Category: Machi Koro


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Pandasaurus & IDW Games Holiday Gift Guide & Contest!

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IT’S HERE!

THE 2015 IDW & PANDASAURUS GIFT GUIDE is the answer to all of the gamers (and soon to be!) gamers in your life you’re scratching your head about! From Stocking Stuffers to Family Games to full-on AP inducing Gamer’s Games, we’ve got it all sorted and explained.

Once you’re done perusing, check out our handy-dandy FLGS locator to find your precious! If you don’t have a local store near ya, “Diamonsters,” “Machi Koro” and “Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion” are at Barnes & Nobles and “Machi Koro” is now officially in Targets across the US!

To celebrate and spread the word about our guide, we’re launching a 12 Days of Holiday Guide Gift Giving Contest across ours and IDW’s social sites! EACH DAY a different game from our guide will be featured and up for grabs! Starting TODAY with “Diamonsters”! Check out Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for a chance to nab it!

Happy Holidays and Happy Gaming!!

 

~Team Pandasaurus

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Machi Koro, News

Machi Koro Nominated for SPIEL DES JAHRES

We here at Pandasaurus HQ are beside ourselves as our beloved Machi Koro is officially one of three games nominated for the top gaming honor of 2015 Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year)! For anyone wondering what the SDJ is, it’s kind of like the Oscars of tabletop gaming. Previous winners include grail games such as Ticket to Ride, Catan, Quirkle, Carcassonne, Dominion and Hanabi among many very notable others.

The two phenomenal games nominated alongside Machi are The Game and Colt Express. Thus, we know we’ve got some stiff and very deserving competition, but that makes the nomination all the better. It has been our great honor to bring the work of Machi’s brilliant designer, Masao Suganuma, and the visually incomparable artist, Noboru Hotta, to the United States.

Machi Koro is the first Japanese game to ever be nominated, so having just come back from visiting with the brains behind MK, we know that this means the world to the Japanese gaming community.

Winners will be announced soon, so stay tuned and thanks most of all to all of y’all for spreading the Machi love and letting the world know about this little game from Tokyo!

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Machi Koro Hits Major Holiday Guides!

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Everyone from BGG to Mommy Blogs are adding Machi Koro to their Holiday Gift Guides. Thinking about putting Machi under the tree? Don’t take our word for it!

GeekDad recommends this “quick-playing game that took me by surprise.” “It’s easy to learn and has a good mix of luck and strategy.”

The Morning News says, “In 1995, Settlers of Catan helped usher in a renaissance in contemporary boardgaming. Nearly two decades later, Machi Koro is here to remind us of the joys of city-building.”

BGG (the touchstone of table top) recommends as a “fast-playing” and “charming” family game.

Starlight Citadel dubs it a “fast-playing, colorful, and quick game.” With a “surprising degree of complexity.”

Other Gift Guides include mommy blog, SAHM.com, CoolStuffInc., GeekMom,Gameosity and more!

Already got Machi and want a chance to add some complexity (and a player) with a pre-release copy of the Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion? In honor of the glowing review our lil’ game got in the Guardian (“quick, light and full of charm”), we’ve got contests going on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Instagram.

And don’t forget about the critically acclaimed Tammany Hall (for the more back-stabbing set)! Tammany Hall: For the Gamer Who Deserves Coal in Their Stockings.

Happy Holidays to all our Panda S fans!

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BBQ, White Pants and Machi Update

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This State of the Saurus will focus mainly on Bar-B-Que. Because…Labor Day. Also, the millions and millions of white pants that will no longer be worn—except in Miami where the dress code calls for only white pants, all the time, all year long.

All right, let’s begin… JUST KIDDING. We know y’all want to know about the status of one Machi Koro. So, let’s get on it:

Good news! The shiny, new, bootiful print run is ON A BOAT. (Happy dance!) And because we love you so much, we’ve got some picks of the final print run to share with you below:

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Machi was delayed due to some production issues. They were not major, but we here at Pandasaurus pride ourselves on quality. And anything below the very best is just not good enough. We hated this being delayed. We hated even more how many of y’all were pretty darn bummed because of the delay, and to you we want to say THANK YOU! Thanks for your patience, for your loyalty as a Panda S customer, and for your boundless love of this tiny little game. You guys have really gotten the word out, given the world Machi fever, and seriously rock.

In other Machi news, Geek Dad (the famed blog previously of Wired fame) wrote a full, fantastic review of our little game in which he implores readers to “pay a visit to lovely Machi Koro” (it was mentioned in his Best of Gen Con, but an actual review is now here). Some choice gems from Jonathan Liu:

~”What I love about Machi Koro is that it’s so simple to learn, and even though there’s a lot of luck involved, much of the gameplay is about deciding how to take advantage of the odds.”

~”Since Machi Koro was one of the few games I picked up during Gen Con, I got a head start learning it and playing it, and my kids have really enjoyed playing it with me… It’s all about turning your town into a powerful economic engine.”

~”You’ll have to wait a couple weeks before it’s available in the US, but keep an eye out for Machi Koro. It may be a small town, but it’s definitely worth a visit.”

But that’s enough of that for now, because we’ve got some other tricks up our sleeves. On the same boat is a reprint of something near and dear to our heart, the one and only game of political backstabbing and corruption and our first game ever, TAMMANY HALL! It’ll be here soon, the box will look a little different, but it’s the same great game y’all love. Be sure to ask your FLGS about it.

Also hitting the same time is Kill Shakespeare. It’s the Battle of the Bard, IDW’s first foray into games based on their hit comic book series by the same name. Kill Shakespeare was designed by Thomas and Wolfe, the gents behind Yedo, so we’ve got a feeling you hardcore gamers out there are gunna like this one.

PANDA S SEAL OF APPROVAL TIME: We’d also like to report on the game we played at NYEEK, our local game night, this week. This was one of N’s prized scores from Gen Con and we can’t do enough cheerleading (with handstands!) for Sheriff of Nottingham. The game is duplicitous in all the right ways. If you’re in the mood for one heck of a bluffing game (we’re talking layer upon layer upon layer of deceit) nab this one IMMEDITATELY. We were in stitches.

Until next time friends, happy gaming and don’t let anyone ANY ONE give you flack for wearing that Spiderman onesie to bed… Like someone I know…

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Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Machi Koro, Machi Koro Harbor Expansion, Reviews, State of the Saurus

Life After Gen Con

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It’s been a crazy post-Gen Con week here at Pandasaurus HQ, and I must say that while the coffee in our lives may have indeed improved vastly, we are missing the hell out of all of y’all. There’s no better feeling than that of being around the good, like-minded peeps that are proud to call themselves board game geeks!

Speaking of which, Forbes just reported that there were more than 56,000 of you lovelies there; double the number of Gen Con attendees just five years ago. That’s crazytime, y’all! Table top gaming is growing, big time. And nothing could be better for the world than more Agricola and Sherriff of Nottingham and less Monopoly and Sorry. Sorry, Sorry.

I should also note that in addition to all of you, N also misses Pizza Hut (they don’t have them in NYC). Sad, I know. We’re surrounded by delicious, big-slice pizza, yet not a drop of the Hut for him to drink…

But back to the State of the ‘Saurus! We’ve got some stuffs to say!

First off, we know y’all are clamoring for a little piece of Machi Koro, and we hear ya loud and clear—we want nothing more than to get it into your paws! Sadly, there have been some completely unforeseen production delays. We wanted to make 100 percent sure that the final copies were completely up to our high production standards. Nothing but the best. BUT it will be out in a few weeks. So soon! And in the meantime some additional cool Machi-things happened this week, like:

-The beloved blog Geek Dad calling it out as one of the few games he actually got the chance to play at Gen Con. Jonathan Liu dubbed it “a delightful surprise” and revealed an upcoming review. We agree. But it’s not a surprise for us. Not sure where that leaves us… NEXT!

-The upstanding Canadians behind Watch It Played posted not one, but two Machi vids. Here’s the How to Play vid—which is super awesome if you’re wanting to learn. Rodney provides the best step-by-step guide we’ve come across heretofore.

Next up is their play through. Again, super helpful if you’re learning. Also, that family is insanely cute—good luck in Japan, Andrea! And because they’re so stinking cute, we’ll just maybe forgive them for calling Mr. Pandasaurus a “Pegasaurus.”

And once you’re done checking out the base game with that vid, check N and I on BGG’s Gen Con 2014 coverage where we show off the shiny, new Machi Koro Harbor Expansion!! Warning: I am shy and am cursed with the sad affliction known as RBF—DON’T JUDGE ME!

Check it out here, action (or in my case, inaction) starts at 2:00.

For videos where both people actually talk on camera, check out this BGG clip of the Great Kevin Wilson speaking with N about his upcoming X-Files game. Best moment: Beth Heile geeking out about X-Files parties in college. Check it out here, action starts at 5:30.

And that’s it for this week’s installment of the State of the ‘Saurus. Tonight there will be lots of beer and Sheriff of Nottingham at our local game night. The gods are good.

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*Photo courtesy of Geek Dad

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Diamonsters, Fire and Axe, Machi Koro, Pandasaurus Games

Pandasaurus Games Takes a Bite Out of Gen Con

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Gen Con 2014 – Pandasaurus Games took Indianapolis last week for the mother of all board game conventions: Gen Con. Well, in the US (apologies to Essen), and lots happened. Games were played, tournaments were held and no sleep was had.

So, let’s break it down: The biggest Gen Con Panda S buzz with a bullet was the one and only Machi Koro. We had more interested gamers that we could handle—luckily we had a crew of intrepid, really, really good-looking and talented demoers, whom we are eternally grateful to! Seriously, as in, we probably owe them our first-born. (Oops. Shouldn’t have said that out loud. They’re gunna be coming for Johnny!) Of course Nathan held his fair share of Gen Con Machi Demos as well. Machi Koro Demoing is now listed on his LinkedIn. I did exactly one demo, turned bright red and apologized profusely when N took over and, you know, actually explained the game in a coherent manner. God bless the sweet gamer that insisted that I, “did a great job.” I owe you. Second born… maybe?

Continuing with the Machi Fever, we held a very successful (and nasty!) tournament on Thursday. Machi fans are fighters! We’d never seen so many coffee shops and purple cards! Oh, my! Winners of each round won a custom Machi Koro play mat and the crowned king won a prized copy of Machi itself. He was eager to test ways to make it meaner. Machi will be in y’alls’ paws in just a few weeks! We promise!

Other buzziness was IDW/Panadaurus’ upcoming X-Files board game. Fans were lucky enough to have the great Kevin Wilson demo the game at various times in the booth. Ain’t nothing like a demo from the man that made the game! You can get all the Mulder and Skully you can handle come October! If you missed Kevin at the Con, be sure to keep an eye out for the BGG News Gen Con 2014  vid of he and Nathan talking about/explaining the game for all of you lovelies!

Speaking of the camera, Nathan got another shot at trying to look less goofy onscreen with the BGG livestream vid of us explaining Diamonsters. At least I was there to make Nathan look like a thespian. That will also be on YouTube, keep one eye open. Lastly, we had two HUGE Gen Con announcements. Pandasaurus is taking on the out of print grail game, Fire and Axe, and the much buzzed about, oil-hungry euro, Wildcatters. In case you don’t know what to think about ‘Catters, the boys of Shut Up & Sit Down deemed it the Gen Con “game we’re most excited about.”

In between the above was breaking the bank on all of the board games we have been drooling over in the last few months, one billion gallons of convention-grade coffee and Nathan sleepwalking into a merry band of cosplay minstrels.

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Machi Koro Harbor Expansion This Fall

Pandasaurus Games is proud to announce that the first expansion for Masao Suganuma’s Machi Koro—Machi Koro Harbor pic2034047_mdExansion a.k.a. Machi Koro Plus — will be available before the end of 2014. This expansion includes extra cards allowing for up to five players, two new landmarks (so that players must complete six instead of four), and ten new establishments. What’s more, with the expansion players set up the game differently each time a la Dominion with only ten establishments in play each game.

 

Its election time in Machi Koro and your mayorship is in peril. The citizens are no longer wowed by Cheese Factories and Coffee Shops. Winning reelection means going big.

Remember that bay that the cheese factories have been dumping their unsold Gouda into all these years? Your salvation lies in rehabbing that polluted body of water northeast of town. So get ready to roll up your sleeves and earn those votes.

A harbor with fancy boats and sushi bars and a shiny new airport will surely bring more gold to town and more gratitude! Sure, the city might not have the money in its coffers to pay for all this, but that never stopped you before.

The Machi Koro Harbor Expansion injects further excitement into the game that has everyone talking! Want even more fun in your box?! Perhaps ten new establishments, one new starting establishment and two new landmarks will help?

Machi Koro the Harbor expansion requires the base game Machi Koro to play and is designed to add more variety, strategy and a 5th player to the smash hit Machi Koro.

Say hello to more variety, more nail biting and MORE players!

The Harbor Expansion is an absolute must for bonafide Machi- whizzes and newbies alike!

Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion, expands the Machi Koro base game by adding thirteen new types of cards: ten new establishments, one new starting establishment, and two new landmarks. The expansion adds more complexity to the game, including seaports and airports that can be upgraded with additional boats (in the case of seaports) or facilities. Players also now need to complete six landmarks instead of four. Finally, with more establishments in the game, players choose only ten for use in any single game, mixing up what’s available each time you bring it to the table.

 

Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion includes cards that allow for up to five players to compete at the same time (82 cards total), while Machi Koro Plus includes only the new types of cards (68 cards).

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Machi Koro Pre Order Bonus Card

ALL FIRST-EDITION PRE-ORDER COPIES OF MACHI KORO TO CONTAIN EXCLUSIVE LANDMARK CARD

San Diego, CA (April 28, 2014) – Today, Pandasaurus Games and IDW Games announced a pre-order exclusive bonus card for the hotly anticipated Machi Koro card game set for release this July. The card will be exclusive to hobby and gaming stores and will only be inserted in pre-ordered, first-edition copies of the game. While Machi Koro isn’t due out until July, retailers hoping to participate in this unique offer will have to get their pre-orders in by May 28, 2014 to guarantee they receive this exclusive card.

“The board game market’s abuzz about Machi Koro, and a lot of that has been due to the enthusiasm created in all the ‘friendly local game stores,’” said IDW Director of Business Development, Jerry Bennington. “This exclusive landmark card is our way of thanking the shops that have created and educated these fans of well-designed, lighthearted strategy games like Machi Koro.”

Each pre-ordered copy of Machi Koro will include five copies of the exclusive “Gaming Mega Store” landmark card, meaning this uniquely designed, all-new card will be compatible with both Machi Koro and Machi Koro Plus, the planned October 2014 expansion. Originally designed and released in Japan, Machi Koro has developed a cult-favorite status around the world. Excited fans have been eagerly anticipating an English translation, and the game has already garnered a “seal of excellence” from The Dice Tower.

“We here at Pandasaurus know exactly how crucial local gaming stores are to the tabletop community!” said Pandasaurus V.P. of Marketing, Molly Wardlaw. “Thus, we are overjoyed to be able to offer such an exciting exclusive (for such an exciting game!) to say ‘Thank you for what you do.’”

Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region.  You will need to collect income from developments and build public works, as well as steal from your neighbors’ coffers, just make sure they aren’t doing the same to you! Machi Koro is a fast-paced lighthearted game for you and up to 3 friends. They say you can’t build Rome in a day, but Machi Koro will be built in under 30 minutes!

Posted on /by Nathan McNair/in Machi Koro

Machi Koro Coming Soon

MACHI KORO TO MAKE ITS NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT THIS SUMMER 

San Diego, CA (March 18, 2014) – Today IDW Games and Pandasaurus Games announced the publication of Machi Koro, the first of many small box games to be released in partnership with Pandasaurus Games. This July, gamers can look forward to adding the international hit card game Machi Koro to their weekly game sessions.

This will be the first North American printing of the fast-paced, dice-rolling city builder, Machi Koro. In the game, players compete to be the first person to build up their simple village into a sprawling metropolis. Originally designed and released in Japan, Machi Koro has developed a dedicated fan-base around the world. Excited fans have been eagerly anticipating an English translation, and the game has already garnered a “seal of excellence” from The Dice Tower among many other accolades.

“This is absolutely one of the most addictive games I’ve ever played,” said Molly Wardlaw of Pandasaurus Games “Machi Koro is a table top gamer’s dream.  Machi Koro is so infectiously fun because it combines strategy in a small fast-paced experience.  This is a game that could easily be played with non-gamers, but has enough depth and strategy to satiate the most dedicated table top fanatics. This is the epitome of the ‘let’s play just one more round’ experience.”

Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region. You will need to collect income from developments and build public works, and steal from your neighbors coffers. Just make sure they aren’t doing the same to you! Machi Koro is a fast-paced light-hearted game for you and up to 3 friends. They say you can’t build Rome in a day, but Machi Koro will can be built in under 30 minutes!

Machi Koro is a game that’s been whispered about in gaming halls for a long time,” said IDW Director of Business Development Jerry Bennington. “Any convention it’s been at, players have swarmed booths, snapping up copies, even if they had to translate rules and cards. We’re excited to be introducing ourselves at GAMA with a game and giveaway this prestigious.”

Machi Koro will be on display at the GAMA trade show March 17-21, 2014. The first 100 attendees to participate in a demo at the IDW Games booth will walk away with a promo copy of Machi Koro. The game will retail for $29.99 and an expansion is already being planned for release for this holiday season.