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Superhuman Games to Release Villains & Vigilantes Card Game

With the return of the Villains and Vigilantes RPG to store shelves , comes another licensed product for the superhero franchise. Monkey House Games has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Superhuman Games to release a card game that is set in the V&V universe. The card game, created by Superhuman Games’ Ben Swainbank, will feature characters from the official V&V universe and will continue to evolve as Monkey House Games…

Villains & Vigilantes Returns After 20 Years

The Villains & Vigilantes superhero RPG is returning to shelves after more than 20 years of absence, when Monkey House Games signed a distribution deal with British-based publishing company, Cubicle 7 Entertainment . Cubicle 7 will be distributing all of the book-length products released by Monkey House Games, starting with Villains and Vigilantes 2.1 and Intercrime: Hostile Takeover for V&V. The publisher would also be carrying …

Purple Parlay—Who Do You Game With?

I’m not really interested if you’re playing with your siblings, parents, or Uncle Bob. In this case I’d like to know if you game primarily more with adults or children. Being a parent of 3, I game more with my children than anything else. That wasn’t always to case. Back when I worked in an office (I telecommute…

Dungeon Master’s Keep – Ultimate DM Screen

Gale Force 9, an official licensee of D&D, is now accepting pre-orders for the ultimate DM Screen, with the announcement of Dungeon Master’s Keep. The Dungeon Master’s Keep, sculpted by Jason Buyaki, is made out of durable resin and is pre-painted. The ‘keep’ has shelves for keeping miniatures, tokens, cards and game notes while the towers of the gatehouse …

$20: Help a Cancer Patient, Get a Unique Board Game

Joe Callero, owner of Western Design Flooring America , wants to help his friend, one of his wife’s relatives, who is hospitalized for cancer. To that end, he is offering a political board game that he designed called Campaign to anyone who donates $20 on his friend’s behalf. It’s a dice based game where the object is to gain control of the three branches of…

Megiddo Chess: Jews vs Christians vs Moslems vs Devils

Megiddo Chess is a variant on four-player Chess. First, a thin veneer of theme is added by calling each one of the four sides by a religion (or, in one case, the devil). Second, designer Chuck Carruth adds a few variant rules for two-player play, such as diagonal starting positions or controlling two sets of pieces (3 queens and a king). ( source )

Ara Peterson Makes a Pretty Backgammon Board

Ara Peterson also has a strange web site . ( source )

Paper Money #46: Opening a Game Store

Ben and Rett are back (minus the reverb) to talk about opening a game store. What do you need to know? How much will it cost? Things you never knew about Fixtures and Amenities. All this and the week’s news!

Tsunami Relief and Tsunami Games

Game companies offering donations for Japan tsunami/earthquake relief include (so far): Highmoon Games: Buy an Oriental Adventures (and some other stuff) for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Dork Storm Press: Dork Covenant for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Arc Dream Publishing: The Unspeakable Oath (quarterly magazine) for $…

Tsunami Relief and Tsunami Games

Game companies offering donations for Japan tsunami/earthquake relief include (so far): Highmoon Games: Buy an Oriental Adventures (and some other stuff) for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Dork Storm Press: Dork Covenant for $5, all money goes to the Red Cross. ( source ) Arc Dream Publishing: The Unspeakable Oath (quarterly magazine) for $5, all money goes…

Inappropriate Sexual Content in Games Roundup

Folks were bullish over Mattel’s acquisition of the Monster High license , but their line of dolls aimed at girls has caused some ire. The dolls’ figures appear to out-Barbie Barbie, and the dolls’ descriptions indicate that the dolls spend their time trying to look pretty by waxing, shaving, and plucking. ( source ) Ok, that’s not really about games. Here you …

Traveller MMORPG for the iPhone

At the SXSW Screenburn 2011, IngZ, Inc has announced that it is developing Traveller-AR ; a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) RPG based on the Traveller RPG for the iPhone. Players will get to pick a character class and immerse themselves in the game world as they fight, trade or explore the wide universe that is Traveller. The MMO will utilize the iPhone’s Augmented Reality to overlay your view…

One Page Dungeon Contest 2011 Open for Submissions

The One Page Dungeon Contest 2011 is now open for submissions until April 1 at 0:00 GMT. Contestants will have to create a ‘dungeon’ (the definition is used very loosely here) with rooms, complete with a map and keys to each room without any game stats. All of which has to fit onto a A4 paper. They must also attribute their creation to the Creative Commons Attribution-Share …

Choices Education Boards

Choices , chaired by Jocelyn Duncan, makes a number of different board/card game/activities intended for group discussion and education. Topics include bipolar depression, self-harm, overdose, sleep, hepatitis c, self-injecting, marijuana, alcohol, smoking, and anxiety. Each board/card set costs £12 and comes with instructions and an information pack. ( source )

Tomy To Acquire RC2

UK’s venerable toy giant Tomy has acquired leading US toy company RC2 in a $640 million deal. RC2 doesn’t have much in the way of games; neither does Tomy, really, though they have a few plastic dexterity games I may cover here eventually. Their brands and products appear to be a natural fit. These both represent the major competitors to the likes of Mattel and Hasbro, …

ENnie Awards Giving Two Tickets to Gaming Cruise

The ENnie Awards , in association with Gamer Adventures , is giving away two tickets to go on board a Carnival cruise for a 5 day trip around the Caribbean, filled with roleplayers and boardgamers and plenty of gaming activities. The cruise will be sailing from Galveston, TX on January 21 2012  to Progresso, Yucatan and Cozumel, MX before returning to Galveston on January 26. Air tickets to Galveston are not included so…

Hands On: Battletech 25th Anniversary Boxed Set

I’ve been playing Battletech nearly as long as I’ve been playing games – so when Catalyst Game Labs asked if we wanted to take a look at their newest box set weeks before it’s launch…well, let’s just say that wild horses would be required to stop me from saying yes! You might ask why the world needs another Battletech box set…

TopTime from Basic Concepts

TopTime is yet another spinning toy, this one from Basic Concepts. In this one, you launch the top, catch it on a disk in which a maze is embedded, and must navigate through certain points in the maze as fast as possible by tilting the disk. Electronics track the top as it passes through the points and also keep score; it is intended to be played competitively. Bandai …

Recessionopoly

A t-shirt for sale over at Threadless . I guess in this economy, even Mr. Moneybags is affected. The shirt is $20, which seems a bit much. Then again, Threadless is known to do $10 sales. Maybe it’ll show up in one of those sometime soon. That would kind of make the shirt just that much sadder.

Survive: Escape From Atlantis

Stronghold Games has brought back Survive , a Parker Brothers classic from the 1980s. The goal in this game is to escape sinking Atlantis with as many people as possible before the volcano erupts. The other players, though, will be trying to sabotage your escape by choosing which parts of the island sink, as well as sending sea monsters after your boats and swimmers. The quality of the wooden pieces and…