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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.

It’s official folks, the winners of the Spiel des Jahres awards have all been announced.  The winner for the Spiel des Jahres, game of the year, is the tile laying game, Kingdomino by Bruno Cathala.  This game beat out the two other games, Magic Maze by Kasper Lapp and Race to El Dorado by Reiner Knizia, to win the title.  Kingdomino is an easy to learn and easy to play game, but comes with some nice decision making, and fits well into the family friendly atmosphere of previous Spiel des Jahres winners.  The game is available now so check out your FLGS to get this now award winning family game.

Also announced today was the winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres, connoisseur/expert game of the year, which is EXIT the Game, a room escape series from Kosmos.  This beat out the first Kickstarter game to be nominated, Raiders of the North Sea, and the fan favorite in other awards, Terraforming Mars.  As of right now there are three EXIT games released with more having been announced, so check out your FLGS to grab a copy today.

As for the Kinderspieal des Jahres, kids game of the year, that was announced as Ice Cool last month, so you can see our previous article to find out more about that game.

Gen Con is fast approaching and so new game announcements are going to be ramping up, and here we have three games coming from dV Giochi.  The first is BANG! Armed and Dangerous, an expansion to the card game that will bring some fresh new mechanics into the game to make it even more interesting.  In this expansion you will get the usual extra characters, but also now there are Dangerous cards with special abilities on them.  These Dangerous cards have to be loaded ahead of time before being used so you will know it’s coming, but the question will be can you stop it?  Find out at Gen Con.

Next up is another set being added to the Dark Tales line, this time adding on the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid.  Dark Tales: The Little Mermaid will add more cards to the game, giving you more opportunities to combo them together and score big points.  But in addition to that, they are also adding a Sea Pact deck that contains 20 cards giving you new ways to score points.  So if you want to add even more variety to you Dark Tales games, look for this expansion at Gen Con.

Finally dV Giochi will be debuting two games in their pocket room escape series, Deckscape, with Deckscape: Test Time and Deckscape: The Fate of London.  Both will feature you solving riddles and puzzles in a deck of cards as you try to solve the final riddle and escape.  In Test Time you have been selected by Dr. Thyme to help him with his inventions, but only if you can pass the test by escaping from his laboratory.  The Fate of London has you working as an investigator, trying to find all the bombs hidden in London before they go off and cause all sorts of chaos.  Give both of these games a try at Gen Con, and you can read below the press release from dV Giochi on all these games.

PRESS RELEASE

New releases at Gen Con 2017

 dV Giochi will once again exhibit at this year’s Gen Con in Indianapolis—the biggest U.S. boardgame fair! The dV Giochi booth is number 2843, in the Exhibit Hall.

During the show, dV Giochi will premiere two games from the Deckscape series, the deduction card game 3 Secrets, a new expansion for the world-famous card game BANG!—Armed and Dangerous—and an expansion for the Dark Tales card game—The Little Mermaid.

BANG! Armed & Dangerous

This upcoming new expansion for the BANG! card game holds many surprises, deadly weapons, powerful gear, and lethal ammo: the new Dangerous cards. It also features 8 new skillful Gunslingers.

During the game, you can add Load tokens to your Dangerous cards and your character, which you can use to activate your Dangerous cards, use the abilities of some characters, or to upgrade the effects of some brown-bordered cards! To reload a Dangerous card, you have to play a blue-bordered card or discard a card from your hand at the end of your turn. Then it will be ready to unleash on your rivals! 

  • Game idea: Emiliano Sciarra
  • No. of players: 4-7
  • Ages: 8-99
  • Artwork: Stefano Landini
  • Language: Italian and English

DARK TALES – The Little Mermaid

The Dark Tales card game series keeps growing! This time, players will be immersed in the ocean depths, experiencing the adventures of The Little Mermaid.

From the old Sea King to the graceful Prince, from the loving sisters to the perfidious Sea Witch: in the world of Dark Tales, new characters appear to create new and unexpected combinations!

This expansion includes a deck of 20 Sea Witch Pacts. Pact cards offer a new way to score Victory Points, draw cards, or gain other benefits, but each one comes at a price!

You will also find two new setting cards which can be used with any Dark Tales game to make each play different and engaging.

  • Game idea: Pierluca Zizzi
  • No. of players: 2-4
  • Ages: 14-99
  • Artwork: Dany Orizio
  • Language: English

DECKSCAPE Test Time

DECKSCAPE The Fate of London

Deckscape is a series of cooperative games inspired by real Escape Rooms, where a group of people are “trapped” inside a room full of puzzles and odd items.

The first title in the game series is Deckscape: Test Time: You have been selected by Doctor Thyme. If you are able to pass his exam and exit his Laboratory, you’ll get a unique chance to help him on his newest and greatest invention!

This game will be available in the U.S. for the first time at Gen Con.

The brand-new title in this “pocket escape room” series is Deckscape: The fate of London: A terrible threat hangs over London, and the Crown of England needs your help! Your mission is to find four devices hidden in secret locations and defuse them before midnight. A single mistake and the situation could degenerate quickly…

Deckscape: The Fate of London will make its international debut at Gen Con.

  • Game idea: Martino Chiacchiera and Silvano Sorrentino
  • No. of players: 1-6
  • Ages: 12-99
  • Artwork: Alberto Bontempi
  • Language: English

3 Secrets

3 Secrets is the new cooperative card game for aspiring detectives. The goal of the game is to unravel the three secrets of an unresolved case before time runs out.

One of the players takes on the role of an informant who knows the truth about the case: they know which secrets need to be discovered, and try their best to help the others guess them correctly. But the clock is ticking and clues are scarce. You must question the informant to gather useful information and find the solutions. If you grope around in the dark, the informant can reveal an important clue but this will cost you precious time! Use your best observing eye, lateral thinking, and deduction skills to unravel all the mysteries of the ambiguous characters that populate this game.

3 Secrets comes with a free app available for download at the Apple AppStore and on Google Play.

This game will be offered for the first time in the U.S. at Gen Con.

 About dV Giochi

The Italian company, founded in 2001, is fully committed to publishing and distributing board games and card games worldwide. Its games, with the dV Giochi brand, have won great acclaim in Italy and abroad: the most famous dV Giochi card game, BANG! is considered an “evergreen” in the game market.

Unlock, the card based room escape game released by Asmodee and Space Cowboys, is already getting accolades in the form of the Game of the Year award from International Games Festival.  This bodes well for the game, and with two introductory/demo scenarios already out for free, setting this game up to really take off.  The first three full scenarios of this now award winning game will be in stores soon!

Unlock! Wins Game of the Year As d’Or for 2017!

Brand-new, card-driven, escape room game from Space Cowboys picks up most prestigious award at the International Games Festival.

Paris, France

Unlock! Escape Adventures, the brand-new, card driven, escape room game from world renowned designer Cyril Demaegd was recently awarded“Game of the Year As d’Or for 2017” at the annual International Games Festival in Cannes, France.

Unlock! Escape Adventures is a new, card based game for two to six players from French studio Space Cowboys, where players find themselves in mysterious surroundings with minimal clues to help them escape! The free Unlock! Companion app (available to download from the App Storeor Google Play) is fully integrated into the game, keeping the pressure on with a countdown timer, providing valuable clues, and rewarding you for deciphering secret codes!

“All my thanks to the Festival des Jeux As d’Or jury for selecting Unlock! as their Game of the Show! We are extremely proud to have received this honour, which rewards the whole team for their hard work and dedication,” said Cyril Demaegd, Game Designer at Space Cowboys.  “Personally, I am a huge fan of escape room games involving thematic riddles and the pressure of the clock, and we’re thrilled that we were able to recreate the escape room experience in a cooperative card game.”

Eager fans keen to check out the award-winning Unlock! Escape Adventures can now download “The Elite,” a free demo scenario, that includes basic game rules and a brief tutorial, via www.spacecowboys.fr/unlock-demo.

Looks like the current fad among board game themes is the Room Escape Game with many version popping up everywhere from Kickstarter to even mass market shelves.  So not to miss out on the trend Asmodee is coming out with their own room escape games called Unlock, with each box of Unlock containing three room escape games of a different theme but similar mechanics.  In each scenario box is simply a deck of 60 numbered cards and a few cards labeled as the start cards.  In the game you will read and flip over the start card which will give you other numbers in the deck to pull out indicating the things you find around the room.  Items you find will be either blue or red, and you can combine blue and red items together to try and unlock chests, solve puzzles, and find new items to use in your escape.  Finding out if they actually go together is simple, add the numbers on the card together, and if that card number exists, then that combination works and you get the new card.  While this is all happening you will have a phone app running that will act as a timer, provide hints, and also check your final answer with the appropriate time penalties for wrong guesses.  Manage to finish the scenario in under 60 minutes and you win!

As a fan of room escape games and the upcoming Kickstarter game 7th Continent, which also has a system of finding different numbered cards through other card combinations, I am all about this game.  The first box of Unlock will contain three scenarios, The Formula, Squeek and Sausage, and The Island of Doctor Goorse, and will be on store shelves in the second quarter of 2017.  You can check out the preview on Asmodee’s site, which also includes a link to a demo scenario where you can try out the game system before its released.