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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 some of …

Pow! Wham! Bang! Story Conventions In Pulp

This article is being co-written by Blair Ramage, with whom I co-referee a Pulp Hero campaign. Although it started as a single item, it has grown so substantially that it has become necessary to split it into multiple parts. The first part dealt with the relationship of genre to other aspects of a roleplaying game, and furnished a context for the…

Mattel Games Divisions up 27% in 2010

Mattel reported an increase in 2010 sales for their games divisions, including Radica electronic games and other games and puzzles. Sales were up 12% worldwide in Q4 2010, and 27% for all of 2010. ( info )

NPD: US Games Down 9% in 2010; Lego: UK Players Fight Over Games

According to market research group NPD, game and puzzle sales were down 9% in 2010 compared to 2009. ( source ) In other news, a Lego Games survey indicates that half of the people in the UK have gotten into fights over board games, with 12% becoming so angry that they never spoke to that person again. ( source ) 19% discovered that their …

NPD: US Games Down 9% in 2010; Lego: UK Players Fight Over Games

According to market research group NPD, game and puzzle sales were down 9% in 2010 compared to 2009. ( source ) In other news, a Lego Games survey indicates that half of the people in the UK have gotten into fights over board games, with 12% becoming so angry that they never spoke to that person again. ( source ) 19% discovered that their friends are stupider than they originally …

Tilt

Tilt is a Rush Hour-like puzzle game with sliding pieces. Unlike Rush Hour where you slide the pieces by hand, in Tilt you tilt the board so that all the pieces slide as far as they can to the other side of the board. Your job is to get the green disks through the center hole in the board, without letting any of the

World Building Part 6 – Get Smart, Get Sneaky

Tweet There is something my mama always used to tell me, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  It has been said before, but I will say it again.  Steal EVERYTHING.  I don’t mean that you should take somebody’s ideas and try to sell them as your own, but chances are, your campaign setting will never get published, I hate to say (unless…

World Building Part 6 – Get Smart, Get Sneaky

Tweet There is something my mama always used to tell me, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  It has been said before, but I will say it again.  Steal EVERYTHING.  I don’t mean that you should take somebody’s ideas and try to sell them as your own, but chances are, your campaign setting will never get published, I hate to say (unless you …

World Building Part 6 – Get Smart, Get Sneaky

Tweet There is something my mama always used to tell me, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  It has been said before, but I will say it again.  Steal EVERYTHING.  I don’t mean that you should take somebody’s ideas and try to sell them as your own, but chances are, your campaign setting will never get published…

Countdown to New York Toy Fair: An Inventor’s Perspective

The following is a guest article by Kim Vandenbroucke. Kim is a professional game inventor (her latest published is Scattergories Categories) and she has agreed to take time out of her very busy schedule at this time of year to describe what it’s like to prepare for New York Toy Fair . I’m taking a break from my insane workload to write…

December Board and Card Game Patents

Dear Patent Office: It’s 2011. Why don’t you accept videos in your submissions, in addition to the wholly inadequate pictures? It would make the patents a lot easier to understand. Team matching – From Microsoft. Using the ELO system to form teams. The abstract, and in fact the entire patent, doesn’t actually say that the patent actually does anything, only that the patent MAY do something; MAY…

Castle Ravenloft

The Castle Ravenloft Board Game is a game from Wizards of the Coast that uses the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition rules in a board game format instead of a role-playing game. The rules have been slimmed down tremendously from the original form, and allow 1-5 players. That’s right, you can play solo. Castle Ravenloft is the first in a line of board…

Phase 10 Designer Settles Lawsuit Against Fundex

Kenneth Johnson, creator of Phase 10 , has settled his lawsuit with Fundex . Kenneth alleges that, after Fundex acquired The Great American Puzzle Company, with which Kenneth had a license agreement concerning branding and royalties for his game, Fundex did not live up to the terms of the contract. Furthermore, Fundex would not tell him how many units of the game were actually sold. …

On interactive fiction

Interactive fiction has been around a looooong time.  I’m just getting into it now, but I thought I’d write about how cool it is.  I know, I’m a tad late to the party. If you’ve never played interactive fiction, let me put it to you this way: you type commands or click on things, and it changes the setting you are in …

Lu Is a Puzzle and a Treasure

I don’t talk about my crew mates much. We came together to do a job, er I guess a bunch of jobs and we get paid. I’d like to think that we is all, each of us an expert in our field, as they say on the vids. Roark knows his way around just about any gun. The Doc, …

Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers

So I had a pretty awesome opportunity this week, and I’ve been trying to decide just how to share it. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been in a program at work designed to help corporate environment folks become… better corporate environment folks. We take classes on topics like communication, innovation, and most importantly for this post, presentation.  Wednesday and Thursday we had a guest…

Teaching RPGs to Corporate Co-workers

So I had a pretty awesome opportunity this week, and I’ve been trying to decide just how to share it. For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been in a program at work designed to help corporate environment folks become… better corporate environment folks. We take classes on topics like communication, innovation, and most importantly for this post, presentation.  …

6 Ways to Enhance Magic Items

1. Give them personal names A simple but effective method. Even minor items get a personality boost when named. Tip: A name could imply special powers if you are not in the habit of naming most magic items, so you might need to explain the first time that Felix the Cape is what the previous owner called it, and it truly is just a +1 Cloak …

Forbidden Island

A couple weeks ago an unexpected package showed up at my front door. Inside was Matt Leacock ’s new cooperative board game, Forbidden Island . Published by Gamewright, Forbidden Island is family-oriented, with a recommended age range of ten and up and a playing time of 30 minutes. Players take on the role of treasure hunters looking to pull four relics off the island before it…

Dora the Explorer Games

Dora and Diego are popular characters in two animated shows; Diego is a spin-off from Dora. Note that certain Dora and Diego toys were part of a Mattel product recall for lead paint, but none of the games were affected. Dora the Explorer Memory . Another version . And another . Dora the Explorer Bean Toss Dora the Explorer ABC Game : Match letters to objects to earn…