Issue #35

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 30, 2013 – Issue #35
Monday is Labor Day in the US. Due to the holiday there will not be an issue of Today in Board Games on Monday. Thanks for reading and enjoy your holiday weekend. I am at TactiCon in Denver for the weekend – if you are here too please catch up with me and say hello! – Roger Hicks

TOP NEWS

  • WizKids announces the first prize for participating in Star Trek: Attack Wing organized play: The Elite Attack Die.
  • Fantasy Flight announces the new chapter pack for Game of Thrones LCG: Hidden Agenda.

Kickstart Corner

  • Fantasy Frontier – 2-4 player airship exploration (38 days, $25k goal, Gamelyn Games)
  • Infamy – Futuristic crime-boss cyberpunk (18 days, $15k goal)
  • Warfields – Strategic field positioning card game (29 days, $22.5k goal)
  • Tide of Iron: Next Wave – quick start version + expansion (47 days, $30k goal)
  • Off the Tee – Golf board game (31 days, $9.5k goal)

Reviews & Previews

Build It: Trains

Build It: Trains is a game designed by gamers specifically for gamers with kids. It’s a fast simple card game about building trains that has strategic depth while still being simple enough for small children to play. The entire game is depicted through pictures so even pre-readers can participate. Build It: Trains is on Kickstarter for another 9 days – you can get a copy for just $9.00.

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Issue #34

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 29, 2013 – Issue #34

Take the “Back it for a Buck” Challenge!

Throughout the month of September Today in Board Games is hosting The Back it for a Buck Challenge designed to show support for game designers and publishers. Those who accept the B4B Challenge agree to back 10 different Kickstarter projects in the month of September for $1 each. Get more details and find out how you can take part by visiting the B4B Challenge page.

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HOT DEALS

Kickstart Corner

Apparently I copy/pasted Tuesday’s Kickstarter Corner into Wednesday’s issue and forgot to update it. My apologies. Here’s Wednesday and Thrusday’s projects:

  • Larceny – Plan the perfect heist (43 days, $15k goal)
  • Boom or Doom! – Documentary about launching a Kickstarter (28 days, $2.2k goal)
  • Iron & Ale – Dwarven drinking card game (28 days, $35k goal)
  • D20 Dice Bowl – It doesn’t roll, it holds stuff (24 days, $15k goal)
  • No-No’s Deck – playing cards + drinking games (38 days, $9k goal)
  • Slaughterama! – hero vigilante gas & go clerk game (29 days, $10k goal)
  • Cards: The Attackening! – parody card game (30 days, $4.5k goal)
  • Protest! – Control the angry mob (32 days, Â£14k goal)

Reviews & Previews

Space Cadets: Dice Duel

Following up on the successful Space Cadets game, Space Cadets: Dice Duel is a real-time game for 4-8 players. Players face off in 2 teams as they maneuver their ship and attempt to destroy the opponent. Dice Duels captures the excitement of Space Cadets while adding a competitive element. This game was a huge hit at GenCon, selling out the first day. Right now the exclusive way to get Dice Duel is through the Stronghold Games website – copies are autographed by the designers!

Articles

  • Cardboard Republic interviews David Boostrom, designer of Heroes of Metro City.
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Issue #33

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 28, 2013 – Issue #33

TOP NEWS

  • Days of Wonder has released Ticket to Ride for the Kindle Fire.
  • Fantasy Flight announces Voice of Isengard, the latest deluxe expansion for LOTR LCG.

HOT DEALS

  • Use code CEWSALE to take $10 off your purchase at Collins Epic Wargames (thanks to Purple Pawn for the tip!)

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

Burning Suns

Burning Suns is a tactical science fiction 4x game from SunTzu Games. Featuring over 500 unique empires and high-quality “die-ships” each game is a unique and exciting experience. Burning Suns is on Kickstarter now. Â£55 ($84) will get you a copy of the game.

Articles

  • Jasmine Davis guest-posts on the Games & Grub blog to discuss her experiences as a finalist in the Cards Against Humanity Deathmatch with her game Cool Table.
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Issue #32

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 27, 2013 – Issue #32

TOP NEWS

  • Asmodee announces Pix – a pattern recognition party game where players make pixel art. Available in Sept.

HOT DEALS

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

Off Your Rocker


Off Your Rocker is a humorous party game from Stratus Games. Each player has a secret quirk they must potray. One player plays the role of the psychologist who must uncover the other players quirks. Off Your Rocker was chosen by Match.com to be a featured game at their Stir Game Night events for singles. You can pick up a copy from the publisher for $24.95.

Articles

  • Crits Happen interviews Justin Gary of Stoneblade Entertainment (makers of Ascension and SolForge)
  • Jeffrey Allers posts a design diary of his new game Artifact on the BGG News blog.
  • A bit of humor: Theology of Games has top-ten list of ways to tell if you were playing in the 922-player Catan “Big Game”.
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  • As a follow-up to James Mathe’s article yesterday Jamey Stegmaier gives some guidelines on when and how to cancel a project in his latest Kickstarter Lesson.
  • Scott Almes examines possible publisher reactions to your pitch and how you should handle them.
  • Most Dangerous Game Design looks at the psychology of rewards in gaming
  • Filip of the Playtesting blog looks at the playtesting needed to give your game mass market appeal using designer Dominic Crapuchettes (Wits & Wagers, Clubs) as an example.

 

Issue #31

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 26, 2013 – Issue #31

TOP NEWS

  • Terror in Venice, the new big-box expansion for the Call of Cthulhu LCG is available now from Fantasy Flight.
  • Blizzard announces that Timewalkers: Reign of Fire will be the last set released for the WOW TCG.

HOT DEALS

  • Designer Liz Spain has released a free print & play version of Incredible Expeditions (currently on Kickstarter)
  • I Slay the Dragon is giving away Spyrium, Sentinels of the Multiverse, and Jungle Speed.
  • Yodeo Games released a free print & play papercraft version of their successful Kickstarter game Convert

Kickstart Corner

  • Belle of the Ball – A Fancy Schmancy card game (27 days, $20k goal, Dice Hate Me Games)
  • Smash Monster Rampage – Save the city from the Kaiju (34 days, $8k goal, 5th St. Games)
  • Wrangled – Fast paced cowboy card game (27 days, $4k goal)
  • Spell Chess – Expansion for the classic strategy game (39 days, $650 goal)
  • Meeple Soap – Don’t play dirty. For the gamer who has everything (27 days, $600 goal)
  • Smashed – The beer-fueled brawler (26 days, $300 goal)
  • Blackout – Teens save the US from mutant terrorists (27 days, $25k goal)
  • Cryptos Chess – Chess variant with handcrafted board (25 days, Â£2.5k goal)
  • Phraze-It! – Party game of crazy phrases (29 days, $6k goal)

Crootle


Crootle: The Game of Kaleidoscopic Proportions is tile laying game from World Village Games. Players race to connect two corners of the gameboard by quickly matching color tiles in a series of timed turns. Though it seems simplistic at first glance a single playthrough will reveal the hectic puzzling depth this game provides. Check it out on Kickstarter.

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Issue #30

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 23, 2013 – Issue #30

TOP NEWS

  • PT Games has released an easy-play PDF of Box Seat Baseball
  • Mayfair Games officially announces the award of the Guinness World Record for the Catan Big Game at GenCon.
  • Level 99 Games announced that their summer line of new games will be delayed until mid-September.

HOT DEALS

  • Project Game has released a free PnP of Coin Age by Adam P. McIver. Play with a card-sized gameboard and your pocket change.

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

Xia


Xia: Legends of a Drift System is a sandbox sci-fi game where each player controls a ship attempting to trade, fight, or explore their way to victory. Xia had a very successful Kickstarter a few months ago and is scheduled to be delivered to backers in December.
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  • Scott Almes (Martian Dice / Kings of Air & Steam) tells us what to do before pitching a game to a publisher.
  • Greg at 3DTotal looks at the the difficulties of marketing a Kickstarter game to both the backers and retail stores
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Issue #29

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 22, 2013 – Issue #29

TOP NEWS

HOT DEALS

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

Elemental Clash


Elemental Clash has been available on The Game Crafter since 2010 where it has been highly praised. It is now on Kickstarter to get a full print run. Elemental Clash has all the elements of a CCG without the troublesome need to purchase boosters and chase rares. You can get the complete master set (over 300 cards) for $38 including shipping within the US.

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  • Greg at 3D Total Games examines artificial intelligence in board games.
  • Michael Mindes of Tasty Minstrel explains why publishers should be more discriminating.

Issue #28

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Aug 21, 2013 – Issue #28

TOP NEWS

  • At GenCon Fanasy Flight showed off the new capital class ships for Star Wars X-Wing. Here’s the full write-up on their site.

HOT DEALS

  • The successful Kickstarter game Superfight is offering a free print & play today
  • Meepletown is giving away a copy of AEG’s Trains
  • Today’s Miniature Market deal is King of Tokyo by Richard Garfield. $21 today only.

Kickstart Corner

  • They’re Coming – Zombie survival card game (29 days, $4k goal)
  • Sentien – Tactical role-playing card game (28 days, $50k goal)

Reviews & Previews

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Neptune


Neptune by Jason Glover is a card game using elements of trick-taking, a rock/paper/scissors trump mechanic, and a unique scoring mechanism to make a deep game while still being easy enough for most anyone to pick up and play. It’s on Kickstarter now with a great add-on for variant play.

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Issue #27

 

TOP NEWS

HOT DEALS

  • Miniature Market’s deal of the day is Star Trek Heroclix at nearly 60% off (today only).

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

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Legends of the American Frontier


Legends of the American Frontier is a new game from renowned designer Richard Launius. 3-5 players take on the role of frontiersmen in early colonial America – completing adventures and gaining rewards that become the stuff of legend. Now on Kickstarter.

Top Articles

  • Meepletown interviews Lucas Litzsinger, the man responsible for the remake of Netrunner
  • Board With Life interviews Jerry Hawthorne, designer of Mice & Mystics
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Issue #26

 

TOP NEWS

HOT DEALS

Kickstart Corner

  • Crootle – A card game of kaleidoscopic proportions (27 days, $5k goal)
  • XI – unique non-numeric dice with grouping patterns (27 days, Â£7.5k goal)

Reviews & Previews

Line Dice


Line Dice is a quick easy game using 36 custom dice from designer Walter Sharrow. Easy enough for kids to learn and play, yet still possessing enough strategy to make adult gamers want to play. You can pick up a copy from the designer’s website for only $20.

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