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Prepping for NY Toy Fair 2020 with Steven Universe, a Piece of Pie, and a Rip Off

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Steven Universe: Beach-A-Palooza Card Battling Game
I've been swamped with coverage of Spielwarenmesse 2020 — so many pics! so many videos! — and trying to finish off coverage of that event before it got further swamped by other happenings, such as NY Toy Fair 2020, which I will attend in late February 2020 and for which I've done little preparation. Let's get started on that!

• U.S. publisher Cryptozoic Entertainment will continue its association with Cartoon Network with the Q1 2020 release of Steven Universe: Beach-A-Palooza Card Battling Game, a 3-6 player game from designers Erica Bouyouris and Andrew Wolf that works as follows:
At this year's Beach-a-Palooza, Steven has a surefire way to win: Recruit more Stevens from the timeline and have them all front their own bands!

Steven Universe: Beach-A-Palooza Card Battling Game is your chance to become a Steven and try to put together the best band and audience! But it's not going to be easy as party crashers — both Corrupted and Homeworld Gems — want to ruin your amazing performance. It's Beach City's event of the year and you're on center stage. Play your cards right, and your band might be the big winner!

In more detail, each round you draft three character cards that feature gems and various familiar characters, sometimes being able to recruit characters to your stage or audience to generate energy and other effects. Get the right characters on stage, and you can form powerful fusions!
• On Facebook, Cryptozoic teased the titles it will be showing at NYTF and the GAMA Expo in March, and aside from the title above and an Epic Spell Wars title that I can't make out, the publisher will be showing the next title in its DC Comics Deck-Building Game line — Dark Nights: Metal, presumably based on the comic series of the same name from 2017-2018.

From gallery of W Eric Martin

• The U.S. division of Blue Orange Games will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2020 by releasing twenty new games. Sounds like a crazy plan! We've already covered a few of these titles when writing about releases from the European branch of BOG, specifically Maracas, Droll (under the name Draw'n'Roll), and Rose Ceremony (under the name Valentine's Day) in this Feb. 1, 2020 post and Cupcake Academy, Animix, and Gen Con 2020 release Dragomino in this Feb. 6, 2020 post.

Other titles coming from Blue Orange Games include:

Board Game: Save The Dragon
Board Game: Piece of Pie
Fréderic Moyersoen's Save the Dragon, a game for ages 5+ in which you're trying to climb steps and set up shields to keep you from knocked back by rolling boulders before you can reach the top to do what the title suggests.
Bye Bye Mr. Fox! from Marie and Wilfried Fort, with 1-4 young players needing to incubate and protect eggs so that they're not snatched.
Piece of Pie, a drafting game from Trevor Benjamin and Brett J. Gilbert in which 2-4 players take pieces of pie (as advertised) to complete objectives.
— David Wexler's Fish Club, which has players dropping their fish into a Drop It-style tank with the goal of having five of these fish touching.
Rip Off from Urtis Šulinskas, with players needing to rip up "dollar bills" in order to cover expenses — literally covering them with the pieces of the bills.

• Many game pitches from non-hobby companies attending NY Toy Fair feature games akin to the one below:

In case you care for a description of this release from new publisher Far Out Toys, here you go:
Players must choose wisely in this slimy new game, Snot Nose, or they will get #snotted! With Snot Nose, players take turns pulling a booger out of the oversized nose and if the booger pulls out cleanly they are still in the game, but if you get a Snot Gush, you're out! The game comes with a wearable snot nose and make-your-own slime packets.
Board Game: The #UpsideDownChallenge Game
• Another NYTF game based on a marketing hook is The #UpsideDownChallenge Game from newcomer Vango, and yes, the hashtag is part of the game's name. Here's an overview of gameplay:
Each turn, the active player draws a challenge card, which might be an individual challenge or a group challenge. Whoever the active player is dons glasses that flip their vision upside down, then they try to do what they've been challenged to do, such as giving someone a high five, pouring water into a glass, or drawing a picture.

You win and lose points along the way, and whoever first collects six points wins!
• Belgian publisher Smart Toys and Games makes fantastic logic puzzles, and for 2020 it's adding three games to its line (in addition to new logic puzzles). Froggit has 2-6 players ages 6+ racing frogs across a pond and sending one another back to start. Top Spot is a 3-5 player card game in which the cards have holes, and you score points by combining them in some manner. Cube Duel, shown below, is a two-player duel in which you're trying to have more of your color exposed once the game ends, and it includes eighty challenges for solo-mode play in case you still want a logic puzzle once the game is over.

Board Game: Cube Duel
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