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Stranger Things Board Games

In time for the second season, Hasbro has three new Stranger Things board games exclusively at Target.

In the Stranger Things Eggo Card Game (“Fortified with Eleven’s vitamins!”) players try to get rid of all their Eggo cards before the Demogorgon attacks. Depending on the card they play, they may switch between the Right Side Up and the Upside Down, cause other players to draw cards, reverse the turn order, or summon the Demogorgon.

Stranger Things Monopoly has players buying, selling, and trading locations and vehicles from the town of Hawkins while searching for Will Byers. It comes with two sets of tokens, one Right Side Up and one Upside Down.

Ouija: Stranger Things Edition links players to the Upside Down with letters highlighted by Christmas lights.

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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University Games has acquired Paul Lamond Games of the U.K. Paul Lamond, which sells a variety of puzzles, murder-mystery party games, and board games in the U.K., will continue to operate as a separate entity out of its offices in London.

 

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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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Imagine that your favorite board game made you sick. I mean, convulsing on the floor, eyes rolling back, foaming at the mouth sick! That’s what recently happened to a 52 year old Chinese man while playing Mahjong. Still, who would have imagined a tabletop game causing seizures. But after a second incident mid-game, doctors with the Zhejiang University School of Medicine diagnosed Mahjong epilepsy.

Mahjong epilepsy is a rare reflex epilepsy syndrome, a type of condition in which seizures can be brought on by certain stimuli, such as flashing lights. Mahjong epilepsy most closely resembles a cognition epilepsy subtype, in which seizures are induced by decision-making, spacial tasks, and other thought processes. There have been cases of seizures induced by writing, drawing, and performing mathematical calculations.

In a 2007 study of 23 cases, doctors in Hong Kong, however, found Mahjong epilepsy sufficiently distinctive, noted that both playing and just watching Mahjong could lead to seizures, and ruled out stress or sleep deprivation as the cause. In the recent Chinese case, the man’s doctor hypothesized that a possible trigger could have been the patterns of circles and dots found on Mahjong tiles.

Other cases of game-induced seizures have been confirmed by medical professionals. A 1965 article in the Chinese Medical Journal documented four patients with repeated epileptic seizures playing and watching games of Chess and cards. Among these cases, the sufferers would find themselves uncontrollably gesturing with their arms, standing and spinning, and losing consciousness.

Case studies in the journal Epilepsia report on an Italian man who over a period of years suffered “arrests of thought” when playing cards or Draughts, three Asian patients for whom cards and Draughts induced tonic-clonic seizures, and an American woman who experienced generalized seizures when playing Checkers.

See also the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry for a report on a patient who’s jerking motions and loss of consciousness were evoked by attempts to solve a Rubik’s CubeNeurology for a study of 25 cases involving “activation of seizures by calculation, card, and board games“; and the Journal of Clinical Neurology (Korea) for information on 13 patients who experienced seizures while playing the card game Go-Stop and four patients who’s seizures were triggered by playing Baduk (Go).

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Hot Jobs

To support its fast-growing catalog, Renegade Game Studios seeks a Localization Coordinator (in Europe, to support European partners), a Marketing Coordinator (in North America, to support brand-building and social media), and a Game Producer (in San Diego, to push the development of new products).

In addition to a number of jobs related to its digital products and a few art-related positions (contract and in-house), Wizards of the Coast is recruiting for a Principal Product Designer. This job involves overseeing R&D design for Magic: The Gathering. Responsibilities include managing all aspect of a MtG block, contributing to strategic development and decision-making, and otherwise supporting the MtG brand.

Two positions are open at Paizo. One is for a Game Developer “to take responsibility for the creation, revision, and editing of content for… the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder, and associated product lines.” The other is for a Customer Service Representative to answer inquiries and troubleshoot problems.

Pelgrane Press has an opening for an Administrative Assistant but it’s no mere secretarial position. The job involves working with directly with customers, online and in-person, as well as managing supply-chain issues such as print buying and tracking warehouse inventories. Pelgrane is headquartered in the U.K. but remote work is OK. The work is estimated at 25 hours per week for a salary of US$1,500 per month (about $14/hr, no benefits).

Games for Change (G4C), the organization that promotes driving real-world change using games, has three openings: Senior Director (an executive leadership position), Community Manager (a part-time but front-line, point-of-contact between G4C and the whole range of its stakeholders), and Operations Manager (also part-time, and responsible for office and financial management, and maintaining institutional knowledge). All three are based out of New York City.

Ceaco (Gamewright) is looking for a Stock Room Assistant, part-time in Newton, Massachusetts.

At Lost Battalion Publishing in Upperco, Maryland there are openings for a full-time Graphic Designer and a part-time Game Manufacturing Technician.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesWith the Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play license recently acquired by Cubicle 7, the game’s second edition is now up as a Humble RPG Book Bundle. That means the entire line, plus the first edition core rule book, can be had in ebook form for just $20.

DriveThruRPG is hosting a huge Setting Sale, with up to a third off hundreds of RPG supplements, including old TSR D&D material (Planescape, Birthright, Ravenloft, Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk), JWP’s new 7th Sea, Cubicle 7’s Adventures in Middle Earth, and many more.

Amazon deals:

Current offers at Bundle of Holding include:

Trying to reduce inventory ahead of moving to a new warehouse, Mayday Games has many products on-sale for 60-80% off.

Lion Rampant is giving away a Party Package that includes six games and $50 of pizza.

To get the Lock ‘N Load Tactical Starter Kit direct from LNL Publishing for only 99¢ plus shipping, use coupon code “LnLT-Now”.

Osprey Publishing’s September Sale means 20% off Air Vanguard, New Vanguard, and Weapon titles.

Some of Buffalo Games’ games are on-sale at Target.

Restoration Games is giving away one copy of Fireball Island (when it’s released) each month through December. A photo posted to social media is required to enter.

Modiphius has a number of Achtung Cthulhu products on-sale, some discounted more than 50%.

Green Ronin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying line is on-sale for 10% off. And 20% of all sales will go to Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston.

Many of Dave Graffam Models’ print-and-play paper terrain kits are on-sale, up to 80% off.

DramaScape’s already discounted Space Ship Bundle of print-and-play combat maps is getting an extra discount through the end of the month, so that it’s currently running 75% off the cost of the maps priced separately.

Toys “R” Us’ Fun for All Sale includes discounts on 50 titles from Pavilion Games.

Everything Board Games is giving away:

The Giveaway Geek is giving away:

Unfiltered Gamer is giving away the Villains and Vigilantes Card Game, plus expansion, from Game Salute.

Daddy Stinks is giving away Gassy the Cow from Drumond Park (U.K.).

The In Character Podcast is giving away Roll Player from Thunderworks Games.

The Soup Dragon Says is giving away King Pong from Drumond Park (U.K.).

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