Weekly Roundup 3/8/13

Weekly News


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Kickstarter Game of the Week:

Kickstarter has been busy of late with a flurry of interesting new games. As such, we are suggesting not one but two Kickstarters to take a look at this week.

First up: Empires of Zidal. If you like deck-building games and medieval fantasy, you may want to give this one a look. We had a chance to preview the rules to the game, and we like what we saw. In addition to the normal deck-building mechanic, if offers two unique twists: buildings, which are permanent fixtures that provide useful abilities when purchased, and a marketplace for building/selling resources. Very few games use a market-driven mechanic similar to those you see in games like Power Grid, and they cleverly added it to the core of the game. With just over two weeks and a limited budget for advertising, check them out!

Second: If you’re after a simple yet fun game where you get to be a treasure-hoarding, sheep-stealing, wizard-cursing dragon, take a peek at Dragon’s Hoard. We plan on going a little more into detail with this game early next week, but needless to say, it’s worth considering. Especially for the price point.


New Games:

A card-based RPG? I have no idea how it’s going to work, but Paizo is trying it with their Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.



There’s a new expansion for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, and it’s titled Dark City.


Other News:

Yahoo might not be the best source for reliable research, but this article on the dark backstories of a few popular modern games is quick and interesting. Just don’t read the comments. Trust me.

Michael Mindes of Tasty Minstrel Games did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit this week. It’s obviously over now, but you can skim the Q&A here. He talks a lot about publishing games and running Kickstarters (something which TMG does very well).

You know what gamers like? No, I didn’t mean games. I meant DICE! Fantasy Flight is launching a set of dice to accompany their hit game Descent.

In case you have some friends who you haven’t already converted into gamers, show them this. Cracked has listed the top six board games that give games a bad name, and they’ve suggested some alternatives.

Lastly, Ben Gerber (game designer and creator of the Troll in the Corner website / podcast) is going to be offering up an RPG bundle pack for the 3rd Annual Wayne Foundation Charity. The Wayne Foundation helps raise awareness on the worldwide issue of child sexual exploitation . Ben has collected numerous contributions of indie artists, writers, RPG designers, and small game designers and put it all together for purchase during the second half of March. To see the crazy amount of gaming material you can get for a mere $25 contribution, check out his post. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us.



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