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 prizesThe daily prize in Spin Master’s sweepstakes is a copy of the company’s new What the Face? game. The grand prize, a $1,000 Target gift card.

For Canadian residents (but not those in Quebec), YesTV is giving away a package with over $700-worth of Spin Master games and toys.

The annual Holiday Sale is on at Fantasy Flight Games, with some serious discounts to be had on board games, RPG, novels, and accessories.

DriveThruRPG is bundling comics with related RPGs for 20-50% discounts. Included are a Valiant Universe RPG Starter Pack and a Dredd 2000 AD Bundle.

For the next two Saturdays, get an extra 10% off in-store purchases at Toys “R” Us when using an “R” Us credit card. Among the slew of Toys “R” Us Black Friday deals (available Thursday-Saturday), will be a variety of games for $3-7 and Kreo for 50% off. Starting Sunday night, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battroborg Electronic Battle Game will be $60 instead of $80.

At Target, buy one board game, get one 50% off, but just for the rest of today.

Voice of E is giving away the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull and Shackles Base Set.

Bicycle playing cards are $3.70 off at Costco but limited to 98 per person.

Get free shipping of orders $25 or more from HasbroToyShop.com with coupon code “FreeShip25″.

Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Black Friday Sale has ebooks 40% off and lasts for 10 days.

LPJ Design’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale has some products discounted 25%, others 50%, and still others selling for a dollar.

Skirmisher Publishing’s ebook sale is 33% off.

The first 700 Legend of the Five Rings Holiday Box orders will get an extra nine foil personality cards, a 43 card Coils of Madness art set, a 43 card Coils of Madness art set (either set A or set B), and 10 additional random packs.

Complete Nomad Games’ online survey for a chance to win key and promo codes for Talisman, Space Hulk, and other electronic games.

Use promo code, “HOL14″, for 30% off any game from Set Enterprises through December.

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Kromore Roleplaying Game

RGK0001 altAnother Kickstarter success becoming available to the public, Kromore is an open-genre RPG with a multitude of customization options. The book is 352 pages and contains everything you need to play in the Kromore world, including tons of character options, weapons, abilities, and more.

You should see the game hitting shelves soon for a MSRP of $49.95.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesIt’s Teach Your Kids to Game Week at DriveThruRPG and select family-friendly titles are 50% off.

Many board games are on-sale in Target stores for $2-5 off, including Moustache Smash from Spin Master and Robot Turtles from Think Fun.

Paizo’s PDF Love Sale includes 30% off 677 digital products.

Recovery Bookstore is giving away the Recovery Board Game. Not just one copy, all of them.

Blessed Elements is giving away Time in a Box from Fox Mind.

For 20% off premium color colored Game Trayz, use coupon code “PRE20″.

Place a deposit with Geek Chic by the end of the year and get a free gift, such as a dice tower or card carrier.

Get a free gift box with every order of $150 or more from Games Workshop.

Noble Knight Games is holding its Fall Sale, with most everything at least 10% off.

Asmodee Acquires Fantasy Flight

Fantasy Flight LogoAsmodee is on a roll, aren’t they? After announcing that they were acquiring Days of Wonder only a short while ago, they’ve now announced that they’ve acquired Fantasy Flight. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Asmodee is quickly becoming one of the largest hobby game companies around.

Fantasy Flight has always seemed like the big kid on the block to me, so I’m a little surprised to see this come across my desk today!

Hasbro logoIn a bit of interesting news today, it seems there’s rumors of Hasbro purchasing Dreamworks. It’s a deal that many are already cracking jokes about. Which toy/game lines will become the new big Dreamworks movie?

This could work both ways, though. Which Dreamworks titles would Hasbro have full control over for toys, games, etc..

While on he surface it may seem like an odd deal, it makes a ton of sense. Now we just sit back and wait until it actually happens. Then, if it does, lets hope Hasbro actually puts some though into new product/movies instead of flooding the market with as much sub-par stuff that it can as quickly as it can

[source: Investor Guide]

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEnter Topps’ Candymania Pop & Play Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 100 candy and game prize packages, or a cruise, but I’m sure you’d prefer the games.

As part of Minion Games’ Liquidation Sale, Hegemonic is 63% off, Kingdom of Solomon 70% off, and Tahiti 71% off—and that’s not all!

The Voice of E is giving away Space Cadets Dice Duel, along with the Die Fighter expansion, from Stronghold Games.

Chaosium is holding a Halloween sale. Though the announcement states that the discount is $25, I suspect the company meant 25%.

Through December, all orders from Far Future Enterprises will receive a free set of two Traveller dice in red and green Christmas colors.

In the UK, Hasbro is handing out Pizza Hut pizzas to purchasers of its party games.

Game Blotter

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesWizards of the Coast has revoked Jared Boettcher’s Magic: The Gathering Rookie of the Year title after an investigation found that on multiple occasions he manipulated opponents’ decks while shuffling. Jared was also banned from official tournaments for 46 months.

MGA is suing Hasbro for stealing employees. MGA claims that Hasbro’s unfair business practices gave it an advantage in the competition for the license to produce dolls based on Disney’s Frozen movie.

At the behest of Games Workshop, the court has frozen the assets of Chapter House Studios, which was selling miniatures and parts compatible with the larger company’s Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000.

In a case that could have far-reaching implications for gambling in India (both in-person and online), the Supreme Court of the that country is considering an appeal by the Mahalakshmi Cultural Association over whether Rummy is a game of skill or chance, and whether wagering on the game is an appropriate factor in making that determination.

Police in Imphal, India are allegedly allowing gambling in street games of Lagao dice during Diwali in exchange for protection payments. One game under the watchful eye of police turned violent. When the organizers of the game refused to refund a man’s losses, the man’s friend pulled a gun and began shooting.

Burokratopoly, a protest board game that mocked political corruption in the former East Germany, is being republished as an educational tool.

At the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir event in Honolulu, a participant from Hong Kong named his deck “Umbrella Revolution” after the political protests he was involved with at home. Official tournament coverage, however, refused to recognize that name.

Back in Hong Kong, Triad members (local organized crime) attempted to disrupt the protests. Police suspect that the Triads were concerned about business at their Mahjong parlors in the area.

Amid a growing scandal in Japan over the improper use of political funds, stories have come to light of lawmakers spending large sums of money in Mahjong parlors and offering large prizes in Mahjong tournaments.

A multilingual board game, Make a Move/Toma el Paso, is being used to educate unaccompanied immigrant minors in Miami about the legal options available to them. One of the professionals that uses the game explains that it is intentionally ambiguous and complicated, so as to simulate the experience of living in a shelter.

The Washington Way With Steve Southerland is a board game developed by the Florida Democratic Party to challenge the performance and policies of the incumbent Republican congressman. In reply, Southerland’s spokesman accused his opponent of being “more interested in playing games than finding solutions.”

In Lancashire, UK, a convicted pedophile is back in jail after being caught with a homemade child-abuse themed board game.

Despite the many great and honorable projects, Kickstarter remains a good source for stories of questionable game businesses. Ice Age Miniatures funded just this past June with an estimated fulfillment date of September. Not surprisingly, the project is behind schedule. Many backers question the honesty and intentions of the project owners. In fact, they’re questioning the identity of the project owners. The owner of Dragonwars of Trayth didn’t respond well at all to negative opinions posted by a blogger. He threatened legal action for slander and alleged copyright violation.

A man in Saskatchewan who operates an online card game and claims a trademark over the game’s name, Kaiser, is suing the developer of a card game mobile app, also called Kaiser. Card players in Saskatchewan find this strange, as they claim to have been playing the physical card game, Kaiser, for 60 years or more.

A Syracuse, New York man who was hosting a dice game in his driveway was arrested by police and charged with gambling, as well as possession and intent to sell cocaine.

In Newark, New Jersey, when police approached a street dice game, the players fled. One was seen tossing a handgun over a fence as he ran. So the police arrested him.

As a community-relations program, the New York City police department invited inner-city public school students to a Chess tournament.

Two men in Little Rock, Arkansas shot each other over a dice game.

When a group of men in Birmingham, Alabama mixed games of Dominoes and dice an argument erupted and one ended up dead. Another Dominoes player was killed in Selma.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTime to Play Magazine is giving away games from Spin Master: Shark Mania and Moustache Smash.

Playdek’s Halloween Sale includes Nightfall, Lords of Waterdeep, and Ascension—iOS and Android versions—33% to 66% off.

DriveThruRPG’s Halloween sale has 561 items at 33% off.

Precis Intermedia is also offering Halloween discounts, directly on the company’s website.

Calliope Games is holding a pumpkin carving contest. Game-themed carvings have an advantage, though the prizes haven’t been specified yet.

Housewife on a Mission is giving away Pictopia: Disney Edition from Wonder Forge.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Made in the USA: The Game.

And then there’s SportAccord’s mind games photo contest. The best photographs of Chess, Bridge, Go, Xiangqi, or Draughts uploaded to Instagram will win prizes that include a tablet, watch, and $100 gift card.

Pathfinder Monster Codex

Pathfinder RPG Monster CodexPaizo’s new Monster Codex for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game provides an in-depth look at 20 monster types, including orcs, ogres, trolls, kobolds, and more. For each, the book includes detailed background information, sample encounters, special material (such as feats and magic items), and a series of new stat blocks covering a range of challenge levels.

Another feature of the Monster Codex is a set of simple class templates, which is a way to add character-class features to a monster without having to go through the usual tedious level-by-level process.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesPatch Products is giving away 10 copies of Stratego via Facebook.

TOR is giving away three copies of the Mistborn Adventure Game and Alloy of Law setting supplement.

The Once & Future Podcast is giving away 10 autographed copies of the Battlestar Galactica RPG.

Ares Magazine is running a game design contest open only to women. The prize is $100, or $1,000 if the game is published in the magazine.

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