June 2022 News

  • June 23, 2022 2:06 PM
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Aldabas: Doors of Cartagena, by group member Josh Mills, is now available direct from the publisher at conventions and will be available in retail in September.

Tidal Blades: Banner Festival, by group member Mike Mihealsick, was announced and will start preorders soon.

Queensland, by group member Matt Wolfe, was announced by the publisher and will be available later this year.

Finally, we now have a chapter in Wilmington! The Wilmington chapter currently meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Sideboard Cafe.


May 2022 News

  • May 16, 2022 1:02 PM
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Unpub 2022 is happening May 19-22 outside Baltimore and several of us will be attending again this year. If you're in the area come on out and help playtest our latest games!

Expancity, by group member Alex Cutler, is part of in a museum exhibit in Austria! https://www.azw.at/en/event/serious-fun-architektur-spiele/

Serious Fun. Architecture & Games

We are all familiar with the classic architecture games, from building blocks that become daring structures to board games where the players compete for spatial-strategic advantages. What are, though, the architecture narratives invested in doll's houses, along which guidelines do cities grow in computer games, and what kind of buildings shield ego-shooters from their assailants? The exhibition 'Serious Fun' shows and examines architecture games and toys, inviting you to be astonished, to play and to reflect.

Seikatsu, by group member Isaac Shalev, now has a BoardGameArena implementation for the second edition and the new expansion: https://forum.boardgamearena.com/viewtopic.php?t=25451

Group members Mark McGee and Ude have started their own publishing company: How To Steam Broccoli. Look for news about their first release soon!


April 2022 news

  • April 19, 2022 5:24 PM
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Lots of group news to cover this month!

In Smug Owls, race to craft answers to never-before-seen riddles created by a magic deck. Your answer can be anything—funny, punny, clever, profound, nonsensical, you name it. Slap your hand on the table once you’re ready. When only one player is left, they become the Smug Owl, who listens to all the answers and rewards their favorite.

On November 19th, 1493, Spanish conquistadors, propelled by greed and armed with enlightenment, landed on the sandy shores of Borikén, home of the Taíno people. Deceived by the promise of peace like so many other natives of the New World, the Taíno people were stripped of their customs and gods and quickly enculturated into Spain’s Encomienda system, which made them subjects to the crown and placed under the rule of a Spanish governor. Under this new rule, the Taíno people were forced to cultivate the land to the benefit of the new “owners,” mining gold and harvesting crops that were shipped back across the Atlantic. As time passed, working conditions devolved into a form of communal slavery, and as things got worse, the desire for rebellion began to grow.
 
 In 1511, led by Agüeybaná II, the Taíno people rebelled against the Spanish and banded together in an all-out war against their captors. The Taíno fought valiantly but ultimately lost the war and were forced into slavery. Those that were not captured fought from the shadows through sabotage and guerilla warfare for over a decade. But, after so much loss of Taíno life, the survivors decided that their best chance was to leave Borikén behind and seek a new life in the neighboring islands and beyond. 
 
 When the Spanish arrived in 1493, it is estimated that there were over 50,000 Taíno people living on Borikén, and by 1529, it is believed that less than 500 Taíno people were left. In less than 40 years, the Taíno had been displaced and nearly annihilated. By the end of the 16th Century, they were nearly forgotten.

 Borikén, modern-day Puerto Rico, is now home to a people that proudly trace their heritage back to its Taíno, African, and Spanish roots. These three different cultures were brought together by some of the worst measures of the human condition—greed, slavery, and genocide—but the result is a vibrant culture, rich with history and traditions, and known for its beauty and passion.
 
 The Taíno people are gone, but they live on through the people that are trying to connect the broken pieces of their culture almost 500 years later. To that end, this game tells the story of Borikén through the eyes of the Taíno people—a people who existed and faced their own challenges even before the Spanish arrived on their shores (pre-1493), who rallied together to try and rid their home of the overwhelming invaders (1493-1512), and in failing to do so had to make hard sacrifices so that a few might survive (1512-1529).


February 2022 News

  • February 9, 2022 7:09 PM

Lots of group news for this month!

A bunch of us will be at TantrumCon in Charlotte, NC February 24-27.

Daniel Solis and Drew Hicks have a new game coming out called The Cube: Area 51 from publisher Greater Than Games. It's available now directly from GTG and should be available in general distribution soon.
You are a department head at Area 51, assigned to The Cube reconstruction project. Manipulate, move, tessellate, and plan as you work to rebuild the alien craft with your fellow department heads. You’re all working together to reactivate the ship, but only one of you can be the ship’s captain and interface with the companion AI! Which department will gain control over The Cube?

Isaac Shalev has a second edition of his book, co-authored with Geoff Engelstein, called Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design coming out on March 3rd.

Squaring Circleville, designed by Matt Wolfe and published by Spielworxx, has a few copies available from US distributor Capstone Games: https://capstone-games.com/board-games/squaring-circleville/. These are the only copies available in the US.



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