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Easter Eggs: Part 2 – NOGO & Zombie Kidz

Are you ready for more easter eggs just in time for this weekend’s spring time holiday? I know I am!

Picking up where we left off, let’s take a look at the last few easter eggs to find in Night of the Grand Octopus:

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This part of the main board is full of goodies. First of all, at the bottom we see a Cthulhu-inspired Mona Lisa painting – beautiful, isn’t it? Then continuing clockwise, we see the Ark of the Covenant from Indiana Jones in the display case.  At the top of this little courtyard, you might notice a sword with an eye in the guard; this is a mix between the Soulblade of Soulcalibur and a demon weapon from the MMORPG Wakfu/Dofus (the illustrator couldn’t decide). In the case next to that is the infamous mask of The Mask fame. And last, but certainly not least, is Hellboy’s stone right hand. Poor guy, hope it didn’t hurt coming off!

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On this portion of the map, there is a very interesting blue print drawn on the blackboard. Looks like someone was trying to design the Death Star. Spoiler alert: the finished product seems to be surrounded by Tie-Fighters with the word KABOOM!

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If we take a look at the big picture now, we can find even more easter eggs!

  • At number 6 lives a carnivorous plant called Audrey III. This is, of course, a reference to Audrey II of the film Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey I was the love-interest of the florist played by Rick Moranis).
  • At number 3 are various easter egg-y phrases found on tombstones. “See Innsmouth and diem” referencing the fictional Lovecraftian city. “Nyarl for ever,” allusion to the Great One, Nyarlathotep. “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn,” which may just appear to be button mashing, but is a phrase often muttered by Cthulu-worshipping cultists, which translates to: In its home in R’lyeh, the late Cthulhu waits and dreams.
  • At number 1, we find a book on the shelf called Necronomicon for Dummies, on a skull is etched the sign of the Ancient Ones, and on the silver key (famous object of the Lovecraftian dreamlands) we can read “Home Sweet Home.”

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That’s all for NOGO – if I’ve missed something, leave a comment!

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Finally, these characters are easter eggs in themselves! Found on the Zombie Kidz promo cards, each kiddo is inspired by a figure of pop culture. Do you know them all?

For easter eggs in other games (not just IELLO), feel free to visit these two sites: here and here! The text is in French, but these fun images have no language barrier!

Make sure to check back on Sunday for a sneak preview of one of our upcoming games!

 


 

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New releases – Konito & Steam Torpedo

March 26 is not usually a remarkable day (excluding Keira Knightley’s birthday), but tomorrow marks an exciting day in the IELLO world! We are excited to welcome three new games to our family: Konito?, Steam Torpedo: First Contact, and its booster pack Steam Torpedo: R&D!

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Konito? is a new competitive party game where the goal is to complete popular Anglophone phrases, earn points, and move your spherical guy around the track. You can build your own board to alter the length of playtime and play in teams to increase the player number! There are three card difficulties and bonus challenge cards to keep the game interesting, though that shouldn’t be a problem seeing as there are over 1600 phrases to play with!

This game plays 2-12, ages 8+, for around 30 min. Find it here!

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Steam Torpedo: First Contact is a WW2 submarine battle game with two phases: ship building & battling. Players build their respective submarines with tiles that offer different abilities (guaranteeing no two ships will ever be alike!), then develop their own strategy to use their crew members to destroy their opponent’s control room or entire crew. You must juggle submarine movement, diminishing oxygen supplies, and your opponent’s attacks!

This game plays 2, ages 13+, for around 40 min. Find it here!

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Steam Torpedo: R&D is a non-collectible booster pack for First Contact. It adds ten new submarine room tiles, which allows for new submarine builds and new strategies! Find it here!

Heroes of Normandie Organized Play!

If you’ve ever played a game, you know it’s more fun with other people. That’s why hobby stores are so great. They bring people together who love games and connect them so they can play games together! That’s what Organized Play is all about. Over the last year, we have had a ton of requests to offer Organized Play for one of our most popular and extensive games, Heroes of Normandieheroes-of-normandie-d-day-200x200

The design studio for Heroes of Normandie, Devil Pig Games, has created a massive amount of great content that players can use to keep the game fresh and challenging every time they play. We’ve been working with them closely to develop a program that stores can use for larger groups to connect players who are passionate about Heroes of Normandie every week.

Whether you just want to learn how to play or you’ve already constructed a 500 point army tuned for tournaments, Organized Play will help you meet other fans and make sure you get a game in every week.

If you’re a Heroes of Normandie enthusiast, make sure you check out our store locator and encourage your local store to sign up for this new program.

If you’re a hobby store and you love supporting your community, check out our Organized Play page for everything you need to sign up and get started.

As always, if you have any questions, make sure to send them to organizedplay@iellogames.com

 

*This program is currently only available in North America. We’re always working on expanding our outreach. Check back soon for updates!

King of Tokyo/NY National Qualifier Invitations

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Hello everyone!

Time is going by fast, and we’re getting closer and closer to GenCon 2015! Just like last year, we will be hosting a King of Tokyo/King of New York National Qualifier Tournament during the convention. Since we now have King of New York in the mix, the tournament structure will be different from last year’s. The first few qualifying rounds will be played with King of Tokyo and then we will move on to King of New York for the final round before crowning an ultimate winner.

Everyone who won a KoT/KoNY tournament at their local store or convention will be invited to participate and will have the chance to be named the 2015 National King of the Universe Champion. If you have already won a tournament, CHECK HERE to make sure your name is on our list. If it’s not – contact your local game store and make sure they fill out their After Action Report! It’s how we keep track of our winners and their contact info.

If you haven’t won a tournament, but are excited about the chance to be invited, show your local game store this link and ask them to host a tournament! There’s still time!

Otherwise, we will contact all the winners a month before the event with additional, more precise information.

Of course, if you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact us at sara@iellogames.com or danni@iellogames.com for clarification and help!

 

Easter Eggs: Night of the Grand Octopus pt.1

Hi Everyone ! This is Danni from IELLO Customer Service!

I thought I’d introduce you all to some possibly unnoticed Easter Eggs in a few of our games. These were a surprise to even me, and I spend most of my day handling all the little pieces of the games!

The first game I’m featuring is Night of the Grand Octopus – a Lovecraftian-themed game where everyone is a cultist trying to successfully awaken the Grand Octopus.

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We’ll start off sweet and simple. On the (English & French) box cover of the game, some may have noticed the loving homage to the Grand Octopus’s Mum on its chest.

I know, not very difficult, but hey! We’re still warming up our Easter Egg-finding skills.

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The rest of this post will focus on the seventh Location boards and their fun hidden gems. The Location above is the Colony of the Moon Men, and among them you may recognize some familiar faces. In the center, there is a Teletubby waiting to be dissected, and, on the upper-left side, an Alien half-hidden behind a piller.

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In the Agoba Marsh, there are more than a few Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back references. The name already should give you a hint; in French this tile is called le Marais d’Agoba. The reference doesn’t translate 100% into English, but some may still make the oral connection to Yoda’s home planet of Daghoba! The hut’s name on the sign reads Yogurt, which, for those of you have seen Spaceballs, should remind you of the Yoda parody played by Mel Brooks. In the water, there is very clearly some sort of monster (might it be the snake-like monster who ate R2D2?). You can also see the periscope of R2D2 poking out of the water on the right side. Finally, on the grass by the hut, there is a stack of rocks floating under the effect of the Force while Luke is in training.

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In our last feature of the post, we explore the Lost City. You can very clearly see Nemo floating around the waters, and also the robot-camera from The Abyss. On the left side, Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid also makes an appearance.

That’s all for this post, but there are still more Easter Eggs to find on the main board of THE NIGHT OF THE GRAND OCTOPUS.

 

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