Tag Archives: modern board games

Everyone Plays at the Library

Following up on his superb online course, Scott Nicholson has written a book elaborating on his advice for managing game programs in libraries. As an Associate Professor at Syracuse University, host of fun board game video reviews , and someone who’s run many such programs himself, Scott has a lot of insight to share. The book is called “ Everyone Plays at…

Board Games—The Ultimate Form of Social Entertainment

An inspired presentation by Chris McInnis at Ignite: London on the awesomeness of board games: [via Going Cardboard ]

Game Industry and Pimping Roundup

Industry Mattel nearly doubles its profits (Toy Story 3) from last year’s 2nd quarter, yet they still fall below estimates. ( source ) Profits $51.6 million, revenues $1.02 billion. Hasbro’s profits climbed to $43.6 million from $39.3 million in last year’s 2nd quarter. Revenues down ($737.8 million), but costs were down further. ( source ) Meanwhile, video games are down again . …

Cryptozoic and Green Ronin Try to Save Local Game Stores

Some publishers consider it their business to save friendly local game stores (FLGS), claiming that these locations are the points where new players enter the hobby. The big threat to these stores is online retailers who, owing to less overhead and fewer license requirements, can offer big discounts on publishers’ products to cash-strapped consumers. Mayfair Games famously threatens to blacklist any retailer that sells their products at less…

Final Frontier

Victory Point Games’ third venture in to the Euro-style strategy field is a science fiction game called Final Frontier . Players choose crew to complete a variety of missions in either an introductory Academy Training game or an advanced Five-Year Mission game. For mission challenges that can not be won, you can replace another crew member with a red-shirt. [via ConsimWorld ]

The End of West End Games

First reported by Zachary on RPG Blog II , Precis Intermedia has confirmed its acquisition of the Masterbrook , Shaterzone , and Bloodshadows RPGs from West End Games. As the d6 system had previously been released under the Open Game License and TORG was sold to Ulisses Spiel , I think that only leaves West End with Junta .

Toy Story 3 Games

Time to throw all of those Toy Story 2 items in the trash. We’ve got Toy Story 3 items now. Despite the grand creativity of the Pixar storytellers, it should come as no surprise that this creativity doesn’t extend to their licensing department. What’s surprising is how many ways they have to repackage games in different combinations. Toy Story 3 Operation Buzz Lightyear – From the…

Think-ets, a Cuter Version of Whatever’s In Your Drawer

Think-ets from sggc Think-a-lot is a small pouch with a bunch of random miniature things in it: a little wrench, a little pig, a little milk bottle, a jack, etc … Each pouch comes with different items. Along with the pouch comes rules for a few games, such as “I’ll take one away, and you tell me which one is missing”, or “Make …

Top 20 Games on Amazon.com

This might come as a nice surprise. Bananagrams – Bananagrams The Settlers of Catan – Mayfair Games Dominion – Rio Grande Games Qwirkle – MindWare Apples to Apples – Mattel SET Game – SET Enterprises Ticket to Ride – Days of Wonder UNO – Mattel Five Crowns – SET Enterprises Blokus – Mattel Quiddler – SET Enterprises The Settlers of Catan 5-6 …

YOUR Face On The New War On Terror Money

You heard me right. You can have YOUR face on the new War on Terror money. “How?” you may ask. Just head on over to their website and click one of the bills. It’ll lead you to an auction where you can bid to have your face put on that bill. The War on Terror has a very infamous reputation, so I guess this could …

Blue Panther Small Game Design Contest

Blue Panther is looking for a small game to produce this summer. Rather than simply announcing that it is looking for a small game design for this summer, BP [1] is running a small game design contest, in which the winning design (or designs) will be published. From the wording in the release, it looks like they’re committed to publish at least…

Monopoly MMOG to Return as Monopoly Streets by EA

Hasbro has listened to the voice of the people . In cooperation with Electronic Arts, Hasbro will release a permanent edition of its popular advertising gimmick Monopoly City Streets as a new MMOG called Monopoly Streets. The project won several advertising awards. The new version is scheduled to be up in October. ( source )

Dust Moving

Well this is breaking news. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Josh was showing us new pictures of Dust Tactics miniatures from Origins and telling us how eager AEG was to support the game. Two days ago, I reported on AEG’s release of Mad Zeppelin . It seems, though, that all these products were just too much.  Alderac Entertainment Group is transferring most …

Mad Zeppelin

In Mad Zeppelin from AEG, players adopt the roles of traitorous passengers on the Emperor’s armored airship, constantly trying to dump his precious cargo out the airlock. The game has some obvious similarities to Citadels , but with a more humorous theme, two characters to play each round, and other differences.

Mad Zeppelin

In Mad Zeppelin from AEG, players adopt the roles of traitorous passengers on the Emperor’s armored airship, constantly trying to dump his precious cargo out the airlock. The game has some obvious similarities to Citadels , but with a more humorous theme, two characters to play each round, and other differences.

Greed Race, Print and Play Iphone Board Game

Greed Race is a print and play game for your Iphone. You can download or draw the board yourself, gather some player tokens, and then use the app to keep track of the game state and introduce and resolve random events as they occur. The basic game play is a) move two spaces and resolve any random event that may occur, and then b) secretly set a…

Super Duper in Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Against Mattel

Super Duper Games , whose story about losing a trademark dispute against Mattel we already covered , is appealing to the fourth circuit court of appeals in their grim-looking fight to stay alive. To summarize: SD makes speech and language therapy products, and registered trademarks for their Fold and Say, Speak and Say, and so on books for seventeen years, before Mattel finally sued them and won a …

Deniath, Hobby Discount Site from a Former WizKids Manager

Deniath will be a new “private-sale” website for the hobby game and comic market, selling items at “up to 70%” off for a limited time window, which makes the site sound a lot like Tanga and its ilk. Also, the site is “invitation only”, but invitations are available freely and un-exclusively. Update: Wade adds: “The Invitations are only widely available …

Venture

Previously known by us for their RPG map products, 0one Games is trying it’s hand at something new with Venture , a dungeon exploration adventure board game. Venture is a print-and-play game and comes in standard and travelmate versions, the latter of which replaces the paper models and miniatures with counters. The game is designed for 2-5 players, one of whom …

Game Pimping Bloggers Roundup

Just a selection, really … Battlemouth pimps Risk . ( source ) Aardvarchaeology pimps Tigris and Euphrates , especially online at BGG. ( source ) True/Slant pimps Railways of the World . ( source ) The Poop (in the San Fransisco Chronicle) disses Chutes and Ladders , Battleship , Operation , and Pictionary . ( source ) Savings.com pimps board games, including Tanga , BGG , Cardhaus Games , Amazon , and