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USAopoly would like to announce the upcoming release of a new board game featuring the iconic video game franchise, Super Mario Bros.  Super Mario Level Up! is a board game that features a 3D game board, 13 Character Movers, Power Up cards and “?” Block Chips to offer an immersive, thematic experience reminiscent of the well-known video game experience.

The publisher’s website states the following about this release: “Join Mario and his pals as you advance them up the Mushroom Kingdom while challenging other players to gather the most coins and reach the castle at the top.”

Super Mario Level Up! is a game for 3-6 players ages 8 and up.  For more information about this release, visit the publisher’s website.

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It seems like creating new board game currency is catching on big time.  Well Game Knight has created a Kickstarter project to fund a new project to create poker chip-like board game currency.

What are GemChips?

As many experienced gamers have discovered, a great set of chips is one of the best accessories you can get to enhance your gaming.   GemChips will be casino quality ceramic chips that are designed specifically for tabletop gamers.  Of course they are also great for your occassional poker nights too if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Why should I use GemChips chips?

A huge number of games use some form of currency as a core element of game play.  Sadly, the components used to track currency are almost always sub-par.

Games generally use one of the following for currency: 

  • cardboard tokens: Usually you need to punch these out yourself. They get worn out pretty fast, and sometimes they get torn when you are trying to punch them.  
  • Paper money: This is probably the worst type of game currency. It sticks together, rips, and is irritating to making change with. 
  • Plastic chips: better than paper or cardboard, but frequently are thin and difficult to stack or pick-up.  
  • Metal coins & tokens:  much better than paper or cardboard, but usually are too small (penny or dime sized) making them awkward to handle or stack.  Many lack a printed denomination. 

To find out how to back the project you can visit the Kickstarter page here.