Thursday night as I was walking around I happened upon a table where some folks were playing a game I had never seen. They seemed to be having fun so I stopped and chatted as I observed the merriment. Little did I know I was in the presence of greatness. The gentleman in the middle is none other than Stephen Conway of The Spiel! Stephen does a podcast out of Indianapolis that is a show about games and the people who love them. He was with John Knoerzer and Beth Heile playing an advanced copy of Ninjato from Z-Man Games. Oddly, Beth was wearing a Rio Grande shirt and seemed to want to cover that up. Being a rep of Rio Grande Games is certainly nothing to be ashamed of and Gen Con is the Geneva Convention of games so you would expect gamers of all companies to be testing the games of other companies with impunity.
I even saw reps of Steve Jackson Games playing “Werewolf!”
So, without further ado, here is a brief explanation of the new Z-Man game, Ninjato!