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New From Simba Dickie Group (Zoch, Noris)

The Simba Dickie Group is a toy company with several toy and game properties, including Simba, Dickie, Majorette, Big, Smoby, Eichhorn, Noris, NicoToy, Carson, Schipper, Tamiya, Zoch, Solido, and Schuco; Zoch and Noris are the only ones that focus on games. In 2010, SDG sold over 570 million EUR and had around 3,700 employees worldwide. ( source ) Some new game items from these guys include: Zoch …

New From Simba Dickie Group (Zoch, Noris)

The Simba Dickie Group is a toy company with several toy and game properties, including Simba, Dickie, Majorette, Big, Smoby, Eichhorn, Noris, NicoToy, Carson, Schipper, Tamiya, Zoch, Solido, and Schuco; Zoch and Noris are the only ones that focus on games. In 2010, SDG sold over 570 million EUR and had around 3,700 employees worldwide. ( source ) Some new game items from these …

Super Heat, Skateboard TCG

Super Heat is a skateboarding TCG from sggc Super Heat Games, which is a division of Ahead of the Game, Inc. (actually, AotG doesn’t seem to exist, just yet). The game is played in two heats, each of which requires you to play the most points by matching lines on the cards. You can play danger cards on your opponent. I can’t tell you much more, because…

Super Heat, Skateboard TCG

Super Heat is a skateboarding TCG from sggc Super Heat Games, which is a division of Ahead of the Game, Inc. (actually, AotG doesn’t seem to exist, just yet). The game is played in two heats, each of which requires you to play the most points by matching lines on the cards. You can play danger cards on your opponent. I can’t tell you much more, …

Super Heat, Skateboard TCG

Super Heat is a skateboarding TCG from sggc Super Heat Games, which is a division of Ahead of the Game, Inc. (actually, AotG doesn’t seem to exist, just yet). The game is played in two heats, each of which requires you to play the most points by matching lines on the cards. You can play danger cards on your opponent. I …

Web Clip Wednesday: Superman is still a jerk

We all know it. The headline is just polite. Superman is just a dick. Really.

Purple Parlay—Monopoly and House Rules

I know we’ve had a parlay about house rules already, but this time I’m most specifically interested in Monopoly . My wife and I were having a conversation about this the other day. A conversation which came up because of a $40 copy of Monopoly we saw in a store. One thing led to another, and I stated that I …

March Board and Card Game Patents

Board game – The game “Enlightenment” by Norman Vail. Chakras, deadly sins, and spiritual enlightenment, etc. Funny, but to me the game looks a lot like Hustler’s adult 7 Deadly Sins game, whose object is not enlightenment. Next we have seven design patents for card game tables from Marcus Katz: -1- -2- -3- -4- -5- -6- -7- Yes, 7 complete design patents, thousands of dollars each, for tables that, to the untrained eye, all…

Clark Peterson Returns and is Going to Pathfinder

Necromancer Games co-founder Clark Peterson is returning to publishing again, after an indefinite hiatus, and he has decided to make products for Pathfinder. In a post at the Paizo boards , surrounding rumors that Necromancer Games would be entering into the Pathfinder fold, Peterson confirmed that he would be supporting Pathfinder but not under the banner of Necromancer Games, which he founded with partner Bill Webb who…

Clark Peterson Returns and is Going to Pathfinder

Necromancer Games co-founder Clark Peterson is returning to publishing again, after an indefinite hiatus, and he has decided to make products for Pathfinder. In a post at the Paizo boards , surrounding rumors that Necromancer Games would be entering into the Pathfinder fold, Peterson confirmed that he would be supporting Pathfinder but not under the banner of Necromancer Games, which he founded with partner…

Untold: The Game – a review of this nifty CBRPG

Welcome to Untold – a traditional RPG that uses the non-traditional mechanic of cards to facilitate game play, and does it well. A few weeks ago I was offered a chance to review Untold: Splintered Serenity.  This CBRPG (Card Based Role Playing Game) by Ignitus Innovation boils down all of the books, rules and character sheets into a series of…

Batman Irregulars versus Vampire Superman, part five

Our heroes have battled Vampire Superman , and lived to tell the tale – just. As dawn sunlight touched the Undead Son of Krypton he cried out in pain, pleaded for their help, mentioned a cemetery, then flew into the shadows. Now, Metropolis is a big place with a lot of cemeteries, so which one did he mean? One in particular has superhero significance: …

Batman Irregulars versus Vampire Superman, part five

Our heroes have battled Vampire Superman , and lived to tell the tale – just. As dawn sunlight touched the Undead Son of Krypton he cried out in pain, pleaded for their help, mentioned a cemetery, then flew into the shadows. Now, Metropolis is a big place with a lot of cemeteries, so which one did he mean? One in particular has superhero significance: Valhalla Cemetery. This…

Aspects of War

Whether the Player Characters in your campaign stand for good or battle for evil, one thing will always be true. The ability to tell a story of war to your PCs. This is a very important skill for any Game Master. Be it as simple as a battle between a farm-hand and a pack of hungry wolves or a biblical showdown between Demons and Gods. These…

AD&D Monster Manual part 30

Lurker Above: This monster, sort of like a manta ray that clings to the roof of a dungeon and drops on the heads of adventurers, first appeared in The Strategic Review #3. Gary must have been very happy with this one, because the only change to it is that it is now better at gaining surprise. Lycanthropes: Lycanthropes first appeared in OD&D Vol. 2 , and…

Paper Money #47: Opening a Game Store Followup

Slow news week this week, despite GAMA Trade Show! That’s ok though as it gives our feckless heroes a chance to revisit the topic of opening your own game store and hit a few points they couldn’t manage to get in last week. All that, plus…well, just that really. Show Links: The Purple Pawn – www.purplepawn.com Next Show: April 10th – Ben attempts to …

Wonder Woman. With a moustache.

You asked for it, so it had to be done. Please excuse the cobbled-together-with-whatever-I-had-handy Wonder Woman outfit. I kinda like it though. Like I said ; all superheroes should have moustaches. I rest my case 😀

Review – Labyrinth Lord, Revised Edition

Up for review today, the Revised Edition of Labyrinth Lord (LL). What is LL? As one of the earlier entries in to the retro-clone releases of old versions of Dungeons & Dragons, LL’s goal is to emulate the rules from the original Basic & Expert D&D sets (often refer to as B/X, or the Moldvay-Cook version – if that doesn’…

Game Bandit—Loot Edition

A new daily-deal website, Gamerati Loot , offers 45-75% off games (both board game and RPG products), 5 days a week. Spin Master is inviting fans to design their own Mechtogans for Bakugan’s Mechtanium Surge Dream Team Contest . The top prize award will include a custom, one-of-a-kind Mechtogan Activator Card, as well as one Mechtogan T.itan, two Mechtogans, two Bakusolo, one BakuTrinity, a Mechtogan …

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

I love urban fantasy and this looks like it just might be a bunch of fun. And a big shout of thanks to Mike over at Wrath of Zombie who found this before I did. And yes that is Sam Huntington from SyFy’s Being Human. FYI he was in Fanboys too.