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Paper Money #28: Lotta News and Origins 2.

Lots of discussion of the news this week: Free RPG Day, Indie Press Revolution Sold, Games Workshop Financials, and Origins. Also, listener voicemail about why Ben is wrong (again)! In fact, we have everything BUT the interview we promised with Randall Bills, who was swamped with Origins preparations. Show Links GW Financials – http://www.purplepawn.com/2010/06/games-workshop-in-review-…

Living Glorantha and Living Traveller

On Monday, Mongoose also announced details for its upcoming Living Glorantha and Living Traveller shared campaigns. Launch events will take place July 2nd-4th at the Continuum convention in the UK. Living Glorantha will use the Runequest II rules system and is designed to accommodate without disadvantage players who might not be able to attend every session. Living Traveller will involve…

Judge Dredd Miniatures

Mongoose Publishing is now producing Judge Dredd miniatures . Only available direct from Mongoose, the initial figures in the line include a range of judges, gorillas, mutants, and desperados. You could use them for Judge Dredd Traveller or with the free miniatures game ruleset available for download.

Battle Cry reprint announced

Wizards of the Coast announced the reprint of Battle Cry in its latest catalog.  The reprint will introduce 15 additional scenarios and refined rules.  It is slated for release of November 2010.

Iconica Series One Boxed Set Released

You may recall when I first covered Iconica , or when I interviewed Eric Torres , its designer. Now you can purchase the complete prelude series of the game in a boxed set for $50 . The boxed set includes 22 oversized cards (the meat of the game), 1 quick reference sheets, 2 sets of game pieces, and rules for a 2 player or 4 player game. I own the starter …

Nothin’ Doin’, the Game of Gainful Unemployment

Nothin’ Doin’ is a board game designed and self-published as an art piece from Philadelphia designer and illustrator Katie Hatz. The object of the roll-and-move game is “to achieve and sustain happiness without working a nine-to-five job,” while making your way to the hammock in the middle of the board. Katie is a freakin’ genius: please read her collection of three …

Neuroshima Hex on the iPhone

I’m a huge fan of the Polish game, Neuroshima Hex , I just don’t get to play it as much as I’d like. That’s a problem that’s about to go away – Portal has announced that iPhone and iPad versions of their popular game are currently underway and will release soon. For the uninitiated, Neuroshima Hex is a tile game where players lay tiles in…

d∞

One of the products handed out at Free RPG Day was d∞ , a new game magazine jointly published by Armorcast, Dark Threads, Flying Buffalo, Mindgame Productions, Offworld Designs, Skirmisher Publishing, and United States Space Marine Corps. d∞ will be a 64 page quarterly covering a variety of RPG systems, including 4 th Edition D&D , Pathfinder , OGL v.3.5 , “Basic” system, Labyrinth Lord , Mutant Future , Tunnels and Trolls , and Cthulhu …

The Magic Labyrinth

The 2009 Spiel des Jahres Children’s Game of the Year, Das Magische Labyrinth , is now available in the United States as The Magic Labyrinth . Published in English by Playroom Entertainment , the game is a maze hidden under the board that players first build themselves and then must navigate from memory or trial-and-error.

Say Goodbye to Dwile Flonking

Those of you who enjoy a good round of dwile flonking – throwing a beer-soaked rag at your opponent and, if you miss, downing a half-pint: Will be sorry to hear that inaugural world championship at Ludham has been outlawed by the local council. Will not be invited to my home any time soon. ( source )

Purple Parlay—OH NOES! (Saturday Edition)

OH NOES! is right! Do you know what day it is? It’s Saturday. “Wait,” you say. “Purple Parlay is always on a FRIDAY. You’ve thrown my whole schedule is off, and now my life is ruined.” So sorry, but you’re being seriously overdramatic…or at least the version of you in my mind is. Calm down a bit, and let’s …

Ticket to Ride World Championships: Live!

So after you’ve collected your loot from Free RPG day (if you’re lucky enough to have a location that holds the event), why not go home, kick back and watch other people play board games? Days of Wonder has partnered with TricTrac to broadcast the Ticket to Ride World Championships live on the trictrak.tv website tomorrow (June 19…

Free RPG Day 2010

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 19th, is Free RPG Day at participating local retailers . The program seeks to expose customers to new games by giving away products and materials. Some of the things you might find: Fantasy Flight Games —Warhammer 40K Roleplay: Deathwatch Adventure Paizo Publishing —Pathfinder Module: Master of the Fallen Fortress Q-Workshop and Chessex —dice Troll Lord Games —Castles & Crusades Quickstart and Adventure …

SOLD: Indie Press Revolution

DOJ Inc., parent company of Hero Games, has announced its acquisition of a majority stake in Indie Press Revolution  from Brennan Taylor, one of the company’s founders. Indie Press Revolution (IPR) is a distributor and online retailer for so-called indie publishers of roleplaying games. Brennan, one of IPR’s founders, will retain a minority interest, as will other current investors. From a business perspective this may make a lot…

Candyland Garden

While browsing Geekdo today, I can upon this post by chance. KandeeCorner  has created this interesting garden based off Candyland . There’s a few more pictures, and an explination, over on h er thread on Craftster . The cool part is that every “space” in her garden has a specific look, smell, and some even have a specific taste (herbs, etc..). If you’re …

Reaction, Card Game for Chemistry Geeks

Reaction is a card game from The Idea Corps whose copy speaks for itself: Players take turns drawing cards until they can create molecules from the element cards in hand. When a player can build a molecule, they lay it out in front of them on the table. Opponents can add onto the molecule to turn it into a different molecule, or they …

Board Game Pimping Roundup

The Deccan Herald pimps board games, all mainstream. ( source ) The Las Vegas Review Journal pimps Mike Patterson, a teacher who uses a lot of board games, who mentions that some of his favorites come from Germany, without mentioning any in particular. ( source ) The Superior Telegram tells an amusing story about Scrabble with the family. ( source ) The Asian Age pimps board games, all mainstream…

Whirred Play

Whirred Play , self-published by Phil Annets,  is a party word game based on the simple premise: read a homophone, and guess which spelling variation other players don’t guess. The game comes in a plastic storage container, uses 450 homophones, and is for sale for GBP 30 in dept stores in Wallingford and Oxford, as well as online. ( source )

World’s Tiniest Chess Set, Even Tinier

The last “ world’s smallest chess set ” with pieces was a relatively gargantuan 2.5 mm by 3.5 mm. A mere trifling. How does 435 μm by 435 μm sound to you (that’s micrometers, or .435 mm)? With pieces? And a robotic arm to automatically move the pieces? That’s what Texas Tech did for the winning design entry for a university competition in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) at Sandia National …

In the Trenches: Through Mud and Blood

Jeux Grenier Games has announced that In the Trenches: Through Mud and Blood is now shipping. This is the 3rd game in the In the Trenches series covering The Great War. The game is company level, and uses a impulse based turn system. It’s a stand-alone game, and doesn’t require purchase of the other two games before it to be played. …