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Catalyst’s Shadowrun, Battletech, and That Cool Game We Hope to See One Day

On display at Gen Con by Catalyst, the latest for Shadowrun were Spells and Chrome , an anthology of short fiction, and Sixth World Almanac . The latter book brings together for the first time in one place an overview of the Shadowrun setting, including a detailed timeline. For Battletech , Catalyst had the newest book of mechs, Tech Readout 3085 , associated record sheets, and the short fiction anthology…

7 Wonders

Asmodee was demoing at Gen Con an upcoming title, 7 Wonders , that presents an interesting combination of card drafting and civilization building. Each player works toward building one of the seven wonders of the ancient world using basic resources, technological advancements, cultural developments, military might, and trade. All of these are represented on cards and players collect hands while passing the cards around the table.

Gen Con 2010 Sets Attendance Record

In its 43rd year, Gen Con Indy had its biggest show yet with 30,046 unique attendees. The convention also featured over 8,600 game events, and was really a lot of fun.

Purple Parlay—Shall We Still Parlay?

Well? Shall we? I enjoy our weekly chats, but some weeks they’re…well…not really chats. Purple Parlay has been an interesting experiment. I’ve tried various ways to get our readers to interact with us, and Purple Parlay was semi-successful. We’ve had some really good weeks, and some really dead ones. So my question to all of you is, do…

Paper Money #32: GenCon 2010 Recap

They’re back and rested after a big week at GenCon 2010! Ben and Rett shoot through the week’s news and then dissect GenCon 2010 – without mentioning Dominion Prosperity’s sneak preview there – but hitting all the other business highlights from a very busy show. Also- check out our “wacky” intro theme this week – straight from Ben&#…

House of Spirits

From a company I always thought was a vanilla wargame company, Lock’ n Load Publishing continues to surprise me with their releases. This time it’s House of Spirits , a semi-co-op card game where players are exploring a haunted house. It’s semi-co-op because whoever racks up the most points in the game wins. You can earn points in several ways. You can …

2010 Awards

This year’s Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming was given to BoardGameGeek , beating out actual games. Of the 21 Ennie Awards categories this year, the gold in 11 went to Paizo for Pathfinder products. Best Cover Art Silver: Eclipse Phase Gold: Pathfinder Bestiary Best Interior Art Silver: Shadowrun 20th Gold: Pathfinder Core Rulebook Best Cartography Silver: Aces & Eights: Judas Crossing Gold: Pathfinder City Map …

2010 National Scrabble Champion

Nigel Richards, of New Zealand and Malaysia, has won the 2010 National Scrabble Championship just completed in Dallas. In this, his second time as champion, Nigel’s victory was achieved with a 25-6 game and +2213 point spread.

Red Box D&D

They call it the “ Red Box ” but its real title is “ Starter Set .” It’s the upcoming first release in the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials line. The Starter Set will be a boxed game product including all the components necessary for both new players to learn the game and returning players to understand how D&D’s latest edition has evolved from previous versions. The Starter …

Red Box D&D

They call it the “ Red Box ” but its real title is “ Starter Set .” It’s the upcoming first release in the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials line. The Starter Set will be a boxed game product including all the components necessary for both new players to learn the game and returning players to understand how D&D’s latest edition has evolved from previous versions. …

Agricola + Infidelity = Funny

For those of you who aren’t familiar, XKCD is a geeky comic . Sometimes they’ve got board game jokes tossed into the mix of their normally mathematical and technical funnery (yes, I know that’s not a real word.) Take today’s, for example. What happens when 3 household members’ secret lovers have a scheduling conflict? They play Agricola!

Boardgames.biz for Sale

You know how boardgames.com sold for $450,000 ? Well now you can buy boardgames.biz for a fraction of that price! $999 to be exact . Now .com addresses are MUCH higher profile that .biz, but I’m sure someone out there might be interested in buying this domain. Maybe. Who knows. I, for one, would never purchase a .biz domain. Most people don’t

Thinking Nurse Trivia and Nursing Strategy Games

The wacky guys of College of DuPage Press who brought us Vatican, The Board Game are back with a series of six games to test your nursing skills. The Thinking Nurse games cover maternity , mental health , pediatrics , infant care , medical patients , and surgical patients . Each costs $50, but you can get all six for $250. The box designs are minimal, but

The Hub Plans a TV Show Based on Clue

Hasbro and Discovery Channel’s joint upcoming effort The Hub TV adds Clue to its list of planned TV series. ( source ) Funny thing: searching for “The Hub” on Google yields a New Zealand TV station for kids called The Hub , property of TaylorMade Media .

WBC (and more) Pimping Roundup

Convention Pimping AP pimps WBC. ( source ) ABC News pimps WBC. ( source ) The Indy Star continues to pimp Gen Con, talking about how the community businesses aim to support, and profit from, the con. ( source ) The Appeal Democrat pimps a Bridge sectional. ( source ) DFW.com pimps the National Scrabble Championship . ( source ) Upcoming cons The Mind

Purple Parlay—Gen Con Edition

Let’s keep it simple this week. Let’s hear all your interesting stories from Gen Con. Who’s there now? Who’s going? What are you playing? Who are you playing with? What are you looking forward to the most? What was the most unexpected surprise of the show?

The Professional Game Store Association

The Professional Game Store Association just founded and is looking to sign up its charter members. It’s aim is to strengthen ties between game stores and manufacturers, publishers, and distributors. If you own a retail hobby game store, you can contact them at Gen Con, or fax in your membership to the number on the site. Or you can buy a membership at an online discounter…

Lord of the Rings LCG Coming From Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games has announced an upcoming living card game (like a collectible, but you buy exactly what you want) based on Lord of the Rings with all new art. It’s a cooperative game by Nate French (Call of Cthulhu LCG, Game of Thrones LCG, Warhammer Invasion) for 1-2 players, or 3-4 if you buy two sets. It comes with 216 cards. ( source )

Dominion Prosperity

Now being previewed at Gen Con. You know you want it. Full card list up on BGG . Basically, the card values are between 3 and 7, instead of 2 and 6. There are many new treasures, including a 9 cost 5 coin (Platinum). And an 11 cost 10 VP card.

Gen Con (and more) Pimping Roundup

Gen Con pimping WTHR pimps (30,000 attendees, $29.5 million to be spent). ( source ) WTHR worries that there are not enough taxis available for all of the Gen Con attendees (28,000). ( source ) The Indy Star anticipates a lack of coffee (30,000). ( source )The Indy Star complains over the lack of coffee (30,000). ( source ) The Indy Star (…