Board Game Buzz, March 11, 2013

Board Game Buzz, March 11, 2013 (image courtesy

Here is the latest news in the world of board games, for the week of March 11th, 2013:

International TableTop Day is March 30

"Yay, a new holiday! Go to your friendly local game store, neighborhood coffee shop, school auditorium, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games." [link]

Rehabilitating the Board Game Geek

"Modern games are democratic and sociable, with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving rather than the military strategy and battles of games past. New games are passing into popular culture. They're brilliantly designed, they don't take forever to play and they're intelligent. You finish them and say, 'Wow, that was cool.'" [link]

Bejeweled the Board Game is Here

"Not sure if this is the jump the shark moment for PopCap's Bejeweled, but the hugely popular puzzle game that pretty much defines the match-3 game genre got the IRL treatment courtesy of Hasbro." There are two new titles, a Bejeweled board game, and a card game called "Bejeweled Frenzy". [link]

Board Game for Papal Conclave

"A board game entitled 'Vatican: Unlock the Secrets of How Men Become Pope', designed by a US religion professor which rates papal wannabes according to strict criteria. Cardinals score points for opposing gay marriage and lose points if they oppose papal teachings. A cardinal who manages to convert a group of Muslim extremists to Catholicism after being kidnapped gets bonus points." [link]

Marijuana-Themed Board Game Launches in Colorado

"A marijuana-themed board game that features Fort Collins has had a bloom in sales since Amendment 64 passed. In the game, up to eight players begin at Denver International Airport and wind their way through the state, collecting strains of pot with the goal of selling it all for $1 million before returning to the airport. It's packaged in a 30-inch long tube, packaged to look like a joint." [link]

National Young Game Inventors Contest

"If you're a budding inventor between the ages of five and twelve, with a desire to create the next 'Clue' or 'Monopoly,' we encourage you to throw your board game design into the ring for the National Young Game Inventors Contest! The rules are simple: Create a functional and fun board game based on whatever you want*, and send it (Pieces, rules, tokens, board and all!) to NYGIC by October 1st, 2013. The creator of the coolest board game wins a $10,000 savings bond, a trip for four to San Francisco and the chance to have their game mass produced for everyone to enjoy." [link]

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