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Up for auction March 17th at Christie’s in New York is a “very rare Huanghuali waisted rectangular corner-leg games table.” The table dates back to China in the Ming Dynasty (17th century), has a removable top, space for a now-missing Shuanglu board (Chinese Backgammon), and comes with a folding Xiangqi board. The estimated selling price for the table is $500,000-700,000.

Huanghuali Game Table

On the 11th at Christie’s in London is a games table priced at only £15,000-20,000. This one is a “French Ormolu-mounted kingwood boise satine and parquetry games table” from around the turn of the last century.

French Parquetry Game Table

Then on the 18th in London will be auctioned a “Regency brass-inlaid rosewood card table” from 1810 (estimate: £1,000-1,500) and an “Austro-Hungarian silver, gilt-metal, enamel, and mahogany Chess set” again from the turn of the last century (estimate: £12,000-18,000).

Regency game table

Austro Hungarian Silver Mahogany Chess Set

An editorial published today by the Press of Atlantic City decries Hasbro’s abandonment of Atlantic City in the 80th Anniversary Edition of Monopoly. This follows a series of tweets by U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey also complaining about Hasbro’s campaign to have the public vote on replacement cities.

The problem is that these (and other critics) have it wrong. Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition, which is already on store shelves, keeps all the traditional properties derived from Atlantic City real-estate.

Monopoly 80th Anniversary EditionThere are two upcoming Monopoly Here & Now Editions that will replace the traditional street names with the names of cities in the U.S. and across the world. This should hardly be a surprise to residents of New Jersey, however. It’s not even close to the first time such a thing has happened. There have been thousands of previous versions of Monopoly with properties based on world cities, movies, video games, and nearly every other subject matter you can imagine.

So, calm down, New Jersey!

Pixar Collectible Dominoes

Disney Pixar Domino StarsAs a shopping premium, Woolworths in Australia is currently handing out collectible Disney Pixar dominoes. For every $20 spent in the store, shoppers get a single domino. The set includes 44 dominoes with different Pixar characters. There are also a variety of accessories, such as cases, tins, and stunt ramps, which can be purchased separately.

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Battlesystem for D&D 5e

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Mass combat rules for Dungeons & Dragons have been made available free for download by Wizards of the Coast. The supplement, Unearthed Arcana: When Armies Clash, treats combat units similarly to individual characters in the core rules. It also assumes a gridded battlefield map and breaks fighting forces down in to “stands” of 10 creatures.

Perhaps its time to take out my old AD&D Bloodstone Pass adventure.

dust_board_gameThe movie industry continues to dig for stories based on preexisting franchises in an effort to capitalize on fandom. The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Lionsgate has optioned the movie rights for the sci-fi strategy board game Dust from Fantasy Flight Games.

The steampunk-themed game is set in an alternate universe where World War II never ended. Players spend production points to buy factories and invest in research and development. The goal is to have the most victory points by building strong armies and invading other player’s territories. Victory points are awarded for power sources, capitals, and majorities that a player controls. The first player to reach a set number of victory points wins the game.

Rawson Marshall Thurber is attached to direct the film. His credits include “We’re the Millers” and “Dodgeball.” Lego film franchise producer Dan Lin is also on board to produce Dust.

The Hollywood reporter notes that Thurber has “geek cred.” His name is also attached to an adaptation of two popular comic books, “Elfquest” and “The Umbrella Academy.”

“It’s a cool spin on a genre that I’ve loved for a long time and it opens up narrative avenues that are just thrilling,” Thurber told the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s all my 9-year-old fantasies wrapped in one thing, a World War II mashup.”

Neuroshima Hex 3.0 from Portal Games

Neuroshima Hex 3.0Previously published by Z-Man Games, Neuroshima Hex 3.0 will soon be back in print from Portal Games.

The history of Neuroshima Hex is a great one. Originally released by Hasbro, the game had a cult following. It’s since passed hands several times with several different reprints. The game now boasts some impressive additions since its early mass-market beginnings, and I’m glad to see it still in circulation.

Neuroshima Hex 3.0 should be on shelves soon for a retail price of $45.

Magic Duels_ Origins logoComing in July, Magic Duels: Origins is the new face of digital Magic: The Gathering. Magic Duels will launch with the exciting storyline of the upcoming Magic Origins set, and will expand with regular downloadable content reflecting the latest sets. A free-to-play game, Magic Duels: Origins can be expanded with purchased content, similar to how the mobile versions currently work.

Color me excited. This new shift in Magic is something that I think is going to be a big hit, and I can’t wait for all the new products to start hitting the shelves.

Toy Fair 2015—Mad Cave Bird Games

ToyFair15HorizontalYup, Mad Cave Bird Games is a real name for a company. I swear I’m not making that up. To prove it to you, I’m going to cover two of their games I saw at Toy Fair this year.

ColorKu – $34.99

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ColorKu is bascially Sudoku but with colorful wooden balls instead of numbers. The game comes with 104 different puzzle cards that you need to solve. Just like in Sudoku, you can only have 1 of each color in every row and column. There’s 3 additional packs of 104 puzzle cards that can be purchased for $9.95 each.

Tic Tac Ku – $29.99

Tic Tac Ku

An interesting twist on Tic Tac Toe. Played on the game board as ColorKu, players play a game of Tic Tac Toe where they’re trying to win the different zones on the board by getting 3 in a row. The gimmick here is that each player controls which segment of the board the other plays their next turn in. By placing a ball in the lower right hand corner of a segment, the next player must now play in the lower right hand segment. Played a ball in the middle of a segment? The next player has to play a ball in the center segment of the board.  It actually works out pretty well. Also, if you already own ColorKu you can just buy a Tic Tac Ku pieces kit for $14.95.

Toy Fair—Kosmos

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It seems like a long time since I’ve seen Kosmos game around, but they’re back with a vengeance in 2015! Six new games were being shown, some great reprints among them. I wish I had more pictures from the booth, but for some reason they all came out incredibly blurry. The only clear shot I got was from Lost Cities.

Dohdles! – $39.95 – Ages 8+

A sculpting family party game for 3-6 players, Dohdles is actually a reprint of the Spiel des Jahres winner Barbarossa. You need to sculpt items and have someone guess what it is, but you don’t want everyone to guess correctly! You also don’t want to make it so no one guesses correctly. Find the right mix to score the most points. Available in May.

Ubongo – $39.95 – Ages 8+

A reprint of the excellent puzzle game where players race against a timer to solve a puzzle. The faster you solve the geometric puzzles, the more gems you get. This new version looks excellent, and it’s about time I added this one to my collection! Available in May.

Dimension – $49.95 – Ages 8+

Dimension is another puzzle game, but this one uses colorful spheres. Using rules from 6 cards, players need to build with the spheres while adhering to the constraints. Fast building is important, but so is following the rules. Available in April.

Lost Cities – $19.95 – Ages 10+

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A favorite of my wife and mine, Lost Cities is back in all its glory. With a very slightly updated look, everything you love about the classic exploration card game is still here. Play expedition cards to earn points, but make sure you have enough to cover the cost of the journey! Available in April.

Lost Cities: The Board Game – $39.95 – Ages 10+

Just like Lost Cities, except bigger and supporting up to 4 players. Of course it’s a bit different being a board game instead of a card game, but all the mechanics are still there. Set out on expeditions by playing cards in a path’s color to proceed along. Available in April.

Kahuna – $24.05 – Ages 10+

Another faithful reprint of a classic Kosmos game, Kahuna is a two player game where you’re trying to gain dominance of 12 small islands. As always with Kosmos 2-player games, it’s deceptively simple yet very strategic. Available in April.

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