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Was your favorite voted in? The National Toy Hall of Fame Has New Inductees

Out of a field that included 12 finalists, Matchbox Cars, Magic the Gathering, and the lowly coloring book have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The other nominees for the honor were Care Bears, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Masters of the Universe, My Little Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, smartphone, and the top.

According to Chief Curator Christopher Bensch, “Matchbox Cars revolutionized the toy car industry after their introduction, and the name ‘Matchbox’ has become synonymous with miniature cars. It’s only fitting that they join the Toy Hall of Fame to...

AEG and theOP partnering to bring licensed factions to Smash Up

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced a new partnership with theOP to bring new officially licensed factions to Smash Up. This is the first time that the two California companies have worked together, and Smash Up is a perfect forum for bringing in well known properties in interesting ways.

Smash Up (2012) is, of course, the phenomenally popular card game from Paul Peterson , in which players combine two factions decks together (“shufflebuilding”) to create a unique monster force. This new hybrid deck is...

Geek Attitude Games announces card game Bruxelles 1897

Geek Attitude Games has announced Etienne Espreman ’s card game sequel to Bruxelles 1893 (2013), Bruxelles 1897 . The original Bruxelles 1893 is a critically acclaimed worker placement game taking place during the height of the Art Nouveau movement. Players spend money to collect art, acquire building materials to construct a house, find patrons, and sell art for money and prestige. The worker placement is modular, with elements of worker control and bidding embedded into the structure of the board.

In Bruxelles 1897, the essence of the game is retained, although this...

Brain Games announces partnership with Luma Games for North American and English distribution

Baltic publisher Brain Games announced today that they have entered a partnership with Canada based Luma Games for English language and North American distribution of their games. Brain Games made a name for themselves with the immensely popular, and Kinderspiel Award winner, Ice Cool (2016), as well as its Ice Cool 2 (2018). These games, along with Brain Games’ recent hits Snowman Dice and Team3 will be managed by Luma in North America, Australia and New Zealand, with regards to future marketing, sales and events. Additionally,...

Inner Compass by AEG Coming Soon

Inner Compass , designed by Asger Harding Granerud and Daniel Skjold Pedersen , is a game with a unique theme of the search for meaning in everyday life.

Players take on the role of 1 of 4 characters as they make life choices, experience emotions, and try to create meaningful memories. This is all in an effort for characters to find their own inner compass! Players will decide how to effectively communicate their emotions in an attempt to score more points. Ultimately, the most enlightened character will win the game!

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The board game community loses Chad Jensen, designer of Dominant Species

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Gaming suffered a loss as we lost Chad Jensen , one of the great wargame and board game designers, as well as a spectacularly nice person. Chad is best known for his work with GMT Games , where he was designer of Combat Commander: Europe (2006), a seminal wargame, considered an inspiration for the genre. Chad continued changing the hobby with Dominant Species (2010), currently at BGG #51, a beautifully designed area control game which has become a modern classic. In May 2019, Chad was given a diagnosis of late stage...

Azul gets new boards and an accessory

Azul has been a smash hit for Next Move Games. Following the release of the third game in the Azul line, Azul: Summer Pavilion, Next Move has announced Azul: Crystal Mosaic, which contains new content for the original game.

Crystal Mosaic will include four new double-sided player boards that provide new wall layouts. Additionally, it will include plastic overlays for the player boards which have recessed openings for the tiles to sit in.

Next Move indicated that Crystal Mosaic will be available starting in March next year.

Schedule Announced for PAX Unplugged

PAX Unplugged, coming up December 6-8, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has announced the schedule for the convention. It will kick off with a Fireside chat between Penny Arcade co-founder Jerry Holkins and Eric Lang, who has designed such titles as Blood Rage and Rising Sun .

In addition to Eric Lang, this year's special guests include bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss and podcaster Travis McElroy. The convention will feature live performances by The C Team and Acquisitions Incorporated. It will also have an escape room for attendees to enjoy and tournament plays of such titles as Catan and...

Epic duels in Wizardz Bluff on Kickstarter

Shape-shifting wizards battle in an epic magic duel to gain the famed title of Grand Master Wizard of Zoor in Wizardz Bluff . This competitive 2-4 player, trick-taking card game, is designed by Jason Smith , and Ron Smith , with art by Eisner-nominated Travis Hanson , and Ron Smith. Wizardz Bluff is published by Gold Cauldron Games , plays in 30-45 mins, and is aimed at players aged 8+.

Players aim to collect 12 Elemental Spellstones to win the game. They start with identical hands of 11 animal...

Zona: The Secrets of Chernobyl

Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl by Rebel , designed by Maciej Drewing and Krzysztof Głośnicki , is a game for 1-4 players that emphasizes survival!

Players will take on the role of 1 scavenger from 10 included in the game in an attempt to reach the sarcophagus of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant before all other players. However, the clock is dwindling down and when the Final Emission strikes, there will be no winners. Players will be moving, exploring, and combating with limited access to functional supplies on this hazardous land!

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