Opened recently in Brooklyn, New York is the self-described hobby center, Nu Brand Gaming. It’s not a game retailer but rather an independent play space that caters to urban gamers with a shortage of room.

In wood-paneled and carpeted rooms, Nu Brand offers custom game tables, storage lockers, miniature-painting benches, terrain-building tools, and a snack bar. Clearly built with miniature war games in mind, Nu Brand also hopes to be a venue for board and roleplaying game gatherings.

Access can be purchased on an hourly basis ($3 for the first hour plus $2 for each additional hour per person) or as a monthly membership ($30, or $35 with locker space).

Nu Brand Gaming

Wizards of the Coast is changing how it distributes special judge promotional cards for Magic: The Gathering. With the institution of the new Exemplar Program, rewards (including judge foil cards) will be recognition based, rather than tied to Grand Prix events.

Starting this year with level 3+, and in 2015 at level 2+, judges will be able to nominate their fellows for “contributions to the community,” wherever and however those may have occurred. WOTC will collect those recommendations and then send out the rewards directly.

In other MtG card news, artist Terese Nielsen confirmed an upcoming set of foil full-art land cards as judge promos.

MtG Foil Full Art Land Cards

Diplomacy With a Diplomat

On public radio’s This American Life, host Ira Glass spoke to reporter David Hill about his experience with the board game, Diplomacy. Hill took a real professional diplomat, Ambassador Dennis Ross, as an adviser to a Diplomacy tournament. Listen to the show to find out how it went.

Wreck Age: Showdown at Burnt Tierra Gulch

236033982Hyacynth Games has just released the first 2-player starter set for Wreck Age.

The set, Showdown at Bunt Tierra Gulch, contains 8 pewter, 28mm miniatures, 4 pieces of terrain, quick-start rules, a scenario book, and tokens. The minis are from the Drifters and Stitchers factions, and come unassembled and unpainted.

The starter set sells for $60, and gets you right into the action.

 

National Young Game Inventors Contest 2014Cosponsored by Toys “R” Us and Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, University Games’ 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest offers the grand prize winner a $10,000 savings bond, a $250 gift certificate to Toys “R” Us, and a family trip to San Francisco. The contest is open to board games designed by children age 5-12. University Games may publish the winner but no further royalties will be paid.

The deadline for submitting game prototypes is October 15th.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDice Monkey is giving away two Dungeons & Dragons Starter Sets.

Grabbing attention for its Dead Man’s Draw Kickstarter project, Mayday Games is giving away multiple copies of the game, Amazon gift cards, and STEAM wallet gift cards.

Intelligent Domestications is giving away one of anything from Winning Moves.

Enter at Scooter Traffic for a chance to win $100 in HABA toys.

Imoni Joy is giving away the Rollors outdoor game.

Like PartyBell on Facebook for a chance to win a Super Mario Chess set.

Pawsitive Living is giving away two copies of Roll For It from Calliope Games.

The winner of a raffle by The League of Gamemakers will have the choice of three board game bundles.

And for Canadian residents only, Maple Leaf Mommy is giving away a prize package that includes Peanut Butter Cheerios and a variety of board games.

Factions is a customizable wargame with a customizable board. Designer Ben Wolf looks to have designed a compact, easy to access, war game with plenty of available options in the base game.

Looking over the rules will give you a good feel for what’s going on, and checking out the art, videos, and stretch goals over on the game’s Kickstarter page should give you a general idea of the way of things.

To get a physical copy of the game when it’s funded you’ll need to pledge at the $48 level. What’s really cool is that you can get a print-and-play version for a pledge of only $10. There’s plenty of variety in the pledge levels to get more and more cool looking stuff.

 

As of this post the game is halfway funded with 12 days to go. Everything looks pretty sweet, so I’m hoping it meets its goal.

NPD logoAccording to a new report by The NPD Group, mobile electronic games are the play product most requested of parents by their children age 2-12. However after the begging is over, 37 percent of parents report purchasing arts and crafts supplies, 36 percent traditional games, 31 percent app games, 31 percent stuffed toys, and 29 percent puzzles.

Marbles Game Design Competition

MarblesMarbles is running a game design competition they’re calling, “Who’s Got Game?“. The company is looking for “unique” “pattern games” for 1-2 adult players.

While the deadline is short—this Friday, August 1st—only photos and a description are required (prototypes are optional). The grand prize is also pretty nice—$2,000, an appearance on the National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games, production and distribution by Marbles, and a 5 percent royalty on retail sales.

Other than the winning entry, entrants retain rights to their submissions.

2014 World Championships logo_RGBThe Pokémon Company International has launched its official 2014 Pokémon World Championships website  for fans to keep up with all the action from the event. The schedule of the event is listed below, as well as a Twitch player that will stream the championships live once they start.

Saturday, August 16
9:00 a.m. EST – Opening Ceremony
9:30 a.m. EST – 5:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon Video Game Streaming
5:00 p.m. EST – 9:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon TCG Streaming

Sunday, August 17
9:00 a.m. EST – TCG Masters top 4
10:00 a.m. EST – 3:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon TCG Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)
3:00 p.m. EST – 6:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon Video Game Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)
6:00 p.m. EST – Closing Ceremony

Watch live video from Pokemon on www.twitch.tv

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