Gen Con 2016 – Ice Cool Board Game by Brain Games

One of the “cool” games that had a US release at Gen Con this year was Ice Cool by Brain Games designed by Brian Gomez. I was able to get a thorough demonstration, and have been playing it ever since I left Gen Con last week. Lots of flicking and strategy, and the game gets tougher and faster as players get better at moving their pieces around the board.

It has won several awards already, there are lots of reviews from other countries that you can read and play-throughs to watch. And in my opinion even though it is labeled as a children’s game, I found it very entertaining playing it with any age group. The Box in Box setup is ingenious, and the game easily stores away after playing.

I highly recommend getting this game! Especially if you have kids. It should be available in the US soon.

EDIT: Now available in the United States:

Gen Con 2016 – Steve Jackson Games – Car Wars 6th Edition

While I was at GEN CON last week, I got a chance to speak with Phil Reed, the CEO of Steve Jackson Games. I had learned prior to the convention that the date had moved out for the release of the 6th edition to 2017, which I found as good and bad news. The bad was just the little kid in me that wanted it now, and the good is that being patient will give us a cool fully play-tested functional game. The “I want it now” has been smacked down by my wiser, “Be Patient Dummy!!!”self.

I wanted to learn and hear about the upcoming changes to look for in the new edition, and Phil filled me in on some of what we should expect.