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Retrospective: A year of gaming with kids (Part 1)

As the school year draws to an end, I’m looking back on the various games we played at the after-school gaming club to see what worked and what didn’t. I also am already thinking about what kinds of activities to attempt last year and thus this type of reflection is useful. The Games We Played I introduced a number of new games this year, …

Taming The Time Bandits: Some time-saving combat techniques

Synopsis Of The Problem In Johnn’s last blog post, “My Group’s Time Thief Revealed,” he described his discovery that the chief drag on the pace of his combat was the GM, despite his expectations to the contrary. While he did not track the components of his activity, he was able to dismiss a couple of factors out of hand – …

Paizo and WizKids Announce New Minis Line!

Just got this press release in my inbox. Paizo and WizKids have announced a new Pathfinder pre-painted plastic minis line. Since the end of D&D Miniatures, I’ve wondered if anyone was going to step up and do this. Turns out, someone did. No pricing has been announced, but they should be out sometime this fall.  Here’s a link to…

Dabong, or UNO with Addition and Subtraction

Dabong is a shedding card game from sggc Astute Games, much like UNO. The addition is that you can play several cards of the same suit at once if they add or subtract to the value of the current card. If you can play all your remaining cards this way, you can even do this out of turn. Oddly, the face…

Dabong, or UNO with Addition and Subtraction

Dabong is a shedding card game from sggc Astute Games, much like UNO. The addition is that you can play several cards of the same suit at once if they add or subtract to the value of the current card. If you can play all your remaining cards this way, you can even do this out of turn. Oddly, the face cards (such …

40+ old style photos for use in your noir, horror or d20 modern campaigns

Early this morning I downloaded the Retro Camera app for my android phone, on a whim.  I started taking a few pictures of my commute with it, and I realized that some of the industrial settings I was commuting through would make cool photos for use in some sort of noir RPG campaign.  It also occurred to me that I work in a place with many buildings…

Peaceable Games Coop Games For Wee Folks

Peaceable Games presents five new cooperative games for kids age 3+. Count Your Chickens : Pure spin and move game to rescue the chickens before the fix gets them Hoot Owl Hoot : Strategy card game of moving the owl home before the sun rises Stone Soup : A cooperative Memory game of finding matches before the fire burns Lost Puppies : Card flipping game of finding the puppies…

Pathfinder RPG Goodies: Venture Captain

As a confessed Pathfinderite (I don’t see that moniker catching on!) I am always on the lookout for new tools, ideas and goodies for my favorite fantasy RPG. Today while casually reading the tweet feed I discovered Venture Captain . It’s a site containing online tools for the Pathfinder RPG . The banner tells you right away it’s a beta version of the site…

The, Uh, “The Best Party Game”

“The Best Party Game” (that’s its title) from sggc Serengeti Systems is an icebreaker game with 20 cards. The questions are mainly about your sex life, and the activities are the usual silliness. $20. Twenty cards. There are 3 questions on each pink, purple, green and orange card, 2 activities on each yellow card, and 1 activity on the blue cards. I don’t know the exact…

Baila, the Estonian Drinking Card Game

Baila is a popular Estonian drinking card game. There’s not much to the game, really: pick a card and do what it says – drink, make someone else drink, kiss someone, speak in rhymes, steal someone’s shirt, etc. Last year it was a top seller – at least it was for Fortuna Games , an Estonian game shop. Baila has a new game, this time a board game, called…

Texas House Approves 42 as Official Table Game of Texas

The Texas House of Representatives approved bill HCR 84 designating 42 (or Texas 42), a partnership/trick-taking/auction dominoes game, as the official table game of Texas (it has sometimes been called this, unofficially). The bill was introduced by Rep Erwin Cain, who read the following poem [1] on the floor in support of the bill and to diss poker and other games of luck: In a little town…

Game Bandit — Fat Edition

For 20% off a single order of Fat Dragon Games’ products at DriveThruRPG , use coupon code “FatMayJune11″. Mona Saves blog is giving away two copies of ThinkFun’s Snack Attack! Typical like/follow/tweet/comment rules to enter. Follow and retweet Eagle Games for a chance to win Railways of the World: The Card Game . Dice Hate Me is celebrating an anniversary …

FlashWordz

FlashWordz from U.S. Games Systems Inc is a “letter cards” word game due to be in stores by June 15. Cards are double-sided. On your turn, you have to race to combine your letters with the letters on the backs of the other players’ cards to form as many words as possible (four letters or greater). If you fail to form a work…

Periodic Quest

Periodic Quest is a game for teaching chemistry and about the periodic table of elements. Actually, though, it’s a box with more than eight different games that can be played with the included board and cards. Y’know, just in case you didn’t get it the first time.

Gamewright’s Port-a-Party Line

Speaking of disturbingly-named games, Gamewright introduces the Port-a-Party line of games. By which they mean card games. The first two games are Who Would Win? and Joe Name It. Who Would Win? is a reprint of a 2009 Gorilla Games title. Each player draws a historical or literary character and then battle over who would win the event (e.g. gardening). They argue to persuade the…

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 …

The pros of Cons!

Last weekend I attended a convention. This was not a gaming convention per se; we haven’t had that down in Puerto Rico to the best of my knowledge. I remember hearing about a gaming convention being held at the Universidad de Puerto Rico around 1990 or 1991. Back then I had just started going out with my first girlfriend and let’s be realistic, hormones trumps gaming. If anybody from …

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…

A follow-up for my Montsegur 1244 review

I failed to mention that Thoughtful Games, the game’s publisher, has also recently put out a free expansion to the game which adds more character, scene, and story cards. You can find out more information here.