Tag Archives: Puzzle

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Crazy Campaign Chronicles: Childhood toys…

Introductory note: I wrote a previous post on this series about those crazy ideas one gets for campaigns and never gets to plays. This is a little different because I got to try to play with this idea but it never took off. I still have hopes for this idea. This is a little rantish, proceed at your own peril, you have been warned. I …

Communication Breakdown: Language in RPGs

The other night I got my hands on a copy of Rogue Trader , one of the Warhammer 40,000 role-playing games released by Fantasy Flight Games . Naturally, the most immediate way to give the system a once-over was to craft a character (a Forge World Explorator, if you must know). I liked what I saw, and recommend giving the game …

Mansions of Madness

Mansions of Madness is yet another Corey Konieczka/ Fantasy Flight Games title, a combination that has produced at least a half a dozen other highly esteemed game titles. MoM is a Cthulhu-themed dungeon crawl pitting a Keeper (like a GM) against the other players who cooperate as investigators wielding items, skills, and spells. In addition to these usual elements, another mechanic features actual in-game puzzles…

Mansions of Madness

Mansions of Madness is yet another Corey Konieczka/ Fantasy Flight Games title, a combination that has produced at least a half a dozen other highly esteemed game titles. MoM is a Cthulhu-themed dungeon crawl pitting a Keeper (like a GM) against the other players who cooperate as investigators wielding items, skills, and spells. In addition to these usual elements, another mechanic…

Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors

The Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors is a group focused on the collection and preservation of old games and puzzles. The organization holds an annual gathering for trading games and puzzles, as well as sharing information on their history and development. The AGPC maintains an archive of the rules for a number of out-of-print games, a catalog of U.S. games …

Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors

The Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors is a group focused on the collection and preservation of old games and puzzles. The organization holds an annual gathering for trading games and puzzles, as well as sharing information on their history and development. The AGPC maintains an archive of the rules for a number of out-of-print games, a catalog of…

Fourthcore Armory, Mythic & Deadly for D&D 4e

Y’know what excites me? Other gamers who are so excited about the games they love to play, that they get together to make really cool stuff and share it with everyone else! The latest hot concept I’m watching is called “fourthcore”. It’s an approach to playing Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition in a style reminiscent of earlier versions …

Four Card Games From Cartamundi and Puzzler

Puzzler Media , a puzzle manufacture and publisher (owned by D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.), is teaming up with venerable card publisher Cartamundi to publish four card-based party games (Cartamundi is the licensee): Match Play, The Connection Game : Match a list of items with another list of items (e.g. cities and rivers) Take Five, The Selection Game : Find the list …

Blokus Junior

Like me, you may wonder how much more junior Blokus can actually get. Turns out: not very much. Blokus Junior plays exactly like Blokus. However, some of the “more complicated” pieces are removed in favor of a few more straight shapes and singles. In addition, the game comes with a few “Rush Hour” like solo puzzle cards.

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…

Minigames in roleplaying games

Recently I have started playing Sid Meier’s Pirates! again. Pirates! is a single-player, open world game set into the Caribbean during the late 16th and early to late 17th century. You play a ship captain working as a privateer for either the English, French, Dutch or Spanish. During the game you can freely choose your allegiances, choose to attack enemy ships or towns, hunt pirates, seek…

New From Briarpatch

New from Briarpatch: Dino Duel : Appears to be a Top Trumps clone with a dinosaur theme. Fancy Nancy Fabulous Fashionista : Some kind of set-collection game. Goodnight Moon My World ABC : Letter matching games and puzzles. I Spy Ready to Read : Match pairs to pictures to punch out from, or put into, a frame. Madeline At The White House : She sure gets around. A physical activity…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

Earthdawn Puzzle #5 – Cathay

Last day in February and to remind you of the upcoming Cathay books (shipping date March 2011, according to Mongoose) I decided to entertain you with a puzzle again. 77 pieces await you! Rotate the…

Free Stuff Friday: Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Save Versus Death ‘s Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich I love materials that can provide inspiration for my own home brew campaign. Save Versus Death ‘s Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich is just that. An adventure that has…

Decisions at the Lotus Petal Inn

It was getting towards dusk when Gami-Gami entered the common room of the Inn. She had a big grin on her face and some mud. But what mattered to me was that she was here, before curfew . She ambled over to our table. “It is a big city, is it not, Mir’Itus, sir?” She bowed to him. “You are looking well, Mistress Rat.” She…

Solitaire Chess and Other Thinkfun Puzzle Board Games

The puzzle board game genre is defined by Thinkfun ‘s game Rush Hour : a board, a few simple geometric pieces, 40 or 50 cards indicating the starting positions for one puzzle, and the object is to move the pieces around in order to accomplish the goal, generally to un-obstruct one piece or one section of the board. We’ve covered …