Archive for February, 2011

Borders to file Chapter 11

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The Borders bookstore chain has begun the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after several years of disappointing sales. This isn’t so surprising when you look at the company’s serious failure to adjust to trends of internet book buying and digital e-readers in a timely fashion. Barnes & Noble, the largest bookstore chain in the United States, saw the digital writing on the wall, and after a big marketing push last year, finally managed to get some traction with its Nook e-reader device. Barnes & Noble also embraced web sales years before Borders. According to a Wall Street Journal article, Borders made a fateful deal in 2001 that transferred its internet sales to Amazon.com (now one of its biggest competitors), a decision Borders took far too long to rectify. Over the next several weeks, Borders will begin closing nearly 30 percent of its more than 500 stores. So, if you tend to get your gaming gear at a Borders store, watch for liquidation sales, and maybe keep an eye out for a new venue.

Days of Wonder Announces $10K Contest for the Design of a New Ticket to Ride Map

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

To celebrate next year’s 10th Anniversary of the hit Days of Wonder game Ticket to Ride, Days of Wonder is holding a huge contest. They are offering a $10,000 prize for the best fan-created entry in a contest to design a new map for TTR. The winner’s map will be included in the Ticket to Ride Map Collection to be introduced at Essen Spiel 2011. Complete contest details are on the Days of Wonder website.

AEG to Publish Emerald Empire for L5R 4th Edition

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

In April 2011, Alderac Entertainment Group will release Emerald Empire for the 4th Edition of The Legend of the Five Rings RPG. Emerald Empire is a study of all aspects of life in the Emerald Empire of Rokugan. It contains information on a wide range of topics: politics, the Celestial Order, arts, war, family life, customs, and much more. This edition features mechanics from the 4th Edition, as well as adding upwards of 30% new content as compared to the previous edition of the book. AEG has sample portions from the product available for download at their L5R 4th Edition website.

Gamewright Brings GUBS and Other New Titles to Toy Fair 2011

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

If you are at Toy Fair 2011 this week be sure to stop by the Gamewright booth. They are unveiling a variety of new games for their 2011 lineup, including a new product called GUBS. It was previously self-published by inventor Cole Medeiros, who sold through his print run due to a groundswell of grassroots buzz. Gamewright picked up the world-wide rights to the game and is unveiling a brand new, re-designed version of GUBS along with seven other new games at NY Toy Fair this month. If the gameplay for GUBS matches the quality of the artwork in the game’s promotional video then it will be well worth investigating.

Petroglyph Announces Elves & Dwarves Expansion for Graxia

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Petroglyph, the makers of Guardians of Graxia, has announced a new expansion for the PC version of the game. It is called Elves & Dwarves, and it is available from major PC direct download services. The expansion features two new Guardians, Flist the deceitful Elf and Broxin the greedy Dwarf. They bring with them even more powerful units and abilities to engage on six additional skirmish maps, some of which have random tile generation for unique gameplay. The base Guardians of Graxia PC game has a downloadable demo. We have previously reviewed the board game version of Guardians of Graxia and interviewed Chuck Kroegel, the General Manager of Petroglyph, as part of our Gaming News Update podcast series. We have also reviewed the fantasy deck-building card game Heroes of Graxia. Whether you are a card gamer, a board gamer, or a PC gamer, there’s plenty of fantasy gaming coming out of Petroglyph these days.

OgreCave reviews – Alvin & Dexter, Doomgate Legion

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Doomgate LegionLee knocked out a couple of solid reviews that have been sitting on my desk for a bit, so let’s get them both put up for the world to enjoy. We’ll start with his review of Ticket to Ride: Alvin & Dexter from Days of Wonder. This expansion for any TTR set throws an alien and a giant monster into the mix, which is sure to affect your commute. Lee also took a look at Thunderstone: Doomgate Legion from Alderac Entertainment Group. The set adds an assortment of new cards to the core Thunderstone game – but how do they measure up? Read on to learn more, or browse other entries in our ever-growing OgreCave review index.

Dragon Warriors swallowed by Serpent King

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Many gamers are enjoying the recent return of old-school fantasy RPG Dragon Warriors (which we reviewed and put on our Christmas Gift Guide 2009). If you count yourself among those taking part in the DW renaissance, you should take note of a venue change: Dragon Warriors, formerly under the Magnum Opus banner and published through Mongoose Publishing’s Flaming Cobra imprint, will now be published by the new company Serpent King Games. Also based in the UK, Serpent King boasts well-known RPG designers such as Gareth Hanrahan (of Cubicle 7’s Laundry RPG) and Ian Sturrock (Mongoose’s Conan and Slaine RPGs). The new company will release the Dragon Warriors Players Book in July 2011, followed by another two titles in the first year (full press release below). If you haven’t already, now might be a good time to have a look at Dragon Warriors.
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NBC’s Community takes D&D for a joyride

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

If you haven’t experienced NBC’s Community, now’s the time to glue your eyes to some streaming video and meet the students of Greendale Community College. If you act soon (you’ve got a few weeks, don’t panic), you can drop by the NBC site and watch this week’s new episode, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, wherein the show’s characters all take part some old school D&D. Don’t worry – knowing the characters is unnecessary. Just jump in and watch comedian Joel McHale as the wisecracking Jeff, and Chevy Chase as… well, a power-gaming cheater. It should be apparent how painfully amusing the episode’s D&D bashing will get from Troy’s quote early on: “Shouldn’t there be a board, or some pieces, or something to Jenga?” A great, hilarious episode for role-players and non-gamers alike (though possibly not for kids – fair warning).

OgreCave review – Small World: Be Not Afraid

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Small World - BNALet’s resume the flow of new reviews on the Cave with Lee’s examination of Small World: Be Not Afraid…, the latest expansion for the popular conquest-and-decline board game, Small World. Days of Wonder wasn’t content to relax after getting an Origins Award nomination last year, so this set adds more races, special powers, and replayability. If you love to see waves of fantasy creatures as they crash over the countryside again and again, be sure to read Lee’s new review.