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Life Size Monopoly House as Art

Canadian artist An Te Liu turned a small house in Toronto into a replica of a 1980′s Monopoly game green house in a piece called “Title Deed”. The piece was done as part of The Leona Drive project, where 19 artists presented works addressing the shifting space of the suburbs on a group of empty lots. ( source )

Video: Packing Playing Cards in China

Here’s how fast you have to work if you want to pack playing cards in a Chinese playing card factory ( source ): (source)

Headbanz, aka Twenty Questions Meets Blind Man’s Bluff

Hedbanz has been around for twenty years as a published game, but a recent edition was published by Spin Master. Like Blind Man’s Bluff (aka Indian Poker), each player sticks a card on their forehead so that everyone – except the player themselves – can see what they have. In BMB, you then bet on who has the highest card. In Headbanz, a player…

Sonic Slam, Tennis Without Aiming, Court, or Ball

Sonic Slam from Mattel is a pair of electronic stringless rackets with which you and a friend can play pretend tennis. You can also play tennis solo against a wall, or a game of hot potato, where the virtual ball explodes after a certain number of vollies. What the heck, you ask? It works like a Wii controller without the Wii. The rackets detect how far you…

Sorry Spin

Sorry gets yet another twist, this time an actual , physical twist. Sorry Spin plays like Sorry, of course, but each player’s home track lies on a flat horizontal gear abutting the flat horizontal gear of the main board. Land on a certain space and the gears turn, changing the relative positions of the pieces on the board. All of the cards give options, such …

AKB48 Donjara

Japanese singing and theater teen-girl group sensation AKB48 will soon have their own themed version of Donjara published by Bandai. Donjara is Bandai’s band name version of the public game Ponjan, a children’s version of Mahjong. ( source ) Apparently there is already a trading card game for AKB48, but I was only able to find trading cards (i.e. collectible cards…

glee games

Cardinal Games presents two games, a board game and a card game , to free your glee. Gleek out. The board game comes with a CD, and is a performance game. The card games is 150 cards with questions about the show.

Purple Parlay—Violence in Board Games

There’s a big hubub in California today about violence and sexuality in video games. A very important case to a lot of video gamers out there. Does this/should this affect board games? Should violent board games be rated/regulated? How do you feel about violence, and other adult topics, in your games? We all know there’s a …

Hasbro Forces Sharron Angle to Ditch Harry Reid Monopoly Parody

Sharron Angle , Republican nominee for a Nevada senate seat, had to ditch a Monopoly game parody attack site against incumbent Harry Reid after receiving a cease and desist letter from Hasbro. The site now redirects to her campaign site. ( source )

University Courses in Board Games

Last year we told you about EdTec 670 at San Diego State University. I’m happy to tell you that it is back again this year . If you find yourself closer to Texas than to California, you can try SCCL 6366 Understanding Civilization Through Board Games at SMU, in which you learn to appreciate what board games pick up from their cultures and then design one to reflect ours. …

Spin Master Looks to Board Games for Stability

An article in Monday’s The Globe and Mail provides some very interesting and surprising insight in to growing powerhouse in the toy and game business, Spin Master . The company is already number three among North American-based toy makers and clearly knows how to develop properties in to hot trends— Bakugan being our favorite example here at PP. And while …

Cthulhu Dice Bag

The great old one isn’t satisfied with your sanity. He also wants your dice! A Cthulhu-shaped dice bag from Steve Jackson Games. The purple one is exclusive to Warehouse 23 .

Tom Chatfield: 7 ways Games Reward the Brain

Tom learns from MMOGs, but his fantastic talk is really about games, in general.

Fall Bakugan Update

The big news in Bakugan this fall is the premier of two huge new figures, Dragonoid Colossus and Dharak Colossus. Dragonoid Colussus is constructed by attaching four Battle Gear to the transformation hub and then dropping in Battalix Dragonoid . Wow, watch that thing pop! Dharak Colossus is Dragonoid Colossus’ rival and is assembled with two Battle Gear, Smashtor and Riptor , and activated with the Brawlacus Dharak core Bakugan. Bakugan …

The Dungeon Master

The Dungeon Master is short fiction by author Sam Lipsyte, published recently in The New Yorker. Marco is a paladin. He fights for the glory of Christ. Marco has been many paladins since winter break. They are all named Valentine, and the Dungeon Master makes certain they die with the least possible amount of dignity. Read it.

October Board and Card Game Patents

I’m skipping the electronic poker tables, slot machines, and a cup designed to hold poker chips. System and method for playing a team gaming tournament – Team poker, with a method for calculating a total score based on how many players are on the team and when they were eliminated. Board game with tower and collapsing stairs – Hasbro’s Indiana Jones Akator Temple Race Game . …

Altered Magic Cards

Over on Altered Magic Cards , JP takes actual Magic cards and paints or draws over them to varying effect. Sometimes he extends the art to remove the border, sometimes he removes the words and leave only the picture, and sometimes four or more cards will be used to create a mural effect. Results vary from average to lovely, and prices vary as

RAID: Random Adventures in Dungeons

RAID (Random Adventures in Dungeons) from Double Aye Games is a dice-based combat dungeon crawl with a map that grows as the game progresses. Draw and add a tile, draw a random room occupant or event, resolve combat or event, collect gold and treasure. Play ends when someone finds the exit. The player with the most gold wins. The game is $20.

If You Haven’t Sold on Amazon Yet This Year, It’s Too Late Now

Like it has every year since at least 2007 (the earliest reference I could find), Amazon will not allow you to sell toys and games through its site starting from mid-November until mid-January, unless you meet several requirements: Have been selling since before mid-September Have sold and shipped at least 25 items in the two months from Mid-September to mid-November Have a sterling record…

Game Bandit—Colossus Edition

Compass Games is giving 40% off Price of Freedom, Yalu, Spanish Eagles, Bataan or Red Storm with preorders of the company’s upcoming releases: Steel Wolves, Storming the Reich, or Imperial Japanese Navy . To celebrate the newest Catan game, Settlers of America: Trails to Rails , Mayfair Games and Catan, Inc. are running a photo contest. Photos must be submitted through Facebook. The 50 most popular will earn…