Clash Fighter – Hyper Fast Real Time Fighting Game

Ross86 Games has a Kickstarter project ending very soon, but I’ve only just heard about it. The game, Clash Fighter, caught my attention today due to a post about their commitment to keeping the negative female stereotype out of their upcoming fighting game.

The latest update highlights newcomer Jane Austen. That alone is awesome enough, but a look into what the game is all about really pulled me in.

Clash Fighter strives to emulate 2D video game fighters. Players need to use light, medium, and fierce attacks, along with fighter movement and chain combos, to overcome their opponent.

The game has 4 days left in its campaign, and it’s almost funded. Let’s see Clash Fighter, and Jane Austen, go the distance!

Ultra Pro Gamers Bag

gamerbagThis December Ultra Pro is releasing a messenger-style bag designed with the CCG player in mind.

The bag will go for $79.99 and has the following features:

  • A pocket for a PRO-Binder
  • Laptop pocket
  • 3 Elastic holders for deck boxes
  • A side pocket for a water bottle of rolled up play mat
  • Blue or Red accent colors

I’m actually not to sure about this one, and would really like to see one before I make an final calls on whether or not this bag would suit me. At $80, that’s a big investment.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTime to Play Magazine is giving away games from Spin Master: Shark Mania and Moustache Smash.

Playdek’s Halloween Sale includes Nightfall, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ascension—iOS and Android versions—33% to 66% off.

DriveThruRPG’s Halloween sale has 561 items at 33% off.

Precis Intermedia is also offering Halloween discounts, directly on the company’s website.

Calliope Games is holding a pumpkin carving contest. Game-themed carvings have an advantage, though the prizes haven’t been specified yet.

Housewife on a Mission is giving away Pictopia: Disney Edition from Wonder Forge.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Made in the USA: The Game.

And then there’s SportAccord’s mind games photo contest. The best photographs of Chess, Bridge, Go, Xiangqi, or Draughts uploaded to Instagram will win prizes that include a tablet, watch, and $100 gift card.

Scoreboard

Score Board - Boardgame tournaments, competitions and championships results and scoresChess

First place at the Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan was shared by the rising young star and established older veteran pair, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand. During one game of the tournament, Caruana was aided by an equipment failure. His opponent, Sergey Karjakin, lost 15 minutes of time when taking a break in the rest room he failed to notice that the monitor did not update for Caruana’s move.

The World Junior Chess Championship in Pune, India finished with 19 year-old Lu Shanglei of China at the head of the open section. Four players went in to the final round with 9 points but only Shanglei won his final game. The girls’ section was clinched a round earlier by Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia. As a result of their wins, both qualify for positions in the 2015 World Cup, part of the World Championship Cycle.

Magic: The Gathering

While variety was the predominant story for most of Grand Prix Los Angeles, in the end it was California local Daniel Scheid’s traditional red green monster deck that propelled him to the top.

At Grand Prix Stockholm, veteran competitor Matej Zatlkaj of Slovakia claimed the trophy with a Jeskai deck.

Settlers of Catan

Sander Stroom of Estonia won the Catan World Championship.

Pokémon TCG: EX Power Trio Tins Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Thanks to everyone who entered.

I chose randomly among all the entries, and have chosen…dBrown!

dBrown, you’ll be contacted via email with instructions on how to claim your prize!

Second Look—Golem Arcana

95fa806a44d0bb93d812be0c3680eb3c_largeSecond Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.Golem Arcana took Kickstarter by storm a while back ago. Released to the public in August, the game has been making waves. I finally got my grubby little hands on a core set and sat down with my two oldest kids to give it a whirl.

Yes.

Yes, it’s awesome. Yes, you should buy it. Yes, you should play it.

The game does an amazing job of things in almost every aspect of delivery. For those of you who don’t know, Golem Arcana is a miniatures game that needs a tablet or smart phone to play. A special stylus is included with the game to help the free app “see” the golems, board tiles, and cards. Golems, and their abilities, can be selected by tapping their bases or cards. Golems are moved by tapping the spaces on the board tiles. Everything from golem stats, modifiers, terrain effects, etc… is accounted for in the app. This make it very easy to set the game up and just play without ready any rules at all. the tutorial battles in the app get you started right away. Of course there’s also a link to the full rules from inside the app or on the Golem Arcana website.

I initially played the first few tutorials with just the base set. I played a few times with my 9-year-old son and my 7-year-old daughter. Both had no problem picking up the basics and having a blast with the game. My daughter is still constantly asking me to play. I ended up snagged both expansion armies to play with, and now have my eyes on the colossi.

There’s also a few extras I’d like to mention here. You aren’t limited to just 1 stylus during play. More can be purchased so that you don’t need to pass it around. In later scenarios, golems are fully customizable. You can pick your golem, the knight who rides it, relics, and powers. Everything has a point value, just as you’d expect in a miniatures game. Also, a good read through the full rules of the game once you have a few battles under your belt is well worth it. Knowing the inner workings of the game will help you form better armies, and plan better strategies. While you can get away with just having the game do everything for you, it’s nice to know why certain things happen during the course of battle.

I really can’t recommend the game enough. It’s one of my favorites this year so far.

I foresee much more Golem Arcana products in our household soon as more expansions are released.

A copy of the base game was provided free for review by Harebrained Schemes. Additional products were purchased.

DICETINY: The Lord of the Dice

DICETINY is a Digital Tabletop Board Game with RPG & Card Collecting elements where Epic Fantasy and Humorous Parodies coexist.”

That pretty much sums up the game. A board game that benefits from being digital, players will choose one of 4 heroes and roll dice, collect cards, and work together to fight monsters and bring peace to the world. Quests are randomly generated, cards have a collectable aspect to them, and the game has a wonderful 2D-style artistic feel.

The campaign has 14 days left to go, and it’s about halfway funded. A $15 pledge will get you the game when it’s released, and the rewards just keep getting better as you increase your pledge.

Edible Chocolate Board Games

Playing Scrabble and stuck with a “Q” tile but no “U”? If you were playing with the Gamesformotion version, all you’d have to do is eat it. That’s because Scrabble is one of the company’s new chocolate board games.

Under license from Hasbro, Gamesformotion is also producing versions of Monopoly, Candy Land, Clue, and Battleship with cards, tokens, and other game pieces made from “the finest Belgian milk chocolate.”

Chocolate games will be available in Target, CVS, Meijer, and other retail stores for $10 starting in November.

Candyland Chocolate Edition

Chocolate Monopoly

The Official Scrabble Players DictionaryJust 2 months since its release, the new fifth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary is coming under fire for omissions, inconsistencies, and spelling mistakes.

The problem appears to have originated with communications between the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) and Merriam-Webster. NASPA maintains the Official Tournament and Club Word List (OTCWL), which is used in judging tournament games in the United States and Canada. Merriam-Webster publishes The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for casual use, removing from the OTCWL trademarked terms and words deemed offensive. NASPA’s Dictionary Committee expected Merriam-Webster to exercise editorial oversight of the draft word lists that it sent to the publisher. However that step may have been skipped.

As a result, the Dictionary includes “disrepects” and “disrepecting” but not “sez” or “xed”, which are part of the OTCWL. Other problems have been cataloged by the Seattle Scrabble Club.

With questions about the quality of these word lists, perhaps the bigger problem is availability for reference and research. Hasbro has claimed copyright to the OTCWL and restricted access to NASPA members.

[via FiveThirtyEight]

Pathfinder Monster Codex

Pathfinder RPG Monster CodexPaizo’s new Monster Codex for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game provides an in-depth look at 20 monster types, including orcs, ogres, trolls, kobolds, and more. For each, the book includes detailed background information, sample encounters, special material (such as feats and magic items), and a series of new stat blocks covering a range of challenge levels.

Another feature of the Monster Codex is a set of simple class templates, which is a way to add character-class features to a monster without having to go through the usual tedious level-by-level process.

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