Tag Archives: modern board games

Articulate Your Life

Articulate Your Life is the latest incarnation of the hit game Articulate from Drummond Park. It has a new electronic timer (which gives you a random amount of time) and new categories: Getting Away Social Life Sporting Life Home Life Entertainment Working Life I can’t seem to find it available anywhere.

MOBopoly

No, it’s not exactly another version of Monopoly (like the new The Rolling Stones edition), and it’s not related to a Mobopoly released in 2005. The board is a city map with subways and places of business, and you control a mob boss and any number of thugs. MOBopoly , by sggc Creative Strategic Games, is a roll-and-move and …

Re-Tally-8, Yet Another Math Scrabble Game

Re-Tally-8 , “created by a team of academics and technical advisors” and published by the oddly-named sggc Microcompanion Marketing, is yet another tile-laying numbers game where the object is to make legal equations within a grid. Several bonus tiles and other bonus points rules give players of different math abilities an equal chance to score highly (so long as those poorly skilled in math are …

Invasion From Outer Space from Flying Frog Productions

Invasion From Outer Space , by Jason Hill from Flying Frog Productions , uses the same game engine as their previous effort Last Night On Earth . The two games can actually be used in tandem, with your martians invading your zombies, and vice versa. Comes with a spooky CD. Here’s a look at the components, which is what you’re really interested in, anyway

Colormonsters

Colormonsters by sggc Art of Life Plus is a Settlers-like game in mechanics, though quite different in theme. Grow and move your monster to collect various gems which you can trade in for action cards and gold; 7 gold wins the game. Each round, the dice determine which gems repopulate. When gems are eaten, rubble remains on the board, impeding…

Snakes and Lattes, Board Game Cafe Canada-style

Snakes and Lattes is a new board game cafe in Toronto. Source has a shot of part of their 1500 board game collection, so we’re talking real games. ( source ) It’s tempting to think of it as Canada’s first board game cafe, but Vancouver has or had one called Wow Wow , though it doesn’t have a

Supari—A Game of Assassination

Supari is not really a board game, as much as it is a social game such as Werewolf . Players are given a target, and they must assassinate that target my throwing a glass of water at them.  The game is over when only one assassin is left. Assassinations can take place either inside or outside of work. The game was created by Board Game Bash , a game …

What’s Up With Lancashire and Mental Health Board Games?

In 2008, Carol Bristow, an NHS mental health professional, created a board game about mental health . Now health services at the Bolton Community and Voluntary Services have created a mental health board game called Upsy Downsy . ( source ) The game is based on Snakes and Ladders. Upsy Downsy was a brand used by Mattel for a 1969 line of toys and a show. No one has…

RIP Charles S. Roberts, Aileen Osofsky

Charles S. Roberts was arguably the founder of the modern war games, and indirectly the founder of role playing games and probably every other modern board game to some degree. His first games, Tactics and Tactics II, introduced the ubiquitous CRT, and his next game, Gettysburg, was probably the first simulation war game. He founded the company Avalon Hill to sell these …

Game Bandit—RPG Edition

To celebrate the 36th birthday of Dungeons & Dragons , the d20 Source blog is giving away 3rd Edition PDF supplements . The Most Unread Blog on the Internet. Ever. (that’s its name, not my assessment) is giving away one electronic copy of The Inquisitor’s Handbook for FFG’s Dark Heresy . QuikLink Interactive’s Traveller license is about to expire, so it’…

Heroes of Feonora

Josh Graye sent us a heads up of a new RPG board game that he and his wife have designed. The game is Heroes of Fenora , and it’s a massive print-and-play game. The game can handle up to 6 players, and cen even be played solo. It’s co-op, but only one player can earn the “Hero Award.” The…

Miscellaneous Game News Roundup

According to some sources, miners trapped in Chile are not allowed competitive board games, for fear of raising tensions in their cramped conditions. ( source ) According to other sources, the government is planning to send them Dominoes and card games, which of course never raise tensions. ( source ) A Hong Kong furniture salesman has won the World Series of Mahjong . …

Axis & Allies Europe 1940

The newest game in the long line of Axis & Allies products is Axis & Allies Europe 1940 . The game includes new rules for neutral nations, naval and air bases, and convoy disruption. It can also be combined with Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 for a game of global conflict involving over 1,000 combat pieces and a board more than 5 feet long.

Q-Workshop Makes Amazing Dice and Promotional Videos

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Heroscape: Warriors of Eberron

The second wave of Dungeons & Dragons Heroscape is out with four different non-random boosters: Golem and Wyrmlings , Veterans of the Last War , Ogre and Goblins , and Heroes of Khorvaire . Each package includes five figures and a treasure token.

Spin: Classic Board Games with a Twist Art Exhibition in SF

San Fransisco’s Rare Device will showcase an exhibition of art based on classic board games in a show called Spin . Works are by Jennifer Judd-McGee and Mati McDonough and will run most of September. Jennifer and Mati have incorporated elements like winding pathways, typography, colors, characters and textures of old games, and have re-spun them in a thoroughly modern fashion. The…

Bleacher League Baseball, A Game to Play While Watching the Game

Bleacher League Baseball takes a new approach to the baseball games in that it is intended to be played in the stands while you’re watching a baseball game. Essentially, you predict what the players will do when they come up to bat, and score based on your predictions, rather than their actual success. So while your team might be losing, you…

Board Game Exchange, Netflix for Board Games

Board Game Exchange is a board game borrowing system. It’s not cheap, but you get to try the games out, all shipping costs are free, and you can pay to keep a game at a discounted rate if you like it. And some of the games are the rare, expensive variety. One thing odd is that the banner claims the…

Obamanopoly

Most satirical board games don’t make it past the blog post stage, but Obamanopoly is available for pre-order for $15 ($995 if ordered by a government employee). The game is by Weekend Products , makers of a floating beverage cart. It’s Monopoly, of course, with various jabs and pokes at liberals and other such communists on the way.

Awards and English Game Magazines from Austria

Dagmar de Cassan at Spielen writes to tell me about some news items from Austria: Atlantis by Leo Colovini and published by Amigo won the Austrian Spiel Der Spiele. See the rest of the winners here . WIN The Games Journal has been running in German for 34 years. Starting with the August, 2010 issue, it’s also now available in English. The English issue, and several past German ones, are available…