ThinkFun

Think Fun had some pretty good success with their first two Escape the Room games, Stargazer’s Manor and Gravely’s Retreat, so a third one seemed only logical.  In their latest email newsletter they announced they will be developing this new Escape the Room game to not only be scarier, but also far more difficult that the previous two.  In fact they are making the claim it will be the most difficult room escape game on the market.  This is a rather high bar, and hopefully they still make the game fun because you can easily make an escape room that is very difficult but not fun.  However, given how fun and interesting, albeit easy, the other two games have been, I am hopefully for this one as well.

Development is still fairly early, and they don’t expect to have it released until the second half of 2019.  You can read the full newsletter below, and sign up on their website for email updates to track the development of the game.

You’re getting this email because you signed up to be the first to hear about new content or games in ThinkFun’s “Escape the Room” line. It’s been awhile since we had news, but now we are thrilled to announce that we will be coming out with a third ‘Escape the Room’ game!

So what can we tell you about it? The most important thing is that we heard your feedback on our first two Escape games (Stargazer’s Manor and Dr. Gravely) – what we heard was that you want the game experience to be more difficult, and for it to be scarier. Asked and answered! Escape the Room 3 will be the hardest ‘escape’ style board game on the market, and it’ll be a good deal spookier than either of the first two.

For emphasis we’ll repeat ourselves – this will be the hardest escape style board game on the market.

We can’t announce the theme or any other specifics quite yet, expect to say that we’re expecting a release date in the second half of 2019. Our plan is to send, to this group of email subscribers only, updates between then and now with exclusive first looks at artwork, announcements on theme, and any other cool info that surfaces. We’ve never done this with a game before – usually we keep things under wraps – but we want to involve you in the process, and so we’re going to!

How can you help? It’s pretty basic: just share our new sign-up page for this email list with any friends you think might be interested. The more interest we can build ahead of time the better the product will do, and the better the product does the greater the chance that we’ll come back with an Escape the Room 4, and 5, and so on. So again, please send this page to anyone you can think of and have them sign up

Good morning (UK time) Gamers, here is your round up of the latest game announcements.

First up – Kingsburg. You heard it right.

The latest edition of this classic from designers Andrea Chiarvesio and Luca Iennaco has just been announced by Z-Man Games. Containing the base game, all five modules from the To Forge a Realm expansion, and the brand-new Alternate Advisor Rewards module, you will have more options than ever before!

Sadly this reporter could find no expected release date, but here’s hoping for 2017!

Not to be outdone, WizKids have been busy. Blade Runner 2049: Nexus Protocol is coming out in January 2018. Nicely timed to coincide with the new film coming out soon, this deduction game will have you using influence to meet contacts, gather information, and reveal evidence, to identify the replicant. Unless of course, the replicant is you!

Last, and by no means least, we have CMoN announcing DOJO KUN: THE BEAUTIFUL FIGHT . The good news is that this one is imminent, expect to see it in your FLGS around September 29th.

A mysterious letter with an invitation to enter Dojo Kun has arrived on your doorstep. Have you acquired the knowledge necessary to lead your Athletes to victory, or is there still a long way to go on your path?

And now for something completely different…..BUSINESS NEWS!

ThinkFun the leading developer of logic and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) games in the U.S. market, including the ever popular Escape the Room series have joined the renowned Ravensburger Family, following closely from Wonder Forge and BRIO .

It’s clear in the press release that this is seen as a really positive step for both parties, as they look to expand their range, and their penetration in the growing games market.

Good luck to them, and fingers crossed for more Escape the Room games!!

sneaky cards

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, ASTRA, has recently released their picks for the Best Toys for Kids for 2016.  For the most part it’s a lot of non-board game items, but they do have some game categories with board game winners worth mentioning.  And they are:

Choose your Own CategorySneaky Cards, published by Gamewright

Classic Play, 0-7 YearsRat-A-Tat Cat, published by Gamwright

little red riding hood

Game Play, 3-5 Years – Little Red Riding Hood, published by SmartGames AND Balance Beans, published by ThinkFun

happy salmon

Game Play, 6+ Years – Happy Salmon, published by North Star Games

Game Play, 8 Years+ – Dr. Eureka, published by Blue Orange Games

There are more awards given by ASTRA for other types of toys, so if you want to see the full list you can download it from the ASTRA site.