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Reaper Minis

Reaper Miniatures June releases include a female ogre shaman, a cyborg hero, and this frost wyrm.

Leave It To Beaver DVD Boxed Set and Game

Tuesday sees the release of Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series on DVD. In addition to all 234 episodes of this 1957-1963 television comedy, the boxed set includes a reproduction of the 1959 Leave It To Beaver Money Maker board game.

Disaster Preparedness Board Games

Disaster Game is a new activity tool intended to generate discussions about coping with various disasters. It comes in two versions, a company and a family version, and either set contains two 52 card decks (with standard playing card suits and ranks), some dice to generate a random day and time, and a small booklet. The company version costs $300, and …

Play Mahjong at This Texas Ranch

The Inn at El Canelo is a secluded ranch inn in Souther Texas, with the usual Texas amenities such as mesquite BBQ, abundant wildlife, and 46 hour Mahjong getaways. The owners are Mahjong fanatics happy to help you host your own tournaments. They provide everything but the Mahjong sets and gambling money. ( source ) Disclaimer: source is a new advertiser.

2011 Core Pre-release for Magic: the Gathering

You can check out the new 2011 set ( spoilers , spoilers ) at pre-releases on July 10-11. Really? 2011 Magic in July 2010? Is that like car models?

Dixit Wins the Spiel Des Jahres

Congratulations are in order for Jean-Louis Roubira . Dixit , the artistic, storytelling party game has won this year’s Spiel Des Jahres . The Spiel Des Jahres is the German game-of-the-year award, and is one of the most prestigious awards a game can win. While I may not agree that Dixit should have won, there’s no doubt that all the games nominated this year where worthy. Toss a …

World Series of Mahjong

Along with confusion as to who can claim official status for the world dominoes championships and the world Bunco championships , I’m currently confused as to who can claim to represent the world for a championship in Mahjong. The third World Series of Mahjong (the first two were 2007 and 2008, with 2009 being skipped) will take place in Macao in mid-August. This event, though it comes with…

World Series of Mahjong

Along with confusion as to who can claim official status for the world dominoes championships and the world Bunco championships , I’m currently confused as to who can claim to represent the world for a championship in Mahjong. The third World Series of Mahjong (the first two were 2007 and 2008, with 2009 being skipped) will take place in Macao in mid-August…

Secure Poker Chips

Shuffle Master acquired a few patents for RFID poker chips in 2005. Before and since, casinos and chip manufacturers have put into play various security measures on their chips to prevent the use of counterfeit chips and to track their movement. Unlike counterfeiting measures used in currency, used only to prevent their illegal manufacture and distribution, counterfeiting and tracking technology in poker chips are used…

Secure Poker Chips

Shuffle Master acquired a few patents for RFID poker chips in 2005. Before and since, casinos and chip manufacturers have put into play various security measures on their chips to prevent the use of counterfeit chips and to track their movement. Unlike counterfeiting measures used in currency, used only to prevent their illegal manufacture and distribution, counterfeiting and tracking technology in poker chips are…

ICONS Characters and Adventure

Adamant Entertainment’s first two supplementary products for ICONS: Superpowered Roleplaying are an adventure module and character generation application. In The Skeletron Key , the demonstration of an armored military battlesuit goes horribly wrong and the heroes find themselves mixed up with mercenaries, top secret research projects, and a lot more. The ICONS Character Folio is a JAVA application (functions on Windows and…

Two New from Miskatonic U

Available now through Chaosium’s Miskatonic University Library Association imprint are Children of the Storm and Mysteries of the Raj. Children of the Storm provides background information on the Great Depression for Call of Cthulhu roleplaying games. Mysteries of the Raj does the same for 1890s (British Imperial) India.

The Summer Rush of Avalanche Press

Avalanche Press is set to begin shipping a number of new war game products, including: Battle of the Bulge —A reprint of the Panzer Grenadier boxed game. They Shall Not Pass —A Game in a Book item. And several Panzer Grenadier supplements: Polish Steel —Representing the imagined post-WWII fight of Polish exiles for the liberation of their homeland from Communist control. DAK ’44 —Counters and scenarios for…

Villains and Vigilantes

Villains and Vigilantes , the late 70s/early 80s superhero RPG, has been reacquired by its creators Jeff Dee and Jack Herman and is being rereleased through the pair’s newly formed publishing company, Monkey House Games . Available now in PDF, the new version of Villains and Vigilantes sticks pretty close to the rules from the last edition in 1982, maintaining even

Update on Plaid Hat Games

We had a chance to briefly talk with Colby Dauch at Origins, the man behind Plaid Hat Games and the designer of one of my top games of 2009, Summoner Wars. Colby indicated that things had started out fairly slowly for their first Origins, but had picked up as more and more people stopped to take a look at their outstanding first offering (for those who don’t know …

Bakugan Ultimate Gamer’s Guide

Scholastic’s got you covered for recess as well as class. It’s the Ultimate Gamer’s Guide for Bakugan , authored by the game’s designer, Luke Peterschmidt, and filled with the basic rules of the game, strategies, special tournament rules, a guide to rare Bakugan, and a review of Season 3.

Origins 2010 Day Four

Fatigue becomes a way of life by the fourth day of most conventions and Origins is no different. Generally speaking, Saturday is the crescendo of the convention, with the Origins Awards and many tournaments having their finals. It’s also the day that the weekend crowds invade in force, which can really compound the fatigue for those who’ve been hearer since the beginning. That said, it’…

What’s Next with Looney Labs

Looney Labs is a really interesting company. I don’t know many board game companies that can be said to have “fans.” I mean, sure, we all like Z-Man and Rio Grande and Fantasy Flight, but would you really call yourself a fan? Andy’s Loonies are fans. Total and complete. I’m pretty sure I was the only member of the press at…

Origins 2010 Day Three

It’s day three and your intrepid reporter is pretty dead on his feet. Day three at Origins is a pretty interesting experience in that it resembles day two, but with a layer of self-induced fatigue (which I’d why this is coming to you on the morning of day four!). Not much opens on Friday (that was all on Thursday if you’ll…

Some Time Well Spent with AEG

Most of us at the Pawn are pretty in the know when it comes to who’s doing what, but I discovered something today: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is probably one of the busiest hobby gaming companies out there. Why is that? Legend of the Five Rings RPG: I got some hands on time with the new rulebook and I’ll tell …