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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBezier Games is giving away a voucher for $50 of product.

Included in a new Humble RPG Book Bundle are digital rule books and supplements for A Song of Ice and Fire, Atomic Robo, The Laundry Files, Mistborn, and The Dresden Files.

There’s also currently a Humble Mobile Bundle for board game apps on Android, including Carcassonne, Scotland Yard, Ticket to Ride, San Juan, Galaxy Trucker, Splendor, Catan, The Amazing Labyrinth, Take it Easy, Small World, and Ingenious.

Bundle of Holding is running deals for The One Ring RPG and a collection of Old School Revival games.

Get a coupon for $3 off admission to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair from The Game Aisle. Complimentary admission is available to educators, scouts, grandparents, firefighters, police, and current and past members of the military.

SAHM Reviews is launching a new giveaway every day for 100 days. So far, there’s ones for Vinhos Deluxe from Eagle-Gryphon Games, Best of the Worst from Endless Games, Kill Doctor Lucky from Cheapass Games, Animals on Board from Stronghold Games, Munchkin from Steve Jackson Games, and Sneaky Cards from Gamewright. An earlier giveaway of one title from Osprey Games is also still running.

Paizo’s Fall Into Adventure Sale has many Pathfinder products at around 50% off. Also available from the company are 20 D&D 5e PDFs for $20.

At Toys “R” Us, there are board games on-sale for $8, $10, and $15. Also, all Pokemon are buy-one-get-one-40%-off.  All Pavilion games are 20% off. And all Ravensburger puzzles and games are 25% off.

At Amazon:

Everything Board Games is giving away Tattoo from Gaming Paper, two copies of Blood of an Englishman from Renegade Game Studios, Ice Cool from Brain Games, and Scythe from Stonemaier Games.

For 15% off all Yashima-line products from Greenbrier Games, use coupon code “yash2016”.

Dog Might is giving away a prize package of wood game cases with a retail value of over $500.

Queen of Reviews is giving away Suspicion from Wonder Forge with a BRIO Fire Station.

MumbleBee Inc. is giving away four packages of five Winning Moves games.

ET Speaks From Home is giving away Stoopido from Drumond Park (UK residents only).

Fat Brain Toys Problem Solver Giveaway includes Imhotep, No Stress Chess, Perplexus, and much more.

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Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesA Michigan man charged in a series of two murders and a kidnapping is reported by police to have been in a Magic: The Gathering tournament next door to where the first victim was working, just before she went missing.

Shogi computer programs are catching up with software for Chess and that means more cheating. The Japan Shogi Association has instituted a ban on bringing smartphones in to tournament venues and will restrict players from leaving the playing hall during matches. The group also banned 9th-dan-ranked Hiroyuki Miura through the end of the year for possible cheating. It was noted that he left his seat an unusual number of times during a recent tournament. He denies, though, the allegation and says he will consult a lawyer.

An insurgent group in eastern India, the KCP (Kangleipak Communist Party), has declared a ban on all forms of dice games and gambling and warned of serious consequences for any violations. The group is concerned that a dice game trend is negatively affecting the reputation of women.

In Ahmedabad, the Indian Poker Association has asked the Gujarat High Court to declare Poker a game of skill and therefore not subject to the state’s gambling restrictions.

The Florida Department of Business Services has ruled designated player card games (where someone sits at the table to represent the bank) illegal in the state. This is likely to complicate the ongoing case between Seminole tribes and the state over similar issues.

Recently declassified documents reveal that a Kurdish man killed while playing Backgammon in London back in 1994 was the victim of a plot orchestrated by the spy agency of Turkey.

Someone broke in over night to The Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick and stole Magic: The Gathering cards, including a Black Lotus and other rare Unlimited and Alpha cards.

The cash boxes of R&R Games and Ludi Creations were stolen from the exhibit hall during Spiel Essen.

Dan Yarrington filed a response to Zev Shlasinger and Paul Gerardi’s lawsuit over their failed Staten Island game store. Yarrington asserts [PDF] that Zap’d Games was only an investment vehicle with no role in management of the store, that the store’s lease was approved by Shlasinger, and that the store failed from the combined effects of hurricane Sandy and Gerardi’s failure to build shelves in time for the store’s planned opening. Pretrial conferences in the case are scheduled for later this month.

An assistant manager of a Hong Kong Mahjong parlor is facing criminal bribery charges for taking payments from his boss to help people cheat at games. He allegedly received HK$75,000 over a period of 4 months to mark tiles with fluorescent ink that’s only visible with special lenses.

The people who were told that their card game rules weren’t patentable (because they used a standard deck of cards) are appealing to the Supreme Court.

Upper Deck has applied to trademark the word “LOOT” with regard to trading cards, card games, and playing cards.

Hasbro was named the 2016 “Most Responsible Company in the Consumer Items Industry Sector” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

A man was stabbed during an argument over a game of Dominoes at a park in East Chicago, Indiana.

Dice game shootings in Birmingham, Alabama; Springfield, Illinois; Pontiac, Michigan; and Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSave 10% on the Galaxy ZEGA remote control tank battle game by signing up for the company’s newsletter.

Carve a Munchkin, Ogre, GURPS, or other Steve Jackson Games themed pumpkin for a chance to win an undead prize pack from the company.

For a few more hours, there’s a Halloween Sale going on at DriveThruRPG—31% off horror titles.

Scary bundles still active at Bundle of Holding include two for Gumshoe-based Lovecraftian roleplaying, Trail of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu +2, and one for Call of Cthulhu supplements, Bundle of Tentacles +4.

A bundle of Your Whispering Homunculus and More Whispering Homunculus from Kobold Quarterly runs 50% off the books priced individually.

TerraTiles: Tundras and Wastelands is 15% off direct from RAINN Studios.

Spend $100 or more at Toys “R” Us now through November 5 and get a gift card for $25 valid December 1-24.

To celebrate its renewed business, Capitan Games is discounting all Naval Range miniature products 10% for the first 15 days after restocking.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Kingdomino from Blue Orange Games.

@DungeonDrunks on Twitter is giving away one Dungeonology book from Candlewick Press.

Lord Zsezse Works has a puzzle-based coupon book on DriveThruRPG. The coupon book can be downloaded for free through November 2nd and the coupons used through November 5th.

Buy two get one free board games at Target.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThrough the company’s Epic Trick or Treat Giveaway at Castle Tentakill, Cryptozoic will give five people each a different game and one person all five of the games.

New window displays mark the start of a 25% off sale on Hasbro games at Toymaster stores in the UK, Ireland, and Malta, also the start of giveaways via social media.

Multiman Publishing is running a Spooktacular Sale October 28-31 instead of a Black Friday sale next month. Some games will be discounted in excess of 50%.

DriveThruRPG also has a Halloween Sale.

Bundle of Holding is running a Bundle of Zombies deal.

Save 15% on Dog Might Games’ new in-stock items, like boxes and dice cases.

Share on social media pictures of yourself playing Munchkin for a chance to win Munchkin prizes from Steve Jackson Games.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Doggy Go! from Renegade Game Studios.

Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Slight of Hand Sale has card games one-third to one-half off.

The McGuire Review is giving away Escape From Colditz from Osprey Games.

For 15% off regular-priced items at Toys “R” Us, use coupon code “TOY15OFF”.

df0b2457b21d9063d4ea7b0c4748afa4Neuroshima Hex is still kicking and going strong. In January the latest expansion for Neuroshima Hex 3.0, Death Breath, will be released by Portal Games.

The Death Breath are a new army that’s upgradeable with a special token pool that gives them customization options. They’ll hit store shelves with an MSRP of $10.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve played Neuroshima. In fact, I think the last time I played was when the original printing came out. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to 3.0 and see what all the hubbub is about.

Escape from Colditz

Escape from Colditz, a title originally published by Gibsons (UK) and Parker Brothers (US) in the 1970s, is back in a new edition from Osprey Games. The new version ($65 SRP) has new art, revised rules, wood pawns, cards, a large board, and a 32 page history book. The box also includes the original rules for those nostalgic for the game played in their childhood.

Escape from Colditz has most players in the roles of Allied soldiers attempting escape from the infamous World War II Nazi prison and one other as the guards trying to keep them locked up. One of the game’s designers was actually one of the few prisoners who managed to escape.

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With Burning of Prospero, Games Workshop gives the boxed game treatment to another battle in the Horus Heresy saga (last year at about the same time, the company release Betrayal at Calth). This one pits the Space Wolves, Sisters of Silence, and the Custodian Guard against the psychic Thousand Sons for control of the city of Tizca.

Included in the box are 47 miniatures, alternative weapon pieces, tiles, dice, a rule book, and a story book for $150.

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Table Tyrant recently launched Smiths of Winterforge on Kickstarter and has hit the ground running. Smiths has you controlling one of 6 Dwarven blacksmiths guilds vying to complete a royal contract and become the most renowned guild in the kingdom. I had a chance to play an extremely polished prototype of the game (seriously, it’s nice) to get some initial impressions for Table Tyrants campaign.

I played Smiths with my two older kids, my 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Running through the rules there weren’t any major snags and we were able to setup and get the game going with very little fuss. There was an errata sent to us early on, so we got to play with the latest set of rules.

The Kickstarter page gives a great overview on how the game is played, so I won’t repeat that here. What I will say is that Smiths of Winterforge is well made, well designed, and it feels like a lot of care was put into the project as a whole. My kids and I had a great time playing. I will say that figuring out a good strategy takes some time, but in my opinion, that’s the mark of good design. I  already mentioned how nice the prototype was, but man, all the boards, and bits are top notch.

Smiths of Winterforge is almost fully funded with plenty of time left in the campaign. A pledge of around $37 gets you the game, which is an amazing deal for what you’re getting. There’s plenty of extras to be had at higher levels, but you won’t be disappointed if you don’t spring for them. Smiths of Winterforge is an excellent game, and it comes at an amazing price.

A preview copy of Smiths of Winterforge was provided for free by Table Tyrant.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesAvalanche Press’ boxed games are 30% off this month.

Looney Labs sends out free gifts for the holidays. All it takes to get on the list is a name, address, and to tell them which is your favorite game.

Retweet and follow CoolMiniOrNot for a chance to win Kaosball.

Amazon deals:

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Today Hasbro announced HASCON, a massive event which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. The convention will be three days packed with everything Hasbro has to offer from all their product lines, characters, and stories. There will be live interactive experiences, exclusive products, special guests, panels, and everything else you’d expect to find at a good convention. Being Hasbro, it’s a fully family-friendly event.

This is one party I’m going to make sure not miss!

For more information, and to get on the mailing list for first-notice ticket sales, visit http://hascon.hasbro.com.

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