37 – The Family Gamers Podcast – The Toy Fair Marathon
Andrew went to NY Toy Fair last week. He saw more than we could possibly talk about! We try to give you the highlights in this extended edition of The Family Gamers Podcast.
What we played this week:
Ark & Noah (review coming soon)
some games Andrew brought home from NY – more on that later.
Our friends and contributing writers, Ray & Liz, were at TotalCon this past weekend!
Notes from NY Toy Fair:
Andrew ran into an old college roommate: Brandt Sanderson, host of the Portal Gaming Podcast, which is also part of the Dice Tower Network! Small world.
So many games!
Mayfair Games – well known publisher of European games for the US market (they are the publisher that brought Catan to the USA). Mayfair publishes Agricola and Patchwork. New games: Fight for Olympus, and a 2-player version of Caverna. Also, good news, the 2-player version of Agricola (All Creatures Big & Small) will be reprinted!
HABA – A lot of the new HABA games don’t look like the old ones! Lots of rich art – Before their art was always functional and perfectly fine, but not standout. Andrew saw a game called Heroes of Kaskaria where you have gryphons and cliff cats and you’re racing them to try to get a treasure chest – The mechanics felt balanced, as I expect, but the experience was very different than other HABA games we’ve tried.
Dude Games – bringing Canadian and European games to the US. We have Sushi Dice which we will be reviewing.
Education Outdoors – publisher of Toasted or Roasted. We saw Camp – a boardgame with trivia related to camping. Well-designed for families; every card has questions that are thematically related, but with several different difficulty levels. Also publish Snipe Hunt – perfect to get kids moving, but quietly!
Klutz – the juggling experts now have licensed LEGO products and stop-motion video kits.
Griddly Games – Lots of educational games and toys for kids. “Just Add Sun”, “Just Add Glue”, etc. We will be reviewing a game called Wise Alec, a family trivia game.
The Creativity Hub – Andrew met Rory, of Rory’s Story Cubes fame! Also creators of The Extraordinaires Design Studio – fantastic game/toy for teaching design skills and getting kids (and adults) to step into someone else’s shoes.
Phone Phever – a game where using your smartphone is not cheating, instead it’s encouraged! Designed, published, sold by a single family – a true family game.
Hoyle – the iconic card publisher is branching out and trying to build some brand new kids’ card games as well.
Card Caddy – a very neat tool for traveling with card games.
Twizmo Games – Emoji Wars (a battling card game) and Tak Tak (a strategy game a bit like checkers)
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