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In early March 2015, I had the chance to head to PAX East and catch up with the latest happenings in board gaming. Here's my third round-up of videos from the event highlighting upcoming board and card games.
Okay, I am biased here as I have wanted board games to enter the streaming space for more than year now, but this may be the coolest thing I saw at PAX East in 2015. The Greater Than Games team has put together a system to livestream tournaments of their games.
Similar to the set-up that BGG has at Gen Con and Spiel, these guys have also added in commentators in a separate location. There was even a TV at their booth that a passerby could watch if desired. All in all, a very cool set-up.
Curt Covert from Smirk & Dagger Games took the time to show me a new game it will release in the middle of 2015 called Nevermore. In this game, players are trying to curse other players and turn them into ravens. Being a raven does not eliminate you from the game; it just changes the way you play. The game features a mix of bidding and bluffing mechanisms which seem to gel nicely.
Check out the video for a closer look at the art and design of the game:
Heavy Steam and Ninja Dice Expansion
In 2014, we took an early look at Heavy Steam, an interesting miniatures game from GreenBrier Games that has Eurostyle resource management mechanisms mixed in. That game is nearing release, so we were able to get a better look at the final components here. We also got a chance to take a look at the new Ninja Dice: Kage Masters expansion that was on Kickstarter in March 2015.
We had a chance to check out Twirk, a new word game from JR Honeycutt, podcaster and finalist in the recent BGG Summoner Wars tournament. The goal is to make five (or more) letter words as quickly as you can by using communal cards (think Texas hold 'em) as well as cards in your hand and vowel dice.
In early March 2015, I had the chance to head to PAX East and catch up with the latest happenings in board gaming. Here's the second round-up of videos from the event covering board and card games.
Asmadi Games Update
I had the chance to sit down with Chris Cieslik from Asmadi Games at PAX East and he gave me a quick rundown of what they have coming up this year. First off was Adorable Pandaring, a quick-playing panda card game that is on Kickstarter now. He also updated us on Heat and Consequential.
Chris also teased a new storytelling game in the vein of Tales of Arabian Nights. You'll have to check out the video for the full details:
Funemployed! is back again after a first run with a new publisher and an updated package. In Funemployed! you are trying to vie for a job using a hand of trait cards. Your goal is to tell why each of these wacky traits makes you the best person for the job. It is part Apples to Apples, part drama exercise.
Check out the video for more details on the game and when you can get your hands on it:
Okay, this is one of the most interesting games I have seen in a long time, plus it has a plastic zeppelin in the box. Letter Tycoon is a word game with a twist. You are aiming to form words to score points; however, on top of that you can buy stock in certain letters so you score when they are used. It is a wacky combination of Euro economic game with a classic word game. It looked fascinating. It is being printed now for planned delivery later in 2015.
Ad Magic / Breaking Games
We had a chance to catch up with Ad Magic CEO Shari Sparo and find out how Ad Magic is becoming a board game publisher in its own right with Breaking Games. Check out an update from her on the growing scope of Ad Magic. (Note: This video contains strong language in reference to a game title.) (Editor's note: I'd link to the game, but it has no listing in the BGG database. You can visit their website and make it happen. —WEM)
In early March 2015, I had the chance to head to PAX East and catch up with the latest happenings in board gaming. I'll have more updates in future posts on BGG News
Orcs Must Die!
One of the big announcements from PAX East was about the board game Orcs Must Die! The game (which is actually two companion games: Orcs Must Die!: Order – The Boardgame and Orcs Must Die!: Unchained – The Boardgame) is coming from Sandy Petersen, designer of Cthulhu Wars. The game is co-operative if you own one box or can be a team game if you own both boxes. This is in line with the latest developments in the video game.
They had some mock-up components at the show, which looked up to the quality that was applied in Cthulhu Wars. If you have not played Orcs Must Die!, it is a sort of tower defense type game in which you lay traps to try and kill a band of orcs before they reach your base. It's exciting to see what they will do with it on the tabletop.
Check out this video for more details:
Cinelinx is an interesting mash-up of dominoes and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Each card in the deck lists an actor, director, film, or genre. You start with a hand of ten cards and a genre card in the middle. The goal is to empty your hand by placing cards in a positions that works.
I've tried the game myself and it is, in a word, challenging. It will push your movie knowledge to the limits. Luckily, the game allows you to use up to three connections to link a card, which is much easier than one-to-one links and prevents you from getting stuck as often. It's a unique idea and one that will surely delight movie buffs.
On Kickstarter until April 8, 2015 is Mahou Shojo: Fight like a Girl!, a card-battling game between two "magical girls". The game features four factions, each with a prebuilt deck. The goal is to take gems from your opponent. It really needs to be seen. Check out the video for full details:
I hope you've saved up some giggles because it's time to talk about poop. POOP is a card game in the vein of UNO. Your goal is to empty your hand of cards by adding them to a toilet card in the center of the table. Each toilet card has a limit where it will clog, sticking a player with all of the poop cards in play. There's even an expansion available that offers new twists to the basic formula.
At the show they offered gift wrapping which involved wrapping each deck in toilet paper...all very dignified.
Check out the video for more fun:
It's that time of year again, time to gather in Boston for PAX East, one of the best board and video game conventions of the year. Next week, I will trek to the frozen, post-apocalytpic wasteland that is Boston to bring you updates and news on the latest in board games from the show.
For Game Publishers, Developers and Designers
We are looking to do video demos of the latest board games at the show. Do you have a board game debuting at the show or coming soon that you want to show off?
We would love to meet with you. To schedule an appointment you can Geekmail me or email me at brad(at)boardgamegeek.com.
Note: Our time at the show is limited, so we may not be able to fulfill every request.
For the Rest of Us
You can follow all the action here on BoardGameGeek. We will be posting news updates throughout the show and in the week(s) following. We will be running around the show covering all the latest in board games.
For more minute-to-minute updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter:
iOS Board Games Twitter - @iosboardgames
Personal Twitter - @bradbgg
Instagram - @bradleyjamescummings
Also, I would love to meet up with BGG users at the show. We should be hanging out in the open board gaming area most nights, so be sure to send me a tweet or Geekmail if you want to meet up.
See you at the show!
PAX East 2014 was a fantastic event, bringing together gamers and games from around the world. One of the biggest showings this year was the AdMagic booth, AdMagic being a printing company that got its footing in board games with Cards Against Humanity and has now extended its printing services to other Kickstarter and self-published projects.
I was confused going into the show as to whether AdMagic was a publisher or printer. Owner Shari Spiro set me straight and explained the printer's plans for getting into the boardgame space.
What the Food?!
In the food fight card game What the Food?!, you are battling to be the one with the least food on you at game's end.
A Terrible Time
In the (absolutely for adults) party game A Terrible Time: The Party Game Where Everyone Loses, everyone loses (as promised). The game is a mash-up of several classic party game mechanisms with terrible things on each card. Watch your back, Cards Against Humanity.
The Game of 49
In The Game of 49, you are trying to win auctions to claim spots on a 49-square grid board. Each space you take earns money for both you and your opponents, so you need to be careful with each move.
Did you ever want to play Risk on a map of your hometown? Havoc Baords lets you do this, with several printed boards on hand and the ability to make you a custom wood board of almost any location.
Slash: Romance without boundaries
Who is Frodo's perfect match? Would Darth Vader and Wonder Woman work out? You can answer these questions in Slash: Romance without boundaries, an Apples to Apples-inspired game that has you matching up fictional and pop culture characters to find their perfect match.
The trick-taking card game Jack Attack hopes to capture what we love about existing trick-taking games while adding some new twists. Could it be a new classic?
The card game Apocalypze is all about surviving the zombie apocalypse. You have limited resources and must preserve them while attempting to make your opponents lose their resources.
PAX East 2014 was a fantastic event, bringing together gamers and games from around the world. In this report, we take a look at games currently raising funds on Kickstarter or previously crowdfunded games that are now published.
Attack the Darkness
Talk about a loaded box, Attack the Darkness features hundreds of cards to create random dungeon adventures for you and your friends. It has a unique twist in that you add modifiers to your attacks that determine their ultimate strength.
The aerial miniatures game High Heavens has been through two successful Kickstarter campaigns, and it had a strong showing at PAX East. The miniatures look excellent, and the way the miniatures actually stand above the game board was drawing a lot of attention.
Now on Kickstarter (KS link), the tactical card game Mix! has you mixing colors to score points all the while trying to achieve a secret goal. It features clean and simple design with pretty straightforward rules
The two-player bluffing and card-counting game Pleasant Dreams is playable in just five minutes, and we actually played through a game before doing the video. The Kickstarter finished in April 2014, and the game should be available before the end of the year.
Kobolds and Resistor
This was the first year for the UnPub area at PAX East. Springing from the East Coast convention for unpublished board games, UnPub provides a place for new designers to show off their games. As an example of what was being showed, here are two games from a pair of designers: Kobolds and Resistor.
Runes and Ruin
From Fifth Column Games, a company that generally does digital games, comes this new Bang!-inspired card game. Runes and Ruin looks to change up the classic hidden roles formula.
PAX East 2014 was a fantastic event, bringing together gamers and games from around the world, and here's a look at four upcoming games — and one recently released title — that were on display at the show.
Smirk & Dagger Games and Angry Duck Games have teamed up to bring out Student Bodies, a competitive zombie survival game. The goal is to enter a zombie-infested high school, find a cure for the infection, and make it out alive (locking the door behind you).
Hot Tin Roof
Mayfair Games showed us this new Leo Colovini game it will be releasing in May 2014. Your goal in Hot Tin Roof is to get pairs of your cats together to score victory points, and to do this you need to construct paths across the roofs of a city.
Mars Attacks: The Dice Game
Steve Jackson Games has been pulling in some pretty cool licenses as of late, and this latest one for Mars Attacks: The Dice Game has players taking the role of aliens trying to conquer or visit locations from around the world.
VOLT: Robot Battle Arena
Taking cues from robot combat TV shows of the 1990s, the fast-paced simultaneous movement game VOLT: Robot Battle Arena is now available. In the title from Nazca Games, you play a robot trying to score victory points by destroying other robots or controlling specific locations.
GreenBrier Games has grown from a single game at a shared booth to an entire company of its own. For 2014, it was showing off a cool steampunk miniatures game. Heavy Steam combines miniatures combat with a cube management system.
PAX East 2014 was a fantastic event, bringing together gamers and games from around the world, and here's a look at three upcoming games and one newly released title that were on hand at the show.
Zombies Keep Out
The latest title in the Bodgers line from Privateer Press, Zombies Keep Out has the goblins battling hordes of zombies. In this cooperative game, players must use cards to stop zombies, build machines, and avoid becoming zombies themselves.
As has become a sort of tradition, Mayfair Games was showing off games that will be for sale at the subsequent Gen Con convention in August. One of these was Villainy, a game in which you play the villains, trying to be the one who topples the city's beloved superhero.
Chris Cieslik of Asmadi Games took time to show us Heat, a heist game coming later in 2014 in which players try to collect the most loot while passing the "heat" to the other players.
Currently perched near the top of the hot list, Myth from Mercs, LLC is a topic of much discussion. This cooperative dungeon crawl game was available for sale at PAX East, so look for many more impressions in the future.
I will be at PAX East on behalf of BGG. This is becoming an awesome tabletop convention and we hope to see many of you there.
Here's what's going on BGG-wise at the show:
Panel: Lost in Translation: Do Crossovers Work
1:30PM Sunday, April 13th
Bradley Cummings, BoardGameGeek.com
Julian Murdoch (Gamers with Jobs)
Andrew Parks (Designer, Quixotic Games)
Colby Dauch (President and Chief Game Designer, Plaid Hat Games)
Will Creech (Principal, Creative Creature Design Studio)
Jeffrey Steefel (Executive Producer, Infinite Crisis)
Historically, board and video games based on licensed materials, be it video games, TV shows, or movies, have been notoriously terrible. However, excellent hobby game designers and publishers are now acquiring great licenses and shattering these stereotypes. Join John Kovaleski of Gale Force 9, Colby Dauch of Plaid Hat Games, Rob Daviau, Julian Murdoch and Bradley Cummings of BGG as they discuss how licensed board games can be both excellently designed and capture the heart of the material they are based on.
Find more details over on the PAX website.
Demos of the Latest Games
I have over 30 meetings booked to check out some of the latest greatest board and video games at the show. We will be recording demos and posting them to BGG soon after the show.
Be sure to check BGG News and iOS Board Games for videos from the show.
Other Great Non-BGG Things
Other board gamey things to do at PAX:
1. Check out the tabletop lending area and tabletop booths. Behind the main exhibit all you will find a large tabletop area full of spaces to play and new games to check out.
2. There are several other great panels on board gaming. Be sure to view the full schedule and find some great ones to check out.
While at PAX East – which took place March 22-24, 2013 – I snuck away from my digital game news duties for a few hours to talk with designers and publishers of analog board and card games. Some of the videos that I recorded have already been published on BGG News, and now here's another batch of videos covering a wide range of games. One more batch to go after this...
Legend of the Cipher
A rap-based deck-building game? You better believe it. Legend of the Cipher: The Game of Hip-Hop may not be a strategic behemoth, but it is extremely funny and could go over well in the right group. I was able to speak with the team behind the game and it sure looks fun, albeit a little silly.
The squad-based miniatures game MERCS was on sale in full force at PAX. What caught my attention was the interesting theme, with each faction representing an area of the world. Check out the video below for more background on the game.
The Emperor's New Clothes
Admittedly this video of Emperor's New Clothes in action is being posted a bit late given that the Kickstarter project is now over and designer Jonathan Liu has revealed the game (such as it is) in depth, but this video presents a clearer picture of how the game works and what the purpose of the game is. (Editor's note: I'm to blame for this video being posted now instead of weeks ago. Sorry, Brad! —WEM)
Catalyst Game Labs
Randall Bills from Catalyst Game Labs gives an overview of the U.S. publisher's 2013 release schedule. Now where is my copy of Linear...
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