1. Cat Tower - The surprise hit at the IDW Games and Pandasaurus booth was Cat Tower. In a simple game of stacking cats, players take turns rolling a die and stacking cardboard cats in an attempt to get the tower as high as possible without knocking it down. It sounds simple, but gets stressful as the tower of cats gets higher and higher. This is going to see the table a lot in my family and might possibly pair well with some adult beverages. What is not to love about stacking cats.
2. Candy Chaser - My gaming group has been enjoying bluffing games for some time. My son, who is eight, has expressed an interest in this genre and Candy Chaser from Iello Games may be his gateway game. In Candy Chaser, you are the Han Solo of candy. Players attempt to be the best candy smuggler in the galaxy, but you have to be careful not to tip your hand as you could find yourself out of the game. It will be fun to challenge my son in a new form of strategy, but I am a bit nervous about teaching him to be too deceptive. I may regret it when he is older.
4. Bottom of the 9th - This game pulls on all of my nostalgic heart strings. Bottom of the 9th by Dice Hate Me Games is a two-player game in which one player is the closer and one player is the home team trying to push one more run across the plate. Using bluffing, deduction, and the luck of the dice, this game is sure to recreate the tension and drama of a one-run game. To keep things fresh, players have the options of mixing up their line-up with Topps inspired trading cards. I feel like I am 8 again!
5. The Village Crone- This new release is expected to ship in October from Fireside Games. Players assume the roles of witches and hope to cast spells on unexpected villagers to earn points and secure victory. The board is made up of six modular tiles, which adds replay value, and travel around collecting ingredients and casting spells. The game is easy to learn and play, but offers enough depth to keep players interested as they attempt to earn 13 points and be named the Village Crone. This sounds like it will make a great new gateway game and could very well bring even more people into the wonderful world of gaming.
POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.