311 – Flat River Group with Colin Young
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What We’ve Been Playing
Get On Board (our review)
Barenpark (our review – we’ve been playing on Board Game Arena)
Delicious – “it’s cool, it took more brain than I thought”
Onitama (our review)
Royal Visit – Played the 10th time for our family 10×10!
Jekyll vs. Hyde
SNAP Review – Venn
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Read the transcript or watch the video of the review.
Colin Young, Flat River Group
People generally know about Asmodee and its many brands in the hobby board gaming world. Flat River Group does something similar, as a logistics company that helps many foreign board game publishers bring their games to the US market.
FRG’s goal is to make sure “publishers … are front and forward.”
Some European brands have great creatives but don’t necessarily have the bandwidth to expand into the US market strongly. Here’s a few you might recognize:
Horrible Guild (who previously worked with CMON in the States)
Synapses Games (a Canadian brand, but very European in style)
Flat River Group tries to highlight publishers’ creativity in a way that will also help customers. These strong brands tend to focus on accessibility with easy icons, language independence, and accommodating many different ability levels.
Colin’s favorite 3 current games under the Flat River Group umbrella:
Jekyll vs. Hyde (Mandoo) – see our review later this week!
Evergreen (Horrible Guild) – same designers as Railroad Ink & Dragon Castle
King of Monster Island (Iello) – King of Tokyo but cooperative!
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