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South Carolina One Step Closer to Legalizing Card Games

In South Carolina, it is still illegal to play any game with cards or other gambling devices, whether in private or public, for money or for fun. Unless you’re the state, or a church, or one of a few other exceptions. Various ridiculous, high media profiled arrests have highlighted this problem over the last few years, and a few cases…

Essen Spiel Underway

Spiel in Essen , the world’s largest games fair, is underway. Attendance is typically around 150,000. This year’s fair is in conjunction with Comic Action . You can follow a live stream of publishers and other curious folk explaining games at BGG’s live streaming feed . BoardGameNews has a large coverage page .

A great opportunity and a good cause!

Tweet I know many fine folk in the blogosphere, in Twitter and other places have already shared the news, but just in case you have missed it, the fine folk at RPGNow and DriveThru RPG have put together a package of products, similar to what they did for Haiti relief after the devastating earthquake in the island nation, this time for Doctors Without Borders Flood …

Hot Games and Fast Cars Roundup

Surely you didn’t think MEGA Bloks would let LEGO hog all the glory? Mega Bloks Race Car Builder lets you roll the die and move around the board trying to collect the eight pieces you need for your car. Gerry Crown, managing director of Crown and Andrews , just won the 2010 Peking to Paris . This was his second try; last time he came in second. ( source ) Presenting the…

Rokugan, By The People

In planning for their next Legend of the Five Rings book, AEG is turning to the game’s fans for ideas. Through the end of October, the company will accept proposals for an era or setting to be incorporated as a chapter in The Imperial Histories . One concept will be chosen and used as the basis for fiction, a timeline, prominent heroes, and mechanics.

[Meta] Insert Photo Montage Here

It has been a crazy few weeks for me and I am so far behind on Divas posts that we are going to have to resort to a tried ‘n true movie method to get ourselves out of this hole. Yep, photo montage. There have been some great props and some amazing gameplay and dang it! It needs to be…

Jumping Jackrabbits! It’s an Icons Review.

I was perusing www.rpg.net, as I tend to do, and I came across a thread where an artist was drawing superheroes on the cheap . I’m talking about a criminally good deal. I looked through the thread some more and discovered it was for something called Wave One, a supplemental product for the upcoming Icons RPG from Adamant . This…

Dawn of a New Age, Part 5

Tweet Well here we are the last installment of my experiment at using the blog to share the introduction I wrote for my upcoming superhero game. I am happy with the way it turned out. I had some corrections to do on the posts as they were published; it’s never easy to edit your own writings. I hope you liked it, my players are still digesting the …

Spiel ’10 is less than a week away!

That’s right, the magnificence that is Spiel ’10 , located in Essen Germany is less than a week away. This will mark my 10th trip to Spiel in a row, although this year I can only attend on Sunday, due to work on Thursday and Friday and the after-school club’s fall game day which will take place on Saturday. Given the size and breadth of the…

It’s pay-to-play for Gamma World Game Day

I mentioned this over a month ago that the upcoming game day premier of Gamma World required participants to purchase two booster packs of cards (MSRP is $4 per pack of 8 cards) in order to play but was told by a number of people that “WotC would never make people buy something in order to participate in a game day!”. Well, here’s it straight from the …

The Dresden Files RPG Followup

The postman arrived at my door a couple of months ago containing a rather heavy package from Hero Games. Turns out that this box contained the hard copies of the newly released Dresden Files RPG. What does this mean? Well you might remember that I had previously done an early review of The Dresden Files RPG based on the pre-order PDFs. I’…

The Dresden Files RPG Followup

The postman arrived at my door a couple of months ago containing a rather heavy package from Hero Games. Turns out that this box contained the hard copies of the newly released Dresden Files RPG. What does this mean? Well you might remember that I had previously done an early review of The Dresden Files RPG based on the pre-order PDFs. I’d said that I would …

Financial Literacy Games from NZ’s Young Enterprise Trust

The New Zealand Reserve Bank is commissioning a financial literacy board game [1] from the Young Enterprise Trust. It will be called The Finance Companies Board Game . ( source ) Back in 2008 they commissioned another financial literary game aimed at economics and business studies students called Skint to Mint . New Zealand schools can get free copies of the game…

Computer Beats Professional Shogi Player

Shogi is a number of orders of magnitude more difficult for computers to evaluate than Western Chess, but a computer named “Akara 2010″ recently bested the top rated professional woman player Ichiyo Shimizu. In 2005, the Japan Shogi Association forbade any of its players to play against a computer in order to delay progress toward just such a goal (and preserve the dignity of the game (i….

Haunted Lives Digital Magazine

Looks like there’s a new digital magazine on the block. Haunted Lives has reviews, session reports, and previews of board games, role-playing games, video games, etc… The magazine also contains news and interviews. Don’t plan on reading it if you don’t know Spanish, because the magazine is Spanish only. The magazine also tries to cater to Spanish games. Pretty awesome in my opinion.

25 Cleric Character Hooks

Continuing the hooks series, today we have a bunch of priestly ones for your holy edification. Many came out as missions rather than internal character struggles or personality quirks. More actionable than character-revealing this time around. Use these for PCs or NPCS. Sensing his wanderlust and noting his independent manner, the church has asked him to become a holy bounty hunter. There is a long list …

The Portable Galactic Empire

In The Portable Galactic Empire , players create an empire under their rule by placing solar system and planet cards in their play area and parlaying the resources they provide into new technologies (read: weapons) for use against their enemies. Sets of similar technologies give a bonus in combat, and a bigger fleet is a decided advantage. Craft are easily lost in a fight, but the highest total perseveres …

Jabokni, a Word Game with Octagonal Tiles

Jabokni is a word game with octagonal tiles by Bill Friar, self-published by his interestingly named sggc miniChaos. Bill has currently produced 1000 “prototypes”. In turn, players place tiles, which contain 2 or 3 letters, and then call out a word Boggle-like that includes the played tiles. The opponent can also call out a word using the tile, and then

Paper Money #36: 4th Quarter Advice

The sky isn’t falling, but 4th quarter is surely upon us. Are you ready? Listen to the week’s news and then Ben and Rett will illuminate what game manufacturers, retailers and designers should be doing this fall to keep their games moving. (Note: Rett imparts INSANELY useful information about retail “turns”!) Not exciting enough? How about Ben explaining the …

Upper Deck Bought … by Upper Deck CEO

A majority stake in embattled Upper Deck International has been acquired by Upper Deck’s CEO Nico Blauw. Or rather by Nico’s company Blue Ocean, which is the accessories division of Koch Media. Blauw is considering changing the company’s name and is reorganizing the management staff. ( source ) With regards to counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards (of which co-founder and owner Richard McWilliams…