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

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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

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

 

 

But Wait There’s More…reviews!

butwaitboxTwo new reviews have popped up for our new party game, But Wait There’s More! We’re loving seeing these reviews and seeing that people are enjoying the game and getting a lot of laughs out of it!

The first is a written review by The Daily Worker Placement blog. Some key highlights:

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say that gamers are going to like this game.”

“I don’t get a lot of party games to the table, but BWTM will be filling that role for a while.”

The second is a video review from the Board Game Family with a unique format. Some key highlights:

“I think it’s a really fun game”

“I would rate it a 4.75”

Thanks for the reviews everyone!!

-Jay Cormier

Dice Tower reviews This Town Ain’t Big Enough!

Here’s a new video review for our microgame, This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us from Tim Jennette of the Dice Tower.

He really seemed to like the game! Here are a few things that stood out for me:

  • “I like the scoring mechanism”
  • “Very interesting – I like the gameplay”
  • “The expansions drive the experience a lot”
  • “We’ve played it quite a bit”
  • “You can’t beat the price!”

You can watch the whole thing here:

-Jay Cormier

Mox Boarding House video review of But Wait There’s More!

Mox Boarding House is one of – if not THE coolest board game store/restaurants I’ve ever seen. They have two locations, one in Seattle in the Ballard district and one in Bellevue. I’m hoping they find a way to pop these out all over the place (specifically Vancouver!).

Well they have started doing video reviews and they are awesome! Is there anything that these guys aren’t good at!? 🙂 Check out this very entertaining video review for But Wait There’s More.

-Jay Cormier

Tom Vasel continues to praise But Wait There’s More!

butwaitboxTom already reviewed But Wait There’s More in a video, but he continues to talk about it in his podcast. Listen to the Dice Tower Podcast and at around the 11 minute mark you can hear Tom explain the game and why he thinks it’s a blast. He claims that it’s one of his top party games for 2014 and that it’s better than Snake Oil and The Big Idea! That’s some mighty praise – thanks Tom!

You should be able to pick up a copy for yourself from your local game store. If not – tell them to order some in!!

-Jay Cormier

Great Review of our new game, Akrotiri!

AkroI’m hoping this will be the first of many reviews for our new 2-player Euro game, Akrotiri. The game kind of snuck into stores over the holidays and there hasn’t been much fanfare for it … yet..?!

Here’s hoping more reviews will pop up online soon! For now you can read this review from BGG user, Blue Alien.

-Jay Cormier