Tag Archives: modern board games

Bankruptcies and Lawsuits Roundup

4Kids Entertainment has lost the Yu-Gi-Oh animation franchise and is being sued by the series’ creators for alleged secret deals to defraud them of profits to the tune of over $4 million. ( source ) 4Kids reported 2010 annual results on March 31: revenues were $14.5 million compared to $34.2 million in 2009; net losses were $27.2 million compared to $42.1 million in 2009. If the lawsuit is not successfully defended, they…

Battleship Reinvention

Not to be confused with the new, upcoming Battleship electronic tower game, Battleship Reinvention is a revision of the classic game. The board is hex, it stands between the players, and the ships have funky shapes. It appears to only be available outside the US (you can find it at Chapters in Canada, Hamleys in the UK, Big W in Australia).

New From Simba Dickie Group (Zoch, Noris)

The Simba Dickie Group is a toy company with several toy and game properties, including Simba, Dickie, Majorette, Big, Smoby, Eichhorn, Noris, NicoToy, Carson, Schipper, Tamiya, Zoch, Solido, and Schuco; Zoch and Noris are the only ones that focus on games. In 2010, SDG sold over 570 million EUR and had around 3,700 employees worldwide. ( source ) Some new game items from these guys include: Zoch …

New From Simba Dickie Group (Zoch, Noris)

The Simba Dickie Group is a toy company with several toy and game properties, including Simba, Dickie, Majorette, Big, Smoby, Eichhorn, Noris, NicoToy, Carson, Schipper, Tamiya, Zoch, Solido, and Schuco; Zoch and Noris are the only ones that focus on games. In 2010, SDG sold over 570 million EUR and had around 3,700 employees worldwide. ( source ) Some new game items from …

New From Simba Dickie Group (Zoch, Noris)

The Simba Dickie Group is a toy company with several toy and game properties, including Simba, Dickie, Majorette, Big, Smoby, Eichhorn, Noris, NicoToy, Carson, Schipper, Tamiya, Zoch, Solido, and Schuco; Zoch and Noris are the only ones that focus on games. In 2010, SDG sold over 570 million EUR and had around 3,700 employees worldwide. ( source ) Some new game items from these …

March Board and Card Game Patents

Board game – The game “Enlightenment” by Norman Vail. Chakras, deadly sins, and spiritual enlightenment, etc. Funny, but to me the game looks a lot like Hustler’s adult 7 Deadly Sins game, whose object is not enlightenment. Next we have seven design patents for card game tables from Marcus Katz: -1- -2- -3- -4- -5- -6- -7- Yes, 7 complete design patents, thousands of dollars each, for tables that, to the untrained eye, all…

Game Bandit—Loot Edition

A new daily-deal website, Gamerati Loot , offers 45-75% off games (both board game and RPG products), 5 days a week. Spin Master is inviting fans to design their own Mechtogans for Bakugan’s Mechtanium Surge Dream Team Contest . The top prize award will include a custom, one-of-a-kind Mechtogan Activator Card, as well as one Mechtogan T.itan, two Mechtogans, two Bakusolo, one BakuTrinity, a Mechtogan …

ICv2 2010 Q4 Market Report

ICv2 has reported that there was a 10% growth in the sales of hobby games during the 4th quarter of 2010 with Magic: The Gathering becoming a main contributor. According to the market report found in ICv2′s Internal Correspondence #74, sales were boosted by the holiday seasons, with the collectible games and boardgames registering growths in their respective areas. The report …

1980s Board Game Featured on The Office

In episode 19 of season 7 of The Office (Garage Sale), Daryl, Andy, and Kevin find an old copy of a Dallas board game and proceed to play it. Unfortunately, they don’t have the rules, so the play is a chaotic and comedic farce of making up the rules as they play. Too bad they didn’t hop over to BGG where they could download the rules (yes…

Rules First, Board Game for American Football Referees

Sggc Learn by Interaction has published Rules First, a game that is undoubtedly the first board game designed exclusively for American football referees. Oddly enough, it appears to have been developed by someone from Denmark, Sanni Grych . The game contains 400 trivia questions.

Where Has My Monkey Wood Perigon?

Sggc Claredon Games will release Perigon in July. Perigon is an abstract game of 90 degree movement. You flip your pieces in 90 arcs, trying to flip the flag onto your opponent’s goalpost. But never mind that; the game is made from monkey wood. Monkey wood! What the heck is monkey wood? This ?

UK’s The Sun Cancels Plans for Page 3 Board Game

The Sun newspaper, infamous for it’s nekkid girls on Page 3, reneged on its plans to develop a board game called Page 3 Idol. The game had already been developed and marketed by famed adult board game company Double G Industries, makers of Nookii. The Sun’s excuse for cancelling the project was over a complaint that the “game is bordering on the pornographic”, despite there being …

Google Tech Talk: Peter Struijf (Krakow 1325) on Game Design

Here’s an hour-long 2009 talk from Peter Struijf on the design of his game Krakow 1325 .

Japon Brand: Japanese Board Game Design Collective

Japon Brand is a diverse collection of designers and self-publishers from Japan. Their gaming portfolio is growing steadily. Their games look intriguing and many bring a unique Japanese perspective to game design. Several have been picked up and republished by international publishers and have received acclaim; recent examples include R-Eco , a game about garbage dumping and recycling, and …

The Art of Service: The Game

The Art of Service , designed by Fred Sirieix and published by Northgate Training Games, is a pricey board game tool to teach service principles to restaurant wait staff. The box includes two games. The first is a Memory game, where the matching cards are questions about service goals. The second is a roll and move game where you pick cards containing situations that …

Operation Odyssey Dawn

Yesterday, France, the U.K., and the United States attacked Libya to enforce a United Nations-mandated no-fly zone. Today, Dan Verssen Games posted a Libya 2011 Campaign [PDF] scenario for Hornet Leader – Carrier Air Operations . [via ConsimWorld News ]

WIN 420: Info About Dozens of Upcoming Games

February’s English edition of WIN by Spiele Museum is available for free download. The issue contains reviews or first looks at over 50 new games.

New From (or Via) Asmodee

It’s sometimes hard to differentiate between what Asmodee publishes and what it distributes (not to mention which division/country). Asmodee is publishing/distributing a number of expansions, restocks, and new editions, such as for Dixit, Gosu, and 7 Wonders. Some of their other recent or scheduled games for 2011 include: PIX : A party game where you have to form an image using the…

New From Winning Moves

I’m not impressed with most of Winning Moves’ lineup of reprints and re-themes to old games. Here are a few possible exceptions: Flip For It : A pattern-matching speed game. Click the pop-o-matic and be the first to grab the matching card. Banana Jump : Some kind of cute wooden animal game with colored dice. Tricky Bid : A trick-taking game. Bid for each…

New From Briarpatch

New from Briarpatch: Dino Duel : Appears to be a Top Trumps clone with a dinosaur theme. Fancy Nancy Fabulous Fashionista : Some kind of set-collection game. Goodnight Moon My World ABC : Letter matching games and puzzles. I Spy Ready to Read : Match pairs to pictures to punch out from, or put into, a frame. Madeline At The White House : She sure gets around. A physical activity…