For those of you who weren't at our awards ceremony on Saturday, let me share with you the 2012 Canadian Game Design Award winner: Matt Tolman for his design, Undermining.
Matt got an early birthday present and seemed to be floating on air for the rest of the con. He's now in Essen proudly demoing Undermining at the Z-Man booth while sporting the CGDA logo on a t-shirt. Congrats Matt - best of luck in Essen and we look forward to hearing how things went in Germany.
While we're on the topic of the CGDA, Valley Games flew in an advance copy of Octopus' Garden just for FallCon and I saw it played a number of times at the convention. The production is truly top notch and the game play is just as I remembered it last year when we played it during the final eval. It's a great family game that I would heartily recommend.
We have now received 50 advance copies in Calgary which we're making available for $35. These advance copies will come with the Diver expansion, 4 extra tokens that you can mix in with the other tiles. When you buy them from the market they clean up the garbage in your garden but also pocket the relics (those greedy divers!). If you're interested in picking up a copy 1 or 2 months in advance of your local retailers, send me an email. I'll have them ready for pickup at my place in the Calgary NW or downtown as of Friday this week.
I know I'll be picking up a couple copies myself. These are the perfect family holiday gift!