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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesIn celebration of the company’s fourth anniversary, Board Game Innovation is running a sale on it’s board game overlays.

WizKids is also celebrating an anniversary, 15 years of HeroClix, and with that is running a video contest where the prize is 15,000 points of HeroClix.

GameWire, GTS Distribution, and Asmodee NA are giving away a free trip to Gen Con, including travel, accommodations, and badge registration.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Sagrada from Floodgate Games and CarCosa from One Free Elephant.

In honor of the game winning an Origins Award, Monte Cook Games is taking 10% off the price of No Thank You, Evil!.

One Small Step is holding a Summer Sale.

Escapist Deals, the online shop of Escapist Magazine, is selling Deception: Murder in Hong Kong from Grey Fox Games for 25% off and COGZ from RAEZ for 19% off.

Available from Bundle of Holding are two special package deals for King Arthur Pendragon and one for Cyberpunk 2020.

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Hasbro has begun accepting orders for its quarterly board game subscription service. For $50 + shipping, Hasbro Gaming Crate comes in two varieties, each with three games.

The first Family Crate will feature Mask of the Pharaoh, which the company describes as a “cooperative virtual-reality board game.” One player describes what they see in a VR mask (mobile device and app required), while the other players, following that description, assemble game tiles in a path to the hidden treasure.

The first Party Crate will feature Joe Santagato Speak Out, an adults-only version of Hasbro’s mouthpiece game. Internet comedian Joe Santagato worked with Hasbro to develop their first Speak Out game but this one is described as “edgy” and “NSFW”.

Both crates are expected to deliver in August. Use promo code “HGCFREESHIP” for free shipping.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThis coming Saturday, June 17th, is Free RPG Day, when a variety of free products—quick-start rules, adventure modules, dice, cards, and tokens—will be available first-come-first-serve at participating local game stores.

The Family Gamers is giving away a set of Rory’s Story Cubes.

Osprey Publishing’s Father’s Day Sale means 25% off select general military and aviation titles, as well as all game titles released before May 2017.

Palladium is holding a Father’s Day Sale, though it expires tomorrow.

For 10% off purchases direct from Breaking Games use discount code “TAKE10NOW”.

Bundle of Holding’s latest offers put together various anime-inspired games, paper-craft scenery elements from Fat Dragon, and Malifaux from Wyrd Miniatures.

Comicbook.com is giving away a booster brick from the Marvel HeroClix: 15th Anniversary What If? set.

Right now in Print & Play Games’ Weekly Sale are blank wood discs for 20% off and plastic discs for 25% off.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Gondola from Big Kid Games, 12 Realms and an expansion from Mage Company, Electromagnate from John Rap, and Pocket Ops from Grand Gamers Guild.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is holding a sale on Defenders of the Realm products.

As a joint effort, Rathskellers and Oniro are giving away Scythe, Cry Havoc, a dice tower, and 200€ toward a gaming table.

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesFor tax purposes, at least, government officials in India have declared board games a luxury good and instituted for them a 28 percent import duty (versus the current weighted average of 6.5 percent). The move comes as part of a general realignment meant to replace state-level tax systems. Also defined as a luxury good in the new system is laundry detergent.

A media producer at the Hamas Interior Ministry in Gaza is promoting a Snakes & Ladders-like board game aimed at “strengthening children’s military culture and love of jihad.” The game is titled Reaching Jerusalem.

In Washington Parish, Louisiana, a 38 year old-man was playing a board game with his mother and girlfriend. When the two others began fighting, he joined in, grabbing his mother by the neck, throwing her to the ground, and hitting her in the head with a cast-iron frying pan. Commenting on the case, the local sheriff was quoted as saying, “It is unimaginable to think that a grown man would physically assault his mother. The biblical command to love one’s mother is not a suggestion. It is a commandment that requires an unconditional love for our parents.”

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland has ruled against the Bulgarian Chess Federation’s appeal of its expulsion from the European Chess Union.

FIDE first suspended the Iranian Chess Federation for failure to pay money owed the world body, then reinstated it.

A 65 year-old Chess tutor in Deerfield Beach, Florida is charged with molesting one of his 7 year-old students during a session. Before the session, he had told the student’s guardian to leave so as not to distract her.

An online Chess app was the tool by which a 52 year-old Illinois man enticed a 15 year-old Connecticut girl in to a sexual relationship. Using the app’s chat feature, he convinced her to share photos and videos of herself. Then he traveled to Connecticut to meet the girl in person. The man has pleaded guilty in federal court to use of an interstate facility to persuade a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Supposedly, one student at West Texas A&M recorded a group of other students against their wishes while they were playing strip dice. The allegedly-recorded students complained to campus police but police declined to pursue the case further after finding no such video recordings on either the student’s phone or social media.

In Hong Kong, the janitor of a Mahjong school was sentenced to 8 months in jail for his part in a cheating scheme. He had opened the door overnight for people that came in and switched some of the school’s regular tiles for ones marked with an ink visible to those wearing special glasses. What didn’t require special glasses to see, though, and the way the scheme was caught, was that the new Mahjong tiles were made in a different color than the original ones.

A $1,000 collection of Magic: The Gathering cards was stolen from an unlocked car in Peoria, Illinois.

After leaving the LaGrange, Georgia home of two strangers with whom he was playing dice, a man was allegedly attacked by those same strangers and cut with an unknown weapon.

Shots were fired during an argument over a dice game in St. Louis. One person suffered minor injuries.

Shots fired during an argument over a dice game in Louisville, Kentucky passed through the window of a nearby home and killed a 7 year-old boy.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, an arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of shooting and killing two others during an argument over a dice game.

Punching and shoving erupted during a Dominoes game in Jamaica.

In Bridgeton, New Jersey, robbers who were rebuffed when attempting to take on a front-porch card game just after midnight decided to turn and shoot while running away. The shots hit one of the players in the leg.

In Beaumont, Texas, robbers who held up a 20-person dice game found most of the players cooperative but were refused by one 56 year-old woman, so they shot her twice.

Community Voting has now started in The Game Crafter’s Big Box Challenge contest. There’s 56 total entries that need to be looked over, voted on, and finally trimmed down to 20 semi-finalists.

The Big Box Challenge was a fairly open contest this time around, with the rules as follows:

We want you to design a completely unique big box game. We’re not limiting theme or mechanics with this challenge. It is as free form as it gets. There are only a few requirements: It must use a large retail box, it must play between 1 and 2 hours, and it must have a cost of at least $30 and not more than $60.

Voting will last for the next five days.

I haven’t gotten through all the entries yet, but there’s certainly some great looking games in the bunch.

Retail Games

Pizza, coffee, and board games is what they serve at the recently opened Slice and Dice in Churchgate, U.K. The 28 year-old owner says he got the idea when visiting an area game shop and he saw players leaving in the middle of a long day of gaming to go get food.

Australia-based Good Games is planning to open a second store in the United States, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub opened this past weekend in Bellingham, Washington. It aims to be kid-friendly in front but 21-and-older in the bar area. And though most games will be free to play, the “more expensive” ones will require a membership.

Games are also free to play at the new Pearl Street Game and Coffee House in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The Ludoquist, which opens soon in Croydon, U.K., plans to serve only board games, cake, and coffee. Not even pie?

At The Glass Die in Reno, patrons willing to choose their beer by the roll of a d12 get a dollar off.

Jaipur, Asmodee’s head-to-head, set-collecting card game about trade caravans in India, is now available on mobile (Android, iOS). It can be played against three levels of AI or against another live player online.

CMON has a new companion app for Zombicide: Black Plague. Among other features, the app manages the zombie spawning deck, helps with inventory maintenance, and tracks experience and skill options. It also synchronizes over a network to track all players’ game states.

As announced by Paizo, two digital Pathfinder games are in the works. One, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, is a computer RPG and is being developed by Owlcat Games. In it, players start out as adventurers but are able to claim the lands they explore and, thus, carve out their own kingdoms. The other, Pathfinder Duels, is a digital collectible card game based on the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path and is scheduled for release in September. It’s being developed by 37Games.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesA few days early for Memorial Day sales…

Along with 1,300+ other products at 15% off or more, DriveThruRPG’s OSR Extravaganza sale includes three amazing bundle offers for old TSR D&D products at 80% off. There’s the AD&D Core Rulebook bundle, the Planescape bundle, and the Known World bundle.

In recognition of the UEFA Champions League Final, Real Madrid and Juventus Subbuteo products have been discounted 25%.

Follow, like, and retweet Coiledspring Games (UK) for a chance to win Kingdomino.

Also giving away Kingdomino (from Blue Orange Games in the U.S., though the giveaway is also open to Europe), two copies, is The Giveaway Geek.

The East Texas University Collector’s Box Set (Savage Worlds RPG) contains book, bennies, and dice for 32% off the prices sold separately.

From Litko Game Accessories get $5 off purchases of $50, $15 off $100, or $40 off $200.

For 25% off the 7th Sea Core Rulebook or Pirate Nations, use coupon code “PIRATES5”.

To get a free scenery pack with a £50 order, or two with a £100 order, from Spartan Games, use coupon code “FREESCENERY”.

For 15% off regular-priced items from Toys “R” Us (online only), use coupon code “MAY15”.

Dog Might Games’ Massive Memorial Day Sale means 25% off and free metal symbols on Dice Chests, 20% off dice towers, 30% off Dragon Sheaths, free metal dice with Dice Guards, and free sculpts and lights on Adventure Cases.

Get $10 off orders of $50 or more from HasbroToyShop with promo code “MAYSAVE10”.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Flatline from Renegade Game Studios, Ravage Dungeons of Plunder from Beardy Brothers, a set of the Rone base game and two expansions, and Groves from Letiman Games.

Cardhaus Games is having a Memorial Day Sale. Cool Stuff Inc. is having a Pre-Memorial Day Sale. And Funagain Games is having a Spring Sale.

Our founder, Yehuda Berlinger, has secured a 10% discount code, “JERGAMES2017”, for the high-end Chess and Backgammon sets (and other items) from Made in Firenze.

Game Philia is giving away a copy of Night Clan. But what happens if Night Clan doesn’t fund on Kickstarter?

Amazon deals:

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Today Geek Fever Games announced their acquisition of the game design arm of DPH Studioz, based in Simsbury, CT. DPH Studioz owner, Darrin Horbal, will join Geek Fever owners, Jason Miceli, Matt Plourde, and Tim Mierzejewski, as an equal partner.

The acquisition brings four new games to Geek Fever’s lineup: the soon-to-be-released KhromaZones, along with the unreleased Guardians of AsunDur, Star Guard, and Rocket Ship Go.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDMLeviathan is giving away two Dungeons & Dragons books, Tales From the Yawning Portal and Volo’s Guide to Monsters. Follow and retweet to enter.

Save 50% on a variety of games, including Skateboard Madness and Pentago Lite, direct from Mindtwister.

For 30% off any Hexbug product direct from the company, use either coupon code “BLOG30” or “HEXBUGOFF30”.

The Mommyhood Chronicles is giving away winner’s choice of games from Winning Moves.

KidsPlayUK is giving away Barbeque Party from Drumond Park.

Quirky Engine Giveaways is giving away Shoot Your Friends from Quirky Engine Entertainment.

All E-Z Dungeons 3D terrain models from Fat Dragon Games are 50% off this week.

The latest deal at Bundle of Holding is for Shadow of the Demon Lord starting at $13.95.

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