Tag Archives: card games

Golph

Golph , by sggc Stiff Golph, is an implementation of the traditional card game of Golf. Players create a 3

S’quarrels

S’quarrels is a melding card game created by Bryan R. Lovell and self-published through his sggc Home Lantern Games . Players draw any number of cards up to the maximum hand size of seven, meld any matching number cards, and toss one into the discard. The game ends when winter arrives (is drawn). Some random event cards keep the game in

Salad’s Neuro-Linguistic Programming Card Decks

Salad is an organization that grew out of the same trunk that produced the previously mentioned Landmark Forum . Salad promotes neuro-linguistic programming, a pseudo-science that posits that people are susceptible to suggestion whether hypnotized or not, and bases therapy, counseling, and hypnosis traditions around this. They offer six card-based tools for practicing NLP and related disciplines: Irresistible Influence …

CrystalicuM 2nd Edition

Polish publisher, Wolf Fang , has just announced that a 2nd version of their card game, CrystalicuM, will be released September 14th. Unfortunately, the game will be in Polish only. Wold Fang doesn’t want you to cry though, as a board game version will be hitting Poland, the US, and Germany later this year. You remember Wolf Fang from when we reported…

Incremental Game Changes Through Brand Leveraging

What’s considered safe in the board game industry by Hasbro? Releasing a game that plays nearly identically to a previously popular game, and using the popularity of the previous game to sell the new one. The thing is, the games often have new mechanics, some of which actually improve the game. It’s just nice to have a well known brand name …

Buzz It!

Buzz It! is a repackaging of an old party game. You have a few seconds to come up with a word in a category. If you can’t, it’s the next player’s turn. If you can’t you lose a point and a new category is chosen. Lather rinse repeat. What makes this game special? It has an electronic buzzer doodad…

Pride and Prejudice the Trivia Game

If the Pride and Prejudice Board Game is not to your taste, mayhaps you’ll enjoy the Pride And Prejudice Trivia Game . Published by Alauna through Marina Games .  Contains 300 cards, and costs $15. Contains a die, for some reason. ( source )

Pentology Cards

Pentology by Trevor Cram is a 60 card deck system of fantasy symbols. Trevor supplies a number of games to start with, but are hoping for more contributions. Games range from 1 to 3 players. The deck lends itself to storytelling games, as well as a small amount of combat mechanics (RPS). I think it’s still undergoing beta testing; anyway, there’s not way to buy a deck, just yet…

Gametasia

Gametasia , designed by Mel Wayne, is from the Freedom Within Foundation. Gametasia is part of a trilogy of works by Mel, which also includes the book Octilogy , the world “Planet Millennium”. All are free to print and play. The game requires you to scrounge up some additional pieces, such as Chess pieces and tokens. The game site, rules, board, and cards are all part of the same mythological…

The Dice Tower Gaming Awards

There are many awards given out each year for games, and while I don’t take any of them as definitive, I do find that they each have something to offer. The Dice Tower podcast has been organizing its own awards program for the last few years with the help of a number of other podcasts and blogs. This one offers the perspective …

Cleaning My Web Browser Tab Bar Roundup

Force Attax. It’s a CC-barely-a-G, of the Top Trumps variety. Welcome to yet another series of cards based on the Star Wars franchise. ( source ) Thwart Poker . Flip cards face up, each player secretly selects which cards to play with. Any cards chosen by more than one player become worthless. Highest poker hand wins. The Hunger Games: Training Days . …

Game Bandit—Mixed Bag Edition

First the sales… Geek Chic is running a virtual tent sale for orphaned orders, factory seconds, and show pieces. You can get their amazing furniture at significantly reduced prices. Unfortunately, the company is too busy to post the list of available pieces on the web site and I don’t have room for it here. If you’re interested, I…

August Board and Card Game Patents

As a reminder, I don’t include card shufflers, sorters, dealers, or trackers, nor lotto or gambling machines, nor electronic-only games unless I find something of particular interest. System and method for providing online SMS games – Gaming by SMS, including presenting a list of games. Method for controlling an intensity of an infrared source used to detect objects adjacent to an…

Snakes and Lattes, Board Game Cafe Canada-style

Snakes and Lattes is a new board game cafe in Toronto. Source has a shot of part of their 1500 board game collection, so we’re talking real games. ( source ) It’s tempting to think of it as Canada’s first board game cafe, but Vancouver has or had one called Wow Wow , though it doesn’t have a

Democs: Democracy in a Serious Card Game

Democs Democs is a card-based planning and problem solving tool, where participants use cards to address important issues and try to come to consensus. Dozens of kits addressing global problems have been created [1]. Democs was created by the New Economics Foundation [3]. PlayDecide Democs has been adapted by the European Commision’s Facilitators’ Units Network for Debates (FUND) to create PlayDecide . Well, more appropriated …

Cool It, Environmental Disinformation From the UCS

Cool It! is a brainless game of take that! from the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists). Pick cards, play the solutions on yourself until you’ve won, or play problems on others to slow them down. While they sensibly include more solution cards than problem cards so that the game will eventually terminate, I don’t know what kind of message it sends to kids that…

RIP Charles S. Roberts, Aileen Osofsky

Charles S. Roberts was arguably the founder of the modern war games, and indirectly the founder of role playing games and probably every other modern board game to some degree. His first games, Tactics and Tactics II, introduced the ubiquitous CRT, and his next game, Gettysburg, was probably the first simulation war game. He founded the company Avalon Hill to sell these …

Phineas and Ferb Top Trumps

The smartest kids on the block make an appearance in the Top Trumps card game. Phineas and Ferb Top Trumps is exclusive to Disney Stores. But it gives me an excuse, at least, to list some great Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated devices: Ball Gown-inator Deflate-inator Freezeanator Turn-Everything-Evil-inator Mountain-out-of-a-molehill-inator Mime-inator Be-gone-inator (A, B, and C versions) Paper…

Miscellaneous Game News Roundup

According to some sources, miners trapped in Chile are not allowed competitive board games, for fear of raising tensions in their cramped conditions. ( source ) According to other sources, the government is planning to send them Dominoes and card games, which of course never raise tensions. ( source ) A Hong Kong furniture salesman has won the World Series of Mahjong . …

Between the Lions Games

Gryphon House Books has published a number of games in book and card format based on the PBS show Between the Lions . This includes a deck of cards with letters , with which to play Concentration and Go Fish, and the book What Does a Lion Say? , which includes various early identification and recognition games.