Welcome to the Dungeon

Welcome to the DungeonWelcome to the Dungeon from Iello is a quick-playing cross between push-your-luck and auction based on a theme of fighting monsters. Each round, players take turns deciding whether to add the next monster card to the dungeon, have the shared hero lose a piece of equipment, or just drop out of the contest altogether. When only one player is left, they will run the hero through the stack of monsters with whatever equipment remains. Surviving means victory points.

Welcome to the Dungeon is for 2-4 players and retails for $15.

BoardGameGeekShipping now by Game Salute is BoardGameGeek: The Card Game. [So it’s a game about games?] In BoardGameGeek (the card game) each card represents a unique game on BoardGameGeek (the website). [Is there a BoardGameGeek card in BoardGameGeek?] Players line up their cards vertically in matching colors to represent playing games of a certain category, or horizontally in sets of colors to represent collecting games across categories. [Actually then, it’s a game in which you play at playing games.]

In fact this isn’t the first BoardGameGeek game. Is it wrong to hope to it’s the last? My spinning head would definitely appreciate it.

Minions Games

Minions Hit Them OutTactic Games today announced a license agreement with Universal to produce games based on the Despicable Me film franchise, including the upcoming Minions movie. In fact, the first Minions game from Tactic, Minions Hit Them Out, will arrive in July with the movie.

Minions Hit Them Out ($25) is a throwing game where the goal is to knock over the minion figures. Isn’t taking abuse from despicable masters their purpose in life?

Diggin Deep Sports Spring 2015 Releases

1389133520It’s been a bit since we’ve seen some new releases from Diggin Deep Sports. That dry spell ends now with the following items:

2014-15 NHL for Diggin Deep Hockey: E-Book
2014-15 NHL for Diggin Deep Hockey: Printed
2014-15 NHL for Lightin the Lamp: E-Book
2014-15 NHL for Lightin the Lamp: Printed

1987 MLB for Diggin Deep Baseball: E-Book
1987 MLB for Diggin Deep Baseball: Printed
1987 MLB for Fifteen Minute Baseball: E-Book
1987 MLB for Fifteen Minute Baseball: Printed

Rob Lennon is also currently working on the 2015 NHL Playoffs for Diggin Deep Hockey, Decade Great sets for Diggin Deep Boxing, and research on the European Soccer Leagues.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEnter the Toys “R” Us sweepstakes for a Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree. The grand prize includes travel to and accommodations for four in New York City, exclusive first access to The Force Awakens toys, and a $1,000 Toys “R” Us gift card.

Get 20% off anything from Rebel Minis with coupon code “Spring15″.

In honor of the release of the new Mad Max movie, Pinnacle Entertainment is offering a Mad Max Hell on Earth Bundle. As far as I know, there’s no license arrangement. But still it’s a nice deal for the Deadlands-derived Savage Worlds setting.

For 60% off the Club Player’s Manifesto (video lessons for the intermediate rated Chess player), plus free additional videos from the Empire Chess series, use coupon code “MANIFESTO60″ at OnlineChessLessons.net.

To celebrate shipping its 50,000 package, The Army Painter is offering a Warpaint MEGA Bundle Deal: 42 color Mega Paint Set, 15 Zombicide Warpaints, and 12 brushes for 30% off.

Deliciously Savvy is giving away a package of three games from Winning Moves. So is Sweet Cheeks Adventures.

Get 5% off Basketball Guys from Kaskey Kids with coupon code “NBA2015″.

There is currently a 10% off coupon on Amazon for Flags of the World from Tactic Games.

Mama Smith’s Review Blog is giving away Three Little Piggies from Smart Games.

Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away Jenga Giant.


Wink is a party card game of secret glances. The idea is to discretely let the player who has the current turn know you have a matching card, while not letting other players see what you’re doing.

Previously published in Europe, Wink has recently been brought to the United States by Blue Orange Games. It takes 4-8 players, runs 20-30 minutes, and retails for $16.


GoB-Tabletop-Rescue-FrontpageGames of Berkeley, a game store out of Berkeley, California, is running a really cool contest. The Games of Berkeley Tabletop Rescue will help you replace the missing/damaged pieces of one of your games. All you need to do is submit a picture and description of your game and what needs rescuing. If chosen, you’ll be sent what you need to make your game whole!

To enter:

  • Send them a picture of your game collection on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+.
  • Tell them what you’re missing
  • Use #GoB35 and #GoBTableTopRescue in your post.

The nominees for the 2015 Spiel des Jahres award have been announced!

Logo SdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Spiel des Jahres 2015:
Colt Express, Machi Koro, The Game.
Logo KiSdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2015:
Push a Monster, Schatz-Rabatz, Spinderella.
Logo KeSdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015:
Broom Service, Elysium, Orléans.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Anyone care to start making predictions on the winners?

Adventure Time Fluxx Coming in July

Adventure Time FluxxLooney Labs is on a roll right now. Earlier this month, the company announced Fluxx Dice, an expansion for the hilariously confusing card game. Now, it turns out Adventure Time is getting its own title in the Fluxx universe.

According to Andrew Looney speaking through Game Trade Magazine, Adventure Time Fluxx will feature a new action card called “The Arena.” With this card, all other players must submit a Keeper to the battle and then must explain why their character would beat the others in a fight. The player that placed The Arena card gets to decide who wins and then gets to keep that Keeper card.

There will be dozens of familiar characters, including a half-dozen princesses, Lemongrab, and even Marceline’s dad, Hunson Abadeer. There is even an action card called “Floop the Keeper” that is a direct reference to the Card Wars episode (which later became a real-life card game).

Adventure Time Fluxx is expected to ship this July for $20.

MattelHoping to add a spark of innovation to its product line, Mattel is looking to the public for new toy and game ideas that “create deeper consumer connections and reimagine how children play, learn, and grow.” The company is partnering with Quirky, a web service that crowdsources product development, and invites anyone to submit ideas for toys, games, and family products, particularly those that work with Mattel’s existing brands, such as Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Mega Bloks, and Monster High.

Quirky’s service works by screening the ideas submitted—over 15,000 have already been submitted in the toy category—and then posting them on the web site for public input throughout the product development process. Those that participate earn “influence” and a share of any future revenue. Quirky pays a portion of any revenue it earns on a product (1.5-10 percent, depending on a variety of factors) to the product’s influencers. For example, 40.5 percent goes to the idea submitter (or submitters, for substantially similar ideas), 5 percent goes to those who help influence the name, 5 percent goes to those who provide input on the product’s style, etc.

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