Tag Archives: modern board games

How to Succeed or Fail on Kickstarter

I post a compilation of Kickstarter [1] tabletop game projects (RPG, board, card) on Purple Pawn each week. I’ve been tracking tabletop game projects on KS pretty much since there have been tabletop game projects on KS. Something like half of KS tabletop game projects get funded. Why? What are they doing right? What did the ones that fail do…

Weekly Kickstarter Game Projects Roundup

Click on a header to sort by the column. New: Project Description Required Raised Days Remaining Kamakura Dyad Games Japanese feudal warfare themed combat card game; pretty $2500 $1125 36 Epic Conquest Alexander VanDorpe No information, since author fears his ideas will be stolen $1500 $0 57 Ainerêve Campaign Setting Goodman Games Eldritch RPG campaign setting $3000 $10 25 The World of Mistrunner Glenn Randall …

3000 New Words for International Scrabble from Collins

Harper Collins has added 3,000 new words to their Collins Official Scrabble Lists , increasing the number of trendy and slang words that are now SOWPODS official (for outside of the US, Canada, and Thailand). New words include some that will see some heavy play, including GRRL and QIN. ( source )

Star Trek Deck Building Game + Klingon Monopoly

Shortly before the release of the new cooperative-Knizia-Heroclix-WizKids-Star Trek game comes an announcement of planned deck-building Star Trek games based on TOS and TNG. Players take on the role of captain of a starship and explore space. A temp web site is here . And a facebook page is here . And I know you’ll also be excited to hear…

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow from sggc Arctic Fox , designed by Jemery Galilee, is a treasure looting game. Each player starts on his own island and must sail to the treasure wreck and retrieve the treasure. All well and good, except that you only have rafts, each raft can only hold two things: pirates, treasures, or one of each, and the rafts drift around the ocean currents in capricious, undeterminable…

Jimmy Kimmel Loses in Scrabble to HS Scrabble Champions, Again

Jimmy Kimmel has played the winners of the National School Scrabble Championships (open for 5th to 8th graders) for the last four years. In the first two years, the game was to 100 points and Jimmy won both times. Last year, the game was to 150 points and Jimmy pulled bad letters and got toasted (and humiliated by a snotty kid, too)…

Temple for ELOI

The Temple of Eloi is a board game from sggc Living for ELOI, an organization whose mission is “to fulfill the voice’s request in building HIS board games for denominational and non-denominational organizations to utilize as a tool for acquiring and/or maintaining their members Faith.” The board game was built as a direct result of a heavenly voice instructing Rozell Adams to…

Scrabble Cooking and Gardening Editions

USAopoly presents Scrabble Cooking and Scrabble Gardening , two themed versions of the classic word game. In each, aside from the pretty pictures and tile bag and slight changes in the board layout, you can use special mission cards to score bonus points, generally by playing words associated with the game’s theme.

Talking Sheep From Mayfair Games

Mayfair Games is launching a weekly series of web videos wherein talking sheep argue about board games. It’s The Bob & Angus Show :

The Shanghai Subway Board Game

The Shanghai Shentong Metro Group is distributing a free board game about safety on the Shanghai Metro. The game board is an abstract map of line 2 (East Xujing to Pudong International Airport). You play a role: a passenger, such as a student, police, or foreigner, each with its own special rules. Your object is to get to the airport first and…

LEGO Heroica: Dungeon Crawl LEGO Style

Heroica is the setting for an entire series of new fantasy-themed games coming this year from LEGO, designed by Bastiaan Brederode and Cephas Howard. The first games are: Draida Bay – water themed adventure Fortaan – castle adventure Nathuz – cave adventure Waldurk – forest adventure All games can be combined to make one big fat adventure. Lest you think LEGO is resting on its laurels …

DaGeDar, Collectible Marble Racing Game

DaGeDar (pronounced DAH-geh-DAAR) is a marble racing game being launched by Cepia, the maker of ZhuZhu Pets. The DaGeDar battle balls feature graphic designs that are meant to reflect the character of spirits trapped within, and of course also make them collectible. Racing track sections, launching spinners, and individual balls will be sold separately. Each DaGeDar ball bears a unique code, which when registered on the …

Hey, That’s My Fish!

Hey, That’s My Fish! is a game about penguins collecting fish, formerly published in the United States by Mayfair Games. I find it a great game to play with kids and adults. While simple-to-learn, there is some engaging strategic depth when you realize winning is less about running for the big fish piles, as it is about controlling an area of the…

The Shanghai Race Club Board Game

The Shanghai Race Club dates back to 1862, though not continuously. The members followed the top horse racing events in Shanghai, and now around the world. Their site deliberately presents the club as catering to the ostentatiously wealthy. To that end, they are creating a board game souvenir . The game comes in a leather briefcase with pieces that double as jewelery charms made …

Ingeniørspillet, aka The Engineer Game (Norwegian)

Ingeniørspillet by sggc Reakfokus AS is a trivial pursuit-like game for engineers. The player who looks most like Albert Einstein starts. The playing pieces are all Greek letters. The categories are the hard sciences, aimed at university students or higher. Only trouble is that it’s all in Norwegian, at least for now.

Game Bandit—Royal Edition

To celebrate the royal wedding, Mongoose Publishing is offering all core RPG rulebooks at half price in the company’s web store through the long weekend. Grab what you want before they return to the office on Tuesday morning (UK time). Attendees at the May 6th New York premier of “ Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story ” will receive a collectible…

Introspection, The Game of Invasive Questions

Introspection from sggc Interpersonal Communications Co. was designed on the premise that we would all like to know more about each other before we have passed on. To that end, they have produced a board game with over 1300 invasive questions on topics ranging from religious beliefs to secrets that you never told your spouse or family. Each player can pass a certain number of questions, but the current player…

“Hello, I’m a Board Game.” “And I’m a Video Game.”

Stratus Games is uploading a series of board game vs video game animations inspired by Apple’s PC vs Mac commercials. They’re paced a little slowly, but funny, sometimes unintentionally.

Discover Risk: Promoting Work in the Insurance Industry

Discover Risk is a board game designed by the CII (UK’s Chartered Insurance Institute), intended to educate about the concept of insurance and inspire kids to work in the insurance industry. They claim that pre-game play less than 5% of the 1,755 children surveyed consider working in the industry, changing to 70% post-game. ( source ) See a session . The game was …

Blokus Junior

Like me, you may wonder how much more junior Blokus can actually get. Turns out: not very much. Blokus Junior plays exactly like Blokus. However, some of the “more complicated” pieces are removed in favor of a few more straight shapes and singles. In addition, the game comes with a few “Rush Hour” like solo puzzle cards.