Tag Archives: modern board games

Guardians of Graxia PC Giveaway

We’ve given a fair amount of coverage to the Graxia games, and now Petroglyph has announced that Guardians of Graxia has come to the PC. It’s for Windows machines only, and costs $8.99. Gamasutra has the full press release , which Mathew Anderson sent over to me last night. What’s even better is that he sent me 3 codes to give away that’ll let you get…

Battle Bands: Silly Bandz Meets Boys

Battle Bands from Scenario is an extensible combat game intended to capitalize on the Silly Bandz phenomenon: rubber bracelets that return to some shape off of your wrist. The bands are more masculine (such as sharks and dragons) and each comes with a card (like a CCG card). The basic game comes with a battle mat. Throw the band onto the mat…

Hot Games and Fast Cars Roundup

Surely you didn’t think MEGA Bloks would let LEGO hog all the glory? Mega Bloks Race Car Builder lets you roll the die and move around the board trying to collect the eight pieces you need for your car. Gerry Crown, managing director of Crown and Andrews , just won the 2010 Peking to Paris . This was his second try; last time he came in second. ( source ) Presenting the…

Scrabb.ly, a MMO Scrabble Game

Scrabb.ly is a MMO Scrabble Game … oops, I mean crossword game whose instructions include (I kid you not) “Don’t Tell Hasbro” [1]. Search around the massive board looking for a place to put your word. You have two chances to swap tiles before your game ends. [1] I don’t think anyone from Hasbro reads this site, so *whew*!

Minimalist Game Board Cover Art

A different direction from Mike Doyle ‘s fantastic pieces. See source for several more examples. ( source , via )

Extreme Makeover: Gnome Games Edition

Gnome Games took advantage of an opportunity to take part in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (see their credits under furniture & accessories), and also got their friends at Mayfair Games, Sandstorm Games, Out of the Box Publishing, Alliance/Days of Wonder, Winning Moves Games, Fantasy Flight Games, ACD, and Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast on board. Together, they tucked 180 games…


Wobble by Ad Bruynzeel from Identity Games is a simple game of balancing. Roll the die and get as many action points as you rolled – a mechanic that seems like a rather bad idea, to me. Place or remove that many disks on the board so as to roll the ball into one of the four holes. Repeat for all four holes. ( source ) Wobble

FFG Wants to Charge FLGSs $1000 to Advertise in Their Stores

Talking Game nails it when he questions FFG’s new video promotional system. In exchange for putting a video advertisement box (an IPad in a box) in your game store, FFG wants a non-refundable $1000, no promises on when the box will be delivered or how long they will support it, complete remote control over everything the box sees, hears, …

Financial Literacy Games from NZ’s Young Enterprise Trust

The New Zealand Reserve Bank is commissioning a financial literacy board game [1] from the Young Enterprise Trust. It will be called The Finance Companies Board Game . ( source ) Back in 2008 they commissioned another financial literary game aimed at economics and business studies students called Skint to Mint . New Zealand schools can get free copies of the game…

Online Dating Infographs a Timeline With a Few Games

OnlineDating.org attempts – very poorly – to create an infograph timeline on the history of board games. Instead, we get a very few important dates on board games and a list of five popular games, skipping over nearly everything else. Via: OnlineDating.org

The New LEGO Board Games

It’s been a while since we first talked about the new LEGO board games ( here and here (almost two years ago)). Since their US release they have made a BIG splash, landing at the top of several holiday suggestion lists and top sellers at various game stores. So what are they? 18 games: 12 small, 5 medium, 1 big box. The lead…

Conductive Ink: A New Paradigm for Interactive Board Games

Israel’s Kipee makes electrically conductive ink and other technology to transmit information between a physical board game and a TV screen. This eliminates the intermediary step of traditional DVD games that require you to skip around using the DVD remote control when instructed to do so by the game. Iceland’s SagaMedia , who recently produced a successful word game …

Toppletree, Strategy Meets Dexterity

Toppletree by Matthew Lazenby, published by IQ Ideas , is a dexterity game where you add pieces to a tree trying to get four in a row while also trying to not make the tree fall over. The company is pushing to get its customers to “vote” the game as the game that will topple Monopoly.

Jabokni, a Word Game with Octagonal Tiles

Jabokni is a word game with octagonal tiles by Bill Friar, self-published by his interestingly named sggc miniChaos. Bill has currently produced 1000 “prototypes”. In turn, players place tiles, which contain 2 or 3 letters, and then call out a word Boggle-like that includes the played tiles. The opponent can also call out a word using the tile, and then

Game Bandit—Three Giveaways Edition

An Island Life blog is giving away the Mastermind and Animal Mastermind Towers board games. Follow and plug them for contest entries. Troll In The Corner blog is giving away D&D Essentials stuff. Various ways to get extra entries. My Four Monkeys blog is giving away ThinkFun’s FlipOver! and Hoppers games , with 13 different ways to enter!

Scrabble Trickster

You may recall a certain tempest in a teapot back in April regarding a new version of Scrabble. It’s here and it’s called Scrabble Trickster . It’s currently available from online and offline UK shoppppes (I never know how many p’s to put in there). The game includes spaces to collect power cards that let you take special actions. Submit your ideas for new power cards …

Dora the Explorer Games

Dora and Diego are popular characters in two animated shows; Diego is a spin-off from Dora. Note that certain Dora and Diego toys were part of a Mattel product recall for lead paint, but none of the games were affected. Dora the Explorer Memory . Another version . And another . Dora the Explorer Bean Toss Dora the Explorer ABC Game : Match letters to objects to earn…

The IT Crowd Fantasy Game

The new box set of The IT Crowd , seasons 1-4, comes complete with a fantasy game. The game includes a double sided board, double sided character cards, player markers, a cardboard d20, and rules. I can’t tell for certain, but I’m pretty sure it’s a board game as opposed to an RPG, but I could be wrong. ( source )

September Board and Card Game Patents

Proposition wagering card game – A design patent: Electronic table top board game – From Pierre Jolicoeur. Some kind of unicycle-rider tabletop dexterity game. Board game – By Adrian Moore. Actually a toy, you tilt the board until the ball rolls out of the center and then use the front or rear guards and a flipping motion to return the ball to the center. Supposedly you should …

ZBall Games: Bisikle and RoadZters

Bisikle and RoadZters (forthcoming), designed by Tonton Z and published by Cepia Games , are Pitchcar -like games where you flick something around a curved track in a race to get to the finish. In PitchCar you flick little wooden disks. In Bisikle and RoadZters, you flick the ZBall. The ZBall is a self-righting weeble-like ball which curves and wobbles exactly …