Two more fantastic reviews for Junk Art!

Wow – the reviews are coming in strong now! Junk Art has been reviewed by my favourite reviewer, JonGetsGames, as well as by Board Game Authority. Both really loved the game and praised the replay value! Check out the video from JonGetsGames below and the written review from Board Game Authority here.

-Jay Cormier

Promo video for D&D: Rock Paper Wizard

Wizkids put together a fun promo video that highlights how Dungeons & Dragons: Rock Paper Wizard is played! This is our new game – designed by Sen and I – AND Josh Cappel! That’s right – the artist guy who has done some of the best art for board games, also co-designed this one (AND he did the art! So double Josh awesomeness). We’re really proud of this game and feel like it really offers something new in the gaming world – and we’re super stoked that we got the D&D license for this game. How cool is that?

It’s 1 minute long – so you can’t NOT watch it, right?

-Jay Cormier

Another fantastic review of our new game, Godfather: A New Don!

Godfather-boxOur new game, Godfather: A New Don has come out of the gate rather slowly. It’s flown under the radar for a bit but now the reviewers are finally getting their copies and getting it to the table…and they’re loving it! It’s so great to see people enjoying the game and discovering the smaller nuances to this title. Raf from Ding and Dent said some very nice words including:

This system of favors and options is the quiet brilliance of this light game.

It’s rare that a game that’s this good slips under the radar

The area control field is a crowded one but A New Don has made a powerful move into the “Best Gateway Area Control Game” neighborhood.

It punches above its weight class while still being approachable and accessible.

For justice you might go to Don Corleone, for gaming I’m going to A New Don.

Thanks so much for the praise Raf – much appreciated!!

-Jay Cormier

Game Informer loves Junk Art!!

gameinformer-junk-artGame Informer, which is better known for its video game news and reviews has posted a new review of our new game, Junk Art – and they loved it! Matt Miller raves about the game in his column, Top of the Table! Here are a few of my favourite quotes:

“I’m here to recommend a brilliant new game about creativity, engineering know-how, and a steady hand.”

 

“These vibrant wooden pieces seem ill-suited for construction, but the more you play, the more you find intriguing ways for the different pieces to fit together.”

 

“Designers Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim have done a remarkable job in providing twists on the formula.”

 

“depth and sensibility afforded by smart, heavily play-tested design”

 

“It’s an easy recommendation for virtually any game group”

Thanks for the awesome review Matt!!

-Jay Cormier

Geek & Sundry reviews Godfather A New Don!

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After 10 games, we finally got a game reviewed on Geek & Sundry! Charlie Theel wrote a
glowing review of our new game from IDW Games, Godfather A New Don. I really like his review style too as he infuses his own commentary throughout explaining how the game works. Reads more like a review and less like a rules summary. Here are a few quotes that stood out to me:

“It’s relatively simple and straight forward yet it’s incredibly smart.”

“It’s simple and elegant as you have a few options, but it never overwhelms.”Godfather-box

“While A New Don has an immediate impression of relying on extreme randomness, that’s far from the truth.”

“The most remarkable aspect of this
design is how everything is simultaneously so tight and loose.”

“Whatever occurs has a positive aspect and it keeps everything level emotionally. I really can’t emphasize too much how central this is to the fuzzy warm center of the design and why this game is so outright fun.”

Love it! Thanks so much Charlie!

-Jay Cormier

More Godfather: A New Don Reviews!

Godfather-boxA couple more reviews of our newest game, Godfather: A New Don from IDW Games has just popped up online! Both of them like the game (though both have issues with some colour delineation on the board – understandable).

The first is from Tahsin at Board Game Quest. Some of the things I liked about what he said:

It’s a testament to the skill of the designers that they’ve managed to squeeze so much game into such a short playing time.

More than anything else, players who love manipulating number collections and judging comparative positions will find a hidden gem here.

a product that stands out in the realm of lighter games.

The other is a video review from Game Boy Geek. Here’s what I liked about what he said about the game:

It only takes 45 minutes but in that time I felt you had a lot of good decisions to make.

The Godfather A New Don is a good area majority game.

That felt like a good full experience.

And here’s his 2 minute “Allegro” review in case you don’t have time to watch his full review!

 

Thanks for playing and thanks for the reviews!!

-Jay Cormier

My Adventures in Essen!

My second time to Essen and I had a blast! It was just lucky happenstance that I was even able to go this year (my second time ever to Essen). My wife and I are having twins and we decided to have ourselves a little baby-moon. My wife chose Belgium, which didn’t excite me too much, but when I asked when she wanted to go and she said early October…well then, I think I’m interested now! 

Thursday night we met up with Andreas from Zoch, his wife, Gil Hova, and Al Leduc for dinner! Nice to catch up with them since Andreas missed the Gathering this year.

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Friday was my first day there and it was very casual and relaxed. It was the first time my wife had ever been to a game convention as she’s not much of a gamer.

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I got to show her the giant Junk Art display which was so impressive. I can honestly say that I think that no other game had as much floor space dedicated to it than Junk Art. They had 8 giant versions of the game being demoed and it was super busy all day long!

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Next up we visited Horrible Games because a former student of mine, Frederico was working there. Apparently he actually changed his life after attending my class on board game design (which is part of the video game design program at the Vancouver Film School). He decided that he liked board games too much and he’d rather find a job in that industry…and he did! So proud of him! And happy that I influenced someone in that way.

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We also got to see D&D: Rock Paper Wizard from Wizkids! It was the first time I saw the box and it’s a beauty! I buckled and had to buy one. They were down to 40 units from the 120 that they brought. I also found out that the game should hit stores in December instead of January like the original press release said. Zev also said that there were other publishers interested in translating it into other languages for other countries….sweet!

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The rest of the day was spent leisurely walking around, and introducing my wife to a few publishers that I know. We ended the day with me being interviewed by CBC radio for a future podcast.

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Saturday  my wife hung out with a friend who was also in town and they went shopping while I went back to the Messe! I demoed Rock Paper Wizard for an hour and then bumped into Scott from Renegade Games who confirmed our game, Pig Goes Moo should be coming out in the third quarter of next year. He also confirmed that he played SimpliCITY and said he liked the gameplay but would want a better thematic hook if he were to pick it up. We’ve got some ideas.

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Like many publishers, HUCH! and Friends had small meeting rooms behind their booth. Secret doors!!

Next I was off to HUCH! and Friends for my first pitch of the day. I first confirmed that Aladdin was indeed happening and everything is on track there. She also indicated that they’re closer to making our game, Herdables happen as well! They’ve been trying to figure out the right material for the tokens and they think they’ve figured it out. I then was able to pitch her the new and improved Law of the Jungle, which she had seen twice before in other iterations. We played a full game of it and she agreed that it was the best version of the game so far. She was interested in taking it with her but I had some other publishers to pitch it to first.

When that was done I met up with my friend and co-designer on a couple of games, Shad Miller! He took the train in from Switzerland just so we could hang out for the day! We started walking around and I saw the Matagot booth and I said I’d like to see if I could find Stefan Brunelle who works there. As I started to look for him, he found me! He was sitting right there and asked us to join him at the table. I introduced him to Shad and he introduced us to Mathieu. Stefan asked if we had anything to pitch because Mathieu was the main guy to pitch to at Matagot. Well, how lucky is that?

So we got out Skirmishes and played a full game with Mathieu and another person who was brought over to help translate since my French isn’t that good and his English isn’t great either! The demo was amazing with Mathieu edging out a victory! He had some feedback about a possible positive feedback loop but overall he really liked it and wanted to take it back with him! Huzzah! We had enough time for me to pitch Law of the Jungle as well and while we didn’t have time to play a full game, he liked what he saw and wanted to take a look at that game too! Sweet! Again we had to take the games with us to pitch to others but we told him that we could come back later and drop it off.

Up next was a pitch session with Mayday Games. We showed them Skirmishes and Law of the Jungle and they too liked both of them! They said we could simply email the the PnP files since they could easily print a copy for themselves. Wow – five for five!

After that Shad and I just walked all over and met all sorts of publishers and designers. Shad said it was like being on a reality TV show! It seemed like 10 minutes wouldn’t go by without us bumping into someone I knew! The owner of Horrible Games wanted to meet me because he really loved Rock Paper Wizard and he invited me to pitch him games in the future! Nice!

At the end of the day we decided to leave both games with Matagot since Mayday will print their own and I can mail a copy of Law of the Jungle to HUCH! 

That night we all went out for dinner and then Sunday we left. It was a bit of a whirlwind experience and I loved every moment of it! 

-Jay Cormier

Miniature Market says “There’s something for everyone” with Junk Art

junk-art-photo-4A new review popped up online today about our new game, Junk Art. Grace from Miniature Market gave her thoughts and here are a few quotes that stood out to me:

This is a visual and tactile experience that few games provide you with.

The amount of variety is spectacular

Whether you prefer speed, skill, or just general silliness, there is something for everyone in Junk Art.

Moreover, the game isn’t a thoughtless dexterity activity. There are plenty of opportunities to play strategically, either by choosing the order you play cards, how you set up your opponents, or even choosing to knock off a particularly annoying piece just to stop it ruining your future placements.

I was shocked when my friend said he played for five hours straight; then, we did the same the following night.

Thanks so much for your lovely thoughts Grace!!

-Jay Cormier

First review of Godfather: A New Don!

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Alright people – the first review is in for our new game, Godfather: A New Don…and it’s a great one! Travis Williams from Tech Raptor gives a very concise rundown of the rules and then offered up his opinion. Here are some of my favourite quotes:

The Godfather: A New Don is a great gateway game, but it’s also a great hobby board game.

The Godfather: A New Don also succeeds in keeping players engaged, even during other players’ turns.

It plays quickly, can be taught in about 5 minutes, and provides a surprisingly high amount of player interaction and player choice considering the low component count and simple, straightforward rules.

If you like high levels of player interaction, and even remotely like the theme, you’ll almost certainly enjoy this game.

Fantastic! Thanks for the wonderful review Travis! Read the entire review here.

-Jay Cormier