PRESS RELEASE: Promenade – The Game of Impressionist Art is live on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Promenade – The Game of Impressionist Art is live on Kickstarter

Become the most prestigious collector of paintings in a 2 to 4 player economic deck-building game filled with impressionist art.

Los Angeles, CA – April 9, 2019 – Sunrise Tornado Game Studio, publisher of the hit game Cat Rescue, has just launched a new strategy game called Promenade that combines gorgeous artwork and a unique take on the deck-building genre.

Promenade brings players into the art world, where they can purchase paintings for their collection to score points. Artwork gains in value based on a simple but intriguing market system, and by placing art in the right museums. The winner will be the one with the most valuable art and prestigious exhibitions in the finest galleries.

“As a painter and great lover of Impressionist works in particular, I wanted to design a game celebrating this style and offering players the chance to collect and speculate in the art world,” says designer Ta-Te Wu.

Promenade features original art and unique deck builder mechanisms in a game that plays in about an hour.

Featuring over 15 gorgeous pieces of original artwork, mostly painted by the designer himself, Promenade is an excellent and approachable game for 2-4 players that plays in under an hour. Early reviewers are already championing Promenade for its innovative and quick play:

“I enjoyed Promenade greatly. The design is clever and engaging. Your turn never comes round quickly enough and there is wonderful suspense as we calculate the game end holdings…Highly recommended.”

Mike Siggins of Ludememike (also know as Sumo)

“If you’re a fan of economic games and deck builders or just love games about paintings, check out Promenade.”

Meeple Lady

“It must be asked. Another deck builder? Does Promenade offer anything new or exciting? Is it worth playing? Yes. Yes and HELL YES!”

Jay Bernardo of Cardboard East

The Kickstarter for Promenade offers a unique $1 pledge level where players get something for their buck. To show appreciation for the support, Sunrise Tornado is including print and play games to all people who agreed to spread the word about Promenade. Cat Sudoku and Kiti-o-Tiki are both fun, quick games that will be made available to all supports at the $1 level.

The game is now live on Kickstarter:  bit.ly/2Ut8bKrand runs until May 12th.

About Sunrise Tornado Game Studio

Sunrise Tornado Game Studio is designer  Ta-Te Wu and his collaborators. STGS is responsible for over a dozen board and card games. Working with publishers like Z-Man Games and Cross Circle Games in the early days, Sunrise Tornado Game Studio now primarily publishes games through crowdfunding, having launched several successful titles on Kickstarter like Cat Rescue, Kung Pao Chicken, Di Renjie, The Battle of Red Cliffs, and Glory of the Three Kingdoms. Learn more at:  sunrisetornado.com/

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Press Contact

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5 Quick Questions About 5×7 Dungeons with Dan Smith

5 Quick Questions About 5×7 Dungeons with Dan Smith

Editor’s Note: As an avowed content geek, I try new formats. People seem to love our 5 Quick Questions interviewette for tabletop designers that is a quick read. We promise no TL;DR. Let’s see how Dan Smith, the L.A.-based artist and game designer of such games as Battle of the Bands, King of Crime and many cool RPG-like experiences, plus the recently Kickstarted solo game 5×7 Dungeons, does, shall we?

BGB: Attention is money, my friend. What is the elevator pitch for 5×7 Dungeons?

Dan Smith: Got no friends? No worries, now you got game!
(Seriously) You have a few minutes to kill, why not have fun? 1 card/1 marker/2 dice and you are good to go… into the 5×7 Dungeon!

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

Dan Smith: I test myself. I give myself a premise and then I cripple myself to see if I can overcome the limitations in play. This one was: I have 1 card. Make a game using 1 card. I worked my way up from a basic playing card to 8×11 size, but that was like the one-page dungeon format and not wanting to reinvent that wheel, I cut the size in half. You do need a couple of d6s and an erasable marker, but 1 card is all you need.

All you need on a single card. Brilliant. – ed.

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

Dan Smith: This game should go into your car. It’s the time waster you can use while you’re waiting at the dentist, in line at the drive thru, waiting for your other friends to show up for the function. Waiting for your significant other to get ready? 5×7 Dungeons has you covered. (Ed. note: This will be a lifesaver for me on this last point.)

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

Dan Smith: It’s an easy game mechanic, once you get the game, you could make your own dungeons… but that’s what a brain is for. I would love to see what others come up with using the mechanics…

BGB: Thanks for telling us a bit about 5×7 Dungeons. 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?

Dan Smith: Playing time 5-10 minutes per card. 1 player. We’re live on Kickstarter until April 29th. (ed. note: and this game is VERY reasonably priced! PDF available or get the real thing if you hate printers like I do.)

JOKE TIME

What is long, brown and sticky?

A stick.

For more 5 Quick Questions, check out this link. I didn’t realize we’ve done quite a few…

PRESS RELEASE: IBC Launches Potemkin Empire on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: IBC Launches Potemkin Empire on Kickstarter
Indie Boards and Cards brings you: Potemkin Empire
Russia: 1787. Empress Catherine the Great is taking a surprise trip down the Dnieper River to survey her new kingdom. This will take her directly past your old, unremarkable village. You don’t have the time or money to make your village impressive, but with a few pieces of timber and some strategically placed facades, you could certainly make your village seem impressive. 
In POTEMKIN EMPIRE, up to five players attempt to impress Empress Catherine by convincing her that they have the most prosperous village in the land. You don’t have much time or money, so you’ll just have to set up empty building facades along the river to make your town look impressive.

Draft and assign interior cards to decide which of your buildings are real or fake. Score points by exposing your opponents’ fake buildings, or by passing off your fakes as real. Each building you can add to your town has a unique ability, so choose the buildings you construct carefully. Some will earn you points whether they’re real or not, but beware of your enemies’ spies!

Thank you for your support. We couldn’t make great games without you!

5 Quick Questions About High Rise with Gil Hova

5 Quick Questions About High Rise with Gil Hova

Editor’s Note: As an avowed content geek, I try new formats. People seem to love our interviewette for tabletop designers that is a quick read. We promise no TL;DR. Let’s see how Gil Hova, clever designer of games like The Networks, Wordsy, and Bad Medicine, plus the Kickstarted and shiny new High Rise, does, shall we?

BGB: Attention is money, my friend. What is the elevator pitch for High Rise?

Gil Hova: I have two. The first is that High Rise is a strategy game of construction and corruption for 1-4 players, where you build tall skyscrapers around a one-way time track trying to supercharge your actions on a board that will change for each game.

Photo Credit: Michael Keller

The second is that it has elevators.

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

Gil Hova: I built the game around an auction mechanism that I’ve never been able to work into a game. Spoiler: this is not an auction game, as I wasn’t able to work it into this one either!

Once I removed the auction mechanism, the game sung. I think it’s the best game I’ve made so far.

(ed.note: Faulkner said “Kill your darlings!” as advice for fiction writers. Also good for game designers.)

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

Gil Hova: This is a one-way time track game that gives strong incentives to make big jumps. Lots of similar games incentivize small jumps, which makes them a bit easier to play, for better or worse. Like, I’m a big fan of Tokaido (ed. note: same here), and I think part of its appeal is that its decisions aren’t terribly difficult; most of the time, you want to make the small jump. But in this game, the big jump is very tempting, and the game is full of really hard and meaningful decisions.

High Rise on the table!

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

Gil Hova: There’s a difference between time tracks, one-way tracks, and rondels. A time track game has the action happen off the time track. You’ll choose some action, it’ll tell you how much time it costs, and you’ll mark it on the time track. The defining feature of the time track is that player order is determined by the player furthest behind on the track. Thebes, Patchwork, and Tinners’ Trail are games with time tracks, with Thebes and Neuland being the first time track games (that I can tell).

A one-way track puts the actions on the track. So you’ll move your pawn directly to the space on the track that shows the action. You can’t go backwards, or to an occupied space. Like a time track, the player furthest behind will go next. Glen More, Tokaido, and yes, High Rise are all one-way track games. I believe Knizia’s Tutankhamen was the first one-way track game. 

A rondel is a circular structure on a game board that your pawn will traverse. Each space will trigger a different action, like a one-way track. But your movement on the track is restricted; you’ll often have to pay resources to go further than 3 spaces or so. Player order is not determined by position, so it plays totally different than a one-way or time track. Imperial and Navegador are both rondel games. I’m not sure what the first rondel game was. It might be Antike, but only if you don’t consider roll-and-move games to be rondels!

I don’t want to tell you about this stuff because I find it gets pedantic and boring after a while! (ed. note: Gil is a great guy, but here, he’s just wrong…) Lines that define games are most useful when using them to figure out how to cross them and blend genres. Like, you could argue that Mancala is a rondel game, but I have no idea what that would accomplish.

BGB: Thanks for telling us a bit about High Rise. 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?

Gil Hova: High Rise is for 1-4 players, playing in 100-150 minutes, depending on if you’re playing the intro, standard, or full game. Link here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gilhova/high-rise-0?ref=61r5jc

JOKE COMMENCES
A grandmother takes her baby grandson to the beach. She’s lounging on a towel with her kid cooing and gurgling next to her. Suddenly, a huge wave appears and drenches the beach. When the grandmother regains her wits, she realizes she’s okay, but her grandson is gone.

She looks up, shakes her fist at the sky, and shouts: “You call yourself a merciful God? This child had his whole life ahead of him, and you take him away from us? How could you be so cruel? How could you be so vicious?”

Another wave suddenly appears and drenches the beach. When the grandmother opens her eyes, her grandson is right back on the towel, grinning and giggling.

She looks up, shakes her fist at the sky, and shouts: “He had a hat!”

5 Quick Questions About Roland Wright with Chris Handy

5 Quick Questions About Roland Wright with Chris Handy

Editor’s Note: As an avowed content geek, I try new formats. People seem to love our interviewette for tabletop designers that is a quick read. We promise no TL;DR. Let’s see how Chris Handy, inventive designer of many games like Cinque Terre, Longshot and the gum-pack sized Pack O Games series, plus the Kickstarted and perhaps slightly meta game Roland Wright, does, shall we?

BGB: Attention is money, my friend. What is the elevator pitch for Roland Wright: The Dice Game?

Chris Handy: You play as an obsessed game designer named “Roland Wright” in a 20-30 minute, simultaneous-play “Roll & Write & Erase” game about designing an award-winning “Roll & Write” game.

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

Chris Handy: Color for one thing. I really enjoy working with lots of colors in a game (Cinque Terre, Long Shot, HUE, RUM. BOX…) But also, I wanted to create a line of games within a theme of an “old time” game designer, while really pushing the boundaries for what’s possible in a Roll & Write format game. 

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

Chris Handy: We’re offering a creative gaming experience within 20 minutes in the R&W format. We’ve worked to make it a very tight competitive experience, while keeping it at a shorter length. Roland Wright is a game about game design integration, making mistakes, editing… and cramming as much into the box, while knowing what to exclude. This is the core aspect of the game.

Love the artwork on this game – ed.

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

Chris Handy: I’m not sure there’s anything that I don’t want to tell you, but there’s an interesting fact about the early stages of this brand. I had a few games developed for a line of Roll & Writes, and I happen to see a tweet from Daniel Solis (Graphic designer and game designer). He posted a picture of a box top of a Roll & Write game, with a faux brand called “Roland Wright”. I approached him about buying the brand concept, and within a few weeks, we made a deal. This really helped shape this game, and the games that will come next in the line…and I’m thankful for Daniel’s brilliant idea.

BGB: Thanks for telling us a bit about Roland Wright: The Dice Game. 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?

Chris Handy: Roland Wright is for 2-5 players, ages 13 and up. The game plays in 20-30 minutes. Go to www.RolandWright.com for more details.

JOKE TIME

A rope walks into a bar… the bartender says, “Hey, we don’t serve rope ‘round here…”  
The rope leaves and goes around the corner. He ties a loop near his head and whips out his hair on the tip.
He walks back in and sits at the bar.  The bartender says, “Hey, aren’t you that rope that came in here before?”
The rope says, “No!  I’m afraid not.”

Ed. Note: The editor has played an early-release copy of Roland Wright and enjoyed it a lot. Expect a preview review next week or so.

PRESS RELEASE: Dodoresque: Cherry Blossom is Live on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Dodoresque: Cherry Blossom is Live on Kickstarter

Within the Kickstarter campaign of Dodoresque: Jungle Fever in June 2018, the question came up if there was a way to play the game with more than just 4 players. The way to go was to simply combine two copies of the game.

Having mixed feelings about this, the designers/publishers came up with a second version of the game, playing pretty much exactly like the first version, but including all new artworks, characters, landscapes and new special actions – and to allow for up to 8 players on the table, when both versions of the game are combined.

Dodoresque is a funny, easy to learn and quick to play card game for 2-4 players. Each player takes the role of a Dodo, who tries to build the prettiest nest of all in order to find a mate.

To get the material cards for that nest, the Dodos have to go on adventures in card decks of 3 different difficulties. In order to get the materials, and not get eaten up by the dangers in the jungle, the Dodo players need the right action cards on their hands to counter certain effects. The game consists of 3 different actions: Adventure, Exchange and Building. On each turn only two of those actions can be played (also never the same action twice). With that the game is a constant circle of trying to get the right action cards in order to go on adventures to get better materials.

The game ends when one of the card decks is used up or one of the Dodo players has lost too many hit points to continue building a nest. To score points each material card has an individual value, it is also necessary to collect 3 different types of material and if possible, even of the same theme to score extra points.

Dodoresque: Cherry Blossom is now live on Kickstarter for just 7 days. Price starts at €15 for the game in the Early Bird Edition within the first 48 hours of the campaign.

For more Infos about the Game, check out https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/270229/dodoresque-cherry-blossom

or go right to the Kickstarter campaign page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/964263266/dodoresque-cherry-blossom-a-funny-and-fast-card-ga?ref=6f2svf

PRESS RELEASE: Exploration Board Game comes to Kickstarter from Pl.y Games

Pl.y Games is proud to introduce an exciting space exploration that utilizes familiar mechanics of deckbuilding and area control.
Exploration is not another 4X or Mars terraforming game.

Exploration has been blind-playtested by over 50 people across the world in more than 250 play sessions. The Kickstarter campaign features the game at $80 and includes a money-back guarantee to all Kickstarter backers.

About Exploration

In Exploration, touring near-Earth space is just one facet of achieving victory. Players must build fleets, collect resources, and of course, exert their dominance over the competition. Exploration boasts an array of ships—from transports to destroyers, and everything in between—letting you decide how to explore wild space. Some ships rely on speed and maneuverability, while others boast impressive shields and armaments. Build your fleet to your faction’s strengths to gain dominance of near-Earth space. Exploration will provide plenty of deep strategy for both new and seasoned gamers.

With a playtime of 60-120 minutes, Exploration is game that doesn’t require the dedication of a host of hours, as do other 4X games. With flexible strategies, Exploration looks to bring countless hours of new possibilities to the table for fresh gameplay every time it comes out. Complete with miniature models of the ships, Exploration’s quality and production value aims to be high-end.

Number of players:
 1-5

Time required:
 60-120 min

Recommended ages:
 14+

To see full details, click here: https://kck.st/2tnaMWm

PRESS RELEASE: A Plus – A Game for Children with Autism Launches on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: A Plus – A Game for Children with Autism Launches on Kickstarter

Alhambra, California – November 6, 2018 – Sunrise Tornado, the creative team behind the recently published Cat Rescue, presents A Plus, a project from the bottom of our hearts that will be ready to ship in time for Christmas. The campaign is just two weeks long so your early support is vital to help us reach our goal and get this game to families in time for the holidays.

A Plus is a 2 to 4 player cooperative card game designed to be a fun way to reinforce the value of social skills for children on the autism scale. With the help of an adult, players work together to complete a series of activities. At end of the game, players receive an A+ if they completed all six activities.

Designed by game designer Ta-Te Wu, a former teacher and psychology major, A Plus is a labor of love constructed with the ideas of helping children with autism through play. Ta-Te’s passion for education is strong, as he continues to teach painting and game design at various venues.

A Plus is available exclusively through this campaign. There is no plan for a retail release at this time. As a bonus, Sunrise Tornado is also offering some exclusives with the campaign. Fans of Cat Rescue, which sold out in one day at Essen Spiel 2018, can get a small expansion called The Carrier, with the basic A Plus pledge. More exclusively, a couple of copies of Ta-Te Wu’s upcoming game Promenade, are up for grabs for the first couple of people willing to pledge for this 2019 release.

A Plus

The modest goal of $1,000 and a quick two-week run to raise funds hopefully increases the chance the project will reach its goal so as to ensure that families that would enjoy and gain value from A Plus will surely get their copy in time for the winter holidays.

You can even see an early review from Team Nerd Church just below.

For more information, check out the campaign here and please consider sharing the campaign through social media to support this modest project with the hashtag #gamesforgood. Thank you for your support!

PRESS RELEASE: DIZED is Live on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: DIZED is Live on Kickstarter

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (Helsinki) – Dized, the premium tabletop companion app, is now live on Kickstarter. The smart device application brings tons of helpful content to gaming sessions. The fully-voiced, interactive Tutorials are able to react to what’s happening in the game and players are able to learn as they go, turn by turn. Thus, Dized allows the games to start immediately, straight out of the box. And Rules are like fast, searchable FAQs able to respond to all the questions players might have while playing a board game.

With the success of a previous crowdfunding campaign, Dized is already available in Early Access and has a selection of handpicked pilot projects available. The reach of the Kickstarter campaign will help the company both develop the app further and widen its audience and community, which will in turn attract more publishers and content to the application.

One of the many features the company is looking to develop with a successful campaign is Adaptive Profiles for Tutorials, which is a highly requested feature. While some players might want to have full depth explanations and examples, others might not. Since every group wants to learn at their own pace, the Adaptive Profiles allows learning to happen based on the skill level of that group. 

Also, to help expand the content in the app, the company has built and just released a toolset that allows publishers and freelancers to create Dized content themselves. The easy-to-use tools already allow the creation of Rules and Interactive FAQs to the app. Dized Rules are especially valuable to returning players, who know how to play games but want to either brush up quickly on the rules, find information quickly regarding a specific rule, or ask questions about the rules. The similar tool for Tutorials is already under development, and when finished, it will expand the Tutorial content rapidly. A successful campaign will help in the production of these tool immensely. 

The Dized Kickstarter launched on the October 16th, 2018 at 11AM EDT and will run for 30 days.  

Find the Dized campaign at https://www.dized.com/kickstarter.

About  Playmore Games and Dized
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. Playmore Games’ Dized app will offer smart tutorials, setup guidance, a blazing fast rules lookup tool and other exclusive features to make the board game experience all about fun.

PRESS RELEASE: Sheeple Comes to Kickstarter on October 23rd

PRESS RELEASE: Sheeple Comes to Kickstarter on October 23rd

A Smith Games (designer of Old World New World) is launching our first Kickstarter campaign, for SHEEPLE: The Best Game in the Ewe-niverse on October 23rd.

Over the last eight years, I’ve had the game played hundreds of times with different groups of people of various ages, with different types of tastes in games.  Children fall in love with the game, and it’s a blast to play with adults as well.

The game is art and design complete.  The campaign will ask for $25 a copy, with free shipping to the US, international-friendly shipping, and bulk discounts.  The campaign will last 24 days, starting October 23rd, and ending November 16th.  All backers can expect to receive their games by May 2019.

About SHEEPLE

In the game, you’re a sheep who’s trying to become a sheep-person.  You start at the E-lamb-entary School, and the first player to graduate from the Ewe-niversity wins!  
Each turn, a player picks a category, and each player has a minute to write down as many items as they can think of.  They, they compare answers.  You only score points if other players also put them down.  So to win, you must Think like a Sheep!  
However, if answers are a little unique (only two players match), they score double points, so SHEEPLE encourages both inside-the-box and outside-the-box thinking.  As a natural creative, I wanted game this to stimulate the creative side of the brain.  It turns out that rapid brainstorming for a full minute is a little difficult – most people go brain dead after thirty seconds.

Fun for Sheeple of all ages!

However, SHEEPLE pros are able to continuously generating new ideas, while keeping in mind answers that their friends are likely to put down.
Sheep puns are very key to the SHEEPLE world.  The game contains around 80 sheepish puns, with a special game mode available where players score extra points for incorporating sheep puns into their answers.
I’ve had a lot of fun marketing this.  Here’s a SHEEPLE Rap Video I made, as well as a Star Wars Parody at the San Diego Comicon.  Running around dressed like a sheep at Gen Con was a hoot as well.  I even ran a Matrix-themed giveaway with secret sheep-themed messages.
Stretch goals will include new characters and cards, and Spot UV for the box, with Kickstarter backers being able to vote on the stretch goal they would like to see next.

The Details

Number of players: 4-10 (it plays fine with 3, but 4 or more is better)
Time required: 30-45 min
Recommended ages: 8+ (though children as young as 5 may play if they team up with an adult)

Expansions: I really want to include all types of players.  There’s an NSFW expansion for people who enjoy Cards Against Humanity, and a Christian expansion available for people who want something to play with their youth group.

Sheeple Components

Kickstarter Campaign

Preview: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/asmithgames/1408187028?ref=469692&token=f75e6b1d

Website: https://www.sheeplethegame.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asmithgames

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asmithgames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/asmithgames

BoardGameGeekListing: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/259009/sheeple-best-game-ewe-niverse