Breaking Games: Gencon

Aspiring city planners and historians could find something to play at Breaking Games’ booth at Gen Con, which featured more than 10 board and card games.

Gen Con, the largest tabletop gaming convention in America, took place Aug. 2-5 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ian Reed with Breaking Games said Rise of Tribes and Expancity are the main titles they are showing off at Gen Con.

In Rise of Tribes players will explore land as a prehistoric tribe, build villages, collect resources and hopefully eke out everyone else with a dice-pushing mechanic.

“There are multiple ways the game can be advanced,” he said.

Players will advance their civilization through seasons and unexplored territory in order to grow their influence.

Rise of Tribes is fit for 2-4 players and it takes about 30-60 minutes to complete.

The game is shipping this month after a successful Kickstarter raising $386,887 from 5,906 backers.

Another big title on the floor was Expancity. This is a city building game where players zone land, construct skyscrapers and acquire valuable contracts. At the end of a game players should have constructed a unique skyline with physical pieces that resemble high rise structures.

The game is made for 2-4 people and it takes 60-90 minutes to complete. It retails for $60.

Reed said the game was quite popular at Gen Con and they completely sold out.

Looking ahead, Breaking Games plans to attend PAX Unplugged, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Reed said they expect to bring It Dies With Me, which is a party card game where a player writes a true secret on edible rice paper. The player who wins the game has to eat the rice paper, whether or not they read the secret written on it.

“It dies with you,” he said.

Another game for PAX Unplugged attendees is Convert. Reed describes it as Connect 4, Othello and Tetris smashed together. Players take wooden block pieces and fit them together to hopefully cover the most area on the structure they have built in the end.


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