Issue #140- Ultimate Tiny Epic Giveaway!

 

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Feb 28, 2014 – Issue #140

Ultimate Tiny Epic Giveaway!

We’ve partnered with MeepleSource.com and Gamelyn Games to bring you the Ultimate Tiny Epic Giveaway. The winner will get one deluxe copy of Tiny Epic Kingdoms from Gamelyn Games, plus a complete set of 112 matching character meeples from MeepleSource. That’s one awesomely blinged out awesome game! The total Kickstarter pledge value of this prize pack is $134.00 (US), and retail will likely be even higher! That officially makes this the most valuable giveaway we’ve done yet!

The giveaway will be open until midnight on Thursday March 6, 2014 and a winner will be announced in next Friday’s issue of Today in Board Games. You can get your initial entries now on the contest page, then come back each day to share about the giveaway and earn bonus entries!

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Character Meeples

Meeple Source has provided awesome custom-painted character meeples to board gamers since 2011, but this year they are stepping it up a notch with a Kickstarter project to introduce a giant variety of new designs. Already over 80 different character meeple designs have been unlocked with more on the way. Don’t miss the custom character meeples for Lords of Waterdeep, Pandemic, and Ultimate Werewolf, plus the awesome meeples for Tiny Epic Kingdoms (which you can win a complete set of in our giveaway above!)

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Saint Petersburg Press Release

New Crowdfunding Project 

Saint PetersburgstpetersburgvotingThe crowdfunding of Saint Petersburg starts at 21st March 2014. Publisher Hans im Glück dedicates eight cards to outstanding members of the international board game community. Voting starts now.

In three weeks, the new Saint Petersburg project is going to start at the european crowdfunding site Spieleschmiede.de. The game is a re-release of the classic board game with the same name from the publisher Hans im Glück. Based on numerous fan requests the company starts its first crowdfunding project. The new edition will feature components for a fifth player, a new game phase as well as redesigned artwork and rulebook.

The fans could already vote the new color of the cover, which will be teal (see picture). Now they can decide the appearance of eight ‘aristocrats’ from the game.

Hans im Glück entitles the board game community

Publisher Hans im Glück dedicates 8 cards of Saint Petersburg to outstanding members of the international board game community. Who is to be decided by you. Which personalities are the most important members of the international board game community? Until the 26th March you can vote for artists, designers and other personalities like bloggers or journalists.

You can nominate your favorites here:

https://www.spiele-offensive.de/?cmd=sp_vote

Starting 26th March all suggestions are collected and the most mentioned names can be voted for in one final poll, when the person is consent.

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Cipher OPS Press release

logoNazca Games Inc.

8118 23rd Ave. Suite 2C

Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA

Coming soon from Nazca Games – Cipher OPS

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Nazca Games has announced their upcoming game: Cipher OPS

Cipher Ops is a high-tech cat-and-mouse game between a spy and mercenary unit. One player takes on the role of a specially trained covert operative whose mission is to infiltrate a top-secret remote military base and disable their communication and defense systems. The other player controls the highly trained counter-espionage task force who must stop the infiltrator at all costs.

Cipher OPS is a ‘Stealth Action Game’ for 2 players scheduled to be released at GenCon 2014.

Nazca Games is a small game development company located in Brooklyn, New York. The vision and focus of the company is to create fun, entertaining, and engaging games for families as well as avid gamers. Nazca Games strives to marry interesting themes and fun game mechanics that immerse and challenge the players to create a memorable game experience.

 

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Cthulhu: The Great Old One Review

Cthulhu: The Great Old One is a release from Dann Kriss Games. It is currently on Kickstarter, but only for the next few days – so act quick if you are interested!

Cthulhu: The Great Old One builds upon the classic game of Authors (which in turn builds upon the classic game Go Fish!), but adds some extra mechanics for more strategic play. The deck consists of 80 cards which are dealt evenly among the players at the start of the game. The majority of cards feature a person, creature, or artifact from the Lovecraftian mythos, and each of these lists a second related card that it “links” to. On your turn, you randomly select a card from another player. If the selected card matches one in your hand (same card name) or you hold the card it links to in your hand you may lay them down in front of you to form a pair.

To spice things up there are a handful of Horror cards each of which provides a special one-off effect (swap hands with a neighbor, steal a pair, reverse turn order, etc.). You can play one Horror card at the end of each turn, though there are a limited number so don’t expect to play more than 2 or 3 of these throughout the game. Finally, there is one Cultist card, and one Great Old One. Think of the Great Old One as the “Old Maid”. If you are left holding it when the game ends you lose. However, if you somehow manage to have both the Cultist and the Great Old One, then you win instead. Barring an automatic win or loss, the winner is determined by points with each matched pair counting for 2 points and each linked pair and Horror counting for one. In absence of the Great Old One, the Cultist causes you to lose a point.

Conclusion

Cthulhu: The Great Old One is a light simple card game. I brought this to the table for our family game night. Our first game was eight players (my wife and I and our oldest six children). The kids had little trouble picking up the basics of the game and soon were chasing the Cultist and Great Old One around the table as each sought to get the pair. The strategy of going for the certain victory (Culstist + Great Old One) vs. attempting to track down the matches you need to make pairs is a good one. The eight player game did end up going a bit longer than desirable as the odds of finding a random pair with a 10 card hand are lower than with a 20-40 card hand. We played again later with a smaller group and this problem went away.

The gameplay is simple making Cthulhu: The Great Old One easy to play with almost any group. The added mechanics of the Horror cards and Culstist/Great Old One pair add a pleasant light layer of strategy that traditional “Go Fish!” style games are lacking. However, where Cthulhu: The Great Old One really stands out is in the artwork. While we played with a prototype copy you can see final versions of the cards here and the Kickstarter page. Lovecraftian fans will love the detail and richness that the art and graphic design provide.

Cthulhu: The Great Old One is on Kickstarter only until Sunday, March 2, 2014. $20 gets you a copy of the game, though the project also features a deck of Bicycle playing cards with more fantastic artwork that you may want as well. For more information on Cthulhu: The Great Old One check out my interview with designer Dann Kriss.

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Issue #139 – Indie Designer Showcase

 

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Feb 26, 2014 – Issue #139

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  • Fantasy Flight has announced Age of War,,a brand new Knizia game set in feudal Japan.
  • Andrew Lennox and Jason Kotarski are partnering to bring you 20 Minutes of Filler!, a new podcast featuring small games.

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Are you a game designer with one or more titles published through print on demand services (Game Crafter, Superior POD, Print & Play Productions, Drive Thru Cards, etc.)? We would like to help you spread the word about your game. We are giving away five free feature spots (what you are reading now is a feature spot) to indie designers in upcoming issues. To reserve your spot e-mail me at pidgepot@gmail.com. Spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  – Roger

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Issue #138 – Dice Tower Network

 

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Feb 24, 2014 – Issue #138

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The Today in Board Games Week in Review recently became a member of the Dice Tower Network. I’m sure most of you have seen/heard of the all the excellent content the Dice Tower puts out on a regular basis. The Dice Tower Network is a group of podcasts that regularly churn out quality gaming content. If you haven’t I encourage you to give the shows in the network a listen – you might find one or two you love! I also contribute regular segments to the Dice Tower News Podcast, if you are looking for more gaming news this is a great source. – Roger

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Patration Wars Press Release

Box Base FrontA new board game just launched on Kickstarter called Patration Wars!  It’s a tabletop board game based off Real Time Strategy video games (RTS for short). Players manage resources, build bases, recruit armies, and engage in strategic combat similar to an RTS video game! Patration Wars was developed with an intent to port the same mechanics that make RTS games so enjoyable onto a table top setting.

Veteran RTS players will recognize the Tech Trees, different resources, required micro and macro management, and unit types that are staples in the RTS genre. Although the game functions similarly to the video game variant, it includes many new and original mechanics that make playing Patration Wars a unique and fulfilling experience.

 

Also, there are various other goodies that come with pledging toward the game!

  • Those who pledge get a free eBook version of the Patration Wars fantasy novel
  • We are developing a Slide App for Android and Iphone to make keeping track of resources easier
  • Our website provides art and lore (individual bios) for every single card in the game

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The campaign runs for a month and don’t forget about the slew of extras and a jam packed website!  Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/395347184/patration-wars

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POOP: The Game That Challenges Gamers Not To Clog The Toilet Press Release

POOP_Exp_KS_CARD-01POOP: The Game That Challenges Gamers Not To Clog The Toilet

Chicago, IL, United States – February 17, 2014 – Chicago-based design group releases details of their latest project, POOP: The Game.

POOP uses simple rules similar to UNO where the first player to run out of cards wins. A Toilet Card is flipped to determine how much poop can be played in a round. Players take turns playing poop cards but must be careful not to clog the toilet. Along the way players can ‘flush’ the toilet and some of the cards require them to make various bathroom sounds on their turn.

“We really wanted a game that was fun for kids and adults,” said Blaise Sewell, game co-creator and designer. “We also turned POOP into a raucous drinking game that makes it a pretty great party game too.”

POOP’s debut on Kickstarter may be proof of the game’s wide appeal. In the first week after they released POOP it already had achieved 75 percent of the initial Kickstarter goal. Kickstarter is an online pledge system for funding creative projects and is used to generate money for start up costs through crowdsourcing.

“It’s hard not to look ahead at this point,” he said. “We love seeing this much enthusiasm and already have an Expansion Deck we’re going to make available should we reach $9,000 in this campaign.”

Their Kickstarter commercial is almost as remarkable as the actual game. Shot to look like a late-night infomercial, they’ve borrowed the worst parts of every nineties commercial you’ve ever seen, including the blue screen with credit cards and the classic line, “Sorry, no CODs.”

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As the Kickstarter campaign continues to raise money for launching the printed game, a digital print-and-play is available for free.

Feels Right Design creates campaigns for non-profit organizations like Amnesty International, CODEPINK, Project Sakinah, and NORML. Their mission, as stated on their website, is to design delightful political images for groups with a limited marketing budget and they make their work affordable through sales of their games.

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Issue #137 – Thank you

 

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Feb 21, 2014 – Issue #137

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Thank You!

I really hope you have been enjoying Today in Board Games. We really enjoy collecting the information and putting these newsletters together for you. On behalf of all the TiBG Team I want to extend my thanks to you. One of my favorite things is to get feedback from readers of the newsletter or listeners to the podcast. If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or comments I’d love to hear them. You can e-mail me directly at pidgepot@gmail.com. Thanks! – Roger

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Week in Review – Episode #14

Week in Review is a podcast from Today in Board Games. It summarizes the top news stories from the week and digs a little deeper with interviews, reviews, and more. In today’s episode:

  • Interview with Heath Robinson, one of the co-creators of War of Kings (presently on Kickstarter).

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