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  • In Case You Haven't Been Paying Attention 11/14/08

    The roar of the fans.  The chanting, the screaming.

    A hush, a gasp.

    Then, a chorus of boos. 

    Suddenly, it dawns on you:  Something I'm supposed to be doing here?  Oh yeah...I'm the FUGGIN GOALIE!  Say, is that a ball in our net? 

    Don't be that guy.  Pay attention.  Or, at least fake it with our handy-dandy Friday news update.

  • In Case You Haven't Been Paying Attention 11/21/08

    forgetsomething.jpgClump clump....clump....clump....

    "Honey, did you hear something outside the car?"

    "Aw, Meredith, yer always hearin' things."

    "Harold, you NEVER listen to me!"

    "What?  Geez, Meredith, I..."

    We interrupt this moment of workaday marital bliss to bring you this IMPORTANT news update.  And just in time, too--I'm pretty sure Meredith was going to bring up something Harold's mother did four years ago, and it only just gets uglier from there.

  • In Case You Haven't Been Paying Attention 12/05/08


    Not paying attention hurts. 

    Thankfully for you, we've got all the latest news updates during the busy holiday season.

    Avoid the black eyes, bruised muscles, and strained groins.  Especially the groins.

  • In Case You Haven't Been Paying Attention 12/12/08

    santa.jpgHere's something that shows that even scientists don't always pay attention:

    Proof that Santa can't exist

    Clearly, these scientists are delusional. When I was a kid, I would go to sleep Christmas Eve, and wake up Christmas morning. Boom, lots of presents under the tree.

    I guess these "scientists" would have me believe that Mommy and Daddy were the ones leaving the presents. While a preposterous notion, this would explain the time I got up in the middle of the night one Christmas Eve to discover Mommy wrestling intensely with Santa Claus as he yelled "HO! HO! HOOOOOOOO!"

    I...uh...I think it's time to cleanse the palate of the mind with a healthy dose of News.

  • In Case You Haven't Been Paying Attention 2009-01-30

    megamanwtf.jpgSometimes, people go on and on about bad boardgame box art.

    Obviously, they've never been exposed to the MONSTROSITY that is the original Mega Man NES box art.

    I mean, seriously...can you imagine the meeting that spawned this?

    "Yes, we want the guy on the cover to look absolutely NOTHING like the character in the game.  This is critical.  Arm him with a pistol or something, screw that Arm Cannon stuff, we got to keep it real, yo.  Also, it would be great if he struck some sort of constipated pose.  Like he's going to pitch a loaf, and soon.  To strike home the DANGER he's in.

    Also, our market research indicates that gamers really don't like perspective in their art, so be sure that his legs look all distended and bloated and whatnot.  ALRIGHT!  BOOK THAT SHIT!"


    Uh...anyway, news inside. 

  • In case you haven't been paying attention...

    BigShot.jpg Here's a round up of recent news.

    (Round upget it? Yesterday we had a Review Rodeo. Oh, nevermind. Just click the read more link).

  • Incursion: Dave Taylor Charity Auction

    Helping Fellow Gamers in Need

  • International Editions of War of the Ring Second Edition are Now Available

    Good news for German, Italian, Polish and Spanish speaking players: now they can get the War of the Ring Second Edition in their own language. The international editions of the game, published in cooperation with the partners Devir (Spain), Galakta (Poland), Heidelberger Spieleverlag (Germany) and Red Glove (Italy) are now in distribution.

    The partners were in charge of the translation of the rulebook, cards and other game materials. For more information about each international edition and resources, visit the game’s page in the partners websites: DevirGalaktaHeidelberger and Red Glove.

    The rules in the four languages are also accessible on the the Ares Games website, in the download section, and also accessible from the War of the Ring Second Edition page.

  • International Gamers Award Game of the Year 2020 Nominees Announced

    The IGA International Gamers Award Game of the Year nominees have been announced.

  • Ion Award Winners announced at SaltCON

    For Immediate Release
    2014 Ion Award Winners Announced
    The 2014 Ion Award was held at the SaltCON board game convention on March 28 in Layton Utah. The award is for unpublished board game prototypes that show excellence in game design.
    Four finalists competed in the Light Game category and four in the Strategy Game category. We are pleased to announce the winners of this years award:
    Best Strategy Game was awarded to Xenon Profitier, designed by T.C. Petty III.
    Best Light Game was awarded to Payload, designed by Steven Aramini.
    Eagle and Gryphon Games announced at the event that they would be publishing Xenon Profitier. Crash Games announced that they would be publishing Payload under the title Yardmaster.
    We would like to thank our finalist judges:
    In the Strategy category we would like to thank Rick Soued of Fred Distribution, Michael Mindes of Tasty Minstrel Games, and Max Holiday of Mayday Games.
    In the Light Games category we would like to thank Phil Kilcrease of 5th Street Games, Patrick Nickell of Crash Games, Michael Coe of Gamelyn Games, and Trent Howell of
    Thank you to all the entries, and to the community for supporting the Ion Award! We are proud of the efforts of the designers and wish them the best of success in the future.
    The Ion Award is a game design award for unpublished games and their designers.  It is held annually, with the final judging taking place at SaltCON.
    SaltCON is the premier board game convention in Utah, featuring the Ion Award game design competition, as well as board game tournaments, demos, exhibitors, and open gaming.  Usually the event is held in Salt Lake City, but the 2014 SaltCON took place in Layton Utah on March 28-30.
    Past Ion Award winners can be found at these links:
  • Iron Mountain: The Shadows Within Free Print & Play Files Now Available

    Shadows trapped in a mountain searching for a shaft of light.

  • Is Asmodee For Sale?

    Asmodee Explores Sale, says source: Reuters

    Asmodee group "is exploring a sale that could value it at more than 1.5 billion," according to this report from Reuters: Board Game Company Explores Sale

    Asmodee (aka the Creature that ate the board gaming world) has been aggressively acquiring board game companies in the US for the past few years, including Mayfair, Fantasy Flight Games, Z-man, Plaid Hat, Days of Wonder, Catan Studio and several others. In fact it is probably easier to list what they don't own than what they do own.

    In 2015 Asmodee controversially announced plans that many claimed were aimed at restricting online sale of their products and imposing price floors, but in a follow up announcement refuted these claims. 

    So how will a possible sale of Asmodee impact the board game industry, and board games, and gamers?

  • Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction Begins!

    We've begun our first big auction to raise money for the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund - a charity to help gamers.  You can find out more information here:

    We're talking some big name items here, including a few games not yet out!  Add items for auction, bid on them - either way you are helping the cause!

  • Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene Announced

    JURASSIC PARK: THE CHAOS GENE is a 2 to 4 player asymmetrical scenario based dungeon crawl style miniatures board game, for age 14 and up. Choose your faction from the following: InGen, Park Visitors, Raptors or the T. rex. Find items needed for your faction, attack or avoid other dinosaurs, gain experience and customize your faction. With several scenarios and modular environment tiles for players to explore, each faction has unique objectives to complete in an effort to win the game!

  • Kickstarter Board Games Feb 11

    A pile o' boardgames on Kickstarter.

  • Last-Second Quest from WizKids Announced

    In Last-Second Quest, you and your opponents are adventurers in a rush!

  • Leder Games Announces Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile by Cole Wehrle

    A Game That Remembers …

  • Legend of Drizzt, newest D&D boardgame, launches today!

    The Legend of Drizzt board game, the latest offering from Wizards of the Coast, released today and joins a Neverwinter suite of products and programs that include a new novel from New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, a comic mini-series, organized play sessions and digital games.

    A thrilling cooperative style board game, The Legend of Drizzt is designed for 1–5 players and is based on the Drizzt Do’Urden character – a dark elf created by R.A. Salvatore. Players take on the role of the legendary drow ranger or one of his famous adventuring companions, battle fearsome foes, and win treasure and glory. The game is the next installment in a successful series of board game releases from Wizards of the Coast that include Castle Ravenloft and Wrath of Ashardalon.

    In addition to The Legend of Drizzt, Wizards of the Coast will be releasing two additional products in the coming weeks - Brimstone Angels, a Neverwinter novel by Erin Evans due out on November 1st, and the Dragon Collector’s Set, a limited-edition box set containing five of the most iconic evil dragons in D&D, on November 4th.

    Additional information about The Legend of Drizzt:

    About Legend of Drizzt

    The adventures of Drizzt Do’Urden, as told in the New York Times best-selling Forgotten Realms novels by R.A. Salvatore, come to life in this thrilling board game. Take on the role of the legendary drow ranger or one of his famous adventuring companions, battle fearsome foes, and win treasure and glory.

    Designed for 1–5 players, this board game features multiple scenarios, challenging quests, and cooperative game play. The contents of this game can also be combined with other D&D Adventure System Cooperative Play board games, including Castle Ravenloft and Wrath of Ashardalon, to create an even more exciting experience.


    • 42 plastic heroes and monsters
    • 13 sheets of interlocking cardstock dungeon tiles
    • 200 encounter and treasure cards
    • Rulebook
    • Scenario book
    • 20-sided die


    For more information, visit

    About Wizards of the Coast

    Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering, among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at

  • Lincoln's War Contest

    WBC is over and it's time to get on with the contest. Join in and


    Civil War aficianados!
    Win a free copy of MMP’s new card-driven design LINCOLN’S WAR

    In the illustration provided below, you see the opening set-up for the tournament scenario of Lincoln’s War and two open card hands, one Union, one Confederate. Notice, the Union player has just used his card effect to spy on his opponent. Consider yourself to be the US Player / Abe Lincoln. Study both hands. Now come up with what you consider the most advantageous strategy for this campaign turn. Explain the following.

    o You have 22 Political Control Points, what will you purchase?
    o You may rail up to five general stars this turn. Who? And to where?
    o You have four fleets (unless you purchase 1-3 more), What will you do with them this turn?
    o What are your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses?
    o What will your objectives be this campaign turn?
    There will be two more turns (or card hands) in this scenario
    o What is your opponent most likely to do this turn?
    o If you were to carry a card over into the next turn, what would it be?

    The entrant with the most clever overall strategy will win one of the first copies of Lincoln’s War when published AND be heralded on BoardgameGeek, ConSimWorld, and FortressAmeritrash for his or her strategic brilliance!

    Suggestions: Read the blog postings and study the new rules posted on BoardgameGeek.

    o If attacked, you may retreat before battle at the cost of 1 PC per army commander’s star.
    o You receive a replacement card for each Resource spent in a battle
    o You are capable of a two star amphibious move this turn.
    o Don’t forget Enthusiastic Support Points (ESPs)

    Three judges, Adam Starkweather, John Poniske, and Michel Boucher, will review and compare all entries, announcing the best submission on October 31, Halloween Day, 2011. Send entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Good luck and good planning !


    The Map (click image to embiggen):


    Change GIC 4 PCs
    Promote to 3 Star General 3 PCs
    Promote to 2 Star General 2 PCs
    Purchase a Disgraced General 1 PCs
    Appoint Army Commander 1 PCs
    Purchase ESPs – per point 1 PC
    (maximum 10 per turn)
    Purchase CS Raider 1 PC
    (maximum 1 per turn)
    Purchase US Fleet 2 PC
    (number limited in 1861- Spring 1862
    maximum 3 per turn Summer 1862-1864))

    (1st # is Activation, 2nd # is Attack, 3rd # is Defense, Asterisks imply lack of dependability)

    General - 1 Star, 2 Star, 3 Star
    Lyon - Promoted, 1-4-3, 1-5-5
    Curtis - 2-1-1, 2-2-2, N/A
    Pope - Promoted,3-4-2, 3-5-3
    Rosecrans - 2-2-2, 3-4-3, N/A
    Wallace - 2-2-2, 2-2-3, N/A
    Butler - 3-*-2, 3-2-3, N/A
    Grant - Promoted, 1-5-3, 1-6-4
    Sherman - 1-*-2, 1-4-2, 1-5-3
    McClernand - 2-*-1, 3-2-1, N/A
    MacPherson - 2-1-2, 2-3-3, N/A
    Halleck - PROMOTED TO GIC - 3-4-3
    Buell - 3-*-2, 2-2-3, N/A
    Fremont - 3-*-2, 3-*-3, N/A
    Banks - 3-*-*, 3-*-2, N/A
    Sigel - 2-2-1, 2-3-2, N/A
    Meade - 3-2-3, 2-3-4, 1-4-6
    Hancock - 1-2-3, 1-3-3, N/A
    Kearney - 2-1-2, 1-2-3, N/A
    Reynolds - 2-1-2, 2-3-3, N/A
    Reno - 2-1-1, 2-2-2, N/A
    McDowell - Promoted, 2-3-3, 2-4-3
    Pleasonton - 2-*-1, 2-2-2, N/A - CAVALRY
    Burnside - Promoted, 2-3-3, 2-3-4
    McClellan - Promoted, Promoted, 3-3-5
    Hooker - Promoted, 2-3-3, 2-4-3
    Stoneman - 1-2-1, 1-2-2, N/A - CAVALRY


    The Confederate Hand:

    The Union Hand:

  • Lizard Wizard in Stores Soon

    An action selection game from the team that brought you Raccoon Tycoon.