Surf's Up! Released in US, Australia, and New Zealand -- Community Newsletter Issue 29

Hey Reader!

Emily Vincent here.

Surf's Up! Released in US, Australia, and New Zealand

Congratulations to Jay Bendixen, whose first signed game, Surf's Up! has now been released across the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

Surf's Up! is a bluffing card game in which you play as surfers trying to catch the best collection of waves while scoring bonuses from matching your surfboard to your waves and avoiding bluebottle stings. Your goal is to win the wave without tying, which causes you to wipe out, while also managing your energy and "Respect."

When you win a wave, the energy you used is trashed and can't be used again that game, so you have to pick just the right time to go big. You can use your "Respect" as a tiebreaker or to buy extra energy and surfboards. There are a lot of opportunities to go big or go home in this tricky bidding game!

Jay tested this game at multiple Protospiel Online events under its previous name 'Stoked'. All that testing paid off, as the game found its publisher and is now on retail shelves as of May. Jay credits the feedback from these events as helping shape the game to what it is today and he can't thank everyone in the community enough!

I myself played Surf's Up! at a recent PO, in what I think was its near final form. It was a great gameplay experience and I couldn't be happier for Jay! It's awesome to watch a game like this evolve and to know we all helped Jay get it onto a shelf near you.

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Happy Pride everyone!

If you're attending Origins Game Fair June 19-23 and looking for the Protospiel Online folks, check out the Unpub room! A number of our folks will be testing games there in person and would love to see you. You'll also find some of our designers at booths in the hall, including:

  • Ashwin Kamath demoing Chicken Fried Dice at booth #1649
  • Emily Vincent (it's me!) demoing Pirates of the High Teas at booth #1644

Heather Newton will be attending Protospiel Michigan June 28-30. If you're in the Michigan area, perhaps you'd like to attend as well!

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more awesome events, community opportunities, and updates about games tested at Protospiel!


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