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2020 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR

THE 2020 NEW YORK

INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR

by Herb Levy

 

2020 means a lot of things to a lot of people. Notwithstanding the threat of the Coronavirus (which, in a pro-active move, forced the shutting down of the China Pavilion at the Fair), nothing seemed to stop a host of exhibitors from around the world from journeying to the great city of New York for the 117th New York International Toy Fair. As usual,  the powers that be (and the powers that want to be) congregate in the middle of Manhattan to unveil what they hope will be the next big thing in the world of (toys and) games. February in the Big Apple can be a challenge but, fortunately, the weather smiled on us (relatively speaking) as temperatures stretched to an amazing 50+ degrees (which, for this time of year and for we native New Yorkers, is just fine)!

The best thing about Toy Fair for me is, as always, the people. It’s fun being able to put a face to familiar names, meeting Facebook friends face to face, reconnecting with friends not seen for awhile and making new ones. But for our worldwide readership – and for us – 2020 means it’s time to put into sharp focus the games on display here! So here is our comprehensive view and YOUR advanced peek at games on display as well as what’s new and planned for the year ahead. Where available, we’ve included brief descriptions, number of players, game lengths and suggested retail prices. Whether these offerings are hits or misses remain to be seen when we turn our 2020 vision on some or many of them with our critical commentary and evaluations reserved for issues of Gamers Alliance Report, the longest running English language game review publication in the world! (If you’re not already a subscriber, you are invited to correct that oversight right now!) Now (in alphabetical order), let’s get down to it!


ADVENTERRA GAMES

 

A series of games for children themed around environmental concerns. These include:

Water Game – Cooperative game involving water conservation. Players roll a die, draw “Saving” or “Wasting” cards to move down the river. Some cards require answering questions about water which can move them up or down the river. If someone runs out of water, other players must contribute to the Community Water Tank because if someone needs water and the tank runs dry, everybody loses! When all get to the end of the river, the player with the most water wins! For 3 to 7 players, ages 7 and up, 30 minutes. $24.95

Recycle Rally – Players drive trucks around town to pick up as many recyclables as they can and deliver them to be recycled. For 3 to 5 players, ages 7 and up, 45 minutes. $24.95

Power Haus – Players live in a leaky house that wastes energy and depletes their bank accounts. With a limited budget, they must change their habits and select energy efficient technologies. For 3 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 60 minutes. $24.95

Global Warning – Players work together to clean up the world and sloe climate change – but the temperature rises with each turn. It if gets too hot, everyone loses! But find enough solutions to save the planet and everyone wins! For 4 to 7 players, ages 10 and up, 90 minutes. $24.95

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ALL THINGS EQUAL, INC.

 

Loaded Answers – Earn money by matching answers to open-ended questions and having the favorite answer each turn. Player with the most money at the end of three rounds wins! For 4 to 6 players, ages 12 and up. 

Happy Endings – Fill in the blanks of suggestive sentences. Match player answers on your turn and write the favorite answer on everyone else’s turn to score. Player with the highest total after three rounds wins. For 4 to 6 players, ages 17 and up. 

Awkward Family Photos’ Greatest Hits – Have the best caption to these awkward photos using lines from hundreds of memorable movies to win. This game combines the contents from the first two Awkward Family Photo games plus new images and movie lines. For 4 to 8 players, ages 13 and up. 

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AMIGO

 

Carnival of Monsters – In this game, players explore magical lands brimming with exotic beasts and try to capture the most impressive specimens to win the top award for their carnival. But the monsters are not peaceful, so you will need to hire hunters to keep them from escaping before you can put them on display for your adoring public . . . and achieve your secret goals. Card-collecting and set-building game designed by Richard Garfield (known for such designs as Magic: The Gathering (featured in the Winter 1994 Gamers Alliance Report), RoboRally (Fall 2005 GA Report), Bunny Kingdom (Winter 2018 GAR) and more). For 2 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 45 minutes. $34.99

L.L.A.M.A. – Card game where you try to get rid of all your cards so you don’t take any markers. On a turn, you may play a card by putting that same numbered card (or 1 higher) on top of the discard deck. When the number reaches 6 (the highest number in the deck), you are now allowed to play a Llama card. Subsequent players can play a Llama card or a 1 to start the sequence all over again.  Alternatively, you can draw a card or quit and be out of the round. Play continues until someone runs out of cards or all players quit. Players gain points for UNPLAYED cards held in hand. The game ends when someone has 40 points and the player with the lowest score wins. Nominated for the 2019 Spiele des Jahres. Reiner Knizia design. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes. $9.99

What the Heck? – Reissue of Alex Randolph’s Hol’s der Geier. Players are given an equal deck of bidding cards from one to fifteen. Each turn, a point card, worth positive or negative points,  is revealed. Everyone plays 1 card simultaneously.  To win positive cards the highest played card gets the prize. For negative cards, the lowest card played “wins” it. Tie? Then tied cards cancel out and the next higher (or lower) card gets the point card. After all point cards are claimed, the player with the highest total wins! For 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 10 minutes. 

None of a Kind – Reissue of Schwarz Rot Gelb, Card game where cards display the name of a color (such as green) one, two of three times but written in a different color! The challenge is to put down cards that do NOT share a characteristic in color or text.  Gunter Burkhardt design. Q3 release. 

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ASK ME ANYTHING

 

Ask Me Anything? – Adult card game that asks provocative questions and challenges players to reveal some of their most personal secrets. The game includes 500 thought-provoking questions in five categories: Choices: If you could go on a date with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?, The Lesser Evil: Dad bod or a six pack?, WWYD?: What would you do if you became instantly famous overnight?, Yay or Nay: Did you ever give someone a fake phone number?, Story Time: What is something you’ve tried that you’ll never try again? $29.99

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ASMODEE

 

Fallout Shelter: The Board Game – A worker-placement game (under the Fantasy Flight imprint) that puts you in charge of the various Vault Dwellers in your underground utopia beneath a post-nuclear world. For 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 60-90 minutes.

Pandemic: Hot Zone – Players work together against the latest pandemic: three deadly diseases that threaten life in North America. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30+ minutes, $19.95.

Mystery House – A new look as Escape Room play and players deal with a three dimensional mystery house. Enigma cards are inserted in slots in the house and these make up the story for each adventure. By looking through the house’s “windows”, players will discover items and things of interest that will help them succeed. An app is used to drive the players through the game and check on their progress. For 1 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, 60 minutes, $39.95

Tea for 2 – Deck-building game (under the Space Cowboys imprint) set in Alice’s Wonderland. Players simultaneously flip over the top card of their decks. The player with the highest card can use the card’s effect or buy a new card for their deck (by using the difference between the two played cards). Players will collect hourglasses and tarts and try to amass the most points along the way to earn victory. For 2 players, ages 10 and up, 20-30 minutes.

Klask – Game from Denmark (originally appearing the United States in the Buffalo Games line back in 2017). A kind of cross between Foosball and Air Hockey. In this two player game, players battle to get the ball into their opponent’s goal by using their playing piece on the surface of the board. But the playing piece is controlled by a magnetic handle beneath the board adding another skill element. Plus the white balls in the center of the board are also magnetic and serve as obstacles. If two of them attach themselves to your playing piece, you LOSE! For ages 8 and up, 10 minute playing time, $49.99

Sugar Blast – Abstract game (under the CMON imprint) where you try to make connections between same-colored Candies to create Blasts! You must swap out two adjacent Candies to make a string of three or more of the same type. Then, you remove the matched Candies and adjust the tilting board so that Candies slide down to fill in the missing spaces. Finally, you fill in Candies at the top from ones chosen randomly from the bag. The bigger the Blast you create, the more Candies you’ll earn.  The first one to collect the necessary Candies will win.  For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes.

Also, plans are underway for a deluxe Catan set that will be three-dimensional with first quality components. More details to follow.

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BANANAGRAMS

 

Game Face™  – Drawing game where the artists draw on a clear, plastic mask worn over their own, or someone else’s, face to win points. A player pulls a card and starts drawing while other players try to guess who or what they’re drawing. The team or individual player with the most points wins! For ages 10 and up, $14.99. Fall 2020 release. 

SMART 10 – Portable quiz game where every card has a question with ten possible answers, Players take turns guessing answers and passing to the next player. Right answers gain a point but there is a “push-your-luck element” as incorrect answers lose everything earned that round. The first player or team to reach 30 points wins! For ages 10 and up, $14.99

 

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BARRY AND JASON GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT

 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Improper Teleprompter –  Adult party game based on Will Ferrell’s comedy role as TV anchorman Ron Burgundy and his susceptibility to read whatever is written on the teleprompter, no matter how strange or inappropriate. Players compete by sabotaging other anchors’ news stories to try and get them to laugh while reading the news. The game includes magnetic score tokens of Baxter the dog, Sex Panther, Lamp, and a glass of scotch. It also includes Whammy cards, which feature bits of story from the movie and randomly award points or mix-up the game play. Players keep time with the one-of-a-kind Sex Panther mechanical timer.

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BLUE ORANGE GAMES

 

Fish Club​  – 2 player abstract strategy game. Two families of fish go head to head for the best spot in the new aquarium!  On your turn, choose one of your fish and physically drop it in the tank. Try your best to make it land next to the other fish in your color. The first player to connect 5 of their fish together wins the game. For ages 5 and up. Designed by David Wexler (who drew inspiration from his father, Howard Wexler, the inventor of Connect Four.)

Snip Snap​  – Fast-action dice-matching game! Roll the dice and race to find a match between the dice you rolled and the dice your opponents rolled. See two sharks? Call out “SHARK SNAP!” Then snatch them fast to score! For 2 to 6 players, ages 7 and up. (This is the first design from Blue Orange CEO Martin Marechal, in collaboration with company founder, Thierry Denoual, the inventor of Gobblet. )

Starlink ​ – Drawing party game that takes its inspiration from the constellations in the night sky. On your turn, you must try to represent a secret word by drawing straight lines between the stars on the board, and then hope that the other players can guess what you are illustrating. For 3-6​ players, ages 8 & Up 

Slam Cup​  – Fast speed matching game. Match the color on the inside of your cup to the color on the outside of the top cup on the stack. Then slam your cup on top as fast as you can, before someone beats you to it! The first player to stack all their cups is the winner! FOr 2-4 players, ages 6 and up. 

Droll  – Dice-drawing party game where players race to draw images related to a secret word on each side of their giant dice. When everyone is done drawing, everyone rolls their dice and tries to guess the other players’ secret words! For 2 to 6 players, ages 7 and up.

Cupcake Academy​ – Cooperative game of logic and speed. Work together with your fellow pastry chefs to organize your kitchen based on your instructor’s assignments. Each assignment wants your cupcake cups to be arranged in a specific layout in the kitchen, so you must quickly move the cups to empty plates or on top of smaller cups, one at a time, before time runs out!  For 2-4​ players, ages 8 and up

Cross Clues​ – Cooperative party game about making connections between clues. Work together to fill in the grid of code words by giving single word clues that represent the crossing of two different words in the grid. For 2-6​ players, ages 7 and up 

Talent Show​ – “Silly party game” with a variety of different challenges. Play against the game or each other! Roll the dice and complete the challenge for the round. Challenges include: drawing, singing, miming and combining words together. You will score points if the other players can guess what you are trying to represent. For 2-10​ players, ages 7 and up

Rip Off​ – Game of visual perception. Each turn you will physically rip off a piece off your fake bill to literally cover the objects you want to buy. Make sure the pieces you rip off are just the right size! The more you rip off now, the less you will have to cover future expenses. The player with the biggest bill remaining at the end is the winner! For 2-6​ players, ages 8 and up (Rip Off is designed by Urtis Šulinskas, the inventor of Planet and Emojito [nominated for the Kinderspiel in 2018]).

Piece of Pie Drafting game. Each turn, you take one of the available pieces and add it to your personal pie. Follow the recipe cards to earn the most points possible. Pick the pieces that match the featured recipes on display… and don’t forget the decorations! For 2-4​ players, ages 8 and up (Piece of Pie is the newest collaboration from Brett J. Gilbert, the inventor of Elysium, and Derek Thompson, the inventor of War Chest.

Rose Ceremony -In this game​, you get to offer a rose to the player of your choice… but they can refuse if they suspect it comes with too many thorns. If a player doesn’t accept your rose, then you will have to add it to your own bouquet! Try to create the most beautiful bouquet of roses possible, while avoiding all those pesky thorns. For 3-6​ players, ages 8 and up  (Rose Ceremony is the newest game from Ken Gruhl, the inventor of Happy Salmon and Fast Flip.)

Animix  Set collection game. Animals you collect score points based on the animals left in the center of the table at the end of play. Each animal scores points differently – collect the perfect mix to win the game!  For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 10 minutes.

Pig Puzzle A storm is brewing! Help the pigs get home safely while keeping an eye out for the hungry wolf and the flooded lake! ​Pig Puzzle is a single player logic puzzle played over a series of challenges of increasing difficulty. Each challenge, you will gather the pieces listed and then place them on the map so that you make a continuous path from the pigs to the safety of their homes! 1​ player, ages 5 and up

Bye Bye Mr. Fox! – Cooperative game that teaches young players about teamwork and strategy. Work together to help the hens keep their eggs safe from the cunning Mr. Fox! Spin the spinner and see what will move this turn: an egg, a chicken, or Mr. Fox? Move three eggs into each hen’s house to win! For 1-4​ players, ages 5 and up (Bye Bye Mr. Fox is the newest game from Wilfried and Marie Fort, the inventors of Fishing Day and Where’s Mr. Wolf?)

Save the Dragon – Roll & move game. Take turns rolling the dice and climbing the stairs to the dragon’s tower… but watch out for falling boulders! The guards will try to knock you off and send you back to the start! The first player to reach the top is the winner. For 2-4​ players, ages 5 and up  (Save The Dragon is the newest game from Frederic Moyerson, the inventor of Saboteur and Vroom Vroom.)

Maracas  Guessing game played with a single maraca. One player fills the maraca up with beads and the other players try to guess how many are inside by shaking it and listening closely. For 2-8​ Players, ages 6 and up (Maracas is the newest game from Bruno Faidutti, the inventor of Citadels and Attila.)

Blue Orange will release four more unannounced games later in the year, at Gen Con in Indianapolis on July 30, 2020. These new games will include a new release from Bruno Cathala in the Kingdomino collection, and a new concept from Phil Walker-Harding, the inventor of Sushi Go

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BREAKING GAMES

 

Dwellings of Eldervale:  Epic worker placement game set in a once lost magical world. Giant elemental monsters roam while dragons, wizards and warriors battle for dominance over eight elemental realms. Players control unique factions seeking to adventure, battle, grow in power and ultimately, dwell Eldervale, shaping it to their vision. For  1-5 players, ages 14 and up, $99. Summer 2020 release.

Rise of Tribes Mammoth Edition: Deluxe version of Breaking Games’ Rise of Tribes (featured in the Fall 2018 Gamers Alliance Report). Build villages, gather resources and fight a saber tooth tiger or run from the volcano in style. The game includes 96 upgraded wooden pieces for an immersive experience for your table. Play as one of eight tribal factions with 16 unique powers and race to be the first to victory! For 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, $75. 

 

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BUFFALO GAMES

 

A new set of party games on display (as a result of a team up between Buffalo Games, LLC and BuzzFeed, the world’s leading digital media publisher), all for a Fall 2020 release. 

BuzzFeed 2000’s Trivia – A game designed to test your millennial status as players scramble to remember obscure moments from the past decade. It features over 400 questions crammed with pictures, trivia, and challenges based on the movies, TV, toys, tech, and trends of the 2000’s frequently featured in BuzzFeed posts. For 2+ players ages 14 and up.

Listicles – Players race the clock to create unique lists based on categories like things your rich friend had growing up and people you wouldn’t want to be trapped in an elevator with. Players gain bonus points by starting their list items with the letter designated for the round and can score extra points if they come up with the most WTF or OMG item!

Cooking Chaos –  Collaborative kitchen cook-off featuring popular comfort food recipes from Tasty, BuzzFeed’s global food brand. In this game, players race to collect ingredient cards to make dishes like the bacon-wrapped mashed potato-stuffed meatloaf. To emerge victorious, players have to overcome obstacle cards like a Burned Tongue (no talking until you finish your next recipe: charades only) or a Cut Finger (only use one hand until you complete your next recipe).  

Listicles will be released exclusively at Target and 2000’s Trivia and Cooking Chaos will be available at major retailers in Fall 2020.

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CALLIOPE GAMES

 

Everyone Loves a Parade – Players act as float designers, selecting colorful decoration cards (flowers, balloons, and flags) to add to their floats and wow the crowd, which is represented by dice showing colors and items they wish to see. Each decoration card allows an immediate action that can give you an edge, allowing you to move or reroll crowd dice! At the end of each round, players reveal their secret order cards, perform one last action, then enter their completed float into the parade in front of a crowd. You gain points for giving the crowd what they want, and the player with the highest score after three rounds wins and becomes the Grand Marshal. Designed by Mike Mulvihill. 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 30-45 minutes. $25

ShipShape – Each player controls a pirate ship. Over the course of three voyages (rounds), you bid using numbered crew cards to claim unique crate tiles off the central stack. Fill your hold with gold, cannons, and contraband and cover up what you don’t want. At the end of each voyage, score coins by comparing your holds with everyone else, looking only at what is visible in your hold. Designed by Rob Daviau.  2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 30-45 minutes. $30

SpyMaster –  Each round begins with intelligence being gathered using the “I split, you choose” mechanism, with the spymaster player divvying the available intelligence cards into files, after which the players go around and take one stack in clockwise order, ending with the spymaster. By playing intelligence cards from hand, players take turns moving agent meeples both their own and freelance agents into position to control the areas, meet mission requirements, and claim the mission cards. At the end of five rounds, the player with the highest value in accomplished  missions, along with bonuses for remaining intelligence in hand, wins! Seth Johnson design. 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 30-50 minutes. $40

Station Master – New edition of of the game originally published by Mayfair Games in 2004.  In the game, players are working at the station, attaching rail cars to Locomotives and boarding passengers on trains, trying to score the most Efficiency Points to win!  This edition has all new artwork and streamlined rules. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 30-50 minutes.  May release.

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CLARENDON GAMES

 

Priorities – Party game of absurd choices. Rank everyday items in your order of priority. The other players have to guess what those priorities are. For 3 or more players, ages 14 and up, 30 minutes. £20

The Mole – Adult party game where one player is the “mole”. The spies (the other players) are trying to determine who the mole is by asking questions of each other. The spies know where they are but the mole has to guess the correct location to win! If the spies figure out who doesn’t know the right location, they win instead! For 3 to 8 players, ages 17 and up, 30 minutes. £20

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CRYPTOZOIC

 

 

Spycon  – A spin-off from their Spyfall series. This is a detective party game in which players split into 2 teams and take turns being the Spy. The goal of the Spy is to have their own team guess who they’re dressed as–a memorable historical or fictional character–before the opposing team. For up to 10 players, ages 12 and up, 30 minutes. 

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Hijinx at Hell High – Fifth game in the Epic Spell Wars series. This game gives you the chance to experience all the “fun” of high school, climbing the social ladder from Loser to Loner to NERD all the way up to Cheerleader, Jock, or maybe even CLASS PRESIDENT.” For 2 to 6 players, ages 17 and up, 30-45 minutes.

 

 

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DEVIR

 

The Color Monster – Children’s game in which the Color Monster is confused about his emotions. Players work together to help the monster sort out his emotions into different colored jars. Once all emotions are sorted and the jars filled, players win. Based on the The Color Monster books by Anna Llenas. For 2 to 5 players, ages 3 and up, 25 minutes. $29.99

Karekare – Tile laying game on the island of Karekare. 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 45 minutes. $34.99

La Viña – In this card hand management/set collection game, 2 to 5 players fight to inherit a magnificent but nearly abandoned vineyard. You get the best reward by matching your hand of harvested grapes with the needs of the local wineries. Be the most successful harvester and win the vineyard (and the game). For ages 8 and up, 30-45 minutes, $24.99

Paris: La Cite de la Lmumiere (Paris: City of Light) – Public electricity in the late 19th century in Paris. Tile placement game where players compete for spaces near streetlamps to illuminate their buildings and gain points. 2 players, ages 8 and up, $24.99

Rattzia – The pantry shelves are nearly overflowing with food and the mice are rushing to collect what they need for the winter. A dice placement, push you luck game. Sophia Wagner design. For 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up. 15 minutes. $34.99. March release. 

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DSS GAMES

 

You Laugh, You Drink – Adult party game that includes 200 prompts on 100 cards. The premise is the active player must use a prompt and, by doing anything, make the other laugh. You laugh, you drink. $14. August 1 release. 

Who Can do It? – Adult party game where you compete with the other players to do various things such as the best impression of a judge, drinking a glass of water with a spoon etc. $18. May release.

The Best Friend Game – Family party game. Friends pair up and try to match answers to a series of questions. (As described – “The Newlywed Game for friends”.) $20, November.  

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ENDLESS GAMES

 

Camera Roll – A game that uses your phone. Flip a card and then scroll through your phone to find the “best” picture match. Everyone scores but the first player to find a photo or have the best photo scores more. For 3 or more players. ages 12 and up.

Card Sharks – Based on the TV game show. Card Sharks is the game where one turn of a playing card can make you a winner or a loser! Answer tough “guess-timate” questions while your opponent has to choose if you guessed too high or too low. The winner has a chance to predict their hand of cards one at a time. In the Endless Games home version of Card Sharks, individuals can play as solo contestants or a large group can organize for team play. For 3 or more players, ages 14 and up, $24.99

Dropsy – Cards are drawn until someone gets 3 of a color. Now you have to hold all drawn cards to the part of your body indicated on each card. Drop one card and you have to start all over. For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up.

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ENGINUITY

 

Spicy Dice – Players roll dice to score in 10 different categories. The twist is that each die has one red number which may be flipped to any other number OR kept red for bonus scoring. Expansion packs of more dice are also available. Base game retails for $14.95; expansion packs retail for $5.95 each. 

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FAMILIES PLAY FOREVER, LLC

 

4 to Win – Everyone gets 20 squares in their own color.  Get four in a row to win. $19.95

Speedomino – Dominoes have no numbers or pips. Rather, they have colored edges. Players simultaneously race to match held dominoes to those in play. First to get rid of all of their pieces wins. $19.95. June.

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FORBIDDEN GAMES

 

Railroad Rivals – Tile drafting, track laying, stock manipulation railroad game as players create train routes and invest in the rail companies of the game. (Railroad Rivals was featured in the Winter 2019 issue of Gamers Alliance Report.) For 1 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 45-60 minutes, $49.99.

Raccoon Tycoon – A game of railroads and development as players invest in towns, factories, railroads and commodities. (Featured in the Spring 2019 Gamers Alliance Report). For 1 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 90 minutes, $49.99

Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates! – Players are pirate captains commanding THREE ships, each on a different route. Players can plunder merchant ships to capture cargo and fulfill cargo contracts (for treasure) while acquiring more powerful crew (via deck building) to increase sailing speed (and more). A ship completing any track ends the game but scores are based on position on all three tracks plus treasure earned. Glenn Drover design, 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 45-60 minutes, $49.99

Also on display (mock ups only) were two games scheduled for release later this year:

Dungeon Party – Social role-playing, skill & action game. The rooms, monsters, and treasures are all on bar coasters and players take turns bouncing a coin to “hit” the monsters, disarm traps, or avoid cursed rooms. This is a semi-cooperative exercise as players work together to survive and collect the most loot but only one player can win! Designed by Jason Kapalka and Glenn Drover. For 1 to 6 players, 30-90 minutes, $59

Lizard Wizard – A strategy game more in keeping with the level of play found in Railroad Rivals and Raccoon Tycoon. Another Glenn Drover design. Further details to be announced. 

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FOXMIND

 

TacTac Jack – Skill & action game. Players are “lumberjacks” whacking away at a large (plastic) tree. The goal is to knock off pieces of the “bark” of the tree to score points. This has to be done carefully. Knocking out the core instead and you lose points!

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FUNKO GAMES

 

Pan Am: The Game – Worker placement strategy game in which players take control of their own fledgling airlines and compete with Pan Am and other established airlines to build an air empire. Players bid for lucrative landing rights in exotic locales, buy longer range planes and use their connections to advance their interests. Game includes 52 airplane miniatures from 4 different airline eras. For 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 60 minutes, $34.99. October 2020 release.

Godzilla: Tokyo Clash – Battle game where players choose between 4 classic Japanese monsters – Godzilla, Mothra, Megalon, or KIng Ghidorah – and fight for dominance as the most terrifying monster in Japan. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 45 minutes; $39.99. August 2020 release. 

Back to the Future: Back in Time – Players take on the roles of major characters from the classic SF film and must work together to defeat Biff and his gang while making sure Marty’s parents fall in love and the Delorean accelerates to 88 mph in time to blast Back to the Future. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 50 minutes, $29.99. Summer 2020 release.

Last Defense – Cooperative game where players are defending their city from attacks from space aliens, spider robots and more! Players need to race around the city rescuing scientists and collecting tools. An app audio track supplies news bulletins and where the latest threats are attacking! For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes, $19.99. August 2020 release. 

Yacht Rock – Party game where players live the life of a 1970s soft-rock musician, attempting to boost their careers, scoring points for hit songs, attending parties and more! For 2 to 6 players, ages 12 and up, 25 minutes. $16.99. August 2020 release.

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GAMES WORKSHOP

 

Rise of the Orks – Cooperative base defense game for 1-5 players that pits a team of Terminators against hordes of greenskins. Working alone or with your friends, you’ll fight desperate battles where luck, skill and teamwork are required to survive. 1 to 5 players, ages 10- and up, 30 minutes.

Crypt Hunters – A game of combat and exploration where you and a friend battle it out in the depths of an ancient labyrinth. One player controls a team of Stormcast Eternals, while the other acts as a kind of dungeon-keeper, building a labyrinth as they play and throwing endless waves of Nighthaunt Chainrasps against the heroes. For 2 players, ages 12 and up, 30 minutes.

Blitz Bowl Season 2 – More content for the game of fantasy football as humans go against a team of Dwarfs. For 2 players, ages 12 and up, 30 minutes.

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GAMEWRIGHT

 

Dungeon DropTM –  Colorful cubes represent, gold, gems, goblins, and more. These cubes are dropped and, from the resulting scattering of cubes, players collect cubes found within (imaginary) lines drawn between three gray cubes. But the dungeon changes with every drop. Grab the most loot and become the Dungeon Drop Master! For 1-4 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes, $22.00,  Q1 2020

Shifting StonesTM –  Nine mystical tiles lie before you in a grid of rocky ruins. Rearrange the tiles to match one or more of the patterns in your hand. The catch is that you must sacrifice a card every time you swap or flip a tile. Carve out the most points to win! 1-5 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes, $18.00, Q3 2020

Metro X TM – “Rail and Write” game where you flip a card, choose a subway line, and cross off the given number of stops on your map. Earn bonuses for making transfers but lose points for incomplete tracks. Everyone plays at the same time to complete routes. 1-6 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes, $15.00, Q1 2020

Hi Lo FlipTM –  Play number cards to a center pile, following the direction on the Hi-Lo chip. If you get stuck, flip the chip for a chance to reverse the order and save your turn.  But if you wind up without a move, points go to your opponent. 2-6 players, ages 8 and up, 15 minutes, $15.00, Q1 2020

DragonrealmTM – Collect sets of adventurer cards in order to roll dice used to explore the mystical lands of Dragonrealm. Sneak into the Witch’s Cabin, search the Ogre’s Treehouse, or storm the Isle of Dragons! Place the majority of adventurers on a location to claim its treasure. But goblins can appear and grab your treasure. Gather the most gold and become ruler of the realm! 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, 30 minutes, $25.00, 

QwixxCard Game –  Variation on the Qwixx roll and write game (featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Gamers Alliance Report.). Play your hand to cross off numbers in a row. The more cards you can play, the more numbers you cross off.  Score the most points to win! 2-5 players, ages 8 and up, 15 minutes, $12.00

Abandon All Artichokes™ –  Prune your deck by harvesting fresh vegetables, each with a special power that lets you swap, discard, or compost cards. A game of luck and strategy. For 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, 20 minutes, $13.00, Q1 2020        

Marshmallow TestTM  – Win tricks by playing the highest card in the established color. The longer you wait to go out, the more points you score. But delay too long and you’ll get nothing! For 2-5 players, ages 10 and up, 20 minutes, $15.00, Q1 2020

Splurt!TM -Fast-reaction word game! Flip a card  and be the first to shout out an answer that matches the clues. Can you name an animal containing 5 letters? A song ending in E? Think fast – say it first – win! For 2  or more players, ages  12 and up, 15 minutes, $10.00, Availability: Q1 2020

Hit List™ – Party game! Flip the timer, draw a card, and race to shout out answers that fit the category. How quickly can your team name ice cream brands? Vampires? Cartoon cats? Answers can be obvious or obscure, but they score only if they’re on the Hit List! For 4 or more players, ages 12 and up, 15 minutes, $10, Q1 2020

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GENIUS GAMES

 

Cytosis – A worker placement, set collection, resource management game with the focus on the inner working of cell biology.  Players place workers on available organelles within a human cell in order to collect resources (such as Carbohydrates or ATP!) or take actions (such as purchasing Cell Component cards or translating mRNA into Proteins!) Players use their resources to build Enzymes, Hormones, and Hormone Receptors and also to help detoxify the cell – all of which score health points. The player with the most health points at the end of the game wins! For 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 60-90 minutes, $39.99 

Tesla vs. Edison – Players represent investors starting an electric company. Using the asymmetrical skills of the inventor and other luminaries hiree into your company, players claim electric projects across the United States, make scientific advancements, buy and sell company shares in the market and manipule the media and popular opinion. The player with the most valuable stock portfolio is the winner! For 2 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, 20 minutes per player, $49.99

Tesla vs. Edison: Duel – Players control Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison and compete to claim projects around the US and clash over AC and DC tech. Along the way, share in smaller electric companies are bought. 2 players, 30 minutes. $24.99

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GIGAMIC

 

Quantik – 2 player abstract game with wooden pieces. On a turn, you place one of your pieces on an empty space on the board but you are not allowed to place a shape in a row, column or quadrant in which your opponents has one of the same shape. Place four different shapes in a row. column or quadrant to win! For ages 8 and up, 20 minutes

Pitch Out – Action game in which 2 players take turns playing one of their five “pucks”. Each puck has a unique ability that may be used when being “shot” across the play area. A puck shot or bumped off the table is out of the game. If the Captain leaves the field or all of the other pucks are out of the game, that player loses that round! Win two out of three rounds to win the game!  For ages 7 and up, 10 minutes. 

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GOLIATH

 

Unsolved Case Files: Harmony Ashcroft Case – Fictional crime (in the true crime mold) for players to solve. Packaged in a accordion style folder, the game includes newspaper clippings, crime scene photographs and more to help you find the correct answers to three objective to convict the killer. Online answer keys check whether you have the correct evidence to solve each objective. Solo or team play possible. For 1 or more players, ages 13 and up. 

The Escape Room: Escape from Iron Gate – Subtitled “The Prison Break Party Game”. Act, draw and solve your way to freedom by collecting items and striking deals. Unlike many escape room games, this game is replayable. For 3 to 8 players, ages 13 and up. 

The Twilight Zone Game – Adult cooperative strategy game as players go through the 156 episodes of the original series to escape from the Zone to safety. Rod Serling box cover. For 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up. 

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GRIDOPOLIS

 

Gridopolis – 3D strategy game system featuring a modular and flexible system. The game includes 217 pieces in different colors and utilizes rules based on traditional games such as chess, checkers and tic-tac-toe. For 1 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, April release. $49.95

 

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HABA

 

Valley of the Vikings – In the Valley of the Vikings, the annual barrel bowling contest is taking place. Now courage, skill and risk-taking are required so that the players use the ball to knock down the right barrels, and cleverly position their Vikings on the dock. But the player who ventures too far and is first to fall in the water goes away empty-handed. The player who captures the most gold coins wins! A skill & action game combined with strategy. Winner of the 2019 Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) in Germany. For 2 to 4 players, ages 6 and up, 15-20 minutes, $29.99

Miyabi – A multi-layered Japanese garden growing game. Careful planning and watchful eyes are needed. Only by skillfully placing stones, bushes, trees, ponds and pagodas on multiple levels can a player become the best garden designer of the season.  Receive points during the game for your placed garden tiles, scoring more points the higher the layer, with a bonus for the fifth layer. At the end of the game players receive extra points for having the most objects in their gardens. The highest score wins!  The game comes with 5 expansions for varied play. Designed by Michael Kiesling (designer of Azul [featured in the Winter 2018 Gamers Alliance Report and more.) For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 45 minutes, $39.99

 

 

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HUNT A KILLER (HAK)

 

Death at the Dive Bar – Mystery game that takes place in the “underbelly” of the Old Scratch Tavern. Players are detective trying to determine the truth of the “accidental” death of the tavern’s owner. The game box includes evidence directly from the crime scene as well as materials to give context to the game’s world.  

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IELLO

 

Flying Goblin – Skill and action game where “catapults” are used to shoot your goblins into rooms of the castle. Some rooms contain treasure, others with dangers. Collect gold to buy more goblins to catapult next round and build towers on top of the castle to prove their superiority and win. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes, $34.99. March 2020 release.

Kraken Attack – Cooperative game (published under the Loki imprint) where players are pirates under attack from the Kraken. Players need to use their skills, repair ship damage and choose the best weapons to save their ship! Designed by Esteban and Antoine Bauza. For 1 to 4 players, ages 7 and up, 25 minutes, $34.99

Break the Code – Deduction game in which the code is a series of number tiles each player hides behind their screens. From question cards, players will gather information to determine the precise numbers and colors of their opponent’s tiles. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 15 minutes, $19.99

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KOMARC GAMES

 

Uzato – Game of balance as players add blocks to a row and have to “lift” the blocks up and down the mountain without the row coming apart. 

Smack the Snack on Jack – Super sticky “snacks” are tossed onto a target: Jack! Where the stuff sticks determine how many points you score. 

Majibu Ring – Game of fast reactions and hand-eye coordination. The active player tosses the rubber ball, put a ring around the post and catch the ball before the second bounce. First player to get rid of all of his/her rings wins. 

Shoppin’ Blowout – First game in their “Take It” series. After the “Shoppin’ Blowout” app selects an item, players must grab the item from the board before anyone else. Items have different values (sometimes negative ones). When only four items remain on the board, points are totalled. The player who collected the most valuable items wins. 

Blocking X – There are 100 open slots – but a plastic sheet will close some of them. Players rapidly put their “bombs” into slots. If the slot is open, the bomb will fall and you will hear an explosion. If the slot is closed, the bomb is safely stored. First player to successfully store all of their bombs wins!

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LOONEY LABS

 

Astronomy Fluxx Fluxx using NASA photographs of planets and astronomical objects. $16

Tiny Fluxx – Sample version of Fluxx featuring 21 miniature cards. Limited BGX release. April. 

Spongebob Fluxx Specialty EditionFluxx under the sea. Includes a collectible coin and several exclusive bonus cards. May 21st release. $20

Star Trek Voyager Fluxx – Featuring Captain Janeway  and the rest of the Voyager crew – and villains. July 30th release. 

Pyramid Quartet – 4 stand-alone abstract games that also expand Pyramid Arcade. The games include Nomids (fast introductory game), Ice Duo (a pair of 2 player games), Martian Chess (Chess style game) and Homeworlds (an interstellar space conquest game). (this will be on Kickstarter until March 17 with a projected October release. $77)

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MASTER THEOREM GAMES

 

The Master Theorem – Not precisely a game but a book of over 40 puzzle challenges to solve dealing with codes, ciphers and “the mysteries of the universe”. $29.99

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MINDWARE

 

Rock, Paper, Switch – Abstract game that combines the concepts of chess with the simple rules of rock-paper-scissors.  For ages 8+, 2 to 4 players, MSRP $25.95

Triumph of the Temple – Use strategy to piece broken Egyptian artifacts back together to win jewels in return. Only the explorer with the most jewels at the end will truly triumph over the temple! Packaged as a pyramid with a clear top to showcase the “jewels” used in the game.  For ages 8+, 2 to 4 players, MSRP $19.95

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MOBI

 

Stellö – Strategic color matching tile game with 5 ways to play. For 1 to 4 players, ages 6 and up, $26.99

Bllöx – A colorful stacking race game. For 2 to 4 players, ages 6 and up, $19.99

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NORTHSTAR GAMES

 

Quacks of Quedlinburg – Push-your-luck game where you draw from your stock of ingredients, adding them to your cauldron, until your brew seems just right. But add the wrong ingredient and the potion could spoil. Finding the right balance between risk and reward is key. Winner of the 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres (Germany’s Expert Game of the Year award). Wolfgang Warsch design. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 45 minutes; $54.99

Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches – Expansion for The Quacks of Quedlinburg that allows for a fifth player and adds more ingredients and brewing options. For 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 60 minutes; $34.99

Taverns of Tiefenthal – Players compete to turn their tavern into the most successful. Expand seating capacity? Or enlarge your beer cellar? Hire new staff? The more wealthy customers you attract, the more money you have to expand. Prestigious nobles will come by to see what all the fuss is about, making your tavern the hottest spot for miles around. Dice placement and deck building combine in this latest Wolfgang Warsch design, For 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 60 minutes, $49.99

Oceans –  Stand-alone game for 2 – 4 players set in the Evolution (featured in the Spring 2015 Gamers Alliance Report) universe.  Oceans depicts the interconnected ecosystem of marine life with many distinctive traits where survival depends on your ability to adapt in a continually changing environment.  For 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, $49.99, Spring 2020 release.

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OK2WIN

 

Boom Goes the Dynamite – Matching game by making matches using “mental math’. 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 15 minutes; $14.99

3UP 3DOWN – Math game which reinforces the concepts of “greater than” , “less than” and “equal to”. 2 to 6 players, ages 7 and up, 10 minutes; $9.99

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OUTSET MEDIA

 

Up and Bit – Players take turns describing an object on a card for opponents to draw and guess – but the players drawing don’t see the object being described and the describing player doesn’t see what is being drawn! For 3 or more players, ages 8 and up. 

Keys to the Red Dragon Castle – A more advanced version of the original Keys to the Castle game. The game features a wandering red dragon that can be bribed with treasure. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up. 

Side Links – Players take turns playing tiles with words on each edge trying to make links (or connections) between the words where they are placed. The more links you make, the more points you score. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.

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PANDASAURUS GAMES

 

Sonora – Flick and Write game that adds dexterity to the roll and write formula. Players flick wooden discs onto a game board representative of different landscapes across the Sonoran sands. Each area encompasses a different unique game so skillful aim is required to play in the region of a player’s choosing and score points on your dry-erase sheet! But other players can bump discs to score points for themselves. For 2 to 4 players, 20-45 minutes. May release.

Passtally – Players compete by strategically placing tiles in the hopes of creating the cleverest connecting routes between their pieces.  Tiles are stacked to alter existing routes and add victory (or chaos) to existing structures.  The higher the stack, the greater the points. For 2 to 3 players, ages 10 and up, 45 minutes. $29.95

Silver and Gold – A “flip and write”.  Each round a new shape will be flipped face-up on the table, and players must draw X’s in that exact shape on their player cards.  Filling a card completely allows players to score points and get new island cards! Every card in the game can be written on and cleaned off!  Phil Walker-Harding (Sushi Go, Imhotep, Barenpark) design.  For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes; $19.95

The Mind Extreme – More complex challenge than the original as now two decks numbered 1-50 are in play. You’ll have two discard piles in play, with cards from one deck needing to be played in ascending order and cards from the other being played in descending order. Another twist is that some levels must be played blind with cards discarded face down so that no one sees what you’ve played. For 2 to 4 players, 20 minutes..

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R&R GAMES

 

 

Coralia – Players are marine biologists working to preserve coral reefs. With the aid of diving robots, unique species of underwater life will be discovered and treasure may be discovered. Designed by Michael Rieneck. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 45 minutes, $39.99

Humboldt’s Great Voyage – Players are young scientists following Humboldt’s great expedition route through the American contiennts. Using a Mancala-like mechanism, players move from one location to the next, collecting objects and scientific date along the way which is sent back to their patrons. Win public opinion over your successes to win the game. Designed by Remo Conzadori and Nestore Mangone. 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 45 minutes; $39.99

 

 

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RAVENSBURGER

 

More expansions for Villainous include:

Disney Villainous: Perfectly Wretched – Adds Cruella deVille and 2 other Disney villains. For ages 10 and up, $24.99, March release. 

Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power – Bad guys from the Marvel Universe. For ages 12 and up, August release. $34.99

Castles of Tuscany – Big box Alea release of another Stefan Feld design. No details announced but release is scheduled for later this year. 

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RELEVANT PLAY

 

Coilz Stadium – Skill and action game using collectible “Coilz” (round, spring-like tiles) to shoot into the stadium area to score points. Rules for 15 different games provided. 

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SKILLMATICS

 

Guess in 10 – A series of educational games where you need to determine what person, animal or thing is on the card by using up to 10 questions. Each game comes with 52 game cards and 6 clue cards. Guess correctly and win the game card. Win 7 game cards and you win the game. Individual topics include animals, USA states, cities around the world, famous personalities and more. For ages 8 and up. 

Newton’s Tree – Game of balance and skill. Build Newton’s tree by adding branches and keep it balanced when adding and removing apples and moving Newton from branch to branch. For ages 6 and up. 

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SOLIDROOTS

 

Mind the Gap – Multi-generational teams race around the board answering pop culture trivia questions for 4 different eras: Boomer, Gen X, Millennial and Gen Z. Plus elements of charades. 

MoMo’s Shanghai Rummy – Spin off of traditional rummy (created by and named after the grandmother of the founders of the company).  Two decks of cards come packaged in a facsimile of MoMo’s vintage cigarette purse. 

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STORY TIME CHESS

 

Story Time Chess – Game to teach chess to children as young as 3 using stories to explain the pieces and minigames. 

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STORYASTIC

 

The Rank Game  – A simple and interactive way for any group to put their phones down and engage in meaningful interactions with people in person.  The rules are easy: pick a card and start ranking. Whichever Guesser comes closest to the Ranker’s choices, wins! $30. Also available: many expansions covering different topics such as Girls Night, Guys Night, Sports & Outdoors etc., all priced at $15 each. 

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TACTIC

 

A whole line of strategy games scheduled for release this year including:

Canal King – Use canal tiles to build a route from your starting port to your final destination via two way stations. Then sail your ship along the route to get to the end before the other beat you to it. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. 45 or more minutes.

Land of Clans – As a clan leader, you build your castle in the Scottish Highlands and compete with other players to seize spaces on the board. Be the first to build four castles wins! For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 40 or more minutes. 

15 Minutes to Self-Destruct – Cooperative game in which an asteroid has hit your spaceship and it will self-destruct in 15 minutes. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 15 minutes.

Hack My Password – Try to break through your opponents’ firewalls and decode their password. Difficulty level can be adjusted. For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up, 20+ minutes. 

Seas of Fortune – As an 18th century trader, players sail from port to port in the Baltic and North Seas to gather up the best crew, the best goods and deliver the goods before other players can beat you to it. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 40+ minutes. 

Arctic Race – Lead your two dog sled teams in a perilous journey to the North Pole – and your opponents can throw obstacles in the way to make the travel more difficult. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 40+ minutes.  

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TEETURTLE LLC

 

Here to Slay – Competitive role-playing fantasy card game where you assemble a full Party of Heroes to slay dangerous Monsters while working to avoid the sabotage of your enemies. The first player to slay three Monsters or assemble a full Party with six different classes, wins the game! FOr 2 to 6 players, ages 10 and up, 30-60 minutes, $20. Fourth quarter 2020 release. 

Llamas Unleashed – Party game based on Unstable Unicorns game in this company’s line which includes 135 brand new cards featuring llamas, goats, rams and alpacas. For 2 to 8 players, ages 14 and up, 30-45 minutes, $19,99

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THAMES & KOSMOS

 

Cities: Skylines-Board game version of the best-selling PC game of the same name. Players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. As players decide how and where to build, they must consider a variety of factors such as the environment, crime, traffic flow, education, and financial resources. For 1 to 4 players, ages 10 and up. 40-70 minutes, $49.95

Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island – In this cooperative game, you take on the role of four students traveling together on a remote and mysterious island. You are looking into some strange events that have been happening—incidents that the police believe are natural occurrences. But is everything really as normal as it seems?  For 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 75 minutes x 4, $19.95. Available June 2020

EXIT: Theft on the Mississippi – A robbery takes place while you’re traveling down the Mississippi on a steamboat. Can your team of investigators find the culprit before the riverboat docks in New Orleans and the thief escapes? For 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 1-2 hours, Level of Difficulty: 3 of 5, $14.95. Available May 2020

EXIT: The Stormy Flight – You are crew members on a passenger plane bound for Barbados when you encounter a fierce electrical storm that damages the plane. Can you solve the riddles, repair the plane, and land safely? For 1 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 1-2 hours, Level of Difficulty: 2 of 5, $14.95. Available April 2020

EXIT: The Enchanted Forest – A relaxing walk in the woods takes a very different turn when you suddenly encounter strange fairytale creatures and even stranger puzzles. Will you ever find your way out?! For 1 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 1-2 hours, Level of Difficulty: 2 of 5, $14.95.  Available September 2020

EXIT: The Cemetery of the Knight – According to legend, tonight’s moon is at the right angle to find a priceless red ruby hidden in the tomb of Sir Reginald Wreston. No one has succeeded in finding it yet … will you? For 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 1-2 hours,  Level of Difficulty: 3 of 5, $14.95. Available September 2020

The Crew – The scientific community is abuzz over signs of a mysterious planet located at the edge of our solar system. Despite all efforts, so far they have been unable to provide substantial evidence of its existence. Join this  space adventure to find out if the theories are just science fiction or if you will discover Planet Nine. In this cooperative trick-taking card game, you need to complete 50 different missions as you travel across the solar system. But you will only succeed if you can work together as a team. It’s not just who wins the hand but also how the hand is won that makes all the difference. This new edition has improved quality cards. For 3 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 20 minutes, $14.95. Available March 2020

The Liberation Of Rietburg: A Game In The World Of Andor -In this stand-alone game set in the fantasy world of Andor, Rietburg Castle has been taken over by evil creatures. Without delay, you—the Heroes of Andor—take on the task of rescuing old King Brandur’s fortress and protecting its remaining inhabitants. The prophecy foretells that you can only prevent its destruction if you are able to accomplish the four tasks. But which tasks are those? For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 40 minutes, $29.95. Available May 2020

Aqualin: Two-player strategy game.  Each player attempts to group together as many matching tiles as possible and to form the most groups. One player works to create groups of the same color while the other makes groups of the same type of sea creature. The bigger the group is, the more points it’s worth. At the end of the game, whoever has the most points wins. For ages 10 and up, 20 minutes, $19.95. Available July 2020

Targi: The Expansion: In this expansion to the hit game Targi (featured in the Fall 2018 Gamers Alliance Report), the original gameplay is expanded with new tribe cards, new border cards, water tokens, and a special Targia pawn. For 2 players, ages 12 and up, 60 minutes, $19.95. Available June 2020

My City: Family-oriented legacy gaming experience played in 24 relatively short episodes beginning with the development of a city in its early pre-industrial stages and progressing through industrialization. During each game, players customize their experience by adding elements to their own boards. Player choices and actions made during one session carry over into the next session, creating a personalized gaming experience. For players who do not want to experience this as a legacy game, a double-sided game board offers an alternate setup for repeatable play. Reiner Knizia design. For ages 10+ | MSRP: $34.95 | Players: 2-4 | Play Time: 45 minutes | Available July 2020

 

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ULTRA-PRO/PLAYROOM ENTERTAINMENT

 

Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot – White boxed edition under the Playroom Entertainment label that reworks the original game with simpler mechanics to make it suitable for introductory players. For 2 to 8 players, ages 13 and up, 45 minutes, $20

Deranged – Semi-cooperative adventure game set in a small town in a world of dark fantasy. Players attempt to survive several nights of horror and leave the town alive by fighting monsters, each other and “their own inner demons”. For 3 to 6 players, ages 14 and up. 60-90 minutes for the base game, 90-180 minutes for scenarios. $60. 

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USAOPOLY- THE OP

 

Telestrations Upside Drawn –  A team variation on the original Telestrations (featured in the Spring 2011 Gamers Alliance Report). One player holds the pen but but another player controls the board! By giving “Up” or “Down” directives can whatever needs to be drawn be drawn. Guess correctly and score a point.  The team to reach 10 points wins! For 4 to 12 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes; $19.99

Hues and Cues – This is a guessing game of colors and clues. The board displays 480 shades of colors. Using only one and two-word cues (such as “apple”, players try to get others to guess a specific hue (of red – or even green). The closer the guesses are to the target, the more points you earn. For 3 to 10 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes; $24.99

 

 

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WHAT DO YOU MEME?

 

What do you Meme?: The New Yorker – Card game where you supply captions for classic cartoons from the New Yorker magazine. $29.99

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WINNING MOVES

 

RUBIK’S® 40th Anniversary Metallic cube  – Featuring reflective, vibrant, foil colors on all six sides

RUBIK’S® Orbit puzzle – Circular puzzle featuring multi-colored rings that twist just like a traditional Rubik’s Cube with the same goal of solving all 6 colors.   

RISK® Europe  – Under license from Hasbro Gaming and originally released in 2015, this version of RISK® has its players stepping into the role of medieval kings on a quest to dominate Europe. Includes 4 elaborate armies complete with soldiers, archers, cavalry, siege weapons, castles and more. 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, $40.95

Double Trouble®  – Originally released in the 1980’s, this is a race and chase game featuring 2 of the “Pop-O-Matic” die rollers. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up. $20.95

 

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WIZKIDS

 

Coraline: Beware the Other Mother – A cooperative card game for 1-4 players, based on the stop motion animated film from director Henry Selick, best-selling author Neil Gaiman, and animation studio LAIKA. It tells the haunting tale of a young girl’s journey to an alternate version of her life, and her heroic return to reality. For ages 14 and up, 30 minutes. $19.99

Bladerunner 2049: Nexus Protocol – A deduction and hidden identity game for 3-6 players. Players compete against Deckard and each other to hunt down the last replicant. Collect evidence by interrogating witnesses to finally expose their hidden identity. You may even discover that you are the one being hunted – can you evade capture to win? For ages 14 and up, 30 minutes. $24.99. April release.

Ettin – In this game, players lead one of eight nations to victory in a series of fast-paced wars, and you won’t do it alone! Players make pairs of allies (Like a two-headed Ettin!), sharing units and strategies as they face their enemies on either side. For 2 to 8 players, ages 14 and up, 60 minutes, $39.99. March release

Sidereal Confluence – A second edition of this game of intense trading and negotiation with new art, improved rulebook and a teaching guide. For 4 to 9 players, ages 14 and up, 2 to 3 hours. $69.99. May 2020 release.

Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition – Players lead a newfound society, growing it from a small settlement to a grand empire. By exploring nearby surroundings on the game’s modular board, researching cultural advances, building cities, and conquering those who stand in the way, players will create a culture that will be remembered forevermore. This all-new edition of the game will feature the Civilizations expansion and the Aztec promo right in the box, brand new art and graphic design, and resculpted figures and wonders! For 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 180-240 minutes. $139.99. November 2020 release. 

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WOOD EXPRESSIONS INC.

 

Bobby Fischer® Learn to Play Chess – Provides instructions on how to learn the game from a professional’s point of view. Chess pieces are marked with arrows to help understand the directions pieces can move in and “Chess Equalizer Dice” are included to be used when an experienced player is playing against a novice. $24.99

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