In Harm’s Way Tactics

138819New from Imperium Group, In Harm’s Way Tactics is a tactical combat game based in the Imperium Chronicles universe. Players choose from an Assassin, Duelist, Grunt, Medic, Officer, and Psi Mage to use during missions, skirmish battles, or solo play. To simplify play and reduce die rolls, the game uses the IMP System. All calculations are done by referencing a chart of two opposing attributes (e.g. Accuracy vs. Agility).

In Harm’s Way is currently available through DriveThru RPG for an introductory price of $7.99. There’s also Paper Miniatures and Enemy Cards to augment your games.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor 25% off everything direct from HABA USA, use coupon code, “blackfri2014″.

From Margaret Weis Productions get 20% off with coupon code, “HOLIDAY2014″.

Some Amazon deals:

At Barnes & Noble, educational toys and games are buy-one get-one-50% off.

Green Ronin’s Super Holiday Sale has Mutants & Masterminds and DC Adventures products 30% off.

Purchase a Mega Brush Set from The Army Painter and get a Warpaints Starter Paint Set for half price.

Get 10% off and free custom graphics from BBO Poker Tables through the weekend.

Small Niche Games’ POD adventure modules are $4.95 Thursday and Friday.

Use coupon code, “THANKS50″, for half off products from Legendary Games.

Coupon code, “30OFF”, works for 30% off at True to Life Baseball.

Savage Worlds Fantasy Grounds adventure modules on are on-sale for 10% off.

The Corporia RPG core rulebook is 50% off at DriveThruRPG.

Goodman Games’ Holiday Sale includes 50% savings on foil-cover adventures, limited edition holiday products, and up to 70% off PDF modules.

Save 40% on Gale Force 9 Dungeons & Dragons miniatures at RPGShop.com.

Get 10% off and free shipping at HasbroToyShop.com with coupon code, “FREESHIP10″.

Coupon code, “QM8GQG7V5Z”, is good for 25% off from Precis Intermedia.

Second Look—Garruk’s Revenge

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.The first expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers, Garruk’s Revenge, has been out for a bit now. I’ve taken some time to go through the new content and features, and think this is a great addition to not just the story of Magic 2015, but a great fleshing out of the actual game.

The new expansion takes place in the plane of Alara with it’s strong ties to mulitcolored magic. More importantly, the expansion opens the game up to multiplayer, and add some features to the deck builder to make it a bit more robust. You can now unlock premium Battle Boosters by winning multiplayer matches, too.

At $4.99, it’s fair to consider this a must-have expansion. The amount of content, cards, and new features make Magic 2015 feel more complete than any previous version of Duels of the Planeswalkers has ever felt.

A copy of Garruk’s Revenge was provided free for review on Steam by Wizards of the Coast

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe daily prize in Spin Master’s sweepstakes is a copy of the company’s new What the Face? game. The grand prize, a $1,000 Target gift card.

For Canadian residents (but not those in Quebec), YesTV is giving away a package with over $700-worth of Spin Master games and toys.

The annual Holiday Sale is on at Fantasy Flight Games, with some serious discounts to be had on board games, RPG, novels, and accessories.

DriveThruRPG is bundling comics with related RPGs for 20-50% discounts. Included are a Valiant Universe RPG Starter Pack and a Dredd 2000 AD Bundle.

For the next two Saturdays, get an extra 10% off in-store purchases at Toys “R” Us when using an “R” Us credit card. Among the slew of Toys “R” Us Black Friday deals (available Thursday-Saturday), will be a variety of games for $3-7 and Kreo for 50% off. Starting Sunday night, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battroborg Electronic Battle Game will be $60 instead of $80.

At Target, buy one board game, get one 50% off, but just for the rest of today.

Voice of E is giving away the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull and Shackles Base Set.

Bicycle playing cards are $3.70 off at Costco but limited to 98 per person.

Get free shipping of orders $25 or more from HasbroToyShop.com with coupon code “FreeShip25″.

Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Black Friday Sale has ebooks 40% off and lasts for 10 days.

LPJ Design’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale has some products discounted 25%, others 50%, and still others selling for a dollar.

Skirmisher Publishing’s ebook sale is 33% off.

The first 700 Legend of the Five Rings Holiday Box orders will get an extra nine foil personality cards, a 43 card Coils of Madness art set, a 43 card Coils of Madness art set (either set A or set B), and 10 additional random packs.

Complete Nomad Games’ online survey for a chance to win key and promo codes for Talisman, Space Hulk, and other electronic games.

Use promo code, “HOL14″, for 30% off any game from Set Enterprises through December.

Blog giveaways:

WTF? Game is Not What You Think

What the Face boxWhat the Face? is a new adult party game from Spin Master. Each round, two players nominate face cards from their hands to match a personality label card. Then the rest of the players vote on the better fit.

For now a Target exclusive, What the Face? retails for $15 and includes 260 face cards and 88 label cards.

What the Face setup

Hasbro logoWhen Hasbro’s potential acquisition of DreamWorks Animation died last week, it may have been the Mouse that killed it. Reports have surfaced that Disney executives strongly disapproved of the deal. Disney licenses (including Star Wars and Marvel) are responsible for as much as a third of Hasbro’s revenue.

During the negotiations, an anonymous letter was sent to media outlets and Disney with inside information on DreamWorks’ release schedule. Disney notified Hasbro that the company would be considered a competitor if it proceeded with the acquisition.

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 WCC Game 11Facing Viswanathan Anand, whom he defeated last year to claim the title, Magnus Carlsen of Norway has again come out on top in the 2014 World Chess Championship match. After 11 games, the final score was 6.5-4.5 5.5 for Carlsen. Three games went to Carlsen, one to Anand, and seven were draws.

Anand’s performance this year was stronger than last, yet Carlsen was still able to outlast him, even after apparently falling asleep during one game.

Second Look—Demonslayer: Siege of Mt. Kunlun

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.I’ve played a few deck-building games. Not all, but enough to know a fairly good one when I see it Demonslayer: Siege of Mt. Kunlin is a good one, if not a great one. Similar in my mind to Ascension, you’re using currency and attack power to buy cards and attack enemies. The difference here is that you’re fighting waves of enemies, each with an Overlord. Defeat all 7 waves and overlords and see who’s got the most points in the end. The game has several other really cool mechanics like each of the Sects players can play as. Each has different disciples, masters, and a sage to buy cards from. Each of these have a higher attack value and a special power, and each set plays a bit differently. There’s also Miasma cards that are sometimes added to your deck when you defeat a Heart-Eater. Most are pretty bad, but a few are actually helpful to keep in your deck. Add in the ability to use alchemy to create powerful artifacts, and you’ve got a few great layers of depth that don’t detract from the overall flow of the game.

demonslayerThe game is a bit long, but I’ve come to expect that from deck-builders. My son and I actually had the misfortune of drawing the toughest Overlord first, along with a wave of pretty tough Heart-Eaters. By the time we built our decks up enough to defeat the wave, the next 6 waves were MUCH easier in comparison. It didn’t detract from the fun, though. We tried really hard to beat that first wave, and were rewarded with 6 waves that were easy enough for us to play with different card combinations.

I have to admit that the game looked a bit more complicated at first glace of the rules that it turned out to be. In the end I was thoroughly impressed. Everything from the components, art, mechanics, and flow are really top notch. It’s a bit too early to say just yet, but this may replace Ascension as my favorite deck-builder. There’s a lot more meat to it and I’m really excited to see how EOS Press expands upon what they already have. New Sects, Overlords, and Heart-Eaters seem like a no-brainer, so I’m hoping we’ll see more releases soon.

A copy of Demonslayer was provided free for review by EOS Press.

Hasbro and The Autism Project have teamed up to provide instructional videos, play-mats, and other supportive materials for children with developmental disabilities. The resources are available to download for free from ToyBoxTools.com.

At the website are materials tailored to specific Hasbro toys and games—including Play-Doh, Mr. Potato Head, Trouble, and Connect 4—as well as general tools, like a count-down timer and turn-taking cards.

Hasbro Turn Taking Card

Eat Me if You Can

IEL51188New from IELLO, and coming out next month, Eat Me if You Can is a game about Little Red Riding hood and a family of pigs. A hungry wolf has shown up and is trying to make them his supper. Each turn one player takes the role of the wolf and tries to eat Little Red and the pigs. The other players try to trap the wolf and shoo him away from their home. Whoever loses the most points in the round becomes the wolf for the next round.

Eat Me if You Can will be on shelves in December, plays 3-4 player ages 6+ in 10 minutes, and will retail for $14.99.

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