Nov 19

We received a guest editorial and review of our card game Vampire Werewolf Fairies, which we are reposting with permission below.

Everybody loves a good crossover, right? Whether it’s the way some of your favorite Marvel characters came together in The Avengers or the over-the-top and campy violence of the Alien Vs. Predator franchise, watching these different, albeit likeminded, pieces of cultural join forces and/or clash makes for choice entertainment. That becomes even more true when it occurs in the gaming world, something that the team at Gozer Games no doubt was aware of as they followed up the successful Zombie Ninja Pirates with the addictive Vampire Werewolf Fairies.

This fast-paced game takes the idea of its predecessor—combining different characters to create a new mythical beast—while expanding on Zombie Ninja Pirates and also embracing it like a proud family member. You see, you can actually combine the two games to make Zombie Ninja Pirate Vampire Werewolf Fairies. Doing this allows you to play with up to 10 people at once, which would clearly make for an epic gaming session. But for the purpose of this review, let’s just focus on this latest installment in Gozer’s catalogue.

Where Vampire Werewolf Fairies instantly succeeds is in its (again) pacing and in the way it never takes itself seriously. How many times have you played a game with friends that has featured at least one or two bitter arguments between players? Right, too many, but that simply won’t occur here. This game is simply too lighthearted and silly to make anyone even think about getting angry. Plus, you’ll be throwing down the cards—type, action, and object—so quickly that you’ll be too busy playing the game to worry about anything else.

When it comes to gameplay, it goes a little something like this:

  • Type card: This is where you can start as a witch, vampire, werewolf, or fairy and, with time, combine them to become, say, a witch-werewolf or a vampire-fairy or whichever combination you’re into at that moment.
  • Action card: This is where the game gets really interesting as these cards allow you to take, well, action against your opponents and move closer to victory.
  • Object card: This type of card will allow you to gain or lose points based on how its played, which you can learn more about in the easy-to-read instructions.

One of the biggest appeals of the game, without question, is the pacing. And it’s not just that it’s designed so that you can play multiple rounds in an hour, though that’s definitely a plus, too. It’s the speed that will no doubt appeal to players who also enjoy other rapidly paced games. Like gambling, for example, that you can now do online by playing the exchange games at Betfair. The online casino offers users the chance to whip through rounds of baccarat, blackjack, and poker, among others, with the same adrenaline-laced rush and, of course, upbeat vibes. You might not be interacting with other players directly—as in playing against them in real life—like you would with Vampire Werewolf Fairies, but that sense of social competition remains. Also, you can really make it as lighthearted as you want it to be. After all, where’s the fun in playing a game if it isn’t, you know, actually FUN?

Like other reviewers have stated, Vampire Werewolf Fairies might come with an advisory that it’s for ages 13 and up, but you can definitely play this with younger children so long as they can read the cards. Given the content, it might get a little spooky at times, but it’s difficult to think of a better, more straight-up entertaining way to get into the Halloween spirit than by running through a few sessions of Vampire Werewolf Fairies. It is getting to be that time of the season, after all. Also, bonus points for anyone who is familiar with all the cultural reference Easter eggs hidden within the game cards.

Apr 09

What if Boardwalk, Park Place, or Reading Railroad was named after you?

We all know the names of the properties of the best selling board game in the world from countless hours of rolling the dice and landing on these properties, going bankrupt or wiping our friends out. How incredible would it be to have a degree of immortality by having those properties named for you?

Gozer Games, the Chicago-based brainchild of its founder and president, Matthew Duhan, is offering just that. People who support the Kickstarter for their fourth and newest game, Titans of Industry TM, can gain a degree of immortality by having properties in the game named after them. Kickstarter is a crowd-funding web site for creative products that Gozer Games has used to launch previous games. For a pledge of $250 or more, you get a building named after you or your company, along with a copy of Titans of Industry TM and other bonuses.

Titans of Industry TM is a competitive board game for gaming entrepreneurs set in the 1920s, a time of much industrial building and growth. It is what is known as a Euro-style game, which has seen a dramatic increase in popularity lately, appearing everywhere from Time and Wired magazines to popular TV shows like Big Bang Theory. In Titans of IndustryTM, players invest in building factories and businesses, in order to produce goods and sell them to gain victory points. It is a delicate balance of money, production, and goals. The person who best manages their buildings and goals will win.

You can find the Kickstarter page for Titans of IndustryTM at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gozergames/titans-of-industry-board-game

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Feb 09

Have you seen these great game reviews we recently received?

First up, Game Paradise reviewed Zombie Ninja Pirates. They loved it, saying

It’s humorous and easy to play… I could certainly see this game travelling with us to the bar, or being used as a filler game. It’s silly, and sometimes silly is exactly what you are looking for.

Check out the full review.

Next up is Father Geek. He reviewed both Zombie Ninja Pirates and Vampire Werewolf Fairies. Both were a “big hit”, scoring 3.7 out of 5.

Zombie Ninja Pirates is a fun little game which is most certainly in the “beer and pretzels” category or, for our little geeks, “apple juice and graham crackers”. [T]he game does exceedingly well. Fast to teach, fast to set up, and fast to play. The variable ways to get points and how your Type cards influence your overall ability to get points keeps the game interesting and the very creative way of keeping track of points during the game make it easy to scan the table to determine every player’s current standing if the game should end. The end result is a fun and fast game full of geek humor that is not meant to be taken seriously, but can be seriously played. For this reason, I’ll be most pleased to bring it to my game table during my next game night.

Check out the review of Zombie Ninja Pirates.
Check out the review of Vampire Werewolf Fairies.

Jan 04

Gozer Games was interviewed recently by Tom Gurganus of Go Forth and Game. It was a great interview. We had a lot of fun talking about our games, including Collateral Damage, Zombie Ninja Pirates, and Vampire Werewolf Fairies. We also got into game design, artists, and other fun gaming tidbits, including the origin of our company name. Go forth and read the interview, and let us know what you think.

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Oct 24

Gozer Games announces a new contest, just in time for Halloween! One lucky winner will get a copy of Zombie Ninja Pirates or Vampire Werewolf Fairies.

Follow us on Facebook (links on the right) and twitter (@GozerGames) to get updates about our contest. To enter, simply send us a picture of you as any combination of Zombie Ninja Pirate Vampire Werewolf Fairy. The Gozer Games team will evaluate all entries. Our favorite picture will win a free copy of Zombie Ninja Pirates or Vampire Werewolf Fairies. Entries will be posted on Facebook, so that everyone can see the great costume ideas.

Send entries to costumecontest@gozergames.com by November 19, 2011 to enter.

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Sep 29

Gozer Games will again be at Archon in St. Louis this weekend. We’re looking forward to sharing our great games with all of the fine folks in attendance. We will also have several prototypes on hand to playtest there. If you’re going to be in the area, come check us out and play a game or two.

Sep 29

We have been notified that Gozer Games’ newest game, Vampire Werewolf Fairies, has won the 2011 Gaming Genius Award (the “Golden Pawn” award) for Best Non-Collectible Card Game. We couldn’t be happier to receive such a prestigious award!

The Gaming Genius Awards were started in 2011 “to recognize genius and creativity in every aspect of the hobby game industry, in a way that reflects expert opinion and not market consensus.” “The Gaming Genius Awards, although new, are intended to be in line with how awards outside the hobby game industry are given out and thus, representing the industry as a whole.” It is a great honor to receive this award, and Gozer Games is thrilled to be the first recipient of the Golden Pawn for Best Non-Collectible Card Game.

Vampire Werewolf Fairies and the original Zombie Ninja Pirates are both available for purchase in our store.

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Aug 16

Hey! We got reviewed in episode ten of 2 GMs 1 Mic (2gms1mic). They picked up a copy of Zombie Ninja Pirates, and really enjoyed it. Check out the episode, and hear about us starting around 10:00.

Aug 04

Following the success of such games as Zombie Dice and Martian Dice, Gozer Games is pleased to announce development of a new custom dice game, Ninja Dice.

In Ninja Dice, players take the role of ninjas attempting to hide in shadows. The game comes with 13 custom black dice and a dice cup.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this unique product to our customers,” said Matthew Duhan, president of Gozer Games. “We think that people will really enjoy playing Ninja Dice.”

No release date has been set as the game is still in development. Gozer Games is currently trying to determine demand. People or companies interested in ordering Ninja Dice should contact sales@gozergames.com.

Jul 11

Well, dice may hate them, but the fine folks at Dice Hate Me loved our game Vampire Werewolf Fairies. They just reviewed it on their podcast, the state of games, and they “really dug” it. They found it “fun, and it’s filled with lots of geeky humor.”

Check out their podcast, and you’ll hear the review of Vampire Werewolf Fairies starting at 15:48.

Thanks, guys! We’re glad you liked it.

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