Wizkids is shifting into game making overdrive as they have announced four new games within the last week. First game on the list is a reprint of a team style card game called Team Play. This is a card game made up of a deck of number cards and goal cards, with the object of the game to score the most points with your teammate. In the game you will have a hand of number cards as well as a goal card, the goal card will have some arrangement of numbers that you will need to have in your hand to score. Some of the arrangements include 2 pairs of uneven numbers, having 3 low numbers, 5 consecutive red numbers, and so on. During the game everyone will be passing cards between each other, without directly saying what it is they need, trying to get the numbers to satisfy their goal. You will have to deduce what your partner needs quickly, because at the end, it’s the team with the most points that will be the winners. Expect this game on store shelves in January of 2018.
Next up is a light, solo type game called Maiden’s Quest, where the princess is tired of waiting to be rescued so decides to fight her way out. On a given turn you will be faced with some obstacle or enemy, and you will have to use cards from your hand to overcome it. As you go along the encounters will get harder and harder, but once you conquer them all you are free! One interesting aspect of the game is that the cards have multiple orientations and are double sided, meaning each cards represents up to four items, encounters, or allies. Plus you have the ability to save the game mid way through, allowing you to pick the game back up later if you have to put it away. Look for this game to be released around May of next year.
After that is the silly dungeon quest game called Fungeon Party, where you will be doing all sorts of strange “quests”. This game definitely fits the silly bill as you will have 30 seconds per quest to complete the, with the average game having six quests to complete. What are these quests you ask? They are stacking dice on your forehead, bouncing them into the box, hitting a meeple surrounded by dice, and so on. Whoever can complete the most quests in the given time will be the winner. So if you like silly games like Dungeon Fighter, this one might be right up your alley. Check it out on store shelves in June of 2018.
And last, but certainly not least, Wizkids is trying their hand at the room escape game with Curio: The Lost Temple. The story in the game is that a sink hole appeared near the Tigris river that exposed a previously unknown temple to the world. As explorers you are answering the call to go into this lost temple to explore the mysteries it contains, but the second you all walk through the doors they shut, and sand starts pouring in around you. You and your fellow explorers will have to work together to solve all the different puzzles in order to unlock the doors and escape. One thing that Wizkids is trying to do with this game is not make it a one-time use game, but with a module system they intend for it to be playable over and over, even with the same group of people. Being a fan of other room escape games like EXIT and Unlock, this has me highly intrigued. Look for this to hit store shelves in May of 2018.
Dan and Phil, stars on Youtube known for their game videos, have decided to take to the tabletop and design their own board game. What resulted is a party card game called Truth Bombs, a game all about dropping truth bombs about your friends at the table. To play the game everyone will get answer sheets, and then question cards will be drawn until you have one fewer than the number of players. At that point everyone will pass their sheets to the left, and answer a question about the original owner of that answer sheet on questions like What do they secretly collect?, Which vegetable do they look like?, What’s the first thing they’d do if they had the power of invisibility? This will continue until your sheet makes it back around to you, then it’s time to read off the answers. After you have read all the answers you will then pick the best answer, and try to guess who it was that wrote that answer. Guess correctly and you and the person who wrote the answer gets a point, guess incorrectly and the writer still gets the point, but you get nothing. At the end, whoever has the most points will be the winner.
I see this game falling in to the same niche as Telestrations or Say Anything where the fun is in the answers and the scoring is pretty much meaningless. And given the types of questions that can be asked, combined with your friend’s sense of humor, this game could make for a great time at a party. The game is available now on Firebox.com and other online retailers, and you can read the press release below for more information.
Firebox.com – If you thought you knew everything there is to know about your friends, prepare to have a bomb dropped on your relationships. Introducing Dan and Phil’s first ever party game creation, Truth Bombs, available to buy Firebox.com, homeware and lifestyle retailer for people with imagination.
From the creative minds of YouTube stars Dan and Phil comes a party game that will expose funny facts and ridiculous revelations from your guests.
Truth Bombs pits you against your friends in an explosive battle of brutal honesty. Answer a series of funny and provocative questions about each other and prepare to hear some awkward admissions.
Pick a question, give your most truthful answer, then pass it on. Once a full cycle is complete, the truth will finally rear its ugly/hilarious head. Questions include:
What do they secretly collect?
Which vegetable do they look like?
What’s the first thing they’d do if they had the power of invisibility?
Points are awarded for best answer and whether the subject of the questions can guess who wrote the best answer.
You’re about to learn a lot more about the people you thought you knew best, so grab a pencil, choose a question and light the fuse to a devastating Truth Bomb.
Dan and Phil’s Truth Bombs is available at Firebox.com
For ages 14+
For 4-8 players
20 minutes to play
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Fruit Ninja, the extremely popular dexterity-testing app from Halfbrick Studios is coming to the board gaming scene with a bang. The Fruit Ninja Tabletop Game Series by Lucky Duck Games is now on Kickstarter and as it’s name suggests, there’s not just one game based on the mobile phenomenon, but three! A deck building game, a dice game, and a party game, which emphasize the prominent features of Fruit Ninja – speed, skill, and strawberries. As described on the campaign page:
“In order to build our dream game set, we contacted over 50 game designers from all over the world and opened our door to prototype submissions. We reviewed over 20 different prototypes and picked the 3 best games that were: Unique. Fast to Play. Fun and accessible.”
I do have to commend Halfbrick for coming into the board gaming scene as strong as they are, with a level of seriousness and sincerity apparent in a formidable set of games that together appeal to broad audiences. Their design philosophy behind Fruit Ninja is clearly represented in the games they chose, which have incredibly easy rules, a sense of speed and tension, and a distillation of fun. What’s even better is that these games can be backed individually or as a set, and impressively it appears that each one will still give you that authentic Fruit Ninja experience that fans enjoy while still being distinguishable from the other two. So whether you’re interested in any or all of them be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign page to learn more about The Fruit Ninja Tabletop Game Series.
Mad Moves is a crazy dancing party game on Kickstarter from designer Ashley Mady (Kick Ash Mady!) In Mad Moves, players are assigned a dance style and a category from a spinner. The category specifies an action, animal or person that you need to convey while doing the assigned dance. For instance, can you get people to guess that you are a T-Rex doing that limbo? Or a Ninja doing the twist? If no one can guess what you are acting out, you get a tomato card thrown at you, which cancels out category cards. Cards can force players to Dance Battle against an opponent, or strike a pose in a Freeze Dance. The Kickstarter offers a second “Midnight” spinner, with dances such as shimmy, belly dance and booty dance. There is even an optional buy for a mega sized edition, with a giant standing spinner.
The Kickstarter for Mad Moves continues through November 2, with delivery expected in June 2018.
Another week, another batch of Kickstarters worth a second look.
First up is a game designed specifically for the visually impaired in mind, and that is Megateh. This Japanese designed game is essentially a tactile version of the classic game Quarto, where you need to get 4 in a row of all the same shape, all the same height, or in a descending height. Players are blindfolded when playing the game so you will have to feel for the pieces, which consist of solid disks and discs with a hole in the middle, in order to place them. But you also have to feel for where to place them, figuring out where the other pieces have been placed already and trying to set yourself up to win, while not setting up your opponent to win. First person to get four in a row as described above wins! There are several pledge levels to get different versions of the game that range from a mini ceramic $18 model, up to a fully customized $88 wood model. So if this kind of game interests you, or want to support games designed for visually impaired players, then check out the Kickstarter page.
Next is the latest game from the Nickelodeon and IDW Games partnership, and that is Legend of Korra: Pro Bending Arena. This is a two player arena game where each player controls a pro bending team like the Fire Ferrets, White Falls Wolfbats, or the Red Sands Rabaroos. Each team has their own unique set of minis, team ability, and technique cards that will be used in the game. But before you start the game you have the option of creating your custom strategy deck, which is the deck of technique cards you will be pulling from during the game to play against your opponents. However, the deck doesn’t have to be static, as during the game you will have the ability to purchase more technique cards from your supply with chi that you have built up. Your players also will come equipped with trick card that give them powerful special abilities, but some of which cause you to roll the referee die, risking the possibility of your team member being ejected from the game. In the end it’s last man standing as you fight to knock the opposing team out of the ring, whoever is left is the winner. So if this sounds like an interesting game to you, check out the Kickstarter page.
After that is another arena combat game called Zero Gravity, that utilizes a unique gimmick in it’s gameplay. On it’s surface, Zero Gravity looks to be your normal arena battle game with each player controlling a team of combatants. You are racing to get thirty points which is done through taking out your opponents troops, capturing objectives, or completing achievements. First person to 30 points will be the winner. Now as for what makes this game unique, that comes in the board that you play on, a 3D board which has playing surfaces on every interior surface. Also each miniature comes equipped with a magnet, allowing them to stick to the walls and ceiling, bringing a typically 2D game into the 3rd dimension. This mean that sight and range lines are no longer just drawn on the board, now you will be drawing them in the area to see if your troop on the floor can hit the troop on the wall. Overall it looks to be an interesting game, and if you find it interesting to then head on over to the Kickstarter page.
For this project we have the ubiquitous Cards Against Humanity clone, but this time done by well known game company Steve Jackson Games. Conspiracy Theory is you typical draw a black card to get your prompt, and play white cards to complete the phrase in the most hilarious way possible. One major difference is that this game is all about conspiracy theories, like the title suggests, and so the cards being played are well withing the PG-13 realm. So if you are looking for a party, card game that isn’t so offensive, and has the typical Steve Jackson flair, check out it’s Kickstarter page.
Next is another party game called News@11, where you try to come up with the best news segment that you can. During the game you will have a producer, a lead anchor, and news anchors. The lead anchor will be the one who hands out the segment cards, telling you what kind of news report you will be giving. The different options include things like sports, weather, health & beauty, traffic and more. Each news anchor will have three of these segment cards for their morning, afternoon, and evening news segments. To populate these segments you will draw cue cards that have you fill in a word mad lib style, and you will use one cue for your morning segment, then add a second for afternoon, and finally a third for the evening. It’s these crazy combinations of words and segments that will generate a lot of the laughter in the game, and the best news caster will be selected as the winner. As for the producer, they will be handing out producer cards that keep things moving, but can also cause some chaos. So if you are looking for a new party game with a news feel to it, check out the Kickstarter page.
Following that we have another board game based on a television IP, and that is Warehouse 13 the Board Game. In Warehouse 13 the game you are playing as agents to either help or hurt the warehouse and to collect the artifacts that have been scattered around the world. In there game you will have several agents and one traitor, with the agents working to capture three artifacts, and the traitor working to have three artifacts lost, and then win the finale. Gameplay is a mix of dice and card play with dice being rolled to set the difficulty of retrieving the artifact, or used to pass attribute tests that have been placed on different locations. The cards are what you will be playing to acquire clues and eventually acquire the artifact. However, the traitor has many ways to affect these endeavors, and if any of several conditions are met, then the artifact is lost to the Adversary and they move one step closer to winning. Each game is called an episode and if the villains get three artifacts, the finale happens where has the agents trying to foil his final plan before he wins. Each character is pulled straight from the show and each has their own special abilities that can be used once an episode or season, or is always available. So if you enjoy these puzzle type games with a traitor, or are looking for a Warehouse 13 themed game, check out this Kickstarter.
And finally we have the latest from Mindclash Games, makers of Anachrony and Trickerion, a new area control style game called Cerebria. In Cerebria you are playing the role of either Bliss or Gloom, trying to spread your influence to all the denizens of the town. You will does this through various area control aspects such as allies in different locations, a scoring tower in the middle of the board, and your allies presence. After you pick a side you will play the game by carrying out actions on your spirit board. You have many actions to choose from and you will be playing cards from your hand as well to move around the board, affect emotions on the board, put out new emotions, and other actions. As you do these things you will begin to use up resources from different spheres on the board, when one is empty there is a scoring round where you check to see if you achieved varying aspirations. Achieving these aspirations gets you pieces of a tower placed in the center, of which their height and facing affect different actions on the board. At the end, whoever has more of their color in the tower at the end is the winner of the game. This is just a brief overview and there is much more to the game, so if you want to find out more then head on over to the Kickstarter page.
Fear not gentle readers, after taking a week off for GenCant I am back to give you another full blast of Kickstarter goodness, so lets see what’s been happening.
First up is a board game accessory in the form of the Omnitray. This aims to bring the organization prowess of trays like seen in Zombicide Black Plague, and adapt them to fit multiple different games. This is achieved by having a base layout with openings to add in modules for circular tokens, cards, or 2mm or 3mm thick tokens. These different modules make the tray compatible with over a dozen games including Descent, Doom, and Elder Sign. So if you need help keeping yourself organized, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next is the latest campaign from Mayday Games to get you a nice Crokinole board for a decent price. While there are some additions that you can add such as a carrying bag or a clock face, for the most part this campaign is all about getting you the board, discs, and disc container. Having backed the 2017 version of this I can say the board is excellent and plays great, even if there were some hiccups during production and some slight damage on the outside. But for a large solid wood game like this, $99 plus shipping is a hard price to beat for a fun game that most any age can play. Crokinole for those who don’t know is a dexterity game where you are attempting you flick your discs into the center hole, or at least get close. There are rules for where you disc has to stop or if it has to hit another player’s disc, but that is the gist of the rules, flick a disc and score as high as you can. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information on the game and the board.
Next is an expansion to a highly popular party game, Vegas Wits and Wagers. This is an expansion to the Wits and Wagers Party game and includes some new features that make the game even more fun. Key to that is a bigger mat for bets to be placed on, with the inclusion of safe bets for guessing if the answer is higher or lower, long shots by betting on people, and a place to store extra chips for each round. Also included are mats that can be used to close off slots of the board for various player counts, and additional question cards with more up to date questions. All of this makes this expansion an essential item for fans of the game. You can pledge for just the expansion, or the expansion and the full game as you will not be able to play the game with just Vegas Wits and Wagers. Head on over to the Kickstarter page to see it in all it’s glory. (including the swaddling of a medium sized dog in the new mat)
After this is the obligatory dice project, and that is HEX, the magically minimal die. What’s interesting about the HEX die is that while it’s sitting on the table, it just looks like a useless cube. Pick up and roll it however and the pips will light up, showing the result of your roll. Special attention was paid to long shelf life, giving the initial batteries a shelf life of several years, and a usage life of up to a year. So if you are looking for your next piece of gaming gadgetry, check out this Kickstarter.
Then we have a game that’s all about a dog’s life, simply called, A Dog’s Life. This is a family weight game where each player plays a different kind of dog, trying to bury three bones at their homestead before anydog else. On your turn you have lots of options from piddling on lamp posts, drinking from the fountain, delivering newspapers, fighting the other dogs, rummaging in the trash and more. The results of each action are going to be determined by the cards you play, with each one having different aspects like higher fighting strength, or giving you a bone for delivering a newspaper, to finding more food in a trashcan. You will have to keep your stomach full, bladder empty, and keep moving to avoid the dog catcher and collect your bones. First dog to bury their third bone will be top dog. You can check out the Kickstarter page for more info on this adorable game, and it even has an option to have the dog minis hand painted.
Up next is a new skirmish game being called Avertigos that features steam punk style Chinese boats as airships, fighting it out in the sky or on land with troops. This game can be played as a skirmish game where each play outfits a couple ships and comes out fighting. Each player can pick a ship type, with different health and action point allowances, and then take turns drafting upgrade cards. These upgrades have miniatures of them that you attach directly to your ship, making it look like it’s ready for battle. Movement is done with cards and combat is resolved through dice rolling, and or course, whoever survives will be the winner. There is also a strategy game mode where you will be fighting over trade routes on the board in an area control style game. But taking over the different islands is not so easy because there are natives populating these places, and they don’t take kindly to your trying to take over. So if this game has peaked your interest, check out their Kickstarter page.
And finally, we have another Kickstarter for gaming tables, this time in the portable variety. Game Anywhere Tables are folding tables with the typical gamer add-ons like card holders, cup holders, trays for tokens, cards, and even player shields and rulebook holders. Also typical of gaming tables, these are not cheap, having a price tag of $299 for early bird on just the basic 4′ x 4′ table with no extra frills. As you add more customized options the price goes up, but with the option for a foldable table that is 6′ x 4′ and includes all these extras, it may just be worth the cost. You can check out the tables and all the different options on their Kickstarter page, and then start saving up to make the payments on them.
Food themed games have been popping up lately, and here is another one that takes the buffet style approach in gameplay and theme. Smorgasboard plays like a food themed version of Cranium, where you will be playing one of four different games revolving around food. First is 4BIDDEN-FRUIT, this mini game plays like Taboo and has you trying to get your team to guess the food, without saying it’s name or 4 other words which are forbidden. Second is KITCHEN-KAOS, in this game it’s a race to find the food in an anagram that will either complete the classic recipe, or spoil the recipe. Third is NUÜDLE-DOODLE, here you are playing Pictionary to get your team to guess the food, but the trick is that you can’t lift your pencil once it touches the paper, making your drawing look like a pile of noodles. And last we have TASTO-QUEST, this is where you will answer general food knowledge questions, true/false questions, or multiple choice questions. As your team succeeds in each of the mini games you will move your pawn around the track, be the first one to the finish line to win!
Smorgasboard will no doubt hit home for food lovers who like mass market party games like Taboo and Cranium, and the wonderfully stylized art helps that as well. This game also boasts being conceived, designed, and made in Ireland, something that might be important to discerning backers. Another unique feature of the game is that they are including an app “booster pack” which increases the number of cards in the game significantly, making sure the game never gets stale. You can read more about the game and pledge for it on their Kickstarter page.
First in our lineup is the dungeon crawl game from Greenbrier Games called Folklore: The Affliction. This is an RPG style board game where you are playing characters trying to investigate and drive back the evil that is gripping the land. The game is themed around the horror genre so you will be fighting things like vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and more. In an interesting twist for this game, if you are killed you will become a ghost yourself, being able to continue with the party and attack enemies from beyond the grave. The scale of the game is on two levels, with movement between locations being done on a map board with one pawn denoting the whole group. Then when you arrive at a location it will zoom in to all of your characters being on another board representing the location for you to explore and fight monsters on. The game comes packaged with a campaign broken up into smaller chapters that can be played in one sitting, allowing you to tailor the game length to your desires. Look for this horror dungeon crawl on store shelves next month.
Coming later this month is a new game from Breaking Games called Sparkle*Kitty, a quick card game that turns the helpless princess trope on it’s head. In the game you each play a different princess trying to escape from the “Cursed “No Cursing” tower“. Not much else has been released about the game other then it being released later this month, and that the art is fabulous. So keep an eye out for the game and hopefully it’s good.
Keeping with the light-hearted theme we have the next release from North Star Games, Happy Salmon Blue Fish. Those hoping for an expansion to this loud and crazy party game will be a bit disappointed, but if you wanted more players in a single game then look no further. Happy Salmon Blue Fish contains all the same cards and components as the original, only this time the player colors are different than those contained in the original green fish edition of the game. This makes it easy to ramp the player count all the way up to 12, making for a game that is even louder and crazier than before. So if you want to have more players, or just prefer the blue color, look for this edition on store shelves in September.
Wizkids has announced their latest game, and it is the generically named Empires, a new trading and negotiation type game. In Empires, 2 to 10 players will try to expand their kingdom across the land by acquiring support. To get support “by supplying your people with goods; goods are produced when your people work in your territories. Players can gain people, territories, goods, and supporters by winning wars. Wars will be won by the armies raised by paying gold. Gold can be earned by winning wars and by selling goods.” So as you can see there is a lot of shuffling around of resources, but you won’t always have all the resources you need, that’s where the trading comes in. You are allowed to trade anything and everything between players, goods, player powers, people, territories, whatever you have so that you can achieve your goal. So if this kind of game intrigues you, look for it on store shelves in October of this year.
Next we have something that is exciting for Tom Vasel, and that is the impending release of the next game in the Dice Tower Essentials line, Critical Mass. The game used to be known as Starborne, and is a two player card battle game with some deck building. Each player will pick their mech, and each mech comes with it’s own unique starting deck of cards. From there you will play cards against each other attacking, defending, and upgrading. Attacking and defending as self explanatory, and the upgrading action is what allows you to get more cards into your deck. However, as you play more cards you will start to run out, and you don’t get cards back until you do a reload action. As you take hits you will lose armor, lose too much armor and your core becomes vulnerable, allowing your opponent to stun you for a turn. The winner will be the one who destroys all the armor on their opponent’s mech first. Look for this game on the shelves of your FLGS in November.
Finally we have two new games coming from Ankama games later this year in Dino Party and Stellium. Dino Party is a party game at the end of the age of dinosaurs, where you and your friends are trying to grow your herd and get to the protected spaces. But with disasters happening all around you, will you be able to make it? This quick party game will be released next month.
Stellium is a new abstract game where you are creators of the universe in the midst of creating that universe. On a turn you will draw a colorful marble from a bag and place it on the board, aiming to arrange the marbles in specific ways to satisfy contracts. But since this is being done by everyone on the same board, you have to be careful not to setup your opponent to score instead of you. An additional layer of strategy is added with variable player powers, allowing you to place a marble and then manipulate them in different ways. Look for this game to be released in October of this year.
Wizkids has announced Who Should We Eat?, a lighthearted social card game about… well… cannibalism. 4-10 players take on the roles of plane crash survivors on a deserted island, trying to gather resources to build a raft and escape. Unfortunately, food is scarce and your fellow players are edible. Players track food, resources and sanity, and trials can determine if someone is eaten.
The game comes with a set of straws for drawing long or short, but sometimes a good old fashioned knife fight is the only way to decide such matters. Eaten characters come back as ghosts and exact revenge on the living. Can anyone escape the island by collecting enough resources before their sanity runs out and win the game? Who Should We Eat? is expected in October 2017, and you can check out Wizkid’s official website description here.
Target is quickly seeing the benefit of offering better and more varied games on their shelves, and by benefit I mean they are making good money on them. So in order to stay ahead of the game they are continuing their method of getting boat loads of exclusive games that will only appear on their shelves. So this past weekend saw the addition of over 50 of those games ranging from 90’s themed games, party games, and rustic editions of classic games where they made games like Risk completely out of wood. Some of the titles you will see now include:
- Exploding Kittens Party Edition, an exclusive expansion pack to the mega-popular Exploding Kittens
- Sunken Sailor, a Pictionary-type game from Finland with a distinctive Scandinavian design and a wooden box
- Pling Pong, a Kickstarter game similar to beer pong in that you are bouncing balls into cups, but with no alcohol involved and is much more colorful
- Deer Lord, a party game where players are challenged to do crazy things without being called out on them.
- Coding games from Think Fun: On the Brink, Rover Control, and Robot Repair
And this is just a small selection of the games. You can read more about these additions on the Forbes website, or just browse the game aisle of your local Target today.
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