Colombo Scrabble FestivalAt the Sri Lanka Open International Scrabble Championship, 9-year old Hasham Hadi Khan of Pakistan scored a world record 878-point single game of Scrabble. His opponent in the game, Matheesha De Silva of Sri Lanka, scored 151.

Hasham’s feat included at least four bingos: “sheriat”, “retsina”, “headers”, and “gruntles” (the last also a triple-word-score).

[via The Express Tribune]

unnamedLast night, at PAX Prime, Wizards of the Coast gave a comprehensive glimpse into what to expect from the upcoming Khans of Tarkir block. Party goers were shown in-depth previews of the five warrior clans, and never-before seen cards.

Since Wizards knows not everyone can attend PAX Prime, they’ve setup a link here where you can snag all the info that everyone attending saw last night.

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To be released this Friday September 5, the latest duel deck installment Speed vs. Cunning features new cards from the upcoming expansion Khans of Tarkir, and four existing cards with never-seen-before artwork. The theme itself is a showdown between the Mardu Horde and the Jeskai Way, two wedges among five dragon-worshipping clans of the Khans.

Highlights include uncommon tri-color lands Mystic Monastery and Nomad Outpost, as well as 2 mythic rare legendary creatures Arcanis the Omnipotent and Zurgo Helmsmasher.

MSRP $19.99, each pack contains two ready-to-play 60-card decks, two deck boxes, two creature tokens, a strategy insert and a learn-to-play guide.

Tardis Run

tardisrunThe joke has already been made about how this 3D printed Doctor Who game is bigger on the inside, so I’ll refrain from making it again.

Tardis Run is a Doctor Who board game that comes wrapped in a Tardis. The iconic time travel device unfolds to create the board on which 2 players will play. One player takes control of a team of 4 of the Doctor’s incarnations, of which there are 12 to choose from. The other player plays a team of 4 classic villains. There are 11 to choose from here, including a Dalek, a Cyberman, a Silurian, a Silence, and a Weeping Angel.

The game is described as a cross between Backgammon, Parcheesi, and Senet. Players take turns rolling paddles and trying to move their pieces around the board and to the exit.

You can purchase the game pre-printed from designer Joseph Larson’s Etsy shop for $35, or you can snag the plans from YouMagine if you have your own 3D printer.

The whole concept of the game folding up into a Tardis is enough to get me on board, but I’m actually interested to see how it plays out.

[via c|net]

Second Look—Hand of Fate

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.I normally don’t cover video games, with the exception of board games/CCGs that cross over into a digital format. Hand of Fate, though, caught my interest when I was offered a review copy due to my attendance at PAX East.

“In a cabin at the end of the world, the game of life and death is played. Draw your cards, play your hand, and discover your fate.”

Hand of Fate is a deck building, fantasy, action RPG. You play through a deck of cards, fighting monsters and gathering equipment as you progress through the deck. Eventually you start gaining new cards to customize the deck you play through. This allows you to try and best tailor your encounters, items, etc… as you play the game. It’s a very interesting concept.

capsule_467x181The battles can get a bit tedious at times, but the thing that keeps me playing is building and customizing my deck. Keeping your deck well managed so that you can survive to the boss, and then survive that encounter is thrilling. Combine that with resource management (you need food to continue on your journey, and gold to buy new things) and you’ve got a pretty solid and entertaining game.

Right now the game is up for Early Release on Steam for $24.99.  It’s a pretty good price, but right now you’re paying for an unpolished Beta. Still, you’ll get the game as it’s completed bit by bit. It’s playable, with a few bugs here and there, but you’ll get a good amount of enjoyment out of your $25, and hopefully more features as they’re added into the game. Every time I see an update come through I eagerly fire up the game to see what’s been fixed/added.

A copy of Hand of Fate was provided free for review by Defiant Development.

BitcoinDeckbound is a digital collectible card game based on Bitcoin—not a game about Bitcoin, rather a game built on the Bitcoin blockchain (its ledger of transactions). In fact, Deckbound is more than a single game.

Deckbound is a collection of digitally durable collectible, tradeable and extensible card games.

Each Deckbound card is backed by a Bitcoin transaction with an identifiable blockchain record. In this way, a permanent history enables persistent leveling and augmentation of individual cards, even as they’re traded from player to player.

New cards, meanwhile, are generated with a built-in economic rarity system. Each new block, referred to as a “genesis collection”, has a target issue size. Once that issue size has been reached, however, players can still purchase additional cards, but at a price that increases with each new copy issued.

At the same time, the system looks out for new and casual players. The release of new blocks is triggered by the value of existing blocks, making sure that there are always available cards at normal prices. All blocks are released with a number of “nomad” cards. These are cards that can be borrowed for free but can not be retained from one play session to the next (which keeps them circulating).

Deckbound’s developer, EVA Plexus, has also designed the system to be open-source and crowdfunded. There is a public API for the software running the blockchain and each genesis collection requires a certain level of public investment. Investors are then paid 25 percent of every card purchase, whether at normal price or at the higher prices of cards selling past their target numbers.

With the blockchain software already built, EVA Plexus begun testing two game applications, Heroes and Land Grab, as well as funding the first card block, Firstborn.

[via Cryptocoins News]

Wrath of Kings Miniatures

Wrath-of-Kings-logo-e1362783442877Last year the Wrath of Kings Kickstarter was a huge success. This winter we’ll be seeing the rulebook and a ton of minis available for purchase. There’s about 20 boxes of stuff coming out ranging from $35 – $70, and it all looks absolutely beautiful.

If you want to get a quick look at things to come, checkout the 23 page rulebook that’s already been released.

I’m pretty excited about this one.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesIn honor of the 10th anniversary of the game’s fourth edition, GURPS products are 23% off at Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23 online store.

For 25% off Smart Play Games products at DriveThruCards, use coupon code, “SP2014GC“.

To promote the company’s Kickstarter project, Necromancer Games is running one of those Rafflecopter giveaways. The prizes are $400, $200, and $100 worth of product.

GameWire is giving away one or more play mats for Machi Koro.

Every month, Meeple Monthly gives away five copies of a game. This month the game is Fresco (Big Box) from Queen Games. Entering, however, does require answering trivia questions out of the magazine.

A series of Dungeons & Dragons Legend of Drizzt audio short stories is available to download for free.

Hasbro logoHasbro, which recently initiated a program that allows fans to sell 3D-printed My Little Pony designs via Shapeways, is now expanding that program, called SuperFanArt, to three game brands: Dungeons & Dragons, Monopoly, and Scrabble.

Independent artists will have to sign a SuperFanArt (Hasbro) Artist Agreement but can set their own prices.

To be featured in the launch of the new game brands, artists should submit their designs by September 9th.

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