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.

unnamedThe TMNT Dice Masters set is coming in May, and I have to say I’m more excited about this release than any other I’ve seen yet. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Box Set contains everything 2-4 players need to play:

  • 44 Custom Dice
  • 38 Cards
  • Two Dice Bags
  • Complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook

The set will be $34.99, and is compatible with all other Dice Masters releases. I have to say that I love that Leo, Raph, Mikey, and Donnie are all rocking their original red masks on the box art. It’s a bit strange, though, since the (excellent) Nickelodeon cartoon is still so popular. Either way I’d be happy, as long as it wasn’t the new movie versions.

Along with the Boxed Set you’ll also be able to snag a playmat and dice bags for $19.99 and $14.99 respectively.


8700506That twelfth game in the Diggin Deep series has just recently been released. Diggin Deep Basketball releases with six seasons, plus printable game components, available for purchase:

  • Diggin Deep Basketball: 2015-16 NBA Season:  E-Book  Printed
  • Diggin Deep Basketball: 2014-15 NBA Season:  E-Book  Printed
  • Diggin Deep Basketball: 2015 WNBA Season:  E-Book  Printed
  • Diggin Deep Basketball: 1995-96 NBA Season:  E-Book  Printed
  • Diggin Deep Basketball: 1986-87 NBA Season:  E-Book  Printed
  • Diggin Deep Basketball: 1974-75 ABA Season:  E-Book  Printed
  • Diggin Deep Basketball: Game Parts:  E-Book

Other seasons are on their way if the game gets enough support, so if you’re an NBA fan go snag some seasons!

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Board Game Hits in July

ACSLAB01aNavigate the Labyrinth to save Baby Toby from The Goblin King in the board game version of Jim Henson’s famous Labyrinth. Based on the classic 1986 movie, players take control of Sarah, Hoggle, Ludo, and Didymus, trying to navigate the ever changing maze while keeping their willpower up. At the end of the game they must storm Jareth’s castle to free Sarah’s brother.

As a huge fan of the movie, this will be a “must have” for me sight unseen, as I’m sure it will be for many children of the 80’s.

“You Have No Power Over Me” … except it totally does.

Hasbro Gaming LabAfter last year’s challenge, which saw 500 party game proposals and plans for Hasbro to publish The Mister Toast Card Game, the company follows up this year with a search for “games that are enjoyable for families and casual gamers that are also exciting for long-time enthusiasts.” Hasbro Gaming Lab’s 2016 Next Great Game Challenge ramps up the reward too, offering a prize to the winner of $25,000 in addition to the trip to Hasbro headquarters.

Submissions to the challenge—including game rules and a photograph—are due by May 15th. From these, Hasbro will choose 15 semi-finalists to submit full prototypes and then five finalists to pitch their projects to the public with crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo. Each of the finalists will receive $2,000 and mentoring support from Hasbro and Indiegogo but the grand prize winner will be chosen by a separate panel of judges in early December.

Entries this time will be welcome from the U.S., U.K., Canada (excluding Quebec), France, and Germany.

west_end_gamesThis morning, Stewart Wieck posted a short message on Twitter: “I’ve purchased West End Games.” The company is most well-known for the D6 System, the game system that ran the Ghostbusters and the Star Wars role-playing games. The sale of the company comes after nearly eight years after Purgatory Publishing’s Eric Gibson, the owner of West End Games since 2003, announced he was done with the company and would auction off WEG’s properties. Wieck writes “the majority of the iconic West End Games properties have already found other homes, WEG still owns the D6 System as well as a handful games, mainly hex-and-counter wargames.”

Wieck’s company, Nocturnal Media, will be releasing the core D6 System rulebooks (D6 Adventure, D6 Fantasy, and D6 Space) as print-on-demand books with a POD version of Septimus, Bill Coffin’s space opera setting. Wieck announced that Greg Costikyan’s three-player, three-dimensional wargame Web & Starship will be launched as a Kickstarter campaign.

New WOTC President

Greg Leeds has resigned as President of Wizards of the Coast. Effective June 6th, he will be replaced by Chris Cocks, who until recently was Vice President of OEM Technical Sales at Microsoft. Before that, Chris was Vice President of Educational Games at LeapFrog.

Experience with digital game products was clearly important in Hasbro’s choice of Chris to lead WOTC. In an announcement of the leadership change, John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands, was quoted as saying:

We’re very excited to welcome Chris to the Wizards of the Coast family. As an avid fan and player with extensive digital experience, I’m confident Chris is the right person to help us build on the tremendous momentum around our brands and take the franchise to the next level by delivering exciting new experiences to our growing and passionate fan base around the world.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesWith a new edition of Mongoose Traveller on the way, Jon Brazer Enterprises has put all its products, made for the current edition, on-sale for 60% off.

Father Geek is giving away Shogunate from Dreadful Games.

Bundle of Holding is featuring D&D 3.5 Dungeon Crawl Classics adventures from Goodman Games. Five low-level modules are available for $9.95. Pay the threshold price, currently $17.27, to also get four high-level adventures.

Barnes & Noble has started offering its annual anti-season in-store discounts on games.

Coupon code “jackson” is good for $20 off the boxed version of Night of Man from Flying Pig Games.

Dog Might Games is giving away a matching set of its wood Deck Box and Dragon Sheath. The redesigned Deck Boxes are also on-sale for 25% off.

For Autism Acceptance Month, Fundanoodle is offering its Muscle Mover Cards at buy-one-get-one-30%-off.

Crowdfunding Highlights

In role-playing games there’s something about a contemporary or near-future setting that has grabbed me over the past few years. “It’s our world, but different.” Now, there’s an Urban Fantasy setting for the Savage Worlds game system up on IndieGoGo with an interesting twist: the Greek Gods and Titans do battle in a game that seems part Jason Bourne, part Shadowrun. Olympus Inc. is a licensed Savage Worlds product with reward tiers beginning at $15. Pop on over to their IndieGoGo page and download a sample chapter.


More roleplaying goodness! With just a few days to go, Infinitas DM looks like everything I wanted a roleplaying game app to be. It’s a tabletop game platform somewhat similar to Roll20, plus intergrated campaign management. Right now, Atom Switch Inc. is coming down to the wire: just over $4000 left to make their modest funding goal. A pledge of $5 (five bucks?) gets you the finished app, hopefully at the end of the year. (Honestly, I think they underpriced their pledge tiers.)

gooniesGhostbusters: The Board Game II? What? Didn’t the Ghostbusters board game just get released? Anyway, if you liked that and have $125 to blow on a Ghostbusters board game based on the not-so-great movie Ghostbusters II, um. Go ahead, ’cause apparently nearly 3000 people liked Ghostbusters II enough to pony up the cash, so yeah, it’s funded already.

Speaking of the 80’s, It’s The Goonies Adventure Card Game! In this game by Albino Dragon, you’re just a bunch’a rag-tag kids trying to find the treasure of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willy while evading the Fratelli criminal — you know what, it’s The Goonies. Just get it already. It’s funded nearly five times over which is even more amazing than the time you ate your weight in Godfather’s pizza, right?

not cahThis week in Popular Card Game Coattail Riding/Parody/Marketplace Confusion, our Cards Against Humanity winner is Cards Against Technology, where a Canadian (!) ran out of Cards Against Humanity cards so he made his own. “Imagine playing Cards Against Humanity, but with unlimited possibilities to choose from making the game almost different every time, and funnier, and less boring as time passes depending on who you play with.” Typos and Arial instead of Helvetica on these cards. Plenty of ® and ™ symbols in the text so these guys don’t get sued. Only $273 of $1500 CAD pledged.  Runner-up: Deck a Celebrity, where the judge pulls out a topic card (“AIDS!” she cries out.) and players have eight quotes from celebrities to best match the topic. (“If he invited you out, he’s got to pay.” -Beyonce was the winning card. Tee-hee.) It’s more Apples to Apples than CAH. They’ve pulled in $2,462 in pledges, but they wanted $15k. Nice KS intro video and better card design, though.

Sharknado: The Board Game


What has a thousand fins, a million teeth, and comes in a cardboard box?

That’s the flavor text on the Devious Devices website topping the announcement of the upcoming Sharknado: The Board Game. Working with The Asylum and SyFy, Devious Devices will be Kickstarting the game soon, with the intention of actually getting the game in people’s hands this year. They really have no real information on the game just yet other than the fact that you can expect to see everything you love from the horrible movie in the game.

Being one of the few people I know of that hasn’t seen the movie, I can’t get too excited. Then again, it’s a game about sharks flying out of tornadoes and being cut in half with chainsaws. Show me some awesome minis and I may become a believer.

You can be sure that if this is a hit, we’ll see sequel after sequel as either new games, or expansions. Sharknado never ends.

pic2930541_mdFor those who have large game collections and are having a hard time keeping track of them, you now have another option with GameStockpile. The site is a fairly no-frill collection manager focusing more on visibility than depth of tracking.

The site is still in its infancy, but does offer an import from BoardGameGeek if you’ve got a collection already setup there. I’ve given the site a whirl, and while nice, is not exactly what I’m looking for. Like I said previously, for users who are just looking to track what they own and get a birds-eye view, this may be perfect.

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