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Traveller NPCs

Spica Publishing adds another to its line of Traveller support products. Allies, Contacts, Enemies & Rivals is a book of pre-generated NPCs, including many individuals, crews for three ships, a complete marine striker platoon, and 48 “redshirts” for use in generic combat situations.

Cleaning My Web Browser Tab Bar Roundup

Force Attax. It’s a CC-barely-a-G, of the Top Trumps variety. Welcome to yet another series of cards based on the Star Wars franchise. ( source ) Thwart Poker . Flip cards face up, each player secretly selects which cards to play with. Any cards chosen by more than one player become worthless. Highest poker hand wins. The Hunger Games: Training Days . …

Game Bandit—Mixed Bag Edition

First the sales… Geek Chic is running a virtual tent sale for orphaned orders, factory seconds, and show pieces. You can get their amazing furniture at significantly reduced prices. Unfortunately, the company is too busy to post the list of available pieces on the web site and I don’t have room for it here. If you’re interested, I…

Operation Garbo p500

My newfound interest in Lock N Load Games continues, this time with Operation Garbo . Operation Garbo is an expansion to World at War, so you’ll need either World at War: Eisenbach Gap or World at War: Blood and Bridges to play it. The expansion incudes six scenarios and comes with 2 11″x17″ maps, 176 counters, the rules, and a “nifty” ziplock bag to store it all :)

August Board and Card Game Patents

As a reminder, I don’t include card shufflers, sorters, dealers, or trackers, nor lotto or gambling machines, nor electronic-only games unless I find something of particular interest. System and method for providing online SMS games – Gaming by SMS, including presenting a list of games. Method for controlling an intensity of an infrared source used to detect objects adjacent to an…

Call Me Capable: A Game About Overcoming Disabilities

Call Me Capable is from the fine line of educational games by Franklin Learning Systems . It was first published in 2002 by Carol Leish, who is no stranger to overcoming disabilities, having suffered speech and vision problems since a car crash (hit by a drunk driver) when she was a young child. It’s in the genre of “pick a card and discuss your feelings”. Carol has developed motivational presentations…

Articulate Your Life

Articulate Your Life is the latest incarnation of the hit game Articulate from Drummond Park. It has a new electronic timer (which gives you a random amount of time) and new categories: Getting Away Social Life Sporting Life Home Life Entertainment Working Life I can’t seem to find it available anywhere.

MOBopoly

No, it’s not exactly another version of Monopoly (like the new The Rolling Stones edition), and it’s not related to a Mobopoly released in 2005. The board is a city map with subways and places of business, and you control a mob boss and any number of thugs. MOBopoly , by sggc Creative Strategic Games, is a roll-and-move and …

Re-Tally-8, Yet Another Math Scrabble Game

Re-Tally-8 , “created by a team of academics and technical advisors” and published by the oddly-named sggc Microcompanion Marketing, is yet another tile-laying numbers game where the object is to make legal equations within a grid. Several bonus tiles and other bonus points rules give players of different math abilities an equal chance to score highly (so long as those poorly skilled in math are …

Invasion From Outer Space from Flying Frog Productions

Invasion From Outer Space , by Jason Hill from Flying Frog Productions , uses the same game engine as their previous effort Last Night On Earth . The two games can actually be used in tandem, with your martians invading your zombies, and vice versa. Comes with a spooky CD. Here’s a look at the components, which is what you’re really interested in, anyway

Colormonsters

Colormonsters by sggc Art of Life Plus is a Settlers-like game in mechanics, though quite different in theme. Grow and move your monster to collect various gems which you can trade in for action cards and gold; 7 gold wins the game. Each round, the dice determine which gems repopulate. When gems are eaten, rubble remains on the board, impeding…

LED Tabletop Version of Conway’s Game of Life

Evil Mad Scientist has put together a wicked cool tabletop touch-screen demonstration of Conway’s Game of Life (which is not actually a game, but whatever). Applications to actual games are obvious. Read about it at the link and at source. ( source )

Snakes and Lattes, Board Game Cafe Canada-style

Snakes and Lattes is a new board game cafe in Toronto. Source has a shot of part of their 1500 board game collection, so we’re talking real games. ( source ) It’s tempting to think of it as Canada’s first board game cafe, but Vancouver has or had one called Wow Wow , though it doesn’t have a

Purple Parlay—How Do You Game?

So what do you play? Of course I understand that many of our readers play a variety of different types of games, but what do you play the most? I mostly play board games, but dabble in RPGs from time to time. I also love a good miniatures game, but haven’t really played since college. I’ve also played a wargame or two, but nothing that …

Supari—A Game of Assassination

Supari is not really a board game, as much as it is a social game such as Werewolf . Players are given a target, and they must assassinate that target my throwing a glass of water at them.  The game is over when only one assassin is left. Assassinations can take place either inside or outside of work. The game was created by Board Game Bash , a game …

What’s Up With Lancashire and Mental Health Board Games?

In 2008, Carol Bristow, an NHS mental health professional, created a board game about mental health . Now health services at the Bolton Community and Voluntary Services have created a mental health board game called Upsy Downsy . ( source ) The game is based on Snakes and Ladders. Upsy Downsy was a brand used by Mattel for a 1969 line of toys and a show. No one has…

Democs: Democracy in a Serious Card Game

Democs Democs is a card-based planning and problem solving tool, where participants use cards to address important issues and try to come to consensus. Dozens of kits addressing global problems have been created [1]. Democs was created by the New Economics Foundation [3]. PlayDecide Democs has been adapted by the European Commision’s Facilitators’ Units Network for Debates (FUND) to create PlayDecide . Well, more appropriated …

Cool It, Environmental Disinformation From the UCS

Cool It! is a brainless game of take that! from the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists). Pick cards, play the solutions on yourself until you’ve won, or play problems on others to slow them down. While they sensibly include more solution cards than problem cards so that the game will eventually terminate, I don’t know what kind of message it sends to kids that…

RIP Charles S. Roberts, Aileen Osofsky

Charles S. Roberts was arguably the founder of the modern war games, and indirectly the founder of role playing games and probably every other modern board game to some degree. His first games, Tactics and Tactics II, introduced the ubiquitous CRT, and his next game, Gettysburg, was probably the first simulation war game. He founded the company Avalon Hill to sell these …

Paper Money #33: Zev of Z Man Games – How many games is too many?

This week we speak with Zev Shlasinger of ZMan Games about his recently posed question, “Am I printing too many games?”. We also have a great letter from Daniel in Sweden with lots of great questions about starting up a game company. Links: Purple Pawn – http://purplepawn.com ZMan Games  – http://zmangames.com Board Game Exchange – http://www….