If nothing else came out of Toy Fair for Playroom Entertainment, it’d still be great news that production of Killer Bunnies has resumed and the whole line of murderous-rabbit card games should be back in-stock on store shelves soon.
But of course that wasn’t the only news from Playroom. The company is moving ahead with several new products in 2016.
Pass the Pandas (spring, $12) is a light, cute dice game with the simple goal of getting rid of all your dice. Everyone rolls. Pandas are passed. Water dice are out. Blanks you have to keep. And any that land bamboo go in to a kind-of roll-off to see with whom they end up.
Playroom’s Geek Out line of trivia games gets an edition, Geek Out Family (spring, $20), populated with questions that should be easier for kids.
Another trivia game coming from the company plays off the current obsessive concern with spoilers. In Spoiler Alert (June, $20), players attempt to get their partners to guess the names of movies, TV shows, books, and songs. Every one they can do within 60 seconds, not using a list of specific “spoiler” words, earns 10 points. Alternatively, they can go ahead and use one of those words, which will certainly make the guessing easier, but at a penalty of 1 or 5 points, depending on how good a clue it is (proper names are never allowed). For example, if the title is Star Wars, then “light saber” is a giveaway at -5 points.
Costume Party Assassins (spring, $30) has players trying to guess which character meeple belongs to which player based on how they move the other meeples around the board.
Three Little Birds (May, $20) is a cooperative game for young children. The goal is to get the birds back to the nest. But with every card offering two or more ways to move them, the players must discuss and come to agreement on which they choose together.
Sherlock Deluxe (May, $15) plays the same as Playroom’s previously published non-deluxe memory-and-move card game. This one, though, has a few additional cards and a cute Sherlock, dog detective, pawn.
Hey, David. Did you see or hear anything about Unspeakable Words – Deluxe Edition at Playroom’s booth?
I did not. I didn’t think to ask. And as Toy Fair is targeted to retail buyers, I’m not surprised it wasn’t on display.
I’ll see what I can find out and let you know if I have any news.
Dan Rowen of Playroom assures me that both Unspeakable Words Deluxe and Sitting Ducks Deluxe are in production at the factory. While that’s happening, he says there isn’t anything else to report.
If you’re a backer you may know this already, but apparently there were a number of problems that necessitated changing factories several times. I believe that has all now been resolved and it’s just a matter of waiting for manufacturing.