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UNO’s 40th Anniversary

Every year we get a few anniversaries for some iconic brands. Last year we had Monopoly’s 75th (with Hasbro), and we recently had Scrabble’s 60th and a few others. This year UNO turns 40. UNO will have a float in the Rose Bowl parade. You will be able to buy UNO for $1 on January 11 (1/11/11). And a new version of UNO will introduce the UNO Roboto, some…

UNO’s 40th Anniversary

Every year we get a few anniversaries for some iconic brands. Last year we had Monopoly’s 75th (with Hasbro), and we recently had Scrabble’s 60th and a few others. This year UNO turns 40. UNO will have a float in the Rose Bowl parade. You will be able to buy UNO for $1 on January 11 (1/11/11). And a new version of UNO will introduce the …

Palladium Rules Round Table 3: Skill List Overload

Preparing for skill selection feels like this Goal #1 for today’s blog installment? Keep it to fewer than 100,000 words. It seems somehow wrong to ramble overly long about trimming the fat out of what many feel is a bloated system, so I’ll dive right in. Skill overload There are tons of skills in the Palladium system. Hundreds of them occupy scores of pages in core rulebooks, …

Stomple from Spin Master

Stomple from Spin Master is a combinatorial abstract game (not really, since it’s for more than two players) for 2-6 players. Each player gets a tower, and the board gets a random distribution of marbles. On your turn, you a) move to an adjacent space and take out the marble, continuing to take out additional adjacent marbles of the same color, or b)…

Grok, the Game

Grok from Communicate for Life is a spiritual touchy-feely (non-violent communication) game about feelings, perhaps appropriately named after the Robert Heinlein word that means to merge with another’s reality. The product comes with 54 feeling cards, 54 need cards, and instructions for 15 games, such as “NVC Poker”, which doesn’t actually play like any type of poker you may be

Wow, D&D is now truly a CCG

*Gag* I predicted this would happen when WotC announced that the Gamma World boosters would involve a collectible element. This one is the ultimate in stupidity though: I especially love the fact that these are clearly being positioned to be released in waves of card series. Talk about ruining a RPG by monetizing every aspect of it.

Monsters in Ticket to Ride

If you pickup the Alvin & Dexter expansion for Ticket to Ride then you’ll be able to enjoy monster mayhem on your maps! By turning in locomotive cards, players can move monsters onto cities for points and extra fun. You can take a peek at the full rules here , and the expansion will work on any board. This looks like on TTR…

Interrogating prisoners in a D&D Game

Joan of Arc is interrogated by The Cardinal of Winchester in her prison, by Paul Delaroche Essentially, there are two situations where interrogation might take place during a Dungeons & Dragons adventure: when the heroes are captured, or when the heroes capture an enemy. Both situations turn the game from a battle of might to a battle of wits; the…

Palladium Rules Round Table 1: The Importance Of Mechanics

Gather round, friends and neighbors, as I begin this first discussion by standing on this conveniently placed soapbox. I promise the speech portion of this discussion will be short, then we’ll get into the back-and-forth of honest Internet conversation. I just think that I should firmly establish a few positions, so everyone knows where I’m coming from as we begin this academic journey together. If, when I…

What about the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards? A review… (And slight ramble!)

Tweet With such a convoluted title to this post, I better make some sense out of this! What is this post? First and foremost a review of the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards … What are this cards I speak of? Well they are part of a series of GameMastery Cards produced by Paizo that illustrate treasure, items, NPCs, etc. While I …

$1,000 Game Design Prize

Daniel Solis, someone we’ve mentioned here before for his story-telling game, Happy Birthday Robot , can’t seem to get game design off his mind. In his own words: I love designing all sorts of games, from storytelling games to abstract strategy board games to physical playground games. I do it because I like the process of getting inspired, experimenting, testing and revising. I like…

December Board and Card Game Patents

Dear Patent Office: It’s 2011. Why don’t you accept videos in your submissions, in addition to the wholly inadequate pictures? It would make the patents a lot easier to understand. Team matching – From Microsoft. Using the ELO system to form teams. The abstract, and in fact the entire patent, doesn’t actually say that the patent actually does anything, only that the patent MAY do something; MAY…

Nightfall

AEG will be launching this spring Nightfall , a game of horror, with cards representing vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and other creatures of the night. Yes, it’s another deck-building game, but one with several interesting twists. In addition to those cards placed in the common area at the start of the game, each player drafts two sets of cards for a personal cache. Play…

Settlers Hex Board

If the $150 wood set is too much for you but you still need something to better hold your cardboard Settlers of Catan tiles, then consider the Settlers Hex Board . It’s a $30 plastic frame, also available in sizes to fit the 5-6 player and Seafarers expansions.

BoardGameInfo.com, New Board Game Megasite

A few days before BoardGameGeek, currently the Internet’s only comprehensive source for information about board and card games, announced its first month with over 2,000,000 unique visitors , a new competitor with muscle announced that it is open for beta: James Mathe ‘s BoardGameInfo.com . BGI builds on the already existing and comprehensive framework used for James’ RPGhost network of sites, which already has a sizable…

Game Bandit—You’re the Star of This Edition

Atamaii is holding a 30% off sale on various toys and games, including Bakugan . The ZeroFortitude Podcast is giving away a copy of the Hellas RPG . Use the coupon code “holidaze” for 50% off online orders of many (but not all) Kenzer & Company products. At Paizo , the code “holiday11″ will get you 10% off one order…

4e divided by 2

One of the (surprisingly few) things that I don’t like about 4e D&D is the speed of advancement. Those class levels fly by and it seems like every session ends with the players levelling up and gaining yet more cool stuff. I’m sure that’s not really the case, but as GM it feels like I’m continually playing catch-up with…

Settlers in Wood

[Insert easy wood joke here.] The Settlers of Catan 15th Anniversary Edition includes wood tiles, cards with new art, and even building-cost summaries printed on wood hexagons, all in a nice wood box.

Game Criminal Statistics 2010

Our game criminal roundups are mostly a result of Google News alerts. It’s fair to say that a great majority of game related violence is not reported (assaults, petty robberies, and so on), or not noted as game related (not noting that a robbery was of a card game), or simply not carried on Google News. What do we learn from a year of game related…

It’s Christmas So You’re Not Reading this Post Roundup

Chess Male chess players adopt riskier strategies when playing against more attractive women. ( source ) India sets world record in number of simultaneous Chess players in one location: 22,480. ( source ) Obset: The Chess 1812 ( source ): Several sources also covered news of various young Chess prodigies, which I’m skipping. Old Games 5,000 year old dice pits found in Mexico. ( source ) Handmade …