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July 12, 2012

Z-Man Games heading to Indy

Rising game company will show at GenCon

GenCon is rapidly approaching and most game companies are well on their way in planning a trip to Indianapolis for the biggest gaming convention in this country.

For those who don’t know, GenCon starts Aug. 16 at the Indianapolis Convention Center and runs for four days. Last year over 36,000 different gaming enthusiasts attended and this year the pre-registrations are up significantly from a year ago.

But more about the convention next week in an overall preview.

One of the more interesting companies who will be attending is Z-Man Games.

Zev Shlasinger created Z–Man games from the ground up. He recently sold the company but still serves in a consultant role and can be found most of the convention at the company’s booth talking to customers and answering questions.

GenCon is a ripe time for companies to display new games. Some are available for sale for the first time to the public at this pivotal event and some are merely shown for the first time. Z-Man will be showing Alcatraz: the Scapegoat and Atlantis Rising at GenCon and also possibly Battle Beyond Space.

“Alcatraz is a twist on the co-op genre,” said Shlasinger.” In this case while all players are working together to plan an escape it is known that one person will be left behind to be the scapegoat. So (the idea is to) jockey for position to not be the scapegoat when the plan is hatched.

“Atlantis Rising is the more traditional co-op wherein all players win or lose together. In this game players are trying to save their fabled home from sinking into the ocean by building the parts to a great machine, whose totality will beam Atlantis to another world. The island slowly breaks apart, making it time sensitive and harder to build the machine parts. “

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