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Monopoly: Talkin’ bout a Revolution

A classic game’s anniversary is something to look forward to, because it usually means a new, improved edition is waiting in the wings. To celebrate Scrabble‘s recent diamond anniversary, a slick, portable version hit the shelves and Scrabble fans have never looked back. Monopoly’s 75th anniversary this year will also be a date to remember. Monopoly: Revolution Edition has already been unveiled by Hasbro and it’s a complete contemporary update targeting Gens Y and Z.

Monopoly Anniversary: Revolution Edition and more

There are a whole range of Monopoly variations already on the market. We even have our very own 25th Anniversary edition of Australian Here & Now Monopoly. Or how about an Anti-Monopoly Edition or the popular Dog Lovers Monopoly? There’s also a whole host of re-branded editions to choose from, such as Garfield Monopoly, GI Joe Monopoly, Elvis Monopoly, Muppets Monopoly, Las Vegas Monopoly, Beatles Monopoly and the nostalgic Retro Monopoly, to name just a few.

Hasbro mantra – Innovate or detonate

So is there really a strong demand for another version? For me, the answer is yes, yes, yes, and many other die-hard fans will agree. Monopoly is a classic game, which means it has what it takes to never go out of style. This latest edition however cleverly targets the savvy youth market in an attempt to prise them from their computer and video game screens. Hasbro has put the digital age mantra – innovate or detonate – into practice.

Pass GO and get – 2 million dollars!

Monopoly: Revolution Edition has not only been updated, but reshaped. As the name implies, the board is now round instead of square. This is either a stroke of genius or just a novelty factor. Players now wheel and deal using debit cards and an ATM instead of cash. An electronic banker oversees the game from a centralised pod, making cheating impossible. To catch up with 75 years of inflation, you now get $2,000,000.00 for passing GO instead of $200.00! Sound effects and music clips by performers like Beyonce, Rihanna and Elton John (“Elton who?” Gen Y might ask), are also brave attempts to connect with younger players.

Generations Y and Z

Time will tell if everyone is thrilled with this latest anniversary edition, but its development reflects the reality of the age that Gen Y and future generations will live in – for better or worse. In an increasingly cashless society with more leisure time and greater spending power, Monopoly: Revolution Edition may yet capture the imaginations of a wider, younger audience.

Ghouls, zombies and vampires! What’s the appeal?

Vampires! Once the mere mention of this word would evoke fear and loathing and send shivers down a normal person’s spine. But now, due to their recent sexy makeover in Hollywood’s Twilight series of films, there’s been a massive resurgence of interest in all things ghoulish and supernatural.

The Twilight Effect

Fantasy stories and games have always been popular. They have a timeless, escapist appeal. The nineties TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer normalised vampire killing as a past-time, but these poor vampires were always cast as the bad guys. Now that the Twilight effect has taken off – zombies, ghosts, werewolves and even your run-of-the-mill ghoul – are suddenly so much more appealing! But whether cast as good guys or bad, these creatures play an important part in our shared cultural mythology.

Satisfy your ghoulish cravings

And don’t you just love being scared out of your wits?  Isn’t it exciting to believe that there’s another more mysterious and dangerous shadow reality, just waiting to be discovered and explored? The problem with the movie or TV experience is that it only lasts a couple of hours at most, leaving us unsatisfied and hungry for more. This is where a great game trumps a movie or TV show every time. Playing fantasy games can satisfy our ghoulish cravings for weeks, months and even years!

There are many games to choose from that fulfil our yearnings for blood, human flesh and unlimited power! From Dark Heresy to Dungeons and Dragons – fantasy games earn a respectable slice of gaming revenue each year. A great macabre RPG is Vampire: Prince of the City, which uses blood as one of the currencies used on an ultimate quest to become the new Prince of all the Kindred.

The Zombie Game is coming – hold on to your brain!

And if you love zombies as much as I do, then you’ll love playing either a hero or zombie in the hugely successful Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game, which sold out on release and is into its second printing. Hold onto your brain while you can because this is a must-play game for all zombie horror fans. Let’s face it. Zombie lovers are truly spoilt for choice. There’s the whole Zombie!!! series of games to choose from, and the recently released All Things Zombie: The Board Game, which is an intense strategy RPG well worth getting your hands on.

There are so many supernaturally themed games to choose from, there’s no end to exploring this genre. Just be warned ! All vampires do not look like Twilight’s Robert Pattinson.

What’s Your Style?

What’s your learning style?

We can all recall the anticipation. The exhilaration. The crinkle of cellophane. The frenzied unwrapping and the heart-stopping lifting of the lid. A new board game lies before us. We inhale its heady aroma, savour its newness and look forward to our very first game play with mounting excitement. But if you are totally unfamiliar with a new board game, there’s one unavoidable obstacle determined to stifle your fun and delay your ultimate gaming pleasure. The instruction manual.

How can we successfully learn the rules of a new game, without ruining the spontaneous fun of playing our brand new board game? Most people fall into different learning styles that can help or hinder their enjoyment of the game. It can often make or break your opinion of the game as well – especially if the rules are overly complex and detailed.

Which learning style are you?

I’ve outlined the six most common game learning styles. Which one are you?

  • The Plunger. These players just dive in and start playing and never read the instruction manual, instead learning by error and instinct.
  • The Stepper. These players follow the instructions step by step while playing, with the manual handy at all times.
  • The Plodder. These players read the instructions cover to cover first to learn all the rules by rote and become a walking, talking instruction manual.
  • The Dipper. These players are impatient and start playing immediately, but still dip in and out of the instruction manual as they play.
  • The Observer. These players invite friends over who are already familiar with the game and watch them play to learn their tricks and tactics.
  • The Desperado. These players refuse to look at the manual and only sneak a peek only when desperate. This group may also stoop to cheating.

Do any of these categories sound like you or someone you know? Or is your style something else entirely? Maybe you‘re a bit of both? I’m a die-hard dipper, but of course I also learn from more experienced friends.

Everybody gets there eventually, but there are some learning styles that work better for some than others. Everyone is different, which also means it can be frustrating playing a new game with someone whose learning style is different to yours.  Just imagine a Plunger and a Stepper trying to learn a new game together!

Whatever your style, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s a foolproof way to learn, so just go for it. Exploring a new game is a great experience and once you’ve mastered the rules, there’s no looking back.

What’s your style?

Cooperation is the name of the game

Cooperation is the name of the game

Life is better shared. We’ve all heard this wise saying before, but are there some concrete ways we can make this maxim a reality? Nothing sums up this heart-felt sentiment more than when we make the effort to socialise with friends. I don’t mean just sitting around passively talking about mundane stuff like work , or aimlessly passing time on Facebook, but truly connecting through actively sharing experiences that give us a buzz and leave us on a high.

Schedule regular gaming nights

It sounds too easy to be true, but scheduling a regular gaming get together on a weekly basis with like minded friends brings rich rewards, and not just in monopoly money. Many board games can be the perfect backdrop for entertaining at home, and the more the merrier: four people or more joining in the action raises the fun level through the roof.

Which games are better shared?

I’ve found that cooperative style strategy games are best for bonding with your friends. Avoid hard-core competitive dog-eat-dog style games that can test the strongest friendships. Choose games that can be played within around 90-120 minutes, so you can make a night of it and still have plenty of time for the other stuff – like beer, pizza and gossip!

Caring and sharing games

Some great examples of caring and sharing games are the eurogames Agricola and The Settlers of Catan. Agricola is a turn based game ideally suited to couples, even though it can also be played solo. Role playing a farmer and spouse partnership can really hone friends’ cooperative skills.

The Settlers of Catan also depends on players being supportive of each other rather than combative.  As a recent immigrant to the island of Catan, you work cooperatively with other players through trade. You can expand your island colony by utilising surrounding resources wisely – but only with a little help from your friends of course.

Electronic vs Board games

Electronic vs Board games

To some they’ve been a boon to humanity, to others – a curse. But love them or loathe them, electronic games are part of the fabric of our lives. To die-hard gamers, they’ll never replace the nostalgia of good old fashioned boards and dice. After all, if it ain’t broke why fix it? Do we really want all that electronic gadgetry to overpower our minds and senses? Traditional games can give us the space for our imaginations to conjure up all the sounds, smells and excitement of the sea in games like Battleship, or the hustle and bustle of the city in Monopoly.

Assault and batteries

To some, electronic games dull our brains over the long term, replacing the gaps once filled by our imaginations with explosive sound effects and flashing lights, as experienced in Battleship’s Electronic edition. But this game is not all bells and whistles. It also keeps score automatically so there’s no room for error, which can easily happen when adding up with pen and paper. You can also vary your skill levels and play progressively as well. There’s even a hand held version, so you can play anywhere, anytime – so long as your batteries hold out.

For hard core gamers, electronics are not an option. Warhammer players for example, get totally immersed in games like 40,000 – Assault On Black Reach, enjoying the tactility and hands on experience which no amount of electronic wizardry could ever replace.

Electronic fans

Electronic games have legions of devoted fans too, who love their versatility. Many games let you play against virtual opponents, such as Colour Screen Uno, the handheld e-version of Uno. Flashier, bolder and in brilliant colour, it takes game play to a new high with more randomness, craziness and speed that will keep you revved until the very end. Another huge advantage of electronic games is their portability. Yahtze’s Pocket Pogo can travel with you anywhere, and you can even redeem a code to play games online. This is territory that your traditional board and card games just can’t compete with, but some gamers just love it that way, finding electronic games too depersonalising.

The best of both worlds

Although there are two schools of thought and many gamers hold very firm opinions on the topic, most play the middle ground with both types of games happily co-existing in their homes. And if you love a particular game, chances are you’ll also want to own an electronic version if it exists.  I think that board games tend to act more like social glue, bonding people together, than electronic games, which encourage more solo gaming. But maybe there’s a time and a place for both types of games in our lives.

Claustophobia

Humanity is about to start its invasion of Hell, demonic forces battle against human settlers. Who will win this infernal war?
This game is for two players, one plays the demons and the other the human Westerners. The two camps are found in the middle of labyrinthine sewers. The board is built during the course of the game.
Claustrophobia is scenario based, resulting in a high replay value, especially as each camp is played differently…

History Of Board Games

History Of Board Games

It might sound too good to be true, but all innovation and invention stem from playing, not working. Have you ever watched how kids interact with the world? Through play! It’s the number one activity responsible for human evolution. Giving ourselves the opportunity and time to play is vital to ensure our mental, physical and social health.  Playing board games is a great way to learn about the world and how we fit in, from childhood right through to adulthood.

Early board games

Playing board games has been a favourite human pastime for over 4000 years, both in the West and East.  Discovered within the tombs of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt were the oldest known games, The Royal Game of Ur and Senet. Ancient Asia also produced many original board games, such as Indian Parchisi and Chess, as well as The Game of Go and Mah Jongg from China.

Ancient Greece and Rome popularised many games, including Draughts/Checkers which was adopted throughout Europe, eventually spreading to the West in the 19th century.  America became a fertile ground for an explosion of board games as demand for entertainment grew. The growing middle classes had increasingly longer leisure hours to fill, which coincided with technological advances that enabled the mass production of high quality board games.

Popular American board games

The earliest known American board game was The Mansion of Happiness of 1864. Along with its successors, it spawned new generations of board game categories based on strategy, racing, role-play and of course, chance. So many board games we know and love today are descended from these 19th century games. Although mass produced from 1935, Monopoly was based on the much older games Monopolist and Bulls & Bears – The Great Wall Street Game. The 1980’s favourite Trivial Pursuit owes its origins to parlour games such as The World’s Educator, and even the much loved Scrabble of 1948, is based on a game called Anagrams.

Since the 1930’s, each decade has seen its own board game stars rise and be embraced by an eager public, hungry for quality, fun entertainment.  In the 1950’s, Diplomacy, Concentration and Risk were launched. In the 1960’s, Twister twirled a whole generation into knots. Dungeons and Dragons first entered the public consciousness in 1973, while Pictionary took parties by storm in 1986.

Games from Europe and beyond

During the 1990’s, a European consciousness of sharing and cooperation entered the board game arena with The Settlers of Catan, while the award winning Aricola was released in 2007. We are now spoilt for choice with a huge variety of outstanding board games on the market. So what should we expect for 2010? More choice of course!


Horus Heresy Board Game

On the thirteenth day of Secundus, the bombardment began…

In the greatest betrayal the universe has ever known, the Warmaster Horus – once humanity’s greatest general, now corrupted by Chaos – has turned against the Emperor and hurled the Imperium of Man into ferocious civil war. The galactic conflict has risen to its climax. The Warmaster’s ruinous legions have assaulted Holy Terra itself, the Emperor’s seat. Here the fate of humanity hangs in the balance during the greatest military campaign ever seen…

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce an exciting new board game set to bombard your tabletop later this winter!

In the Horus Heresy board game, the most legendary battle in the history of the Warhammer 40,000 universe unfolds across the razed plains of Terra and in the frozen orbit above. Deadly fighting ranges from the Emperor’s golden Inner Palace to Horus’s flagship, the Vengeful Spirit.

Taking the side of traitor or loyalist, two players control either fearless Space Marine legions or deviant Chaos Space Marines, mighty Titans, Imperial Armies both loyal and traitorous, and a fearsome array of other units, including the Emperor and Horus themselves.

An innovative order and initiative system forces each side to carefully consider the commands they issue to their troops. A dramatic, card-driven combat system incorporates escalating damage, gives players the opportunity to allocate resources between attackand defense, and brings to bear the unique special powers of each unit type, from fortification-destroying Titans to the perverse daemons of Chaos.

This legendary tale of treachery and heroism is brought to vibrant life with over one hundred magnificent sculpted plastic playing pieces. The stunning three-dimensional map of Terra brilliantly portrays the landscape immediately surrounding the Imperial Palace, from the magma-filled crevasses to the fortifications that offer the Imperial player protection against both enemy assault and orbital bombardments.

Each one of these structures, as well as the Imperial Palace itself, have been expertly sculpted, and rise above the landscape to create a truly immersive experience. The fortifications of Terra have never looked more formidable! Once the board is set up with playing pieces and terrain for your first game, it will be a wonder to behold.

Horus Heresy includes six scenarios that differ in both difficulty and style. The first scenario, titled Brother Against Brother, is recommended for all new players as it provides predetermined starting locations for both player’s forces. It is a well balanced version of the Battle for Terra, and also presents a roughly historical recreation of the conflict’s events.

Prepare yourself for a battle that will shake the Imperium to its very core!

Horus Heresy is a board game that pits two players against each other to recreate the most famous battle of Warhammer 40,000’s rich history, in which the Warmaster Horus’s betrayal of the Emperor comes to its climax. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, players control a fearsome array of units, including the Emperor and Horus themselves. Brother fights brother, and the universe hangs in the balance!

Two Tickets to Spiel 2010, in Essen Germany To Win! CLOSED

Announcement: 8th June, 2010

Unfortunately due to the quota of entries being less than 20 (as per T’s & C’s) we regretfully are not able to go forward with this giveaway.

However!

Those of you who had taken the time to enter will be receiving some goodies in the mail shortly.

Keep on gaming!

HarshY

From March 1st, 2010 until May 30th, 2010 you will have a chance to be placed in the draw for one of two tickets to Europe’s largest board games Expo! October 21st -24th

Here’s what you get;

. Return Flights

. Accommodation

. Spiel 2010 Three Day Pass


It’s easy as Eins, Zwei, Drei !

1. Between March 1st and May 30th, spend a minimum of $250 at  www.gamesparadise.com.au

2. Email us : competitions@gamesparadise.com.au with your approved order numbers / paypal references that total the minimum $250 total, and contact details. Orders must all be in the same Name, and entries are allocated on $250 lots, ie Spend $500 and receive 2 entries into competition.

3. Look for your initials in our blog post below to confirm participation in competition.

4. Watch via our  web-cast June 15th for live drawing of the two winners who win their flights and accommodation to attend Essen 2010!

Terms and Conditions of Entry:

1.  To be eligible for this prize you will need to enter via competitions@gamesparadise.com.au

2.  The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Conditions of Entry.

3.  No responsibility accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. Competition closes 11.59pm AEST on May 30th 2010.

4.  The winner will be chosen by Games Paradise Australia, live via webcast on 15th of June 2010 at 1pm, by draw and contacted by email by a Games Paradise Australia representative. Cancelled

5.  Games Paradise Online’s decision will be final. If the winner cannot be contacted within 2 weeks of the draw of the competition, the winner will have forfeited the prize.

6.  In the event the prize is not available, Games Paradise Australia reserves the right to substitute the prize at its discretion. Games Paradise Australia reserves the right to publish any entrants regardless of whether they are determined the winner.

7.  Games Paradise Online reserves the right to change, cancel or suspend this competition at any time. The promoter reserves the right to not declare a winner if there is less than 20 entrants in the competition. In the case when there is no winner declared because there are fewer than 20 entrants, the promoter shall retain the prize and the competition declared void.

8.  By entering the promotion, unless otherwise advised, each entrant also agrees that the Promoter may use this information, in any media for future Games Paradise promotional, marketing and publicity purposes without any further reference, payment or other compensation to the entrant, including sending the entrant electronic messages.

More competitions may be found on our Games Paradise Australia Facebook Fan Page” “http://www.facebook.com/pages/Games-Paradise-Australia/233647640686


Entrants:

1  A.S

2  A.S

3  S.M.W

4 I.R

5 A.D

6 J.B

7 A.S

8 W.S

9 A.L

10 M.G

Total 10 entrants


The Brain Game

The Brain Game

There’s a lot of hype generated these days about the importance of regular exercise to keep our bodies healthy, and no-one would dispute that this is excellent advice. But what about our brain? How can we keep this vital organ fit? It’s really important to keep the brain active through all stages of life, but it’s not like we can give it a work-out at the gym.  Luckily for us, there are plenty of simple, economical and fun ways to keep our grey matter in the pink.

Brain training vs brain games

According to neurologist Dr Kawashima, brain training exercises can help make our minds smarter, more agile and less susceptible to degenerative diseases later in life, like dementia. These brain training exercises have taken off in a big way over the past few years but might not be all they’re cracked up to be. You don’t need to commit to highly specialised brain training products to maintain a youthful brain.

Use it or lose it

French researchers recently discovered that children’s memories and brain power increased simply by playing family favourites such as Sudoku and Scrabble – something we game aficionados have known instinctively all along.  And of course it’s never too late to start exercising your brain. Even the elderly can benefit from this gaming fountain of youth.

Make time to exercise

Some stubborn people claim they don’t have time to exercise their bodies, let alone their brains, but with such an amazing variety of games on the market to choose from, there’s really no excuse to let your brain waste away. There’s even a bathroom friendly, splash-proof version of Sudoku available, so you can improve on nature while answering the call of nature!

No fun no gain

I don’t subscribe to the “no pain no gain” fitness theory.  Exercising should be fun – and brain exercise is no exception. Brain teasers like Rubiks Cube and Brainstring, Executive Labyrinth and Lock Mania are great solo challengers, but if you can get a few people together, the addictive Tantrix will give your collective brains a big boost.  Of course there are plenty of other board games as well that can do the trick and provide hours of entertainment to boot.

My all time favourite fun-filled brain stimulating game is Cranium. The latest Wow Edition is an even better brain workout that floods your brain with feel good endorphins at the same time. Cranium works for me, but what game does it for you?

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