All Sorted Ep 19: LEGO Boardgames
On a die defying episode of All Sorted, Jeff and James discuss LEGO Boardgames.
Thanks to Jacoby Young for setting us down the LEGO board game rabbit hole:
@StillSorting and @epicgumdrop – I think this custom LEGO board game may be up your alley. https://t.co/rH3b528i4Q
— Jacoby Young (@jacobyjyoung) September 7, 2015
Roll the dice on LEGO’s early board games:
Watch LEGO attempt to be a major game publisher (Part One):
- LEGO publishes 12 games in five years!
- Came in two versions, terrible table hockey, or, anger-management roboty things…
- Featuring fun cardboard versions of minifigs! Now you can play with minifigs without all that annoying articulation an “3Dness” getting in the way!
Catch our breath:
- Nothing happens for four years…
- Except behind the scenes:
- In 2006 LEGO hires board game designer Cephas Howard to develop a line of board games.
- Reiner Knizia and Bernie DeKoven are brought in to consult.
Watch LEGO attempt to be a major game publisher (Part Two)
LEGO comes out of hibernation and goes on to release 43 games over the next five years! Here is a sampling:
- Robo Champ (2009)
- Magikus (2009)
- Monster 4 (2009)
- Lava Dragon (2009)
- Race 3000 (2009)
- Pirate Code (2009)
- Minotaurus (2009)
- Lunar Command (2009)
- Creationary (2009)
- Ramses Pyramid (2009)
- Happy Holidays The Christmas Game (2010)
- (This game was a gift to LEGO employees in 2010)
- Meteor Strike (2010)
- Atlantis Treasure (2010)
- Orient Bazaar (2010)
- Harry Potter Hogwarts (2010)
- Pirate Plank (2010)
- Magma Monster (2010)
- UFO Attack (2010)
- Shave a Sheep (2010)
- LEGO: Life of George (2011)
- LEGO Champion (2011)
- Ninjago: The Board Game (2011)
- Frog Rush (2011)
- Banana Balance (2011)
- Ramses Return (2011)
- Sunblock (2011)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
- Star Wars: Battle of Hoth (2012)
- (Was not available for sale in the USA as Hasbro has exclusive rights to Star Wars based board games in America)
- CITY Alarm (2012)
- Mini-Taurus (2012)
- (Smaller version of Minotaurus.)
- Kokoriko (2012)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Battle of Helm’s Deep (2013)
- LEGO Batman (2013)
- LEGO Legends of Chima (2013)
- Heroica – LEGO’s light adventure/RPG system. Each module could be played by itself, or combined for a more epic adventure.
Take LEGO gaming into our own hands:
- The link that sent us down the LEGO game path:
- BrikWars – probably the most complete LEGO based skimish game on the internet
- BrikWars (old)site list of other Brick Based War games:
- Most of these links are dead – but you do get an interesting collection of 404 Errors!
- Mobile Frame Zero
- Ian Spacek’s Clue MOC (flickr)
- Chess, Battleships and Monopoly MOCs (YouTube)
- LEGO Ideas projects:
Finally, Do you have a favorite LEGO board game, either official or MOC? If so let us know in the comments, or hit me up on twitter, @StillSorting.