Peeing Pup

New from Hasbro is Peeing Pup, a hot-potato style game of the potty-humor variety. Pass the battery-operated puppy when it barks. Hope it doesn’t spray before it’s your turn to pass it on to the next player.

Kids’ll love it, I’m sure. But probably not the best choice when trying to convince your family to adopt a dog.

Peeing Pup ($20) from Hasbro is exclusive to Walmart through the holiday season.

 

One of the most anticipated titles of the year, Avalon Hill’s new Betrayal Legacy retains the spooky theme of its predecessor, Betrayal at House on the Hill, but is customized over multiple games. Players explore the house’s murderous origins in the year 1666 and the obsession of successive generations of residents through 2004. After 13 chapters, they have a replayable game and a haunted house with a unique history.

Betrayal Legacy was designed by Rob Daviau (Pandemic Legacy, Risk Legacy, Seafall). Suggested retail price is $75.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSave 50% on tickets to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair with coupon code “CHITAGPLAY”.

For the company’s fifth anniversary, Dog Might Games has discounted in-stock items 10-25%.

Xai is giving away RPG-related accessories, including dice, a dice bag, and fantasy-themed scented candles.

Ending at midnight tonight is a giveaway from Blue Orange Games and Bubble Bum that includes three games and an inflatable child’s booster seat.

Save 15% on games from HasbroToyShop with promo code “WINNING!”.

Laid Back Games is giving away Super Mario Level Up! from USAopoly.

Mom and More is giving away The Baby Beluga Game from Child and Nature.

Feisty Frugal & Fabulous is giving away Fortnite Monopoly from Hasbro.

Preorder Yaah! magazine issue number 12 from Flying Pig Games for a 28% discount.

Greenbrier Games has several discounted bundles on-sale for the holiday shopping season.

The latest deal at Bundle of Holding is another collection of Fate games, including Fate Core, Fate Accelerated, Bulldogs, Kaiju Incorporated, and Elysium Flare.

The card game Uno, along with pinball and the Magic 8 Ball, were Thursday inducted in to the National Toy Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Selection for the Hall of Fame recognizes toys that have “inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period.”

Uno was invented in 1971 by an Ohio father as a variation on Crazy Eights to play with his family. He financed the initial print run of 5,000 games himself but later sold the rights to International Games, which itself was acquired by Mattel in 1992. Gameplay involves getting rid of one’s cards by matching color, number, or symbol, as well as playing wild cards or cards that affect turn order.

Other toys in the Hall of Fame include Etch A Sketch, jigsaw puzzles, marbles, and last year’s inductees, Clue, the Wiffle Balle, and paper airplanes.

This Saturday is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, an opportunity to support your local toy and game retailer before the peak of holiday shopping pressure. Organized by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, Neighborhood Toy Store Day also has participating shops running family-friendly activities and offering in-store specials.

Take the opportunity to support a small business in your community.

 

 

Crowdfunding Highlights

“Oh little dice of Bethlehem…” Ok so I am fully aware that is not how the song goes, but in the Christmas spirit, Halfsies Dice has just a few days left in their Christmas edition dice. And unlike most kickstarters, you can get both sets THIS CHRISTMAS! You have two choices of dice sets red berry/ dark holly green or pine green, and snow white (these are my personal favorite) and every order comes with a holiday bag. Spread some holiday cheer to the gamer in your life with Halfsies Dice.

A slightly revised edition Claustophobia 1643 by Monolith has been put up on Kickstarter. 10,000 numbered pieces with no pledge manager and delivery in January (That’s two short delivery windows this week).  One player controls a small group of humans and the other an army of demonic creatures. The human characters are stronger, but the demon characters have strength in numbers. The game at its core is P vs. P combat/resource management. There are twenty scenarios in the book, which to me gives it solid replay value.  Whether you chose to play as the humans or by demons be driven, you can sign up for your preferred faction in Claustophobia 1643.

 

This Friday begins the 2018 World Chess Championship in London. Reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway takes on challenger Fabiano Caruana of the United States in a 12 game series scheduled to conclude November 26th, though tiebreaks could extend the series an extra day or two.

Carlsen, 27 years old, has held the title since defeating Viswanathan Anand of India in 2013. Caruana, 26, trails the current champion by just three rating points going in to the tournament (2835-2832) and is the first American World Champion challenger since Bobby Fischer in 1972.

For those not able to attend in-person, the World Championship games will be broadcast live online (3 PM GMT, 10 AM ET). A subscription to the series is only $20.

Don’t have someone to follow the games with? Consider Mates, the official World Chess Championship dating app. According to the app’s developer, “Good sex has a lot in common with a good game of chess… That’s why Mates limits your conversation to an hour, so you spend less time talking and more time playing.”

And if that doesn’t work for you, the tournament’s organizers have also signed an official online betting partner. Unibet expects wagers on the Chess championship to exceed those placed on some of the recent FIFA World Cup games. Odds are currently running ⅔-⅓ in favor of Carlsen.

Beyblade SlingShock

New in the Beyblade Burst Turbo line from Hasbro are SlingShock beys and stadiums. The beys have adjustable performance tips that extend, helping the beys ride through furrows in the stadium floor. The furrows, referred to by Hasbro as “rails,” guide the beys around wide arcs and then right at each other. The setup makes for battles with more direct clashes.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesUntil tomorrow, Game Night and Saving Stone, two novels by Jonny Nexus about gods playing roleplaying games, are free in Kindle versions.

Save 20-25% on Strat-O-Matic Baseball with different coupon codes depending on the card set.

Fourteen games are on-sale up to 40% off in Revolution Games’ simply titled November Sale.

For the next month, get free domestic shipping on orders of $125 or more direct from Fantasy Flight Games.

At Bundle of Holding, the Tentacles 5 offer collects mostly Cthulhu horror scenarios starting at $6.95.

Giveaways:

CMON has announced plans for Night of the Living Dead board games, accessories, and other items, such as figures, coins, and cards. The original 1968 movie is in the public domain but CMON’s products are being produced under license from Living Dead Media and will be approved by the original production company, Image Ten. No release date was mentioned in the announcement, however, the company is labeling Night of the Living Dead “A Zombicide Game.”

Directed by George Romero, Night of the Living Dead is credited with spawning the zombie genre.

CMON has also announced the opening of an office in Los Angeles. The new office, led by Geoff Skinner, will focus on relationships with television, film, and electronic game companies.

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