Wits & Wagers Epic Geek Edition

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 prizesFantasy Flight Games digital offerings are on-sale. BattleLore: Command (iOS, Android, or Steam) is $3.99. Elder Sign: Omens on iOS and Android is 99¢; on Steam with all content unlocked it’s $9.99. Hey, That’s My Fish! (iOS or Android) is 99¢.

Sentinels of the Multiverse is also on-sale in all digital forms, $5.

DriveThruRPG is hosting a 25% off sale, with many different publishers participating. Today and Monday, some products will be 50% off.

Spectrum Games has taken it a step further, discounting its products at DriveThruRPG by 60%.

For its latest giveaway, Mayday Games promises to sleeve every one of the winner’s games. But if you’re not the winner, you can still purchase sleeves for 40% off with free worldwide shipping.

Amazon promises up to 25% off on “Games for Family Game Night“.

Osprey Publishing promises 30% or more off everything.

Promo code “TURKEY20” will get you 20% off orders direct from Gamewright.

At Toys “R” Us, some board games are on-sale for $5, some others $7.

Purchases direct from Cryptozoic Friday-Monday qualify for free shipping to the United States or Canada.

Get $20 off every $100 ordered from Flying Frog Productions.

Legendary Games’ products are 20-40% off, depending on the outlet. Coupon codes and other details are available on the company’s website.

Crafty Games is offering a three-book set (in print) of Fantasy Craft for 60% off.

Games Workshop is offering special “value collections this weekend only.”

Dog Might is discounting all its dice chests, dice towers, and other wood game accessories 15%.

Outlaw Miniatures’ Wild West Exodus discounts range 10-50%.

Greenbrier Games has a special Heavy Steam bundle.

The Army Painter’s Black Friday bundle includes a Mega Paint Set, primer, matt varnish, and Quickshade Strong Tone at a savings of around 17%.

Print & Play Games is discounting a few of its prototyping components 25-33%: stickerable blank dice, cardboard coins, and Any Sheet standard cards. The company is also selling the board game, Omega Centauri at a discount of $11.

Bananagrams games are 20% off.

Everything Talisman: Digital Edition is on-sale.

Get free shipping from Meeple Source with coupon code “THANKSGIVING”. Offer expires tomorrow.

A 10% discount will be applied at checkout to Victory Point Games ordered from Amazon. This deal ends Monday. However, on Monday, orders direct from VPG will be 20%.

From Goodman Games, get a grab bag with $100-150 worth of product for $63.30 including shipping, or get 30% off all digest-sized modules, or get 40% off all ebooks.

Most everything from Jon Brazer Enterprises (including Pathfinder and Traveller products) is 80% off this week.

Noble Knight Games’ holiday sale discounts start at 10%.

UPDATE: New deals added…

Purchases direct from Margaret Weis Productions are 30% off today.

Litko’s site-wide discount is 20% and runs through Monday.

Green Ronin Publishing is selling the DC Adventures roleplaying game hardback books for $20 each, or all four for $60.

Even the U.S. Backgammon Federation is getting in the spirit. New registrations and renewals made before the end of the year qualify for 3 extra months of membership.

Subscribe today to the new Warhammer 40,000 novel series from Games Workshop and get 12 ebooks for the price of nine.

River Horse is discounting the Terminator Genisys miniatures game through Monday.

The discounts from Educational Insights start at 25% but go to 85%, start today and end Sunday.

Eagle-Gryphon Games is running a Cyber Weekend Combo Sale with discount of 10-50% on special bundle purchases such as Clockwork Wars and Roll Through the Ages for 20% off or Francis Drake and Triassic Terror for 50% off.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFantasy Flight Games’ annual Holiday Sale includes among other things Merchant of Venus at 69% off, Nexus Ops at 66% off, Arkham Horror and Android novels at 75% off, and Warhammer: Invasion LCG products at 70-80% off.

TCGPlayer is giving away a sealed Yugi’s Legendary Decks, a limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! deck for the game’s 15th anniversary.

Time to Play Magazine is giving away new stuff every day leading in to Cyber Monday.

Pinnacle Entertainment’s Black Friday Blowout sale launched today with 10-50% off many products. Orders over $50 even get a free set of Promo Adventure Deck Cards.

Spartan Games is launching its Black Friday deals early. For Halo Fleet Battles, a bundle of one each Fleet Box, Commander Box, Core Upgrade Box, Heavy Upgrade Box, and Dice Blister is £95 (38% off the recommended retail price) and also comes with a £10 voucher good toward the future purchase of a Carrier Box. Significant discounts are available as well for Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada, Firestorm Planetfall, and all two-player battle boxes.

Gypsy Knight Games’ Traveller ebooks are on-sale for 30% off.

Through the 30th, Columbia Games will ship The Last Spike free in the United States.

Crowdfunding Highlights

brailleThere are only hours left in the Braille RPG Dice kickstarter campaign by 64 Oz. Games. Backing at $10 gets you one 3D-printed polyhedral die, while a $50 pledge will be rewarded with a full set of seven dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20, and percentale — that’s a d10 marked in tens). This the company’s second kickstarter, following up on their “Board Games: Now Blind Accessible” braille-printed transparent sleeves for several popular hobby games. Stretch goals for Braille RPG Dice include allowing 64 Oz. Games to purchase a CNC router and a plastic thermoforming machine, which will be used on future manufacturing projects.

secret-hitlerI’ve played several social bluffing hidden role games, but Secret Hitler looks like it’s a game that I’d want to bring out more than any other. Just launched, the game takes place in 1930’s Germany with two teams, the Fascists and the Liberals, trying to take control of the government. Similar to Werewolf and The Resistance, the rounds move rapidly. If I had a regularly-meeting large game group — you’ll need between 5 and 10 players for Secret Hitler — I’d throw down a $25 pledge to get a game of this as a reward.

Oh man, I am a sucker for a well-designed playing card deck and this week, I’ve got three that I’d like to showcase. First up is the Red Scarab and Blue Scarab decks, from Scott King. The Red deck is shaded line art on white while the Blue deck is more painterly on black. Jackson Robinson (from the Wasteland 2-inspired deck) has a set of limited edition Black Diamond Tally-Ho decks available. These cards are black with foil print. And lastly, Elite Playing Cards has a glamorously golden deck called Bicycle Chic.

chic cards

Oh yeah, board games! Do you like Catan? Game Night Geek, LLC., offers up a Magnetic Catan Border. It’s six pieces of oak plywood (other types of wood available for upgraded costs) connected by those strong neodymium magnets to keep the tile island of Catan together while playing. It’s one of those so-simple-why-didn’t-I-think-of-it game accessory. But someone did, and these are rather affordable, starting at a $12 pledge level.

I’ve been using black foamcore to create custom component storage for some of my boardgames. However, these lasercut MDF Board Game Inserts by The Game Doctors are awfully tempting… What you do is pledge 10 Euro or more in shipping windows (all full right now, but they’ll be opening more slots as the campaign goes on) and when it’s over, you convert those pledges into whichever types of game insert you desire. I’m looking at the “Card” design to store my ever-growing Android: Netrunner collection (14 Euro + 5 per 10 additional dividers) or “Robi” for the Robinson Crusoe box (16 Euro, includes space for the Voyage of the Beagle expansion) or maybe “Dead” for my Dead of Winter game (18 Euro).

Owlbear Plushie

Owlbear PlushieIt’s a cute owlbear plush toy. Designed by cartoonist John Kovalic as a fundraiser for GameHoleCon in Wisconsin, Owlbear Plushies are now available in limited quantities for $25 from Noble Knight Games.



Virtual Reality Dungeons & Dragons

A group of adventurers gather in an imagined tavern…

In this case, however, the adventurers are players rather than characters, and the tavern is a virtual environment developed by AltspaceVR for the purpose of playing Dungeons & Dragons.

The environment is more than just a virtual tabletop, though one of those is included. It’s a three-dimension computer-based game room modeled on the stereotypical fantasy tavern. In it, players meet remotely and can roll dice, consult rule books, and manipulate terrain tiles and miniatures on a tactical battle map.

Essentially, it does the same thing as existing virtual tabletop applications but with the added benefit of providing players the suggestion that they’re really sitting together playing face-to-face.

AltspaceVR Dungeons & Dragons

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe Collector’s Trove is auctioning off the game collection of former TSR employee, Allen Hammack.

A basalt board for the traditional Hawaiian game of Konane is up for auction at Bonhams with an estimated price of $4,000-6,000.

Board games are on-sale at Toys “R” Us.

Sahm Reviews is launching a new giveaway every day for 44 days. The first two are Trivial Pursuit: Marvel Cinematic Universe from USAopoly and Roll for It! from Calliope Games. Check the website for the rest.

Amazon’s running two game sales, one with 20% off party games, the other buy-four-get-one-free from a limited selection.

Lock ‘n Load Publishing’s Thanksgiving Sale features discounts of 20-25% on select items.

Bundle of Holding is reviving an earlier deal for games that revive earlier games. It’s the Old School Revival Revived. The $5 starter collection includes, among other games, Swords & Wizardry. The bonus collection adds Adventurer Conqueror King, Vornheim, and more. Bundle of Holding also has a new deal for games that revive old games. This one’s called Old School Revival +3 and includes in the $6 starter collection Slumbering Stars and Gnomes of Levnec. The bonus collection adds Owl Hoot Trail and others.

Users of Games Workshop’s website who share their wish list via social media are entered in to a sweepstakes for one of 10 gift vouchers worth £100/$165.

Orders through December 14th of $10 or more from Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23 will get a free emerald-like green d6 made special for Munchkin Oz.

Through the holiday season, Dan Verssen Games will throw in a surprise game or expansion gift with all boxed game orders.

Is there a price war developing between online retailers Miniature Market and Cool Stuff Inc.?

The Celebrity Cafe is giving away a package of five Disney, Good Dinosaur, and Star Wars games from Wonder Forge.

Game Salute is giving away a copy of Inhabit The Earth.

Orchard Toys of the UK will include a free copy of the game Animal Snap with every order. The company is also offering free delivery with orders over £20.

Tell R&R Games what you’re thankful for and maybe they’ll send you five party games.

BoardGameGiveaways is giving away Android Netrunner from Fantasy Flight Games.

Influence Central is giving away three Hasrbo Star Wars games: Star Wars Catchphrase, R2-D2 Bop It, and Loopin’ Chewie.

In celebration of the company’s eighth birthday, orders from The Army Painter of more than €40/$50 get free cans of black and white spray primer and free shipping.

Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Steam Sale includes Age of Steam for 35% off, Railways of the World for 45% off, and even bigger discounts on expansions.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Bullfrogs and expansion from Thunderworks Games.

Serenity You is giving away Shopping List from Orchard Toys (UK only).

Chronically Content and co-hosts are giving away four copies of the Karma card game from Set Enterprises.

Mostly Munchkin

stevejacksongamesNearly at the end of 2015, Steve Jackson Games has issued its Report to the Stakeholders for 2014. The report, a tradition for privately held SJG, provides a behind-the-scenes peak in to the company’s performance and plans.

Most notable for 2014, though by no means a surprise, is the importance of Munchkin games. Among SJG’s top-20 products ranked by sales, only two were not Munchkin: Zombie Dice at number 3 and Zombie Dice Deluxe at number 18. Even among the next 20 ranked were only four not-Munchkin.

On the subject of sales, the company reported total gross income for 2014 of $8.5 million. This was, technically, the first time annual income declined for SJG since 2005—it was down down $300,000 compared to 2013. However, 2013 was also the year of the Ogre Kickstarter project, which alone brought in $1 million. Excluding that one-time event, the company’s income in 2014 was up $500,000.

Despite the overwhelming importance of Munchkin to Steve Jackson Games, it’s clear from the report that the company remains committed to a diverse product line. It republished (in 2014) 20 year-old Knightmare Chess, now has a full-time staff member dedicated to reviving Car Wars, and continues to explore options for GURPS despite a very difficult market.

It seems some references to a board game and RPG in Fallout 4 have made their way around the internet, each causing a bit of buzz and speculation.

Fo4_Blast_Radius_trailerFirst seen in the Fallout 4 trailer, Blast Radius, a nuclear board game is seen. In-game the box can be picked up an contains a bit of nuclear material. A tweet on Patrick Nickell’s Twitter account about finding the game was met with the comment:  “Someone will Kickstart that game IRL in 3….2….” I’d back that, no matter how terrible the game actually was. Of course, including an actual piece of nuclear material probably wouldn’t pass Kickstarter’s guidelines.

CTp0gaqUsAA24u4Of course what better way to escape the horrors of an atomic wasteland than with a bit of roleplay? Larry Frum posted a screenshot of a little RPG action going on between Scientists via email, tagging @Wizards_DND in the tweet. With those numbers being considered “Damn, lousy rolls,” my guess is they’re not playing Dungeons and Dragons. Either that, or the die rolls needed for D&D in 2087 are insane. Damn mutant monsters.

The Fallout series is known for easter eggs and it’s sense of humor, and seeing little things like this in the game always bring smile to my face.

Mind Flayer Dice Bag

Due from Ultra PRO this December, the Dungeons & Dragons Mind Flayer Gamer Pouch ($17).

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSaturday, November 14th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day. Many local shops will be holding special events. Give them your support.

November 21-22 is the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Here’s a coupon [PDF] for $2 off admission. Or get free admission when wearing ChiTAG officially licensed clothing.

Pathfinder accessories are 50% off direct from Paizo through December 6th.

Syrinscape’s Pathfinder Player Character SoundSet 4-Pack is also 50% off.

Enter Educational Insights’ Gobble Gobble Sweepstakes for a chance to win either of two game bundles (both with a retail value of about $130).

U.K. Online retailer Chaos Cards is giving away, via Facebook, the winner’s choice of either Fury of Dracula or Dead of Winter.

BoardGameGiveaway is giving away Mysterium from Asmodee.

Games with dragons are 15-60% off in Eagle & Gryphon Games’ Dragon Sale.

So Chic Life is giving away a $500 prize pack from Spin Master.

Sign on to the Toy Industry Association’s Pledge to Play and be entered in to a sweepstakes for a prize package of toys worth $250.

The prize in Patch Products’ sweepstakes is $200 worth of Patch games. Entering requires watching and commenting on a short YouTube video about the company’s Chrono Bomb game.

Like The Army Painter on Facebook for a chance to win the company’s Technique Bundle. It’s the company’s eighth anniversary, so it’s giving away eight.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Snow Tails from Renegade Game Studios.

Get a 25% discount on registration for the Gamification World Congress with coupon code “dopamine”.

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