Arisia's Indie Game Expo
Arisia is hosting our first-ever Indie Game Expo on Sunday, January 17th from 9 AM to 3 PM in Grand A Ballroom! Come check out the year's best tabletop and digital games, sneak a peek at upcoming releases, and chat with developers from indie game studios.
A.E.G.I.S. - Combining Robot Strategy Game
A.E.G.I.S. is a fast-paced, 2-4 player combat strategy game with 15-30 minute play time. Players control teams of five colorful robots, and in battle they do combat with your opponents' teams of five. Robots can combine together into bigger, more powerful, versatile forms, and it has all the awesomeness of all your favorite giant robot cartoons. Originally self-published and a fan favorite at PAX East, GenCon and BostonFIG, A.E.G.I.S. is scheduled to be published through Greenbrier Games in 2016 after running a Kickstarter in the first quarter of next year.
Crown of Exile is a strategy card game about nobles vying for supremacy in unclaimed territory. Players draft cards into their hand that represent the buildings and people they have at their castles and then take on quests to expand their kingdoms, but as they do so they accrue an ongoing cost to keep their kingdom intact, and expose themselves to attacks and underhanded plays by their opponents.
Alchemy! is a game about apprentice alchemists having a potion making contest. Players gather components and break them into elements that can be recombined to create a randomized set of potions- the winner is the person with the most potions at the end of the game. However each potion can also be consumed to give players special powers, but at the cost of some of that potion and some of the player's accumulated points.
Breakers Yard is a dual-stick shooter with automatically combining weapons: The more weapons you collect, the more it will keep evolving! Grab a friend for co-op and explore a junkyard wasteland taken over by self-replicating machines. Collect perks, crush robots, and try not to catch fire!
Breakers Yard is developed by Protophant, a one-man Boston-area game developer who hammers code together on nights and weekends. Breakers Yard will be coming out on Steam for PC and Mac but it's already a blast to play now, so stop on by!
Choice of Games LLC
Called “one of the leading lights” of interactive fiction by The Guardian, Choice of Games LLC is dedicated to producing high-quality, text-based, multiple-choice games.
We believe that text-based games are an underutilized format within modern computer games. Just as motion pictures, radio dramas, and television supplement books without rendering them obsolete, similarly modern graphic-based games cover only part of the computer gaming landscape. By using text, we can interact with the imagination in different ways from a graphics-based game.
We produce games in house in our simple scripting language for writing text-based games, ChoiceScript. We also make ChoiceScript available for to others for use in their projects, and we host games produced by other designers using ChoiceScript on our website. We also produce mobile versions of our games that can be played on iPhones, Android phones, and other mobile devices.
Our games feature complex and dynamic stories, progressive values, and high-quality writing. Choice of Games titles have won the XYZZY Award, placed in IFComp, featured in the Boston Festival of Independent Games Digital Showcase, and been nominated for numerous other awards.
Find out more at http://choiceofgames.com
Descendants: Voidborne is a turn based, space strategy game in which you create the universe as you play. The goal is to build a legacy for your people, through trade, combat, negotiation and colonization.
At its heart, Voidborne is a worldbuilding game. Matches in Voidborne take 30-60 minutes to complete and continue from where the previous match left off within the same universe. The alliances you form, the colonies you develop and the characters you interact with form the setting for each new match.
For example, in one game you might construct a secret facility with the goal of engineering a new race of superior administrators. Then, during a subsequent match, you can return to reclaim the lost technology only to find that the facility is long since abandoned and its remains have been annexed by a mega-corporation.
Voidborne combines the scale and diversity of Master of Orion, the tactical combat and pacing of XCOM and the trade and negotiation from Star Control into a single game. It also introduces a whole new element to the genre by having a living, breathing universe that changes in response to play.
Dragoon by Lay Waste Games
You and your fellow dragons have lived peacefully on your island...until now. The invasion of humans has awakened your instincts to dominate and hoard as much gold as you can get your claws on!
Created by Lay Waste Games, Dragoon is an action strategy game with an ever-changing landscape. Village and city tiles populate the map each round using a coordinate system. During your turn, choose between claiming villages and cities that pay you tribute, or destroying them out right for instant gold. Challenge other players in dragon-to-dragon combat before they lay waste to your empire or enter your cave to steal your riches. You’re never out of the game until the last gold coin is snatched up! Dragoon was successfully funded on Kickstarter with over 975% of its goal by over 1,200 backers in 2015. Games will be shipping this March, so head over to playdragoon.com and get your copy!
Oh, and we forgot to mention. The game comes with real gold inside!
Eye4Games is a tabletop game company. We founded the company when our first game got accepted into the Boston Festival of Indie Games. Since then, we have had 2 successful Kickstarters and are working on many games to publish in the future. We are a group of passionate game creators who want to make high-quality unique games.
Our first published game is AlakaSLAM, a game where you play as wizards facing off in a tennis match. alakaslam.eye4games.com
Our first designed, and second published game is Clairvoyance, a game where you play as psychics who hurl furniture at each other to see who is the best psychic in town. clairvoyance.eye4games.com
The next big game for Eye4Games is going to be Rise of the Robotariat, a game where you play cooperatively as robots who are tired of the oppressive humans and are working to generate enough support for your rebellion. rise.eye4games.com
You’re a combination Scientist, Inventor, Salesperson, CEO, and Promoter trying to dominate the market and survive the dystopian world of G.M.O.ooh!
(www.LampoonTheSystem.com/GMO) Real-life Genetically Modified Organisms are intermingled with bizarre, futuristic innovations to create the ultimate party game. Players will require entrepreneurship, cunning, and creativity to debate the merits of their Organisms and crush the competition. How are the George Cloneys going to sell? What’s the market demand for a Porcu-Gun? How will the original GMOs like corn, soy, salmon, and alfalfa evolve in the future? You determine the shocking answers in G.M.O.ooh!
The target audience for G.M.O.ooh! includes college students, party gamers of any age, and gift store patrons. Core game mechanics include debate, improvisation, persuasion, and a little strategy. G.M.O.ooh! is available in English and German.
Game designed by Jon Pawelko. Art by Jimmy Hasse, Josh Wright, and John Golden. Published by Lampoon The System.Lampoon The System (www.LampooonTheSystem.com) specializes in political and social satire including cartoons, animation, sketch comedy, improvisation jams, and talk show segments.
Games by Play Date
Games by Play Date is a NH based studio that creates open access analog games. Through rapid iteration and creative commons licensing we create exciting and progressive gaming experiences. The creators behind slash, Pack the Pack and Bad Habit are excited to share some of our newest designs with the public at Arisia 2016.
Geek Fever Games
Geek Fever Games is proud to deliver the most exciting and compelling game experiences on this side of the known universe. Founded in 2012 by Connecticut game designers Jason Miceli and Matthew Plourde, Geek Fever Games added Connecticut game designer Tim Mierzejewski and his Firepeng line of games to the company in 2015. Collectively, Geek Fever Games has fulfilled 5 successful crowdfunding campaigns and published 6 games to date. Notable achievements include Boston Festival of Indie Games Tabletop Showcase, IndieDB top 0.1%, The Game Crafter Sanity Accolade, The Game Crafter Artwork Accolade, and The Game Crafter Tiberium Seller Accolade.
Mars vs. Earth
Hidden loyalty card game for 3 to 10 players
Earth is under attack!
They came for our resources…
They came to annihilate us…
They came for our… cows?!
In this alternate-reality, 1950’s era setting – we are not alone! Aliens from the planet Mars have secretly descended upon Earth. As a member of an elite multi-national squad, you must defend our home against the vicious, little green men as they try to abduct our wives, mutilate our cows and boil our oceans!
To complicate matters (if inside-out cows weren’t bad enough), the aliens can replicate our DNA and clone human beings. They know our agency is the last line of defense and they have infiltrated our ranks. That trusted partner of yours may actually be an alien spy! Hey, I don’t remember you holding your hand over your heart during the National Anthem – when was the last time your DNA was screened?
Plus Word - a game of connections
Family/party card game for 2 to 8 players
How would you connect the words “COLD” and “SCARY"? Maybe you'd think of "YETI." Or maybe "AVALANCHE." Or even "HYPOTHERMIA." It's up to you. But you're also trying to make a connection with the other people playing. Can you get them to think the same as you? Can you think the same as them? The better you can connect, the better you'll do.
Plus Word. Make the connection.
Joshua A.C. Newman of the glyphpress
Joshua A.C. Newman is the publisher of the Mobile Frame Zero, Shock:, The Name of Bronze, and other innovative game systems designed to encourage joyful play with serious philosophical and social issues. His works can be found at mobileframezero.com and glyphpress.com, where you'll also find his speculative science illustration and fiction.
OBEY is an asymmetrical multiplayer game. We've all played games where you send commands to teammates or AI units. OBEY instead puts you in the position to command your enemies (human opponents), and to be commanded by them. Players are always free to obey/disobey.
Risen Games creates unique action games for the PC! Our upcoming game, Stardrift Nomads, combines elements of the dual-stick shooter and tower defense genres to produce an addictive Co-op PvE experience like no other. Come by our booth and see if your team can survive.
Make believe you are robots trying to find your missing pet robits. Work together choosing your path through the story; having encounters, finding friends and adventuring along the way.
Choose a character then follow along in the story book. As you have encounters, decide how the characters will approach the situation. Tell a little story and then roll the dice.
You teammates can choose help out if needed to succeed. Failing isn't always bad, but sometimes a wrong turn can send you home early.
Vampires & Villagers: Curse of Christoph
Build your Crypt, Destroy the Village, Defeat your Rivals!
Players take on the role of rival vampire clans intent on destroying the village of Askwith, Massachusetts. Basic turn structure is draw 1 card and play 1 card. On a turn, you may build up the strength of the human village, strengthen your vampire crypt, or send a vampire hunter against a rival. Powerful attacks against the village will trigger events during the game. Hand management, offensive and defensive play are all important as scoring for the game is only calculated when one player destroys the village and triggers the end of game.
This card game combines classic Gothic horror characters with 20th century Goths in a game where everyone plays as a vampire and, in the end, the humans always lose.
Thematically, fans of 1990's Vampire media will appreciate the clean and detailed art style in this game set in the weird and might-have been ghost town of Askwith, Massachusetts.
XANTARA is a fantasy story in the form of a a multi-media webcomic.
Elin is the last survivor of her town after the crystals that people have been mining for decades, took form and began to attack them. Several months after the catastrophe Elin meets Keira, a younger girl with the strange ability to harness power from her crystal necklace. Keira explains that she is on a quest to reverse the uprising, and Elin decides to join her. As they travel across the world they must deal with crystal monsters and find out the truth about their planet and their people.
XANTARA has been in the works since June 2013, and began publishing on March 06, 2014. Each new page gets released on Friday, and each chapter has a short game that furthers the plot and is an integral part of the story. The game picks up where the story lets off and has cutscenes that help string everything together. There are details in the comic that will help a reader understand the games, and vice versa.