Thursday, May 27, 2021

People Behind the Meeples - Episode 282: Paul Waite

Welcome to People Behind the Meeples, a series of interviews with indie game designers.  Here you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about the people who make the best games that you may or may not have heard of before.  If you'd like to be featured, head over to http://gjjgames.blogspot.com/p/game-designer-interview-questionnaire.html and fill out the questionnaire! You can find all the interviews here: People Behind the Meeples. Support me on Patreon!


Name:Paul Waite
Location:Seattle Washington
Day Job:Game Designer at Perfect Day
Designing:One to two years.
Webpage:www.perfectday.games
Twitter:https://twitter.com/PaulWaitesFace
Today's Interview is with:

Paul Waite
Interviewed on: 5/24/2021

This week's interview is with Paul Waite, codesigner of the latest game from Wise Wizard Games, Robot Quest Arena! This deck-building game incorporates a board with cool robot miniatures that battle each other, like a board game version of Battlebots or Robot Wars, that he designed with Robert Dougherty, the creator of Star Realms. Paul usually designs video games, but saw an opportunity to create the board game version of Robot Quest Arena, which is already fully funded on Kickstarter. So read on to learn more about Paul and his projects!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

People Behind the Meeples - Episode 281: Jessica Metheringham

Welcome to People Behind the Meeples, a series of interviews with indie game designers.  Here you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about the people who make the best games that you may or may not have heard of before.  If you'd like to be featured, head over to http://gjjgames.blogspot.com/p/game-designer-interview-questionnaire.html and fill out the questionnaire! You can find all the interviews here: People Behind the Meeples. Support me on Patreon!


Name:Jessica Metheringham
Email:dissentgames@gmail.com
Location:UK
Day Job:I run political workshops. I also look after two small children (nearly 3 and nearly 5), and chair UK campaign group Unlock Democracy.
Designing:One to two years.
Webpage:www.librarylabyrinth.com
Blog:www.dissentgames.com
BGG:Disarm The Base
Facebook:Library Labyrinth
Twitter:@dissentgames
Instagram:@dissentgames
Today's Interview is with:

Jessica Metheringham
Interviewed on: 2/11/2021

This week's interview is with Jessica Metheringham, the designer behind the successfully Kickstarted Disarm The Base. Soon she'll be running a campaign for her new game, Library Labyrinth, so keep your eye out for that! In the meantime, read on to learn more about Jessica and her current projects.

New Deckbuilding Game with Fully Painted Miniatures from the Creators of Star Realms!

Robot Quest Arena was launched on Kickstarter today by Wise Wizard Games and Perfect Day


May 25, 2021– Framingham, MA – Wise Wizard Games LLC, the makers of Star Realms, announced today that they have launched Robot Quest Arena, a new deckbuilding game, on Kickstarter. Wise Wizard Games has raised over $4.5M on Kickstarter to date, and they are super excited to offer their first game with miniatures.  


Robot Quest Arena is a deckbuilding game of robot battles! Do you have what it takes to be the best Robot Tech in the world? Control your battle bot miniature with the skills of your driver and the cards in your deck! Acquire powerful new upgrades for your bot. Destroyed bots respawn each round, so you’re never out of the action!

Friday, May 21, 2021

Press Release: Announcing: Game of the Year - The Board Game About Making Video Games


Create the video game of your dreams in this upcoming board game.

Bonn, Germany, May 21, 2021 - Indie tabletop company Nice Game Publishing today revealed details on its upcoming project Game of the Year, which will go live on Kickstarter on Monday, June 28, 2021. In the game, players take on the role of video game developers, creating their own titles from hundreds of elements with the ultimate goal of conquering the eponymous award. Each playthrough will be different as variable upgrade paths, rivals and rewards keep players on their toes. Game of the Year is playable in 20-60 minutes as a cooperative or competitive experience for 1-4 players.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

People Behind the Meeples - Episode 280: Timothy Olinger

Welcome to People Behind the Meeples, a series of interviews with indie game designers.  Here you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about the people who make the best games that you may or may not have heard of before.  If you'd like to be featured, head over to http://gjjgames.blogspot.com/p/game-designer-interview-questionnaire.html and fill out the questionnaire! You can find all the interviews here: People Behind the Meeples. Support me on Patreon!


Name:Timothy Olinger
Email:Galkir223002@yahoo.com
Location:Oklahoma
Day Job:At an oilfield construction and welding company
Designing:Five to ten years.
Facebook:Kingdoms of Erden
Find my games at:Kickstarter
Today's Interview is with:

Timothy Olinger
Interviewed on: 1/7/2021

This week I'm happy to introduce you to Timothy Olinger, the designer of Kingdoms of Erden and other games! Kingdoms of Erden has had a number of expansions successfully funded on Kickstarter over the years. Right now he has a set of dark fantasy themed playing cards available on Kickstarter. Read on to learn more about Timothy and his projects.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Press Release - Cape May from Thunderworks Games - Pre-Orders Open Today for Fall Delivery

Cape May

Pre-Orders Open Today for Fall Delivery

Madison, WI, May 17, 2021 – Today, Thunderworks Games is opening pre-orders for Cape May, with expected delivery by the end of summer.

GAMEPLAY
In Cape May, players move around the city with a hand of movement cards, developing property while building wealth over four seasons to earn prestige.

Build cottages, develop them into Victorian homes, and upgrade them into historic landmarks. Establish shops and grow them into profitable businesses.

Complete bonus goals, then relax and go birdwatching for extra prestige.

Whoever best balances their income, development, movement, and personal goals will go down in history as the most successful developer of Cape May!


85 PLASTIC MINIATURES
Cape will arrive packed and heavy with a double-sided gameboard, 32 Victorian miniatures, 32 Business miniatures, 20 Landmark bases, 1 lighthouse miniature, 80 cottage and shop tokens, 60 bird tokens, 60 money tokens, 8 custom meeples,150+ cards, and more!
1-4 Players
60-90 Minutes

A BRIEF HISTORY

America’s oldest seaside resort, Cape May, New Jersey, has been a popular getaway for families from New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. since the late 1700s.

But Cape May was never immune to hardship.

Wracked by devastating fires, extreme beach erosion, swarms of mosquitoes, and intense competition from surrounding areas, the town and its residents struggled their way through the 19th and 20th centuries.

During this turbulent time, players attempt to develop Cape May into the “Queen of the Seaside Resorts.”

Cape May is designed by Eric Mosso, with artwork by Michael Menzel, graphic design by Stephen Kerr, and development by Scott Bogen, Keith Matejka & John Brieger.

Cape May will be Thunderworks Games’ 10th published title behind other successfully funded Kickstarters and direct-to-retail games, including Cartographers Heroes; Roll Player Adventures; Roll Player: Fiends & Familiars; Lockup: A Roll Player Tale; Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale; Dual Powers: Revolution 1917; Roll Player: Monsters & Minions; Roll Player; and Bullfrogs.


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Press Release - Board Game Atlas Launches New Review System With Top Tier Critics

May 17, 2021 - Board game community and price comparison tool Board Game Atlas has launched a new review system with an initial slate of 30 of the industry's top critics and over 3000 critic review snippets. The full list of publications with critics includes:


3 Minute Board Games

Blue Peg Pink Peg

Board Game Barrage

Board Game Halv

Board Game Quest

Board Of It

Cardboard Rhino

Chairman of the Board

Dice Tower, The

Game Boy Geek

Game Cows

GamesRadar+

Geeks Under Grace

Hungry Gamer

Kotaku

Lighten Up Initiative, The

Meeple Mountain

Not Bored Gaming

Punchboard Reviews

Rahdo Runs Through

Tabletop Family

TechRaptor

There Will Be Games

Unfiltered Gamer

What's Eric Playing?



When visiting a game page, users can now see both a community and a critic score on a new 100 point scale. For anything helpful, that user can head over to the original review source to watch, read or listen to the whole thing.


When the critic review feature was initially announced the overall response was excited but skeptical. People over and over said it was something desperately needed but that it was going to be hard to pull off. Reviews are seen as objective and too difficult to put a firm number on. Users will see now more than ever that scores have been applied and this content has been organized, this system provides a key guide that is easy to make sense of.


Board Game Atlas has an ambitious future roadmap planned and this marks a key step. Since January the team has been growing and outlining major features to be launched over the coming months. 


“In the past two months we have rolled out new systems for publishers, retailers and now critics. This is only the beginning and we are very excited to continue to improve the board game experience for the consumer and everyone else involved.” Said CEO Trent Ellingsen.


Check out the full announcement post over at Board Game Atlas:

https://www.boardgameatlas.com/forum/8vdAHHXpE8/title


About Board Game Atlas


Board Game Atlas launched back in 2019 with a mission to build a community that can cater to the needs of both the advanced and the uninitiated board gamers. Due to its focus on user experience, Atlas is widely known for keeping a constant ear on user feedback and continually innovating the hobby at a rapid pace. Now, after reaching over 100,000 monthly active users and its acquisition of Board Game Prices, Atlas is a home for board game enthusiasts who love the experience of talking about their favorite hobby and having convenient access to the complete buying experience.


https://www.boardgameatlas.com


Press Contact:

matt@boardgameatlas.com




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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Press Release - The Market | A Pocket Game from Anthem Creations

All You Need is a Little Bit of Hope
May 13, 2021

Following the fulfillment of a successful first Kickstarter, a local game designer brings a new card game to a wider audience.


G. Wesley Cone - Alamance County father, pastor, and game designer - took a bold step and launched a Kickstarter during the COVID-19 pandemic, when all conventional wisdom screamed “now is not the time to start a new business.” This first project, Empyrean HERO: The Card Game, shipped to over 300 backers last year. Following fulfillment of this project, Cone went back to the drawing board, this time accompanied by his five year old daughter, Zoe, to develop a new game.

The Market | A Pocket Game is a lightning-quick, press-your-luck, resource management, market game accessible to novices and more advanced gamers alike. Gain Hope in the post-apocalyptic economy of the world of Tempo.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Rolling Seas Crowd Sale earns $50 for Extra Life!

During my Rolling Seas Crowd Sale I promised to donate $1 to Extra Life for every copy sold.  Today I completed that promise with a $50 donation through my Extra Life fundraising campaign!  This money goes directly to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, specifically Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this donation possible!  With this donation, I'm up to $328 raised, which is great!  This November I'll be organizing my annual Extra Life Charity Auction and 24 Hour Game Marathon to raise more (last year we raised over $3950).

To learn more, or to donate to this wonderful cause, head to my Extra Life page.  You can donate games (or gaming-related stuff) to the auction, or donate directly to Extra Life.  I'm extremely grateful for any support!





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Press Release - Introducing Bright Eye Games, a new publishing studio!

A Brand New Studio

Introducing Bright Eye Games, a new publishing studio focused on fun & accessible board games to play
with friends and family.


United Kingdom - May 11, 2021. Bright Eye Games is a new UK-based board game publisher and localisation partner founded by some of the team behind PSC Games. They believe in bringing friends and family together to share in the joy that great gaming experiences have to offer. Bright Eye Games will publish fun and accessible board games covering a broad range of light-hearted and interesting themes that everyone can enjoy.

Press Release: SolarFlare Games brings Quests: Heroes of Sorcado to Kickstarter May 25, 2021


SolarFlare Games is blending a unique combination of campaign fantasy, light RPG, choice-driven adventuring, and an epic story to bring their 12th game to the tabletop gaming world.


Dallas, May 1 , 2021 – SolarFlare Games, the creators of the Nightmare Forest board game series and several licensed Robotech games, today announced their most ambitious and dynamic game, launching for crowdfunding on the Kickstarter platform on May 25, 2021 – 7a CDT.

Press Release - The Game: Face to Face - Delayed until June 2!

The Game: Face to Face

Delayed until June 2!

From Pandasaurus Games:

Global shipping has been under quite a bit of stress for the entirety of 2021. This has affected all types of shipping and created a domino effect of delays across the board.

Our shipment of The Game: Face to Face has been stuck in Montreal for weeks, and just now began showing signs of movement again. We are pushing the release out two weeks from May 19 to a new release date of June 2.

Of course, it's possible that it gets held up somewhere else along the way, in which case we will make another announcement!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

People Behind the Meeples - Episode 279: Ben Downton

Welcome to People Behind the Meeples, a series of interviews with indie game designers.  Here you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about the people who make the best games that you may or may not have heard of before.  If you'd like to be featured, head over to http://gjjgames.blogspot.com/p/game-designer-interview-questionnaire.html and fill out the questionnaire! You can find all the interviews here: People Behind the Meeples. Support me on Patreon!


Name:Ben Downton
Email:ben@prometheusgamelabs.com
Location:United Arab Emirates
Day Job:Security Consultant
Designing:Six months to a year.
Webpage:prometheusgamelabs.wordpress.com
BGG:Micro Dojo
Facebook:Prometheus Game Labs
Instagram:@prometheus.gamelabs
Find my games at:Micro Dojo is on Kickstarter, May 10, 2021
Today's Interview is with:

Ben Downton
Interviewed on: 1/3/2021

This week's interview is with Ben Downton, who just launched his Kickstarter for Micro Dojo yesterday and it's already over 750% funded! Ben has only been designing for a short while now, but has a long-term vision of building a publishing compny with a whole line of games. Read on to learn more about Ben and his projects!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Rolling Seas Crowd Sale Stretch Goal Maps Complete!

I have completed the five PnP maps for Rolling Seas that I promised as stretch goals for the Crowd Sale!  We hit 5 Discount Tiers, so I made three standard maps and two with the exploration bonuses.  These are the designs that were voted as people's favorites.
Dice Islands

The Jolly Roger

The Kraken

Hello Octopus!

Space Invaders