Top 5 Games from GAMA Trade Show 2016! April 13 2016

The Evil Overlord, Wailin’ Walter and me -- Nicknameless Angel -- all played a metric ton of games while at GTS last month. In no particular order (except for that first one, because it was the boss’ favorite), here are the five new games we preferred.

Crossover Crisis (deck-building game)

We love cartoons and we love board games, so combining them into one made this an easy pick. According to Cryptozoic, the Cartoon Network shows in the game are: Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Steven Universe. Silliness is second only to good mechanics in this new Cerberus Engine game! The Overlord’s session started off with a card telling everyone that both the floor and the table were lava, and that no one was allowed to touch either for a full round. And then it ended with everyone having to keep their elbows on the table no matter what!

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Game Time: 30-45 mins

Dead Last

This sticks out as a great addition to our recommendations for the college crowd.  Dead Last is a "social collusion" card game that’s all about surviving through alliances, trickery and murder. Each player is an assigned a color, and during the round all players vote for one player to be eliminated by choosing that player’s color card from your hand. Other cards in your hand can be shown to players to try to recruit their help in ganging up on a certain player or to tell a player to not choose a certain color. Players are also welcome to nod, wink, smile, or even begin colluding before arriving, but subtlety is the key! When there are only 2 players left, they go into a final showdown in order to try to score points. Then everyone is back in and new rounds proceed until someone earns 24 points.

  • Age Range: 14 and up
  • Number of Players: 6-12
  • Game Time: 45-90 mins

Epic Roll

This looks like a great take on a push-your-luck dice game. I love dice games, but the added element of spell cards makes Epic Roll even more rewarding. The object of the game is to be the first player to battle their way across the board and defeat the evil lich at the end. There are 3 different characters to choose from -- Wizard, Warrior and Hunter -- each with a unique die. Each turn involves a battle with a random monster: win and stop, or keep battling on as long as you’re able. If defeated, you either go back to your last “save” point on the board, or all the way back to the beginning. Defeating monsters garners treasures, one of 4 cards that can heal, shield, add attacks, or counter an opponent’s action. One great thing about this game is that you can combine two copies and play head-to-head as teams of up to 3 players each! The first team to beat the lich wins.

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Number of Players: 2-3
  • Game Time: 15-20 mins

Here Kitty Kitty

40 Tiny Plastic Cats! What else do you need? Perfect for any cat fanatic. In this fun card game your goal is to be the player with the most cats. How does one get an uncomfortable number of cats? By playing cards from your hand to foster, adopt, steal or just collect from the neighborhood strays (to name a few possible options). Will you be the craziest cat person on the block?

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Number of Players: 3-6 players
  • Game Time: 30 mins

Kodama: The Tree Spirits

Kodama just seems too cute not to love! In this abstract strategy game each player takes care of kodama (little tree spirits) by laying cards down to build a tree to the liking of the kodama you are helping. Growing the tree comes from combining the right combination of flowers, insects, and branches. Points are awarded for meeting the needs of your kodama, and in the end the player who best cared for their kodama is the winner.

  • Age Range: 13 and up
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Game Time: 20-40 mins
Which one of these games are you most looking forward to playing this year? Or do you have another game you think should have been on this list? Let us know in the comment section!