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.

Qatar Airways is expanding in-flight entertainment for children with activities and meals tied to various Hasbro board games. Among the games being adopted for tray tables, activity books, and lunch-boxes are Clue Junior, Pictureka, Guess Who, Monopoly Here and Now World Edition, and The Game of Life. The Clue Junior entertainment pack is even glow-in-the-dark for overnight travel.

The Kansas City area, already blessed with several really nice game stores, now has another in the Shawnee Mission area. Mission: Board Games represents the realization of a dream for owner Mason Hans, who’s also a native of the area.

New in the small town of Peace River, Alberta is Tapped Out Gaming and Trading, a shop that focuses on Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon.

Board game cafe, Alchemy, opens soon in a 17th century building in Derby, England.

Game On, which carries tabletop games, video games, and comics, has opened a fourth location in Grand Island, Nebraska.

D20: A Bar With Characters has just opened in Kettering, Ohio. It’s open to 1:00 AM (midnight on Sunday) with a large selection of craft beers, or family-friendly mocktails during daytime hours.

New at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso, Washington is Mythic Escapes, a game shop with in-store escape rooms. This is Mythic Escape’s second location, the previous one in Vancouver.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesPost-holiday clearance sales have begun…

Everything on Spin Master’s own website is 40% off, except Hatchimals. Also note, it’s still the full prices displayed. The discount is applied in the shopping cart during check-out.

Toys “R” Us is holding what the company is calling a “Clearance Blast” in-stores and online. Some of the better game deals online include:

At Amazon, there are these deals:

Also at Amazon, there are a bunch of Queen Games on-sale. My top recommendation would be Treasure Hunter for 51% off. Among the other discounted titles are:

Wargame Vault’s annual Winter Offensive Sale runs through the morning of January 2nd with 25% off over 4,000 print-and-play war game products.

For 50% off PDFs direct from Modiphius Entertainment, use coupon code “PDFmadness”.

Stellagama Publishing’s PDF products are 30% off at DriveThruRPG.

Not Just Baby Brain is giving away Star Wars Eye Found It from Wonder Forge.

The Design Mechanism is selling Mythras RPG titles at 25% off with coupon code “TDMYULE2016”.

Save 10% on orders from Strat-O-Matic with coupon code “HOLIDAY16”.

Unfiltered Gamer is giving away Ticket To Ride from Days of Wonder.

The 2nd Annual Mega Sweepstke sponsored by Rathskellers and Game Rules will award a variety of prizes to 20 winners. Everyone gets gift cards and the top three get bundles of five board games each. Those outside the European Union can enter but, should they win, will have to pay for shipping of the board games.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe latest RPG deals at Bundle of Holding include Cthulhu Britannica (Call of Cthulhu scenarios set in Great Britain from Cubicle 7), Cubicle 7 Worlds (Qin, Keltia, Kuro, and Yggdrasill), and Family-Friendly RPGs +2 (Lone Wolf, Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, and No Thank You, Evil).

Modiphius Entertainment is giving away a package that includes the core rulebook of every one of the company’s games: Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Symbaroum, Mutant: Year Zero, and more.

Mama’s Mission is giving away three sets of four games from Wonder Forge: Stick Stack, Suspicion, Really Bad Art, and Dr. Seuss Whirly Fun.

When it’s too late to ship in time for Christmas, that’s when the digital products go on-sale:

For 25% off purchases from Breaking Games, use coupon code “NEWYEAR”.

Everything Board Games is giving away two copies of Undermine from Gizco International and one copy of Demon Espionage 5tails Studio. Also giving away a $50 game gift card but really a gift, meaning it goes to someone nominated by the person entering the giveaway.

Renegade Game Studios is giving away Snow Tails.

New Gimmicky Fun From Hasbro

Toilet Trouble combines potty humor with the Russian Roulette-style of play that was so popular in last year’s hit, Pie Face. Players spin the toilet paper and flush the number of times indicated. Each flush has the potential to spray them in the face. For a little extra terror, add some yellow food coloring to the water.

Fantastic Gymnastics is about getting the gymnast to stick his landing after coming off the high bar. Pressing one button sends the gymnast spinning around and building momentum. Pressing the other releases his hold on the bar. Points scored depend on where he lands, assuming he lands on his feet.

Both games require batteries and currently are sold exclusively at Toys “R” Us, $20.

Hasbro UK announced it will be running a hotline for Monopoly disputes over the upcoming holiday. On the end of the line will be “experts on hand with the official rulebooks to instantly settle any disputes, and advice on how to resolve common complaints.” According to a survey sponsored by the company, 51 percent of Monopoly games end in an argument and 13 percent of players cheat.

For those needing Hasbro’s help December 24-26, the telephone number is 0800 689 4903.

[via Metro]

Life-sized Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots games are coming to Dave & Buster’s restaurants. Customers will have the opportunity to fight it out with robots standing over 5 feet tall beginning December 26th.



It’s bad news for the guys who like to listen to rock music while playing board games. Researchers from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music tested 352 volunteers playing Operation while listening to music. Men listening to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC made on average 29 percent more mistakes than those listening to either Mozart (Andante from Sonata for Two Pianos) or the sounds of a typical operating theater. The rock music also slowed the subjects’ performance—by about 23 percent for a fixed set of tasks—whether they reported enjoying the music or not.

Women volunteers were not significantly affected by either of the music choices and were generally found to take longer but make fewer mistakes.

SFR will be re-releasing the Undead army for Dragon Dice in 2017. While the dice will be the same the packaging is getting a Facelift to fit with their other new releases. There’s no set date yet, but SFR has recently placed the order with their manufacturer. They sent some mockups of the new packaging. It’s subject to change, of course, but this should give you a pretty good idea of what the box will look like.

Another new item on the horizon is SFR’s Water-themed Dragon Dice play mat. It’s looking great, and should be available soon. While I’m still partial to their Air design, this one comes in a close second for me.



Retail Games


In Wyandotte, Michigan, near Detroit, the owners of the Biddle Blend coffee shop opened a gaming space upstairs, which they call Level Up Lounge.

The game shop, Broken Sentry, opened recently in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Opening soon in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis is Pieces, a bar, a restaurant, and a place to play board games.

Well Played’s opening is scheduled for early 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina. It’ll serve board games with locally sourced snacks. Also craft beers and coffee.

Liverpool, England has a new board game cafe, Sugar and Dice.

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