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.

UpWorks Modular DiagramThe creator of True Dungeon and former president of Dwarven Forge has a new terrain idea to set miniatures gamers drooling. UpWorks is a modular system for building castles in three dimensions—that is, building up multiple levels with modular components. A full castle set, however, requires backing at $590. Curved towers are an extra $90 each.

Not modular but just as drool-worthy is the castle project from Miniature Building Authority. Buildings and wall sections come complete and highly-detailed with furnished interiors, working drawbridges, removable roofs, slide-out floors, and other features. Various buildings are available separately but the incredible large castle setup requires a $2,600 pledge.

The gangster-themed card game, Gang Up!, has players recruiting each other as partners in the commission of crimes. Influence cards, however, allow other players to affect crimes in progress. Partners too, may turn on those who recruited them. Frankly, the project hooked me with the big-band music playing in the video.

Arknight’s Flat Plastic Miniatures look to be a nice step up from paper minis. Printed on thin sheets of clear plastic and pre-cut, these will have a transparent background and be more durable. A $75 pledge gets at least 186 figures plus bases (more with stretch goals), so about 40¢ each.

Flat Plastic Miniatures

Nord is a game about competition among Viking settlements. Players get three meeples a turn to claim the resources of forest, mountain, and ocean spaces, or to attack and occupy neighboring settlements. The board reflects an island but is made of tiles that can be configured differently each game.

The first non-RPG project from Triple Ace Games, Rocket Race is a slightly comical steampunk space-race card game. The basic rules have players bidding cogs on rocket component and event cards. Using the advanced rules, players will have to manage resources in three scientific disciplines to purchase components.

Wyrmwood Gaming hand-makes dice and card storage boxes and dice trays, each available in a varieity of natural woods, including maple, mahogany, rosewood, cherry, walnut, and bubinga. Of course these beautiful accessories do not come cheap. An extra-large deck box (which will hold 120 sleeved cards) runs $200 in Gabon Ebony.

Poetry Via the Scrabble Dictionary

101 Two Letter WordsSinger-songwriter Stephin Merritt has penned a book of poetry based on The Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary. 101 Two-Letter Words features a four-line rhyming poem for each of the two-letter words in the last edition of the dictionary (not the additional words in the new edition just released this summer).

roborallyThe creator of Netrunner and Magic: The Gathering has said he wants to return to and refine his first game design, RoboRally. Richard Garfield has stated interest in licensing or purchasing the rights back from Wizards of the Coast, the current owners of the property. “I am bothered by some design issues as only the designer can be,” he posted on’s forum, reflecting on the twenty-year old game. RoboRally Rebooted would play faster with less downtime and is “a bit crazier”.

Mr. Garfield invites BGG users to take an informal poll regarding a new version, including a possibility of a reskinned game similar to the RoboRally-inspired Pirate Dice: Voyage on the Rolling Seas.

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesUnder pressure for failing to stop one of his 18 year-old team members from playing against an Israeli at the World Youth Chess Championships, the president of the Sudanese Chess Association resigned and issued an apology to the Palestinian and Sudanese people.

Eight people were fined for playing the game of Parcheesi after midnight in the town square of Malaga, Spain. Neighbors complained about noise made by the rolling dice. Responding police also told the players that they weren’t allowed to drink in the area. It wasn’t alcoholic drink, mind you, that was the problem. The players only had water and cola. Way to go, Malaga! Keep those ruffians off the streets!

Hasbro is claiming copyright on a list of words used in Scrabble tournaments. (To be clear, that’s just an electronically-stored list, not a printed book, nor a set of definitions.) Many believe the claim to be on shaky legal ground. However, the North American Scrabble Players Association and small enterprises that produce game-playing software aids are intimidated by Hasbro’s size and resources.

The Prime Minister of Norway has refused an invitation to attend and make the first move at the upcoming World Chess Championship (where the defending champion is Norway’s own Magnus Carlsen). The tournament is being held in Sochi, Russia and the Prime Minister has cited “international circumstances” as her reason for not attending.

In Detroit, a young girl, age 7, was caught in the crossfire between two cars speeding up the street with the occupants shooting at each other. What was the gunfire all about? What else? A dice game.

Someone in China is making a paper version of Blizzard’s Hearthstone CCG.

The Department of Labor investigated employment practices at the Game Manufacturer’s Association and found that the Association had misclassified several positions as exempt when they should have been hourly. GAMA is now distributing back pay for overtime.

According to Mexican authorities, Hasbro owes $250 million in back taxes because it allegedly improperly accounted for cross-border transactions.

Yet again, Outlaw Press stands accused of illegally copying roleplaying material and the artwork of others to sell it.

A New York City man who has sold flowers and taught children Chess on a Harlem street corner for more than 10 years has been put out of business by the Parks Department for lack of a vending permit. Of course, he could have moved down the street but he preferred the space available in Abraham Lincoln Playground.

A South Florida school district has been unable to launch its system-wide Chess program a month after the start of classes. The Chess sets it’s importing from China have been held up by customs. That may seem unreasonable but maybe it’s not. Chess sets have been convenient smuggling devices before.

An American Ebola patient in isolation was given a Chess set and NERF basketball hoop for entertainment.

Employees of the Aviation Club de France, a Poker club in Paris, were arrested on charges of money laundering for organized crime.

Project Sunshine is an outreach program of the Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association. Members organize a Chess tournament for inmates at the Cebu City Rehabilitation Center.

In Belize City, two men were playing Dominoes mid-afternoon, when another man drove up and shot at them eight times. One of the players was killed, the other injured.

In Scotch Plains, New Jersey, an 11 year-old highly ranked (candidate master) Chess player was shot and killed by his father, who also took his own life.


rrg457Arriving in November from R&R Games, SpellCaster is a 2-4 player game of mage combat. In the game you’ll use 60 different spells from four schools: Combat, Conjuring, Healing and Sorcery to try and force your opponents to run out of energy or to collect enough spell sapphires to knock them out.

The game doesn’t seem to fit in R&R’s normal fare, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve got my eye on this one. It looks like it may be a lighter, yet wholly enjoyable family fantasy game.

MSRP will be $19.95

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTicket to Ride from Days of Wonder is now free on the NOOK tablet.

At Toys “R” Us:

  • Pictionary, Uno Attack, and Apples to Apples are 25% off.
  • Collectible card games, including Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and Magic: The Gathering, are buy-one-get-one-40%-off.

Playdek is offering three discounted bundles of iOS games:

This Board Game Life is giving away Doomtown Reloaded from AEG.

Renegade Games is giving away ROFL!.

To celebrate the release of the Monsternomicon, Privateer Press has it, the Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game Core Rules, and King, Nations, and Gods supplement 50% off at DriveThruRPG. No Quarter Presents: Iron Kingdoms Urban Adventure is 70% off.

For the site’s seventh birthday, The Army Painter has a painting bundle [or for the EU] that includes paints, primer, varnish, and Quickshade.

Club Fantasci is giving away Mint Tin Pirates from Subquark.

Ares Games Acquires “Age of Conan” License

ageofconanOriginally published by Fantasy Flight Games, Age of Conan will be seeing a re-release through Ares Games. Also, and expansion called “Adventures in Hyboria” will be Kickstarted this month.

Part of the deal is that Ares Games will acquire all remaining inventory of the game from Fantasy Flight Games.

There’s no word yet on pricing, the actual 2nd edition of the game, or when said 2nd edition will actually be released.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wizard Class DeckNow available direct from Paizo are seven Class Decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Fighter, Cleric, Bard, Ranger, Rogue, Wizard, and Sorcerer. Each features four different class archetypes and includes 109 item, ally, spell, and loot cards.

Class Decks are required for organized play (the Adventure Card Guild) but also provide options for home games.

Hub logoHasbro is reducing its role and ownership stake in kids TV channel, The Hub Network. After 4 years as a joint venture of Hasbro and Discovery Communications, The Hub will become Discovery Family Channel starting October 13th.

Children’s programming from Hasbro Studios—such as My Little Pony and Transformers Rescue Bots—will continue to be featured during the daytime. Evening primetime, however, will focus on family shows from Discovery.

Hasbro’s ownership stake in Discovery Family Channel will drop to 40 percent.

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