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Plants vs Zombies is Coming to a Board Near You

That’s right! The game that’s taken just about every electronic device by storm is now on it’s way to becoming a board game. Screenlife Games has gotten the license to create the official Plants vs Zombies board game, and from the picture, it looks pretty sharp so far. The game will be for 2-4 players, and each player will have…

Purple Parlay—Game Inserts

This week’s parlay is one that deals with a curiosity of mine. What do you do with the cardboard inserts that come in your game boxes? Do you leave them in? Throw them out? Store them someplace else? What about the cardboard templates you punch your chits/counters out of? Do you save them too? I used to save everything that came in the box. Eventually I…

Discworld Board Games

This summer Z-Man Games will be publishing the board game Guards! Guards! , designed by Leonard Boyd & David Brashaw (aka Backspindle Games). Details about the theme and game-play are available at source. But wait. Treefrog Games and Martin Wallace will be publishing Ankh-Morpork at Essen in October. And details about the theme and game-play are available at that source…

Monsterpocalypse Moving to Non-Collectible Format

Future releases of Privateer Press’ collectible pre-painted miniature game Monsterpocalypse will not be in collectible format. Last October they released a Two-Player Battle Box , and the first expansion to this, planned for this summer – Dangerous Monster Zone – will be available in non-random packs. ( source )

Magnetic Crokinole

At first it doesn’t look like much, but as the video goes on you start to see the effects of the magnetic pieces and virtual posts. I’m still not sure I get exactly how the board works. By Dale Wagner of London, Ontario.

Game Bandit—David’s at the NY Toy Fair Edition

While David’s away at the NY Toy Fair gathering several thousand future posts, I think I’ll co-opt his feature title. Days of Wonder will award $10,000 to someone who draws them a map. ( source ) Bandai will award some collectible Naruto cards to a few entrants who answer five trivia questions. ( source ) TOG Entertainment will…

Paper Money #44: Should You Attend NY Toy Fair?

The guys talk some news (toy fair), some listener mail (toy fair), and about a certain show in New York this week (toy fair). That said, they also cover a fair amount of other topics including Purple Pawn’s industry survey and the usual pointless digressions, thickheaded observations, and dunderheaded predictions. All in a convenient 40 minute (ish) format. Next Show: February 25th (ish). …

24 Hour RPG Movie Mashup Competition

Two movies. 24 Hours. 1 new RPG. Think you can do that? The 2011 24 Hour RPG Movie Mashup Competition , hosted by 1KM1KT , is challenging anyone to pick 2 movies from their list of 40 movies of multiple genres, and write a new RPG based on them within 24 hours. Oh, it also must have an NPC named Keeton in it too. The RPG that is judged with the best proximity to the …

1989 Scientific American: Tinkertoy Machine Plays Tic Tac Toe

In a 1989 Scientific American article , professor and mathematician A. K. Dewdney describes a completely non-electronic Tinkertoy machine that could play Tic Tac Toe.

Hasbro’s Motion Vision Play: Monopoly and Battleship Live

Hasbro will be adding an infrared motion detection and control system (“Motion Vision Play”) to various board games this year, including Monopoly and Battleship. [1] The tower not only tracks player resources, such as money and piece position, but also prompts players to play, rolls the dice, announces results, checks for cheating, prevents house rules, makes sound effects, introduces random events, does your homework…

Furt, from Wiggity Bang

Wiggity Bang, publishers of Quelf , will release Furt in May; you can get a sneak peak at the NY Toy Fair this week. Furt is designed by Matthew Rivaldi. Pick a card and do something silly. The silliness comes in six categories, plus some bonus silliness at certain spots. For some reason, the ultimate space on the board’s path is an …

Green Lantern: Power of the Ring

Warner Bros and Pressman Toy will be bringing you the board game Green Lantern: Power of the Ring, in anticipation of the 2011 summer movie. And you know it’s going to be a good game because the press release uses words like franchise, property, licenses, products, brands, campaign, and push marketing. If you can’t wait until summer, Pressman already has a few…

Floors That Are Board Games

We’ve already covered examples of outdoor giant games ( Chess , Go , etc). You can find most giant garden games on many sites; well, you actually can’t find a Giant Settlers of Catan, such as this one created by the Mountford family (yowza) … … but that’s not what I’m here to write about. I’m also not here…

Really Cheapass Games

Known for its inexpensive games, which often required players to provide their own pieces, Cheapass Games is taking its strategy to the extreme. From now on they’ll be offering their games only in print-and-play form. Also, paying for them will be entirely voluntary. That is, download the games at will and choose to donate if you like them. The first game available under this scheme is…

Tiger Stripes

Young Isabel duBarry, inspired I gather by the success of her father, game designer Philip duBarry , is publishing a game of her own, Tiger Stripes . The game looks like a great introduction for young children to risk/reward trade-offs—perhaps the first step up from the likes of Candyland or Chutes and Ladders. Through Friday, you can still purchase the

iCharacter Sheet – D&D 4E for the iPad

Digital Adventures has just launched their first product for their iCharacter Sheet series which allows players to finally utilize their iPads for the gaming table. Made to comply with the GSL, their first product is a character sheet for D&D 4th Edition which has multiple tabs for character stats, abilities, skills, powers, equipment, notes and campaign history. The iCharacter Sheet – 4E…

Feast & Famine, A Game About Joseph in Egypt

Feast & Famine , designed by Jason Conforto of Good Knight Games , published by Shadow Mountain Publishing (a book publisher, I believe), and sold by Deseret Book , is a game about Joseph in Egypt. In the first part of the game, you prepare for famine by buying up food products for your stores. In the second part, you try to attract the sons of Jacob to eat your food…

Identity Pursuit

Identity Pursuit is a game and “intuitive tool” for self-discovery. It’s designed to help players discover the patterns of personality in themselves and others—what author Caroline Myss refers to in her book Sacred Contracts as “archetypes.” Gameplay involves discussing questions found on archetype cards and choosing the answer that best fits the drawing player.

Identity Pursuit

Identity Pursuit is a game and “intuitive tool” for self-discovery. It’s designed to help players discover the patterns of personality in themselves and others—what author Caroline Myss refers to in her book Sacred Contracts as “archetypes.” Gameplay involves discussing questions found on archetype cards and choosing the answer that best fits the drawing player.

Identity Pursuit

Identity Pursuit is a game and “intuitive tool” for self-discovery. It’s designed to help players discover the patterns of personality in themselves and others—what author Caroline Myss refers to in her book Sacred Contracts as “archetypes.” Gameplay involves discussing questions found on archetype cards and choosing the answer that best fits the drawing player.