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Inappropriate Sexual Content in Games Roundup

Folks were bullish over Mattel’s acquisition of the Monster High license , but their line of dolls aimed at girls has caused some ire. The dolls’ figures appear to out-Barbie Barbie, and the dolls’ descriptions indicate that the dolls spend their time trying to look pretty by waxing, shaving, and plucking. ( source ) Ok, that’s not really about games. Here you …

Choices Education Boards

Choices , chaired by Jocelyn Duncan, makes a number of different board/card game/activities intended for group discussion and education. Topics include bipolar depression, self-harm, overdose, sleep, hepatitis c, self-injecting, marijuana, alcohol, smoking, and anxiety. Each board/card set costs £12 and comes with instructions and an information pack. ( source )

Hands On: Battletech 25th Anniversary Boxed Set

I’ve been playing Battletech nearly as long as I’ve been playing games – so when Catalyst Game Labs asked if we wanted to take a look at their newest box set weeks before it’s launch…well, let’s just say that wild horses would be required to stop me from saying yes! You might ask why the world needs another Battletech box set…

The blog, it is empty!

Well, not quite – but there’s not much going on around here this week.  Why?  Well PAX East , that’s why! A bunch of us are preparing for the convention by doing all of our standard, pre-convention rituals.  Packing, sacrificing chicken(McNugget)s, fantasizing over bumping in to Steve Jackson in the loo. Tracy’s even lost the ability to swear correctly on Twitter – we’…

Pigskin

To play this upcoming football board game from R&R Games , the players choose cards from the offense and defense decks, then chooses specific plays from those cards. They cross-reference their choices to set the number and type of dice each one will roll to determine the results of the play. In addition to straight yardage dice, there are penalty dice, turnover dice, and a hail-mary die. Progress up…

March Kickstarter Game Projects

I looked on some other crowdsourcing site and wasn’t impressed. So I’m sticking to Kickstarter only until someone convinces me otherwise. Remember that a “funded” campaign will still give out listed rewards to its contributors. Project Description Required Raised Ends Periodic Table of Elements Dice Andrew Inaba Dice with both numbers and elements $2,000 $1,065 20 days Rolling Freight Board Game APE Games Train game with special …

PAX East!

That’s right folks, this coming Saturday, lost among the 60,000 other folks there, will be three representatives from Troll in the Corner! PAX East is nearly here, and we’re going to be there! Which means if you’re there, we’ll be there as well and since two of us live here, it’s here in our backyard! There! Myself, Tracy and Scott will all be present. Digitally …

City Government Power Bases – Social Leverage, Marriage and Wealth

What forces govern your city? A power base is an asset you can use to achieve goals. It serves as a foundation or tool. You can wield it like a weapon, use it like a tool or draw upon it like a resource. Governments are typically boring game elements. However, design a power base for each government or government agency, and you turn them into NPCs of…

Who is Sleeping in the Crypt Tonight?

A scenario idea can begin with just two words. In this case, the two words were: Vampire Superman. That’s a combination far too temping to ignore when it gets into your head, an impossible blend of a Child of the Night and a Child of the Sun, a being of unimaginable power and unrelenting evil that….. Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start …

Review: Lady Blackbird – Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder

Lady Blackbird is an award-winning, free RPG written and illustrated by John Harper. The 15-page PDF is an all-in-one RPG which consists of the rules, setting, characters and situation for a complete gaming experience typically lasting for one to two sessions. The scenario is set in a very evocative steampunk/sci-fi setting that is clearly influenced…

Biblios

Biblios by Stephen Finn, of the design company Dr. Finn’s Card Company and published by IELLO, is a renaming of the game Scripts and Scribes from 2007. The object of the game is to win in any of 5 categories, whose values go up and down as the game progresses. The game has a Donation stage (acquire cards) and an Auction stage (purchase cards). Reviews on BGG are …

The Quarks and Leptons Card Game

The Quark Matter Card Game from Judit Csörgő, Csaba Török, and Tamás Csörgő was originally published in Hungarian but is now also available in English. Available at Lulu for $19. The book that comes with the cards actually contains 4 games, including speed and set collection games.

Review: The M&M GM’s Kit

The GM’s Kit is an odd fish, mainly because it isn’t a fish at all. It is basically two otherwise unrelated products bundled together in a way that is either inexplicable, or very clever indeed. I can’t decide which. Thankfully though, both parts of the GM Kit are very good, and at $10 for the PDF or…

Redakai: New CCG from Spin Master

Spin Master is launching a new collectible card game for children with some exciting features that we haven’t seen before in products of this type. Most significantly, the cards are not paper but plastic, and quite thick too. This not only makes them more durable, it also allows Spin Master to incorporate holograms on the cards. Some will feature three-dimensional artwork…

Issue 512 – How to GM Awesome Heists, Part 2

This Week’s Tips: The “All Part Of The Plan” Feat Use Flashbacks And Soft Fails How I Ran A Heist Better Gaming Through Planning, Rehearsing And Training Leverage RPG Create A Set Of Cards Feature: Fun with Traps: Books, Boxes and Baubles Game Master Tips & Tricks: How Do You Make Swarms Interesting? Random Monsters Via Two Monster Combos A Few Quick Campaign Tips Egyptian …

Steve Jackson Games Sneak Peeks

The new dice games, Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice , have been a big hit for Steve Jackson Games . The company’s latest Report to the Stakeholders reveals that these mid-year releases already account for 8.4 percent of sales (that’s about 50,000 units in my estimation). This year, Zombie Dice is set to get updated packaging. Instead of a cardboard dice cup…

Board Game “Addiction” Article in China Daily

Writing for the China Daily, Zhou Wenting becomes the first journalist that I know of to claim a surge in board game “addiction” among children. Yeeha, board gamers have finally joined a club whose membership previously only included collectible card gamers and video gamers. Ok, seriously. Let’s take a look at source : The title is “Concerns surge as children become hooked on games&#…

If I Were President

Apparently self-published by Gail Thornton, If I Were President is a debating game. Players pick a card with a presidential challenge (such as “Your VP just yelled at the Russian VP during peace talks”) and must role-play a speech addressing the issue. The other players vote them up or down with paddles. It’s a tad pricey: $60 …

The Ashcroft House: Card Stock Model and AD&D 2E Module

The Ashcroft House by Buddy Epling of Rook Stone is an elaborate card stock haunted house at 1/64th scale for 25 mm minis. The delivery is print-and-play instructions on CD, including the house, outbuildings, fence, over 100 pieces of furniture, and 40 figures. The CD also includes a walk-through and a 60 page 2nd edition AD&D module set in Ravenloft, “A Night in the Ashcroft House”. Buddy also carves a…

Sky Raiders Flying Bakugan

First, though, let’s catch up with the current releases… For season four, Mechtanium Surge Bakugan are made from die cast metal. Core Bakugan in this series include new Dragonoid, Ingram, Elfin, and Percival figures. Mobile Assault Mechtanium Surge Bakugan include Axellor , which stands tall on tank-like tracks, Hurrix , which spins at an amazing speed, and the circle-shaped Raytheus . Debuting with this group are Mechtogan Bakugan …