Tag Archives: electronic games

Minesweeper, the Board Game

It’s an electronic game , so I’m not entirely sure that it counts, but anyway … The game is the final project of an MIT course in micro-computing.

Civilization, Yet Again

Fantasy Flight Games is planning to release Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game designed by Kevin “Arkham Horror” Wilson. This is a completely new game, not related to 2002′s Eagle Games’ Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Boardgame , by Glenn Drover, or its crowd-sourced house rules rewrite Civilization CHR . Nor is it related to 1980′s Civilization by …

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…

Warlord RTS Video Game

Reaper Miniatures’ Warlord game, recently upgraded to a second edition , is set to become the basis for an upcoming RTS video game. The developer, though, is a small startup that needs a little help with funding. So like many game companies these days, they’re turning to you through Kickstarter .

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 …

Invest in Games on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a site that lets people pledge money for an investment in someone’s business. You only pay if a minimum threshold is reached. The amount of the threshold depends on how much the developers need, ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. If the amount pledged goes over the target, the extra money is used for additional design, marketing, etc. Your rewards …

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…

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 . …

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…

Monopoly MMOG to Return as Monopoly Streets by EA

Hasbro has listened to the voice of the people . In cooperation with Electronic Arts, Hasbro will release a permanent edition of its popular advertising gimmick Monopoly City Streets as a new MMOG called Monopoly Streets. The project won several advertising awards. The new version is scheduled to be up in October. ( source )

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 )

More Open Source CCG Links

Previously: Conspiracy (new home page ) and Phylo . Open card games : A site devoted to open source card games. Open Card and Tabletop Gaming Network : Software for creating and playing online games, especially card games. Cosign : A SourceForge project for creating an open source CCG gaming network. Libre : Another SourceForge project, just the game. Chronogeddon : A Dvorak open source CCG based around…

Greed Race, Print and Play Iphone Board Game

Greed Race is a print and play game for your Iphone. You can download or draw the board yourself, gather some player tokens, and then use the app to keep track of the game state and introduce and resolve random events as they occur. The basic game play is a) move two spaces and resolve any random event that may occur, and then b) secretly set a…

Mattel and Qualcomm Add AR to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

Mattel is partnering with Qualcomm to experiment in converting their traditional games to AR versions. One prototype, demonstrated in the following ridiculous video, is Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. ( 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…

Hands on with Microsoft Surface & Catan

I got to spend some time with Microsoft’s new Surface today running a demo of Settlers of Catan and we’ve had a few requests to provide our thoughts on the new device and it’s use in games. First, let’s be clear, I’m an Apple fanboy and just about everything you see from me comes to you via an iPad, iPhone and occasionally a MacBook…

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 …

iPad Gaming Explosion

It looked like we’re about to have a board gaming explosion on the iPad. In addition to all of the other titles we’ve posted about in the past two months, Codito Development has announced that they will be bringing Le Havre, Tigris & Euphrates, Ra, Medici, El Grande, Tikal, Age of Industry, and Brief History of the World over the course of the…