Card games are any types of games played primarily with cards, excluding collectible card games, but including Poker, Rummy, Bridge, and games with specialized card decks.


Retailing giant Target has an opening for a Merchandise Planner of Games and Trading Cards at its headquarters in Minneapolis. For Target, the position of Merchandise Planner serves as the interface between Merchandising and Supply Chain, is responsible for strategic thinking about sales, and involves a lot of detailed data analysis. But also…

In the Games and Trading Cards role, you will partner with the largest vendors in the Toy industry such as Hasbro and Mattel to drive sales on iconic board game brands and large franchises such as Pokémon. You’ll also have the opportunity to be entrepreneurial and help launch games from indie game designers from Kickstarter and other sources for new ideas.

Publisher All Things Equal needs a Marketing and Office Manager at its offices in Miami Beach. Responsibilities will include a mix of drafting marketing material and administrative functions. Some experience with Adobe Creative Suite applications would be helpful, as would being a fan of The Big Lebowski, for which the company is developing two new games in the coming year.

At Wizards of the Coast in Renton, Washington, two openings of note include Design Manager in R&D and Senior Content Designer. The former is a game development position for Magic: The Gathering that involves leading a team of designers. The latter involves building digital services and interactive content for Magic, D&D, and Avalon Hill games.

Don’t have the professional experience to qualify for one of these positions but still a fan of Magic? WOTC has launched the Great Designer Search 3 contest with essay questions, a multiple-choice test, and a series of game design challenges. The winner will be invited to a 6 month Magic: The Gathering design internship.

Goliath Games is recruiting for a Global Quality Assurance Manager and a Graphics Designer, both to be located in Plano, Texas. Applicants for the Global Quality Assurance Manager position should have at least 5 years of quality control experience, be familiar in detail with safety testing regulations, social compliance audits, and certifications, and be willing to travel 75 percent or more. Applicants for the Graphics Designer position should also have 5 or more years experience and be able to help with packaging, instruction manuals, game boards, display graphics, POP, and other assignments.

Games for Change is looking for a Communications Intern. The position is unpaid, can be in Boston or New York, starts in February, runs a minimum of 10 weeks, and will take 20-30 hours per week.

National Defense University, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, has an opening for a Wargaming Assistant in Washington, D.C. The role includes supporting the development and execution of national security exercises.

The UK’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory has similar openings, one for a Tactical/Operational Wargamer and two for Wargame Designer & Analyst. The announcement of the former position lists “experience of developing scenarios and vignettes” as a qualification. The announcement of the latter lists “hobby wargaming”. For both, knowledge of military history and excellent quantitative analytical skills are required.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesA double-date game night with Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard (including travel and accommodations to LA) is the prize in an Omaze raffle raising money for Opening Act, a theater program for under-served NYC high school students.

Humble Bundle’s latest RPG offering has some great (unofficial) Dungeons & Dragons products even at the $1 level. But for just $17, you’ll get all that plus Kobold Press’ Tome of Beasts and Book of Lairs.

BoardGameTables is selling off its extra samples, prototypes, and ding-and-dent game tables. There’s a really nice looking farmhouse-style table for $3,899.

Dark Sword Miniatures and Miniature Monthly are running a painting contest. All entrants must be members and use Dark Sword’s Female Ranger figure but there’s $1,000 in prizes to go to the top 5 finishers, and more stuff for everyone else.

In Reaper Minis’ 12 Days of Reaper promotion, get a free figure for every $40 spent.

Ninja Division and Soda Pop Miniatures are running a Holiday Sale that includes a special Candy Collection Bundle, as well as discounts on Backspindle Games and a Super Dungeon: Arena bundle.

Goliath Games’ Shit Happens Contest asks for “shit happens” stories. For the winning entry—judged on the basis of creativity, originality, representation of theme, and quality of expression—the prize is travel and accommodations to spend an evening playing Shit Happens with Ryan Lochte.

The Dracula Dossier at Bundle of Holding features a horror-espionage campaign (with rulebook) for Night’s Black Agents from Pelgrane Press.

For the 20th anniversary of John Kovalic’s Dork Tower, get a free signed print with any order from the new Dork Store, plus a signed issue of Dork Tower with an order of two or more books, and 15% off orders of $100 or more with coupon code “DSWEEK1”.

Get a gift certificate for yourself when purchasing one for someone else from Monte Cook Games—$5 for you for every $25 for them.

Each day through the 12th, Big Potato Games is giving something away on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. That’s a different game on each, for three chances to win per day. And then on the 12th, they’ll be giving away a package of several games.

Restoration Games is giving away five sets of lapel pins, each set with four pins (representing their current games). [For those wondering why pins. They’re a tradition at PAX conventions.]

Engaged Family Gaming’s Nintendo Switch giveaway also includes a number of board games from IDW and Restoration Games.

Save 25% on dice from Tabletop Loot with coupon code “3kFollowers” but just through midnight tonight CT.

Use coupon code “ELF” to save 25% on up to four games from R&R Games.

Tiffany Caires is giving away a Quiver game case.

Hero Lab’s sale of 20-50% off Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, D&D, Shadowrun, and World of Darkness products ends tonight.

Osprey Games’ 30% off sale, which was, I believe, for Black Friday, has been extended to December 15th.

From Mayday Games, there’s a new buy-one-get-one free deal each day.

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Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with games

Sportsmanship

Berlin police say that a local restaurant owner has been using radioactive Iodine-125 to mark playing cards. Radioactive card fragments were detected during routine inspection of a garbage truck at a waste treatment plant, then traced back to their point of origin.

After detector dogs triggered on mail being sent to Manawatu Prison in New Zealand, guards opened the package to find Chess pieces stuffed with cannabis.

A court in Italy has suspended three Chess players, one Grandmaster and two International Masters, for offering to throw games at the Montebelluna Chess Festival for 200€ a game. One of the suspended players, who also helped organize the tournament, had even bragged on Facebook about how easy it would be to buy a game.

In Jiangsu province, China, a Mahjong player was stabbed by his opponent after being caught using rigged tiles to cheat. The Mahjong tiles were fitted with electronic chips that sent a signal to an accomplice, who then relayed the information via small earpieces worn by the player.

Allan Simmons, a prominent British Scrabble player—former U.K. national champion and author of Scrabble books—has been banned from the game for 3 years. An investigation by the World English Language Scrabble Players Association found multiple instances of cheating confirmed by witnesses. He is said to have been looking at tiles as he drew them and returning unwanted tiles back to the bag. [In tournament settings, players are supposed to show empty hands to their opponents before reaching in to the bag, and to draw new tiles while holding the bag above eye level.]

Another Scrabble cheat was caught in Thailand. Pichai Limprasert was banned until June 2018 by the country’s national association. Pichai, long a decent player, experienced rapid improvement in the first half of last year, rising suddenly to rank as Thailand’s number one player. But at the Brands Kings Cup in Bangkok (July 2016), he was spotted sneaking an extra tile from the bag. Allowed to finish that tournament, he was afterward suspended for 3 months and given a warning. Then in February of this year, he entered and won a university level tournament, despite not being registered anywhere as a student. Thus the new suspension.

Police in Las Vegas arrested a man from Georgia (the country) and have charged him with 18 counts of cheating by sliding dice (instead of rolling them). The same person was previously caught using rigged dice at a Backgammon tournament in Normandy, France in 2008.

Four players were disqualified during recent high-level Magic: The Gathering tournaments: one for drawing too many cards, one for lying to a judge, one for having too many energy counters on a card, and one for looking at cards in his deck when he shouldn’t have.

A potential world-record solving of the Rubik’s Cube was invalidated by the World Cube Association because the cube used was not approved.

In Denver, an argument over a Chess game turned violent when one of the players shot the other twice with a .22 caliber handgun.

In Pensacola, Florida, police arrested a man for allegedly using brass knuckles on someone to whom he had just lost a game of Dominoes.

Magic: The Gathering judges in the Philippines are boycotting a local game store because at a recent tournament, the shop’s owner declared a player’s game forfeit for showing up late. That ruling was consistent with the judges’ policy but not within the sponsor’s authority.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the game of Bridge should not be considered a sport. The question came up in a case brought by the English Bridge Union, which sought to have its tournament fees exempt from VAT. Notwithstanding agreement that Bridge is played competitively and “constitutes an activity beneficial to the mental and physical health of regular participants”, the court determined that the ordinary meaning of the term “sport” refers to an activity “characterised by a not negligible physical element.” Still, the court allowed that European member states have the discretion to exempt such non-sport activities from VAT under allowances for “cultural services”.

Diversity

For Scrabble Day at Bel Air High School in Maryland, several students used letter tiles attached to their shirts to spell out racial slurs. The participating students have been disciplined and the incident has prompted further discussion (and argument) in the community about racism.

A popular cosplayer of Magic: The Gathering characters announced she was quitting everything Magic after suffering repeated harassment. Shortly thereafter, WOTC announced that it was investigating, would review its Code of Conduct, and will work with organizers to be more proactive in setting expectations for events.

A former employee of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is suing the organization alleging that she was fired for “gender non-conforming appearance and behavior.”

Dress codes for Chess tournaments became the hot topic after the World Chess Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, where Canadian Grandmaster Anton Kovalyov withdrew mid-event because he felt bullied for wearing shorts. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who was not only the chief organizer but also a member of the Appeals Committee, allegedly used a cultural slur in referring to Kovalyov’s mode of dress. The Chess Federation of Canada sought to have the World Chess Federation’s Ethics Commission address the incident but Kovalyov would not cooperate, so the Commission dropped the case.

Selecting Saudi Arabia as host for the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) drew quick condemnation and threatened boycotts based on the kingdom’s human rights record. Following up on that initial announcement, though, FIDE clarified that women will not be required to wear a hijab or abaya, supposedly the first time for any sport competition in Saudi Arabia. The question remains whether players from Iran, Israel, and Qatar will be allowed to participate. A FIDE official told Reuters that the organization is undertaking huge efforts on behalf of Israeli players. Despite that, some of Israel’s top players have said they will not attend anyway.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Chess Association has established a women’s section, another first for sport in the country. The group is working to establish several women-only tournaments.

Dorsa Derakhshan, the teenage Chess player who was banned earlier this year by the Iranian Chess Federation for refusing to wear a hijab, will now be playing for the United States.

Business

Nearly 2 years after being countersued by Hasbro and Reuben Klamer, Lorraine Markham is finally getting her first day in court to argue for rights to The Game of Life. She claims that her deceased husband invented the game. Hasbro and Klamer, however, insist that Bill Markham was only paid to mock up a prototype board. Though the lawsuits were filed in Rhode Island, this initial hearing will take place in California to accommodate several witnesses of advanced age.

Irish celebrity twins Jedward have settled with Limerick businessman Patrick Joseph Noonan a court case in which the latter claimed he was owed 625,000 € for failed merchandising deals, including one for a Jedward board game.

Upper Deck and Leaf are suing each other, in California and Texas courts respectively. Upper Deck claims that by producing sports cards with pieces of player jerseys, Leaf is violating the publicity rights of the players with whom Upper Deck has exclusive contracts. [What basis that gives Upper Deck to sue is unclear.] Leaf, in its suit filed a day later, claims that Upper Deck is engaging in illegal monopolistic behavior with regard to NHL hockey cards. Leaf alleges that Upper Deck pressured retailers not to carry competing Leaf products and insisted that distributors not tell retailers why they (the distributors) didn’t carry Leaf cards (thus implying they were inferior).

Politics & Religion

Some Transformers fans figured out that symbols engraved on a recently-released action figure translate in the Cybertronian alphabet as “MAGA”. Alerted to this fact, Hasbro investigated and found that the divisive political statement was added by a vendor without authorization.

Voting for the Ward 5 Council seat in the city of Cripple Creek, Colorado resulted in a tie count. So, as required by law, the election was decided by lots, in this case, the high draw from a standard deck of playing cards. Melissa Trenary won with a 10 of diamonds. Her opponent pulled a 7 of clubs.

The treasurer of the Singapore Chess Federation, whose political conflicts have appeared in this column before, is suing 39 fellow members, claiming defamation in a letter they circulated seeking his ouster.

The Executive Board of FIDE, in a non-binding vote, has asked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov not to run for President again in 2018. After Ilyumzhinov was subject to sanctions by the U.S. government during his current term, the board earlier took away from him all authority of the position. Nevertheless, several national federations have already received from Russian embassies letters nominating Ilyumzhinov for a new term.

FIDE took more definitive action on the Bulgarian Chess Federation, temporarily kicking it out of the group for financial irregularities. While the national entity is excluded, individual players from Bulgaria will be able to play in international tournaments under the FIDE flag, as long as they’re able to pay their own way.

In order to put on a charitable Cribbage tournament in Maine, organizers had to get state law changed. Before passage of the new law this past summer, Cribbage was considered a game of chance and would have required expensive licensing from each of the 12 participating municipalities.

Some Irish Chess players are picketing the Limerick Chess League for blackballing another player, Gabriel Mirza. They also accuse the league of discrimination. Mirza is originally from Romania. The protesters allege that mistreatment of Mirza ties back to an incident in 2013, when he accosted a teenager in the restroom at a tournament for cheating with a smartphone.

A Muslim preacher in Malaysia said in a video distributed on YouTube that it is forbidden to play Checkers, Chess, Snakes and Ladders, Saidina (a Monopoly knock-off), or video games because they lead to gambling.

Property

A man in Denton, Texas reported a break-in. Stolen from his home were a laptop and $8,000 of Magic: The Gathering cards.

A 23 year old man was arrested for attempting to shoplift just over $100 (retail) of Magic: The Gathering cards from a Target in College Station, Texas.

When a stolen truck was recovered by its owner in the Columbus, Ohio area, they discovered inside hundreds of Magic: The Gathering cards belonging to the thief.

Open less than a year, Alchemy, a board game cafe in Derby, England, closed permanently after being vandalized.

Board in the City, a game cafe in Southampton was broken in to overnight. Games were stolen and a table damaged.

A real-estate agent mistook a Magic: The Gathering Facebook group, the New England Real Estate Coalition (focused on land decks), for one focused on non-game properties. Mockery ensued.

Crime

In the Northern Mariana Islands, a man with a machete and supposedly drunk attacked a group of men playing Mahjong.

A man who tried to break up a fight over a dice game in Washington Square Park in New York City was stabbed in the leg by one of those arguing.

The owner of Snap Keep Games in McHenry, Illinois was indicted for paying a 15 year old customer to perform a sex act.

In Henan Province, China, a 2 year old girl drowned when she was left outside a Mahjong parlor by her grandmother. Alone, she got to playing in a three-wheeled vehicle belonging to another Mahjong patron. With the key left inside, the girl accidentally engaged the vehicle, sending it in to a nearby pond.

Shelby County (Tennessee) officials are investigating the claims of a rap artist who says that his online video of gambling on a dice game was recorded in a local high school.

Police in Singapore raided an eighth floor apartment where illegal gambling on cards and Mahjong was taking place. They arrested 15 people.

When police in Cambodia raided a village dice game, the seven people they arrested included a military official.

Prosecutors in Taipei arrested four police officers for taking bribes from illegal Mahjong parlors.

Four men in Oakland, California were injured in a drive-by shooting that targeted their street dice game. Police know of no motive to explain the incident.

Police chasing a man from an illegal dice game in Baltimore found 11 guns in his car and one on his person.

Police in Longview, Texas arrested a man for allegedly robbing a woman of $600 at gunpoint to make up for losses he had experienced shortly before at an area dice game.

A 17 year old is under arrest in Indianapolis for shooting and killing a man who walked away from their dice game before loosing all his money. One piece of evidence against the teenager is the data from a GPS anklet he was wearing because of another case.

Police in Decatur, Illinois found a man on the street beaten and shot, and evidence nearby of a hastily abandoned dice game.

A staff member at a Nebraska youth rehabilitation center was assaulted with a sock filled with dominoes.

Police interrupted a Jonesboro, Arkansas Dominoes game to conduct a parole search. They found on the subject of their search several bags of marijuana.

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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:

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[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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