Tag Archives: card games

Green Lantern: Power of the Ring

Warner Bros and Pressman Toy will be bringing you the board game Green Lantern: Power of the Ring, in anticipation of the 2011 summer movie. And you know it’s going to be a good game because the press release uses words like franchise, property, licenses, products, brands, campaign, and push marketing. If you can’t wait until summer, Pressman already has a few…

Gamer Community Auction Following the Loss of Jack Vasel

There is about a day and a half left to bid on items offered up by gamers for an auction in support of Tom and Laura Vasel following the loss of their two-month old baby Jack. Tom Vasel is well known in the gamer community for his hundreds of game reviews and for his podcast The Dice Tower . Tom is …

Inquisitio, A Game About Surviving Torture

In Inquisitio, a game about torture during the Spanish Inquisition designed by Jani Rönkkönen and published by Tuonela Productions , the players’ goal is to survive torture alive and sane, while not confessing to too many crimes of heresy and witchcraft. You start by trying to bribe the guards to free you, but eventually one of the players is subjected to torture, pain, burns, lacerations, disfigurement, and disembowelment. In the …

Purple Pawn’s 2010 Game Industry Survey

Purple Pawn has conducted a survey of over 7,000 companies around the world who made money from analog, tabletop games. You can download the 14 page report for free here [PDF]. Summary Of the companies surveyed, those that did not close reported good results, with 85% reporting that they had done at least as well or better in 2010 than they had done in 2009. Single-game game companies (sggc’s) make …

Get Nuts

Get Nuts , designed by Tom Luyckx & David Ausloos, soon to be released by the Dutch publisher White Goblin Games, is a card game for 3-6 players. The game comes with nut cards (rewards, with a variable amount of nuts on each card), action cards, and squirrel tokens. The nuts cards are placed in the center of the table, each player takes a squirrel, and each player holds a hand …

Mattel Games Divisions up 27% in 2010

Mattel reported an increase in 2010 sales for their games divisions, including Radica electronic games and other games and puzzles. Sales were up 12% worldwide in Q4 2010, and 27% for all of 2010. ( info )

January Board and Card Game Patents

A light month; I skipped a few computer and slot related gambling games. Card game enabling separate evaluations for multiple game outcome combinations – This is – what – the five thousandth patent for poker where you choose a line of cards from a 3 x 3 grid? Addition and subtraction dice game – A dice and peg game, where you remove pegs by adding or subtracting dice. Simulated football …

January Board and Card Game Patents

A light month; I skipped a few computer and slot related gambling games. Card game enabling separate evaluations for multiple game outcome combinations – This is – what – the five thousandth patent for poker where you choose a line of cards from a 3 x 3 grid? Addition and subtraction dice game – A dice and peg game, where you remove pegs by adding or…

Board Game News Reborn, Board Game Info Expands

Board Game News has undergone parthenogenesis: Eric (and possibly others) is now blogging at BoardGameGeek , while many of the other contributors have founded The Opinionated Gamers . Meanwhile, you can feed Board Game Info news , which includes our feed, as well as articles from Scott Nicholson and Shannon Appelcline (also a former BGN contributor), feed from GameSalute, Tom Vasel reviews, and other content.

Plan Social, French Layoff Parody Card Game

French publisher Arplay Editions gets into the mockery business with Plan Social , a UNO-like card game parodying executive suits. Your object is to rid yourself of your employees as fast as possible, so you can relocate yourself to a totalitarian country with cheaper labor. The first printing sold out in a few weeks.

Weekly Game Promotion Roundup

The Chicago Courier-News promotes local Magic players. ( source ) The Chicago Daily Herald promotes local game stores. ( source ) The SC Island Packet promotes a Bridge program for kids. ( source ) The New Brunswick Daily Cleaner promotes local game store Geek Chic Boutique. ( source ) The Wichita Family Eagle promotes a community center organized game night. ( source ) The UK Guardian promotes several …

Musketeers, Cavaliers, & Court Intrigue: The Card Game

This thematic combat game comes from The Swashbuckler Press, and is self-published at The Game Crafter . MC&CI is an expandable card game with what appears to be simple but interesting mechanics (I haven’t played it). Play cards and combinations, aiming for the highest battle strength. Hang onto cards for the next battle if it looks like you’re…

Musketeers, Cavaliers, & Court Intrigue: The Card Game

This thematic combat game comes from The Swashbuckler Press, and is self-published at The Game Crafter . MC&CI is an expandable card game with what appears to be simple but interesting mechanics (I haven’t played it). Play cards and combinations, aiming for the highest battle strength. Hang onto cards for the next battle if it looks like you’re losing …

Musketeers, Cavaliers, & Court Intrigue: The Card Game

This thematic combat game comes from The Swashbuckler Press, and is self-published at The Game Crafter . MC&CI is an expandable card game with what appears to be simple but interesting mechanics (I haven’t played it). Play cards and combinations, aiming for the highest battle strength. Hang onto cards for the next battle if it looks like you’re losing this…

Train of Thought, Party Game Using Word Clue Chains

Train of Thought , designed by Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim and published by Tasty Minstrel Games, is a “guess as many words as you can in two minutes” party game like many others. The twist is that you must give three word clues, and each clue must include the previous guess (or one of the previous guesses, if more than one player is guessing) as one…

Countdown to New York Toy Fair: An Inventor’s Perspective

The following is a guest article by Kim Vandenbroucke. Kim is a professional game inventor (her latest published is Scattergories Categories) and she has agreed to take time out of her very busy schedule at this time of year to describe what it’s like to prepare for New York Toy Fair . I’m taking a break from my insane workload to write…

Pirate Fluxx – There is always room for more Fluxx

The Team at Looney Labs (www.looneylabs.com) knows a good thing when they see one. And the Fluxx game system keeps giving us one good thing after another. Pirate Fluxx is the latest version to be added to the Fluxx themed games. Fluxx was created in 1997 and has grown over time to include: Fluxx Blanxx – Customize your own game Stoner…

Hyatt Hotels Offer You the Toy Box

We’ve covered the occasional hotels with games before: hotels dedicated to tournaments, specialty hotels built around games, and even the occasional “board games” listed in a hotel brochure, which inevitably turns out to be Chess, Checkers, and the like. Participating Hyatt Hotels now offer their guests the Toy Box , a box of 24 toys and games. To fill this box, they took the surprising step …

Road Safety and Dance Forms: Two Games From India

Celebrity Indian actor, director, and producer Ajay Devgan was on hand to promote the launch of a new board game from Podar Jumbo Kids about Road Safety (and promote a new film). ( source ) Jayalakshmi Eshwar, a specialist in Bharatanatyam, an Indian dance form, has launched a card game featuring various Indian dance forms. The cards feature the forms, clothes, and instruments involved. (

52 Card Pickup Meets A Streetcar Named Desire

Two years ago we told you about the theater production 52 Card Pickup , where the actors throw a deck of cards up in the air and then act 52 scenes in the order in which they pick them up. EmSpace Dance is mixing up this idea with traditional theater by performing A Streetcar Named Design at Viracocha SF using a similar mechanism. The play is called A Hand in…