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.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesIt’s Teach Your Kids to Game Week at DriveThruRPG and select family-friendly titles are 50% off.

Many board games are on-sale in Target stores for $2-5 off, including Moustache Smash from Spin Master and Robot Turtles from Think Fun.

Paizo’s PDF Love Sale includes 30% off 677 digital products.

Recovery Bookstore is giving away the Recovery Board Game. Not just one copy, all of them.

Blessed Elements is giving away Time in a Box from Fox Mind.

For 20% off premium color colored Game Trayz, use coupon code “PRE20″.

Place a deposit with Geek Chic by the end of the year and get a free gift, such as a dice tower or card carrier.

Get a free gift box with every order of $150 or more from Games Workshop.

Noble Knight Games is holding its Fall Sale, with most everything at least 10% off.

Asmodee Acquires Fantasy Flight

Fantasy Flight LogoAsmodee is on a roll, aren’t they? After announcing that they were acquiring Days of Wonder only a short while ago, they’ve now announced that they’ve acquired Fantasy Flight. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Asmodee is quickly becoming one of the largest hobby game companies around.

Fantasy Flight has always seemed like the big kid on the block to me, so I’m a little surprised to see this come across my desk today!

Score Board - Boardgame tournaments, competitions and championships results and scoresShogi

Awake defeated Ponanza, claiming the top spot in the Shogi Deno Tournament in Saitama, Japan. Both are computer programs, and along with three other computer players earned the opportunity to compete against humans for a 2.5 million Yen prize next March.


Nigeria placed first at the Africa Scrabble Championship, followed by South Africa and Zambia.

Christopher May clinched the British National Scrabble Championship with a record of 13-4 +1287 by playing “MATH”. Yep, that’s it.


In a repeat performance of last year, Kim Sooyoung and Jeon Junhak of Korea claimed the trophy at the International Amateur Pair Go Cup. Their final game was against Chinese Taipei and was won on a resignation.


The World Youth Draughts Championship in Tallinn, Estonia was divided in to boys and girls, minicadets (under-14) and hopes (under-11) sections. Among all the sections, the top spots were dominated by players from Russia and Belarus. In minicadets girls, the winner was Vera Gorbacheva of Russia. In minicadets boys, the winner was  Anatolyi Protodyakonov of Russia. Leading hopes girls was Maryia Chasnakova of Belarus. Leading hopes boys, Miraslau Kuzniatsou of Belarus.

In Lishui, China the 3rd Xingqui Tianxi Cup International Open Draughts Tournament saw Mourodoullo Amrillaew of Russia at the top of the general section, Natalia Shestakova of Russia lead the women’s section, Yiming Pan of China boys under-14, and Yurui Liu of China girls under-14.

Rubik’s Cube

At Człuchów Panzer Cube 2014 (Poland), Jakub Kipa set a world record at solving the 3×3 cube with feet, 25.90 seconds.

With an average time of 9.47 seconds in 3×3 cube, the winner of the Asian Championship in Matsudo, Japan was Sei Sugama. The same tournament saw a world record 37.83 Megaminx solve by Mitsuki Gunji.


After six rounds of the World Chess Championship, current champion, Magnus Carlsen, leads challenger and previous champion, Viswanathan Anand, 3½-2½.

First place in the Tashkent leg of the FIDE Grand Prix went to Dmitry Andreikin with 7/11 points.

Magic: The Gathering

Grand Prix Nashville was a Khans of Tarkir team limited event. Of the 464 registered teams, the one of Matthew Nass, Jacob WIlson, and Jesse Hampton came out on top.

At Grand Prix Santiago (standard), Brazilian players proved tough opponents for local Chileans, with Eduardo dos Santos Vieira coming out on top.

Immanuel Gerschenson of Austria won Grand Prix Madrid, where the modern format saw a strong performance by a variety of older cards.

More than 4,000 players showed up for Grand Prix New Jersey (legacy) but in the finals it came down to roommates, Tom Ross and Brian Braun-Duin, with the latter taking home the trophy.


Fantasy Flight Games’ World Championship Weekend saw eight different players declared champion, one in two separate games:

  • A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Melee)—Dan Seefeldt
  • A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Joust)—Sam Braatz
  • A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Overall)—Alexander Hynes
  • Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game—Jeremy Zwirn
  • Star Wars: The Card Game—Mick Cipra
  • X-Wing—Paul Heaver
  • Warhammer 40,000: Conquest—Jeremy Zwirn
  • Warhammer: Diskwars—Francois Fressin
  • Android: Netrunner The Card Game—Dan Dargenio

Hasbro logoIn a bit of interesting news today, it seems there’s rumors of Hasbro purchasing Dreamworks. It’s a deal that many are already cracking jokes about. Which toy/game lines will become the new big Dreamworks movie?

This could work both ways, though. Which Dreamworks titles would Hasbro have full control over for toys, games, etc..

While on he surface it may seem like an odd deal, it makes a ton of sense. Now we just sit back and wait until it actually happens. Then, if it does, lets hope Hasbro actually puts some though into new product/movies instead of flooding the market with as much sub-par stuff that it can as quickly as it can

[source: Investor Guide]

Pocket Sports Announces New Games

8c6764_8c8165613e112e0933fd4235a83e3580.png_srz_p_238_165_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzPocket Sports has just announced a slew of new games that will be releasing shortly after the new year. Boxing, Baseball, Tennis, Test Cricket, and 2nd editions for Football and Rugby make up an impressive line up of new products.

Each of the new titles is up on the Pocket Sports website for preorder for only $9.99. which is a savings over the normal $11.99 price tag.

Second Look—Niya

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.Niya – a game by Bruno Cathala, is a beautiful little abstract strategy game with a pattern matching mechanic. Players shuffle the tiles and place them on the table in a 4 x 4 grid. Each player then takes turns placing their tokens down until they make a row, make a 2×2 grid, or make it so the opponent can’t place a title. The trick here is that you can only place a token on a tile that shares at least one attribute  the previous player’s placement.

The game is light, quick, and great for families. I’ve had a great time playing this with 4-year-old, as well as my 7 and 9-year-olds. It’s simple enough to teach and play while really rewarding planning and forethought. It’s also pretty inexpensive, which makes it a great holiday gift. It retails for $14, and there’s great value there.

NiyaThere’s really not much more I can say about Niya except that it’s a purchase anyone with kids should make without a second thought. It fills a nice need for a quick family game, and even though it’s only for 2 players, you can easily play several games with each family member without the others having to wait too long.

A copy of Niya was provided free for review by Blue Orange Games

MunchkinSteve Jackson Games has announced a pop-up store in New York City to coincide with Toy Fair NY 2015. In addition to items in the Munchkin line, the store at 353 W. 46st (between 8th and 9th Avenues) will feature a open gaming space, a three-day Munchkin Invitational event, and signings by Steve Jackson, John Kovalic, and Andrew Hackard.

Munchkin World NYC will open on Friday, February 13, 2015 and close Sunday the 15th. Toy Fair NY 2015 runs from February 14th through the 17th.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEnter Topps’ Candymania Pop & Play Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 100 candy and game prize packages, or a cruise, but I’m sure you’d prefer the games.

As part of Minion Games’ Liquidation Sale, Hegemonic is 63% off, Kingdom of Solomon 70% off, and Tahiti 71% off—and that’s not all!

The Voice of E is giving away Space Cadets Dice Duel, along with the Die Fighter expansion, from Stronghold Games.

Chaosium is holding a Halloween sale. Though the announcement states that the discount is $25, I suspect the company meant 25%.

Through December, all orders from Far Future Enterprises will receive a free set of two Traveller dice in red and green Christmas colors.

In the UK, Hasbro is handing out Pizza Hut pizzas to purchasers of its party games.

Sally Forth on Ticket to RideErwin Pauelsen (Netherlands) has resigned his title as 2014 Ticket to Ride World Champion after admitting to cheating in the second game of the final held in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France. Online spectator “Knock-Chiroubles”, viewing the championship via Days of Wonder’s streaming, analysed the match between Erwin Pauelsen and Kenneth Heilfron (North America) and posted his findings to the Days of Wonder forum. The forum member stated that during the game in question, Pauelsen took 30 turns while Heilfron took 28, despite Heilfron being the first player in the game and the last to take a turn. The forum member concludes his analysis by noting that there were “3 missing turns for Kenneth in this game”. Another poster states that while watching the live stream, he realized that at some point Pauelsen attempted to play twice in a row and Heilfron, who was showing signs of fatigue, did not notice.

In the weeks following the championship, which was held on September 27th, Days of Wonder stated they had reviewed the final matches and “found evidence of cheating during the 2nd game of the final. Mr. Pauelson has admitted to his dishonesty and agreed to hand back his title and trophy.”

Kenneth Heilfron has been officially declared the 2014 Ticket to Ride World Champion and will receive the grand prize of a trip for two nine-day trip to Asia, including three nights on board the Eastern & Orient Express.

Mr Pauelsen was the 2010 Catan World Championship winner and came in tenth place in the 2012 Catan World Championship.

Second Look—Giant

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.6 giants roam the land, and it’s up to you to bring them down.

Giant is a card drafting game where players use tokens to draft troops and try to take down giants. Each giant is a large cardboard stand up with punch out circles representing parts of their bodies, and overall health. Tokens come in 3 forms: gold, magic, and weapon. Gold is used to draft troops, magic is used to fuel wizards’ attacks, and weapon tokens are used for warriors to fight. Players earn punch tokens for taking out giant parts, and when a giant is killed the loot is divided up based on how many punch tokens a player has. Players need to be careful, though, as if their token numbers equal 7 or above they lose a troop to the battle.

pic2221932_mdThe game is simple to learn, and a blast to play. The giants themselves are great pieces to have on the table. Players work together to take them down, but you always have your best interest at heart which makes for a very tense game at times. The giants scale in difficulty, so while it seems a bit too easy at first you’ll soon be struggling to field troops with enough power to take down the latter giants.

In the end my kids and I have a great time with this one. I hadn’t heard of it until I saw a post about how the designer was looking for reviews,. Giant is a fantastic little game that could have completely passed me by. The game was recently fully funded on Kickstarter, and I’m glad for it! This is one that definitely should be in a gamer’s collection, especially if they have kids.

A copy of Giant was provided free for review by Joe Magic Games.

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