Say hello to your PAX Collaboratory Class of 2018! This is the selection of in-development tabletop games that homegrown talent is bringing to PAX. Chat with the designers themselves, playtest their in-progress games and take part in the future of the Australian tabletop scene.
James Allen - Racing
A completely new take on tabletop auto racing, Drift Kings uses a never before seen movement mechanic to actually simulate driving a car.
Platypus Industries - Boardgame
The game that pits players and their teams of GOONZ against the pesky heroes, while serving under the chilling gaze of the evil Mastermind.
Mallegory - Party
Eldritch Spirits is a fun, quick, and easy card game with a unique mechanic centred on transparent cards. Play a bartender to vampires, witches, and ghouls, and do your best to mix the perfect drink to match their order.
I HAVE THE BIGGEST SWORD!!!
Tom and Jeb in Space - Party
A fast paced battle of skill, cunning, and who can wield the biggest sword! Players will draw cards and build a hand of sword segments, as soon as a “BRAWL!” card is revealed: it’s on for young and old!
Mike Belsole - Hidden Movement
Jekyll/Hyde is an asymmetric double hidden movement game. Play as the cunning Dr. Jekyll or the monstrous Mr. Hyde! Dr. Jekyll is trying to cure himself of Mr. Hyde while Mr. Hyde is trying to kill Dr. Jekyll.
Mike Belsole & Grace Kendall
You are a ghost challenging another ghost to a pepper-eating contest! Draft peppers, drinks, and ghostly powers and then attempt to force your opponent to eat a pepper that is too hot to handle.
The Trick with Occulites
Darwin Games - Trick Taking
The Tribes are expanding and alliances between them are fluid as you work to accomplish your objectives. A trick-taking game with several interesting and engaging twists set in the Occulite universe.
Three Wise Monkeys
Hoot Hoot Grrr Games - Party
You are Sacred Monkeys charged with protecting the forest from Evil Spirits. The Silent Monkey draws the plans card to assemble. They use the Tablet to visually instruct the Deaf Monkey, who in turn verbally instructs the Blind Monkey to assemble the blocks, which only they can touch.
FiveRobots - Tactical
Nova League takes the tabletop tactical space combat experience, and condenses it into a fast-paced game. The players pilot Starfighters, engaged in a dogfighting battle. Out-fly your opponents and try to shoot them down!
ELFG 2: Dia De Los Muertos
Senyac Games - Dice roller
A Mexican wrestling inspired card and dice battling game for up to four players. Battle it out in a battle royale to become the ELFG CHAMPION!
Tony Cockington - Tower Defense
Aliens are invading! As the 4 brave defenders of an unspecified colony on an unspecified planet you need to defeat the waves of inVaders the enemy commanders are throwing at your fortress.
Play with a collection of adorable creatures fighting over control of their secret forest.
Basic and advanced rules available for young or experienced players.
Lost Treasure Games - Euro
Ape-X is a mid-weight worker placement/engine builder for 1-5 players. Players are ape scientists competing for the Facilities scientific grant. Players must send out their ape associates as workers to collect resources, perform abilities and purchase items.
Cravon Studios - Strategy
Featuring the artwork of renowned fantasy artist Nene Thomas, Rare Roses is a family weight micro economic game where you compete to purchase roses from the market and fill orders with them.
Runika and the Six-sided Elements
Fox Tale Games - Dice-drafting
Runika and the Six-sided Elements is a puzzle-solving dice-rolling game of wits and wizardry that takes 60 to 90 minutes to play. Up to four apprentices play as Runika and her friends, collecting elemental dice, solving runic puzzles, and casting spells!
Ark Angel Games - Abstract
Compete against another to create the most impressive bouquet of flowers in your colour with Petal! Petal is a 2 player abstract set collection game where players create and pick flowers by stacking clear tiles with petals on top of each other.
Ark Angel Games - Set Collection
Cluster³ is a fast-paced game, with an attractive take on set collection. You control a cube, rotating and rolling your way around a factory floor gathering magnetic tiles on each side as you go!
Games with Teeth - Euro
A 2-6 player competitive game where players run their own logistics company and are in competition to complete as many contracts as possible while sabotaging other company operations.
The Greatest Good
PlayReactive - Micro Legacy
A legacy microgame about surviving a strange and unforgiving wilderness. Discover a story that unfolds over multiple playthroughs, and adapt to a harsh environment that evolves over time.
Nurse Shark Games - Micro
A 2 player micro game where players take turns collecting butterflies to earn victory points, either in a set or by themselves. The player that collects the most victory points at the end of a round is awarded a White Butterfly Token; a visit from a lost loved one.
Caleb Lewis - Artgame
Playfully melding headphone-theatre with simple wooden blocks, Unkiss Me reimagines Jenga as the site for an intimate encounter between two strangers asked to pick through the wreckage of a fictional love-affair.
Rise to Power 2
Aaron Lim - Tactical
A tactical city-building card game where you take contracts and choose whether to use them for powerful one-time effects, permanent upgrades, or build them for points.
Kingdoms of the Crescent Moon
Steven Mathers - Area Control
This is a game of five different factions, each with their own agenda, battling for power in the golden age of islam.
Thornwood School of Magics
rhysmakesthings - RPG
A tabletop RPG with narrative dice mechanics, a freeform magic system, and everything else needed to live life in a magical boarding school. Grab your wand and your dice and get ready for a game of menace, mystery, and magic!
Blood on the Clocktower
The Pandemonium Institute - Party
A captivating and addictive new social bluffing game for those who delight in deduction and deception. There is no player elimination, no passive characters, and a dynamic storyteller role to lead each game to a nail-biting outcome.
Pack of Crooks
Mirrafire Games - Deckbuilder
A negotiation game where you will have to work with your band of criminals to overcome security forces and collect the loot. But who takes more? Build your tool deck to become to most powerful crook in the pack, and negotiate, bargain and backstab your way to riches.
Empathy Games - RPG
Breakaway is a semi-modular sci-fi and fantasy RPG. It doesn’t matter if you want to run a coffee shop, delve dangerous dungeons, have magic duels, go on a seafaring adventure, or get involved in political machinations. Dice rolls allow for story collaboration, allowing players to contribute to the narrative in meaningful ways.
Games Made Slow - 4X
Ambitious humans, industrious dwarves, mystical elves, relentless undead and savage goblins vie for supremacy. Victory will smile on the tribe who first achieves greatness worthy of myths.
Sye Robertson Art & Design - Dice roller
The Queen wants a new garden for her palace, and so is holding a Royal Competition! Players roll dice which represent the Queen and 4 of her trusted Nobles. Each turn you roll them to see what they will allow you to build.
Final Round: Fight - Fighting Card Game
Where You Are Games - CCG
Your Deck is your life bar, your cards are the moves your chosen character is able to use. Engage in elemental combat to attack, block, and throw, and to play, fight, and win.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures
IDW Games / Pete Walsh - Miniature Combat
Taking on the role of one of their favorite Heroes in a Half Shell or their allies. Players will battle their way through scenario-driven campaigns focused on retelling the stories of the IDW comics or many one-shot missions.
Too Many Cooks
Kitchentop Gaming - Puzzle
Work together to design a soup that solves specific requirements! Players take turns to change cards to meet their client’s dietary requirements. The twist is, due to privacy reasons, your requirements are secret!
FiveRobots - Dice roller
Crash Karts combines realtime dice rolling with programmed movement to create a frantic racing game for two to four players. Can you survive the whole race and cross the finish line first, or will you fall behind and be eliminated?
Untitled (Battle Royale)
Ross Cowie - Dice roller
Battle royale meets boardgame. You control a squad of meeples that must search for weapons and supplies, all while making for the safe zone on a modular map. However, you are not alone! Up to 3 other squads have landed on the map and only one squad can be left standing.
Relics: A Game of Angels
Tin Star Games - RPG
Relics is an RPG about angels abandoned by God, stranded on earth and lost without purpose in a war they’ve forgotten how to fight. The game’s unique flashback system builds an experience of myth-making and Tarot cards are used instead of dice to add a rich tapestry of occult verisimilitude.
Craig Drayton - Strategy
Orbitz is an abstract strategy game of galactic domination. Fight for control of the galaxy by gathering energy, maneuvering your ships, invading planets and engaging in orbital dogfights.
Taberna Mundi - RPG
MultiWorlds Adventures contains a ruleset adaptable for any kind of setting. The game works on a very small number of rules, making it incredibly quick and easy to learn, and even easier to play. At PAX there will be an original short adventure to try the whole game with his author.
Mass Extinction Games - RPG
In 2199 came the invasion by the Caentari Alliance. The devastating toll of the 100-year invasion left only 1% of the planet’s population surviving. It’s now 2399, 100 years after a failed alien invasion, a necessary peace exists between earth’s inhabitants, human and alien have learnt to co-exist… just.
Gateway Adventures: Adventure Island
Horse Doover Games - RPG
An easy to learn introduction to RPGs, perfect for younger players, or newcomers to the hobby, with simplified rules and large visual aids. Mermaids, pirates, hidden temples… What will you discover on Adventure Island?
Crackpot Studios - Dice management
Roll your dice during a Morning, Afternoon and Evening hunt, tracking down goblins, orcs and dragons, and turn in their ears, tusks and tails for shining gold pieces. But look out – these monsters fight back!
Time Without Tide
Faded Print - RPG
For PAX Aus, a secret artifact has been hidden in the caverns beneath a dreary orphanage. To retrieve it, you must escape the clutches of headmistress Dame Franca, survive the catacombs below, and find a way to adapt to this new world of fog.
A dungeon crawler with no DM, but with the elements that one would control? Traps, surprise monsters, and random events. No one knows what is behind the next door until it is opened. No two dungeons will be the same.
Ethan & Chase - Social Deduction
Deep in an undersea research facility, one person is transformed into a dangerously convincing shapeshifter, whose single goal is to escape back to human civilisation; those who remain human must discover the shifter and escape to the surface.