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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 prizesDigital Days of Wonder games are on-sale, including Splendor, Ticket to Ride, and Small World—Android, iOS, and Steam—for up to 70% off.

Retweet and follow Playopolis Board Game Cafe (UK) for a chance to win either Pandemic or Cards Against Humanity.

Get 35% off games or magazine games from Compass Games when using coupon code “paperwars” along with the purchase of an issue of Paper Wars magazine.

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

Steam’s Summer Sale includes Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop for 25-44% off, Talisman games for 50% off.

Strat-O-Matic Basketball, Hockey, and Football games for Windows are 25% off through Thursday morning. A coupon code, “BHFROSTERS”, is required.

July 1-5, Wild West Exodus will be 35% off from Outlaw Miniatures.

Custom Dice

Ultramarines DiceBattleTech Dice House LiaoThe thing about these dice is you probably don’t need them. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of the games they go with, you’re really going to want them.

Available now from Q-Workshop are BattleTech Dice with individual sets at $15 for Houses Kurita, Davion, Liao, Marik, and Steiner. Each set with two house dice plus one die for each of four combat commands.

Coming soon from Q-Workshop are dice sets for Cubicle Seven’s roleplaying games, Doctor Who, The One Ring, and Lone Wolf.

And direct from Games Workshop, a set of Ultramarines Dice, 20 for $20.

Doctor Who RPG Dice

Cheeky Camel InteriorQatar has its first game shop, Cheeky Camel, opened by a pair of gamers who have day jobs in the petroleum industry. Though on weekdays it’s only open in the evenings, the store seems to host a pretty active gaming scene in its upstairs play space.

Stay2Play is a service in Calgary that sets up restaurants and bars to host board game events. The company provides a library of games, training of staff, and publicity. So far, there 16 locations participating.

There’s a business in Milwaukee that’s planning to open a single venue to serve both video gaming and Chess tournamentsI don’t even

The Game Boutique in Youngtown, Arizona is relocating to a larger space, with expanded hours, and a different name. What’s now called The Orc’s Lair will have a grand opening event July 1st.

Playopolis Board Game CafeAlso opening in July is the Playopolis board game cafe in Rochester, UK.

A new game store will be part of the revitalization of the Bradford Mall in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Brewpoint Coffee Company in Elmhurst, Illinois already had small selection of board games for its customers but is now partnering with local Tyton Games shop to run weekly board game nights.

For nightly Ramadan break-fasts, the Almaz by Momo restaurant in Dubai serves up board games along with a North-African themed buffet.

The Ampersand Hotel in London has a game room with a variety of board games.

At The Den, a cafe in Sebastian, Florida that from the description seems to define “eclectic”, board game nights feature live music.

There are Backgammon sets in the guest rooms and giant-sized Connect Four and Jenga in the outdoor lounge of Hotel Zephyr on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Indie Boards and Cards logoIndie Boards & Cards is merging with Action Phase Games to create “a single games publishing behemoth.” Most of the company’s products will carry the Indie Boards & Cards name, though the Heroes Wanted line and certain other products will continue under the Action Phase brand. Distribution will remain managed by PSI.

Funnybone Toys has signed on with Lion Rampant for distribution in Canada. Previously, the company was handling Canadian sales directly. Funnybone says the move is the first step of a global expansion.

Shinobi7Ninja Division Publishing (Super Dungeon Explore) and Seven Seas Entertainment have formed a joint venture, Shinobi 7, that “will focus on producing tabletop games that are based on hit anime, manga, and pop culture brands.” The new company’s first title will be Space Dandy Galactic Deck-Building Game.

Superstore chain, Hastings, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy while owing PSI, Ultra PRO, and ACD Distribution each hundred of thousands of dollars.

Spin Master is opening an office in Australia and will take over the distribution of its own products currently distributed by Funtastic. The company is also expanding its operations in Mexico and Central and Eastern Europe and recently purchased children’s app makers Toca Boca and Sago Mini.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThere are three prizes in Two Board Meeples’ Reader Appreciation Giveaway: $25, $15, and $10 Cool Stuff Inc gift certificates.

Answer two super-easy questions to enter the Independence Play Sweepstakes of the Toy Industry Association’s The Genius of Play initiative. Top prize is $250 in toys and games.

Barnes and Noble just launched its annual red-dot clearance sale on board games with discounts around 50%.

Do317 is giving away 4-day passes to Gen Con.

For the launch of the Zombicide: Black Plague Wulfsburg expansion, The Army Painter has a new paint and varnish bundle discounted 15%.

Just through tomorrow, get six Subbuteo team boxes (Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Portugal, and Holland) for €20 with shipping included free to the EU.

Tell White Wizard Games, through Twitter, what about the company’s upcoming Kickstarter for Hero Realms makes you “most excited.” They’ll pick one answer per day for the next 5 days and send the tweeter promo cards for Star Realms and Epic.

Strat-O-Matic Basketball, Hockey, and Football games for Windows are 40% off through Thursday morning. A coupon code, “SOMSUMMER”, is required.

Everything Board Games is giving away Blood Rage from Cool Mini or Not.

There are two deals currently available at Bundle of Holding. One, for the Icons superhero RPG, starts with the Player’s Collection at $15 and adds the Game Master’s Collection at around $28. The other, for Mongoose Publishing’s Legend game (used to be a version of Runequest), has a substantial Starter Collection at just $6 and then adds six more products in the Bonus Collection at about $14.

Insert Here is giving away a package of several games from Passport Game Studios and the inserts that go with them.

Another from Passport, CV, is being given away by Bower’s Game Corner.

RPG Dungeon Maps on Business Cards

card10card6Dyson Logos has created ten business card-sized dungeon geomorphs for free personal or commercial use. Dyson writes that when printed “on the backs of your business cards, the cards themselves become strangely collectible too, as people will want to get the various designs to increase their assortment of dungeon pieces!” Each piece has exits in the middle of each side to allow for orienting the dungeon complex in either a basketweave pattern or a block pattern. Going to an online business card printer like Moo will let you place different images on the backs of your cards.

These cards were released as part of his ongoing Patreon, where he creates maps and adventures for fantasy RPGs.

Who knew that gaming tables was going to be such a competitive market? The folks at BoardGameTables.com have been making high-end, custom-built wordwork gaming tables for the past year and a half, but they’ve recently launched a massive campaign for a low-cost gaming table. How low? $500 for a 3×5 table. They’re getting the price down to that point in two major ways: the tables are all standardized, so there’s no customization, and they’ll be mass-producing the tables, letting the economies of scale bring the overall price down. The Duchess is $499, $739 with topper to convert it to a normal table.

mistborn board game

A boardgame based on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novels is up on Kickstarter! A $50 pledge (plus shipping) gets you a copy of the semi-cooperative game. The game is designed by Kevin Wilson (one of my favorite game designers). Check out Mistborn: House War from Crafty Games.

fortressMiniature wargamer? Laser Dream Works is presenting 3D printer-ready models for historical (17th and 18th Century) terrain. The main item (at $45) is a fortress based on Fort Ticonderoga in New York state. The Vauban Fortress is scales from 28mm to 10mm sizes. Already unlocked: battle-damaged walls, outer fortifications, and Spanish-style turrets. They’re so very close to unlocking a five-pointed fort and a shore battery made of curved walls, but they’re in the final week of the campaign, so act soon!

Summit has an interesting theme: mountain climbing. In the game, you’re racing up (and back down) a mountain, laying down tiles to create trails and hazards. But you don’t want to sprint up the mountain: you’ll have to keep track of your food, oxygen, and health while making sure you’re not overburdened or too slow to ascend and descend. You’ll have to watch the weather, balance your load, and survive the perilous trek. The base game is yours for a pledge of $37 (US, approximate: $49 CAD). Summit also comes with a cooperative/solo expansion, which is available at the $49 level ($64 CAD).

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If Cards Against Humanity is dirty words Apples to Apples, Drawing Without Dignity is potty-mouth Pictionary. This week’s Marketplace Confusion/Parody/Coattail Riding spotlight product is for 17 and up (really? 17?) and it’s pretty much Pictionary where you’re drawing things like “sperm donor”, “yellow snow”, and “carpet muncher”. A $25 pledge gets you a box with 100 cards (5 clues per card), a one-minute timer, a six-sided die, a pad of paper, and four miniature golf pencils. Drawing Without Dignity has a week and a half to go and is nearly a third of the way funded: take a look at the campaign.

Hey, remember last time when we featured an 18-card CAH “expansion” called Bad Apples? You’re probably wondering if they funded. Nope, but it’s because the creator cancelled the funding with just two dollars to go! Well, they went ahead and relaunched the campaign again (the third time), and it still didn’t fund, only getting $500 of the C$750 requested.

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design

The winners of the 2016 Origins Awards, as given out by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design at the Origins Game Fair, are:

Free RPG Day is This Saturday

Free RPG Day 2016Free RPG Day is this Saturday, June 18th. Modeled on Free Comic Book Day, the event seeks to promote roleplaying as a hobby with free products distributed to patrons at participating game stores.

Among the products available this year are Pathfinder modules, Feng Shui and Valiant quickstart rules, a Call of Cthulhu adventure, and dice.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesPassport Game Studios gives away another game every Friday.

Save up to 50% in Hasbro’s Summer Sale.

ThinkFun is giving away 5 copies of its Escape the Room Game.

Disney Gal’s Finding Dory giveaway includes a Finding Dory Operation game.

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