Tag Archives: card games

The Euchre Cube

The Euchre cube, designed by Patrick O’Donnell and self-published , differs from your typical Euchre scoring pads and peg tracks in that it prominently indicates the dealer (the guy next to the cube) and trump. The inside has a recessed Euchre scoring track. It’s patented, includes a bag to hold the cube (a deck of cards will also fit in …

Four Card Games From Cartamundi and Puzzler

Puzzler Media , a puzzle manufacture and publisher (owned by D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.), is teaming up with venerable card publisher Cartamundi to publish four card-based party games (Cartamundi is the licensee): Match Play, The Connection Game : Match a list of items with another list of items (e.g. cities and rivers) Take Five, The Selection Game : Find the list …

Game Bandit — Confused About the World Ending Edition

Stronghold Games is giving away a copy of Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War on Board Game Info. Time to Play runs what they call a virtual game show every Wednesday on Twitter. Use the hashtag #TimetoPlayLive and answer toy and children’s entertainment questions to win toy and game prizes . The Fantasy Flight Games Event Center is running a sale on select games…

How to Succeed or Fail on Kickstarter

I post a compilation of Kickstarter [1] tabletop game projects (RPG, board, card) on Purple Pawn each week. I’ve been tracking tabletop game projects on KS pretty much since there have been tabletop game projects on KS. Something like half of KS tabletop game projects get funded. Why? What are they doing right? What did the ones that fail do…

Weekly Kickstarter Game Projects Roundup

Click on a header to sort by the column. New: Project Description Required Raised Days Remaining Kamakura Dyad Games Japanese feudal warfare themed combat card game; pretty $2500 $1125 36 Epic Conquest Alexander VanDorpe No information, since author fears his ideas will be stolen $1500 $0 57 Ainerêve Campaign Setting Goodman Games Eldritch RPG campaign setting $3000 $10 25 The World of Mistrunner Glenn Randall …

Yet Another Election Decided By a Card Game

Date: April 21. Position: City council. Where: North Las Vegas. Game: high card draw. ( source ) Linda Meisenheimer beat Tanya Flanagan, king to five. Previously noted on this blog: July 2010 , Nye County, NV, Republican primary, high card draw. June 2009 , Cave Creek, AZ, city council, high card. March, 2008 , Estancia, NM, town trustee, Texas Hold’em. All sources note numerous previous occurrences.

UNO Reflex

UNO Reflex is the latest UNO branded game from Mattel, designed by the Catapult Concepts design team. It’s not really UNO; it’s a speed game. The electronic doodad displays a color and you have to be the first to play it. There doesn’t appear to be much more to it, but the rules are not available online. I hope that at least, when the doodad breaks…

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.

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…

Volcanic Disaster, The Card Game

Volcanic Disaster , from sggc Volcano Video Productions (specializing in volcano photography), is essentially a rummy game of collecting like sets of disasters, with some hazards to avoid. The game includes information and pictures of real volcanoes around the world.

It’s Passover and I’m Clearing Out My Browser Tabs Roundup

NECA has bought Icarus Studios , which is designing an online version of HeroClix. ( source ) The long-running Scrabble News abandoned its print and paper offering and is now online-only. ( source ) Game Briefs Commander-in-Chief from X Plus Products is a Chess variant. $40. Coffee Talk from Pressman Toys is a game of generating associated ideas based on a single idea. Scoring like…

Casting Call For Season 2 of Family Game Night

You missed the casting call for Hasbro’s Family Game Night on The Hub in Los Angeles, which was yesterday. You can still make it to the one in Irvine in two weeks. There will be another chance in LA (in Hollywood) and in San Dimas. If you make it on the show, your family gets to play life-size TV-like games of Cranium, Sorry Sliders, Connect…

Hasbro and Mattel Report Drops in Q1 Profits

Hasbro’s profits dropped 71% in Q1 2011 against Q1 2010 ($58.9 million to $17.2 million; source ). However, revenues were about the same for both quarters, which means that they took in the same amount of money but spent a lot investing in their new projects, such as The Hub. Beyblade was a big seller, but games and puzzles overall fell 12%. Still, profits were…

Mensa Mind Games 2011

This weekend in Albany, around 200 Mensa members will gather at the 2011 Mensa Mind Games to play games submitted for consideration for the 2011 Mensa Select badge. The winning games are typically simple abstract games that take only a short time to learn and to play, and the selection is limited only to games that were submitted for consideration. As a result, True …

37th Annual Origins Awards Nominee List

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has unveiled the list of nominees for the 37th Annual Origins Awards that will be held at the Origins Game Fair in Greater Columbus Convention Center on June 22-26 . Five nominees have been named in each of the 9 categories (except for Best Historical Board Game) through a vote by game retailers in March 2011 during the GAMA Trade Show from a shortlist…

Game Bandit—Miniature Giveaways Edition

Catalyst Game Labs will be giving away Leviathans miniatures before the game is released. The contest has three categories: best web presentation, best real-life presentation, and best game component. Fantasy Flight Games is running a miniatures painting contest, using Battles of Westeros figures. The winner will receive one copy of every Battles of Westeros game and expansion. For 25% …

Dungeon Crawler Changes from Collectible to Expandable

Dungeon Crawler started last year as a CCG, but bowing to pressure has dropped the collectible aspect and changed to simply being an expandable game. Gifted Vision has disassembled all of the boosters and reconstructed them into non-random packs called “delve packs”.

Game Bandit—Memories of Play Edition

The Strong National Museum of Play is collecting video recollections of playing with friends. The top videos, as chosen by a panel of experts and by public voting, will win Flip video cameras and Amazon gift certificates. Starlit Citadel of Canada , and a Purple Pawn advertiser, is running a 4th Anniversary Sale with discounts of up to 70%. For 20% off at…

Second Look—Braggart

I finally got a chance to get Braggart to the table the other night, playing it 2 player with my wife. The first thing I’ve got to say about the game is that it’s incredible simple to play. Every turn cards are flipped up from the deck equaling the number of players. Starting with the person who has the “My Round” card, …

Second Look—Braggart

I finally got a chance to get Braggart to the table the other night, playing it 2 player with my wife. The first thing I’ve got to say about the game is that it’s incredible simple to play. Every turn cards are flipped up from the deck equaling the number of players. Starting with the person who has the “My Round&#…