Sunday, November 17, 2013

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013

November 23, 2013 starts off the 11th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Chicago's iconic Navy Pier.

This will be our 4th year that we trek 7 hours on Friday to arrive for an awesome Saturday at ChiTAG, then trek 7 hours home on Sunday.

What makes it worth it?

Toys and games, of course!

This is NOT an exhibition where you can look at hundreds of toys and games. This is an exhibition where you get to PLAY with hundreds of toys and games. There are also tournaments with giveaways, crafts, Star Wars characters just wandering around, a state yo-yo competition, game inventors, a magician, world record attempts, and more.

The One Zillion Games family would recommend going to ChiTAG to anyone that can make it November 23 and/or 24!

Need more incentive?

Educators, Librarians, and Scouts in uniform get in free.

The rest of us can use this coupon:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hey, That's My Fish!

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Designers: Alvydas Jakeliunas and Gunter Cornett
Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+

Hey, That's My Fish Rules:

Hey, That's My Fish! is a game of penguins, ice, and fish-gathering strategy.

Quote of the night = "That's a lot of frickin' penguins!"

First off, kudos to the title. How fun is it to exclaim "Hey, that's my fish!" a bunch of times? (with the occasional "Dude, where's my fish?")

The playing field consists of 60 hexagon tiles that are situated in a grid. Each of the tiles has 1, 2, or 3 fish on it.

The playing pieces are your penguins. You must move your army of penguins to collect as many fish as you can. Here is the problem; when you (or your opponent) collects fish, they collect the fish tile. The more tiles that go missing, the fewer paths your penguins have to choose from. This will eventually lead to your penguins becoming stranded.

Once all the penguins become stranded, you count up your fish and he player with the most fish wins!

The amount of strategy that goes into playing this game can get a little hairy (feathery?) if you aren't the type to play your chess games 4 moves in advance. The more players, the greater the challenge - instead of trying to figure out what one player might do, you need to figure out what 3 other players might do before your turn. In other words, there were a lot of "Crud! I didn't see that!"going on in the One Zillion Games house.

We really liked this game as a 2, 3, and 4 player game.

The one thing I would change about Hey, That's My Fish! has to do with the removal of the approximately quarter sized tiles. If your penguin happens to move off of a tile from the middle of the grid, it is a little hard to remove that center piece without mucking up the rest of the board.

My solution? Boogers. Not the mucous-from-your-nose kind. The sticky stuff that you find inside junk mail to hold bits of paper together. I acquired a significant amount of these "boogers" from the latest Kohl's ad and balled them up to use as a tile grabber. The problem with my booger-fix? It got too dirty and too un-sticky too quickly.

My suggestion?
Nerf Dart + Hot Glue Gun + Penguin


One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Hey, That's My Fish!. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinion of the game.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dr. Toys Top 100 Toys of 2013

As a board game family, we love Dr. Toy's Top 100 Toys of 2013. Why? Because games!

Eat to Win FuNutritional Board Game (6y - 12y) by Eat to Win LLC

Smart Cookies (6y - 12y) by FoxMind Games

Chef Pop de Pop (6y - 12y) by Gamewright AE

Show Me the Kwan (8y - 12y) Griddly Games

LunchBox Kids Board Game (6y - 12y) by LunchBox Kids, LLC 

Clubs (8y - 12y) by North Star Games

What's It? (8y - 12y) by Peaceable Kingdom

Pluckin' Pairs (12y +) by  R&R Games, Inc.

Wizarday, When Our Stuff Went Away (8y - 12y) by RIDDLE ToysNTales

CrossWays (8y - 12y) by USAopoly

Friday, September 20, 2013

Toys R Us 2013 Hot Toy List

Not to be outdone by Kmart's Fab 15, Toys R Us brings you the Fabulous some more.

Now, there Fabulous 15 do not have any board games, but their "also hot" list does include Boom Boom Balloon.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kmart's Fab 15 for the Holidays 2013

  • Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo by Hasbro®
  • Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center by Just Play
  • LEGO® Eglor's Twin Bike
  • Flutterbye Fairy by Spin Master™
  • Furby Boom by Hasbro®
  • Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2013 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Hot Wheels® Car Maker by Mattel®
  • Lalaloopsy™ Loopy Hair Doll by MGA Entertainment
  • LeapFrog LeapPad™ Ultra
  • Monster High® 13 Wishes™ Party Doll by Mattel®
  • Disney Planes Pilot Pals™ Dusty Crophopper Remote Control Plane by Mattel®
  • NERF® Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow
  • Fisher-Price® Imaginext Rescue City Center
  • Disney Sofia the First Transforming Dress & Trunk by Jakks Pacific® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® Shellraiser by Playmates Toys, Inc.
No board games, but at least there is a NERF Bow and Arrow set.

See the list HERE