Tag Archives: modern board games

Civilization, Yet Again

Fantasy Flight Games is planning to release Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game designed by Kevin “Arkham Horror” Wilson. This is a completely new game, not related to 2002′s Eagle Games’ Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Boardgame , by Glenn Drover, or its crowd-sourced house rules rewrite Civilization CHR . Nor is it related to 1980′s Civilization by …

A Roundup of Select Gen Con Goodies

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Z-Man Games will be giving out t-shirts with every games purchase and holding a raffle where the prize is a copy of every one of their in-stock games. Z-Man will also be running a Pandemic LARP ! The MTV television show MADE is holding open casting at Gen Con on both Friday …

A Roundup of Select Gen Con Goodies

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Z-Man Games will be giving out t-shirts with every games purchase and holding a raffle where the prize is a copy of every one of their in-stock games. Z-Man will also be running a Pandemic LARP ! The MTV television show MADE is holding open casting at Gen Con on both Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM. …

Con Competition

This week, two game conventions compete for your attention. Gen Con is certainly the bigger of the two, but WBC (The World Boardgaming Championships) also has quite a lot going for it. Gen Con is a major industry event with a large exhibition hall, many new games being previewed and released, organized events and open gaming, business deals in the bars and back rooms, and non-game but…

Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League

An English version of Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League is now available in the United States thanks to Z-Man Games . The game derives from the pulp series of science-fiction books also called Perry Rhodan and also originating in Germany. In terms of game play, The Cosmic League is what we’d call a pick-up and deliver game, …

More Arkham Horror Stuff

What do you get for the board game that already has everything, including at least seven expansions and custom dice? Why pre-painted plastic miniatures, of course. Coming up from Fantasy Flight Games …

July Board and Card Game Patents

As usual, I’m skipping the card shufflers and dealers … Auto racing board game – By Carrie Moats. A roll and move game. Carrie claims her design is patent-worthy because, unlike previous auto-racing games, a) hers is re-playable, and b) it doesn’t come with cars, so it costs less and lets you use your own. Suit variable mahjong tile and a mahjong …

Blockers (aka Uptown) from BriarPatch

Blockers from BriarPatch is a reissued, theme-less version of the already essentially theme-less tile-laying game Uptown . Uptown was originally designed by Kory Heath and published by FRED Distribution. Interestingly, Blockers was trademarked by FRED, and its used by permission by BriarPatch. Which leads me to believe that FRED did the un-theming and then pass it on to BriarPatch be

Fancy Nancy Games

Fancy Nancy is a children’s book series written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Licensed games are by University Games (including its subsidiary Colorforms) and BriarPatch. University Games’ offerings include: Fancy Nancy Big Easy Colorforms Game : Despite the over-sized floor mat game board, this game is not recommended due to the awkward components. Fancy Nancy Tea Party : Spin the spinner, collect items for …

Jerusalem

Jerusalem , designed by Michele Mura and published by Abacus Spiele (and ElfinWerks), is a medium-length auction/area control Eurogame, though the box makes it look something like a wargame. I can also assure you that it is not the first game themed about Jerusalem. Full rules available in several languages here .

Muppets Games

A sneak peak from the publisher, USAopoly , at upcoming games with The Muppets themes: I love the Muppets.

Play in Public

In March, we celebrated Read an RPG in Public Week to help generate positive exposure for the roleplaying hobby. And while I’m happy to see this week bring that celebration’s second incarnation of the year, another exciting effort it just launching to spread the word of board games. The Play in Public Campaign (PiP) is being organized to support and coordinate people playing games, …

Tick Tock Gen Con

Someone’s excited about Gen Con.

Catan Rails

Settlers of America: Trails to Rails is part of the Catan Histories series and is kind of a cross between Settlers of Catan and a train game. The board is made of Catan-style hexes and the collecting and trading of resources is an essential part of the experience. However in this game, players start in the East and must expand their settlements West by building railroads, …

Invest in Games on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a site that lets people pledge money for an investment in someone’s business. You only pay if a minimum threshold is reached. The amount of the threshold depends on how much the developers need, ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. If the amount pledged goes over the target, the extra money is used for additional design, marketing, etc. Your rewards …

Mahjong Junior

Sggc Factor Family (named after several members of a family whose last name is Factor) presents Mahjong Junior , the result of brainstorming an activity to keep their kids from zoning out in front of the television. Other than the above picture, and that it can be played with 2 or 4 players, I can’t tell you much else about it. It…

Inuktitut Scrabble

There are Eskimo games ( here and here ), and games about Eskimoes , and even a company called Little Eskimo Games , but this may be the first game which promotes the Eskimo language. Janet McGrath of the Ikajuqtigiit Society in Cambridge Bay developed an Inuktitut version of Scrabble. She’s not yet producing it professionally, but copies have been sent around to Inuit centers across Canada…

Inuktitut Scrabble

There are Eskimo games ( here and here ), and games about Eskimoes , and even a company called Little Eskimo Games , but this may be the first game which promotes the Eskimo language. Janet McGrath of the Ikajuqtigiit Society in Cambridge Bay developed an Inuktitut version of Scrabble. She’s not yet producing it professionally, but copies have been sent around to …

Queen Elizabeth II Plays Carcassonne (*)

(*) Or, a least, one of her family or entourage does. For their vacation, someone in the queen’s entourage packed some jigsaw puzzles and the board games Articulate! and Carcassonne , as discovered in a picture shot through the window. Go Queen. ( source , image by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Queen Elizabeth II Plays Carcassonne (*)

(*) Or, a least, one of her family or entourage does. For their vacation, someone in the queen’s entourage packed some jigsaw puzzles and the board games Articulate! and Carcassonne , as discovered in a picture shot through the window. Go Queen. ( source , image by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)