PRESS RELEASE: Palm Trees is coming from WizKids

PRESS RELEASE: Palm Trees is coming from WizKids

Flaunt Your Fronds in Palm Trees—Coming Soon!

Hillside, NJ – March 19, 2019 – WizKids is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Palm Trees, its new dexterity game of lush leaves and fabulous fronds!


In this dexterity game of quite literal “hand management,” players compete to grow the most verdant trees on a tropical island. To start, players will place their elbows on the table, arms straight up, forming the trunk of their palm tree.  Each player holds a number of cards, representing fronds and coconuts, in their hand. Each card indicates the way in which the player must add it to their hand. Frond cards are simpler, while coconut cards tend to have more difficult rules players must follow.

Each turn, a player will select one of three available cards on the table to have an opponent add to their tree. Each card has a rule on how it must be held: frond cards are simpler, while coconut cards have more difficult rules. Some cards require a player to hold them between two specific fingers, or potentially between their fingers and their palm. When a card is added to a player’s palm tree, they must continue to follow the rules indicated on all the other cards in their hand. Breaking any of these rules would be considered dropping a card, which ends the game.

If the game ends with a dropped card, the player who dropped the card will not score any points for that game. The game also ends when all cards have been placed in all trees. When the game ends, players add up the points on each of the cards in their respective hands, and the player with the most points wins!

The game can also be played teams of two, with one player acting as the tree while the other adds the fronds and coconuts. In this alternate way of playing, each team simultaneously builds their tree instead of taking turns. The game ends as normal. For extra fun, 6 tree trunk tattoo sleeves have been included with the game—these can be worn by players for extra immersion into the mind of an island tree. Palm Trees will release in June 2019, so be sure to preorder at your Friendly Local Game Store or online today!

PRESS RELEASE: Nemo Rising coming from WizKids

PRESS RELEASE: Nemo Rising coming from WizKids

Experience Daring Adventures with Captain Nemo and the Crew of the Nautilus in Nemo Rising—Coming Son!

Hillside, NJ – March 4, 2019 – WizKids is excited to announce the upcoming release of Nemo Rising, a cooperative adventure game based on C. Courtney Joyner’s thrilling sequel to Jules Verne’s classic novel!


In this exciting 1-4 player adventure game, players become members of a reimagined version of the Nautilus’ heroic crew, and must carry out missions in order to successfully complete the requirements of one of two scenarios— The Undersea Grotto or the City in the Sky. Each scenario represents a unique location with its own geography, environment, and adventures.
 
Players work together to accomplish the Mission Goals outlined on the game’s Mission Cards. Each round consists of two phases, the Action Row Phase and the Player Phase. During the Action Row Phase, a number of Threat Cards will be placed face down in the Action Row, and then the same number of Action Cards will be placed face up on top of them. The Player Phase then begins. During the player phase, each player can move around the board, scout Adventure Tiles, attempt Tasks, and confront Enemy Tokens. Player turns can be taken in any order, and the order can change each round. The game may be played solo, with one player controlling a single Hero. In this case, there are always two stacks of cards in the Action Row during the Action Row Phase.

The game ends and the Heroes win if they complete all of the Mission Goals on the game’s two Mission Cards, secure at least 4 Adventure Tiles, and then return to the Start space. All Heroes must be on the Start space at the same time in order for them to win. The Heroes lose, however, if they run out of Mission Points on the Mission Track. 
 
With its exciting and unpredictable adventures, Nemo Rising is the perfect way to experience the escapades of Captain Nemo and his crew directly from the captain’s seat. Board the Nautilus and pre-order Nemo Rising, releasing this fall, from your Friendly Local Game Store today! Are you up for the adventure?

 
For more information, visit: https://wizkids.com/nemo-rising-robur-the-conqueror/ 

PRESS RELEASE: Next Move Games announces 5211, the first in a new series of small box games!

PRESS RELEASE: Next Move Games announces 5211, the first in a new series of small box games!

Next Move Games is ecstatic to announce 5211, the first game in a new series of small box games to add its award winning catalog!  5211 is a fast playing, type-matching card game with unique scoring methods that reward clever plays! Designed by Tsuyoshi Hashiguchi and illustrated by Chris Quilliams5211 is an addictive game that begs to be played over and over!  
5211 is expected to debut at Origins 2019, but fans who attend Cannes 2019 will be able to see it first hand. Designed for 2-8 players aged 8 and older, 5211 will be your new favorite card game. While players could get lost forever in the simple elegance of the game’s design, an average game of5211 should only take about 20 to 30 minutes to play.
5211 will serve as the flagship to a new series of small box games by Next Move Games. Be on the lookout over the summer as it is expected to release at Origins 2019 and be available in retailers shortly after. MORE ABOUT 5211

PRESS RELEASE: Gamewright Celebrates 25 Years

New games for this big anniversary include a fruity frenzy, a blooming bouquet, a rock -n- roll card game, and Sushi dice!

Newton, MA – Gamewright, a leading publisher of award-winning tabletop games, has been in the game of making “games for the infinitely imaginative” for 25 years. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, the company will roll out the red carpet for a pair of “rolling” releases based on two of their best-selling titles: Sushi Roll, a dice version of the hit card game Sushi Go!; and Rat-a-Tat Roll, a board game based on the million-selling Rat-a-Tat Cat. Additional new releases include This Game Goes to Eleven, a rock and roll themed card game that cranks up the fun; Whozit?, a cooperative “guess who?” party game; and Bloom, a new signature “roll and write” dice game where picking colorful flowers is the key to victory. These, along with six other new titles, will launch at Toy Fair in New York City this February 16-19. 

New Games at a Glance:

  • Guju Guju – a fast-playing “fruit frenzy” card game, sold in a tin.
  • Rat-a-Tat Roll – a follow-up board game to the best-selling Rat-a-Tat Cat.
  • Sushi Roll – A dice version of the million-selling Sushi Go! card game.
  • This Game Goes to Eleven – a rock ‘n roll themed card game that “cranks it past 10”.
  • Punto – a neat twist on “in-a-row” games, packaged in a miniature flip-top tin.
  • Bloom – a flower themed dice game, to complement the best-selling Qwixx.
  • Whozit? – a cooperative “guess who?” party game.
  • Hello My Name Is – a new Port-a-Party game designed around the well-known name tag.

Editor’s Note: Boardgame Babylon congratulates Gamewright on their Silver Anniversary. It’s a great game company that has made family games that delight casual gamers as well for a long time, and I appreciate the quality and ingenuity they bring to their productions. Here’s to another 25 years (and more) of success!

Guju GujuTM 
The Fruit Frenzy Card GameThis card game is bananas! And lemons! And strawberries! Take turns flipping cards and guessing which of four fruits will appear. When you guess right- it’s a fruit frenzy! Everyone frantically flips cards, racing to cover the matching fruit. Be the first to get rid of your cards and victory is ripe for the taking! Players: 2-5 Ages: 6+Time: 10 minutes S.R.P.: $15.00 Availability: Now Shipping
Rat-a-Tat RollTMA Fun Numbers Dice Game – Roll around the world with Rat-a-Tat Cat! The best-selling game returns with a fresh new spin-dice! Move around the board trying to collect low cards (cats) while avoiding high cards (rats). Choose one, two, or three dice, keeping re-roll tokens handy in case you miss your mark. All along, look out for peeks, swaps, and especially the chancy “wild” spots, where things could really get dicey! Get the lowest score and Rat-a-Tat Catapult to victory! Players: 2-5  Ages: 6+ Time: 15 minutes S.R.P.: $18.00 Availability: Summer 2019

Twin It! TM
The Double-Dashing Card Game – On the double! In this game of fast reflexes, quickly reveal pattern cards featuring over 100 dazzling designs. Spot an identical pair and race to grab the match. But beware – some patterns are deceivingly close and others can be stolen if a third match appears! Features three ways to play including head-to-head, team vs. team, and even cooperative mode, where everyone works to beat the clock. No matter which one you choose, you’ve got to be in it to Twin It! Players: 2-6 Ages: 8+Time: 10 minutes S.R.P.: $15.00 Availability: Now Shipping

Sushi Roll TMThe Sushi Go! Dice Game – Rice and dice! Roll with your favorite Sushi Go! characters in this dice version of the best-selling card game! Load up the conveyor belts with savory sushi dice – ­­­­ then pick one and pass the rest! Earn points for winning combos like two tempura or a set of sashimi. Grab a menu to re-roll your dice or use chopsticks to swap with an opponent. And of course –  save room for pudding at the end!  Pick up the most points and you’re on a Sushi Roll! Players: 2-5Ages: 8+Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $24.00 Availability: Spring 2019

BloomTM
The Wild Flower Dice Game – Flowers are power in this freshly-picked dice game! Roll the dice, choose a color, and then circle the number of matching flowers. Each roll offers a bouquet of possibilities: should you try to snag all of a certain color, or attempt to fill a “mixed dozen” instead? Choose wisely— the dice you pass might score for your opponents! With a little luck and a lot of pluck, you’ll be the blooming best! Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $11.00 Availability: Spring 2019


Punto The Point-to-Point Card Game – Get to the points! Flip your top card and add it to the grid – or cover an opponent’s card showing lower points. Be the first to get four-in-a-row and end up on top! Players: 2-4  Ages: 8+ Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $8.00 Availability: Spring 2019

This Game Goes to Eleven The Game That Cranks it Past Ten Turn it up! In this fully-amped card game, the goal is to crank up the volume and stick other players with cards. Play number cards to a center pile, adding up the total along the way. Make the pile hit exactly 11 and hand the whole heap to another player. But crank it too loud and you get stuck with the headache! End the game with the fewest cards and you totally rock! Players: 2-6Ages: 8+  Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $13.00 Availability: Shipping Now
                                                                                     
Whozit?TMThe Cooperative Guess Who Game – Six unusual suspects, two debatable clues, one hilarious party game!Take turns secretly picking a character from the lineup, then tip off your teammates by rating how well a pair of clues applies to your choice. Would Darth Vader drive an expensive car? Could Lady Gaga make a great babysitter? You’ll crack up as you crack the case, but your team can only win by eliminating all of the unlikely suspects and correctly guessing – Whozit?! Players: 2+Ages: 10+Time: 20 minutes S.R.P.: $20.00 Availability: Summer 2019 


Hello My Name IsTM Party Game – Meet this hilarious new party game that’s full of personality! Can you name an actor who’s short, blond, and musical? How about an athlete that’s bearded and married? Play trait and then race to name someone – real or fictional – who fits the description. Use your creativity to win the most cards and hello… your name is champion! Players: 3-8  Ages: 12+ Time: 15 minutes S.R.P.: $10.00 Availability: Summer 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Plan B Games Announces Century: A New World!

PRESS RELEASE: Plan B Games Announces Century: A New World!

Plan B Games invites players to the conclusion of the Century series in Century: A New World! Created by acclaimed designer, Emerson Matsuuchi and illustrated by Chris Quilliams and Atha Kanaani, Century: A New World propels players to the North American continent during the 16th century.  Players serve as merchants seeking fortune in the bountiful American continent. Only the most shrewd merchants will strike out to explore the foreign land, trade with local inhabitants, journal their findings, and hunt and gather to survive.

Century: New World

Existing Century fans will be happy to discover Century: A New World is fully mixable with Spice Road or Eastern Wonders or both! This will provide the biggest Century fans even more ways to immerse themselves in the breathtaking Century universe! 

Century: New World

Century: A New World is expected to debut at Origins 2019 and was designed for 2 – 4 explorers aged 8 and older. While settling in the New World took at least a Century, a game of Century: A New World should only take about 30 – 45 minutes.

Ed. Note: I’m quite fond of the Century series and look forward to the completion of the trilogy. While I think the experience of the combined game might be slightly less appealing than the full game, the designer has done a wonderful job streamlining the games to work together. I’m excited to see the final combo.

PRESS RELEASE: Eggertspiele Announces Era: Medieval Age, a Roll & Build game!

PRESS RELEASE: Eggertspiele Announces Era: Medieval Age, a Roll & Build game!

Eggertspiele is excited to announce its next great game, Era: Medieval Age!  Designed by the world famous designer, Matt Leacock (Pandemic series, Roll Through the Ages) and illustrated by Chris Quilliams (Coimbra, Azul), Era: Medieval Age serves as a spiritual successor to Roll Through The Ages.  While Roll Through The Ages was a pioneer for Roll & Write genre, Era will serve as a pioneer for Roll & Build!

Era

In Era, your dice represent different classes of medieval society as players attempt to build the most prosperous city.  The “Build” comes into play as players actually build their cities on their boards – you will use beautifully modeled three-dimensional components, such as walls, keeps, farms, and other structures.  By the end of the game, each player will have designed their own unique city.  Get your cameras out for this one, you’ll definitely be sharing pics with your friends!  However, the most exciting news is that Era: Medieval Age serves as the first in a series of collaborative Roll & Build games between Matt Leacock and Eggertspiele!

Era: Medieval Age was designed for lords and ladies, aged 12 and older.  While building a domain often took several generations, a game of Era typically takes about 45 minutes.  Era is expected to debut at GenCon 2019 and should in retailers shortly after!

PRESS RELEASE: It’s Feline Feeding Time in Kibble Scuffle —Coming Soon!

PRESS RELEASE: It’s Feline Feeding Time in Kibble Scuffle —Coming Soon!

Hillside, NJ – January 16, 2019 – WizKids is excited to announce that Kibble Scuffle, an adorable romp through feeding time with your mischievous feline friends, is coming soon!



In Kibble Scuffle, it’s time to feed your cats! Players compete to feed their cats the most points in food cubes by the end of the game. They will send cats to Food Bowls by playing cards, and resolve the cats’ abilities as they arrive. When there are at least 5 cats at any bowl after resolving abilities, the Feeding Phase begins. Players are able to feed their cats and collect food cubes, which are worth varying amounts of points. When a player reaches 20 points or more at the end of a Feeding Phase, the game ends and the player who has the most food cubes wins.
 
There are several different kinds of feline friends to feed in Kibble Scuffle—from the generous Mama Cat, who allows another cat at the bowl to feed, to the mischievous Trickster Cat, who exchanges food cubes between bowls. The game even features four adorable Kittens, who draw their fellow kittens to the Food Bowls. Kibble Scuffle’s innovative packaging doesn’t just hold the game—the box also doubles as the game’s Cat Food Box, allowing players to have the most immersive feline feeding experience possible! Kibble Scuffle arrives in game stores soon, so be sure to preorder it at your Friendly Local Game Store or online today!

What’s It All About?

Using the game box as a cat food box to store the food cubes, players take turns placing their cats at bowls and resolving their abilities. For example, the Pounce Cat removes a cat at a bowl. The Greedy Cat eats two food cubes. The Mangy Cat forces another cat to move away from their bowl. Once there are 5 cats at any food bowl, the feeding (scoring) phase begins, followed by a new round.

Kibble Scuffle is a tactical card game of area control to try and get the best food for your feline friends. With cards like the Robo-Vac and Laser Pointer, you can use toys to strategically distract your opponent’s cats.

Once a player reaches 20 points, the player with the most value of food cubes eaten at the end of the feeding phase wins.

Components:

4 x Player Decks of 20 Cards Each
5 x Advanced Cards for Each Deck
55 x Food Cubes
3 x Food Bowl Tiles

MSRP: $19.99
SKU: 73457

SOURCE: WizKids

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

PRESS RELEASE: THE FOURTH PLACE (GAME NIGHT READY)™ LIBRARIES LAUNCH WITH INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

PRESS RELEASE: THE FOURTH PLACE (GAME NIGHT READY)™ LIBRARIES LAUNCH WITH INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

ENFIELD, NH, September 1, 2018 – Geek culture startup The Fourth Place is launching the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a line of Game Night in a Bag and Game Library in a Box (and vice versa) collections selected and accessorized to be ready for players and businesses to go straight to hosting successful game nights.

Game collections featuring popular and critically-acclaimed games upgraded to be (Game Night Ready)™ come paired with an Init Gear Gamefolio Vault Duffel Bag, a complete Gamefolio System, or a The Fourth Place premium library box. The games inside are repackaged with premium and hard-to-find card protector sleeves, lamination for fragile papers, ‘ex libris’ name labels, and other accessories like zip-lock bags, to be ready to play— and to survive game night— right out of the box.

The Fourth Place

The seven titles in each starter kit are expected to include Avalon Hill Games’ hugely popular Betrayal at House on the Hill, Leder Games’ asymmetrical indie hit Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Czech Games Edition’s accessible Codenames: Pictures, and Atlas Games’ flagship card game Gloom. Each library will include games diverse in skill level and complexity, cooperative versus competitive play, length of game, age of players, number of players, and genre. Subscription boxes will follow, to build on these collections with new games and expansions on the core set.

Versions for businesses including restaurants, coffee shops, dorms, bars, public libraries, and B&Bs include a “success kit” with promotional materials, additional accessories, and guides for both players and owners to ensure successful game nights. Versions for individual players will have lower price points, but still include game accessories, plus extras like stickers.

The libraries sell for the MSRP of the games and Init Gear bags, plus the wholesale cost of other upgrades, with free shipping within the United States. Total cost generally comes out cheaper than even the typical online retail cost of all included games, bags, and accessories.

The Fourth Place founder, Ian Struckhoff, says, “I’ve been passionate about creating geek spaces for decades, and on my birthday in July, I finally realized how I can help players and businesses jump right into hosting successful game nights! I haven’t stopped rushing towards this moment since! Please let me sleep!” (editor’s note: Sleep is for the weak!)

The Fourth Place

The Indiegogo preorder-based crowdfunding campaign runs from September 1st through midNovember, and can be found here. The Fourth Place can be found on their website and on Facebook.

The Fourth Place creates spaces where geeks feel at home, and everyone feels welcome to play with our cool toys. The startup sells individual (Game Night Ready)™ games and complete Game Libraries, all selected and accessorized so players and businesses can host successful game nights!