We recently hit Play NYC, a New York based convention that highlights local video game and tabletop game developers. We spoke with Lucy Qui and J Mill of BCAD about their game, the Emotional Intelligence Board Game (EIBG). Emotional Intelligence Board Game is a connection game for 2-6 players that emphasizes storytelling, improvisation, and authenticity. EIBG uses a resource acquisition component based on the six social archetypes: Intuitor, Connector, Conjurer, Enhancer, Manipulator, and Specialist. Each of these social archetypes is associated with a color and has a different game style to play as. The archetype the player chooses comes with a power card that players can use on other players in each round. A manipulator, for example, can use the Exaggerate card on other players for each round.
We recently hit Play NYC, a New York-based convention that highlights local video game and tabletop game developers. We spoke with Lloyd Williams, creator of the tabletop game The Reality of Life. The Reality of Life is inspired loosely by Monopoly. It adds real-life challenges and pitfalls, like addiction, which stand between you and your success.
The other day I was thinking about Tales From The Loop and wondering if the main reason for its success was that there is no official Stranger Things tabletop game. This feels like a bizarre oversight, as when you think about it, the show is one giant advertisement for tabletop gaming. Just as The Queen’s Gambit introduced a lot of people to chess, I’m sure many viewers got absorbed in ST and then drove down to their hobby shop, but found nothing based around the series. But the shop owner DID have a game about a bunch of kids fighting monsters in the 80s, just not on-brand.
Bring a fierce battle of Lovecraftian horror to your kitchen table tonight in Cthulhu in the House, the new board game illustrated by tabletop guru John Kovalic (Apples to Apples, Dork Tower, a ton of other things).
Star Wars Armada is a strategy board game where one must manipulate the forces of the Rebellion or the Empire in a space battle for supremacy represented by the movement of figures. The new expansion called The Corellian Conflict makes those battles bigger than ever before by adding the ability to command several battles at once across the galaxy.
Here where I live, in Portland, there’s this adult alternative band called The Decemberists. Back in 2009 they created a music video where they were playing some strange make-believe game called The Illimat. The game was mostly a prop concept by illustrator Carson Ellis and not intended to function as a real pasttime. Until now, because it will. The Decemberists have decided to manufacture The Illimat as a real product, and they’re crowdfunding some of the cost.