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River Horse wants to steal your baby brother

A small board and war game company, River Horse, started by Alessio Cavatore is starting to snag some interesting licensed properties. One that is greatly anticipated for release this summer is the family friendly Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game. Much like the movie, players have to rescue their baby brothers from The Goblin King. The board and the tokens …

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April and the Extraordinary World

Of course, the English debut of the French animated movie April and the Extraordinary World would be this month. Brought to life by the same creators responsible for Persepolis and graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, comes a steampunk story set in the 1930s centered around the titular character of April along with her talking cat Darwin. The English dub version features …

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Hand-Forged Dice By A Blacksmith

If you’ve been wondering when a blacksmith was going to hand-forge cool dice for your tabletop gaming sessions, rejoice! Gil Ramirez (a.k.a. Gil the Vlogsmith) is doing a fabulous job of it, and you can see the results of Gil’s efforts by clicking HERE.

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The Elephant Game

Did you know that Earth’s most widely-played boardgame (Xiangqi) is also one of Earth’s oldest boardgames? Xiangqi (pronounced “Shang Chi”) is also known as Chinese Chess (or “The Elephant Game,” as it translates to in English.)  Chess scholars can trace the roots of Xiangqi all the way back to the 2nd century B.C.E..  In addition to being a “must play” …

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Making board games more fun with modern design

Design is about so much more than aesthetics — something software designers, especially user experience designers, have known for a very long time. In the analog gaming world, the discipline known as “user-centered design” is starting to come into its own as well, making games not only look good, but helping players understand what’s happening while they play.

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Star Wars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Trailer One: King of Colons and Subtitles

  Today we were gifted the first trailer for Rogue One, Disney/Lucasfilm’s first ever non-episodic feature film from the Star Wars universe.  Along with the new faces of what appears to be the Rebel and Imperial B-Squads the trailer hits a laundry list of nostalgic sights.  AT-AT’s?  Check.  Stormtroopers? Of Course.  Death Star and Star Destroyers? Rebels and a Rebel Base?  Check …

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Strange Truths – Radioactive Wild Boars of Japan

Wild radioactive boars are rampaging around northern Japan near Fukushima. This story falls solidly under the category of “if you can’t make something gameable out of this you aren’t even trying”. The beasts are savaging farms, breeding uncontrollably, eating radiation tainted crops, and hunters are piling the carcasses up faster than they can be safely disposed of. While reading it I …