Grand Prix International


Syrinscape’s Supers Soundsets

Syrinscape Mutants & Masterminds Space FightA new partnership between Syrinscape and Green Ronin is giving gamers Mutants & Masterminds soundsets for the former’s Syrinscape Sci-Fi app. These aren’t just fixed tracks meant to be played on loop. Syrinscape’s players (available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS) enable gamers to make live adjustments to the balance and intensity of sound elements, as well as to combine elements from different sets to fit the unique environments of their games.

Two M&M sets, Space Fight and Freedom City 2525, are available immediately for $4 each. These’ll allow gamemasters to mix and program the sounds of freeze rays, droids, sirens, force fields, and more. Additional soundsets are planned for release every month. (A sci-fi subscription covering all of them costs $6.50 a month.)

Epic Nerd CampCafe Mahjong in Moscow, Russia offers selections from a variety of Asian cuisines, as well as Mahjong sets to play at the table and even lessons for those new to the game.

Epic Nerd Camp is a summer camp for adults in the Pocono Mountains. Among the many activities it offers to campers is gaming—lots of gaming.

The owners of two laser-tag and mini-golf centers in Cincinnati are getting in to board games, opening The Rook board game bar in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Borrowing one of their 800 games is free as long as you’re drinking.

Tiki Tiki Board Games of Woodbury, New Jersey is relocating to the historic Polsky’s building. The new space’s 5,800 square feet (Tiki Tiki’s current store in 1,400) will be shared with Luke & Cade’s Toy Chest.

Two friends who met online are opening the first board game cafe in Bristol, U.K., Chance & Counters. They’re getting custom made gaming tables with out-of-the-way storage space for boxes and other bits.

Fellow Pawn, Robert, is blessed with two new game shops near his home in Connecticut, Games In Real Life and Silver Eagle Games.

Club Sosay in Paddington, near Brisbane, is a board game cafe that took over space from a wine bar. The chef’s specialties include South American empanadas. A second location for the cafe is already in the works.

Eastern-Mediterranean restaurant, Tawla, recently opened in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, offers patrons Backgammon sets to play while they wait for their food to appear.

Soon to open in Lafayette, Indiana is board game cafe, Merlin’s Beard.

Amazon’s new Handmade marketplace includes a Games section, where you can find such things as a Bubinga wood Cribbage board and hand painted 25 mm fantasy miniatures.

Game Exchange BoxA brother and sister pair, 10 year-old Liam and 8 year-old Claire Goodowens, have set up three Game Exchange Boxes around Winter Park, Florida. The repurposed newspaper boxes are stocked with board games free for the taking, though leaving one of your favorites for the next person to enjoy is the general idea.

The general manager of Kimpton’s new Mason & Rook Hotel in Washington, D.C. holds weekly game nights with guests.

Card Master up on Prefundia

Card Master

At quick glance, Card Master seems to be a bit like Triple Triad on steroids. This is a good thing, mind you. The game is currently up on Prefundia, a site that I didn’t even knew existed until now. The rules and pretty much anything you need to know are up there, and the game will be hitting Kickstarter soon. Those who sign up for an early invite will get special rewards if the game ends up being funded.

Card Master has my interest, but I’ll need to see a bit more before it gets my commitment.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Game

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street GameDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an animated spin-off of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. New for the series is the Welcome to Main Street Game ($20) from Briarpatch. Players age 3 and up move their pieces around town picking up gifts from the various shops on Main Street. Special spaces allow them to give gifts to each other. The first to the finish line with a full backpack wins but so does the second and everyone after. This game isn’t over until everyone wins.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game setup

STYGIAN Hits The Game Crafter

StygianStygian is a strategic, Lovecraftian, dungeon crawl that recently went up on The Game Crafter. Stuck in a nightmarish dungeon, players must find the silver key, and make their way to the gate to escape. Along the way they’ll have to content with traps, other players, and all sorts of other horrors. If they die, the come back as a dread horror and can’t resume their escape until they feast upon the flesh of another player.

Stygian contains no dice or value trackers, just cards and tiles. It’s supposed to be fluid and easy to pick up, yet satisfying enough for mid/hardcore level gamers.

The game looks pretty great, and can be purchased for $49.99.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesAll Bridge books are on-sale for 25-75% off at The Bridge World.

Two Malhavoc Press deals are running simultaneously at Bundle of Holding, one with Ptolus and one with Arcana Evolved. Another deal at the site is for the water-world-set Blue Planet.

Sign up for AEG’s email list for a chance to win one of three copies of Mystic Vale.

Tinkerbot Games is raffling off the opportunity to be featured as a character on one of the cards in the company’s upcoming game, Ghostel. Half the $5 price of each ticket goes to charity.

The Giveaway Geek is giving away FAITH: A Garden in Hell from Burning Games and (separately) Cosmic Encounter from Fantasy Flight Games.

Visit a Board Game Factory

Accompany Mayday Games as company representatives tour a board game manufacturing plant in China.

Cards Against Humanity Trump Sells Out In 1.5 Hours

cahduffleThe Cards Against Humanity Trump Bug Out Bag sold out in a mere 1.5 hours after going on sale a few days ago. The bag, which contained survival items and a pack of 25 themed Donald Trump cards, sold for $25, and was actually a pretty good deal considering how much stuff it came with. Only 10,000 bags are being made, and now every single one of them is spoken for.

It’s a shame, really. A golden locket with Obama’s picture would have been nice to have if the Trumpocolypse happens.

VS System 2PCG: The Alien Battles

UPR85991Upper Deck sure does love their card game systems. On July 20th they’ll be adding another boxed set to their Vs. System 2PCG line. The Alien Battles is pretty much what you’d expect it to be. 200 that let you create a 60 card deck around major Alien movie characters, including the Xenomorphs, and then proceed to beat the snot out of your opponent with it.

This set is compatible with previous  Vs. System 2PCG set, which right now means the Marvel Set. I wouldn’t be too surprised if we see a Predator Battles set in the near future since Legendary got one shortly after the Alien release in that line, too.

2-4 players, Ages 12+, 20-60 minutes play time, $29.99 MSRP.

CT FIG – Originz: The Superpowered Card Game

CT FIGOriginz: The Superpowered Card Game is a game of super powered combat. Inside the box is 12 pre-constructed decks, each representing a different ability. Players can use these decks as is, or customize them to their own desires.

Game play is quick, and your deck represents both your abilities and your health. Play cards wisely to destroy your opponent, but make sure you don’t run out. Once you’re out of cards, that’s it for you. It’s an interesting mechanic trying to balance card use and your health.

619f73295f5410a4379217ce8a4b67f6_originalThe prototype looks excellent, and Flavor Faction (local to me in Simsbury, CT!) will be launching a Kickstarter for the game around October. I got a chance to play at CT FIG, and the gameplay is fast and brutal. I played the Super Speed deck, and I quickly got all my best cards out and forced my opponent to zero cards before they were able to do much. Card play and combos are super satisfying, and I can’t wait to have a change to dig further into the decks and some customization. Seeing as Flavor Faction is right around the corner for me, I’m hoping to get that opportunity sooner rather than later!

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