Tag Archives: Card

Colormonsters

Colormonsters by sggc Art of Life Plus is a Settlers-like game in mechanics, though quite different in theme. Grow and move your monster to collect various gems which you can trade in for action cards and gold; 7 gold wins the game. Each round, the dice determine which gems repopulate. When gems are eaten, rubble remains on the board, impeding…

Audio Blitz! People and Interviews from GenCon

I already linked you all to my time talking to Keith Baker at GenCon , but there are a lot of other great people that I talked to, and the audio is ready to go, do why not put the links down so you can feed your ears? The audio this time around was all processed by Ethan Parker of Gamer’s Haven fame. I …

D&D Essentials & Fortune Cards

So the two big things rattling the cages of the D&D blogosphere are D&D Essentials and the new Favor Cards. I admit that I am not a 4th Edition fanboy. I bought my Core Books, ran an adventure and pretty much shelved the whole thing. There just too many things that made me scream, “WTF!”

Dungeons & Dragons Red Box Review

Tweet I received and early copy of the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Red Box Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starter Set last week. It’s the first product to be released from the 4th edition Essentials product line. I have already posted an unboxing video , but now that I have spent a couple of days with the Red Box it’s time to let you know…

Democs: Democracy in a Serious Card Game

Democs Democs is a card-based planning and problem solving tool, where participants use cards to address important issues and try to come to consensus. Dozens of kits addressing global problems have been created [1]. Democs was created by the New Economics Foundation [3]. PlayDecide Democs has been adapted by the European Commision’s Facilitators’ Units Network for Debates (FUND) to create PlayDecide . Well, more appropriated …

Cool It, Environmental Disinformation From the UCS

Cool It! is a brainless game of take that! from the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists). Pick cards, play the solutions on yourself until you’ve won, or play problems on others to slow them down. While they sensibly include more solution cards than problem cards so that the game will eventually terminate, I don’t know what kind of message it sends to kids that…

The International Savage Worlds contest: Win the Explorer’s Edition and Deadlands Player’s Guide!

To celebrate another wonderful game system, Savage Worlds, we’ve gotten together with the fine folks at Pinnacle Entertainment Group to give away a few Savage Worlds books.  Since the PEG folks graciously provided the Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition and the Deadlands Player’s Guide, I’ll be happy to ship them off to one lucky winner anywhere I can via the USPS…

Phineas and Ferb Top Trumps

The smartest kids on the block make an appearance in the Top Trumps card game. Phineas and Ferb Top Trumps is exclusive to Disney Stores. But it gives me an excuse, at least, to list some great Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated devices: Ball Gown-inator Deflate-inator Freezeanator Turn-Everything-Evil-inator Mountain-out-of-a-molehill-inator Mime-inator Be-gone-inator (A, B, and C versions) Paper…

SCVNGR Game Dynamics Playdeck

SCVNGR is a location-based mobile service that bills itself as “a game about doing challenges at places.” As the company builds new games for new locations, it encourages its employees to use a deck of cards with game mechanics for inspiration. The 47 cards in the Game Dynamics Playdeck include such concepts as “extinction,” “rolling physical goods,” and “variable …

Trying something new…

I’ve never been particularly handy. I’ll write, talk in public, and I can tell a pretty good yarn (or so I’ve been told), but I’m not great with cars or home repair. I’ll hook up your computer or your home theater, but don’t ask me to fix the plumbing; I just don’t have the skill ranks! Likewise my relation with the more “arts and crafts” aspects of our hobby …

Miscellaneous Game News Roundup

According to some sources, miners trapped in Chile are not allowed competitive board games, for fear of raising tensions in their cramped conditions. ( source ) According to other sources, the government is planning to send them Dominoes and card games, which of course never raise tensions. ( source ) A Hong Kong furniture salesman has won the World Series of Mahjong . …

TactDecks, Card-based Skirmish War Game

TactDecks , self-published by Eric Etkin, is a skirmish based war game, using cards in place of miniatures. The cards come in collectible packs of known cards, so it is also a LCG. One pack is enough for a mini-version of a two-player game, but each player should preferably own their own pack. $22, plus $5 per booster.

Ask The GMs: How to survive political games with paranoia and intrigue

Lilith Laing asks the GMs: “Recently I started playing in a Vampire: The Masquerade Old WOD game. Even after one session, it is probably the best game I have ever played in (or even run), but I have never played this sort of political game before. Do you, the GMs, have any tips for how to deal with political games like Masquerade, that is, the paranoia …

Between the Lions Games

Gryphon House Books has published a number of games in book and card format based on the PBS show Between the Lions . This includes a deck of cards with letters , with which to play Concentration and Go Fish, and the book What Does a Lion Say? , which includes various early identification and recognition games.

R.I.P. DM Rewards program

It appears that the DM rewards program is also being largely eliminated. There is a lot of uproar about the fact that the latest D&D reward is a single card for the Ravenloft board game, which turns out just to be the promo card that was given out at GenCon. I’m not sure who thought a card for the Ravenloft board game was an appropriate…

Smallville AP: The Mandrake #0 (Brainstorming)

Our gaming group is just about to start the third session of our “Mandrake” game. I’m really impressed by how the first couple of sessions have gone. I think we are really pushing the system and I’m proud of the game we’ve started, so I thought I would share a few details… Our gaming group has recently suffered the loss of several players. One…

Deadly 60, The CCG

BBC publishes games for a vast number of its programs. Board games based on game shows are easy enough; they run into problems designing games for other types of shows. At that point, the only game they seem to know how to create is a variant on Top Trumps, which is a variant on the card game War. Add to that a collectible card mechanic …

Verbal Volley, Fast-Paced Antonym/Synonym Party Game

Verbal Volley by sggc Mindfullgames and designed by Kristin Edmonds, is a straightforward language party game. Flip cards, and the first to shout a synonym (round 1) or antonym (round 3) gets the card. Repeat. In rounds 2 and 4, players call synonyms or antonyms for a single card until one person can’t. That player gets some negative points. Player with most cards…

Pathfinder RPG Spellcards, for free!

I know free stuff is usually Youseph’s topic but I discovered this website this week and I’m thrilled. As you doubtlessly know I’m a Pathfinder RPG fan and have run a weekly game for the past year. Even if I don’t play D&D 4 th edition I can tell you many things I liked about the game, one of them was the ability, with the DDI , of printing power cards. I’ve…

Board and Card Game News Roundup

I was away from blogging for a week (my father passed away), so I have a backlog of news posts to churn out. Here you go: Chess Bobby Fischer’s body was exhumed from his grave to prove that a 9 year old Philippines girl was not, in fact, his daughter. ( source ) Felony charges against Gregory Alexander, accused of breaking into …