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Upper Deck Evolution

Upper Deck is struggling to stay on top of the game. Their latest, which comes out tomorrow, is a set of electronic sports “cards” called Evolution. The cards are, in fact, half-inch thick card-sized objects with a battery that run a video loop of the player. The technology’s use in the gaming world appears intriguing. (

Forbes References D&D

Forbes is well-known for publishing annual lists of the world’s wealthiest individuals. But the publication also produces The Forbes Fictional 15 , a list of the wealthiest fictional characters. This year, Smaug, the dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit , ranks number seven with an estimated worth of $8.6 billion . How Forbes go to that number is a fascinating read, and includes a reference to Dungeons…

Rapture: Roleplaying the End of Days

A finely crafted blend of hard science fiction and authentic theological mysticism made real. Not the simple religious RPG you might assume from the name. The premise of Rapture , the roleplaying game, is that 600 years in the future, after humanity has colonized other solar systems, God finally fulfills his promise and collects the faithful off of Earth—but only Earth. Among the far-flung …

Starmada: Fleet Ops

Starmada is a set of spaceship combat rules that can be used on its own as a miniatures battle game or as a specialized subsystem for an RPG or other game. The core rules can be found in Starmada: The Admiralty Edition . The new Starmada: Fleet Ops book contains streamlined rules for constructing and engaging large fleets. Among the new concepts introduced

Meeples 4 Peoples: Games For Foster Children

Meeples 4 Peoples is a new Phoenix, AZ based initiative by Patrick Nickell. Its object is to provide Eurogames, game sessions, and game groups for private group homes, foster homes, and local organization that cater towards foster / state ward kids. Says Patrick: We want to be able to give them positive, social and intellectual options to not only learn life and social skills but have a sense of belonging…

Board Game Doom Tee from RedBubble

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OSRIC , the game that clones first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, is now available from Black Blade Publishing in hardback format. The 400 page book is priced at $26 and includes corrections to previous errata, as well as new illustrations and an expanded index.

Chametz, a Passover Board Game

Just in time for Passover, Chametz (leavened bread) is a new Passover board game designed by Jay Falk and published by Hazakah . While containing Jewish trivia questions, the game play is also based on the board game Clue to some degree (no writing necessary). ( source )

Homemade TRON Light Cycle Board Game

Brett King made a home made luminescent TRON light cycle board game: Build instructions and tentative rules are in the video’s description . ( source , via )

Can’t Stop Cover Design Contest

A new version of Can’t Stop will be released by Gryphon Games towards the end of this year, and they’re running a contest where they’re allowing people to try and design the new cover of the game. While they’re not guarenteeing they’ll choose a user submitted design, if they do the winner will receive 12 copies of the game and their name…

Tiltfactor Lab: Games For Social Change

Dartmouth University’s Tiltfactor Lab creates both analog and electronic games addressing social issues, as well as games addressing the creative process of game design itself. The lab is headed by Mary Flanagan , a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities, and author of Critical Play: Radical Game Design . A recent release is POX: The Board Game , a board game…

Skippity, A Freaky Colored Abstract

From the designer (Susan McKinley Ross) and publisher (Mindware) of Qwirkle comes a new abstract game Skippity . The game board and pieces are in 6 and 5 colors, respectively. To set up, pieces are placed randomly on the board. Each turn you jump pieces into an empty spot, collecting the pieces you jumped. At the end of the game, you score for each complete set of …

Purple Parlay—Where Do You Buy Your Games

Parlay time! This one’s a real easy one. Where do you buy a majority of your games? I tend to shop around online, but have been known to pickup games at Target from time to time. We don’t really have any hobby/game stores local, and the few toy stores we have charge a crazy amount over retail price.

Game Bandit—Memories of Play Edition

The Strong National Museum of Play is collecting video recollections of playing with friends. The top videos, as chosen by a panel of experts and by public voting, will win Flip video cameras and Amazon gift certificates. Starlit Citadel of Canada , and a Purple Pawn advertiser, is running a 4th Anniversary Sale with discounts of up to 70%. For 20% off at…

Adamant Drops App Pricing

Adamant Entertainment announced today that it is dropping the app-pricing model ($1.99 for all ebook products) that it launched just a few months ago. The reason, basically there was no appreciable increase in sales.

Superpowerful Bonanza, a Superhero Combat Board Game

Azikwe Games is back ( also here ) with Superpowerful Bonanza , a new game based on superheroes, unique superheroes created by the designer and publisher Luanga Nuwame. The game comes with a comic book illustrating the characters. How does it play? I can’t really tell. It looks to be some kind of card based combat game. An additional game…

Second Look—Braggart

I finally got a chance to get Braggart to the table the other night, playing it 2 player with my wife. The first thing I’ve got to say about the game is that it’s incredible simple to play. Every turn cards are flipped up from the deck equaling the number of players. Starting with the person who has the “My Round” card, …

Second Look—Braggart

I finally got a chance to get Braggart to the table the other night, playing it 2 player with my wife. The first thing I’ve got to say about the game is that it’s incredible simple to play. Every turn cards are flipped up from the deck equaling the number of players. Starting with the person who has the “My Round&#…

Penn’s Year of Games

As millions of students eagerly await word on their college applications, those hoping for acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania now have an extra reason for excitement. Penn (my alma mater) has declared the 2011-2012 school year to be the Year of Games: Body and Mind . As part of the Penn Reading Project, all incoming freshmen will be sent a copy of Jane McGonigal’s book, Reality is Broken , and …

Rose’s Memory Games

Rose’s Memory makes two memory games with high contrast black and white cards, in themes of apparel and sports. The site pitches the games at patients with Alzheimer’s or Traumatic Brain Injury and their caregivers. They also make some Bingo games. If your memory is really good, you might also check out this Civil War memory game coming soon from