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CCGs are collectible card games (aka trading card games or TCGs), such as Magic: the Gathering and Pokemon.

24 Karat Gold Pikachu Card

To celebrate 20 years of the Pokémon card game, The Pokémon Company is issuing a 24 karat gold Pikachu card (not legal for tournament play). Orders for this ¥216,000 card (about $2,000) are being accepted through November 7th. Delivery will begin in December.


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Today Hasbro announced HASCON, a massive event which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. The convention will be three days packed with everything Hasbro has to offer from all their product lines, characters, and stories. There will be live interactive experiences, exclusive products, special guests, panels, and everything else you’d expect to find at a good convention. Being Hasbro, it’s a fully family-friendly event.

This is one party I’m going to make sure not miss!

For more information, and to get on the mailing list for first-notice ticket sales, visit http://hascon.hasbro.com.

Geek Chic is adding a new gamer table model to the company’s lineup. The Vanguard, which Geek Chic describes as having “a design that can blend into both modern and traditional aesthetics”, will run around $3,000-4,000 (depending on options chosen) and be available in sizes up to 6½ feet long. It has the normal dining room table look but also features the recessed Game Vault space and rail system to hold accessories.

In addition to the made-to-order tables, Geek Chic is also offering a ready-made standard Vanguard configuration at $2,500, which will begin shipping in November.


Scratch & Play from Notre Game

Czech publisher Notre Game is launching at Essen a new type of game designed around scratch-off cards. The first title, Planet Surprise, has players holding identical cards, each with a set of planets. On their turn, a player can choose from among various actions, such as exploring a planet by scratching it off to see how many points it’s worth. Other actions include peeking at what an opponent has discovered and directing an opponent to scratch a particular planet (remember, all cards used in a game are identical, both on the surface and in hidden values). Actions, though, are limited, recorded also via scratch-off. After 10 rounds, whoever has the most points of explored planets is the winner.

scratch-warsThe second title, Scratch Wars, is a fantasy battle collectible card game where each hero card is printed under the scratch-off layer with distinct traits (Notre Game says there are over 2 million combinations). As part of the game, players equip their heroes with weapons represented by discs. These are spun around a small plastic rod to determine the result during a fight. On every hero and weapon is also printed a QR code for loading the unique card in to a companion mobile app.

Planet Surprise is being sold at the show. Scratch Wars is available for demo, with sales in Europe expected to begin in January.

down-to-gameCalifornia’s first private cannabis consumption lounge, Harvest on Geary (San Francisco), will have comfy seating, antique styling, concierge service, and Chess sets.

Fanatix, a Michigan game and comic shop, has opened its third location. The new store in Troy has play space for tabletop and console games and maintains a close relationship with student clubs at Troy University.

Labyrinth Games & Puzzles in Washington, DC (my favorite local shop) has significantly expanded its space, now allowing for more gaming tables and also more retail display. Official celebration of the opening is October 22nd.

Two childhood gaming friends now in their 30s are opening a board game cafe in Derby, U.K. Along with the tabletop games, Game Knight will offer coffee, cupcakes, and a dedicated room for virtual-reality games.

Down to Game, offering play space and the usual retail assortment, opened this past summer in Starkville, Mississippi.

Common Ground Beer and Wine Bar in El Paso sounds more like a relaxing lounge. To complete the feeling, board games are also on tap.

Hamleys toy store of the U.K. opened its first location in China, with 7,000 square-feet of retail and interactive games, in Xinjiekou Sanpower Plaza in Nianjing. Hamleys is also opening up a new location in Resorts World, Birmingham later this month and opened an outlet in Scotland today.

As part of the Canvas Outdoor Museum Show in West Palm Beach, Florida, Narcissus Street will be turned in to a life-sized board game called Streetopoly. Canvas is scheduled just for November but Streetopoly will last for a year and include large movable game pieces.

Barnes & Noble will be hosting in-store game events at all locations October 15th. Participants will have an opportunity to win promo products for featured games.

MeloettaThe next box in the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection, featuring Meloetta, will be in stores on December 1st. Like the previous boxes in this excellent series, it will contain:

  • A never-before-seen foil promo card (featuring Meloetta)
  • Collector’s pin
  • 2 booster packs of Generations
  • An online code to unlock the contents of the box in Pokémon TCG: Online

The Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection: Meloetta comes in at $12.99, just like the previous collections. Just like the previous collections, it’s a great deal.

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesBackgammon has become the latest battleground for Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The Cyprus Sports Organization is rushing to form a Backgammon federation, none too happy that a Turkish Cypriot Backgammon Association already filed with the European Backgammon Federation and could end up representing the island in a major tournament coming up in October in Denmark.

The next Women’s World Chess Championship is set to take place in Iran, where women are required by law to wear a hijab. This has many people upset. General media are certainly covering it as if many are upset. But how many of the contestants are bothered by the restriction is unclear. That is, other than the U.S. Women’s Champion, Nazi Paikidze, who’s threatening a boycott. No national Chess federations, though, have formally complained about the selection of venue, though individual officials from the U.K. and Denmark have voiced their personal disagreement.

Zev Shlasinger (founder of Z-Man Games, now with WizKids) and Paul Gerardi (also formerly of Z-Man Games) are suing Dan Yarrington (Myriad Games and Game Salute) in relationship to a game store that the trio set up in Staten Island, New York. According to the complaint [PDF], filed in federal court in New Hampshire, the three formed Zap’d Games to own the store and then contracted with Yarrington’s Myriad Games to operate it, with Gerardi as the manager. The complaint alleges deception and misdeeds by Yarrington, pretty much from the beginning. The filing claims that Yarrington mishandled Shalsinger’s $100,000 investment, failed to make his own promised investment, commingled Zap’d’s funds with those of other businesses, failed to provide appropriate inventory, and eventually, without authority, closed the store, took possession of all stock, and fired Gerardi. For his part, Yarrington denies the allegations.

Game designer Bruno Faidutti is under fire for misrepresenting native American cultures in his upcoming game, Waka Tanka. In his defense, Faidutti claims that the game represents a fantasy culture, not a real one. Except that it’s pretty obvious who it’s based on.

A Justice Department report found that Baltimore police disproportionately enforce anti-gambling laws against minorities. From 2010 to 2015, 99 percent of those charged with gaming or playing dice or cards were black.

The Malta Gaming Authority has decided that daily fantasy sports leagues are primarily games of skill and therefore should be regulated with a lighter hand than gambling. Coming to that decision, though, the MGA has also concluded that some games, such as certain card and board games, involve enough luck that the regulation of tournaments shouldn’t be entirely hands-off.

Nine people were arrested while playing Mahjong in Davao City, Philippines after someone texted police about possible gambling.

Students at Chinese University of Hong Kong were challenged by campus security guards for playing Mahjong on a public plaza after midnight. According to a student publication, no gambling was involved. The university’s vice-chancellor, however, responded, “If students play mahjong, write graffiti on buildings or have hotpot meals anywhere and at any time, they might one day even carry out disreputable acts.”

The government of Hong Kong is conducting raids on Mahjong parlors to put pressure on gangs after threats made to the life of the territory’s Chief Executive. The source of the increased conflict is a planned government housing development on real-estate controlled by the triads.

In Daping Village, China a 2 year-old boy drowned in a ditch just in front of his home. He was left on his own by his mother and grandmother, who were busy playing Mahjong.

Following a 2 year investigation, four companies, Viacom, JumpStart, Mattel, and Hasbro, have settled with the New York Attorney General’s office on charges that they illegally tracked the web browsing habits of children under the age of 13. The companies will pay a combined $835,000 in fines and have agreed to require compliance from their advertising vendors.

Former Hasbro CEO Alan Hassenfeld has been testifying at the trial of Daniel Doyle, accused of embezzling money from the Institute for International Sports, a youth service organization. Hassenfeld was a major supporter of the organization and ended up having to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars of loans that he had cosigned for the institute. Among the incidents to which Hassenfeld has testified was a forged appeal for donations on unauthorized Hasbro letterhead.

Hasbro has joined the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, a group dedicated to improving “efficiency and social, ethical and environmental sustainability in the global supply chain.” As a member, Hasbro commits to auditing 25 percent of its high-risk facilities for human rights, conflict minerals, environmental sustainability, and other issues.

In Harlem, a woman was killed while playing Dominoes, shot in the head by a stray bullet. A teenager was killed and four men injured, the victims of a drive-by shooting while playing Dominoes in the Bahamas. A Mississippi man drove himself to the hospital after having been hit in the head with an ax handle during a fight over a game of Dominoes.

Dice game arguments led to shootings in Opelousas and Bridge City, Louisiana; Charleston, South Carolina; and Detroit. Police responding to another dice game incident in Detroit were fired upon by a man with an AK-47. A man in Little Rock, Arkansas was robbed at gunpoint while playing dice. Police in Buffalo raided a backyard dice game, arresting 12 people and charging them with promoting gambling and trespassing. While a dice game in Austin was being robbed by outsiders, one of the players shot and killed another of the players. Police did not say whether he was connected to the robbers but have arrested him on murder charges.

Murder charges have been filed in the case of a 2007 Manhattan dice game shooting involving gang members from the Crips and the Bloods.

In 1985, a Sarasota, Florida woman and her boyfriend were arguing over a game of Backgammon when the man stepped on her neck, leaving her paraplegic. Police were unable to apprehend him at the time, nor were state or federal law enforcement able to find the man for the next 30 years. Now, though, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has finally been able to close the case. After publicizing an age-progression image, they were led to records that positively identified him as having lived under a different name and deceased in 2003.

Remember Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of FIDE (World Chess Federation), who was the subject of sanctions by the U.S. government for alleged dealings with Syria, and had threatened to sue the United States for $50 billion in “moral and financial damages” resulting from the sanctions? Well, now Mr. Ilyumzhinov says that he has sent a letter to President Obama requesting U.S. Citizenship so that he might defend himself in a U.S. court. He also attempted to fly to New York to defend himself in person but was not allowed to board the plane.

At the Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, players were required to ask permission to visit the toilet, while a team of special anti-cheating arbiters recorded the number of visits. Nigel Short of the U.K. team refused an electronic search by an arbiter. He was returning from visiting the bathroom during the middle of a game when Jamie Kenmure of Australia approached him with a scanner. According to his own description, Short just pushed past him and continued on to the game, risking a forfeit penalty. In the end, Short was just given a detailed scan after the game but the conflict didn’t end there. Short took great offense at being interrupted in the middle of a game, particularly since he was facing time pressure. In an interview he said that Kenmure “isn’t fit to clean my boots” and suggested that the arbiter might have picked him out in retaliation for disparaging statements he had made earlier about the man.

Peter Long reports in The Malay Mail that the Malaysian Chess Federation collected fees and lodging expenses from its members in advance of the Commonwealth Chess Championship (held in Sri Lanka) but then never paid out to the tournament organizers. The Malaysian players were therefore forced to pay up again directly before they were allowed to leave the country.

With the Court of Arbitration for Sport agreeing that FIDE has jurisdiction in deciding a complaint by the European Chess Union against Silvio Danailov, President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation (BCF), FIDE’s Ethics Commission found Mr. Danailov “guilty of violating clause 2.2.3 of the Code of Ethics in a serious degree—Officials who fail to perform their functions in an impartial and responsible manner.” Though it acknowledged that it could not remove Mr. Danailov from his position as BCF president, FIDE nevertheless has banned him from representing the national federation [PDF] in any FIDE functions or with any other federations or regional unions for 18 months. Two others in the case were banned for 6 months and 3 years.

In another case involving the Bulgarian Chess Federation, FIDE’s Ethics Commission overturned 3+ year bans [PDF] that the former group had set against three players for publicly calling out corruption in the national federation. The FIDE commission determined that the Bulgarian Chess Federation “failed to prosecute the alleged violations in compliance with fundamental principles of law.”

And one more… The European Chess Union (ECU) has decided (with FIDE endorsement) to expel the Bulgarian Chess Federation (BCF) for refusing to cooperate with an investigation in to two tournaments that the BCF had falsely claimed were sanctioned by the ECU. Money from those tournaments that was supposedly paid to the ECU was actually paid to an impostor organization, the “European Chess Union LLC” registered by unknown persons in Delaware, USA.

FIDE overspent its 2015 legal budget by six times, largely because of cases involving Silvio Danailov and the Bulgarian Chess Federation.

The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge, in which tens-of-thousands of students participate, may have to shut down after being handed a tax bill for £300,000. The government says that the tournament should have been collecting VAT on entry fees.

A Chess teacher in Toronto faces charges for alleged sexual assault of a 10 year old girl. The incident is reported to have happened during an instructional session.

When police arrested a man protesting the construction of an oil pipeline in Iowa, the man produced a Monopoly Get Out of Jail Free card. Still the police wouldn’t let him go.

A collector of error baseball cards (who is also a correspondent covering the law of trading cards for The Cardboard Connection) is suing Topps because, he claims, the company failed to deliver the individual card he ordered from its website. Instead, the company substituted an error-free card, despite the point of its online service being to sell specific cards.

During the night, someone kicked in the door of Multiverse Comics and Games in Grinnell, Iowa and grabbed $300 in cash and $1,300 of Magic: The Gathering Cards.

Police in Pleasanton, California have made a collectible card game as a way to reach out to community youth.

A Georgia schoolteacher is facing disciplinary action for using a dice game to teach 5th grade students about slavery. The game had the student taking on the role of slaves in the 19th century American South and rolling dice to determine whether they were able to escape or were forced back to the plantation.

Andre Diamant, a Chess grandmaster and former member of the Webster University Chess team, pleaded guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault and was fined $300 for paying his 6 year-old son to drink sake with him in celebration of a tournament victory.

According to the mother of a 4 year old boy with Down Syndrome, her son was refused entry to the Mattel Play! entertainment center in Liverpool because staff considered it “unsuitable for children like him”. Responding to her negative review on Facebook, facility management claimed that the staff mistakenly thought the boy was a baby in a stroller and when they realized their mistake, offered the mother a tour of the facility.

Someone tried to scam Brainstorm Toys out of product by impersonating another business and requesting delivery of goods on credit.

Cards Against Humanity is suing an internet retailer, Skkye Enterprises, for allegedly selling counterfeits games.

Reddit user Luke_Matthews makes some amazing chipboard boxes for his cards games. Not only that, but he detailed the process of making said boxes around 4 months ago in this reddit thread. It’s certainly more than I could handle, not being crafty at all myself.

Luke’s primary reason for making these boxes was to better organize his shelves. Frustrated by the fact that publishers don’t adhere to any strict box sizes for games, he set out to great his own that would be more uniform, easy to store, and easy to find on the shelf. A lot of these games come in boxes with an odd footprint, a tin, or have a box that can’t support the cards if they’re sleeved.

The outcome of his efforts is pictured below.

I’m envious.




Visit booth #1321 at NY Comic Con next week to take your picture in front of a green screen and make your own Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. While you’re there you can also pick up a con-exclusive game mat for $30. The game mat features incredible imagery of Yugi with Dark Magician and Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes White Dragon. There will also be demonstrations of the game for new players and several free tournaments for players to attend.

Also at the booth, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will be on display for NYCC attendees to get a first look of the game before it launches on iOS and Android devices this Winter. Duelists will kindle the spirit of Yami Yugi, Joey and other beloved characters from the franchise in fast-paced, real-time PvP Duels. A re-imagining of the classic TCG, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will allow players to battle other Duelists from all corners of the world.  You can also pose with Yugi and Kaiba to get your very own postcard at the green screen booth.

Yu-Gi-Oh! October Product Releases

Releasing October 7th, the Legendary Decks II box contains three complete 43-card Decks: Yugi, Joey, and Kaiba. Cards such as: Exodia, the Forbidden One, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Burning Attack, Dark Burning Magic, and Eternal Soul are included in the 132 cards contained in the set. MSRP will be $29.99.


October 21st will bring two new Structure Decks. Structure Deck: Yugi Muto and Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba will each contain 40-card main decks  and a 5-card extra Deck, for a total of 40 Commons, 3 Super Rares, and 2 Ultra Rares.  These are a deal at a MSRP of $9.99.

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