Playcrafting, an organization that focuses on game developer education and networking, is having the Winter Play Expo 2018 tonight in Manhattan according to a tweet from the organization.

Taking place at the Microsoft Technology Center at 11 Times Square, the Winter Play Expo 2018 will feature over 100 individual video and tabletop games from indie developers. Some of the titles are still in development and this would be your best chance to play them before release, and quite a few titles are available for purchase now. Here are some of the games at the show that are a good bit of fun in a multiplayer situation:

  • AVARIAvs by Juncture Media: If you’re a fan of turn-based RPGs, this is an interesting spin on the genre that I’ve had the pleasure of playing myself – you’ll fight against another player on opposite sides of a turn-based battle. It’s heaps of fun, though it might take a bit of getting used to for someone who’s never played a turn-based RPG (or is just rusty like me – I got my butt kicked the last time I played!) AVARIAvs also happens to be running their Kickstarter campaign to finish out development of their game.
  • Next Up Hero by Digital Continue & Aspyr: In Next Up Hero, dying’s just another part of the game. Fight as one of nine different heroes, each with their own unique strengths & abilities. When the reaper comes to claim your soul, that’ll be the end of your run – but not your hero! Players can get help from the dearly departed adventurers who can join them in battle with their spectral forms or combine together into powerful ancient beings.
  • Sumer by Studio Wumpus: Sumer is a digital board game for up to four players. You and your competitors will take on the role of Sumerian nobles who are seeking to complete sacred rituals by sacrificing the correct items to the gods. Gameplay is split between producing resources, moving items around, and auctions where players can buy more rooms for the game board or other useful doodads for the game.

These are just some of the games that are great to play as multiplayer titles – there’s plenty of other games for VR, consoles, PC – you name it! Pizza and beverages will be available on site, and if you’re out for something a little more substantial there are plenty of good places to eat in the heart of Manhattan.

If you’re in the New York City area and you’d like to check out some great indie games, you can get tickets for the Playcrafting Winter Play Expo 2018 over on the Eventbrite page for tonight’s show. The expo will run from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Eastern with attendees split into two 90-minute groups.

What do you think of the Playcrafting Winter Play Expo 2018? Do any of the listed games stand out to you? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!