Tag Archives: card games

A Roundup of Select Gen Con Goodies

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Z-Man Games will be giving out t-shirts with every games purchase and holding a raffle where the prize is a copy of every one of their in-stock games. Z-Man will also be running a Pandemic LARP ! The MTV television show MADE is holding open casting at Gen Con on both Friday …

Con Competition

This week, two game conventions compete for your attention. Gen Con is certainly the bigger of the two, but WBC (The World Boardgaming Championships) also has quite a lot going for it. Gen Con is a major industry event with a large exhibition hall, many new games being previewed and released, organized events and open gaming, business deals in the bars and back rooms, and non-game but…

July Board and Card Game Patents

As usual, I’m skipping the card shufflers and dealers … Auto racing board game – By Carrie Moats. A roll and move game. Carrie claims her design is patent-worthy because, unlike previous auto-racing games, a) hers is re-playable, and b) it doesn’t come with cars, so it costs less and lets you use your own. Suit variable mahjong tile and a mahjong …

Fancy Nancy Games

Fancy Nancy is a children’s book series written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Licensed games are by University Games (including its subsidiary Colorforms) and BriarPatch. University Games’ offerings include: Fancy Nancy Big Easy Colorforms Game : Despite the over-sized floor mat game board, this game is not recommended due to the awkward components. Fancy Nancy Tea Party : Spin the spinner, collect items for …

Play in Public

In March, we celebrated Read an RPG in Public Week to help generate positive exposure for the roleplaying hobby. And while I’m happy to see this week bring that celebration’s second incarnation of the year, another exciting effort it just launching to spread the word of board games. The Play in Public Campaign (PiP) is being organized to support and coordinate people playing games, …

Invest in Games on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a site that lets people pledge money for an investment in someone’s business. You only pay if a minimum threshold is reached. The amount of the threshold depends on how much the developers need, ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. If the amount pledged goes over the target, the extra money is used for additional design, marketing, etc. Your rewards …

Everyone Plays at the Library

Following up on his superb online course, Scott Nicholson has written a book elaborating on his advice for managing game programs in libraries. As an Associate Professor at Syracuse University, host of fun board game video reviews , and someone who’s run many such programs himself, Scott has a lot of insight to share. The book is called “ Everyone Plays at…

Board Games—The Ultimate Form of Social Entertainment

An inspired presentation by Chris McInnis at Ignite: London on the awesomeness of board games: [via Going Cardboard ]

Toy Story 3 Games

Time to throw all of those Toy Story 2 items in the trash. We’ve got Toy Story 3 items now. Despite the grand creativity of the Pixar storytellers, it should come as no surprise that this creativity doesn’t extend to their licensing department. What’s surprising is how many ways they have to repackage games in different combinations. Toy Story 3 Operation Buzz Lightyear – From the…

Think-ets, a Cuter Version of Whatever’s In Your Drawer

Think-ets from sggc Think-a-lot is a small pouch with a bunch of random miniature things in it: a little wrench, a little pig, a little milk bottle, a jack, etc … Each pouch comes with different items. Along with the pouch comes rules for a few games, such as “I’ll take one away, and you tell me which one is missing”, or “Make …

Cholent, the Game

Cholent, the Game is a game in production from new sggc Epicure Games – or so BGG tells, me. The company’s name doesn’t appear on the site. The game is a simple blind bidding filler card game. Flip over an event card, which also tells you how many ingredients are up for auction, blind bid on the ingredients, and take the cards. Each player also gets …

Top 20 Games on Amazon.com

This might come as a nice surprise. Bananagrams – Bananagrams The Settlers of Catan – Mayfair Games Dominion – Rio Grande Games Qwirkle – MindWare Apples to Apples – Mattel SET Game – SET Enterprises Ticket to Ride – Days of Wonder UNO – Mattel Five Crowns – SET Enterprises Blokus – Mattel Quiddler – SET Enterprises The Settlers of Catan 5-6 …

Elemental Clash 4.0

You may remember a post about Elemental Clash from a while ago. Andreas has now released Elemental Clash 4.0 with new full-color artwork, a new layout, more balanced play, and even a special promo card in the starter set. Never mind my hatred of the Papyrus font, but the cards actually look pretty nice. The starter set is $19.99, and

Classic Games Roundup

Dylan Loeb McClain is my new favorite blogger; he writes the Chess blog Gambit for the NY Times website, and I find myself tempted to link to nearly everything he writes. Two of his latest are about an available position as Chess instructor for the Peace Corps and some Chess-themed television advertisements . A blog in the Washington Examiner pimps Bridge…

Dust Moving

Well this is breaking news. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Josh was showing us new pictures of Dust Tactics miniatures from Origins and telling us how eager AEG was to support the game. Two days ago, I reported on AEG’s release of Mad Zeppelin . It seems, though, that all these products were just too much.  Alderac Entertainment Group is transferring most …

More Open Source CCG Links

Previously: Conspiracy (new home page ) and Phylo . Open card games : A site devoted to open source card games. Open Card and Tabletop Gaming Network : Software for creating and playing online games, especially card games. Cosign : A SourceForge project for creating an open source CCG gaming network. Libre : Another SourceForge project, just the game. Chronogeddon : A Dvorak open source CCG based around…

And Another Election Decided By Card Game

Maybe I should make this into a quarterly roundup? This time for a Nye County, Nevada Republican primary. The game was high card, and the winner Andrew “Butch” Borasky picked the club queen to Carl Moore Sr.’s club ten. ( source )

Fictionaire from Days of Wonder, YA Dictionary Game

Fictionaire by Herve Marly from Days of Wonder is a version of the old parlor game Dictionary, just like Balderdash and related products. Your job is to make up incorrect answers and get a player to choose yours, rather than the real answer. Why a new version? According to DOW, because a) their questions are cooler, and b) the card packs come in cigarette boxes. As in, the …

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of a poker game where some of …

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of…