W. Eric Martin
• At NY Toy Fair 2018, which opens on Saturday, February 17, U.S. publisher Looney Labs will showcase several upcoming titles that demonstrate its continued ability to merge its existing titles with the works of others to spread awareness of their games.
First, Looney Labs has partnered with Gale Force Nine in order to create Star Trek Fluxx and Star Trek: The Next Generation Fluxx, both of which will be on display at NYTF ahead of their August 2, 2018 U.S. street date, which coincides with the opening day of Gen Con 2018.
Second, another pair of games coming from Looney Labs results from a partnership with folk artist Mary Engelbreit, whose work you would undoubtedly recognize, even if you don't know her name. Details on these games will be available at NY Toy Fair, but for now we know that the publisher will release some kind of Mary Engelbreit-related Fluxx as well as a version of Loonacy featuring her artwork. This deal isn't something that will rock the hobby industry, but given how well-known Engelbreit is across the United States, this is a brilliant way for Looney Labs to introduce itself to a new audience.
• I already wrote about a handful of 2018 releases from Cryptozoic Entertainment in late December 2017, and now the publisher has revealed even more upcoming releases that it will have on display at NY Toy Fair 2018, including two more titles based on a pair of Rick and Morty episodes.
Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game, a sequel of sorts to 2017's Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game, features a set of council cards that cause players to vote to enact new rules, dramatic one-time effects, and other mysterious situations. Access tokens give players votes and chances to devalue the Galactic Federation currency from 1 to 0.
Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game is based on the "Pickle Rick" episode, comes packaged in something that looks like a pickle, and bears this description:
One player plays as Pickle Rick as he tries to escape a heavily armed compound, while the other player takes on the roles of both the Russians and Jaguar as they try to stop him. The Pickle Rick player uses weapons cards to dole out damage and Air Vents to get out of jams as they try to get to the rooftop. The game includes both Pickle Rick and Jaguar miniatures that are moved across a dynamic board made up of tiles that are constantly being added, rotated, and flipped.
• Cryptozoic's DC Deck-Building Game will see two releases as well in 2018, with Rebirth introducing movement as element of the game design through eight "Mighty Meeples" wooden figures, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman. What's more:
The game features both competitive and cooperative modes, offering two distinctive ways to play. In both modes, villains do not go into a player's deck when defeated, but instead grant a one-time reward. In competitive play, defeated villains give players victory points, then go under their superhero cards. They can even be used to bribe rivals for various favors.
• DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4 is another small expansion that can be used with any of the DCDBG base games. As for what it does, here's an overview:
This expansion introduces the keyword "Unity" for ongoing cards that get better as more teammates have them in play. The pack focuses on the Teen Titans and includes six superheroes from the Titans, original members of the group who are now all grown up and have something to prove.
Another fresh twist to gameplay comes in the form of personal crisis cards, which may directly affect only one character, but can still take down the whole team if players don't work together to solve the problem.
• To continue the theme of "licensed IPs at NY Toy Fair", which is not an unfamiliar theme by any means, I present A Wrinkle In Time: A Daring Adventure Game from Kami Mandell of USAopoly — which, I think, is the only game in our database based on A Wrinkle in Time other than Lloyd Krassner's unlicensed Wrinkles in Time, and he has released hundreds of free, online-only games, so he kind of doesn't count.
This game is based not on the Madeleine L'Engle book, but on the Disney movie due out March 9, which of course is based on the book. As for the gameplay, here's what we know for now about this 1-3 player game:
In the game, players take on the role of the story's main characters — Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin — and work together to solve mathematical puzzles, decode secret messages, and tesser to new locations to rescue Mr. Murray and get home. The engineering of a hexaflexagon is behind the "Flex Enfolders", which when used in conjunction with dice rolls must sum up to progress through five movie-based locations, or levels.
A coding portion of each round relies on players' abilities to communicate and lay out an "operation chain" that aims to generate a successful result, after which they will use the color filtration of Mrs. Who's "Quizzing Glasses" to reveal Mr. Murry's hidden whereabouts.