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.

Diggin Deep Sports Spring 2015 Releases

1389133520It’s been a bit since we’ve seen some new releases from Diggin Deep Sports. That dry spell ends now with the following items:

2014-15 NHL for Diggin Deep Hockey: E-Book
2014-15 NHL for Diggin Deep Hockey: Printed
2014-15 NHL for Lightin the Lamp: E-Book
2014-15 NHL for Lightin the Lamp: Printed

1987 MLB for Diggin Deep Baseball: E-Book
1987 MLB for Diggin Deep Baseball: Printed
1987 MLB for Fifteen Minute Baseball: E-Book
1987 MLB for Fifteen Minute Baseball: Printed

Rob Lennon is also currently working on the 2015 NHL Playoffs for Diggin Deep Hockey, Decade Great sets for Diggin Deep Boxing, and research on the European Soccer Leagues.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEnter the Toys “R” Us sweepstakes for a Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree. The grand prize includes travel to and accommodations for four in New York City, exclusive first access to The Force Awakens toys, and a $1,000 Toys “R” Us gift card.

Get 20% off anything from Rebel Minis with coupon code “Spring15″.

In honor of the release of the new Mad Max movie, Pinnacle Entertainment is offering a Mad Max Hell on Earth Bundle. As far as I know, there’s no license arrangement. But still it’s a nice deal for the Deadlands-derived Savage Worlds setting.

For 60% off the Club Player’s Manifesto (video lessons for the intermediate rated Chess player), plus free additional videos from the Empire Chess series, use coupon code “MANIFESTO60″ at

To celebrate shipping its 50,000 package, The Army Painter is offering a Warpaint MEGA Bundle Deal: 42 color Mega Paint Set, 15 Zombicide Warpaints, and 12 brushes for 30% off.

Deliciously Savvy is giving away a package of three games from Winning Moves. So is Sweet Cheeks Adventures.

Get 5% off Basketball Guys from Kaskey Kids with coupon code “NBA2015″.

There is currently a 10% off coupon on Amazon for Flags of the World from Tactic Games.

Mama Smith’s Review Blog is giving away Three Little Piggies from Smart Games.

Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away Jenga Giant.


Wink is a party card game of secret glances. The idea is to discretely let the player who has the current turn know you have a matching card, while not letting other players see what you’re doing.

Previously published in Europe, Wink has recently been brought to the United States by Blue Orange Games. It takes 4-8 players, runs 20-30 minutes, and retails for $16.


GoB-Tabletop-Rescue-FrontpageGames of Berkeley, a game store out of Berkeley, California, is running a really cool contest. The Games of Berkeley Tabletop Rescue will help you replace the missing/damaged pieces of one of your games. All you need to do is submit a picture and description of your game and what needs rescuing. If chosen, you’ll be sent what you need to make your game whole!

To enter:

  • Send them a picture of your game collection on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+.
  • Tell them what you’re missing
  • Use #GoB35 and #GoBTableTopRescue in your post.

The nominees for the 2015 Spiel des Jahres award have been announced!

Logo SdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Spiel des Jahres 2015:
Colt Express, Machi Koro, The Game.
Logo KiSdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2015:
Push a Monster, Schatz-Rabatz, Spinderella.
Logo KeSdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015:
Broom Service, Elysium, Orléans.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Anyone care to start making predictions on the winners?

MattelHoping to add a spark of innovation to its product line, Mattel is looking to the public for new toy and game ideas that “create deeper consumer connections and reimagine how children play, learn, and grow.” The company is partnering with Quirky, a web service that crowdsources product development, and invites anyone to submit ideas for toys, games, and family products, particularly those that work with Mattel’s existing brands, such as Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Mega Bloks, and Monster High.

Quirky’s service works by screening the ideas submitted—over 15,000 have already been submitted in the toy category—and then posting them on the web site for public input throughout the product development process. Those that participate earn “influence” and a share of any future revenue. Quirky pays a portion of any revenue it earns on a product (1.5-10 percent, depending on a variety of factors) to the product’s influencers. For example, 40.5 percent goes to the idea submitter (or submitters, for substantially similar ideas), 5 percent goes to those who help influence the name, 5 percent goes to those who provide input on the product’s style, etc.

Crowdfunding Highlights

Iron LeagueIf you’ve ever wondered what you would get when you combined Terminator with Fantasy Football, Iron League has your answer. This game of two to six players puts you into an arena where teams of robots compete in sporting events. The game pieces include mini figs with interchangeable legs, arms, and weapons. Plus, the rest of the game components, which aren’t nearly as cool as a mini robot that has interchangeable arms and legs.

The drinking game has just gone over the limit with Hey Bartender! cocktail-themed party game. Players draw cocktail cards that they must mix and travel around the game board, collecting various ingredients to create the perfect drink. The first player to complete all cocktail cards in a hand wins. Pledging starts at $40 for the base set plus some fancy jumbo wooden dice.

BlackoutBlackout is a “dark adventure” game that has you traveling to the Northern Wastes, seeking out fortune and glory in mission-based adventures. Traveling through abandoned buildings revealed by hall and room sections that fit together and can be configured based on premade campaigns, or in any customizable way you want. The artwork for this game looks amazing.

In the post-apocalyptic future of Bane, only vampires, werewolves and super humans survive. So, you’d better be one of those if you want to survive. Oh, you’ll also need to be willing to hunt the other two species. The more you hunt, the more skilled you will become. The player that reaches a mastery level on their score track and has the most trophies (werewolf heads mounted over the fireplace?) at the end wins.


In the fantasy world of Cabal, players choose a group of ancient folkloric factions and try to take over each other’s region. It is a mix between deck building and tactical board gaming. Players attempt to move at least one creature into an opponent’s stronghold using well-planned strategies. The winner will succeed at his or her goal to overpower the other cabals.

Passport Partners With Pegasus

Passport Game Studios announced this week a partnership arrangement with Pegasus Spiele and eggertspiele through which it would bring some of the German companies’ games to the United States. The first two products under the deal, Hospital Rush and Grog Island, should arrive as early as July. Both are already available in Europe.

Hospital RushHospital Rush has players take on the role of interns competing for hospital positions with cures, sound medical care, and a healthy dose of dirty tricks. It’s a worker-placement game for 3-5 players.

Grog IslandIn Grog Island the players are retired pirates investing their saved loot in businesses and ventures close to a pirate’s heart: peg-leg shops, voodoo dolls, parrots, and treasure chests. Central to the game is an auction where players bid their dice.

Crysis: Analog Edition Hits Kickstarter

Several years ago I had posted about how Queen Games was going to release a board game based on the popular Crysis video game. It didn’t pan out as soon as expected. Now, Frame 6 has taken up the mantle and has started a Kickstarter project for Crysis: Analog Edition. They actually explain how the game came from Queen to them.

The game was originally licensed to Queen Games for publishing. After the license agreement expired and the game hadn’t yet been released, we offered to take over and acquired the publishing rights from Crytek. We now take care of the entire game production from design to publishing.

Crysis will be cooperative, and for 2-8 players. An $85 pledge will ensure you a copy of the game if it’s funded. There’s plenty of stretch goals and finery if the game manages to raise more than its goal of $94,851.

CLACKS – a Discworld Puzzle Game

Clacks-3d-box-Moist-300x277Using a semaphore system of shuttered lamps on top of high towers, the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company has revolutionized long distance communications on the Discworld. Their network of towers covers most of the Unamed Continent, but now the old postal service is fighting back.
Driven by the determination of newly ‘volunteered’ Post Master ‘Moist Von Lipwig’ the Ankh-Morpork Post Office has challenged the Clacks operators to a race from Ankh-Morpork to Genua.

Currently up for pre-order, Clacks should be releasing in early October. The game can be played 3 different ways: player-vs-player, cooperative against the game, or with an introductory childrens’ rule set.

I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read any of Sir Pratchett’s work, so this probably isn’t as exciting to me as it is to fans of Discworld.

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