The Ministry of Board Games “alternative” media network Press Release

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If you thought that Asmodee absorbing large companies such as as Fantasy Flight and Days of Wonder with the ferocity of a Hungry Hungry Hippo was a massive, nay huge thing in the board gaming world, well you where probably right. But this announcement right now, the thing that you are reading, this thing, well its set to change the face of board game media forever*

*in truth it probably won’t, very few people will even notice, but those who do I’m talking to you reading this. Will instantly be more  intelligent and sexually attractive to the opposite sex.

An alliance has been formed… A coming together of mighty forces… A geek army is being recruited; The Ministry of Board Games “alternative” media network is born!

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The Ministry of Board Games was created many years ago by Nate Brett, to promote board gaming in a slightly different way. The first project he undertook was the weekly #BoardGameHour twitter chat, which has proven to be quite the success (despite Nate being involved).

unnamed2So what you may ask is the aim of this new media network and who is involved? Our aim is and continues to be to create interesting and innovative board game media, but without the namby pamby fear of mature content. Um, you there with the dirty mack, NO! this is not porn move along..Tsk always one isn’t there? Ahem. So, some of the shows in the network will have adult humour and language, some will not, but what they all will share is the desire to provide “grown up” board game content. We want to push boundaries and try to break some new ground (like Scott Nicholson did with Board Games with Scott) while being informative and entertaining.

The network is launching with 3 shows, but more will surely follow if this proves to be a success and there is as we suspect, a ferocious appetite for something a little different in the board gaming community.

Check out the shows on the network and much more at:

The Ministry of Board Games – www.TheMinistryOfBoardGames.co.uk

Issue #265 – Adventure Cases

 

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May 25, 2015 – Issue #265

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Adventure Cases

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Organize your gaming supplies in this high quality customizable case from Dog Might Games. This masterwork piece of hardware is designed specifically for the tabletop gamer – it acts as a dice box, rolling tray, storage area, and doubles as a screen for stealthy players and GMs that want to hide their dice rolls. It features elegant folding doors that stand the case up to be used as a rolling screen.
Cases are fully customizable from a variety of woods and finishes, felt colors, hinges, buckles, engraved plates, and decorations. Cases are even available with internal lighting in a variety of colors. The Adventure Case is on Kickstarter now – pricing starts at $75.

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“So many people talk about theme and mechanism as if they’re mutually exclusive, as if starting at one precludes ever adapting to the other. But where you start really doesn’t matter. It’s where they intersect at the end. Your game’s story won’t be told through flavor text. It’ll be told at the intersection of where your theme meets its mechanism.” – Gil Hova
“At some point you just have to make a prototype, even if you don’t think the idea in your head is ready. It will never be ready. But you’ll never know what part isn’t ready until you make a prototype. ” – Matt Golec
“Playtest with your friends and playtest with strangers. The only way to discover what works in your game – and what doesn’t – is to keep playtesting.”- Robert Dijkman Dulkes

“You can never playtest enough. If you think you are done, you are not. Playtest some more.” – Jon Gilmour Don’t attack design problems one at a time. Consider pairs together. Use one problem to solve another. For max combo points.” – Jay Treat

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Episode #41 – Konstantinos Kokkinis (Artipia Games) / Project ELITE

Insider Review is a podcast from Today in Board Games. Each episode looks behind the scenes into the board gaming industry as we interview a special guest. The podcast contains success stories and tips from publishers, designers, and many others as well as information on current games and projects.

Today’s interview is with Konstantinos Kokkinis of Artipia Games. Artipia has partnered with DrawLab Entertainment to bring you Project ELITE, on Kickstarter now.

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 #264 – Heroes From Earth

 

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May 13, 2015 – Issue #264

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Heroes From Earth

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Heroes From Earth is a unique Role Play Game book with Videos, Maps, and 28mm Miniatures.

According to Cliff Robbins, Creative Director, “We have created a fusion of pen and paper role play game with a modern Game Master Support System. In other words, we have combined an RPG book together with a high-quality video for the Game Masters and Players to see, and then move through, the amazing landscapes of Millennium.” 

As a Pathfinder Compatibility Licensed book, Heroes From Earth, is a 128-page adventure based on the story world of Millennium, a complete world the authors spent twenty-five years creating. The entire project is enhanced by their vision of the ideal GM support system, featuring top-quality Videos (DVD Blue-Ray disc), poster-sized 24’ x 32’ Grid Maps, 24’ x 32’ global Relief Maps, and a complete line of 28mm Miniatures. Other related products can be seen at their Kickstarter preview site (link address below).

The foundation for all the Role Play Game products is the planet, Millennium, a world that encompasses an entire globe, not just one territory or a single kingdom. The detailed relief and parchment maps of both the Upperworld and the Underworld depict more than 3,500 mythological names to compliment the land masses, oceans, and the Underworld. See Heroes From Earth now on Kickstarter

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The Lair of the Lich Ling Press Release

KS-Ad-A-band-in-all-hopeThe Lair of the Lich King announces Kickstarter launch May 24th
Sunday, May 24th the Dubious Alliance fantasy bluffing card game will launch their second Kickstater campaign to produce the Lair of the Lich King adventure path. This expansion to the base game will be celebrated with a tournament and live event at the KublaCon gaming in South San Francisco.

Dubious Alliance is a fantasy bluffing card game for 3 – 7 players and takes about 40 minutes to play. Players are a band of Orcs on a fantasy adventure to collect treasures, fight monsters and win command of the tribe. The game is a fun ‘cooperative backstabber’ that plays like a role playing game but with the speed of a card game. Learn more about Dubious Alliance on their website, www.dubiousalliance.com

5602113 The first edition of Dubious Alliance was successfully funded and produced in 2014. The ‘red box’ first edition featured a villainous colossal dragon. This year’s Kickstarter will introduce a new villain. Shuffle out your dragon cards and shuffle in the Lair of the Lich King.

The Lair of the Lich King adventure path features an invincible undead wizard-king, his horrific monsters, traps and treasures. The funding goal begins with thirteen illustrated Lich King game cards and unlocked Kickstarter stretch goals will likely fund more. The Lich King also introduces a Level Drain system and seven Level Drain status cards which raise the danger of adventuring in his lair.
The Lair of the Lich Ling Kickstarter campaign will offer wonderful backer rewards including personalized Vanity Player cards. The highly anticipated Secret Mission booster cards and other add-ons will provide several ways to amass great rewards and support the production of the Lair of the Lich King edition.

3286066Dubious Alliance had a great Kickstarter launch at KublaCon 2014, funding in the first 2 days of the convention. The Lair of the Lich King is poised to be another exciting convention kickoff. Brandon Raasch, game designer, will host a prize laden game tournament Saturday. Sunday at 5pm in the Main Lobby, member of A Band of Orcs will be on site to promote the first day of the Kickstater. This includes a live action gaming event with the Orcs and a Lich King!

Mark your calendar to join the Kickstarter May 24th and help open the Lair of the Lich King.

Issue #263 – Project: ELITE

 

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May 9, 2015 – Issue #263

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Project: ELITE

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Become one of the ELITE – the special forces team that is humanity’s last hope against the alien invaders. Project: ELITE is the latest offering from Artipia Games and DrawLab Entertainment designed by Konstantinos Kokkinis and Sotirios Tsantilas. Project: ELITE is a cooperative game with real-time elements. Players work together to complete an objective before time runs out or their location is overrun by the constantly spawning waves of aliens. The game is played in 2-minute rounds where players roll custom dice to move, shoot, and interact with the environment. Watch out though – some roll results force you to advance the aliens on the map! Between rounds new waves of aliens spawn including powerful bosses with special abilities.
Project: ELITE features over 80 detailed high-quality miniatures. A wide variety of soldiers, aliens, and adjustable-difficulty setups ensure no two games play alike. Project: ELITE is on Kickstarter now (with free worldwide shipping!) for just $85.

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“If you have to explain your theme, then your theme isn’t working.” – Andrew Federspiel

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Episode #40 – Brad Talton on Millennium Blades

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On this episode Brad Talton of Level 99 Games returns to the show to discuss Millennium Blades – Level 99’s latest Kickstarter project.

 

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 #262 – Announcing BoardGameData.com

 

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May 6, 2015 – Issue #262

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BoardGameData.com is the new service from Today in Board Games – you’ll notice it as you click through to the links in today’s listings. BoardGameData.com exposes the back-end technology we built to assemble the Today in Board Games newsletter to help you discover games, gaming articles, and Kickstarter projects that are of interest to you. We’ve also got a few tools that may be of use to you such as listings of current projects and a gaming article discovery engine. Many more features and advancements will be rolling out over the coming weeks. Please let us know what you think of BoardGameData.com – I very much value your feedback! – Roger

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“Every game needs to have that nugget of fun, joy, or delight you are building your framework around. It needs to have that moment of satisfaction, success, wonder, whatever. If you lose it, you need to stop and find it.” – Eduardo Baraf

“Publishers aren’t just looking for fun; they’re looking for something they can sell. It’s my job to design a game that is fun for the players and profitable for a publisher.” – Kane Klenko

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