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Sky Raiders Flying Bakugan

First, though, let’s catch up with the current releases… For season four, Mechtanium Surge Bakugan are made from die cast metal. Core Bakugan in this series include new Dragonoid, Ingram, Elfin, and Percival figures. Mobile Assault Mechtanium Surge Bakugan include Axellor , which stands tall on tank-like tracks, Hurrix , which spins at an amazing speed, and the circle-shaped Raytheus . Debuting with this group are Mechtogan Bakugan …

Bananagrams Zip-It and Fruitominoes

We did mention these before . But now that I’ve had a chance to look at them in person… actually, Fruitominoes is still just Dominoes with pictures of fruit instead of black dots. But Zip-It isn’t exactly dice based. True, the pieces look like dice, but they aren’t used for rolling random letters. Instead, each player takes 12 cubes and, at the…

Griddly Update

Toy Fair previews from Griddly Games included Wise Alec expansions, an update to the Wise Alec base game, and Mosaic 4. Wise Alec is a combination trivia and activity game. The updated base game adds more trivia questions, as well as board spaces where a player’s opponent gets to choose the question card but the player earns double points for a correct answer. …

The Great Expedition – Sir Francis Drake

Osprey Publishing 17th title in their Raid Series The Great Expedition – Sir Francis Drake on the Spanish Main 1585-86 Author Angus Konstam If you remember Sid Meier’s Pirates PC Game from the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. The author, Angus Konstam, a former naval officer, does a superb job of telling the …

Gotcha and Phone Frenzy

Two upcoming products from Buffalo Games are Gotcha and Phone Frenzy. Gotcha is a game about following rules and catching other players breaking them. Each turn a player gets to assign a rule from their hand of cards to one or more other players; that is all. The difficulty is that during the game, players must always follow the rules…

Notable Novelists

Notable Novelists of the 20th Century is a Go-Fish-like card game, where players try to collect three-card sets consisting of a portrait card, a biography card, and a library card (list of three published works) for each novelist.

Feeling Sweet Bingo

Feeling Sweet Bingo is Bingo with emotions and baked goods instead of letters and numbers. That’s it.

Top Trumps Tournament Sets

Top Trumps Tournament sets come with six card packs, including one not available separately, and a holder-spinner device for playing a new format of the game that accommodates up to six players. The first three sets available will be Star Wars , Harry Potter , and Marvel Universe . In the Star Wars box, the exclusive deck is Top 30 Moments with cards for scenes from the movies…

A Closer Look at Monopoly Live and Battleship Live

When word of these two new games leaked ahead of the show , my initial reaction, like that of many others I read online, was quite negative. However, now that I’ve actually had a chance to play with them a little at Toy Fair, my opinion has changed some. Both Monopoly Live and Battleship Live employ what Hasbro calls “motion vision technology,” or in other words, …

Gold, and an Updated Airlines, from Abacus Spiele

Gold is a card game by Michael Schacht from Abacus. It’s a filler card game in the Knizia style: cards in six colors are flipped up, and you can use your cards to swap for other cards, trying to gain points in all colors (or the most in as many colors as possible). Also on the horizon (March in Europe, …

Power Grid: The BGG Promo

BGG has its own little store where it sells BGG swag, mostly tees from old BGG.cons. It also has a number of “BGG only” promos. [1] The most well-known are the Dominion promos. However, they’ve also got a BGG-themed promo for Fluxx , as well as promos for 7 Wonders , Ascension , Stronghold , Survive , Masters Of Venice , and Thunderstone . You should soon be able to buy…

Karnival Decks of Cards

Karnival Inc , sister company of Big Blind Media , commissions decks of cards from Bicycle that are macabre enough for the likes of you. These are sample pics from their deck Karnival Dead Eyes .

Karnival Decks of Cards

Karnival Inc , sister company of Big Blind Media , commissions decks of cards from Bicycle that are macabre enough for the likes of you. These are sample pics from their deck Karnival Dead Eyes .

011: A Therion Steampunk-Themed Board Game

The symphonic metal band Therion will be transformed into a steampunk-themed board game, designed by Marco Valtriani and published and illustrated by Paolo Vallerga of Scribabs . Not only was the game’s development followed by the band, they will be releasing a tie-in video. You play the band members in Turin, the “magical” city per excellence, in an uchronic 1811. Various Norse mythology is woven …

011: A Therion Steampunk-Themed Board Game

The symphonic metal band Therion will be transformed into a steampunk-themed board game, designed by Marco Valtriani and published and illustrated by Paolo Vallerga of Scribabs . Not only was the game’s development followed by the band, they will be releasing a tie-in video. You play the band members in Turin, the “magical” city per excellence, in an uchronic 1811. Various …

WIN 419 Nuremberg Summary: 653 New Games

The Spiele Museum presents WIN 419 , a free summary of what was new in games at the recent Nuremberg Toy Fair, with information about 653 new games from 241 designers and 145 publishers. Available in English and in German .

First Look at Battleship Galaxies

Those of you who’ve been reading Purple Pawn for a while may remember when I first broke the story in August 2009 about a new Battleship game . At that time, however, I knew little more that the game would have a science fiction theme and include 3D spaceship models. Well, at Toy Fair I finally got a chance to look at Battleship Galaxies and I’m even…

First Look at Battleship Galaxies

Those of you who’ve been reading Purple Pawn for a while may remember when I first broke the story in August 2009 about a new Battleship game . At that time, however, I knew little more that the game would have a science fiction theme and include 3D spaceship models. Well, at Toy Fair I finally got a chance to look at Battleship Galaxies and I’m…

Solitaire Chess and Other Thinkfun Puzzle Board Games

The puzzle board game genre is defined by Thinkfun ‘s game Rush Hour : a board, a few simple geometric pieces, 40 or 50 cards indicating the starting positions for one puzzle, and the object is to move the pieces around in order to accomplish the goal, generally to un-obstruct one piece or one section of the board. We’ve covered …

Solitaire Chess and Other Thinkfun Puzzle Board Games

The puzzle board game genre is defined by Thinkfun ‘s game Rush Hour : a board, a few simple geometric pieces, 40 or 50 cards indicating the starting positions for one puzzle, and the object is to move the pieces around in order to accomplish the goal, generally to un-obstruct one piece or one section of the board. We’ve covered some of …