Issue #55

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Sept 30, 2013 – Issue #55

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to Mark Montgomery, winner of Lords of Waterdeep and Scoundrels of Skullport! We have at least one more new contest starting this week, so there’s more chances to win coming up!

TOP NEWS

  • There is a large auction on BGG right now to help a father raise funds to pay medical expenses for his son who has atypical HUS. There are over 800 items listed: many games at low prices, a customized Print & Play from TiBG community members Doug Levandowski & Charlie Ecenbarger, and even a guest-host spot on the Cardboard Jungle podcast!
  • Plaid Hat Games has released The Ghost of Castle Andon, a downloadable lost chapter for Mice & Mystics (available for 99 cents).
  • Fire & Ice, the latest chapter pack for the Game of Thrones LCG, and Opening Moves, the latest data pack for Netrunner are both now available from Fantasy Flight.

HOT DEALS

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

Mice & Mystics

In Mice & Mystics players take on the role of those loyal to the king of a kingdom under siege. To escape the castle, they have been turned into mice and now must face new dangers relative to their diminutive size. A fantastic storyline compliments this great game from Plaid Hat Games.

Articles

  • Polyhedron Collider interviews Emil Larsen, designer of Burning Suns.
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DESIGNER’S MIND

  • Boards & Barley’s “Design Me” challenge for the week is area movement.

Project of the Day

The Back it for a Buck Challenge (B4B) encourages gamers to back 10 board game related Kickstarter projects during the month of September for $1.00 (or more) each. The Project of the Day is a suggested project you may wish to back.

Marital Bliss

For couples – complete missions to score rewards
On Kickstarter until October 13
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The Way of the Tiger Gamebooks

Megara Entertainment LLC
2529 14th Ave S Apt 621, Seattle, WA  98144-5053
www.megara-entertainment.com
contact@megara-entertainment.com

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Richard S. Hetley
rhetley@megara-entertainment.com

Megara Entertainment LLC launches a Kickstarter for The Way of the Tiger: New Collector’s Edition

SEATTLE, WA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 — Gamebooks are on a resurgence!  Megara Entertainment announces the launch of The Way of the Tiger: New Collector’s Edition on Kickstarter through October 2013.  This project is the revival of a six-book fantasy series by Mark Smith and Jamie Thomson that sold millions of units in the 1980’s and was translated into several languages.  The legendary gamebook series will come back to life in a full-colour hardcover edition, including all six books with revised art, a prequel, and the missing book 7!

These “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style games put the reader in control of a ninja, Avenger, in a world of weird fantasy.  The books present a detailed combat system based on martial arts moves, and a rich story with mythic ambience (and beasts) derived from Japanese, Nordic, and Eastern European cultures.  With the involvement of the authors, not only does Megara Entertainment plan to bring it back (the Kickstarter edition would be the first reprinting after almost 30 years), but also to expand it beyond the original six books.  Interested readers and gamers can pledge to the Kickstarter here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1615043334/the-way-of-the-tiger-gamebooks-new-collectors-edit
Or: http://kck.st/1fGcCUR

A free 100-page demo is here:

http://www.megara-entertainment.com/avengermegarademo.pdf (full quality)
http://richardhetley.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/avengerlowres.pdf (smaller file)

“The Way of the Tiger made history and defined the childhood of many.  It also was left unfinished.  Today, we have the blessings of Mark and Jamie to bring it back.  The six books of The Way of the Tiger are being revised and printed in a deluxe collectable edition, with full-colour new art inspired by the original, edits and revisions (notably to revise book 6 with author approval), increased dimensions, and hardcover binding.  We will print as many copies as we can with your funding: even a pledge for a single book will help launch the series, and you can finish your collection later as you wish.  Just don’t wait too long, because other readers might beat you to it: this is a limited collector’s run funded solely by Kickstarter!” — Richard S. Hetley, Megara Entertainment LLC

“We hope this new edition with all the extra content, and all the cool new stuff, as well as the chance for more titles in the series will lead a whole new generation of readers on that journey.” — Jamie Thomson

“It’s great to see this future publication with sumptuous full colour and a profusion of art from some very talented artists.  I’m really excited to see this take shape and very grateful for the labour of love that has brought back The Way of the Tiger in this splendid new incarnation.  I’m now really fired up to extend the series if there is real interest out there.  It seems that after all these decades the flame still burns brightly for the series out there in the fan base.  All my life I have been coming across people who enjoyed reading the books and I realise that the series is an enduring one.  When you craft a whole world like the setting of Orb it was always a necessary frustration that a world which is full of colour had to be rendered in black and white due to production costs.  At Megara Entertainment no trouble has been spared to bring colour to Orb and the whole thing is coming to life in a way which it never did all that time ago.” — Mark Smith

About Megara Entertainment

Megara develops print gamebooks (current: The Way of the Tiger, previous: Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories), pen-and-paper roleplaying games (current: The Way of the Tiger RPG), and iOS electronic gamebooks (previous: Arcana Agency: Prologue, Fabled Lands, The Keep of the Lich-Lord).

We are an international company of artists and game designers throughout the world.  In the USA, we are based in Seattle, Washington.  In Europe, we are Megara Entertainment SARL in Cannes, France.  Download a complete product & company timeline here:

http://www.megara-entertainment.com/timeline.pdf

For more information, please visit:

http://www.megara-entertainment.com

Media images can be found on the Kickstarter page or in the demo PDF (links above).

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Dice Tower News – Episode #160

Dice Tower News is a Monday, Wednesday, Friday podcast and is part of the Dice Tower Network. Today In Board Games provides a short segment for each episode of the latest news across the board game community. Links to the articles discussed in today’s episode are below. News items are taken from recent issues of Today in Board Games. For more news subscribe to the Today in Board Games newsletter. For great podcasts on all aspects of the board gaming visit the Dice Tower Network.

Here is what’s going on in the board game community:

* Joel Eddy of Drive-Thru Reviews is running a Kickstarter to secure funding for live coverage of GenCon and Essen 2014. If you’ve seen Joel’s coverage of past GenCon events you know he provides top-notch reviews, interviews and summaries of all the action. It’s a great way to keep up with the con if you find yourself unable to attend.

* Casual Game Insider, the quarterly print magazine for light strategy and party game enthusiasts has just released PDF versions of their print issues. They are available to download from the Casual Games Revolution website. A digital subscription to upcoming issues will cost you $14.99 annually (vs. $24.99 in print), and individual past issues can be downloaded for $3.99 each.

* Ever wanted to try a wargame but can’t figure out where to start? Board Game Quest has published a list of the Top 10 Entry Level Wargames. The games on this list allow you to test the waters of this genre without giving you major headaches. Their top pick? Memoir ’44.

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Week in Review – Episode #1

Week in Review is the new podcast from Today in Board Games. It will summarize the top news stories from the week as well as dig a little deeper with interviews, reviews, and more. In today’s episode:

*  An interview Rich Nelson and Brett Peterson of Mimic Miniatures

* A review of 7 Card Slugfest – new from Level 99 Games

* An interview with Mike Gibson, owner of Rebrand Software and creator of Scoregeek, available for iOS and Android, as well as PC and Mac.

We would love your feedback on this episode! Please leave a comment here or visit us in ITunes and give us a rating and review!

Issue #54

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Sept 27, 2013 – Issue #54

CONTEST!

The giveaway continues! Win Lords of Waterdeep and Scoundrels of Skullport. You can enter every day from now until September 29 at the contest page.

TOP NEWS

  • Casual Game Insider (the quarterly game magazine) is now available in digital format.

HOT DEALS

Kickstart Corner

  • 8th Day – semi-cooperative game of alien invasion (29 days, $25k goal)
  • Way of the Tiger – Reprint of classic gamebooks (35 days, $10k goal)
  • Werewolf – High-end artistic cards for the classic game (20 days, $2k goal)
  • Turbo Rally – Racing / track-building card game (31 days, $1k goal)
  • Castle Rising – Strategic / economic game of castle building (29 days £4k goal)
  • Dreamlike Gaming – Youtube reviewers building a studio (29 days, £5k goal)

Reviews & Previews

Name Your Price

Please excuse the interruption of the daily feature – but if you have a game, accessory, website, podcast, etc. that you would like to have featured in Today in Board Games (right here in this spot) you can now name your price and have your item featured for a little as a buck. I love helping game designers and publishers promote their games so we have also updated our promotions page with new information. Take a look for a long list of free and low-cost ways that we can help you promote your game or related product/service.

Articles

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Project of the Day

The Back it for a Buck Challenge (B4B) encourages gamers to back 10 board game related Kickstarter projects during the month of September for $1.00 (or more) each. The Project of the Day is a suggested project you may wish to back.

LABYRINTHÓS

A book, a puzzle, a maze, a game, and a work of art
On Kickstarter until October 21
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Dice Tower News – Episode #159

Dice Tower News is a Monday, Wednesday, Friday podcast and is part of the Dice Tower Network. Today In Board Games provides a short segment for each episode of the latest news across the board game community. Links to the articles discussed in today’s episode are below. News items are taken from recent issues of Today in Board Games. For more news subscribe to the Today in Board Games newsletter. For great podcasts on all aspects of the board gaming visit the Dice Tower Network.

Here is what’s going on in the board game community:

* Board Game Geek and Pangalactic Entertainment have partnered to give away Planet Defiant: Onslaught of Vanas. Planet Defiant is a sci-fi horror survival game currently on Kickstarter. Winners receive the equivalent of one of the premium Kickstarter pledge levels. The contest is open until October 1st, 2013.

* Ben Gerber of Troll In The Corner has opened Game School, a new Google+ community where both professional and ameteur game designers can share and learn from each other. The community already has over 200 members and a significant amount of discussion. Membership is open to anyone interested in game design.

* Today in Board Games (that’s me!) is giving away a copy of Lords of Waterdeep, plus the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion. To enter just visit the contest page and follow via e-mail or you favorite social network. The contest is open through September 29th.

* Initiative: Tabletop has posted a new article on gaming with the family. In the article they give us some lesser well known yet engaging and family friendly favorites to try at family game night.

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Issue #53

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Sept 26, 2013 – Issue #53

CONTEST!

The giveaway continues! Win Lords of Waterdeep and Scoundrels of Skullport. You can enter every day from now until September 29 at the contest page.

TOP NEWS

  • The Cyclades / Kemet monster crossover set is now available from Asmodee. They also have the english language (non-CCG) version of the Russian CCG Berserk which was recently Kickstarted, as well as Ship Pack One for Eclipse.
  • Spyrium is now available on Board Game Arena.

HOT DEALS

  • Tin Man Games has released a new gamebook “Curse of the Assassin” for iOS and Android, it’s on sale now for $2.99 with previous titles reduced to $0.99.

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

Spyrium

Set in steampunk England in Spyrium you are using your workers to produce and refine the the new and highly potent element Spyrium. During the game you build factories, employ workers, and call in favors to score the most victory points with your limited resources.

Articles

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Project of the Day

The Back it for a Buck Challenge (B4B) encourages gamers to back 10 board game related Kickstarter projects during the month of September for $1.00 (or more) each. The Project of the Day is a suggested project you may wish to back.

Warlords & Sellswords

Build your army to impress the king in this card game
On Kickstarter until October 21
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Marrying Mr. Darcy

New strategy card game “Marrying Mr. Darcy” now on Kickstarter

New card game based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice on Kickstarter now until October 17th.

Erika Svanoe, a Jane Austen fan and game designer, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding to print a new card game, Marring Mr. Darcy. Players will experience the story in a whole new way, assuming the role of a heroine trying to secure her comfort and happiness by marrying well.

Marrying Mr. Darcy is in its final stages of play-testing, and will launch on Kickstarter with the full art and card design almost complete. The Kickstarter campaign will feature the game at $30, including free shipping to individuals in the US. The campaign will end October 17th.

About the game:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that lovers of Pride and Prejudice want to marry Mr. Darcy. Marrying Mr. Darcy is a strategy card game where players assume the role of female characters from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. Players try to to earn points and attract the attention of available suitors by attending events and improving their characters. However, you may gain advantage over your rivals by the use of cunning. All of their efforts are in hopes of marrying well and becoming the most satisfied character at the end of the game!

Marrying Mr. Darcy recreates the circumstances of the novel where a young ladies’ future could only be secured by marrying a suitable husband. The mechanics combine a combination of role-playing and strategy, with a push-your-luck scenario at the end of the game when the suitors propose. Players’ strategy is affected by events in the book, such as who asks you to dance at the ball, Mr. Bingley leaving unexpectedly for London, and a possible elopement with Mr. Wickham. It aims to appeal to Jane Austen fans, gamers, and high school English teachers who need to trick students into reading the book.

So after you’ve gone through to the sitting room, set up the card table and enjoy the camaraderie and competition of a round of Marrying Mr. Darcy!

Number of players: 2-6

Recommended ages: 13+

Time to play: 60 minutes

Kickstarter Page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1898617831/marrying-mr-darcy-the-pride-and-prejudice-card-gam

Marrying Mr. Darcy website: http://www.marryingmrdarcy.com

Email: marryingmrdarcy@gmail.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/marryingmrdarcy

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marryingmrdarcy

 

Press kit available here:  http://www.marryingmrdarcy.com/about-the-game.html

 

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Issue #52

 

The Best in Board Games – In 5 Minutes or Less!
Sept 25, 2013 – Issue #52

CONTEST!

Oops! I forgot to include the link to the Lords of Waterdeep contest in yesterday’s issue. You can enter at the contest page. The contest is open until September 29.

TOP NEWS

  • Asmodee is releasing Skull, a reprint of Skull & Roses with all new colorful artwork.

HOT DEALS

  • Board Game Geek and Pangalactic Entertainment have partnered to give away equivalents to several high reward tiers on the Planet Defiant: Onslaught of Vanas Kickstarter.

Kickstart Corner

Reviews & Previews

Eclipse

Eclipse is 4x space exploration game with euro elements. In Eclipse you expand your empire by colonizing new planets allowing you to place your population cubes and build your resources. Upgrade your ships to combat other players and they mysterious ancients. Each race has its own unique abilities and the expansion allows play for up to 9 players.

Articles

  • Cedrick Chaboussit shares a design diary for Lewis & Clark on Board Game Geek.
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DESIGNER’S MIND

  • Ben of Troll in the Corner has started a new Google+ community called Game School for game designers to share information.
  • Greg at 3D Total Games discusses fixed cost, variable value
  • Jamey Stegmaier’s latest Kickstarter Lesson gives us a humorous peek inside the process of setting your MSRP.

Project of the Day

The Back it for a Buck Challenge (B4B) encourages gamers to back 10 board game related Kickstarter projects during the month of September for $1.00 (or more) each. The Project of the Day is a suggested project you may wish to back.

Drive-Thru Review

Help Joel Eddy cover GenCon and Essen 2014 live!
On Kickstarter until October 18
By |September 25th, 2013|Issue|Comments Off on Issue #52

Dice Tower News – Episode #158

Dice Tower News is a Monday, Wednesday, Friday podcast and is part of the Dice Tower Network. Today In Board Games provides a short segment for each episode of the latest news across the board game community. Links to the articles discussed in today’s episode are below. News items are taken from recent issues of Today in Board Games. For more news subscribe to the Today in Board Games newsletter. For great podcasts on all aspects of the board gaming visit the Dice Tower Network.

Here is what’s going on in the board game community:

* Turnkey Miniatures is a new company providing all-metal gaming miniatures at low-cost prices. All products are produced in the US and are made-to-order. Turnkey Miniatures carries on the vision and product line of Mega Miniatures which closed its doors earlier this year.

* Want to help game designers and win a great game in the process? The Thematic Solitaires blog is giving away a copy of Goblins vs. Zombies – the tower defense card game currently on Kickstarter. To win simply try one of the print & play games entered into the Solitaire design contest on Board Game Geek and give the designer some feedback on their game. The contest is open until October 2nd.

* Board Game Geek and Artipia Games are giving away five copies of their new game Shadows Over the Empire. Shadows is an area-control game where players take on the role of faction leaders vying for control of the empire. Shadows is currently on Kickstarter. The contest is open until September 29, 2013.

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