Hot Origins 2016 Family Games
Published by: Portal Games
A crazy team racing game that will cause lots of laughs and yelling. This is pretty easy to teach and I think families will enjoy teaming in pairs competing against each other for bragging rights.
Review Link: www.so1ks.com/tacos-take-reviews/tacos-take-on-crazy-karts
Published by: Breaking Games
A very colorful game where you are trying to get your birds to be the first in a flock of 4 in a tree. The art intrigues me and looks like a great intro to abstract strategy style games.
Published by: Pretzel Games/F2Z
While I am horrible at stacking dexterity games, this one intrigues me. Inside the box are more than 10 game modes to play. That is great for replay factor, but I am curious if each game is good or just a few of them. Flick'em up was huge last year and had impressive components. I think Junk Art will continue that trend and we will hear a lot of buzz after Origins about it.
Published by: AEG
Dice Heist is a dice push your luck game similar to Roll for it, but with set collection and more decision making. I received a demo copy of it to share at Geekway to the West and it was a hit with everyone that played it. Reading the rules, you will think is that it? After your first play you will enjoy this game with very funny edits to popular art.
Published by: Passport Game Studios
A small card game that plays in 5 minutes. Players are trying to be the first with 3 different wish cards in their hand. The art looks good and I always like having quick filler games to play while waiting for others to show up.
Published by: Iello Games
King of Tokyo is a very popular game that is seeing a reprint with new art, streamlined rules, and a few character changes. The reason for this one on the list is due to my curiosity on the changes and if it warrants upgrading to the new edition. I will be very interested to see the public opinion on this new King of Tokyo 2016.
Published by: IDW Games and Pandasaurus Games
Cat Tower has been out of print for a little while and IDW announced they are bringing copies for sale at Origins. If you like Cats or stacking dexterity games, then this is something you will want to check out.
Review Link: www.so1ks.com/so1ks-family-reviews/so1ks-family-review-of-cat-tower
Hot Origins 2016 Games
Published by: TMG
Been hearing good things about this game out of the UK Expo. TMG is bringing a limited number of advance copies to Origins to purchase. You are placing meeples in various guilds to become masters, in hopes to build London how you see fit. I am always up for a strategic, area control, euro style game. Orleans was a massive hit last year for TMG, will Guilds of London be that hit this year?
Published by: Smirk & Dagger Games
Dead Last is described as a social collusion game. Each round you are voting to kill someone. Person with the most votes is dead, if you were not with the majority that voted, you are dead as well. The game is about giving those winks, nudges, and other sneaky clues to get everyone on the same page, but don't get caught because it could backfire on you. Sounds like a great party game that plays fairly fast.
Published by: Thames & Kosmos
Coming off the announcement that Imhotep is a finalist for the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the year) award, Kosmos is releasing copies at Origins. For most in the US, this will be our first time being able to play/buy this game. Players are competing to be the best builder in Egypt. You and your opponents are trying to get stone onto boats and complete various plans. I am very excited to see how this game stacks up.
Published by: Action Phase Games
Dreamwell is a tile game that has players competing to find their friends in their dream. The art looks very interesting. I really enjoyed Kodama, which Action Phase put out last year, and I am hoping to have another fun unique experience with Dreamwell.
Published by: AEG
Mystic Vale is introducing the card crafting system to everyone. Early reports are that people are really enjoying it. I look forward to finally giving this a try, especially with word that the system will be used in a future euro style game. I saw some of the cards and they looked very nice. The idea that you will be buying attributes and abilities to your cards and making them a unique card really peaks my interest.
Published by: Capstone Games
The second edition of Arkwright is fresh off the printer and will be making it's convention debut at Origins. If you listen to Heavy Cardboard, you know they really enjoy this very heavy game. I recently got my copy and not only is a it a heavy game strategy-wise, but also it is literally a very heavy game component wise. I will be playing this at Origins and look forward to learning this economic game.
Published by: Passport Game Studio and NSKN Games
Released with limited copies at Essen, Simurgh was one of the hits of the show. After seeing how popular it was at Essen, they did a kickstarter campaign for Simurgh and it's expansion. Now at Origins we are reaping the rewards thanks to those backers. A worker placement game that has players using dragons and their riders to explore and perform actions to get ready for the coming battle. I reviewed this last year and still really enjoy it. I am glad the US is getting their chance to finally play it.
Review Link: www.so1ks.com/tacos-take-reviews/tacos-take-on-simurgh
Published by: Cryptozoic Entertainment
Internal Affairs was another game on my hot list for Essen and I am excited to finally see it in the US at Origins. Internal Affairs is a elimination game where two groups are trying to find out the other. Either you are an infiltrated police officer or you are a triad that is on the police force. Alliances can change, but only a secret code will reveal which side you are on. I am really excited to try this game out and hope to come home with a copy of my own.
Published by: Arcane Wonders
Royals is the latest game being released in the Dice Tower Essentials line. So far the previous 2 games have been huge hits and I have little doubt this one will be any different. I expect this to be one of the hotter titles to come out of Origins and will have momentum going into Gen Con. Royals has players fighting for influence is 4 countries. Area control seems to be a popular mechanic this year and I think this will be one of the standouts.
Published by: Stronghold Games
Stronghold late last year or early this year announced they were bringing the Village line of euro games to the US. Village and it's expansions have a very passionate fan base and with the reprint also came a new game in the Village line. My Village takes a lot of elements from the original and adds a dice mechanic but keeping the same flavor. I am really excited to get my hands on this game.
Published by: Blue Orange Games
I got a sneak peak of this game at ACD Gamesday and it looks very interesting. Players are fighting for influence on the boats and setting them off to sea where the players with the highest influence get the first picks of the loot. New York 1901 was a huge hit and I think Vikings on Board will continue the trend of popular board games from Blue Orange Games. I do not think this will be for sale but I am hoping that there will be a demo table with this game on it.