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Second Look—Dog Might Dragon Sheaths

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:13

The folks at Dog Might sent us their newest wood thing to check out. The Component Collector is a set of eight wooden holders-of-things, each 3.25″ square, with magnets to arrange them on your game table. These are stored in a dice tray that’s about 4.5″ by 6.25″, secured with a strap. Ours was a Crimson-level backer pledge — yes, it’s on Kickstarter right now — with three Square token tiles, one Deck tile, one Double tile (for a few standing cards and two rounded wells for tokens or coins), a Quad tile (with four rounded wells for smaller tokens), a Bowl, and a Counter (with a dial numbered from 0-9).

As you may have guessed, these are for you to hold board game components in. For some games, these will hold everything — we tried this with our latest game of Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and it worked pretty well (although we kept the disease cubes in petri dishes). For other games, you can use these to hold your player-specific bits. “Using this at a complex game like Scythe, you feel like you have your own little command center,” said Michael Konas, Dog Might co-founder.

For the project, you choose the eight tiles included in your product. In addition to variety of different-shaped wells for tokens, they also offer tiles with a first player marker that you can pass around to other players, an angled deck holder, and one that is designed to act as a coaster for a can or bottle at the game table. (Not that I suspect the type of person to buy a high-end game upgrade like this would chance having a drink that could spill on the same playing space as a board game.)

Most of the games I have that could use a product like The Component Collector really feature small plastic or wooden tokens. For my games, the curved bowl were easier to use than the square. We didn’t try this with a game that required a deck of cards for the Deck tile to really be useful — most games we have with cards actually have multiple decks of cards (and we only had the one Deck tile) or there were dedicated spaces on the game board for decks. I could see us using the Slots tile (with four slots for standing cards) or the Card tile (one slot, plus a large rounded well for tokens.

I really like the dice tray the tiles are contained in. It’s a small component that’s there to keep the tiles contained and works great as a dice tray. Plus, like the tiles, the tray has rare earth neodymium magnets on the short sides (the tiles have them on all four sides), allowing for them to connect up to the rest of your command center.

Based on all that, should you get a set? These are cool, but you’d have to really look over your game collection and decide which combination of tiles will suit your game play best. For my collection, that’s probably one Slots (four standing cards), one Card (one standing slot + large token well), one Dual (two coin-like holders), three or four Bowls (rounded, for tokens), and maybe two or one Squares (square, flattened token well). And while they’re cool…I’d really be happy if I had just one set for common components, like the research stations and disease cubes in Pandemic, or a selection of them in multiple colors (which Dog Might offers) so everyone at the table can have their own set. It’s a cool-looking add-on, that’s for certain.

Currently on Kickstarter (ending in 6 days!), a base Component Collector (in Whitewood with a standard set of tiles) is available at $44. Five dollars more gets you a set in Kentucky Coffetree wood with a choice of tiles. There’s a large selection of other woods in the $54 to $64, and even more at higher price points made from luxurious wood types. Combo packs, extra large Collectors (with 12 tiles and larger dice tray), and more are offered.

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Game Bandit

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:03

In celebration of the company’s fourth anniversary, Board Game Innovation is running a sale on it’s board game overlays.

WizKids is also celebrating an anniversary, 15 years of HeroClix, and with that is running a video contest where the prize is 15,000 points of HeroClix.

GameWire, GTS Distribution, and Asmodee NA are giving away a free trip to Gen Con, including travel, accommodations, and badge registration.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Sagrada from Floodgate Games and CarCosa from One Free Elephant.

In honor of the game winning an Origins Award, Monte Cook Games is taking 10% off the price of No Thank You, Evil!.

One Small Step is holding a Summer Sale.

Escapist Deals, the online shop of Escapist Magazine, is selling Deception: Murder in Hong Kong from Grey Fox Games for 25% off and COGZ from RAEZ for 19% off.

Available from Bundle of Holding are two special package deals for King Arthur Pendragon and one for Cyberpunk 2020.

Amazon deals:

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More Details on Hasbro Gaming Crate Subscription Service

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 02:12

Hasbro has begun accepting orders for its quarterly board game subscription service. For $50 + shipping, Hasbro Gaming Crate comes in two varieties, each with three games.

The first Family Crate will feature Mask of the Pharaoh, which the company describes as a “cooperative virtual-reality board game.” One player describes what they see in a VR mask (mobile device and app required), while the other players, following that description, assemble game tiles in a path to the hidden treasure.

The first Party Crate will feature Joe Santagato Speak Out, an adults-only version of Hasbro’s mouthpiece game. Internet comedian Joe Santagato worked with Hasbro to develop their first Speak Out game but this one is described as “edgy” and “NSFW”.

Both crates are expected to deliver in August. Use promo code “HGCFREESHIP” for free shipping.

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Second Look—Picassimo

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:16

When I think of HABA games, I instantly think of cute, fun games in yellow boxes for preschoolers and the early school age set. So that’s why I was surprised when I saw Picassimo at the New York Toy Fair earlier this year. It’s a game for eight and up, fun for family members of all ages, and — what really threw me — the yellow HABA box branding was completely absent from the box. Let’s dig in.

The game itself is a variation on the “charades, but drawn” genre of gaming popularized by Hasbro’s Pictionary (1985) and re-implemented in several other party board games. Here, the big thing is the board you’re drawing on is broken into six tiles. Finish your drawing and then you swap two tiles, then two more, mixing up your clean, simple illustration and it goes from this

to this

Everyone draws, everyone rearranges the same tiles, and one by one the players try to determine what was drawn. Get ’em right? Drawer and guesser gets three points. Need to return some of the tiles to the original spaces? Fewer points. Once seven rounds are over, high score wins!

I ran the game with two ten-year olds, who both loved the game. “I want this game!” exclaimed my daughter’s friend. Playing with the wife and our daughter, we all had a hilarious time.

The only caveat I had is even though the game says it’s for ages eight and up, and there are over 900 things to illustrate, some of the topic cards featured things that weren’t familiar to the younger crowd. I know what “currywurst” is — mainly because I lived in Germany for a few years — but my 10 year old? Luckily, each card has six terms ready to draw, so this wasn’t much of a problem.

That last bit probably came about because HABA usually publishes language-independent games and this one is All Words. Published in six languages, they use a clever way to not have to do localized versions: each card is double-sided with colored backgrounds on each line. These are placed next to a language card: a flag with three similarly-colored arrows. English-speaking players? The green arrows on the English card lines up with the green English terms, so you know you’ll be looking at the line that says “bathtub” and not the ones that say “Badewanne” or “Baignoire”. (Oddly, the English line is the only one of six languages — German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Dutch are the others — that doesn’t capitalize the first letter of the word.) We found it very easy to find which word we’re to draw.

Drawing is quick, using dry-erase markers on the tiles, and rearranging the tiles to reveal that what you thought was an obvious drawing now looks crazy is fun. You’ll have to be a bit careful when swapping tiles to avoid accidentally brushing the drawing, but the tiles and drawing surfaces are designed to help moving the pieces around. Plus you’re playing among friends and family, right? Let people touch up anything they might have wiped.

Picassimo — did I mention it was fun? — was well-received by players of multiple ages. It plays from 3 to 6 players in about a half hour. The game retails for $44.99. Find out more about Picassimo at http://www.habausa.com/picassimo.html.

A copy of Picassimo was provided by HABA USA free for review.

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Geek Chic No More

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 13:10

Geek Chic, maker of high-end custom gaming tables, has closed up shop. Four years ago, the company appeared to come out of the television show, Shark Tank, with an investment but that deal fell through. Two years ago, the company announced the launch of an exclusive event service that that never materialized. And a more recent arrangement with Crash Games also dissolved. Now the company’s core furniture-building business has ceased operations.

Though Geek Chic may be finished, the idea of there being a market for expensive add-ons for well-healed hobby gamers lives on with custom box inserts, hand crafted wood dice trays, and still several other companies making custom game tables.

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