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Gamewright has been in the business of making family games for 25 years. To celebrate this milestone, Gamewright is releasing a bunch of new games at the Toy Fair held in New York City, February 16-19. Here is a quick look at the titles to be released.

Guju Guju will receive it first English release from Gamewright.  In Guju Guju, a number of fruit cards are placed face up on the table and the rest is divided amongst the players.  Players take turns guesses which fruit is on the card they flip over from their deck.  When one guesses correctly, everyone races to discard their cards onto the matching fruit cards in the center of the table.  The first player who discard all his cards first wins.  Guju Guju plays 2-5 players, 6+, in 5-10 minutes. It comes with 120 cards.

Rat-a-Tat Roll is a follow up to Rat-a-Tat Cat.  In Rat-a-Tat Roll, player moved around the board trying to collect low cards (cats) while avoiding high cards (rats). Players choose how many dice they roll (one, two or three) for the best chance to land on the best spots. The player with the lowest score at the end wins. Rat-a-Tat Roll plays 2-5 players, 6+, in about 15 minutes. Contents include 45 cards, 15 tokens, 4 dice, 1 figurine, gameboard, and rules.

Twin It! also gets its first English release from Gamewright.  In Twin It! players quickly reveal card the cards on the table and seek to find matches before the others.  Over a hundred cards with colorful designs by Tom Vuarchex (Skull) look deceptively similar to other cards, so players have to be perceptive as well as quick. Twin It! plays 2-6 players, 6+, in 5-10 minutes. It comes with 135 cards and a sand timer.

Sushi Roll is a dice version of the ever popular Sushi Go! Instead of drafting cards, players draft dice from their conveyor belt and roll to place on their tray.  Menu tokens allow players to re-roll a dice and chopsticks allow players to swap dice with another player. Sushi Roll plays 2-5 players, 8+, in 20 minutes.  Contents include 30 dice, 40 scoring tokens, 20 pudding tokens, 18 menu tokens, 12 chopsticks tokens, 5 conveyor belts, 5 trays, dice bag, and rules.

Bloom is roll and write game where players roll colorful dice and circle the corresponding groups of flowers in matching color in the flower field (their score pad). Players need to make the most of their field as they decide how best to collect the flowers for their bouquets for scoring.  Bloom plays 2-5 players, 8+, in 20 minutes, and includes 6 dice, scorepad, and rules.

Punto is an abstract strategy game where players attempt to connect four of their cards in a row.  Players play cards next to each other to make or block connections.  Additionally, players can also place higher value cards on top of lower value cards, so card value during placement is very important.  Punto plays 2-4 players, 8+, in about 20 minutes, and includes 72 cards.

This Game Goes to Eleven is a clever hand management game named after a joke in the film This Is Spinal Tap.  Player play cards from their hand into a pile seeking to raise the pile sum to 11. If they reach exactly 11, they pass the pile to another player.  If they cause sum to exceed 11, they take the pile.  The first player to discard all their cards is the winner.  This Game Goes to Eleven plays 2-5 players, 8+, in about 20 minutes, and includes 72 cards.

 Whozit? Is a cooperative party game where player secretly pick a character from a lineup and tip off teammates by rating how well a pair of clues applies to your choice. Your team can only win by eliminating all of the unlikely suspects and correctly guessing your identity.  Whozit? plays 2+ players, ages 10+, in about 20 minutes.  Contents include 100 character cards, 50 clue cards, 10 number tokens, 10 number cards, a score board, clue meter, pawn, and rules.

Hello My Name Is is the latest party game from Gamewright. Each card looks like the well-known name tag but instead lists a trait.  Players play a trait and race to name someone who fits the description.  The player with the most trait cards at the end is the winner. Hello My Name Is plays 3-8 players, ages 12+, in about 15 minutes.

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Gamewright would like to announce a slew of new games up for release during 2016, many of which will be seen at this year’s Toy Fair in New York this February.

An overview of the games for this year includes:


• Go Away Monster! – Back by popular demand! Perfect “my first game”, with a brand new look.

• Ranglin’ Rabbits – A cooperative dice game for nimble-fingered bunny catchers.

• Sushi Go Party! – Deluxe edition of this best-selling game, featuring lots more cards.

• Cardventures – A new line of card-based games with an interactive story feature.

• Baba Yaga – An enchanting new signature card game, themed around the classic fairytale.

• Rolling America – The star-spangled dice game.

• Rory’s Story Cubes– Three thematic add-ons to this best-selling series: Medic, Score, and Intergalactic, plus new licensed editions.

• Skiwampus – A quick-playing brain-building game

• Bring Your Own Book – A new party game with a literary twist!

For those attending this year’s Toy Fair, you can find Gamewright’s booth at Booth #2167 in the Javits Center.  For more information on the above releases and reprints, read the full press release here.

The UK Games Expo (UKGE) wrapped up just this past Tuesday (June 2nd) and they have proclaimed another successful year of gaming and growth.  I think they said it best when describing the feeling at the end,

After all the planning, thousands of emails, 1000 tables to set up along with and I think a mile and half of cloth UKGE 2015 has come and gone in 3 days of crazy, helter skelter fun and I am not sure my pulse has yet slowed back down.

Now that 2015 is done they have an eye on 2016 with the release of their next year’s dates which will be June 3rd through 5th, so mark your calendars.  But as they move into 2016 they have fond memories of 2015, the best of which was Operation Lovebird which culminated in the first every UKGE marriage proposal of Dominick to Holly, which she said yes to (we here at Dice Tower News wish them the best in their marriage).  Maybe next year they can top that with their first UKGE wedding.

Attendance for this year increased nearly 20% with a final count of over 14,000 in attendance.  They expect the increase in attendance to continue so they are planning on 2016 to be even bigger and better;

To meet the needs of our many exhibitors, UKGE will now have at least 7000 sqm of trade space to use and will be the location of some of the National and International events, tournaments and championships. Some of the key attractions that will move to the NEC will include the Family Zone, costumed group areas, seminars and one part of our board game library.

Meanwhile, 3500 sqm of space at the Hilton Hotel will remain the focus of the Roleplaying Game sessions and many of our other tournaments, but will also have a massively increased open gaming space in the evening; with the entire Palace and Kings one huge open gaming space, allowing 2000+ gaming enthusiasts to sit and game at night time. UKGE also have plans for more LARP and living events.

Finally they have also put out their list for the UKGE Best Games Awards, and they are as follows:

Boardgame
Black Fleet – Space Cowboys, Asmodee
General Game
Cycling Party – Snake Eye Games
Board Games with Miniatures
Star Wars Imperial Assault – Fantasy Flight Games
Role Playing Games
Mutant Year Zero – Modiphius Games
Family Games
Waggle Dance – Grublin Games
Miniatures
Star Wars Armada – Fantasy Flight Games
Strategic Card and Dice Games
Elysium – Space Cowboys, Asmodee
General Card games
Sushi Go! – Gamewright
Children’s Game
Chickyboom – Blue Orange
Party Game
Cash’n Guns – Repos Production
Abstract Games
HexAgony – JJR Distributions Ltd
Expansions
Firefly, Blue Sun Rim Expansion Set – Gale Force Nine
Accessories 
Syrinscape – Syrinscape Pty Ltd
Honourable Mention:
You are the Hero by Jonathan Green

Keep an eye on the UKGE website to get more info and to register for next year.

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Though the year is far from over, 2014 has already been a banner year for Gamewright’s latest signature card game, Sushi Go! The game, created by Australian designer, Phil Walker-Harding, made its debut to great fanfare at the New York Toy Fair earlier this year and has quickly risen to become one of Gamewright’s hottest selling games. It has also garnered much praise from the game playing community and has won several awards, including an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold award.

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Driven by the strong world-wide demand for the game, Gamewright is proud to announce that they have forged six international publishing partnerships for Sushi Go!: Zoch Verlag (Germany), Cocktail Games (France), uplay.it (Italy), White Goblin Games (Netherlands), Devir Iberia (Spain/Portugal), and  Lifestyle (Russia). “We have been overwhelmed by the positive international response to the game; it illustrates how a simple yet compelling game play can transcend age, language and culture.” says, Jason Schneider, Gamewright’s Director of Product Development. Specific publishing dates have yet to be formally announced but most publishers should have the game available for retail purchase by the end of this year.

In addition to the international partnerships, Gamewright is also releasing a Soy Sauce Promo Pack, a four card booster set that can be added to the current base game for added depth of play. Soy sauce cards are worth four points if a player collects the most variety of card colors in a round. This limited edition promo pack will be available at the BoardGameGeek.com store for $5.00.

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The September issue of Spielbox magazine will include two new mini-expansions.

In Sushi Go, player will be able to add the Soy Sauce which includes 4 new cards which rewards players who collect a variety of colors.

For Carcassonne, Half & Half includes 12 “half” triangle landscape tiles. This expansion is available in two versions; the first in Spielbox Magazine and the other in the Hans im Glueck online store.

For more information on these expansion or to order your copy of Spielbox Magazine, visit their online store.