Blackbeard Ships Out

I’m a fan of pirate stories and pirate games. I very much enjoy GMT Games‘ last pirate game, the Euro-styled Winds of Plunder. But I’m particularly interested in the true history of the golden age of piracy, so the newest offering from GMT has got me very excited. The company is now shipping Blackbeard by veteran designer Richard Berg. GMT’s edition of Blackbeard is a redesign of Berg’s original game for publisher Avalon Hill. This new version is said to be a significant improvement, simulating the real lives of actual pirates while providing a streamlined play experience with significant interaction between players.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTwo earlier Torg deals have returned to Bundle of Holding, Torg 1 for rulebooks and “essential guides”, Torg 2 for worldbooks and adventures.

Lots and lots of D&D 5e products are on-sale 25% off at DriveThruRPG.

I just learned that GMT has a Specials web page where the company lists sale prices on overstocked games. Check out Blackbeard at 42% off and Manoeuver at 47% off.

Club Fantasci is giving away a card carrying case from Quiver Time.

Columbia Games is offering free shipping with orders over $99.


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More Commands & Colors: Ancients

Though it may not seem like it today, I try not to overdo it with prerelease announcements and teasers for future products. But with new entries for one of my absolute favorite game systems, it’s hard to resist. So let me call your attention to the latest P500 additions from GMT Games, which include two new Commands & Colors: Ancients expansions. Commands & Colors has been a hot seller for GMT and is based on the same system underlying BattleLore and Memoir ’44, both successful games for their publishers. The next two entries in the series will be Expansion #4: Imperial Rome and Expansion #5: Epic Ancients I. Imperial Rome will include scenarios for new battles, as well as units and rules for cataphracted cavalry, wagon laager forts, massed units of horse archers, light infantry tossing caltrops, and others. Epic Ancients will contain components for playing out battles on a larger scale, including a special deck of Command Cards, 14 Battle Dice, 12 Epic Ancients scenarios on 11 x 17 cards, and two double-sided mounted map-boards.

Other games added to the P500 program by GMT in the last few days include:

  • Normandy ’44, a two-player, regimental level, hex-and-counter game of the D-Day landing.
  • Pensacola 1781, a card-driven game in GMT’s Battles of the American Revolution series.
  • Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, a low-complexity, naval warfare game set in the American Civil War.
  • Blackbeard, a reprint of the pirate-themed game released only this past May.

Now go out there and preorder, so I can get my games!

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