Skitarii Engines

Supporting Adeptus Mechanicus, the new Skitarii army for Warhammer 40K, Games Workshop releases this weekend an Onager Dunecrawler and Plasma Obliterator.

Skitarii Onager Dunecrawler

Skitarii Plasma Obliterator

Pathfinder Unchained

Pathfinder UnchainedThe newest roleplaying book from Paizo, Pathfinder Unchained, represents something of a departure for the game, the publisher, and the typical supplement. It’s the result of the company allowing its designers to “do what they want” with Pathfinder, unrestricted by backwards compatibility.

Pathfinder Unchained includes four entirely new versions of the barbarian, monk, rogue, and summoner classes; variant rules for multiclassing, alignment, and wounds; a simplified monster creation process; an alternative, stamina-powered combat system; and more. The book will retail for $40 in print, $10 as a PDF.

d20 Soap

d20 SoapAn 8 oz. goats-milk soap in the shape of a 20-sided die. For $10, the d20 soap is available from Fizzy Fairy Apothecary via Etsy in more than 50 scents, including Sea Spray, Magic Potion, Dark Graveyard, and Iron Man.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Bogota the weekend of April 18 – 19, The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series returns to South America with YCS Bogota. This is a premier-level event, and looks to bring players together from all over the Americas. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest most sought-after prize card: Ascension Sky Dragon – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

The full prize info is as follows:

  • 1st place – Ultra Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian); YCS Top Cut Game Mat; PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament
  • 2nd place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
  • 3rd place – Super Rare Ascension Sky Dragon YCS Prize Card; Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
  • 4th place – Xbox One system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
  • 5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL system; Download code of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier
  • 9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Secrets of Eternity; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2015 World Championship Qualifier

Takara-Tomy Announced Beyblade Burst

xbeybladeburst_4beyblades.jpg.pagespeed.ic.TUDHGJ3FlzI’ve been out of the Beyblade scene for a while now. Hasbro’s lackluster Legends line and several failed side-products really made me and the kids lose interest. We’d just about put everything Beyblade behind us when we found out on the WBO that Takara-Tomy is launching a new line of the spinning tops in Japan that will release in July. The new line, called Beyblade Burst, revolves around 3 piece Beys that can be broken apart in the arena by a stronger Bey.

Of course there will be a new stadium, new launchers, and even something called the BeyCloud System. A BeyLogger can be hooked up to a mobile phone to track your wins/losses and rank you in the BeyCloud System.

There’s no word of a US release yet.

You can see more pictures and get a bit more information from World Beyblade Organization (not affiliated with Takara-Tomy.)

Kickstarter Preview—Norsaga

Norsaga is a puzzle-battle game where you’re trying to construct a family tree of heroes to prove you’ve completed a legendary feat. You do this by pairing heroes together throughout the tree to earn inheritance tokens to to match the ones on your Saga. Each hero provides a dominant trait, and the possibility of a recessive trait. You can only use the dominant trait of one of your coupled heroes, but if you match the recessive trait on both, you can snag that one too.

If course it would be too easy to just plop down heroes until you’ve got what you need. That’s were embellishments, ghosts, and poetic skalds. Each let you take special actions, disrupt your oppontents’ family trees, and gain access to powerful abilities. You can get more of a feel for the game by reading the rulebook, or trying the online demo.

Meromorph Games sent me a prototype of the game to try out. I got the deck of cards, but needed to provide tokens and such myself. I’ve had a chance to sit down and play with both my 5-year-old and 9-year old, both who really liked the game. The art on the cards, the simplicity of learning/playing the game, and the quick play time all were contributing factors in the boys’ enjoyment of the game. Before you know it they were planning use of their embellishments and tossing ghosts around like nobody’s business. My little guy needed a bit of help at first, but quickly got the hang of things, and even pulled a victory of his own by the time we were done playing a few games.

Norsaga is almost funded, and you can get in on a copy of the game for only $20. Not a bad deal for such a fun game, in my opinion. This is one you really shouldn’t pass up.

A preview prototype of Norsaga was provided free for review my Meromorph Games.

Crowdfunding Highlights

The Siblings Trouble
Of note this week, The Siblings Trouble calls back to the halcyon days of summer vacation adventures. This card-driven storytelling game is part Goonies, part Hardy Boys, and part Studio Ghilbi. You and family and friends have a grand adventure featuring trolls, the Rat King, and Big Secrets before rushing back home in time for dinner. This game looks insanely cute and fun and I have a feeling I’ll be backing it before it’s over.

I’ve already backed Cucu Dice, a set of a dozen (as of this moment) 16mm dice that are designed to work well with Fantasy Flight Games’ various Lovecraft-themed games. With one red face, two green, and three blue, these dice are designed to easily read successes in these types of games where a six-sided die is used for binary success/fail resolution. A full dozen dice is about $13 shipped to the US. (Honestly, I’ll be using them for my Shadowrun game.)

The Titans SeriesCalliope Games’ Titan Series is a subscription-based casual game series featuring well-established game designers such as Richard Garfield, Mike Selinker, Rob Daviau, James Ernest, and eight other prominent game designers. With a minimum of nine gateway games (plus three more as stretch goals), backers can subscribe to the entire series or pick and choose the games they want to pick up. Games will run from 2-8 players (various player counts on different games) and have a play time of 60 minutes or less. This campaign continues for another month and a half and is nearly funded as of this writing.

Playroom Entertainment’s Sitting Ducks Gallery Deluxe funded within a day of launch. The game is an update to the award-winning (Games 100, Golden Geek, and more) 2005 version. The theme echoes shooting duck galleries on a carnival midway, with players taking out their opponent’s ducks with humorous action cards and trying to be the last duck in the pond. It looks to be goofy fun.

car wars card game It’s a Car Wars Kickstarter, but not the all new version of Car Wars Kickstarter I’ve been waiting for. If you already have Steve Jackson Games’ recent Car Wars Classic (or your set from the ‘80s), you’ll want to pick up Car Wars Arenas, collecting five different arenas from early in the product line now published for the first time at Classic scale. But what excites me about this campaign is they just announced an updated version of Car Wars: The Card Game to be released this summer. Pledging at the $65 Pro Duellist level will get you CW Arenas, CW Classic, and the card game. The updated 150-card game will retail for about $25.

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.I’ve previously reviewed some BCW products, and found them to really hold up well for a good value. They just recently sent me a box of new stuff they’re offering, so I was excited to put the items to the test. I won’t go into much detail about the new card protectors. They’ve got new colors for their Deck Guard line: pink, yellow, orange and teal sleeves. Purple will be coming soon. They’ve also added a line of clear sleeves in different sizes for board games. All excellent quality, especially for the cost.

Inner Sleeves: These clear sleeves are meant to go over your cards, then into a regular Deck Guard. The combination of the two sleeves makes cards practically waterproof. I spilled some water over one to see, and it kept the water out nicely. The combo even kept water out for quite a bit of time with a fully submerged card, but eventually water got in and the card was pretty much destroyed. Really, though, you’re probably more worried about spills than taking a dip in the pool with your cards.

Playmats: Playmats are always something I figured I really didn’t need. They seemed like more of a vanity item than anything else. I’m happy to say I was wrong. I received two mats from BCW, a black one and a red one. Both are 24″ x 13″ and have stitched edging to protect them from fraying.  It’s really nice to play on a clean, soft surface instead of just a table top. The best part? They’re machine washable so if you do get anything on them you can clean ’em up. I can’t see myself playing a card game without using the mats now. It’s really nice to have a clean surface just for your cards.

Pro-Folio 8 Pocket LX: This item is pretty much identical to the other Folio products I’ve looked at previously, but it holds the cards in a portrait layout, and can hold 8 cards per page. Sturdy and snug.

18 Pocket Colored Pages: For those of you who prefer to use your own binder, these pages offer the same great protection as the all-in-one card folios, but allow you to store them yourself. There’s a bunch of different colors that hold 9 cards per side. Each pack comes with 10 pages. I’ve now got more card storage than I’ll ever know what to do with!

Deck Locker:  Last, but certainly not least, is my favorite new product from BCW. The Deck Locker is a step up from the Deck Case – LX. It contains two compartments, each with a magnetic latch. The bottom compartment is to hold your deck. It’ll hold sleeved cards, or even a Deck Case. The top compartment has a little removable tray where you can store dice, counters, or whatever else you can cram in there. It’s a bit bulkier than a Deck Case or a Deck Case – LX, but it’s a great unit to store everything you need for your deck and what goes along with it.

You can find all of these products, along with everything else in BCW’s Gaming line here. Once again BCW has put out some really competitive products for a much better price tag than Ultra Pro stuff.

Items were sent free for review by BCW.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTo celebrate the fifth season of Game of Thrones, Green Ronin has put the A Song of Ice and Fire core rulebook, Campaign Guide, and Night’s Watch supplement on-sale for 10% off. The Campaign Starter is 35% off.

Dungeons & Dragons video games are on sale at for up to 80% off.

Some 150 rare, out-of-print Ral Partha miniatures are being auctioned off on eBay by The Collector’s Trove.

A wood Mancala game board from Nigeria will be auctioned at Bonhams in San Francisco May 5th with an estimated price of $3,000-5,000.

The Game Publishers Guild, a new coalition of RPG companies, is offering a bundle of five PDF rulebooks for 25% off.

LDS Board Games is giving away The Armor of God from Cedar Fort Publishing.

Onyx Path is currently selling the three games of the Trinity Universe—Adventure, Aberrant, and Trinity—for $5 per ebook.

The 13th Age RPG Starter Kit is a bundle of 13th Age products for 25% off.

My Boys & Their Toys is giving away The Reading Game.

Mummy and the Cuties (UK) is giving away Hotel Tycoon from Esdevium Games.

Also for UK residents, Madhouse Family Reviews is giving away three board games from Drumond Park: Wordsearch Junior, Logo What am I?, and Rapidough.

Women and Their Pretties is giving away Morphology.

Gamifying Public Service in Addis Ababa

Gamification AfricaThe German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), a development agency of the German government, is sponsoring a gamification hackathon [PDF] next month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Those with backgrounds in game design, coding, illustration, storytelling, or subject-matter expertise are all welcome, though applications are only being taken from citizens of African countries. For those accepted, GIZ will cover all travel expenses, accommodation, and meals.

The topics that participants may address during the event may include pretty much anything—such as healthcare, agriculture, sustainable development, education, art, or emergency management.

[via Tech Cabal]

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