Posted by Rob Kalajian as Modern Board Games
Saltlands puts the players in a post-apocalyptic, oceanic desert knows as the saltlands. The players are escaping invading raiders, leaving their homes and taking their chances in this drought-ridden world.
The game was a huge hit at Essen and looks pretty amazing. It’ll hit shelves around the $50 mark. The Lost in the Desert expansion will also be available at launch, adding more characters, raiders, terrain, and cards for around $25.
You can check out more about the game at the Antler Games site.
Posted by Rob Kalajian as CCGs
In my latest unboxing video I take a look at the Pokemon XY Evolutions set, easily one of my favorite sets in recent years. Of course it probably has a lot to do with nostalgia, but still! This is a great set for both new and old players and a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokemon and the end of the XY block of cards.
Unfortunately, my stream quality was cut down quite a bit. I’ll be recording a new video soon and post it up on my YouTube account for those who want a better look at the cards.
Yesterday, Asmodee Digital released Colt Express on PC, iOS and Android. Developed by Frima studio, Colt Express is the digital adaptation of the Spiel des Jahres winning board game released by Ludonaute.
The game features an extensive story mode with 6 characters and 30 chapters. Each character has their own goals and features relating to game play. Of course online multiplayer will be included. Plot out your train heist then play out your actions cards along with your fellow outlaws to see who comes out with the most loot.
In Q4 of 2017 IELLO will be releasing Mountains of Madness, a new board game by Rob Daviau based on the novel At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. IELLO tweeted out the following teaser image with artwork by Miguel Coimbra.
For those who missed the incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, Hero Realms is a fantasy version of White Wizard Games’ Star Realms. More than just a reskin, Hero Realms also has Character Packs that can be purchased to customize each player’s starting decks and play styles. These come in the form of Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Thief, and Wizard. Boss Decks can also be purchased that let’s one player control a powerful monster that other players have to overcome. Last is the Campaign Deck, one of the coolest sounding additions to the game. It contains rules for solo and cooperative play, comes with 3 missions, and has gear for upgrading your hero over time
White Wizard Games was kind enough to send a copy of the base game and Character Packs over for me to take a look at and I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed. I’ve played with my oldest so far, since he’s the most familiar with Star Realms, and we were both able to pick up the base game and play right away. We then each tried a different character and took a bit of time to learn how they play. This was a great step up from Star Realms and I can see Hero Realms pushing Star Realms out of our play rotation once we get some more of the add-ons.
You can check out the full rules and print-and-play version from White Wizard’s site. While I can’t recommend the game enough, you still may want to try the print-and-play if you’re not familiar with Star Realms or don’t know if you want a fantasy version of the deckbuilder to replace your sci-fi one. Personally, I think it’s great to have both, but Hero Realms is definitely the more enjoyable version.
A copy of Hero Realms and 5 Character Decks were provided free for review by White Wizard Games.
Keep in mind that most of these are available for a very short time…
Flying Frog Productions is offering several individual products and bundles at 36% off.
From Meeple Source, save 25% on Mystery Meeples, 40% on lapel pins, 25% on cookie cutters, and more.
CSE Games’ products are up to 60% off via Amazon Canada.
Amazon deals in the U.S.:
Broken Token board game organizers and accessories are up to 20% off.
Monday only, Chaosium’s ebooks will be 25% off and items in the Vault will be 50% off.
Pinnacle Entertainment’s Savage World of Solomon Kane print+PDF everything bundle is 42% off.
Reaper Minis’ Black Friday Savings includes a pre-release $700 figure for $500, a $660 paint set for $530, and a $40 starter paint set for $30.
Green Ronin’s Holiday Sale includes discounts up to 75%.
Steve Jackson Games’ Holiday Grab Boxes include at least $80 of product for $40 and come in two varieties, one mostly Munchkin, one with other games.
For 15% off products from Precis Intermedia, use coupon code “RG9GWB3EA7”.
HexWar PC and Mac games are 50% off.
Collins Epic Wargames’ discounts this weekend are 37-50% off.
Avalanche Press’ Black Friday discounts are 40-50%.
For 20% off and free worldwide shipping on everything HarnWorld from Columbia Games, use coupon code “thanks”.
Nomad Games is selling Steam keys direct for digital Talisman and Smash Up at up to 80% off.
Get 15% off and free standard shipping at HasbroToyShop.com with promo code “THANKS2016”.
For 20% off print products from Goodman Games, use coupon code “blackfriday2016”. For 40% off PDFs, use coupon code “blackfrideay2016P”.
Place a deposit of $800 with Geek Chic for anything made-to-order and receive a plush fabric insert ($300 value) free.
Games and educational products from ETA hand2mind are up to 90% off direct.
Coupon code “BFCM20” is good for 20% off direct from Breaking Games.
An online coupon is available for 20% off any regular priced item from Toys “R” Us.
Bananagrams’ Big Potato games are 50% off at Target.
Noble Knight Games’ Holiday Sale starts with 10% off everything and adds additional discounts on select items.
Discounts in Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale are in the 25-40% range. For additional free games at the $100, $150, $200 spend thresholds, use coupon codes “FREEGIFT100”, “FREEGIFT150”, and “FREEGIFT200”.
For 20% off all Subbuteo products, use coupon code “CLUB”.
Get a free set of dice with the purchase of a $100 gift card from Dog Might Games.
Selected products from Spartan Games are 40% off.
Modiphius Entertainment is offering 30-40% off with coupon codes.
Iello is running a 60% off sale this weekend.
There are hundreds of board games discounted even more than usual at Miniature Market, though the sale prices are limited to stock on hand.
Fantasy Flight Games’s annual Holiday Sale is on and includes lots of non-FFG Asmodee products and products for which Asmodee has been handling U.S. distribution, such as Queen Games.
Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers is 68% off at Amazon.
Mayday Games is offering a series of buy-one-get-one-free deals on board games this week.
Story Bundle’s Pico Game Bundle includes, in addition to various video game development books and tools, also a couple of books on tabletop games.
A Humble RPG Book Bundle includes 20+ Pathfinder books from Frog God Games, Kobold Press, and Green Ronin for $15.
Grow Up Smart is giving away three Backgammon sets.
Save 25% on all fantasy resin miniatures from Greenbrier Games with coupon code “resinminis2016”.
For 30% off in-stock games from Compass Games, use coupon code “CATALOG30”.
The latest Bundle of Holding starts with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG at $8.95 and adds the Angel RPG starting at $19.79 (currently).
Gypsy Knight Games’ PDFs are 30% off at DriveThruRPG.
A bundle incorporating all Thrilling Tales products for Savage Worlds is available for more than 50% off the PDFs priced separately.
EverythingBoardGames is giving away SolarQuest from Universal Toys.
Kohl’s has select board games on-sale for 50% off.
A number of games are also on-sale at Target. For example, Evolution: The Beginning and Machi Koro: Bright Lights Big City are $5 off. A 20% off coupon is also available by texting “TOYS” to 827-438.
Carolina Game Tables is running a raffle to give away a Coffee Game Table. Tickets are $20 or three for $50.
Eagle-Gryphon Games is running a Holiday Blowout Sale.
Fat Brain Toys’ Big Elfin’ Deals features a number of free gifts, including a couple for board games.
Place an order with Geek Chic before the end of the year and the company will send out a free gift while you wait for your furniture.
Posted by Rob Kalajian as Card Games
With all Cards Against Humanity’s expansions and promos things were getting a bit messy, and customers were getting confused. The team behind the game has given the product line a refresh and consolidated things a bit in order to make purchasing the game much easier.
The Bigger Blacker Box also got a refresh as the old one was too small to fit all the new stuff. The new BBB is $15 and large enough to hold the entire CAH product line.
There’s also a new product tossed into the mix, a set of 50 blank cards called Your Sh*tty Jokes for $5.
Asmodee Digital has announced that digital version of both Libellud‘s Mysterium and Horrible Games‘ Potion Explosion will be coming in December of this year.
Mysterium will be released for both the PC and mobile devices in conjunction with Playsoft Games. Prices for iOS and Android will be $6.99 and Steam will be $9.99.
Potion Explosion will be available for iOS and Android for $6.99, and is being published with the help of Studio Clangore.
Bezier Games is giving away a voucher for $50 of product.
Included in a new Humble RPG Book Bundle are digital rule books and supplements for A Song of Ice and Fire, Atomic Robo, The Laundry Files, Mistborn, and The Dresden Files.
There’s also currently a Humble Mobile Bundle for board game apps on Android, including Carcassonne, Scotland Yard, Ticket to Ride, San Juan, Galaxy Trucker, Splendor, Catan, The Amazing Labyrinth, Take it Easy, Small World, and Ingenious.
Get a coupon for $3 off admission to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair from The Game Aisle. Complimentary admission is available to educators, scouts, grandparents, firefighters, police, and current and past members of the military.
SAHM Reviews is launching a new giveaway every day for 100 days. So far, there’s ones for Vinhos Deluxe from Eagle-Gryphon Games, Best of the Worst from Endless Games, Kill Doctor Lucky from Cheapass Games, Animals on Board from Stronghold Games, Munchkin from Steve Jackson Games, and Sneaky Cards from Gamewright. An earlier giveaway of one title from Osprey Games is also still running.
For 15% off all Yashima-line products from Greenbrier Games, use coupon code “yash2016”.
Dog Might is giving away a prize package of wood game cases with a retail value of over $500.
Queen of Reviews is giving away Suspicion from Wonder Forge with a BRIO Fire Station.
MumbleBee Inc. is giving away four packages of five Winning Moves games.
ET Speaks From Home is giving away Stoopido from Drumond Park (UK residents only).
Fat Brain Toys Problem Solver Giveaway includes Imhotep, No Stress Chess, Perplexus, and much more.