The newest project of writer and producer Dan Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty) is Harmonquest, a mix of animation and Pathfinder RPG actual-play. The half-hour show features Dan and friends roleplaying in front of a live audience, with animated scenes reproducing much of the action. The group plays loose with the game rules and freely with slapstick, taking particular delight in acting out critical-failure die rolls.
Ten episodes of Harmonquest are available through NBCUniversal’s Seeso subscription service online.
Clockwork is a 17 page supplement of gear-based magic for Dungeons & Dragons. Kobold Press’ first volume of a Deep Magic series for Fifth Edition, the ebook ($4 via DriveThruRPG) presents a Clockwork domain for clerics, the Great Machine pact for warlocks, a school of magic for wizards, and of course lots of new spells.
The Diana Jones Award 2016 shortlist has been announced, as is as follows:
Eric M. Lang
Fall of Magic
Game by Ross Cowman
Published by Heart of the Deernicorn
Larpwriter Summer School
Course by Fantasiförbundet (Norway) and Post (Belarus)
Game by Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock
Published by Z-Man Games
Want to know more about the Diana Jones Award? Here’s a blurb from their website:
The Diana Jones Award is an annual award created to publicly acknowledge excellence in gaming. The award was first made for the year 2000, and the first award ceremony was on August 4, 2001.
Today only, save 15% on all regularly priced items at ToyRUs.com (except, of course, for some exclusions).
Running now at Bundle of Holding are three deals, GURPS Traveller Essentials (basic rule books and supplements), GURPS Traveller Imperial Survey (Third Imperium setting material), and Daring Tales (Savage Worlds adventures from Triple Ace Games).
Geek Dad Deals has a Chess lesson series on-sale for about 50% off for 2 more days.
Send Atlas Games a photo of yourself purchasing Lost in R’lyeh from a local game store and the company will send you a free promo card.
To promote its Kickstarter project, Casual Games Insider has a Big Bog O’ Games Giveaway that includes Lanterns, Nevermore, Bomb Squad, Dungeon Roll, and Valeria: Card Kingdoms.
If you can catch the crew of Jodo Cast at Star Wars Celebration Europe, they have a variety of promos to hand out for Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars games.
For $10 off $50 from HasbroToyShop.com, use promo code “SUMMER10”.
EverythingBoardGames is giving away Brick Party from Renegade Game Studios.
A bundle of EN Publishing’s Zeitgeist adventure path for Pathfinder RPG is 50% off at RPGNow.
The Newswheel is giving away Allen’s Dirt: The Game.
The Cthulhu-and-bureaucracy Laundry RPG is back on Bundle of Holding. The $9 Starter Collection includes the Core Rulebook and Agent’s Handbook. The Bonus Collection, at the threshold price of around $25, includes five additional supplements.
Rogue Genius Games has put $600 of Pathfinder PDFs up in a bundle deal for just $30. That’s 95% off.
Paizo is having a summer PDF sale with 25% off select products.
For 20% off two or more organizing box inserts from Insert Here, use coupon code “2016happyih4th”.
Goodman Games is doing for the post-apocalyptic genre what it did for fantasy with the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. Mutant Crawl Classics, inspired by Gamma World and Metamorphosis Alpha, is stand-alone but still fully compatible with DCC. Characters can be human, mutant, manimal, or plantient and in a typical adventure venture the wastelands to collect lost super-science.
For a system that’ll allow gamers to make their own mutants, Weapons Grade Funk is working toward a line of customizable anthropomorphic miniatures. The current round of fundraising will support sculpting of all the various body parts. These will then be incorporated in to an online application with which users can mix-and-match for 3D printing.
Game of Blame combines be-the-first-to-dump-your-cards game-play with a kind-of hot-potato mechanic for a light card game of courtly intrigue. As the queen’s advisers, the players know that personal success isn’t really about fixing the kingdom’s problems but instead about making sure someone else takes the blame for the things that go wrong.
Beautiful and with a unique theme, Planetarium from Game Salute has players forming the planets of a new solar system by colliding matter on board orbits, and then further evolving those planets through the play of various cards.
Back on earth, players operate ice cream trucks in Rocky Road a la Mode, Green Couch Games’ tribute to the summer season. Cards in the game serve either as music to attract customers or as frozen treats to relieve the heat. With the right customers, players can also lay claim to summer hot spots, such as the pool, park, or ball field.
For the more sinister players, there’s Mr. B’s Madness at Midnight, a cultists-side Cthulhu game. This one combines worker placement and action-dice mechanics as players fulfill sinister plots and work to control key locations in Arkham. The first to 13 victory points is the winner, that is as long as they manage to keep the investigators at bay.
Digital Days of Wonder games are on-sale, including Splendor, Ticket to Ride, and Small World—Android, iOS, and Steam—for up to 70% off.
Retweet and follow Playopolis Board Game Cafe (UK) for a chance to win either Pandemic or Cards Against Humanity.
Get 35% off games or magazine games from Compass Games when using coupon code “paperwars” along with the purchase of an issue of Paper Wars magazine.
Promo code “JESTERJULY” will get you 20% orders direct from Gamewright.
Strat-O-Matic Basketball, Hockey, and Football games for Windows are 25% off through Thursday morning. A coupon code, “BHFROSTERS”, is required.
July 1-5, Wild West Exodus will be 35% off from Outlaw Miniatures.
Available now from Q-Workshop are BattleTech Dice with individual sets at $15 for Houses Kurita, Davion, Liao, Marik, and Steiner. Each set with two house dice plus one die for each of four combat commands.
Coming soon from Q-Workshop are dice sets for Cubicle Seven’s roleplaying games, Doctor Who, The One Ring, and Lone Wolf.
And direct from Games Workshop, a set of Ultramarines Dice, 20 for $20.
Qatar has its first game shop, Cheeky Camel, opened by a pair of gamers who have day jobs in the petroleum industry. Though on weekdays it’s only open in the evenings, the store seems to host a pretty active gaming scene in its upstairs play space.
Stay2Play is a service in Calgary that sets up restaurants and bars to host board game events. The company provides a library of games, training of staff, and publicity. So far, there 16 locations participating.
There’s a business in Milwaukee that’s planning to open a single venue to serve both video gaming and Chess tournaments… I don’t even…
The Game Boutique in Youngtown, Arizona is relocating to a larger space, with expanded hours, and a different name. What’s now called The Orc’s Lair will have a grand opening event July 1st.
Also opening in July is the Playopolis board game cafe in Rochester, UK.
A new game store will be part of the revitalization of the Bradford Mall in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Brewpoint Coffee Company in Elmhurst, Illinois already had small selection of board games for its customers but is now partnering with local Tyton Games shop to run weekly board game nights.
For nightly Ramadan break-fasts, the Almaz by Momo restaurant in Dubai serves up board games along with a North-African themed buffet.
The Ampersand Hotel in London has a game room with a variety of board games.
At The Den, a cafe in Sebastian, Florida that from the description seems to define “eclectic”, board game nights feature live music.
There are Backgammon sets in the guest rooms and giant-sized Connect Four and Jenga in the outdoor lounge of Hotel Zephyr on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.