Tag Archives: modern board games

A Closer Look at Monopoly Live and Battleship Live

When word of these two new games leaked ahead of the show , my initial reaction, like that of many others I read online, was quite negative. However, now that I’ve actually had a chance to play with them a little at Toy Fair, my opinion has changed some. Both Monopoly Live and Battleship Live employ what Hasbro calls “motion vision technology,” or in other words, …

Gold, and an Updated Airlines, from Abacus Spiele

Gold is a card game by Michael Schacht from Abacus. It’s a filler card game in the Knizia style: cards in six colors are flipped up, and you can use your cards to swap for other cards, trying to gain points in all colors (or the most in as many colors as possible). Also on the horizon (March in Europe, …

Power Grid: The BGG Promo

BGG has its own little store where it sells BGG swag, mostly tees from old BGG.cons. It also has a number of “BGG only” promos. [1] The most well-known are the Dominion promos. However, they’ve also got a BGG-themed promo for Fluxx , as well as promos for 7 Wonders , Ascension , Stronghold , Survive , Masters Of Venice , and Thunderstone . You should soon be able to buy…

011: A Therion Steampunk-Themed Board Game

The symphonic metal band Therion will be transformed into a steampunk-themed board game, designed by Marco Valtriani and published and illustrated by Paolo Vallerga of Scribabs . Not only was the game’s development followed by the band, they will be releasing a tie-in video. You play the band members in Turin, the “magical” city per excellence, in an uchronic 1811. Various Norse mythology is woven …

011: A Therion Steampunk-Themed Board Game

The symphonic metal band Therion will be transformed into a steampunk-themed board game, designed by Marco Valtriani and published and illustrated by Paolo Vallerga of Scribabs . Not only was the game’s development followed by the band, they will be releasing a tie-in video. You play the band members in Turin, the “magical” city per excellence, in an uchronic 1811. Various …

WIN 419 Nuremberg Summary: 653 New Games

The Spiele Museum presents WIN 419 , a free summary of what was new in games at the recent Nuremberg Toy Fair, with information about 653 new games from 241 designers and 145 publishers. Available in English and in German .

First Look at Battleship Galaxies

Those of you who’ve been reading Purple Pawn for a while may remember when I first broke the story in August 2009 about a new Battleship game . At that time, however, I knew little more that the game would have a science fiction theme and include 3D spaceship models. Well, at Toy Fair I finally got a chance to look at Battleship Galaxies and I’m even…

First Look at Battleship Galaxies

Those of you who’ve been reading Purple Pawn for a while may remember when I first broke the story in August 2009 about a new Battleship game . At that time, however, I knew little more that the game would have a science fiction theme and include 3D spaceship models. Well, at Toy Fair I finally got a chance to look at Battleship Galaxies and I’m…

Solitaire Chess and Other Thinkfun Puzzle Board Games

The puzzle board game genre is defined by Thinkfun ‘s game Rush Hour : a board, a few simple geometric pieces, 40 or 50 cards indicating the starting positions for one puzzle, and the object is to move the pieces around in order to accomplish the goal, generally to un-obstruct one piece or one section of the board. We’ve covered …

Solitaire Chess and Other Thinkfun Puzzle Board Games

The puzzle board game genre is defined by Thinkfun ‘s game Rush Hour : a board, a few simple geometric pieces, 40 or 50 cards indicating the starting positions for one puzzle, and the object is to move the pieces around in order to accomplish the goal, generally to un-obstruct one piece or one section of the board. We’ve covered some of …

Plants vs Zombies is Coming to a Board Near You

That’s right! The game that’s taken just about every electronic device by storm is now on it’s way to becoming a board game. Screenlife Games has gotten the license to create the official Plants vs Zombies board game, and from the picture, it looks pretty sharp so far. The game will be for 2-4 players, and each player will have…

Discworld Board Games

This summer Z-Man Games will be publishing the board game Guards! Guards! , designed by Leonard Boyd & David Brashaw (aka Backspindle Games). Details about the theme and game-play are available at source. But wait. Treefrog Games and Martin Wallace will be publishing Ankh-Morpork at Essen in October. And details about the theme and game-play are available at that source…

Game Bandit—David’s at the NY Toy Fair Edition

While David’s away at the NY Toy Fair gathering several thousand future posts, I think I’ll co-opt his feature title. Days of Wonder will award $10,000 to someone who draws them a map. ( source ) Bandai will award some collectible Naruto cards to a few entrants who answer five trivia questions. ( source ) TOG Entertainment will…

Hasbro’s Motion Vision Play: Monopoly and Battleship Live

Hasbro will be adding an infrared motion detection and control system (“Motion Vision Play”) to various board games this year, including Monopoly and Battleship. [1] The tower not only tracks player resources, such as money and piece position, but also prompts players to play, rolls the dice, announces results, checks for cheating, prevents house rules, makes sound effects, introduces random events, does your homework…

Furt, from Wiggity Bang

Wiggity Bang, publishers of Quelf , will release Furt in May; you can get a sneak peak at the NY Toy Fair this week. Furt is designed by Matthew Rivaldi. Pick a card and do something silly. The silliness comes in six categories, plus some bonus silliness at certain spots. For some reason, the ultimate space on the board’s path is an …

Green Lantern: Power of the Ring

Warner Bros and Pressman Toy will be bringing you the board game Green Lantern: Power of the Ring, in anticipation of the 2011 summer movie. And you know it’s going to be a good game because the press release uses words like franchise, property, licenses, products, brands, campaign, and push marketing. If you can’t wait until summer, Pressman already has a few…

Floors That Are Board Games

We’ve already covered examples of outdoor giant games ( Chess , Go , etc). You can find most giant garden games on many sites; well, you actually can’t find a Giant Settlers of Catan, such as this one created by the Mountford family (yowza) … … but that’s not what I’m here to write about. I’m also not here…

Really Cheapass Games

Known for its inexpensive games, which often required players to provide their own pieces, Cheapass Games is taking its strategy to the extreme. From now on they’ll be offering their games only in print-and-play form. Also, paying for them will be entirely voluntary. That is, download the games at will and choose to donate if you like them. The first game available under this scheme is…

Tiger Stripes

Young Isabel duBarry, inspired I gather by the success of her father, game designer Philip duBarry , is publishing a game of her own, Tiger Stripes . The game looks like a great introduction for young children to risk/reward trade-offs—perhaps the first step up from the likes of Candyland or Chutes and Ladders. Through Friday, you can still purchase the

Feast & Famine, A Game About Joseph in Egypt

Feast & Famine , designed by Jason Conforto of Good Knight Games , published by Shadow Mountain Publishing (a book publisher, I believe), and sold by Deseret Book , is a game about Joseph in Egypt. In the first part of the game, you prepare for famine by buying up food products for your stores. In the second part, you try to attract the sons of Jacob to eat your food…