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Musketeers, Cavaliers, & Court Intrigue: The Card Game

This thematic combat game comes from The Swashbuckler Press, and is self-published at The Game Crafter . MC&CI is an expandable card game with what appears to be simple but interesting mechanics (I haven’t played it). Play cards and combinations, aiming for the highest battle strength. Hang onto cards for the next battle if it looks like you’re losing …

Musketeers, Cavaliers, & Court Intrigue: The Card Game

This thematic combat game comes from The Swashbuckler Press, and is self-published at The Game Crafter . MC&CI is an expandable card game with what appears to be simple but interesting mechanics (I haven’t played it). Play cards and combinations, aiming for the highest battle strength. Hang onto cards for the next battle if it looks like you’re losing this…

Hasbro and Mattel Make Fortune’s List of Top 100 Places to Work

At number 59 and 69 respectively. Hasbro wasn’t on the list last year. Mattel was at 78 last year, 48 in 2009, and 70 in 2008, which was its first year on the list. David Kaplan of Fortune spent some time at three of the top 100 companies, one of which was Hasbro. He goes into how Hasbro treats its employees and how it has reinvented itself as an IP company. Read it here .

Storytelling Dice Game is Underrated Innovation

Huffington Post columnist Danny Wong has listed Rory’s Story Cubes as the second most underrated innovation of 2010 . The dice-based game and storytelling tool from Gamewright beat out the Chevy Volt electric car, Netflix, the iPad, and text-to-donate systems.

Old School But No Retro Clone

Old School Hack is a tribute to the original Red Box version of Basic Dungeons & Dragons, but is by no means a retro-clone of that game. Instead, for game mechanics Old School Hack is clearly inspired by the 4th Edition of D&D, as well as other modern games. Similar to the earlier version, character classes include fighter, magic-user, cleric, thief, elf, dwarf, and…

Gumshoe Tidbit

Simon Rogers of Pelgrane Press revealed today that the company is working on hybrid Gumshoe RPGs, with the first planned release a Gumshoe Pathfinder game . Could this be the King’s Marshalls adaptation that Simon mentioned in June? In any case, I’m looking forward to this and any others in the series. I like Gumshoe’s approach to investigative roleplaying but think it would be particularly great to …

Playbooks: History and Game in One Package

Avalanche Press has announced the launch of a new product line combining military-history books with related war games in the same binding. Called Playbooks , the first four releases will be: They Shall Not Pass —1916 battle of Verdun Winter Fury —Finns vs. Soviets in the winter of 1939-1940 Western Desert Force —WWII North African campaign Great War at Sea: Remember the Maine —United States vs. Spain for Cuba and Puerto…

Train of Thought, Party Game Using Word Clue Chains

Train of Thought , designed by Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim and published by Tasty Minstrel Games, is a “guess as many words as you can in two minutes” party game like many others. The twist is that you must give three word clues, and each clue must include the previous guess (or one of the previous guesses, if more than one player is guessing) as one…

“Go” Diplomacy With China

In 1971, a Chinese and an American ping-pong player became friends. This resulted in mutual invitations to visit each others’ countries, and eventually to a visit to China by Nixon. The situation later became known as “ ping-pong diplomacy “: sports or games paving the way for greater ties between antipathetic entities. US relations with China are warmer today, but they could still use a …

The Lord of the Rings HeroClix

Wizkids announced Tuesday The Lord of the Rings HeroClix to begin shipping late in 2011 and available in both campaign-style boxed sets and collectible booster box formats. With a license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Wizkids will also produce a semi-cooperative The Lord of the Rings board game, where players take on the role of the Nazgul and attempt…

Countdown to New York Toy Fair: An Inventor’s Perspective

The following is a guest article by Kim Vandenbroucke. Kim is a professional game inventor (her latest published is Scattergories Categories) and she has agreed to take time out of her very busy schedule at this time of year to describe what it’s like to prepare for New York Toy Fair . I’m taking a break from my insane workload to write…

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…

Free Dresden Files RPG Adventure

And no measly one page summary, either. Evil Hat is giving away a 25 page mystery adventure for the Dresden Files RPG, complete with seven premade but customizable characters and top-notch art and layout. Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Neutral Grounds sees the characters investigating a coffee-house murder involving ghouls and a poser vampire.

Pirate Fluxx – There is always room for more Fluxx

The Team at Looney Labs (www.looneylabs.com) knows a good thing when they see one. And the Fluxx game system keeps giving us one good thing after another. Pirate Fluxx is the latest version to be added to the Fluxx themed games. Fluxx was created in 1997 and has grown over time to include: Fluxx Blanxx – Customize your own game Stoner…

Hyatt Hotels Offer You the Toy Box

We’ve covered the occasional hotels with games before: hotels dedicated to tournaments, specialty hotels built around games, and even the occasional “board games” listed in a hotel brochure, which inevitably turns out to be Chess, Checkers, and the like. Participating Hyatt Hotels now offer their guests the Toy Box , a box of 24 toys and games. To fill this box, they took the surprising step …

Q-Bitz

Q-bitz from MindWare is three games in one; either they couldn’t decided which game to make, or they decided to Cranium it up (Cranium is now a verb). It plays a bit like Tangrams. Each player gets 16 identical cubes. Each cube face is one of six patterns. In round one, the first to arrange his or her cubes into the shape on the card …

Paper Money #42: 2011 Predictions

Happy New Year! We’re back with predictions for 2011 – ours and our listeners! (Be forewarned! We make up for skipping a show with an extra long 90 minute show this week.) Also, we talk about the new boardgameinfo.com and, in general, shoot the breeze about the game business. Next show: January 29th – New York Toy Fair

Two New Games From Bananagrams: Fruitominoes and Zip-It

Bananagrams has two new games: Fruitominoes : 28 Dominoes with fruit (coming soon) (image by Brian Jones Design ) Zip-It : Dice based, two-player crossword game ( source )

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 …

Gamemastering—A Free Book for GMs of All Sorts

How would you like to read a book about being a GM? How would you like it if the book where free, and released under Creative Commons? Then Gamemastering is for you! Brian Jamison, a long time roleplayer and GM, has written this book with all sorts of information for other GMs out there. The book is systemless, so there’s tips in there for you…