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The Dude Arrives from North Star Games

Aug 12, 2018

The dude arrives.

North Star Games is excited to introduce its brand new game Dude, now available exclusively at Target and Target.com. The game dude celebrates the versatility of a word that can be a question (dude?), an exclamation (dude!), an objection (DUDE), an expression of wonder (dooode), and many other things.

To play dude, each player has a set of cards that shows the word “dude” in 6 different ways. Everyone sits around the table saying “dude” in these different ways, all at once. You try to match with someone who you think is saying “dude” in the same way you are.

“It’s all about intonation, pronunciation, and body language,” states Dominic Crapuchettes, Founder and Co-President of North Star Games. “Is someone saying ‘dude?’, ‘dewd’, ‘dooode’ or just…‘dude’? dude simply celebrates all the beautiful ways that this amazing word can be said.”

But wait. There’s more….

If saying “dude” was not enough for one game, North Star Games is also simultaneously releasing a second game called more dude. Similar to dude, more dude also consists of saying the word “dude” over and over again, but this time players must say it as a robot, a surfer, or any other number of crazy characters shown on the cards.

dude and more dude are now available exclusively at Target Stores and Target.com for $10.99.

North Star Games Announces MAPP and Restricts Amazon Sales

Feb 12, 2018

North Star Games has introduced a new Unilateral Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy and restrictions to the Amazon.com sales channel.

In order to better serve its retail community, North Star Games, LLC is announcing two new sales policies. Effective today, North Star Games is adopting a unilateral Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy (MAPP). This MAPP will enhance the value of the North Star Games brand and provide long-term benefits to everyone who purchases its products, including both trade partners and consumers. Adherence to the MAPP is non-negotiable for all North Star Games’ resellers and will be strictly enforced to ensure the continued value of its brand.

North Star Games is also issuing a Channel Restriction Notice (CRN) to all its resellers, announcing that it has designated Amazon.com as a restricted sales channel. Effective today, North Star Games will limit its Amazon distribution to two authorized sellers on the Amazon Third-Party Marketplace. The CRN states that resellers who don’t participate in the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program have until February 13th, 2018 to deactivate their listings. Resellers who do participate in the FBA program should sell through any existing inventory by March 9th, 2018 and then stop restocking their FBA listings. North Star Games will work together with its authorized Amazon partners to monitor product listings and remove any unauthorized sellers.

“These two policies will allow our authorized retailers to remain competitive in an ever-changing and dynamic marketplace. We highly value our retail partners and their commitment to providing valuable instore experiences that create memorable moments for their customers and grow the gaming community”, states North Star Games Co-President Satish Pillalamarri. “We look forward to helping our partners grow their businesses by providing enhanced services such as game demos and organized tournaments. These partnerships will allow us to develop an even greater number of the exciting and engaging games that our customers love.”

Kickstarter Launches over the past several days

May 5th, 2015

There have been several interesting game launches on Kickstarter over the past several days during our move!  Let’s break them down here, shall we?

Project-EliteArtipia Games has launched their Kickstarter campaign for Project: ELITE, their new real-time sci-fi board game.

Project: ELITE takes the idea of a real-time co-operative dice game, and with unique twists brings innovative new mechanics to the table. Players take the role of a special ops team with the mission to hold back an ongoing alien invasion trying to take over the Earth. The game consists of 80 highly detailed miniatures in 17 unique designs

Players need to work together in short 2-minute rounds deciding quickly among defending their base, hunting down some aliens or completing their objectives. Special events and unique alien abilities make every round different and highly challenging for the players. To win the game they will have to rely not only on their special weapons and items, but on their fast reflexes as well.

The game provides endless replayability with a 2-sided board depicting two different landscapes, 4 different kinds of objectives, 3 levels of difficulty and a plethora of weapons, items and events, making every game a unique, ELITE experience.

The-Foreign-Kinggiochix has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for The Foreign King, their new historical board game.

The Foreign King is a light-to-medium weight strategy game for 2-4 players, in which you lead one of most influent bourgeois family of Belgium. Main mechanics are placement and majority, and thanks to his ease of learning and fast pace, a game lasts about 40 minutes.

During the game you must pay attention to many factors and to the different strategies that can lead you to the victory. In The Foreign King, opponent’s actions will be important for your strategy as yours. Especially remember: not only you must choose the best action but you also have to take it at the right moment or your opponent will prevent you to do it. The game is divided in turns. In a turn each player takes one action, choosing it from the action that are not yet performed by others players.

Altema GamesCauldron1 is running a Kickstarter campaign for Cauldron, their new board game of potion-building.

Cauldron: the board game of competitive alchemy is full to the brim with potion-brewing fun! Two to five players compete as mysterious and powerful potion brewers with unique skills for mastery of the arcane art. Harvesting spooky ingredients allows players to brew potions, growing their power. However, that power needs to be invested cautiously to make purchases that improve your abilities.

Player interaction is key – it is important to be mindful of what others are brewing. Spells and stealing can help disrupt the plans of players who are getting too far ahead. Cauldron is a great game for all experience levels – it is welcoming, deep and plays in just over an hour.

Evolution is a board game that plays in 60 minutes for 2-6 players ages 10 and up. In the Evolution game system, players adapt their species in a dynamic ecosystem where food is scarce and predators lurk. Traits like Hard Shell and Horns protect your species from Carnivores, while a Long Neck help them reach food others can’t.

The first edition of Evolution was a finalist for the Escapist’s 2014 Board Game of the Year and four-time Golden Geek nominee. This Kickstarter campaign improves the system with two major releases:

EvolutionEvolution (Second Edition) from North Star Games – With the benefit of feedback from thousands of plays, we’ve figured out how to make an already-great game better.

Most of the cards have been changed to some degree, leading to a better experience for first time players and a more rich experience for tournament players. Catherine Hamilton was also commissioned to paint additional backgrounds for 9 of the 17 cards cards

FFFullThrottleGame Salute has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fast & Furious: Full Throttle.

Fast & Furious: Full Throttle comes with a double-sided game board offering two different street courses. In the mood for a long, race? It’s there. Maybe you’re looking to live a quarter mile at a time? You’ve got that option too. To increase the replay value, players decide where the start and finish lines are before each race using the included Star and Finish cards. The chosen course also dictates the number of upgrades available to players before the race begins. Upgrades can be spent on your car to supe up its steering, nitrous, engine, tires, and more. Drivers further modify the race experience as each one comes with their own special bonuses.

Foe-HuntersSpellforge Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Foe Hunters, an exciting co-operative, multiplayer deckbuilding/adventure game set in the realm of high fantasy! Players take the role of heroes that are working together to thwart the evil Foe. On their adventure the heroes will work together in an effort to bolster their party and fend off this powerful enemy. The players will harness mighty abilities and powerful equipment while they work as a team to rid the world of this wretched evil!

In Foe Hunters each player selects one of the Heroes to play, each having its own unique starting deck. After selecting their Hero, the players set up the Foe deck and the City deck and you are ready to play! Each turn the player can play a card from their hand, buy a card from the City deck, and activate a heroic Feat in any order. Cards purchased from the City deck go directly into your hand instead of your discard pile, so you can play them right away! Once you have done these simple actions, your turn is over and the next player goes. Once all players have gone, the round restarts with the Foe activating their powerful abilities. Gameplay continues until the party is dead or the Foe is dead, whichever happens first.

Evolution from North Star Games

November 10th, 2014

North Star Games has released their newest card game, Evolution.

In Evolution, players create and adapt their own species in a dynamic ecosystem with hungry predators and limited resources.  Traits like Hard Shell and Horns will protect you from Carnivores, while a Long Neck will help you get food that others cannot reach.

With over 4000 different species to create, every game becomes a different adventure. So gather your friends around the table and see who will best adapt their species to eat, multiply and thrive!

Preorder Evolution, North Star Games new card game

June 21st, 2014

North Star Games is taking pre-orders for Evolution, their new card game.

Outwit your opponents in this light strategy game. Create and adapt your own species in a dynamic ecosystem of limited resources and hungry predators. Faced with carnivores and starvation, you’ll have to evolve to stay alive. Perfect for gamers and families alike, bring out Evolution to turn your game night into an exciting fight for survival.

Evolution is due to ship in early October and you will be notified when your game ships. You will receive the Kickstarter Stretch Goal Pack together with the game.

North Star Games releases the next great card game – Clubs!

March 25th, 2013

Kensington, MD – North Star Games, publisher of the popular party games Wits & Wagersand Say Anything, proudly releases its first strategy game, Clubs™. Clubs (MSRP $13.99, ages 8+, 2-6 players) is an addicting card game for anyone who enjoys games like Hearts or Spades.

Clubs was born from the desire to have a climbing game that’s simple enough to teach mom and dad, and has enough strategy to engage gamers.” said Dominic Crapuchettes, North Star Games’ founder. “One of its distinguishing features is that it always plays in 30 minutes regardless of the number of players. This makes it a perfect filler to play while waiting for others to arrive for the night, or finish another game.”

Clubs is about taking calculated risks. The goal is very simple: win as many clubs as possible, because that’s the only suit that scores points. But there’s a catch: The last player to go out does not score ANY points. So players who are too greedy might pick up a pile of clubs, but end up with 0 points for the round!

First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now North Star Games is bringing youClubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect.