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  1. You’re Damn Right! Orphan Black Tabletop Gaming Line to Launch This Summer

    If only I had some clones to play with.

    IDW Games, an expansion of IDW Publishing (the company behind Orphan Black's best-selling new comic), has announced a line of The Godfather and Orphan Black games set to be released this summer.

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  2. Pass Go, Collect Real Money in Monopoly Boxes in France for the Game’s Anniversary

    Well, Euros always kind of looked like Monopoly money anyway.

    In France, 80 boxes of Monopoly will ship with real money in addition to the fake money needed to actually play the game. It's nice of them to still include the game money, but I don't think anyone would mind if they had to go buy a second box of Monopoly to both play the game and spend their free cash.

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  3. Hasbro To Help “Operation” Board-Game Inventor Afford $25,000 Medical Procedure

    Wacky doctors are expensive.

    In the early 1960s, John Spinello sold Hasbro the rights to his "Operation" board game for $500. Now, over 40 years later, the franchise started by Spinello is worth an estimated $40 million--and the toy company has found a new way of saying thanks.

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  4. “We Screwed Up:” Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes To Parents and Young Girls

    A little hope for humanity for your Friday.

    About a week and a half ago we shared fantasy author Peter V. Brett's story of raising a geeky daughter in a world where girls and women are far too often excluded from superhero merch. Specifically, the subject was DC Comics' Justice League: Axis of Villains game, which Peter had to do some DIY on so his young daughter Cassie could play as a female character. Here, Peter shares game maker Wonder Forge's response to his criticism.

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  5. Gamechanger: New Chess Rules Go Into Effect Today

    You better check yourself before you checkmate yourself.

    Today some new official rules go into effect for chess. They were adopted last October at the 84th FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia and are now the law of the land. Well, law of the board. Along with other rules, players will now be given a loss for having a cellphone or other device at a tournament venue.

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  6. Scrabble Will Officially Add a Word Based on Popular Opinion, What Could Go Wrong?

    It better not be ew, Internet.

    We'd all love to add words to the official Scrabble Dictionary—especially when you're mid-game and frustrated that J-A-W-X-I-N-G-S isn't a word because you'd get SO MANY POINTS! Hasbro's been holding a bracket-style competition (because March), and they're down to the final four. The winner will become an official word.

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  7. A Warm Fuzzy Gallery Of Our Readers’ Tabletop Day Pictures

    Today in Awesome

    Whenever you put out a call for reader pictures, there's always the slight fear that no one will come to the party. But you guys didn't just send pictures -- you sent bucketloads. More than we knew what to do with. You shared stories, too, and your enthusiasm was entirely contagious. It was a perfect summation of everything that Tabletop Day stands for, and it made your weekend editor very happy indeed. Quickly, before we get mushy -- on to the pictures!

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Avant-Garde Watercolor Wonder Woman

    Things We Saw Today

    Does this count as cubism? It's been a long time since Art Appreciation for Non-Majors. (via So Geek Chic, artwork by Adam Lister)

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  9. Attention, Gamers: If You’re Celebrating International Tabletop Day, We Want Your Pics!

    Calling all dice rollers, deck shufflers, and dungeon masters! Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day, and we want pics of our readers' respective festivities. Why? Because games are awesome, and quite frankly, so are you. Here’s the way we see it: Tabletops are crazy good fun, and a great way to bring people together. At The Mary Sue, we are all about those things. However, as we live on the internet, this is a difficult day for us to host a celebration for. So, unless reliable transporters appear on the mass market in the next twenty-four hours, we invite you to share your day with us. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing card games, board games, miniatures, or pen-and-paper stuff. We want to see it all -- from the laziest Munchkin match to the lengthiest Arkham Horror session. Should you accept this quest, we’ll need the following:

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  10. Check Out “Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game,” Or In Other Words, A Portal Board Game

    The uncooperative cake is a lie.

    A board game based on Valve's Portal franchise sounds really interesting and this fall, Cryptozoic Entertainment plans to release the game, which they have named "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game."

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  11. Hasbro Rules on What Ben Affleck Playing Batman Really Means for Trivial Pursuit

    We also sought the wisdom of Judge John Hodgman.

    Last month @GoodJobBrain posted a photo of a Trivial Pursuit card with the question, "Who has never been Batman -- Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, or Adam West?" saying the card will be outdated soon. The Internet erupted, but we went to the source and asked Hasbro exactly how Batfleck affects the game.

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  12. Batfleck Casting Goes Too Far, Ruins Trivial Pursuit

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    I didn't have any specific reason to feel anything more emotional than neutrality on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman before. But now... now. Summon the armies of the Pink Wedge.

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  13. Terrible Things Kickstarter Wants You to Play The Party Game Where Everyone Loses

    In the best way possible, of course.

    Like hanging out and playing stuff with your friends? Are you and your friends all monsters who react to awful news with laughter and tell dead baby jokes to each other for fun? Then you're probably going to want this Terrible Things game in your life. Your horrible, horrible life.

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  14. World’s Oldest Board Game Found in Turkey

    Turns out Monopoly is not the world's oldest board game, just the board game for the world's oldest people.

    Archeologists have the coolest job pretty much ever. It's not all accidentally bringing mummies back to life, fighting Nazis, or stopping evil cults, but even the real-life ones make really cool discoveries. Recently, a team of archaeologists found what they believe to be the world's oldest game in a 5,000 year old Bronze Age burial site in Turkey.

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  15. Cryptozoic Entertainment to Produce The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, Will Give Free Copies to Backers

    Y'hah! Ystell'bsna ee llll n'ghftyar!

    If you contributed a boatload of money to the Kickstarter campaign for The Doom That Came To Atlantic City!, The Forking Path's proposed Monopoly/Lovecraft mashup board game, then there's good news: You might be getting your copy of the game after all, says designer Keith Baker. Hooray! Tentacled horrors for everybody!

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  16. Keith Baker Responds to Cancelled Doom That Came to Atlantic City Kickstarter

    Picking up the pieces -- the board game pieces.

    Two days ago, Erik Chevalier of the Forking Path announced that he has cancelled the Kickstarter to produce The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, a board game designed by Lee Moyer and Keith Baker, which is to say, me. When Lee and I first heard this news from Erik, it came as a shock. We've been working on this game for over a decade.

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  17. $122,874 Kickstarter-Funded Board Game Cancelled, What Happens to the Money?

    In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits with all of your money. Good luck getting that back.

    Kickstarter is the go-to crowdfunding site for a lot of people looking to launch ambitious projects, but it takes more than money to get something done, and sometimes Kickstarter campaigns -- even ones that raise more than three times their goal -- fail. That's what happened with the now appropriately named board game The Doom That Came To Atlantic City! It raised $122,874, but now that the creators of the project canceled the game, what happens to all that money?

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  18. Antimatter Matters, the Quantum Physics Board Game, Makes Assembling Atoms Into a Competition

    When you open the box, you finally find out whether Schrödinger's Cat is dead or not.

    I'm not a big board game player, nor am I particularly well-versed in the ways of subatomic particles -- and I'm sure that probably goes for a good number of you as well. However, Portland-based game company Elbowfish wants to change all that. Their Kickstarter campaign to fund a new physics-based board game, Antimatter Matters, has just three days left to go and is so close to getting funded that I can almost taste the quarks. Needless to say, all of the flavors are delicious, not to mention educational!

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  19. This Homemade Fallout Monopoly Board’s Clearly the Best Birthday Present

    The only way you can make Monopoly an enjoyable game is to add zombies, some dystopian sci-fi, or possibly the Powerpuff Girls, but you know what else might work? The post-apocalyptic, alternate history trappings of the Fallout video game series. Which is exactly what someone on Reddit totally did for their wife's birthday.

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  20. Happy International TableTop Day! Here’s a Bunch of Games You Should Play

    Today, March 30th, is International TableTop Day! Hooray! You should really be playing some kind of game involving a tabletop, but we'll let it slide if you haven't started yet. There's still time. In case you can't get a group together to play, though, you can always watch us play Star Trek: Catan. We recorded a game from earlier this week for exactly this purpose. We also have a whole mess of suggestions for you, if you are going to play something, after the jump.

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