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Deep Water Games Reveals Floor Plan: Winchester Mystery House

From Deep Water Games and The Winchester Mystery House LLC comes Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House, based on the most extraordinary and bizarre house ever built. It is a sequel to Deep Water’s 2020 release Floor Plan, which was nominated for the Board Game Geek Award and is now on its 4th printing. Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House will be available in retail stores across the U.S. in Spring 2022.

In Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House, players take on the role of an architect designing the house for Sarah Winchester. Each round, a pair of dice are rolled, and players act simultaneously, using the dice to design the most mysterious and eccentric estate in the world. The design goals featured in the game are all real architectural and design features of the Winchester Mystery House, ranging from room designs to decor. One game might have you building the iconic Seance room, while another might spotlight the Daisy Bedroom where Sarah Winchester was allegedly trapped during the 1906 earthquake. Each game features a different six of the thirty goals, so when you play again, you’ll have a whole new experience. After all, Sarah is always building…

Winchester Mystery House is a landmark mansion in San Jose, CA, once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to a large portion of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. After losing her husband and child, Sarah left their home in New Haven, CT and moved out west to San Jose, where she bought an eight-room farmhouse and began what could only be described as the world’s longest home renovation. Construction continued around the clock for 38 years, as the original home grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion in what some say was an effort to confuse any spirits bent on seeking revenge for their death by rifle.

Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House is designed by John Brieger of Brieger Creative. Brieger is a board game developer based in Sunnyvale, CA with a background in qualitative research. After leaving Apple, he founded the board game development studio Brieger Creative. Brieger Creative are the developers on the original Floor Plan game, which was designed by Marek Tupy, as well as on several other roll and write style games, including Cartographers and Long Shot the Dice Game.

Floor Plan: The Winchester Mystery House is the second collaboration between The Winchester Mystery House LLC and Ox Eye Media after The Winchester Mystery House comic series releasing in October. Published by Source Point Press, the comic series is a masterfully crafted horror tale written by Joshua Werner and illustrated by Dustin Irvin, taking readers into the non-stop construction of “The house that spirits built.”

Game imagery as shown are working prototypes, subject to Licensor approval

Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade Brings Pinball to Roll-and-Write Games

Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade

WizKids has announced that their hotly-anticipated Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cadea new pinball themed roll-and-write game from designer Geoff Engelstein, is now available in North American Game Stores!

This spectacular new title features four unique tables and matching backglass for players to choose from: Carniball, Cyberhack, Dance Fever!, and Dragon Slayer. Each turn, a pair of dice is rolled. Each player will select one of the two results and move their pinball to a bumper, spinner, or target with a matching number. As the game progresses, players will make their way down each level of the table, eventually selecting which flipper’s roll to use to send the ball back to the top.

With a small footprint and quick setup, Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade is great for solo or group play. Each of the game’s 4 tables has unique mechanics, challenges, and bonuses for players to enjoy, making this the ultimate game night treat!

The game is for 1-4 players ages 12+ and games should take about 30 minutes.

As a special treat, head to the WizKids website for free print-and-plays of Carniball, the game’s introductory table, and Cyberhack, an intermediate table from the game, along with a how to play video featuring designer Geoff Engelstein!

Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade

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Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale Gets a New Stand-Alone Expansion Cartographers: Heroes

Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale

Thunderworks Games has announced a new stand-alone expansion for Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, Cartographers: Heroes. This comes on top of the news that the game has been nominated by Spiel des Jahres for the 2020 Kennerspiel Des Jahres award!

Cartographers allows 1-100 players (but who’s counting?) to draw shapes on their own map sheets and compete for the highest reputation over four rounds (or seasons). Both solo gamers and groups of every size are challenged to achieve a series of variable scoring objectives while trying to mitigate the effects of monster ambush cards.

Cartographers: Heroes can be played on its own or combined with Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale. Heroes will feature all-new cards and maps, as well as the ability to unlock heroes to ward off invading monsters.

In addition, three new map packs are in development that can be played with either version of Cartographers. Each provides new map sheets, cards, and a unique and challenging way to play the game. The map packs are:

  • Afffril: Plane of Knowledge
  • Nebblis: Plane of Flame
  • Undercity: Depths of Sabek

Current plans are to launch Cartographers: Heroes and the map packs later this year.