PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Revenues for Global Game-Based Learning Market to Hit $3.5 Billion, $17 Billion by 2023; New 5 Year Report Covers Catalysts Driving the Market, Key Opps for Publishers

PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Revenues for Global Game-Based Learning Market to Hit $3.5 Billion, $17 Billion by 2023; New 5 Year Report Covers Catalysts Driving the Market, Key Opps for Publishers
LOS ANGELES –August 8, 2018 — Revenues from education and training programs based on hands on, experiential learning or “serious games” are rapidly climbing and will hit $3.5 billion in 2018, according to industry analyst firm Metaari. In fact, Metaari predicts a 37.1% CAGR growth rate for game-based learning products over the next five years, which will quadruple industry revenues to more than $17 billion by 2023.

 

Metaari’s new 2018-2023 Global Game-based Learning Serious Play ConferenceMarket report provides revenue forecasts for 7 regions, 39 countries and 8 buying segments and identifies the leading companies – more than 900 game developers competing in the 122 countries – as well as distributors and licensing companies. The report is the most granular analysis of the global competitive landscape for serious games ever published.

 

Metaari’s report includes an analysis of the catalysts driving the market as well as a five-year demand and supply-side analysis, providing developers and publishers with the ability to choose high-yielding opportunities. Buying segments analyzed in the report include consumers, three academic sub-segments (preschools, primary schools and secondary schools), tertiary and higher education institutions, federal government agencies, provincial/state/prefecture and local government agencies, and business purchases.

 

Investment starting flowing heavily into the serious game market just two years ago. Metaari identified $1.7 billion in funding for educational game companies globally in 2016 and 2017. The report identifies major 2018 investors and studios acquired.

 

Metaari’s Global 2018-2023 Game-Based Learning Market is available for sale from Serious Play Conference here.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: ENDOGENESIS HITS KICKSTARTER ON AUGUST 8TH

PRESS RELEASE: ENDOGENESIS HITS KICKSTARTER ON AUGUST 8TH

CHARACTER-BUILDING DUNGEON CRAWLER CARD GAME ENDOGENESIS BY DESIGNER HYPERLIXIR LAUNCHES ITS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ON AUGUST 8TH.

1st August 2018 – In an era where mixed media and genre-breaking content reigns, artist and designer David Goh (a.k.a. Hyperlixir) debuts Endogenesis, a game that promises godhood to its players and the power to dabble with reality-forging powers!

Focusing on interactivity, strategic play, and direct conflict, Endogenesis caters to gamers who enjoy competitive experiences in complex settings, offering not only 40 skills with which you can build your powerset, but also a deck of game-changing events and a horde of monstrous creatures straight out of myth and Lovecraftian-esque tales!

Wholly conceptualized and designed by David Goh under his Hyperlixir banner, Endogenesis will launch with all of its art, gameplay and graphic design completed, and consisting of 113 cards, 128 token pieces, and a gameboard featuring the geometry-intensive aesthetic of the Endogenesis art direction.

Launching on August 8th 2018, the campaign has a set goal of $4,180 with 1 available tier to get a copy of the full game set, as well as a single early bird tier available for 48 hours. With an entry price of $59 ($56 for early birds), multiple sets can be purchased in quantities of up to 4. Parties interested in larger orders may contact the creator directly through the Kickstarter page.

Running a 30 day campaign, the project will aim to surpass its goal by the 7th of September and is expected to fulfill rewards by October 2019. EU, US and SG (Singaporean) friendly shipping is provided for individuals in the respective regions and countries.

Endogenesis

ABOUT ENDOGENESIS

Set in a chaotic, alien universe where its guardians have turned on each other vying for ultimate godhood, Endogenesis is a competitive card game that features strategic free-for-all combat.

In this epic battle, you take on the role of a cosmic spirit with access to otherworldy realms. Collect Skills from the Realm of Knowledge to customize your character with different powers, and upgrade them with Shards that you earn by defeating your enemies.

During your turn, you’re given freedom on how you perform actions, both in their order and frequency.

With careful planning and a dash of creativity, you can set up devastating turns where you wipe out your enemies… or have your master plan backfire when an even better player counters your strategies with their Reaction Skills and Wonders!

Also joining the fray are vicious Monsters from the Realm of Chaos. The most powerful of these are called Legendary Monsters; killing them will reward its slayer with a Prism, a crystal needed to achieve godhood. Be the first to collect 3 Prisms and you win!

REALITY IS BUT A GAME TO GODS

Number of players: 3-5

Time required: 60-120 minutes

Recommended age: 13+

Endogenesis

ABOUT DAVID GOH/HYPERLIXIR

David is a passionate gamer and multi-disciplinary designer who has found his calling in the nexus of profession and passion—the ever-evolving world of game design. Loving the art of the game regardless of medium, he enjoys the study of game mechanics and their intrinsic relationship with elegant design.

RELEVANT LINKS

Kickstarter: https://kck.st/2L7vULl

Social Site: http://endogenesis.cards

Try Endogenesis on Tabletopia: https://tabletopia.com/games/endogenesis

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

PRESS RELEASE: North Star Games Doubles Down on Dude

PRESS RELEASE: North Star Games Doubles Down on Dude

Kensington, MD (July 30, 2018) – The dude arrives. North Star Games is excited to introduce its brand new game dude, now available exclusively at Target and Target.comThe game dude celebrates the versatility of a word that can be a question (dude?), an exclamation (dude!), an objection (DUDE), an expression of wonder (dooode), and many other things.

To play dude, each player has a set of cards that shows the word “dude” in 6 different ways. Everyone sits around the table saying “dude” in these different ways, all at once. You try to match with someone who you think is saying “dude” in the same way you are.

“It’s all about intonation, pronunciation, and body language,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder and Co-President of North Star Games. “Is someone saying ‘dude?’, ‘dewd’, ‘dooode’ or just…‘dude’? dude simply celebrates all the beautiful ways that this amazing word can be said.”

But wait. There’s more….

If saying “dude” was not enough for one game, North Star Games is also simultaneously releasing a second game called more dude. Similar to dude, more dude also consists of saying the word “dude” over and over again, but this time players must say it as a robot, a surfer, or any other number of crazy characters shown on the cards.

dude and more dude are now available exclusively at Target Stores and Target.com for $10.99. Through August 11th, customers can get 10% off of dude here, and 10% off of more dude here, using the promo code: GENCON.

dude and more dude: Ages: 13+; Players: 3 – 6; MSRP: $10.99.

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 is used in the Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Oxford, and Happy Salmon has become a gaming phenomenon. For more information on these games and more, visit www.NorthStarGames.com.

Editor’s Note: Dude, we have no idea.

PRESS RELEASE: Northstar Games’ Say Anything Celebrates 10 Years

PRESS RELEASE: Northstar Games’ Say Anything Celebrates 10 Years
It’s a Birthday Party…..For a Party Game!
(editor’s note: E.R. Burgess remains a fan of Say Anything even a decade later…)

Kensington, MD (August 3, 2018) – North Star Games’ hit party game Say Anything is celebrating a milestone rarely achieved in the party game market – 10 years of sales!  Since its initial release in 2008, the game has sold almost 1 million copies and won several prestigious Party Game of the Year awards, including those from fans at the Origins Game Fair and the BoardGameGeek.com.

In celebration, North Star Games is partnering with Target to launch a special Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition.  This special edition includes updated components, refreshed graphics, and 180 new questions for you to answer as ridiculously as possible.

When originally released, Say Anything offered a breath of fresh air to the stale party game market.  Many party games came with pre-printed cards that players submitted as answers to questions.  Say Anything broke new ground in the genre by allowing players to answer questions in their own words.

“The game has succeeded because it’s like jet fuel for creativity.  Say Anything is uniquely good at giving players the platform to open up,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder and Co-President of North Star Games.  “So no matter who you are, you can be funnier or weirder than you imagined you were, and it feels good.  We’re proud of that.”

Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition is now available exclusively at Target Stores and Target.com for $19.99. Through August 11th, customers can get 10% off Say Anything 10th Anniversary Edition here, using the promo code: GENCON.

Ages: 13+; Players: 4 – 8; Play Time: 30 minutes; MSRP: $19.99.

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 is used in the Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Oxford, and Happy Salmon has become a gaming phenomenon. For more information on these games and more, visit www.NorthStarGames.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Role Quest Launch on Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE: Role Quest Launch on Kickstarter

London, UK, July 2018

 

Hercules Game Studios proudly announces Role Quest, a social roleplaying card game of guessing an improvisation set in a fantasy town.

About the Game

In Role Quest players take the roles of fantasy characters and roleplay normal or peculiar situations. They must act their hidden personalities well in order to collect goblin heads (victory points) to win the game. Player curses and actions make the game challenging but also hilarious.

 

Role Quest has been playtested in over 100 sessions, and it will launch on Kickstarter with the full art and design completed. The Kickstarter campaign will feature the game for the price of £15 ($20), plus shipping.

 

Players: 2-6        Time: 25 min        Age: 12+

 

Further Information

Hercules Game Studios have released photos and videos of the game for media usage on https://www.after-london.com/media.

“We are thrilled to release this game after overwhelmingly positive reaction”, says Game Designer of Hercules Game Studios, Phoebos Stergiou. “It’s a light and quick game with a lot of replay-ability, that is very versatile and appeals to a wide range of gamers.”

To learn more about Role Quest, check them out online:

 

About Hercules Game Studios

Hercules Game Studios is a UK based company focused on designing innovative and fun board games. They are the designers of Role Quest and After London.

PREVIEW: Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games launched on Kickstarter June 19

PREVIEW: Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games launched on Kickstarter June 19

From the brilliant folks at Forbidden Games (Glenn Drover of Age of Empires III: The Board Game fame and Jason Kapalka, a co-founder and chief game designer at PopCap, makers of video games such as Bejeweled, Peggle and Plants vs Zombies, comes Raccoon Tycoon, launching on Kickstarter on June 19, 2018.

What’s Raccoon Tycoon All About?

In Raccoon Tycoon, Astoria is a land bustling with productivity and growth! New towns, factories, and railroads are springing up across the land. A few savvy business tycoons (you and your opponents) are determined to make their fortunes on the crest of this wave. These tycoons start out as the producers of the key commodities: wheat to feed the growing towns and factories, wood and iron to build them, coal to fuel the trains and factories, and manufactured goods and luxuries to fill the insatiable demand of the animals of Astoria. Cornering the market for the most valuable commodities can create small fortunes that can be invested in the new businesses, turning them into huge fortunes. The sky is the limit during this Gilded Age!

Gameplay

In Raccoon Tycoon, players try to produce the most valuable commodities in an ever changing marketplace. They then use those commodities to build towns, or sell them at the best price to secure great profits that can be used to win auctions for the all-important railroads. The profits may also be used to buy powerful buildings that give the players power-ups or bonuses in production. Owning the best towns and railroads determines victory. There can be only one ‘top dog’ in Astoria. Is it you?

Raccoon Tycoon

Highlights

  • A fun, fast, economic game, with many unique paths to victory
  • Great for Gateway as well as Hardcore Gamers
  • The best aspects of several classic economic games without the baggage
  • Integrated Supply-and-Demand mechanic regulates prices in the game marketplace
  • Animal Tycoons! (editor’s note: Italics are ours!)
  • Artwork by world renowned artist: Annie Stegg Gerard

Game Time: 90 minutes

Players: 2 – 5

Complexity: 2/5

The game will launch on Kickstarter on June 19th so watch for it later in the month!

PRESS RELEASE: NO LIMIT GAMES PRESENTS BATTLE OF SOULS

PRESS RELEASE: NO LIMIT GAMES PRESENTS BATTLE OF SOULS

NO LIMITS, INC PRESENTS BATTLE OF SOULS, AN EXTENSIBLE CARD GAME

May 29th, Los Angeles, CA – Battle of Souls is an action-packed card battle game that combines what is great about the deck-building genre without being locked into starter decks or randomized booster packs. Why should collectors that can afford better cards dominate games? Battle of Souls equalizes the playing field and injects the purity of deck building strategy back into the game. Choose from a multitude of legendary historical warriors and pit them against one another in a battle of souls!

No Limit Games came up with the vision for Battle of Souls card game in 2015. The premise was to create the same feeling you gained from a standard “trading card game” but without the “pay to win” mechanism. Much like the game Othello, we wanted a play style that was challenging, easy to learn, has great replayability, and was fun without having to hunt down rare cards.

While we understand and appreciate that aspect of the trading card game market, we also felt there was an alternative approach that was lacking. Battle of Souls’ major selling point is that there are no starter decks, pre-constructed decks, or randomized booster packs. In some games, players that cannot afford to buy the expensive rare cards have a hard time playing against players with decks worth several hundred dollars. Battle of Souls’ concept is to remove the need to purchase overpriced single cards and hundreds of randomized booster packs with
hopes of getting the rare items they need in order to compete. Instead, with Battle of Souls, each set box that a player gets will contain all of the cards for that specific warrior group. Our game will be focused on the players’ deck building skills instead of how much money they put into the deck.

Playing the game is simple. Build your 40-60 card deck using no more then 4 copies of any single card and no more then 3 legendary warriors. Shuffle and start playing. In the game you have 7 types of cards: “Fighters” – Warrior, Elite Warrior, Warlord, & Legendary Warrior. “Support” – Tactics, Equipment, Battlefield.

The Warrior class cards don’t require anything special to play them. You can deploy one fighter per turn. When your warrior gets 3 kills then you can sacrifice it for an Elite Warrior. After 5 kills on your Elite Warrior you can sacrifice it for a Warlord. After 7 kills on your Warlord, you can sacrifice it, plus an Elite Warrior and a Warrior for a Legendary Warrior. Equipment and tactic cards can be played as many as you desire per turn, (up to 6 can be active at the same time). Lastly only one battlefield can be active on the entire field.

From our initial idea to the game we have today has been a process of refining through playtesting and feedback at numerous in-stores and conventions. Our goal was to have the game be focused on the player’s deckbuilding skills as opposed to how much money they have to build the perfect deck. We think we have met that goal.

This game was also shown on the Boardgame Babylon YouTube Channel:

The Kickstarter launched on May 29th, 2018. It will run for 40 days, ending on Sunday July 8th, 2018 with a goal of $11,000. The rewards each include our deluxe box that contains both Samurai and Viking sets in one box.

PRESS RELEASE – UNICARDS: A Unicorn Card Game Hits Kickstarter

PRESS RELEASE – UNICARDS: A Unicorn Card Game Hits Kickstarter

Unicards is a Card Game for Unicorn Lovers.

Long Island, NY, May 29 – Amanda Cappa of Unicards, LCC launches Unicards – A Unicorn Card Game on Kickstarter.

Designer Amanda Cappa is excited to announce her first ever game, which puts Unicorns in a Card Game, aka Unicards!Unicards

Unicards is a simple and fun card game for ages 6 and up. The game can be played with two to four players, and it takes about ten minutes to play. Be the first player to collect four Unicards and you win!

There are seven Unicards in the deck. Set these at the center of the table and shuffle the remaining cards. There are 42 Unicorn Playing Cards, 2 Wild Rainbow Unicorn Cards, and 1 Dark Horse Card.

The dealer is the player who loves Unicorns the most. Each player is dealt five cards. The remaining cards get set facedown on the table, with the top card flipped over.

Players take turns drawing card and trying to create a Unicard. How does one do this? Simply collect color matching horns, manes, and hooves to create a Unicard. If you can create one, shout “Unicard” on your turn and collect it.

There are two of these in the deck! If you pick one up, you are magical! Use your Wild Rainbow Unicorn Card to replace any color or part of a unicorn that you need.

Uh-Oh! You drew or were dealt the Dark Horse Card. Put all of your cards in the discard pile, including the Dark Horse Card. Draw five new cards from the deck, and your turn is over. If you collected any Unicards before drawing the Dark Horse Card, those go back to the center of the table.

What are people saying about Unicards?

“A fun, easy to learn card game for all ages. I love playing this game with my 6 year old granddaughter and her parents. The colors of the cards are so vibrant and inviting. Even my husband enjoys this game, and he’s not much of a game player” ~ Karen (Retired Conductor, LI)

“I’m so glad I’ve found this game! It’s great to play with my kids (ages 4 and 7)! We take it out when adults are over for game night too. It’s fast paced, easy to learn, and the right amount of luck vs. strategy!” ~ Amanda (Middle School Orchestra Teacher, NY)

“It’s truly the perfect game for unicorn lovers. I was so excited to get my very own copy that I wanted to play it all the time. My husband and I brought it to a bar and played it with random strangers. We made new friends, had lots of laughs, and were able to continue conversation while playing!” ~ Kaitlyn (Hotel Manager, VA)

“As a teacher, I think Unicards is a great game for both kids and families. It is a simple game for young children to understand, but also engaging enough for the whole family! You’re guaranteed to have a great time playing Unicards! I cannot wait to get a copy of my own so I can bring it into my classroom for my students to enjoy” ~ Dana (Elementary Teacher, NYC)

About Amanda Cappa

Amanda was born and raised on Long Island. She went to Northwestern University to receive her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. Amanda earned her masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Music Education. Amanda is a music teacher, unicorn lover, and new business owner. She is in her fourth year of her career, and is about to release her very first card game, which is Unicorn-related, of course!  

I am overjoyed by the support of my family, friends, and Unicorn lovers. I love everything about this game. My heart and soul have gone into it, and I can only hope that you will love it too. This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to produce Unicards on a larger scale. This press release will help spread the word about Unicards so everyone can get their own game soon!”

This project is LIVE on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2xwmuD1                                                        

Unicards On Twitter: @unicardsgame

PRESS RELEASE: Wizkids Release Fungeon Party

PRESS RELEASE: Wizkids Release Fungeon Party

Hillside, NJ – May 14, 2018 – WizKids is excited to announce a new game that puts the Fun in dungeon, Fungeon Party! Designed by Brian Lewis, David McGregor, Marissa Misura, and Tom Jones, this is a fast-paced, quest completion game which takes a traditional dungeon party and puts them in a truly untraditional dungeon crawler.

2 to 5 players pick a class from a list of classic adventure choices; such as Barbarian, Cleric, Ranger, and Wizard, just to name a few. Each class has their own stats, which can be upgraded as experience points are earned, as well as a special ability that will help the party complete a pile of at least 6 quests.

Quest cards are drawn from a stack and placed in the middle of all players. Using a cell phone or stopwatch, a timer is set for 30 seconds per quest, so 6 quests would be a 3-minute timer. Someone yells “GO”, the top quest card is flipped over, and the goal is to complete all quests before the timer runs out! Sounds simple, but is it?

What types of quests would you expect in a Fungeon? Stack dice on your forehead, bounce dice into the box, knock down a meeple surrounded by dice, balance a meeple on a stick. These and many more wacky quests await the brave adventures that travel through the corridors of a Fungeon!

Gather your party and check out this quick, easy, and FUN game to learn and play! Fungeon Party will be available at your Friendly Local Game Store June 2018 for $29.99. Pre-order today!

For more information, visit: https://wizkids.com/fungeon-party/

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Secret Unknown Stuff: Escape from Dulce

Secret Unknown Stuff: Escape from Dulce

Escape from Dulce is the first in a trilogy of collaborative, sci-fi dungeon crawler for 1 to 5 players. Choose from one of 8 hilariously bizarre characters, who have been imprisoned on the bottom level of Dulce Base and have just awoken after a Cryo-Pod malfunction. The players must blast their way through a base full of self strategizing human and non-human enemies, as they attempt to traverse the seven nefarious levels of Dulce and escape to freedom. Along the way you’ll collect zany items, incredible weapons and level up your characters, while constantly working to keep the alarm from reaching critical levels and releasing the dreaded Man in Black. The game is more than just blasting enemies though, as a tale slowly unfolds in the form of story themed Encounter Cards, randomly drawn every time the players enter a new room.

The story portion of the card describes the room and what happens to the players while in that room, while the business portion of the card dictates what traps or puzzles and enemies the players must overcome. The Encounter Cards create the feeling of a lived in world and allow for maximum replayability and role-play fun. Will you play as Snippy Von Bell, a two-headed mutant cow that can strap machine guns on its back, or Amelia Earhart, a pilot who disappeared in 1937 over the Pacific? Maybe you’ll meet a helpful Sasquatch or have to decide if you should release an Atlantean fishman from his aquarium cell. Tentacle monsters, robot ninjas, a game of lizard man chess and even a mini black hole await you! Good luck escaping. You’re going to need it.

About Sentient Cow Games: While Secret Unknown Stuff is our first venture, it is far from our only idea. We all grew up with games; From building forts and play fighting with sticks in the backyard, D&D and Adventure on the Atari, to Zombicide, Settlers of Catan, the Fallout series, and many more. Games have not just been an undercurrent in our lives, but the main current. Our goal is to make games that you’ll enjoy playing, as much as we had creating them. Sentient Cow Games is based in Los Angeles, CA and was born from three friends love of games and built on the belief that with passion and hard work any dream is possible to achieve.

Website: www.sentientcowgames.com

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