Tag Archives: modern board games

iCarc Carcassonne Companion

No, this isn’t another version of Carcassonne for the iPhone , but a companion app to help you keep track of things in a physical game of Carcassonne . The $1.99 iPhone app was created by Andrew Hoyer and let’s you track what tiles you’ve played, which tiles are left, and will warn you when there’s only 20 tiles left…

iPad Gaming Explosion

It looked like we’re about to have a board gaming explosion on the iPad. In addition to all of the other titles we’ve posted about in the past two months, Codito Development has announced that they will be bringing Le Havre, Tigris & Euphrates, Ra, Medici, El Grande, Tikal, Age of Industry, and Brief History of the World over the course of the…

Iconica Series One Boxed Set Released

You may recall when I first covered Iconica , or when I interviewed Eric Torres , its designer. Now you can purchase the complete prelude series of the game in a boxed set for $50 . The boxed set includes 22 oversized cards (the meat of the game), 1 quick reference sheets, 2 sets of game pieces, and rules for a 2 player or 4 player game. I own the starter …

Nothin’ Doin’, the Game of Gainful Unemployment

Nothin’ Doin’ is a board game designed and self-published as an art piece from Philadelphia designer and illustrator Katie Hatz. The object of the roll-and-move game is “to achieve and sustain happiness without working a nine-to-five job,” while making your way to the hammock in the middle of the board. Katie is a freakin’ genius: please read her collection of three …

Neuroshima Hex on the iPhone

I’m a huge fan of the Polish game, Neuroshima Hex , I just don’t get to play it as much as I’d like. That’s a problem that’s about to go away – Portal has announced that iPhone and iPad versions of their popular game are currently underway and will release soon. For the uninitiated, Neuroshima Hex is a tile game where players lay tiles in…

The Magic Labyrinth

The 2009 Spiel des Jahres Children’s Game of the Year, Das Magische Labyrinth , is now available in the United States as The Magic Labyrinth . Published in English by Playroom Entertainment , the game is a maze hidden under the board that players first build themselves and then must navigate from memory or trial-and-error.

Ticket to Ride World Championships: Live!

So after you’ve collected your loot from Free RPG day (if you’re lucky enough to have a location that holds the event), why not go home, kick back and watch other people play board games? Days of Wonder has partnered with TricTrac to broadcast the Ticket to Ride World Championships live on the trictrak.tv website tomorrow (June 19…

Free RPG Day 2010

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 19th, is Free RPG Day at participating local retailers . The program seeks to expose customers to new games by giving away products and materials. Some of the things you might find: Fantasy Flight Games —Warhammer 40K Roleplay: Deathwatch Adventure Paizo Publishing —Pathfinder Module: Master of the Fallen Fortress Q-Workshop and Chessex —dice Troll Lord Games —Castles & Crusades Quickstart and Adventure …

Board Game Pimping Roundup

The Deccan Herald pimps board games, all mainstream. ( source ) The Las Vegas Review Journal pimps Mike Patterson, a teacher who uses a lot of board games, who mentions that some of his favorites come from Germany, without mentioning any in particular. ( source ) The Superior Telegram tells an amusing story about Scrabble with the family. ( source ) The Asian Age pimps board games, all mainstream…

Whirred Play

Whirred Play , self-published by Phil Annets,  is a party word game based on the simple premise: read a homophone, and guess which spelling variation other players don’t guess. The game comes in a plastic storage container, uses 450 homophones, and is for sale for GBP 30 in dept stores in Wallingford and Oxford, as well as online. ( source )

Katy Perry Does Candyland

In her new video California Gurls, Katy Perry , with some help from Snoop Dogg, writhes around a human-sized board game reminiscent of Candyland, naked and in various states of undress, shooting whipped cream from her breasts, and otherwise in visuals too adult for this site, so watch it here .

Second Look—Carcassonne for the iPhone

Oh yes . 2 words.  Sheer perfection. Carcassonne for the iPhone is not only the best looking iPhone game I’ve ever laid my hands on, it’s on of the best looking iPhone apps PERIOD. The look, the feel, how it plays, and even how it sounds are top notch. You can play classic Carc against bots, other players via local WiFi or bluetooth, multiplayer over 3g, and …

Chess and Games Pimping Roundup

The World Chess Hall of Fame, currently languishing in obscurity and facing eviction, is moving to the new and pretty Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St Louis . Read about its history at source. ( source ) Kirsan Ilyzumzhinov, president of the World Chess Federation who is hoping to be re-elected, is spending $1,000,000 on a series of Chess tournaments to honor his late predecessor…

Posthuman and WildFire Land at Sandstorm

WildFire (CthulhuTech, Poo) and Posthuman Studios (Eclipse Phase, Paparazzi), which were recently separated from Catalyst Game Labs , have both found a new home with Sandstorm Productions . The arrangement should feel familiar to the two design studios. Sandstorm, which will focus on the production side of the game business, is a new company formed by Catalyst veterans David Stansel-Garner and Jennifer Harding.

Game Pimping Roundup

CNN  pimps Dungeons and Dragons and the D&D Encounters . ( source ) Close Encounter of Mahjong is a short film, nearly entirely filmed around a Mahjong game. ( source , info ) The San Diego Union-Tribune pimps Jack Degnan. ( source ) Funny that the San Diego News Room already pimped him last November. ( source )

Loot and Scoot

Victory Point Games is a publishing venture that began as an extension to Alan Emrich’s game design course at the Art Institute of California. For the most part, the company has focused on war games, but it also offers a couple of Euro-style or family strategy games. The latest is Loot and Scoot , a dungeon-crawl adventure game where players design the dungeon, …

The Brett Meyer Dice Tube

Brett Meyer has created a spiffy looking dice “tube”, which is a dice tumbler in a clear plastic tube with mats at either end. He sells them with different types and colors of dice, and either sealed or removable ended. They’re expensive, however: $52 for the simplest sealed tube with two dice…

RIP Abraham Nathanson, Creator of Bananagrams

Abe was 76 years old when he invented and published Bananagrams . So there’s still hope for you. ( source )

Fallen Kingdoms

Fallen Kingdoms is a self-published combat game about Vikings by Eric Pietrocupo. Eric helpfully lists the games that influenced his design, as well as a breakdown of many of the major mechanics in the game. He even provides a free mini scaled down version of …