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NPD: US Games Down 9% in 2010; Lego: UK Players Fight Over Games

According to market research group NPD, game and puzzle sales were down 9% in 2010 compared to 2009. ( source ) In other news, a Lego Games survey indicates that half of the people in the UK have gotten into fights over board games, with 12% becoming so angry that they never spoke to that person again. ( source ) 19% discovered that their friends are stupider than they originally …

NPD: US Games Down 9% in 2010; Lego: UK Players Fight Over Games

According to market research group NPD, game and puzzle sales were down 9% in 2010 compared to 2009. ( source ) In other news, a Lego Games survey indicates that half of the people in the UK have gotten into fights over board games, with 12% becoming so angry that they never spoke to that person again. ( source ) 19% discovered that their …

Board Game News Reborn, Board Game Info Expands

Board Game News has undergone parthenogenesis: Eric (and possibly others) is now blogging at BoardGameGeek , while many of the other contributors have founded The Opinionated Gamers . Meanwhile, you can feed Board Game Info news , which includes our feed, as well as articles from Scott Nicholson and Shannon Appelcline (also a former BGN contributor), feed from GameSalute, Tom Vasel reviews, and other content.

Kolejka: Polish Board Game About Waiting in Line

Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance ( Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (IPN) ) has created a historical board game about the Communist era. The game simulates citizens waiting in line to buy scant supplies of groceries. Players jockey for position in the lines, using excuses like “I’m a woman with a baby”, but may end up at stores that have run out of supplies, anyway. It …

Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom Vassel and his family

Some sad news today.  Jack Vassel, son of Tom Vassel has passed away. Tom does lots of good gaming work with The Dice Tower and is also slated to be a fellow guest at Total Confusion XXV . You can read a bit about his son here . My heart goes out to the Vassel family.  As a father myself, I can only begin to …

Weekly Game Promotion Roundup

The Chicago Courier-News promotes local Magic players. ( source ) The Chicago Daily Herald promotes local game stores. ( source ) The SC Island Packet promotes a Bridge program for kids. ( source ) The New Brunswick Daily Cleaner promotes local game store Geek Chic Boutique. ( source ) The Wichita Family Eagle promotes a community center organized game night. ( source ) The UK Guardian promotes several …

World Building Part 6 – Get Smart, Get Sneaky

Tweet There is something my mama always used to tell me, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  It has been said before, but I will say it again.  Steal EVERYTHING.  I don’t mean that you should take somebody’s ideas and try to sell them as your own, but chances are, your campaign setting will never get published…

World Building Part 6 – Get Smart, Get Sneaky

Tweet There is something my mama always used to tell me, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  It has been said before, but I will say it again.  Steal EVERYTHING.  I don’t mean that you should take somebody’s ideas and try to sell them as your own, but chances are, your campaign setting will never get published, I hate to say (unless you …

World Building Part 6 – Get Smart, Get Sneaky

Tweet There is something my mama always used to tell me, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  It has been said before, but I will say it again.  Steal EVERYTHING.  I don’t mean that you should take somebody’s ideas and try to sell them as your own, but chances are, your campaign setting will never get published, I hate to say (unless…

Dice Monkey made me do this. Blame him.

Over on Dice Monkey, Mark (all round good guy and uber gamer) asked what you would do if given the reins of D&D and told to move it to the next Edition of the game. I encourage you to hop right over and read his well-written words as well of those of his commenters. Much yummy food for thought is contained within regarding the possible future of …

Bastion (Ex Illis) Shuts Down

I could have sworn we posted a number of new and interesting Ex Illis items from Studio Figurines Bastion in the last few months. Yet, here we are. Bastion has let go its entire staff and shut down, at least temporarily. “While sales are on the rise, communities are growing and our distribution network is improving everyday, it became apparent…

Casefile: Neutral Grounds for the Dresden Files RPG now available

This is the first adventure published for the game and best yet, it’s free. Check it out here .

Industry: Habsro, Video Games

Hasbro says that revenue from 2010 was slightly less than expected, with disappointing December sales. Sales were up, just less than expected. ( source ) Meanwhile, according to NPD, video games, counting including new physical video and PC games, used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, downloadable content, and mobile game apps, were down AGAIN, about 1%. ( source ) Physical retail …

First Blood

Humans are unusual. From distance like porcelain doll. White face and red lips. Cool. Up close more brown and hot. Smell like food and fear.  Mir’ Itus, he used to them. Noises, snuffles, coughs. Farts. Oh so noble. I like the spirit woman. She quiet. Smell? She smell like rope from the sea ships. Nice. Like pirate smell. Neiki her name. She talk with me …

World Building Part 5 – Macro meets Micro

In the last few weeks, I have focused on fairly broad ideas in this series on world building, but now I want to get a little closer to actually designing your campaign setting.  There are two words that get thrown around a lot when it comes to campaign setting genesis: micro and macro.  Lots of people, famous people, have talked about world building …

Bring a little 1e lethality – and some background- to your new 4e character

The AD&D module “Treasure Hunt,” published in 1986, can prove instructive in bringing the lethality and tension of the game's first edition to the game's current edition. Years ago, when opening the fourth edition Player’s Handbook for the first time, this writer discovered some good news and some bad news. The good news was that, since heroes…

Mindflex Duel

It won’t be out until mid-August, but you can already pre-order the next incarnation of Mattels’ hit game Mindflex, Mindflex Duel . Mindflex Duel is for two players battling to control a floating object with their minds. The only directly competitive head-to-head game included is the decade-old game of pushing the ball into the other player’s goal …

Mindflex Duel

It won’t be out until mid-August, but you can already pre-order the next incarnation of Mattels’ hit game Mindflex, Mindflex Duel . Mindflex Duel is for two players battling to control a floating object with their minds. The only directly competitive head-to-head game included is the decade-old game of pushing the ball into the other player’s goal using your mind. The…

P&P Beer Goggles Game for Women From the Riverfront Times

The St Louis Riverfront Times includes a free 11 page PDF with a print & play board game for women called Bad Beer Barron. ( source ) It’s roll and move. The game is humorously illustrated by Denny Helman.

P&P Beer Goggles Game for Women From the Riverfront Times

The St Louis Riverfront Times includes a free 11 page PDF with a print & play board game for women called Bad Beer Barron. ( source ) It’s roll and move. The game is humorously illustrated by Denny Helman.