Tag Archives: purple pawn

Toylets, More Games for Your Urinal

Since Peeball obviously hasn’t exhausted the great untapped market for games that can be played at a urinal (I’m carefully trying to avoid using certain phrases here in order to avoid showing up on the wrong Google searches), Sega is testing out a few games called Toylets . Unlike their analog counterparts, these games include digital components to flash your score, including high scores …

Toylets, More Games for Your Urinal

Since Peeball obviously hasn’t exhausted the great untapped market for games that can be played at a urinal (I’m carefully trying to avoid using certain phrases here in order to avoid showing up on the wrong Google searches), Sega is testing out a few games called Toylets . Unlike their analog counterparts, these games include digital components to flash your score, including high scores downloadable by…

Free Small World Scenario Available from Days of Wonder

Days of Wonder is offering Necromancer Island free to all US customers. This is a limited-edition scenario that in the past has been available through retailers only or in conjunction with a Small World purchase over the web. Now, while supplies last, US customers can receive the scenario for free, but must pay shipping and handling. This is a limited time…

Angry Birds, the Board Game

Angry Birds is a ridiculous and ridiculously popular video game (over 12 million purchases from Apple’s app store, and it’s available on other platforms too), soon to be a real-world physical game from Mattel. There was a first look at the game at CES. The object of the game is to build walls with pig on them and then catapult the bird

Angry Birds, the Board Game

Angry Birds is a ridiculous and ridiculously popular video game (over 12 million purchases from Apple’s app store, and it’s available on other platforms too), soon to be a real-world physical game from Mattel. There was a first look at the game at CES. The object of the game is to build walls with pig on them and then catapult the

Mark Rosewater On the Design of Several Magic Sets

( source )

Mark Rosewater On the Design of Several Magic Sets

( source )

Memoir 44 Online Beta gaining momentum

Days of Wonder has expanded its online game presence by launching a beta version of their award winning WWII board game, Memoir ’44. Currently the beta is open to the public and can be accessed on Days of Wonder’s website at the Memoir ’44 download page . The online version of the game is nearly identical to the table top version with a few minor differences to…

Memoir 44 Online Beta gaining momentum

Days of Wonder has expanded its online game presence by launching a beta version of their award winning WWII board game, Memoir ’44. Currently the beta is open to the public and can be accessed on Days of Wonder’s website at the Memoir ’44 download page . The online version of the game is nearly identical to the table top…

UNO’s 40th Anniversary

Every year we get a few anniversaries for some iconic brands. Last year we had Monopoly’s 75th (with Hasbro), and we recently had Scrabble’s 60th and a few others. This year UNO turns 40. UNO will have a float in the Rose Bowl parade. You will be able to buy UNO for $1 on January 11 (1/11/11). And a new version of UNO will introduce the UNO Roboto, some…

UNO’s 40th Anniversary

Every year we get a few anniversaries for some iconic brands. Last year we had Monopoly’s 75th (with Hasbro), and we recently had Scrabble’s 60th and a few others. This year UNO turns 40. UNO will have a float in the Rose Bowl parade. You will be able to buy UNO for $1 on January 11 (1/11/11). And a new version of UNO will introduce the …

Flip-Oh!, or Team Shut-the-Box

Flip-Oh! is a self-published dice game for 4 to 16 players (or any multiple of 4) from three Tulsa women, Anne, Jan, and Diana ( source ). Each player rolls their own set; when one player goes out, the team counts its remaining tiles as negative points. The instructions urge players to roll the dice fast; this doesn’t appear to…

Stomple from Spin Master

Stomple from Spin Master is a combinatorial abstract game (not really, since it’s for more than two players) for 2-6 players. Each player gets a tower, and the board gets a random distribution of marbles. On your turn, you a) move to an adjacent space and take out the marble, continuing to take out additional adjacent marbles of the same color, or b)…

TisTheGift: Hand-painted Classic Games

Tis The Gift paints, works, or embroiders classic games with a feminine touch. They’re rather pretty, complete with peace signs, or Indian totems, or whatever theme you want, actually. I particularly like the blood-spatter and steak knife vampire Checkers set. http://tisthegift.com/

Grok, the Game

Grok from Communicate for Life is a spiritual touchy-feely (non-violent communication) game about feelings, perhaps appropriately named after the Robert Heinlein word that means to merge with another’s reality. The product comes with 54 feeling cards, 54 need cards, and instructions for 15 games, such as “NVC Poker”, which doesn’t actually play like any type of poker you may be

Sifteo

Sifteo cubes are little computers that have motion detectors in them. They can also detect nearby Sifteo cubes. What’s so cool about that? They also connect wirelessly to your computer, and will have an app store to download all sorts of games to the cubes. The board gaming possibilities with these babies is almost infinite. They’re not out yet, but should …

Monsters in Ticket to Ride

If you pickup the Alvin & Dexter expansion for Ticket to Ride then you’ll be able to enjoy monster mayhem on your maps! By turning in locomotive cards, players can move monsters onto cities for points and extra fun. You can take a peek at the full rules here , and the expansion will work on any board. This looks like on TTR…

Collecting Vintage Board Games

The following is a guest post by Ted Linhart , describing his introduction to collecting vintage board games. Ted is Vice President of Research at USA Network . He’s a Twitter regular, where he can be found as @TedOnTV . I think collecting is an inherited gene—you either are born with the urge or not.  I come from a family of collectors—my parents, brother, grandparents, uncle, and aunt are all passionate…

Name Change at Reaper

Reaper Miniatures is changing its name to Hobby-Q . Reaper will remain a brand of the company for hobby metal miniatures. But the company says that the new name will help it market its other products, such as Master Series Paints , Asylum prepainted plastic miniatures, and CollectA Figurines to confused consumers and skittish retailers, such as “mainstream hobby stores” and museum shops.

Designing a Solitaire Tabletop RPG is Not Just Talking to Yourself

At least that’s the premise of the RPG Solitaire Challenge , a contest to create one-player roleplaying games. Elements that the judges will be looking for in a game are: world, events, character, and experience. Designers can choose from among several challenge categories for their game, including “Build a  Better Choose-Your-Adventure,” “The Stuff in Your Domicile,” and “Unlonely Your Fun.”