It’ll be a great weekend of family fun with the Chicago Toy & Game Fair taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Navy Pier. In addition to the exhibitors large and small (Spin Master, Hasbro, Mayfair, Rainbow Loom, Goliath, and many others) a variety of special events are also scheduled, including a Yo-yo contest, the Young Inventor Challenge, a Star Wars Luncheon, and the Rummikub National Championship.
Google has introduced a simple die-roller and coin-flipper to its search function. Type “roll a die” in the search field and Google will roll a single six-sider. Type “flip a coin” and Google will give you heads or tails. The animations also work by voice on mobile with the preface, “OK, Google…”.
Unfortunately, no polyhedrals yet.
Just in time for those family holiday gatherings, Luanga Nuwame, self-styled Homemade Game Guru, has launched an online tutorial that turns genealogical research in to a fun board game design activity. The tutorial is a series of 24 videos available via Udemy for $11.
To complete the course, participants will need Adobe Photoshop or some other image editing software. Nuwame provides templates for the board, rule book, and other components, as well as guidance and questionnaires for discovering the facts and stories that are used in making the game.
Toys “R” Us stores in the U.K. will be holding an autism-friendly shopping event on Sunday, November 30th. Every store will open early at 9:00 AM, and until 11:00 AM will operate with reduced lighting and no music or announcements. Staff are also being given special parent-led training for the event.
[via Daily Echo]
It’s Teach Your Kids to Game Week at DriveThruRPG and select family-friendly titles are 50% off.
Many board games are on-sale in Target stores for $2-5 off, including Moustache Smash from Spin Master and Robot Turtles from Think Fun.
Paizo’s PDF Love Sale includes 30% off 677 digital products.
Recovery Bookstore is giving away the Recovery Board Game. Not just one copy, all of them.
Blessed Elements is giving away Time in a Box from Fox Mind.
For 20% off premium color colored Game Trayz, use coupon code “PRE20″.
Place a deposit with Geek Chic by the end of the year and get a free gift, such as a dice tower or card carrier.
Get a free gift box with every order of $150 or more from Games Workshop.
Noble Knight Games is holding its Fall Sale, with most everything at least 10% off.
Asmodee is on a roll, aren’t they? After announcing that they were acquiring Days of Wonder only a short while ago, they’ve now announced that they’ve acquired Fantasy Flight. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Asmodee is quickly becoming one of the largest hobby game companies around.
Fantasy Flight has always seemed like the big kid on the block to me, so I’m a little surprised to see this come across my desk today!
Awake defeated Ponanza, claiming the top spot in the Shogi Deno Tournament in Saitama, Japan. Both are computer programs, and along with three other computer players earned the opportunity to compete against humans for a 2.5 million Yen prize next March.
Nigeria placed first at the Africa Scrabble Championship, followed by South Africa and Zambia.
Christopher May clinched the British National Scrabble Championship with a record of 13-4 +1287 by playing “MATH”. Yep, that’s it.
In a repeat performance of last year, Kim Sooyoung and Jeon Junhak of Korea claimed the trophy at the International Amateur Pair Go Cup. Their final game was against Chinese Taipei and was won on a resignation.
The World Youth Draughts Championship in Tallinn, Estonia was divided in to boys and girls, minicadets (under-14) and hopes (under-11) sections. Among all the sections, the top spots were dominated by players from Russia and Belarus. In minicadets girls, the winner was Vera Gorbacheva of Russia. In minicadets boys, the winner was Anatolyi Protodyakonov of Russia. Leading hopes girls was Maryia Chasnakova of Belarus. Leading hopes boys, Miraslau Kuzniatsou of Belarus.
In Lishui, China the 3rd Xingqui Tianxi Cup International Open Draughts Tournament saw Mourodoullo Amrillaew of Russia at the top of the general section, Natalia Shestakova of Russia lead the women’s section, Yiming Pan of China boys under-14, and Yurui Liu of China girls under-14.
At Człuchów Panzer Cube 2014 (Poland), Jakub Kipa set a world record at solving the 3×3 cube with feet, 25.90 seconds.
With an average time of 9.47 seconds in 3×3 cube, the winner of the Asian Championship in Matsudo, Japan was Sei Sugama. The same tournament saw a world record 37.83 Megaminx solve by Mitsuki Gunji.
After six rounds of the World Chess Championship, current champion, Magnus Carlsen, leads challenger and previous champion, Viswanathan Anand, 3½-2½.
First place in the Tashkent leg of the FIDE Grand Prix went to Dmitry Andreikin with 7/11 points.
Magic: The Gathering
Grand Prix Nashville was a Khans of Tarkir team limited event. Of the 464 registered teams, the one of Matthew Nass, Jacob WIlson, and Jesse Hampton came out on top.
At Grand Prix Santiago (standard), Brazilian players proved tough opponents for local Chileans, with Eduardo dos Santos Vieira coming out on top.
Immanuel Gerschenson of Austria won Grand Prix Madrid, where the modern format saw a strong performance by a variety of older cards.
More than 4,000 players showed up for Grand Prix New Jersey (legacy) but in the finals it came down to roommates, Tom Ross and Brian Braun-Duin, with the latter taking home the trophy.
Fantasy Flight Games’ World Championship Weekend saw eight different players declared champion, one in two separate games:
In a bit of interesting news today, it seems there’s rumors of Hasbro purchasing Dreamworks. It’s a deal that many are already cracking jokes about. Which toy/game lines will become the new big Dreamworks movie?
This could work both ways, though. Which Dreamworks titles would Hasbro have full control over for toys, games, etc..
While on he surface it may seem like an odd deal, it makes a ton of sense. Now we just sit back and wait until it actually happens. Then, if it does, lets hope Hasbro actually puts some though into new product/movies instead of flooding the market with as much sub-par stuff that it can as quickly as it can
[source: Investor Guide]
Pocket Sports has just announced a slew of new games that will be releasing shortly after the new year. Boxing, Baseball, Tennis, Test Cricket, and 2nd editions for Football and Rugby make up an impressive line up of new products.
Each of the new titles is up on the Pocket Sports website for preorder for only $9.99. which is a savings over the normal $11.99 price tag.
Niya – a game by Bruno Cathala, is a beautiful little abstract strategy game with a pattern matching mechanic. Players shuffle the tiles and place them on the table in a 4 x 4 grid. Each player then takes turns placing their tokens down until they make a row, make a 2×2 grid, or make it so the opponent can’t place a title. The trick here is that you can only place a token on a tile that shares at least one attribute the previous player’s placement.
The game is light, quick, and great for families. I’ve had a great time playing this with 4-year-old, as well as my 7 and 9-year-olds. It’s simple enough to teach and play while really rewarding planning and forethought. It’s also pretty inexpensive, which makes it a great holiday gift. It retails for $14, and there’s great value there.
There’s really not much more I can say about Niya except that it’s a purchase anyone with kids should make without a second thought. It fills a nice need for a quick family game, and even though it’s only for 2 players, you can easily play several games with each family member without the others having to wait too long.
A copy of Niya was provided free for review by Blue Orange Games