GMT has announced a new game based on the Commands & Colors system from designer Richard Borg. The initial scenario book for Commands & Colors: Medieval will focus on conflicts between the Byzantine Empire and Sassanid Persians (530-627 AD). Moors also show up in a few battles. Visigoths, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Franks, and Alemanni are set to make appearances in future expansions.
Mechanically, the new game adds superior armor, increases the number of blocks in a cavalry unit to four, reduces the number of battle dice for heavy infantry from five to four, and allows light bow cavalry a parting shot when evading.
Commands & Colors: Medieval will ship with a mounted game board, terrain tiles, a deck of command cards, eight battle dice, and more than 320 blocks for a retail price of $75. Orders through GMT’s P500 system, though, get the preorder price of $50.
The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play has announced 12 finalists for potential induction in the class of 2016. The finalists are:
Final selection of inductees will be made by a national advisory committee and the results announced November 10th. Usually 2-3 are chosen. Criteria include:
Spend $50 or more at Victory Point Games and get a free copy of Dragon Master, while supplies last.
Everything Board Games is running giveaways for five different games, some though for only a few more hours.
Funagain, again, offers a special Essen preordering service that enables U.S. customers get games that would otherwise only be available in Europe.
A bundle of everything in ebook format from Lamentations of the Flame Princess is available from DriveThruRPG for $169 (that is 33% off priced individually).
Buy one Pokemon card pack, deck, or tin and get the second 40% off in-store only at Toys “R” Us.
The Army Painter is offering a special bundle including one Mega Paint Set, one primer, one anti-shine mat varnish spray, and one Quickshade for $151.
Online, Toys “R” Us has a nice clearance section of games, which includes Loopin’ Louie at 40% off and Star Wars Box Busters at 75% off.
Russ Morrissey is running an alien race design contest for his N.E.W. roleplaying game. The prize is a hardcover copy of N.E.W. The Science Fiction Roleplaying Game.
Get a free set of dice with the purchase of any Adventure Case or Dice Chest from Dog Might Games. Also 20% off all in-stock items.
All DramaScape print-and-play products are 50% off this month.
Subscribe to HarnQuest from Columbia Games and get 50% off all Harn PDF products.
Starting in October, “mini” versions of Hasbro board games will be available for AU$3.50 with the purchase of a Sunday Herald-Sun.
Man vs. Meeple is giving away a choice of game from Renegade Game Studios: Lotus, Clank, or Covert. Watch the video and comment to enter.
A new indie games bundle deal just launched on Bundle of Holding with a starting price of $4.95.
Apt to Game is giving away Scythe from Stonemaier Games (Canadian residents only).
The Giveaway Geek is giving away Mansions of Madness from Fantasy Flight Games.
Essex Mums is giving away Pickin’ Chickens from Drumond Park (U.K. residents).
The Reading Residence is giving away Countdown from Rocket Games (U.K. residents).
Chronicle Books is giving away a package of snacks and three party games: Get to the Point Poker, Listography: The Game, and Guilty as Charged.
Chic Geek Diary is giving away Googly Eyes from University Games.
Quillable is giving away a choice of two games, plus coloring books from Raincoast Books (Canadian residents).
The US Tak Association is hosting the 2016 Tak Open Online Tournament beginning this week via PlayTak.com. The tournament will be run Swiss-style tournament, and games will be played on a 5×5 Tak board. Play will switch to a 6×6 board during the final rounds.
First and second place winners will receive gorgeous purpleheart, wenge, and kingwood Tak sets handcrafted by tournament sponsor Wyrmwood Gaming.
Registration will end this Tuesday, 9/13.
Hasbro has launched its third game design challenge, this time with a focus on family games and a celebrity judge, Daymond John, founder of FUBU and one of the investors on the television show, Shark Tank. Interesting choice considering how poorly board game pitches usually do on such shows.
In any case, again, five finalists chosen by Hasbro will pitch their designs to the public with crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo. And again the ultimate winner will receive $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro headquarters.
The first challenge focused on party games and picked The Mister Toast Card Game as the winner. The second, which asked for games that would also be of interest to game enthusiasts, awarded Hex Casters the top prize. This time, the Family Face-to-Face Game Challenge will judge submissions on the following criteria:
Entries are due by October 23rd.
Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games have terminated their license agreement. According to an announcement by FFG, the company will end sales of all products based on GW properties—Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000, and Talisman—as of the end of February, 2017. All previously-announced products, however, will be delivered before that date. That includes a couple of Talisman and Warhammer 40,000: Conquest expansions.
The latest story-line for Dungeons & Dragons saw its official launch this week with the full retail release of the Storm King’s Thunder adventure book ($50 suggested retail). Developed in-house at Wizards of the Coast, Storm King’s Thunder sees the player characters defending the Sword Coast in The Forgotten Realms against the depredations of ravaging giants.
The adventure covers character levels 1-11, for the first five in a more traditional progression and in the later levels with a modular approach. The book includes an adventure flowchart to help guide the dungeon master, as well as an appendix with suggestions for integrating it with other published adventures. Part of the story involves the characters making use of the giants’ own rune magic to craft new fantastic items.
For those playing Dungeons & Dragons remotely online, licensed versions of Storm King’s Thunder are also available in Fantasy Grounds ($35) and Roll20 ($50). The story line makes an appearance as an expansion to the Neverwinter MMO. And coming from WizKids are a Storm King’s Thunder Icons of the Realms miniatures series (later this month) and an Assault of the Giants board game ($100, May 2017).
Celebrity Name Game from PlayMonster (until recently known as Patch Products) recreates the television show for players at home. The game is played in teams with each team having one player give clues while the others try to guess the names of matching celebrities. Another name for this could be, “Guaranteed to Beat David”.
However, don’t let me hold you back! Included in the box ($25 suggested retail) are an electronic timer, score chips, and 150 double-sided cards filled with the names of people probably a lot more familiar to you.
Nestlē’s candy brands will be getting the game treatment via license with Intex Entertainment. Look out this fall for games based on Laffy Taffy, Pixy Stix, SweeTARTS, Butterfinger, and more. One of those planned is Nerds Dancin’ Dice Game, which looks to be something like Pass the Pigs, with little plastic Nerd figures replacing dice and the goal to roll them in to certain positions.
Neil Scallon of the U.K. claims a world-record collection 2,500 copies of Monopoly but also says he hasn’t played a board game in 20 years.
Sota Fujii, a 14 year-old middle school student from Aichi Prefecture, Japan, has achieved 4th dan status, breaking the record for youngest professional Shogi player ever.
Brett Smitheram of the U.K. took home the trophy, a €7,000 grand prize, and a kiss to the feet at the World Scrabble Championship in Lille, France. His win was secured with 176 points from the play of “braconid” (a species of wasp) for a bingo on a triple word score.
Londoners commemorated the Great Fire of London with the toppling of 23,000 dominoes strung through 4 miles of city streets, markets, pubs, gardens, and a church.
With a win at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis (and its $75,000 prize), Wesley So of the United States is nearly assured of also taking the top prize for the entire Grand Chess Tour. That is, unless maybe Magnus Carlsen decides to step back in for the London Chess Classic in December after finishing the World Chess Championship.
The winner of the 40th World Chess Solving Championship (a tournament of solving Chess puzzles) held in Belgrade, Serbia was Zaur Mammadov of Azerbaijan. The second place winner was also from Azerbaijan.
Draughts also finished a World Championship of Problems recently, with Alexander Moiseyev of the United States in first place.
The winner of the 2016 Magic: The Gathering World Championship, Brian Braun-Duin of Virginia, was described by WOTC as having taken the “everyman’s journey to the top.” “Grinding” through tournament tours, he had set himself a goal of Grand Prix Master for this season but managed to trump that, going home with the big trophy.
At the 2016 World Championship Domino Tournament hosted by the Andalusia (Alabama) Rotary Club, the winner, Jerry Baker, was from nearby Ozark, Alabama. In fact, all the winners were from the Southeast United States.
A world record for the largest circle field of dominoes (76,017 toppled) was set in Westland, Michigan, along with the U.S. record for total dominoes toppled (242,518). A team of 18 spent 10 days setting up the feat.
Three retirees from China finishing on top of the 11th Austrian Mahjong Open was seen as something of a comeback after an embarrassing showing at the Open Mahjong Championship 2 years ago in France, where the highest placed competitor from China came in 30th.
It was an Austrian, Wolfgang Leitner, who won the 2016 FISTF World Cup in Belgium, where 500 competitors gathered to play table football (Subbuteo).
In first place at the 41st Backgammon World Championship was Jörgen Granstedt of Sweden.
At the European Rubik’s Cube Championship, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia set seven world records, including one for solving a 7×7 in 2 minutes, 20.66 seconds. At the PSU Open, August 28th in Novopolotsk, Belarus, Roman Strakhov of Russia set a world record by solving a 5×5 Rubik’s Cube, blindfolded in 5 minutes, 1.40 seconds. Just a few days later, however, at the SPB Championship, September 4th in St. Petersburg, Roman bested himself by finishing the 5×5 blindfolded in just 4 minutes, 55.63 seconds.
And the winner of the Pentamind World Championship was Andres Kuusk—his fourth time! The Pentamind is a meta-event, incorporating multiple games of one Chess variant, Scrabble, Go, Poker, and Backgammon.