brassRalph Anderson of Eagle-Gryphon Games, announced that a Kickstarter campaign for Martin Wallace’s Brass and Brass: Deluxe is planned for July 16th. However, Martin Wallace of Treefrog Games posts that Eagle-Gryphon doesn’t have the rights to the game. According to Mr. Wallace, after 2013, “either party can give six months notice of termination [of the contract for Eagle-Gryphon to publish Brass] as long as sales are below a certain amount”. In December of 2014, Wallace says he gave notice to the company. “Even if I had not terminated the contract they are still bound to consult me about artwork,” he states.

Wallace states that a different company was interested in purchasing the rights to Brass, but Eagle-Gryphon’s upcoming Kickstarter and claim that they have the rights to publish Brass put that deal in jeopardy.

Rick Soued, CEO of Eagle-Gryphon Games says that he is “very sorry to see that Martin has reverted to his unfortunate habit of publicly writing misinformation about matters that should be handled privately”, pointing people to FREDWallaceLawsuitInfo.com which contains information about a 2009 lawsuit between the two regarding the rights of Age of Steam. (The website was created by Mr. Soued.) Mr. Soued continued, “Martin’s accusations are entirely without factual basis. Eagle Games has an entirely valid and up-to-date contract with Martin for Brass.”

The planned Kickstarter campaign’s deluxe edition will contain metal coins and a two-player map. Mr. Anderson said Eagle-Gryphon contacted the creator of the original two-player map for permission, who “declined any credt and was happy for us to use it.”

Scoreboard

Score Board - Boardgame tournaments, competitions and championships results and scoresRubik’s Cube

At the Indiana 2015, Kevin Hays solved a 6×6 cube in a world record 1 minute, 33.55 seconds.

Rami Sbahi broke another world record at the Canadian Open 2015, solving a 2×2 in just 0.58 seconds.

Draughts

Representatives from 19 countries gathered at the International Open Draughts Tournament in Salou, Spain, where the winner was Jan Groenendijk of the Netherlands.

Magic: The Gathering

Taking a turn at the table, Level 2 Judge Sky Mason was champion of Grand Prix Providence.

At Grand Prix Copenhagen, Przemek Knocinski of Poland secured first place with a Merfolk deck.

Subbuteo

At the International Open in Rosario, Argentina, Claudio Murcilli topped both the open and veterans sections.

Another tournament seeing significant international participation was the FISTF Major in Bologna, Italy. There, Juan Noguera of Spain took the trophy in the open section and Massimo Cremona of Malta came in first among veterans.

 

Many of you are home today celebrating Father’s Day, and hopefully that includes playing some games!

In our house we’ll be playing some Five Tribes, Star Realms, a LOT of the Pokemon CCG, Boss Monster 2, and maybe even some Heavy Steam. After all, what better way to celebrate being a dad than making your family play games with you! (half-kidding)

What has hit/will be hitting your table today?

Cosmic KaboomMinion Games’ Cosmic Kaboom is an unusual combination of dexterity and resource collection in a strategic space game. Players flick their space ship discs around the table, collect colored cubes by hitting particular planets, spend sets of cubes to get the space bomb, and then throw the bomb token to blow up planets and collect victory points.

Another game with a tossing element is Monstrous. In this one, the players are angry Greek gods, hurling monsters down from the heavens. The monsters (for example, Gorgon, Phoenix, and Hellhound) are represented by cards, which manifest various powers when hitting location cards or other monsters on the table. Location cards (for example, Delphi, Thebes, and The Underworld) provide victory points when hit but may also implicate the cards in a players hand, bonuses at the end of the game, or some other special rule.

The designers behind Hyde promise a live-action, horror-themed, bio-activated, puzzle maze. As players work their way through a maze of rooms in an imagined laboratory, they’re trying to solve a mystery of human experiments gone wrong. But what really makes this game special is how bio-sensors worn by the players are integrated with various controls around the maze. Among the typical escape-room puzzles are doors, lights, locks, and motors actuated by players’ breathing, heart rate, posture, and other factors. A control program also tracks players in the maze and will adjust the unfolding story depending on their progress.

With the Legendary Planet Adventure Path Legendary Games aims to create a science-fantasy meta-setting for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. In other words, it’s background material and a series of adventures with a science-fiction flair but specifically designed as a tie-in to home fantasy campaigns. The first installment sees the player characters escaping from prison using an interdimensional portal.

Rally Round the Flag

Rally Round the Flag from Lost Battalion Games is a card-driven war game about the Battle of Gettysburg. The game includes amazing card art, standees instead of generic counters, and a deep level of historic detail. It can be played at the division, brigade, or regiment level, with game stats customized to the individual regiments based on historic research.

Tackling the business of art is The Gallerist from publisher Eagle and Gryphon Games and designer Vital Lacerda. It’s a large, complex strategy game in which the players buy and sell art, as well as promote and manage their galleries. Individual works of art are featured—paintings, sculptures, photography, and digital art.

Be Legend – Ragnarok

pic2564110_md“All life has ceased to exist on Earth. Now, from the dead and broken pages of both history and fiction, it is time to decide Earth’s Greatest Legend. “

Available for print-and-play, Be Legend – Ragnarok is a 2-4 player card game that features deduction and programmed combat. It’s part of the Be Legend system that will eventually have multiple sets from varying themes to choose from. From what I’ve seen from the rulebook, it looks pretty interesting and not overly complex.

I will warn you, however, that this doesn’t look to be a print-and-play for the feint of heart. This sucker is going to take some serious ink to print out. It’s the one thing stopping me from printing Be Legend out and giving it a whirl.

Takenoko: Chibis

ASMTAK02US+containsAs if Takenoko couldn’t get cute enough, now you can add Miss Panda and 9 panda babies to the base game with Takenoko: Chibis. Chibis adds new objectives, plot tiles, more pandas, and new landscape features to use and make sure the pandas are one big happy family.

Takenono:Chibis will be available from Asmodee Editions in August for a retail of $29.99. The box will contain:

  • 1 Miss Panda Figurine
  • 9 Panda Babies tokens
  • 18 Objective cards
  • 17 Bamboo sections
  • 6 Plot tiles
  • 1 Rulebook

Takenoko is a game I keep meaning to pickup, but haven’t yet. Chibis may be the deciding factor in me picking it up sooner rather than later.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Pack: Battle City Available Today

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Based off the Battle City story arc from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! animated television series, this set is one of the largest ever in the Duelist Pack format.

The Duelist Pack: Battle City booster set contains 47 cards total:

  • 27 Common Cards
  • 10 Rare Cards
  • 6 Super Rare Cards
  • 4 Ultra Rare Cards

These are cards that players have seen characters like Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, Bakura, and Marik use in the show. There’s also brand new cards in set like Juragedo, Multiple Destruction, and the awesome The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode.

Each pack will be $1.99 and will contain 5 cards.

Trireme Commander

Trireme CommanderTrireme Commander is Capitan Games rules for ancient naval combat in miniature. It’s an adaptation of the company’s Napoleonic-era rules with greater focus on ramming and boarding tactics.

To accompany these new rules, Capitan Games also has new 10 mm ship figures—Hemiola, Birreme, and Trireme types, each with alternative rails, bows, and prows. In a few weeks there will be 10 mm Roman, Carthaginian, Siracussan, Macedonian, and Pirate crews.

Capitan Games Trireme Ship Figures

Speedy Parcel

Speedy ParcelSpeedy Parcel, the latest cooperative title from Family Pastimes, is a card game about package delivery service. For $10.50 the game includes 36 cards of parcels, homes, guard dogs, flat tires, and spare tires—also three sets of rules for playing with kids, teens, or adults.

Just imagine the package you’re waiting for is more games!

Race Against the Soundtrack in Pingo Pingo

PingoPingo_3DboxIello’s fun and chaotic card game Pingo Pingo will get you up and moving, literally. Some aspects of the game require you to physically get up, run to an object in the room and get back to the table before the crazy penguins invade.

The fast-paced game revolves around a 15-minute soundtrack (the game comes with a CD, but you can download the soundtrack to your smartphone). As the music plays, different actions take place. For example, if the song is playing daytime music, players must adhere to daytime rules on the cards. The same applies to night. If you are away from your seat when the crazy penguins shout “Pingo Pingo” and you might lose your loot.

The fun comes with the action cards. If you draw a yellow-border action card, you will have to perform some physical feat. For example, you may have to run to the other side of the room to tap the suspension bridge base. Or, you may have to shoot a wild beast with your dart gun.

Yes, the game comes with a dart gun.

The point of the game is to gather treasure from the island by drawing cards and following their actions as quickly as possible. You have seven health points. When you lose all of your points, you lose the game. If you make it to the end and have the most treasure, you win.

The game supports two to five players ages six and older and includes the following:

  • Pirate pistol and 10 darts
  • Soundtrack CD
  • Space Penguin target
  • Bear target
  • Two suspension bridge bases
  • Pirate ship base
  • 35 life point cards
  • 82 adventure cards
  • Rulebook

Pingo Pingo is available now from your local board game shop for a retail price of $34.99.

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