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.


Fallout Board Game

Fantasy Flight has announced a Fallout board game based on the video game series from Bethesda Softworks. This’ll be a scenario-based, adventure-style game that can be played solo or with up to four. The scenarios in the box include The Capital Wasteland, The Pitt, The Commonwealth, and Far Harbor and players can adopt human, super mutant, or ghoul characters.

To win Fallout, players attempt to accumulate the most influence via influence cards. Some of these award points based on a character’s own achievements, while others are tied to the accomplishments of the various game factions (Railroad, Synths, Brotherhood of Steel, The Institute, Slaver) that a player may have aligned themselves with during the game.

The Fallout board game should be available at retail later this year for $60.

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Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTo celebrate the imminent release of Commands & Colors Tricorne: The American Revolution, Compass Games is offering a package deal that includes the aforementioned title plus one of every other in-print game (35 in total) for just $1,776 (normal retail is over $3,000).

Attending Gen Con?

  • Enter for a chance to play Peaceable Kingdom’s Mole Rats in Space with designer Matt Leacock.
  • Share a Pandemic Legacy photo via Z-Man Games’ Facebook page for a chance to attend a Pandemic Legacy Season 2 training session taught by designers Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau.

ACD Distribution is giving away two copies of Hafid’s Grand Bazaar from Rather Dashing Games.

Use coupon code “BF-9847” when spending $40 or more at Fat Brain Toys to get 10% off on that order and a certificate on October 1st for 10% off another order.

Winning Moves UK is looking for someone to stand in as VIP (very important player) at the launch of Monopoly Sterling Edition. The person selected will also get a copy of the game.

Renegade Game Studios is giving away a copy of Sentient before its general retail release.

theMCGuiRE Review is giving away Mooquake Escape from Breaking Games, Master of the Galaxy from Ares, Quest for the Antidote from Upper Deck, and Balloon Pop and Bottlecap Vikings from Tasty Minstrel Games.

Unfiltered Gamer is giving away Arithmetic from Simply Clever Cards and a bunch of different games to 32 separate winners.

Everything Board Games is giving away Feudum and expansion from Odd Bird Games and Photosynthesis from Blue Orange Games.

Bundle of Holding’s latest offering features the 1984 Revised Edition of the Palladium Role-Playing Game. At $14.95 the starter collection includes the core rulebook, game master kit, an introductory scenario, setting supplement, and print-and-play paper miniatures. Starting at $26.25, the bonus collection adds more adventures, setting materials, and minis.

With the free release of Dystopian Wars: Fleet Action fast-play rules, Spartan Games has put up several discounted bundle deals for its steampunk naval battle game. The company has also significantly reduced the price on special battle boxes for its sci-fi Firestorm Armada and Firestorm Planetfall games (25-35% plus extra goodies for those who purchase both).

DramaScape’s sci-fi bundle of 38 print-and-play battle maps (also good for VTT use) is on-sale for 75% off.

Pair-of-Dice Games has listed all four of its products (and one bundle) for 25% off.

The Open Gaming Store is giving away free print RPG products with orders of $20 or more in other physical products. Customers can choose the premium but supplies are limited.

Amazon deals:

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Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDriveThruRPG’s Christmas in July Sale, which offers 25% off thousands of items, ends tomorrow.

Doctor Who RPG books from Cubicle 7 are available in a Humble Bundle deal starting at just $1 for the rulebook, First Doctor sourcebook, three adventures, a computer game, and a coupon for 30% off any other purchase from Cubicle 7. Get 17 books at $15.

For 25% off in Precis Intermedia’s Christmas in July Sale, use coupon code “J86MG8Y9GV”.

Multi-Man Publishing is running a Summer Sale, to coincide with the World Boardgaming Championships, with discounts starting at 25%.

Use promo code “FANMILY” for $20 off an adult ticket and $10 off a child’s ticket to Hascon, Hasbro’s in-house fan convention.

Gen Con and USAopoly are giving away the latter company’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle game.

From Dr. Finn, get three games (Biblios Dice, Foragers, and Let Them Eat Shrimp) for $45.

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Over at Bundle of Holding, there are two Numenera offerings, one with the core rulebook and early supplements starting at $9.95, the other starting at $14.95 with more recent supplements, including one based on the Torment: Tides of Numenera computer game. There’s also a RIFTS bundle, starting at $17.95 for four books including Ultimate Edition, and the bonus collection with seven more books starting at $27.86.

Venger’s Old School Gaming Blog is running an RPG adventure writing contest with a prize of $500.

Strat-O-Matic is running a t-shirt design contest. The winner will receive a $250 merchandise credit, plus a shirt.

A bundle of all five years of Steve Jackson Games’ The Space Gamer magazine is now available for half off.

Dice from Dog Might Games are on-sale for 20% off.

For one more day, Osprey Publishing’s Campaign, Fortress, and Raid series books are 20% off.

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Carcassonne Under the Big Top

It’s a circus of Carcassonne expansions with this, the 10th, Under the Big Top, where the focus is on scoring points through interactions with adjacent tiles.

Included in Under the Big Top ($20 retail) are 40 new tiles, animal tokens, ringmaster meeples, and a wood big-top piece. Circus tiles give points both to the meeples on them and to those on adjacent tiles. Acrobat tiles score multiple meeples, with new ones stacked in a pyramid when tiles are placed adjacent. And ringmaster meeples are placed as normal but score bonus points for adjacent circus and acrobat tiles.

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ASTRA 2017—Breaking Games

A recent release by Breaking Games, Aura ($25) turns four individual decks of numbered cards in to a head-to-head tactical battle game. Opponents’ cards are arrayed against each other with higher numbers eliminating lower numbers and certain cards empowered with special effects, such as trumps and blocking ability.

Coming in the fourth quarter of this year is Kawaii ($10), a Japanese/English crossover card game that’s essentially the same as Poop, except for a few extra action cards and more poop emojis.

Then just into 2018, Breaking Games plans to ship Convert ($30), a wood piece, three-dimensional abstract played in two dimensions. That is, though the pieces are blocks and when placed must be considered in three dimensions, the goal of four-in-a-row applies only when viewed from above.

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Real Life Travel Bingo

In this season of long road trips, this modern variant on a family classic serves up humorous diversion with such spaces as “Someone is Carsick”, “Curse Word”, “Nose Picked”, “Weird Smell”, and “Pee Emergency”. Real Life Travel Bingo from Uncle Andy Toys retails for $10 and comes with three of the 5×5 cards, complete with the traditional little sliding windows.

 

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Upper Deck’s Legendary deck-building game is getting a digital version (iOS, Android, and Steam). Legendary DXP will feature a new fantasy setting, solo and match play, and a “gauntlet” mode for 5-player competitions and weekly leagues.

Magic: The Gathering is also due for a new digital version, this time in the form of a MMORPG from Cryptic Studios.

Codename Entertainment has licensed Dungeons & Dragons for a clicker game, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. The game will take players on a quest through the Sword Coast region and will feature at launch two characters from the Force Grey streaming series. Updates and additional features, including a tie-in to the Tomb of Annihilation, are scheduled to occur monthly.

For the hard-core board gamer, the Board Game Stats app, useful for tracking one’s collection and logging games played, is now available on Android.

Ports of solitaire favorite Friday are now available on Android and iOS.

Race for the Galaxy, already available on Android and iOS, is now also good on PC via Steam ($7). It can be played against AI or cross-platform multiplayer. Both the Gathering Storm and Rebel vs Imperium expansions are available as add-ons at $4 each.

Asmodee Digital has launched Spot It! on mobile as Spot It! Duel: A Dobble Game (Android and iOS). In this digital form, as players progress through various arenas, they collect Dobble characters, who convey special powers. Spot It! Duel is free-to-play, with in-app purchases.

The Renegade Games Companion App has been upgraded with support for Clank! Sunken Treasures. And another game from Renegade has been announced by Dire Wolf Digital. Lotus, the game about assembling flowers from individual petals, is due on Android and iOS later this summer.

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Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEverything is 10% off in Victory Point Games’ Summer Sale.

GameSpot’s Trek in the Tropics sweepstakes will give out five prize packages of Star Trek: Attack Wing products from WizKids, which I’m sure you want more than the Star Trek-themed cruise for two.

Free shipping on promotional items purchased direct from Portal Games, this month only.

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Hot Jobs

Mattel in Frankfurt, Germany has an opportunity for a Marketing Intern – Brand Activation Games to support the company at Essen Internationale Spieltage, test and proofread prototypes, plan advertising, manage social media, and conduct market research.

Wizards of the Coast is recruiting for a Senior Game Designer to join Magic: The Gathering’s R&D team. Requires 3+ years design experience, passion for MtG, ability to lead teams, and familiarity with other CCGs.

Spin Master is looking for someone crafty, outgoing, and comfortable with social media to fill the role of Sand Castle Maker. The position is a 1 year, $50,000 contract to build “imaginative creations” with Kinetic Compounds. Must make at least one video a week, with children.

CENTRA Technology, a consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia (just outside D.C.), has an opening for a Wargame Analyst. The job of the analyst is to organize and implement simulations and exercises involving such topics as space policy, military technology, cybersecurity, and regional affairs.

Goliath Games in Plano, Texas needs a Graphic Designer to design game packaging and layout instruction manuals and game boards. Five or more years of experience is required.

Andromeda Simulations International, which runs board game based training programs on business, finance, and strategy, needs a Marketing Director. The goal is to “focus on solution design and content development,” such as blogging, social media campaigns, email campaigns, and trade shows and conferences.

Cartamundi has a number of openings at its board game manufacturing plant in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Some are shift-based production positions. Others are for IT and logistics.

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Four-day badges for Gen Con’s 50th anniversary event (August 17-20 in Indianapolis) have sold out. Individual-day passes are still available but are also expected to sell out shortly. Gen Con has already decided not to sell additional day-passes on-site and instead will use the hall registration space to speed up the will-call line.

For those who do have passes and perhaps consider the crowds and chaos a geeky-romantic venue, Gen Con has an official wedding planner and has set aside times (with corresponding event IDs) for vow-renewal ceremonies and actual weddings.

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