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Jan 20
2020

Collect Termites, Stack Blocks, and Change Your Species with Zoch Verlag in 2020

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by W. Eric Martin • German publisher Zoch Verlag has another quartet of animal-rich games coming your way in the first half of 2020, with the games all having a relatively low suggested player age, while seemingly featuring gameplay ideal for players of all ages.Rüssel raus!, for example, is a game by Inka Brand, Markus Brand, and Matthias Prinz for 2-4 players, aged 6 and up, that has everyone involved ...


Jan 19
2020

Japanese Game Round-up: Two-Headed Cards, Generous Bidding, and Kaiju on the Earth

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by W. Eric Martin I thought I might finally get through all of the tweets about Japanese games that I sent myself in 2019, but I did not. Soon! Then I can get to those still waiting from 2018 — or not. We'll see.• In a report on the May 2019 Tokyo Game Market, Japanese blogger Sugoroku-Kozo mentions a design project from publishers Arclight and Drosselmeyer & Co. called "Kaiju ...


Jan 18
2020

Mergers, Splits, and Distribution Deals: Unexpected Studios, Non-United States Playing Cards, and Ducky Distribution

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by W. Eric Martin I'm still emptying my inbox of messages that piled up during 2019, but I think this post can finish off topics that fall into the "industry business" category, with my delay allowing for timely follow-up on a couple of items. Let's see how far we get:• In June 2019, global consumer goods company Newell Brands — which owns the brands Rubbermaid, Papermate, and Coleman among many ...


Jan 17
2020

Cruella de Vil, Pete, and Mother Gothel Are Perfectly Wretched in Disney Villainous

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by W. Eric Martin Is it time to be bad again already? Ravensburger has announced the next standalone game in the Disney Villainous line — Perfectly Wretched, which will feature Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Mother Gothel from Tangled, and Pete from Steamboat Willie.Let me interject here to note that Donna Murphy is fantastically good as Mother Gothel, both in the songs and in overall voice performance. I've watched ...


Jan 17
2020

New Game Round-up: Deploy Animals, Make Patterns, Collect Trophies, and Carry Stuff

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by W. Eric Martin • U.S. publisher Rather Dashing Games is releasing a standalone 2-4 player card game that also serves as an expansion for one of its earlier releases. That's a neat way to link your back catalog to something that might introduce your company to new people. Here's an overview of Mike Richie's ALDR: The High Sage, which is due out at the end of January 2020:Long before ...


Jan 16
2020

Asmodee Acquires Just One More Publisher: Repos Production

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by W. Eric Martin Belgian publisher Repos Production, founded by Cédrick Caumont and Thomas Provoost in 2004, has been acquired by Asmodee, bringing the number of publishing studios in the Asmodee Group to fourteen and adding two more "core" titles to its catalog: 7 Wonders, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2020, and Just One, which won the Spiel des Jahres in 2019.Here's part of the press release announcing this ...


Jan 16
2020

Create Panoramic Gardens, Collect Fruit, and Examine Monster Teeth in 2020 Thanks to Korea Boardgames

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by Candice Harris Korea Boardgames has revealed three titles for early 2020 release that feature a variety of themes and that all play in 45 minutes or less.• Four Gardens is an Asian-themed set collection game for 2-4 players from Martin Doležal: Long ago, in a beautiful Eastern kingdom, a queen and her people pleased their Gods by building a mystical pagoda. The pagoda housed the four Gods and towered ...


Jan 15
2020

Renegade Goes Exclusive with Alliance and ACD, Acquires Designer Matt Hyra

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by W. Eric Martin • U.S. publisher Renegade Game Studios has announced that effective immediately, its title will be available to hobby store retailers in the U.S. solely through Alliance Game Distributors and ACD Distribution. From the press release: "Renegade will continue to offer games to Canadian retailers exclusively through Universal Distribution and other international distributions lists will also remain unchanged."More from the announcement:"Focusing our sales and marketing efforts through ...


Jan 15
2020

New Game Round-up: Prevent Psychic Espionage, Collect Curios, and Sketch Weirdos

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by W. Eric Martin • Off the Page Games is a new game publisher founded by designer Jay Cormier that's "dedicated to making games based off of creator-owned comic books". Interesting guideline!For its first release, which will be Kickstarted in March 2020, Off the Page Games will release Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage "Game.", a one vs. all game co-designed by Cormier and frequent design partner Sen-Foong Lim. Here's an ...


Jan 14
2020

Cosmic Encounter Duel Gives Aliens a New Way to Compete

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by W. Eric Martin Playing Cosmic Encounter has always been a chaotic experience, with players butting heads constantly to form partnerships, sneak onto planets, and dump those former partners in favor of new ones. You had to keep an eye on everyone because challenges could come from anywhere.That won't be the case with Cosmic Encounter Duel, a two-player-only game from lead designer Frank Brooks and publisher Fantasy Flight Games that ...


Jan 14
2020

New Game Round-up: Drafting Through the Ages in Genesia, and Fighting Bosses in Paris 1889

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by W. Eric Martin • In March 2019, I gave brief descriptions of two future releases from French publisher Super Meeple. One of those titles, Reiner Knizia's Tajuto, debuted at SPIEL '19, and I've posted a written and recorded overview of that game.The other title — Genesia from Eric Labouze — was described as a Q3 2019 release and bore only the briefest of descriptions: "a quick-playing, card-drafting civilization game". ...


Jan 14
2020

Designer Diary: Race for the Chinese Zodiac

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by Christina Ng It has been more than five years since we shared our thoughts in a designer diary for Three Kingdoms Redux, and now we are back to discuss our second game design, Race for the Chinese Zodiac. In this designer diary, we will share some of the decisions behind its design. We hope you will enjoy reading it!HOW THE IDEA COME ABOUTOur first game design, Three Kingdoms Redux, ...


Jan 13
2020

Game Overview: Imhotep: The Duel, or Tombs to the Left of Me, Obelisks to the Right

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by W. Eric Martin Egypt: The land of intense staringI'm gearing up for previews of 2020 game releases, but we're in kind of a lull at the moment, so I thought I'd highlight a fine design that seemed to come and go with little notice: Phil Walker-Harding's Imhotep: The Duel, which KOSMOS released in German at SPIEL '18, then in English in July 2019.Imhotep: The Duel is another example of ...


Jan 13
2020

Bring Vikings to Valhalla and Create Targets for Dice with Schmidt Spiele

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by W. Eric Martin • I've received a first pass at information on titles due out in early 2020 from German publisher Schmidt Spiele, so let's highlight a few of them in this post, starting with Die Wikinger Saga, which is Schmidt's original big box game along the lines of Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg and Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal from 2018 and 2019. This design from Christian Fiore and ...


Jan 12
2020

Japanese Game Round-up: Following Yellow Threads to Maid School, Card-Painting Classes, and a Lesson on Zen

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by W. Eric Martin Whenever I research a Japanese game that isn't yet in the BGG database, I inevitably discover a half-dozen more such games along the way, sometimes because the publisher of that game has other releases that I didn't know about previously, sometimes because a search result for that game will be part of "convention haul" picture or post. Whatever the case, for good or ill, I will ...


Jan 11
2020

Links: A History of Catan, A Dissertation on Gaming and Resilience, and A Suggestion for Game Designers

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by W. Eric Martin • In January 2020, German publisher KOSMOS, in co-operation with book publisher Langenmüller, will release Klaus Teuber: Mein Weg nach Catan, a 300-page autobiography of sorts by the game designer Here's a short description of the book:This is not a biography in the usual sense: Klaus Teuber tells the story of the origin of the Settlers of Catan. Starting with childhood and adolescence, he describes his ...


Jan 10
2020

Pull Up to the Bar with Lloyd, Tony, and More in The Shining

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by W. Eric Martin The Prospero Hall design team has created games from a lot of licensed properties in recent years — Jaws, Horrified, Disney Villainous, Choose Your Own Adventure, Kenny G: Keepin' It Saxy all debuted in 2018 and 2019 — and another such title has been announced: The Shining, which will be released by Mixlore, which previously published Black Mirror: NOSEDIVE and which released Top Gun Strategy Game ...


Jan 10
2020

New Game Round-up: Harvest Interstellar Remains, Put Pets on Pillows, and Satiate Immortal Frogs

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by W. Eric Martin • The description of Afternova, a game by Jeff Chin and Andrew Nerger that's due out in March 2020 from Road to Infamy Games, is less detailed than it could be to show how it differs from similar sounding games, but I appreciate the thematic setting of you trying to make treasure from trash on a cosmic scale:A nearby solar system has been obliterated by a ...


Jan 09
2020

New Game Round-up: Monsters Fetch Coffee, Toucans Grab Mosquitoes, and Mayors Manage Mines

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by W. Eric Martin • Gold River is a revamped version of Boomtown / La Fièvre de l'Or from designers Bruno Faidutti and Bruno Cathala and publisher Lumberjacks Studio, which is launching a new "Coffee Break" line of games with this January 24, 2020 release.Here's an overview of the game for those not familiar with the original design:In Gold River, players want to take home as much money as possible ...


Jan 08
2020

Fantasy Flight Interactive To Close; FFG RPG Staff Let Go

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by W. Eric Martin Fantasy Flight Interactive (FFI) is closing shop according to Timothy Gerritsen, Head of Studio, who posted the following on LinkedIn on January 6, 2020:It's with great sadness that I have to report that the decision has been made to close Fantasy Flight Interactive next month. I'm proud of the team and the game we've dedicated ourselves to for the past few years. It's a been an ...