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Excellent! A Bill & Ted Board Game

Bill & Ted's Excellent Board GameSteve Jackson Games has announced plans for a board game based on the 1980s movie, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The game will have players careening through time, collecting historical personages, and bringing them home to pass a high-school history report.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Board Game is due sometime next year at a retail price of $20.


Syrinscape Board Game PlayerIs for you the board-gaming experience coming up short as a sensory experience? Syrinscape has you covered with a newly released sound-effects player for board games. The base player comes with “ooh”, “aah”, rolling dice, and other sounds for adding drama, mocking opponents, and underscoring victories.

Like the company’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi players designed for roleplaying games, the Syrinscape Board Game Player provides much greater flexibility than just looping a prerecorded track. Users can set a selection of sound elements to play in a randomized pattern or mix them manually on-the-fly.

The Syrinscape Board Game Player is available for PCs (Windows and Mac), as well as Android and iOS mobile devices. Soundsets featuring individual sounds and preprogrammed environments for Chess, Casino, and Soduku are included. Additional soundsets are available at $10 each for Catan from Mayfair Games and Spellcaster and Spike from R&R Games. With the Catan set comes sounds for sheep, the knight and robber, sawing wood, a city marketplace, and more. The Spellcaster set includes unique sounds, in male and female sorcerer versions, for each of the games’ spells. The Spike set has a theme song and the sounds of trains and cargo.

Kirsan_IlyumzhinovTwo months ago, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), said that the United States should prosecute Gary Kasparov (his opponent in the last election) for corruption. It seems, however, that the U.S. government has other priorities. The Treasury Department has designated Ilyumzhinov a supporter of Assad’s government in Syria and imposed sanctions, including freezing all his U.S. assets and prohibiting U.S. citizens from transacting business with him.

Ilyumzhinov was among four individuals and six entities sanctioned. According to Treasury, he was designated for “materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of” the Government of Syria, the Central Bank of Syria, and other suspect individuals.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to international controversy, having been a public supporter of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFantasy Flight Games digital offerings are on-sale. BattleLore: Command (iOS, Android, or Steam) is $3.99. Elder Sign: Omens on iOS and Android is 99¢; on Steam with all content unlocked it’s $9.99. Hey, That’s My Fish! (iOS or Android) is 99¢.

Sentinels of the Multiverse is also on-sale in all digital forms, $5.

DriveThruRPG is hosting a 25% off sale, with many different publishers participating. Today and Monday, some products will be 50% off.

Spectrum Games has taken it a step further, discounting its products at DriveThruRPG by 60%.

For its latest giveaway, Mayday Games promises to sleeve every one of the winner’s games. But if you’re not the winner, you can still purchase sleeves for 40% off with free worldwide shipping.

Amazon promises up to 25% off on “Games for Family Game Night“.

Osprey Publishing promises 30% or more off everything.

Promo code “TURKEY20” will get you 20% off orders direct from Gamewright.

At Toys “R” Us, some board games are on-sale for $5, some others $7.

Purchases direct from Cryptozoic Friday-Monday qualify for free shipping to the United States or Canada.

Get $20 off every $100 ordered from Flying Frog Productions.

Legendary Games’ products are 20-40% off, depending on the outlet. Coupon codes and other details are available on the company’s website.

Crafty Games is offering a three-book set (in print) of Fantasy Craft for 60% off.

Games Workshop is offering special “value collections this weekend only.”

Dog Might is discounting all its dice chests, dice towers, and other wood game accessories 15%.

Outlaw Miniatures’ Wild West Exodus discounts range 10-50%.

Greenbrier Games has a special Heavy Steam bundle.

The Army Painter’s Black Friday bundle includes a Mega Paint Set, primer, matt varnish, and Quickshade Strong Tone at a savings of around 17%.

Print & Play Games is discounting a few of its prototyping components 25-33%: stickerable blank dice, cardboard coins, and Any Sheet standard cards. The company is also selling the board game, Omega Centauri at a discount of $11.

Bananagrams games are 20% off.

Everything Talisman: Digital Edition is on-sale.

Get free shipping from Meeple Source with coupon code “THANKSGIVING”. Offer expires tomorrow.

A 10% discount will be applied at checkout to Victory Point Games ordered from Amazon. This deal ends Monday. However, on Monday, orders direct from VPG will be 20%.

From Goodman Games, get a grab bag with $100-150 worth of product for $63.30 including shipping, or get 30% off all digest-sized modules, or get 40% off all ebooks.

Most everything from Jon Brazer Enterprises (including Pathfinder and Traveller products) is 80% off this week.

Noble Knight Games’ holiday sale discounts start at 10%.

UPDATE: New deals added…

Purchases direct from Margaret Weis Productions are 30% off today.

Litko’s site-wide discount is 20% and runs through Monday.

Green Ronin Publishing is selling the DC Adventures roleplaying game hardback books for $20 each, or all four for $60.

Even the U.S. Backgammon Federation is getting in the spirit. New registrations and renewals made before the end of the year qualify for 3 extra months of membership.

Subscribe today to the new Warhammer 40,000 novel series from Games Workshop and get 12 ebooks for the price of nine.

River Horse is discounting the Terminator Genisys miniatures game through Monday.

The discounts from Educational Insights start at 25% but go to 85%, start today and end Sunday.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is running a Cyber Weekend Combo Sale with discount of 10-50% on special bundle purchases such as Clockwork Wars and Roll Through the Ages for 20% off or Francis Drake and Triassic Terror for 50% off.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFantasy Flight Games’ annual Holiday Sale includes among other things Merchant of Venus at 69% off, Nexus Ops at 66% off, Arkham Horror and Android novels at 75% off, and Warhammer: Invasion LCG products at 70-80% off.

TCGPlayer is giving away a sealed Yugi’s Legendary Decks, a limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! deck for the game’s 15th anniversary.

Time to Play Magazine is giving away new stuff every day leading in to Cyber Monday.

Pinnacle Entertainment’s Black Friday Blowout sale launched today with 10-50% off many products. Orders over $50 even get a free set of Promo Adventure Deck Cards.

Spartan Games is launching its Black Friday deals early. For Halo Fleet Battles, a bundle of one each Fleet Box, Commander Box, Core Upgrade Box, Heavy Upgrade Box, and Dice Blister is £95 (38% off the recommended retail price) and also comes with a £10 voucher good toward the future purchase of a Carrier Box. Significant discounts are available as well for Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada, Firestorm Planetfall, and all two-player battle boxes.

Gypsy Knight Games’ Traveller ebooks are on-sale for 30% off.

Through the 30th, Columbia Games will ship The Last Spike free in the United States.

Crowdfunding Highlights

brailleThere are only hours left in the Braille RPG Dice kickstarter campaign by 64 Oz. Games. Backing at $10 gets you one 3D-printed polyhedral die, while a $50 pledge will be rewarded with a full set of seven dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20, and percentale — that’s a d10 marked in tens). This the company’s second kickstarter, following up on their “Board Games: Now Blind Accessible” braille-printed transparent sleeves for several popular hobby games. Stretch goals for Braille RPG Dice include allowing 64 Oz. Games to purchase a CNC router and a plastic thermoforming machine, which will be used on future manufacturing projects.

secret-hitlerI’ve played several social bluffing hidden role games, but Secret Hitler looks like it’s a game that I’d want to bring out more than any other. Just launched, the game takes place in 1930’s Germany with two teams, the Fascists and the Liberals, trying to take control of the government. Similar to Werewolf and The Resistance, the rounds move rapidly. If I had a regularly-meeting large game group — you’ll need between 5 and 10 players for Secret Hitler — I’d throw down a $25 pledge to get a game of this as a reward.

Oh man, I am a sucker for a well-designed playing card deck and this week, I’ve got three that I’d like to showcase. First up is the Red Scarab and Blue Scarab decks, from Scott King. The Red deck is shaded line art on white while the Blue deck is more painterly on black. Jackson Robinson (from the Wasteland 2-inspired deck) has a set of limited edition Black Diamond Tally-Ho decks available. These cards are black with foil print. And lastly, Elite Playing Cards has a glamorously golden deck called Bicycle Chic.

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Oh yeah, board games! Do you like Catan? Game Night Geek, LLC., offers up a Magnetic Catan Border. It’s six pieces of oak plywood (other types of wood available for upgraded costs) connected by those strong neodymium magnets to keep the tile island of Catan together while playing. It’s one of those so-simple-why-didn’t-I-think-of-it game accessory. But someone did, and these are rather affordable, starting at a $12 pledge level.

I’ve been using black foamcore to create custom component storage for some of my boardgames. However, these lasercut MDF Board Game Inserts by The Game Doctors are awfully tempting… What you do is pledge 10 Euro or more in shipping windows (all full right now, but they’ll be opening more slots as the campaign goes on) and when it’s over, you convert those pledges into whichever types of game insert you desire. I’m looking at the “Card” design to store my ever-growing Android: Netrunner collection (14 Euro + 5 per 10 additional dividers) or “Robi” for the Robinson Crusoe box (16 Euro, includes space for the Voyage of the Beagle expansion) or maybe “Dead” for my Dead of Winter game (18 Euro).


Score Board - Boardgame tournaments, competitions and championships results and scoresThe 2015 Perudo World Champion is Ian Smith of Scotland. He earned his silver cup for the game also known as Liar’s Dice at a tournament held in London and sponsored by Paul Lamond Games.

The Showdown in St. Louis Chess tournament paired Hikaru Nakamura with Fabiano Caruana and Hou Yifan with Parimarjan Negi in a series of matches including Basque Chess (where opponents play two games against each other simultaneously), Fischer Random (where the starting positions of pieces in the first rank are selected randomly), Rapid (with a time control of 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move), and Blitz (3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move). The big surprise came in Blitz, where Caruana took down Nakamura, the top-ranked player in that variation, 4.5-3.5. With that, Caruana was able to claim the $60,000 top prize. Between the women, Negi took both sides of the Basque but otherwise it was Yifan who dominated and claimed $30,000.

Tom Martell won his third Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix in Atlanta with an unexpected green deck.

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.It’s been almost a year since I took a look at Shadows over Malice by Devious Weasel Games, a great cooperative fantasy game of epic proportions. When I was offered the chance to take a look at its expansion, Seekers of a Hidden Light, I jumped at the opportunity. Once again finding the time to get the game to the table was a challenge, but my oldest son and I finally did over the course of a couple of nights. Seekers adds one major thing. Quests. Glorious quests. It also adds Lux potions and rules making combat more interesting.

SoHL+Box+TopOne of the best parts of the new expansion? The rules are pretty clear, and concise. It took no time at all to incorporate them into the base game. While we had a great time playing, the added layer of depth the expansion adds was pushing it a bit for my 10-year-old, and I think reference sheets are going to be in order for future plays.

Seekers of a Hidden Light only adds to an already great game, making it feel more complete. There’s really no reason not to pick this up if you already of Shadows of Malice, and no reason to leave it out of your game whenever you play. The only thing I’d really like to see if a new, comprehensive rulebook with Seeker’s rules included, and the clarity of the expansion’s rules carried out throughout.

You can snag Seekers from the publisher’s site for $27.95.

A copy of Seekers of a Hidden Light was provided free for review by Devious Weasel Games.



Magic: The Gathering: Duel Deck: Blessed vs Cursed

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We all know about Magic Duel Decks by now. Each set contains tw0 60 card decks with a specific theme and are meant to go well against each other. Blessed vs Cursed sees Holy Warriors against the undead…and each deck contains 6 cards from the Shadows over Innistrad set. The set will be $19.99, and should hit shelves on February 26th.

Will you side with the Light, or the Dark?

Owlbear Plushie

Owlbear PlushieIt’s a cute owlbear plush toy. Designed by cartoonist John Kovalic as a fundraiser for GameHoleCon in Wisconsin, Owlbear Plushies are now available in limited quantities for $25 from Noble Knight Games.



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