UK game studio, Hide & Seek, is closing up shop. The organization specialized in running live game events but also produced other game projects, such as the Tiny Games App.
According to the announcement on the company’s blog, austerity and reduced government funding hurt Hide & Seek’s ability to focus on public-space games in the cultural sector.
Place a deposit on Geek Chic game furniture by the end of the year to get a free accessory added to the order.
Dice Hate Me Games is running a card game design contest. The prize is a limited, conditional publishing contract.
Walmart is matching other retailers’ Black Friday special discounts a week in advance for toys and electronics. Among the resulting deals is Monopoly for $5.
For $15 off purchases of $100 or more at Toys “R” Us, use coupon code “15OFF”. Also at Toys “R” Us, starting Saturday, select Hasbro games will be 50% off. And on Sunday and Monday, the price of a Lego Legends of Chima The Croc Swamp Hideout will be reduced $25 from $70 to $45 (while supplies last, limit 2 per customer).
Out of the Box is giving away five boxes of games. But you can’t win one for yourself. The idea is to win one for a friend. Submit a short explanation of why a friend or family member should win the games. The company will choose who to send the games to.
Out of the Box is also giving away Snake Oil to celebrate the game’s first birthday. Actually, the company is giving away six copies of the game to one person, as well as a signed Snake Oil cube and Snake Oil poster. A Facebook like, comment, and share are required for a chance to win.
A Year of Jubilee Reviews is giving away Rory’s Story Cubes: Voyages from Gamewright.
ThinkFun’s 8 Nights bundle includes one item for each night of Hanukkah at a 25% discount.
All Gypsy Knights Games science fiction and Traveller products, both PDF and POD, are on-sale for 30% off.
The Doctor Who Anniversary Special Bundle includes the Adventures in Time and Space RPG, plus a book about Doctor Who companions and a graphic novel, for 31% off the price of them separately.
All Scion ebooks from Onyx Path Publishing are 25% off until the end of November.
Swords & Wizardry is now available for free in PDF.
Purchase two of North Star Games at Amazon and get 25% off.
Woman’s Day is giving away 12 copies of Monopoly Empire.
Time to Play Magazine is giving away Boom Boom Balloon and Perplexus from Spin Master.
MeepleSource’s Thanksgiving Sale includes discounted sets of meeples and colored cubes.
Makobi Scribe is giving away The Game of Things from Patch Products.
Moving Through Life is also giving away something from Patch, Flash & Furious.
Chaosium’s Green Friday Sale began on Monday.
To give away Legend of the Five Rings clan banners, AEG is running an essay contest.
Fantasy Ground’s virtual tabletop products are on sale.
We had posted a while ago about a Spanish version of the Heroquest 25th Anniversary Edition, and now there’s a Kickstarter up for an English version. The game has already blown past its goal of $58,000 with 31 days left to go on the project.
A pledge of approx $89 dollars ($94 CAD) will get you the core game, and it has an estimated delivery date of December 2014.
This looks like it’ll be great for all the old HeroQuest lovers, and even for those who never had a chance to play the original, but wish they could have.
These dice are kind of self-explanatory. Since cubes don’t roll so well, these dice are 12 sided containing the numbers 1 -6 twice. The claim is that they’re rounder, therefor more balanced. Designed by Matt Fleming, the Kickstarter project has already reached it’s goal of $3,246 with 46 days left to go. Matt provides a very exact cost breakdown of the entire project, which is pretty damn cool.
Right now you can get a set of 12 Doublesix dice for a $10 pledge. That’s not a bad deal at all.
Call this a rant if you will; I prefer to think of it as an editorial. In either case, the problem I want to talk to you about is the way some people have responded to Monopoly Empire, a recently released variation on the classic board game from Hasbro.
For those of you not familiar with it, the primary distinguishing feature of Monopoly Empire compared to the original Monopoly is that instead of buying and selling real property, players in the new game accumulate well-known brands, such as McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Intel, Xbox, and Nestle. Other differences include a single rent rate that applies to all of a player’s brands (properties) and the game ending when a player has collected a certain number of brands (rather than when bankrupting everyone else).
At first, complaints circulated through many media outlets about Hasbro eliminating the jail space from the game. While I could spend time defending this as a design choice, the simple fact is it turned out not to be true.
More recently, I’ve read criticism of the game’s focus on corporate brands. In fact, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has just nominated Monopoly Empire for a TOADY, that organization’s award for worst toy of the year.
For more than 60 years, Monopoly was almost the perfect board game. But one thing was missing: ads! Fortunately, the good people at Hasbro rectified that with Monopoly Empire, where “Every space on the board is an iconic brand.” Goodbye to the boring old hat and shoe. Hello to “cool brand tokens” like McDonald’s fries or an xBox controller. Instead of buying properties, players race around the board collecting brands—Boardwalk and Park Place are now Coca-Cola and Samsung—and build towers out of billboards. Is there a better way to teach kids that whoever owns the most brands, wins?
And it’s this nomination that finally set me off
ranting editorializing to you, because with regard to Monopoly Empire, CCFC got it completely wrong.
First of all, original Monopoly isn’t even close to a “perfect game.” While not as bad as many hard-core gamers will suggest, among other problems, Monopoly depends a lot on luck and not much on strategic decision-making. Yet it’s the new version that CCFC nominates as a “toy oppressive and destructive to young children.”
Second, while the game’s precursor, the Landlord’s Game, was designed to teach the evils of capitalism, Monopoly itself became popular for the opposite reason. It gave people the opportunity to play at becoming wealthy and bankrupting their opponents. Is that the type of activity and lesson the CCFC is trying to protect?
Third, Monopoly is a game that has players building business empires. In the original version, those businesses were based on the real-estate industry in Atlantic City. All this new version does is update the game to industries and businesses with which modern players are more familiar.
So, chill CCFC! I get that Monopoly Empire triggers feelings of nostalgia for the original. But a game that’s “oppressive” to young children. Not even close.
Now available on iTunes for $6.99, Lords of Waterdeep is the first official Dungeons and Dragons app to his iOS. It’s developed by Playdeck, the same people who’ve done iOS ports of Agricola, Ascension and Summoner Wars.
Lords of Waterdeep is a universal app, so it’ll work on both and iPad and iPhone. No need to purchase two different versions. It also features online mulitplayer, local multiplayer, and the ability to play against bots.
This Saturday and Sunday is the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, where among 100 exhibitors and numerous events, members of the family can have fun playing with demonstrations of Goliath Games’ life-sized holograms and Bananagrams’ giant letter tiles, participating in a Star Wars character lunch and a Guinness world record clapping game, or competing in a Top Trumps tournament and the Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest.
The Women in Toys organization is partnering with Walmart on a special pitch session at New York Toy Fair. Following a morning presentation and panel discussion, women-owned business will have the opportunity to pitch their toy and game products to Walmart buyers.
Dozens of products pitched at a similar session last year are now being sold in Walmart stores.
Meetings will be by-appointment only. Applications are available at the Women in Toys website.
Paizo’s The Great Golem Sale includes over 900 game products in all categories.
Among other Lego products, various Lego Legends of Chima sets are on-sale at Toys “R” Us. For example, Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker is only $40.
Asmodee is celebrating the appearance of Takenoko on Tabletop by giving away a signed copy of the game via Facebook.
Eagle and Gryphon Games is offering some of it’s Reiner Knizia games for 50% off.
The Staffordshire Newsletter (UK) is giving away Terra Mystica.
Fab Frugal Mama is giving away Boom Boom Balloon from Spin Master.
Click is giving away the Trailer Park Boys Board Game.