Roll the dice on these 4 board games made in Portland

Roll the dice on these 4 board games made in Portland

This is the first game from Black Labrador Games, a company based in Lake Oswego from brothers Charlie and Andrew Watson, longtime sci-fi fans who have been looking for a creative way into this universe.

“It started with some artwork that I’ve been doing in my spare time, which we wanted to turn into a TV show,” says Andrew Watson, an alumnus of the University of Oregon’s Product Design Program. “The idea changed to a board game because it was more in our wheelhouse. We love board games, and we play them for as long as we can, so we thought we’d give it a try.”

The two spent six years thinking, testing and retesting their idea before launching it to market this fall. They started on Kickstarter, with plans for a holiday season release, then plan to sell online, direct to game fans, and search for distributors.

The objective of the game Per Watson is to build a crew and compete with up to three other players, racing through an unknown galaxy (undoubtedly one very far away) and a mine for resources. Upgrade your ship or “hire” a new crew to gain an advantage over other players. Watson did all the artwork himself, and noted that the game board is customizable and set up by players, so it changes every time you play. Set aside 20-45 minutes for a full round of play.

Both are from Pink Tiger Games, the studio of Portland-based game designer Ami Baio that specializes in “cute and cool games”. Baio first came to the notice of the playing world with You think you know me, a card game that aims to encourage players to go beyond the shiny surface of social media and find out what they really know about their friends. Her goal, she says, is to make games that make players feel “visible and heard, games that inspire conversation and communication.” Bonus: Their games are designed to be easy to pick up, and they don’t come with an encyclopedia rule book.

In other words: not like war Warship Or the cruel random fluctuations of fate that await you Chutes & Ladders It can be found here. bunny, bunny is a card trivial game for up to 10 players that celebrates world myths and ancient folklore. (The name will be familiar to anyone muttering softly “bunny bunny” as soon as they wake up on the first of any month—and that brings good luck, of course. IYKYK.) The chest includes 350 cards, each with additional information and context shared after the question is answered. Illustrations from local Portland tattoo artist Kirsten Holiday.

The game was inspired by an article I read about New Year’s traditions around the world, and was developed at the beginning of the pandemic. “I felt inspired and connected by knowing that since the beginning of time, humans all over the world have been wishing for stars, eliminating bad luck, and so much more—trying to make sense of life and the universe,” she says.

bunny, bunny Available now, while lost words It’s set to launch in November after the successful summer of Kickstarter that hit its $8000 target. Aimed at between two and seven players, it’s a card game that highlights 300 words from 70 different languages, each one representing a different emotion or experience that can’t be easily translated into English. (Think of schadenfreude. Know it when you see it, and can’t really say what it means.)

You play the game by sharing your experiences with that special feeling; Bayou also teases “extra business cards” to make the game, as she puts it, “a bit strategic.” Fun fact: lost words It is her first co-designed game, made with her teenage son, Elliot.

This is not entirely new. It’s more than Reboot and updatefrom the 1906 game designed by feminist Elizabeth Magee, which I set Monopoly Historians As the “Lost Creative Girl” who fought the Parker Brothers to be its rightful creator. Maggie’s intention was to warn against the evils of monopoly and highlight the economic inequality of Golden Age life.

Its game was recently revived by a Portlander named Thomas Forsyth, who is the owner and director of yourPlay, the official publisher and distributor of the modern game. Owner game. In 2019, yourPlay started selling a replica of the 1906 version of owner game. This sold out, but now an updated version is available for pre-order, with more “easy to use” components. (Follow them on Tweet embed On Twitter for updates.)

In the replica, the rules look similar at first glance to Monopoly: “The aim of the game is to get as much wealth as possible, and the player with the most cash, cards and houses at the end of the game is the winner or the millionaire.”

But look closely: When was the last time you pulled a card at Monopoly that allowed you to buy ‘Lonely Lane’ for $25 And the It contains the following quote: “One tax will immediately create a level playing field – the dream of the ages.”


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