Tag Archives: modern board games

Childbirth Game

Just Breath is a perinatal education game from childbirth training specialists Esali Birth . The base game includes 64 cards in four categories: Prenatal Nutrition, Breastfeeding, Perinatal Positions, and General Labor & Birth. There’s also a version with a board and other pieces , a Cravings expansion pack , and blank cards for customizing the game. As a tool for professional trainers, I understand. But let me give some advice …

University Games Acquires American Plastic Equipment

University Games , a company that already has a number of other acquisitions under its belt (Front Porch Classics, Colorforms), has acquired American Plastic Equipment . Big deal, you may ask. It’s a plastics manufacturer. It is. It also holds the licenses to around 75 games, some with modern licenses (Hello Kitty Pop-O-Matic, Sesame Street Letter Game), but mostly a…

Yes We Can? Political Parody Game

Yes We Can? by sggc Founding Fathers Entertainment is a political parody game pointing out what it sees as the fallacies of the current administrations’ economic policies. Every dig is referenced with a source, which is somewhat unusual for a parody game. It also has an odd die rolling mechanic where you can choose to roll one die (be lazy) or two dice. Other than that, and…

Deepsea Desperation, a Greenpeace Board Game

Deepsea Desperation is a free print-and-play environmental board game from Greenpeace. In a stunning move, Greenpeace realized that smarts in environmentalism does not necessarily equal smarts in board game design, so they asked a successful board game design team to make the game for them: Terror Bull Games , designers of War on Terror . The game has simple (mildly rude) graphics, and looks to be…

Justin Bieber Games

Justin Bieber Backstage Pass : trivia game. Justin Bieber Always Be Mine : “kiss and dare”.

Catanimals, Plush Resources From Settlers

Catanimals are plush resources inspired by Settlers of Catan: wood, brick, wheat, sheep, and ore. The brick and ore are a little abstract, but the wood, wheat, and (naturally) sheep are pretty clear. There will be a special rules variant for using these in a game, apparently. ( source ) Previously: plush meeples .

Extreme Memo: Memory, With a Twist

Just one mechanic makes an interesting twist on the traditional game of memory: each tile in Extreme Memo from Haba has two pictures. Find a match with either of the pictures. Simple and brilliant.

Dice Sprites

Dice Sprites are small, sculpted-clay dice-cozies. They cuddle your dice, hold them high-number up, protect them from the bad-luck goblins, or just plain look cute. Claymancers offers them on Etsy or made-to-order . [via GaS ]

What’s Up With BoardGameNews.com?

BoardGameNews.com has been on the fritz for several weeks, and according to this status report from Eric , will be down for a bit longer yet. Awaiting your safe return, guys.

Game Night, The Aussie/Indian/LA Internet Sitcom

Game Night is an Internet comedy series about game night, somewhere in the same space as KODT: a group of quirky guys and a girl meet to play games. Hilarity ensues. I can’t say much about the acting, scripts, filming, direction, production, etc., but I’ll give them props for effort and enthusiasm. P.S. The titles of the show use German…

IGDA’s Global Game Jam To Include Board and Card Games

The IGDA’s 2010 Global Game Jam included over 4300 people around the world creating video games over 48 rolling hours. This year’s event promises to be larger and will include non-electronic board and card game creation. I’m not entirely sure how that will work with a team spread out over different physical locations; the FAQ on the site doesn’t address it. ( source )

Soho, Editors Chasing After Recalcitrant Writers

In Soho! , you are the editor of a literary magazine chasing after writers with big egos who would rather sit in a pub than give you their pieces in time for publication. The game is a map of Soho, with randomly distributed authors, obstructions, and starting positions. You must choose each round whether to walk, bike, or taxi and to be the first to visit all six …

Gary Gygax’s Game Collection Up for Auction

Gail Gygax, Gary’s widow, and The Collector’s Trove are auctioning off Gary Gygax’s personal game collection . Bids for the first batch of 204 items close Wednesday afternoon (ET). The selection includes games he authored, games he played, and still shrink-wrapped comp copies of various games provided to him as TSR’s founder. Just a few of the highlights: Chainmail: Rules for Medieval Miniatures…

Waimea Wipeout

Waimea Wipeout from sggc Waimea Original Works is a simple push-your-luck dice game with a surfing theme, several complicated result tables, and a superfluous board. The score track counts tenths of points, but wraps around at 0.7 points, so the first row is up to 1.7, then to 2.4, and so on. You roll to catch a wave, roll for points on the wave, …

Dragon’s Den Warms to It’s First Board Game

Every dragon in every edition of Dragon’s Den has eaten up every hopeful board game designer, a six year pattern that has finally been broken. George Ward, creator of Syl-la-bles is the first to set foot into the Den and come out with the money. In his case, it’s a $50,000 investment in making an electronic version of the game. Watch the segment:

Top 20 Game News Items for 2010

Board and card games did fine in 2010, just as they have been doing for at least the last 20 years. Today’s board and card games are harder to distinguish from video and electronic games. Many board and card games come with electronic components, come in hand-held versions, or are playable on your video console, in either traditional or enhanced versions. The biggest distinguishing factor …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff reporter in the Daily …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff …

Game Industry Catalogs

The Greater Games Industry Catalog is a quarterly directory of the hobby game industry, covering mostly US and mostly publishers and distributors. It contains contact and inventory information for around 7-800 companies and 45,000 products (by order number and MSRP). In addition, it contains a small amount of information on non-US companies as well as several articles on the industry in each issue. They have sent me complimentary copies of the…

More Commands & Colors

Fantastic! Two more games using the Commands & Colors system from designer Richard Borg. Between Memoir ’44 , Commands & Colors: Ancients , and BattleLore I only have about 20 C&C games and expansions so far. Seriously, it’s a great tactical combat system and I’ve really been looking forward to these two. Commands & Colors: Napoleonics is being published by GMT Games and includes French, British, and Portuguese…