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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 …

Dungeon Crawler CCG

Dungeon Crawler is a CCG from sggc Gifted Vision. The game is played either solitaire, cooperatively, competitively, or multi-player (not sure what the latter is). Each player needs his or her own starter. According to the web site, you can order the game but it is currently stuck in customs in the US and Canada.

Pressure Matrix

Despite passing on the Dust games , AEG continues to publish others. At Gen Con, the company launched Pressure Matrix , in which players act out a futuristic game show. Each player controls a runner, who moves around the board collecting money while trying to avoid being blocked in. AEG was also showing a Legend of the Five Rings 15 Years of Art book.

Logos in Second Life

A fully fleshed out, strategic, CCG in Second Life? Yeah, that’s Logos . Apparently the games has player rankings, animated battles, and all sorts of other goodies. The community seems to be really active also. I haven’t been in Second Life in over 3 years. My last foray was in an educational setting. I may just have  to reinstall and see what all this Logos stuff is about. ( source…

Gen Con 2010 Sets Attendance Record

In its 43rd year, Gen Con Indy had its biggest show yet with 30,046 unique attendees. The convention also featured over 8,600 game events, and was really a lot of fun.

Gen Con (and more) Pimping Roundup

Gen Con pimping WTHR pimps (30,000 attendees, $29.5 million to be spent). ( source ) WTHR worries that there are not enough taxis available for all of the Gen Con attendees (28,000). ( source ) The Indy Star anticipates a lack of coffee (30,000). ( source )The Indy Star complains over the lack of coffee (30,000). ( source ) The Indy Star (…

A Roundup of Select Gen Con Goodies

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Z-Man Games will be giving out t-shirts with every games purchase and holding a raffle where the prize is a copy of every one of their in-stock games. Z-Man will also be running a Pandemic LARP ! The MTV television show MADE is holding open casting at Gen Con on both Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM. …

A Roundup of Select Gen Con Goodies

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Z-Man Games will be giving out t-shirts with every games purchase and holding a raffle where the prize is a copy of every one of their in-stock games. Z-Man will also be running a Pandemic LARP ! The MTV television show MADE is holding open casting at Gen Con on both Friday …

Con Competition

This week, two game conventions compete for your attention. Gen Con is certainly the bigger of the two, but WBC (The World Boardgaming Championships) also has quite a lot going for it. Gen Con is a major industry event with a large exhibition hall, many new games being previewed and released, organized events and open gaming, business deals in the bars and back rooms, and non-game but…

Tweet My Magic

Up for a little extra chaos in your multiplayer Magic game? This weekend Wizards of the Coast invites players to participate in a Twitter-based shared experience . From the first moment of July 31st at the International Date Line, until the last of August 1, Wizards will tweet a new rule or effect every few minutes. Get together any time with Planeswalkers decks, align with one …

WoW for the New and Old

Class Starter Decks are a new World of Warcraft TCG product for hobby game stores. Each deck is comprised of 60 specific cards selected to reflect a particular class and faction in the online World of Warcraft game. The new format follows a trend we’ve seen with other CCGs—non-collectible sets meant to attract new players. For the old hands…

Play in Public

In March, we celebrated Read an RPG in Public Week to help generate positive exposure for the roleplaying hobby. And while I’m happy to see this week bring that celebration’s second incarnation of the year, another exciting effort it just launching to spread the word of board games. The Play in Public Campaign (PiP) is being organized to support and coordinate people playing games, …

Tick Tock Gen Con

Someone’s excited about Gen Con.

Get Ready for the LEGO MMOG TCG

Dire Wolf Digital game studio is a new effort in online and offline trading card games, founded by Scott Martins, previous founder of Worlds Apart Productions, and studio head of Sony Online Entertainment Denver. Their first offline project will be a TCG in partnership with LEGO/Gazillion(NetDevil), based on their upcoming LEGO MMOG . The MMOG is scheduled for October, and the TCG for next

Duels of the Planeswalkers Comes to the PC

Remember Duels of the Planeswalkers for XBLA ? Well now it’s coming to the PC via Steam through a seal Wizards of the Coast made with Valve. It’s actually been out since June 15th, but it’s a game worth making sure it gets a mention here on Purple Pawn. For $9.99 you get the base game, and then there’s DLC available…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Hidden Arsenal 2

The latest Yu-Gi-Oh! is Hidden Arsenal 2 , an all-foil 60 card set of monsters. One, the new Naturia Beast , neutralizes opposing spell cards. Hidden Arsenal 2 comes in packs of one Secret Rare and four Super Rares.

Mattel Loses Against MGA in Appeal Over Bratz, Pokemon Sues Beckett

In a stunning overturn by the court of appeals, Mattel has lost on appeal against MGA Entertainment in the fight over Bratz dolls, the first drawings of which were done by Carter Bryant while he was still working for Mattel. The court essentially said that, while the first drawings were misappropriated, that doesn’t give Mattel rights to the hundreds of millions of dollars of…

Everyone Plays at the Library

Following up on his superb online course, Scott Nicholson has written a book elaborating on his advice for managing game programs in libraries. As an Associate Professor at Syracuse University, host of fun board game video reviews , and someone who’s run many such programs himself, Scott has a lot of insight to share. The book is called “ Everyone Plays at…

Game Industry and Pimping Roundup

Industry Mattel nearly doubles its profits (Toy Story 3) from last year’s 2nd quarter, yet they still fall below estimates. ( source ) Profits $51.6 million, revenues $1.02 billion. Hasbro’s profits climbed to $43.6 million from $39.3 million in last year’s 2nd quarter. Revenues down ($737.8 million), but costs were down further. ( source ) Meanwhile, video games are down again . …

Cryptozoic and Green Ronin Try to Save Local Game Stores

Some publishers consider it their business to save friendly local game stores (FLGS), claiming that these locations are the points where new players enter the hobby. The big threat to these stores is online retailers who, owing to less overhead and fewer license requirements, can offer big discounts on publishers’ products to cash-strapped consumers. Mayfair Games famously threatens to blacklist any retailer that sells their products at less…