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Paper Money #29: Randall Bills of Catalyst Game Labs (finally!)

Origins Recap (show and awards), new releases AND…a long awaited discussion with Randall Bills of Catalyst Game Labs about that company’s recent problems and it’s future. And, being Randall, we get LOTS of new information about upcoming CGL products. That doesn’t sound like much, but throw in ample listener mail, Ben and Rett’s normal tendency to ramble and you get a run…

Eye of Judgment Online Support to End in September

Sony is finally killing off online support for the loud and raucous Eye of Judgment, arguably the first AR game but by no means the best. The game maintains a small following. The notice on the EU Playstation site says that players will still be able to play the game offline, at which point you have a fairly clunky and uninteresting CCG of no discernible competitive value. ( source…

And Another Election Decided By Card Game

Maybe I should make this into a quarterly roundup? This time for a Nye County, Nevada Republican primary. The game was high card, and the winner Andrew “Butch” Borasky picked the club queen to Carl Moore Sr.’s club ten. ( source )

Purple Parlay—A Breadth of RPGs

There’s a TON of RPGs out there, yet many peoples’ experience doesn’t go much farther than Dungeons and Dragons . Of course many of you are well versed in different systems, and may even play more than one! Not all of us have the time, or the group to try multiple systems, though. Sadly, I barely even have time to play the system…

Game Pimping Bloggers Roundup

Just a selection, really … Battlemouth pimps Risk . ( source ) Aardvarchaeology pimps Tigris and Euphrates , especially online at BGG. ( source ) True/Slant pimps Railways of the World . ( source ) The Poop (in the San Fransisco Chronicle) disses Chutes and Ladders , Battleship , Operation , and Pictionary . ( source ) Savings.com pimps board games, including Tanga , BGG , Cardhaus Games , Amazon , and

OverBoard: The Board Game Webcomic

Mackenzie Cameron is a self confessed board game geek. So much so, that Cameron has created a new webcomic all about board games. OverBoard is brand new,and there’s no real issues out yet, but the series will update on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cameron has some samples of what OverBoard will be like right here , so you can kind of get a taste of what’s …

Mattel and Qualcomm Add AR to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

Mattel is partnering with Qualcomm to experiment in converting their traditional games to AR versions. One prototype, demonstrated in the following ridiculous video, is Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. ( source )

Fictionaire from Days of Wonder, YA Dictionary Game

Fictionaire by Herve Marly from Days of Wonder is a version of the old parlor game Dictionary, just like Balderdash and related products. Your job is to make up incorrect answers and get a player to choose yours, rather than the real answer. Why a new version? According to DOW, because a) their questions are cooler, and b) the card packs come in cigarette boxes. As in, the …

Cuponk: Two Guys, One Cup

Hasbro has invented tossing a ball into a cup, something that people have done since closed-door offices were invented for business managers and video cameras were invented for social media freaks. Don’t just film yourself tossing any old ball into any old cup and then upload the video to some random place on YouTube; film yourself tossing a Cuponk ball it into a Cuponk cup – which …

Cuponk: Two Guys, One Cup

Hasbro has invented tossing a ball into a cup, something that people have done since closed-door offices were invented for business managers and video cameras were invented for social media freaks. Don’t just film yourself tossing any old ball into any old cup and then upload the video to some random place on YouTube; film yourself tossing a Cuponk ball it into a Cuponk cup – which…

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of…

June Board and Card Game Patents

Land-based, on-line poker system – The idea of a poker game where some of the participants sit around the table and some play in their rooms via WAN. Trivial and obvious. By Maurice Mills. Method and system for remote gaming – And oh look. In the very same month we get the exact same patent (The idea of a poker game where some of …

Morton’s List, for the Truly Directionless

Morton’s List : The End to Boredom by sggc Supericore Group is a book/game for the truly directionless in life. Gather a group, agree to be bound to your group’s personal mission, pray over a d30, roll it three times, and find out what your personal mission is. It could be something simple that takes a minute (make a …

Superhero Tarot Cards

Some people have speculated on the idea of a superhero tarot deck (for example here , here , and here ), but iHero Entertainment actually created one. It’s called the The Fradella Adventure Tarot , by Frank Fradella , drawn by JP Dupras, and published by US Games Systems .

Quest Adventure Cards CCG

Quest Adventure Cards is a CCG from sggc Le Groupe Counseil K2. It’s a fantasy based game where you have to win quests using various creatures and spells, and plays for 2-4 people. Complete rules and a demo are on the site. Packs are 10 cards each, boxes are 100 packs, and they appear to be looking for distributors and retailers (packs

Battles of Westeros

Battles of Westeros from Fantasy Flight Games is now available. Labeled “A BattleLore Game,” it’s design clearly drew a lot of inspiration from Richard Borg’s Commands & Colors system. However, it seems to me that FFG has added a fair amount of what the war gamers call chrome to this one. Not that it should be a problem. The addition of Commanders and Leadership …

Interview: Steve Long

If you saw me on the Friday of Origins, you almost certainly heard me utter the words, “I got to interview Steve friggin’ Long!” You’ll have to forgive me, I was pretty excited. So what is the man who churns out 1,000s of pages of game material every year (and I’m not exaggerating – even other game designers mention…

The 2010 Origins Awards

And the winners are: Wings of War – Best historical miniature figure or line Flames of War: North Africa – Best miniature games rules or supplement Wings of War: WW2 Deluxe – Best miniature game rules of the year Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel – Best historical board game Battletech 25 Years of Art & Fiction – Best game related book Knights of the Dinner Table …

One-Shot Fantasy RPGs over IRC

OMG! Do you want to get your RPG on over IRC? Great! Remove your AFK status and sign up for a game of The Book of Names, Wednesdays from 6-10pm CDT. Games will be character driven using a simple homebrew system. The games cover a range of different subjects, and can accomodate players of any experience level. Sounds like an interesting concept.  I’ve always like the idea…

Fischer-Spassky Tournament Chess Set for Sale

Meanwhile, while Bobby Fischer’s corpse is exhumed from his grave, you can get your hands on one of the three tables/sets on which Fischer and Spassky played their famous 1972 games. The set is for sale from one of Fischer’s former friends, Einar S. Einarsson. The table is signed by both of the players. Send bids to galleryskak@gmail.com . ( source , image )