Today Geek Fever Games announced their acquisition of the game design arm of DPH Studioz, based in Simsbury, CT. DPH Studioz owner, Darrin Horbal, will join Geek Fever owners, Jason Miceli, Matt Plourde, and Tim Mierzejewski, as an equal partner.

The acquisition brings four new games to Geek Fever’s lineup: the soon-to-be-released KhromaZones, along with the unreleased Guardians of AsunDur, Star Guard, and Rocket Ship Go.

RPG Theater

Through June 3rd at The Bartell Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, Of Dice and Men is a play about a group of decidedly non-stereotypical Dungeons & Dragons players and lifelong friends.

Humor, brutal honesty and the good-natured kidding of people who know each other far too well culminate in an unforgettable evening that will make you laugh and think – and do so in a way that celebrates the power of gaming to bring people together, never once apologizing for it.

AdventureFight, which debuted this past Tuesday at JJ’s Bohemia in Chattanooga, is a live comedic roleplaying event with audience participation. The people rolling dice on-stage are actors but the game is unrehearsed. Also, audience members can volunteer to play various NPCs. Admission is $5 or free for those wearing medieval fantasy costumes.

Improvised Dungeons & Dragons shows are running in Edmonton, Atlanta, and Denver. This one has audience members rolling dice and challenging those on-stage to act their way through the adventure in-character.

The Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay license has landed with Cubicle 7 Entertainment. The company announced today plans for a new edition that “takes its direction from the first and second editions of the game.” Other than that, the company only said the game would be released this year.

Rory’s Story Cubes Sold to Asmodee

Asmodee Group has acquired Rory’s Story Cubes from The Creativity Hub. Already the distributor for Rory’s Story Cubes in several countries, Asmodee with this deal ups its stake to “worldwide publishing and brand rights.” Other existing distribution arrangements will remain in place through their current terms, such as with Gamewright through 2018 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The deal also has The Creativity Hub working as consultants to Asmodee for a 3 year period, allowing for the smooth transition of manufacturing, distribution, and product development. Discussing the transaction with Purple Pawn, company co-founder Rory O’Connor expressed confidence in Asmodee’s commitment to the product as both a game and a resource for promoting creativity. Asmodee, he said, will better be able to expand the reach of Rory’s Story Cubes to a wider audience and additional global markets. Don’t expect any sudden changes to the product line, though, or a major expansion in licensed versions of Story Cubes.

At the same time, Rory added, the sale will allow The Creativity Hub to focus more time and resources on new products. Among those it has in development are Blank, a card game that evolves from play to play, and Untold, a cooperative roleplaying game incorporating Story Cubes and currently funding on Kickstarter. Regarding the Untold, Rory said in jest:

Looking back at it, it’s almost like Untold is the base game and we released all the expansions already.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDMLeviathan is giving away two Dungeons & Dragons books, Tales From the Yawning Portal and Volo’s Guide to Monsters. Follow and retweet to enter.

Save 50% on a variety of games, including Skateboard Madness and Pentago Lite, direct from Mindtwister.

For 30% off any Hexbug product direct from the company, use either coupon code “BLOG30” or “HEXBUGOFF30”.

The Mommyhood Chronicles is giving away winner’s choice of games from Winning Moves.

KidsPlayUK is giving away Barbeque Party from Drumond Park.

Quirky Engine Giveaways is giving away Shoot Your Friends from Quirky Engine Entertainment.

All E-Z Dungeons 3D terrain models from Fat Dragon Games are 50% off this week.

The latest deal at Bundle of Holding is for Shadow of the Demon Lord starting at $13.95.

If anything, the political climate is worse than when I first covered post-truth games in February, and apparently the game market has noticed.

Breaking Games’ Fake News ($25) is now available direct from the company. In it, players try to outdo each other writing outrageous headlines for a selection of image, phrase, and audience cards.

Available June 1st is Fake News/Real News ($14) from License-2-Play. This one takes politics on more directly. Included are cards with caricatures of people in the current administration and cards with 300 outrageous quotes, some of which are real and some of which are fake. Each round, players try to guess whether a selected quote is real and who said it.

Playroom Entertainment has in the works a similarly named Fake News or Real News? by Reinhard Staupe. Modeled on the designer’s True Stories, the game presents players with a series of weird but true news stories, each represented by a question and multiple-choice answers. The goal of the players, of course, it to correctly guess which of the strange answers correctly completes the story.

#AlternativeFacts ($10) from UltraPRO (not to be confused with Frog God Games’ Alternative Facts, which I mentioned last time) has players contributing noun, verb, and adjective cards to a jointly developed headline. When the second card with a Hot Button icon is added, the player who’s card had the highest Clickbait Strength wins the round.

One more, on Kickstarter, is also titled Fake News. Publisher Zag describes it as word Poker. That is, each round the current judge (dealer) puts out two word cards. Then the other players combine those cards with word cards from their own hands to produce, they hope, the best headline.

 

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBlog and podcast giveaways:

  • By Brawlin’ Brothers Boardgaming Podcast, 25 games from nine different publishers.
  • By Everything Board Games, Yamatai from Days of Wonder and Zombie Tsunami from Lucky Duck Games.
  • By Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, Color Cube Sudoku from ThinkFun.
  • By The Discriminating Gamer, They Come Unseen from Osprey Games.
  • By The Long View, Yokohama from Tasty Minstrel Games.
  • By The Giveaway Geek, Islebound from Red Raven Games.
  • By Mom to Grandma, Sunk! from Winning Moves.
  • By the Octothorpe Board Games Podcast, Clank! from Renegade Game Studios.

Starplayer Games of the UK is giving away a Starplayer Footy Board Game.

Fading Suns, with the Revised Second Edition rules from RedBrick Limited, is available at Bundle of Holding starting at $14.95 for four books, and $25 for the full Bonus Collection with another six books.

Rory’s Story Cubes, those symbol-covered dice meant to inspire creative storytelling are set to become the basis for a new cooperative roleplaying game. The company behind the Story Cubes, Belfast-based The Creativity Hub, launched this morning on Kickstarter Untold: Adventure Awaits, a game meant to offer a “deeper level of storytelling while also being accessible to as wide an audience as possible.”

The game has players creating individual characters and building a story in five scene stages—danger, intrigue, confrontation, revelation, and showdown—which together comprise an “episode”. At each stage, a scene tile will provide the overall structure. For example, the chosen danger tile might indicate that someone is being attacked, with fill-in space for where and with what. Then players roll the Story Cubes to fill in the details.

Also part of the game are reaction cards and toolkit cards. Reaction cards are used for resolving character actions. The toolkit cards allow players to take special actions in developing the story. For example, a flashback card allows a player to incorporate elements from a previous episode and an “and” card gives a player the ability to superimpose their idea on to another player’s concept.

The base game, available for a £20 ($26) pledge, includes one set of nine Rory’s Story Cubes, an episode board, six alternative scene tiles for each stage, reaction cards, toolkit cards, player aids, an adventure journal, and hero sheets. For a £28 ($36) pledge, backers get, in addition to the base game, one set of licensed cubes (Doctor Who, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Moomin, or Adventure Time). Or for £160 ($206), backers get everything. That is, every Rory’s Story Cube ever released, including the 3-cube Mix Sets that were not previously sold in the United States.

Assuming The Creativity Hub hits its funding goal of £10,000 (around $13,000) for the Untold project—a pretty safe bet—the company plans to deliver games to backers in October of this year, followed by a formal launch at Essen Spiel. Of course, the project also has stretch goals. The first, at £12,000 ($16,000), would add a set of Batman Story Cubes to the base game.

With a new edition of Warhammer 40,000 due later this year, Games Workshop appears ready to introduce a range of new factions (or faction variants). The first announced among several new types of Space Marines is the Primaris Space Marine, raised by Primarch Roboute Guilliman on Mars.

Compared to regular troops, the Primaris Space Marines are bigger, can hold up to small-arms fire longer, and carry bolt rifles with additional range and armor-piercing power.

Primaris figures can be incorporated in to companies with other factions or can be used to make their own compact army.

Scoreboard

Score Board - Boardgame tournaments, competitions and championships results and scoresTaking home the trophy and a $10,000 prize at the North American School Scrabble Championship was the team of eighth-grader Jem Burch and seventh-grader Zach Ansell, both of Los Angeles. Their final round score was 374-349 on such words as eugenia, infares, entresol, and steeping.

At the Xi’an Cherry Blossom tournament in China, Kaijun Lin solved a 5×5 Rubik’s Cube in a world record 4 minutes, 11.93 seconds. Then 2 weeks later, he broke his own record, solving the 5×5 in 4 minutes, 10.00 seconds.

Fourth-dan Sota Fujii, the youngest ever professional Shogi player, has extended his winning streak to 16 matches.

The final round of the Women’s World Chess Championship saw Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine, GM, 2558) and Tan Zhongyi (China, WGM, 2502) tied 2-2 after four games of classic time controls, and still even after the first rapid tie-break game. Zhongyi, though, won the second and the World Champion title.

Wesley So, now the world’s number 2 ranked Chess player, came in first at the U.S. National Championship but only after facing down Alex Onischuk 1½-½ in a rapid playoff round. In the women’s section, sixth seed Sabina-Francesca Foisor was the winner with an 8-3 score, one point ahead of the 2016 champion.

The German Bundesliga professional Chess league has finished its season with the Baden-Baden team reclaiming the title it had lost last year after 10 previous consecutive wins. In the 4NCL English professional league, team Guilford won for the fifth year in a row.

Keegan “Kelian-05” Tailleur was the winner of the 9th Memoir ’44 French Open, a 2 day tournament with special scenarios based on tanks.

A new world record has been set for most dominoes toppled in a single line: 15,524.

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