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Catanimals, Plush Resources From Settlers

Catanimals are plush resources inspired by Settlers of Catan: wood, brick, wheat, sheep, and ore. The brick and ore are a little abstract, but the wood, wheat, and (naturally) sheep are pretty clear. There will be a special rules variant for using these in a game, apparently. ( source ) Previously: plush meeples .

Extreme Memo: Memory, With a Twist

Just one mechanic makes an interesting twist on the traditional game of memory: each tile in Extreme Memo from Haba has two pictures. Find a match with either of the pictures. Simple and brilliant.

Night of the Zombie King

Gold , the internet drama about competitive roleplaying , is back for a second season. Episode 1 sees a group of old friends gathering again to face the ultimate villain. I’m very impressed with the new cast so far.

Dice Sprites

Dice Sprites are small, sculpted-clay dice-cozies. They cuddle your dice, hold them high-number up, protect them from the bad-luck goblins, or just plain look cute. Claymancers offers them on Etsy or made-to-order . [via GaS ]

What’s Up With BoardGameNews.com?

BoardGameNews.com has been on the fritz for several weeks, and according to this status report from Eric , will be down for a bit longer yet. Awaiting your safe return, guys.

Game Night, The Aussie/Indian/LA Internet Sitcom

Game Night is an Internet comedy series about game night, somewhere in the same space as KODT: a group of quirky guys and a girl meet to play games. Hilarity ensues. I can’t say much about the acting, scripts, filming, direction, production, etc., but I’ll give them props for effort and enthusiasm. P.S. The titles of the show use German…

IGDA’s Global Game Jam To Include Board and Card Games

The IGDA’s 2010 Global Game Jam included over 4300 people around the world creating video games over 48 rolling hours. This year’s event promises to be larger and will include non-electronic board and card game creation. I’m not entirely sure how that will work with a team spread out over different physical locations; the FAQ on the site doesn’t address it. ( source )

Soho, Editors Chasing After Recalcitrant Writers

In Soho! , you are the editor of a literary magazine chasing after writers with big egos who would rather sit in a pub than give you their pieces in time for publication. The game is a map of Soho, with randomly distributed authors, obstructions, and starting positions. You must choose each round whether to walk, bike, or taxi and to be the first to visit all six …

Tic-Tac-Toe Strategy from xkcd

Ex illis Adds Economics System

Bastion has launched a new economics system for the Ex illis miniatures combat game . Players will track their loot online in the Baggage Train, where chests may contain coin or other items, such as weapons. Chests are accumulated by activating new units, unlocking badges, and purchasing goods. The system incorporates seven different quality levels for weapons, as well as a range of …

Gary Gygax’s Game Collection Up for Auction

Gail Gygax, Gary’s widow, and The Collector’s Trove are auctioning off Gary Gygax’s personal game collection . Bids for the first batch of 204 items close Wednesday afternoon (ET). The selection includes games he authored, games he played, and still shrink-wrapped comp copies of various games provided to him as TSR’s founder. Just a few of the highlights: Chainmail: Rules for Medieval Miniatures…

Waimea Wipeout

Waimea Wipeout from sggc Waimea Original Works is a simple push-your-luck dice game with a surfing theme, several complicated result tables, and a superfluous board. The score track counts tenths of points, but wraps around at 0.7 points, so the first row is up to 1.7, then to 2.4, and so on. You roll to catch a wave, roll for points on the wave, …

Dragon’s Den Warms to It’s First Board Game

Every dragon in every edition of Dragon’s Den has eaten up every hopeful board game designer, a six year pattern that has finally been broken. George Ward, creator of Syl-la-bles is the first to set foot into the Den and come out with the money. In his case, it’s a $50,000 investment in making an electronic version of the game. Watch the segment:

Top 20 Game News Items for 2010

Board and card games did fine in 2010, just as they have been doing for at least the last 20 years. Today’s board and card games are harder to distinguish from video and electronic games. Many board and card games come with electronic components, come in hand-held versions, or are playable on your video console, in either traditional or enhanced versions. The biggest distinguishing factor …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff reporter in the Daily …

Making a Comeback is Making a Comeback

Erin Sherbert at The Examiner wins the clueless award for being the first reporter this year to title an article “Board Games Are Making a Comeback”, a title or phrase which has been used at least once every year since 1990 (aka when video games started making inroads). ( source ) Runners up: Elissa Doherty in the Herald Sun. ( source ) Staff …

Bastion Terrain Mats

Bastion is now offering the terrain boards from it Ex-illis miniatures game as a separate product. The box includes 20 9″ x 9″ tiles and is priced at $100. With the included connectors, the tiles can be assembled in to quite a large board suitable for a variety of miniatures games.

Game Industry Catalogs

The Greater Games Industry Catalog is a quarterly directory of the hobby game industry, covering mostly US and mostly publishers and distributors. It contains contact and inventory information for around 7-800 companies and 45,000 products (by order number and MSRP). In addition, it contains a small amount of information on non-US companies as well as several articles on the industry in each issue. They have sent me complimentary copies of the…

Dark Dungeons, The Movie

An animated video version of the well-known, religiously-motivated comic story ( Chick tract ) about the evils of playing Dungeons & Dragons. A taste for the new generation of some of what we had to deal with in the 1980s.

ADMIN: Spam and the Holidays

While Askimet has been working well for the past two years, it recently introduced a bug of some kind. We reinstalled a previous version, which prompted us to update our Askimet key, whereupon we were informed that we would now have to pay for their services. As a result, we have dropped Askimet. In its place we have installed three different WordPress anti-spam …