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CCGs are collectible card games (aka trading card games or TCGs), such as Magic: the Gathering and Pokemon.


North Star GamesNorth Star Games is hiring. The company is looking for a Content Marketing Manager and a Customer Service and Shipping Coordinator. The former will run the social media program and company website. The latter will be responsible for distributing samples, demo copies, and replacement parts. Both positions are located in Kensington, Maryland, just up the street from me. Get the job and we can hang out!

Among a few others positions, Asmodee North America is searching for an Organized Play Coordinator to run international Catan tournaments and a Licensing Coordinator for administrative functions related to licensing partners.

Open positions with Panda Game Manufacturing include Web Developer and Prepress Specialist. There are actually two of the latter, one of which requires fluency in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

GTS Distribution needs Account Representatives in Woburn, Massachusetts; Hauppauge, New York; and Jacksonville, Florida. Responsibilities include sales to retailers and representing GTS at industry events.

Paizo has openings for a Webstore Coordinator and a Technology Manager, the former to consider products and deal with suppliers, the latter to manage “internet operations strategy.”

MYMIC needs someone at the Pentagon with a Top Secret clearance to support war games and tabletop exercises.

SAIC needs two people to help with the “execution of analytic games, tabletop exercises, conferences, presentations, and reports,” one a Defense Policy Analyst with a current TS/SCI clearance, the other a part-time Student Intern.

Retail Games

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Otherside Games opened a few weeks ago in Edwardsville, Illinois with the usual assortment of games and play space.

Tabletop Game Cafe is soon to open in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus. Despite the name, the business intends to focus on the cafe aspect with games a nice accompaniment to the meal. There’ll be no cover charge or rental fee for games.

Monopolatte in Ottawa is closing. The owner said that despite the restaurant and game-space doing a brisk business, it wasn’t bringing in enough money to pay himself and the employees a living wage.

Drew Lovell and Courtney Hartley are raising funds on Kickstarter with the hope of opening Bonus Round as Chicago’s first board game cafe.

Toy Hub, a High Street toy shop in Dunblane, Scotland, is running weekly Game Clubs in local restaurants.

Zander’s Game House, a game cafe (minus the coffee) in Camarillo, California, is focused on providing a family-friendly venue (so also no alcohol).

A new Toys “R” Us store has opened in Huddersfield, U.K.

Castle Combat Fall Campaign

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The summer is over and Castle Combat is ready to go for its Fall Campaign. First off is a new set that will be released this week. The above cards are some examples of the new stuff we’re going to see in booster packs. Also, those local to Falls Church, VA can now pick up Castle Combat cards at Victory Comics, the first retailer to carry packs. Last, but certainly not least, is that KidRealm will be hosting a weekly Castle Combat club at the Falls Church community center starting October 1st. Registration is on their site, and members will receive an exclusive Castle Combat card not available anywhere else.

Pokémon TCG XY Wraps up with Evolutions

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The final expansion in the Pokémon TCG: XY Series, XY—Evolutions, celebrates 20 years of Pokémon by revisiting the original Pokémon cards. This expansion has the look and feel of those classic Base Set cards, with updated game logic and stats. Long-time and new Pokémon fans alike can see Pokémon-EX in the Base Set frame, offering a nostalgic twist on these powerful cards.

The new set will contain over 100 new cards, and includes cards such as Mega Venusaur-EX, Mega Charizard-EX, and Mega Blastoise-EX, Dragonite-EX, Ninetales BREAK, Machamp BREAK, and Mega Slowbro-EX. The two new theme decks, Pikachu Power and Mewtwo Mayhem, will feature fan favorites in new and updated fashion.

Evolutions will hit Toys R Us shelves on October 30th, Gamestop shelves on October 31st, and other retailers on November 2nd.

 

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBoardGamePrices.com is giving away Food Chain Magnate from Splotter Spellen.

Mayfair is clearing out some of its back catalog, offering a variety of games 50-70% off. Some of the titles included are: Johari, Whitewater, Age of Industry, and Rocket Jockey.

Quiver is giving away one Card Case (U.S. of EU residents).

Because of a printer mistake there are extra APBA Baseball 1963 basic card sets and the company is selling them for $20.

Victory Point Games is clearing out inventory of discontinued games with discounts of 20%.

PDF products in Troll Lord Games’ Victorious RPG line are 25% off at DriveThruRPG.

Goodman Games’s digital products are also on-sale at 25% off but at Warehouse23.

The Iron Kingdoms roleplaying game from Privateer Press is the subject of a deal at Bundle of Holding.

The Cardboard Republic is giving away The Guardians: Explore from Reihon Games.

Force of Will: Magic Stone Lab Coming to Retailers in November

forceofwillmagicstoneMagic Stone Lab contains 400 magic stone cards, comprised of 5 kinds, with 8 copies each from following sets:

  • The Dawn of Valhalla
  • The War of Valhalla
  • Crimson Moon’s Fairy Tale
  • The Castle of Heavens and The Two Towers
  • The Moon Priestess Returns
  • The Seven Kings of the Lands
  • The Twilight Wanderer
  • The Moonlit Savior
  • Battle for Attoractia
  • Curse of the Frozen Casket

Force of Will: Magic Stone Lab isn’t your average Force of Will release. Coming in November , it will only be available to brick-and-mortar retail stores. The box is meant to be purchased, and opened, by retailers who are then asked to sell the individual cards from the set. Not your typical method for retail release.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSpend $50 or more at Victory Point Games and get a free copy of Dragon Master, while supplies last.

Everything Board Games is running giveaways for five different games, some though for only a few more hours.

Funagain, again, offers a special Essen preordering service that enables U.S. customers get games that would otherwise only be available in Europe.

A bundle of everything in ebook format from Lamentations of the Flame Princess is available from DriveThruRPG for $169 (that is 33% off priced individually).

Buy one Pokemon card pack, deck, or tin and get the second 40% off in-store only at Toys “R” Us.

The Army Painter is offering a special bundle including one Mega Paint Set, one primer, one anti-shine mat varnish spray, and one Quickshade for $151.

Online, Toys “R” Us has a nice clearance section of games, which includes Loopin’ Louie at 40% off and Star Wars Box Busters at 75% off.

Russ Morrissey is running an alien race design contest for his N.E.W. roleplaying game. The prize is a hardcover copy of N.E.W. The Science Fiction Roleplaying Game.

Get a free set of dice with the purchase of any Adventure Case or Dice Chest from Dog Might Games. Also 20% off all in-stock items.

All DramaScape print-and-play products are 50% off this month.

Subscribe to HarnQuest from Columbia Games and get 50% off all Harn PDF products.

Starting in October, “mini” versions of Hasbro board games will be available for AU$3.50 with the purchase of a Sunday Herald-Sun.

Man vs. Meeple is giving away a choice of game from Renegade Game Studios: Lotus, Clank, or Covert. Watch the video and comment to enter.

A new indie games bundle deal just launched on Bundle of Holding with a starting price of $4.95.

Apt to Game is giving away Scythe from Stonemaier Games (Canadian residents only).

The Giveaway Geek is giving away Mansions of Madness from Fantasy Flight Games.

Essex Mums is giving away Pickin’ Chickens from Drumond Park (U.K. residents).

The Reading Residence is giving away Countdown from Rocket Games (U.K. residents).

Chronicle Books is giving away a package of snacks and three party games: Get to the Point Poker, Listography: The Game, and Guilty as Charged.

Chic Geek Diary is giving away Googly Eyes from University Games.

Quillable is giving away a choice of two games, plus coloring books from Raincoast Books (Canadian residents).

Pokemon TCG November Releases

pokemon_logoNovember is a big month for the Pokemon TCG with 4 new releases.

The first is the Pokémon TCG: 2016 Collector Chest Tin. Priced at $29.99 with a street date of November 1st, it’s a lunch box filled with:

  • 5 booster packs
  • 3 foil promo cards: Volcanion, Magearna, and Shiny Mega Gengar-EX
  • A Pokémon coin
  • 2 sticker sheets
  • A mini album to store your cards
  • A Pokémon notepad and 4 pencils
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Online

Next up are the Pokémon TCG: Gengar EX Box and Pokémon TCG: Kangaskhan EX Box. Each of these includes an EX foil promo card featuring the Pokémon on the box, an oversized promo card of the previous EX card, 4 booster packs, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. I haven’t seen a specific street date but do know that they’ll be priced at $19.99.

Last, and certainly not least, is the Pokémon TCG: Alola Collection. Priced at $29.99 with a street date of November 11th, these are the first Pokémon TCG product featuring new Pokémon from Pokémon Sun and Moon. Each collection includes:

  • 3 special foil promo cards featuring Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio
  • 1 of 2 foil oversized cards featuring a Legendary Pokémon-GX: Solgaleo or Lunala
  • 1 of 2 sculpted figures featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
  • 1 of 2 collector’s pins featuring Solgaleo or Lunala
  • 5  booster packs
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Online

Hasbro Gaming LabHasbro has launched its third game design challenge, this time with a focus on family games and a celebrity judge, Daymond John, founder of FUBU and one of the investors on the television show, Shark Tank. Interesting choice considering how poorly board game pitches usually do on such shows.

In any case, again, five finalists chosen by Hasbro will pitch their designs to the public with crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo. And again the ultimate winner will receive $25,000 and a trip to Hasbro headquarters.

The first challenge focused on party games and picked The Mister Toast Card Game as the winner. The second, which asked for games that would also be of interest to game enthusiasts, awarded Hex Casters the top prize. This time, the Family Face-to-Face Game Challenge will judge submissions on the following criteria:

  • 34%: Gameplay for All (cross-generational gameplay that’s easy to get and easy to get into)
  • 33%: Theme (excellent content, narrative, and conceptual visuals to match)
  • 33%: Viability and Potential for Success (ability to be created and delivered to gamers, potential to appeal to all levels of players, likelihood to be the next hit game)

Entries are due by October 23rd.

fantasy-flight-gamesgamesworkshoplogo.jpgGames Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games have terminated their license agreement. According to an announcement by FFG, the company will end sales of all products based on GW properties—Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000, and Talisman—as of the end of February, 2017. All previously-announced products, however, will be delivered before that date. That includes a couple of Talisman and Warhammer 40,000: Conquest expansions.

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