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Hidden Panda Comes to Kickstarter from Jellybean Games

June 12, 2018

The world’s cutest social deduction game has arrived on Kickstarter, with Jellybean Games launching the campaign for Hidden Panda, a hidden roles game for 5-8 players of all ages.

“I love social deduction games, but they always have such dark themes.”
said the designer, Peter C. Hayward. “Dystopian governments, witch hunts,
the criminal underworld… I wanted to make a game that you could play with
your kids, or anyone who enjoys a more upbeat theme. There’s no
werewolves or murder in this game; it’s about collecting baby pandas, and
Grandma handing out tea.”

From the designer of Dracula’s Feast and The Lady and the Tiger, ?with stunning art provided by Kelly Jo (Scuttle!, Ninjitsu), the bright colors and light-hearted theme breathe fresh air into the typically-gloomy genre.

“We told Kelly we wanted to break records in cute. As soon as she got to
work, we knew we’d made the right choice. My favorite piece of art in the
game is the ‘5 baby pandas’ token, which shows them lolling about in a
panda cuddle puddle. It’s impossible not to fall in love with it.”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Everyone is randomly given a role: If you’re a Panda, Keeper, or Grandma, you’re on the Panda Team. If you’re a Bandit, you’re on the Bandit Team. Only some players on the Panda team know who’s on their team, while each Bandit only knows their own role. Grandma plays face-up for the entire game; her role is to try to get baby pandas to her fellow teammates without giving their roles away. This unique addition to social deduction makes it perfect for family play – the Grandma role can be given to an adult to help guide younger players.

On their turn, each player hands out 3 baby pandas to other players. Then, they give one other player a piece of bamboo. When a player has 3 pieces of bamboo in front of them, everyone votes
on whether or not they should be netted. Netted players have their baby pandas taken away. If all the Pandas are ever netted, the Bandit team immediately wins. Otherwise, once everyone has
taken two turns, the team with the most baby pandas wins!

The game contains 8 role cards, 45 baby panda tokens, 16 bamboo tokens, 6 net tokens, and 1 cup of tea token. Kickstarter backers will get a free, exclusive set of wooden baby panda tokens.

A free print-and-play version of the game is available on the publisher’s website, jellybean.games

GROWL, Social Deduction Party Game by Joey Vigour is On Kickstarter Now!

April 24, 2018

There are werewolves among us! We’ll stab each other, heal each other, and try to avoid getting bitten, but when a human receives their third bite, they secretly become a wolf and turn against us! When a Night card shows up, players anonymously pass cards to their neighbors, and that’s how werewolves can strike in secret. Humans need at least one human to survive at the end of the third night to warn other villages of the werewolf outbreak.

GROWL is going strong on Kickstarter now!

“My goal with GROWL is not to supplant Werewolf or One Night Ultimate Werewolf, or The Resistance, or Secret Hitler. My goal is to make something totally different that solves major problems with the social deduction genre.” – Joey Vigour (designer of Chaosmos and GROWL)

SOCIAL DEDUCTION GAMES:
• Often require either a moderator or phone app to “host” the game
• Can take an hour to play or more.
• Require large groups of players
• Suffer from the “alpha gamer problem” where the loudest players often take charge
• Usually don’t work well if both experienced and casual players are in the same game

GROWL:
• No moderator or app
• 15 minute playtime, regardless of the number of players
• Everyone gets to bite, stab, heal, and give gold, so all players have power not just the loud people
• Takes only 5 minutes to learn, and works with all kinds of players together

Number of Players: 4-7 (4-10 with Howly Growly bonus cards)
Time Required: 15 min
Recommended Ages: 10+
Growl is $16 for the basic game, and $24 for the ‘Howly Growly Box,’ which includes all stretch goals and boosts the player count up to 10.

Blood Bound Available Now from Fantasy Flight Games

Jan 11, 2018

Two vampire clans coexisted for centuries, ruling the night with a tenuous but lasting peace. But when the Gargoyle clan began adding to their ranks more heavily, the Phoenix were forced to keep pace or perish. From there, the conflict that consumed the clans was inevitable, bringing both clans to the brink of extinction. Now, only the remnants of each once-proud group remain as both sides seek to discover their allies and capture the leader of the rival clan to finally end this conflict.

Gather your clan around you: Blood Bound is on sale now from Fantasy Flight Games!

Lead your clan to victory in Blood Bound, a social game of deduction, bluffing, and vampiric intrigue for six to twelve players. During the game, you and the players on your team embody a clan of vampires who must work together to capture the leader of a rival clan. The catch? You may never know who is your ally and who is your enemy until it’s far too late. Among the vampire clans, treachery abounds and betrayal is inevitable. Will you employ negotiation or resort to betrayal and deceit to root out your rivals?

PreOrder Open for AEG’s Cutthroat Kingdoms

October 12, 2017

THE THRONE TO THE KINGDOM OF AURUM LIES UNCLAIMED. Cutthroat Kingdoms is now available for Preorder from AEG.

As memory of the slain king Ratimir Dravanof passes, the six great houses vie for control of the land in a neverending dispute of title, territory and birthright.

Now, embroiled in conflict, the lords and ladies lock eyes on the crown, as they fight to contend with the remnants of the Dravanof legacy: the great plague that has now turned upon the people, to ravage the countryside, exacting its cruel revenge.

This is the innovative new social game of contract, duplicity, arranged marriages and tainted food. Every group will create their own rules for how to play and every game will be different. Will yours be high on subterfuge, backstabbing and betrayal, or conducted on a higher plane of rock-solid agreements and unbreakable oaths?

Fantasy Flight Announces Blood Bound, a New Social Deduction Game

April 26th, 2017

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Blood Bound, a social game of deduction, bluffing, and vampire clans for six to twelve players!

For centuries, you and your kind have ruled the darkness, feeding wherever you chose and turning more and more humans to join your clans. But conflict became inevitable as the clans grew in number and broadened their territories, creating an atmosphere of festering mistrust and betrayal. The ensuing war destroyed countless immortals, and the clan leaders were forced into hiding. There are only remnants left, but the war is not over. You will not rest until you’ve destroyed your enemies forever.

In every game of Blood Bound, you and a few of your fellow players become a clan of vampires, working together to deduce the identity of your rival clan leader and capture him. Your adversaries—the other players—won’t be idle, however. They’re simultaneously working to identify and eliminate your clan’s leader. You must make your attacks carefully, but hunting in the dark is never as easy as it appears. In fact, you may not know your friends from your foes until it’s far too late.

WizKids announces Burkes Gambit

September 8th, 2016

WizKids is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Burke’s Gambit. Designed by Rob Yates, Burke’s Gambit is a game of bluffing and social deduction, and will release in stores this December.

Players will be speeding through space on Burke’s Gambit, a rugged company freighter on an extremely important mission. Your crew has been tasked with finding powerful alien technology, but what you find instead is something unexpected… a dangerous parasitic organism somehow made its way into the ship and inside the body of one of your crew members.

Join the crew of Burke’s Gambit on a wild space adventure with hidden affiliations and a hidden (even to themselves!) infected player. Split into two teams and take on the roles of Captain, Marine, Comms Officer and more in an effort to discover each crew member’s hidden agenda and who has been infected.

Let paranoia run rampant in this thriller, great for large groups of 4-8 players! Using only your dice and your wits, you must discover the truth before enough engine power-ups are rolled and the ship reaches Earth, where a vote must be made. Choose the wrong player to be spaced and your team (or even the entire planet) will lose!