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.

It’s like those dating websites that promise to find you a match based on a personality profile. Visitors to are asked to complete a questionnaire that fits them to eight archetypes of gamers. Then based on those preferences—as well as certain other factors, like the age and number of players—the website will recommend a board game to play.

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WhyFirst-box-topWhen we were kids, racing against our friends, if we didn’t come in first, the saying went, “First is the worst, second is the best, and third is a…” well, you know.

Alderac Entertainment Group has a new game coming this summer that takes that childhood rhyme and turns it into a reality. In Why First?! second place is the winner.

The game consists of five stages. Players draw “racing” cards, which progresses their token on the game board. Players earn or lose points for places they land on the board. At the end of five rounds, the final score is tallied and the player with the second highest score is the winner.



The game includes the following:

  • 1 game board
  • 6 game tokens
  • 6 color cards
  • 32 racing cards
  • 1 rulebook

Why First?! supports two to six players (a two-player game has special rules) ages 14 and older and takes approximately 20 minutes to play. It is scheduled to ship in August and will retail for $15. Let your local board game shop know you want to come in second.


Originally published back in 1998 and being categorized by players as part of the famous Reiner Knizia’s “Tile-laying Trilogy” (Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, and Through the Desert), Samurai is an influence-gaining competition set in feudal Japan. To win the favor of the leaders in religion, commerce and military factions, players place normal hexagonal tiles as well as 3 wild tiles (namely Samurai, Ronin and Ship) onto the four main islands of the nation to surround the respective settlements.

This new version of Samurai features fresh design of the game board, tiles and leader tokens, and is expected to be released in Q4 2015.

Operation: Dandelion

pic2572749_mdMichael Groll’s Games has just released Operation: Dandelion through The Game Crafter for $39.99. Described as a light-weight cooperative game for 1 – 4 players, the game has everyone trying to get rid of weeds and help a bountiful harvest survive.

Operation: Dandelion plays ages 12+ in under 30 minutes.

The pictures up on The Game Crafter have definitely peaked my interest in this one, even if the theme really doesn’t hit home with me.

Crowdfunding Highlights

Civicus Dice GameJust when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more out there for Civilization fans, Civicus Dice Game shows up. The settlement building strategy dice game has players earning victory points for developing a well-balanced community. Manage technology, settlements, farms, markets, and more to create the ultimate empire.

If you ever secretly wished you could live the life of a spy, jet setting around the world, gathering intelligence and stealing secrets from enemies, Operation Berlin is where you want to be. This mystery board game puts players into the rolls of spies, traveling though Berlin, searching for secret Nazi military operations in order to stop the war.

Loop Inc.

Imagine a world where time travel is common, so common that major corporations have figured out a way to profit. Will the big dogs turn time travel into a mismanaged mess? As a worker in Loop Inc., players jump through time, trying to make as much money across three trips. Avoiding your yesterday self makes things even more complicated. The player with the most profitable trip back in time wins.

Boot LootFrom ancient history to the future, and now to the high-seas. Boot Loot is a game of piracy, and not the digital kind. In this dice game, players enter the world of swashbuckling pirates to plunder, loot, and betray their friends. Using a mechanic similar to Zombie Dice, players collect as much booty as possible. The player to collect the most coins from each voyage wins.

If you prefer to head back into the forest of high-fantasy for your adventures, Foe Hunter will calm your nerves. In this cooperative deck-building game, players select a hero and head out on a hunt to kill enemies using a wide variety of helpful cards.

isometric_tabletop_game_texture_tile_example_by_anthonydavila-d7xldt4_preview_featuredHere’s yet another system that can be used to make your own games, miniatures terrain, RPG maps, and more. CreatorBlocks is a set of modular pieces that can be 3D printed and assembled in a multitude of fashions. The system is very flexible, with both square and hex tiles plus supporting pieces for each. There’s walls, floors, different textures, and a lot of other customizable features.

The best part? The system is open source, so you can feel free to modify and of the pieces in a way you see fit. Designer Anthony Davila has put everything you need to get started up on Thingiverse.

I’ve got a few pieces queued up to print now so I can see how it all fits together.

Coming to Kickstarter in July, the ePawn Arena connects physical and digital by use of a mat, mobile device, and robotics. Mobile game piece bases make it possible for moves to be made online, yet still have a physical presence on the board. There’s currently 2 videos up. One is a very marketing-heavy type piece, while the other shows a simple, practical use of the product for playing chess online.

We’ve seen similar concepts pop up from time to time, but I’m interested to see this one taking the Kickstarter route. There’s a lot of potential here, but also a lot of room for disappointment.

Kingdom Builder MarshlandsDonald X. Vaccarino announced that Queen Games’ upcoming Kingdom Builder expansion’s Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled. Last week, the game designer made a public statement on’s message forums about lack of payment and the expiration of the contract. “The contract expires if they haven’t published the expansion by June 30 2015,” he writes. “[G]iven that they haven’t paid me yet for 2014, I’m not feeling inclined to give them more time.”

This morning, Mr. Vaccarino reports that Queen Games has been working with him to determine “just how much exactly they owe me for 2014, in a completely friendly fashion, and has paid most of it.” He attributes the post and the crossposting to the Kickstarter comments to have motivated the company to pay him.

Queen Games has published a statement about the campaign’s cancellation in a backers-only update. Queen says they will not have the rights to publish the expansion after the 30th of June and that the contract will not be extended by the designer. “Before the campaign started, everything was lined up for publishing the German edition by that time,” the update reads. “But for unfortunate circumstances we could no longer hold that date.”

The designers for Tortuga, Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim, also have stated they have not been paid by Queen Games for 2014. In a post on reddit’s boardgames subreddit, Jay Cormier says that the company only pays once per year, with ninety days after the end of the calendar to make payment. “It’s now June 19th,” he writes, “and we still haven’t been paid. We’ve sent them numerous emails – with hardly any responses.” The designers, who also developed a boardgame based on the Orphan Black television show as well as Belfort by Tasty Minstrel Games, state they are glad that Donald X. Vaccarino went public with his frustration and hope that spurs Queen Games to settle their account as well.

Gamlyn has launched a Kickstarter project for Tiny Epic Kingdoms: Heroes’ Call, an expansion for the popular Tiny Epic Kingdoms. The project also includes a reprint of Tiny Epic Kingdoms in a brand new 2nd edition.

Heroes’ Call includes:

  • New Factions
  • New Territories, Regions, & Resource Type
  • New Hero Meeples and Abilities
  • New War Towers
  • New Exploration Tiles (deluxe only)

Need some extra convincing that you should back this? Download the print-and-play files here and here.

I’m a big fan of TEC, and am really glad this is already funded.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEverything of Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadlands Noir is discounted 20%, plus free shipping is included with a bundled purchase of the full line.

Get 25% off a Firestorm Planetfall Core Helix with the purchase of any Firestorm Armada Invasion Fleet from the Spartan Games online store.

For 15% off Mike Schley’s amazing maps, prints or downloads, use coupon code “GENCON2015″.

Discounts of 20-75% can be had in Lock ‘N Load Publishing’s Summer Sale.

Passport Games is giving away Quantum.

Plaid Hat Games is giving away one copy of Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, weeks before it hits retail.

In Obsidian Portal’s t-shirt design contest, the winner will receive 3 months of Ascendent time.

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