Tag Archives: classic board games

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 . …

Spin: Classic Board Games with a Twist Art Exhibition in SF

San Fransisco’s Rare Device will showcase an exhibition of art based on classic board games in a show called Spin . Works are by Jennifer Judd-McGee and Mati McDonough and will run most of September. Jennifer and Mati have incorporated elements like winding pathways, typography, colors, characters and textures of old games, and have re-spun them in a thoroughly modern fashion. The…

Ralph Lauren Games

Ralph Lauren makes a few luxury games, including the Hammond Chess set: Nickel and leather, with a modernist design. $1995. They also make a Checkers set ($295) and a Backgammon set ($695), both under the name Rowan. ( source , via , via , via )

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 …

What’s Next for BoardGames.com?

$450,000 For boardgames.com; What Now? In May, boardgames.com was sold to an undisclosed purchaser for $450,000. It was not the most ever paid for a board or card related website: poker.org sold for $1 million earlier this year. Casino.com sold for $5.5 million, gambling.com for $19.8 million, and poker.com is rumored to have sold for between $23 and $27 million. Boardgames.com…

Pete’s Box: Six Wooden Game Board Form a Cubes

Pete’s Box is a construction by Peter Blose from his oddly named company Prevideo Productions . Peter paints different games onto six wooden boards with raised ridges on each end that can assemble into a game cube. Games include various classic games, as well as differently-named versions of games currently trademarked by Hasbro and Mattel (e.g. “World Domination”, “Property Trading…

“The most realistic tabletop rocket game ever made”

High Frontier by Phil Eklund, to be released by Sierra Madre Games, bills itself as “the most realistic tabletop rocket game ever made”.  By which they mean tabletop game, not tabletop rockets. And by which they mean that the game focuses around the anticipated economics, politics, and physics involved in flinging rockets about the Solar System. It is currently available for pre-order at a discount. You …

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…

July Board and Card Game Patents

As usual, I’m skipping the card shufflers and dealers … Auto racing board game – By Carrie Moats. A roll and move game. Carrie claims her design is patent-worthy because, unlike previous auto-racing games, a) hers is re-playable, and b) it doesn’t come with cars, so it costs less and lets you use your own. Suit variable mahjong tile and a mahjong …

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, …

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…

Board Games—The Ultimate Form of Social Entertainment

An inspired presentation by Chris McInnis at Ignite: London on the awesomeness of board games: [via Going Cardboard ]

New Backgammon Boards from Crisloid and World Series of Backgammon

Crisloid has teamed up with the World Series of Backgammon to put out a new line of official WSoB products. The product line includes both attache and tabletop Backgammon sets, checker sets, dice cups, and doubling cubes. Each of these products has the WSoB logo on them, and can only be found at Crisloid’s site. I only just learned to play Backgammon this year, and really…

Toy Story 3 Games

Time to throw all of those Toy Story 2 items in the trash. We’ve got Toy Story 3 items now. Despite the grand creativity of the Pixar storytellers, it should come as no surprise that this creativity doesn’t extend to their licensing department. What’s surprising is how many ways they have to repackage games in different combinations. Toy Story 3 Operation Buzz Lightyear – From the…

Classic Games Roundup

Dylan Loeb McClain is my new favorite blogger; he writes the Chess blog Gambit for the NY Times website, and I find myself tempted to link to nearly everything he writes. Two of his latest are about an available position as Chess instructor for the Peace Corps and some Chess-themed television advertisements . A blog in the Washington Examiner pimps Bridge…

DIY Surface Game Table

Up on PCB-DEV they’ve got a DIY surface-like electronic gaming table. The demonstration version was created to play physical games on the board against opponents on freechess.org . Here’s a video. ( source )

Chess Champion Now Fashion Model

Two years ago we reported on how part-time swimsuit model Alexandra Kosteniuk is also a world Chess champion. Now we get to tell you that the world’s number one ranked Chess player Magnus Carlsen has become a part-time fashion model . ( source ) That’s the glamorous world of Chess superstardom … (photo by Anton Cobijn/G-star at source)

BP’s Oil Spill Boardgame? Yup. It’s real.

Take a good look. This is BP’s official oil spill boardgame, made in the 1970′s. Kind of ironic, eh? Offshore Oil Strike is supposedly rare.  I couldn’t even find a copy of it on eBay. ( source )

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of a poker game where some of …

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of…