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.

MASHED, the Roleplaying Game

MASHED is a Korean War Powered-by-the-Apocalypse roleplaying game set in a U.S. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Its official description includes the expected disclaimer about not being associated with the earlier M*A*S*H media property (TV show, movie, or novel). However, whether acknowledged or not, the game appears to share its namesake’s sensibilities.

Although your characters spend long hours performing surgery, MASHED compresses these into short events to focus on the most dramatic moments. Much of the game actually occurs outside of the operating tent, at times when the flow of casualties has ebbed. Here you may fall in or out of love, fight the orders of ineffective top brass, set up pranks, help your South Korean allies, pick fights, seduce your way through the unit, pull rank, and much more.

Included in the MASHED RPG PDF ($15) are seven playbooks (Angel, Corpsman, Cowboy, Cutter, Doc, Grunt, and Padre), a patient playsheet, commanding officer field manuals (guidebooks and workbooks), a personnel tracker, a calendar, and camp maps for the 8099 MASH.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDriveThruRPG is in the middle of its annual New Year, New Game sale. Among the 948 items discounted, a few highlights:

A Humble Book Bundle for Pathfinder Worldscape features the comic, Pathfinder rule books, and a complete adventure path.

Bundle of Holding features Adventurer Conqueror King for epic-scale adventures in and old-school RPG.

The first edition of King Arthur Pendragon RPG is free on DriveThruRPG until the 31st.

Osprey Publishing’s January Sale includes more than 400 items at up to 70% off. The company is also running another modeling competition, this time for work based on ancient Rome.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away a Vikings Gone Wild Ultimate Set from Lucky Duck Games.

Get a free pack of A.J.’s Toyboarders (toy skateboarding figures) with the purchase of either Ramps & Rails or Skateboard Madness board games from Mindtwister USA.

Through February, new and renewed premium memberships to the U.S. Backgammon Federation will get free access to the GammonSite Backgammon server for 1 year.

Subscribers to HarnQuest can get any of Columbia Games’ Harn titles in PDF form for 50% off.

To celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, Reaper Minis is giving out free Grim Reaper figures, one for each $40 of product ordered.

Operational Studies Group is holding a Winter Sale.

Dog Might Games’ new Fiery Dice Chests are an introductory 20% off.

New fellowships are available for research at the The Strong’s National Museum of Play. The idea is to support researchers accessing the museum’s library; collection of toy, doll, and game artifacts; and video and electronic game resources. The G. Rollie Adams Research Fellowships will provide academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the masters or doctorate level with $500 per-week stipends. Applications are due April 20th.

Pinnacle Entertainment Group (Savage Worlds RPG) is recruiting for a part-time Production Assistant, by which the company apparently means they will do a little bit of everything: project management, marketing, sales, customer service, and graphic design. Working remotely is a possibility.

Panda Game Manufacturing needs Account Managers to work with publisher clients, one with an Asia focus, one with a France focus, one with a Germany focus, and one general. Also the company is looking for a Project Manager. Everything is remote.

Asmodee North America (Fantasy Flight Games) is looking for a Legal Assistant, an Application Developer, a Help Desk Support Technician, and people to work in the FFG Games Center. All positions are in Roseville, Minnesota.

In Rhode Island, there’s a Design Manager position available with Hasbro Gaming. Duties involve coordinating between market feasibility, production, licensing relationships, and other aspects of product development.

Hasbro subsidiary, Wizards of the Coast, has a several openings, including Software Developer, Program Manager, and Digital Marketing for MtG in Renton, Washington; Community Coordinator in Spain; and WPN Senior Store Lead in Germany.

Numenera Short Film

Numenera: Strand is a new short film from Valdes/Eriksdotter (Sweden) based on the Ninth World setting of Monte Cook Games’ Numenera RPG.

The Numenera brings promise of power, of knowledge, of true understanding. But what happens when such things come to a man before he’s ready for them?

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Murder-mystery party games from Freeform Games populate the latest deal at Bundle of Holding, four each in the Smaller Groups and Bigger Groups collections. A previous Elven Papercraft deal for print-and-play terrain also remains available.

To celebrate the company’s 6th anniversary, Greater Than Games will be giving away prizes in a miniatures painting competition and at events in local game stores January 21-February 19.

The Giveaway Geek is giving away Emergence from The Emergence Team and Arkham Horror: The Card Game from Fantasy Flight Games.

At HasbroToyShop.com, get 15% off all Marvel-branded items with promo code “HERO17”. That includes Marvel Chess and Risk Captain America Civil War Edition, both already 50% off.

Decision Games is offering three games of the customer’s choosing for $99.

At Amazon, Pirate Den from Crash Games is 50% off and The Godfather: An Offer You Can’t Refuse from IDW Games is 56% off.

From True Dungeon, get a free 2017 Treasure Chip with every $250 token preorder, or six treasure chips for every $1,000 of preorders.

BoardGamePrices is giving away Scythe from Stonemaier Games.

Toys “R” Us has Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers for $15, which is something like 63% off its original price.

The Board Game Vault is giving away Pyramix from Gamewright.

CMON is giving away a prerelease copy of Kingz.

Drumond Park (UK) is giving away two games, Gross Magic and Articulate.

Life 96.5 of Sioux Falls is giving away a family game night package every day January 13-March 31.

To someone who complete’s its board game challenge challenge, Art of Boardgaming promises $50 of games or game.

ACD Distribution is giving away The Others.

Classic D&D Modules Reincarnated for 5E

Wizards of the Coast’s next Dungeons & Dragons adventure product is to be an anthology of classic modules updated for Fifth Edition. Tales from the Yawning Portal will include in one 248 page hardcover volume:

  • Against the Giants
  • Dead in Thay
  • Forge of Fury
  • Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
  • Sunless Citadel
  • Tomb of Horrors
  • White Plume Mountain

Despite the title’s tie-in to the Forgotten Realms—the Yawning Portal is a tavern in that setting’s city of Waterdeep—also in the book will be tips for placing the various adventures in other classic D&D campaign worlds: Greyhawk, Dragonlance, and Eberron.

Tales from the Yawning Portal will hit general retail on April 4th, priced at $50. Hobby game stores should have it a week-and-a-half earlier, on March 24th.

Giants’ Split Personality

Assault of the Giants, the next Dungeons & Dragons-derived board game from WizKids, is scheduled to hit retail in February. When it does, expect to see two versions. Both are meant for 3-6 players, with each controlling a particular clan of giants (hill, frost, fire, etc.). Both have players working simultaneously on a general war and the pursuit of goals unique to each clan. Both use the same map board and cards.

What’s the difference, then? One, the Standard Edition for $80, features 14 plastic miniatures molded in different colors. The other, the Premium Edition for $130, features the same miniatures but individually painted.

The Kansas City area, already blessed with several really nice game stores, now has another in the Shawnee Mission area. Mission: Board Games represents the realization of a dream for owner Mason Hans, who’s also a native of the area.

New in the small town of Peace River, Alberta is Tapped Out Gaming and Trading, a shop that focuses on Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon.

Board game cafe, Alchemy, opens soon in a 17th century building in Derby, England.

Game On, which carries tabletop games, video games, and comics, has opened a fourth location in Grand Island, Nebraska.

D20: A Bar With Characters has just opened in Kettering, Ohio. It’s open to 1:00 AM (midnight on Sunday) with a large selection of craft beers, or family-friendly mocktails during daytime hours.

New at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso, Washington is Mythic Escapes, a game shop with in-store escape rooms. This is Mythic Escape’s second location, the previous one in Vancouver.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesPost-holiday clearance sales have begun…

Everything on Spin Master’s own website is 40% off, except Hatchimals. Also note, it’s still the full prices displayed. The discount is applied in the shopping cart during check-out.

Toys “R” Us is holding what the company is calling a “Clearance Blast” in-stores and online. Some of the better game deals online include:

At Amazon, there are these deals:

Also at Amazon, there are a bunch of Queen Games on-sale. My top recommendation would be Treasure Hunter for 51% off. Among the other discounted titles are:

Wargame Vault’s annual Winter Offensive Sale runs through the morning of January 2nd with 25% off over 4,000 print-and-play war game products.

For 50% off PDFs direct from Modiphius Entertainment, use coupon code “PDFmadness”.

Stellagama Publishing’s PDF products are 30% off at DriveThruRPG.

Not Just Baby Brain is giving away Star Wars Eye Found It from Wonder Forge.

The Design Mechanism is selling Mythras RPG titles at 25% off with coupon code “TDMYULE2016”.

Save 10% on orders from Strat-O-Matic with coupon code “HOLIDAY16”.

Unfiltered Gamer is giving away Ticket To Ride from Days of Wonder.

The 2nd Annual Mega Sweepstke sponsored by Rathskellers and Game Rules will award a variety of prizes to 20 winners. Everyone gets gift cards and the top three get bundles of five board games each. Those outside the European Union can enter but, should they win, will have to pay for shipping of the board games.

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