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

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

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

Shut Up and Sit Down video review of Junk Art

Here’s a fantastic video review of our new game, Junk Art by Shut Up and Sit Down. He really loved the game and had many wonderful things to say about it. Here are a few of my favourite quotes:

“It’s more wonderful than you might first think it is.”

“It’s a terrific surprise waiting to burst out of the box!”

“It is, absolutely, hands-down the very best game you can get that’s about putting things on top of other things.”

“Shut Up and Sit Down thoroughly recommends Junk Art!”

“It is silly and slapstick but also quite clever and nuanced.”

“It’s going to take pride and place in my collection.”

Wow – what a great review! Thanks Paul – and thanks Shut Up and Sit Down!!

-Jay

Opinionated Gamers review Junk Art!

Screen shot 2012-01-16 at 10.21.04 PMWe’re very pleased to report that those very opinionated gamers from Opinionated Gamer love Junk Art! Finally we’ve made a game that they all can enjoy! You can read all their glorious words of praise here, but here are some of my favourite quotes:

junkartThis is one of those games that I have loved from first sight.

the variety of goals and gameplay offered in the different city cards makes this one stand out from the genre

I’ve played this a couple of different ways, and every play has been simple, laugh-out-loud fun

This is an inventive entry into the dexterity games space with a great, almost obvious theme and really well-done components

Thanks for playing!!

-Jay Cormier

Positive Video Review of Junk Art!

The Board Game Kaptain has posted a rules summary and a review of our new game, Junk Art…and he loved it!He even had his wife chime in with a second opinion and she loved it even more than he did! Some things that stood out:

“Even though I was dreading this game, I think this game is a lot of fun!”

“If you like high quality games that are going to last you years and years and years, buy this game.”

“If you like light-hearted dexterity games that have spontaneous bouts of laughter, buy this game!”

Wow – awesome! Thanks for all the kind words and for taking the time to make this video.

Jump to 12:15 to watch the review part if you’d like.

-Jay Cormier