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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesKolossal Games is giving away two copies of Legendary Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Upper Deck.

The Santa Clausthulhu Holiday Sale at Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23 includes such deals as 75% off metal Ogre miniatures, 50% off Munchkin monster boxes, various bundle offers, and free gifts and double promos with every order.

For its holiday sale, Troll Lord Games has instituted a scaling discount that hits 40% at orders of $50.

HasbroToyShop also has a scaling discount, maxing out at $20 off orders of $100 or more. Use promo code “SMSM17”.

Fire Born Games is giving away 5 copies (print) of their A Forgotten Evil adventure for AD&D.

Steve Jackson Games’ 8 Day Holiday Giveaway runs for a few more days on the company’s Facebook page.

Buy two board games direct from Spin Master, get one free.

Save 10% on orders from Paizo with code “holiday18”.

Triple Ace Games has discounted most products 30%, both at the company’s website and at RPGnow. Prices good until the end of the year.

Solve Scorpion Masque’s puzzle to win one of two copies of Decrypto.

From One Small Step, Miracle on the Marne and 2WW: The War in Europe are 25% off and Battle for Baghdad is 50% off.

With Cubicle 7’s Call of Cthulhu license expiring January 1st, all titles from those lines are 25% off.

The Players’ Aid is giving away Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid from GMT.

Get a free WWII game with any purchase of $42 or more from Against the Odds. Make sure, though, to use coupon code “BALCK”.

DMily is giving away three sets of polyhedral dice.

Eileen Teo is giving away Concept from Repos (UK only).

Mummy of 2+1 is giving away four games (total value >£70) from Esdevium (UK only).

Krystyn is giving away Happy Salmon from North Star Games.

Like and comment on the CMON Expo Facebook page for a chance to win passes.

Save up to 85% with Miniature Market’s Holideals.

If you make a purchase from Dog Might Games now, your receipt will contain a promo code that can be used for 25% off in January.

The One Ring RPG from Cubicle 7 (based on The Lord of the Rings) is back on Bundle of Holding. The One Ring bundle from October 2015 has been revived and The One Ring +2 bundle added with the Adventurer’s Companion, Horse-Lords of Rohan, and more.

The winner of the Pressman Toy Holiday Giveaway will receive one copy each of Tri-Ominos, Rummikub, and Mastermind.

Until New Years, all terrain sets from Fat Dragon Games are 20-50% off.

With all games designed by Paul Koenig being discontinued by Victory Point Games, remaining stock has been marked down 20%.

Save 20% on purchases from Rebel Minis with coupon code “MERR17”.

Onyx Path Publishing has several Chronicles of Darkness bundles for $10 each (in the neighborhood of 80% off): The Descent of 2017, The Curse of 2017, 2017 is Forsaken, A Requiem for 2017, and A Chronicle of 2017.

At Toys “R” Us, the new Bop-It Maker from Hasbro is on-sale for 50%, Simon Optix is 40% off.

Spend $50 on gift cards from Top Shelf Gamer and get an extra $5.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesA double-date game night with Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard (including travel and accommodations to LA) is the prize in an Omaze raffle raising money for Opening Act, a theater program for under-served NYC high school students.

Humble Bundle’s latest RPG offering has some great (unofficial) Dungeons & Dragons products even at the $1 level. But for just $17, you’ll get all that plus Kobold Press’ Tome of Beasts and Book of Lairs.

BoardGameTables is selling off its extra samples, prototypes, and ding-and-dent game tables. There’s a really nice looking farmhouse-style table for $3,899.

Dark Sword Miniatures and Miniature Monthly are running a painting contest. All entrants must be members and use Dark Sword’s Female Ranger figure but there’s $1,000 in prizes to go to the top 5 finishers, and more stuff for everyone else.

In Reaper Minis’ 12 Days of Reaper promotion, get a free figure for every $40 spent.

Ninja Division and Soda Pop Miniatures are running a Holiday Sale that includes a special Candy Collection Bundle, as well as discounts on Backspindle Games and a Super Dungeon: Arena bundle.

Goliath Games’ Shit Happens Contest asks for “shit happens” stories. For the winning entry—judged on the basis of creativity, originality, representation of theme, and quality of expression—the prize is travel and accommodations to spend an evening playing Shit Happens with Ryan Lochte.

The Dracula Dossier at Bundle of Holding features a horror-espionage campaign (with rulebook) for Night’s Black Agents from Pelgrane Press.

For the 20th anniversary of John Kovalic’s Dork Tower, get a free signed print with any order from the new Dork Store, plus a signed issue of Dork Tower with an order of two or more books, and 15% off orders of $100 or more with coupon code “DSWEEK1”.

Get a gift certificate for yourself when purchasing one for someone else from Monte Cook Games—$5 for you for every $25 for them.

Each day through the 12th, Big Potato Games is giving something away on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. That’s a different game on each, for three chances to win per day. And then on the 12th, they’ll be giving away a package of several games.

Restoration Games is giving away five sets of lapel pins, each set with four pins (representing their current games). [For those wondering why pins. They’re a tradition at PAX conventions.]

Engaged Family Gaming’s Nintendo Switch giveaway also includes a number of board games from IDW and Restoration Games.

Save 25% on dice from Tabletop Loot with coupon code “3kFollowers” but just through midnight tonight CT.

Use coupon code “ELF” to save 25% on up to four games from R&R Games.

Tiffany Caires is giving away a Quiver game case.

Hero Lab’s sale of 20-50% off Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, D&D, Shadowrun, and World of Darkness products ends tonight.

Osprey Games’ 30% off sale, which was, I believe, for Black Friday, has been extended to December 15th.

From Mayday Games, there’s a new buy-one-get-one free deal each day.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesGamewright’s annual Warehouse Sale takes place this coming Friday (December 8th) in Newton, Massachusetts. There’ll be games and puzzles up to 70% off.

Over the course of 20 days, Renegade Game Studios will be giving away one of each game that the company has published this year.

Bundle of Holding’s current offerings are an eclectic mix. Worldbuilder’s Toolkit +5 includes volumes of game-mastering advice, such as Sly Flourish’s Fantastic Locations and the Kobold Guide to Plots & Campaigns. Indie Cornucopia +5 includes a selection of small-press RPG titles, such as MASHED, Puppetland, and The Sprawl. Dying Earth Compleat includes the entire product line of Dying Earth from Pelgrane Press (24 total titles at the threshold price of $37.44). Stone Skin Press includes nine titles from Pelgrane’s fiction imprint.

To celebrate the launch of Journey to the Tree of Sorrows, the company’s new Lovecraftian trans-media project, RAINN Studios is giving away enamel pins, Cthulhu statues, TerraTiles, and $500 worth of Dwarven Forge cavern models.

ProJared is giving away multiple sets of Dungeons & Dragons books.

In Compass Games’ Holiday Sale, recent releases are 25-30% off and earlier releases are 40% off. Coupon code “HOLIDAY17” required.

ACD Distribution is giving away two copies of Alien Artifacts from Portal Games.

In Hollandspiele’s Hollanday Sale, everything is $5 off.

Steve Jackson Games is giving away the contents of a Munchkin CCG tooling sample booster pack. And the game isn’t even being released until February!

Low Player Count is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Game Surplus. Entry is via a kind-of digital scavenger hunt.

CMON’s Holiday Sale runs through December 24th and features discounts of up to 80%.

Save 30% on downloads from Jon Brazer Enterprises through January with coupon code “holiday2017”.

Top Shelf Gamer is giving away Charterstone, along with a deluxe token set, from Stonemaier Games.

BattleBots are on-sale from HexBug. About 20% off.

Victory Point Games’ 12 Games of Christmas Sale has started and works this way… Every day a new game is added to the sale. Everything is 20% off.

USAopoly is doing a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Sign up once for a new opportunity to win each day through the 12th.

Mayday Games will be running different Holiday Deals throughout the season. Right now, I see dexterity games on-sale.

Everything Board Games’ current giveaways include: Mountains of Madness from Iello and Pie Town and Kepler from Renegade Game Studios.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is holding a Holiday Blowout Sale with many individual games on-sale. Also save an additional 10% with a $50 total order, 20% with a $100 order, and 30% with a $150 order.

At DriveThruRPG, two bundles from Raging Swan Press will together net you over $700 in product for just under $40.

Dog Might Games is giving away a $250 gift card.

Answer The Big Community Survey from Games Workshop for a chance to win one of five $80 vouchers.

Osprey Publishing has extended its 30% off Black Friday Sale until December 15th.

Toys “R” Us has reduced select Hasbro board games to $6.

Save $5 on purchases of $25 or more from Fat Brain Toys with coupon code “DA-7969”.

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Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.Dog Might’s Kickstarter campaign for their Traveler Dice Tower ends in four days. They’ve sent me one.

I don’t have much to say except it’s pretty cool.

You like well-made wooden dice towers? Yes? Then you should get one of these. Thanks for reading.

Bye.

Oh. You’re still here.

Fine.

Let’s talk about Dog Might. They make wooden things: dice trays, storage cases, dice towers, and other awesome wood things for gaming. They say they make “Kick Ass Gaming Gear”, and that’s pretty much accurate. A friend of mine purchased an Adventure Case from them at PAX Unplugged, and we all just ooo’ed and aaah’ed over it. Sturdy. Heavy. Pretty. It was a gorgeous piece of gaming goodness for storage of stuff that doubled as a dice tray and tripled as a GM screen.

This thing they sent me, they didn’t send for review. But I’m reviewing it anyway because I’ve had a chance to chat with some of the people at the company and they’re great people making nice products. Also, the Traveler Dice Tower is really cool.

See, this thing is only six inches tall by three and a half inches wide (and less than two inches thick when closed). It comes in three parts attached by those strong rare earth neodymium magnets they use on most of their products, with an optional two on the side of the bottom tray unit so you can add this to their component collector product (see right). With these magnets, you get a fit that won’t jostle the dice tower around when rolling dice. Flip the small ends around and you’ve got a travel storage solution for your dice. (I was able to get sixteen 16mm Fate dice in the unit.)

While I don’t prefer to use dice towers — I love dice trays — this is one I might consider using because of two — no, make that three — factors.

It’s really portable. The entire thing snaps up into a unit that doesn’t take up much space nor does it weigh too much. I could throw this into my messenger bag and run right out to game night. Most other dice towers I’ve seen are large and bulky. While small, it does the job, randomizing dice rolls.

Did I mention it’s small? It takes up as much space on the gaming table as a square coaster for a drink. At six inches in height, when assembled, it’s about the height of a pint glass, or slightly taller than a 12 ounce soda can. It doesn’t clutter a table and doesn’t get in the way.

And they look good. Dog Might uses real wood and have a large selection of woods and finishes and decorations to add to it. Look, here’s the one they sent me.

I don’t mean they sent me that wood type for the dice tower, they sent me that one. That’s Kentucky Coffeetree, with the Laurels engraving on front and the Stag sculpted design on back, which is a design you can get for $55. You can get a simple, plain Whitewood dice tower for $45 — and even without a design, this is a neat looking tower. At $60, the wood type upgrades to African Mahogany, $5 more gets you to the stained colored Flame Birch series, and then for a few dollars more you can upgrade to Cherry, Maple, Red Oak, Benge (featured in the first image), and on and on until you’ve dropped $135 on a tower carved out of Bolivian Rosewood which is absolutely stunning. (And if you are the type of person that can afford to spend $135 on a dice tower, this is the one to drop it on.)

So, should you get it? Well, do you like well-made wooden dice towers? Yes? Then you should get one of these.

A Kentucky Coffeetree Traveler Dice Tower wasn’t provided for review by Dog Might, but we decided to review it anyway.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesUpdated as of 2:10 PM ET with 21 more deals added below.

Save 17% on more than 40,000 items in DriveThruRPG’s Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale, including such popular items as World of Darkness titles, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Adventures in Middle Earth, and much more.

Many Sided Dice is giving away three copies of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything from Wizards of the Coast.

Amazon deals:

Use coupon code “THANKS20” for 20% off orders direct from Gamewright.

Save 25% in Paizo’s Black Friday PDF Sale.

Save 40% on anything from Goodman Games with coupon code “blackfriday2017”.

Funagain’s Black Friday Sale has over 400 items at discounts of 25-65%.

Miniature Market is running a Holiday Sale that ends at Midnight tonight (CST).

Many electronic board games are on-sale via Steam for up to 50% off.

Discounts in the Warehouse 23 (Steve Jackson Games) Holiday Sale range up to 75% off.

Insert Here game box organizers are buy two get one free with coupon code “ihbf2017”.

In The Broken Token’s Black Friday Sale most organizers are 20% off, Game Crates are 15% off, and certain other accessories are 10% off.

Victory Point Games’ products sold by the company through Amazon are 10% off.

Buy a box of boosters and get a free Magic: The Gathering treasure chest booster while supplies last.

Three titles from Flying Pig Games, Old School Tactical Volume I, ’65 Squad-level Combat in the Jungles of Vietnam, and Night of Man, are 40% off direct from the company.

Everything in Litko Game Accessories’ online store is 20% off through Monday.

From Pinnacle Entertainment, the Lankhmar Limited Edition Print + PDF Bundle provides savings of 11%.

Palladium is offering a Christmas Surprise Package with a guaranteed $95+ of product for just $45.

Reaper Minis’ Black Friday Savings are $200 off Ma’al Drakar Resin Dragons and $130 off MSP Essentials Paint Sets.

Save 25% on all board games, including current editions and Selector Sets, in Strat-O-Matic’s Season of Savings.

Community News of Australia is giving away a copy of Mattel’s Aussie Scrabble.

Almost everything is 30% off in the Open Gaming Store’s Black Friday Sale (through Tuesday).

Among other board games on-sale at Target, Suspicion from Wonder Forge, Evolution: The Beginning from North Star Games, Vegas Dice Game from Ravensburger, and Operation: Escape Room from Yulu are 50% off.

For 20% off from Breaking Games, use coupon code “BFCM2017”.

Get a free Superhero Lotto game with every order over £25 from Orchard Toys. Use promo code “SUPER1”.

Some games are discounted in excess of 80% in Mayday Games’s Black Friday Sale (through Monday).

Use coupon code “CYBERWEEK17” for 25% off all toys and games from Educational Insights.

For today, Eagle-Gryphon Games will take an additional 30% off in the checkout cart of all orders.

Anything and everything is discounted at least 10% in Noble Knight Games’ Holiday Sale.

Save 20% from Firelock Games with promo code “jolly17”.

From Dog Might Games, save 20% on Mythic Deck Boxes, $20 on Dice Guards, 20% on Dragon Sheaths, 15% on Big Ass Hammers, 10% on wallets, and 20% on gift cards. Also, get free sculpts on Adventure Cases and a free lining upgrade on Theme Boxes.

Save 25% from Historical Conquest, today only, with discount code “THANKSGIVING”.

Save 25% and get free shipping from Set Games with code “THANKS2017”.

Nomad Games’ Black Friday Sale covers Fighting Fantasy Legends, Talisman, Smash Up, and Talisman: The Horus Heresy.

For $10 off when buying two or more games from Rather Dashing Games, use code “GAME10”.

[Update, with even more deals added below.]

Save 20% and get free shipping all weekend at HasbroToyShop.com with promo code “BLACKFRIDAY17”.

For free shipping and a $25 gift card, spend $100 or more at Fat Brain Toys and use promo code “VI-7829”.

The Galaxy Trucker app from Czech Games Edition is $2.99 for the next week.

Many games are on-sale at Toys “R” Us, including Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots for 50% off, Giant Kerplunk from Pavilionfor 40% off, and Risk Europe from Hasbro is 50% off. Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers from Hasbro is just $5. Battleclaw from Mattel is buy one get one 50% off.

For free shipping from Spin Master, use coupon code “FREESHIP”.

Top Shelf Gamer is discounting token bundles, card sleeves, and other board game accessories up to 25%.

Osprey is discounting selected games and military history books 30%.

Get the HexBug BattleBots Brawl bundle (with a BattleBots Arena, remote control Minotaur, and remote control Beta), normally $130, for $100 (a 23% discount).

The Game Steward, retailer of many Kickstarted games, is running a Black Friday Sale. Discounts up to 75%.

Bounding Fire Productions is discounting ASL-related products for Black Friday around 12%.

Dr. Finn’s Games’ Black Friday Sale features combo deals, free shipping, and discounts up to 40% off.

There are some really cool deals in Modiphius Entertainment’s Black Friday Weekend sale, including Airfix Battles for 48% off, Thunderbirds Co-Operative Board Game with all three expansions for 40% off, and the Mutant Chronicles RPG for 50% off.

BoardGameBliss of Canada has 143 items on-sale in its Black Friday/Cyber Weekend Sale. Additional discounts of 7% apply at orders of $100 and 12% at $250 (not including games from Asmodee).

Fantasy Grounds Black Friday Sale on digital tabletop extensions includes additional savings of 25% on Dungeons & Dragons and 20% on Deadlands.

Troll and Toad has a Black Friday Sale that runs through Sunday.

Just today, dice from Tabletop Loot are buy one get one free. Also, use coupon code “#CritsGiving” (not sure if the symbol is included) for an additional 50% discount applied at checkout.

Cheap Cheap Games is offering a 25% store credit bonus, as well as a $5 instant credit bonus, for trade-ins. Discounts and free shipping are also available on the buy side.

Crafty Games’ new webstore has some amazing bundle deals for the Fantasy Craft and Mistborn RPGs. Also, save $5 on any purchase of $5 or more with coupon code “CGNL5off”.

Ninja Division/Soda Pop Miniatures’ Black Friday Sale includes Pathfinder Worldscape figures, 12 Realms, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

Harvest Dice and SuperHot are on-sale from Grey Fox Games.

The Board & Dice Weekend means discounts of 10-60% from the retailer. [Thanks, Paul Owen, for the tip!]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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