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Second Look: Heroes of Graxia

I couldn’t buy it and they wouldn’t let me steal their demo copy (believe me, I considered it…), but I did get to sit down and play Petroglyph Games’ upcoming deck-building game, Heroes of Graxia. You know what? Whatever you’re currently thinking about this game, you’re probably wrong. This one is a winner. The gameplay starts out looking …

Next Steps with WildFire Games

I got a chance to talk with David Stansel-Garner, the head man behind WildFire today (and creator of one of my favorite RPGs, Cthulhutech). We didn’t have a lot of time together (the booth was really hopping), but we did cover a number of things that will probably get people’s interest! First, the Cthulhutech goodness – now that Wildfire has …

Purple Parlay—Origins 2010 Edition

The Origins Game Fair is currently taking place in Columbus, Ohio as we speak. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend this year, so I need to live vicariously through all of you who are attending. Are any of you attending? Let’s hear some comments from the show floor. Let’s hear some awesome gaming stories. Let’s hear how you forgot to eat…

A Game I Never Want to Play But Do Anyway—Every Day

Props go to Ed Grabianowski, the Robot Viking , for alerting us to this so-sad-it’s-funny, modern-setting RPG. Synergon (“where dreams come to die”) is a parody of office culture in the form of a tabletop roleplaying game. Among the character attributes is Education (“Does absolutely nothing.”), while among the attack abilities are Belittle, Blame, and Call a…

Second Look — Bingo Link

The following is a guest post by my wife, Robin. Gamewright sent me a complimentary copy of  Bingo Link and Robin, who is active in a mutual support group for mothers of children with special needs, thought the game’s developmental benefits deserved some special attention. Finding a fun, short-play game that adults and kids can enjoy together, or that your six-year-old can play …

Origins 2010 Day Two

Day two is crunch day for the hard core Origins crowd. The weekend warriors haven’t arrived, but the con itself opens up in full swing: the exhibition hall opens, nearly every track of the con has a full schedule, competitions start in earnest and the effects of late night gaming from Wednesday begin to manifest. So what did you miss if you weren’t…

L5R: Imperial Gift 3 Previews

AEG has started previews for the the third part of its free direct to player set, Imperial Gift 3 , as part of its ongoing 15 year celebration of the game.  The set will feature Personalities from every clan along with a variety of Strategies, Followers, and such. Legend of the Five Rings places players in control of great clans of samurai in…

Hands on with Microsoft Surface & Catan

I got to spend some time with Microsoft’s new Surface today running a demo of Settlers of Catan and we’ve had a few requests to provide our thoughts on the new device and it’s use in games. First, let’s be clear, I’m an Apple fanboy and just about everything you see from me comes to you via an iPad, iPhone and occasionally a MacBook…

Autism Games Redux

After covering some free autism games and some handmade autism games , here’s a brief look at three companies that sell games for as therapy products for autistic people. Children Succeed : Four games and some toys created by school psychologist Joan Nash. These look like simple and straightforward card games, and the site is well-designed and informative. Autism Coach : The …

Catalyst Games: Moving Forward

We got to spend some quality time with Catalyst Game Labs ‘ art director, Brent Evans (who was absolutely great to interview), this morning in a 30 minute interview that covered quite a bit of ground. The big question on everyone’s mind has got to be: where is Catalyst as a company? You ask, we answer. The Drama We’re not going to rehash the financial irregularities…

Games Seeds, Card Game Brainstorm Tool for Video Game Design

Game Seeds is a brainstorming tool for designing video games in the form of a card game. Players booster draft six cards, and then use the symbols on the cards for which they have a plurality as the basis for a hero for their game. Then they switch heroes and create a sidekick. Then, if playing with teams, they pitch a game based on …

Spearpoint 1943

Collins Epic Wargames is shipping Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 , a World War II tactical combat game that uses cards to represent infantry squads and individual tanks, artillery, and aircraft. There are rules for a Standard Game, as well as for specific Situations (i.e., scenarios).

Origins 2010 Day One

The Wednesday session of Origins is generally the roughest and is typically fairly light in terms of attendance. This year, that truism didn’t necessarily hold. While there were definite hiccups, with one of my sessions not happening due to the hosts not making an appearance and generics being a rare commodity for most of the day, attendance seemed through the…

Pathfinder GameMastery Guide

GameMastery Guide is the third core rulebook for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game . In addition to the expected rules (for such things as chases, gambling, and insanity) and catalog-type information (like sample NPCs and charts for generating treasures), the book offers extensive advice on developing setting and background material and running successful campaigns.

iCarc Carcassonne Companion

No, this isn’t another version of Carcassonne for the iPhone , but a companion app to help you keep track of things in a physical game of Carcassonne . The $1.99 iPhone app was created by Andrew Hoyer and let’s you track what tiles you’ve played, which tiles are left, and will warn you when there’s only 20 tiles left…

Booray

Bourré is a traditional poker-like trick taking game played in New Orleans, and Booray is Winning Moves’ new proprietary version of the game. It’s hard to see what value they add with a custom set of playing cards and rules, but you may like the pictures of New Orleans on the cards. Play it online .

iPad Gaming Explosion

It looked like we’re about to have a board gaming explosion on the iPad. In addition to all of the other titles we’ve posted about in the past two months, Codito Development has announced that they will be bringing Le Havre, Tigris & Euphrates, Ra, Medici, El Grande, Tikal, Age of Industry, and Brief History of the World over the course of the…

Origins 2010 Day Zero

So what does the day before a major con look like? In the case of Origins 2010 , it’s a bit of a mixed bag. First, all the stuff that went right. People were able to pick up their badges early, keeping the long-standing tradition of early pick-up for people who pre-registered for the con. There were several hundred…

Wizards Sets M:tG Extended Format to 4 Years Instead of 7

Along with the usual banned and restricted list of cards, Wizards of the Coast announced that the legal duration of cards in Magic: the Gathering CCG’s Extended format is now 4 years instead of 7 years. If you don’t know, there are essentially three major tournament formats intended to let players use cards from different time periods: “Legacy” lets you use all cards ever printed, excepting …

Foursquare Monopoly

Hints at an upcoming Foursquare-based Monopoly game in this interview with Jonathan Crowley: [H/T: @MonopolyDoc ]