Exploding Kittens (designed and published by Matthew Inman, Elan Lee, and Shane Small). It has already broken crowdfunding records for board and card games and shows no sign of slowing.
The good news is that there appears to be a real card game here, it really could be fun, and the publishers should be able to scale production to meet the extraordinarily high demand.
I expect to cover Exploding Kittens on Dice Tower News, Episode 368, which will post on Friday 13 February, six days before the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|Our first game of Legacy: Gears|
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Lately, as I've been compiling notes each week for the Kickstarter report on the Dice Tower News podcast, I've come to notice an evident seasonal pattern: fewer boardgame projects tend to fund on Kickstarter this time of year. In recent weeks, the number of projects likely to fund has been particularly low. Do longer-term statistics bear out my recent observations?
Friday, December 12, 2014
A couple of years ago, I looked over my game collection and sighed at the number of games that hadn't seen the attention they deserved. I wrote a post listing games that I wanted to spend more time on, even as I realized that as long as leisure time is limited and the game collection is big, there will always be neglected games on my shelves. It's a topic worth revisiting from time to time - both because it's interesting to see how the list has changed (and how it hasn't) and because it's helpful to look at the collection with fresh eyes and think about resurrecting a few titles that might bear dusting off and playing again.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I was listening to The Geek All-stars Episode 87, in which Dan Patriss and his band of merry geeks list their Top 11 Stefan Feld designs, and someone mentioned in passing that a few of these well-regarded games are relatively unknown by game hobby newcomers because they have been out of print for some time. That got me to thinking about how many excellent games are difficult or impossible to obtain because no publisher is printing them. Hence the inspiration for today's post - a survey of the most highly-rated out-of-print games on boardgamegeek.com.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Quite some time ago, Chris Norwood posted a list of his top ten games that he plays with his wife. That list in turn was inspired by The Dice Tower podcast Episode 189, in which Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer shared their own top ten games that they play with their wives. Those lists are both several years old, but the topic is timeless, so I thought I'd confer with my wife Kathy so that we could compile our own list.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
As October begins and fall sets in, I thought I would look back at some of games I got to play over the last six months.
|My friend Grant G. gave us Goa for Christmas, and Kathy and I really like this neo-classic Euro.|
Friday, September 26, 2014
I'm certainly not the first to question the disproportion of men to women in the boardgaming hobby. Here are just a few recent efforts (and one not-so-recent) to shed light on the question in one form or another.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Last week I started to consider the question about why it seemed that there were so few female game designers. But that post admittedly begs the question: Is it actually true that game designers are disproportionately male, or is it just that male designers are simply better known? I decided to actively identify women designers and some of the games they've designed to see if I could validate the notion that they are rare - or if not, to investigate why they are not as well known as male designers.
Friday, September 12, 2014
|Susan McKinley Ross at|
2013 New York Toy Fair
Friday, September 5, 2014
|(c) Queen Games|
Used by permission
Saturday, August 30, 2014
|(c) Stronghold Games. Used by permission|
Friday, August 22, 2014
I like looking into which boardgames work for taking on family summer vacations. The last time I looked at this question was July 2012. This year we have plans to visit points of interest in southwest Virginia - the Skyline Drive, Lexington, the Natural Bridge, and Monticello. We specifically will be leaving laptops at home. Anticipating some quality family downtime, of course that means boardgames.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
One quick go-back on my earlier posts recounting my World Boardgaming Championships experience this year: The very first thing that Keith Ferguson and I did Thursday morning, on our way to the registration desk, was to bump into Josh Tempkin of Tall Tower Games. He spent a good part of the convention demonstrating several of his games:
- "WarTime," which I've written about before as a fascinating, innovative real-time wargame involving sand timers
- "Throne Dice," which surprisingly I still haven't taken the time to play
- "Commissioner," which I learned at UnPub 4 as "Lesser Evil"
Thursday, August 14, 2014
|(c) Rio Grande Games - used by |
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
World Boardgaming Championships in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the summer highlight of my gaming year. I had a fairly loose schedule in mind, with only a few key tournaments that I specifically wanted to hit.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Last year about this time, inspired by Chris "GamerChris" Norwood, I posted my "secret shame" - a list of unplayed games sitting on my shelves. When I did that, I thought surely, I am now motivated to work my way down this list and play all these games - or pass them along to someone else who will. Surely, in the next year, say, I will have played nearly all my games and the list will be shorter.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Last Saturday, Keith Ferguson ran an UnPub Mini event at Game Parlor Chantilly. (I helped a little.) We had about twelve designers and about 20 gamers playtesting over the course of the 11 hours that the store was open that day. It was about as successful as we could have wanted. For my part, I got to playtest "East India Company" and "Reactor Scram" one time each, as well as to play about four other games, though there were many more I wish I could have played.