Junk Art, designed by Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim and published by Pretzel Games has been nominated as the Best Family Game and the Best Party Game for a Golden Geek award on the popular Boardgamegeek website. The award is more of a people’s choice award as people are encouraged to go to their site and vote on the games that they like best. To vote for Junk Art and many other games, in many other categories, check out their site! You will need a login to their site, but that’s easy to get and free! Vote for your favourite games and check back after the polling closes on March 6th!
David Logan from That Video Game Blog has written a wonderful review for our new game, Rock Paper Wizard! They said that everyone had a blast with it and they liked that it was fast-paced and that hilarity ensued during gameplay! Thanks for the review David. You can read the entire review here.
Junk Art now marks the third game that Sen and I have designed that made it into the top 1000 on boardgamegeek! Our top rated game is still Belfort, sitting near the 300 mark and Akrotiri is our second, sitting at around 600. Junk Art has a chance to reach higher than both of these due to the number of units that are being sold and the fact that it currently has a higher average than both of those games! That’s pretty neat. On one hand, it’s just a metric that doesn’t mean a ton – but on the other hand, this is a rank that is determined by the people who’ve (hopefully) played the game and rated it on bgg.com. So we are thankful to all of you have rated it – whatever you rated it – and we hope to have other games enter this prestigious list some day soon!
The popular podcast, Shut Up and Sit Down has just completed their 50th episode in which they review their top 5 games of the year and we’re proud to announce that (spoiler……!) Junk Art has made the list! Huzzah! Listen to the entire podcast to learn about the other 4 amazing games that were listed.
Here’s a very in-depth overview of the rules for the game – along with some pictures – and a nice review of his thoughts! Some of the highlights include:
“I love that you have plenty of opportunities to manipulate the dice”
“I really like the offering phase. That is something that is a little different for this type of game.”
“Despite the mafia theme, this is a great family weight game with nothing inappropriate about it.”
“Overall, I think this is a solid, well-designed area control, dice game. “
Thanks for the kind words Austin!
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.
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?
Our 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!!
Game 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!!
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.”
“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!