Kickstarter has created a golden age of board games: now anyone with a great idea can his own game published, by raising money directly from the public. These games vary in quality, but Hegemonic is toward the high end, and may be the first truly classic game in its genre to be funded by Kickstarter.
Lords of Waterdeep is a good game, with a nice Dungeons and Dragons theme without the burden of Dungeons and Dragons rules. It’s biggest weakness by far is that it plays best with as many players as possible. The game models a bustling fantasy city, and few players means little bustle.
The original Manhattan Project was the first (we’ll say) big successful government conspiracy–teams of scientists worked in secret for years to build the ultimate bomb. Nowadays, the government’s kinda strapped for cash, so if they want another big project, perhaps they’d go Kickstarter too. If so, they’ll have to pick a different name, because the Manhattan Project Kickstarter is already underway. Actually, this is the second Manhattan Project Kickstarter, the first was for the board game expansion.
Robert E Lee may have been a “rebel,” but he is one of the most beloved generals of American history, and lived his life as the very definition of a southern gentleman. Even today, his name commands respect, and I have several friends (male and female) named after him–or, more accurately, named after relatives named after him many decades ago. As the man who very nearly liberated the Southern Confederacy from Lincoln’s enforced Union, no Civil War game is complete without a representation of this icon. There have been many games based on the Civil War, and Bobby Lee is a classic in this large genre, although out of print nowadays. If the Kickstarter funds, Bobby Lee will rise again, upgraded to third edition rules.
With board games making reappearance in people’s living rooms again as the rediscovery of how much enjoyment can be had with them, I think it’s time to bring a little technology into the design. I believe NFC is the answer. NFC or Near Field Communication has been around for some time now, but it took more »
Star Trek Attack Wing is yet another game set in the Star Trek universe. Unlike Star Trek Catan, Attack Wing is set in the Next Generation universe, and is focused around a more exciting topic: space battles. As a miniatures game, a player is expected to buy more than just what’s in the box, which is merely just a “starter kit” containing the minimum necessary for a playable game.
Wow. I’m kind of in awe of the RISK: Plants vs Zombies Collector’s Edition. Though really, it’s due to an overwhelming sense of astonishment that a mashup of and Plants vs. Zombies would work, and surprise that I would actually want it. I mean, it’s not like it’d be a must-own like the RISK: Mass more »
Target has an awesome habit of having unusual gift cards. Every year, there are unique Target gift cards that are more than just a means of giving someone the gift of whatever they want for between $5 and $1,000. Sometimes there are building blocks. Others have toy planes. The 2013 Target gift card has bean more »
Move over Candy Crush Saga, there is a new freemium juggernaut. Card Hunter is a project from Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield and Irrational Games’ co-founder Jonathan Chey. It’s a hybrid of collectible card gaming, roleplaying and board gaming. You choose characters from the typical fantasy archetypes of wizard, warrior and cleric and begin more »
Well, it’s official. Carcassonne is an official toy, or at least officially at Toys “R” Us. While generally a game being at Toys “R” Us isn’t much of a news story, this is as big a deal as when Dungeons and Dragons could finally, after years of popularity, be found on mainstream store shelves.
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a celebration of all things gaming, and event that’s so much fun that now it takes place in three different cities. PAX Prime, the oldest and largest event, is this weekend in Seattle. It’s only natural that a gaming event would feature Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), the phat mac daddy of all role playing games. This is a special year for D&D, as 2013 is the debut of the semi-finalized rules of D&D Next, the latest edition of the game.
Island Fortress is another Kickstarter-funded game, one that made a stretch goal, so it included an extra large wooden “governor” piece. The game is loosely around building, well, an island fortress, or at least one wall of it. From 2 to 4 players rush to do so in as pleasing a way as possible for the governor; presumably the winner gets to build the other three walls of the fortress.