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.


Firefly Resin Ships

GF9FIRE007Fans of the Firefly Board Game can soonget a package of resin ships to customize to your liking. In the box there’s 4 Firefly Class Ships, 1 Reaver Cutter, and 1 Alliance Cruiser. Each miniature is unassembled and unpainted, and reproduced from the original  with a higher level of detail.

I don’t even own the game and I want this box.

You’ll see these available for $50 in February of next year.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesPlay Bridge, Chess, or Go in the World Mind Games Online Tournament for prizes that include cash, electronics, and tickets to a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The winner of Spin Master’s Perplexus A-MAZE-ING Adventure Sweepstakes will receive a trip for four to Richardson Adventure Farm (home to the world’s largest corn maze). Some others will get $20 gift cards.

In-store at Toys “R” Us, Hasbro games and Mega Bloks are buy-one-get-one-40% off. Or get a free Legends of Chima Sykor’s Ice Cruiser with any Lego purchase of $40 or more.

Get 10% off mini plastic sports figures from Kaskey Kids with promo code “GAME”.

All in-stock games are 25% off at 5th Street Games.

Koi Pond from Smart Play Games is 33% off.

Every day this week, TimeToPlay Magazine is giving Trivial Pursuit Hints and Catch Phrase Decodes to seven winners.

Snake Oil Party Potion

Snake Oil Party PotionOut of the Box Publishing’s Snake Oil Party Potion is a more compact version of its party game about making up crazy product pitches. The $15 new release also features a card set developed for younger children (ages 8+, compared to 10+ for Snake Oil).

If you’re not familiar with the original, it works basically like this… Each turn, one player adopts the role of the customer indicated on the customer card. Then the other players choose two word cards from their hands. They use those cards as the basis for product ideas, which they have to pitch to the customer. The customer chooses a favorite to win the round.

JamSumo

Austria. Jamsumo 141Cubiko Games has just announced that they have 44 copies of JamSumo available for purchase at 30GBP. JamSumo is a die-flicking game that’s entirely made of wood. It’s for 2-4 players ages 6 and up, and plays in 30-45 minutes.

Orders can be mailed worldwide, or picked up at the Essen Spiel Fair.

If you’re interested in a copy, just shoot a message off to them, and hope you’re lucky enough to snag one.

There’s no word if there’ll be a mass-produced version of the game.

Sea KingsFrom Worthington Games and designer Lew Pulsipher, Sea Kings is a game about Vikings that involves players in exploration, trade, and diplomacy in addition to raiding and pillaging. It’s also supposed to play in just 30-45 minutes with 2-6 players.

Yashima: Legend of the Kami Masters is a card-driven tactical battle game with a fantastical martial arts theme. Each game, players create custom battle decks by combining a character deck with a spirit deck.

Feng Shui, the cinematic martial-arts action roleplaying game, is making a comeback. And while Atlas Games’ project for Feng Shui 2 is already funded more than 10 times over, jumping on the bandwagon will help with additional stretch goals.

Spirit of 77Another action-oriented RPG but one that’s supposed to let me play out The Rockford Files is Spirit of 77. Monkeyfun Studios is building this 1970s homage on the Apocalypse World engine.

The first of what Storyception Games hopes will be a series all sharing a single epic-scale setting, Galactic Arena is a science-fiction game of gladiatorial combat. Other products planned by the company include a card game, roleplaying game, and dice game—all part of the Apocalypse Universe.

Bomb Squad is a real-time cooperative game that uses cards but doesn’t allow players to see their own hands. Just after launching the project for it, Tasty Minstrel Games discovered and licensed a similarly-themed game, Bomb Squad Academy. The company will include this second game for free with the first, if a significant stretch goal is reached.

6VhMGIt’s been announced that International TableTop Day will take place on April 11th in 2015. While they’re not taking submissions for events just yet, you can sign up to get more information as it’s released.

Last year there were over 3,000 registered events covering all 7 continents and over 80 countries.

I can’t wait to register my event and to celebrate such an awesome gamer holiday.

GAÏA

GAIA HD flat 1500.jpg.opt405x585o0,0s405x585TIKI Editions has just announced GAÏA, a tile placement game with area control and power cards to mix things up.

The game is for 2-5 players, plays in 30-45 minutes, and can handle ages 8+. There’s basic rules for younger players and more advanced rules from those who like a bit more depth.

In GAÏA you’ll be creating a world, building cities, and populating it all. Get all 5 of your meeples on the board to win! TIKI Editions has the full rules online if you’d like to take a look at them before snagging the game. I’ve read through them and it all seems very easy to get going.

David Duperret, one of the founders of TIKI, has said that theywill be at the Essen fair (booth 1-D101) with 260 copies of Gaïa that they’ll be selling for 25 Euros. They’re going to try and get a preorder form up before the show.

Patch ProductsThe founders of Patch Products have sold the company to private equity firm, Topspin Partners. Patch headquarters will stay in Beloit, Wisconsin and Bob Wann will remain as CEO.

Patch has been a family-owned business since its founding by brothers Fran and Bryce Patch in 1985. The company publishes The Game of Things, Buzzword, and 5 Second Rule; distributes Perplexus mazes; makes the Lauri brand crepe-rubber puzzles; and recently took over manufacturing and sales of Stratego in the United States.

Wann indicated that Topspin’s financial resources will be used to further grow the company.

[via Gifts & Decorative Accessories]

UPDATE: Another private equity firm, Balance Point Capital Partners, has joined Topspin in the acquisition.

NYU Game CenterThe NYU Game Center is looking to fill two full-time faculty positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. While teaching experience is a plus, the more important requirement is ongoing professional participation or research in the field of games.

Whether you are an industry veteran with triple-A experience who wants a chance to share your knowledge of the complex craft of game development, an independent developer exploring the experimental edge of game aesthetics, or a critical theorist asking questions about the fundamental nature and cultural context of games and play, we want to talk to you about joining the NYU Game Center.

FFGDJ29Remember the plastic miniatures from the 1st edition of Descent? Miss them? Here’s your opportunity to bring that wonderful, plastic goodness to your copy of 2nd edition.

Guardians of Deephall Hero & Monster Collection includes four heroes, two crypt dragons, three wendigos, and four dark priests along with two brand-new quests chronicling their battles for Deephall.

MSRP is $34.95.

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