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.


Keep in mind that most of these are available for a very short time…

Flying Frog Productions is offering several individual products and bundles at 36% off.

From Meeple Source, save 25% on Mystery Meeples, 40% on lapel pins, 25% on cookie cutters, and more.

CSE Games’ products are up to 60% off via Amazon Canada.

Amazon deals in the U.S.:

Broken Token board game organizers and accessories are up to 20% off.

Monday only, Chaosium’s ebooks will be 25% off and items in the Vault will be 50% off.

Pinnacle Entertainment’s Savage World of Solomon Kane print+PDF everything bundle is 42% off.

Reaper Minis’ Black Friday Savings includes a pre-release $700 figure for $500, a $660 paint set for $530, and a $40 starter paint set for $30.

Green Ronin’s Holiday Sale includes discounts up to 75%.

Steve Jackson Games’ Holiday Grab Boxes include at least $80 of product for $40 and come in two varieties, one mostly Munchkin, one with other games.

For 15% off products from Precis Intermedia, use coupon code “RG9GWB3EA7”.

HexWar PC and Mac games are 50% off.

Collins Epic Wargames’ discounts this weekend are 37-50% off.

Avalanche Press’ Black Friday discounts are 40-50%.

For 20% off and free worldwide shipping on everything HarnWorld from Columbia Games, use coupon code “thanks”.

Nomad Games is selling Steam keys direct for digital Talisman and Smash Up at up to 80% off.

Get 15% off and free standard shipping at HasbroToyShop.com with promo code “THANKS2016”.

For 20% off print products from Goodman Games, use coupon code “blackfriday2016”. For 40% off PDFs, use coupon code “blackfrideay2016P”.

Place a deposit of $800 with Geek Chic for anything made-to-order and receive a plush fabric insert ($300 value) free.

Games and educational products from ETA hand2mind are up to 90% off direct.

Coupon code “BFCM20” is good for 20% off direct from Breaking Games.

Mayday Games has card sleeves 30% off with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY2016”; a bundle of Viceroy, playmat, and score sheets for 45% off; and a bundle of Garbage Day and seven playmats for 58% off.

An online coupon is available for 20% off any regular priced item from Toys “R” Us.

Bananagrams’ Big Potato games are 50% off at Target.

Noble Knight Games’ Holiday Sale starts with 10% off everything and adds additional discounts on select items.

Discounts in Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale are in the 25-40% range. For additional free games at the $100, $150, $200 spend thresholds, use coupon codes “FREEGIFT100”, “FREEGIFT150”, and “FREEGIFT200”.

For 20% off all Subbuteo products, use coupon code “CLUB”.

Get a free set of dice with the purchase of a $100 gift card from Dog Might Games.

Selected products from Spartan Games are 40% off.

Modiphius Entertainment is offering 30-40% off with coupon codes.

Iello is running a 60% off sale this weekend.

There are hundreds of board games discounted even more than usual at Miniature Market, though the sale prices are limited to stock on hand.

 

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFantasy Flight Games’s annual Holiday Sale is on and includes lots of non-FFG Asmodee products and products for which Asmodee has been handling U.S. distribution, such as Queen Games.

Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers is 68% off at Amazon.

Mayday Games is offering a series of buy-one-get-one-free deals on board games this week.

Story Bundle’s Pico Game Bundle includes, in addition to various video game development books and tools, also a couple of books on tabletop games.

A Humble RPG Book Bundle includes 20+ Pathfinder books from Frog God Games, Kobold Press, and Green Ronin for $15.

Grow Up Smart is giving away three Backgammon sets.

Save 25% on all fantasy resin miniatures from Greenbrier Games with coupon code “resinminis2016”.

For 30% off in-stock games from Compass Games, use coupon code “CATALOG30”.

The latest Bundle of Holding starts with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG at $8.95 and adds the Angel RPG starting at $19.79 (currently).

Gypsy Knight Games’ PDFs are 30% off at DriveThruRPG.

A bundle incorporating all Thrilling Tales products for Savage Worlds is available for more than 50% off the PDFs priced separately.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away SolarQuest from Universal Toys.

Kohl’s has select board games on-sale for 50% off.

A number of games are also on-sale at Target. For example, Evolution: The Beginning and Machi Koro: Bright Lights Big City are $5 off. A 20% off coupon is also available by texting “TOYS” to 827-438.

Carolina Game Tables is running a raffle to give away a Coffee Game Table. Tickets are $20 or three for $50.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is running a Holiday Blowout Sale.

Fat Brain Toys’ Big Elfin’ Deals features a number of free gifts, including a couple for board games.

Place an order with Geek Chic before the end of the year and the company will send out a free gift while you wait for your furniture.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBezier Games is giving away a voucher for $50 of product.

Included in a new Humble RPG Book Bundle are digital rule books and supplements for A Song of Ice and Fire, Atomic Robo, The Laundry Files, Mistborn, and The Dresden Files.

There’s also currently a Humble Mobile Bundle for board game apps on Android, including Carcassonne, Scotland Yard, Ticket to Ride, San Juan, Galaxy Trucker, Splendor, Catan, The Amazing Labyrinth, Take it Easy, Small World, and Ingenious.

Bundle of Holding is running deals for The One Ring RPG and a collection of Old School Revival games.

Get a coupon for $3 off admission to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair from The Game Aisle. Complimentary admission is available to educators, scouts, grandparents, firefighters, police, and current and past members of the military.

SAHM Reviews is launching a new giveaway every day for 100 days. So far, there’s ones for Vinhos Deluxe from Eagle-Gryphon Games, Best of the Worst from Endless Games, Kill Doctor Lucky from Cheapass Games, Animals on Board from Stronghold Games, Munchkin from Steve Jackson Games, and Sneaky Cards from Gamewright. An earlier giveaway of one title from Osprey Games is also still running.

Paizo’s Fall Into Adventure Sale has many Pathfinder products at around 50% off. Also available from the company are 20 D&D 5e PDFs for $20.

At Toys “R” Us, there are board games on-sale for $8, $10, and $15. Also, all Pokemon are buy-one-get-one-40%-off.  All Pavilion games are 20% off. And all Ravensburger puzzles and games are 25% off.

At Amazon:

Everything Board Games is giving away Tattoo from Gaming Paper, two copies of Blood of an Englishman from Renegade Game Studios, Ice Cool from Brain Games, and Scythe from Stonemaier Games.

For 15% off all Yashima-line products from Greenbrier Games, use coupon code “yash2016”.

Dog Might is giving away a prize package of wood game cases with a retail value of over $500.

Queen of Reviews is giving away Suspicion from Wonder Forge with a BRIO Fire Station.

MumbleBee Inc. is giving away four packages of five Winning Moves games.

ET Speaks From Home is giving away Stoopido from Drumond Park (UK residents only).

Fat Brain Toys Problem Solver Giveaway includes Imhotep, No Stress Chess, Perplexus, and much more.

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Today, Dungeons & Dragons, the swing, and Fisher-Price Little People were inducted in to the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. Each year, the Hall of Fame at The Strong’s National Museum of Play recognizes two or three toys for longevity, innovation, achieving icon status, and fostering discovery.

Regarding D&D, Curator Nic Ricketts was quoted:

More than any other game, Dungeons & Dragons paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play. It was groundbreaking. And it opened the door for other kinds of table games that borrow many of its unique mechanics. But most importantly, Dungeons & Dragons’ mechanics lent themselves to computer applications, and it had a direct impact on hugely successful electronic games like World of Warcraft.

Past inductees include the Barbie dolls, Chess, the Atari 2600 Game System, Lincoln Logs, the rubber duck, Slinky, Twister, and other toys and games.

Margaret Weis Productions Leaves RPG Publishing

Margaret Weis ProductionsFollowing last week’s announcement by Monica Valintinelli, Margaret Weis Productions announced they were retiring from the roleplaying games, saying that Cam Banks, a former MWP employee and lead developer of several Cortex Plus products, has acquired the license to both Cortex Plus and Cortex Classic game systems. MWP has stated that Margaret Weis wishes to focus on novel and film projects.

Cam Banks has created Magic Vacuum, a new design studio, for developing projects based on the Cortex game systems as well as his own projects, some of which are currently on his patreon page. Development and crowdfunding for new core rulebooks are planned for 2017 “and beyond”. Cortex Plus games that Cam has developed include Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Smallville, and Leverage. Nearly all of the Cortex games MWP published were based on existing IP, such as Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSave 10% on the Galaxy ZEGA remote control tank battle game by signing up for the company’s newsletter.

Carve a Munchkin, Ogre, GURPS, or other Steve Jackson Games themed pumpkin for a chance to win an undead prize pack from the company.

For a few more hours, there’s a Halloween Sale going on at DriveThruRPG—31% off horror titles.

Scary bundles still active at Bundle of Holding include two for Gumshoe-based Lovecraftian roleplaying, Trail of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu +2, and one for Call of Cthulhu supplements, Bundle of Tentacles +4.

A bundle of Your Whispering Homunculus and More Whispering Homunculus from Kobold Quarterly runs 50% off the books priced individually.

TerraTiles: Tundras and Wastelands is 15% off direct from RAINN Studios.

Spend $100 or more at Toys “R” Us now through November 5 and get a gift card for $25 valid December 1-24.

To celebrate its renewed business, Capitan Games is discounting all Naval Range miniature products 10% for the first 15 days after restocking.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Kingdomino from Blue Orange Games.

@DungeonDrunks on Twitter is giving away one Dungeonology book from Candlewick Press.

Lord Zsezse Works has a puzzle-based coupon book on DriveThruRPG. The coupon book can be downloaded for free through November 2nd and the coupons used through November 5th.

Buy two get one free board games at Target.

Pathfinder Worldscape

pathfinder-worldscape-issue-1Pathfinder Worldscape is a new fantasy crossover comic series from Dynamite and Paizo. Appearing in the comics alongside Pathfinder iconic heroes Valeros, Seoni, Merisiel, and Kyra will be sword & sorcery characters Red Sonja, John Carter of Mars, Tarzan, and others.

Each issue includes a pull-out, miniatures-scale encounter map depicting a location from the comic’s story, as well as an appendix with supplementary material for the Pathfinder RPG. In issue #1 (available now), that’s stats for Red Sonja and details on her sword-devil archetype. For issue #2 (in a couple of weeks), there’ll be stats for the green Martians of Barsoom and rules for radium weapons.

Margaret Weis ProductionsThis afternoon, Monica Valentinelli, the project lead for Margaret Weis Productions’ Firefly line and developer for their upcoming Cortex Plus Action corebook, announced she is no longer working for MWP. Her partner and publishing director for OneBookShelf, Matt McElroy, also announced that he will neither be developing the Cortex Plus Heroic corebook nor managing the Kickstarter campaign for the two books. “If MWP does go forward with those books they will be under different leadership,” McElroy posted on RPG.net’s forums.

In March, MWP announced they would be going to Kickstarter for a campaign to produce generic Cortex Plus Action and Cortex Plus Heroic Roleplaying rulebooks. Originally described as coming during Spring of 2016, the campaign has yet to be launched. The MWP website was revamped in the past few months with a focus on novels; the announcement of the Kickstarter campaign is no longer on the website.

As to roleplaying games, only the generic Cortex Classic book and the Cortex Plus Hacker’s Guide are offered, although the entire Firefly line is available on DriveThruRPG. When asked in August if there were any more Firefly supplements coming from MWP, McElroy responded, “Firefly was always a limited license.”

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThrough the company’s Epic Trick or Treat Giveaway at Castle Tentakill, Cryptozoic will give five people each a different game and one person all five of the games.

New window displays mark the start of a 25% off sale on Hasbro games at Toymaster stores in the UK, Ireland, and Malta, also the start of giveaways via social media.

Multiman Publishing is running a Spooktacular Sale October 28-31 instead of a Black Friday sale next month. Some games will be discounted in excess of 50%.

DriveThruRPG also has a Halloween Sale.

Bundle of Holding is running a Bundle of Zombies deal.

Save 15% on Dog Might Games’ new in-stock items, like boxes and dice cases.

Share on social media pictures of yourself playing Munchkin for a chance to win Munchkin prizes from Steve Jackson Games.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Doggy Go! from Renegade Game Studios.

Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Slight of Hand Sale has card games one-third to one-half off.

The McGuire Review is giving away Escape From Colditz from Osprey Games.

For 15% off regular-priced items at Toys “R” Us, use coupon code “TOY15OFF”.

Dungeons & Dragons Dungeonology Preview

dungeonologyDue out next month, Dungeonology is a different kind of D&D book. It has not a lick of rules for the game and probably not one thing the hard core gamer isn’t already intimately familiar with.

What Dungeonology does have is a nice selection of inspirational D&D art, easy conversational text, fold-outs, inserts, and a dragon hologram. The book contains brief blurbs on iconic D&D monsters, the risks and rewards of adventuring, beginner tips on weapon selection and marching order, highlights of magic spells and treasures, and an overview of the Forgotten Realms, including famous locations, notorious characters, and secret societies.

In short, Dungeonology isn’t a game supplement. It’s an introduction and inspiration, the kind of book you give to your young nieces and nephews to start them off on a lifetime of adventure. The kind that’ll have them choosing characters and itching to roll dice.

Duneonology ($25) is published by Candlewick Press in partnership with Wizards of the Coast. It was written by Matt Forbeck (in the voice of Volotham Geddarm) with an introduction by Ed Greenwood (as Elminster).

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A complimentary copy of Dungeonology was provided by Candlewick press for review.

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