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.

Rampage Gets A New Name

terrorinmeeplecityFile this one in the “I saw this coming a million miles away” category. Rampage is being redistributed as Terror in Meeple City. A much worse name, in my opinion, but one that doesn’t step on the toes of an identically named famous arcade game that also features monsters destroying a city.

Hopefully Bally Midway didn’t send Lizze, George, and Ralph over to Asmodee to strong arm them.

AAGADThe winners of the 2014 Origins Awards, as given out by The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design at the Origins Game Fair, are:

[via Bleeding Cool and Ogre Cave]

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesGet free stuff at Free RPG Day this Saturday, June 21st.

DriveThruRPG’s 10th anniversary occasions a $10 bundle sale, representing discounts of 71-93%.

Fazoli’s is inviting people to play Bridge in its chain of Italian restaurants. And to sweeten the invitation, Fazoli’s will give a free lemon-ice drink to members of the American Contract Bridge League, who order an entree, Wednesdays, in June, between the hours of 2:00-5:00 PM.

Catan Boards is giving away three of it’s prototype products, including a carrying bag and tile holders for Settlers of Catan.

Game poetry might get you a copy of Star Realms, being given away by Kicktraq on Reddit.

Cleared by The Computer, the Bundle of Holding features Paranoia for as little as $10.

Koreaboardgames is running a game design contest with a top prize of $1,000 (all rights remain with the designers).

White Wolf’s World of Darkness Guide to the Technocracy and Guide to the Traditions are 50% off at DriveThruRPG.

Theme Park Mama will be giving one winner three games from Wonder Forge: Disney Frozen Matching Game, Marvel Matching Game, and Disney Planes Sky Race Action Game.

SoCal Coupon Mommy is doing a similar giveaway, except that one person will get the Marvel game and another will have to choose between the two Disney games.

ThinkFun’s Robot Turtles Adventure Bundle includes 10 expansion adventure quests.

For 10% off Precis Intermedia products, use coupon code “PU49UJZXFW“.

In honor of the World Cup, Pocket Football is 20% off with coupon code “WC2014“.

Residents of Australia, to win one of 15 Bop-It Beats from Hasbro, tell The Hot Hits “why you want to bop it like a DJ”.

Second Look—A.E.G.I.S. Arc Buster Starter Set

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.While at PAX East this year I came across a small booth from Zephyr Workshop. There they were showing off a prototype of the A.E.G.I.S. Arc Buster Starter Set, a strategic wargame with combining robots. After reaching out to them, they were more than happy to provided me with a similar prototype to review. Since they’re self publishing, I figured this would work great as a Second Look, instead of an article under my new Unpublished series.

A.E.G.I.S. has you controlling a team of 5 robots. You can customize your team in a lot of different ways, but my son and I just went with the suggested starter teams for our plays. Along with our 5 robots, we each had 2 combiner cards that each required two of our robots. During play you can combine 2-5 robots to create a more powerful one on the board. The starter set comes with a few 2 and 3 robot combiners.

agstarter-300x300The game is very simple to learn. Every robot has an amount of energy that recharges your energy pool. Every action you take, from moving, combining, attacking, and certain special abilities, uses energy. This, combined with a simple, dice-based combat system, makes for an easy-to-learn, fast-paced game. The closest thing I can compare this to is the Monsterpocalypse Voltron Game, though A.E.G.I.S. is a lot easier to get into.

I’m really interested to see the final product, which should be out in February of 2015. The Arc Buster Starter Set will also be sold along the Skyguard Starter Set. Each will be $50, and contain:

  • 3 Commander Unit Cards
  • 18 Level 1 Unit Cards
  • 6 Level 2 Combined Unit Cards
  • 3 Level 3 Combined Unit Cards
  • 30 Game Pieces
  • Rulebook
  • Fold-out Playmat
  • 12 Dice

A copy of the A.E.G.I.S. Arc Buster Starter Set was provided free for review by Zephyr Workshop

Today is Father’s Day (at least in the US), and that means I’m going to be playing some games! Any other fathers out there have a day of gaming ahead of them?

I know I’m at least going to get Dreadball to the table with my oldest kids today, then probably a bit of Scrapyard Empire, Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, The Agents, and some good-ol’ Ticket To Ride. This all mixed in with a great dinner, and a trip to the library to check out their new 3D printer.

So, what’s it going to be, dads? What are your plans today?

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe Bundle of Holding includes four Eclipse Phase books for $9, plus four more for approximately another $9.

Sign up for the Moonlight Crew Publishing email list for a chance to win a different board game each week.

The 5th Street Challenge is a game design contest on The Game Crafter sponsored by 5th Street Games. First prize is a publishing contract. Second prizes are one of every 5th Street game.

Glitterball Lifestyle is giving away five copies of the How to Train Your Dragon 2 Matching Game. So is Bargain Hound Daily Deals.

Board Game Reviews by Josh is giving away a $30 gift certificate to GameSurplus.

Having trouble finding a Marvel Dice Masters Starter Set. Homemaker Hobbies is giving one away.

Wendigo Publishing Pre-Kickstarter Contest

Wendigo Publishing is holding a pre-kickstarter contest for their game, Microvores. It’s pretty straight forward, just Like their Facebook page and share the post embedded below.

For those unfamiliar with Microvores, it’s a game about parasites. Eat, evolve, propagate, and defend yourself, or else you will end up extinct.

Nyan Cat Play Mats

Ultra PRO has two Nyan Cat themed play mats coming out in July! The two mats (pictured below) are called Nyan Cat: TaCastrophe and Nyan Cat: Swarm. They’re fabric topped with a rubber bottom. Each will retail for $17.99. While I can’t take this too seriously, it’ll be a great gift for those love flying toaster pastry cats.

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Ravenwood-a-exteriors-01Love games? Live in Ohio? Want to live in a freakin’ CASTLE? You’re in luck! Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, OH is looking for someone to teach people games and help keep up in the inn.

From the posting:

This is a salaried position, and includes living arrangements in the castle. This position is long term, and will be a part of the castle’s management team. Hospitality experience would be great, but isn’t strictly necessary.

What we’re looking for is: the ability to work hard, the willingness to learn a variety of tasks and the ability to work well within a small team.

Potential tasks on any given day include: maintenance, office work, food service, housekeeping, light cooking, tending bar, event planning and teaching and/or playing games with guests. Would require very occasional travel (to GenCon, for instance). 

As Chief Game Instructor, this position will have primary responsibility for teaching games to guests of all experience levels, aiding in the design and building of our game library, and assisting with the planning and running of our two annual game conventions.

Make no bones about it, this position is a lot of work, and is anything but a traditional 9 to 5 job. But it’s also a heck of a lot of fun, and you get to be a part of something truly cool.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping us make Ravenwood Castle the premier gaming getaway destination, email me at jobs at

So, yeah. You’d get to live in a castle and play games for a living. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

Thunderbirds Co-operative Game

Thunderbirds_logoModiphius Entertainment has just announced a licensing deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to develop a cooperative board game based on the 60′ TV show Thunderbirds.

For those unfamiliar, Thunderbirds was a sci-fi show set in the year 2065. Founded by the Tracy family, International Rescue saves people using highly advanced air, land, sea, and space vehicles. Modiphius is working with Matt Leacock on the game. Matt is well known in the industry for creating games such as Pandemic, Forbidden Island, and Forbidden Desert. Between the 5 Tracy family members and Lady Penelope, I’m guessing we’ll be seeing a 6 player game.

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