Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Presenting Castle Climbers!

This weekend I attended the always awesome ProtoSpiel show in San Jose, CA. It's a great event where game designers playtest their latest games. It's an amazing way to get lots of great feedback on your game design.

My "marquee" game this year was Castle Climbers - a family game with beautiful art by my daughter Evelyn. The BoardGameGeek description of the game reads:

Building the castle is easy! Climbing it is the hard part! Be the first fantasy hero to climb up the castle walls in pursuit of fabulous treasure. But beware of the monsters and misfortunes that can knock you back down!

In Castle Climbers, players lay tiles to build up a fantasy castle that they climb with their character. Players use action points to move their characters and roll dice and play item cards to battle the monsters that bar their way. Win and you keep moving. Lose and you drop back down! The first player to collect 100 gold wins the game!

One of my favorite things about the game is how different each of the castles ends up. Here are just a few castles from the show.

Eduardo Baraf of Gaming with Edo gave me an opportunity to pitch the game at the show. If you want a brief overview of Castle Climbers, watch below! 

I will be bringing Castle Climbers with me to Gen-Con 2018. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to e-mail me!

Introducing Pantone The Game

Cryptozoic Will Preview PantoneTM: The Game at GAMA Trade Show

Upcoming Party Game in which Players Identify Characters Based on Abstract Arrangements of Colors to Be Demoed at Cryptozoic’s Booth #325

Lake Forest, CA – March 12, 2018 – Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, today announced that it will preview PantoneTM: The Game at the GAMA Trade Show, March 12-16 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada. In this easy-to-learn competitive party game, 2-20 players try to recognize characters from pop culture who are represented only by abstract arrangements of colors, inspired by Pantone™, the world’s leading color expert. Designed by Scott Rogers (Rayguns and Rocketships, the God of War video game series), the game will be released later in 2018 after being demoed at Cryptozoic’s Booth #325.
Pantone: The Game box
Art Not Final

PantoneTM: The Game embodies the idea that a picture speaks a thousand words,” said Adam Sblendorio, Vice President of Creative at Cryptozoic. “By reducing characters to simple representations, the game captures the child-like feeling of wonder and accomplishment that comes from visual recognition, being able to identify someone or something with just a look. We feel that the game will appeal to a really wide audience.”

In PantoneTM: The Game, the player who is currently the Artist chooses a Character Card and then designs a representation of that Character using only color Swatch Cards. The other players subsequently take turns trying to guess who it is. If no one can guess the Character during a round, a Hint is given at the start of the next round, with each Hint reducing the number of points awarded to both the Artist and the player who correctly identifies the Character. The winner is the player who has the most points after each player acts as the Artist three times.

PantoneTM: The Game can be played at Cryptozoic’s booth at the GAMA Trade Show, with the second-half 2018 release date to be announced soon.

Product Details:
  • Number of players: 2-20
  • Ages: 8+
  • Playtime: 15-30 minutes
  • Game Design by Scott Rogers
  • Contents Summary:
    • 132 Characters Cards
    • 60 Swatch Cards in 15 different colors
    • Swatch Card Tray
    • Rulebook
About Cryptozoic
Since 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment has been dedicated to the concept of “Fans First,” striving to develop the most creative and sought-after products for pop culture enthusiasts worldwide. As an entertainment company with a diverse portfolio of licensed and original IPs, its catalog covers a broad spectrum of tabletop games and collectibles. The passionate team at Cryptozoic aims to inspire gamers and collectors all around the globe, while bringing fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit www.cryptozoic.com for more information about product releases, events, and news.

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P.S. - I designed this game. :)