Tag Archives: News

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…

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 5: War of the River Kings

War of the River Kings is the penultimate episode in the Kingmaker adventure path. The PCs – whose kingdom is now major player in its region – must lead their forces to war, and they also take their first real steps to understanding the overarching plot of the adventure path. The adventure should take PCs from 13th to 15th level. The Physical…

RPG books on the iPad

Tweet One of the reasons I was interested in getting an iPad was to be able to use it as a PDF viewer since I own a lot of RPG-related PDFs. Initially I thought about using an ebook reader like Kindle for that purpose, but alas these devices are currently not fast enough to display complex PDFs adequately. It usually takes to long to switch from…

Social Intelligence: This is going to get ugly

News about a company called Social Intelligence Corp. broke last week. I thought that was a dangerous and bad idea then and now that I’ve time to calm my anger, it’s still a damned dangerous slope. On the surface, this may seem like a simple little idea. If a potential employee posts an insane manifesto

Interviewing Potential Players

How to find local gamers You have a vacancy in your gaming group and decide to advertise for a new player. Because there are many places online and offline potential players might look for groups you put ads in several places, casting a wide net, hoping to get a response. To your surprise, you get a few responses. However, now …

Dominoes Roundup

The BBC takes a look at Dominoes players in Cuba. ( source ) The Taylor Daily Press takes a look at Dominoes players in Taylor, TX. ( source ) Thomas Pausz made some rather odd Dominoes tables – with a tabletop made from multi-colored dominoes that can be played with – as art pieces. ( source )

Retrospect nominated for a Golden Geek Award

Much to my surprise, my winning entry to RPG Geek’s 24-hour RPG contest was nominated for a Golden Geek Award in the Best Free RPG category. That’s really cool, especially considering I didn’t submit the nomination. ;o)  Now, looking at the list it’s clear that Lady Blackbird should win the category in my opinion but I can’t help but…

Game News and Pimping Roundup

Mattel is hit with another toy recall affecting over 11 millions of toys. ( info , source ) Hasbro pimped family game night last night to little media coverage. Hasbro partners with Fox Look to distribute some of its new game shows. ( source ) Hideyuki Sakai pulls off an upset victory to win the prestigious Gosei tournament (one of the top seven Japanese tournaments for the game of Go). …

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Re-elected as FIDE President

Our favorite alien-loving FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been re-elected FIDE president for another four year term. ( source , via ) In other news, the Wall Street Journal pimps Chess at a St Louis school for troubled teens. ( source )

Dungeons & Dragons story in the New Yorker

D&D is the subject of a new piece of fiction in New Yorker magazine. Check it out here.

Mice Minis

These mice miniatures, cute: Also these: These, not so much: All new from Reaper. The first two are part of the Mousling Heroes Boxed Set . The trick-or-treating mice and zombie mice are 2010 Halloween specials available only at the Reaper Artist Con & Open House October 23-24 .

An Announcement

I hope Mike doesn’t mind me making this announcement here, but I know that most of my friends now read this blog. My wife Karen and I are expecting our first child. I’ve been dying to tell the world for month now, but we decide to get into the second trimester before telling anyone. We’ve just come back from Ireland where I told most of my family. It turned…

Westminster Council Plays Monopoly With Residents

Sheffield Homes tried it unsuccessfully, and now Paddington Green Estate screwed up by trying to use a game to bring their constituents into the planning process. Rather than the enthusiastic engagement for the plan that they were probably hoping for, residents who saw the Monopoly-style board game with Chance and Community cards and little bulldozers for selecting whose homes to demolish came away furious, with …

Paper Money #35: Awesome Listener Emails

Ben and Rett respond to a raft of reader mail (covering Wits and Wagers vs. Bet You Know It, game milieus, and more), as well as a recap of the week’s news (including the first Toys R Us news in awhile). It doesn’t sound like that much, but its a great show. Trust me. You’ll love it. We&#…

You may notice a button…

A big red button that should never ever, under any circumstances, be pushed.  In other words, I’ve added a reddit button to the sidebar, underneath the Search box.  I don’t generally like to do shameless self-promotion on social sites like reddit, but the /r/rpg community is both active and awesome.  This way, it’s easy for you to submit my …

Get all of Vincent Baker’s games on PDF for $25

This is too good a deal to pass up . All 6 of Vincent Baker’s games in PDF form for $25, which is $40 off the normal price.

Vote For Game Inventor of the Year

The Toy and Game Inventor Awards were launched 2 years ago to publicly celebrate previously little-recognized creators in this entertainment category. The awards will be given out at a dinner November 19th in Chicago, but you can help choose the winners by going now to the website to nominate your favorite: Game Inventor of the Year Toy Inventor of the…

Open Play Tests: Dragon Age: Set 2 & Pathfinder Ultimate Magic

Yep, the wait is over and the documents are up on Green Ronin’s site. This is a really great idea. It’s worked for Paizo with Pathfinder. Plus it’s been a while since Set 1 came out and the coals were starting to get pretty cold. It’s good news that they’ve been able to release this.

Game and Chess News Roundup

The Adiran Daily Telegram pimps Scrabble Flash . ( source ) The Detroit News pimps Puppy-Opoly and other kids games. ( source ) BBC pimps Subbuteo . ( source ) Chess The 2010 Chess Olympiad is underway in Siberia. 2500 year-old “Chess” pieces found in China. ( source ) Finding pieces is rarer than finding boards. The Boston Globe covers the competition for…

Jolting The Status Quo

I created two illustrations for this article and couldn’t decide which one to use. So I’ve used both. Life’s full of surprises. Some are pleasant; others challenge us, and may even seem overwhelming. Take me, for example: I’ve been living in the same rented unit for the last 20 years or so. Last week, I was sent a termination of lease by the landlord; …