The Spoils™ – New Player Pack: The Basic Box of Awesomeness™ Press Release

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Issue #191 – Ministry of Board Games / Designer Wisdom

 

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June 27, 2014 – Issue #191

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Here’s this week’s upcoming twitter chats hosted by the Ministry of Board Games:

#BoardGameHour – Monday June 30th at, 2pm Eastern Time, 7pm UK

Topic –   Unusual Themes

Brief outline –   Theme CAN be very important in board games. What themes would you like to see that are not normally used? Would a game having an unusual theme make you more or less likely to try it? Are there themes that really turn you off of a game?

 
#BoardGamersAsk – Wednesday July 9th at, 2pm Eastern Time, 7pm UK

Guest –     Jason Kingsley & Charles Wright

Brief Biog –  Two  up and coming game designers who have t heir first game, Ophir, being published via Kickstarter by  Terra Nova Games. This is your chance to ask question of people who have recently made the break from wanting to get a game design finished and published to being in the middle of it right now.

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Episode #32 – Brad Talton / Level 99 Games

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:

I interview returning guest Brad Talton of Level 99 Games about the BattleCON remastered edition Kickstarter as well as all the new games Level 99 is releasing soon!

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!

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Issue #190 – Stonemaier Treasure Chest

 

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June 25, 2014 – Issue #190

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Treasure Chest

Stonemaier Games (Viticulture, Euphoria) is bringing you a new masterfully crafted Kickstarter project – the Treasure Chest – containing sets of six realistic resources (in appearance, texture, and weight) to bling out your games. Each Treasure Chest contains piles of stone, gold, clay, brick, ore, and gemstones – and the piles grow bigger as the number of backers grow. Presently this treasure chest will net you 133 high-end resources – though expect that number to be significantly higher by the time the project closes. Take a look at the Kickstarter page to see the close-up photos of these awesome resource tokens and reserve your copy.

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Episode #31 – Teale Fristoe / Shadow Throne

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:

I interview Teale Fristoe of Nothing Sacred Games about his project Shadow Throne on Kickstarter for just a couple days more!

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Issue #189 – Waggle Dance

 

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Waggle Dance

Waggle Dance from Grublin Games is a new worker placement game simulating a colony of bees. Each player controls a number of bee “workers” that are assigned to various tasks in efforts to create new drones, expand your hive, collect nectar, and generate honey. Waggle Dance is for 2-4 players and is language independent. It is on Kickstarter for just a few days more – you can grab your copy for just £27 (about $42 US).

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Fútbol Strategy Press Release

d32dcc8d23337fbaf4a3abef7d8163e5_largeMeet Fútbol Strategy, the world’s most strategic soccer board game. Fútbol Strategy features World Cup teams, player abilities, and real strategy.

Grantville, Ohio–Dirk Knemeyer announces the launch of a board game that incorporates all of the athleticism, strategy and luck of soccer. Named Fútbol Strategy and launched in conjunction with the World Cup, the game is a must for soccer fans and sports gamers alike.

Fútbol Strategy is designed to combine all the elements of soccer play in an attractive, simple format.  Each player has a card with individual codes that rate his ability to pass, receive, score, take long shots, tackle, and defend.

“Players move around the field as if it were a real game: passing, carrying, crossing, shooting, defending, and clearing,” explained Knemeyer, the designer of Fútbol Strategy. “Everything that you expect from a game of football played out on a field is happening right here with Fútbol Strategy.”

“There are goals, corner kicks, goal kicks, free kicks, yellow and red cards, penalty kicks. The important moments play out just like in a real game.”

Fútbol Strategy includes a full set of cards that correspond with four countries: Brazil, Spain, Germany, and the United States. Those playing the game pick six players and their corresponding player abilities. These “stars” are actual players presently playing for their respective teams, making gameplay all the more real and exciting.

A single game takes 30-60 minutes to complete, half the time it takes to watch a real fútbol game. In Fútbol Strategy every player is the coach for his/her team and makes decisions coaches actually make. The results of any action – whether it’s a shot, tackle or a pass – are based on the codes for the offensive playerand the defender.

In addition, the “chips of fate” cards represent luck and bad bounces, randomizing scoring results and the battle for loose balls.

Knemeyer is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter to make Fútbol Strategy a reality. He has a campaign goal of $10,000.

Pledge options range from $50 to $149, with $50 and higher receiving a copy of Fútbol Strategy with free shipping to most countries. Additional copies of the game are available at discounted rates for larger campaign pledge amounts.

“Fútbol Strategy is an easy game to learn but the strategy is as complex as a real football game,” said Knemeyer. “You can build tactics around attacking, defense, or take a balanced approach. You can play narrow or wide. All of this happens in space, with footballers moving around the field. It feels like real football.”

 

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Issue #188 – Maha Yodha Review, Designer Wisdom, MoBG Chats

 

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#BoardGameHour – Monday June 23rd at, 2pm Eastern Time, 7pm UK
Topic –  Educational games  Brief outline –  What can games teach academically? What can they teach us about ourselves? What have you learnt through board games?
#BoardGamersAsk – Wednesday June 25th at, 2pm Eastern Time, 7pm UK
Guest –    Eric Lang   Brief Biog –  What a designer!   Chaos in the Old World,   Quarriors!,   Game of Thrones: The Card Game,   Kaosball: The Fantasy Sport of Total Domination,   Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men  and   Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men need to know more?

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Battles of Indian Mythology

A review of “Maha Yodha” – By Diana Echevarria

461676cf600bf101cbfabf69293e24ae_largeMaha Yodha is a two-player strategy card game set in the ancient and mystical world of Indian mythology. Maha Yodha is simple to learn yet has a lot of strategic depth, making it interesting for both new and seasoned gamers. You just don’ find too many games that have Indian (Hindu) mythology and for that it makes this game not only unique but definitely play worthy!….(read the rest)

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Maha Yodha Review

461676cf600bf101cbfabf69293e24ae_largeOverview:

Maha Yodha is a two-player strategy card game set in the ancient and mystical world of Indian mythology. Maha Yodha is simple to learn yet has a lot of strategic depth, making it interesting for both new and seasoned gamers.

You just don’t find too many games that have Indian (Hindu) mythology and for that it makes this game not only unique but definitely play worthy!

Gameplay:

The game is great fun to play; the rules are easy to follow since there these basic rules:

  • Each player starts with 20 lives, there are 2 decks and each person will take a deck and shuffle
  • The first player initially gets six cards discarding 1 card before playing AND they can’t attack on the first turn
  • The second player CAN attack on their turn but they can only draw 5 cards
  • The game ends when you are out of lives

The cards will have the action, faction, name of the character and some back story of that character. I love the fact that it has the back story or history of the character, I am a history nut and by knowing more about the character it helps me get more into the game.

Appearance/Aesthetics:

The cards are simply beautifully done, very self-explanatory and make this game fun and easy to play. the detail that went into the cards is exquisite! All the information and history of the characters really helps to make the game fun and a family favorite.

Final Thoughts:

By keeping the rules simple and all the information about each character on the cards it makes this game perfect for the beginning players. I found that it helped to make the game fun and engaging. As we were playing the family joined in and wanted to play the winner plus they were shouting out tips to each side to help the players along.

Issue #187 – Dilemma, Fun Farm Review

 

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June 18, 2014 – Issue #187

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Noah Cohen – Dilemma

“Seeing things like board games in the books I read when I was younger (who’s kidding, I still read them) was one of my favorite things. There’s nothing like reading about school, or music, or games to really cement the sense that the world the author is creating is real. The dragons and fights and magic are great for taking you to another world, but I always liked the “mundane” stuff for how it fleshed the world out and made it breathe. I loved the notion that these worlds had their own versions of chess and checkers, and I like imagining what the rules would be. Dilemma is my take on one of those games…..” (read the rest)

Nikolay Pegasov – Hollywood
“The first idea of the game was a deckbuilding game, which changed into the card draft after some considerations. A deckbuilding iteration wasn’t done and tested. It took only one physical prototype to finalize Hollywood (which is a very rare situation in board game design)…..” (read the rest)
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Dilemma

Dilemma is a stylish new abstract strategy game in the vein of Chess and Stratego from Braintree Games. In Dilemma pawns are moved by both players, though each player moves differently. Pawns are moved onto tiles that modify and control the gameboard making each and every move highly strategic. Dilemma has an attractive look and style, and it’s simple mechanics and deep tactics make it feel like it could appear in your favorite popular fantasy novel. Dilemma is on Kickstarter now – you can reserve your copy for just $30.

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Grab that Little Piggy

A review of “Fun Farm” – By Michelle Mazala

When someone on Thursday showed me the game box and commented that they thought Fun Farm was the game of the con I was initially very skeptical and even thought they might be joking. But no, now that I’ve played several times, I agree with their assessment – Fun Farm was the game of the con at Origins 2014. I enjoyed almost everything I played at the convention, but I LOVED this game and kept dragging friends back to the IELLO booth to play….(read the rest)

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