Tag Archives: modern board games

Mattel and Qualcomm Add AR to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

Mattel is partnering with Qualcomm to experiment in converting their traditional games to AR versions. One prototype, demonstrated in the following ridiculous video, is Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. ( source )

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of a poker game where some of …

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of…

Battles of Westeros

Battles of Westeros from Fantasy Flight Games is now available. Labeled “A BattleLore Game,” it’s design clearly drew a lot of inspiration from Richard Borg’s Commands & Colors system. However, it seems to me that FFG has added a fair amount of what the war gamers call chrome to this one. Not that it should be a problem. The addition of Commanders and Leadership …

The 2010 Origins Awards

And the winners are: Wings of War – Best historical miniature figure or line Flames of War: North Africa – Best miniature games rules or supplement Wings of War: WW2 Deluxe – Best miniature game rules of the year Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel – Best historical board game Battletech 25 Years of Art & Fiction – Best game related book Knights of the Dinner Table …

Leave It To Beaver DVD Boxed Set and Game

Tuesday sees the release of Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series on DVD. In addition to all 234 episodes of this 1957-1963 television comedy, the boxed set includes a reproduction of the 1959 Leave It To Beaver Money Maker board game.

Disaster Preparedness Board Games

Disaster Game is a new activity tool intended to generate discussions about coping with various disasters. It comes in two versions, a company and a family version, and either set contains two 52 card decks (with standard playing card suits and ranks), some dice to generate a random day and time, and a small booklet. The company version costs $300, and …

Dixit Wins the Spiel Des Jahres

Congratulations are in order for Jean-Louis Roubira . Dixit , the artistic, storytelling party game has won this year’s Spiel Des Jahres . The Spiel Des Jahres is the German game-of-the-year award, and is one of the most prestigious awards a game can win. While I may not agree that Dixit should have won, there’s no doubt that all the games nominated this year where worthy. Toss a …

The Summer Rush of Avalanche Press

Avalanche Press is set to begin shipping a number of new war game products, including: Battle of the Bulge —A reprint of the Panzer Grenadier boxed game. They Shall Not Pass —A Game in a Book item. And several Panzer Grenadier supplements: Polish Steel —Representing the imagined post-WWII fight of Polish exiles for the liberation of their homeland from Communist control. DAK ’44 —Counters and scenarios for…

Update on Plaid Hat Games

We had a chance to briefly talk with Colby Dauch at Origins, the man behind Plaid Hat Games and the designer of one of my top games of 2009, Summoner Wars. Colby indicated that things had started out fairly slowly for their first Origins, but had picked up as more and more people stopped to take a look at their outstanding first offering (for those who don’t know …

What’s Next with Looney Labs

Looney Labs is a really interesting company. I don’t know many board game companies that can be said to have “fans.” I mean, sure, we all like Z-Man and Rio Grande and Fantasy Flight, but would you really call yourself a fan? Andy’s Loonies are fans. Total and complete. I’m pretty sure I was the only member of the press at…

Some Time Well Spent with AEG

Most of us at the Pawn are pretty in the know when it comes to who’s doing what, but I discovered something today: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is probably one of the busiest hobby gaming companies out there. Why is that? Legend of the Five Rings RPG: I got some hands on time with the new rulebook and I’ll tell …

Second Look: Heroes of Graxia

I couldn’t buy it and they wouldn’t let me steal their demo copy (believe me, I considered it…), but I did get to sit down and play Petroglyph Games’ upcoming deck-building game, Heroes of Graxia. You know what? Whatever you’re currently thinking about this game, you’re probably wrong. This one is a winner. The gameplay starts out looking …

Next Steps with WildFire Games

I got a chance to talk with David Stansel-Garner, the head man behind WildFire today (and creator of one of my favorite RPGs, Cthulhutech). We didn’t have a lot of time together (the booth was really hopping), but we did cover a number of things that will probably get people’s interest! First, the Cthulhutech goodness – now that Wildfire has …

Second Look — Bingo Link

The following is a guest post by my wife, Robin. Gamewright sent me a complimentary copy of  Bingo Link and Robin, who is active in a mutual support group for mothers of children with special needs, thought the game’s developmental benefits deserved some special attention. Finding a fun, short-play game that adults and kids can enjoy together, or that your six-year-old can play …

Origins 2010 Day Two

Day two is crunch day for the hard core Origins crowd. The weekend warriors haven’t arrived, but the con itself opens up in full swing: the exhibition hall opens, nearly every track of the con has a full schedule, competitions start in earnest and the effects of late night gaming from Wednesday begin to manifest. So what did you miss if you weren’t…

Hands on with Microsoft Surface & Catan

I got to spend some time with Microsoft’s new Surface today running a demo of Settlers of Catan and we’ve had a few requests to provide our thoughts on the new device and it’s use in games. First, let’s be clear, I’m an Apple fanboy and just about everything you see from me comes to you via an iPad, iPhone and occasionally a MacBook…

Autism Games Redux

After covering some free autism games and some handmade autism games , here’s a brief look at three companies that sell games for as therapy products for autistic people. Children Succeed : Four games and some toys created by school psychologist Joan Nash. These look like simple and straightforward card games, and the site is well-designed and informative. Autism Coach : The …

Catalyst Games: Moving Forward

We got to spend some quality time with Catalyst Game Labs ‘ art director, Brent Evans (who was absolutely great to interview), this morning in a 30 minute interview that covered quite a bit of ground. The big question on everyone’s mind has got to be: where is Catalyst as a company? You ask, we answer. The Drama We’re not going to rehash the financial irregularities…

Spearpoint 1943

Collins Epic Wargames is shipping Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 , a World War II tactical combat game that uses cards to represent infantry squads and individual tanks, artillery, and aircraft. There are rules for a Standard Game, as well as for specific Situations (i.e., scenarios).