RPGs are role-playing games, where components are usually dice and rulebooks, games are typically open ended, and story and playacting often take a large role.


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.

Games Workshop Job Vacancies

gamesworkshoplogo.jpgLooking for a job? Games Workshop has some openings! Listings are from around the globe, and while they’re mostly run of the mill, there’s one that stands out.

Chief Executive, Games Workshop Group PLC: Nottingham, UK

Yup. If you’re in the UK and you think you’re Executive level, there’s even a position for you! The requirements are a piece of cake:

  • Deliver a sustainable increase in return on capital
  • Have the right people in the right jobs at the right time
  • Set the operational agenda in agreement with the board and deliver it on time
  • Keep our owners appropriately informed
  • Perform the normal legal duties and responsibilities of a director

What are you waiting for! Games Workshop wants to give you money this time, instead of taking it away!

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.

6VhMGIt’s been announced that International TableTop Day will take place on April 11th in 2015. While they’re not taking submissions for events just yet, you can sign up to get more information as it’s released.

Last year there were over 3,000 registered events covering all 7 continents and over 80 countries.

I can’t wait to register my event and to celebrate such an awesome gamer holiday.

Deadlands Licensed Media

Deadlands

Pinnacle Entertainment Group has licensed its Deadlands property to Visionary Comics, which in turn is working with IDW Publishing on trade and Tor Books on a line of novels.

The first trade book, Dead Man’s Hand, collects four previously published Deadlands one-shots and is planned for release in March 2015.

While there is no schedule yet for the novels, three are already in progress by authors Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, and Jeff Mariotte.

Deadlands’ creator, Shane Hensley, has signed on with Visionary for transmedia projects. Pinnacle reports that a Deadlands live-action television show is still being actively developed with Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios, despite the latter company’s announcement in July that it would shut down that business.

NYU Game CenterThe NYU Game Center is looking to fill two full-time faculty positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. While teaching experience is a plus, the more important requirement is ongoing professional participation or research in the field of games.

Whether you are an industry veteran with triple-A experience who wants a chance to share your knowledge of the complex craft of game development, an independent developer exploring the experimental edge of game aesthetics, or a critical theorist asking questions about the fundamental nature and cultural context of games and play, we want to talk to you about joining the NYU Game Center.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe Hasbro games giveaway by TimeToPlay Magazine includes Simon Swipe, Trivial Pursuit Hints, and My Monopoly. Every day, they’re giving away another My Monopoly.

Glimpse is also giving away My Monopoly from Hasbro (Canadian residents only).

Through the holiday shopping season, Rewards “R” Us customers at Toys “R” Us will receive 1 point for every dollar spent, 2 points for purchases charged to an “R” Us credit card. Every 125 points is worth $5 toward additional purchases at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. Credit card holders also get 10% off in-store purchases on Thursdays.

To celebrate the game’s recent awards, Monte Cook Games is offering the Numenera Core Book at 25% off.

For 10% off at Board Game Storage, use coupon code “BGG10″.

Rended Press has links to the sometimes hidden but still available for free 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons stuff on WOTC’s website.

To draw attention for an upcoming Kickstarter project, Sean K. Reynolds is giving away a variety of roleplaying games and accessories to four different winners.

Passport Games is giving away a copy of Samurai Spirit before it’s available in retail.

In celebration of 15,000 Facebook fans, Z-Man is giving away $500 worth of games, including a couple not yet officially released.

The Illuminerdy is giving away dice bags.

Carmen’s Coupon Blog is giving away The Wizard of Oz Monopoly.

Mommy on the Money is giving away a package of six games from Winning Moves.

Upcoming RPGs

Some new roleplaying games were announced recently…

Mutant Year ZeroModiphius Entertainment is bringing back Mutant Year Zero, a post-apocalyptic RPG out of Sweden that was the precursor to Mutant Chronicles. The game, scheduled for release in December, focuses on heavily mutated humans living in an isolated settlement known as The Ark.

The Ark, your home in the dawnworld. A nest of intrigue and Lord of the Flies-style power struggles, it’s far from a safe haven. But it’s the only home you know, and just maybe the cradle of a new civilization. The game rules let you improve and develop the Ark in the areas of Warfare, Food Supply, Technology, and Culture. It is up to you, the players, to decide which projects to embark on.

Working with Matt Forbeck, Outland Entertainment is developing the author’s Shotguns & Sorcery novels in to a roleplaying game and series of enhanced ebooks. Shotguns & Sorcery is described as “fantasy noir”—detective stories set in a dark fantasy world. Outland plans to launch a Kickstarter for the project in October, with the goal of delivering the game in time for Gen Con 2015. Outland also indicates that Matt will be writing a majority of the game book.

From Fantasy Flight Games is coming The End of the World, a series of four independent but compatible games all built on apocalyptic themes but each with a different threat. In order of release, the four games are Zombie Apocalypse, Wrath of the Gods, Alien Invasion, and Revolt of the Machines.

As interesting as that sounds, what really looks to set The End of the World apart is the fact that players in the game will have themselves as characters. Players will be asked to rate their own physical, mental, and social attributes, describe their own positive and negative traits, and identify in-game equipment based on what’s immediately around them in the real world [you know I'll be showing up to game night with MREs and a sword].

The End of the World

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTime to Play Magazine is giving away $1,000 in Toys “R” Us gift cards. One $500 grand prize and five $100 prizes.

Savage Worlds products are on-sale at DriveThruRPG.

I Slay the Dragon is giving away Kemble’s Cascade from Z-Man Games, plus maybe some other stuff, depending on how many people enter.

Erin Evans is giving away several copies of Fire in the Blood, a D&D Forgotten Realms novel of which she is the author.

Osprey Publishing’s September sale is a discount of 30% on all Men-at-Arms, Elite, and Warrior titles.

The submission deadline in A Sword for Hire’s Pathfinder monster design contest is September 13th, the prizes PDFs from Rite Publishing, Legendary Games, Raging Swan, and Dreamscarred Press.

Powered by Mom is giving away the Rollors outdoor game.

Country Mouse, City Mouse is giving away a package of eight Hasbro and Mattel games, along with Peanut Butter Cheerios.

The Immolation offer from High Flying Dice Games and Against the Odds Magazine includes seven games about the Panzerwaffe for $90 (28% off).

Dead Men Tell No Tales, Minion Games’ 14th Kickstarter project, is a pirate-themed cooperative game in which players explore an on-fire, undead guarded, sinking ship. But why, you ask? Well, for treasure of course! The game has an interesting fatigue mechanic, and also allows players to share with others their unused actions.

Applying the 13th Age roleplaying system to the classic setting of Glorantha is the goal of 13th Age in Glorantha. With new classes, monsters, and icon relationships, designers Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet look to focus on what they call “myth-crawling”.

While not the first to crowdfund metal coins for games, Coins for Anything is offering an array of alternate designs at a reasonable price. The are Egyptian, Greek, dragon, fire, magic, Viking, Roman, and pirate sets.

From designer Philip duBarry and publisher Game Salute, Skyway Robbery is a steampunk-styled adventure game where the players are criminals traveling the world on an airship, each stop presenting a new opportunity for theft. After recruiting gangs and collecting the tools needed to grab loot, the winner is the player to have accumulated the most criminal renown.

Ignore the lumberjack pig art if you can, Hogger Logger is a game about trying to guess whether one’s face-down cards are higher or lower than the face-up one. Seems simple enough until you realize that other players can change the cards in play at any time simply by replacing them with cards from their hands or by playing action cards for more chaotic manipulations.

1750: Britain vs. France is a historically based card and dice game that includes political, diplomatic, and economic elements in addition to combat.

Play as a child’s toys fighting off nightmares in the card game, Nightlight. The game is cooperative, includes multiple scenarios, and features an interesting mix of cute and dark art.

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