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Arcanis: the Roleplaying Game Fastplay Rules for Free RPG Day 2011

Paradigm Concepts, Inc president Henry Lopez has announced that they would be handing out fastplay rules of their upcoming Arcanis: the Roleplaying Game to participating retailers for this year’s Free RPG Day (June 18 2011). The 2005 ENnie Award winner for Fans’ Choice Best Publisher is also welcoming reviewers to take a first glance of the final game at their ‘Reviewers Table’ at Origins where they would…

Dork Decade on sale at DriveThru Comics

Dork Decade is a 148 page collection of every Dork Tower strip that appeared in Shadis Magazine and Dragon Magazine in chronological order. It is also the first full-color Dork Tower collection ever, with author creator John Kovalic’s notes, tons of extra material, developmental sketches and guest appearances. Dork Decade can be downloaded as a PDF for $8.95, purchased in …

Call of Cthulhu 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Chaosium is offering a special, one time printing, of the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (6th Edition) to celebrate its 30th anniversary (1981-2011) of immersing roleplayers in the Cthulu mythos by HP Lovecraft. The 320 page rulebook would be covered by a 3mm leatherette hardcover, with the front cover and spine stamped with gold foil wordings. The interior pages …

The Mutant Epoch Roleplaying Game

The Mutant Epoch Roleplaying Game, by William McAusland, is about humankind’s attempt to reclaim some semblance of civilization in a post apocalyptic setting. Players take on the roles of pure stocks, mutants, cyborgs, beastial humans or synthetic humans to form excavation parties as they venture into ruined cities, junk strewn wastelands, twisted forests and polluted seas to uncover lost…

Dungeon Crawl Classics Adventure Starter and Beta Rules on Free RPG Day 2011

Goodman Games has announced that they will be releasing the first published adventure module for their upcoming Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) Roleplaying Game to retailers participating in this year’s Free RPG Day . The release of the Adventure Starter would also coincide with the online release of the DCC RPG beta rules, which will give players a chance to have a…

Weekly Kickstarter Game Projects

I don’t know that this will be a weekly post; maybe as long as there are five or more new projects. We’ll see how it develops. Some major players again this week. I’m wondering if Hasbro, etc will ever take a yen to Kickstarter. Project Description Required Raised Ends The Road to Canterbury FRED Distribution A Euro-style game about …

It’s Passover and I’m Clearing Out My Browser Tabs Roundup

NECA has bought Icarus Studios , which is designing an online version of HeroClix. ( source ) The long-running Scrabble News abandoned its print and paper offering and is now online-only. ( source ) Game Briefs Commander-in-Chief from X Plus Products is a Chess variant. $40. Coffee Talk from Pressman Toys is a game of generating associated ideas based on a single idea. Scoring like…

Casting Call For Season 2 of Family Game Night

You missed the casting call for Hasbro’s Family Game Night on The Hub in Los Angeles, which was yesterday. You can still make it to the one in Irvine in two weeks. There will be another chance in LA (in Hollywood) and in San Dimas. If you make it on the show, your family gets to play life-size TV-like games of Cranium, Sorry Sliders, Connect…

Paper Money #48: Little Wars and Printing Cards

Rett returns from Little Wars with tales of unimaginable – and very small scale – beauty, while Ben yammers on about the arcane art of printing cards for your game. All in a spritely 40 minute (give or take) package!

Hasbro and Mattel Report Drops in Q1 Profits

Hasbro’s profits dropped 71% in Q1 2011 against Q1 2010 ($58.9 million to $17.2 million; source ). However, revenues were about the same for both quarters, which means that they took in the same amount of money but spent a lot investing in their new projects, such as The Hub. Beyblade was a big seller, but games and puzzles overall fell 12%. Still, profits were…

Studio 360: Help Design a Better Monopoly

Studio 360 talks with famed game designer Brenda Brathwaite about Monopoly , old and new. Together, they invite listeners to submit ideas by May 1 on how to make the game into something playable. Brenda will take the best ideas and make a new unofficial game out of them, and Studio 360 will revisit the topic in a few weeks. Another podcast, This American Life, uses card games as a metaphor this…

Mensa Mind Games 2011

This weekend in Albany, around 200 Mensa members will gather at the 2011 Mensa Mind Games to play games submitted for consideration for the 2011 Mensa Select badge. The winning games are typically simple abstract games that take only a short time to learn and to play, and the selection is limited only to games that were submitted for consideration. As a result, True …

Leela

No, I’m not referring to Doctor Who’s animal-skin wearing companion, though it’s possible that her name was inspired by this game. Leela, or Snakes and Arrows, is the allegedly ancient Hindu game from which Snakes and Ladders (known in America as Chutes and Ladders) is derived. The game-play should be familiar to most everyone: roll the die, count the boxes, and move up or…

Fantasy Chess League

You’ve heard of fantasy football and fantasy baseball, so why not fantasy chess? You too can track top Chess player results and organize the players into leagues. It’s been going on since at least 2003 ; unfortunately, that site is old, and I don’t know if they’re still doing it. But don’t despair. You can get in on a new …

37th Annual Origins Awards Nominee List

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has unveiled the list of nominees for the 37th Annual Origins Awards that will be held at the Origins Game Fair in Greater Columbus Convention Center on June 22-26 . Five nominees have been named in each of the 9 categories (except for Best Historical Board Game) through a vote by game retailers in March 2011 during the GAMA Trade Show from a shortlist…

Angry Birds the Tabletop Game Available for Pre-order

Pre-order your overdeveloped game of Tiddlywinks – or your under-developed game of Crossbows and Catapults – now from Amazon for $20. Ships on May 5.

April Kickstarter Game Projects 2

A scant 9 days after our last post and things are really hopping on Kickstarter. Furthermore, the site is starting to be used by larger, experienced, traditional designers and publishers, and not only first-timers. A show of hands: if projects keep getting added at this pace, how many readers want this roundup to be weekly? Here are new projects since the last post : Project Description Required …

Game Bandit—Miniature Giveaways Edition

Catalyst Game Labs will be giving away Leviathans miniatures before the game is released. The contest has three categories: best web presentation, best real-life presentation, and best game component. Fantasy Flight Games is running a miniatures painting contest, using Battles of Westeros figures. The winner will receive one copy of every Battles of Westeros game and expansion. For 25% …

Dungeon Crawler Changes from Collectible to Expandable

Dungeon Crawler started last year as a CCG, but bowing to pressure has dropped the collectible aspect and changed to simply being an expandable game. Gifted Vision has disassembled all of the boosters and reconstructed them into non-random packs called “delve packs”.

Operation Using a $1.3 Million Robot

I see board game parody videos come and go, but this is the first one I’ve seen that includes a $1.3 million robot (the da Vinci Surgical System; plus several hundred thousand dollars of annual maintenance fees) in the tomfoolery. From PhD candidates at the John Hopkins robotics lab.