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


Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTabletop Simulator via Steam is on-sale for 50% off.

Talisman and other PC games from Nomad Games are also on-sale via Steam—up to 80% off.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is running a sale on expansions.

Cool Stuff Inc. is running a 4th of July Sale through Sunday, almost exclusively on CCGs. Also, in celebration of receiving its 3 millionth order, the company is giving away a Twilight Struggle Collector’s Edition, a Magic: The Gathering Modern Masters 2013 Booster Box, and a $400 gift certificate.

For Independence Day, several of the 7th Sea ebooks are on-sale for more than 50% off.

Dog Might Games’ Independence Day sale means 10% off all in-stock items, 20% off all dice, and free shipping in the U.S.

At Bundle of Holding, there’s a deal for Colonial Gothic, a supernatural horror RPG set in the colonies and around the American War of Independence.

Today only, save 25% on orders of $35 or more from HexBug.

For 15% off from Toys “R” Us, use coupon code “JULY15OFF”, but do it today. It’s no good tomorrow.

For 20% off orders from HasbroToyShop, use promo code “JULYSAVE17” (also ending today).

Save 25% on Drink Trayz and get one free for every $20 spent at GameTrayz with code “4THDRINK”. (Drink Trayz are can and cup holders meant to resist tips and collect condensation at the game table.)

Use coupon code “CATALOG30” to save 30% on all in-stock games from Compass Games.

Fat Dragon Games has put six of their 3D printing model sets on pay-what-you-want pricing through July 10th.

The three (PDF) books of the Deadlands Dime Novel Series are more than 10¢ but still 50% off.

Giveaways:

Amazon deals:

…and from Stronghold Games:

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ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s Marketplace & Academy, is an annual show focused on the needs of small, independent, local toy and game stores. This year’s event was earlier this week (June 25-28) in Philadelphia.

The marketplace aspect of ASTRA refers to an exhibit hall with approximately 500 exhibitors (a significant increase since the last time I attended in 2012). Among them I found on display a number of new products, which I will share with you over the coming few days.

ASTRA’s academy aspect features a range of professional development workshops for retailers, including lessons on predicting trends, managing employees, marketing to local communities, negotiating with sales reps, and much more.

Overall, the event feels like a smaller, somewhat more relaxed version of Toy Fair with a larger educational component—a good fit for the independent retailers, as well as the manufacturers and publishers looking for business in that market.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFantasy Grounds virtual tabletop is running a sale on a bunch of individual extensions (20% off), as well as complete bundles for D&D (25% off) and Savage Worlds (20% off).

Cool Stuff Inc. is holding a Wild West Sale. I don’t see a connection between the products and the theme but there are items up to 50% off.

The price of the Tokaido mobile app has been reduced to $2.99 on iOS and $3.49 on Android.

Asmodee Digital’s Summer Sale means discounts of up to 70% on app and in-app purchases (Android, iOS, Steam, Amazon).

Spiel Pro is giving away one die… with 120 sides!

A Pawn’s Perspective is giving away a Smash Up All-Stars pack from AEG.

Game Wire is giving away promo cards for The Lost Expedition from Osprey Games.

To enter Toys “R” Us’ weekly $250 gift card giveaway, submit a photo of your child playing with their favorite toy.

Bundle of Holding describes Modiphius Entertainment’s Mutant Chronicles as “dieselpunk techno-fantasy.” On top of that, the company is offering the core rulebook and two supplements for just $12.95. At the threshold price of $22.35, Bundle of Holding will throw in a campaign and four more source books.

Devetos Gaming is giving away V-Commandos from Iron Bean Games and promo dice for Renegade Game Studio’s Fuse.

For the 35th anniversary of the movie The Thing, Mondo is giving away a poster and a copy of the upcoming The Thing board game it’s producing with USAOpoly.

Save $10 on shipping and handling charges from Paizo with orders of $100 or more.

While the staff of Superior Print on Demand is away on vacation get 30% off playing card decks with promo code “VACACARDS30” and 15% off book printing with promo code “VACABOOKS10” (standard website orders only).

Everything Board Games is giving away You Bet-Cha! from Gray Matters Games and a demo copy of This War of Mine Board Game from Galakta.

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

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

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

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

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

One Small Step is holding a Summer Sale.

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

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

Amazon deals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punching and shoving erupted during a Dominoes game in Jamaica.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Launching soon in the Longmont, Colorado area is a board game rental service, Borrowed Boards. The plan is to have a 60 day borrowing period.

A long abandoned storefront in the Midtown area of Muskegon, Michigan is being completely renovated and will soon house The Griffin’s Rest, a game and comic shop.

House Rules Cafe is supposed to be open by now in Hudson, New York serving coffee, tea, bagels, breakfast, and board games.

Davis Cards & Games recently moved to a new larger location in Davis, California, significantly expanding its play space.

Recently opened in the North Portland area is Game Knight Lounge, a board game bar with game-themed menu items such as the Catanwich and Hungry Hungry Chippos. There’s also Cosmo Encounter drink. Access to the game library is $4 a day.

Starlit Citadel, an online retailer in Canada, has opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Vancouver.

Back to Games of Abu Dhabi has opened its second location in the Times Square Center in Dubai. The shop holds themed game nights every day.

Las Vegas should soon be getting another game cafe, Tables Board Game Spot.

There’s a Chess-themed restaurant in Budapest appropriately named Chess Restaurant. As far as I can tell, there’s no game-playing on-site but the food looks amazing and comes recommended as one of the best places to eat in the city.

The Plainfield, Indiana public library has added board games to circulation.

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Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesA 12 year old girl was ejected from the National Scholastic Chess Championship in Malaysia for wearing a dress whose hemline was above the knee. According to the girl’s Chess coach, an official at the event called her dress “too seductive”. The tournament’s director said that he was not there at the time but that four arbiters, including one woman, together decided that the dress was too revealing when the girl sat down. Since the allegations attracted international attention, the director has promised to sue the coach, as well as the girl’s mother, for defamation. He claims to have evidence that the picture of the dress being publicized by the coach via Facebook is fake. The whole situation is now being investigated by police.

The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office will not pursue charges against a Muslim televangelist who said that “playing Chess is worse than gambling and eating pork.” The prosecutor’s office refused a complaint from the public and instead sided with the televangelist, asserting that his statements fell within his rights to freedom of thought and expression.

A 1764-rated Chess player from India was expelled from the Dubai Open after an arbiter discovered that he was hiding a mobile phone in his sleeve. The player refused to show the arbiter whether or not the phone was running a Chess program but was still expelled from the tournament because carrying a phone is against the rules.

Thieves broke in to The Realm Games in Mansfield, Ohio early on a Sunday morning and stole about $8,000 worth of merchandise. Most of the value in stolen items came from Magic: The Gathering singles. Surveillance camera footage, however, shows that one of the thieves had no idea what he was doing and grabbed boxes of regular playing cards.

A woman in Japan who also had no idea about the potential value of old Magic: The Gathering cards took the collection her grown son had left at home (which included a Black Lotus) and put them up for sale as a bundle in an online auction. Someone who realized what was going on got word to her son, who was able to stop the sale before the transaction was complete.

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a woman and her boyfriend got in to an argument over a game of Monopoly. He punched her several times and stabbed her with a box cutter. She whacked him in the head with a liquor bottle.

In Jacksonville, Florida, a woman tried to break through her roommate’s door with an ax after an argument over a game of Dominoes.

A game of Dominoes in New Orleans also erupted in an argument, whereupon one of the players went in to his house, retrieved a knife, returned to the game, and stabbed another player.

During a Minnesota House debate of a law that would increase penalties for protesters who block roads, Democratic Minority Leader Melissa Hortman triggered a “call of the House” procedure to force the return of absent lawmakers. “I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate,” she said.

Gazdálkodj okosan is a Hungarian personal finance board game dating back to 1960. It’s manufacturer never trademarked the game’s name but did register it for copyright. When recently another party attempted to trademark a color logo for that same title, the manufacturer filed an opposition. Both the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and Metropolitan Tribunal have now rejected the trademark opposition claim, finding that the original name lacked visual distinctiveness, nor was it sufficiently familiar to the public.

Though he only narrowly escaped ouster by the organization’s board a week before, and in the process was stripped of much of his real authority, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promises to again run for FIDE president in 2018.

The president of the Zimbabwe Chess Federation committed suicide, jumping from the 9th floor of a building while under investigation related to his previous positions in the government.

A magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe board sold at Target has been recalled because if two pieces are swallowed they could clamp together “cause intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death.”

Upper Deck has applied for a U.S. trademark on the name “Splendor” with regard to trading cards. Can anyone think of an existing card game called “Splendor”?

In order to avoid running afoul of any gambling laws, the recently formed Poker Sports League in India does not require contestants to pay any kind of participation or entry fee or wager any money. It does, however, award cash prizes to winners. Meanwhile, the Gujarat High Court is currently in the process of reviewing the status of Poker after an application by the Indian Poker Association, which seeks to halt a government campaign to shut down Poker clubs.

Senior citizens who regularly met at a community center in Richmond, British Columbia were told that their small-stakes wagering on Bridge and Poker (as in about 10¢ a chip) was illegal and would not be allowed to continue. They tried to move their games to the homes of individuals but that hasn’t worked out very well. Also, one of the group, a former police officer, claims that the wagering isn’t illegal as long as the house doesn’t claim a stake.

In Selina, Kansas, a man threatened his Walmart coworkers during an argument over a break-room card game. When he returned to the store 3 days later and threatened them again, they called police, who searched his car and found a handgun.

The robbery at gunpoint of a Jackson, Mississippi dice game resulted in the injury of two players and the death of one of the robbers. A second robber was later arrested, while police are still trying to identify the third.

An argument over a dice game inside a Harker Heights, Texas nightclub led to the shooting deaths of two men. A female suspect identified by eyewitnesses and surveillance video has surrendered to police.

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Registration for the 2017 Connecticut Festival of Indie Games is now open! The festival will be held on June 3, 2017 at the Tabletop Shop in Newington, CT. Tickets are $10, and upon arriving at the event guests will receive $5 in store credit to spend.

Along with registration, CT-FIG has set up a giveaway for the following games:

  • Plus Word by Geek Fever Games
  • Raid & Trade by MAGE Company
  • Captains of Industry by TMG
  • City Hall by TMG

Just head on over ct-fig.com to enter. Prizes will be awarded the day of the event.

CT-FIG is an awesome event. I’ll be there again as a judge for the Figgie awards.

Hope to see you there!

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesGet one pack of TPK Tissues for every $25 ordered from Goodman Games.

Blue Orange Games is giving away Clear for Takeoff.

Evil Hat is giving away one copy of The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game plus all expansions before it hits retail. Twelve people will win other prizes.

Get a free copy of the Wild West Exodus second edition rules when they’re released for posting on social media a photograph with a first edition rulebook.

Select Paizo PDF products are 25% off.

CoolStuffInc is running a Mother’s Day Sale on 183 products.

Dog Might Games is offering a 25% discount to anyone who feels they’ve been shortchanged or let down by someone else’s woodworking Kickstarter project.

Collins Epic Wargames has various Spearpoint 1943 games and expansions on-sale and is also discounting preorders for Polyversal.

In celebration of the company’s fifth anniversary, DramaScape is offering a bundle of its Modern Floor Plans (sold separately for $239) for 75% off.

For 10% off purchases from Precis Intermedia, use coupon code “AJZJ7R8SSM”.

The 20th Anniversary Edition of White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade is currently featured at Bundle of Holding with a deal starting at $14.95. Also at Bundle of Holding (actually returning after a previous engagement) is a deal for 13th Age.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Gardens of Mars from Big Kid Games and Honshu from Renegade Game Studios.

The prize pack in Casual Game Revolution’s Big Box O’ Games giveaway includes seven games.

A group of reviewers has gotten together also to give away a bunch of games.

The Giveaway Geek is giving away Above and Below from Red Raven Games.

Sahm Reviews is giving away Fantasy Fantasy Football from CSE Games and New York Slice from Bezier Games.

For an extra 20% off in-store clearance purchases from Toys “R” Us, print this coupon.

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