Tag Archives: Card

Royal Wedding Games

Some people just don’t get it … [1] Top Trumps Royal Wedding A selection of playing cards Stunned, I am, that I could not find a William and Kate Chess set or Draughts set. [1] I’m one of those people.

April Board and Card Game Patents

I’m surprised to see that there are only three patents this month, not including card shufflers and readers, and not including video game only patents. Conditional application of hit card – A blackjack variant, where you are dealt an optional card which you can exchange, along with a variable payout table if you do so. 21 to the river – A blackjack/poker…

The creative process in game design or sandpaper golem sex and letting go of ideas

Yesterday I came up with a brand new game.  In fact, I came up with a new board game and a new creature to add to my slowly growing list of Pathfinder oddities, both based on the same idea. While doing the creative lifting that goes in to making something like this I was also conversing with a friend who suggested that I document this process in writing. …

8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Dungeon Tiles

This month’s RPG blog carnival is about cartography and mapping. So, I thought I’d talk about D&D tiles, of which I have several sets, and I like them a lot. If you own more than a couple sets of D&D tiles you understand the challenge in organizing them. The tiles are double-sided, so you want to see …

More Savage Worlds Deluxe Info

Pinnacle Entertainment group released their official website announcement for the upcoming Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition this morning, but readers of their forums know that is really where the action is.  Since their Savage Worlds Deluxe thread started last Thursday, the forums have been filled with questions.  Core Rules Manager Clint Black (who previously did an interview with us here on this site), Pinnacle Company VP …

It’s Passover and I’m Clearing Out My Browser Tabs Roundup

NECA has bought Icarus Studios , which is designing an online version of HeroClix. ( source ) The long-running Scrabble News abandoned its print and paper offering and is now online-only. ( source ) Game Briefs Commander-in-Chief from X Plus Products is a Chess variant. $40. Coffee Talk from Pressman Toys is a game of generating associated ideas based on a single idea. Scoring like…

Paper Money #48: Little Wars and Printing Cards

Rett returns from Little Wars with tales of unimaginable – and very small scale – beauty, while Ben yammers on about the arcane art of printing cards for your game. All in a spritely 40 minute (give or take) package!

Studio 360: Help Design a Better Monopoly

Studio 360 talks with famed game designer Brenda Brathwaite about Monopoly , old and new. Together, they invite listeners to submit ideas by May 1 on how to make the game into something playable. Brenda will take the best ideas and make a new unofficial game out of them, and Studio 360 will revisit the topic in a few weeks. Another podcast, This American Life, uses card games as a metaphor this…

37th Annual Origins Awards Nominee List

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has unveiled the list of nominees for the 37th Annual Origins Awards that will be held at the Origins Game Fair in Greater Columbus Convention Center on June 22-26 . Five nominees have been named in each of the 9 categories (except for Best Historical Board Game) through a vote by game retailers in March 2011 during the GAMA Trade Show from a shortlist…

Old School Podcast: Posthumous Z at RavenCon

Nathan Little of This is a Cow , his gaming company, was a major hit at RavenCon 2011 and kept a constant crowd gathered around his new zombie-based team board game, Posthumous Z . I truly wish I could tell our readers more about this game, but I haven’t had a chance to play it myself yet.  What I can say …

Folk Lore: Remedies and Healing

Many RPG campaigns take place in medieval-like settings and, as a result, it’s pretty easy to spice things up with a few folk remedies.  And where better to turn for these remedies than history itself? Whether these remedies actually work or whether they are just quackery, of course, will depend on your campaign.  As an example, in my Europa campaign…

Upper Deck Evolution

Upper Deck is struggling to stay on top of the game. Their latest, which comes out tomorrow, is a set of electronic sports “cards” called Evolution. The cards are, in fact, half-inch thick card-sized objects with a battery that run a video loop of the player. The technology’s use in the gaming world appears intriguing. (

Old School Podcast: Fantasy Flight Games at PAX East talk Mansions of Madness, Warhammer 40k, and more

In his extremely productive wanderings around PAX East, Tracy stalked and successfully caught the Fantasy Flight Games booth, where he procured an interview talking about Mansions of Madness, Warhammer 40k and a product that is almost released, and almost talked about. As always, this podcast is available right here, through DriveThruRPG and on iTunes . Technorati Tags: fantasy flight games , ffg , warhammer , mansions of madness , board…

Ask the readers: Does not play well with others…

Over in the  Paizo Blog I’ve been reading with some interest their proposed changes to the  Pathfinder Society Organized Play program. I have never participated on such programs. When I began role playing I was intrigued by the  RPGA , joined and got their  Polyhedron Magazine . I still have the laminated card and the pin somewhere, but besides reading the magazine I never…

Minigames in roleplaying games

Recently I have started playing Sid Meier’s Pirates! again. Pirates! is a single-player, open world game set into the Caribbean during the late 16th and early to late 17th century. You play a ship captain working as a privateer for either the English, French, Dutch or Spanish. During the game you can freely choose your allegiances, choose to attack enemy ships or towns, hunt pirates, seek…

Superpowerful Bonanza, a Superhero Combat Board Game

Azikwe Games is back ( also here ) with Superpowerful Bonanza , a new game based on superheroes, unique superheroes created by the designer and publisher Luanga Nuwame. The game comes with a comic book illustrating the characters. How does it play? I can’t really tell. It looks to be some kind of card based combat game. An additional game…

Second Look—Braggart

I finally got a chance to get Braggart to the table the other night, playing it 2 player with my wife. The first thing I’ve got to say about the game is that it’s incredible simple to play. Every turn cards are flipped up from the deck equaling the number of players. Starting with the person who has the “My Round&#…

Second Look—Braggart

I finally got a chance to get Braggart to the table the other night, playing it 2 player with my wife. The first thing I’ve got to say about the game is that it’s incredible simple to play. Every turn cards are flipped up from the deck equaling the number of players. Starting with the person who has the “My Round” card, …

Rose’s Memory Games

Rose’s Memory makes two memory games with high contrast black and white cards, in themes of apparel and sports. The site pitches the games at patients with Alzheimer’s or Traumatic Brain Injury and their caregivers. They also make some Bingo games. If your memory is really good, you might also check out this Civil War memory game coming soon from

It Didn’t Go the Way Your Ancestors Said – Book Review of Colonial Gothic

What if history as we knew it had holes in it? What if the things that we hold true about the French and Indian Wars or American Revolution were only partially true? What if all of those kooks as Salem were really right? That there were witches and magic and all manner of unspeakable things lurking around in the dark, just out of your field of vision? That’s …