The newest issue of the Calliope Games Newsletter of Awesomeness is out and it shines the spotlight on Ancestree by Eric Lang. Click on the box cover below to find out about the game, read some reviews and learn more about how Ancestree won a Major Fun Award!
Roll for It! Hits the App Store
Boasting the Shiniest, Rolliest Digital Dice Ever!
MONTREAL February 21, 2018: Thunderbox Entertainment is thrilled to announce the release of our second digital board game: Roll for It!
For the studio’s second collaboration with Calliope Games after Tsuro, we went from zen to zany! The rules are simple: roll your dice, match them to a card, and score some points. It is quick to learn and designed to let kids and adults play (and win!) together.
The digital adaptation of Roll for It! is…
REAL! Physically simulated dice deliver the real feel. Shake your device to roll ‘em!
FAST! It takes only one minute to learn, and only one hand to play. Roll on the go!
FRIENDLY! Roll solo against crafty AI foes or with friends around one device or online.
The game is now available on the App Store and Google Play for $1.99 USD. For those who crave more, the Red Box expansion is available to purchase in-game, along with more fancy, fuzzy, flashy dice to roll in style!
Based in Montreal and founded by Dan Taylor and Jules Morgan, Thunderbox Entertainment is a small team of seasoned developers with over 25 years of AAA experience. We are proud to partner with some of the most innovative and inspiring board game makers on the planet to bring old school fun to a modern world.
Our first app, Tsuro: The Game of the Path, was released in April 2016. It has since earned a 4.6 star rating on the App Store and has been the #1 board game app in over 90 countries.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! And Happy #ManskyMonday! This week’s newsletter takes a look at Matt Franklin, the artist on The Mansky Caper. We take a look at how he creates one of the characters in the game, Abraca-Deborah!
This week, we get to meet Nine-Lives Nicky, the Gadgeteer of the crew.
The Mansky Caper Kickstarter campaign goes live on January 11, 2018! Don’t miss out on a great game at a fantastic price!
#ManskyMonday fell on Christmas Day and our family took the day off. But you can learn more about The Mansky Caper and Lucky Lucy on this very special Boxing Day edition of #ManskyMonday!
The Mansky Caper goes live on Kickstarter on January 11, 2018! Be there! It’ll be an offer you can resist!
Calliope Games is pleased to announce that Ancestree by Eric M. Lang, Capital City by James Ernest, and ShutterBug by Mike Elliott have arrived at the Calliope Games warehouse.
Shipment of these games to our Kickstarter Backers has begin, followed by shipments to stores. If you have not already pre-ordered copies, please contact your Friendly Local Game Store and place your order now.
Ancestree, by Eric M. Lang, finally lets you answer the age-old question: Who’s got the best family? Through clever drafting and tile placement players will create a family tree that reveals the amazing people that all lead to them. The player with the most interesting generations, riches and marriages will claim the victory, bragging rights, and be able to say, “My family IS better than your family!” For 2 – 6 players, ages 8+, under 30 minutes.Capital City by James Ernest. Click on the box to see more!
Capital City_, by James Ernest, brings together 3-6 Western Settlers, each hoping to be the Mayor of Capital City, the newest town in the Oooooooooolllld West! As one of the founders of Capital City you are building businesses on your street, bringing new residents to the town and hiring them to work at your businesses. This will generate money and influence in Capital City. The player with the most influence at the end of the year will be elected Mayor. Time is short so get out there and build the best Old West! For 3 – 6 players, ages 8+, under 30 minutes.
ShutterBug, by Mike Elliott, puts you in the roll of a 1932 American Photojournalist. Tabloids are clamoring for pictures of the monsters and mythical creatures that are roaming America. You will criss-cross the country over the next eight days, gathering tips and taking photos, putting together your portfolio, and selling to the highest bidder. It’s time to load your camera and snap the myth! For 2 – 6 players, ages 8+, 30 – 50 minutes.
Calliope Games Unveils The Mansky Caper! Wanna Join The Heist?
Calliope Games is thrilled to announce its first new release of 2018. The Mansky Caper, designed by Ken Franklin, will be launching soon on Kickstarter, with an anticipated release in Spring 2018. Featuring immersive art, pre-built three-dimensional components, and amazingly interactive game play, The Mansky Caper will blow you away! Each game of The Mansky Caper is an exciting heist for 2 – 6 players 8+ years old which plays in less than an hour.
Ken Franklin’s The Mansky Caper is more than just another game release. This project has become a labor of love for Calliope Games. Every aspect of the game has been designed to maximize the Prohibition-era theme and provide the greatest experience possible. The game comes with shiny plastic gems, drawstring bags, and really cool 3-D safes to open – all of which are prebuilt when you open the box!
When it came time to hire an artist for the project, the perfect candidate was Matt Franklin, son of the designer, who is not only someone who understood the vision and importance of the project but is an amazing artist with numerous art credits in the game industry in his own right. The history of this game is incredible (we’ll share that in a future Calliope Games Newsletter), but suffice it to say The Mansky Caper has been extensively play-tested and is now ready to shine on game tables around the world.
It’s 1925. You and your Family of Associates have been trying to get respect for years. But the richest mobster in the country, Al Mansky, has been cramping your style. Al’s a bit eccentric; he doesn’t trust the cops or banks, so all his loot is in his mansion, guarded by a diabolical security system of explosive traps. The good news is that he’s out of town.
It would be a shame if something happened to all that loot, but a Family (working together) that bested Al would make quite a name for itself. Of course, the most fame – and (dare we say) leadership of the Family – goes to the person who walks away from the job with the most loot.
Your colleagues may not agree with you – but you all owe each other favors. Calling in the right favor at the right time is what leadership is all about in this business. The key is to work together to help yourself – and don’t get blown up!
In The Mansky Caper, players team up to ransack rooms of Al Mansky’s mansion, opening safes to find the valuables inside. Split loot with others in the room, and watch out for twists of fortune and dangerous traps that can ruin your plans with a bang! The winner is the player who has accumulated the most loot in their private stash at the getaway car by the time Al’s mansion is completely ransacked.
New information, art, and character videos will be posted on Mondays and Thursdays on Facebook, Twitter and in our Newsletter (you can sign up for the newsletter here). Look for the hashtags #ManskyMonday and #ManskyCaper on facebook and Twitter!
The Mansky Caper. It’s an offer you can’t De-Fuse!
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