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.

Street Fighter Board Game

Street Fighter Board Game BannerJasco has announced plans for a Street Fighter Board Game based on the Capcom video game series. Though no details of pricing, game-play, or release date were revealed, the company did post on its Facebook page images of several prototype miniature figures.

With the board game announcement, Jasco also said that Street Fighter characters would return later this year to the Universal Fighting System card game.

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The latest advertisement in Geico’s It’s What You Do series features Cavity Sam from the board game, Operation. Did you know his name was Cavity Sam?

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor 20% off purchases from Gamewright use coupon code “JESTERJULY”.

Smart Play Games’ card games are 10% off for the next week. I know Robert loves them.

Osprey Publishing’s Summer Sale means 3-for-2 on everything.

One retweeter will get the premiums from the Knight pledge level of Cool Mini or Not’s latest Zombicide Kickstarter.

All Perplexus are $5 off purchased direct from Spin Master.

Myriad Games shops are throwing in an additional two clearance items for free with every one purchased.

Follow WizKids Instagram account and tag a friend for a chance to win blank variant Dice Masters cards.

Each social media share of the Bomarzo project on Giochistarter counts as an entry in to a giveaway of several different games.

For $10 off purchases of $50 or more at, use promo code “JulySave”.

In Overworld Games Gen Con Fitbit Walking Challenge, raffle entries are distributed based on the number of steps taken during the week of Gen Con.

Turn One Gaming Supplies is having a Grand Opening Sale with free shipping on orders of $35 or more.

Hasbro logoUnder pressure by foreign exchange rates, Hasbro’s second quarter net revenues were down 4 percent compared to last year (to $797.7 million). The results, however, were better than expected by analysts, moving the company’s stock price to close up 6 percent on Monday.

Before the impact of foreign exchange, Hasbro’s revenues were up 5 percent. The girls category dropped 22 percent compared to the same quarter of last year, games 6 percent. However, when comparing the first 6 months of 2015 to that of 2014, the games category was flat. This difference was driven mostly by the change in Magic: The Gathering’s release schedule. In 2014 the major release was in the second quarter. In 2015 it was in the first. A “restaging” of Duel Masters in Japan was also a contributing factor.

Results in the second quarter were mixed among Hasbro’s franchise brands as well. Magic: The Gathering, Transformers, and Furby were down. Littlest Pet Shop, Monopoly, My Little Pony, Nerf, and Play-Doh were up. So were Marvel and Jurassic World.

CEO Brian Goldner said traditional board games in particular were up “a bit” in the second quarter. In addition to Monopoly, Clue, Trouble, and Twister performed well.

Looking forward, Goldner spoke optimistically about Monopoly Here and Now, Pie Face, games for the Minions and Star Wars movies, and the…

Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers game, which gives us a new footprint in the strategy board gaming category.

AccentuateIn its latest episode aired Sunday night, Dragon’s Den UK funded a second board game. Peter Jones put up £45,000 for 40 percent of Accentuate, a party game of mimicking and guessing accents. In contrast to the dragons’ usual harsh attitude towards games, even those who didn’t offer to invest were generally complementary.

But the episode wasn’t without its awkward moments, ones which I think will particularly resonate with game designers. Before deciding to invest, Peter Jones initial reaction was:

You’ve invented a game that can be played without the game.

And following that, Nick Jenkins having barely played one round, offered his opinion on how the game could be improved.

Firefly Shiny DiceUpper Deck’s long-awaited press-your-luck style dice game, Firefly: Shiny Dice, is heading to a game shop near you later this summer, set to be released this August. In the meantime, Gen Con attendees will have the opportunity to get a hands-on demo the finalized game at Upper Deck’s booth. Plus, at the convention’s dice tournament, you can play the game with other fans and enter a tournament where the winning prize is a copy of the complete game.

This fast-paced dice game is played in three rounds. In each round, players hire a crew, add passengers, and pick up supplies by rolling dice. They also roll for complications in the missions that involve meeting up with a few nefarious characters.

Players earn victory points by completing missions. They also earn them from collecting supply tokens. Victory points are worth one point each and supply tokens are worth one point for two.

The game’s dice are split into three categories. There are seven Crew dice, including Mal, Zoe, Wash, Jayne, and Kaylee (plus supplies). There are three Passenger dice, which represent Simon and River, Inara, and Book (plus supplies).There are also five Foe dice, which represent Badger, Niska, and Saffron.

There are also 38 mission cards (with images and quotes from the show), which detail the task each player must complete. To keep your opponents from seeing your progress, there are five player screens, which have the game’s information on back to help remind you of how to play. There are also two rubber playmates to help you keep track of what your dice’s status is.

Keep a look out for Firefly: Shiny Dice late this summer or early fall at your local game shop.

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JurassAttackNow that the world of cloned dinosaurs is back in our minds, it is no surprise that a game about the extinct giants is getting some board game love. In JurassAttack!, players compete against each other in a simultaneous turn-based card game. Select a dinosaur or pack of dinosaurs from your hand and reveal it. The players with the most ferocious beast wins.

If you have ever fancied yourself to be a bit of an art enthusiast, The Gallerist will give you an idea of what it is like to run a high-class gallery. In this game, players take on the roll of art dealer, museum curator, and manager for budding artists. The goal is to have the most popular, and financially sound gallery in town.

If you’ve ever been on a road trip across the country, you’ve probably seen your fair share of side-of-the-road vehicle victims. In Roadkill Rivals, players act as travelers on a dusty Arizona highway in search of the perfect roadside varmint. The goal is to collect the right combination of cards to “create road kill” (AKA run over a poor, unsuspecting creature), sabotage your opponents, and earn points. How do you create road kill? Collect certain animal and vehicle cards. If you succeed, splat.

League of Gothic HorrorLeague of Adventures roleplaying fans will be happy to know that there is a Victorian-era expansion based on dark tales of the supernatural. In League of Gothic Horror, players must work to discover what lurks in the shadows using steampunk style artifacts. The 160-page campaign book includes loads of new content, as well as helpful hints for playing a Gothic Horror game.

Why should we settle for traditional gaming dice when we are playing science-fiction themed games? I’m tired of the same old pip style rolls. I want my dice to represent my style. Space Roller is a fancy pants set of six-sided dice that looks like something that would be used in the world of Tron. They have a futuristic sci-fi space design that will make your game night buddies jealous. Now, if only they would make a full set of gaming dice.

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Fast & Furious: Full Throttle

GSL1100I’m kind of surprised we haven’t seen a Fast & Furious game until now. Coming in the the Fall from Game Salute, Fast & Furious: Full Throttle is a game of hand management. Played primarily with cards, you’ll be discarding to change gears, playing sets to speed ahead, and decreasing your hand size when you get speed penalties.

With a play time of only 30 minutes, and an age range of 10+, it looks like it’s going to be lighter, family fare. That’s by no means a knock against it! From what I’m seeing, it looks like it’ll be a pretty good time! When it hits shelves this fall it’ll have a MSRP of $40.

In 2010, Fantasy Flight Games released a collector’s edition of their popular War of the Ring game, based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring novels. That version contained nearly 250 hand-painted miniatures, larger cards and game board, all-new art by John Howe, and of course the huge wooden box. Selling for just under four hundred dollars, used copies of the game with dings and scratches can be found on ebay for the low, low price of $1525.


Ares Games then released the second edition of War of the Ring. Now, to celebrate the fifth year of the new edition (and the 60th anniversary of the publication of Return of the King), Ares has announced the Anniversary Release of War of the Ring Second Edition. This version will not be in a wooden box like the collector’s edition, but will include 205 hand-painted miniatures, a larger board, two hardcover books in a slipcase (one rules, the other a companion book), and dice produced in new colors specifically for this edition.

Preorders begin at 2 PM, EDT, on July 20th, according to the countdown clock on the website. Preorders begin at 1 PM, EDT, on July 20th, according to the press release. However, no need to rush to the website at one o’clock or two — Ares does not have a limit on how many copies will be printed. Although initially saying the run will be just 2000 copies, there was concern about disappointing fans who were not quick enough to the website. “We hope 48 hours is an adequate time to make sure all interested War of the Ring fans, who cannot be in front of their computer at the time pre-order opens, will have a chance to get a copy,” said the company.

The game will be sold only during this two-day pre-order period for $369 per copy, plus 19% VAT for members of the EU (about $71), postage and handling (anywhere from $20 to $75).

Ares estimates the game will be shipping in Spring, 2016. They say that they “may need to consider shipping the product out in waves” if they receive significantly more than 2000 pre-orders. “Realistically, we should be able to fulfill all such orders in Spring or Summer 2016, at the latest.”

Once all three expansions for the base game are released, Ares states they would like to manufacture a similar Anniversary Release-like expansion companion. But, as many factors can come into play regarding the practicality of doing all expansions as a single release, the company recommends not basing “your purchase of [the Anniversary Release] on the expectation of a future release of painted expansion sets.”

And, as a personal note: Please give me $389 so I can get a copy.

tmntKevin Wilson will be designing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles boardgame for IDW Games, based on the comic book series. TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman will be providing artwork for a special limited-edition format of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past. The game will be a scenario-driven campaign style game, similar to Kevin Wilson’s earlier work Descent: Journeys In The Dark. Players take the roles of one of the titular turtles, or Shredder. Expansions are planned based off of IDW’s TMNT micro-series, longer comic book story events, and characters from the IDW comics.

Nate Murray, the project manager for IDW Games, said the game will be available for preorder in October, with the game to debut in early 2016.

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