Posted by David Miller as Modern Board Games
With The Legend of Zelda Monopoly, GameStop is borrowing strategy from its video game sales, taking preorders and bundling exclusive content. The game is being produced by USAOpoly and will be sold through other retail outlets, however, only the GameStop version will come with an Ocarina of Time token, item power cards, Hyrule map lithograph, and square (instead of rectangular) box.
To be clear, other retailers (such as Target and Walmart) dabble in board game exclusives (including versions of Munchkin and Wits & Wagers). But the move is a significant step for GameStop, where board games are a sideline to a much larger video game business.
While the basic concept of Electric Football—a vibrating field that moves miniature figures (hopefully) toward the goal—hasn’t changed since the game was first released in 1947, new features for 2014 aim to provide players a greater level of control. Invisibase Cleats are translucent bases that are available in speed and strength versions, and can be switched out to fit the play being run. SpeedTurf Fields replace the noisy metal surfaces of the past with something more natural looking (or at least more artificial-turf like). And PlayAction Remote Controls provide for selection of variable speeds.
The battery-operated NFL Electric Football game is available in three field sizes at suggested retail prices of $60-$130. NFL Electric Football Action Figures are available in 11-player sets at $12 for each team’s home and away uniforms.
Phantom Nimbus Games has just announced Potions Class over on The Game Crafter. The game uses dice in a press-your-luck mechanic that has you trying to complete potions in class before the other players do. You can play it safe, or try to push yourself harder with the chance of everything falling apart.
Potions Class is $19.99, plays 2-6 players in under 60 minutes, and has a pretty cool artistic vibe. In traditional Game Crafter fashion, the rules are freely available to download.
The Protocol Gift Unit of the U.S. Department of State tracks gifts received by executive branch employees from foreign sources. Looking at the data for 2009-2012, The Washington Post published its ranking of the best and worst gifts received by President Barack Obama, and wouldn’t you know it, a few games showed up on the list.
But of course, I couldn’t leave it there. So, below for your inspection is a full list of all game related gifts received by all employees 2002-2012.
A study of the list reveals that Jalal Talbani, current President of Iraq, and the Sultan of Brunei are particularly fond of giving games. The most commonly gifted game object by anyone is a Chess set, though the Sultan has also gifted Shut-the-Box by Front Porch Classics, Forgotten English: Knowledge Cards, and Horse Race Derby: An Action Marble Game.
For a chance to win a $500 (Canadian) game shopping spree, post a photo with a Lion Rampant-distributed game on the company’s Facebook page.
Queen of Savings is giving away Deluxe Super Scrabble from Winning Moves.
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Aw, yeah. This is what I’m talking about! Fantasy Flight has announced XCOM: The Board Game. Based off the widely popular reboot of the XCOM video game franchise, the game will have you taking care of an alien threat to earth by wiping out aliens, controlling worldwide panic, and researching new technologies to further mankind’s survival.
One interesting thing to note is that the game will require a digital companion app, or use of an online tool, to play the game.
The game will include:
XCOM will play 1-4 players in around 1-2 hours. When it arrives late this year it’ll be $59,95. Fantasy Flight will be running demos of the game during Gen Con.
Through August 23rd, comedian James Cook performs a board game themed stand-up routine at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Titled, “Always Be Rolling,” Cook’s show is participatory. Audience members join in a live game of Hungry Hungry Hippos, where they play the hippos (gobbling marshmallows instead of marbles)!
Cook has also set up a game to be played around Edinburgh during the festival. He’s hidden iconic game pieces for people to find at 10 sites in the city. At his show, audience members get a copy of the game’s rules, as well as a badge to wear, proclaiming their participation.
James Cook performs daily at 1 PM at The Laughing Horse at Bar 50. The show is free.
[via Coventry Telegraph]
Despite an unexpected delay of more than a few months, 7 Wonders: Babel is still a much sought after expansion of the draft-based card game. Serving as the 4th installment of seven planned ones, 7 Wonders: Babel would not include any new wonder boards, but would inject two new elements, namely laws and taxes, into the base game and its previous expansions.
With the introduction of taxes, players need to be obedient to avoid being punished. At the start of each age, a law card is revealed to indicate the card color that would be taxed in the age, with tokens equal to the number of players placed on the law card itself. A token would be obtained whenever a player pays taxes; when the age ends, those who do not own a token, i.e. those who refused to obey the law, would need to bear their own consequences.
Twilight Creations has just announced Zombies!!! Third Edition. This new edition of the game adds new features such as playing Zombies as a team, cooperative play, and several new scenarios. There are also four new zombies figures, survivor tokens for scenario play and door tokens. All the rules and cards have been updated, but the game is still fully compatible with all other editions.
Release is set for September, which should give you plenty of time to snag it before Halloween.