Dragon Age Set 2 is out. My First Impressions

Like so many I scooped up Set 2 from Green Ronin and I spent much of last night reading through it. I’m proud to announce that it is well worth the wait. I did take the chance to go over the play test documents released a while ago and and thought a lot about whether

Blokus Junior

Like me, you may wonder how much more junior Blokus can actually get. Turns out: not very much. Blokus Junior plays exactly like Blokus. However, some of the “more complicated” pieces are removed in favor of a few more straight shapes and singles. In addition, the game comes with a few “Rush Hour” like solo puzzle cards.

Old School Podcast: Geek Chat Episode 2 with Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Quinn Murphy, Tracy Hurley, Logan Bonner and Phil Menard

At PAX East, Tracy was able to sit down and record a series of talks about the state of the RPG industry today, GMing, gaming in general and all things geek. In this episode, Tracy chats with RPG luminaries Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks, Quinn Murphy, Tracy Hurley, Logan Bonner and Phil Menard Rob Donoghue and Fred Hicks you may know from Evil Hat Productions , who…

Gaming Hoopla Benefit for ACS

The Southern Wisconsin Gaming Hoopla convention starts today. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society through the Knutson Family & Tastefully Simpletuns Relay for Life Teams. Additional Relay for Life events around the country also feature (or featured) board or cards games, Scrabble, etc.

Gaming Hoopla Benefit for ACS

The Southern Wisconsin Gaming Hoopla convention starts today. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society through the Knutson Family & Tastefully Simpletuns Relay for Life Teams. Additional Relay for Life events around the country also feature (or featured) board or cards games, Scrabble, etc.

Gaming Hoopla Benefit for ACS

The Southern Wisconsin Gaming Hoopla convention starts today. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society through the Knutson Family & Tastefully Simpletuns Relay for Life Teams. Additional Relay for Life events around the country also feature (or featured) board or cards games, Scrabble, etc.

Bull’s Eye Word Game

Bull’s Eye is a slightly different take on word games from sggc DNA Family Games. The busy game board contains an identical scoring track from 1 to 100 for each player. Each round, form a word of between 2 and 6 letters, scoring the variable points associated with the letters. Certain scoring spaces provide bonus cards, some of which may be bad. Many painfully clear instruction videos on the site. First to…

Bull’s Eye Word Game

Bull’s Eye is a slightly different take on word games from sggc DNA Family Games. The busy game board contains an identical scoring track from 1 to 100 for each player. Each round, form a word of between 2 and 6 letters, scoring the variable points associated with the letters. Certain scoring spaces provide bonus cards, some of which may be bad. Many painfully clear…

Bull’s Eye Word Game

Bull’s Eye is a slightly different take on word games from sggc DNA Family Games. The busy game board contains an identical scoring track from 1 to 100 for each player. Each round, form a word of between 2 and 6 letters, scoring the variable points associated with the letters. Certain scoring spaces provide bonus cards, some of which may be bad. Many painfully clear instruction videos on the site. First …

Bloodsuckers from Fireside Games

Bloodsuckers is a new vampire-themed combat game coming from the designer Justin De Witt, and (former sggc) publisher Fireside Games, of Castle Panic . Co-design credit goes to Anne-Marie De Witt. The goal is to take over various areas of the board using cards. Most cards can be used for either of two actions, much like Twilight Struggle and related games. 2-4 players, $40. I was …

Bloodsuckers from Fireside Games

Bloodsuckers is a new vampire-themed combat game coming from the designer Justin De Witt, and (former sggc) publisher Fireside Games, of Castle Panic . Co-design credit goes to Anne-Marie De Witt. The goal is to take over various areas of the board using cards. Most cards can be used for either of two actions, much like Twilight Struggle and related games. 2-4 players, $40. I was sold…

Bloodsuckers from Fireside Games

Bloodsuckers is a new vampire-themed combat game coming from the designer Justin De Witt, and (former sggc) publisher Fireside Games, of Castle Panic . Co-design credit goes to Anne-Marie De Witt. The goal is to take over various areas of the board using cards. Most cards can be used for either of two actions, much like Twilight Struggle and related…

Royal Wedding Games

Some people just don’t get it … [1] Top Trumps Royal Wedding A selection of playing cards Stunned, I am, that I could not find a William and Kate Chess set or Draughts set. [1] I’m one of those people.

The Nth Level Of Abstraction

During the last week, the RPG Bloggers Network brought an interesting post to my attention: “Discussion: Time Gaps” at Reality Refracted . This got me to thinking about the hierarchy of abstraction, and how often we (GMs) move from one level to another in the course of a typical game session, and how we can use a seemingly inappropriate level of …

Earthdawn Core Rulebooks at half price until Tuesday morning

Looks like the wedding of William and Kate is also good for us Earthdawn fans or roleplayers in general. Mongoose publishing announced that all of their core rulebooks will be cut at half price until…

Teacher Effectively Uses an RPG to Teach World Issues

In what apparently originated in my city, John Hunter has developed an incredible role playing game experience he calls The World Peace Game, for his 10 year old gifted students. The video below will no doubt give the best description of his game, so I won’t try to tell it better than the man himself: For more information on this …

Castles & Crusades: First Thoughts

I mentioned earlier that I was thinking about some old school stuff and looked at the major contenders. The one that just seemed to hit my sweet spot for old school feel, crunchiness of the rules and general over all mechanics was Castles & Crusades. I got my copies of Castle & Crusades Players Handbook

April Board and Card Game Patents

I’m surprised to see that there are only three patents this month, not including card shufflers and readers, and not including video game only patents. Conditional application of hit card – A blackjack variant, where you are dealt an optional card which you can exchange, along with a variable payout table if you do so. 21 to the river – A blackjack/poker…

The creative process in game design or sandpaper golem sex and letting go of ideas

Yesterday I came up with a brand new game.  In fact, I came up with a new board game and a new creature to add to my slowly growing list of Pathfinder oddities, both based on the same idea. While doing the creative lifting that goes in to making something like this I was also conversing with a friend who suggested that I document this process in writing. …

Small World Underground

Standalone game (can also be combined, natch), new races, new maps, a new mechanic (relics), and “some additional features that will make it even more tactical” according to DoW PR. The rule book is not yet available, so I can’t tell you more. Teasers .