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Asmodee USA to Distribute Games from ThunderGryph, Fantasia, and Tabletop Tycoon

W. Eric Martin
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In 2020, the BGG team spent half its time at GAMA Expo dousing ourselves with hand sanitizer and wondering why we were there. In 2021, we've looped back around to the starting point of the pandemic for most of us in the U.S., and as with so many other events from the past twelve months, GAMA Expo will take place online, allowing "attendees" to experience all of the work of the show and none of the fun.

Before the event even starts, though, I can kick off coverage of GAMA Expo with news of exclusive U.S. distribution deals between Asmodee USA and three game publishing companies: ThunderGryph Games, Fantasia Games, and Tabletop Tycoon, which owns the brands Starling Games, Victory Point Games, Flying Meeple, Spark Works, and Polyhero Dice.

In a press release announcing the deal, ThunderGryph Games founder and president Gonzalo Aguirre Bisi said, "Asmodee has given us the warmest welcome as our new English distribution partner, and we already feel like part of the family. This important relationship will help us grow professionally as a board game publisher. We are extremely excited to unveil our plans for 2021 together." (ThunderGryph Games had previously been distributed in North America by Lucky Duck Games starting in January 2020.)

Titles from ThunderGryph Games — which include Tang Garden, Iwari, Hats, Spirits of the Forest, and the 2020 Matchbox Collection — will become available throughout 2021, with the recently Kickstarted Darwin's Journey due out in Q4 2021.

Fantasia Games has not released any titles to date, but in 2020 it Kickstarted Stan Kordonskiy's Endless Winter: Paleoamericans, and that title is due out in Q4 2021, along with the expansions Ancestors, Cave Paintings, and Rivers & Rafts. The press release announcing this deal also includes this note: "Retailers that are part of Asmodee USA's Best Sellers Program who pre-order Endless Winter can qualify for the special Mammoth Module, a limited expansion from the original Kickstarter."

As for Tabletop Tycoon, the press release announcing this deal notes that games from this company "will be available starting April 2, 2021. Future releases to look forward to include a line of beautiful Everdell puzzles, the imaginative Polyhero Dice, and new Everdell expansions currently on Kickstarter."

Board Game: Darwin's Journey
Board Game: Endless Winter: Paleoamericans
Board Game: Everdell: The Complete Collection
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