PRESS RELEASE: North Star Games’ Happy Salmon Named a Finalist for 2018 TOTY Game of the Year

PRESS RELEASE: North Star Games’ Happy Salmon Named a Finalist for 2018 TOTY Game of the Year

Kensington, MD (November 28, 2017) – North Star Games is thrilled to announce that its hit game, Happy Salmon®, is a finalist for “Game of the Year” for the 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards given by The Toy Association.

Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards honor the “best of the best” in games and toys across 17 categories. This year’s finalists were selected from over 600 nominees by a committee of retail buyers, journalists, bloggers, academics, and inventors/designers, and are being voted on by both these industry experts and consumers.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be selected for our first ever TOTY Award,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder and Co-President of North Star Games. “What makes Happy Salmon so unique is that in this age of electronic gadgetry, Happy Salmon gets the entire family off the couch and interacting with each other. With mini-celebrations built into the gameplay, you can’t help but have a good time as you run around, high-fiving, fist-bumping, and doing the hilarious Happy Salmon shake with everyone playing!”

TOTY Award voting is open until January 5, 2018. All the amazing finalists can be viewed and voted on at www.ToyAwards.org. The winners will be announced on February 16, 2018.

About Happy Salmon

Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game that gets everyone moving and laughing in under two minutes. Players simultaneously call out the actions “High-5”, “Pound It”, “Switcheroo”, and “Happy Salmon”. When two players match, they celebrate by performing the action together and discarding their card. The first player to discard all of their cards wins! The Toy Insider calls Happy Salmon “one of the best games of the year, if not ever,” and it has been honored with the ASTRA Best Toys for Kids award, Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award, Mom’s Choice Award, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal, Family Choice Award, Autism Live’s Parent’s Choice Top Toy Award for Tweens and Teens, and the 2017 Origins’ Best Family Game and Fan Favorite Awards.

About North Star Games

North Star Games is the publisher of award-winning party, family, and strategy games. Wits & Wagers is the most award-winning party game in history, Evolution has received praise from the renowned science journal Nature, and Happy Salmon is quickly becoming a gaming phenomenon. For more information on these games and more, visit www.northstargames.com.

Contact:
Nick Bentley
nick@northstargames.com
336-529-8826

PRESS RELEASE: Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time is now AVAILABLE in US stores!

PRESS RELEASE: Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time is now AVAILABLE in US stores!

Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time is now AVAILABLE in US stores!

 

The release date in the US is 22nd of November, 2017. Check with your favorite shop 🙂


Authors: Brett J. Gilbert & Matthew Dunstan
Illustrator: Biboun
Category: Board Games
Nbr of players: 2 – 4
Gametime: 30 to 45minutes
Age: 8+

About the game
Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time is a cooperative game: team up with your fellow adventurers to sneak into the mansion and recover the treasures! Plan carefully and use your unique skills to unlock doors. Deactivate the traps, distract the Professor and stay out of his way. You’ll have to work together if you want to beat him!

Can you grab the Mona Lisa, The Rosetta Stone and Excalibur before time runs out, or will these priceless artefacts be lost forever? The race is on!

>> Access the rules to Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time

Game components
1 game board showing the castle and the main clock
5 character tiles
5 character standees: Nathan Godspeed (Master of Movements), Edward Wyre (Lord of the Gears), Irene Edler (Queen of Time), Leroy Johnson (Ruler of Switches), Destiny Bradshaw (Mistress of Randomness).
30 action cards (5 decks of 6 cards)
12 room cards
1 black Professor Evil standee
7 markers: 6 treasure markers (2 red, 2 green, 2 blue) and 1 clock marker
18 locked doors
18 treasures tiles
12 switch tiles
3 dices (Professor, Color and Clock dice)

 

About Funforge
Created in 2008, Funforge is a privately held company with office located in Paris – France, which publishes and distributes fun and beautiful card and board games for a wide audience, with great replayability.

Since its creation, Funforge became a recognized publisher in the boardgame industry, being distributed worldwide (France, US and North America, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Scandinavian countries, Russia, Japan, China…). The publishing of the Tokaido™ product line, and its 350.000 units sold worldwide (at the present day) achieved to establish Funforge as one of the world’s leading boardgame publisher. The quality of its products and the prestige of internationally renown authors gave the publisher several prices in jury and international press.

Press contact:
Charlotte NOAILLES, Marketing & PR Manager
charlotte@funforge.fr +33 (0) 9 84 27 96 40

Funforge community:
Facebook,
Twitter,
Instagram.

5 Quick Questions about Civil Unrest from Upstart Games

5 Quick Questions about Civil Unrest from Upstart Games

Editor’s Note: As a kind of content geek, I try new formats. So, here’s a new interviewette for tabletop designers. We promise no TL;DR. Let’s see how Upstart Games, publisher of Civil Unrest (coming to Kickstarter soon) does, shall we?

BGB: Attention is money, my friend. What is the elevator pitch for Civil Unrest:

Upstart: Civil Un-rest is a strategic board game with miniatures. (The game) takes place in an alternate modern-day fantasy world where magic and technology have been combined. Players take control of law enforcement or political activists who are trying to take control of Three Circle City, a place where all fantasy races are welcomed but have not been able to get along peacefully.

BGB: Making games is hard work, so you best have a great reason for making this thing. What inspired this game?

Upstart: I began creating this game in my college days. The funny thing is, during the game’s conception back in the early 1990’s, I believed that political movements becoming waring factions willing to commit acts of violence was a thing of parody. Now, unfortunately, it has become a reality. It is my sincere hope (that) by creating this satirical alternate reality, people can gain some perspective on political violence.

BGB: There are too many games out there. What hole in my game collection does this fill?

Upstart: I believe the miniatures are unique, but also can be great proxies for other games. The game is a fast-paced miniatures game, which is rare. Also, it’s satirical theme (that) can be a conversation starter.

BGB: This is Boardgame Babylon, so out with your dirty secrets. What DON’T you want to tell me about this game?

Upstart: Well, there are no good guys in this game. Though Civil Unrest is political in nature, the game itself does not paint any one side as good or bad. So, if you are sensitive about politics you may want to skip this one.

Thanks for telling us a bit about Civil Unrest. Let’s wrap up with the key specifics (play time, number of players, and the link to the game) and also, since I think you can tell a lot about a person by understanding their sense of humor, what’s a good joke to close this interviewette?

Upstart: 2 Players, play time is between 30 to 60 minutes. Right now, all I have is a Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/upstartgames/

JOKE TIME

Upstart: My day time gig is IT so here goes:

A Network Tech walks into the doctor’s offices and says, “Doc it hurts when IP…”

DISCLOSURE: Boardgame Babylon is not liable for damage to your sensibilities from the jokes these game designers submit.

Check out the promo video:

Love 5 Quick Questions? There are more!

PRESS RELEASE: Entries in Serious Board Game Award Competition Due Jan 15

PRESS RELEASE: Entries in Serious Board Game Award Competition Due Jan 15

Entries in the 2018 International Serious Play Awards for tabletop board and card games used in education or training are due January 15, 2018.

Any game launched after May 2017 is eligible. Award categories include: Pre-K, K-6 and K7-12 education; higher education; healthcare; corporate; museums; and military/government. The game must be playable independent of the designer.

Serious Play
Entrants will be asked to send six copies of their game to judges.

For more information, http://seriousplayconf.com/awards/

Serious Games Association also has an award competition for digital serious games. Entries are due Feb. 20, 2018.

Contact:

Sue Bohle
Serious Games Association/Serious Play Conference
sue@seriousplayconf.com

Prepare to Spread Your Influence Throughout the Solar System in The Expanse Board Game – Available in Stores Now!

Prepare to Spread Your Influence Throughout the Solar System in The Expanse Board Game – Available in Stores Now!

Hillside, NJ – October 4, 2017 – WizKids is pleased to announce The Expanse Board Game, designed by Geoff Englestein, and based on the acclaimed and visionary television series from Syfy and Alcon Television Group, is available today in North American game stores.

The Expanse Board Game is a game of politics, conquest, and intrigue for two to four players. Players spread their influence through the solar system onto important Bases using characters and events in the Expanse Universe.

Players represent one of four factions, and with their efficient use of actions and special abilities, decide the rule of the solar system. During the game, players are immersed into the exciting universe of The Expanse, with images and events from the hit Syfy series.
Editor’s Note: Geoff Engelstein is well-known for his many space-themed games, including Space Cadets, Space Cadets: Dice Duel, Space Cadets: Away Missions, and more – including fantasy brawl game
The Expanse Board Game is available for $49.99 at Friendly Local Game Stores and Amazon.com, the U.S. streaming home for the hit series. Pick it up today!

For more information, visit: https://wizkids.com/the-expanse/

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For Media Inquiries: Press@WizKids.com

For Review Requests: https://wizkids.com/review-submission-form/

PRESS RELEASE: White Goblin Games to publish and distribute Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time

PRESS RELEASE: White Goblin Games to publish and distribute Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time

Paris (France) – September 27, 2017 – Today, Funforge is announced that White Goblin Games is now the distributor of the Dutch version of Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

Category: Board Game
Number of players: 2 – 4
Authors: Brett J. Gilbert & Matthew Dunstan
Illustrator: Biboun
Playing time: 30/45 minutesProfessor Evil
Age: 8+

About the game
Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time is a cooperative game: team up with your fellow adventurers to sneak into the mansion and recover the treasures! Plan carefully and use your unique skills to unlock doors. Deactivate the traps, distract the Professor and stay out of his way. You’ll have to work together if you want to beat him!

Can you grab the Mona Lisa, The Rosetta Stone and Excalibur before time runs out, or will these priceless artifacts be lost forever? The race is on!

Preview the rules for Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time here.

About White Goblin Games
Created in 2010, White Goblin Games is a Dutch publisher of boardgames with office located in 2Exloërmond – Netherlands. The board games and card games by White Goblin Games are established with passion and dedication. They are all quality titles in both material and fun, and suitable for all ages; both for families and true game fanatics. White Goblin Games is well-known for a wide range of boardgames and has a large amount of partners throughout the world. The company is the fast growing publisher in the Benelux and winner of many boardgame prices in the Benelux.

Press contact:
info@whitegoblingames.com

About Funforge
Created in 2008, Funforge is a privately held company with office located in Paris – France, which publishes and distributes fun and beautiful card and board games for a wide audience, with great replay ability. Since its creation, Funforge became a recognized publisher in the boardgame industry, being distributed worldwide (France, US & North America, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Scandinavian countries, Russia, Japan, China…). The publishing of the Tokaido™ product line, and its 300.000 units sold worldwide (at the present day) achieved to establish Funforge as one of the world’s leading boardgame publisher. The quality of its products and the prestige of internationally renown authors gave the publisher several prices in jury and international press.

Press contact:
Charlotte NOAILLES
Marketing & PR Manager
charlotte@funforge.fr

Funforge Community:
Facebook,
Twitter,
Instagram.

PRESS RELEASE: Rogue Squad is live on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Rogue Squad is live on Kickstarter

Leverkusen, Germany: Rogue Squad is a cooperative science fiction board game that combines thrilling combat action with exciting strategic challenges. In this action game, 1 to 4 players step into the boots of a misfit band of mercenaries who must battle their way through swarms of bloodthirsty aliens to fulfill their mission.

Each player controls 1 to 4 mercenary troopers. Steer the squad’s combat robot, share equipment, upgrade weapons, use special items and – above all – cooperate to stay alive and carry out your mission. Only a combat unit that works together can hope to stand against the aliens’ overwhelming numbers. Rescue your comrades, argue over the best routes and tactics, upgrade your combat skills, and even fight for leadership – but whatever you do, be quick about it! Because one instant, you may be the predator… but the next, you will become the prey.

Rogue Squad is an exciting turn-based game with easy-to-learn rules. Depending on the mission’s level of difficulty, one game lasts from 45 minutes to 3 hours. A fully developed universe, intriguing characters, and thrilling scenarios allow you to focus as much (or as little) on roleplaying as you like. For more details, check out their nice site: http://roguesquad-game.com/

For more information – check out their Kickstarter page and their social accounts.

PRESS RELEASE: Zero Gravity – A Magnetic Miniatures Game

PRESS RELEASE: Zero Gravity – A Magnetic Miniatures Game

Zero Gravity is a capture the flag game for 2-4 players, featuring more than 80 magnetic miniatures (40mm) and a 3D arena. Each player controls a team of 14 miniatures that aims at scoring the target amount of Cheers (points) and win the game.

How does it work? Each miniature has a metal strip in the base and the board contains a hidden magnetic layer: you can imagine what happens next! Each game component can be positioned upside down in the battlefield, for unique battle strategies. This innovation is applied to ALL MINIATURES and PLASTIC COMPONENTS included in Zero Gravity.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Tabletop gaming app from Finland started funding on Indiegogo

Helsinki, Finland, August 29th, 2017 – Playmore Games, a Helsinki-based gaming company, started a crowdfunding campaign for their Dized tabletop gaming app yesterday on Indiegogo. The campaign has already reached over 35 % of its funding goal in less than 24 hours.

Dized is a tabletop gaming app for smart phones and tablets. It removes the tedious rulebooks and gets gamers playing right out of the box. These step-by-step visual and interactive tutorials are like a friend at the table who knows the rules inside out.

The rising tabletop gaming market and potential for an app like Dized is an interesting opportunity for Indiegogo. The market size is growing and one reason is crowdfunding campaigns and Indiegogo wants to be the best crowdfunding platform for tabletop gamers. Dized is one of the most promising products to rise from this category, so this is the perfect fit for both companies.

“I discovered Dized over a year ago and been captivated ever since. It’s a really great way to keep gaming growing by removing the biggest obstacle for board games, which is rulebooks. Dized is innovative, disruptive and unique and that is what Indiegogo looks for. And we’re happy to be supporting this project,” explains Nate Murray, the gaming consultant for Indiegogo.

Playmore Games has earlier announced the initial line-up of board games to be featured in Dized. They are hugely popular games such as Carcassonne, Blood Rage, 7 Wonders, Bang! and Kingdomino.

“If you love playing games and don’t like reading rulebooks, there’s no reason for you not to support Dized right now. Dized differs from a regular “How To Play” video, because videos aren’t context sensitive. With Dized you can experience the game as you are learning it. You can even ask it rule-related questions,” explains Eric M. Lang, the designer of Blood Rage.

A successful crowdfunding campaign will allow a rapid expansion of the content in Dized, so in the future tutorials will be available for the most new games. Dized isn’t all about tutorials though as the intention is to create a one-stop app for the whole tabletop gaming community with downloadable content, a marketplace, community features and other useful tools. Backers can also receive special perks such as discounted subscription prices for premium features, special badges, early access and collector’s edition dice sets.

Global sales of tabletop games and puzzles have grown to $9.6 billion in 2016. Board games raised twice as much money compared to video games on crowdfunding platforms in 2015. The tabletop gaming market is expected to continue growing for at least the next five years. Tabletop gaming is growing in popularity again not only because of crowdfunding but also because families, kids and millennials are looking for new ways to spend time together.

More information

http://igg.me/at/dized (Indiegogo campaign)

http://www.dized.com/press (press photos and background info)

https://youtu.be/OO4HuZ5QTmg (Indiegogo video)

https://youtu.be/EGmQEQcCraA (Eric M. Lang comments on Dized)

Playmore Games

Founded in 2014 by enthusiastic players and game designers Jouni Jussila and Tomi Vainikka, Playmore Games’ goal is to show there is a better way to learn and enjoy board games together. While the board games industry is booming, a significant obstacle remains: learning rules is a slow and tedious process. Dized will offer smart interactive tutorials, setup guidance, a fast and handy rule-lookup tool and other exclusive features to make the board game experience all about fun. www.playmoregames.com

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- Tomi Vainikka
COO, Playmore Games Oy & Dized
tomi@playmoregames.com
+358 50 433 8281

Playmore Games Inc.
Email: info@playmoregames.com
Web: www.playmoregames.com
Address:
Kaivokatu 8 B
00100 Helsinki
FINLAND