Diggin Deep Golf

ddgolfDiggin Deep Sports has just released Diggin Deep Golf; Two sets are available, one with the Top 100 golfers from the 2013 PGA season and the other an All Time Greats set. Each golfer comes with 2 cards, one card for the shot-by-shot play of the game and one for the hole-by-hole play of the game.

Diggin Deep Sports also comes with Course Pack #1, which includes:

  • TPC Sawgrass from Ponte Verde Beach, FL
  • Augusta National from Augusta, GA
  • Muirfield from East Lothian, Scotland
  • Merion Golf Club from Ardmore, PA
  • Oak Hill Country Club from Rochester, NY

Designer Rob Lennon has plans for more golfers and courses depending on the success of the game. Right now you can order the Diggin Deep Golf – Golf Bundle for $19.99, which has everything you need to play.

Hasbro Sued Over Candy Land Movie

candylandDungeons & Dragons isn’t the only game-based film project that may land Hasbro in court. The company is being sued by Landmark Entertainment Group over the Candy Land movie being developed by Columbia Pictures.

Landmark claims that the Candy Land characters it developed for Hasbro were only licensed for use in toys, not in any other products, such as “animated or live action films, handheld electronic games, or DVD-based video games.” Before the 1980s, only the locations on the board game were named. Characters, such as Princess Lolly and Lord Licorice, were introduced 40 years after Candy Land was first published.

According to Landmark’s complaint, the company first learned of Hasbro’s plans for a movie, set to star Adam Sandler, in 2013. It then discovered that Hasbro had also produced in the intervening years floor puzzles, animation on video cassette, a handheld electronic game, and a DVD video game. Hasbro claims that the characters, artwork, and storylines were works-for-hire.

[via Law360]

Ibyron: Island of Discovery

byronAnother new game just listed on The Game Crafter, Ibyron: Island of Discovery comes to us from designer Scott Nelson. The game takes advantage of a new manufacturing process at TGC allowing for two-sided tiles.

Ibyron is a worker-placement game where players try to work the land to be able to build cities, then delve into the city construction, itself. You should note that the game doesn’t include a rulebook, as it’s still being tweaked. You can always download the latest version of the rules from The Game Crafter page.

Ibyron: Island of Discovery is $39.99, and is good for 2-4 players ages 12+. It plays in around 90-120 minutes.

EDIT: The rules booklet has been added to the game, and the price increased to $42.99.


Kickstarter Preview—Teratozoic

Author Teel McClanahan III has just launched a Kickstarer for his first game, Teratozoic. The game is a deck building card game where you’re trying to stabilize a monster’s gene pool in order to create the biggest, baddest monster at the end of the game. For those familiar with Teel’s work, there’s a familiarity here. For those not, you’re still going to get a kick out of the artistic quality of Teratozoic.

If you want to know how to play the game, just checkout the Kickstarter Page, or download the latest rules for it. Better yet; I’ve embedded a video of Teel explaining the rule rules of the game at the bottom of this post. The rules are super easy to grasp, and can be read as you play your first game. I was able to teach my 2 oldest kids how to play in about 10 minutes without many questions on their part, and very little rules referencing as we went along with our game.

Once you’ve gotten hang of the flow of the game, Teratozoic is fast-paced. As you get more into the game, you start to realize that while building your current monster is important, you really need to start thinking about your end-game monster. Everything you do, every card that enters your gene-pool, decides what kind of monster you create once you reach the Teratozoic Era. All that really matters in the end is a single color monster with no open ends. Create one with the largest score and you’ve won the game. I’ve sometimes found myself so caught up in monster creation during my normal turns, that my final turn suffered, and it cost me the game.

Overall the game is highly entertaining, intelligent, and has a bit of a different spin that other deck building games I’ve played. It’s a game that I can see having a lasting place in my collection, and one that I’m sure I’ll keep enjoying with my children time and time again.

You can back Teratozoic for $1 and get the print-and-play version, or you can back it at the $20 level to get the print game when it’s funded. I can say that the quality of the prototype I received was extremely high, so I can only imagine what the finished products will look and feel like. Go ahead. Back this one. You won’t be disappointed.

A prototype copy of Teratozoic was provided free for review by Modern Evil Press.




Second Look—Super Dungeon Explore

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.What’s a great dungeon crawler, lighter the Descent: Journeys in The Dark, and comes packed with some of the most amazing miniatures I’ve seen in a long time?

Come on now, this isn’t hard. You know which game you’re reading a review for.

Super Dungeon Explore! Hooray! You’re so smart.

Super Dungeon Explore is pretty much exactly what it appears to be. A lighthearted dungeon crawler built around some sweet minis. At first I thought the game wouldn’t live up to the miniatures that come with it, but it’s faced paced and great fun. Even though you need a player to play the bad guys, it’s not a chore to do so. Playing the baddies is almost, if not as much, fun as playing the heroes.

The rules a very straight forward, so you can dive right in. There’s also plenty of depth in there from character powers, status effects, and more. All this is easily referenced in the rulebook, so you’re never really getting bogged down in rules. The game can be played in as little as an hour for an 8-bit game, which is 2 heroes, and can be a long-haul dungeon fest with a 32bit game, which plays 5 heroes.

sde_boxtopDid I mention there’s a TON of addons to the game. There is. I don’t have any. That makes me sad.

I played the game with my 2 oldest kids, my son who’s almost 9, and my daughter who’s 7. Neither had too much trouble grasping the basic rules and learning some of the more in-depth stuff as we went along. They haven’t won against me yet, but they’ve come close.

There’s a lot of dungeon crawl games on the market ranging for quick and dirty to all night adventures. Super Dungeon Explore fits right in the middle, and earns its right to be in any fantasy gamer’s collection.

A copy of Super Dungeon Explore was provided free for review by Soda Pop Miniatures.


nightlightDefend Against the Nightmare in the first release from BNKB Games, Nightlight!

This cooperative card game has a pretty awesome theme! As one of several stuffed animals in a child’s room, it’s your job to protect the nightlight against the terrible creatures of the night trying to snuff it out. Using your special skills, and weapons found in the toy box, you need to survive three rounds to win the game.

Nightlight takes 30-60 minutes, is for 1-4 players ages 12+, and costs $34.99 from The Game Crafter.

xino.phpLooking for an easy way to trade board games? BoardgameTrades Beta has just opened up, and trading games is as easy as sending a Tweet through Twitter. Direct from their site:

Just Tweet: @boardgametrades #iwant Name of Your Game #yourcountry

The website tracks all wants and offers, and has a search bar. Pretty simple. Pretty straight forward. Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that are the best.

I’ve take some time to search around the site, and it seems a lot of people are already Tweeting! I plan on listing a few of my own games soon, so keep an eye out if you want to help a Pawn trade some games ;)

Ogre Pocket Edition

cover_lgRemember that HUGE $100 version of OGRE that weighed 18 pounds. Remember how you couldn’t afford it, and wept so hard you had to replaced the water-logged floorboards at your place?

Well now you can get in on OGRE Pocket Edition! For only $2.95 you can have it all like Steve Jackson originally released it, including his hand drawn maps. The best part (other than the price) is that you get everything you need to play all five of the “Ogre vs. Command Post” scenarios.

Think off all the fun you’ll have and all the money you’ll have saved. Think of all the money you’ll save by not having to replaced tear-soaked floorboards! Your tear ducts, and your wallet, will thank you.

Magic 2015 – Core Set is Now Available!

Magic2015It’s time to HUNT BIGGER GAME! 269 black-bordered cards, including randomly inserted premium versions of all those cards, are awaiting you at your local shops. It’s time to spend that money, crack those boxes and rip open those booster. Smell that wonderful, new card smell. Magic 2015 is here in paper form! Magic 2015 is available in booster packs, intro packs, fat packs, and clash packs.

I don’t what it is, but I’m particularly excited about this release. I don’t know if it was the advertising, or what, but I’m very ready to bite down into this set and make a new deck.

Don’t forget the Magic 2015 Pro tour is August 1-3 in Portland, Oregon.

Pokémon: EX Power Trio Tins and Mega Lucario Collection


Coming in October, the original three starter Pokémon are getting their own EX Power tins. Each of these tins add an extra EX boost to your card library, and includes:
1 of 3 special foil cards: Venusaur-EX, Charizard-EX, or Blastoise-EX!
4 Pokémon TCG booster packs!
1 BONUS online code card for unlocking an item in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

They’ll hit shelves at $17.99.


Also coming in October, the Mega Lucario Collection is packed full of power with one of the most popular Fighting Pokémon out there. This pack will contain:

1 special figure of Mega Lucario
4 Pokémon TCG booster packs
1 special foil promo card featuring Lucario

All that for only $19.99. Sometimes I’m still amazed at how some of these special tins and packs are priced versus competing CCGs.

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