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More Commands & Colors

Fantastic! Two more games using the Commands & Colors system from designer Richard Borg. Between Memoir ’44 , Commands & Colors: Ancients , and BattleLore I only have about 20 C&C games and expansions so far. Seriously, it’s a great tactical combat system and I’ve really been looking forward to these two. Commands & Colors: Napoleonics is being published by GMT Games and includes French, British, and Portuguese…

Resident Evil [Deck Building Game]

Every video game deserves a card game version, right? Must be so; the latest is Resident Evil. And as you can tell from the subtitle, Bandai has decided to follow the deck-building trend, rather than the standard CCG. Good for them! Resident Evil Deck Building Game includes three modes of play: Story mode—where each player tries to collect the best weapons and other resources for fighting …

Game Bandit—Like to Give Edition

For every 10 people who like Out of the Box on Facebook by December 15th, the company will donate one game to Toys for Tots . Mongoose Traveller ebooks are on sale at DriveThruRPG. So are those of Lamentations of the Flame Princess . For the month of December, RPGShop will include a mixed bag of multicolor meeples with every order of $50 or more. Wizards of the Coast is…

Paper Money #40: Niche Markets and Bein’ Green

It ain’t easy bein’ green, as Kermit the Frog once sang, but Ben and Rett talk about Hasbro’s new green effort. Also, lots of news and commentary about niche market games – and how you can make money in small places! (Everyone: Sorry for the late posting. Real Life and eBay have intervened with our placid gaming and podcast schedule!) Next

Purple Parlay (Late Edition)—Miniature Painting

Do you paint your miniatures? I’m guessing the answer is yes if you’re a miniature player, but what about those war/board gamers with minis in their games? What about you RPG players who use minis in your campaigns? Do YOU paint your minis? Back in the day when I played Warhammer 40K I used to loved painting my minis, even though I was terrible at …

Mattel Buys Phase 10 from Fundex and iMAGiNiff from Blue Opal

A scant few weeks after reaching a settlement with Phase 10′s designer over unpaid royalties, Indianapolis-based Fundex has sold its bestselling game Phase 10 to Mattel. Phase 10 is the second best selling card game, dwarfed only by Uno , also owned by Mattel. In an unrelated deal, Mattel has bought iMAGiNiff from Australia’s Blue Opal.

Why Do Some Board Games Have ISBNs?

A few but growing number of game publishers use international standard book numbers (ISBNs) on their non-book game products. The vast majority of retailers will only accept products with standardized product codes; accounting and inventory are simply impossible without them. Games, one would assume, should have universal product codes (UPC/EAN-13s) rather than ISBNs (ISBNs are, in fact, a subset of EAN-13s). If you …

Gamification and ARGs

Jane McGonigal Gamification is one term used to describe a movement to bring game mechanics to ordinary activities, such as banking and health care. Other terms include funware and pervasive gaming . Jesse Schell gave a nice talk about it at DICE 2010. Jane McGonigal has been blogging about it forever. The movement is a hot topic in high places ( Forbes…

WotC Makes Elder Dragon Highlander a Standard Format

WotC has taken Elder Dragon Highlander, or EDH, a popular grass-roots multi-player Magic format, and turned it into an officially sanctioned format. They have renamed it MTG Commander . In this format you have big-ass legend as a commander. You can only play with cards in your deck of the same color as the commander, the commander can be …

WotC Makes Elder Dragon Highlander a Standard Format

WotC has taken Elder Dragon Highlander, or EDH, a popular grass-roots multi-player Magic format, and turned it into an officially sanctioned format. They have renamed it MTG Commander . In this format you have big-ass legend as a commander. You can only play with cards in your deck of the same color as the commander, the commander can be cast as if …

Finally a Final Fantasy TCG

Final Fantasy has been a major player in the electronic game market since 1987, but, unlike most other major video game series’, it has yet to see any serious analog analogue. Around 10 years ago they printed a limited run of the in-game mini card game Triple Triad , but it was pretty much only available in Japan for a short time. And Kingdom Hearts, a FF spin-off, had its …

Finally a Final Fantasy TCG

Final Fantasy has been a major player in the electronic game market since 1987, but, unlike most other major video game series’, it has yet to see any serious analog analogue. Around 10 years ago they printed a limited run of the in-game mini card game Triple Triad , but it was pretty much only available in Japan for a short time. And Kingdom…

Vintage Game Cheating Items Auction

Potter and Potter is holding an auction called “Hold on to Your Wallet” containing vintage gambling and gaming related items, including a large lot of items used for cheating at games: dice shaving, remote controlled magnets, marked cards, and so on. The auction will be in Chicago on Jan 29.

Vintage Game Cheating Items Auction

Potter and Potter is holding an auction called “Hold on to Your Wallet” containing vintage gambling and gaming related items, including a large lot of items used for cheating at games: dice shaving, remote controlled magnets, marked cards, and so on. The auction will be in Chicago on Jan 29.

Eleminis

Matthew Laird of sggc Smiley Pop wrote to tell me about his game Eleminis . It’s a draw and play card game. Collect one of each type of card and replace either your own or other players’ cards using RPSLS mechanics. A few other UNO-like cards add spice. It sounds tactical, but not too strategic, and the pictures are cute and it’s easy …

Eleminis

Matthew Laird of sggc Smiley Pop wrote to tell me about his game Eleminis . It’s a draw and play card game. Collect one of each type of card and replace either your own or other players’ cards using RPSLS mechanics. A few other UNO-like cards add spice. It sounds tactical, but not too strategic, and the pictures are cute and it&#…

Game Bandit—Wargame and App Edition

Collins Epic Wargames offers an End of 2010 Sale through December 31st. Free shipping on everything from Dan Verssen Games through December 6th. If you preorder Guns of August from Worthington Games, they’ll send you Red Baron for free. Exalted products are on sale at DriveThruRPG. For a limited time during the holiday season, purchase a board game from Funagain Games and they’ll give you a copy …

November Board and Card Game Patents

Seek and find game with shifting three-dimensional underlay – By Forrest-Pruzan Creative . A game of searching for items in a box. The box can have variable items. Apparatus for a card game with certain fixed actions – Cantor Fitzgerald. During poker, the computer instructs or forces you to take certain actions, such as raise or draw. Multi-hand electronic blackjack game – Cryptologic . As…

Purple Parlay—Travel Games

A lot of traveling goes on this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we should leave our games behind! What games do you travel with? Do you have specific travel versions of games? I always keep a copy of ElementaliS on me (for obvious reasons) along with Zombie in my Pocket, Hive , and  Coloretto . I’ll always pack another game or two depending on …

The Boardgame Remix Kit

The Boardgame Remix Kit is a guide to extending the life of classic family board games Monopoly , Cluedo ( Clue ), Scrabble , and Trivial Pursuit with optional rules, variants that use the same game pieces, and ways to mix-and-match the four standards to create brand new games. For example, you can combine Cluedo and Scrabble for a word game with a murderous theme. Now an ebook, …