Modern board games are games created after 1900 or so, including early games such as Monopoly and Scrabble, to the latest games from Europe and around the world.


Presented by Hasbro at New York Toy Fair were three Stranger Things games coming to retail at the beginning of May.

Stranger Things Back to the 80s Trivial Pursuit ($20) includes questions about the show and 1980s pop culture. It also features a board that flips to an alternative movement track representing the Upside Down. When a player’s piece lands on a portal, they’re all sent to the Upside Down, where it’s possible to lose a wedge.

A Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set ($25) includes essential rules, dice, two Demogorgon plastic figures (one painted, one not), an adventure book, and character sheets representing those played in the show.

The Stranger Things Palace Arcade console ($30) is a working miniaturized arcade-style video game system with 20 classic titles (such as Pac-Man and Galaga) and 16 more based on the show.

Toy Fair 2019—HABA

A publisher I often recommend for games with young children, HABA’s new offerings this year at New York Toy Fair did not disappoint, and even included one with some interesting strategic choices to challenge adults.

Luxantis ($50, spring) is a labyrinth puzzle with a lighted board, memory element, and tower defense section. Players roll the die and press the matching button to light up spaces on the board. Blue spaces are safe. Red spaces send pieces back to the start. Landing on the right spaces allows players to collect artifact used to defeat monsters as they move up another board attacking the castle.

Snail Sprint ($29, now) is a racing game, where players share the racing snails, scoring points (3 points for first place, 2 points for second place, 1 point for third place) only for the snails shown on their card. Each turn, a player rolls two dice and picks a snail color from one die and destination shape from the other. If a snail lands on top of another snail, the one underneath is trapped. Appropriate for snails climbing trees, though, the path of movement also includes the outer edges of the game box—the box is a tin and the snail pieces have magnets.

Honga ($50, March) is a strategic game of survival. The goal is to collect enough food and water, while keeping the tiger from stealing them. When placing the game’s round cards, players have a choice of orienting the printed hand symbols either toward the resources they need to collect or toward the tiger to keep it at bay.

Licensing Roundup

Cardinal Games (a Spin Master subsidiary) and Looney Labs are partnering in the production of licensed card games. The first two, summer 2019 releases, will be Marvel Fluxx and Jumanji Fluxx. Both companies will produce versions of the games. Cardinal’s will be priced at $15 MSRP for the mass-market outlets. Looney Labs’ will be priced at $20 for hobby and specialty retail, and will come with seven bonus cards.

 

Mattel has signed a 3 year licensing deal covering the Despicable Me franchise. The company will produce a range of toys and games in time for the theatrical premier of the Minions sequel in 2020.

Far Out Toys has signed on kid-reviewer Ryan ToysReview for two licensed action games Splash Out and Head Splat. Both are due at retail in March.

University Games has acquired a license for games based on the Mog Man series of youth books by Dav Pilkey.

USAopoly has signed an agreement with Games Workshop to produce licensed versions of the latter’s Talisman board game. The agreement grants USAopoly international distribution rights for co-branded games. Two are planned for this year, though the specific properties have not yet been revealed.

Weta Workshop announced plans for a District 9 board game via Kickstarter project launching in late March.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesNorth Star Games is giving away 1,000 copies of the board game Evolution to users of the new Evolution: The Video Game. Ten players are being selected each day from among all versions, including the free sample mobile game.

Brawlin’ Brothers is giving away a set of Graphic Novel Adventures from Van Ryder Games.

Sometime today, White Wizard Games is giving away a board game bag and other “goodies.” Reply on Twitter with a picture to enter.

Complete retailer Zatu Games’ survey for a chance to win tickets to the UK Games Expo.

According to market data firm The NPD Group, annual retail sales of toys in the United States declined 2 percent from 2017 to 2018. For games, that decline was 1 percent.

Against that backdrop, Hasbro has reported that 2018 net revenue fell 12% compared to 2017, mostly due to the Toys “R” Us bankruptcy. The retailer was Hasbro’s third largest customer in the United States, second in Europe and Asia. Additional earnings pressure resulted from other retailers moving to leaner inventories and from political-economic events in Europe (particularly the U.K.).

The failure of Toys “R” Us meant not only the loss of a major retail outlet for Hasbro but also competition from a large amount of inventory being liquidated at significant discount. Excluding Toys “R” Us, however, sales at existing U.S. and Canadian retailers were up slightly, “mid-single digits” for the games category.

While Hasbro recorded an overall year-to-year drop in revenue of 9 percent in its franchise brands category and 12 percent in its gaming category, Beyblade, Dungeons & Dragons, Monopoly, and Magic: The Gathering all grew in 2018. Also on the upside among games were Jenga and Don’t Step in It, offset by downturns to Pie Face and Speak Out. When viewed as a broader category (MtG and Monopoly are normally counted in franchise brands), games were only down 4 percent to $1.4 billion compared to 2017.

Again, 2018 was a record year for Dungeons & Dragons. Regarding the future, CEO Brian Goldner said, “Our plans for an expanded universe of gaming behind D&D is taking shape in analog and digital game play.”

Noting that Magic: The Gathering Arena is still in the beta-testing phase, Goldner also revealed that the so-far-PC-only platform saw 350 million games played in the 4th quarter. Viewership on Twitch doubled. And Arena users are averaging 8 hours played per week.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesAmazon deals:

Emily Reviews is giving away Are You Dumber Than a Box of Rocks? from University Games.

OSR-style roleplaying games are featured in DriveThruRPG’s Good Ol’ Games Sale.

Current offers at Bundle of Holding include Mutants & Masterminds Earth-Prime, with the Basic Hero Handbook in the Starter Collection and full core rulebook in the Bonus Collection, Shadowrun 5E Essentials, with the rulebook and key supplements, and Shadowrun 5E Runs & Guns, with additional supplements.

Zatu Games (U.K.) is giving away Duelosaur Island from Pandasaurus Games. Enter with a picture of game night-date night.

The Inside Voices group is giving away a package of board game accessories, including a game tracker from Daft Concepts, a Quiver card case, and a game bag from Board Game Tables.

Handelabra’s digital board games, including Bottom of the 9th and Sentinels of the Multiverse, are on-sale for $1.

The Call of Cthulhu video game is 25% off on Steam.

Brawlin’ Brothers is giving away The Big Score from Van Ryder Games.

GJJGames is giving away five copies of The Board Game Designer’s Guide audio book.

Mayday Games’ Winter Sale runs through the 15th with buy-one-get-one on Poetry Slam and Bad Doctor, and other games up to 60% off.

Making Time for Memories is giving away two Harry Potter games from Pressman: Triwizard Board Game and Magical Beasts Game.

Troy University in Alabama is looking for adjunct faculty with tabletop experience to teach online Game Design and Development classes.

Along with several sales and distribution positions, Learning Resources has an opening for a Marketing Coordinator to handle social media and influencer campaigns and support trade shows.

At Educational Insights in Gardena, California, there are opportunities for an Associate Marketing Manager, to manage PR, social media, and the company’s customer loyalty program, and a Product Manager, to lead conceptualization, manage vendor relationships, and collaborate with functional teams as required in the development of new products.

ThinkFun in Alexandria, Virginia has an opening for a Human Resources Manager.

Wizards of the Coast in Renton, Washington is recruiting for:

Tabletop Tycoon in Londonderry, New Hampshire needs an Accounting & Bookkeeping Lead. Responsibilities include developing budgets, reviewing invoices, and managing workflows.

Games Workshop has many openings in sales and retail, also one for a Trainee Citadel Miniatures Designer and a one for a Visual Merchandising Manager. The former will sculpt minis. The latter will create product displays.

An unnamed United States board game manufacturer is looking for a UK Marketing Director, among who’s responsibilities will be managing two PR companies and an advertising agency.

Bezier Games is in need of an experienced, full-time Social Media Manager to generate buzz. The position is based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Renegade Game Studios is seeking a Development Coordinator to manage the playtesting process from its San Diego office. The company is also looking for a Video Editor to help with 1-2 projects per month.

Atlas Games has an opening for a Marketing Coordinator in Duluth, Minnesota. The successful candidate must have industry knowledge, as well as skills in writing, editing, analytics, and task management.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThrough February, Osprey Publishing is discounting books, ebooks, and games up to 70%.

Nearly 30 of Monte Cook Games’ Numenera books, adventures, maps, and more are available at Humble Bundle all together for just $15.

Decision Games’ Deal of the Month (February) is discounts on Axis Empires series titles, 34% if you buy both Totaler Krieg and Dai Sensou.

Evil Hat Productions, to clear out inventory, has priced 30 items at $10 or less.

Gayme Master is giving away The Ultimate RPG Character Background Guide by James D’amato.

Tilted Table is giving away two copies of Nosh from Crafty Games, one live on Wednesday and one by drawing on Friday.

Emily is giving away three sets of dice, two to random retweeters, one to the person who correctly guesses the number of dice in the cup.

Mail4Rosey is giving away The Wimpy Kid 10-Second Challenge from Pressman.

Amazon-hosted giveaways:

Hachette Livre to Acquire Gigamic

French book publisher Hachette Livre today announced that it has entered in to exclusive negotiations for the purchase of Gigamic from founders Jean-Christophe Gires and Stéphane Gires. Gigamic, also based in France, publishes a variety of strategy and family games, with its best-known titles probably being Quarto and Quoridor.

For Hachette Livre, which already publishes party games (quiz games, etc.), and which added mobile games to its portfolio in 2016, this investment is part of a strategic decision to explore the leisure activity market that sits alongside publishing, in particular all the segments of the consumer gaming market.

Stéphane Gires will continue to manage Gigamic after the transaction closes.

According to the Hachette Livre announcement, Gigamic’s annual sales exceed €15 million.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesGet a free Bones Black Owlbear figure for every $40 of order from Reaper Miniatures. Similar deals will apply through 2019 with a different figure each month.

Hasbro games are on-sale at Target.

Modiphius Entertainment’s January Sale includes deals such as the Star Trek Adventures Gamemaster Bundle with a 15% discount on the rule book, map, GM screen, player reference sheets, dice, and tokens.

Game tables are 20% off in Geeknson’s Winter Sale.

In 18 days, Meeple Gamers will give away North Star Games’ Evolution on Android or iOS to 25 winners.

Follow and retweet, today, Pandasaurus Games for a chance to win Machi Koro 5th Anniversary Edition.

To celebrate 3 million podcast downloads, HappyJacks RPG is giving away a set of Ancient Dragon Dice from Easy Roller Dice.

Mister Tarrasque has arranged for a 10% discount on anything from Kobold Press.

At Bundle of Holding, the Oone Dungeons offer features a generic dungeon maps.

Get free promo cards with preorders of Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth from Osprey Games.

Get a set of alternate ship cards with any Blood & Plunder ship order from Firelock Games.

Miniature Market has instituted a new daily deal system, where the price of the item on-special is dropped each day by 5% until it sells out.

Erica Ever After is giving away Mastermind from Pressman Toy.

Super Samar is giving away two game bundles, one for the United States and one for the United Kingdom.

  • Comments Off on Game Bandit
« Previous Entries  Next Page »