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.

NYU Game CenterThe NYU Game Center is looking to fill two full-time faculty positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. While teaching experience is a plus, the more important requirement is ongoing professional participation or research in the field of games.

Whether you are an industry veteran with triple-A experience who wants a chance to share your knowledge of the complex craft of game development, an independent developer exploring the experimental edge of game aesthetics, or a critical theorist asking questions about the fundamental nature and cultural context of games and play, we want to talk to you about joining the NYU Game Center.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe Hasbro games giveaway by TimeToPlay Magazine includes Simon Swipe, Trivial Pursuit Hints, and My Monopoly. Every day, they’re giving away another My Monopoly.

Glimpse is also giving away My Monopoly from Hasbro (Canadian residents only).

Through the holiday shopping season, Rewards “R” Us customers at Toys “R” Us will receive 1 point for every dollar spent, 2 points for purchases charged to an “R” Us credit card. Every 125 points is worth $5 toward additional purchases at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. Credit card holders also get 10% off in-store purchases on Thursdays.

To celebrate the game’s recent awards, Monte Cook Games is offering the Numenera Core Book at 25% off.

For 10% off at Board Game Storage, use coupon code “BGG10″.

Rended Press has links to the sometimes hidden but still available for free 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons stuff on WOTC’s website.

To draw attention for an upcoming Kickstarter project, Sean K. Reynolds is giving away a variety of roleplaying games and accessories to four different winners.

Passport Games is giving away a copy of Samurai Spirit before it’s available in retail.

In celebration of 15,000 Facebook fans, Z-Man is giving away $500 worth of games, including a couple not yet officially released.

The Illuminerdy is giving away dice bags.

Carmen’s Coupon Blog is giving away The Wizard of Oz Monopoly.

Mommy on the Money is giving away a package of six games from Winning Moves.

Upcoming RPGs

Some new roleplaying games were announced recently…

Mutant Year ZeroModiphius Entertainment is bringing back Mutant Year Zero, a post-apocalyptic RPG out of Sweden that was the precursor to Mutant Chronicles. The game, scheduled for release in December, focuses on heavily mutated humans living in an isolated settlement known as The Ark.

The Ark, your home in the dawnworld. A nest of intrigue and Lord of the Flies-style power struggles, it’s far from a safe haven. But it’s the only home you know, and just maybe the cradle of a new civilization. The game rules let you improve and develop the Ark in the areas of Warfare, Food Supply, Technology, and Culture. It is up to you, the players, to decide which projects to embark on.

Working with Matt Forbeck, Outland Entertainment is developing the author’s Shotguns & Sorcery novels in to a roleplaying game and series of enhanced ebooks. Shotguns & Sorcery is described as “fantasy noir”—detective stories set in a dark fantasy world. Outland plans to launch a Kickstarter for the project in October, with the goal of delivering the game in time for Gen Con 2015. Outland also indicates that Matt will be writing a majority of the game book.

From Fantasy Flight Games is coming The End of the World, a series of four independent but compatible games all built on apocalyptic themes but each with a different threat. In order of release, the four games are Zombie Apocalypse, Wrath of the Gods, Alien Invasion, and Revolt of the Machines.

As interesting as that sounds, what really looks to set The End of the World apart is the fact that players in the game will have themselves as characters. Players will be asked to rate their own physical, mental, and social attributes, describe their own positive and negative traits, and identify in-game equipment based on what’s immediately around them in the real world [you know I'll be showing up to game night with MREs and a sword].

The End of the World

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTime to Play Magazine is giving away $1,000 in Toys “R” Us gift cards. One $500 grand prize and five $100 prizes.

Savage Worlds products are on-sale at DriveThruRPG.

I Slay the Dragon is giving away Kemble’s Cascade from Z-Man Games, plus maybe some other stuff, depending on how many people enter.

Erin Evans is giving away several copies of Fire in the Blood, a D&D Forgotten Realms novel of which she is the author.

Osprey Publishing’s September sale is a discount of 30% on all Men-at-Arms, Elite, and Warrior titles.

The submission deadline in A Sword for Hire’s Pathfinder monster design contest is September 13th, the prizes PDFs from Rite Publishing, Legendary Games, Raging Swan, and Dreamscarred Press.

Powered by Mom is giving away the Rollors outdoor game.

Country Mouse, City Mouse is giving away a package of eight Hasbro and Mattel games, along with Peanut Butter Cheerios.

The Immolation offer from High Flying Dice Games and Against the Odds Magazine includes seven games about the Panzerwaffe for $90 (28% off).

Dead Men Tell No Tales, Minion Games’ 14th Kickstarter project, is a pirate-themed cooperative game in which players explore an on-fire, undead guarded, sinking ship. But why, you ask? Well, for treasure of course! The game has an interesting fatigue mechanic, and also allows players to share with others their unused actions.

Applying the 13th Age roleplaying system to the classic setting of Glorantha is the goal of 13th Age in Glorantha. With new classes, monsters, and icon relationships, designers Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet look to focus on what they call “myth-crawling”.

While not the first to crowdfund metal coins for games, Coins for Anything is offering an array of alternate designs at a reasonable price. The are Egyptian, Greek, dragon, fire, magic, Viking, Roman, and pirate sets.

From designer Philip duBarry and publisher Game Salute, Skyway Robbery is a steampunk-styled adventure game where the players are criminals traveling the world on an airship, each stop presenting a new opportunity for theft. After recruiting gangs and collecting the tools needed to grab loot, the winner is the player to have accumulated the most criminal renown.

Ignore the lumberjack pig art if you can, Hogger Logger is a game about trying to guess whether one’s face-down cards are higher or lower than the face-up one. Seems simple enough until you realize that other players can change the cards in play at any time simply by replacing them with cards from their hands or by playing action cards for more chaotic manipulations.

1750: Britain vs. France is a historically based card and dice game that includes political, diplomatic, and economic elements in addition to combat.

Play as a child’s toys fighting off nightmares in the card game, Nightlight. The game is cooperative, includes multiple scenarios, and features an interesting mix of cute and dark art.

D&D 5th: Monster Manual

WOCA92180000You knew it was coming, and it’s coming on September 30th. The D&D 5th Edition Monster Manual has everything a Dungeon Master needs to fill a good adventure with nasties. The book will have an MSRP of $49.95, and will have 320 pages fillled with all sorts of horrible things to entertain your players.

It’s still a bit strange to me that the 3 core books aren’t released at the same time, but you’re still buying ‘em, so Wizards is doing something right.

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesAfter all the hype and controversy, the election for FIDE president wasn’t even a close one. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov defeated Garry Kasparov by a vote of 110 to 61.

A member of Guyana’s Chess team was denied a visa to attend the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway because his name and birth date were on an international terrorist watch list. The Russian women’s Chess team was allowed to register for the Olympiad even though it had missed the deadline. The team may have intentionally delayed registering in order to allow one prominent player to transfer from Ukraine. Two players who made it to the tournament did not make it home. One, from Uzbekistan, was found dead in his hotel room. The other, a member of the Seychelles team, collapsed during a game and was pronounced dead at the hospital. A Zambian Chess official believes that his team’s improved performance at the World Chess Olympiad is partially due to the higher price of beer in Norway.

After an unsuccessful challenge by a competitor, Choon’s Design’s patent for Rainbow Loom has been upheld.

Certain boxes of unlicensed charms for Loom bands have been removed from store shelves after testing positive for phthalates.

So far, Magnus Carlsen has refused to sign a contract for the Chess World Championship (re)match against Viswanathan Anand. The series is scheduled to take place in November in Sochi, Russia but Carlsen’s manager wants to have the event pushed back to 2015. Anand, however, did sign the contract. Not that we expect this situation to persist. Nevertheless, if Carlsen continues to refuse, eventually Sergey Karjakin would take his place.

[I love this headline...] “Athens Cop Encounters Suspected Dice Game“—Though the people the police officer thought were playing dice gathered up all the evidence before he was able to confirm his suspicions, he was able to arrest one of them on trespassing charges.

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines has refused to release GM Wesley So, who would prefer to transfer his FIDE registration to the United States. So is currently a student at Webster University in Missouri and ranked 14th in world by FIDE. Without the transfer of registration, So will be excluded from FIDE tournaments for 2 years.

Some time ago, DaVinci Editrice sued Ziko Games, claiming that the latter’s Legends of the Three Kingdoms game copies DaVinci’s Bang. In a recent ruling on the case, a federal District Court judge has refused to grant DaVinci’s request for a preliminary injunction and has also dismissed the company’s claim of unfair competition and unjust enrichment under Texas state law. The judge, for now however, did uphold DaVinci’s claim of copyright infringement, finding that though game mechanics can not be copyrighted, there were enough similarities between the characters in both games for the case to go to trial.

A pair of teachers idled by a labor dispute in Vancouver, Canada launched a board game project on Kickstarter as a political statement. In Christy’s World, players move their pawns around a map of British Columbia collecting unpopularity points for closing schools and privatizing industry.

A day after a man and a woman in Las Vegas argued over a dice game, the woman allegedly returned to the man’s apartment and killed him. The woman was later arrested in Utah and is awaiting extradition.

Two men in Buffalo were on their way to seek revenge for a dice game argument earlier in the evening when they were attacked in their car and killed first.

A man in Erie, Pennsylvania told police that he was gambling on dice at 4:00 AM on a Sunday morning, when another player, who the original article describes as a “disgruntled opponent“, hit him on the head with a gun.

The CEO of Hasbro, Brian Goldner, was diagnosed with prostate cancer but plans to stay on in the position. Sylvia Hassenfeld, the matriarch of the family that founded Hasbro, a philanthropist, and a leader of international social aide organizations, died August 16th at the age of 93.

In Rockford, Illinois, a man pled guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison for shooting his opponent in a game of Dominoes. The two had gotten in to a fist-fight but the other man was getting in to his car to leave when the first man shot him.

Scientific Games’s new Yahtzee slot machine is the first online casino game based on a Hasbro-licensed game property.

Police in Detroit say that the shooting of a teen and two men (one of whom was killed) was the outcome of an argument during a dice game.

A man in Plainfield, New Jersey is being held on $1 million bail after being arrested for allegedly killing someone that he was playing dice with.

A man in Malaysia collapsed and died watching a game of Mahjong.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTo celebrate 5 years in business, Avalon Games has temporarily discounted all its products to $1.00.

Troll in the Corner is giving away two copies of Zombie: Shambling and Hungry.

The Cardboard Jungle Podcast is giving away Sheriff of Nottingham.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesIn honor of the 10th anniversary of the game’s fourth edition, GURPS products are 23% off at Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23 online store.

For 25% off Smart Play Games products at DriveThruCards, use coupon code, “SP2014GC“.

To promote the company’s Kickstarter project, Necromancer Games is running one of those Rafflecopter giveaways. The prizes are $400, $200, and $100 worth of product.

GameWire is giving away one or more play mats for Machi Koro.

Every month, Meeple Monthly gives away five copies of a game. This month the game is Fresco (Big Box) from Queen Games. Entering, however, does require answering trivia questions out of the magazine.

A series of Dungeons & Dragons Legend of Drizzt audio short stories is available to download for free.

Hasbro logoHasbro, which recently initiated a program that allows fans to sell 3D-printed My Little Pony designs via Shapeways, is now expanding that program, called SuperFanArt, to three game brands: Dungeons & Dragons, Monopoly, and Scrabble.

Independent artists will have to sign a SuperFanArt (Hasbro) Artist Agreement but can set their own prices.

To be featured in the launch of the new game brands, artists should submit their designs by September 9th.

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