You Want to Buy What at Gen Con?

You Want to Buy What at Gen Con?

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In preparation for our 4-day excursion to Gen Con in Indianapolis, we and our friends had many (MANY) discussions both in-person and online about events, new game releases and anticipated game purchases. One of our friends who has two boys just a bit younger than our girls mentioned they were clamoring for one from Mayday Games called Click Clack Lumberjack. In the back of my mind I was wondering why she was travelling to the largest and best attended gaming convention in the world, only to be looking for what I assumed was a kid’s game.

Then I saw an adult carrying one on the convention floor having just purchased it. Then another. And yet another. You couldn’t miss the cartoon-designed box among the space and fantasy-themed big box titles that most attendees were trying to find. Walking by Mayday’s booth I see a small crowd (yes, of adults) gathered around taking turns trying out the game. I had to know more.

Why would a hobby-game-loving adult wait in line to buy a kid game? We didn't understand why Click Clack Lumberjack was getting all the Gen Con attention. - SahmReviews.com

It turns out that Click Clack Lumberjack was a hit Korean game back in the late 2000’s and translated as Toc Toc Woodman. This updated version by Mayday Games renames it to a more catchy moniker while keeping the simple, yet addictive game play of the original.

Why would a hobby-game-loving adult wait in line to buy a kid game? We didn't understand why Click Clack Lumberjack was getting all the Gen Con attention. - SahmReviews.com

At heart a dexterity game, Click Clack Lumberjack allows 2-7 players to try to remove the bark from a tree without knocking one of the cores over. Wielding a plastic axe (no tree-huggers here!), everyone takes two swipes at the stump each turn. Each piece of bark collected is worth one point, while knocking over a core on your turn subtracts five from your total.

Why would a hobby-game-loving adult wait in line to buy a kid game? We didn't understand why Click Clack Lumberjack was getting all the Gen Con attention. - SahmReviews.com

Moving clockwise, you’re hitting the tree just hard enough to nudge a slice so the attached bark falls to the table. With tilts and leans reminiscent of Jenga, the addition of grub stickers randomly seeded on the bark pieces gives each player an extra turn if they reveal one.

Why would a hobby-game-loving adult wait in line to buy a kid game? We didn't understand why Click Clack Lumberjack was getting all the Gen Con attention. - SahmReviews.com

As more and more bark is removed from the tree, the tower becomes just a bit lighter, making the slices move further with a same-force hit. The game is complete once the last piece of bark falls, and the player with the highest score wins the round. This is a very quick game (5-10 minutes) and I can assure you that multiple rounds will be demanded.

Why would a hobby-game-loving adult wait in line to buy a kid game? We didn't understand why Click Clack Lumberjack was getting all the Gen Con attention. - SahmReviews.com

So now I understand what all the hub bub was about and why I saw so many adults picking it up. Want to see for yourself? Check out this quick video of one of our sessions!

Now the bad news. Click Clack Lumberjack appears to be sold out just about everywhere. You can still find it on Amazon thanks to 3rd party sellers. However, there is a silver lining. Mayday Games just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in June for a second version that will add better packaging, updated artwork, additional variants and rules, a special golden axe and golden bark/core expansions as well as three different colors of bark worth varying amounts. What this all means is that you should start seeing this new version in the stores shortly after the Kickstarter backers receive their copies in this Autumn!

And here’s a very cool aspect of Mayday Games that we wish other game publishers would offer – you can purchase replacement pieces directly from them rather than resorting to finding a 3rd party seller on eBay! As always, keep an eye on Mayday Games’ Facebook and Twitter timelines for new product announcements and specials. They’re also widely known for their high-quality line of card sleeves and other gaming accessories, which you can find for sale on their website.

But what if you don’t want to wait for the new version to be at your local game store? You can win one right now from SahmReviews courtesy of Mayday Games! Enter right now using the form below and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for additional entry options! You might be the lucky one to swing the axe next!
Click Clack Lumberjack Game

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

60 comments on «You Want to Buy What at Gen Con?»

  1. Maggie Saavedra says:

    Good luck everyone!

  2. Alex Singh says:

    Looks fun! Thanks for the contest

  3. Michael Boone says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Maggie B says:

    Thanks for the chance! Good luck everyone! 😀

  5. Laura Gifford says:

    It looks like the girls loved it! Cannot wait to try it.

  6. xero says:

    looks lie a lot of fun

  7. Thanks for another great contest!

  8. Randy Raines says:

    Looks like a great game for my son and I to play! Thanks for the chance!

  9. Amy Buckley says:

    I think both my boys could beat me.

  10. Tuan says:

    Looks fun!

  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    What a fun new game. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Nuno Santos says:

    Great article and giveaway!

  13. AustinP says:

    I kinda liked the old name, “Tok Tok Woodsman,” a bit better. Still looks like a fun game though!

  14. Josh Willhite says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  15. Franco says:

    My girlfriend loves this game!

  16. Dawn says:

    My daughter has a friend who loves Korean things. I bet she would like this.

  17. I always love trying out new games! This would be perfect for game night!

  18. Dave Racette says:

    Looks like a nice kid friendly game!!

  19. Paul Animal-Kellett says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  20. Daniel Sandbrook says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  21. James Reid says:

    Very cool!

  22. Julie Lundstrom says:

    This game looks so fun. I think the kids will do better then the adults.

  23. Carol Nine says:

    I think kids would do better than adults.

  24. sandra says:

    I think the kids will perform better

  25. nlsousa says:

    Really like the design.

  26. Mike S. says:

    We LOVE playing games and in the hundred or so board games that we have, we don’t have anything like this one! Click Clack Lumberjack looks like it would be fun for all of us – the fact that its unique doesn’t hurt at all either.

  27. Melanie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a cool game!

  28. This looks like it’d be fun for adult game night, too 🙂

  29. Debra says:

    My daughter would love this! It looks so much fun!

  30. Lucy says:

    This game looks so fun. My 10 year old son is a game addict and I’m always looking for games we would all love!

  31. This looks like such a fun game! I know my eight year old would love it! Thanks for the idea!

  32. LydiaF says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! I can see myself playing it with my grandchildren. (I can also see it turned into a drinking game when playing with adults, hahaha)

  33. Looks super fun! It kinda reminds me of an elaborated jenga.

  34. Sy Silva says:

    The kids will love it!

  35. Sy Silva says:

    The kids will really enjoy.

  36. Meagan says:

    How fun is this!? I’ll have to try this with my nephews. They would love it. So cute and fun for all ages. I love the giveaway too!

  37. Julie Waldron says:

    Actually I think my husband could beat all of us!

  38. Stephen Sparks says:

    Thank you for the contest!

  39. Jamie says:

    Looks like fun. I’m sure my 10 year old could beat me. We love playing games as a family.

  40. Pam Flynn says:

    The kids for sure cause they are much more nimble than us old folks.

  41. Elizabeth H. says:

    Definitely the kids

  42. EMMA L HORTON says:

    I COULD PLAY THIS GAME WITH MY GRANDSON

  43. Jennifer H. says:

    I would say kids.

  44. John H. says:

    I think it would be for the kids.

  45. Erika Chilton says:

    I’m not sure you would do better, but it looks like everyone would have fun!

  46. Stephen says:

    I’ve heard plenty of people mention it but never checked it out. My kids are starting to get an interest in games and getting old enough.

  47. Drew T says:

    Cool idea with the grub stickers. I got the game a a pretty good price and the kids enjoy bringing it out every so often.

  48. Brad R says:

    Great dexterity game that matches the players competitive levels. Motor skills and understanding centers of gravity are definitely challenged in this one!

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