Tag Archives: modern board games

New from FoxMind

Octi , a reprint of this ten year old game. ( info ) Smartrix, a numerical pattern tile-laying game, something like Ingenious. ( info ) Trixo , reprint of an abstract game with similarities to Tic Tac Toe. ( info ) Dig It , a Rush Hour-like puzzle game. ( info ) Linja , Reach your opponent’s home abstract game, with some smooth abstract theme. (

Language Learning Game

The Language Learning Game (the above and first version is for Spanish) is pretty simple. Roll, move, say the word corresponding to the picture on the card, gain points. Simple enough to add your own cards or use with any language. Comes with a CD.

Game News and Pimping Roundup

Mattel is hit with another toy recall affecting over 11 millions of toys. ( info , source ) Hasbro pimped family game night last night to little media coverage. Hasbro partners with Fox Look to distribute some of its new game shows. ( source ) Hideyuki Sakai pulls off an upset victory to win the prestigious Gosei tournament (one of the top seven Japanese tournaments for the game of Go). …

Game Projects on Kickstarter

See last episode for details and for more projects. Project Description Company $ Needed $ Pledged Days left Reign of Ardwin RPG: Reign Tabletop fantasy setting PDF Greg Stolze 2500 725 22 Destiny of the Force Virtual Set Cards for the Star Wars mini game dropped by WotC SWM Gamers 1800 1250 62 Powerchords RPG sourcebook of magic, music, and urban fantasy Silver Satyr Studio 4200 4275 22 hrs Scoops Children’s card …

Cosmographer 3: Sci-fi Mapmaking Tool

ProFantasy Software’s Cosmographer add-on to Campaign Cartographer is finally out in version 3! Cosmographer 3 adds new galaxy and solar system map types, including 3-D perspective maps, and deckplan drawing features, including new bitmapped symbols and automated design functions. Cosmographer can be used for a wide range of sci-fi board game, miniature game, or RPG projects, but it has a number of features especially designed…

Munchkin Cthulhu 4: Crazed Caverns

Munchkin Cthulhu 4: Crazed Caverns , an expansion to an expansion. I dare you to map all the Munchkin games without going insane.

Westminster Council Plays Monopoly With Residents

Sheffield Homes tried it unsuccessfully, and now Paddington Green Estate screwed up by trying to use a game to bring their constituents into the planning process. Rather than the enthusiastic engagement for the plan that they were probably hoping for, residents who saw the Monopoly-style board game with Chance and Community cards and little bulldozers for selecting whose homes to demolish came away furious, with …

Scrabble for the Kindle

Scrabble is not simply the first board game for the Kindle (that’s Kindle, not Ipad), it’s the first premium (i.e. for money) app for the device, period. ( source )

R2 D2 Trouble

R2 – D2 (Is In) Trouble Game . ‘Nuf said.

Dice for Change, and Throw Out Your Self-Help Books

Dice for Change from Creative Heroes has designed three dice to inspire you to random acts of better health, kindness, or environmental awareness each day. They’re looking for production partners (I’m not sure why; how hard can it be to produce, package, and sell three dice?). ( source )

Game Bandit—Game Design Edition

Game designer/consultancy/blog MetaGames will be giving away a new game from the Essen Spiel game fair . Prize drawing entries for following on Twitter and answering a survey. Neoncon has made arrangements with several game publishers to offer hotel room upgrades and $20 registration discounts. Neoncon is a November game convention in Las Vegas with a strong track of game design and publishing seminars. For…

Vote For Game Inventor of the Year

The Toy and Game Inventor Awards were launched 2 years ago to publicly celebrate previously little-recognized creators in this entertainment category. The awards will be given out at a dinner November 19th in Chicago, but you can help choose the winners by going now to the website to nominate your favorite: Game Inventor of the Year Toy Inventor of the…

2010 International Gamers Awards

Selected by an international committee of hobby game luminaries, the winners of the 2010 International Gamers Awards are Age of Industry (multiplayer) and Campaign Manager 2008 (two-player). Age of Industry is the streamlined version of Martin Wallace’s Brass —a game that for my preferences needed a lot of streamlining. Campaign Manager 2008 is published by Z-Man Games, which won the…

Game and Chess News Roundup

The Adiran Daily Telegram pimps Scrabble Flash . ( source ) The Detroit News pimps Puppy-Opoly and other kids games. ( source ) BBC pimps Subbuteo . ( source ) Chess The 2010 Chess Olympiad is underway in Siberia. 2500 year-old “Chess” pieces found in China. ( source ) Finding pieces is rarer than finding boards. The Boston Globe covers the competition for…

Deathwatch and Death Angel

Fantasy Flight continues its strong release schedule of Warhammer 40,000 games with two new in the last week. Space Hulk: Death Angel is a cooperative card game—well, there’s no board, but it does also have tokens and custom dice. In it, each player controls a pair of Blood Angel Space Marines and must choose the best action cards for fighting the Genestealer infestation…

Hexographer

Hexographer is software for creating game maps based on hexagons. With the default icons, it produces maps with an old-school feel—like the original Greyhawk maps—but it can also be used to make space maps, large-hex battle-maps, and a variety of other styles. Newly added features include railroad lines, additional terrain types (such as lava, ruined cities, and ice flows), modern …

Paradice Lost and Returned

See Through Games is a defunct company by John O’Neill that created Paradice, a gorgeous-looking game with an intriguing philosophy coupled with tepid game play. O’Neil received at least two patents, both after the company had already folded. Paradice has now risen from the dead, apparently, in the form of gameWhys , Games of Conscious Living. They offer both the regular and deluxe …

Pai Sho

Ever watch Avatar: The Last Airbender? If so, then you know Uncle Iroh loves a good game of Pai Sho. What you may not know if that the game, even though convincing, is completely fictional. That is, it WAS completely fictional. The Pai Sho Project was formed to create a set of rules so people can actually play Pai Sho. Everything from the project is released under…

Game Bandit—Pirate Edition

The online Bakugan Dimensions game is running an open tournament where the top prize will be a Dragonoid Colossus Bakugan , as well as a Clear Chance Dragonoid in-game. Pelgrane Press PDFs at Paizo are 15% off. Osprey , publisher of military history books beloved by wargamers, is having a 50% off summer sale. For the next 5 weeks, Wendy’s is including a …

Small World or SmallWorlds, What’s the Difference?

UK’s Sun has a front page article about a woman who neglected her children and let her dogs starve to death while she obsessed over an online virtual reality game. The woman has been banned from the internet and from owning pets, and given a suspended sentence and community work. So far so good. The problem is that the game named by the Sun is Small World from…