Rock Paper Wizard Announcement from WizKids!

A brand new game from not only Sen-Foong Lim and myself, but also co-designed (and graphically designed) by Josh Cappel has just been announced! Check out this brief synopsis of our upcoming social game, Rock Paper Wizard, set in the Dungeons and Dragons world! We’re super excited to be able to contribute to this world – and we’re excited to design a game with our Bamboozle Cousin, Josh! Expect to see the game in January 2017.

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-Jay Cormier

Orphan Black Catches the Eye of Boardgaming For The Win

As our first published venture into the realm of Intellectual Properties (though we’ve been working on Godzilla for much longer) and the first social deduction game we’ve made, Orphan Black holds a special place in my heart.  BBC America’s amazing show (starring the stunningly talented Tatiana Maslany – a fellow Canadian), which is further chronicled in IDW’s equally excellent comic adaptation, is one of my favourite series of the past few years eclipsed only by the recent rash of Netflix awesomeness.  But I still have much love for the Clone Club. And so does Christopher Richter, who posted an insightful review of the game, its rules, plus his gameplay impressions here:

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https://boardgamingftw.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/orphan-black-the-card-game/

For those of you who are fans of the show and haven’t picked up the game, give it a shot!  For those of you who are fans of games, but haven’t seen the show, check it out!    You’ll be amazed at how many boardgames are prominently featured in the show.  It’s as if the showrunners were gamers or something…

 

Jay and Sen Talk Teamwork on the Ludology Podcast Episode 134

There is no “I” in team.  It’s true.  So we have the next best thing – a Jay!  On our first night at Gen Con 2016, we hightailed it from the airport to the convention centre to seek out the illustrious Geoff Engelstein for an interview about how Jay and I work together so well.  It was great talking to Geoff and Mike Fitzgerald (one of my favourite card game designers of all time) about a topic that is near and dear to our hearts.

For us, it comes fairly naturally as we’ve been friends for more than half our lives.   We’ve lived together for several years and our lives are intertwined one several levels.  So maybe we have it easy.  But we were also able to talk about how to get over the rough patches that inevitably crop up in relationships and how to work on interpersonal communication for the betterment of the team.

I think we might have even convinced Mike to collaborate with someone in the future!  Maybe he’ll pick me!

To listen in, check out:

http://ludology.libsyn.com/ludology-episode-134-theres-no-i-in-team

~ Sen

Gen Con 2016 Wrap Up

Our second time being at Gen Con was full of hectic fun! I flew in on Wednesday night and got picked up by Sen, Jesse and Scott at the Indianapolis airport. We grabbed a bite to eat and then Sen and I got interviewed for Ludology! We were able to get our badges late in the evening since the check in was open 24 hours – smart!

IMG_4816Every day we spent one hour at the Pretzel booth demoing Junk Art and one hour at the IDWGames booth demoing our new Godfather: A New Don game. While we’re extremely proud of both games, the presence of Junk Art was very impressive! They had a huge booth with 3 tables dedicated to demoing the game. All 3 tables had extra large versions of the game which certainly drew crowds throughout the entire 4 days. It was great demoing Godfather: A New Don as well as it reminded us how cool of a game it is!🙂

One of our nights was spent with IDW Games where we were finally able to show them our Powers game. The game played very well and Nate from IDW caught me because I was too greedy!🙂 We spent the rest of the night pitching other games to IDW Games with many of them generating interest!

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Matt Kindt winning at Junk Art! Years of illustrating comics must have given him a steady hand!

Another one of our nights was spent with our comic book hero – Matt Kindt! I love his Super Spy comic a ton as well as his Mind MGMT and we played Knit Wit and Imhoptep together and then spent a few hours brainstorming a project that we’re collaborating on together! So fun!

The rest of our waking hours was spent meeting with publishers and pitching them games. Here’s a high level summary of what went down:

Breaking Games – they had a mock up of our Clunatics game but we all want to tweak it a bit so we chatted about a game plan.

USAopoly – Daryl Andrews and I were working on a game that we specifically were making for them. It was still in development so it was just a sneak peek! They also liked a game I designed with Shad Miller called Skirmishes. 

They were also interested in a party game that I came up with – the day before leaving for Gen Con! Crazy story! I came up with a game on Monday night in bed, then Tuesday I made the prototype and was able to test it Tuesday night. I had time left to tweak the prototype and then take it with me to Gen Con! Every publisher I showed it to expressed interest in this game! Grey Fox, Bellwether Games, Renegade Games and CSE Games all liked the game and one of them currently is looking into pricing and sourcing!

Pretzel Games already has our Junk Art but maybe they want more Bamboozle Brother love? We showed them our outdoor game, SimpliCITY and Rack Your Brain – and he expressed varied levels of interest for each of them.

Renegade Games is hot right now with Lanterns selling tons and Lotus looking to repeat that success. We have a game coming from them next year but we also really wanted them to check out our SimpliCITY. He took a prototype with him!

Marbles was there – not in a booth, but as a happy wanderer – and we were able to meet up with Tanya. She really liked our game, Lost For Words and showed a bit of interest in a game by Shad and me called Rack Your Brain. Then we showed her an alpha prototype of a single player game that would fit in the same kind of line of games like those Rush Hour games where you’re trying to slide cars around to get one of them out. Tanya was really taken by that game idea and she took a video of us demoing it. That has a high priority for us!

CSE Games was a lot of fun! Fabio has had a lot of success with the games he’s chosen to publish and we’ve only heard good things about working with him. He seemed genuinely excited by 4 of our games. Rack Your Brain seemed to be the most interesting since it would fit in with his high-selling Quartex line of games. He also liked Lost for Words, Word Bird and Draw Your Own Conclusions. 

Repos Production is a publisher we’d really love to partner with as they always have high production quality and seem to really support their games a lot. He expressed interest in Skirmishes, as long as we can support a team play – which we know we can!

Bellwether Games liked Draw Your Own Conclusions and SimpliCITY – as well as Rack Your Brain. We’ve sent him rules for SimpliCITY.

On our way out we almost got to meet with Haba, but we couldn’t align schedules. We did get to meet with Upper Deck for 10 minutes and learned about the kind of games they’re looking for! Win!

So all in all, a fantastic time and very much worth going for me. While we know many of these publishers and could send them any game in the mail, the opportunity to pitch it live in person is 10 times more effective. If you’re a board game designer who’s starting to get into game design and has a couple of games ready to pitch, then attending a live convention like Gen Con is highly recommended. Remember to follow our steps for optimal success!

-Jay Cormier

Junk Art is #5!

While Origins is now a few weeks in our rear window, I just became aware of the fact that it was ranked as the 5th top game at Origins according to the Geek Buzz! The Geek Buzz is from boardgamegeek.com and involves attendees of Origins submitting which games they think are hot – or are buzz-worthy. It’s a pretty cool feat since Junk Art beat out one of this year’s Spiel des Jahres nominees!

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-Jay Cormier

Akrotiri is getting a reprint!

AkroWell this is lovely news! We heard from Filosofia, the publisher of Akrotiri that they are completely sold out of Akrotiri – but the orders from game stores keep pouring in – so another print run has been ordered! That’s fantastic news! No news on when it should be available, but if you want the game, keep bugging your friendly local game stores!

 

-Jay Cormier

Akrotiri Makes Rahdo’s Top 10 2-Player Games!

Rahdo has done a play through of Akrotiri before and has mentioned that him and his wife really loved it – and now we can see how much they love it! He ranks it as his second favourite 2-player game of all time! That’s high praise! Thanks Rahdo! Check out his entire video here – or fast forward to 21:00 to see what he has to say about Akrotiri!

-Jay