Origins 2017 Event Coverage 12: IDW’s Purrrlock Holmes

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Jun 252017

I stopped by IDW at Origins Game Fair and played Purrrlock Holmes. A race of deduction against time and Purriarty.

After playing Purrrlock Holmes once I can say that there is a certain charm to it that many people will find appealing.  I can easily see parents playing Purrrlock Holmes with there families.



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Arcane Academy from IDW

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Jun 112016

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Challenge rival students to become the best in class in Arcane Academy, an innovative board game of tile linking wizardry for 2-4 players that pits young spellcasters against one another in a duel for honor and prestige.


Forge potent magic items and wield wickedly powerful elemental energies to outthink and outmaneuver your opponents in this elegantly simple and quick-to-learn board game that will appeal to families and experienced players alike!


Game design by Eric M. Lang & Kevin Wilson.

Artwork by Sarah Ellerton.


2-4 Players

Ages 12+

45 minute play time



53 Assignment Cards

30 Prestige Tokens

30 Red Plastic Shards

30 Exhaustion Tokens

35 Action Tiles

4 Will Dials

4 Player Slates

1 “First” Player Token

1 Cloth Tile Bag

1 Rulebook

Dragons Gold Playthrough Review

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Sep 242015

In this review of Dragon’s Gold Matt plays through a turn and shares his final thoughts with you.  Dragons Gold is a game of some simple strategies  that set up a haggling war.  Dragon’s Gold, from IDW , can dbe a fully cooperative game or one where no one walks away a friend.  It’s really and amazing game.

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Orphan Black From IDW

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Aug 022015

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Orphan Black


Orphan Black introduced viewers to a world where human cloning is a hidden reality but everyone’s motive is in question. In the Orphan Black card game players will be part of one of three different factions secretly working against each other to complete goals in a world where nothing is what it seems. This game of deduction and deception will have you battling for freedom, or destruction of the clones themselves!


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Pirates of the Seas from IDW July 31st

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Jul 012015

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The design team behind the smash-hit Mysterium invites you to enter into unknown waters with Pirates of the 7 Seas! All hands ahoy, because this isn’t your average pirate game. Are you ready to sail and claim your fair share of the booty?




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Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row Expansion Event Construction Kit

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Jun 152015

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Coinciding with the latest expansion for the smash-hit Machi Koro, for a limited time retailers can hold prize-supported events using this Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row Expansion Event Construction Kit!


Inside each kit you will find two Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row Expansion decks as well as two 7-card oversized Landmark sets, one for the event winner and one for event participants and/or retailers. Each kit also includes two large posters for retailers to market their Machi Koro gaming events in their stores.


Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row brings 13 all-new powerful establishments to the town of Machi Koro. Designed to be used with the base game and fully compatible with the Harbor Expansion as well, Millionaire’s Row brings the total number of buildings available for purchase to more than thirty! This means you’ll never play the same game twice, and you have the ability to fully customize which cards make it into the deck. Take control of your town with Millionaire’s Row.

2-4 players

Ages 10+

30 minute play time



Two 75-Card Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row Expansion Decks

Two 7-Card Oversized Landmark Sets (Grand Prize/Participant and/or Retailer)

One Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row Expansion Game Rules

One Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row Expansion Event Instructions

Two Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row Event Posters


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Open Sesame from IDW June 30th

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May 182015

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You’ve opened the Cave of Treasures, now can you escape with the spoils?


Welcome to Open Sesame: a press-your-luck card game of high-stakes memorization and deduction by world renowned game designer and multi-Spiel des Jahres winner, Antoine Bauza (7 Wonders, Takenoko, Tokaido, Rampage, Hanabi).

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Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga From IDW Games

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May 042015

fire&axeFire & Axe: A Viking Saga



Power and Glory – or Untold Sorrow: Which Shall Be Your Destiny?


Glory and blood are at stake in this lauded and highly sought-after grail game. Fire and Axe is a strategy game full of raiding, trading and ultimate control, which can live on reputation alone. But the latest version features striking, completely redone artwork full of grit and beauty – players will transcend into the Viking world, in all of its tempest glory. Included are 70 minis, each new sculpt has striking detail and is sure to make even the most dedicated of gamers delighted.

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CHEW: Cases of the FDA From IDW May 29th

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May 032015

ChewCHEW: Cases of the FDA



As a Food and Drug Administration agent, it’s your job to investigate food-related crimes. From deep-fried fingers to murdered mascots you’ll need to enlist help from the likes of Tony Chu, Mason Savoy, Poyo, and more in a fast-paced, high laughs, take-that card game designed by Kevin Wilson (Arkham Horror, X-Files, Descent).


In CHEW: Cases of the FDA, you’ll work to solve a case pulled straight from the pages of the Eisner Award-winning comic series. Whether it’s finding clues, recruiting allies with amazing food-related super powers, or sabotaging your opponents, each round you’ll work to close the book on your particular investigation before your opponents can swoop in and steal your spot as the top-food-cop in town. And the best part? The box is chockfull of CHOGS (Half-chicken, half-frogs, all-adorable)!

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Box Breaking 159 Dragon’s Gold

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Apr 272015

In this Box Breaking Matt looks at Dragon’s Gold from IDW. Dragon’s Gold is a card game for 3 to 6 players. The tag line for this semi-cooperative game is “Hunt together, win alone”



Music and Sound by Syrinscape.