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Exploding Kittens comes back to life in Zombie Kittens

Publisher Exploding Kittens is releasing a sequel to their titular game , possibly set after said explosion – Zombie Kittens . Exploding Kittens the card game, by designers Elan Lee , Shane Small , and The Oatmeal founder Matthew Inman , was a record breaking Kickstarter Campaign , raising $8.7M in 2015, and enabling the formation of the company.

Zombie Kittens will use similar mechanisms and aesthetics to its big sibling, although since the felines care less about being dead, cards can now be resurrected. Even cards...

Cooperative animal title KuZOOka coming from Leo Colovini

From Leo Colovini , designer of games like Cartagena , Carolus Magnus , and The Bridges of Shangri-La , comes a new story of animal escape and deduction: KuZOOka , published by Pegasus Spiele . The players are cooperatively helping zoo animals form a plan and escape from the zoo. You’ll receive item cards each turn to help formulate an escape plan, then you’ll either propose a new escape attempt, or abandon the current attempt. The goal is to place animals on spaces that predict how many cards of a certain color...

Cardboard Edison Awards for 2022 presented

The winners of the 2022 Cardboard Edison Awards have been announced. Since 2016, Cardboard Edison has been recognizing great unpublished board games, and has helped bring many titles to eventual publication. Previous winners include Blood of an Englishman , Castell , Animal Kingdoms , and Umbra Via . Two awards were given this year, one for an online presentation, and one for an in-person prototype.

Ca petal ism, as in Ca-petalism, by designer Chris Chan took online presentation, a flower speculation game about developing a literal ...

Dire Wolf announces Clank! Catacombs

Dire Wolf , the publisher behind the Clank! Series of games, as well as Dune Imperium , recently announced they would be solely publishing the titles in their game line, after working in concert with Renegade Games for years. And this week, the studio announced their fiorst solo published title, Clank! Catacombs , a new stand-alone game in the growing Clank! universe. Previous Clank! titles included Clank! A Deck Building Adventure , Clank! In! Space! , and Clank! Legacy - Acquisitions Incorporated .

Catacombs,...

Holy Grail Games announces real time train game Railroad Madness

Holy Grail Games has announced a new real time dexterity game by designers Olivier Grégoire and Geoffroy Simon , Railroad Madness . Players use plastic 2-car trains with rolling wheels to pick up and deliver passengers, but only during a limited 15 second period of real-time. The passengers are discs, which need to be stacked on the train. If they fall off, or if the train falls over, it takes time to reset. If you pass another player's station, you need to yell “Ding Ding!” and put a coin in that...

Ludonaute looks into the future with Precognition

Did you see this one coming? Publisher Ludonaute has announced Precognition , a new title from designer Julien Prothière , uillustrated by Sébastien Caiveau . Precognition is a card drafting game about predicting a future world in order to save humans. The game features a unique “dual select mechanism”, where the card draft can, to a certain extent, be predicted. Each round, players have two freshly drawn cards in hand, and two cards in the Decision Zone of their player board. One of these four is played out this turn, and one of the...

Vying for Dominance Over the Criminal Underworld

CMoN (Cool Mini or Not) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest title, Cyberpunk 2077 : Gangs of Night City , which is designed by Andrea Chiarvesio , Eric M. Lang , Alexio Schneeberger , and Francesco Rugerfred Sedda . No artist has been announced as of yet for the game, which plays 1-4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes 90-120 minutes to play.

Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City is a competitive game in which 1 to 4 players assume...

KeyForge moves to a Ghost Galaxy with Strange Stars

The story of KeyForge is tightly intertwined with that of a man considered the heart and soul of Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) , Christian T. Peterson . When FFG, the company he founded in 1995, was acquired by Asmodee in 2014, Christian became the CEO of Asmodee North America. Designer Richard Garfield (better known as the creator of Magic the Gathering) first pitched KeyForge to Christian who then made the deal and oversaw the initial release with his senior management team.

KeyForge is...

Origins 2022 returns to 60% precovid attendance

The annual Origins Game Fair was held this year June 8-12, in Columbus, Ohio. The board game convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center is produced by the Game Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) , who has released attendance figures for this year's event. Origins 2022 had an attendance of 11,689 people, which is approximately 60% of pre-Covid numbers. T here were 267 Origins exhibitors, and nearly 100 volunteers. Running concurrently with Origins at the venue in Columbus was GDEX , a curated showcase of developers with games incorporating creative technology. There were 40 GDEX exhibitors...

Numerous Board Game Publishers Implementing Smart Tutorials in Their Games

Dized , a digital companion app, helps publishers make their games more accessible to players, and plenty of publishers are jumping on board the Dized train. Dized was originally funded through Kickstarter in January 2019, and has been progressing and improving ever since. Dized tutorials allow players to skip the rulebook and start playing board games right out of the box. This means players can learn the game as they are playing, a method common to modern video games.

Recently, several publishers including Gamelyn Games , Mythic Games , and Brain...

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