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The LEGO Group Introduces LEGO Hidden Side, Combining Building With Augmented Reality To Create A New Way of Play

The LEGO Group today unveiled LEGO Hidden Side, an augmented reality enhanced LEGO play theme where kids must turn a haunted world back to normal, one ghost at a time. It is the only play experience available today that fully and seamlessly integrates augmented reality (AR) with physical construction to reveal a hidden world of interactive play. 

Developed for children 7 years and up, LEGO Hidden Side is showcased to buyers, media and influencers for the first time at American International Toy Fair Booth in Booth 1335 of Hall 3B at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, February 16-19. 

LEGO Hidden Side includes a series of eight “haunted” building sets full of awesome functionality and secret surprises that, on their own, provide the build and roleplay fun of any LEGO play theme. 

Activating the bespoke AR app developed together with the theme brings the models to life, revealing a hidden world of interactive mysteries and challenges to solve. When combined, the two worlds make each other even more compelling and fun. LEGO Hidden Side marks the first time the company introduces one of its play themes as a service.After launch, the app experience will continue to expand with the addition of new ghosts, new game challenges, and randomization of gameplay so the experience is different every time kids play. 

LEGO Hidden Side will be available globally in late summer 2019. Physical sets will range in price from $19.99 to $129.99 (USD). The LEGO Hidden Side app will be a free download from the App Store and Google Play.

For more information, visit www.lego.com/hiddenside

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Stranger Things-Themed Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

At New York Toy Fair 2019, Hasbro / Wizards of the Coast unveiled a Stranger Things-themed Dungeons & Dragons starter set!

According to the description, the starter set allows players “to experience the D&D adventure Stranger Things character Mike Wheeler created for his friends”. 

The set includes 5 Stranger Things character sheets that are based on classes used in the show (such as Will the Wise and Dustin the Dwarf). It also includes two exclusive Demogorgon figures, one of which players can paint and customize. 

You can pre-order a copy of the set on Amazon for $24.99 with shipping slated for May 1st, 2019.

Features:

– Stranger Things themed Dungeons & Dragons set: embark on an exciting dungeon & Dragons adventure, hunt for the Thessalhydra, “created” By the character Mike from the Netflix original series, Stranger Things
– Great game for new dungeon & Dragons players: whether players are new to D&D, or looking for a new adventure, this Stranger Things themed roleplaying game includes everything a group needs to play
– Detailed rules, adventure book and game dice: The exciting adventure book and colorful rulebook contain tons of information on how to play the game, strategy, and tips for players to advance a character beyond the Fifth level, plus 6 Polyhedral dice so you’re ready to play
– Stranger things character sheets: play as a favorite Stranger Things character
– Includes 2 Demogorgon figures: the game includes 2 Demogorgon figures, one that players can paint and customize

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Hasbro Launching Family Entertainment Centers Across North America

Los Angeles-based Kilburn Live has entered into a licensing agreement with Hasbro, a global play and entertainment company, to create, build and operate Hasbro-themed family entertainment centers across the US and Canada.

The indoor family entertainment facilities will take iconic Hasbro brands and create interactive, immersive and innovative entertainment experiences in a high-energy, gamified environment with multiple activity zones.

Charlie Keegan, former CEO of Main Event Entertainment, will head the new division that will lead the development of the multiple location rollout across North America. Current licensed brands include well-known franchises including My Little Pony, Monopoly, Mr. Potato head, GI Joe, Clue, Battleship, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Trivial Pursuit, Chutes and Ladders and others.

As Hasbro consumers are looking for more ways to engage with its brands that are loved by adults and kids alike, Hasbro believes that this new endeavor will exceed their expectations.

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Neil Patrick Harris Has Conjured Up A Mind Warping Board Game

Neil Patrick Harris in conjunction with Theory11 has conjured up a mind-warping game that’s a race against the clock! Solve puzzles, riddles, and secret codes to prove your wits on a brilliant maze-like game board.

Amazed: The Game includes over 300 challenging puzzles, codes, and riddles for you to solve, with difficulty ranging from extremely easy to brain-melting. Land on a green space, and answer a simple brain teaser. Land on a red space… and prepare for your mind to implode!

The Amazed board can unfold into 16 configurations, ensuring that each game is a completely brand new experience. Pick a starting place, choose your route, and roll the die. Move left, right, up, down, or even warp across the board!

The game is exclusively available at Target.

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Star Wars Han Solo Card Game

The Han Solo Card Game is inspired by a legendary card game from the Star Wars universe! In this exciting game, players try to score as close to zero as they can with their cards.

They can add or swap cards to improve their hand during each round, but rolling the dice and getting doubles will shake things up. At the end of a hand, the best score collects the most valuable bounty token. If you collect wisely, you can even steal the Millennium Falcon – the highest valued token. The player whose tokens add up to the highest value at the end of the game wins.

– Includes 62 cards, 24 cardboard bounty tokens, 2 dice, and instructions.
– Inspired by the legendary game from the movie
– Collect the greatest bounties in the galaxy
– Compete for cardboard bounty tokens
– Add or swap cards to improve each hand
– Play to win the coveted Millennium Falcon cardboard token
– Ages 10 and up
– For 2-4 players

Order HERE for $19.99.

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Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege Board Game Coming August 2018

Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege, from IDW Games is the first in a series of tabletop games based on the legendary cartoon franchise.

Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege is game for 1-5 players who take on the role of the caped crusader and his allies as they protect Gotham from the full range of Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Designed by Richard Launius (Elder Sign, Planet of the Apes) known for creating thematic and challenging tabletop games and co-designed by Michael Guigliano, Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege puts players in the role of Gotham’s heroes as they use dice allocation and threat management to defend the city against henchmen and bosses, and fight to save the city from being destroyed.

This game features all new artwork, character miniatures, 3D city buildings, and other board game elements, Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege captures the action and adventures of the animated series right on the tabletop.

Subsequent releases in the series will capture and celebrate the Batman Animated universe, packed with heroes and villains, featuring them in settings new and still familiar to fans and gamers. Developed with renowned artists and designers, IDW Games is excited to bring these beloved characters to the tabletop for fans of Batman: The Animated Series to enjoy for years to come.

Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege will be available in August 2018, with a preview at Origins Game Fair 2018.

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Top 10 Common Misconceptions of Casino Games

People look on online casinos and their games with some degree of suspicion – with many believing the whole system is set up to trick the gambler. The games and operators offer an entertainment service in a highly regulated industry – so don’t believe everything you read. Here are ten misconceptions:

Number One – Online casino games don’t like paying

99% of casinos pay properly, even some basic due diligence will give players an awareness of any casinos that aren’t good payers or have reputational issues. One way to check out the standing of a casino is to look at their affiliations: good ones like eCOGRA, a casino auditor, can give you the reassurance you need. Plenty of publicly listed companies have online casinos, so if you’re worried about a casino making off with your cash then use a household name.

Number Two – You can only win with a bonus scheme

It’s true that some of the bonus schemes at online casinos are really good (like the one at https://www.casumobonus.com/) but don’t get hung up on only betting when you can get your hands on a bonus. You can still win- and win well- in the course of normal play. Big jackpots on slots and the chance to make a constant return on skill games are viable. More important than the bonus is finding a casino and game that works for you.

Number Three – Online casinos encourage underage gambling 

Online casinos operate under very rigorous rules regarding who they allow to gamble. This ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) legislation requires clear identification of gamblers. In land-based casinos it is much easier to be underage and lose money. If a gambler looks old they can often walk into a casino, start gambling and lose money – this simply doesn’t happen online because of the regulations around KYC. So far from encouraging underage gambling they are duty bound to make sure it doesn’t happen.

Number Four – In roulette red and black is a 50/50 bet

It may seem this way because it seems red and black are the only two colours that return. In European roulette there is one green space and this means you aren’t taking a 50/50 bet – it is in fact more like 48.6%; in American roulette this is even less favourable as there are two green spaces so the odds are more like 47.4%

Number Five – if you keep track of patterns on slot machines you’ll win more often

Sorry to burst your bubble, but slot machines are programmes to dispense randomly generated numbers, so trying to win using logic isn’t going to work. Some people also think machines can get hot – meaning a pay out is more likely because it hasn’t paid out for a while – again not the case.  It may seem slot machines follow a pattern but they don’t!

Number Six – Card counting is illegal 

It may be against the rules and see you get chucked out of a casino, but it is certainly not against the law. Casinos have the right to ban anyone, so if you’re able to card count best do it on the down low. Casinos often share profiles of known card counters, so if you get caught you could eventually end up with nowhere to bet – but the casino world is pretty big so you’ll probably find somewhere to let you play.

Number Seven – You’ll win if you play long enough

Over a very long period of time luck should even out; ten thousand rolls of the dice or poker hands should see odds play out in line with statistical probability. Many gamblers believe on any given day or night that their luck is “due to turn”. Generally, one session of any gambling is far too small a sample size for probability to match reality. So if you’re losing and hoping your luck will turn just around the corner- don’t bank on it. 

Number Eight – Your odds of winning improve over time 

For skill based games like poker this is probably the case- you can keep on improving. Although even in these areas, while you can make many quick improvements at the beginning, gains beyond a solid grasp of the fundamentals become more and more marginal over time. However, for luck based games (roulette, bingo, craps), once you have a grasp of the basics the odds of winning bare are still pure chance – no matter how long you’ve played for.

Number Nine – Slot machines are pure chance

This may be true for many slot machines, but a new generation of skill-based games are being brought out which keep the element of chance, but allow you to improve your odds with a skill-based element. These games are particularly popular with millennials, but beware the skill element will only serve to increase your EV, you won’t ever be odds on to win – this just won’t work for casinos. The best skill-based games will allow players to genuinely improve their chances!

Number Ten – Beginners should start with progressive slots 

Progressive slot machines allow players to join large network games where the payouts can be huge. Some of these prizes can be over a million pounds are great for attracting players, but in reality the chances of winning are negligible. Progressive slot payback percentages can be as low as 87%, whereas a normal slot machine may be nearer to 87% – if you’re playing the percentages don’t go near the progressive slots.

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Scrabble Mechanical Keyboard & Keycap Set

Massdrop has released an amazing Scrabble themed mechanical keyboard and keycap set that are officially licensed by Hasbro. 

The keyboard features 87-keys using Cherry MX Brown switches and colors similar to the official Scrabble board game. Massdrop‘s custom Scrabble keyboard and keycap set are available to purchase from the Massdrop shop.

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Hasbro Chow Crown

Say hello to Chow Crown—a forthcoming Hasbro game that challenges you to literally eat snacks.

Chow Crown by Hasbro is a new game on the market that will release in fall 2018. Simply place the crown on your head, clip in some snacks, and press start. The crown will move and you’ll have to try to catch as much as you can before the music stops. You’ll definitely look silly. It’s also harder than it looks.

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Mattel Announces DOS, The Sequel To The Card Game UNO

Mattel is rolling out a sequel to its popular card game UNO, and it’s being called DOS. After almost half a century of UNO being a mainstay of family game nights, you’ll soon have the option of playing a brand new successor.

DOS works similarly to its predecessor, but with one big twist hinted at by the game’s name. Players still compete using the familiar system of matching numbered and colored cards, but they can now make two piles of cards and can throw down two at a time instead of just one. Also, this time around players win after earning enough points, not by ditching all of their cards like in UNO. But, of course, similar to it’s predecessor, if you’re down to just two cards, you have to enthusiastically shout “DOS,” and if another player calls “DOS” before you do, you have to pick up two cards. New shiny look, same old brutality.

DOS is the first total reinvention of UNO since the original game was first introduced in 1971.

DOS will go on sale for $5.99 exclusively at Target starting March 4, and it’ll be available at more retailers in August.

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