Van Ryder Games, publishers of Hostage Negotiator (2015), Saloon Tycoon (2016), and the upcoming Detective: City of Angels (2019), have issued a press release announcing their first ever Vendor Awards, recognizing the best of their industry partners. According to Van Ryder Head Honcho A. J. Porfirio, the awards were based on excellence in communication, relationship, service quality and price. A special shout out to , and congratulations to The Dice Tower Convention for winning Top Convention, and congratulations to all of the winners:
While a certain project just launched by CMON will be getting most of the attention, we still want to highlight some other good ones that might be worth backing.
First up is the reprint and re-theming by Indie Boards & Cards of the popular flip and write game, Avenue, now called Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama. How to play the game remains largely unchanged, where you flip a card to see what kind of road you can draw, and then drawings it on your personal map. Some of the changes being made to the game are the inclusion of double sided dry erase boards, meaning you no longer have to worry about running out of maps. Also being included are components for a 7th player of the game and decree cards which offer more variability when you play the game. Overall if you like this kind of game, or just missed out on Avenue the first time around, check out this Kickstarter today.
Next we have an expansion for the cowboy saloon building game called Saloon Tycoon: The Ranch Expansion from Van Ryder Games. Saloon Tycoon is all about building up your own saloon to be the best in the west, but others want to achieve that goal as well. You will take turns adding to your saloon, trying to satisfy you secret goals as well as public ones. Attracting citizens will help you out, but be careful of the outlaws, they just want to make trouble. The Ranch Expansion adds more tiles for you to build, cows and horses to wrangle, more characters, and four different mini expansion that are Kickstarter exclusive. You will also be able to add on the base game and the Boomtown expansion to expand your game even further. So if this sounds interesting to you, check out the Kickstarter.
Following that we have a new party game being done by Grail games called Hang 12. Hang 12 is a personal trivia type game where the active player will pick a beach to surf, and that beach determine what kind of trivia question they have to answer. Some of the question are “I have seen all the Star Wars movies”, or “I have eaten caviar before” and so on. The active player secretly answers either true or false and then everyone else guesses to see what the right answer was. If you are right you get to take the next level of point card, if you are wrong then you lose your current point card and start over. What makes the scoring interesting is that it’s a bit of push your luck because as you get more answers right in a row, you point card increases faster and faster, but get a question wrong and you lose it. Alternatively, if you don’t want to risk the points you play the surf card to ride the wave in and bank the points, moving closer to the 24 point victory. If this surf themed party game sound like something you want to try, check out the Kickstarter now.
After that we have a new cooperative game being designed by Chris Batarlis and Steve Avery called Metal Dawn. The game essentially has you playing out the Terminator movie before the robots have fully taken over, where you play agents fighting back against the machines. The game plays out like an area control game where you have to deploy your characters to different zones in Washington DC before they get overrun. You will have to find gear and gain intel to use against the constant onslaught of robots in order to turn the tide and secure the zones. Then you will have to use some of that intel on DOMINUS, the satellite that took over all the robotic enemies and started the rebellion. Once you bring him down to Earth he turns into a massive robot menace that once you defeat that, will finally end the robot uprising. Hopefully your skills are up to par and you have good teamwork, because DOMINUS will not go easy on you. Check out the Kickstarter today, and if you upgrade to the deluxe edition you also get rules to play the game competitively as well.
Last, and by certainly no means least, we have the expansion to the popular character creation game, Roll Player: Monsters and Minions by Thunderworks Games. Roll Player has you rolling dice to give your character stats, learn skills, gain traits, and equip them with the best armor and weapons you can manage. Roll Player: Monsters and Minions expands on that by adding more of what you want, more classes, more races, and more market items, including a brand new item type, scrolls. But what makes this expansion great is that now you take this character you crafted, and put them up against monsters like bugbears, goblins, vampires, and dragons. Hopefully the character you created is up the snuff or he may be taken out. You can check out the Kickstarter here, which is well past funded and blown through many stretch goals.
Van Ryder Games has listed several projects they are working on for 2017-2018.
Detective: City of Angels is a new big box noir style detective game set in Los Angeles in the 1940s. Players compete to solve crimes in this board game designed by Evan Derrick (Dark Moon) with art by Vincent Dutrait. Detective: CoA will be a Kickstarter project with a launch estimate of Summer/Fall 2017.
Saloon Tycoon will be getting an expansion via Kickstarter in Spring 2017. The Ranch Expansion adds a new player board, tiles, animals, and new characters.
Hostage Negotiator is getting Abductor Pack #8, designed by the lead play tester of Hostage Negotiator: Crime Wave, Mike Martins. Abductor Pack #8 is expected to release at GenCon.
The Big Score will have players completing small heists to build up to the biggest heist of them all. This new heist game by Chase Williams and Jason Mowery uses drafting and push your luck mechanisms, and is expected to start on Kickstarter in 2017.