Modern board games are games created after 1900 or so, including early games such as Monopoly and Scrabble, to the latest games from Europe and around the world.


Warhammer Quest Shadows Over Hammerhal is a boxed game for 2-5 players, set in – and below – the splendid city of Order, Hammerhal. The game can handle 4 player characters with a 5th playing as the Game Master. Also, the game is compatible with Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower Hero Cards, so any miniatures you already have for that game can be used in Shadows Over Hammerhal.

Inside the box is 31 miniatures, a 72-page guidebook, a 32-page adventure book for the gamemaster to use, 18 double-sided board sections, 55 cards, 12 dice and counters/markers for tracking your heroes as they gain experience and skills.

Last published around 1995, Warhammer Quest is making a triumphant return thanks to Games Workshop finally caving into fans’ wishes. Releasing at the end of this month you can preorder the game for $150 and get some sweet extras for free, includin an art card of The Yncarne, Avatar of Ynnead and a free Gamemaster’s Screen.

 

 

 

According to Hasbro, gaming as a general trend has seen a 75 percent increase in 3 years, up from 1.2 billion gamers in 2013 to 2.1 billion in 2016.

In its presentation to investors at New York Toy Fair today, Hasbro revealed that 20 percent of its products in 2016 went to consumers 20 years of age and older. The hottest of those products, of course, was Magic: The Gathering, for which the company produced last year 117 million booster packs. In another interesting statistic, 5 million viewers watched 350 million minutes of Magic video online. To keep the trend going, subsidiary Wizards of the Coast will be launching a series of new events in local game stores called “Magic Open House”. At these events will be giveaways and how-to-play sessions for beginner players.

Magic Digital Next was also mentioned but the better information on it comes from a WOTC website article posted today. In it, Jeffrey Steefel described Magic Digital Next as an “internal umbrella term for the entire landscape for Magic: The Gathering experiences around digital games.” This includes:

  • Back-end technology upgrades to support both digital and tabletop play.
  • More and better ways to play Magic digitally.
  • Expanding the Magic experience and setting to “diverse platforms and genres.”

For the first time that I know of, a WOTC CEO participated in the Toy Fair presentation and gave some recognition to Dungeons & Dragons. Chris Cocks said that in 2016, D&D had its best sales in 40 years. He even mentioned that Duel Masters experienced its fastest growth ever last year.

On the board game side, 30 million Hasbro games were manufactured in Longmeadow, Massachusetts last year. The company claims 13 of the top 15 face-to-face games in United States—number 1 was Pie Face and number 2 was Speak Out.

Disney, Pixar, and Marvel Codenames

USAopoly is paring together a few of its existing licenses with a new one from Czech Games Edition to publish Disney, Disney Pixar, and Marvel versions of Codenames. The first two to hit retail will be Codenames Disney Family Edition and Codenames Marvel Edition this coming fall priced at $25.

In announcing the new games, USAopoly’s John Davis said, “We’re particularly enthusiastic about the artwork, as it includes a great mix of characters and locations that Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel fans will appreciate,” which I gather means we’re looking at licensed versions of Codenames: Pictures.

White Wolf’s World of Darkness returns to digital with Vampire: Prelude (iOS, Android) and Mage: Refuge (iOS, Android) interactive fiction apps.

Support for Clank! has been added to the Renegade Game Studios Companion App (iOS, Android), providing “mini-quests” and a solo game mode.

GMT Games is working with HexWar Games on digital versions of Commands & Colors: Ancients and Commands & Colors: Napoleonics. Ancients will launch first in this summer, followed by Napoleonics in the fall or winter. At launch, the games will support PC and Mac. A couple of months later, there’ll be support for iPad. Android support will come eventually, probably.

The previous implementation of Dominion online is no longer. It has been replaced by one from Shuffle iT. Accounts, though, were transferred, supposedly with usernames and passwords intact.

Victory Point Games’ Hunt: The Unknown Quarry recently launched on Steam. It’s a “deductive combat game” for 3-6. One plays a monster trying to escape. The others are hunters. A whole group can play with just one purchased license.

Online accounts for Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, and Asmodee have been merged. If you had an account, you should have received an email.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDruid City Games is giving away a $500 shopping spree to Funagain Games.

Retweet Weird Hobbies for a chance to win WOTC’s Dungeons & Dragons adventure campaign, Out of the Abyss.

Use coupon code “rain17” to get 10% off a single order direct from Pazio.

The Advanced Adventures deal at Bundle of Holding features six OSRIC modules in the Starter Collection for $5.95 and nine more modules with the Bonus Collection starting at $15.80. The Bundle for Two deal collects games for two players (one GM, one player/character) in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Actualol (AKA Jon Purkis) is giving away five board games he says are much better than Monopoly. I’ve played three of them and I’d have to agree.

As part of the launch of its Kickstarter project, RAINN Studios will be giving away Lovecraftian-themed Elder Dice.

EncounterRoleplay is giving away three copies of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook.

Use coupon code “RoosterSale” to save on purchases direct from Greater Than Games. How much savings the company’s email forgot to say.

Use coupon code “LOVE2017” to save 10% and get free shipping from HasbroToyShop.com.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Dice Throne from Mind Bottling Games, Element from Rather Dashing Games, and two copies of Affliction from DPH Games (or $30 gift certificates if the game doesn’t fund on Kickstarter).

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Victory Point Games is discounting all bagged games by 25%. Zulus on the Ramparts is discounted 20%. And everything else is discounted 10%.

Mile High Game Guys is giving away Imperial Settlers from Portal Games.

@SmashUpDigital on Twitter is giving away a new copy of the Smash Up What Were We Thinking expansion from AEG each week this month.

Spectrum Games’ Heroic Valentine’s Day sale means discounts of 40% on Cartoon Action Hour, Retrostar, and Capes, Cowls and Villains Fowl.

Use coupon code “LOVE14” for 14% off purchases from White Wizard Games. Discount ends today.

Also ending today, Treasure Tokens are on-sale 50-70% off (depending on quantity) from GameTrayz.

Save 20% site-wide at Dog Might Games.

In-store only at Toys “R” Us, buy one get one 40% off on all arts & crafts, board games, puzzles, and collector cards.

Online from Toys “R” Us, save 20% on all Monopoly games.

Images generated by NASA from radar data of asteroid 2017 BQ6 as it passed near Earth earlier this month reveal a highly-angular object resembling a polyhedral die. Lance Benner of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said:

The radar images show relatively sharp corners, flat regions, concavities, and small bright spots that may be boulders. Asteroid 2017 BQ6 reminds me of the dice used when playing Dungeons and Dragons. It is certainly more angular than most near-Earth asteroids imaged by radar.

What do you think, d8?

[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR]

Post-Truth Games

The current political climate in the United States hasn’t escaped the notice of game publishers. Breaking Games recently applied for a trademark on the term “fake news” with regard to board and card games. No details on game-play are available yet, just a Fake News Game website to sign up for a mailing list. Partnering with Breaking Games, however, is Cards Against Humanity, so I wouldn’t expect anything easy-going.

Another game in the making is Alternative Facts from Frog God Games.

You win [Opinion Points] by assembling sets of matching Alternative Fact cards from your hand. A matching set is called a “Trick” in most card games, but we don’t like that word. It sounds deceptive. Instead, we call a matching set of Alternative Fact cards a “Truth.” A valid Truth can be made up of 3 or more identical cards — after all, the more you repeat something, the truer it is.

This one’s about half funded on Kickstarter but…

We began accumulating awards for Alternative Facts before even writing it, and expect to generate many more awards if necessary.

Retail Games

Beirut, Lebanon has two escape room locations, Exit Beirut and Escape the Room Lebanon, each with two individual rooms to escape. Also recently opened in Beirut is the game, pop-culture, and comic shop, Multiverse.

On Kickstarter, Keiran Franklin is raising money for a game cafe in Brighton City Centre, UK. At 8BitBoards, customers will be able to play both board games and retro console games.

Game Kingdom Games & Hobbies in Bullhead City, Arizona does sell some board games but is primarily a public play space for tabletop and video games.

Milwaukee-area retailer, Board Game Barrister, is opening its fourth location March 1st in the Mayfair mall. It’ll be a relatively small location for the chain but will still have play space.

Opening soon in Rochester, Minnesota with 1,900 square feet of retail and play space is D6 Games.

BlackWater Roasters and Gaming Cafe opened on the east side of Cleveland last week. It serves pastries, sandwiches, fresh roasted coffee, and of course, board games.

After running pop-up shops, convention booths, and special events, B&E Games recently opened a retail location in San Jose, California.

Speak Out Kids vs Parents

It appears we’re not finished with the mouthguard game trend. Hasbro’s latest entry in the field is Speak Out Kids vs Parents. This one comes with separate sets of phrase cards and mouthpieces for adults and children.

 

Wasteland Express Delivery Service from Pandasaurus Games arrives on store shelves this May with a MSRP of $79.95.

In the game players on the role of the insane drivers for the last delivery company left on earth, the Wasteland Express Delivery Service. Deliveries of guns and other goods must be made to settlements throughout the wastelands. There’s also other missions from the world’s factions to complete while trying to stay alive. Players will be able to outfit their trucks, snag better weapons, and even recruit allies as they ride through the raider-infested hell trying to eek out a living.

Sounds like my kind of game!

Wasteland Express Delivery Service is designed by Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter), Matt Riddle (Fleet), and Ben Pinchback (Fleet), with art by comic artist Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ, Batman Black and White)

 

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