DriveThruRPG is in the middle of its annual New Year, New Game sale. Among the 948 items discounted, a few highlights:
A Humble Book Bundle for Pathfinder Worldscape features the comic, Pathfinder rule books, and a complete adventure path.
Bundle of Holding features Adventurer Conqueror King for epic-scale adventures in and old-school RPG.
The first edition of King Arthur Pendragon RPG is free on DriveThruRPG until the 31st.
EverythingBoardGames is giving away a Vikings Gone Wild Ultimate Set from Lucky Duck Games.
Get a free pack of A.J.’s Toyboarders (toy skateboarding figures) with the purchase of either Ramps & Rails or Skateboard Madness board games from Mindtwister USA.
Through February, new and renewed premium memberships to the U.S. Backgammon Federation will get free access to the GammonSite Backgammon server for 1 year.
Subscribers to HarnQuest can get any of Columbia Games’ Harn titles in PDF form for 50% off.
To celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, Reaper Minis is giving out free Grim Reaper figures, one for each $40 of product ordered.
Operational Studies Group is holding a Winter Sale.
Dog Might Games’ new Fiery Dice Chests are an introductory 20% off.
New fellowships are available for research at the The Strong’s National Museum of Play. The idea is to support researchers accessing the museum’s library; collection of toy, doll, and game artifacts; and video and electronic game resources. The G. Rollie Adams Research Fellowships will provide academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the masters or doctorate level with $500 per-week stipends. Applications are due April 20th.
Pinnacle Entertainment Group (Savage Worlds RPG) is recruiting for a part-time Production Assistant, by which the company apparently means they will do a little bit of everything: project management, marketing, sales, customer service, and graphic design. Working remotely is a possibility.
Panda Game Manufacturing needs Account Managers to work with publisher clients, one with an Asia focus, one with a France focus, one with a Germany focus, and one general. Also the company is looking for a Project Manager. Everything is remote.
Asmodee North America (Fantasy Flight Games) is looking for a Legal Assistant, an Application Developer, a Help Desk Support Technician, and people to work in the FFG Games Center. All positions are in Roseville, Minnesota.
In Rhode Island, there’s a Design Manager position available with Hasbro Gaming. Duties involve coordinating between market feasibility, production, licensing relationships, and other aspects of product development.
Hasbro subsidiary, Wizards of the Coast, has a several openings, including Software Developer, Program Manager, and Digital Marketing for MtG in Renton, Washington; Community Coordinator in Spain; and WPN Senior Store Lead in Germany.
Send White Wizard Games your recently banned Magic: The Gathering “Emrakul Promised End” or “Smuggler’s Copter” cards and the company will send you an Epic Card Game Starter.
Murder-mystery party games from Freeform Games populate the latest deal at Bundle of Holding, four each in the Smaller Groups and Bigger Groups collections. A previous Elven Papercraft deal for print-and-play terrain also remains available.
To celebrate the company’s 6th anniversary, Greater Than Games will be giving away prizes in a miniatures painting competition and at events in local game stores January 21-February 19.
Decision Games is offering three games of the customer’s choosing for $99.
From True Dungeon, get a free 2017 Treasure Chip with every $250 token preorder, or six treasure chips for every $1,000 of preorders.
BoardGamePrices is giving away Scythe from Stonemaier Games.
Toys “R” Us has Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers for $15, which is something like 63% off its original price.
The Board Game Vault is giving away Pyramix from Gamewright.
CMON is giving away a prerelease copy of Kingz.
Drumond Park (UK) is giving away two games, Gross Magic and Articulate.
Life 96.5 of Sioux Falls is giving away a family game night package every day January 13-March 31.
To someone who complete’s its board game challenge challenge, Art of Boardgaming promises $50 of games or game.
ACD Distribution is giving away The Others.
NECA, parent company of WizKids, announced today acquisition of a license for the upcoming movie, Blade Runner 2049 (October). Along with plans for collectible figures, vehicles, and replicas, the company’s announcement specifically mentioned games. So what, Blade Runner HeroClix, Dice Masters, maybe a board game?
In the Hunan province of China, a mother allegedly locked her 3 year-old son in a dog cage so she could play Mahjong undisturbed. The woman admits she put her son there because he was being noisy but says she wasn’t playing Mahjong and someone else locked the cage. The person who found the boy said, “I don’t know who his parent is. After I shared the news on social media, I hurried to get someone to open the cage.”
In Hong Kong, a 62 year-old man is under arrest for allegedly stabbing to death the friend with whom he often played Mahjong. Police suspect there was a debt involved.
The Japan Shogi Association, which had previously banned 9th-dan-ranked Hiroyuki Miura for possible cheating (noting that he had left his seat an unusual number of times during a tournament), has now apologized for the action and reinstated the player. A third-party investigation found no evidence of cheating. The association’s three executives also promised to take a 30 percent pay-cut for 3 months.
A man who robbed a Mahjong parlor at gunpoint in Zhengjiang, China claims that he intended to get caught. Police traced his getaway vehicle and in his home found the 10,000 yuan he stole, as well as the gun he used, which turned out to be fake. The man then told police that being sent to jail was the only way he could figure to avoid a 300,000 yuan debt to a loan shark. The money he borrowed, by the way, he used to finance his own high-interest loan. It was after his debtor failed to pay up that he concocted this brilliant plan with the fake gun.
The government of Venezuela raided the warehouse of toy distributor Kreisel, confiscated its inventory, and then promised to give the toys away free to the public. As explanation for the action, the government claims that the company was hoarding toys during a period of rapid inflation.
In 2012, professional Poker player Phil Ivey, along with a woman, Cheng Yin Sun, who had learned through many hours of study to spot subtle variations on the backs of certain playing cards, managed to win $9.6 million playing Baccarat at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Relying on the same skill, they later also did well at a London casino. The London casino, though, withheld their winnings and a British judge ruled their actions cheating. After hearing of that case, the Borgata sued to recover its money. Now, a U.S. federal court judge has ruled that what they did in Atlantic City wasn’t fraud because it didn’t break the rules of Baccarat. However, the judge did find them to have violated New Jersey’s Casino Control Act “in complete contravention of the fundamental purpose of legalized gambling” and he’s ordered the pair to return their winnings.
Military police in Phuket, Thailand raided a townhouse that was set up to host illegal gambling on Mahjong. Eleven people were arrested.
After a Lords vs. Commons Chess match several MPs in the U.K. are resurrecting efforts to have Chess recognized as a sport and, therefore, exempt from VAT. Some say they would accept the alternative of defining Chess as a “mindsport”, so that it would not conflict with the Council of Europe’s Sports Charter.
Someone stole the Franklin Mint Civil War Chess set that a woman inherited from her grandfather. It was taken from the trunk of her car as she was preparing to move out of West Jordan, Utah. About a week later, after the theft was reported on local TV news, the set was anonymously turned in to local police.
A 39 year-old man is under arrest in South Carolina for showing up at his girlfriend’s house drunk, throwing her board game to the floor, and flinging the pieces around the room—also for allegedly putting her friend in a hammerlock when she asked him to pick up the mess.
A Bristol, UK jury has cleared a man of sexual assault charges. A woman had claimed that he attacked her during a game of Scrabble.
The Kansas City area, already blessed with several really nice game stores, now has another in the Shawnee Mission area. Mission: Board Games represents the realization of a dream for owner Mason Hans, who’s also a native of the area.
New in the small town of Peace River, Alberta is Tapped Out Gaming and Trading, a shop that focuses on Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon.
Board game cafe, Alchemy, opens soon in a 17th century building in Derby, England.
Game On, which carries tabletop games, video games, and comics, has opened a fourth location in Grand Island, Nebraska.
D20: A Bar With Characters has just opened in Kettering, Ohio. It’s open to 1:00 AM (midnight on Sunday) with a large selection of craft beers, or family-friendly mocktails during daytime hours.
New at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso, Washington is Mythic Escapes, a game shop with in-store escape rooms. This is Mythic Escape’s second location, the previous one in Vancouver.
Post-holiday clearance sales have begun…
Everything on Spin Master’s own website is 40% off, except Hatchimals. Also note, it’s still the full prices displayed. The discount is applied in the shopping cart during check-out.
Toys “R” Us is holding what the company is calling a “Clearance Blast” in-stores and online. Some of the better game deals online include:
At Amazon, there are these deals:
Wargame Vault’s annual Winter Offensive Sale runs through the morning of January 2nd with 25% off over 4,000 print-and-play war game products.
For 50% off PDFs direct from Modiphius Entertainment, use coupon code “PDFmadness”.
Stellagama Publishing’s PDF products are 30% off at DriveThruRPG.
Not Just Baby Brain is giving away Star Wars Eye Found It from Wonder Forge.
The Design Mechanism is selling Mythras RPG titles at 25% off with coupon code “TDMYULE2016”.
Save 10% on orders from Strat-O-Matic with coupon code “HOLIDAY16”.
Unfiltered Gamer is giving away Ticket To Ride from Days of Wonder.
The 2nd Annual Mega Sweepstke sponsored by Rathskellers and Game Rules will award a variety of prizes to 20 winners. Everyone gets gift cards and the top three get bundles of five board games each. Those outside the European Union can enter but, should they win, will have to pay for shipping of the board games.
The latest RPG deals at Bundle of Holding include Cthulhu Britannica (Call of Cthulhu scenarios set in Great Britain from Cubicle 7), Cubicle 7 Worlds (Qin, Keltia, Kuro, and Yggdrasill), and Family-Friendly RPGs +2 (Lone Wolf, Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, and No Thank You, Evil).
Modiphius Entertainment is giving away a package that includes the core rulebook of every one of the company’s games: Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Symbaroum, Mutant: Year Zero, and more.
Mama’s Mission is giving away three sets of four games from Wonder Forge: Stick Stack, Suspicion, Really Bad Art, and Dr. Seuss Whirly Fun.
When it’s too late to ship in time for Christmas, that’s when the digital products go on-sale:
For 25% off purchases from Breaking Games, use coupon code “NEWYEAR”.
Everything Board Games is giving away two copies of Undermine from Gizco International and one copy of Demon Espionage 5tails Studio. Also giving away a $50 game gift card but really a gift, meaning it goes to someone nominated by the person entering the giveaway.
Renegade Game Studios is giving away Snow Tails.
POPsnacks, creator of the Knight Light, actually reached out to me today with some cool pics of this lamp/display shelf. After a bit of back and forth they linked me to their Kickstarter page where they’re trying raise enough money to make these available to consumers. They even provided a pre-written interview with Daniel Cytrynowicz. I mean, why not?
Can you talk a little on the process?
First we had to hand-make the acrylic trays right here in Los Angeles using a laser-cutting machine and also make a metal mock-up of the gear component, placed on the base. We then sent those parts abroad to have molds made. Finally, we received a couple samples, made a couple modifications and the base was ready for manufacturing. The shades are printed (high-res) and made in-house and in-demand in our studio/workshop in Los Angeles. The packaging is also made locally. The box turns into a waste-paper basket!
What gave you the idea of Knight Light?
We’ve been designing and manufacturing lamps for around 20 years. We always had special requests to make personalized lamps, lamps that spoke directly to customers’ tastes, lifestyles and passions. We finally decided to create a line of lamps that would make rooms brighter in more than the traditional sense. Light and dreams, style, memories, passion and smiles.
How did you make it?
We first created the shades, by printing translucent material with non-fade archival inks, using state-of-the-art printing processes. Ultimately customers will order shades printed with their own content for the ultimate shade! This particular base was created to house a small collection of treasures, in order to transport the customer to his/her favorite place, state-of-mind or hobby. Instant gratification and maximum pleasure!
What are your favorite games?
Although I do play some on-line games, I tend to favor old-fashioned board games such as Stratego, Battleships, backgammon and Chess.
Why are custom shades so cool?
Custom shades are cool because they are YOU! They are conversation pieces, they allow you to display your most prized artwork, they make you go back over and over again to your favorite vacation spot, they bring you closer to a geographically distant loved one, display your favorite game, or remind you daily of how much you love tacos. In any event, these printed shades are always communicating something…you’ll never feel alone!
The idea of the Knight Light is something I can get behind. As a lover of collectibles, miniatures, etc… this would be perfect to sit in my cubicle at work and display some cool goodies. I’m not completely sold on the shades, though. I’d have to create my own to fit whatever I was displaying and I’m not that great at that sort of thing.
Anyway, if you’re interested you can get in on the ground floor with $40 if the project gets funded.