David Hanaček is an analyst in the IT industry who has managed what many only dream of: to turn their hobby into a side-business. An avid board gamer, Hanaček created his own one-man publishing house Fox in the Box for largely one reason: to bring celebrated designer Phil Eklund’s excellent if very niche games to the Czech market. Eklund, the man behind Sierra Madre Games, has published some very challenging games over his career, from Origins – How We Became Human to Pax Renaissance to High Frontier.
Police have confiscated a rare 1990 Czechoslovak postal stamp which was put
on the market after it emerged that it had been stolen during a stamp
exhibition in Tokyo twenty-five years ago. The stamp’s value is estimated
at around three and a half million crowns.
Czech collector Ludvik Pytlíček, who is selling his collection, says he swapped the stamp with another collector and was unaware that it was registered as stolen. The original owner of the stamp was a collector from the Netherlands. The matter is being investigated.
One of the biggest events is taking place in the Czech computer games markets with the official launch of Kingdom Come – Deliverance. The game is the creation of a relatively new Prague studio, taking players back to the Czech lands during the troubled times of the early 15th century, with a lot riding on its success.
The Czech educational game ‘Attentat 1942’ about the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia will be competing at the prestigious world Independent Games Festival. The project, developed by Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, tells a story of the occupation through the eyes of survivors.
A different Czech president from Miloš Zeman recently looked back at a busy 2017 and future expansion plans in Africa and the Central America for the near future. Introducing Vít Jedlička, president of the Free Republic of Liberland, the head of state of a seven kilometre square territory on the Danube river between Serbia and Croatia.
Hundreds of vintage Czechoslovak posters will go on display this week in the new Czech Poster Museum in Prague. Located in a beautiful 15th century House at the Golden Grape at Malá Strana, the museum was established by Prague-based US businessman Glenn Spicker, a poster enthusiast who spent more than twenty years putting together his current collection. I visited the Czech Poster Museum a few days ahead of its official opening to talk to Glenn Spicker and I first asked him how he got the idea to establish the place:
When was the last time your senses deceived you? Now you have the chance to put them all to the test in the newly-opened Museum of Senses In Prague. The museum is a playful world where nothing around you is what it seems. I went along to see the attractions and was given a guided tour by Primož Kolarič who began by telling me how the idea to open such a museum arose.
Ondřej Pšenička, 31, is an award-winning Czech magician who has spent almost two decades in the field of magic, coming up with great acts and great tricks. Not long ago he appeared on Penn & Teller’s show “Fool Us” which offers participants a chance to fool the famous duo with a trick of their own design. How did Ondřej do? With a little help from actress Alyson Hannigan he succeeded with a card trick using his own brand Butterfly cards.