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.


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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Geek Chic No More

Geek Chic, maker of high-end custom gaming tables, has closed up shop. Four years ago, the company appeared to come out of the television show, Shark Tank, with an investment but that deal fell through. Two years ago, the company announced the launch of an exclusive event service that that never materialized. And a more recent arrangement with Crash Games also dissolved. Now the company’s core furniture-building business has ceased operations.

Though Geek Chic may be finished, the idea of there being a market for expensive add-ons for well-healed hobby gamers lives on with custom box inserts, hand crafted wood dice trays, and still several other companies making custom game tables.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThis coming Saturday, June 17th, is Free RPG Day, when a variety of free products—quick-start rules, adventure modules, dice, cards, and tokens—will be available first-come-first-serve at participating local game stores.

The Family Gamers is giving away a set of Rory’s Story Cubes.

Osprey Publishing’s Father’s Day Sale means 25% off select general military and aviation titles, as well as all game titles released before May 2017.

Palladium is holding a Father’s Day Sale, though it expires tomorrow.

For 10% off purchases direct from Breaking Games use discount code “TAKE10NOW”.

Bundle of Holding’s latest offers put together various anime-inspired games, paper-craft scenery elements from Fat Dragon, and Malifaux from Wyrd Miniatures.

Comicbook.com is giving away a booster brick from the Marvel HeroClix: 15th Anniversary What If? set.

Right now in Print & Play Games’ Weekly Sale are blank wood discs for 20% off and plastic discs for 25% off.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Gondola from Big Kid Games, 12 Realms and an expansion from Mage Company, Electromagnate from John Rap, and Pocket Ops from Grand Gamers Guild.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is holding a sale on Defenders of the Realm products.

As a joint effort, Rathskellers and Oniro are giving away Scythe, Cry Havoc, a dice tower, and 200€ toward a gaming table.

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Retail Games

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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Jaipur, Asmodee’s head-to-head, set-collecting card game about trade caravans in India, is now available on mobile (Android, iOS). It can be played against three levels of AI or against another live player online.

CMON has a new companion app for Zombicide: Black Plague. Among other features, the app manages the zombie spawning deck, helps with inventory maintenance, and tracks experience and skill options. It also synchronizes over a network to track all players’ game states.

As announced by Paizo, two digital Pathfinder games are in the works. One, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, is a computer RPG and is being developed by Owlcat Games. In it, players start out as adventurers but are able to claim the lands they explore and, thus, carve out their own kingdoms. The other, Pathfinder Duels, is a digital collectible card game based on the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path and is scheduled for release in September. It’s being developed by 37Games.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesA few days early for Memorial Day sales…

Along with 1,300+ other products at 15% off or more, DriveThruRPG’s OSR Extravaganza sale includes three amazing bundle offers for old TSR D&D products at 80% off. There’s the AD&D Core Rulebook bundle, the Planescape bundle, and the Known World bundle.

In recognition of the UEFA Champions League Final, Real Madrid and Juventus Subbuteo products have been discounted 25%.

Follow, like, and retweet Coiledspring Games (UK) for a chance to win Kingdomino.

Also giving away Kingdomino (from Blue Orange Games in the U.S., though the giveaway is also open to Europe), two copies, is The Giveaway Geek.

The East Texas University Collector’s Box Set (Savage Worlds RPG) contains book, bennies, and dice for 32% off the prices sold separately.

From Litko Game Accessories get $5 off purchases of $50, $15 off $100, or $40 off $200.

For 25% off the 7th Sea Core Rulebook or Pirate Nations, use coupon code “PIRATES5”.

To get a free scenery pack with a £50 order, or two with a £100 order, from Spartan Games, use coupon code “FREESCENERY”.

For 15% off regular-priced items from Toys “R” Us (online only), use coupon code “MAY15”.

Dog Might Games’ Massive Memorial Day Sale means 25% off and free metal symbols on Dice Chests, 20% off dice towers, 30% off Dragon Sheaths, free metal dice with Dice Guards, and free sculpts and lights on Adventure Cases.

Get $10 off orders of $50 or more from HasbroToyShop with promo code “MAYSAVE10”.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Flatline from Renegade Game Studios, Ravage Dungeons of Plunder from Beardy Brothers, a set of the Rone base game and two expansions, and Groves from Letiman Games.

Cardhaus Games is having a Memorial Day Sale. Cool Stuff Inc. is having a Pre-Memorial Day Sale. And Funagain Games is having a Spring Sale.

Our founder, Yehuda Berlinger, has secured a 10% discount code, “JERGAMES2017”, for the high-end Chess and Backgammon sets (and other items) from Made in Firenze.

Game Philia is giving away a copy of Night Clan. But what happens if Night Clan doesn’t fund on Kickstarter?

Amazon deals:

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDMLeviathan is giving away two Dungeons & Dragons books, Tales From the Yawning Portal and Volo’s Guide to Monsters. Follow and retweet to enter.

Save 50% on a variety of games, including Skateboard Madness and Pentago Lite, direct from Mindtwister.

For 30% off any Hexbug product direct from the company, use either coupon code “BLOG30” or “HEXBUGOFF30”.

The Mommyhood Chronicles is giving away winner’s choice of games from Winning Moves.

KidsPlayUK is giving away Barbeque Party from Drumond Park.

Quirky Engine Giveaways is giving away Shoot Your Friends from Quirky Engine Entertainment.

All E-Z Dungeons 3D terrain models from Fat Dragon Games are 50% off this week.

The latest deal at Bundle of Holding is for Shadow of the Demon Lord starting at $13.95.

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With a new edition of Warhammer 40,000 due later this year, Games Workshop appears ready to introduce a range of new factions (or faction variants). The first announced among several new types of Space Marines is the Primaris Space Marine, raised by Primarch Roboute Guilliman on Mars.

Compared to regular troops, the Primaris Space Marines are bigger, can hold up to small-arms fire longer, and carry bolt rifles with additional range and armor-piercing power.

Primaris figures can be incorporated in to companies with other factions or can be used to make their own compact army.

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