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In other news we’re also working on ‘Murder at Marlborough Manor’, a hidden role/social deduction game, which we hope to release in 2024. This sees a group of Victorian party-goers attempting to solve a murder, whilst the murderer lurks amongst them! Follow our socials to see more as the game progresses.
Our first party game!!: Unicorns Love Rainbows! They also love Cupcakes, sometimes they love both. Help Unicorns find Rainbows, Cupcakes, or both in this fun and funny party game! The players each draw a card then act out their card to other players to make those connections. Link a hungry Unicorn with a Cupcake and you both score a point! Find a Rainbow for the speedy Unicorn to go for a jog and score a point as well! Or even go for 3 points with connections between your Unicorn who wants it all and other players who have a Cupcake and a Rainbow! Grab a new card and keep the fun going!
Lay scored cards down portrait for 1 point, landscape for 3 points. Play till 5 points, then give it another go! But remember if you can’t make a connection, you’ll need to draw a new card. But that just means more options to act out! There are also separate rules for 1-3 players to engage in rapid-fire real time play of playing cards from their hand to a face up row of cards. Can you be faster than your opponents? If you want a physical copy in a box, please search for ‘Unicorns Love Rainbows’ on The Game Crafter.
TrainBow is a roll and write game of collecting goods, shipping goods to stores, and making connections along a rainbow track. Each turn 2 dice are rolled, players play simultaneously, either connecting the dice to form one big action with potential bonuses or 2 smaller actions.
Landing Strip is a roll and write game that utilizes two dice to have the players help guide the various airborne travellers in to land safely. Dice may be combined for a larger value or used for a smaller value. The players will have to be mindful of each traveller seeking a path as paths overlap and leaving one where it was can disrupt the path of another.
Rainbow Airlines is back! In this roll and write game, you and your fellow travellers have hit a snag. The airport has cancelled all of the flights – all of them! Now you are stuck in beautiful Hawaii with no way to get back to that boring job. But wait, there’s hope! A special airline *just* opened its doors with a unique deal. If you and your fellow travellers can prove your mettle at building planes and getting passengers on board, you may just get back home!
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with joy, laughter, and, of course, some epic board game fun. Now, here’s the scoop: the game won’t be in your retail hands until next year, but we’re gearing up for one heck of a ride. “WaterSafe” is making waves, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Come January, we’ll be hitting the road for playtest sessions, open demos, and hanging out with board game clubs. Your thoughts and feedback are like gold to us as we fine-tune gameplay, graphics, and all the cool details.
So, stay tuned for updates! Here’s to an awesome Christmas, a Happy New Year, and loads of game nights in our future.
Another highlight for me is having designed Unfringed’s second game, Molehill Meadows. After a few months of creative drought and struggle to nail down a new design that worked it was very rewarding to prototype something that clicked not only for me but also for our first playtesters. I can’t wait to show more off in the New Year and fingers crossed we can have it in some capacity for UKGE24. Visiting Essen to talk to other publishers about the game also provided excellent feedback and discussion to help shape it into the game it is today.
From a Zuuli point of view, there’s been a few highlights including how much people loved our first Unicorn promo, being able to reach a larger international audience with an implementation on BGA and also signing off our first international license with Zuuli hitting the Korean market very soon!
None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the amazing support network around me and of course the ever-increasing Zuuli fans that not only enjoy the game but also help share it with friends and family! As a bit of a thank you we’re offering Free Shipping on all orders from our official store, from now until Mid-December.
That’s all for now. I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season and catch you all in the New Year!
Our older games like Moonflight, the deck unbuilder, and Turing, the pocket sized image interpretation game are also available from our website and make great gifts. Turing is a great multiplayer game for the post dinner Christmas table.
I hope you all have a great festive season.
Last year my biggest sellers were mini dice sets with their handmade bags and Board Game Survival Kits, this year Tri To Win is really giving them a run for their money, it seems to have had a big boom on Etsy in the past month, it makes me so happy that my first ever game design is still so loved.
With that in mind, if you have some special gamers in your life to buy for this Christmas please consider my handmade games and gaming accessories, they can be found on this website, the link below and on Etsy if you would prefer that.
Last order dates for Christmas gifts* – UK – 18th December, Europe – 12th December, USA – 13th December, RoW – 10th December
*These are the last dates that are likely to reach you by Christmas Day, orders after these dates may still make it in time, likewise delays could also happen with the above dates.
Tabletop Spirit Magazine – In the latest issue of Tabletop Spirit Magazine, (number 22) I talked about what indie games I wish I could play this Christmas in my regular article called Indie Talk (page 32). This time around I also had a wonderful interview with Guy Allen called “So You Wanna…. Build a Boardgame Prototype”(page 20) Malum Hortus featured heavily in the article whilst I explain how I go about hand crafting prototype games, please check it out in the link at the top of this page.
In the meantime, our freight shipments for Threads of Fate are currently en route to their local destination hubs all over the world. We expect fulfillment to begin in December, and most backers can expect to receive their rewards before the end of 2023.
In other news, PostCurious has just begun a new partnership with Allplay, who will be gradually taking over our web store and shipping operation, starting with the US, Canada, and Australia/NZ. Having this aspect of distribution off our hands should allow us to spend more time doing what we do best—making games!
Come see us in Philly at PAX Unplugged Dec 1-3. We’ll be in booth #4111!
It’s been a fantastic journey, we’ve learnt loads and met some truly awesome people! We are very grateful to everyone who backed, who gave us advice and who supported us along the way. We know this couldn’t have been possible without our designer Rob Ingle, and our manufacturers, DiceSport and Blue Castle Studio, so a big thanks to them.
Do reach out with any stories, funny moments or experiences you’ve had with Cake of Doom, we really enjoy hearing about it, you can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cakeofdoomgame.
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