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Recap of Origins Game Fair 2016

We’re finally settled back at home after our best Origins yet! The week we spent in Columbus, OH was a whirlwind of meetings, events, and playing new and old games. We miss it already!

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We had two areas again this year: a booth in the Exhibit Hall with our store and a section of the Open Gaming Hall where we had our League. At our booth, you could frequently catch glimpses of a Kong visiting from New York. Doesn’t he look awesome in his IELLO tshirt? We also had quick demos of our most recent releases and a bunch of  the new version of King of Tokyo for sale.

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In our Organized Play area, the IELLO League was constantly a hub of energy and gaming. This picture is from Wednesday, the calmest day. Note: the nicely aligned stacks of papers and buttons. That didn’t last long, but we had a great time with everyone who stopped by and played! Everyone who participated walked away with an armful of promos and a well-stamped player card as a souvenir!

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We also hosted the Heroes of Normandie Nationals at Origins this year. Clem, one of the designers, was our guest and had signings scheduled on Saturday. We were happy to host the Nationals at Origins this year since the show started as a place for war gamers to gather! We taught Heroes to many people during the convention, and a few of them left the show with their very own copy of the game!

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Three of our games were nominated for Origins Awards this year: Medieval Academy (Best Card Game), Welcome to the Dungeon (Best Card Game), and Me Want Cookies! (Best Family Game). They were up against worthy contestants, and while we didn’t come home with any trophies, we are honored for the nomination.

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Sunday was the last day and while it was a long, busy show, the team still managed to keep smiles on their faces! Our awesome demo team helped with break down and everything was packed up for Gen Con before dinner time! We are already excited for next year and are brain storming ways to make our booths bigger and better for our fans!

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If you weren’t able to make it to Origins, we hope to see you soon at Gen Con in August!

King of Tokyo 2016 Version

On the 5th anniversary of the release of the best-seller by Richard Garfield, King of Tokyo gets a facelift with a new version, entirely redone by a group of artists* lead by Régis Torres, who previously illustrated the Halloween expansion pack and King of New York.

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In addition to these exclusive illustrations, this new version will have a new rulebook that was reworked to be clearer, as well as two new monsters: the ever-so-popular Space Penguin (the original version, highly sought-after by players, was only available through tournaments) and Cyber Kitty.

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The King, Gigazaur, Meka Dragon, and Alienoid, still defending their territory, have also benefitted from a makeover. The changes are purely aesthetic changes: the rules of the game and Power cards remain unchanged.

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These new illustrations will also be used the the digital version of the game, currently in the development stages, whose requirements were the main reason behind the makeover.

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Initially published by IELLO in 2011, King of Tokyo has today been translated into 30 languages, and has sold over 750,000 copies worldwide!

This new version will be available on July 14 in English**, and by the end of the year in the 14 following languages: German, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and Swedish.

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Along with the release of this new version, IELLO and TARGET are also offering a special edition in which Gigazaur is replaced by Baby Gigazaur. This monster will be exclusive to Target for 1 year, then will be available to the owners of the other versions of the game.

* by Régis Torres, Igor Polouchine, Anthony Wolf, Djib, Gabriel Butik, Jonathan Silvertre, and Romain Gaschet

** release date in North America, pre-release date is June 30; the game will be available in other English-speaking regions in the following weeks.

Of course, we haven’t forgotten owners of the original edition, without whom the game’s success wouldn’t be possible. This new version will certainly inspire questions about compatibility and content, and we’ve tried to answer these questions so no one feels slighted.

Compatibility with the expansions

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to keep the same card backs on the Power cards (they hosted the old box cover, which is different in this new version). To make sure the original version is compatible with future expansions, or the existing cards (promos or cards in the Halloween expansion pack) with the new version, we’ll soon offer, at a reasonable price, card sleeves that fit the game’s theme.

The existing Evolution cards are completely compatible with the new version (by giving the new monsters the Evolutions of the monsters they replaced, or by using a dealing variant for the Evolutions – drafting or random distribution). A new version of Power Up! is already planned, with Evolutions for the new monsters, as well as Evolutions that let you use the King of Tokyo monsters in King of New York.

All the other contents, and notably the monsters, is and will remain entirely compatible between both versions and all expansions.

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We’re talking with our partners right now about the pertinence and possibility of offering Cyber Kitty and Space Penguin as a mini-expansion, so that owners of the original version can also enjoy them!

An additional monster that resembles Kraken will soon be available… Cyber Bunny is no longer available.

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Soon:

Level up and cross the Pacific with the King of New York: Power Up! expansion for monsters in King of New York, compatible with King of Tokyo (old and new versions)! It will include a new contestant and 112 Evolution cards to make your monsters mutate in New York and in Tokyo!

Gen Con 2016 Event Info

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our events at Gen Con (register here!), so I’ve put together a schedule and FAQ to help answer some of those questions.

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Thursday, August 4:

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Friday, August 5:

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Saturday, August 6:

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Sunday, August 7:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the IELLO League from last year?

This year we were unable to have our own Organized Play room, so all of our events will be in the Event Hall at Gen Con. This means we couldn’t keep the IELLO League format that was so popular last year. We tried to keep the same idea with the Showcases, where every time you play a game, you get prizes just for playing (no winning required!). This time though, you’ll receive a Player Card when you sign up that has the logo of each game we have available to play in the Exhibit and Event Hall. Each time you play a game, we’ll stamp your card and give you a scratch-off ticket (instead of an envelope). The ticket will determine what prize you receive (from an assortment of promos, prints, and stuff); you can receive 4 of these tickets each day. We’ll also have special objectives for you to complete; you can complete one of these per day. We’ll keep track of how many stamps you get each day by having a different color for each day.

Can I use the Player Card for multiple Showcases?

Yes! You can bring the Player Card with you to both IELLO locations and get stamped.

Are the Showcases set up for demos or for full play-throughs of games?

During the Showcase, you can play as long as you’d like for the duration of the event. Volunteers will be there to teach and help with rules, but the Showcases are an organized space for you to play.

What prizes are available?

We have three Levels of prizes that you can earn from participating in the Showcases. Level 1 has an assortment of promos and prints from older games (Steam Park, Zombie 15′, Three Little Pigs, etc.). Level 2 has an assortment of promos from our most recent games (Happy Pigs, Big Book of Madness, Medieval Academy, etc.). Level 3, which you get by completing special objectives, has King of Tokyo characters, The Broken Token inserts, rare promos, signed artwork, and more!

What happens if I reach my 4 daily stamps?

You can continue playing games and get prints or buttons – your choice!

If you have more questions, please send an email to info@iellogames.com and we’ll add them to the FAQ! Looking forward to seeing you at Gen Con!

IELLO Events at Origins 2016

Origins is four weeks away, and we’re getting excited! Promos and prizes are packed up, our games are on order, and our demo team is all organized. Since Event Registration is open, we wanted to share details about the events and provide a schedule of all of our events so you can plan your day in advance.

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Wednesday, June 15:

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We have the IELLO League running from 1pm-6pm.  If you don’t know what it is, check out this post that explains the concept. This year it’s working close to the same way, except you’ll get a scratch-off ticket instead of an envelope. Yay, less mess! Giant King of Tokyo will be out for two hours, from 3pm-5pm. All participants will receive a The Horde promo for King of Tokyo, and the winner will receive a Space Penguin. Exciting! We’ll have a Sapiens Tournament from 2pm-5pm. All participants will receive the Mountain AND Double promo tiles, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game. Since we’re having the Heroes of Normandie Nationals at Origins this year, we’re having an official demo of the game every day leading up to the event. At 4pm, demo a scenario guided by the designer of the Heroes Tactical System! All participants will get the Bill & Siegfried promo punchboard.

Thursday, June 16:

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We open at 10am with the IELLO League in full swing. Giant King of Tokyo and a King of Tokyo Tournament also start then. All participants of the tournament will receive a promo card pack and the winner will receive a Space Penguin and an invitation to the King of Tokyo Nationals at Gen Con! At 11am, we’ll have our Shadows over Normandie Demo, guided by the designer. All participants will receive the Game Store promo punchboard. At 2pm, we’ll have a Medieval Academy Tournament. All participants will get the Magic & Gallantry alternate tile, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game. At 3pm, we’ll have a King of New York Tournament. All participants will get a promo card pack, and the winner will receive an Alpha Zombie and an invitation to the King of New York Nationals at Gen Con. At 4pm, we’ll close out the day with a Biblios Tournament. The winner will receive a free copy of the game.

Friday, June 17:

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The IELLO League and Giant King of Tokyo start at 10am again, along with a King of New York Tournament. At 11am, we’ll have a Happy Pigs Demo, where all participants will get the Penguin promo. At 1pm, we’ll have a Welcome to the Dungeon Tournament where the winner will receive a free copy of the game. At 2pm, we’ll have a King of Tokyo Tournament, and then at 3pm, we’ll have a Sea of Clouds Demo, where each participant will get the Kawaii promo card pack. At 4pm, we’ll end the day with another designer-guided Heroes of Normandie Demo.

Saturday, June 18:

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The IELLO League and Giant King of Tokyo start at 10am, but most importantly, the Heroes of Normandie Nationals begin as well. Play scenarios specially designed for Origins or die trying! All participants will receive an assortment of HoN prizes, and the winner will receive a free copy of every HoN product. While this is going out, we’ll have a King of Tokyo Tournament at 12pm and a King of New York Tournament at 2pm. You can try your hand at The Big Book of Madness Challenge at 1pm. All participants gets the Mime promo, and the fastest (or surviving) team will get the Golem promo as well. At 3pm, we’ll have a Happy Pigs Tournament. All participants get the Duck promo, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game. At the same time, we’ll also have a Sea of Clouds Tournament. All participants will get a Captain promo board, and the winner will receive a free copy of the game.

Sunday, June 19:

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We’ll end the convention with just a small selection of low-key events. The IELLO League and Giant King of Tokyo will start at 10am. There will be a King of Tokyo Tournament at 11am, and a King of New York Tournament at 12pm. Then we pack up our booth and catch up on sleep after an exciting week of Origins!

Official IELLO Tabletop Day Events

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Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day, an event started by Geek & Sundry in 2012 to unite gamers around the world! Though Geek & Sundry has an event kit, some retailers signed up for Official IELLO events to help engage their customers.

Here’s a list of participating stores and the events they’re holding:

  • All Things Fun! (McGuire AFB, NJ) – King of Tokyo tournament
  • Avalon Comics & Games (Santa Barbara, CA)  – King of New York tournament
  • Bearded Dragon Games (Oneonta, NY) – King of Tokyo tournament
  • Better World Books (Goshen, IN)  – King of New York tournament
  • Brighton Park Community (Clinton, MI) – King of Tokyo & King of New York tournaments
  • Galactic Comics & Games (Statesboro, GA) – King of Tokyo tournament
  • Quest Comic Shop (Carrollton, GA) – King of Tokyo & King of New York tournaments
  • The Dice Latte (Seoul, Korea) – King of Tokyo tournament
  • The Game Preserve (Indianapolis, IN) – King of Tokyo tournament
  • The Loaded Die (Ferndale, MI) – King of Tokyo tournament
  • Top Tier Board Games (Hattiesburg, MI) – King of Tokyo tournament
  • Twice the Fun Games (Kemptville, Ontario) – King of New York tournament & Heroes of Normandie event

Have a great International Tabletop Day!

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