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


In my latest unboxing video I take a look at the Pokemon XY Evolutions set, easily one of my favorite sets in recent years. Of course it probably has a lot to do with nostalgia, but still! This is a great set for both new and old players and a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokemon and the end of the XY block of cards.

Unfortunately, my stream quality was cut down quite a bit. I’ll be recording a new video soon and post it up on my YouTube account for those who want a better look at the cards.

Keep in mind that most of these are available for a very short time…

Flying Frog Productions is offering several individual products and bundles at 36% off.

From Meeple Source, save 25% on Mystery Meeples, 40% on lapel pins, 25% on cookie cutters, and more.

CSE Games’ products are up to 60% off via Amazon Canada.

Amazon deals in the U.S.:

Broken Token board game organizers and accessories are up to 20% off.

Monday only, Chaosium’s ebooks will be 25% off and items in the Vault will be 50% off.

Pinnacle Entertainment’s Savage World of Solomon Kane print+PDF everything bundle is 42% off.

Reaper Minis’ Black Friday Savings includes a pre-release $700 figure for $500, a $660 paint set for $530, and a $40 starter paint set for $30.

Green Ronin’s Holiday Sale includes discounts up to 75%.

Steve Jackson Games’ Holiday Grab Boxes include at least $80 of product for $40 and come in two varieties, one mostly Munchkin, one with other games.

For 15% off products from Precis Intermedia, use coupon code “RG9GWB3EA7”.

HexWar PC and Mac games are 50% off.

Collins Epic Wargames’ discounts this weekend are 37-50% off.

Avalanche Press’ Black Friday discounts are 40-50%.

For 20% off and free worldwide shipping on everything HarnWorld from Columbia Games, use coupon code “thanks”.

Nomad Games is selling Steam keys direct for digital Talisman and Smash Up at up to 80% off.

Get 15% off and free standard shipping at HasbroToyShop.com with promo code “THANKS2016”.

For 20% off print products from Goodman Games, use coupon code “blackfriday2016”. For 40% off PDFs, use coupon code “blackfrideay2016P”.

Place a deposit of $800 with Geek Chic for anything made-to-order and receive a plush fabric insert ($300 value) free.

Games and educational products from ETA hand2mind are up to 90% off direct.

Coupon code “BFCM20” is good for 20% off direct from Breaking Games.

Mayday Games has card sleeves 30% off with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY2016”; a bundle of Viceroy, playmat, and score sheets for 45% off; and a bundle of Garbage Day and seven playmats for 58% off.

An online coupon is available for 20% off any regular priced item from Toys “R” Us.

Bananagrams’ Big Potato games are 50% off at Target.

Noble Knight Games’ Holiday Sale starts with 10% off everything and adds additional discounts on select items.

Discounts in Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale are in the 25-40% range. For additional free games at the $100, $150, $200 spend thresholds, use coupon codes “FREEGIFT100”, “FREEGIFT150”, and “FREEGIFT200”.

For 20% off all Subbuteo products, use coupon code “CLUB”.

Get a free set of dice with the purchase of a $100 gift card from Dog Might Games.

Selected products from Spartan Games are 40% off.

Modiphius Entertainment is offering 30-40% off with coupon codes.

Iello is running a 60% off sale this weekend.

There are hundreds of board games discounted even more than usual at Miniature Market, though the sale prices are limited to stock on hand.

 

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBezier Games is giving away a voucher for $50 of product.

Included in a new Humble RPG Book Bundle are digital rule books and supplements for A Song of Ice and Fire, Atomic Robo, The Laundry Files, Mistborn, and The Dresden Files.

There’s also currently a Humble Mobile Bundle for board game apps on Android, including Carcassonne, Scotland Yard, Ticket to Ride, San Juan, Galaxy Trucker, Splendor, Catan, The Amazing Labyrinth, Take it Easy, Small World, and Ingenious.

Bundle of Holding is running deals for The One Ring RPG and a collection of Old School Revival games.

Get a coupon for $3 off admission to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair from The Game Aisle. Complimentary admission is available to educators, scouts, grandparents, firefighters, police, and current and past members of the military.

SAHM Reviews is launching a new giveaway every day for 100 days. So far, there’s ones for Vinhos Deluxe from Eagle-Gryphon Games, Best of the Worst from Endless Games, Kill Doctor Lucky from Cheapass Games, Animals on Board from Stronghold Games, Munchkin from Steve Jackson Games, and Sneaky Cards from Gamewright. An earlier giveaway of one title from Osprey Games is also still running.

Paizo’s Fall Into Adventure Sale has many Pathfinder products at around 50% off. Also available from the company are 20 D&D 5e PDFs for $20.

At Toys “R” Us, there are board games on-sale for $8, $10, and $15. Also, all Pokemon are buy-one-get-one-40%-off.  All Pavilion games are 20% off. And all Ravensburger puzzles and games are 25% off.

At Amazon:

Everything Board Games is giving away Tattoo from Gaming Paper, two copies of Blood of an Englishman from Renegade Game Studios, Ice Cool from Brain Games, and Scythe from Stonemaier Games.

For 15% off all Yashima-line products from Greenbrier Games, use coupon code “yash2016”.

Dog Might is giving away a prize package of wood game cases with a retail value of over $500.

Queen of Reviews is giving away Suspicion from Wonder Forge with a BRIO Fire Station.

MumbleBee Inc. is giving away four packages of five Winning Moves games.

ET Speaks From Home is giving away Stoopido from Drumond Park (UK residents only).

Fat Brain Toys Problem Solver Giveaway includes Imhotep, No Stress Chess, Perplexus, and much more.

Yu-Gi-Oh! November and December Releases

unnamedAlready on stores shelves, Invasion: Vengeance is a 100-card booster set with three new themes and new cards arrive for Metalfoes, Subterrors, and the SPYRAL agency, as well as cards that enhance themes from Clash of Rebellions, Dimension of Chaos, and The Dark Illusion, including the long-awaited Toadally Awesome!

The Invasion: Vengeance booster set contains 100 cards: 48 Commons, 20 Rares, 14 Super Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, and 8 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

unnamedNovember 18th brings the Destiny Soldier booster set. New champions join the “Destiny HERO” ranks for the first time since 2008, while the forgotten Darklords arise from obscurity, with new control traps, a twisted Monster Reborn, an amazing new search spell, and powerful allies.

Destiny Soldiers contains 40 Super Rares and 20 Secret Rares. Each 5-card pack is $3.99 MSRP.    

unnamedLast, but not least, is the December 9 release of Invasion: Vengeance Special Edition. This set features menacing monsters such as Starving Venom Fusion Dragon and Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon, an upgraded form of the popular Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. Each box comes with three Invasion: Vengeance booster packs, one of two Super Rare Cards, either Dystopia the Despondent or Relinkuriboh, and one of two foil preview cards of non-foil cards, Crystron Rion or Yokotuner, from the upcoming 2017 booster set.

Each Invasion: Vengeance Special Edition will be  $9.99.

I recently received three great new Pokemon TCG items in the mail. The first, the Pikachu Battle Tin, contained a special, foil Pikachu-EX card along with some booster packs.

The second two items where Mythical Pokemon Collections, Victini and Keldeo. Each of these includes a special, foil card of their namesake, a collectable pin, and two Pokemon Generations booster packs.

Check out the video above to see me unboxing the contents of each in the Pokemon TCG Online client. I manage to pull a couple great cards out of the boosters, but the real star of this show is the cards for which each item is named for. The Pokemon Company continues to put out these collectors items that are actually worth purchasing, have a great value, and satisfy the itch to catch’em all.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Raging Tempest Drops February 10th

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Raging Tempest

Yu-Gi-Oh!’s 1tth set in its 9th series, Raging Tempest, introduces three new themes (Zodiac Beast, Wind Witch, and Esprit) and enhances many previously released themes, including those from Dimension of Chaos, Breakers of Shadow, High-Speed Riders, Wing Raiders, Dragons of Legend –Unleashed–, and the Pendulum Domination Structure Deck.

The set contains 100 cards and will come in 9-card boosters.

Raging Tempest will be on store shelves on February 10th.

Game Blotter

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesA Michigan man charged in a series of two murders and a kidnapping is reported by police to have been in a Magic: The Gathering tournament next door to where the first victim was working, just before she went missing.

Shogi computer programs are catching up with software for Chess and that means more cheating. The Japan Shogi Association has instituted a ban on bringing smartphones in to tournament venues and will restrict players from leaving the playing hall during matches. The group also banned 9th-dan-ranked Hiroyuki Miura through the end of the year for possible cheating. It was noted that he left his seat an unusual number of times during a recent tournament. He denies, though, the allegation and says he will consult a lawyer.

An insurgent group in eastern India, the KCP (Kangleipak Communist Party), has declared a ban on all forms of dice games and gambling and warned of serious consequences for any violations. The group is concerned that a dice game trend is negatively affecting the reputation of women.

In Ahmedabad, the Indian Poker Association has asked the Gujarat High Court to declare Poker a game of skill and therefore not subject to the state’s gambling restrictions.

The Florida Department of Business Services has ruled designated player card games (where someone sits at the table to represent the bank) illegal in the state. This is likely to complicate the ongoing case between Seminole tribes and the state over similar issues.

Recently declassified documents reveal that a Kurdish man killed while playing Backgammon in London back in 1994 was the victim of a plot orchestrated by the spy agency of Turkey.

Someone broke in over night to The Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick and stole Magic: The Gathering cards, including a Black Lotus and other rare Unlimited and Alpha cards.

The cash boxes of R&R Games and Ludi Creations were stolen from the exhibit hall during Spiel Essen.

Dan Yarrington filed a response to Zev Shlasinger and Paul Gerardi’s lawsuit over their failed Staten Island game store. Yarrington asserts [PDF] that Zap’d Games was only an investment vehicle with no role in management of the store, that the store’s lease was approved by Shlasinger, and that the store failed from the combined effects of hurricane Sandy and Gerardi’s failure to build shelves in time for the store’s planned opening. Pretrial conferences in the case are scheduled for later this month.

An assistant manager of a Hong Kong Mahjong parlor is facing criminal bribery charges for taking payments from his boss to help people cheat at games. He allegedly received HK$75,000 over a period of 4 months to mark tiles with fluorescent ink that’s only visible with special lenses.

The people who were told that their card game rules weren’t patentable (because they used a standard deck of cards) are appealing to the Supreme Court.

Upper Deck has applied to trademark the word “LOOT” with regard to trading cards, card games, and playing cards.

Hasbro was named the 2016 “Most Responsible Company in the Consumer Items Industry Sector” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

A man was stabbed during an argument over a game of Dominoes at a park in East Chicago, Indiana.

Dice game shootings in Birmingham, Alabama; Springfield, Illinois; Pontiac, Michigan; and Capitol Heights, Maryland.

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Carve a Munchkin, Ogre, GURPS, or other Steve Jackson Games themed pumpkin for a chance to win an undead prize pack from the company.

For a few more hours, there’s a Halloween Sale going on at DriveThruRPG—31% off horror titles.

Scary bundles still active at Bundle of Holding include two for Gumshoe-based Lovecraftian roleplaying, Trail of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu +2, and one for Call of Cthulhu supplements, Bundle of Tentacles +4.

A bundle of Your Whispering Homunculus and More Whispering Homunculus from Kobold Quarterly runs 50% off the books priced individually.

TerraTiles: Tundras and Wastelands is 15% off direct from RAINN Studios.

Spend $100 or more at Toys “R” Us now through November 5 and get a gift card for $25 valid December 1-24.

To celebrate its renewed business, Capitan Games is discounting all Naval Range miniature products 10% for the first 15 days after restocking.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Kingdomino from Blue Orange Games.

@DungeonDrunks on Twitter is giving away one Dungeonology book from Candlewick Press.

Lord Zsezse Works has a puzzle-based coupon book on DriveThruRPG. The coupon book can be downloaded for free through November 2nd and the coupons used through November 5th.

Buy two get one free board games at Target.

pokcmon-tcg-xy-evolutions-website_homepage2Pokémon: XY—Evolutions was released today and The Pokémon Company is celebrating with a 90’s themed website.

For those who missed our previous coverage, Pokémon: XY—Evolutions celebrates 20 years of Pokémon by revisiting the original Pokémon cards. All the cards from the original Pokémon set have been made modern with higher HP and stronger attacks. That’s all that’s been updated, though, as the art and card layouts are exactly like they were in 1997! Of course, there are some new cards, like EX and BREAK cards, tossed into the mix.

Ready to be warped back to the age of dial-up and DHTML animations? Head on over to  http://xy12.pokemontcgxy.com/en-us/ to see the “new” Pokémon TCG site in all its glory.

 

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