Tag Archives: modern board games

What is Cryptozoic Planning?

Last year Cryptozoic was formed to carry on production of the World of Warcraft TCG. Which they’re doing, apparently just fine. But they’re also planning to branch out. Here are some planned releases from their site: The Lookouts board game , a hybrid RPG and board game based on their comic series. The Penny Arcade deck building game , based on the comic series. Food Fight card game , not much…

Musketville Vol.1

Del Esau has just released Musketville Vol. I The Siege of Briitsh Brittania , a 3 player board game being distributed through The Game Crafter.  The game is set in a steam powered fantasy universe inspired by Tolkien fantasy. Players can play as humans, orcs, or halflings. If you’d like to get a peak at the rulebook, it can be found here .

MayDay Games Slammed Over Handling of Crokinole Board Problems

Pete at Superfly Circus relates a troubling story about quality and service from Seth Hiatt at MayDay Games . MayDay Games sells popular card sleeves, animeeples, a few original games, and a cheapish (still over $100) Crokinole board. It is problems with a Crokinole board that begin Pete’s story. The summary: Pete received a bad board (bumps, protruding screws, bad lacquer, etc). He asked for a refund but…

Socks in the City

I didn’t get the pun for a good ten minutes; until then I was wondering what on earth would make them choose socks for a theme. In this two-player game , designed by Gunter Cornett and published by Bambus Spiele (co-published by White Goblin Games), players try to build tracks between same-colored socks placed randomly on hex tiles placed…

$20: Help a Cancer Patient, Get a Unique Board Game

Joe Callero, owner of Western Design Flooring America , wants to help his friend, one of his wife’s relatives, who is hospitalized for cancer. To that end, he is offering a political board game that he designed called Campaign to anyone who donates $20 on his friend’s behalf. It’s a dice based game where the object is to gain control of the three branches of…

Megiddo Chess: Jews vs Christians vs Moslems vs Devils

Megiddo Chess is a variant on four-player Chess. First, a thin veneer of theme is added by calling each one of the four sides by a religion (or, in one case, the devil). Second, designer Chuck Carruth adds a few variant rules for two-player play, such as diagonal starting positions or controlling two sets of pieces (3 queens and a king). ( source )

Tsunami Relief and Tsunami Games

Game companies offering donations for Japan tsunami/earthquake relief include (so far): Highmoon Games: Buy an Oriental Adventures (and some other stuff) for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Dork Storm Press: Dork Covenant for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Arc Dream Publishing: The Unspeakable Oath (quarterly magazine) for $…

Tsunami Relief and Tsunami Games

Game companies offering donations for Japan tsunami/earthquake relief include (so far): Highmoon Games: Buy an Oriental Adventures (and some other stuff) for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Dork Storm Press: Dork Covenant for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Arc Dream Publishing: The Unspeakable Oath (quarterly magazine) for $5, all money goes…

Inappropriate Sexual Content in Games Roundup

Folks were bullish over Mattel’s acquisition of the Monster High license , but their line of dolls aimed at girls has caused some ire. The dolls’ figures appear to out-Barbie Barbie, and the dolls’ descriptions indicate that the dolls spend their time trying to look pretty by waxing, shaving, and plucking. ( source ) Ok, that’s not really about games. Here you …

Choices Education Boards

Choices , chaired by Jocelyn Duncan, makes a number of different board/card game/activities intended for group discussion and education. Topics include bipolar depression, self-harm, overdose, sleep, hepatitis c, self-injecting, marijuana, alcohol, smoking, and anxiety. Each board/card set costs £12 and comes with instructions and an information pack. ( source )

ENnie Awards Giving Two Tickets to Gaming Cruise

The ENnie Awards , in association with Gamer Adventures , is giving away two tickets to go on board a Carnival cruise for a 5 day trip around the Caribbean, filled with roleplayers and boardgamers and plenty of gaming activities. The cruise will be sailing from Galveston, TX on January 21 2012  to Progresso, Yucatan and Cozumel, MX before returning to Galveston on January 26. Air tickets to Galveston are not included so…

Survive: Escape From Atlantis

Stronghold Games has brought back Survive , a Parker Brothers classic from the 1980s. The goal in this game is to escape sinking Atlantis with as many people as possible before the volcano erupts. The other players, though, will be trying to sabotage your escape by choosing which parts of the island sink, as well as sending sea monsters after your boats and swimmers. The quality of the wooden pieces and…

Pigskin

To play this upcoming football board game from R&R Games , the players choose cards from the offense and defense decks, then chooses specific plays from those cards. They cross-reference their choices to set the number and type of dice each one will roll to determine the results of the play. In addition to straight yardage dice, there are penalty dice, turnover dice, and a hail-mary die. Progress up…

March Kickstarter Game Projects

I looked on some other crowdsourcing site and wasn’t impressed. So I’m sticking to Kickstarter only until someone convinces me otherwise. Remember that a “funded” campaign will still give out listed rewards to its contributors. Project Description Required Raised Ends Periodic Table of Elements Dice Andrew Inaba Dice with both numbers and elements $2,000 $1,065 20 days Rolling Freight Board Game APE Games Train game with special …

Lego Carcassonne

If only I had enough block to create this! Cal Henderson has designed a really awesome looking Carcassonne set out of Lego, detailing the process he used. Unfortunately, the set would cost around $2000 if ordered through Lego’s Design-By-Me program. He provides his source files for those who want to look through the tiles, and possibly try to build a set themselves.

Patch Previews

If I counted correctly, Patch Products has nine new games coming out this summer, though some are actually revisions to earlier games. Farkle Frenzy is meant to be a faster version of Farkle. Players all roll their five dice at the same time, and can use the common die in the bubble hub. Each round is a race to the top of the dice tower, but…

Playroom’s Enchanted Games

Following the release this past year of Magic Labyrinth , Playroom Entertainment will be bringing out two more games with similar magnetic play and fantastic themes. In Magician’s Kitchen , the goal is to move marbles representing potions into the cauldrons at the corners of the board. Hidden magnets under the board make it difficult to do so without spilling. After…

Victory Point Games 3-Game Family Fun Pack

Victory Point Games is releasing a slew of titles in 2011. For those of you who want to catch up with some of their recent family game titles, you can get a triple pack containing Loot and Scoot, Tenka, and The Great Divide for $46.

The Making of Geoffrey Parker Luxury Games

Geoffrey Parker makes luxury board games, out of leather and other rich materials. They are among the best known of all luxury game makers in the world; you can find some of their pieces at Zontik Games, such as this $60,000 Jubilee Chess game . Other games are a more reasonable few hundred to few thousand dollars. You can see many pictures detailing…

Chatterback, Backwards Speaking Game

Chatterback , from the eponymous sggc, is a party game of trying to guess what a word or phrase is when spoken backwards. The game comes with a recorder whose entire function is to record something and then play it backwards, which seems to me to have much utility in everyday situations. The game should be available “soon”.