W. Eric Martin
• French website TricTrac.net reports that Canadian publisher Filosofia has purchased U.S. publisher Z-Man Games. The two companies have worked together a number of times on coproductions such as The Secret of Monte Cristo, Merchants of the Middle Ages and Merchants & Marauders. According to the Tric Trac report, Zev Shlasinger will stay in charge of Z-Man with the only immediate changes being to things like licenses and international publishing rights.
• The winners of the 2011 Origins Awards have been announced, and they are:
-----* Best Board Game – Castle Ravenloft
-----* Best Traditional Card Game – Back to the Future: The Card Game
-----* Best Family, Party or Children's Game – Zombie Dice
-----* Best Historical Board Game – Catan Histories: Settlers of America – Trails to Rails
You can see the nominees for these categories in this April news post. Thanks to Dave Chalker for posting the winners!
• The winners of the 2010 Meeples Choice Awards, which are primarily voted on by readers of the Spielfrieks Yahoo group, are 7 Wonders, Innovation and London.
• Days of Wonder has released a new campaign series of eight scenarios for Memoir '44 called "Audie Murphy's Campaign".
• What's more, Days of Wonder has now launched its online version of Memoir '44, which is playable on Windows, Mac and Linux. You can play against an AI opponent or against other humans, and the game already includes "dozens of scenarios on the Western, Eastern, Pacific and Mediterranean fronts," according to a press release from DoW.
• Both Metallica and AC/DC will be featured in themed editions of Monopoly. To paraphrase Andy Warhol, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for appearing in a 150-minute-long Monopoly game."
• From the UK Daily Mail: Eighty-four-year-old inventor George Weiss sells Dabble board game after receiving eighty rejections for earlier ideas. (HT: Dale Yu)