We’re a week away from Origins Game Fair and starting to feel like we’re getting back to normal convention scheduling. But “normal” isn’t quite here yet. Everyone is still trying to balance a mix of adjusted convention procedures and product shortfalls caused by shipping delays. With that in mind (and the hope of reviving our pre-pandemic efforts as a board game convention resource), we reached out to publishers and inquired about games that will be debuting for sale at the convention. Below is a list of the ones we received confirmation on, and in some cases the actual number that will be available. Check out the list. If any are on your must-grab list, then head straight to their booth and purchase your copy before they run out!
You are the leader of a prehistoric tribe, deciding which members of your tribe go hunting and what prey they want to catch. To guide you, the Elders have created challenges that you can complete by painting your adventures on the wall of your cave.
Free promo pack with purchase at the show. While supplies last!
Don’t L.L.A.M.A Dice
Discard all negative points – that is also the motto here. Get rid of your cards by throwing matching dice. But get out in time before you gamble and collect a lot of minus points! Because in order to be able to give them back, you need the perfect move – or triple llama luck.
The casual dice version of Don’t L.L.A.M.A
The turbulent reaction game with the original MAGFORMERS® components challenges you! Who is the quickest to correctly recreate the colorful construct on the task card?
In addition to a good eye and a quick reaction, mastering the magnetic resistance is also required! Face the magnetic challenge and win the most task cards! Magnefix is the family game with the popular magnetic components.
My First AMIGO: Froggies
Let the frogs jump!
The numerical values of your own row of cards should be arranged in ascending order with the help of the frogs. Not so easy when there are also useless things floating around in the pond that don’t really fit into the row of numbers! Cleverly swap cards and enjoy the big jumps of the frogs!
A children’s card game without complicated rules from the think tank of Halli Galli author Haim Shafir.
3D racing on a track made up of cubes where your magnetic racer can race along the top and sides of the track to win.
Cult of the Deep
Cult of the Deep is a hidden role dice game for 4-8 players. You are a cultist establishing your faction’s rise to power. Fight over rituals and mythical monsters as you seek victory and control of the cult. We will have a Full Art Promo Card available if you demo or purchase Cult of the Deep.
Cat in the Box
Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition is the quintessential quantum trick-taking card game for 2 – 5 cool cats, where your card’s color isn’t defined until you play it! Hypothesize how many tricks you will win and record your bid. Place tokens on the community research board as you play your hand and connect large groups of tokens to score even more points. Plan your tricks carefully as you cannot claim the color of a card with the same number that has already been declared. Doing so would be pawsitively catastrophic as you have just created a paradox!
Just Tell Me What to Do
Just Tell Me What to Do is a creative party game about making big, funny life decisions using the advice of famous people. Have you ever struggled with how to make a tough life decision like, “Should I marry a mime?” Or, “Should I jump into a pit of sharks for Youtube?!?” We get it. Life is full of hard decisions, so we put 125 of the BIG questions in life like these into our game “Just Tell Me What to Do: A Party Game of All the Advice You (N)ever Needed.” Each round, a Decision Maker reads aloud a BIG decision they’re making. Other players choose one Advice Card from their hand of advice from famous comedians, authors, poets, etc. Then players have 45 seconds each to argue why their advice is best. The winner is awarded the Dilemma Card. At Origins, the game will be 10% off. Plus, with purchase you’re entered into a raffle to win a game night with one of the game designers!
(Only 120 Copies Available!)
The most talented architects in ancient Greece stand ready to achieve this goal. Build housing, temples, markets, gardens, and barracks, so you can grow your city and ensure it triumphs over the others. Raise its prestige with harmonious planning that conforms to specific rules and enhance it by building plazas.
In the Palm of Your Hand
(Only 60 Copies Available!)
In the Palm of Your Hand is a cleverly designed party game that brings a unique tactile element to your gaming table! Using a variety of unique components – shoestrings, Velcro strips, suction cup dart, and other – players try to recreate memories found on their story card by miming the illustration on another player’s hand.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – Orlog
(Only 30 Copies Available!)
PureArts and Ubisoft present the officially licensed Orlog Dice Game of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, played extensively by the Norsemen and Anglo-Saxons in every city of the video game!
Players roll dice to generate attacks and acquire tokens for God favors – using a combination of both during attacks and for regaining health. Players cast their dice three times per round until resolution. Play continues until one player has lost all Health stones.
Disney Sorcerer’s Arena
(Only 400 Copies Available!)
Become the next Master Summoner in this Disney-themed strategic battle arena game, where every choice you make determines your legacy! Recruit a fantastical battle-ready roster of Disney and Pixar heroes and villains, creating incredible combinations that provide endless replayability. Once you’ve summoned your characters to battle in the Sorcerer’s Arena, strategize their every move using their unique abilities to earn the most victory points. Learn as you go in this expandable tabletop game inspired by the popular mobile game, overpowering your foes to win the ultimate Disney and Pixar battle royale!
Mercenaries & Privateers
Mercenaries & Privateers is a card expansion for the epic board game, Swords & Sails, Rewrite History in 1000 AD. The new expansion will Feature 120 new cards, including the Mercenary/Privateer, Revolt and Calamity/Prosperity categories of intrigue cards. Intrigue cards expand the options which Swords & Sails players have during a game and represent many simulated choices which make the game more realistic and very satisfying to play. The expansion is focusing on a new type of Intrigue card. The Mercenaries and Privateer cards. These cards, will allow the holder to hire Mercenaries to fight with their Armies.
Two additional add-on minor players, the Khazar Empire and the Armenian Kingdom are also being released as new Swords & Sails add-ons, increasing the options of player factions and number of potential players for Swords & Sails to 15.
This is only a fraction of the excitement you’ll find if you’re planning to attend Origins Game Fair next week. We’ll try to provide an article that includes promos and deals in the days to come and encourage you to check out the preview available on BoardGameGeek, too. If you aren’t able to make it in person, be sure to watch Origins TV to get updates on what’s happening at the convention!
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