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.

cubicle-7-logoFive-and-a-half years after being acquired by the Rebellion company, Cubicle 7 will once again be heading out on its own. The company has been purchased by a management team led by CEO, Dominic McDowall.

At one point, Rebellion had also acquired Mongoose Publishing but that company too separated.

Cubicle 7’s announcement of the move stated:

Cubicle 7’s customers will be unaffected by this change, there is no impact to the company’s release schedule, licenses, Kickstarters, or existing customer pre-orders.

Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

HeroForgeScreenshotWant to make awesome, custom miniatures like my bard over there to the right? Don’t mind the fact that he’s not wearing any pants…he has a love for drink.

Hero Forge is a site that lets you create your own miniature, then order it in varying quality and size. You can get your mini printed in a strong, low quality format, a fine detail format, as a 3″ statuette, or a 6″ statue. Prices range from $15 – $245 depending on the size/quality you order.

The editor is really easy to use, and there’s a lot of predefined templates to use if you like. My bard here only took about 5 minutes to make.

I haven’t ordered him yet…and I’m kinda afraid to.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBetween now and the end of the year, Iello will be giving away one of every game the company publishes.

For 10 days, Bananagrams is also giving away a package that includes one of each of the company’s games, plus other products from Rhode Island.

OMG Goodies is giving away Star Wars Force Grab from Wonder Forge.

There are at least two Bundle of Holding deals available now, one for RuneQuest 6 and one for Dungeon World.

Get 20% off anything from Inkwell Ideas by using coupon code, “Holiday20“.

Sahm Reviews is giving away 100 Wacky Things from Patch.

Troll Lord Games’ Christmas Sale has products 25-50% off.

A giveaway by Clever Housewife has two prize packages of Wonder Forge games, one for girls and one for boys. The girls’ prize pack includes Disney Frozen Surprise Slides and Pictopia. The boys’ prize pack includes Spider-Man Trickshot Duel and Star Wars Face Off.

Later today, Thrifty Nifty Mommy is giving away three copies of Munchkin Treasure Hunt from Steve Jackson Games.

The Adventures of a New Mom is giving away Gravity Maze from ThinkFun.

pic2329428_mdRavenwood Castle is expanding, and is a really awesome way. The Malted Meeple will soon be opening in Hudson, OH, and with it comes board gaming, mega milkshakes, and craft beer. The pub will be modeled after Ravenwood’s Raven’s Roost Pub, and will be a casual environment to play and enjoy a frosty beverage. This will be the first location, as the The Malted Meeple has plans to expand to more locations in the future.

The idea of Ravenwood Castle was already really awesome, and the addition of a separate pub is a fantastic idea. I wish them the best of luck, and desperately plead with them to be successfully enough to expand into Connecticut. I’d love some place like this to be local to me!

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesPolice responding to reports of anguished screams coming from an apartment in Oslo found only a man upset at losing games of Chess to his computer.

Police responding to a domestic disturbance in New Hampshire arrested a woman for slapping her boyfriend in an argument over a game of Monopoly.

A more serious argument took place in Utah, where a father accusing his daughter at cheating on a game of Battleship did so at the point of a rifle.

A board member of the Icelandic Scrabble Society resigned in disagreement with the other board members over the rules for compound words.

When a Brooklyn Nets fan tweeted that he’d miss part of their game because of Scrabble Club, the team tweeted back, calling him a nerd. Oops!

Political unrest in Yemen forced the last-minute relocation of the Asian Junior Chess Championship.

Political unrest in Hong Kong has been turned in to a board game—the Umbrella Revolution in to a version of Snakes & Ladders.

Unrest and civil war is the subject of a board game being developed in Ukraine. This one’s more of a miniatures combat game.

In Spain, it’s government corruption they’re turning in to a board game, appropriately called Corruptopolis.

In Cook County they’re using games in the service of politics. To break a tie in the election for the Cook County Board, two candidates were going to draw Scrabble tiles, with the first to pull the “Z” declared the winner. However, election judges were afraid that the candidates would be able to feel the letters on the tiles. So instead, they rolled dice.

The Neptune Beach City Council election tie was broken by the draw of numbered Ping Pong balls.

Poland’s National Remembrance Institute is using a board game, Regulation: The Coupons Game, to educate younger audiences about communist-era rationing.

After allegedly playing Mahjong when he should have been participating in a police drug raid, a government official in Talisay City, Cebu province, Philippines is himself under arrest.

A European Union court has upheld a trademark for the shape of a Rubik’s Cube. A competing toymaker had argued that the puzzle’s mechanical features made a patent more appropriate.

Police in Dublin were called to a store where customers were fighting over a Frozen Elsa doll. In Nottinghamshire, Frozen dolls, umbrellas, watches, backpacks, and blankets determined to be counterfeit were seized by the County Council.

A website that published 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons material shut down after being sent a cease and desist letter from Wizards of the Coast.

A Hasbro complaint against Imperial Toy has been rejected by the California court. Hasbro claimed that Imperial failed to follow a contract-mandated out-0f-court conflict resolution process when the latter sued it for unpaid NERF royalties.

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has cleared Hasbro of extorting children for money via in-app purchases that are part of the Littlest Pet Shop mobile game.

A 7 year-old in the UK made a board game about his heroes, the police. Then he got to meet them.

Police in Livermore, California are warning parents about the dangers posed by teenagers playing Assassin. The principal of the local high school has threatened to suspend any student caught with a toy gun on school grounds.

A student in the Czech Republic designed a roll-and-move trivia game, Konečně Doma (Finally Home), to teach seniors how to avoid falling victim to scams. The charitable organization, Krása Pomoci (Beauty of Help), is publishing the game.

When someone in a car started shooting at a group of people playing dice on the street in Miami, the dice players shot back. Still, one of them died later at the hospital.

In Thailand, a man who felt mistreated by the operator of a home-based high-low dice game went back to his own home, dug up a buried assault-rifle, returned to the site of the game, and shot it up, killing two and wounding 10.

A New Jersey man accused of driving the getaway car in a 2012 dice game murder will face trial after rejecting a plea deal. Meanwhile, a Mississippi man pleaded no-contest to manslaughter charges for killing someone in Lincoln, Nebraska over a $20 dice game.

Two people inside a Louisiana home were shot by someone outside because of a mid-afternoon “unresolved dice game“.

A shooting death after a game of Dominoes in Belton, Texas was declared self-defense.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTim Stafford, Game Board Guru, is giving away 1,000 board games from his personal collection, simply in the hope that people will play them.

For $10 off Barnes & Noble orders of $75 or more, use coupon code, “BN10OFF75″.

Vote for the 2015 Toy of the Year awards for a chance to win one of every nominee product in one category.

A kind reader alerted me to a special deal on a Subbuteo Starter Kit from Astrobase for 50€.

Get Surrey (UK) is giving away two copies of Downton Abbey: The Board Game.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the company, Lone Wolf Development is offering Hero Lab add-ons for 15-44% off and Army Builder for 25% off.

For registered Premium Customers, Black Tree Designs has all miniatures on-sale at least 10% off. Different ones each day are 50% off.

Candle Quest from Victory Point Games is on-sale for 25% off. Additional games go on-sale every other day through December 23rd.

Discounts of up to 80% are available in The Kobold Press December Sale.

Save 20% on Robotech RPG Tactics at RPGShop.com

Orchard Toys is offering a free game with every order and free delivery in the UK with orders over £20.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor 25% off everything direct from HABA USA, use coupon code, “blackfri2014″.

From Margaret Weis Productions get 20% off with coupon code, “HOLIDAY2014″.

Some Amazon deals:

At Barnes & Noble, educational toys and games are buy-one get-one-50% off.

Green Ronin’s Super Holiday Sale has Mutants & Masterminds and DC Adventures products 30% off.

Purchase a Mega Brush Set from The Army Painter and get a Warpaints Starter Paint Set for half price.

Get 10% off and free custom graphics from BBO Poker Tables through the weekend.

Small Niche Games’ POD adventure modules are $4.95 Thursday and Friday.

Use coupon code, “THANKS50″, for half off products from Legendary Games.

Coupon code, “30OFF”, works for 30% off at True to Life Baseball.

Savage Worlds Fantasy Grounds adventure modules on are on-sale for 10% off.

The Corporia RPG core rulebook is 50% off at DriveThruRPG.

Goodman Games’ Holiday Sale includes 50% savings on foil-cover adventures, limited edition holiday products, and up to 70% off PDF modules.

Save 40% on Gale Force 9 Dungeons & Dragons miniatures at RPGShop.com.

Get 10% off and free shipping at HasbroToyShop.com with coupon code, “FREESHIP10″.

Coupon code, “QM8GQG7V5Z”, is good for 25% off from Precis Intermedia.

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.

Blog giveaways:

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.

Game Bandit

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.

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