My name is Mike Selinker, and I’m a developer of tabletop games likeBetrayal at House on the Hill and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, a former creative director of Dungeons & Dragons and Avalon Hill, and the publisher of Apocrypha, Thornwatch, and The Ninth World. Like many board game producers, I feel threatened by the Trump administration’s tariff war, and folks might not understand why. So I’m going to tell you how international game production works, why it’s especially vulnerable to trade wars, and why you should expect to pay more at your friendly local game store soon. I’m also going to tell you why this situation is batshit crazy. Where board games get made I’ve made a lot of games in a lot of places in the last 30 years. I’ve been lucky to have some printed in the United States and others printed in China. To me it’s all part of the same economy; families of employees in both countries have to eat, and I’m happy … [Read more...] about Trump’s tariffs could ruin the American board game industry
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Based on the PlayStation 4 “Bloodborne” by Sony Interactive Entertainment and FromSoftware, “Bloodborne: The Board Game” has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $200,000 in less than 20 minutes after going live with 18,030 pledges. The board game is set to release in 2020 which co-aligns with Bloodborne 2 if the rumors are true. As of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign has already US$ 1,627,502 pledged out of its US$ 200,000 goal with 19 days left in the tank. The pledged amount for the game is rising at an incredible pace as it climbs the popularity charts. There are a number of reasons for this tremendous donation growth in a short amount of time. One is, of course, the popularity behind the PS4 FromSoftware Bloodborne Game. Second, are the pledge rewards game creators, Shinall and Lang, are offering. Apparently, if you pledge $100 or more, you’ll get the “Blood Moon Pledge”. It will come with Bloodborne: The Board Game, The … [Read more...] about Bloodborne: The Board Game Is a Huge Hit on Kickstarter
A Devil May Cry board game has been announced by Steamforged Games, the same company behind Resident Evil 2: The Board Game and Dark Souls: The Board Game. Their venture into the world of Devil May Cry pits two-to-four players against the terrors of The Bloody Palace, a 101-floor tower that throws some of the game’s toughest enemies at you one after another. The longstanding game mode from the demon-slaying franchise is now making its way to the world of tabletop games. “As a long-time fan of Devil May Cry and given my background, I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the team working on this board game,” Says Steamforged Games Creative Director Mat Hart. “From the beautiful sculpts through to the subtle yet dramatic depth of gameplay, we’ve captured the very theme and essence of all that is awesome about Devil May Cry.” Players can take control of one of four demon hunters in the upcoming Devil May … [Read more...] about Devil May Cry board game throws players into The Bloody Palace
Board games and tabletop games have evolved so far beyond the classics like Monopoly and Life - now providing a plethora of experiences from quick, ten-minute long games to lengthy strategy adventures with various, carefully structured areas of play to consider. There are also dozens of video game adaptations, and games which require a mobile phone to play! Board games are a great way to socialise with friends, and can often be combined with [insert your drink of choice here] to create a brilliant evening of entertainment.Once seen as slightly nerdy, there's no longer a stigma around board games, card games, or tabletop gaming, so it's a great option to have ready for a party or family gathering. But with so many options and loads of different games to consider, you might be wondering where to even start. Hopefully, I can address some of that today. And if you're looking for more recommendations, here are the best board games you can play in 2018.What are modern board games and … [Read more...] about How to start with board games, tabletop, and card games (and what games are best)
Board game designer Rob Daviau and the team at Restoration Games faced a huge challenge when they decided to update Fireball Island, a classic board game from 1986. How the hell do you re-create a game that is remembered for being so much larger than life? “The board was 95 percent of our effort to get this going,” Daviau admitted to Polygon. The issue was that no one remembers Fireball Island as it was — they remember how it felt at the time. “People have this very fond memory of this game, people remember it being even bigger and even taller and even faster,” Daviau explained. “So we had to somehow make it bigger and faster without making the box bigger. That was the first problem; it was an engineering problem.” The goal in Fireball Island is to steal a jewel from an unexplored island defended by a stone sentry, and the hook was the ability to roll marbles down the three-dimensional board to knock other players off their paths. It was a … [Read more...] about How do you top a board game that was already larger than life?