Tag Archives: modern board games

Flip-Oh!, or Team Shut-the-Box

Flip-Oh! is a self-published dice game for 4 to 16 players (or any multiple of 4) from three Tulsa women, Anne, Jan, and Diana ( source ). Each player rolls their own set; when one player goes out, the team counts its remaining tiles as negative points. The instructions urge players to roll the dice fast; this doesn’t appear to…

Stomple from Spin Master

Stomple from Spin Master is a combinatorial abstract game (not really, since it’s for more than two players) for 2-6 players. Each player gets a tower, and the board gets a random distribution of marbles. On your turn, you a) move to an adjacent space and take out the marble, continuing to take out additional adjacent marbles of the same color, or b)…

Monsters in Ticket to Ride

If you pickup the Alvin & Dexter expansion for Ticket to Ride then you’ll be able to enjoy monster mayhem on your maps! By turning in locomotive cards, players can move monsters onto cities for points and extra fun. You can take a peek at the full rules here , and the expansion will work on any board. This looks like on TTR…

Collecting Vintage Board Games

The following is a guest post by Ted Linhart , describing his introduction to collecting vintage board games. Ted is Vice President of Research at USA Network . He’s a Twitter regular, where he can be found as @TedOnTV . I think collecting is an inherited gene—you either are born with the urge or not.  I come from a family of collectors—my parents, brother, grandparents, uncle, and aunt are all passionate…

Game Bandit—Toy Edition

Send Hasbro your receipt for the purchase of $20 or more in Hasbro toys or games and they’ll send you a toy of your choosing worth $10. HasbroToyShop.com is also running a significant sale on Cuponk , CirKis , Candy Land , and Sorry . All Triple Ace Games’ products are 20% off at DriveThruRPG through January 9th. Dungeon Trader has a 45% off clearance sale on Warmachine and Hordes . Lock &#…

Family Board Games Etc Wants to Throw You a Party

If you live in central Ohio, at least. Taking a page from SimplyFun , which has been throwing house parties for its own games for years, Family Board Games Etc is a retailer who wants to come to your house, school, or cafe and demonstrate the games they carry. This is a pilot project that they’re hoping to launch into something bigger.

$1,000 Game Design Prize

Daniel Solis, someone we’ve mentioned here before for his story-telling game, Happy Birthday Robot , can’t seem to get game design off his mind. In his own words: I love designing all sorts of games, from storytelling games to abstract strategy board games to physical playground games. I do it because I like the process of getting inspired, experimenting, testing and revising. I like…

December Board and Card Game Patents

Dear Patent Office: It’s 2011. Why don’t you accept videos in your submissions, in addition to the wholly inadequate pictures? It would make the patents a lot easier to understand. Team matching – From Microsoft. Using the ELO system to form teams. The abstract, and in fact the entire patent, doesn’t actually say that the patent actually does anything, only that the patent MAY do something; MAY…

Campaigns in Russia

Campaigns in Russia is a package of three new Eastern Front hex-and-counter war games from publisher Victory Point Games and veteran designer Frank Chadwick. Based on the system in Battle for Moscow , which Frank originally published with Game Designers Workshop, this set includes The Arduous Beginning , Objective: Kiev , and Target: Leningrad .

Nightfall

AEG will be launching this spring Nightfall , a game of horror, with cards representing vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and other creatures of the night. Yes, it’s another deck-building game, but one with several interesting twists. In addition to those cards placed in the common area at the start of the game, each player drafts two sets of cards for a personal cache. Play…

Settlers Hex Board

If the $150 wood set is too much for you but you still need something to better hold your cardboard Settlers of Catan tiles, then consider the Settlers Hex Board . It’s a $30 plastic frame, also available in sizes to fit the 5-6 player and Seafarers expansions.

BoardGameInfo.com, New Board Game Megasite

A few days before BoardGameGeek, currently the Internet’s only comprehensive source for information about board and card games, announced its first month with over 2,000,000 unique visitors , a new competitor with muscle announced that it is open for beta: James Mathe ‘s BoardGameInfo.com . BGI builds on the already existing and comprehensive framework used for James’ RPGhost network of sites, which already has a sizable…

Game Bandit—You’re the Star of This Edition

Atamaii is holding a 30% off sale on various toys and games, including Bakugan . The ZeroFortitude Podcast is giving away a copy of the Hellas RPG . Use the coupon code “holidaze” for 50% off online orders of many (but not all) Kenzer & Company products. At Paizo , the code “holiday11″ will get you 10% off one order…

Settlers in Wood

[Insert easy wood joke here.] The Settlers of Catan 15th Anniversary Edition includes wood tiles, cards with new art, and even building-cost summaries printed on wood hexagons, all in a nice wood box.

Game Criminal Statistics 2010

Our game criminal roundups are mostly a result of Google News alerts. It’s fair to say that a great majority of game related violence is not reported (assaults, petty robberies, and so on), or not noted as game related (not noting that a robbery was of a card game), or simply not carried on Google News. What do we learn from a year of game related…

Submarine Warfare

Compass Games has begun shipping three new products, Storming the Reich, Imperial Japanese Navy, and Steel Wolves. Storming the Reich is a hex-and-counter war game about the Allied campaign to liberate Western Europe. The latter two, though, are games of submarine warfare, about which Compass proved itself so well with the solitaire game, Silent War . Imperial Japanese Navy is an expansion to that first game, …

Dominion Storage

By now, with the base game, four expansions, and various promotional decks, you’ll have five boxes and about 1,800 cards of Dominion . That’s a lot to manage, particularly if you’re carrying it away from home. Also, if you’re like me and got the heavy-duty card sleeves then the cards don’t fit back in the plastic slots (fits fine, though, with the regular …

Some History on Sexism in Games

Sexism in games was such a hot topic the other day, I thought I’d point you to some history on the subject. At Global Toy News, Chris Bensch of the National Museum of Play shows how career-oriented board games in the 1960s and 1970s came in separate boy and girl versions .

The Top 10 Strangest Games of 2010

These are games we’ve encountered with unusually weird themes or mechanics in 2010. See games for 2009 , 2008 , 2007 , 2006 , 2005 . The list is in alphabetical order. Barbarossa : A deck building game from Japan where cute German military girls rush against Moscow to defeat the evil magician Stalin. The cards alternate or combine shots of scantily clad anime girls against WWII military hardware. Another Arclight deck building anime game from 2010, Little…

Game Bandit—Mini Edition

Dave Graffam Models’ print-and-assemble 3D miniature buildings are 30% off. Spin Master is running a Bakugan Coloring Contest for three mystery prizes. At Brigade Models , Aeronef, starships, Land Ironclads, 15mm and 6mm tanks, Iron Stars, WWI Belgians are 15% off; Celtos miniatures are 25% off. 93 Games Studio is selling its entire line of Twilight 2013 products as a bundle for $10. Expansions for the Keltis iPhone …