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Gen Con Demo Table Spotlight: Tuki, Azul, and Century: A New World

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Gen Con Demo Table Spotlight: Tuki, Azul, and Century: A New World

Happy Friday, active players! Today we’re spotlighting 3 fantastic games we’ll be demoing during Gen Con at booth (say it with me) 2535! No time to waste on a snappy intro, let’s talk games!

 

Tuki -Next Move Games

Have you ever wanted to play Tetris with real blocks? Do you like games that require spatial awareness and puzzle-solving? If you answered yes, you’ll love Tuki.

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Your goal is to be the fastest to build a Tukilik, a 3-D object that denotes certain meanings in the Inuit culture.  Basically, you have to make the colored blocks match the drawing on the card, and you use the white snow pieces to help support the structure. What you roll on the die determines how you set up the card and how you’re allowed to build your Tukilik. If you’re curious what this looks like, we have a video of Anne and Emily playing.

Tuki is a game that you have to play at least once. It takes less than a minute to learn, and about a minute to play a round. And I can honestly say that every single person I have shown this game to said they would play it again. Come see us at Gen Con and play a round with us! (Maybe not me specifically, I have been known to knock a tower down if I’m losing) 


Azul -Next Move Games

 Do you like games that require strategy? Do you like making moves that screw over your friends, and sometimes yourself in the process? Then you should stop by and try Azul.

Photo by The Review Board

Photo by The Review Board

In this game,you’re collecting different types of (beautifully designed) tiles trying to create sets. You are all pulling from the same pile set, so turn order is key, as is what group of tiles you choose. The theming is simple, and I’ve mentioned before that it’s a great game for people who have tried super easy board games and are ready to try something with a bit more meat. 

This game requires a lot of strategy, and you get better the more you play. But luckily, we’ll have it available for purchase as well as demo.

 

Century: A New World- Plan B Games

Do you like worker placement games? Do you like the other Century games? Then Century: A New World is the game you should come try!

The final installment in the Century series debuted at Origins and sold out in the early hours of day 2. In this game, you’re placing workers and cubes, and then swapping them out to upgrade to better cubes to earn victory points. Century: A New World is an excellent introduction to the worker placement genre, and as Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower said, it’s easy to learn and turns go by quickly, so you are constantly engaged. 

 

 

 

All three of these games will be in rotation at our booth, and that schedule should be released next week. So stay tuned, check back, and let us know which games you’re most looking forward to!

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Unpacking the Pathfinder Playtest

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Unpacking the Pathfinder Playtest

The Pathfinder Playtest ended November 18th and according to Paizo Inc., it was huge in terms of the number of players and incredibly useful to the designers!

Jason Bulmahn updated players on the findings from the Playtest and thanked them heartily for their participation in a video missive from the Paizo Studio.. He talked about data, surprises, and even gave a few spoilers as to what the final version of Pathfinder Second Edition will be like. 

The Paizo team was very clear that Pathfinder Second Edition will not be identical to the Playtest. The Playtest made bold choices to test various options and players will absolutely experience the game differently when the Second Edition is released in August.

While still being written, Pathfinder Second Edition will add storytelling flavor and polish, provide a better introduction for new players, include more useful GM tools, do away with magical Resonance, and refine the Proficiency system. All of this moves towards making a game that is easier to learn, faster to play at all levels, providing the depth of character customization that Paizo is lauded for, and giving GMs the tools to tell the stories they want to tell. Getting the rules just right allows players to focus more on the story at gaming table.

Even though the Playtest is at an end, the Pathfinder Playtest books still create a fascinating and challenging adventure - especially for any party who might want to gain an deeper understanding of game design, compare their experience with the final version coming this year, and of course explore the vast World of Golarian. The chapters of the Doomsday Dawn adventure take place in many of the same locations as Pathfinder’s previous Adventure Paths, giving a sampling to new players and a sentimental journey to veterans. Let’s be honest, it’s just plain fun. Reach out to your FLGS to see if they still have copies available!

Paizo has plans to make the buying experience special for customers who plan to buy Pathfinder Second Edition at their favorite local gaming store which they plan to announce in March.

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Sneak Peek! Munchkin: Warhammer 40K

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Sneak Peek! Munchkin: Warhammer 40K

Munchkin: Warhammer 40K is slowly making its way to us, fam! If you have been thirsting for it since it was announced at Gen Con last year, then you’ll be super jealous to know that our friends at Steve Jackson Games gave us a sneak peak at the cards in production.

Don’t stay mad at us though, because we are passing them along to you!

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That being said… this did just arrive on my doorstep.

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So, the green-eyed monster may have returned - and frankly, I understand if it did. The art will delight and tantalize all Warhammer fans and Munchkin fans alike and there are 168 new cards to explore in the box. It comes with a game board as well as a custom six sided die and twelve standies with even more of that classic Munchkin art from John Kovalic.

Dare I open it on APN for all to see? Tell me in the comments if that’s something you’d like to see!

BUT! Don’t let me have all the fun! You should head to your FLGS and preorder because this game will be hitting shelves in March!

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Get the Game - Ghostbusters: The Card Game

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Get the Game - Ghostbusters: The Card Game

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Get the Game - Root by Leder Games

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Get the Game - Root by Leder Games

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Get the Game - Ultra Pro Accessory Preview

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Get the Game - Ultra Pro Accessory Preview

We got a sneak peak at some amazing accessories headed to your table from Ultra Pro!

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Get the Game - Architects of the West Kingdom by Renegade Game Studios

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Get the Game - Architects of the West Kingdom by Renegade Game Studios

Check out Architects of the West Kingdom - a new worker placement game for 1-5 players that kicks of the new West Kingdom trilogy from Renegade Game Studios.

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

Other games from Renegade Game Studios:

Gunkimono
Spell Smashers
The Cosmology of Overlight - Shards, Chroma, and Folk
Overlight - Character Creation
Overlight - How to Roll Tests

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Get the Game - Kami Sama by Kolossal Games

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Get the Game - Kami Sama by Kolossal Games

Become a revered spirit and influence the villagers of the Japanese countryside through set collection, pattern matching, and more in Kolossal Games' innovative surefire hit, Kami Sama.

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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