. Sometimes though, we receive something extraordinary. Like the prototype of Legacy: testament of duke de Crecy. Like the prototype of Tides of Time. Like the prototype of Crazy Karts; a game that is unique, original and extremely fun to play. Finding such a gem is one of the most exciting moments in my job,” said Portal Games CEO Ignacy Trzewiczek. “I vividly remember my first game of Legacy, my first game of Tides of Time and with no doubt, for years I will remember the afternoon when we played the prototype of Crazy Karts for the first time. We looked at each other, we smiled and we all – all people at the table – knew that we have something special here.”

Crazy Karts is for 3 to 8 players, ages 8 or older and takes approximately 45 minutes to play. The game includes 72 cards, 5 double sided track boards, 9 player boards, 4 power tracks, 4 speedometers, 4 player screens, 63 tiles, 4 wooden cart tokens with stickers, and a rulebook. Crazy Karts will be released at Origins 2016 in June and will be available worldwide at the same time. MSRP will be announced at later date. For more information, you can visit the Crazy Karts page on our website at http://portalgames.pl/new_en/all-game-list/crazy-karts/

About Portal Games
Portal Games is a publisher of award-winning games such as Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Tides of Time, Legacy, and Neuroshima Hex. Founded in Poland in 1999, Portal Games has developed into one of the most renowned European game publishers and design teams. Their commitment is to produce only the highest quality Board Games That Tell Stories.

Image from www.dailyworkerplacement.com/

Image from www.dailyworkerplacement.com/

The Daily Worker Placement has conducted a series of surveys of board gamers, and their second survey asked questions pertaining to the people that gamers’ play with.  As a premise for the survey, The Daily Worker Placement stated that “much of the importance of board gaming [a]s a hobby is the fact [that] it gets us playing with our friends, family, and even strangers. Games are a unique way to mediate the world and to have fun with other folks at the same time.”

A basic summary of the results is as follows:

  • Do you have a gaming partner?  79.2% YES
  • Do you game with family members?  Nearly 75% YES
  • Do you play games solo?  Nearly 45% YES
  • Outside of family, who do you play games with?  85.8% FRIENDS

Other results revealed that most people game between 6-10 hours per week, and that most people find time and life responsibilities of various kinds prevent them from playing as much as they’d like.

For the entire results of the survey, see the full article here.

brick party

Are you better at building with plastic bricks… or explaining how to do it? What if you have to build with your eyes closed or using only one hand? What if you must explain it without speaking? Can you still be faster than your opponents?

Renegade Game Studios will be partnering with Italian publisher Post Scriptum to bring Brick Party to North America.  Brick Party is a “funny and frenzied game of crazy building”, in which players will reveal special rules for each round, choose a teammate, grab the blocks and build the shape you choose faster than the others players.

“We are really excited to be working with Mario and his team at Post Scriptum,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “They put together something really special and we look forward to bringing it to gamers in North America.”

Brick Party will be available in stores in the early summer of 2016.  The games plays in 15-30 minutes and is for 2-9 players ages 5+.  It will be featured at the GAMA Trade Show in March of 2016 and will be available for preorder at the show.

For more information on Brick Party and this new partnership between the two companies, visit the Renegade Games website here.