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


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.


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!


Gen Con Demo Table Spotlight: Catch the Moon and Men at Work


Gen Con Demo Table Spotlight: Catch the Moon and Men at Work

Active players, we have so many games that we’re going to be demoing at Gen Con (at booth 2535, are you tired of us saying that yet?) that we’re going to have to spotlight multiple games in the same post.

Today we’re focusing on Catch the Moon and Men at Work!


Catch the Moon- Bombyx Games

This one is incredibly simple to learn: Your goal is to stack a bunch of ladders to reach the moon, but you don’t want to knock the ladders over or the moon will cry because of your clumsiness. On your turn, you will add a ladder to the stack. You roll the die and it shows you one ladder, two ladders, or a moon. For one, the ladder you add must only touch one existing ladder. For two, it must touch exactly two existing ladders. For the moon symbol, you may touch one or two existing ladders, but your ladder must be the highest in the stack. Every time you knock part of the stack over or you don’t complete your task (if your ladders touches two but you rolled one, for example) you collect a Moon Tear. Once the last ladder is placed or the last tear is collected, the player with the least number of tears wins!

Seriously it’s that easy. And a little bit stressful.


As you can see by my face, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but it’s definitely fun. Swing by and try not to make the moon cry! We will have Catch the Moon available for demo and purchase every day of Gen Con.


Men at Work- Pretzel Games

“Okay Risa,” you say, “I like dexterity games, but I want something with a little more challenge. Something with different-sized pieces and parts.” I hear you, all of you. And I am here to offer the perfect option: Men at Work.


In this game you are building a construction site. A very safe construction site I might add, because safety violations are how you lose the game. Depending on the card you draw you’ll place a beam, a girder (a longer beam), a worker, a brick, or a worker holding a brick or a beam. Your goal is to keep building, using only one hand, without knocking anything over, which would get you a safety violation. Too many violations and you’re out of the game.

 That’s just an overview, it’s a little more intricate than that, but not by much! To learn more, come by the booth (#2535) and we’ll be happy to show you! Men at Work is going to be one of our rotating games so check back soon for our updated Gen Con schedule, which will include what games will be at the tables on what days. If you really want to learn this game and you’re only going to be there a specific day, let us know! We can’t promise anything, but if there is a demand for a particular game on a particular day, we will definitely take note.


What is Child's Play?


What is Child's Play?

Happy Tuesday, active players! We’re hoping you’re getting hype for Gen Con, and for our Child’s Play charity drive, #Roll4ChildsPlay. Remember, while you can of course donate at the convention at booth 2535, online donations are happening now. Mind Clash Games is going to be matching the first $500 raised and Metallic Dice Games will be adding an additional $200 once we make it to $1,000. 

 But what IS Child’s Play, you may ask? (No, not the movie with the doll)


What is Child’s Play? 


Child’s Play is a charity designed to bring games (both video and tabletop) to children’s hospitals and domestic abuse shelters across the United States. They currently work with over 180 hospitals, and they continue to grow as gamers like you continue to help.

 As gamers, we are all aware of the ways in which playing games help us unwind, or destress, or distract ourselves from the anxiety in our lives. We kick back with a video game on the couch, we meet with friends to play a board game, we play online with our friends. Now imagine you’re a child in a hospital. Suddenly those games become even more important than they already were; that need to destress or distract yourself is even more understandable. Having a game at that moment can be momentous. Hospitals are scary, even for adults. And you really don’t think about how crucial having that distraction, or that feeling of normalcy in this chaotic environment, can be until you’ve experienced it yourself. 

Child’s Play works directly with hospitals to provide them exactly the games they’re looking for, which kids can then check out like a library book to use in their rooms, or they can play together in playrooms. One testimonial stated, “last year two teenage boys were able to game together from their rooms even though they were often in isolation and rarely saw each other in person.” For those children on bedrest, the games become exponentially more necessary. Another added that the video game systems, “allow our older patients to enjoy their time at the hospital, forget the often (physically and emotionally) painful conditions/treatment, and spend time with their brothers, sisters, and visiting friends like they did at home.” You can read more testimonials from hospital employees and parents here.

“What’s interesting about the program is that the majority of our donations don’t come from corporate sponsors or corporate contributors, they come from individuals” -Robert Khoo, former Managing Director for Child’s Play

This charity is for gamers and it supported by gamers. We who play are the backbone for this organization and our donations keep it running and help these kids. We at APN are so excited to be able to give back and support this wonderful charity. 



At booth 2535 at Gen Con, we will be giving out limited edition APN D6’s as a thank you for your donations. For $5 you get 1 die, for $10 you get 2 dice, and for a donation of $15 or more you’ll get 4 d6’s, which is the perfect amount to roll up a new RPG character (we suggest they have a love of pineapples). We will also have some Child’s Play swag to give out, and we will be around to answer any questions you may have. This is all while supplies last, so swing by and donate as soon as you can.


To go with this dice giveaway we are using the hashtag #Roll4ChildsPlay. If you donate in person with us and receive your dice, we ask that you take a photo or video with them and use that hashtag. We will be selecting one random person using that hashtag to receive an extra prize as a thank-you for your generosity. 

If you can’t attend Gen Con this year, you can always donate online. The more we raise, the more our partners will match, so every little bit helps.


Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated. For those of you planning to donate at Gen Con and get those dice, let us know in the comments! Happy Rolling!



What are We Demoing at Gen Con?


What are We Demoing at Gen Con?

Making plans for Gen Con? Be sure to visit us at booth 2535! We’ll be demoing a ton of awesome games, and for the first time we’ll also have them available for purchase! Here’s a sneak peek at what we’re planning:




The journey is more important than the destination with Tokaido! You play a traveler along the east sea road (what Tokaido actually means) in Japan, having wonderful experiences along the way and trying to be the player who has the best time. Tokaido is coming up on its 5th anniversary so it seems like the perfect time to help make some new fans.


Catch the Moon

Stack the ladders as tall as you can, and don’t let them fall or you’ll make the moon cry! We’ve demoed this game before and in doing so we’ve learned that this truly is a game for all ages. It’s super easy to learn so definitely come by and play a few rounds.



We have too many games and not enough table space, so these next four games will be on rotation at one table. Check back as we get closer to Gen Con for a complete schedule of when you can find each game.


Men at Work


Men at Work is a fun little dexterity game where you’re building a “work zone” for meeples in tiny little hardhats. Follow the instructions on the cards to add to your work area: a beam, a worker, a worker holding supplies, you never know. Make sure your hard hats don’t fall off, or you’ll lose a safety certificate! It puts a new spin on the term “worker placement game”.


Century: New World

Plan B’s final installment of the Century trilogy, fresh from its release at Origins, will be hitting the table at the Active Player Network booth! Come learn all about this worker placement-style game and add to your Century collection.




The winner of the 2018 Spiel des Jahres award, the 2017 Golden Geek Best Family Game of the Year, and many more, this tile placement game has gorgeous artwork and easy-to-learn gameplay. Azul is as stunning to look at as it is to play. If you don’t know how to play yet, come on by and we’ll show you. 



It’s a race against your friends to see who can build the shape on the cards first. You use the white blocks to help support the shape of your gray, purple, blue (and yellow, if you’re playing advanced) blocks. Easy to learn but only the truly dedicated can master these shapes!



The final table at the booth will be dedicated just to card games, and we will have official Bandai staff at the booth to help teach these awesome games that will be rotating throughout the weekend. Just in time for series 7 to drop, we’ll have the very popular Dragon Ball Super card game. We will also have the Naruto Boruto cardgame, as well as the highly anticipated Godzilla Card Game due to release in September. Both of those games use the Chrono Clash game system created by renowned designer Ryan Miller. Whether you’ve played these before or you’re curious about how they work, it’s definitely a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best possible source.



 That’s it for today’s Gen Con update, active players! Keep checking back as we continue to keep you posted on everything you can look forward to. We will have an official game rotation schedule as the con gets closer, and you can always come visit us at booth 2535 once you’re there to learn more. See you there!



APN is going to Gen Con!

Happy July, Active Players! We are exactly one month away from Gen Con 2019 and we have a LOT of news for you.

Our Booth

This year APN will have our own booth: booth 2535! We’ll be running two amazing events, we’ll be doing Player Character Spotlight interviews (if you’re going to be at Gen Con and would like to be interviewed, fill out our application here), we’ll be doing Get the Game episodes, and we’ll be hanging out with all you incredible Active Players, so come stop by and say hi! We’ll be demoing some incredible games as well: Tokaido from Fun Forge, Catch the Moon by Bombyx, Tuki by Next Move Games, Century: New World by Plan B Games, Azul by Next Move Games, Men at Work by Pretzel Games, and the Godzilla Card Game by Bandai.

Keep an eye on our blog and our Facebook page for more about our two events we’ll be running. Speaking of which…


Roll 4 Child’s Play

This year, APN will be running a donation event for Child’s Play Charity, which brings games to children in pediatric hospitals and domestic abuse shelters. You can donate online or in-person at booth 2535. If you donate in person you can also receive one of our awesome APN D6’s, as well as opportunities for Child’s Play swag! If we raise $1000 by the end of the weekend, our partners at Metallic Dice and Mind Clash Games will be kicking in additional funds as well. We are so excited to get to support such an incredible organization and we hope you are too! We have started accepting online donations now so click here to get the ball rolling, or leave a comment if you plan to donate at Gen Con.


APN Mega Game Basket Giveaway 

We are doing a HUGE giveaway thanks to our friends at Child’s Play Charity, Portal Games, Metallic Dice, Leder Games, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Gamelyn Games - and more! During Gen Con (August 1-4) you can sign up for our mailing list to learn more about upcoming game releases, conventions, new episodes of Get The Game, Player Character Spotlight, and more. Us folks here at APN want to keep you informed about all things in the gaming world and joining our mailing list makes it that much easier on both sides. So you get a chance to stay in the loop AND you get the chance to win a giant basket of games! The winner will be randomly selected the week after Gen Con, and we’ll mail your package to you. You don’t have to be AT Gen Con to sign up or to win. Keep an eye on this page as we get closer to the event to learn more.


That’s it for now! What are you most excited about? Will we see you at Gen Con this year? Make sure to let us know!


Unpacking the Pathfinder Playtest


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.


Sneak Peek! Munchkin: Warhammer 40K


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!


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


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!


Get the Game - Maiden's Quest from WizKids


Get the Game - Maiden's Quest from WizKids

Adventure as a self-rescuing princess right in the palm of your hand in Maiden's Quest from WizKids!

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Gen Can't: The Unconvention for Those Who Can't Gen Con


Gen Can't: The Unconvention for Those Who Can't Gen Con

Gen Con. The annual celebration of all things tabletop gaming, and it’s upon us once again. For some, it’s the defining event of their summer, being the largest tabletop convention in the US by far, and simply for being an absolute spectacle to behold its grand scale. For others however, attending the show is sometimes just out of reach. Maybe it overlaps with a separate family vacation, or you just can’t get that much time away from work. Or maybe just the fact that flying across country for conventions can be expensive, even before adding in costs for hotels (if you can get one!), meals, and picking up all the new hotness on the show floor, of course. So, what do passionate gamers do when they can’t Gen Con? They Gen Can’t.


Gen Can’t is “The Unconvention” for folks who are excited about all the buzz surrounding Gen Con but aren’t able to make the trip themselves. Started in 2014 by intrepid gamers who found themselves in that very predicament, Gen Can’t is an awesome way to connect fans of gaming all over the world through their passion for the hobby, all from the comfort of their own home. What started as a mere Twitter hashtag has grown into something so much more, with the community surrounding it running contests, virtual events, and more. Even publishers have gotten on board the Gen Can’t train, with many making donations for giveaways of even their hottest new releases, really helping bridge the gap between Gen Con attendees and Gen Can’t participants.

If you’re one of those gamers with hopes of attending Gen Con someday but this just wasn’t your year, consider joining in on the fun with #GenCant! You can even print up your own Gen Can’t badge here to really sell that authentic convention experience. Most importantly though, spend this week having fun! Play some games, share pictures and stories on social media, and tell the world how much fun you’re having. And you get to do it without fighting 60,000 person crowds and lines… hmm, who are the real winners here?! 😊

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