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Jabokni, a Word Game with Octagonal Tiles

Jabokni is a word game with octagonal tiles by Bill Friar, self-published by his interestingly named sggc miniChaos. Bill has currently produced 1000 “prototypes”. In turn, players place tiles, which contain 2 or 3 letters, and then call out a word Boggle-like that includes the played tiles. The opponent can also call out a word using the tile, and then

Paper Money #36: 4th Quarter Advice

The sky isn’t falling, but 4th quarter is surely upon us. Are you ready? Listen to the week’s news and then Ben and Rett will illuminate what game manufacturers, retailers and designers should be doing this fall to keep their games moving. (Note: Rett imparts INSANELY useful information about retail “turns”!) Not exciting enough? How about Ben explaining the …

The Sundered Eagle: The Theban Tribunal

Byzantium for Ars Magica! The historical detail for this game always draws me in. The Sundered Eagle includes a history of the Eastern Empire, a guide to the Theban Tribunal for the Order of Hermes, and background information on Greece, Constantinople, and Anatolia, as well as local magic, faerie, and demons.

Upper Deck Bought … by Upper Deck CEO

A majority stake in embattled Upper Deck International has been acquired by Upper Deck’s CEO Nico Blauw. Or rather by Nico’s company Blue Ocean, which is the accessories division of Koch Media. Blauw is considering changing the company’s name and is reorganizing the management staff. ( source ) With regards to counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards (of which co-founder and owner Richard McWilliams…

Upper Deck Bought … by Upper Deck CEO

A majority stake in embattled Upper Deck International has been acquired by Upper Deck’s CEO Nico Blauw. Or rather by Nico’s company Blue Ocean, which is the accessories division of Koch Media. Blauw is considering changing the company’s name and is reorganizing the management staff. ( source ) With regards to counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards (of which…

Game Bandit—Three Giveaways Edition

An Island Life blog is giving away the Mastermind and Animal Mastermind Towers board games. Follow and plug them for contest entries. Troll In The Corner blog is giving away D&D Essentials stuff. Various ways to get extra entries. My Four Monkeys blog is giving away ThinkFun’s FlipOver! and Hoppers games , with 13 different ways to enter!

Scrabble Trickster

You may recall a certain tempest in a teapot back in April regarding a new version of Scrabble. It’s here and it’s called Scrabble Trickster . It’s currently available from online and offline UK shoppppes (I never know how many p’s to put in there). The game includes spaces to collect power cards that let you take special actions. Submit your ideas for new power cards …

Purple Parlay—Mousetrap

I have a confession to make. I never played  Mousetrap by the rules. I don’t think I knew the rules to the game. All I ever did was put together the contraption and prayed that it would work the whole way through at least ONCE. I have a feeling I’m not alone on this one. Did you ever play the actual game? Did you at…

Topps and Jakks Join Forces on Monsuno

Topps will create trading card games, etc for the upcoming animation project Monsuno, a joint project of Jakks Pacific and Dentsu Entertainment (under the name Pacific Animation Partners) and FremantleMedia Enterprises . Topps and Jakks have previously partnered over WWE, UFC, and other fighting properties.

WARMACHINE: “Epic Sword-Metal Ballad”

A WARMACHINE song written and performed by the Penny Arcade guys: War Machine by Penny Arcade Also available for Rock Band.

Dora the Explorer Games

Dora and Diego are popular characters in two animated shows; Diego is a spin-off from Dora. Note that certain Dora and Diego toys were part of a Mattel product recall for lead paint, but none of the games were affected. Dora the Explorer Memory . Another version . And another . Dora the Explorer Bean Toss Dora the Explorer ABC Game : Match letters to objects to earn…

The Lexicanum

I just came across this today, and figured I’d pass it along. For those of you who are already familiar with The Lexicanum , then you’ve known about this awesome far longer than I! For those who haven’t heard of it yet, let me give you a quick rundown. The Lexicanum is a user-maintained encyclopedia of the Warhammer …

The IT Crowd Fantasy Game

The new box set of The IT Crowd , seasons 1-4, comes complete with a fantasy game. The game includes a double sided board, double sided character cards, player markers, a cardboard d20, and rules. I can’t tell for certain, but I’m pretty sure it’s a board game as opposed to an RPG, but I could be wrong. ( source )

Dominoes Roundup

The BBC takes a look at Dominoes players in Cuba. ( source ) The Taylor Daily Press takes a look at Dominoes players in Taylor, TX. ( source ) Thomas Pausz made some rather odd Dominoes tables – with a tabletop made from multi-colored dominoes that can be played with – as art pieces. ( source )

FaceEaters, Post-Apocalyptic Rummy

FaceEaters is a dedicated deck rummy game from sggc Variant Media. The game comes with an equivalent of four decks of cards, many of which are power cards with special abilities (your opp gains/loses points, yadda yadda). It also comes with lots of gruesome graphics. You can decide if it’s worth the $25 + $5 shipping.

Second Look—Crosswords / Downwords

I’ll keep this pretty short tonight, because I pretty much explained the entire game in my first post . At first I wasn’t too impressed. The graphics are OK, and it was good enough for a quick 5 minute game or so. Then I came back to it. Then again. Then again. You see, I can’t stop playing the game. If I’ve …

September Board and Card Game Patents

Proposition wagering card game – A design patent: Electronic table top board game – From Pierre Jolicoeur. Some kind of unicycle-rider tabletop dexterity game. Board game – By Adrian Moore. Actually a toy, you tilt the board until the ball rolls out of the center and then use the front or rear guards and a flipping motion to return the ball to the center. Supposedly you should …

ZBall Games: Bisikle and RoadZters

Bisikle and RoadZters (forthcoming), designed by Tonton Z and published by Cepia Games , are Pitchcar -like games where you flick something around a curved track in a race to get to the finish. In PitchCar you flick little wooden disks. In Bisikle and RoadZters, you flick the ZBall. The ZBall is a self-righting weeble-like ball which curves and wobbles exactly …

SplashJack, or Slap Jack in a Pool

Splash Jack from MilliWik is basically Slap Jack, only it comes with waterproof floating cards. I’m guessing that slapping the cards is only half the fun here.

New from FoxMind

Octi , a reprint of this ten year old game. ( info ) Smartrix, a numerical pattern tile-laying game, something like Ingenious. ( info ) Trixo , reprint of an abstract game with similarities to Tic Tac Toe. ( info ) Dig It , a Rush Hour-like puzzle game. ( info ) Linja , Reach your opponent’s home abstract game, with some smooth abstract theme. (