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Scruble Cube

RSV Productions , makers of Jishaku , has created a cubical word forming game called Scruble. I was given a heads up by Brian Maggio of Revenew Sales who is helping to promote the game. I read the rules, but I can’t tell much about the game from them other than that you look for words, even if they bend around the cube’s sides. Bonus points for using certain …

Scruble Cube

RSV Productions , makers of Jishaku , has created a cubical word forming game called Scruble. I was given a heads up by Brian Maggio of Revenew Sales who is helping to promote the game. I read the rules, but I can’t tell much about the game from them other than that you look for words, even if they bend around the cube’s sides…

Another Week, Another Trivial Pursuit Promotion

This time it’s for the new Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know It! , where you win chips by guessing whether one of your opponents will know the answer. Play online betting on questions previously answered by YouTube celebrities.

Another Week, Another Trivial Pursuit Promotion

This time it’s for the new Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know It! , where you win chips by guessing whether one of your opponents will know the answer. Play online betting on questions previously answered by YouTube celebrities.

Andrew Zimmern Bizzare Game

Andrew Zimmern is an award-winning chef and star of food and travel programs on the Travel Channel looking at bizzare foods around the world. His board game is Bizzare , a Balderdash-style game about these foods. ( source ) Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern Bizzare Game

Andrew Zimmern is an award-winning chef and star of food and travel programs on the Travel Channel looking at bizzare foods around the world. His board game is Bizzare , a Balderdash-style game about these foods. ( source ) Andrew Zimmern

News Blogs Shakeups: Dane of War, GameSalute

Dane of War , a seminal and active game news blogger is closing his blog and joining Geekcentricity . ( source ) His previous 6000+ posts go with him. GameSalut e is a fantastic new game news site launched by Dan Yarrington of Myriad Games with apparently a lot of backing. The general idea of Game Salute is to provide an online destination, referral service, and …

Scattergories Categories

Scattergories Categories is a new variant on the Scattergories word game. Published by Winning Moves , the game challenges players to find words that begin with the letters making up the category name. So for example, when the category is “road trip,” players need to come up with words beginning with R-O-A-D-T-R-I-P. …

Necronomonopoly

John Wick does Monopoly… what!?! Oh, a Cthulhu version with monsters and cultists moving counter-clockwise to rob players of their sanity. That makes sense, sort of.

Incremental Game Changes Through Brand Leveraging

What’s considered safe in the board game industry by Hasbro? Releasing a game that plays nearly identically to a previously popular game, and using the popularity of the previous game to sell the new one. The thing is, the games often have new mechanics, some of which actually improve the game. It’s just nice to have a well known brand name …

Callisto, Reiner’s Answer to Blokus

Callisto is a tile-laying game that looks and plays remarkably similar to the hit game Blokus . What’s different? Tiles must touch orthogonally, not diagonally. You have three single piece tiles; place two at the beginning of the game anywhere you want, and place the third anywhere you want later during the game. Use the third piece if you need to start a new field, …

Spontuneous

Given a word, sing a song with that word in it; I play this game all the time at the dinner table. That’s the premise of Spontuneous , self-published by Rob Ridgeway. Add a die to randomly reward someone with movement after they name a tune and you’re set. The game is $30, but for $100 you can get the “Platinum” edition, which includes …

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Games

Not counting themed versions of Uno and Scrabble , the only currently existing Diary of a Wimpy Kid game is Cheese Touch from Pressman Toy. It’s a “guess who chose which answer to the question” games.

Agricola, all the Goodies

Agricola: The Goodies combines in one box several of the Agricola expansions: X deck, C deck, A deck, L deck, themed boards, sticker sheets to spruce up your peeples, and a complete set of animeeples, vegimeeples, and resourcemeeples. Currently available for pre-order, although it was supposed to have been released in August.

PASH: Another Model for Cheap Board Game Self-Publishing

PASH stands for Print and Shipped Board Games. Like Cheapass Games, its founder David Bush believes that people should print and scrounge for the easy components of a game, and only have to pay for components that are unique. He’s looking for a half-dozen designers to try out his publishing system. His first game effort is the game …

Gametasia

Gametasia , designed by Mel Wayne, is from the Freedom Within Foundation. Gametasia is part of a trilogy of works by Mel, which also includes the book Octilogy , the world “Planet Millennium”. All are free to print and play. The game requires you to scrounge up some additional pieces, such as Chess pieces and tokens. The game site, rules, board, and cards are all part of the same mythological…

The Dice Tower Gaming Awards

There are many awards given out each year for games, and while I don’t take any of them as definitive, I do find that they each have something to offer. The Dice Tower podcast has been organizing its own awards program for the last few years with the help of a number of other podcasts and blogs. This one offers the perspective …

Game Bandit—Mixed Bag Edition

First the sales… Geek Chic is running a virtual tent sale for orphaned orders, factory seconds, and show pieces. You can get their amazing furniture at significantly reduced prices. Unfortunately, the company is too busy to post the list of available pieces on the web site and I don’t have room for it here. If you’re interested, I…

August Board and Card Game Patents

As a reminder, I don’t include card shufflers, sorters, dealers, or trackers, nor lotto or gambling machines, nor electronic-only games unless I find something of particular interest. System and method for providing online SMS games – Gaming by SMS, including presenting a list of games. Method for controlling an intensity of an infrared source used to detect objects adjacent to an…

Call Me Capable: A Game About Overcoming Disabilities

Call Me Capable is from the fine line of educational games by Franklin Learning Systems . It was first published in 2002 by Carol Leish, who is no stranger to overcoming disabilities, having suffered speech and vision problems since a car crash (hit by a drunk driver) when she was a young child. It’s in the genre of “pick a card and discuss your feelings”. Carol has developed motivational presentations…