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Kolejka: Polish Board Game About Waiting in Line

Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance ( Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (IPN) ) has created a historical board game about the Communist era. The game simulates citizens waiting in line to buy scant supplies of groceries. Players jockey for position in the lines, using excuses like “I’m a woman with a baby”, but may end up at stores that have run out of supplies, anyway. It …

Weekly Game Promotion Roundup

The Chicago Courier-News promotes local Magic players. ( source ) The Chicago Daily Herald promotes local game stores. ( source ) The SC Island Packet promotes a Bridge program for kids. ( source ) The New Brunswick Daily Cleaner promotes local game store Geek Chic Boutique. ( source ) The Wichita Family Eagle promotes a community center organized game night. ( source ) The UK Guardian promotes several …

Khet 2.0

Innovention Toys has redesigned the laser board game Khet. It’s more Khet 1.5 than a Khet 2.0 : the box has changed, the game is lighter, and the pieces are sculpted and thematic, as opposed to the block shapes from the first set. The rules don’t appear to have changed. 1.5 or 2.0, lasers are still cool. ( image )

Khet 2.0

Innovention Toys has redesigned the laser board game Khet. It’s more Khet 1.5 than a Khet 2.0 : the box has changed, the game is lighter, and the pieces are sculpted and thematic, as opposed to the block shapes from the first set. The rules don’t appear to have changed. 1.5 or 2.0, lasers are still cool. ( image )

Ninjago: LEGO Ninjas

Ninjago is a new world from LEGO: LEGO ninja figures, storylines, and games. Ninjago enters the same space as Beyblade. The figures come on little wobbly bases that you have to twirl around to hit your opponent. Sold as individual figures with stat cards or in Spinjitzu Starter Sets .

Ninjago: LEGO Ninjas

Ninjago is a new world from LEGO: LEGO ninja figures, storylines, and games. Ninjago enters the same space as Beyblade. The figures come on little wobbly bases that you have to twirl around to hit your opponent. Sold as individual figures with stat cards or in Spinjitzu Starter Sets .

Ninjago: LEGO Ninjas

Ninjago is a new world from LEGO: LEGO ninja figures, storylines, and games. Ninjago enters the same space as Beyblade. The figures come on little wobbly bases that you have to twirl around to hit your opponent. Sold as individual figures with stat cards or in Spinjitzu Starter Sets .

Hasbro and Mattel Make Fortune’s List of Top 100 Places to Work

At number 59 and 69 respectively. Hasbro wasn’t on the list last year. Mattel was at 78 last year, 48 in 2009, and 70 in 2008, which was its first year on the list. David Kaplan of Fortune spent some time at three of the top 100 companies, one of which was Hasbro. He goes into how Hasbro treats its employees and how it has reinvented itself as an IP company. Read it here .

Storytelling Dice Game is Underrated Innovation

Huffington Post columnist Danny Wong has listed Rory’s Story Cubes as the second most underrated innovation of 2010 . The dice-based game and storytelling tool from Gamewright beat out the Chevy Volt electric car, Netflix, the iPad, and text-to-donate systems.

Playbooks: History and Game in One Package

Avalanche Press has announced the launch of a new product line combining military-history books with related war games in the same binding. Called Playbooks , the first four releases will be: They Shall Not Pass —1916 battle of Verdun Winter Fury —Finns vs. Soviets in the winter of 1939-1940 Western Desert Force —WWII North African campaign Great War at Sea: Remember the Maine —United States vs. Spain for Cuba and Puerto…

The Lord of the Rings HeroClix

Wizkids announced Tuesday The Lord of the Rings HeroClix to begin shipping late in 2011 and available in both campaign-style boxed sets and collectible booster box formats. With a license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Wizkids will also produce a semi-cooperative The Lord of the Rings board game, where players take on the role of the Nazgul and attempt…

Countdown to New York Toy Fair: An Inventor’s Perspective

The following is a guest article by Kim Vandenbroucke. Kim is a professional game inventor (her latest published is Scattergories Categories) and she has agreed to take time out of her very busy schedule at this time of year to describe what it’s like to prepare for New York Toy Fair . I’m taking a break from my insane workload to write…

Hyatt Hotels Offer You the Toy Box

We’ve covered the occasional hotels with games before: hotels dedicated to tournaments, specialty hotels built around games, and even the occasional “board games” listed in a hotel brochure, which inevitably turns out to be Chess, Checkers, and the like. Participating Hyatt Hotels now offer their guests the Toy Box , a box of 24 toys and games. To fill this box, they took the surprising step …

Q-Bitz

Q-bitz from MindWare is three games in one; either they couldn’t decided which game to make, or they decided to Cranium it up (Cranium is now a verb). It plays a bit like Tangrams. Each player gets 16 identical cubes. Each cube face is one of six patterns. In round one, the first to arrange his or her cubes into the shape on the card …

Two New Games From Bananagrams: Fruitominoes and Zip-It

Bananagrams has two new games: Fruitominoes : 28 Dominoes with fruit (coming soon) (image by Brian Jones Design ) Zip-It : Dice based, two-player crossword game ( source )

Industry: Habsro, Video Games

Hasbro says that revenue from 2010 was slightly less than expected, with disappointing December sales. Sales were up, just less than expected. ( source ) Meanwhile, according to NPD, video games, counting including new physical video and PC games, used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, downloadable content, and mobile game apps, were down AGAIN, about 1%. ( source ) Physical retail …

It’s Another Board Game Jam in Toronto

The next Board Game Jam in Toronto will be on Jan 29-30. Take 48 hours and a team to create a board game from scratch. The event is organized by Adam Clare and David F . I’m curious as to what happened at the previous jams.

James Cameron Disses Board Games

James Cameron, director of one big budget sci-fi movie that is a retelling of Pocahontas, and another big budget movie that is a retelling of the story of a famous boat that sank, dissed today’s Hollywood for making too many stories that are based on the retelling of famous stories or that use licensed brands to sell tickets. The dissing occurred the German magazine Spiegel. In particular…

Road Safety and Dance Forms: Two Games From India

Celebrity Indian actor, director, and producer Ajay Devgan was on hand to promote the launch of a new board game from Podar Jumbo Kids about Road Safety (and promote a new film). ( source ) Jayalakshmi Eshwar, a specialist in Bharatanatyam, an Indian dance form, has launched a card game featuring various Indian dance forms. The cards feature the forms, clothes, and instruments involved. (

Second Look — Forbidden Island

My wife refers to Forbidden Island as stress-in-a-box, and while I tend to agree with her, I still recommend it as a great family game. Forbidden Island manages to incorporate a fair degree of tension without being grim. The game is based on an Indiana Jones-like theme, where the players are an archaeological team, working together to rescue four…