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Classic Games Roundup

Dylan Loeb McClain is my new favorite blogger; he writes the Chess blog Gambit for the NY Times website, and I find myself tempted to link to nearly everything he writes. Two of his latest are about an available position as Chess instructor for the Peace Corps and some Chess-themed television advertisements . A blog in the Washington Examiner pimps Bridge…

Read My New Comic Book Online, TODAY!

What an amazing day! I’m very pleased to announce the online release of my new comic book, The Uniques Tales #5: Around the World . I’m grinning from ear to ear as I read the final product, and I can’t be more thrilled. I was approached some time ago, probably six months or more, about writing an installment of an ongoing project for the dynamic team of Adam Withers…

Blue Panther Small Game Design Contest

Blue Panther is looking for a small game to produce this summer. Rather than simply announcing that it is looking for a small game design for this summer, BP [1] is running a small game design contest, in which the winning design (or designs) will be published. From the wording in the release, it looks like they’re committed to publish at least…

Monopoly MMOG to Return as Monopoly Streets by EA

Hasbro has listened to the voice of the people . In cooperation with Electronic Arts, Hasbro will release a permanent edition of its popular advertising gimmick Monopoly City Streets as a new MMOG called Monopoly Streets. The project won several advertising awards. The new version is scheduled to be up in October. ( source )

Once More Into The Fray

When I shook off the memories of battle, I realized that there was talking going on. One of the new fellers had a top hat on and was acting like a big shot. He had these triplets fanned out behind him. They looked like they knew the business end of brass knuckles that’s for sure. My folk had moved off to the …

InSpectres movie teaser

I’m really curious to see what the final film will be like. In case you’ve never heard of InSpectres , you can read my review .

Dust Moving

Well this is breaking news. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Josh was showing us new pictures of Dust Tactics miniatures from Origins and telling us how eager AEG was to support the game. Two days ago, I reported on AEG’s release of Mad Zeppelin . It seems, though, that all these products were just too much.  Alderac Entertainment Group is transferring most …

A Palladium Fan Boycott Of Trion? Not So Fast

For weeks now, we’ve been following the legal struggle between traditional RPG publisher, Palladium Books, and the up-and-coming MMO developer, Trion Worlds. The issue at hand? The rights to the title, “Rift” for a video game. I won’t relive the whole saga here and now, but if you want to catch up, you can view all of the relevant posts about it here . …

List of nominees for the 2009 Indie RPG Awards

The list for the 2009 (as in these games were released in 2009) Indie RPG awards has been made public – wow, there are a lot of great games on the list. You can check it out here .

Chess Champion Now Fashion Model

Two years ago we reported on how part-time swimsuit model Alexandra Kosteniuk is also a world Chess champion. Now we get to tell you that the world’s number one ranked Chess player Magnus Carlsen has become a part-time fashion model . ( source ) That’s the glamorous world of Chess superstardom … (photo by Anton Cobijn/G-star at source)

Leave Your Paper Terrain in Ruins

It’s been a while since I’ve covered any news items from Dave’s Games , so I figured I’d post this today. Dave’s been very busy creating beautiful terrain for you to print and use in your miniatures games, and this time he’s released a set of fantastic ruins and garden ground tiles . The buildings are 30mm scale, and are printable PDFs. You…

Eureka! – Some inspiring notions

There is a cooking show in Australia (it actually started in the UK, and a US version was recently announced) called Masterchef Australia. The goal of the series is to identify and winnow through the best amatuer cooks in the country until they are left with the one best cook of the bunch, who gets $100,000 and a book deal. Along the way, they are expected …

Super Duper in Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Against Mattel

Super Duper Games , whose story about losing a trademark dispute against Mattel we already covered , is appealing to the fourth circuit court of appeals in their grim-looking fight to stay alive. To summarize: SD makes speech and language therapy products, and registered trademarks for their Fold and Say, Speak and Say, and so on books for seventeen years, before Mattel finally sued them and won a …

How Much Should Players Know?

I was musing to myself while mowing the yard yesterday, in addition to how much of a pain home ownership can be, about how role-playing sourcebooks are put together, to whom they are targeted, and how I, as a game designer, can create the most utility in my products for the widest possible scope of gamers. So, here I am bringing these thoughts to you, instead …

Chaosium PDFs

In other older RPG news, Chaosium has recently added quite a number of previously released game books to the DriveThruRPG PDF marketplace, particularly Basic Roleplaying and Miskatonic University Library Association Monographs . And in an interesting turn of events (where usually every other company is licensing Call of Cthulhu for Lovecraft inspired games), Chaosium has made arrangements with Mongoose Publishing for …

Interview with Mathew Anderson of Petroglyph Games

I recently had the opportunity to carry on an email exchange with Mathew Anderson from Petroglyph Games to talk about their Graxia games . First off. Tell us a little bit about who you are, your background, and Petroglyph games. My name is Mathew Anderson and I’m the Community Manager at Petroglyph. I bring the latest developer news and information about our games to the community, and in turn give …

Ulisses Spiele GmbH now owns TORG

According to a post on the West End Game fan forums , WEG’s Eric Gibson sold the rights to TORG to the German company Ulisses Spiele GmbH , which is known as the publisher of “Das Schwarze Auge” (aka The Dark Eye). This is definitely great news. Markus Plötz, the chief executive of Ulisses Spiele is a great fan of the game (he even uses TORG as his …

And Another Election Decided By Card Game

Maybe I should make this into a quarterly roundup? This time for a Nye County, Nevada Republican primary. The game was high card, and the winner Andrew “Butch” Borasky picked the club queen to Carl Moore Sr.’s club ten. ( source )

Characters du Jour: Brickbat and Gunfire

Brickbat was born and raised in a nowhere town in a nowhere state so far in the Deep South they still talk about the Civil War like it was yesterday’s news. His momma told him there was only two ways out: sport, or in a box. Johnny Noxx chose sport. He earned his baseball scholarship easily, and life looked …

Palladium Fires Back At Trion Over Rifts Trademark

News, news, and more news out of the battle over the rights to the name “Rifts” in the video game world. Trask at livingdice.com continues to rule over this story, posting legal goodness and keeping everyone up to date, so I’ll refer you to him for the broad stroke. He presents it far better than I would, and I’d hate to step on his …