The Castle’s Ramparts

This week's ICV2 column looks at the 6 principles of persuasion, which we use to influence others. A key factor is social proof, evidence that other people think the same way that we do. This is why when a game or comic gets "hot" everyone wants one (and prices go up). [...]
Mon, Apr 24, 2017
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I had the opportunity to try a game designer's newish card games earlier this year The games played smoothly and in general, I liked the card art. However, I opted not to bring them in for one simple reason: the only packaging was a strip of plastic shrinkwrapped around them holding the cards in place. No box, no clamshell, nothing, so I passed on it. If you want to sell any product (with the possible exception of live animals), you need packaging.Packaging serves two basic purposes: functional and promotional. The functional purposes of packaging are to allow [...]
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
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Looney Labs released Math Fluxx a couple of weeks ago, now here comes Chemistry Fluxx. Fun and educational at the same time. [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
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We ordered playmats for the upcoming Magic and Pokemon Pre-releases from Nested Egg Games. They arrived today and we are pretty happy with the results. If you play in all 4 of the Magic pre-releases this weekend, you get the Magic playmat for free. If you prepay for the Pokemon pre-release by April 26, you get the Pokemon playmat for free. [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
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This week's ICV2 rolling for Initiative column looks at Green Ronin's contest looking for a female writer for their new Lost Citadel RPG [...]
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
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This week's ICV2 column looks at why a store should stock Fireside Games' product line. [...]
Mon, Apr 10, 2017
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Caroline and Brian spent several hours on Thursday re laying out the Munchkin and Twilight Creations sections of the store. Very nice job, don't you think? [...]
Fri, Apr 07, 2017
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Under license/ agreement from/with WOTC, Goodman Games will rerelease a number of classic first edition D&D/AD&D materials, both in the original format and updated for 5th edition play. This comes on the heels of the announced oversized reprint of the first 14 or so issues of the Judges' Guild Journal along with 3 early Judges' Guild adventures: Tegel Manor, Thieves of Fortress Badabaskor and one other that I do not recall. Price point on the JGJ reprint is $100. It was supposed to hit shelves later this month but due to some printing problems went back to the [...]
Thu, Apr 06, 2017
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This week's ICV2 column looks at the pricing on Gloomhaven. [...]
Mon, Apr 03, 2017
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According to Games Workshop, this is what we can expect this week:This week we release Shadow War Armageddon, a standalone skirmish game set in the labyrinthine levels of a hive world. Also this week, worshipers of the Blood God get a whole new Battletome: Blades of Khorne, as well as Warscroll Cards. Finally Black Library author David Annandale weaves a tale of titanic destruction in Warlord: Fury of the God Machine. [...]
Sat, Apr 01, 2017
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