At the GAMA Trade Show, ICv2 spoke with IDW Games’ Associate Marketing Manager Bryan Merlonghi to hear about upcoming releases including Torres, Seikatsu, and Rayguns and Rocketships.

Torres is an abstract resource management game designed by Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer. It won the 2000 Spiel des Jahres, and was released in the U.S. by Rio Grande (see “Carcassonne Out of Stock”). “HUCH! is licensing it with us,” Merlonghi told ICv2. “It features a slew of plastic towers that you're actually stacking and putting plastic knights on top of to score points.”

“It's actually a really crunchy Euro that involves abstract tower building. When you're done playing, the board actually looks like a city. You've got towers that are stacked six or seven high,” he said. “All of the art has been redone and updated. All of the components have been updated. This isn't just a re-release. This is a re-release plus a boost in all of the other assets for the game.” MSRP is $49.99. Release is planned for August.

Seikatsu is a tile-laying game where players compete to build the most beautiful Japanese garden. “Everyone is a noble that is in a pagoda overseeing a garden. You're creating this beautiful garden, planting trees that house different colored birds,” Merlonghi explained.

“The part about Seikatsu that has me the most excited is actual perspective. Player perspective matters. The view from your pagoda, from your player position, is how you score. Each person scores the board differently depending on their view.” The game will debut at Gen Con, with trade release following. MSRP was not announced.

Rayguns and Rocketships is an action strategy game set in a pulp sci-fi galaxy. “You've got your spaceship, and you're traveling around the starmap, but you also have your ship map. You have it filled with minis of your crew,” Merlonghi said.

“You're not only navigating your ship through space, but you're also sending your crew out to board other people's ships. You have to pilot your ship and move the people in your ship around to different places. We're going to be running a Kickstarter with this one in April.”

IDW Games also showed off its upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Showdown game (see “IDW Games Previews New 'TMNT' Game at GTS”), King of the  Creepies (see “IDW Enters the Arena in 'King of the Creepies'”), Purrrlock Holmes (see “Feline Deductions Abound in 'Purrrlock Holmes'”), and several games based on classic Atari video games (see “IDW Games Powers Up with Atari”).