Tag Archives: News

Memoir: My First Review

I’ve received what I consider the first review of a game I’ve written. Jonathan Lavallee over at Gamish Designer has been working through the Game Chef entries one by one and published a mini-review of mine in his blog. Did he love it – no, but nor did he hate it. He’s given a balanced review highlighting the highs and lows and commenting on …

Memoir: My First Review

I’ve received what I consider the first review of a game I’ve written. Jonathan Lavallee over at Gamish Designer has been working through the Game Chef entries one by one and published a mini-review of mine in his blog. Did he love it – no, but nor did he hate it. He’s given a balanced review highlighting the highs and lows and commenting …

It’s Tracy’s birthday today! Instead of cake, have some free zombies for your Pathfinder game!

Hey!  It’s Tracy’s birthday!  Tracy has been serving as an Editor here on TC for a bit now, and I think he deserves a happy birthday! I’d like to send him to a few conventions to celebrate, but he seems to have attended them all.  So, to celebrate, the World of Aruneus – Contagion Infected Zombies is free!  That’s right, this bad boy won’…

A New Rifts Chaos Earth Sourcebook, and Other Notes

Motivate the clock I have several notes his morning as I stare, bleary-eyed at my computer screen. But hey, it’s Friday, which means that the day will get progressively better as the hours roll off the clock. In the meantime, let me project a number of announcements and notes out onto the Internet, in no particular order. Read for more on Rifts, …

Paper Money #38: Eternal Warriors’ Dan Duran

Rett is back and rested after missing a show and he and Ben celebrate with over 50 minutes of crazy game industry banter. This show: An interview with Dan Duran on his “new” podcast, TRU News, all about game boards and more reader questions about retail. Riveting, top dollar audio amazement delivered right to your ears via the magic of the Internets. Both of them. Ears…

Upper Deck Launches Hello Kitty Game

Gameplay for Hello Kitty World Adventures involves filling a passport with stickers representing the United States, Italy, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Holland, India, Scotland and Russia. Each Hello Kitty World Adventures Collectipak includes one foil card, one token card, four sticker cards, one passport, and one rules sheet ($1.99). For a dollar more, expanded Collectipaks include a Hello Kitty miniature.

I laugh and I cry at Knights…

Tweet Besides being a longtime gamer I have other hobbies. For the longest time I’ve been a comic book fan, I’ve written about it before ( here and here ), and even if I don’t read that many these days (Fables, The Walking Dead are among the few that make the cut) there is one comic that I can’t take …

Amid the sound of noise and thunder, I’d rather be playing RISUS

There’s an awful lot of gnashing of teeth going on right now, and all because of something that has been put back exactly the way it should have been in the first place. I am, of course, talking about the announcement that Character Builder is going (shock! horror!) to be web-based in future. Goodbye .NET app, hello fluffy cloud. It makes sense from both a business and…

AKB48 Donjara

Japanese singing and theater teen-girl group sensation AKB48 will soon have their own themed version of Donjara published by Bandai. Donjara is Bandai’s band name version of the public game Ponjan, a children’s version of Mahjong. ( source ) Apparently there is already a trading card game for AKB48, but I was only able to find trading cards (i.e. collectible cards…

The Walking Dead in review -or- it’s raining zombies (hallelujah)

***SPOILER WARNING*** This review is somewhat spoiler free. I do talk about a few scenes in a vague sort of way, and of course, the episode as a whole, as well as AMC’s treatment of the whole subject matter. Over the past 10 months, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at, thinking about and generally trying to get…

Fall Bakugan Update

The big news in Bakugan this fall is the premier of two huge new figures, Dragonoid Colossus and Dharak Colossus. Dragonoid Colussus is constructed by attaching four Battle Gear to the transformation hub and then dropping in Battalix Dragonoid . Wow, watch that thing pop! Dharak Colossus is Dragonoid Colossus’ rival and is assembled with two Battle Gear, Smashtor and Riptor , and activated with the Brawlacus Dharak core Bakugan. Bakugan …

Game Bandit—Colossus Edition

Compass Games is giving 40% off Price of Freedom, Yalu, Spanish Eagles, Bataan or Red Storm with preorders of the company’s upcoming releases: Steel Wolves, Storming the Reich, or Imperial Japanese Navy . To celebrate the newest Catan game, Settlers of America: Trails to Rails , Mayfair Games and Catan, Inc. are running a photo contest. Photos must be submitted through Facebook. The 50 most popular will earn…

All This And Psionic Spam: Examining Psionics, Part 4 of 5

Last time out, I started examining the concept of The Internet as an analogy or metaphor for Psionics, especially telepathy – but ran out of time after looking at only 7 web phenomena of a planned 21. So here we go, with the next seven: 8. The World Wide Web Everyone knows someone else who knows something useful. This information is the telepathic equivalent of a hyperlink, a connection…

New Generator: Roleplaying A Black Dragon

Make your next black dragon unforgettable Dragon encounters are supposed to be special. Black dragons are supposed to be nasty. Put them together and you get….crickets. It is tricky pulling off a great dragon encounter, especially when player expectations run high from watching movies and imagining Smaug and looking at gorgeous art in monster books. The good news is …

Forest Challenge Charity Board Game for Pakistan

Alan Brown created Forest Challenge , an orienteering game, and he is donating half of the purchase price of each game to Pakistan flood relief. It’s a roll and move game with choices on the direction (and obstacles across which) you travel. Further information at the link.

Aruneus – Where it’s at and what’s coming – or – zombies, goblins, haunted mines and two new classes

A lot has happened since my last official update in late July , so lets dig right in and see what’s new! Last December I sat down with a good friend and we talked a bit about what a standard high fantasy world would be like if a worldwide zombie apocalypse were to happen to it.  What would happen to the various …

BattleLore Update

Ever since Fantasy Flight Games acquired the BattleLore line from Days of Wonder, we’ve been a little uncertain about the game’s future. The first few expansions— Heroes , Dragons , and Creatures —seemed to take the game in an RPG-like or adventure-game direction (admittedly, those were inherited from DoW). More recent expansions appear to be returning the game …

Paper Money #37: DIY Manufacturing (and more)

Ben flies solo this week as Rett and the Internet conspire against him. Still, a good overview of some news as well as a brief primer on DIY vs. Turnkey manufacturing, digital vs. offset printing and US vs overseas manufacturing – as well as some loopy listener mail. Tune in. Turn on. Game out. Show Links: Purple Pawn – www.purplepawn.com Gamethonic – www.gamethonic….

A New Simultaneous Chess Games Record: 523

Last we reported, the record for simultaneous chess games was 360 by a Bulgarian . Since then the record was taken by an Iranian with 500. The new record is 523 by an Israeli . For the record, you have to win 80% of the games.

Game Bandit—Kudos to GMT Edition

The sales… Amazon is offering a free Sorry Revenge game with the purchase of $25 in select Hasbro games , or a $10 discount with the purchase of $25 in Mattel preschool games . Use the promo code “EXCLUSIVE20″ to get 20% off at Hasbro’s online toy shop . Thought Hammer’s Spooky Specials for Halloween include sale prices on horror…