Miniatures includes the miniature games and hobby, where detail of the figures and terrain are of primary importance. Many miniature gamers spend more time painting than playing.


Necromunda

Games Workshop is bringing back Necromunda, its skirmish game of futuristic gang warfare. The new version, Necromunda: Underhive features a game board as backdrop and tactic cards that add a bit of chaos to the game while representing the schemes and tricks of the various gangs.

The boxed base set for Necromunda: Underhive ($125) will include two gangs, each with enough pieces to assemble 10 models, as well as nine double-sided board tiles, doors and other terrain elements, tokens, dice, templates, a ruler, and a rulebook with six scenarios. Of course, there will also be available additional figure sets, terrain elements, tactic cards, and the Gang War supplement with rules for using terrain to play in three dimensions.

Games Workshop is currently taking preorders and will ship the new Necromunda beginning Friday.

MtG from WizKids

WizKids has announced an expansion of its licensing agreement with Wizards of the Coast to include Magic: The Gathering. As a result, the company is planning a Magic board game, as well as a series of MtG pre-painted plastic miniatures representing token creatures. In the board game, players will take on the role of Planeswalkers exploring Dominaria for mana sources.

Both the board game and minis are scheduled for release in the fall of 2018.

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.

BattleClaw

BattleClaw is Mattel’s latest entry in to the cartoon/collectible-toy-battle-game genre. The property originates in China, where it launched late last year, and is now arriving in North America with videos on YouTube and products at Toys “R” Us.

The BattleClaw story is one of a teenage boy (natch) who, following a prophesy, takes up a combat sport involving trapping elemental creatures and sending larger beasts in to battle, as a way to fight off a supernatural evil.

BattleClaw, the game, has players using claw-like grabbers to snag little plastic animal figures (the elemental-aligned Jinlin) needed to power beast cards. The beast cards, sometimes with the help of action cards, are then used to attack one’s opponent. A beast requires two Jinlin matching the elements on the card to power an attack and two more to revive from being tapped after it has attacked. Players can also use captured Jinlin to power-up an attack or draw extra cards. The first person to defeat four of an opponent’s beasts is the winner.

From the collectible perspective, there are several styles of grabbers, Jinlin that vary in shape and color, and already 115 different beast and action cards. Players build their own deck of cards for each game, and also contribute their own selection of Jinlin to the central play space.

BattleClaw is available in $10 Starter Packs, $15 Tournament Packs, and $20 2-Player Battle Packs.

Though summer is generally considered the height of convention season, fall too provides some great opportunities for game events in the United States.

Several run through the upcoming weekend. Perhaps the biggest, certainly the most elaborate, is Play Fair, a consumer toy and game show Saturday and Sunday in New York City. At Play Fair, families will find demonstrations, activities, and character appearances from some of the largest brands. Look for a world-record slime, drone races, life-sized games, virtual-reality opportunities, and more. Tickets are generally $30 per person for a 4 hour session but a discount code (“TOYASSOCEMP5“) shared with us by the Toy Association will give you $5 off per ticket.

EuroQuest, an event put on by the Games Club of Maryland, begins Wednesday in Pikesville (just outside Baltimore). Featuring board game tournaments and an active and friendly open game room, EuroQuest is also a good place to catch some of the hot releases from Essen Spiel on this side of the Atlantic.

Gamehole Con, Thursday through Sunday (November 2-5) in Madison, Wisconsin, hosts nearly 2,000 scheduled events covering all types of tabletop games, including the live action True Dungeon.

Also starting Thursday (in Morristown, New Jersey), Metatopia is a convention for game designers, with scheduled playtests, seminars, and panel discussions. Gamers who haven’t yet been hit with the design bug are also welcome, to help with playtesting.

Friday through Sunday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is Fall-In, which focuses on historical miniatures gaming. There’ll be tournaments and scheduled games for a wide range of periods and systems. Also, dozens of classes on painting and terrain-making.

Another war game-focused event follows the next weekend, Friday-Sunday (November 10-12). That is the San Diego Historical Games Convention, where in addition to open gaming and scheduled miniatures, attendees have access to a number of play-with-the-designer events, a large game raffle, and free table space in the flea market.

Con on the Cob takes place the following weekend (November 9-12) in Richfield, Ohio. This one includes all types of analog games, along with a healthy dose of art, music and comedy performances, cosplay, and partying.

Then just before Thanksgiving we get three major conventions all on the same weekend! BGG.Con November 15-19 in Dallas is sponsored by the Board Game Geek website. Its big draw is a large open gaming room and a library of hot new titles but unfortunately it’s been sold out for a while.

ChiTAG is an event in two parts. There’s the consumer show, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, Saturday and Sunday (November 18 &19), with many large and small exhibitors welcoming the public to play. There’s also the Chicago Toy & Game Week track of professional conferences and networking events that begin on Thursday (November 16), such as meetings for inventors and educators and the TAGIE Awards Gala. A special part of ChiTAG is the Young Inventor Challenge, a design contest for children ages 6-18. Prizes include over $10,000 in scholarships. For tickets to the consumer show, discounts of 50% are available through Groupon.

Finally, there’s PAX Unplugged November 17-19 in Philadelphia, where you might find me some part of the weekend. PAX Unplugged is a new convention from the organizers of PAX West, PAX East, etc. The series might be described as fandom events but this one is specifically focused on tabletop games. In its first year, it’s already seeing strong support from hobby game publishers. There’ll be a keynote address from the president of Wizards of the Coast, live performance Dungeons & Dragons games (Dice, Camera, Action! and Acquisitions, Inc.), open gaming, vendors, lots of board and card game tournaments, and a variety of panel discussions.

The Asmodee Group today launched new branding consisting of a new logo, new motto—”Great Games, Amazing Stories”—and new corporate website. The company described the changes as…

An expression of Asmodee’s ambition to offer a narrative transmedia experience around its intellectual properties, while continuing to develop and expand its premium physical and digital games catalogue.

After a series of acquisitions that’s united major game properties and design studios under the Asmodee umbrella, the company looks to be taking steps toward a broader business strategy. As an example, the company on the same day separately announced the formation of Fantasy Flight Interactive, a digital development studio “not just adapting tabletop games, but creating fresh, new digital experiences based on Fantasy Flight Games’ beloved brands.”

It was also recently reported by Variety that Sony Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the film rights to Catan from producer Gail Katz, with potential plans for a series. It’s not clear, however, what Asmodee’s role might be in those plans, as Katz’s acquisition of the movie rights dates back to 2015.

Asmodee’s new logo is meant to focus on the company’s B2B position in the industry. Branding for the group’s various publishing studios (Fantasy Flight Games, HeidelBear, Asmodee Studio, Space Cowboys, Days of Wonder, Plaid Hat Games, Ystari, Z-Man Games, and Pearl Games) will not change.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor Halloween, Indie Press Revolution is running a sale, 50% off on all Onyx Path Publishing products (including World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness but excluding Pugmire).

The winner of The Toy Insider’s 2017 Room Full of Toys Holiday Sweepstakes will receive over $1,000 of toys. Three runners-up will receive boxes with $200 worth of prizes.

TTPM’s next weekly live giveaway event (Wednesday at 1:00 PM ET) is for a bunch of Hasbro’s newest games.

ThinkFun is giving away free coding games to teachers.

Bundle of Holding’s latest deal includes the entire Savage Worlds Rippers and Rippers Resurrected lines of Victorian monster-hunting games, plus the Savage World Deluxe rulebook and Horror Companion, for just $20.

Big G Creative is giving away How to Rob a Bank. Tweet and follow to win.

Sometime today, ThinkFun is giving away an Escape the Room game.

Also ending today is USAopoly’s Ghoulish Games Giveaway.

A 30% discount on Julius Caesar by Columbia Games ends tomorrow.

To commemorate the Battle of Cambrai during the First World War, Multi-Man Publishing is discounting Breakthrough: Cambrai 50%.

Dog Might Games is discounting gift cards 20%. Get one for yourself.

Moe’s Game Table is giving away White Star Rising from Lock ‘N Load Publishing.

In its Halloween Giveaway, Goliath Games is giving away Greedy Granny and Catch the Fox. In a separate Halloween Giveaway by the company’s Pressman subsidiary, the prizes are Rummikub Twist and Your Worst Nightmare.

For 15% off in a special Toys “R” Us 4-day cyber sale, use coupon code “SAVE15”.

Mayday Games is running a Halloween Myth & Magic Sale with discounts up to 65% off. Plus, for an additional 20% off card-sleeve bundles, use coupon code “mythandmagic2017”.

To encourage voting in the Beasts of War Gaming Awards, Firelock Games is giving away Blood & Plunder galleon ship model.

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WizKids Signs 40K

WizKids has announced a license for Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. With initial products releasing mid-2018, WizKids is planning games in “multiple categories”, including dice-building games and and two board games. WizKids is also working with GW to republish Fury of Dracula and Relic.

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Hot Jobs

Kickstarter is looking for a Games Content Strategist to work at its office in Brooklyn, evaluating games projects, writing about them, and promoting them through various online outlets.. The company is also looking for a Games Intern for a 3 month research project. There’ll be a lot of detail work online and either previous academic study of games or 3-4 years of professional experience with games is required.

Recruiter Aardvark Swift is searching for a Marketing Manager to work at The Pokemon Company in London. The successful applicant will familiar with media for 4-14 year olds across Europe.

Steamforged Games (Guild Ball, Dark Souls) is looking to fill two positions: Commercial Brand Coordinator and Retail Support Manager, both in Tukwila, Washington. The former will focus on marketing, the latter on retailer account management.

Esdevium Games, part of the Asmodee Group in the U.K., has openings for a Finance Manager, an HR Officer, and a Sales and Customer Service Account Handler. The last of those is about sales to the hobby channel.

University Games, located in the Mission area of San Francisco, needs someone to fill the dual role of Receptionist and Office Manager.

The Stars Group is working to develop a state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence that could learn to play a variety of games. Toward that end, the company is recruiting for a Poker AI Research Engineer and a Graduate Poker AI Research Engineer.

Cubicle 7 needs an Office Assistant in Swindon, U.K. to help with customer service, order handling, and administrative tasks.

Tabletop Tycoon (Game Salute, Myriad Games, Ship Naked) is staffing up in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The company has job openings for an Account Manager, an Assistant Account Manager, full and part-time Fulfillment Staff, and a General Manager. The Account Manager and Assistant Account Manager will be responsible for sales and logistics for Ship Naked. Fulfillment Staff will handle packing and shipping. The General Manager, who will run everything, is expected on-site 7:00 AM-7:00 PM.

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DriveThruRPG is holding a Halloween Sale on horror titles, including Vampire, Shadow of the Demon Lord, 3D graveyard printables, all things Cthulhu, and more.

To celebrate the coincidence of a Friday the 13th and Halloween in the same month, Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23 is adding free horror-themed games and expansions to all orders starting at $50.

Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s Halloween Horror Bundle includes the three Savage Tales of Horror softcover books, the same books as PDFs, and four Savage Worlds Action Adventure Deck Promo Packs for $40 (a third off the price of the books alone).

Five people will will nano Zombie Edition and BattleBots Rivals in HexBug’s BattleBots vs. the Undead Giveaway.

Bundle of Holding’s latest offers are also horror-themed. There’s the Demon: The Descent bundle, a Chronicles of Darkness game from Onyx Path Publishing, and the World War Cthulhu and Cthulhu Britannica bundles, with Call of Cthulhu supplements and scenarios.

The Pathfinder Worldscape Ultimate Crossover at Humble Bundle includes RPG rule books, supplements, maps, comics, and miniatures.

New podcast Roll for Combat is giving away $1,000 in prizes. To enter requires leaving a review on one of the podcast subscription services.

In commemoration of the Battle of Jena (October 14, 1806), Victory Point Games has its Napoleonic 20-series games on-sale.

For the remainder of October, Osprey Publishing’s Combat and Duel series titles are 20% off.

Geeknson is giving away a Limited Edition Borg Cube for the Star Trek Adventures RPG by Modiphius Entertainment.

The app version of Funforge’s Tokaido is on-sale until the 18th, iOS and Android.

Goliath Games will send a package of four games (Pop the Pig, Fish Food, Tick Tock Boom, and Wordsearch) to the winner of its giveaway and another package to the school of the winner’s child. Goliath’s Pressman subsidiary is holding a similar you-and-your-class giveaway, where the prizes are Rummikub, Smath, Mastermind for Kids, and Make 7.

Punchboard Media is giving away Scythe from Stonemaier Games.

Purchase a Blue Happy Salmon direct from North Star Games and get either Crappy Birthday or Happy Birthday for 50% off with coupon code “HIGH5”.

Dog Might Games wood Dice Chests are 20% off.

Revolution Games Year End Sale means discounts up to 40%.

Dice at Dusk is giving away Clank! from Renegade Game Studios but to enter the giveaway, one must purchase a t-shirt.

Restoration Games is giving away a package of all three of its games: Indulgence, Stop Thief, and Down Force.

Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Exploration Sale includes discounts on such products as Empires: Age of Discovery, Francis Drake, Wildlife Safari, Backpacker, and others.

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