The Castle’s Ramparts

This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the effect of the recently announced Barnes and Noble staff cuts of some 1600 full time positions. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
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Czech Games Editions is the latest game company to call attention to the number of counterfeit editions of its best selling game Codenames. Ways to tell if you have a counterfeit copy of the game include misspellings on game cards, flimsier card stock and a Chinese point of origin. Since Czeck Games Editions prints Codenames in the Czech Republic, online sellers shipping from China are likely selling counterfeited copies. If you look at this one, which originates in China, you can see from the provided photos that the components differ significantly from those included in a real copy of the [...]
Wed, Feb 14, 2018
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Pokemon Fan Club is a very useful Supporter card that can help players out in a number of situations. Pokemon Fan Club allows you to search your deck for up to 2 Basic Pokemon from your deck and put them into your hand. Personally, this works great in several situations:1. If you are at the beginning of the game and do not have that many Basic Pokemon out on the field, this card can be used to find some Basic Pokemon and allow you to fill up your bench with Pokemon.2. Because this card allows you to search your deck [...]
Mon, Feb 12, 2018
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at how the closure of Mayfair Games affects you. Short answer, it probably doesn't [...]
Mon, Feb 12, 2018
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"Exile target creature with power greater than or equal to your life total." It's an instant spell that costs one white mana to cast. Even indestructible creatures can be exiled! A 12/12 dinosaur can be pretty hard to beat, but it only takes one mana to change the game in your favor. If they are close to losing the game most people just give up, but there really is no reason to do so. Never give up! With Blazing Hope you can turn things around to your favor, and win in an incredibly heroic way.Happy Magic!-Jay [...]
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
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Just got the following press release from Mayfair Games. What does it mean to customers? Nothing really. The games will still be available, just with the Asmodee brand on them. I have expected something like this ever since Catan separated from Mayfair a year or so ago, although from what I understand, Mayfair is still doing well financially:As of today, the management team at Mayfair Games, Inc. announces we will wind down game publishing. After 36 years, this was not an easy decision or one we took lightly, but it was necessary. Once we had come to this conclusion, we [...]
Fri, Feb 09, 2018
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This week, WOTC announced the release of the next book in the D&D cannon, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Like the previous releases in the series, Volo's Book of Monsters and Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes will ship with two different covers, the standard cover which you will find at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other fine mass retailers, and the direct cover, only available from WPN approved retailers. Both covers will have a MSRP of $49.99 on release.The direct cover only gets 1-2 print runs before going out of print. Currently, direct cover versions of Xanathar's Guide [...]
Fri, Feb 09, 2018
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Grimm Forest, from Druid City Games, arrived today. We got a look at it at the GAMA Trade Show last spring and thought enough of the game to back the Kickstarter campaign for it. Game play is pretty cool. It is a resource management and bluffing game. Undead Viking reviews it here [...]
Thu, Feb 08, 2018
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This is interesting.North Star Games, publisher of Evolution and Wits and Wagers, announced yesterday that the company will restrict selling their games on Amazon to only two resellers. That means that anyone else selling North Star Games on Amazon will have to remove their listings from Amazon after March 9th or lose the privilege of selling North Star Games at all. [...]
Wed, Feb 07, 2018
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at Konami's recent Lost Art Promotion and the recently announced Mordenkainen's Tomb of Foes [...]
Mon, Feb 05, 2018
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