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Tasty Minstrel games have just released their latest newsletter detailing their plans in the run up to GenCon.

scoville labs

First up is the first expansion to their hot game Scoville – Scoville: Labs coming to kickstarter from August 11-20th.  The expansion will come in the smaller box size like Harbour with minimal components but a maximum amount of depth being added to the game.  Each player gets their own new 3×3 lab board that you can plant peppers on which no-one else can use.  It comes with additional wooden peppers, new recipe cards and pepper multiplier tokens.  You can sign up for text message notifications for Scoville: Labs here

TMG are also present at GenCon and are offering a text messaging service with last minute news and events here

cthulhu realms

They are also pleased to announce that Cthulhu Realms is waiting for them at GenCon but stock of these few pre-release copies is expected to sell fast.  It’s a family friendly Cthulhu game with funny artwork capturing the spirit of the mythos but in a funny way and is described as a child of Star Realms.

flip city

Flip City should be on retailers shelves soon.  This unique deck builder works without a hand and cards played directly from the top of the deck.  You play one at a time and can then buy a new card with any money you may have earned from those played cards.  You could end up playing bad cards as well as good but don’t play too many unhappy ones or your turn will end.

steam works

Steam Works is on pre order and is a steampunk themed worker placement game where you build machines using clockwork, steam or electricity.  You can get text notifications about when the game is available for pre order here

gold west

Gold West a resource management and area control game about building mining empires while you compete over the precious metals is nearing pre order.  Resources are managed using a mancala style supply track.  You can register for text updates about the pre-order here


vpg games distributers

Victory Point Games “The Little Game Company That Could” has announced their new system for determining what games will be distributed via traditional channels. Because of the way the company operates they have identified that they could potentially over-saturate the market with games that they are trying to keep in constant distribution to game stores.

To combat this problem they have elected that for future releases they will be selling games in a system akin to GMT Games P-500 system. If you do not know how GMT’s system works they will put up a game for pre-order on their website and when they get around 500 orders they will charge those that have committed to pre-order and then print up and ship out the game. Victory Point Games has identified that they don’t need to wait for that many pre-orders to send out games but they have determined that they will wait until they have somewhere between 500-1000 print on demand orders for a game before they start selling it to wholesale distributors.

With this system in place they anticipate being able to still offer as many new titles as previously. But hope that as a result of this new system they will not alienate game stores which have limited ability to carry inventory beyond a certain quantity. They describe this system as being a means to season the game so that there is an established demand for stores to see before copies are hitting their stores.

to read the full post by Victory Point Games head over to their site here.