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Gen Con 2015 XVIII: Thunderbirds, Pocket Imperium, Warehouse 51, Attila, Heavy Steam & Yashima: Legend of the Kami Masters

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• Designer Matt Leacock and cooperative games go hand-in-hand, it seems, and he's cementing that relationship in late 2015 with the release of Thunderbirds from UK publisher Modiphius Entertainment. At Gen Con 2015, Modiphius had a final production copy on hand, and Leacock visited the BGG booth to explain what's going on in the game.

• Of all the 100+ Gen Con 2015 game videos that I've packaged with final graphics for publication on the BGG YouTube channel, this is my favorite, with the cropping of the cover working perfectly in the space allowed. As for the game — Pocket Imperium from David Mortimer and LudiCreations — well, I haven't played this mini-4X-in-space yet, but I was hired by LudiCreations to do a final edit on the rules prior to publication. Just wanted to mention that!

• LudiCreations shared space in the Passport Game Studios booth at Gen Con 2015, and Passport is co-publisher with Funforge of Warehouse 51, a bidding game from Bruno Faidutti, Sérgio Halaban and André Zatz in which billionaire players try to acquire items from the famed Warehouse 51, where the U.S. government keeps all of our most precious treasures.

• Another Faidutti title on hand in Indy was Attila, a tiny two-player design published by Blue Orange Games that plays out like a mini battle between chess knights on a modular game board. I've played this game a handful of times, and it's a neat

• GreenBrier Games showed off two miniatures-based games at Gen Con 2015, the first being Heavy Steam from Scott Kimball, with players controlling mechs constructed from turn-of-the-20th-century technology that doesn't work as well as you might hope.

• The other miniatures title from GreenBrier was Yashima: Legend of the Kami Masters from designers Tony Gullotti and Joshua Sprung, with the former showing up at our booth to present and overview of gameplay

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