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Trick or Treat Studios getting into the board game market!
« on: October 29, 2021, 08:09:29 AM »
https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/124074/every-day-halloween-trick-or-treat-studios

There's a few games shown that are unlicensed, but it does look like they are looking into licensed games in the future!

It looks like they're launching the line with a few big names to get them some steam out of the gate!

Summaries of everything they mention for people that aren't as into this as I am:

Creature Feature - a card game by Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, Robo Rally, King of Tokyo, and many more games.  This one is about trying to get you leading Actor and Co Star cards into various monster productions over the course of a few seasons of movie making.  If other productions outshine the casting you have available, you have the option to withdraw and try for short films instead.  Points are scored for the movies you land.  3-6 players.

Blood Orders - A card game by Nick Badagliacca, which is his first game to be published, apparently.  In this one, you all play as ancient vampires expelled from your order/clan/whatever, and are seeking to build your own vampire empire.  You move about the city, play cards to cast magical rituals, feed on victims, or make more vampires, which increases your capabilities. 

TrollFest - a game by Bruno Faidutti (designer of games like Raptor, Mascarade, Citadels, Queens Necklace), and Camille Mathieu, a collaborator of his in her first designer credit.  This one is about building a band of monsters and taking you show on the road!  Recruit and replace members of your band as you go, play concerts, and build popularity.  This is probably the lightest subject matter of the games they've announced and one I'm interested in.  Faidutti does a lot of very unique stuff and his games are often very different from each other.  He also did Knightmare Chess, which was pretty ridiculous and holds a special place in my heart.

World Z-League - a dexterity game about shooting rubber bands at little zombie stand ups that have been set up on cardboard scenery, including barricades, and multi level buildings.  Not much else to say there.  But these sorts of games are usually a lot of fun to play with the right people and the right mindset.

Nightmare Factory - a horror movie themed reskin of a game called Dream Factory (aka Traumfabrik, Hollywood Golden Age, Hollywood Blockbuster), a game by Reiner Knizia, who is one of the biggest names in game design, and has hundreds of games to his name, including several absolute classics.  Dream Factory has the players putting together film productions by luring the best crew possible to their production, via bidding.  Once you get everything required for your production, points are scored based on what you've gotten, and you start a new one.  Whoever has the most points after 4 rounds wins.  I'm particularly looking forward to this one as I've never played the original.

Other things mentioned in the thread but not officially announced as of yet:

LA-1 - a game similar to Arkham Horror, with a Blade Runner/Fifth Element style sci Fi setting.  So presumably a game about stopping some sort of villain from hatching an evil plot of some kind by moving around a city, fighting enemies and resolving encounters using various skills.

Nightfall remake featuring the Universal Monsters!  The only licensed thing they've mentioned as something that's actually being developed.  Nightfall was a deck building game from a few years ago, which had a vampire theme, if I recall correctly.  I don't remember it standing out much, but very few deck building games are bad.  It's a fairly safe type of game to make.

They also muse a bit on a hidden movement game with the Halloween franchise attached, specifically mentioning Specter Ops as inspiration, which I haven't played, but heard good things about.  Not confirmed or anything, though.

I'm very excited by all of this.


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Re: Trick or Treat Studios getting into the board game market!
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2021, 02:17:05 PM »
I was perusing their site the other day and noticed these games. Definitely looking forward to a handful of them! The Universal Monsters deck building game is particularly interesting, and I had not heard of that one.

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Re: Trick or Treat Studios getting into the board game market!
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2021, 09:19:18 PM »
I was perusing their site the other day and noticed these games. Definitely looking forward to a handful of them! The Universal Monsters deck building game is particularly interesting, and I had not heard of that one.

It's likely a ways off.  But it's the only licensed game they've said they're definitely working on currently, so that's something.  Nightfall has a built in audience, so they're being very smart about how they're approaching this as a fledgling game publisher.

I do think they should have had a cheaper game as part of the initial lineup, though.  I was surprised Monster Mash was retailing for $40.  It sounds like a $20 game tops.  And Blood Orders being $70 is especially brazen for what looks like a card based game without any miniatures or anything, especially when it's that designers first game ever to be published.

TrollFest seems like a pretty safe bet though.  And Nightmare Factory will be an instant buy from me when it releases.  The game it's based on is very well liked and a previous revision, called Silver Screen, never made it to release, so I've never played it in any form.  Anything with Knizias name on it is worth a look, in my experience.

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Re: Trick or Treat Studios getting into the board game market!
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2021, 09:34:17 PM »
That Nightfall thing sounds intriguing.
Hopefully it turns out good.

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Re: Trick or Treat Studios getting into the board game market!
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2021, 10:04:35 PM »
Nightfall was a fine game, it just didn't stand out much when it released, as EVERYONE was doing deckbuilders at the time.  They did several expansions over a few years for the first edition.

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Re: Trick or Treat Studios getting into the board game market!
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2021, 08:40:09 PM »
Some pictures are up on the Trick or Treat site of the games.  Troll Fest only shows the board for some reason.


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Trollfest


Creature Feature


Blood Orders

 

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