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Cards Against IT


This is basically what you expect it to be, a version of Cards Against Humanity for people in the Information Technology field. Cards Against IT is available for free from Varonis Systems…as long as you give them your email address. They’ll then mail you a link to a print-and-play PDF, along with purchase instructions if you’d like a pre-printed version.

I have no idea how long this has been around, but it just popped up in a Facebook ad. Some of the example white cards show were: “a 1000MW laser,” “Clippy,” and “A TOR Exit Node.” Confused? This edition probably isn’t for you.

Oh yeah. Varonis mentions that Cards Against IT is totally safe-for-work.

It seems some references to a board game and RPG in Fallout 4 have made their way around the internet, each causing a bit of buzz and speculation.

Fo4_Blast_Radius_trailerFirst seen in the Fallout 4 trailer, Blast Radius, a nuclear board game is seen. In-game the box can be picked up an contains a bit of nuclear material. A tweet on Patrick Nickell’s Twitter account about finding the game was met with the comment:  “Someone will Kickstart that game IRL in 3….2….” I’d back that, no matter how terrible the game actually was. Of course, including an actual piece of nuclear material probably wouldn’t pass Kickstarter’s guidelines.

CTp0gaqUsAA24u4Of course what better way to escape the horrors of an atomic wasteland than with a bit of roleplay? Larry Frum posted a screenshot of a little RPG action going on between Scientists via email, tagging @Wizards_DND in the tweet. With those numbers being considered “Damn, lousy rolls,” my guess is they’re not playing Dungeons and Dragons. Either that, or the die rolls needed for D&D in 2087 are insane. Damn mutant monsters.

The Fallout series is known for easter eggs and it’s sense of humor, and seeing little things like this in the game always bring smile to my face.

toysrus_logoAs they did last year, every Toys “R” Us store in the U.K. will be holding an autism-friendly shopping event, this year on Sunday, November 15th. Stores will open at 10:00 AM with subdued lighting, no music playing, and specially trained staff on-hand to assist shoppers.

Due to local law, purchases can’t be made until 11:00 AM.

[via Toy World]

Deckbound Heroes Closed Alpha Coming Soon

deckboundheroesAfter waiting for what seems like an eternity, Deckbound Heroes will be entering a Closed Alpha soon. If you’ve redeemed a Deckbound Tour Pass from one of the stands at E3, Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show, Paris Games Week, Coxcon, EGX or Insomnia, or purchased an early access pack then you’re already on the list to get access. After that EVA Plexus Limited will be sending out a small amount of invites.

They stress that this is an Alpha product. There’s still gameplay issues and balancing to work out. It’s also going to focus more on gameplay than actual card ownership, though you will eventually be able to mess with that, too.

I’m really excited, and can’t wait to get my code. I bought into the “Firstborn” with the minuscule amount of BitCoin I had towards the beginning of their fundraising, and have been waiting for a release for quite some time.

Kickstarter Preview—Escape the Nightmare

Escape the Nightmare is a new game up on Kickstarter by 3DTotalGames, the same people who brought us 404: Law Not Found, and Wizard’s Academy. This one, however, has a much different feel than the previous two. It’s a cooperative game where players are working together to try and escape a nightmare they’re all trapped in. This is done by trading cards to make sets and defeat Wardens. On top of this, there’s a countdown that comes with the “It’s Coming” card, where the game ends if the card can’t be traded in time to reset the timer. Oh yeah, the more you trade the more your methods of communication will be restricted by the cards. You may even lose the game if you have to perform an action, or prove a fact, that you can’t do at that time.

It’s frantic, anxiety ridden, and quick.

I was going to sit down with my kids to give this one a shot, but he cards are a bit gruesome. You can leave certain sets out, as the experience is customizable, but I figured this one was best left for the adults. As an aside, when I say the cards are gruesome that doesn’t mean they’re horrible. The complete opposite. The art is beautiful and disturbing, and fits the theme of the game perfectly.

To get a full appreciation of the rules, you can check out the following video:

Escape the Nightmare can be played in around 5-10 minutes, and can get pretty loud. It’s a great filler game, or even to break in the start of a game night. The only caveat is that the art/theme of the game may not be for everyone.

3DTotalGames has a great track record, and Escape the Nightmare is no exception. It’s a fun little game that’ll grind your nerves into the ground. The theme is a bit different and darker than their previous offerings, but that’s by no means a bad thing. The best part? A $15 pledge (the only pledge level they have for the game) will guarantee you a copy when the game is funded.

A prototype version of Escape the Nightmare was provided by 3DTotalGames for this preview.

Second Look—The Last Spike

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.I’m a big fan of Columbia Games. I love the whole look and feel of their games, and Wizard Kings and Hammer of the Scots  both helped reinvigorate my love of board games in my mid 20’s. My kids are big fans of Slapshot, and it still comes to the table often with them. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about The Last Spike. While I like train games, this seemed a bit more abstracted, and more focused on money management than anything.

That’s exactly what the game is…and it does a really great job at it. I sat down with my 10-year-old and 5-year-old to play, and I was surprised at the small rulebook and easy gameplay. Everything boils down to how you manage you money, how you purchase cities, and how you keep your opponents from earning more money.


In The Last Spike, you’re all working together to make a continuous railway from  one end of the board to another. You have to pay to lay tile, and buy city cards to earn money when tracks between that city and another is complete. More cards in that city equals more money. There’s also free cards you can get by being the first person to lay track next to a city. The person with the most money at the end of the game wins. It’s a race to make sure you have the most money while quickly completing the rail. You also need to be careful, because completing a segment of track completed may earn you money, but may earn one of the other players more money. Sometimes it’s worth trying for another route that may take longer, cost a bit more, but keep the other players from surpassing you in funds.

It’s a fairly quick game. I played with my two boys in about 45 minutes, my 5-year-old winning the game after stockpiling Saint Louis cards and cashing in huge towards the end of the game. The game keeps the same aesthetic of other Columbia Games with a cardstock board and wooded blocks with stickers for the pieces. It all boxes up in the same bookshelf format Columbia is known for.

This may not be a game for everyone, but it’s certainly a game that it’s audience will enjoy. That being said, it’s a Columbia game that has a broader appeal than their wargame line. The game had a successful Kickstarter campaign, and I’m hoping it spreads out further into the gaming community.

A copy of The Last Spike was provided free for review by Columbia Games.

Spin Master LogoFor its third-quarter financial results just reported, Spin Master Corp. earned revenue of US$386.8 million, an increase of 31.7 percent over the same quarter of 2014. Product lines that were major contributors include Paw Patrol (which the company expects will represent 20 percent of total sales by the end of the year) and Star Wars. Product launches for Meccanoid, Bunchems, Chubby Puppies, and Little Charmers also helped fuel growth, while the company experienced declines in the Zoomer, Digi Bird, Flutterbye Fairy, and How to Train Your Dragon lines.

Spin Master’s “activities, games & puzzles, and fun furniture” segment grew 25.4 percent, with year-to-date sales totaling $131.2 million. Bunchems, Text Cool, Knit Cool, and Marshmallow furniture were the top performers in this category.

Also factoring in to the company’s strong third quarter was a schedule of earlier deliveries. Due to specific efforts to move product earlier this year, as well as the impact of the port strike last year, Spin Master is shipping about 3 weeks ahead. As a result, the company expects fourth-quarter revenue to be slightly lower, though the overall second-half should still be up.

Reflecting expenses from its recent IPO, the company’s net income in Q3 was down 7.3 percent to $51.1 million (52¢ per share).

Spin Master continues to pursue acquisitions and recently closed on the purchase of Cardinal Industries. That pushed the company in to the number 2 position for U.S. market share in games.

One of the company’s hottest products this season, the Air Hogs Millenium Falcon, is tracking to sell out in early December.

Regarding future products, Spin Master has started work toward a relaunch of Bakugan.

Mind Flayer Dice Bag

Due from Ultra PRO this December, the Dungeons & Dragons Mind Flayer Gamer Pouch ($17).

Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah

cardsagainsthumanityCards Against Humanity has announced this year’s holiday promotion, the Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah. For only $15 you’ll get 8 mystery gifts through the month of December. Simple and easy.

They also claim this is the last time they’re doing a holiday promotion, so get in while you can…until, you know, they decided to do one next year anyway.

Make sure to watch the whole video on the site.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSaturday, November 14th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day. Many local shops will be holding special events. Give them your support.

November 21-22 is the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Here’s a coupon [PDF] for $2 off admission. Or get free admission when wearing ChiTAG officially licensed clothing.

Pathfinder accessories are 50% off direct from Paizo through December 6th.

Syrinscape’s Pathfinder Player Character SoundSet 4-Pack is also 50% off.

Enter Educational Insights’ Gobble Gobble Sweepstakes for a chance to win either of two game bundles (both with a retail value of about $130).

U.K. Online retailer Chaos Cards is giving away, via Facebook, the winner’s choice of either Fury of Dracula or Dead of Winter.

BoardGameGiveaway is giving away Mysterium from Asmodee.

Games with dragons are 15-60% off in Eagle & Gryphon Games’ Dragon Sale.

So Chic Life is giving away a $500 prize pack from Spin Master.

Sign on to the Toy Industry Association’s Pledge to Play and be entered in to a sweepstakes for a prize package of toys worth $250.

The prize in Patch Products’ sweepstakes is $200 worth of Patch games. Entering requires watching and commenting on a short YouTube video about the company’s Chrono Bomb game.

Like The Army Painter on Facebook for a chance to win the company’s Technique Bundle. It’s the company’s eighth anniversary, so it’s giving away eight.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Snow Tails from Renegade Game Studios.

Get a 25% discount on registration for the Gamification World Congress with coupon code “dopamine”.

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