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The Portable Galactic Empire

In The Portable Galactic Empire , players create an empire under their rule by placing solar system and planet cards in their play area and parlaying the resources they provide into new technologies (read: weapons) for use against their enemies. Sets of similar technologies give a bonus in combat, and a bigger fleet is a decided advantage. Craft are easily lost in a fight, but the highest total perseveres …

Tic Attack Toe

Wringing a new game experience out of the familiar yet tired Tic Tac Toe, Tic Attack Toe by Nathan Jones, published by PB&J Toy Company , is a card game where the first to get three-in-a-row five times wins. Each card has a number, and higher numbered cards can be played over lower numbered cards. This is the first game published by the company…

Upper Deck Bought … by Upper Deck CEO

A majority stake in embattled Upper Deck International has been acquired by Upper Deck’s CEO Nico Blauw. Or rather by Nico’s company Blue Ocean, which is the accessories division of Koch Media. Blauw is considering changing the company’s name and is reorganizing the management staff. ( source ) With regards to counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards (of which…

Upper Deck Bought … by Upper Deck CEO

A majority stake in embattled Upper Deck International has been acquired by Upper Deck’s CEO Nico Blauw. Or rather by Nico’s company Blue Ocean, which is the accessories division of Koch Media. Blauw is considering changing the company’s name and is reorganizing the management staff. ( source ) With regards to counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards (of which co-founder and owner Richard McWilliams…

Forbidden Island

A couple weeks ago an unexpected package showed up at my front door. Inside was Matt Leacock ’s new cooperative board game, Forbidden Island . Published by Gamewright, Forbidden Island is family-oriented, with a recommended age range of ten and up and a playing time of 30 minutes. Players take on the role of treasure hunters looking to pull four relics off the island before it…

Scrabble Trickster

You may recall a certain tempest in a teapot back in April regarding a new version of Scrabble. It’s here and it’s called Scrabble Trickster . It’s currently available from online and offline UK shoppppes (I never know how many p’s to put in there). The game includes spaces to collect power cards that let you take special actions. Submit your ideas for new power cards …

Salad Bowl! The game you don’t need to buy to play

Here’s a fun game to play with 8 or more of your closest friends.  It won’t cost you much more than your time provided you own all of the components, which you probably do. Salad Bowl! Required to play: 1. A salad bowl. 2. Paper. 3. Pens. 4. An egg timer, or stop watch. Preparing to play: 1. Set up teams. To make things more fun, put SO’s on…

Topps and Jakks Join Forces on Monsuno

Topps will create trading card games, etc for the upcoming animation project Monsuno, a joint project of Jakks Pacific and Dentsu Entertainment (under the name Pacific Animation Partners) and FremantleMedia Enterprises . Topps and Jakks have previously partnered over WWE, UFC, and other fighting properties.

Dora the Explorer Games

Dora and Diego are popular characters in two animated shows; Diego is a spin-off from Dora. Note that certain Dora and Diego toys were part of a Mattel product recall for lead paint, but none of the games were affected. Dora the Explorer Memory . Another version . And another . Dora the Explorer Bean Toss Dora the Explorer ABC Game : Match letters to objects to earn…

The IT Crowd Fantasy Game

The new box set of The IT Crowd , seasons 1-4, comes complete with a fantasy game. The game includes a double sided board, double sided character cards, player markers, a cardboard d20, and rules. I can’t tell for certain, but I’m pretty sure it’s a board game as opposed to an RPG, but I could be wrong. ( source )

Chaos in the Old World

In the eighties and early nineties, Games Workshop was a major producer of board games. Behind the incredibly popular Talisman came titles like Chainsaw Warrior , Dungeonquest , Fury of Dracula and of course the legendary Space Hulk . Over time, GW seemed to abandon the world of board games and cardboard chits to focus solely on selling as much metal as possible, and the…

Interviewing Potential Players

How to find local gamers You have a vacancy in your gaming group and decide to advertise for a new player. Because there are many places online and offline potential players might look for groups you put ads in several places, casting a wide net, hoping to get a response. To your surprise, you get a few responses. However, now …

The IT Crowd – Series 1-4 Special Edition Box Set

Tweet The IT Crowd is one of the favorite shows of geeks all around the world.  A couple of days ago a special edition DVD box set including all four series has been released. But this box set not only contains some DVDs, there’s also an IT Crowd RPG/boardgame included! Aside from the four IT Crowd DVDs, you get…

FaceEaters, Post-Apocalyptic Rummy

FaceEaters is a dedicated deck rummy game from sggc Variant Media. The game comes with an equivalent of four decks of cards, many of which are power cards with special abilities (your opp gains/loses points, yadda yadda). It also comes with lots of gruesome graphics. You can decide if it’s worth the $25 + $5 shipping.

September Board and Card Game Patents

Proposition wagering card game – A design patent: Electronic table top board game – From Pierre Jolicoeur. Some kind of unicycle-rider tabletop dexterity game. Board game – By Adrian Moore. Actually a toy, you tilt the board until the ball rolls out of the center and then use the front or rear guards and a flipping motion to return the ball to the center. Supposedly you should …

SplashJack, or Slap Jack in a Pool

Splash Jack from MilliWik is basically Slap Jack, only it comes with waterproof floating cards. I’m guessing that slapping the cards is only half the fun here.

Les Mess, Encouraging Your Children/Spouse to do Chores

Les Mess from sggc Les is More is a deck of cards with chores printed on them. Have your child pick a card, do the activity within the given time frame, and then give an appropriate reward. The second version is for couples, but the ad copy (I don’t know why) assumes that it will be the husband picking a chore and the…

Language Learning Game

The Language Learning Game (the above and first version is for Spanish) is pretty simple. Roll, move, say the word corresponding to the picture on the card, gain points. Simple enough to add your own cards or use with any language. Comes with a CD.

Game Projects on Kickstarter

See last episode for details and for more projects. Project Description Company $ Needed $ Pledged Days left Reign of Ardwin RPG: Reign Tabletop fantasy setting PDF Greg Stolze 2500 725 22 Destiny of the Force Virtual Set Cards for the Star Wars mini game dropped by WotC SWM Gamers 1800 1250 62 Powerchords RPG sourcebook of magic, music, and urban fantasy Silver Satyr Studio 4200 4275 22 hrs Scoops Children’s card …

Love the setting, hate the game!

Tweet I think we’ve all gone through it. We hear about it and we are intrigued… We finally get it to it and we love the concept… But, when we get to actually doing it, we hate it! What? I’m talking about games; get your mind out of the gutter! All kidding aside, who hasn’t purchased a game, thrilled by the concept, loved the “fluff” and hated the …