The Canadian Heritage Collection - 2010 New Releases
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The Canadian Heritage Collection is a brand new retail guide and Canadian content labeling program I recently launched for the Canadian specialty games market.

The program consists of an annual catalog of Canadian-designed and/or -published games currently in print and a bunch of 1" stickers that retailers can order and apply to any applicable titles they have in stock:



The guide is fairly extensive and covers a wide range of well-known favorites, new releases, and hidden gems but doesn't claim to be exhaustive. Interspersed between the listings are a series "Did You Know..." trivia callouts that provide some additional information about the Canadian games scene.

What follows is the new releases portion of the 2010 catalog in geeklist form. The full version can be downloaded as a free PDF or ordered in hard copy from my blog. Over the coming months and years, look for the Canadian Heritage Collection stickers at your favorite Canadian retailers. If they don't have them, tell them about the initiative and point them in my direction. Thanks!
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Publisher: Zabazoo mb
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Released: 2010
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Publisher: Valley Games mb
Designer(s): Uwe Rosenberg
Released: 2010
MSRP: $16.95
Genre: Card Game
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Publisher: Valley Games mb
Designer(s): Keith Meyers
Released: 2010
MSRP: $12.95
Genre: Card Game
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4. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:721]
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Publisher: Sands of Time Games mb
Designer(s): Aron West, Marc Kelsey, Ryan Amos mb
Released: 2010
MSRP: $54.99
Genre: Cooperative / Dexterity / Strategy
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Publisher: Family Games mb
Designer(s): Uncredited
Released: 2010
MSRP: TBD
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6. Board Game: Crows [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3194]
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Publisher: Valley Games mb
Designer(s): Tyler Sigman
Released: 2010
MSRP: TBD
Genre: Card Game
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7. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:76]
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...that Crokinole, the classic disc-flicking game, was invented in southern Ontario in 1870? Now, 140 years later, a new group of southern Ontario designers have launched their own take on the disc-flicking dexterity genre. Their game, Catacombs, puts players in the roles of wizards, thieves and elves, flicking their way through a treacherous dungeon controlled by a powerful overseer. The initial print run has already sold out and the publisher, Sands of Time, is preparing an additional print run for a pre-Christmas release.
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Publisher: Indie Boards & Cards
Designer(s): Sean Ross mb
Released: 2010
MSRP: $13.95
Genre: Card Game
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Publisher: CSE Games mb
Designer(s): Uncredited
Released: 2010
MSRP: $9.99
Genre: Sports
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Publisher: Tasty Minstrel
Designer(s): Gavan Brown mb
Released: 2010
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Publisher: Family Games mb
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Publisher: Valley Games mb
Designer(s): Martin Wallace
Released: 2010
MSRP: TBD
Genre: Heavy Strategy
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Publisher: CSE Games mb
Designer(s): Uncredited
Released: 2010
MSRP: $34.99
Genre: Sports
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...that Canada is home to a large and active guild of talented game designers? The Game Artisans of Canada was founded in Calgary in August of 2008. The organization, which pools the talents of its members to increase the quality and innovation of Canadian game design, currently has chapters in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Ottawa. Look for Haggis, JAB: Realtime Boxing, Train of Thought, and Two by Two, all launching this year from the Game Artisans.
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15. Board Game: NHL Slapshot Card Game [Average Rating:4.58 Unranked]
 
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Publisher: BLM Games mb
Designer(s): Uncredited
Released: 2010
MSRP: $9.95
Genre: Sports / Card Game
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16. Board Game: Perfect Stride [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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Publisher: Funleague mb
Designer(s): Jeff Timothy, Kay Darby mb
Released: 2010
MSRP: $24.95
Genre: Card Game
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Publisher: Le Scorpion Masqué mb
Designer(s): Christian Lemay mb, Roberto Fraga
Released: 2010
MSRP: TBD
Genre: Party Game
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18. Board Game: Train of Thought [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5724]
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Publisher: Tasty Minstrel
Designer(s): Jay Cormier, Sen-Foong Lim mb
Released: 2010
MSRP: TBD
Genre: Party / Word Game
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19. Board Game: Two by Two [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4976]
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Publisher: Valley Games mb
Designer(s): Rob Bartel mb
Released: 2010
MSRP: $39.95
Genre: Family Strategy
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