Sony Pictures looking to get wood for sheep in upcoming Catan movie

(yes, sorry, I went there even though it’s an old joke)

Movies based on video games have been coming out a lot over the last few years, even though most of them bomb.

But a movie based on a board game? How does that work?

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Hopefully it’s full of wooden buildings!

Sony is looking to find out as they negotiate for the rights for Catan: the Movie, based on the 1995 hit boardgame designed by Klaus Teuber. This is the game that many non-gamers are familiar with, at least as far as the name goes.

So it kind of makes sense that if you have to choose a boardgame for a movie to appeal to more than just gamers, Catan would be the first one you look at.

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A Sequel to A Study in Emerald – the Game?

“Perfect timing” is something that we say a lot but sometimes it just fits.

A couple of months ago, I bought a bunch of games, including one that a friend of mine had been wanting to try for a while. It looked truly interesting, so I thought “why not? It’s on sale.”

That game was Martin Wallace’s A Study in Emerald (2nd Edition), based on the Neil Gaiman short story of the same name.

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The basic premise of this story and game is that the Cthulhu Old Ones have taken over the world and there are two factions fighting around the world: Loyalists who are minions of the Old Ones and Restorationists who are fighting against them and trying to get the world to see what’s really happening.

It’s a cross between Cthulhu and Sherlock Holmes, and it sounded damned interesting.

I finally got it to the table on Sunday (Spoiler: it’s a lot of fun!)

So what’s the perfect timing?

This morning, I read today’s Boardgame Geek news entry and see that there is a “sequel” of sorts coming out.

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Temple Gates Continuing Their Mobile Assault on the Galaxy

Hot off the heels of their totally impressive mobile app adaptation of the Race for the Galaxy card game, Temple Gates is not resting on their laurels.

Thom Lehman and Wei-Hwa Huang’s dice version of that game, Roll for the Galaxy is also being brought to mobile by Temple Gates.

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On the table, I much prefer Roll to Race, so I am chomping at the bit for this one since I loved the app for Race so much.

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International Gamers Awards Nominees Announced

I feel like I have finally arrived as a gamer, after 6 years in the hobby.

How do I know this?

Because a major awards nominee list was released and I’ve played at least 30% of them! I guess I will have truly arrived when I’ve played all of them, but this is a start!

The International Gamers Award nominees were just announced, and there are some great games nominated, and some great-sounding games too, though I guess that’s to be expected since they are, you know, awards for best game of the year.

I’ll give you my choice for the winner above the fold, and then the list of nominees will be after (which will also include my predictions)

This is in the Multi-Player category.

Terraforming Mars – Jacob Fryxelius – FryxGames/Stronghold Games

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I’ve played this 5 times now and enjoyed every one of them. I’m chomping at the bit to play it again, or one of the expansion maps.

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Pandemic: Rising Tide – The King of Bad Timing

Poor Z-Man games. What happens when you have all of your publicity planned for a game, ready to go out on a certain day, and then suddenly the world explodes with not one, not two, but three events that would each individually make you step back and say “oh shit, that was bad timing”?

Z-Man games had to do that with their announcement of the newest Pandemic series game, Pandemic: Rising Tide.

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The post is dated September 1, but news was announced before that, just as Harvey was hitting. They quickly apologized even though they really had no need to (but I don’t blame them for thinking that they should, in this day and age of Internet Outrage).

They have a wonderful thing at the end of the post where they say they will donate $5 from every pre-order to Hurricane Harvey relief.

And then Irma hits. And there’s also flooding in India that’s been happening for the last couple of weeks.

I guess other games news sites were busy, or didn’t cover it last week out of respect (or maybe request?), but today’s Boardgame Breakfast on the Dice Tower was the first I had heard of this game, 10 days after this post was released.

It then showed up on Shut Up & Sit Down’s news post for this week.

Anyway, the game itself looks fascinating and has nothing to do with hurricanes.

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Lords of Waterdeep App – 2 Steps Forward, 1 Back

Another bit of news that happened while I was gone, which falls into the “have a little bit of crap in your caviar dinner” category, is that the Lords of Waterdeep app from Playdek received a major update last week.

First, it became a 64-bit app and thus was saved from Apple’s “Thou Shalt Not Have Any Apps That Are Only 32-bit or We Shall Smite Thee” edict for when iOS 11 hits. (Stately Play already took the best term, “Appocalypse”, but mine wins in the “way too many words” category). Without this update, Lords of Waterdeep would have been unplayable when iOS 11 hit.

This update also brought the game out for Steam and Android finally, for those who have been holding your breath for it (I hope you weren’t holding it too long or that could be deadly).

However, for us long-time players on iOS, the update brought about a major change that really detracts from the game.

The app is now entirely in landscape orientation, and it looks like shit.

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Things are still there. They’re just…different.

It’s not as bad as some people have made it to be, but it is way too cramped, especially on the phone (on the iPad it looks just as bad, just more readable).

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8 Minute Empire released on Mobile/Steam

Did you want to build an empire in less time than it takes to walk down to the store and back?

Now you can, digitally!

8-Minute Empire the boardgame is designed by Ryan Laukat for Red Raven Games, and the digital app is developed by Acram Digital (the developers of the really well-done Steam app) and it just hit the App Store yesterday!

I had played the game once on the table before and it was pretty decent. It plays quickly and is very abstract, but considering how short the game is it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome.

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Hey! I’ve been there before!

You start with your opponents in a region and with 14 coins. Players bid to see who decides who goes first (yes, you’re bidding on the decision, not on actually going first, unless you want to go first of course)

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