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Autism Games Redux

After covering some free autism games and some handmade autism games , here’s a brief look at three companies that sell games for as therapy products for autistic people. Children Succeed : Four games and some toys created by school psychologist Joan Nash. These look like simple and straightforward card games, and the site is well-designed and informative. Autism Coach : The …

PDF to Print: Economically

A while back I posted about my collection of RPG pdfs and how I’ve started turning them in to books. Here’s how I do it, affordably. Paper Size The majority of games and supplements produced are set up to print on standard Letter-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″). If you’re in Europe (like me), you’ll likely…

Games Seeds, Card Game Brainstorm Tool for Video Game Design

Game Seeds is a brainstorming tool for designing video games in the form of a card game. Players booster draft six cards, and then use the symbols on the cards for which they have a plurality as the basis for a hero for their game. Then they switch heroes and create a sidekick. Then, if playing with teams, they pitch a game based on …

Spearpoint 1943

Collins Epic Wargames is shipping Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 , a World War II tactical combat game that uses cards to represent infantry squads and individual tanks, artillery, and aircraft. There are rules for a Standard Game, as well as for specific Situations (i.e., scenarios).

Web Clip Wednesday: Dungeon Guys!

Once again I delved into the grimy depths of Youtube to find a couple of decent geek web clips. This time we have card board cuts and a couple of situations that we’ve probably seen too often.

Booray

Bourré is a traditional poker-like trick taking game played in New Orleans, and Booray is Winning Moves’ new proprietary version of the game. It’s hard to see what value they add with a custom set of playing cards and rules, but you may like the pictures of New Orleans on the cards. Play it online .

Wizards Sets M:tG Extended Format to 4 Years Instead of 7

Along with the usual banned and restricted list of cards, Wizards of the Coast announced that the legal duration of cards in Magic: the Gathering CCG’s Extended format is now 4 years instead of 7 years. If you don’t know, there are essentially three major tournament formats intended to let players use cards from different time periods: “Legacy” lets you use all cards ever printed, excepting …

Iconica Series One Boxed Set Released

You may recall when I first covered Iconica , or when I interviewed Eric Torres , its designer. Now you can purchase the complete prelude series of the game in a boxed set for $50 . The boxed set includes 22 oversized cards (the meat of the game), 1 quick reference sheets, 2 sets of game pieces, and rules for a 2 player or 4 player game. I own the starter …

June Solstice Giveaway contest

To celebrate the first day of summer (or winter if you are living on the southern hemisphere) we’re giving away more RPG PDFs in collaboration with the nice guys at RPGNow / DriveThruRPG ! This time you can win the following: Karma Roleplaying System Core Rules Book from Bards and Sages Control your character’s destiny in ways you never thought possible! The Karma…

June Solstice Giveaway contest

To celebrate the first day of summer (or winter if you are living on the southern hemisphere) we’re giving away more RPG PDFs in collaboration with the nice guys at RPGNow / DriveThruRPG ! This time you can win the following: Karma Roleplaying System Core Rules Book from Bards and Sages Control your character’s destiny in ways you never thought possible! The Karma Roleplaying …

Reaction, Card Game for Chemistry Geeks

Reaction is a card game from The Idea Corps whose copy speaks for itself: Players take turns drawing cards until they can create molecules from the element cards in hand. When a player can build a molecule, they lay it out in front of them on the table. Opponents can add onto the molecule to turn it into a different molecule, or they …

Board Game Pimping Roundup

The Deccan Herald pimps board games, all mainstream. ( source ) The Las Vegas Review Journal pimps Mike Patterson, a teacher who uses a lot of board games, who mentions that some of his favorites come from Germany, without mentioning any in particular. ( source ) The Superior Telegram tells an amusing story about Scrabble with the family. ( source ) The Asian Age pimps board games, all mainstream…

iPad Review (part 2)

After completing the first part of my review I realized I ought to at least provide a basic review of the day-to-day functions of the iPad before talking about RPG uses specifically. Thus, I’ve pushed that topic to part 3 and today I’ll talk specifically about the ordinary functions of the iPad along with my experiences with some of the peripherals. Let’s get…

Purple Parlay—The Cost of Things

Games are getting expensive ! To be fair, a lot of games are rising in quality too. We’re seeing a lot more plastic pieces, and more of them too. We’re seeing better boards, nicer cards, and higher production values overall. Is it worth it, though? I’d have to say sometimes it is. Other times, it seems some games are OVER produced. Sometimes I…

Part 2 of NERD FIGHT! The Rifts Trademark Battle

Welcome back, one and all. Just a brief recap, for anyone with a short memory or who happened to miss Part 1 of this discussion . In the ongoing legal battle between Palladium Book (publisher of the Rifts RPG) and Trion Worlds (publisher of the upcoming Rift: Planes of Telera MMORPG), there have been some haymakers thrown. Some have hit for crushing …

Weekly Game Criminal Roundup

Chicago, IL: One woman shoots and kills another woman over a card game. ( source ) Also, one man shot to death at a dice game. ( source ) Towanda, PA: Two inmates get into a fight over a card game. ( source ) Sweden: Tournament poker player jailed for drug crimes. ( source )…

The Critical Threshold: A brief debate on the Merits of Extreme Results

This is not the post that I expected to make this week. I simply ran out of time and could not finish either the article I had intended to post this week [about time travel] or the one for next week [the long-awaited followup to last year’s Pillars of Architecture article], in time. Instead, I have had to reach into my …

NERD FIGHT! The Highlights Of Palladium Vs Trion

In some ways, when you step back and look at the Palladium Books and Trion Worlds battle over the right to name a game “Rift,” it’s a little silly. It’s a game, after all. Does it really matter? In a world where children are starving and wars are raging and BP is trying to give Mother Earth a Jheri…

Heroes of Graxia, YA Deck-Building Game

Daniel Kroegel and Garry Cox’s Heroes of Graxia , from new-to-the-world-of-analog-games Petroglyph Games, is another deck-building game in the spirit of Dominion and Thunderstone. Heroes is set in the same world as their board game Guardians of Graxia . 2-6 players, $35. Deck-building is now…

Nintendo’s New Cards

If you read my post on  Hanafuda Cards , you’ll know that Nintendo actually got their start in gaming by mass producing Hanafuda decks. Now Nintendo is printing some new cards. Standard poker decks with 8-bit, hand drawn, and 3D Mario characters . The page is …