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By Brad Grier | Games | Culture | Development

The Many Faces of Middle-earth, 1954-1989 The Digital Antiquarian

The transformation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> from an off-putting literary trilogy — full of archaic diction, lengthy appendixes, and</i> …

RPGs

Dune: Spice and sandworms power one of the great “lost” board games

How does the legendary-but-lost game Dune hold up today?<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board …

Board Games

The White Box: A Game Design Workshop-in-a-Box

Almost everyone who’s ever played a game has had an idea for how to make it better. To tweak it, improve it, or even build something new from its …

From Wingleader to Wing Commander The Digital Antiquarian

No one at Origin had much time to bask in the rapturous reception accorded to <i>Wingleader</i> at the 1990 Summer Consumer Electronics Show. Their …

PC Gaming

Opinion: Alberta's digital media sector needs help to power up

As a company proudly founded in Alberta, BioWare is encouraged to see the provincial government take the initiative in seeking new ideas on how to …

Digital Media

The 50 Best New Board Games

Order a pizza, invite over one to three friends, and try out the best new board games.<p>Sure, the classic board games like Monopoly, Risk, and Battleship are still great fun. But the number of new games has exploded in the last several years as designers dream up space adventures, deck-building …

Quake Champions: Why I'm Sold on the "Quake" Part

Quake Champions is simultaneously a return to timeless FPS action in the style of Quake 3 Arena, and a foray into the precarious and topical genre of …

Gaming

Blood Bowl review: A triumphant return after 22 years out of print

If you only buy one high fantasy/American football crossover, make it Blood Bowl.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our regular series on tabletop games! …

RPGs

[WSIG] Solo Print & Play Games

Hi guys. I've seen some solo, print & play games come across my Instagram feed recently, and I'm thinking to write a feature for them on my blog. So …

Game Development

How mahjong is changing with the times in Hong Kong

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> "The setting sun's endlessly endearing, but the light of day is disappearing," says Ho Sau Mei, one of Hong Kong's last mahjong tile carvers.<p>The 59-year-old quotes a Chinese saying, to express a mix of sorrow and joy as she watches her industry fade.<p>In the 1960s, there were more …

Hong Kong

Requiem for a DM

A friendship bonded in a broken clock and the roll of dice<p>The regulator clock on the kitchen wall had a distracting tick. For the first 49 seconds of a minute, it would go tick-tock, tick-tock. At the 50th, it would go tick-tick until the end of the minute. Sitting in the living room, poring over …

RPGs

Kickstarter ALWAYS Works: A Cautionary Tale

Hello Mayday Fans!<p>Well, we have had a crazy week. Bucket King 3D was initially rejected by Kickstarter as being too similar to the previous version …

Naughty Dog's guide to cinematography for game artists

Naughty Dog art director Robh Ruppel believes cinematography and visual art (more specifically, concept artwork) have evolved together over the years.<p>…

Game Design

10 games that are way better now than at launch

Like a fine wine or Matthew McConaughey’s filmography, some games have only improved with the passage of time. As the industry veers ever further …

Gaming

CMON Unveils Brick and Mortar Retail Program

At the GAMA Trade Show, CMON Limited revealed CMON Play, its new retail program for brick and mortar stores in North America. The program includes …

Floigan Bros. DLC Released!

It's been 16 years since the game's release but for the first time ever, all 12-months of timed DLC for Visual Concept's Floigan Bros. has been …

How to Host a Game Night

Concordia was our most-played game night game in 2016. There’s an open seat if you want to join us.In February 2016 I started a weekly game night. I …

Board Games

Collectors Hardwood Catan Board

My name is Tyler, I’m an artist, a marine, and a huge gaming nerd. I’d like to share with you my story on how our family business began crafting …

No Man’s Sky gets the full-featured Photo Mode it so richly deserves

Capture the beauty of a near-infinite universe with these new tools.<p>Back when <i>No Man's Sky</i> was first released last year, we noted how a focus on …

Monkey Island (or, How Ron Gilbert Made an Adventure Game That Didn’t Suck) The Digital Antiquarian

Shortly after completing <i>Maniac Mansion</i>, his first classic graphic adventure, Ron Gilbert started sketching ideas for his next game. “I wanted to do …

Game Design

The best board games of 2016

The Board Game Geek community weighs in on the best of the best<p>Over the past few years the team at Board Game Geek has grown to become a powerful force in the tabletop space. It boasts an exhaustive database on games, both new and old, that is constantly refreshed by its well-informed community. …

Board Games

5ive: King's Court

A game where alliances are useless, and compassion is for the weak. Complete your King's Court and assume dominion over your gaming table!<p>5ive is a …

20 Board Game Makers Chime In: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Board Game”

Do you remember how excited you felt with that initial idea of: “Hey! I should make my own board game!” What would you say to yourself now that you …

Cards Against Humanity co-creator sends a copy of his Secret Hitler game to every U.S. senator

The people behind popular party game Cards Against Humanity have long been known for stunts, including crowdfunding the digging of a hole, selling …

The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Woman

“You are in the front yard of a large abandoned Victorian house. Stone steps lead up to a wide porch.”<p>That’s how the first home computer game to …

Gaming

Illustrator/raconteur/possibly a secret agent Darren Calvert asked me to write up West End Games/D6 roleplaying game stats to accompany his portraits of the heroes of Rogue One.

Why the Halo Movie Failed to Launch

The Master Chiefs left the offices of Creative Artists Agency around midday on June 6, 2005, in a fleet of limo vans. In their green, red and blue …

This year’s Call of Duty will go ‘back to its roots’

Is a return to World War II really happening?<p>This year’s entry in the Call of Duty series sounds like it will take a different approach than last year’s entry, <i>Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare</i>, and alter the trajectory of the franchise over the past few years. In an earnings release today, publisher …

Gaming

Two-Player Board Game Flowchart - Card Kingdom

We made a flowchart for figuring out which two-player game to choose so folks can stop arguing over what to play and start arguing over who gets to …