I know this news is about as surprising as hearing that the sky is blue, but Asmodee has acquired another company in their quest to be the biggest and best game company out there. This time around they acquired the company Bezzerwizzer Nordic, publishers of their name-sake game Bezzerwizzer and the party game Hint. Bezzerwizzer is a trivia style game with some added mechanics, and is a favorite of Eric Summerer, and Hint is a party game about getting others to guess what you are hinting at without saying the forbidden word. Bezzerwizzer saw an English language release back in 2008 and Hint has not been released in English. Also with Asmodee already distributing for Bezzerwizer Nordic, it will be a quick jump to distributing their games to all the other countries Asmodee is present in. So a new edition of Bezzerwizzer and an English language version of Hint may be on the horizon. See the press release below for more information.
BEZZERWIZZER NORDIC JOINS ASMODEE
Asmodee Group has announced today the acquisition of the game studio Bezzerwizzer Nordic.
Established in 2006 by Birgitte and Jesper Bülow, Bezzerwizzer is one of the leading game publishers in the Nordics with its main titles Bezzerwizzer and Hint. Asmodee already
distributes both games in Nordic countries.
“We are excited and proud to become part of Asmodee. Having built a strong Nordic position in trivia and party games, we are ready to bring our games to players in other parts of the world
as a member of the Asmodee family, who shares our dedication to high quality board games.” said Jesper Bülow, Bezzerwizzer Nordics CEO.
Bezzerwizzer becomes Asmodee’s 14th studio and brings its expertise in developing successful trivia games with creative developing & marketing teams to the Group.
Asmodee has offices in 18 countries: USA, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Poland, Chile, Belgium, Brazil, Taiwan and
China. The company also relies on 14 publishing studios spread around the world and distributes products in over 50 countries.
“We are delighted to welcome Birgitte, Jesper and the Bezzerwizzer team into the Asmodee family. Thanks to our global distribution network we will bring the studio’s products to new players around the world.” said Stéphane Carville CEO of Asmodee Group.
Aimed directly, and only, at experienced board gamers, Mechanisms: A Posh Party Game is a party game where the more knowledgeable you are about the board gaming hobby, the better you’ll be at the game. Designed by Daniel Zayas and Derek Funkhouser, Mechanisms “uses an assortment of component props to get you and your friends to guess game mechanisms.”
The designers are emphasizing that Mechanisms is for gamers in the know and not for newbies to the hobby. Quoting directly from the Kickstarter introduction video:
Mechanisms isn’t a party game for those who know games it’s for the rare breed who understands them. See, when a gamer becomes…”a gamer”…their game becomes Mechanisms.
For a more detailed look and explanation of the rules, be sure to check out the currently running Kickstarter.
Aaron Smith is making his debut in board gaming on Kickstarter with his new game, Sheeple. Sheeple is a party game that takes some hints from Scattergories, and adds some twists to it. In this game you will start the round by pulling a category card, whoever is the active player will pick the category. From there you will have 60 seconds to write down as many answers as you can think of, but keep in mind you don’t want to be too unique or too common with your answers. After time is up you will start reading off answers. If you match with 3 or more people then you all earn one point for that answer, match with exactly one other person and you both get two points for that answer, match with no one and you get nothing. After all the answers are read and you total your points, you then move your pawn on the board that many spaces. Where you land could be an event space, moving you some number of spaces, a sheep space where you draw a card and do what it says, or just a boring empty space that does nothing special. First person to the Ewe-niversity is the winner!
Sheeple is a fairly straight forward game, but often good party games are, and the sheep art is cute as well. A copy of the base game will set up back $25 plus shipping, and for an additional $10 you can get the Angle/Devil card pack along with it. These decks add additional cards to use for when you have to draw a sheep card, with the devil deck being NSFW themed, and the angel deck being Christian themed. Some if these kinds of party games interest you, then check out the Kickstarter campaign today.
Concept is a popular party where players try to guess a word or phrase using a series of icons to represent icons. Now Repos Production has developed a new version especially designed for children who do not know how to read yet. Concept Kids: Animals is a cooperative game for children ages 4 and up where players attempt to guess the name of an animal being described by the icons on the board. The child friendly board groups the icons in recognizable characteristics of animals: where it lives, what color it is, how it travels, physical features, what it eats, and if it is a day or night time creature. It is an excellent way for young children to learn how to describe various animals. The game contains 110 colorful illustrations of animals to be guessed. Players will attempt to guess 12 animals each game, attempting to earn the highest score possible as a group: Legendary Lions! Go to Repos Production website to learn more about Concept Kids: Animals.
When it comes to spellcasting, the Harry Potter series has a fairly firm monopoly on the idea of swishing and flicking a wand about. While style hardly originated within that fiction, it’s undeniable that the act of drawing intricate patterns in the air with a gnarled stick was taken to new levels of popularity because of J.K. Rowling’s genius world-building. We’ve all been there, we’ve all vainly tried to cast Leviosa with a nice branch or replica at some point, it’s okay. Buzzy Games understands this, and that’s why their newest title, Abra Kazam! is all about it. In this party game arriving this month in time for Essen, 3 to 8 players take turns demonstrating charms from a drawn card, while all other players try to identify the spell based on the movements in order to score them.
“Abra Kazam! offers a friendly and fun experience that brings together all ages, from 7 to 99 years, around a spell-casting contest. Gather up to 8 wizards and make room around the table for the Charms contest. At your turn, grab the magic wand and try to make the others guess your spell by drawing in the air the magic move of your card. The first to find the corresponding card on the table becomes the Wizard. But he will have to play by following the challenge just revealed on the back of the card.”
Guessing the spell correctly, while rewarding you with the card as a point, also binds you to a challenge, which will either limit your speech or your movements, making you work harder to cast or guess. Maybe you’ll have to cast your next spell with your arms outstretched, or maybe you’ve become paranoid of a dragon and you have to shout “It’s coming!!” before making any guess or face a penalty. While the restrictions may or may not work as a catch-up mechanism, they will absolutely be funny and mixing that kind of charm and theme with silly, goofy fun seems like a great mix to me. If you’re interested in learning more about Abra Kazam!, check out the product page on the distributor’s website for full rules and more.
If you love the smell of burning cottages in the morning, you’ve finally got the chance to burninate the universe with your favorite one-armed dragon in in Trogdor!! The Board Game. Fans of the web comic series Homestar Runner will get their fix of mayhem and destruction in a new game designed by James Earnest of Cheapass Games and the creators of Homestar Runner.
Starring Trogdor, the game is for 2 to 6 players who will cooperate to use the Wingaling dragon and cultist helpers to destroy the kingdom of Pleasantry by burning the cottages… and villagers. The playing field is a set of tiles laid out randomly each game. The players assume the role of the cultists who want to help Trogdor achieve this destruction. Each of the cultist ‘creepos’ has a different player power, such as moving in a different directly or taking a unique action.
Does this sound too easy? Well, there are also knights that are there to protect the villagers and make it much more difficult to torch things freely. Burninating the universe takes 30 to 45 minutes, making burninating much faster than most other methods of destruction.
The Kickstarter includes multiple backer levels that provide upgrades from wooden meeples to plastic minis and several options for deluxe (very deluxe!) storage boxes.
See the Kickstarter page and the BGG entry for more information.
New games from USAopoly tend to pop up with the seasons, but now they’re turning up the heat so-to-speak. Super Mario Brothers: Power Up Card Game (Underwater Edition) and Blank slate were both recently announced and will be headed to different specific retailers this summer! Of course the Super Mario Brothers: Power Up Card Game already exists, but this new edition transforms the whole thing into the infamous world 2-2 underwater level. The gameplay is the same, just now there’s a lovely aquatic look to all the cards, bloopers to worry about, and a reason to hum this theme song instead while you play. While the original game is available at most retailers, Walmart has the exclusive right to sell the Underwater Edition so you’ll need to head to the notoriously blue store for this new blue version.
Blank Slate, on the other hand, is Target exclusive and an all-new word association party game. A cue card shows a word and a blank, and everyone must quickly fill in the blank on their personal dry-erase boards. The goal isn’t to be particularly funny or devious, but rather to pick what you believe is the most common word associated with the cue card because, after revealing everyone’s boards, only the players with matching answers will score points. It’s very intriguing to have two games come out exclusive to each of these retailers, yet it’s indicative of their rivalry and both USAopoly and gamers benefit from this sort of competition. If you’re interested in either of these titles, be sure to check out your local stores or their websites soon.
The One Night series from Bezier Games continues to go strong with the last entry being One Night Ultimate Alien. This time around instead of aliens, or vampires, or werewolves, you are trying to out the super villains in your midst in One Night Ultimate Super Villains. But you aren’t just any ordinary citizens, you are members of SCOOP, the Super Club Of Overt Powers, and so you have your own abilities that will help you discover them. Expect lots of chaos and fun in this new version, with art by Gus Batts and app narration by the talented Eric Summerer.
You can find out more information from the press release below, and look for the launch of the Kickstarter in July and it to hit stores before 2018 ends.
Louisville, TN – June 18, 2018. Today Bézier Games announced One Night Ultimate Super Villains, a new standalone game in the One Night series.
Unbeknownst to the citizens of Shady Grove, USA, a battle is brewing while they sleep. The most powerful heroes the world has ever known have converged to stop an onslaught of malicious super villains. The trouble is, these nefarious criminals are hiding in plain sight as residents of Shady Grove, so the heroes first have to find these treacherous evil-doers before it’s too late…
In One Night Ultimate Super Villains™, players take on the roles of heroes or villains, each with amazing superpowers that help further their cause. The vile trio of Rapscallion, Dr. Peeker, and Henchman #7 are intent on getting away with their crimes, while the members of the Super Club Of Overt Powers (SCOOP), are all out to catch them. Shady Grove… maybe even the world… will never be the same.
One Night Ultimate Super Villains is a standalone game in the One Night series that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy, challenging you to capture the baddies and save the world! Super Villains can also be combined with the other entries in the series – One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Daybreak, Vampire, and Alien – to create even more fun and chaos.
While the free companion app is not required, it provides amazing narration from Eric Summerer that guides players through the night phase of the game. Super Villains features artwork from One Night artist Gus Batts, done in the classic 90’s Cartoon Network™ style.
One Night Ultimate Super Villains will initially launch on Kickstarter on Monday, July 30th, and will ship before the end of 2018.
Monikers: More Monikers adds to the loads of laughs of the popular game Monikers by adding 440 new cards, expanding the base game of the same card count. This newest addition to the Monikers family also includes enough room in its relatively giant box for storage of 2,000 cards in order to house the other expansions as well. The player count and game length are very flexible, but the general idea is that 4-20 players may take around an hour to play, and it is intended for players 18+ due to some mature card themes, not due to game complexity.
The game of Monikers is simple to learn and builds on several known concepts and brings them together in hilarious harmony. The overall goal is simple, whatever the card says, get your buds to guess it. But of course, it is slightly more complicated than that.
“The twist is that you play over three rounds, and each time, you have to give clues in different ways. So in the 1st round, you can say or do anything. In the 2nd, you can only use one word. And in the 3rd, you can only do charades.”
For more information on the base game of Monikers check out the Dice Tower page with helpful links by clicking here.
Party games like Monikers stay fresh with a bunch of cards to choose from, so even the same group can constantly revel in new ridiculousness. Plus, many of the cards in this newest set are extremely timely pop culture references so there is extra excitement in adding this to your Monikers lineup.
While there are numerous pledge levels for those who want to pick up additional cards, the cost for solely Monikers: More Monikers is only $25 plus shipping. Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign for Monikers: More Monikers by clicking here.
While we are spoiled for choice when it comes to party games based on vocabulary or word-play, there’s always room for a bit of a twist – especially if the twist rhymes! Designed by Adam Wyse, with art by Shane Houston, and soon to be published by Mayday Games, Poetry Slam challenges parties to guess words relevant to a given topic that are hidden in poems created by each player. The game will pop onto Kickstarter this spring season and is expected to release at Origins Game Fair in June 2018. As described in the press release:
“The Poetry Slam competition is on and all you have to do to win is compose a rhyming couplet to get the rest of the beatniks to guess your secret word! The game is played in three easy steps. Players start out by writing words based on a word prompt (similar to Scattergories), then you write a couplet using your word. In step three you read your couplet for the other players and they have to try to guess your word.”
Creating couplets each round certainly appeals to a different kind of audience than some party games, but there’s a pleasing amount of strategy involved in trying to hide a word in one. Not only does that stretch the creative muscles so-to-speak, but it also encourages a manner of composition intended to shift focus away from some words and towards others. Young writers especially might find a lot to learn through play, but no matter what it’s bound to be fun just hearing what your friends or family come up with. If you’re interested in learning more about Poetry Slam keep on eye on Mayday Games’ website for further announcements when the Kickstarter launches.
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