• 25
    Apr

Batman Board Games Show the Difference Between Players and Collectors

Wizkids, the makers of the popular comic-book-themed Heroclix tabletop game, just released a new Batman board game. In Batman: The Gotham City Strategy Game, two to four players take on the roles of some of Batman’s greatest villains to exert criminal control over the city. But the Dark Knight is always lurking in the shadows, […]

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  • 23
    Apr

A Bad Video Game for an Ancient Gaming System Features an Outsized Price Tag

The world of collectible video games and video gaming equipment is a peculiar thing. Vast swaths of software and consoles are quite literally worthless, unusable or far too common to be of any value. Then there are particular issues like the availability of classic and out-of-print titles as digital downloads, PC software that can emulate […]

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  • 28
    Mar

Hare and Tortoise adds Strategy to Fairy Tale Racing Concept Board Game

It’s springtime again, and soon Peter Cottontail will be hoppin’ on down that bunny trail delivering his bounty of plastic, candy-filled eggs to children everywhere. As a board game player and collector, I can’t think of a better time to revisit the classic European family game Hare and Tortoise, created by British game designer David […]

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  • 15
    Mar

Collecting the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ — A Look at King Kong Memorabilia

It was 80 years ago this month that movie-going audiences were first introduced to one of filmdom’s most iconic—and arguably tragic—characters: the gargantuan-sized gorilla, King Kong. A masterpiece of fantasy cinema, “King Kong” made its premiere on March 2, 1933 at two venues: New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and its sister cinema, the […]

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  • 11
    Feb

A Gamer’s Valentine’s Day Question: What Board Games are there about Love?

Valentine’s Day is here again, and somewhere between the flocks of half-naked, infantile archers, mountains of terrible chocolate packed in heart-shaped boxes and overpriced long-stem roses as far as the eye can see, there’s something to do with love in the middle of it all. Now that I’ve just made you realize that you’ve not […]

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  • 31
    Jan

Kickstarter Craze Causing Chaos in Board Game Collectors’ Corners

Back in 2010, a tiny board-game publisher called Clever Mojo put its first title, a sci-fi dice game called Alien Frontiers, up as a Kickstarter project. It was a wildfire success. Before the game ever touched a store shelf in wider, traditional distribution, it was a smash hit. The initial print run evaporated, and aftermarket […]

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  • 24
    Jan

If You’re Hearing that Metal Buzz, it Must be Time for Electric Football

As a games journalist, I am beholden to be completely honest with my readers. And I will be completely frank: I know next to nothing about professional or collegiate football. Does Joe Namath still play? Who is in the Super Bowl this year? I have no idea. But I do know games, and when we’re […]

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  • 20
    Dec

Shall We Play a Game? An Interview with a Board Game Über-Collector

Dan Baden is a published board game designer who has a multiplayer simulation of United Nations negotiation coming out in 2012 from Stronghold Games. He also owns a lot of board games, and chances are, he owns more board games than you even realize ever existed. I’ve often wondered if there are any games out […]

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  • 29
    Nov

The Rise and Fall of the Great Sid Sackson Gaming Collection

Sid Sackson is regarded by many to be one of the most important and influential game designers of all time. His seminal works—most notably simple economic, auction and trading games like Acquire and Bazaar—helped establish the basis for much of what hobby gaming is today. He also wrote books such as the classic “Gamut of […]

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  • 24
    Oct

Horror Board Games: Spooky Play with some Scary Secondary Values

Monster, horror and other Halloweenie themes have long been popular in both mainstream and hobby market board games. Modern examples range from the classic Fury of Dracula, which pits one to four vampire-hunting players in a contest against another acting as the titular Count, to Arkham Horror, an epic adventure game in which players cooperate […]

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