• 4
    Sep

5,000-Year-Old Game Pieces Prove the Impulse to Create Board Games is Intrinsic

When I’ve written in this column about hobby board games or the kinds of board games that most folks are familiar with, 50 or 60 years represents a very, very old game. I talk about games that existed before the 1970s as if they were ancient relics of some Land Before Dungeons & Dragons. But […]

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  • 16
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Lithograph Motor Race Game, Mechanical Whale Toy

QUESTION: I have a Motor Race Game, a 16-inch-square lithograph tin game board and the six cars. It is in very good condition. My wife and I play the game, careful not to scratch the surface. What is it worth? – AA, via e-mail ANSWER: Wolverine introduced its Motor Race game in the mid-1920s. The […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

For the first time since before my first child was born in 2010, we’re going on an old-fashioned, summertime family vacation. One of my young ones is getting ready to start school and the older one is getting set to go back to school, so I figured we’d close out the long, unreasonably rainy Atlanta […]

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  • 6
    Aug

For Board Game Collectors, Crowdfunding Offers Rewards at a Great Risk

I’ve written about Kickstarter and the current crowdfunding craze—specifically its impact on the gaming hobby—quite a bit, not just here at WorthPoint, but also elsewhere. Crowdfunding has emerged as another example of the kind of democratization that the Internet fosters, and although that certainly is an overwhelming positive social and political effect there are definitely […]

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  • 9
    Jul

Warhammer Quest’s Treasure Trove of Components makes it a ‘Holy Grail’ Game Find

One of the biggest hit games in Apple’s App Store right now is Warhammer Quest, a fantasy-themed dungeon crawl wherein the player controls a team of four warriors as they descend through the underground lairs of orcs, giant spiders and the rat-like Skaven for plunder and to fulfill various missions. To say that the game […]

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  • 1
    Jul

Revolutionary War Games: Fighting Redcoats on your Table Top

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn to things like hot dogs and made-in-China fireworks as we celebrate our nation’s independence. For the board game collector or player, these ruminations about life, liberty and the pursuit of explosions and grilled meats may also turn to hobbyist concerns. Specifically, the fact that there […]

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  • 20
    Jun

The Lost Art—and Value—of Early Video Game Manuals

I’ve reported on a number of breathtaking auction closes for exceptionally rare video-game paraphernalia and massive collections, but I think this fairly modest $1,377 item surprises me the most. The jackpot find this time is nothing more than the manual for a 1998 Nintendo 64 game called “Clayfighter: Sculptor’s Cut” in mint condition. A previously […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Star Wars-Themed ‘X-Wing’ Miniatures Game a Collectible in the Making

The biggest blockbuster to come out of the relatively tiny hobby games business last year was the Star Wars-themed miniatures game, X-Wing. Published by Fantasy Flight Games, X-Wing was my selection for Game of the Year in my weekly tabletop gaming column and I think it is quite possibly the best miniatures game that I’ve […]

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  • 31
    May

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 9
    May

Are You Game for a Game of Thrones?

When I tried to read George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” some years ago, I found it to be turgid, soapy and overwhelmingly dull. I never would have expected it to be adapted into a smash hit TV series for HBO. But here it is, three seasons deep and going strong. I’m still […]

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