Grand Prix International

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 - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThere are three prizes in Two Board Meeples’ Reader Appreciation Giveaway: $25, $15, and $10 Cool Stuff Inc gift certificates.

Answer two super-easy questions to enter the Independence Play Sweepstakes of the Toy Industry Association’s The Genius of Play initiative. Top prize is $250 in toys and games.

Barnes and Noble just launched its annual red-dot clearance sale on board games with discounts around 50%.

Do317 is giving away 4-day passes to Gen Con.

For the launch of the Zombicide: Black Plague Wulfsburg expansion, The Army Painter has a new paint and varnish bundle discounted 15%.

Just through tomorrow, get six Subbuteo team boxes (Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Portugal, and Holland) for €20 with shipping included free to the EU.

Tell White Wizard Games, through Twitter, what about the company’s upcoming Kickstarter for Hero Realms makes you “most excited.” They’ll pick one answer per day for the next 5 days and send the tweeter promo cards for Star Realms and Epic.

Strat-O-Matic Basketball, Hockey, and Football games for Windows are 40% off through Thursday morning. A coupon code, “SOMSUMMER”, is required.

Everything Board Games is giving away Blood Rage from Cool Mini or Not.

There are two deals currently available at Bundle of Holding. One, for the Icons superhero RPG, starts with the Player’s Collection at $15 and adds the Game Master’s Collection at around $28. The other, for Mongoose Publishing’s Legend game (used to be a version of Runequest), has a substantial Starter Collection at just $6 and then adds six more products in the Bonus Collection at about $14.

Insert Here is giving away a package of several games from Passport Game Studios and the inserts that go with them.

Another from Passport, CV, is being given away by Bower’s Game Corner.

Second Look—Poopyhead

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.There’s so many ways I can compare this game to it’s subject matter, but it’d be a bit crude for a family site such as ours. Let’s just say that Poopyhead left me and my kids with a “not so fresh” feeling after giving it a few plays.

Poopyhead is more a novelty than a game. It comes with 5 rubber poop headbands, a Whoopie cushion, and some cards. Players need to rid their hand of cards by playing them to the center stack in the correct order: Toilet – Poo – Paper – Wash your hands. Gameplay is simultaneous, so all players are trying to get their cards down as fast as they can. Rid your hand of all your cards and hit the Whoopie cushion to end the round. The player with the most cards left in their hand has to place a poop on their head. The player with the least poop on their head after five rounds wins the game.

The game seemed like it’d be something the kids would enjoy. Potty humor is always in fashion with little ones. Unfortunately the poop became more of a problem than a fun gimmick. The kids loved to laugh at others who had to wear the poop, but all got upset when they got laughed at for wearing it. The Whoopie cushion also broke the first day we got the game from repeated abuse by the kids. The actual card play wore out fast, and the kids were soon asking to play something else.

All in all Poopyhead was a bit of a stinker for us, and it’s already been tossed in the basement to be forgotten about.

A copy of Poopyhead was provided free for review by Identity Games.

Mr MonopolyAs reported by Variety, Hasbro and Araca Group are partnering on a series of live stage projects based on the toy and game company’s properties. Though still several years out, the first will be Monopoly the Musical, which the companies intend as a Broadway production exploring the world of Monopoly (rather than people playing the game).

After Monopoly the Musical, Araca will look at other Hasbro properties to serve as the basis for theater in a range of markets, including Broadway, amusement parks, cruise ships, school productions, and community theater.


Top Gun Plot Twist Party Game

Top Gun Plot Twist Party GameYup, that’s Top Gun, the 1980s action movie, in the form of a new party game. Scheduled for release in November by Jasco Games, the Top Gun Plot Twist Party Game has players, over a series of hops, executing maneuvers, insults, high-fives, and flipping the bird in an attempt to secure 30 points and the Top Gun trophy. Designed for 2-5 players and consisting of 100 cards, the game is supposed to take 15-30 minutes.


Who knew that gaming tables was going to be such a competitive market? The folks at have been making high-end, custom-built wordwork gaming tables for the past year and a half, but they’ve recently launched a massive campaign for a low-cost gaming table. How low? $500 for a 3×5 table. They’re getting the price down to that point in two major ways: the tables are all standardized, so there’s no customization, and they’ll be mass-producing the tables, letting the economies of scale bring the overall price down. The Duchess is $499, $739 with topper to convert it to a normal table.

mistborn board game

A boardgame based on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novels is up on Kickstarter! A $50 pledge (plus shipping) gets you a copy of the semi-cooperative game. The game is designed by Kevin Wilson (one of my favorite game designers). Check out Mistborn: House War from Crafty Games.

fortressMiniature wargamer? Laser Dream Works is presenting 3D printer-ready models for historical (17th and 18th Century) terrain. The main item (at $45) is a fortress based on Fort Ticonderoga in New York state. The Vauban Fortress is scales from 28mm to 10mm sizes. Already unlocked: battle-damaged walls, outer fortifications, and Spanish-style turrets. They’re so very close to unlocking a five-pointed fort and a shore battery made of curved walls, but they’re in the final week of the campaign, so act soon!

Summit has an interesting theme: mountain climbing. In the game, you’re racing up (and back down) a mountain, laying down tiles to create trails and hazards. But you don’t want to sprint up the mountain: you’ll have to keep track of your food, oxygen, and health while making sure you’re not overburdened or too slow to ascend and descend. You’ll have to watch the weather, balance your load, and survive the perilous trek. The base game is yours for a pledge of $37 (US, approximate: $49 CAD). Summit also comes with a cooperative/solo expansion, which is available at the $49 level ($64 CAD).

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If Cards Against Humanity is dirty words Apples to Apples, Drawing Without Dignity is potty-mouth Pictionary. This week’s Marketplace Confusion/Parody/Coattail Riding spotlight product is for 17 and up (really? 17?) and it’s pretty much Pictionary where you’re drawing things like “sperm donor”, “yellow snow”, and “carpet muncher”. A $25 pledge gets you a box with 100 cards (5 clues per card), a one-minute timer, a six-sided die, a pad of paper, and four miniature golf pencils. Drawing Without Dignity has a week and a half to go and is nearly a third of the way funded: take a look at the campaign.

Hey, remember last time when we featured an 18-card CAH “expansion” called Bad Apples? You’re probably wondering if they funded. Nope, but it’s because the creator cancelled the funding with just two dollars to go! Well, they went ahead and relaunched the campaign again (the third time), and it still didn’t fund, only getting $500 of the C$750 requested.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Board GameJasco Games, working with the designers at Lynnvander Studios, is publishing a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game. Due at retail in late October, it’s a straight cooperative game for up to six players that’s supposed to take an hour or less.

You help Buffy and her friends to defend the town of Sunnydale from an onslaught of vampires and demons, while ultimately attempting to foil the big bad’s plot and prevent the Hellmouth from opening.


The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design

The winners of the 2016 Origins Awards, as given out by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design at the Origins Game Fair, are:

Bob the BuilderWith Mattel’s purchase and relaunch of the Bob the Builder animated series last year, I’m confident we’ll see related toys and games from the company this year. In the meantime, though, we have news that the company has licensed the property to Jumbo for puzzles and games in the UK and Ravensburger for puzzles and games in Germany, France, Italy, Iberia, Benelux, and Israel.

The Walking Dead Season 6
Ultra PRO has announced plans for a series of game accessories based on the AMC television show, The Walking Dead. Due in September are card sleeves, storage boxes, and playmats. Following in the first quarter of 2017 will be score-keeping counters.

Summer is traditional game convention season—Origins started today in Columbus, Ohio—but these two you may not have heard of.

APBA logoConnections, running August 9-12 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, has a serious purpose, “to advance and preserve the art, science, and application of wargaming.” Actually more of a conference, the event includes a number of presentations and panels by military officers and historians, as well as an opportunity to participate in game lab activities.

The 2016 APBA Convention (June 24-26 in Alpharetta, Georgia) is an event dedicated to the 65 year-old company’s sports strategy games. There’ll be tournaments for baseball, football, and hockey, and a playtest event for a new nine hole par 3 golf course.

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