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Game Previews from GAMA Trade Show 2016: Crazy Karts, Robinson Crusoe, Fast & Fhtagn, Heart of Crown, and Naruto Shippuden: The BoardGame

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Crazy Karts
BoardGameGeek broadcast game demos live for sixteen hours over two days at the 2016 GAMA Trade Show, and now we've chopped up those videos into individual segments so that you can more easily find coverage of the games that interest you. I'm starting to publish these videos on BGG's YouTube channel, and they'll also show up on the proper game pages in the BGG database over the next few days. I'll also highlight some of the videos that we recorded in BGG News posts over the next few days, as with the recent post about Eric M. Lang's Bloodborne: The Card Game from Cool Mini Or Not.

• For us, GTS 2016 started with Marcin Ropka from Portal Games introducing us to Charles-Amir Perret's Crazy Karts, a racing game in which players compete in teams of two, with each teammate controlling half of the operations on their kart but not being able to communicate with their teammate when doing so.

Board Game: 51st State: Master Set
• At Spielwarenmesse 2016, I recorded an overview of 51st State: Master Set with designer Ignacy Trzewiczek, talking about what's changed with the core game and how expansions have been integrated into it. At GTS 2016, Ropka showed off the final look for this game, which is moving closer to production.

Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
• Ropka also talked about the new English-language edition of Trzewiczek's Robinson Crusoe that Portal Games will release in September 2016, with this "Game of the Year" edition featuring a new cover by Vincent Dutrait, fancy-shaped wooden bits, the "King Kong" scenario, thicker character sheets, rewritten rules, and other small changes.

Board Game: Naruto Shippuden: The Board Game
• In early March 2016, I posted a written overview of Naruto Shippuden: The Board Game from designers Nicolas Badoux and Cyril Marchiol, but if video is your thing, at GTS 2016 Rich Gain from Japanime Games showed off the design and explained what you'll be doing in this game world with Naruto and the other characters.

Board Game: Heart of Crown
• Japanime Games also showed off the deck-building game Heart of Crown, which debuted in Japan in 2011 from FLIPFLOPs to great acclaim, multiple expansions, and a standalone sequel. As in many DBGs, in Heart of Crown players buy new cards to build an engine, but the long-term goal is to claim one of the available princesses — each of whom has a special, unique power — then build up succession points in order to seat that princess on the throne.

Board Game: Fast & Fhtagn
• Jeff Tidball from Atlas Games presented the card game Fast & Fhtagn, his Lovecraftian mash-up with elements of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, with players racing through the city streets while encountering (or avoiding!) obstacles from worlds unknown.

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