That’s right – fantasy author and occasional gamer Terry Pratchett has been knighted for his work in literature. Dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s since last year, Sir Terry is the author of the immensely popular Discworld books – if you haven’t heard of them, you just don’t go into bookstores, do you? In any case, just remember – that’s Sir Terry to you, now.
Archive for December, 2008
In case you have some downtime this Christmas – waiting around for the holiday feasting to begin, perhaps – we’ve got a quick review to keep you entertained for a bit. Demian has slid through Toboggans of Doom by Bucephalus Games, and provided us with his impressions on the slightly strange game. We’ll have a few more reviews for you before the year is up, so stay on your toes.
‘Tis the season to resolve one’s differences, it seems. Scrabulous, an online clone of the classic word game Scrabble, was created by two brothers in India and went on to become tremendously popular on Facebook. (Why the brothers thought they had the right to do this, I have no idea.) Since this was done without Hasbro’s permission, Hasbro sued the brothers for violating Hasbro’s copyright and trademarks. The lawsuit, which demanded the removal of Scrabulous and asked for unspecified damages, was dropped early this week. Though an exact reason for the charges being dropped was not given, the brother’s company, RJ Softwares, have agreed not to use the name Scrabulous, and their new Facebook game, Wordscraper, is significantly different. Game developers, take heed: don’t infringe on a major company’s copyright and trademarks so obviously and thoroughly that they have no choice but to level both barrels of their legal team at you. Common sense, really, but apparently some guys need to be reminded.
Despite the unusually heavy pressures of the holiday season this year (just speaking for myself here – jury duty stinks), the Cave dwellers have continued OgreCave’s annual gift list with due diligence. Part three of our eighth annual recommendations list, the OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2008, has gone live to assist in your gift giving (or receiving) efforts. This third section, Twelve Boxes for Christmas, offers ideas for boardgames, both hefty and slim. Have a look, get out there and finish any shopping you have left, and we’ll have our final list – downloadable gift ideas – in the days ahead.
We’ve got a new review up today on the first expansion for Red Juggernaut’s Battue – the boardgame nominated for an Origins Award and an Ogre’s Choice Award last year. Lee’s given us his thoughts on the expansion, Battue: Walls of Tarsos, which adds complexity to the game, as well as a quirk or two.
The newest take on Talisman – the Revised Fourth Edition – has arrived today, so look for it in your local stores or grab it directly from the FFG site. To me, the most interesting news here is the olive branch Fantasy Flight is extending (well, selling, actually) to gamers who picked up the Black Library edition not long ago, in the form of the Talisman Upgrade Pack. Priced at $19.95, FFG describes the Upgrade as “an affordable solution for players who have already purchased Talisman 4th Edition and want the improved game components and expandability of the Revised 4th Edition.” I suppose a free download wouldn’t have worked well, nor would a proof-of-purchase mail-in program for a free upgrade. Paying to upgrade to an edition that can pay for add-ons is somewhat amusing, though.
This month’s free game from Invisible City is Space Monster, a mostly cooperative game pitting the players against the horrible beast terrorizing Deep Space Outpost 233-B. I say mostly cooperative because it’s always an option to race for the lone escape pod, leaving everyone else to rot. Thanks to a modular board and variable powers for the creature and players, this looks to have a lot of replay value. It also looks like a good spiritual successor to one of my old favorites, Task Force Games’ Intruder. It’s almost as if they knew today was my birthday….
As night approaches, be wary – the Day of the Ninja is in full effect, and silent death lurks around every corner (and in today’s graphic). However, to celebrate the occasion, and to distract said assassins when they come for you, we’ve put together a group of products we like to call Games of the Ninja. Will we survive to have another list next year? Who knows. So enjoy these fine titles for some honorable gaming – the ancestors demand it.
Watch yourself today – you never know when they’ll strike. We’ll have a little something to honor the sneaky fellows later today (they’ve already begun their assault, as you can see), but in the meantime, stay on your toes. The Day of the Ninja is nigh!