Tag Archives: News

Game Bandit—You’re the Star of This Edition

Atamaii is holding a 30% off sale on various toys and games, including Bakugan . The ZeroFortitude Podcast is giving away a copy of the Hellas RPG . Use the coupon code “holidaze” for 50% off online orders of many (but not all) Kenzer & Company products. At Paizo , the code “holiday11″ will get you 10% off one order…

Game Criminal Statistics 2010

Our game criminal roundups are mostly a result of Google News alerts. It’s fair to say that a great majority of game related violence is not reported (assaults, petty robberies, and so on), or not noted as game related (not noting that a robbery was of a card game), or simply not carried on Google News. What do we learn from a year of game related…

It’s Christmas So You’re Not Reading this Post Roundup

Chess Male chess players adopt riskier strategies when playing against more attractive women. ( source ) India sets world record in number of simultaneous Chess players in one location: 22,480. ( source ) Obset: The Chess 1812 ( source ): Several sources also covered news of various young Chess prodigies, which I’m skipping. Old Games 5,000 year old dice pits found in Mexico. ( source ) Handmade …

Free Fanwork Tableau Infractus #5 released

I am late to spread the “news” about the publication of the 5th issue of the fan work Tableau Infractus done by Drucifer. He already released it on December 17th but somehow I missed to tell you…

Some History on Sexism in Games

Sexism in games was such a hot topic the other day, I thought I’d point you to some history on the subject. At Global Toy News, Chris Bensch of the National Museum of Play shows how career-oriented board games in the 1960s and 1970s came in separate boy and girl versions .

New game, new tools!

Tweet This past weekend I began a new campaign. We reached a natural lull in the ongoing Pathfinder RPG campaign, which has run for 65 (almost) weekly sessions and decided to put the game in hiatus for a couple of months and try the superhero campaign I’ve been itching to play for a while now, and about which I have written here in the blog (Here is the …

OSR News from The Underdark Gazette

So many games, so much news. If you’re a fan of the so-called Old School games—like OSRIC or Swords & Wizardry, or better yet, the original AD&D or Chainmail—then I’d like to recommend you follow The Underdark Gazette . We’ll continue to cover them here, but not only does The Underdark Gazette have a great page of links to Old School Renaissance games, the weekly news …

Johnn’s 2010 Year in Review

How high do you dream? Today I go over my 2010 goals to see how I graded. In part two, in an upcoming post, I talk about my 2011 goals and let you know what kind of posts and products you’ll see from me next year. I believe goals make you more effective, whether you are aiming to improve your game mastering or running a business. Focus…

University Games Acquires American Plastic Equipment

University Games , a company that already has a number of other acquisitions under its belt (Front Porch Classics, Colorforms), has acquired American Plastic Equipment . Big deal, you may ask. It’s a plastics manufacturer. It is. It also holds the licenses to around 75 games, some with modern licenses (Hello Kitty Pop-O-Matic, Sesame Street Letter Game), but mostly a…

Ho! Ho! Hold on a second there….

It’s that time of the year again folks!  I can’t speak for the other authors and editors here on TC, but as for myself, well I can’t plan on spending a lot of time here over the next few weeks. My last official day of work before I’m on holiday break is today.   My family is pretty deeply involved in that whole holiday …

Catanimals, Plush Resources From Settlers

Catanimals are plush resources inspired by Settlers of Catan: wood, brick, wheat, sheep, and ore. The brick and ore are a little abstract, but the wood, wheat, and (naturally) sheep are pretty clear. There will be a special rules variant for using these in a game, apparently. ( source ) Previously: plush meeples .

What’s Up With BoardGameNews.com?

BoardGameNews.com has been on the fritz for several weeks, and according to this status report from Eric , will be down for a bit longer yet. Awaiting your safe return, guys.

IGDA’s Global Game Jam To Include Board and Card Games

The IGDA’s 2010 Global Game Jam included over 4300 people around the world creating video games over 48 rolling hours. This year’s event promises to be larger and will include non-electronic board and card game creation. I’m not entirely sure how that will work with a team spread out over different physical locations; the FAQ on the site doesn’t address it. ( source )

Pick up “A Better Game With Dice and Chips” and buy a kid a toy

OneBookShelf, owners of RPGNow and DriveThruRPG have just announced the release of A Better Game With Dice and Chips , a complete collection of every “A Better Game” article written in 2010, as well as every “Bring Dice and Chips” and “Behind the Panels” comic strip created. All of the proceeds from the sales will go to Toys for Tots so this is definitely an item worth …

STAR WARS license speculation

Tweet When Wizards of the Coast revealed that they won’t be renewing the STAR WARS license a lot of fans of their SW RPG and miniatures line were quite disappointed. Especially the latest edition of their Star Wars RPG, the Saga Edition was quite popular among fans. Some days ago Mongoose’s Matthew Sprange revealed that his company tried to get…

Traveller RPG Week Day One: What is Traveller?

Traveller and I go way back. It was the first role-playing game I ever played (back in the early ’80s), and that first time spawned my love of the hobby that has lasted a lifetime. I have vague memories of that first scenario. We had docked at a spaceport and managed to annoy the station overseer during entry (something about “not waiting in …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff reporter in the Daily …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff …

Game Industry Catalogs

The Greater Games Industry Catalog is a quarterly directory of the hobby game industry, covering mostly US and mostly publishers and distributors. It contains contact and inventory information for around 7-800 companies and 45,000 products (by order number and MSRP). In addition, it contains a small amount of information on non-US companies as well as several articles on the industry in each issue. They have sent me complimentary copies of the…

Paper Money #40: Niche Markets and Bein’ Green

It ain’t easy bein’ green, as Kermit the Frog once sang, but Ben and Rett talk about Hasbro’s new green effort. Also, lots of news and commentary about niche market games – and how you can make money in small places! (Everyone: Sorry for the late posting. Real Life and eBay have intervened with our placid gaming and podcast schedule!) Next