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Yesterday, Asmodee Digital released Colt Express on PC, iOS and Android. Developed by Frima studio, Colt Express is the digital adaptation of the Spiel des Jahres winning board game released by Ludonaute.

The game features an extensive story mode with 6 characters and 30 chapters. Each character has their own goals and features relating to game play. Of course online multiplayer will be included. Plot out your train heist then play out your actions cards along with your fellow outlaws to see who comes out with the most loot.

Colt Express can be purchased on Steam for $9.99, Google Play for $6.99, and iTunes for $6.99.

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 prizesFantasy Flight Games’s annual Holiday Sale is on and includes lots of non-FFG Asmodee products and products for which Asmodee has been handling U.S. distribution, such as Queen Games.

Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers is 68% off at Amazon.

Mayday Games is offering a series of buy-one-get-one-free deals on board games this week.

Story Bundle’s Pico Game Bundle includes, in addition to various video game development books and tools, also a couple of books on tabletop games.

A Humble RPG Book Bundle includes 20+ Pathfinder books from Frog God Games, Kobold Press, and Green Ronin for $15.

Grow Up Smart is giving away three Backgammon sets.

Save 25% on all fantasy resin miniatures from Greenbrier Games with coupon code “resinminis2016”.

For 30% off in-stock games from Compass Games, use coupon code “CATALOG30”.

The latest Bundle of Holding starts with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG at $8.95 and adds the Angel RPG starting at $19.79 (currently).

Gypsy Knight Games’ PDFs are 30% off at DriveThruRPG.

A bundle incorporating all Thrilling Tales products for Savage Worlds is available for more than 50% off the PDFs priced separately.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away SolarQuest from Universal Toys.

Kohl’s has select board games on-sale for 50% off.

A number of games are also on-sale at Target. For example, Evolution: The Beginning and Machi Koro: Bright Lights Big City are $5 off. A 20% off coupon is also available by texting “TOYS” to 827-438.

Carolina Game Tables is running a raffle to give away a Coffee Game Table. Tickets are $20 or three for $50.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is running a Holiday Blowout Sale.

Fat Brain Toys’ Big Elfin’ Deals features a number of free gifts, including a couple for board games.

Place an order with Geek Chic before the end of the year and the company will send out a free gift while you wait for your furniture.

 MysteriumAsmodee Digital has announced that digital version of both Libellud‘s Mysterium and Horrible Games‘ Potion Explosion will be coming in December of this year.

Mysterium will be released for both the PC and mobile devices in conjunction with Playsoft Games. Prices for iOS and Android will be $6.99 and Steam will be $9.99. 

Potion Explosion will be available for iOS and Android for $6.99, and is being published with the help of Studio Clangore.

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.

Second Look—Smash Up Digital

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.It wasn’t long ago that Smash Up became available via Early Access to Steam. Since then I’ve had some time to play and see how it compares to the physical game. Smash Up is free to play, giving you 3 factions,  Dinosaurs, Ninjas and Geeks, to play the game with. All the features of the game are available in the free version. The only reason you’d need to pay at this point is if you want more factions. There’s a $9 Starter Pack available that gets you Zombies and Aliens now, and then Pirates, Robots, Tricksters, and Wizards when the game leaves Early Release.

So how does it play? Ultra smooth. The interface is a bit different than what I would have thought but works extremely well. Your cards are laid out on the bottom of the screen while scores are on the left and the rest of the screen is taken up by the bases. Each base is represented by a row with its card to the left, played cards on the line, and number totals to the right.

smashup_base_screenshot_02The way the screen is laid out makes it extremely easy to know what’s going on with the game at all times. It only takes a glance to see what you have, where your assets are places, and where you stand with all the other players. Overall the experience is extremely pleasant and makes the game that much more enjoyable to play. Having all the bookkeeping kept track of by the game is awesome.

Even though it’s in Early Access, Smash Up still boasts an incredible level of polish with a great tutorial and a slew of different features. Here’s the list detailed on the Nomad Games site:

  • Play with 4 players or solo against the AI
  • Online play against opponents from across the globe
  • Add-on faction decks, including the base game set and more
  • Random or manual faction selection
  • Save game function for storing progress on the go
  • Fully automated scoring
  • Tutorial system plus ‘Step Through’ and ‘Review’ modes to help players learn
  • Leader-boards and Achievements
  • Three free to play factions

I was already a huge fan of Smash Up, but this steps the game up a notch. Being able to play solo, and have the bookkeeping taken care of, means that I’ll be playing this one much more often than I do now.

A copy of the Starter Pack DLC was provided free for this review by Nomad Games.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSave 10% on the Galaxy ZEGA remote control tank battle game by signing up for the company’s newsletter.

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.

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Today Hasbro announced HASCON, a massive event which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. The convention will be three days packed with everything Hasbro has to offer from all their product lines, characters, and stories. There will be live interactive experiences, exclusive products, special guests, panels, and everything else you’d expect to find at a good convention. Being Hasbro, it’s a fully family-friendly event.

This is one party I’m going to make sure not miss!

For more information, and to get on the mailing list for first-notice ticket sales, visit http://hascon.hasbro.com.

Boards to Bytes

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Spiel des Jahres winner, Colt Express, is going digital and should be available next month on iOS, Android, and PC via Steam. Asmodee is working with Frima Studios on the title, which is reported to go beyond a simple port. Among the enhancements, six new playable characters are included, each with unique backstories (told in unlockable graphic novel chapters), as well as custom skills and objectives. The game will also include a story mode for variations on game-play. Online multiplayer will be available at launch.

spot-it-dobble-challengesOn another title Asmodee is working with Virtuos Studios to develop Spot It! Dobble Challenges, a mobile version of the tabletop game alternately known as Spot It! and Dobble. The digital version of the game will add special player powers and the ability to build some sort of combos.

The Red 7 card game is available on Android and iOS.

Flash Point Fire Rescue is heading to PC and mobile sometime in 2017.

down-to-gameCalifornia’s first private cannabis consumption lounge, Harvest on Geary (San Francisco), will have comfy seating, antique styling, concierge service, and Chess sets.

Fanatix, a Michigan game and comic shop, has opened its third location. The new store in Troy has play space for tabletop and console games and maintains a close relationship with student clubs at Troy University.

Labyrinth Games & Puzzles in Washington, DC (my favorite local shop) has significantly expanded its space, now allowing for more gaming tables and also more retail display. Official celebration of the opening is October 22nd.

Two childhood gaming friends now in their 30s are opening a board game cafe in Derby, U.K. Along with the tabletop games, Game Knight will offer coffee, cupcakes, and a dedicated room for virtual-reality games.

Down to Game, offering play space and the usual retail assortment, opened this past summer in Starkville, Mississippi.

Common Ground Beer and Wine Bar in El Paso sounds more like a relaxing lounge. To complete the feeling, board games are also on tap.

Hamleys toy store of the U.K. opened its first location in China, with 7,000 square-feet of retail and interactive games, in Xinjiekou Sanpower Plaza in Nianjing. Hamleys is also opening up a new location in Resorts World, Birmingham later this month and opened an outlet in Scotland today.

As part of the Canvas Outdoor Museum Show in West Palm Beach, Florida, Narcissus Street will be turned in to a life-sized board game called Streetopoly. Canvas is scheduled just for November but Streetopoly will last for a year and include large movable game pieces.

Barnes & Noble will be hosting in-store game events at all locations October 15th. Participants will have an opportunity to win promo products for featured games.

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