Potion Explosion

A new distribution agreement has been struck to bring Horrible Games’ titles to the U.S. and Canada. The Italian-based publisher will have all games for the foreseeable future brought to North America by Canada-based publisher and distributor Luma Games. Horrible Games to be carried by this deal include hits like Potion Explosion, Dragon Castle, and Railroad Ink, but this will also include all future titles from the publisher as well. This is a mutually beneficial deal which will see more exposure for both companies across North America.

“Under the new agreement, Luma will distribute all our upcoming games, including Similo and The King’s Dilemma, and take over distribution of backlist games such as Potion Explosion, Dragon Castle, and Railroad Ink as existing stock sells down and new printings are done. Luma will also handle retail and event support for our catalog.”

Keen observers will notice that this is a huge boon for Horrible Games as Luma is taking over the exact same capacity that CMON did for all of their current catalog. While CMON will no longer be distributing the above-mentioned titles after the stock sells, the prolific publisher already has a release schedule and brand presence that is strong on it’s own. On the other hand, Luma has only been able to distribute a select few titles, such as Museum and Memoarrr!, and this partnership will surely escalate their outreach and footprint in the states through Horrible Games’ existing excellent catalog. If you’re interested in reading more about this distribution agreement, or want to learn more about Horrible Games or Luma Games, check out their websites for their own news posts and products.

Horrible Games are making moves on the digital marketplace with two announcements. The first is Dragon Castle, which will be making it’s app debut next year. Now the tense, tactical, tile picking-and-placing game will be available on the go or PC and is sure to have some exciting multiplayer features. This is amazing news, as Dragon Castle is an excellent game that deserves the digital treatment and the exposure that comes with it.

“We’re doing it again! We’re happy to announce that we’re going to publish a digital version of Dragon Castle! The app version is now in development, and is planned for release in 2019. Originally developed by the terrific trio Lorenzo Silva / Hjalmar Hach / Luca Ricciand illustrated by Cinyee Chiu, the game will be converted to the digital format by Studio Clangore, the same development team behind the Potion Explosion app.”

The second announcement involves Potion Explosion, which already exists as an app, having it’s first expansion – The Fifth Ingredient – available for download today. It can be bought as DLC inside the app, and it’ll unlock all the great features added by the physical version. Now you can play with the titular fifth ingredient, the wild ectoplasm, along with the new professors, their scolding and reward tokens, and the new potion types as well. Horrible Games also boasts that the addition includes some new animations an updated soundtrack, and an interactive tutorial! If you’re interested in learning more about these announcements, be sure to check out Horrible Games’ website for further releases and updates.

Potion Explosion, a board game where you collect ingredients to make potions, is coming out with a second edition and new a new expansion.  The first edition of the game was great, and the second edition will be identical in all regards, except for one major part.  In the first edition of the game the dispenser that holds all the marbles was assembled by players out of cardboard, and just didn’t feel that sturdy when it was being used.  The second edition fixes that with an all new plastic dispenser that comes assembled so you can pop it out the box and off you go.  Game play doesn’t change and you are still collecting marbles to make potions and score the most points.

As for the expansion, this one is called Potion Explosion: The 6th Student, and adds not only the components needed to go up to 6 players, but also includes the plastic dispenser, and all new gameplay elements.  Some of the new gameplay options include mandragora leaves, an ingredient that you collect and explode like all the other ingredients, but when used in potions counts as a wild.  But be careful, even though it’s wild, it can’t be mixed with any other ingredients.  Also being added are potions that require multiple players in order to create, and a game mode utilizing two dispensers for when you are playing with 5 or 6 players.  So if you like Potion Explosion then check out this expansion for sure.

Both the second edition of the game and the 6th Student expansion will be available at Essen later this year, and then look for it on store shelves shortly after that.

Potion Explosion, published originally by Horrible Games and later by Cool Mini or Not, invited up to 4 players into it’s zany Harry Potter-esque potions class for a fun time using marbles and chain reactions. The game is unique in how it uses marbles and gravity with resource management and set collection, and it’s quite fun if not at least delightful to see on a table. Now the game’s first expansion, The Fifth Ingredient, is coming soon and once again players will return to the classroom for potion mixing madness. As per CMON’s announcement:

 “Professor Humblescore is back, and he has some new tricks to teach. The Fifth Ingredient adds new Potions, Professor tiles, Reward and Scolding tokens, a Ghastly Cauldron, and a wild new ingredient: Ghost Ectoplasm!”

When I first got my chance to play Potion Explosion, I soon caught the rumor of an expansion that would add a wild ingredient to the mix and have been excited to hear about how it would affect the game. We know now that this new type of marble not only counts as any color of ingredient for potions, but it also consistently causes explosions when impacting with other ingredients to the dispenser. A cauldron is added that will mechanically work to exchange and carry ectoplasm, as well as allowing players to trade for them with certain actions. There are also new potions that can be made and imbibed throughout the game that interact with this new resource as well.

Perhaps the most interesting addition are the new professors. Each one comes with their own rules and tiles that affect a given game, some giving rewards or scolding depending on how well one adheres to their instruction. There’s a lot this expansion adds that can give a game with a good table presence and a unique mechanic the depth that it deserves and I definitely look forward to seeing it. Potion Explosion: The Fifth Element, will be releasing very soon (June 23rd by the CMON announcement) and if you’re interested in more information, be sure to visit CMON’s web page.

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CoolMiniOrNot (CMON) has recently announced that they will be publishing the English version of the new game Potion Explosion, originally from Horrible Games.

Potion Explosion gathered a lot of attention at this year’s Essen due to its unique components and creative design. Built to emulate games such as Bejeweled and Candy Crush, Potion Explosion sets out to bring these highly acclaimed mobile games to the tabletop.

The game is listed as a family style game where players must remove colored marbles from the dispenser filled with other marbles lined up in rows. When removing a marble would cause multiple of the same colored marbles to line up, players get to collect the matching marbles to save for later. Players will use their marbles to create potions in a race to win the game.

Tom Vasel’s recent review gives it an approved rating saying:

“I would consider this a gateway style game, a game in which to get people into the hobby. Certainly interesting, unique and refreshing.”

Potion Explosion is set to join CMON’s “Or Not” line of games in the first quarter of 2016. Other recent games from their “Or Not” line include Queen’s Necklace and Xenoshyft. Horrible Games is also known for other games such as Steam Park, Dungeon Fighter, and Co-Mix.

You can read the announcement here.