Tag Archives: modern board games

A Night on the Tiles

A Night on the Tiles is a hip-hop theater production involving hip-hop, heist, caper, kung fu, revenge, and Devonshire cream teas, all centered around the unifying theme of Scrabble. By London-based Pen-Ultimate.

Pass It, the Dental Hygienist Study Game

Sggc Polished RDH , which is Karen Isbister and Carrie Clotworthy, created a study/trivia game called Pass It to help you pass the dental hygiene board  exams. The game comes with 1,000 questions, and it took them three years to copyright, trademark, and perfect it. Yours for $120 + $10 shipping. ( source )

Pass It, the Dental Hygienist Study Game

Sggc Polished RDH , which is Karen Isbister and Carrie Clotworthy, created a study/trivia game called Pass It to help you pass the dental hygiene board  exams. The game comes with 1,000 questions, and it took them three years to copyright, trademark, and perfect it. Yours for $120 + $10 shipping. ( source )

A-1 Scrabble, Letter Tiles in Different Typefaces

Andrew Clifford Capener presents A-1 Scrabble , a designer wooden edition where the letters are all uniquely typefaced. The board is also wooden , in six pieces that stay together with magnets and put away into a nice shelf arrangement. You can order a set in the font of your choice, or with a mix, as shown above. As of now, you have to sign up to get notified…

A-1 Scrabble, Letter Tiles in Different Typefaces

Andrew Clifford Capener presents A-1 Scrabble , a designer wooden edition where the letters are all uniquely typefaced. The board is also wooden , in six pieces that stay together with magnets and put away into a nice shelf arrangement. You can order a set in the font of your choice, or with a mix, as shown above. As of now, you have …

Time’s 100 Greatest Toys Includes Only 1 Analog Game

Earlier this month,Time Magazine posted their list of the 100 greatest toys from the last 87.5 years (yeah, me neither). Leaving aside the usual bickering over this or that toy that should have made it to the list (we have Mattel Electronic Football but not the PSP or Atari ?), as well as the rather odd items on the list ( Little Golden Books…

Board Game Costumes

This one is about right: While this one is about wrong: On the other hand, this one seems right: While this one seems wrong: There seems to be a pattern in the adult costume line up, such as for Monopoly Checkers and Scrabble Though these costumes probably predate her video, I still blame Katy Perry.

Board Game Costumes

This one is about right: While this one is about wrong: On the other hand, this one seems right: While this one seems wrong: There seems to be a pattern in the adult costume line up, such as for Monopoly Checkers and Scrabble Though these costumes probably predate her video, I still blame Katy Perry.

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

Steve Jackson Games Sneak Peeks

The new dice games, Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice , have been a big hit for Steve Jackson Games . The company’s latest Report to the Stakeholders reveals that these mid-year releases already account for 8.4 percent of sales (that’s about 50,000 units in my estimation). This year, Zombie Dice is set to get updated packaging. Instead of a cardboard dice cup…

Catan GmbH Takes Down Island Settlers Android App

A guy named Neil has taken down his Android game with the same game play as Settlers of Catan after facing a legal threat from Catan GmbH. ( source ) The legal threat explicitly notes that game rules cannot be copyrighted, but, since the game of Catan also embodies a storyline (“Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan.&#…

Board Game “Addiction” Article in China Daily

Writing for the China Daily, Zhou Wenting becomes the first journalist that I know of to claim a surge in board game “addiction” among children. Yeeha, board gamers have finally joined a club whose membership previously only included collectible card gamers and video gamers. Ok, seriously. Let’s take a look at source : The title is “Concerns surge as children become hooked on games&#…

If I Were President

Apparently self-published by Gail Thornton, If I Were President is a debating game. Players pick a card with a presidential challenge (such as “Your VP just yelled at the Russian VP during peace talks”) and must role-play a speech addressing the issue. The other players vote them up or down with paddles. It’s a tad pricey: $60 …

Checkers With Football Helmets

According to source, part-time inventor James Pickett has spent 17 years trying to sue somebody – anybody – in order to claim his reward for having invented using little football helmets in place of Checker pieces. What’s odd about this is that Pickett actually owns three patents, one from 2002 involving a new method of playing four player Checkers (using helmets, of course), …

Stratego

Spin Master is by no means giving up on the mass collectible market, but they did confirm at the show their strong interest in traditional board games . The company’s plans include both extending existing brands and further acquisitions. While they wouldn’t give any specifics regarding potential acquisitions, Spin Master did feature board games prominently in their booth (actually, more like a walled-off compound). Most interesting, at …

Bananagrams Zip-It and Fruitominoes

We did mention these before . But now that I’ve had a chance to look at them in person… actually, Fruitominoes is still just Dominoes with pictures of fruit instead of black dots. But Zip-It isn’t exactly dice based. True, the pieces look like dice, but they aren’t used for rolling random letters. Instead, each player takes 12 cubes and, at the…

Griddly Update

Toy Fair previews from Griddly Games included Wise Alec expansions, an update to the Wise Alec base game, and Mosaic 4. Wise Alec is a combination trivia and activity game. The updated base game adds more trivia questions, as well as board spaces where a player’s opponent gets to choose the question card but the player earns double points for a correct answer. …

Gotcha and Phone Frenzy

Two upcoming products from Buffalo Games are Gotcha and Phone Frenzy. Gotcha is a game about following rules and catching other players breaking them. Each turn a player gets to assign a rule from their hand of cards to one or more other players; that is all. The difficulty is that during the game, players must always follow the rules…

Feeling Sweet Bingo

Feeling Sweet Bingo is Bingo with emotions and baked goods instead of letters and numbers. That’s it.