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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesGamewright’s annual Warehouse Sale takes place this coming Friday (December 8th) in Newton, Massachusetts. There’ll be games and puzzles up to 70% off.

Over the course of 20 days, Renegade Game Studios will be giving away one of each game that the company has published this year.

Bundle of Holding’s current offerings are an eclectic mix. Worldbuilder’s Toolkit +5 includes volumes of game-mastering advice, such as Sly Flourish’s Fantastic Locations and the Kobold Guide to Plots & Campaigns. Indie Cornucopia +5 includes a selection of small-press RPG titles, such as MASHED, Puppetland, and The Sprawl. Dying Earth Compleat includes the entire product line of Dying Earth from Pelgrane Press (24 total titles at the threshold price of $37.44). Stone Skin Press includes nine titles from Pelgrane’s fiction imprint.

To celebrate the launch of Journey to the Tree of Sorrows, the company’s new Lovecraftian trans-media project, RAINN Studios is giving away enamel pins, Cthulhu statues, TerraTiles, and $500 worth of Dwarven Forge cavern models.

ProJared is giving away multiple sets of Dungeons & Dragons books.

In Compass Games’ Holiday Sale, recent releases are 25-30% off and earlier releases are 40% off. Coupon code “HOLIDAY17” required.

ACD Distribution is giving away two copies of Alien Artifacts from Portal Games.

In Hollandspiele’s Hollanday Sale, everything is $5 off.

Steve Jackson Games is giving away the contents of a Munchkin CCG tooling sample booster pack. And the game isn’t even being released until February!

Low Player Count is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Game Surplus. Entry is via a kind-of digital scavenger hunt.

CMON’s Holiday Sale runs through December 24th and features discounts of up to 80%.

Save 30% on downloads from Jon Brazer Enterprises through January with coupon code “holiday2017”.

Top Shelf Gamer is giving away Charterstone, along with a deluxe token set, from Stonemaier Games.

BattleBots are on-sale from HexBug. About 20% off.

Victory Point Games’ 12 Games of Christmas Sale has started and works this way… Every day a new game is added to the sale. Everything is 20% off.

USAopoly is doing a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Sign up once for a new opportunity to win each day through the 12th.

Mayday Games will be running different Holiday Deals throughout the season. Right now, I see dexterity games on-sale.

Everything Board Games’ current giveaways include: Mountains of Madness from Iello and Pie Town and Kepler from Renegade Game Studios.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is holding a Holiday Blowout Sale with many individual games on-sale. Also save an additional 10% with a $50 total order, 20% with a $100 order, and 30% with a $150 order.

At DriveThruRPG, two bundles from Raging Swan Press will together net you over $700 in product for just under $40.

Dog Might Games is giving away a $250 gift card.

Answer The Big Community Survey from Games Workshop for a chance to win one of five $80 vouchers.

Osprey Publishing has extended its 30% off Black Friday Sale until December 15th.

Toys “R” Us has reduced select Hasbro board games to $6.

Save $5 on purchases of $25 or more from Fat Brain Toys with coupon code “DA-7969”.

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CMON announced this week a deal with Steve Jackson Games to produce board games based on the latter’s Munchkin property. The first title is planned for Fall 2018, inspired by CMON’s adventure game, Arcadia Quest.

Osprey is doing a card game based on characters from the 2000AD comics. The core mechanics for Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth will be derived from the company’s The Lost Expedition. Additional elements will track radiation and psychic abilities. And the game will play in competitive, cooperative, and solo modes.

Following up on its recent release of The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, pop culture company Mondo is planning two more movie-tied titles: Jurassic Park and Fight Club. In the Jurassic Park board game, one person plays InGen, creating dinosaurs and developing the park, one person plays the park visitors, sending individuals around to various attractions, one person plays the velociraptors, sneaking around to kill other players, and one person plays the T-Rex, a single figure stomping everything. The only thing revealed so far regarding Figh Club is that it’ll be a card game.

Cubicle 7’s Call of Cthulhu license from Chaosium will expire at the end of December. The company, however, plans to port Cthulhu Britannica, World War Cthulhu, and The Laundry to new RPG systems.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizes

Updated 11/27 1:06 PM ET with additional limited-time offers.

Don’t forget to check out our huge Black Friday Edition of the Game Bandit. Many of those sales are still valid today.

DriveThruRPG’s Cyber Monday discounts of 17% continue. Even better, the Timewatch RPG from Pelgrane Press is 85% off.

Save 40% on White Wizard’s base game sets, Star Realms, Epic, and Hero Realms. Sale ends at midnight tonight.

Save 40% on your entire order from Collins Epic Wargames, through December 25th, with coupon code “Holiday40”.

Among other discounts offered today by Tiny Battle Publishing, Winter Thunder and In The Trenches: Devil Dogs are 25% off.

HexWar’s various computer war games are on-sale for 50% off until midnight PT.

Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks and adventures are reduced to $20, today only, on D&D Beyond.

For Cyber Monday, Fat Brain Toys offers free shipping at $59, 15% off at $100, and $40 off at $250.

Green Couch Games is offering 30% off everything.

Terraforming Mars accessories are 20% off from Top Shelf Gamer.

Amazon deals:

Giveaways:

Amazon giveaways:

[Update. More deals added below.]

Save 15% on Big G Creative board games exclusive to Target., such as Bob Ross: The Art of Chill.

Space Cowboys is giving away a copy of T.I.M.E. Stories and the new expansion Estrella Drive.

Save $10 on a gift membership to the National Museum of Play with promo code “CYB17”.

Code “BLK30” is good for 30% off from Easy Roller Dice.

Two limited-time bundles are available from Academy Games: the Birth of America trilogy (1754, 1775, and 1812) for 37% off and Mare Nostrum (Empires and Atlas) for 44% off.

Save 25% on cards and dice from Inkwell Ideas with coupon code “cyber-monday”. Good through December 1st.

Save an additional 15% on top of earlier discounts at Toys “R” Us.

Use discount code “MONDAY” for 25% off everything from Historical Conquest.

Through Thursday, Eagle-Gryphon is discounting games an additional 20% and posting a special Deal of the Day.

Jenga Giant today is giving 20% off with code “CyberM2017”.

From HexBug today, save 40% on everything and get free shipping at $25.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesUpdated as of 2:10 PM ET with 21 more deals added below.

Save 17% on more than 40,000 items in DriveThruRPG’s Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale, including such popular items as World of Darkness titles, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Adventures in Middle Earth, and much more.

Many Sided Dice is giving away three copies of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything from Wizards of the Coast.

Amazon deals:

Use coupon code “THANKS20” for 20% off orders direct from Gamewright.

Save 25% in Paizo’s Black Friday PDF Sale.

Save 40% on anything from Goodman Games with coupon code “blackfriday2017”.

Funagain’s Black Friday Sale has over 400 items at discounts of 25-65%.

Miniature Market is running a Holiday Sale that ends at Midnight tonight (CST).

Many electronic board games are on-sale via Steam for up to 50% off.

Discounts in the Warehouse 23 (Steve Jackson Games) Holiday Sale range up to 75% off.

Insert Here game box organizers are buy two get one free with coupon code “ihbf2017”.

In The Broken Token’s Black Friday Sale most organizers are 20% off, Game Crates are 15% off, and certain other accessories are 10% off.

Victory Point Games’ products sold by the company through Amazon are 10% off.

Buy a box of boosters and get a free Magic: The Gathering treasure chest booster while supplies last.

Three titles from Flying Pig Games, Old School Tactical Volume I, ’65 Squad-level Combat in the Jungles of Vietnam, and Night of Man, are 40% off direct from the company.

Everything in Litko Game Accessories’ online store is 20% off through Monday.

From Pinnacle Entertainment, the Lankhmar Limited Edition Print + PDF Bundle provides savings of 11%.

Palladium is offering a Christmas Surprise Package with a guaranteed $95+ of product for just $45.

Reaper Minis’ Black Friday Savings are $200 off Ma’al Drakar Resin Dragons and $130 off MSP Essentials Paint Sets.

Save 25% on all board games, including current editions and Selector Sets, in Strat-O-Matic’s Season of Savings.

Community News of Australia is giving away a copy of Mattel’s Aussie Scrabble.

Almost everything is 30% off in the Open Gaming Store’s Black Friday Sale (through Tuesday).

Among other board games on-sale at Target, Suspicion from Wonder Forge, Evolution: The Beginning from North Star Games, Vegas Dice Game from Ravensburger, and Operation: Escape Room from Yulu are 50% off.

For 20% off from Breaking Games, use coupon code “BFCM2017”.

Get a free Superhero Lotto game with every order over £25 from Orchard Toys. Use promo code “SUPER1”.

Some games are discounted in excess of 80% in Mayday Games’s Black Friday Sale (through Monday).

Use coupon code “CYBERWEEK17” for 25% off all toys and games from Educational Insights.

For today, Eagle-Gryphon Games will take an additional 30% off in the checkout cart of all orders.

Anything and everything is discounted at least 10% in Noble Knight Games’ Holiday Sale.

Save 20% from Firelock Games with promo code “jolly17”.

From Dog Might Games, save 20% on Mythic Deck Boxes, $20 on Dice Guards, 20% on Dragon Sheaths, 15% on Big Ass Hammers, 10% on wallets, and 20% on gift cards. Also, get free sculpts on Adventure Cases and a free lining upgrade on Theme Boxes.

Save 25% from Historical Conquest, today only, with discount code “THANKSGIVING”.

Save 25% and get free shipping from Set Games with code “THANKS2017”.

Nomad Games’ Black Friday Sale covers Fighting Fantasy Legends, Talisman, Smash Up, and Talisman: The Horus Heresy.

For $10 off when buying two or more games from Rather Dashing Games, use code “GAME10”.

[Update, with even more deals added below.]

Save 20% and get free shipping all weekend at HasbroToyShop.com with promo code “BLACKFRIDAY17”.

For free shipping and a $25 gift card, spend $100 or more at Fat Brain Toys and use promo code “VI-7829”.

The Galaxy Trucker app from Czech Games Edition is $2.99 for the next week.

Many games are on-sale at Toys “R” Us, including Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots for 50% off, Giant Kerplunk from Pavilionfor 40% off, and Risk Europe from Hasbro is 50% off. Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers from Hasbro is just $5. Battleclaw from Mattel is buy one get one 50% off.

For free shipping from Spin Master, use coupon code “FREESHIP”.

Top Shelf Gamer is discounting token bundles, card sleeves, and other board game accessories up to 25%.

Osprey is discounting selected games and military history books 30%.

Get the HexBug BattleBots Brawl bundle (with a BattleBots Arena, remote control Minotaur, and remote control Beta), normally $130, for $100 (a 23% discount).

The Game Steward, retailer of many Kickstarted games, is running a Black Friday Sale. Discounts up to 75%.

Bounding Fire Productions is discounting ASL-related products for Black Friday around 12%.

Dr. Finn’s Games’ Black Friday Sale features combo deals, free shipping, and discounts up to 40% off.

There are some really cool deals in Modiphius Entertainment’s Black Friday Weekend sale, including Airfix Battles for 48% off, Thunderbirds Co-Operative Board Game with all three expansions for 40% off, and the Mutant Chronicles RPG for 50% off.

BoardGameBliss of Canada has 143 items on-sale in its Black Friday/Cyber Weekend Sale. Additional discounts of 7% apply at orders of $100 and 12% at $250 (not including games from Asmodee).

Fantasy Grounds Black Friday Sale on digital tabletop extensions includes additional savings of 25% on Dungeons & Dragons and 20% on Deadlands.

Troll and Toad has a Black Friday Sale that runs through Sunday.

Just today, dice from Tabletop Loot are buy one get one free. Also, use coupon code “#CritsGiving” (not sure if the symbol is included) for an additional 50% discount applied at checkout.

Cheap Cheap Games is offering a 25% store credit bonus, as well as a $5 instant credit bonus, for trade-ins. Discounts and free shipping are also available on the buy side.

Crafty Games’ new webstore has some amazing bundle deals for the Fantasy Craft and Mistborn RPGs. Also, save $5 on any purchase of $5 or more with coupon code “CGNL5off”.

Ninja Division/Soda Pop Miniatures’ Black Friday Sale includes Pathfinder Worldscape figures, 12 Realms, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

Harvest Dice and SuperHot are on-sale from Grey Fox Games.

The Board & Dice Weekend means discounts of 10-60% from the retailer. [Thanks, Paul Owen, for the tip!]

Second Look—Doctor Who Fluxx

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.The folks at Looney Labs sent us a copy of Doctor Who Fluxx recently for review…and let’s get this out of the way first: I neither like nor dislike Fluxx. It’s fine.

Fluxx itself is a short game that’s fun with people you know and who get into the theme, so that’s what’s going to be the big deciding factor if you like this version of Fluxx or that one. This is why I really don’t care for Stoner Fluxx (by Fully Baked Games, the “more adult” imprint of Looney Labs) but I do like Zombie Fluxx.

The big thing with choosing a Fluxx game is the theme.

The basics of Fluxx are this: you draw one card and play one card. You’ll be playing new rules, which let you change the number of cards you draw or play as well as adding new things like hand limits; keepers, special cards that stay in play in front of you; goals, which give you a win condition that are usually based on the keeper cards; actions, which let you do one-time actions like trading your hand with someone else’s or stealing a keeper card; and creepers, which are like keepers but if you have them in play in front of you, you cannot win.

Doctor Who Fluxx‘s cards are all themed from the show. The keeper cards are all 12 Doctors, plus a “future Doctor” — the announcement of Jodie Whittaker was made after this game went to print, so no 13. Also are companions from the new run of the show, so Rose, The Ponds (one card), and even Sarah Jane Smith. Plus K-9. Rounding out the Keepers are the TARDIS, “that scarf”, and the sonic screwdriver.

Goals are combinations of these cards. If “Grand Theft TARDIS” is the goal, if you have The 1st Doctor and the TARDIS in play, you win! “Regeneration” is the goal? Win if you have two sequentially-numbered Doctors. Some goals require any Doctor or any Companion.

The Creepers include The Master, who moves to any player that has a Doctor in play. Weeping Angels, who move to the play area with the TARDIS. Daleks, who can be removed by sacrificing any Doctor in play (not just your own). And Cybermen, who just sit there. Some goals require Creepers: “The Master’s TARDIS” needs The Master and the TARDIS cards.

Doctor Who Fluxx also includes a small number of Surprise cards, which you can play out of turn to cancel out a card someone just played or their own special ability.

So, how well does this capture the Doctor Who IP? Not a bad job, really. It feels more of a themed set-collecting game than really evocative of the types of adventures the Doctor goes on. The best thing in the box are the creeper cards and how they interact with the other players, which is really cool. Looney Labs is primarily pulling from the revived series here with a nod at Tom Baker’s run, which was the Doctor from the original run that most people in the United States seemed to grow up with. The artwork on the cards is all vector-based and while some cards were really good representations of the characters and items from the show, there were a few that looked…off.

We played with one person who hadn’t seen the show and two that had. The one that hadn’t seen the show really enjoyed it, but she loves Fluxx in all forms. Being a fan of the show would have had her really dig into it. One player who had seen the show hadn’t ever played Fluxx before. She loved it, too.

So: Are you a fan of Doctor Who and want a simple, quick game to play? Here you go. If the theme doesn’t grab you, go for Zombie, Batman, Math, Chemistry, Monty Python…. There are many Fluxx variations to choose from.

 

A copy of Doctor Who Fluxx was provided free for review purposes by Looney Labs.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesAnswer one question about holiday game playing to be entered in the North Pole Sweepstakes by The Genius of Play, a program of The Toy Association. The prize is a $250 toy store gift card.

Fantasy Flight Games’ annual holiday sale is now the Asmodee North America Holiday Sale and includes discounted products Days of Wonder, Z-Man, Plaid Hat, and more. It also looks like they finally offloaded the excess Diskwars.

Through Monday, Victory Point Games will discount everything 20% at checkout.

Renegade Game Studios is giving away a copy of Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game.

Every one of Rogue Genius Games’ Pathfinder RPG products, 381 PDFs, are on-sale for the bundled price of just $35.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is giving away four copies of Isaribi Deluxe, one each to a randomly selected follower on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and one to a newsletter subscriber.

Highway Mail is giving away a copy of Monopoly Durban Edition from Winning Moves (South Africa).

Two Castles & Crusades bundles are available at Bundle of Holding. One, C&C Essentials, includes the core rulebooks and major supplements, with everything included at the threshold price, currently $27.53. The second, Castles & Crusades +2, features eight additional supplements at the threshold price of $23.15.

Avalanche Press has discounted 29 books and games for the season.

Manhattan Toy is holding an Instagram photo contest in which three winners will receive $100 gift cards at local specialty toy stores.

Get 13 issues for the price of 12 with a combined subscription (print and digital) to White Dwarf from Games Workshop.

Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 credits are on-sale, as well shipping is free for orders of physical products over $60.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Historical Conquest will give 10% of all orders using the code “VETERAN” but only until tonight at midnight.

Blog giveaways:

Until tomorrow morning, Mayday Games is holding a Pre-Black Friday Sale, including among other discounts 25% off on in-stock sleeves with discount code “preblackfriday2017”.

Everything from Pavillion Games is buy-one, get-one 40% off from Toys “R” Us.

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Coco Movie Games

Disney Pixar’s Coco movie opens in a couple of weeks. Two Coco card games are available now.

There’s Coco Remember Me from USAopoly, which is a traditional Lotería game illustrated with images from the movie. Lotería, common in Mexico, is pretty much the same as Bingo but with pictures instead of numbers, and cards instead of balls or other drawing lots.

From Mattel there’s Coco Uno. Gameplay is mostly unchanged. However, the deck does include a Remember Me card. Throwing that down forces the next person to draw three cards unless they can identify from memory the previous two cards played.

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My Little Pony Movie Games

With My Little Pony: The Movie in theaters, it’s time for the licensed games in stores.

There are, of course, Hasbro’s My Little Pony: The Movie Monopoly Junior ($17), My Little Pony: The Movie Guess Who ($17), My Little Pony: The Movie Pie Face ($20), and My Little Pony: The Movie Candyland ($20), all available now, the first three exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

Releasing to retail November 24th is Seaquestria & Beyond, the ninth set for the My Little Pony CCG from EnterPlay. It adds new keywords, Traveler and Transform, new Mane characters, and elements from the movie, such as the Friendship Festival and The Storm King’s reign of terror. Single packs with 12 cards will be $3.49.

And then there’s The Official Movie Sourcebook ($20) due later this year for Tails of Equestria, the My Little Pony roleplaying game from River Horse. With this, players get new playable races (cats, parrots, hippogriffs, and lizardfolk), NPC stats from the movie, a new adventure, details for areas outside of Equestria, and rule options for factions, reputation, and vehicles.

 

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFirst off, a reminder that we’re giving away a copy of D&D Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.

Amazon deals:

Buy two board games, get one free from Target.

For 25-40% off in Compass Games’s Holiday Sale, use coupon code “HOLIDAY17”.

Privateer Press is the latest to partner with Humble Bundle. Get nearly $400 in Hordes, Warmachine, and Iron Kingdoms books, plus coupons for physical products, for just $15.

Not its first time, Paizo is back on the Humble Bundle platform, this time contributing various Pathfinder products to an Extra Life fundraiser.

At Bundle of Holding, the latest is another Old School Revival Bundle.

Retweet D&D Character for a chance to win one of two Deep Magic series PDFs from Kobold Press.

The grand prize in the Meccano Sweepstakes is a fully paid trip for four (including airfare, hotel, and event tickets) to the 2018 Maker Faire in Sane Mateo.

Neon Rival is giving away the Tomb of Annihilation adventure for Dungeons & Dragons, plus dice and other accessories.

The Monster Man podcast is holding a monster design contest. Prizes include RPG PDFs and miniatures.

Eagle-Gryphon Games will give away a copy of Isaribi Deluxe to one of its Twitter followers as of November 24th. An additional entry can be earned by subscribing to the company’s newsletter. The company is also running a sale on miniatures and other components.

One of University Games’ Twitter followers can win a Pete the Cat: The Missing Cupcakes Game today for the cost of a like.

Multi-Man Publishing’s Veteran’s Day Sale starts Thursday (November 9th) with discounts around 45%.

As usual, EverythingBoardGames is doing several giveaways.

Blue Orange Games is giving away two copies of Photosynthesis via Facebook likes.

Inside Voices is giving away Stop Thief! from Restoration Games.

Board to Death is giving away Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate from WOTC.

Rolling Dice & Taking Names is giving away Massive Darkness from CMON and up to four future products from Restoration Games, depending on the ability of contestants to guess the games connected to Restoration’s project code names.

Sahm Reviews just started a 150-day series of giveaways and so far has listed Atari Centipede from IDW, Just Desserts from Looney Labs, and Rubik’s Flip from University Games. Sahm Reviews also has ongoing giveaways for Zoo Ball from Osprey Games and Aura from Breaking Games.

ChiTAG’s Hot New Toys giveaway includes five different games from Spin Master, Goliath, Pressman, and Play Monster.

Space Cowboys is giving away one (winner’s choice) of three new Unlock! Mystery Adventure games.

Board Game Revolution is giving away a Monster Slaughter Kickstarter pledge.

Greenbrier Games is giving away a copy of Folklore: The Affliction with expansions, accessories, and Kickstarter “exclusives”.

We Are Teachers is giving away copies of a Chutes & Ladders inspired social studies board game to 50 educators.

Rolling Solo is giving away Perdition’s Mouth: Abyssal Rift from Dragon Dawn Productions.

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Though summer is generally considered the height of convention season, fall too provides some great opportunities for game events in the United States.

Several run through the upcoming weekend. Perhaps the biggest, certainly the most elaborate, is Play Fair, a consumer toy and game show Saturday and Sunday in New York City. At Play Fair, families will find demonstrations, activities, and character appearances from some of the largest brands. Look for a world-record slime, drone races, life-sized games, virtual-reality opportunities, and more. Tickets are generally $30 per person for a 4 hour session but a discount code (“TOYASSOCEMP5“) shared with us by the Toy Association will give you $5 off per ticket.

EuroQuest, an event put on by the Games Club of Maryland, begins Wednesday in Pikesville (just outside Baltimore). Featuring board game tournaments and an active and friendly open game room, EuroQuest is also a good place to catch some of the hot releases from Essen Spiel on this side of the Atlantic.

Gamehole Con, Thursday through Sunday (November 2-5) in Madison, Wisconsin, hosts nearly 2,000 scheduled events covering all types of tabletop games, including the live action True Dungeon.

Also starting Thursday (in Morristown, New Jersey), Metatopia is a convention for game designers, with scheduled playtests, seminars, and panel discussions. Gamers who haven’t yet been hit with the design bug are also welcome, to help with playtesting.

Friday through Sunday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is Fall-In, which focuses on historical miniatures gaming. There’ll be tournaments and scheduled games for a wide range of periods and systems. Also, dozens of classes on painting and terrain-making.

Another war game-focused event follows the next weekend, Friday-Sunday (November 10-12). That is the San Diego Historical Games Convention, where in addition to open gaming and scheduled miniatures, attendees have access to a number of play-with-the-designer events, a large game raffle, and free table space in the flea market.

Con on the Cob takes place the following weekend (November 9-12) in Richfield, Ohio. This one includes all types of analog games, along with a healthy dose of art, music and comedy performances, cosplay, and partying.

Then just before Thanksgiving we get three major conventions all on the same weekend! BGG.Con November 15-19 in Dallas is sponsored by the Board Game Geek website. Its big draw is a large open gaming room and a library of hot new titles but unfortunately it’s been sold out for a while.

ChiTAG is an event in two parts. There’s the consumer show, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, Saturday and Sunday (November 18 &19), with many large and small exhibitors welcoming the public to play. There’s also the Chicago Toy & Game Week track of professional conferences and networking events that begin on Thursday (November 16), such as meetings for inventors and educators and the TAGIE Awards Gala. A special part of ChiTAG is the Young Inventor Challenge, a design contest for children ages 6-18. Prizes include over $10,000 in scholarships. For tickets to the consumer show, discounts of 50% are available through Groupon.

Finally, there’s PAX Unplugged November 17-19 in Philadelphia, where you might find me some part of the weekend. PAX Unplugged is a new convention from the organizers of PAX West, PAX East, etc. The series might be described as fandom events but this one is specifically focused on tabletop games. In its first year, it’s already seeing strong support from hobby game publishers. There’ll be a keynote address from the president of Wizards of the Coast, live performance Dungeons & Dragons games (Dice, Camera, Action! and Acquisitions, Inc.), open gaming, vendors, lots of board and card game tournaments, and a variety of panel discussions.

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