Hey – a review for Orphan Black: The Card Game? Yay!

orphanblackcoverOne game that Sen and I designed that kind of came and went a bit too quickly was our first game released based on an IP: Orphan Black! We both loved the show and were excited to make a social deduction game set in this world. But alas, the game has flown under the radar for quite awhile even though it has received great reviews by Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower and Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Reviews.

So it’s always a pleasure when a new review pops up…especially when they also like the game! 🙂 Christopher Richter from Boardgaming For The Win wrote up a nice rules summary and offered his thoughts on the game as well. Some quotes that stood out to me:

“If you are a fan of games that deal with intrigue then you will love the Orphan Black: The Card Game.”

“The game is very easy to pick up & learn. After the first round of play the game just gets progressively faster.”

“I recommend picking up this one.”

Thanks Christopher! Glad you enjoyed it! Read the entire review here.

-Jay Cormier

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Gamers are liking Orphan Black: The Card Game!

orphanblackcoverReviews are continually rolling in for our new game, Orphan Black: The Card Game. This one is from a reviewer on the boardgamegeek website. He loved the game and gave it a solid 8/10. Here are a few things he mentioned:

 

This is a fun game that’s really quite unlike anything that I’ve played before

Orphan Black the Card Game is a very unique and innovative card game

The game itself is really quite unusual but fun with several mechanics used in it.

I really enjoy the deduction and hidden roles aspect of the game.

Thanks for the review Jonathan Nelson!

-Jay Cormier

Another Great Review of Orphan Black: The Card Game

Joel Eddy from Drive Thru Reviews has posted a video review of our new game, Orphan Black: The Card Game – and he loved it! This game has had a very slow launch, but with Tom Vasel giving it the Dice Tower Approved stamp and now Drive Thru giving it a positive review – here’s hoping the game gets onto more gamers’ tables!

A few of the things that stood out for me in the review:

“We have had a ball with this game!”

“It’s got an interesting way of approaching social deduction. It feels like a Werewolf or Resistance style of game but with a little bit more to it.”

“If you like the show, I think you’ll really get a kick out of this. I would get this if you’re a big fan of the show.”

“I would recommend this across the board, regardless if you’ve seen the show.”

-Jay Cormier

Orphan Black: The Card Game is Dice Tower Approved!

orphanblackcoverWell this is certainly some good news! Tom Vasel from the Dice Tower has just posted his overview of the rules as well as his thoughts on our new game, Orphan Black: The Card Game…and (spoiler)…he liked it!!! It’s Dice Tower approved!

Some things I liked specifically were:

“The game offers a unique experience that you won’t find in any other game.”

“I’m sure if you enjoy Orphan Black you’re going to enjoy it, but even if you don’t it’s an entertaining game.”

Thanks Tom for the kind words!

-Jay Cormier

Orphan Black: The Card Game in the News!

orphanblackcoverWe’re excited to see our newest game, Orphan Black: The Card Game is getting noticed out in the world. First up we have an interview by David Lowry of Club Fantasci doing a video interview of Sen and Jay (though Jay’s camera wasn’t working!).

Then we have a written article in the Fanshawe newspaper (where Sen is a professor) about how Orphan Black came to be! We’re hoping to see more reviews pop up soon as well. Let us know if you’ve played it and what your thoughts are on the game.

-Jay

Orphan Black game finally arrives!

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Sen and I were asked awhile ago if we could make a social deduction game based on the Orphan Black license by IDW Games. We were honoured to be asked to do so as we were both fans of the show.

The first few versions of the game just didn’t work. For the longest time we just kind of thought that a social deduction game that involves clones should be about the players trying to figure out which clone is which. This allowed players to play the part of one of the clones, which we also thought was important.

After about 9 or 10 alpha prototypes (alpha meaning starting almost from scratch and changing the game enough that it’s entirely a different game), we realized that it wasn’t working. We also realized that the show isn’t about clones trying to figure out who’s who…at all! Once in awhile one clone will get dressed up as another clone – but that’s about it!

So we changed gears and figured out that the game had to be about control of the clones. In the show there are 3 factions that want control (or freedom) of the clones: The Black (they just want freedom), Neolutionist (they want to control clones) and Proletheans (they want to kill clones) – over-simplifying, but it worked as a foundation for our design.

So now we have players playing as one of these factions, and trying to coerce the clones to come to their faction – but trying to do it without others knowing which faction you were in! Now THIS is feeling more like an Orphan Black episode!!

We got through the alpha phase and made our way through the beta phase, tweaking and balancing various abilities and rules. We were even able to add in many of the non-clone characters into the game as well. So fans of the show will be able to play with Fee, Delphine, Paul and more.

So now the game is out! We’re seeing stores post online that it’s in stock all over the place – and that’s exciting! We’re looking forward to our first game based on an license to be played by fans of the license! Please let us know your thoughts – or let us know where you’ve seen the game for sale!!

I’ve seen it in my local game store here in Vancouver – at Magic Stronghold. I saw The Uncommons in NYC post that they just got it in stock. It should be popping up everywhere!

To tide you over, you can listen to the CloneCast podcast where they play the game with some stars from the show! Pretty cool – too bad it’s only audio!!

-Jay Cormier

 

 

Orphan Black game coming this summer by the Bamboozle Brothers!

Orphan_Black_trt3tfHere’s something we’ve been keeping secret for awhile…we’ve made a card game for the Orphan Black show!!! How cool is that? It’s a 3-6 player deduction game where you’re playing as one of the three factions in the show, trying to coerce the clones to join your faction – but in secret. It’s pretty darned cool! 🙂

You can read the IDW release here…and watch them talk about it here…

-Jay Cormier