Archive for November, 2005
BrickQuest: Master Maze with LEGOs.
Via Boardgame News (which incidentally is the new home of the much-lauded gameblogger Rick Thornquist, ex-GameWire): “actress Daryl Hannah is looking to earn herself a name in a new role: Game designer. That’s because Hannah and her best friend, fellow actress Hilary Shepard, have taken their passion for board games to store shelves with the new game ‘Liebrary.’ ” Game is essentially Balderdash. The duo claims to have designed another mass-market-aimed game which was altered substantially by the publisher.
In a press release today, it was announced that Pinnacle Entertainment Group has been granted the rights to create roleplaying products based on WizKids properties like Mage Knight and the Pirates CSG. Pinnacle, in the form of Great White Games, will also be able to design scenario books for WizKids lines, up to and including new game pieces. This seems like a smart partnership, especially for WizKids. When wading out into a new market, always swim with a buddy.
Once again, OgreCave has some suggestions for holiday gift shoppers in the form of our Christmas Gift Guide 2005. The first part of our annual list, Twelve Games At The End Of The Bed, recommends game gifts for $20 or less apiece. Over the next few days, we’ll put up our other lists of quality gift ideas, and hopefully provide an idea or two to ease your shopping worries. Stay tuned.
Here’s a quick break from feasting, shopping, or whatever you’re up to this Thanksgiving weekend: the best car commercial ever, in my humble opinion, is this one. Cthulhu fans, take note, and have a happy holiday weekend.
Official word from last week’s Gen Con SoCal is in, and apparently attendance was up a bit. According to Peter Adkison, CEO of Gen Con LLC, “Unique attendance was about 6,300, an increase of 12% from 2004.” So more of us gamers came to the show, which is good. If a few more of the problems holding the show back could be sorted out (schedule book errors, convention hall union issues, the “Best Four Days of Gaming” being closer to three this time, to name a few), Gen Con SoCal just might be around for years to come. We’ll talk more about this in our next audio report, but despite the attendance increase, the jury still seems to be out on California’s Gen Con spin-off.
As my schedule continues to recover after four days in Anaheim, it’s nice to note that other schedules are recovering as well. In this case, WizKids has been doing the recovering, as the delayed High Stakes Drifter CCG just hit stores. At the same time, the company’s NASCAR tie-in game, Race Day, has also reached retail shelves. As you’ll hear in our next podcast, the game looks damn good, and is likely to be another successful CSG release for WizKids. Both press releases follow.
Your Move Games has one of the more interesting games at the show: Battleground: Fantasy Warfare (which was sold at Indy, but is officially releasing this month). This card-based wargame is an idea whose time should’ve come years ago, but for some reason hadn’t materialized until now. Each card represents one unit of a fantasy army, displaying an overhead view of the warriors, trolls, undead, or the like, and moves around the battlefield in card lengths, similar to WizKids’ Pirates. Players aren’t encumbered with tables and charts, but are instead able to mark lost health, current orders, and other status changes directly on the cards, which are dry erase marker friendly. One 48-card starter from any of the three armies (Undead, Orcs, or Men) of this non-collectible game provides enough combatants for two players to let slip the dogs of point-based beat-down. If that ain’t enough, each faction has a 50-card reinforcement deck with plenty more units, and at that point you own every card for the faction. At under $20 for either starter decks or reinforcement decks, any gamer who enjoys a good multi-unit fantasy rumble should look into Battleground.
Sorry for the delay. We may or may not have a show next week, but this one recorded last week has plenty to chew on, including the long-promised “Magic rant.” I don’t know why I keep saying “for the weekend of” at the top of the show because they’re never done by then.
The question put to you, dear listeners: how did you get into gaming (the short version, please), and is that entryway still there for people today?
Real quick: apparently Privateer has the four core box sets from Hordes on sale at the show. Who knew? (Uh, fellas… that’s a nice surprise and everything, but given the projected shortages of Warmachine core sets through the holiday season, you might wanna get back to casting things people already know they want and can buy? Just a thought.) Also, more Shadowrun 4E books are shipping to distribution today and Monday.