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Gen Con 2015 XV: Asmadi Games — Mottainai, Meow, Adorable Pandaring, One Deck Dungeon, The Phoenix Syndicate, Consequential & Innovation

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Mottainai
• Carl Chudyk's Mottainai from Asmadi Games debuted at Gen Con 2015, and this involved card game is a successor (in gameplay terms) to Chudyk's Glory to Rome, with cards moving from one gameplay zone to another, changing their role in the game in the process.

Board Game: Meow
• About as far as you can get from Mottainai in terms of complexity is Meow, a party game from Alanna Cervenak and Asmadi owner Chris Cieslik that challenges you to question whether or not other people are cats.

Board Game: Adorable Pandaring
Adorable Pandaring is another simple design from Cieslik and Asmadi Games, with players trying to get pandas into play that match the current law of adorableness so that they can score bamboo.

Board Game: One Deck Dungeon
• And now we get to the preview section of this Asmadi Games-centered post, starting with an overview of Cieslik's roguelike card game One Deck Dungeon.

Board Game: Consequential
• Cieslik's Consequential has been in the works a long time, as Brad Cummings notes in this overview, and here we are again for another look at how the game works.

This digital/analog combination won't be to everyone's tastes, just as XCOM: The Board Game turned off some due to the required app, but I don't fault designers and publishers for taking whatever approaches seem best to them for the material in hand. I might not like their choices, mind you, but my money's not at risk on their publication and they know what they're trying to do better than I do, so I'll see what emerges from the vat, then evaluate things from there.

Board Game: The Phoenix Syndicate
The Phoenix Syndicate from Rebecca and Ted Vessenes is another Asmadi project that's been in the works for a while, but in case you've missed it before, you can learn something about this network-building, contract-fulfilling game now.

Board Game: Innovation
• Finally, we close with another Chudyk design — the deluxe edition of the greatest game of all time, as judged by me, Innovation. This new edition of the game will include two new expansions while incorporating a graphic design overhaul to make the cards easier to read and use during play. Stoked!

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