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.


SpellCaster

rrg457Arriving in November from R&R Games, SpellCaster is a 2-4 player game of mage combat. In the game you’ll use 60 different spells from four schools: Combat, Conjuring, Healing and Sorcery to try and force your opponents to run out of energy or to collect enough spell sapphires to knock them out.

The game doesn’t seem to fit in R&R’s normal fare, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve got my eye on this one. It looks like it may be a lighter, yet wholly enjoyable family fantasy game.

MSRP will be $19.95

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTicket to Ride from Days of Wonder is now free on the NOOK tablet.

At Toys “R” Us:

  • Pictionary, Uno Attack, and Apples to Apples are 25% off.
  • Collectible card games, including Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and Magic: The Gathering, are buy-one-get-one-40%-off.

Playdek is offering three discounted bundles of iOS games:

This Board Game Life is giving away Doomtown Reloaded from AEG.

Renegade Games is giving away ROFL!.

To celebrate the release of the Monsternomicon, Privateer Press has it, the Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game Core Rules, and King, Nations, and Gods supplement 50% off at DriveThruRPG. No Quarter Presents: Iron Kingdoms Urban Adventure is 70% off.

For the site’s seventh birthday, The Army Painter has a painting bundle [or for the EU] that includes paints, primer, varnish, and Quickshade.

Club Fantasci is giving away Mint Tin Pirates from Subquark.

Ares Games Acquires “Age of Conan” License

ageofconanOriginally published by Fantasy Flight Games, Age of Conan will be seeing a re-release through Ares Games. Also, and expansion called “Adventures in Hyboria” will be Kickstarted this month.

Part of the deal is that Ares Games will acquire all remaining inventory of the game from Fantasy Flight Games.

There’s no word yet on pricing, the actual 2nd edition of the game, or when said 2nd edition will actually be released.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wizard Class DeckNow available direct from Paizo are seven Class Decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Fighter, Cleric, Bard, Ranger, Rogue, Wizard, and Sorcerer. Each features four different class archetypes and includes 109 item, ally, spell, and loot cards.

Class Decks are required for organized play (the Adventure Card Guild) but also provide options for home games.

Hub logoHasbro is reducing its role and ownership stake in kids TV channel, The Hub Network. After 4 years as a joint venture of Hasbro and Discovery Communications, The Hub will become Discovery Family Channel starting October 13th.

Children’s programming from Hasbro Studios—such as My Little Pony and Transformers Rescue Bots—will continue to be featured during the daytime. Evening primetime, however, will focus on family shows from Discovery.

Hasbro’s ownership stake in Discovery Family Channel will drop to 40 percent.

Firefly Resin Ships

GF9FIRE007Fans of the Firefly Board Game can soonget a package of resin ships to customize to your liking. In the box there’s 4 Firefly Class Ships, 1 Reaver Cutter, and 1 Alliance Cruiser. Each miniature is unassembled and unpainted, and reproduced from the original  with a higher level of detail.

I don’t even own the game and I want this box.

You’ll see these available for $50 in February of next year.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesPlay Bridge, Chess, or Go in the World Mind Games Online Tournament for prizes that include cash, electronics, and tickets to a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The winner of Spin Master’s Perplexus A-MAZE-ING Adventure Sweepstakes will receive a trip for four to Richardson Adventure Farm (home to the world’s largest corn maze). Some others will get $20 gift cards.

In-store at Toys “R” Us, Hasbro games and Mega Bloks are buy-one-get-one-40% off. Or get a free Legends of Chima Sykor’s Ice Cruiser with any Lego purchase of $40 or more.

Get 10% off mini plastic sports figures from Kaskey Kids with promo code “GAME”.

All in-stock games are 25% off at 5th Street Games.

Koi Pond from Smart Play Games is 33% off.

Every day this week, TimeToPlay Magazine is giving Trivial Pursuit Hints and Catch Phrase Decodes to seven winners.

Snake Oil Party Potion

Snake Oil Party PotionOut of the Box Publishing’s Snake Oil Party Potion is a more compact version of its party game about making up crazy product pitches. The $15 new release also features a card set developed for younger children (ages 8+, compared to 10+ for Snake Oil).

If you’re not familiar with the original, it works basically like this… Each turn, one player adopts the role of the customer indicated on the customer card. Then the other players choose two word cards from their hands. They use those cards as the basis for product ideas, which they have to pitch to the customer. The customer chooses a favorite to win the round.

JamSumo

Austria. Jamsumo 141Cubiko Games has just announced that they have 44 copies of JamSumo available for purchase at 30GBP. JamSumo is a die-flicking game that’s entirely made of wood. It’s for 2-4 players ages 6 and up, and plays in 30-45 minutes.

Orders can be mailed worldwide, or picked up at the Essen Spiel Fair.

If you’re interested in a copy, just shoot a message off to them, and hope you’re lucky enough to snag one.

There’s no word if there’ll be a mass-produced version of the game.

Sea KingsFrom Worthington Games and designer Lew Pulsipher, Sea Kings is a game about Vikings that involves players in exploration, trade, and diplomacy in addition to raiding and pillaging. It’s also supposed to play in just 30-45 minutes with 2-6 players.

Yashima: Legend of the Kami Masters is a card-driven tactical battle game with a fantastical martial arts theme. Each game, players create custom battle decks by combining a character deck with a spirit deck.

Feng Shui, the cinematic martial-arts action roleplaying game, is making a comeback. And while Atlas Games’ project for Feng Shui 2 is already funded more than 10 times over, jumping on the bandwagon will help with additional stretch goals.

Spirit of 77Another action-oriented RPG but one that’s supposed to let me play out The Rockford Files is Spirit of 77. Monkeyfun Studios is building this 1970s homage on the Apocalypse World engine.

The first of what Storyception Games hopes will be a series all sharing a single epic-scale setting, Galactic Arena is a science-fiction game of gladiatorial combat. Other products planned by the company include a card game, roleplaying game, and dice game—all part of the Apocalypse Universe.

Bomb Squad is a real-time cooperative game that uses cards but doesn’t allow players to see their own hands. Just after launching the project for it, Tasty Minstrel Games discovered and licensed a similarly-themed game, Bomb Squad Academy. The company will include this second game for free with the first, if a significant stretch goal is reached.

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