by Herb Levy
With February weather flirting with 50s in New York (unusual but welcome for sure), temperatures dropped to the 20s to welcome the start of this year's annual International Toy Fair. Fortunately, the weather bounced back (revisiting the 50 degree mark which is the equivalent of beach weather in mid-winter New York). While the weather was fine, the best thing about Toy Fair for me, as always, is reconnecting with friends that I haven't seen for awhile and making new ones. But for our worldwide readership, the main focus is on the latest games so here is our comprehensive view and YOUR advanced peek at what's new and planned for the year ahead. Where available, we've included brief descriptions, number of players, game length and suggested retail price. Critical commentary and evaluations are reserved for upcoming issues of GA REPORT (and if you're not already a subscriber, you can correct that oversight right now!). Now let's get down to it (in alphabetical order)!
AB BOUTIQUE LTD. - The Presidential - US Presidential election game. Two teams (Republicans and Democrats) and through dice rolls, seed the board with chips representing votes to capture the 270 Electoral votes needed to win the election. For ages 13 and up, 30-60 minutes, May, $30.
ALLIANCE GAME DISTRIBUTION - Had on display a new game from the Russian game company Zvezda called Samurai Battles. The box contains the rules to 2 different gaming systems. The first is by Richard Borg using the Command & Colors rules. The second system, developed by the company, is called Art of Tactics . Both systems allow for the purchase of expansions. May release, $80.
ASMODEE - New and upcoming releases on display included:
7 Wonders: Cities - A new expansion for 7 Wonders (featured in the Winter 2011 Gamers Alliance Report). This expansion provides 27 new cards AND allows players to interact with other players - including those NOT adjacent - such as stealing cards from them! June, $29.99.
Dixit Journey - Follow-up to the Spiel des Jahres winner Dixit adding a board to play. 3-6 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes.
Timeline - Game of figuring out WHEN important inventions, historical events and other important things occurred. 2 to 8 players, ages 8 and up, 15 minutes. $14.99.
BAG OF LOOT, LLC - Bag of Loot - Card game of set collection where you capture sets of cards to score big points but you can challenge to try to steal another player's "bag of loot". Also available, Bag of Loot Jr. with similar card play but more kid-oriented artwork. $9.99.
BANANAGRAMS - A veritable fruit salad on display: Banangrams - Anagram style word game packaged in a zippered banana, $14.95; Appletters - 110 ivory-like tiles packaged in a zippered apple, $14.95; PAIRSinPEARS - Word construction game in a zippered pear-shaped pouch challenging players to make pairs of connecting words in matching patterns, $14.95; Zip-It - 2 player game using 24 letter cubes packaged in a zipper pouch using colored scoring zippers. $14.95.
BEABROADWAYSTAR.COM - Be a Broadway Star - Roll and move game where 2 to 6 players go from acting school to the Great White Way, performing and accumulating fans along the way. The player who ends up with the most fans wins! $39.99.
BLUE ORANGE GAMES - Several new entries in their Spot It! "Pocket Collection" of games (so named because they all portable and packaged in small tins or pouches or trays) which are games geared to younger players (some entries targeted for ages 4 and up, others for ages 7 and up) with short playing times (about 15 minutes). These games have different themes (baseball, hockey, animals etc.) but similar gameplay: cards are laid out and the first player to discover 2 identical images on 2 different cards has "spotted it". Prices range from $9.99 to $15.99.
BUFFALO GAMES - Last Word 2nd Edition - New edition of the party game where a subject is revealed along with a letter and you have to be the last player to yell out a matching word before the timer goes off! This edition comes with new cards and 100 new categories. July release; Chronology - New edition of the game of building your own timeline. A card is read about an historical event. You decide where that event falls in your timeline and, if correct, you keep the card. Build a timeline of 10 cards to win.
CALLIOPE GAMES - Double Double Dominoes - Score points by covering key spaces on the board with dominoes and doubling points by playing the high-scoring Double Double Dominoes. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 45-60 minutes, $30.
COSMIC KARMA GAME PARTNERS - Cosmic Karma - Boardgame of chance and strategy designed to enhance understanding of the concepts of karma and enhance personal growth and insight. For 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 30-90 minutes, $38.
CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT - The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game - Based on the NBC TV comedy series. Players match different cards together creating funny hypothetical situations scoring points for the rankings awarded by the Referee (a different player each turn). For 3 to 7 players, ages 15 and up, 30 minutes, April. The Walking Dead Board Game - Zombies are coming and you must survive! For 1 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 30-45 minutes, $39.99; Castle - Based on the ABC TV series. Players are new detectives assisting in investigating a slew of murders. For 1 to 5 players, ages 15 and up, 30-45 minutes, Fall release.
EATTOWINGAME.COM - Eat to Win - Boardgame designed to teach the values of nutrition. Each "fun dollar" equals 1 calorie and players are rewarded for good choices and for getting up and doing activities. $24.95.
EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS - Nowhere to Go - 2 player abstract game played on a large hexagonal grid. Each player tries to keep his piece moving while placing "blockers" after each move. When 1 player is completely hemmed in with "nowhere to go", the other player wins. For ages 8 and up, $19.99.
ENDLESS GAMES - Best known for its reissues of games based on classic TV shows (such as Password and The Newlywed Game), this year the company is offering a few new party games including: Anger Management - Players compare the things that make them angry and frustrated to score. For ages 14 and up, $$24.95; Brainlock - Players attempt to copy different pattern. The twist is they must do so by seeing a reflected image! For ages 10 and up, $14.95
FAMILY GAMES - On display were two games building on the abstract tile matching game Tantrix (featured in the Fall 1995 issue of Gamers Alliance Report) into different formats: Tantix: The Game and Tantrix Match (which is more of a puzzle as players attempt to cover pre-marked puzzle cards with their tiles). Both are for ages 8 and up. Also featured: Mark My Words - Different sized and shaped letter tiles are placed on a gridded board. Each new letter placed must connect to a previously placed letter to create at least 1 new word (reading up, down side to side or zigzag). The more words you create, you more you score. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up.
FANTASY FLIGHT - Several games on display:
Infiltration - A Bladerunner/cyberpunk themed card game designed by Donald X. Vaccarino, best known as the designer of Dominon (featured in the Winter 2009 Gamers Alliance Report). In this non-deckbuilding game, 2 to 6 players take on the roles of hackers trying to break into a big corporation to steal secrets in a semi-cooperative, push-your-luck game as they try to succeed before security comes crashing down on everyone. $34.95.
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game - Miniatures style game of tactical space combat set in the Star Wars Universe using molded plastic ships from the Star Wars saga fashioned to scale. Comes with a rulebook and quick start rules. Slated for release later this year. $39.95
Fortress America - Totally new graphic design and rules update to the original GameMaster game from Milton Bradley (1986) with over 200 plastic pieces. April, $80.
Hey That's My Fish! - Smaller version of the original, larger boxed, game previously published by Mayfair Games. $11.95
Wiz-War - Large boxed, deluxe reworking of Tom Jolly's long out of print original fantasy game of magic and competing wizards using double-sided boards and different styles of magic cards to increase play variability. $49.95.
Rex: Final Days of an Empire - Re-themed version of the Avalon Hill game of Dune with some rules updating as gameplay shifts away from the desert planet and into the Twilight Imperium universe. For 3 to 6 players, scheduled to be released later this year. $59.95.
Uhg-Tect - Party game where players divide into teams and take on the roles and caveman "ugh-tects" and workers to build Neolithic structures. For 2 to 8 players, Walter Obert design.
FOXMIND - Map It! - Players take turns placing randomly drawn location cards arou nd a given starting point. In both US and World editions. For 2 to 6 players, ages 10+, 20 minutes, June ; I Go! - Quick card game where players attempt to create runs of colors/numbers. 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes, April; Chocoly - Tile laying game where players try to connect their chocolate colored tiles (white, milk or dark) into the largest connected area while blocking your opponents. 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes, July; String Railway - Unusual railroad game as players use colorful strings as track to build the most profitable railway network. 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes, July; Four in a Square - Abstract game of positioning for 2 players. Place your piece in a empty spot and slide a board tile to get four of your color in a square. For ages 7 and up, 10-20 minutes, March.
FUNDEX - Fusion - Action card game where players race, at the same time, to place their cards on any of THREE discard piles (color or image matching or number order or completely different from that pile's current face up card). 1-4 players, ages 8 and up; Instructures - Two teams compete to build the structure on the card by using only verbal instructions from one team member. Correctly complete the structure first to win.
FUNNYBONE TOYS - Three card games with color is key: Array - Circular cards depicting four different colors are played. Win by creating the largest array of YOUR color. Cubu - Players try to follow numbers and color sequences. Score 100 points to win. Spectrix - Mix and match your hand of color cards into groups, collapse a run of cards into a spectrum of "white light", play out your entire hand to win. All three games are for ages 8 and up and carry a $14.99 retail price.
GAMEWRIGHT - Take It or Leave It - Card/dice game. "Combination" cards present dice combinations. Players try to complete as many cards as possible from the dice dish but you may only take one die at a time. 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes; The Big Fat Tomato Game - Players are tomato farmers trying to harvest the most tomatoes while defending against weeds, "varmints" and the "dastardly tomato zombie". For 2 to 6 players, ages 10 and up, 15 minutes.
GEMBLO INC. - Showcasing a number of Korean produced games including:
Gemblo - Colorful abstract strategy game (originally published in 2005) where players try to place their jewel-like pieces (ranging from 1 to 5 hexagons in size) onto a large hexagonal board. Designed by Justin Oh. For 2 to 6 players, ages 6 and up, 20-30 minutes.
Hexus - Each player competes against others to obtain the necessary cubes to build the space station Hexus. Originally published in 2008 and manufactured by Joen. For 2 to 4 players, ages 6 and up, 20 minutes.
Toc Toc Woodman - Skill & action game. Players use an axe on a tree trunk to knock off bark blocks. Bark is worth points, score the most points to win. For 2 to 7 players, ages 5 and up, 10 minutes.
GIGAMIC - Color Pop - Each player has a secret color. Players take turns removing groups of counters of the same color by pressing on them to make them "pop" out. The counters above them then slide down to take their place. If an entire line is empty, that line also "pops" out! Eliminate your secret color to win! For 1 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes, May release, $33.50.
GOOD GAME COMPANY - Wordy Word - Word guessing game. Each round consists of writing a list of 5 words and then exchanging the list with the other team. Each team then selects one person to give clues so that his/her team can guess the words on the list the other team created. But the amount of time you have to do this is only as much time as the opposing team used to create the list, $24.99!; Mind Over Chatter - Riddle game where players have to decode a common phrase or idiom from a reworked and more obtuse version, $24.99.
GRANDPA BECK'S GAMES - Grandpa Beck's Golf - Card game in which each player creates a 3x3 card grid and tries to lower their score by replacing high cards with lower cards by eliminating sets of 3 matching cards in a row or column. For 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes, $11.99 . Cover Your A$$ets - Card game where players make stacks of matching asset cards (gold and silver are wild cards). Players may also steal other player's assets too. First player to accumulate $1 million wins. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes, $11.99.
HARVEST TIME PARTNERS - Abundant Harvest - Boardgame for ages 12 to adult which presents situations enabling players to focus on various problems and pressures in today's world. There is also Abundant Harvest for Kids which focuses on ages 5 and up. About $30.
HASBRO - As usual, the emphasis was on the mass market so nothing was on display from Wizards of the Coast or Avalon Hill. However, the mass market offerings were plentiful including several tie-ins to the May 2012 release of the big budget Battleship film being released by Universal..
Classic Battleship Movie Edition Game - Sink your opponent’s fleet before he sinks yours. Choose to command the navy or the alien fleet, and defeat your enemy with new special ops cards that allow you to fire out complete columns of coordinates, fire as many shots as you have ships, or force your opponent to reveal un-hit coordinates. Comes in two folding hard cases for easy transport and storage. For 2 players, ages 7 and up, April, $19.99
Deluxe Battleship Movie Edition - Electronic edition (3 AA batteries included) of the classic Battleship game. Features an all-new naval fleet and alien ships. Light, Sounds, and Special weapons such as the American and Japanese Destroyers help players seek out and destroy enemy ships. You can even send out jets for recon missions or scan the water with the Aircraft Carriers before firing. 1-2 players, ages 8 and up, April, $39.99
Battleship: Hidden Threat Card Game - Play peg cards to hunt down hidden enemy ships, while your opponent does the same. Boost your attack and defense with special cards and ship powers. Sink the enemy fleet to win. For 2 players, ages 7 and up, April, $6.99
Twister Dance: Britney Spears Edition - This edition features songs by Ke$ha and Willow Smith as well as a custom remix of "Till the World Ends" featuring Britney Spears and will also feature her on the game packaging, in a TV ad and in dance instruction videos that will be released in the Fall along with the game. $34.99
Monopoly Millionaire Game - Monopoly with a specific goal: the first person to have a million dollars wins! As you accumulate wealth, you actually upgrade your token (for example, a paper airplane will convert into a private jet when the money starts pouring in!). In keeping with the million dollar theme, cash used in the game are in "stacks" and not just single bills. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, Fall, $19.99
Trivial Pursuit: Family Edition - This edition comes with 2400 new questions - 1200 for adults, 1200 for kids - so the whole family can play. For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up, Fall, $29.99.
HL GAMES - Word Winder - Word game played on a board composed of 4x4 tiles of letters. Players place chips on the board as they spell letters in an attempt to wind their way cross the board before their opponent does. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 10-20 minutes. April, $19.95.
INI, LLC - Dabble - Anagram-like word game. The goal of the game is to spell out five separate words with just 20 letters as quickly as possible. The catch is that the five words MUST consist of 1 word each of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 letters. Complete your set first to score. $24.99,
JON VANDERGRIFF - Flip Your Chip - "Mildly strategic" party game where players attempt to move their token to the top (positive) or bottom (negative) position of the board via cards and dice. Your chip determines if you're trying to score positive or negative numbers. For 2 to 8 players, ages 8 and up, June, $24.99.
KONAMI - More booster sets and decks for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Starter Deck - Contains 45 cards, a Beginner's Guide and game mat, April, $9.99; Galactic Overlord - 100 card booster set, $3.99 per pack, May; Battle Pack: Epic Dawn - 220 card booster set , 5 cards per pack, $1.99 per pack, May; Structure Deck - Designed for Duelists who are looking for a tournament level deck. Includes a mix or old and new cards plus instructional material. June, $9.99; Hidden Arsenal 6: Omega XYZ - 60 card booster set, 5 cards per pack, $3.99 per pack, July.
MARANDA ENTERPRISES - New games on display included:
Quanzy - Tile laying game. There are 28 hexagonal tiles, each decorated with a symbol made unique by its shape, the size of the shape and its color. Tiles are placed so that they match another tile, sharing at least one attribute. Place a fourth tile that creates a row of 4 that share the same attribute to win. 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 15-25 minutes.
Settrio - Another tile laying tile. Each hexagonal tile is decorated with circle, hexagon or star in red, blue or yellow. Players roll a die to determine which attribute must be placed from their hand of tiles. Be the first player to place all of his tile to win. 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 15-20 minutes.
Dotzee - Played on a 4 x 4 grid of large dice. Players roll dice and shift them into poker style scoring patterns to win. 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 15-20 minutes.
Nounsense - Party game played in 3 rounds. Players try to guess secret words by using fewer and fewer clues each round. 4-12 players, ages 8 and up, 50-60 minutes.
Speedy Recall - Using two decks of cards (letter cards and category cards), one card from each deck is simultaneously revealed and the first player to yell out an answer that matches BOTH cards gets the card. Get the most cards to win. 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 15-20 minutes.
MAYFAIR GAMES - Mayfair Games had several games on display including two that shared the Fun Fair imprint for retailer/mass-market less complex games. New games on display were:
Rocket Jockey - Card game set 150 years in the future with mankind populating the solar system. To supply far-flung colonies, Rocket Jockeys need to make timely cargo deliveries. But these jockeys also compete with one another to deliver the goods. Deliver your cargo with the most flair and speed to win! Designed by James Spurny. For 2-4 players, ages 10 and up, 30-60 minutes. $15.
White Water - Each player directs the actions of four courageous rafters. Each raft in the race contains four crew, with two crew from you and two from another player. Players control the crew within a raft, but also may use Energy cards to additionally help one raft or the other. Dice represent the effects of hazards you encounter, and even your best-laid plans can be spoiled by another raft pushing you a direction you don't want to go. Designed by Frederic Moyersoen. For 3-4 players, ages 10 and up. 30-60 minutes. $35.
And under the regular Mayfair imprint:
Giza: The Great Pyramid - Each player is the leader of one of four factions vying for Pharaoh's favor. Over 10 years (10 game turns), you have to outperform the other factions and contribute the most to his great pyramid at Giza, earning eternal gratitude and glory by feeding your laborers to decorating the finished levels of the pyramid. Designed by David Heberer. For 3-4 players, ages 12 and up, 90+ minutes, $35.
In related news, Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant by Martin Wallace, a game that explores the dawn of commercial aviation, the era between 1919 and 1939, is scheduled for a May release ($50). Also, Urbania, a game of urban development from the Leo Colovini game design group. is tentatively scheduled to be released later this year and 5 Points, a game about gangs during the early days of New York City, is planned for release either later this year or early next.
MINDWARE - As a follow-up to the Spiel des Jahres award winner Qwirkle, there is now Travel Qwirkle. Same game play with the same high quality wooden pieces but now much smaller and packed in a travel bag. $14.95. Also displayed:
Mine Shift - Played on a colorful 10 tile layout, two players compete to move their four jewels from one corner to the one opposite by taking 3 actions per turn from a menu of shifting a tile, moving a tile or moving/jumping over jewel pieces. For ages 8 and up, less than 30 minutes, $19.95
NORTH STAR GAMES - Wit & Wagers Party - New variation on their successful Wits & Wagers party game. You still need to bet on the answer you think is the closest to being correct but this game contains all new questions and simpler rules. June, $30.
OOFDAH! GAMES, INC - The Gate - Fantasy boardgame. Players fight dragons and other mythical monsters, escape evil encounters, ally themselves with goblins, purchase weapons from the gnome and more as they move through increasingly difficult levels of play in order to defeat a final monster and pass through the Gate! For 2 to 5 layers, ages 11 to adult, $59.95.
QUEEN GAMES - Kingdom Builder - Expansion 1: Nomads - The first expansion for Kingdom Builder contains four new terrain types, a new type of card to enable players to gain gold even during the course of the game and 40 settlements for the 5th player. For 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 45 minutes.
R&R GAMES - Several new games on display:
1st & Goal - Dice rolling football game originally shown last year but now renamed and available with new box cover art. Players have sets of offensive and defensive cards which they play against each other. Cards played are cross-referenced to determine the dice to be rolled to determine the outcome (which is then charted on the football field board). The football and yard markers are magnetized so they don't get shifted when you roll the dice. There are 10 dice in all to cover all the possibilities of a regular game including penalties and breakaways for long gains. The game also uses teams which have their own individual strengths and weaknesses in passing, running and defense. Designed by Stephen Glenn. For 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 60 minutes. $29.95; Six league expansion divisions consisting of 4 unique teams are also available, $14.95 each.
Pass-Ackwards - Each round offers a secret word with a list of clues to help figure it out. On your turn, you announce the worst clue possible off the list to try to disguise the secret word from your opponents. The trouble is that you want your teammate to guess correctly! Each turn, your list of possible clues shrinks while the hints get better and better. The first team to guess the word wins the round! For 4 players, ages 12 and up, $19.95
Pluckin' Pairs - Each player has 60 seconds to make 5 pairs from the images on the table. Match other players’ pairings to gain points. The more matches, the higher the score! For 3 to 8 players, ages 12 and up, $19.95.
RAVENSBURGER - On display:
BITS - This adds 3 dimensional shapes to the game play of FITS and is another Reiner Knizia design. For ages 8 and up, $34.99
Electronic Labyrinth - This new version of Labyrinth adds an electronic "book" to the gameplay. Players travel through the maze talking to the dwellers therein, bringing them objects in exchange for magic gems to help break the spell that has captured the wise wizard and his friends. For ages 8 and up, $49.99.
Also showcased were THREE Euro strategy games that Ravensburger is actively promoting through improved distribution outlets in the United States:
Asara - Players take on the roles of architects competing to build the highest, grandest and the most towers. This game was a 2011 Spiel des Jahres finalist. Created by the design team of Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling. For 2 to 4 players, ages 9 and up, 45-60 minutes, $39.99.
The Castles of Burgundy - Players, as European aristocracy, attempt to build and manage their 15th Century estates in France. A Stefan Feld design for 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 90 minutes, $39.99
Seeland - Players assume the roles of 18th Century Dutch merchants striving to harvest the most crops while using windmills to take back land from the sea. Designed by Gunter Burkhardt and Wolfgang Kramer. For 2 to 4 players, ages 9 and up, 45 minutes, $39.99.
SCREEN LIFE - Two new Scene It? games on tap: Scene It?: Star Wars - Covering the complete Star Wars saga and Scene It Movie Night - Clips and puzzles covering blockbuster hits of the last 20 years. Both for ages 13 and up and promised for Fall release.
SMARTZONE - Hive Pocket - Travel sized version of their Hive game, packaged in a red pouch. This edition includes two bonus pieces: "The Mosquito" and "The Ladybug". For ages 8 and up. $24.95; Cobra Twist - 3 dimensional logic game where a player has to place his cobra cubes to match the challenge boards and create 1 or more 3D snakes. For ages 6 and up, $24.95.
STEVE JACKSON GAMES - Cthulhu Dice Metal- 12 sided die for the Cthulhu dice game made of heavy metal. Summer, $14.95; Halloween Dice, August, $9.95. Castellan - 2 player game. Build a castle layout out of 30 pieces and claim areas via card play to score points. Late 2012 release.
STRONGHOLD GAMES - On display:
Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War - Two player abstract game in which each player takes on the role of the head of either the CIA or KGB. The twist is that you don't know how your pieces move but must deduce their movement capabilities and then capture the Top Secret Briefcase, delivering it to your opponent's side to win. 30-60 minutes, $59.95
Outpost - 20th anniversary deluxe edition of the "holy grail" game of outer space colonization and development. This upgraded reissue of the original James Hlavaty design includes the expansion for the game done by Tom Lehmann. For 2 to 9 players, ages 12 and up, 120+ minutes, $59.95
Core Worlds - Strategic deck-building card game where each player controls a barbarian Star Empire and try to expand and conquer to become the greatest force in the galaxy. 2 to 5 players, 60-120 minutes, $44.95
Panic Station - Partly cooperative game in which you control members of a team sent to investigate the presence of alien life forms in a secret base. So far, so good - until one of the members of the team becomes "infected" and turns against the team. 4 to 6 players, 30-45 minutes, $29.95.
Lost Temple - In this game, players trek into the jungle armed with a machete to cut a path with and with emeralds to enlist the help of the native population in search of the Lost Temple, all the while trying to thwart the plans of their opponents. Bruno Faidutti design. 2 to 8 players, 40 minutes, Spring release, $34.95
Revolver - 2 player Wild West card game set in 1892 in the aftermath of a bank robbery. Colonel Ned McReady and his men try to bring Jack Colty and his gang to justice. 45 minutes, Spring release, $29.95
Survive: Escape from Atlantis - 30th anniversary edition of the original Parker Brothers 1982 release of Survive! where players tried to escape from an island about to sink from an erupting volcano. This edition also includes the dice included in the European version of the game known as Escape from Atlantis. $49.95.
Not on display but planned for release later this year is Crude aka McMulti ($69.95).
TALICOR - Several games on display:
Fifth Gear - Pieces are "gears" which are placed on a board with numbered spokes. Players roll two 12-sided dice and place gears based on the roll. Interlock five of your color gears with the white gear to win. 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, May, 20+ minutes. $29.99;
blindside - 2 player strategy game . Opponents battle with an army of hexes loaded with arrows. The arrows determine movement and direction of each piece. Capture 17 enemy arrows to win. For ages 10 and up, 25 minutes, $34.99;
Cha-Ching! - Card/dice game. The two 10 sided dice are rolled and players attempt to build a hand of 8 cards which add up to the rolled number. Go out and score nothing, otherwise cards held count against you. When someone hits 1000 points, low score wins. For 2 to 8 players, ages 8 and up, 25+ minutes, $12.
TRUMP THIS GAME - Trump This Game is a word card game where players take turns being the "judge". As judge, that player reads the "Trump Word" on a card. The other players attempt to guess synonyms for that word with the more unusual synonym "trumping" more common words, scoring more points. $9.95
WINNING MOVES - Scribbo - Criss-cross word game where players take turns calling out a letter and number of their choice (in Bingo fashion) and then writing the letter in that number's grid space on EITHER of their two Scribbo girds. When the grids are filled, you score for creating words horizontally, vertically and diagonally. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, $12.95.
Also on display: Mystery Date Classic Edition, a reissue of the 1965 edition of Mystery Date with slightly different interior artwork. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, $24.95.
WOWOPOLIS - Games for the younger set include: Sound It! Found It! - Players try to guess the matching picture based on the sounds that other players make. Once they've guessed it, they have to find it on one of the matching scene boards! $22.95 and Sound It! - Streamlined version of the board game using a deck of 96 cards. Players can either guess a picture based on the silly sounds another player makes or hear the special clue and be the first to make the correct sound. $9.95.
X PLUS PRODUCTS, INC. - Two widely disparate types of games on display: Commander-in Chief and Po-Rum-Bo. Commander-in-Chief is a chess variation where the 30 nicely molded pieces represent military forces (bombers, submarines, helicopters, amphibians, fighters, tanks, destroyers and commander) on a skewed chess board. Capture the opposing commander to win. (Flip the board over to play standard chess or checkers). $39.99. Po-Rum-Bo is a poker meets rummy boardgame. $19.99.
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