Bonjour les autres joueurs.

It was another great weekend for the community of board gamers Why?  That is all because the Festival International des Jeux took place in Cannes, France.

I just love the fact that there are board game conventions all over this amazing planet. It is great that people from just about every nation can get together & enjoy playing games with one another.

In Cannes, at the International Games Festival publishers around the world were showing of some of their wares.

Ignacy Trzewiczek was seen representing his company, Portal Games, with their newest game First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet. First Martians reimplements the game of Robinson Crusoe: Adventures of the Cursed Island.


Publisher Space Cowboys debut two new print and play scenarios for their game Unlock! Unlock! won the As d’Or, the France’s Game of the year award. Unlock! is an escape room game. Where a player or players will be given a scenario that they must escape from. There is a companion app that can be downloaded onto a mobile device.


La Haute Roche debuted their new game of Dice Crash. Dice Crash looks to be a dice stacking game where players will roll dice of various sizes. Players will then stack the dice into a tower hoping that it doesn’t collapse. If it doesn’t collapse then that player will collect points.


RUNES Editions could be seen showing off the renamed title of EmperorS4 Games 2013 game of Jungle Rumble. RUNES Editions has renamed it Meowtopia.

In Meowtopia, players are in charge of cats. These cats will work for the players as miners, builders, farmers, & recruiters. At the end of the game players will score for a plethora of things (point salad) like the size of their clowder of cats.

Monolith had a booth set up to show off the prototype of their Batman: Board Game which will be coming to Kickstarter in the near future. Monolith Edition has been very successful in designing games for Conan & more recently Mythic Battles: Pantheon.


The game will also come with miniatures. The miniatures shown are not finalized for the finished product. So there is definitely more to come in news for this game.

Popular French game publisher Iello (pronounced yellow) was showing off upcoming games Arena of the Gods & Bunny Kingdom.

Iello also teased that Kong will be the next monster pack for King of Tokyo & King of New York.

For all of you anime fans out there Yoka Boardgames, publisher of Terra Formars & Naruto Shippuden: Board Game announced that they are going to release a Dragon Ball Z board game sometime in the future.

Yoka was also showing off another upcoming game named Dreamland. It is a card game using characters from the French manga Dreamland.


So many awesome new games coming from some great publishers this year. I’m particularly interested in Meowtopia & the Batman: Board Game.

I can’t wait to report more on what is coming out later this year. So before I go, let me leave you with an awesome shot of the life size Playmobil characters.


-Christopher Richter

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