Zach Weisman

titan series

Gateway games – the fun, easy-to-learn games that suck people into the hobby, are a very important part of growing the board gaming hobby. In order to make games accessible to anyone, Calliope Games has decided to create The Titan Series. From the Kickstarter:

The Titan Series is a line of gateway games—casual, family-friendly tabletop gamesbeing created by some of the best game designers (“Titans”) in the world. Each a legend within the gaming industry, these Titans are responsible for such wildly popular games as Magic: The Gathering, King of Tokyo, Shadowrun, MechWarrior, HeroClix, Quarriors!, Risk Legacy, and many more.

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Their plan is to release nine (or more) gateway games over the next 3 years. If you back the entire project, it will average around $16 per game – significantly less than the $30 retail price that they’re aiming for. Calliope is also relying on the backers to help with the game creating – honing the rules, choosing art, and voting on names.

Currently, the first three games (coming out in year 1) are:

  1. A worker placement game by Zach (Golem Arcana, Got ‘Em!) & Jordan Weisman (BattleTech, HeroClix, Shadowrun) with bidding, bluffing, and deduction
  2. A risk management game by Paul Peterson (Guillotine, Smash Up) where you move and manage your dice along pathways
  3. A party game by Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, King of Tokyo) where you get points for responding the same way as other people

Calliope plans for year 2 to have games by Eric Lang (XCom: The Board Game, Quarriors!), Seth Johnson (HeroClik, Golem Arcana), and Mike Selinker (Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Axis & Allies, Betrayal at House on the Hill). Year 3 will feature Mike Elliot (Dice Masters, Thunderstone), Rob Daviau (Betrayal at House on the Hill, Heroscape, Risk Legacy), and Mike Mulvihill (BattleTech, Shadowrun). Additional games will be unlocked in the stretch goals.

If you’re interested in the Titan Series, check out the Kickstarter here.

 

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Roll For It! Deluxe Edition

Designed by Chris Leder and first published in 2011, Roll For It is a dice rolling game where players match dice results to cards for points.  This deluxe edition features artwork from Echo Chernik, 48 metallic and translucent dice, a velvet dice bag embroidered with the Roll For It! logo, and an embossed tin with hinged lid.  The deluxe edition will be available during PAX Prime, August 29 through September 1 in Seattle, Washington.

Titan Series

Calliope Games also announced the Titan Series.  This series of nine “gateway” games is a

…collaboration between Calliope and master designers including: Rob Daviau, Michael Elliott, James Ernest, Matt Forbeck, Richard Garfield, Seth Johnson, Eric Lang, Mike Mulvihill, Paul Peterson, Mike Selinker, Jordan Weisman, and Zach Weisman.

The Titan Series will be initially all funded through Kickstarter and delivered to backers.  Afterwards, the series will be available in retail stores.  The press release also reports that a “sizable discount” will be available to backers of all nine games.

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Tsuro

Thunderbox Entertainment has teamed up with Calliope Games to bring Tsuro to the app world for Android and iOS.

“It was important to me that the soul of the game wasn’t lost in Tsuro’s transition from the table to the tablet” comments Ray Wehrs, President of Calliope Games. “Of all the developers who approached us looking to turn Tsuro into an app, Thunderbox proved to be uniquely qualified to enhance the game digitally while maintaining the feel and experience of playing around the table.”

This digital port is expected to release early 2015.

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