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

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTo celebrate a new website, HasbroToyShop is offering 15% off and free shipping with promo code “Welcome”.

Preorder Sapiens through Iello and get eight promo tiles shipped direct from the company.

Vote in TimeToPlay Magazine’s Most Wanted 2015 Giveaway for a chance to win up to $100 in Toys “R” Us gift cards.

All orders in October from Reaper Minis will receive a free bottle of Breast Cancer Awareness Pink MSP paint. Orders over $40 also get a Trick or Treat Ghoulie Bag, which contains three paints (Pumpkin Orange, Spectral White, and Mouldy Skin), one miniature, and some candy.

Preorders of the next set of miniature buildings from Knights of Dice get free worldwide shipping.

Patch Products is giving away $200 worth of Mirari toddler toys.

Blog giveaways:

Crowdfunding Highlights

patreon logoIt’s an all-Patreon episode of Crowdfunding Highlights! This week we’re looking at four gaming-related projects that you can back on a monthly subscription basis at a rate you choose. (Patreon lets you cap monthly payments to keep your budget happy.) As patrons sign up, funding levels hit milestones which might unlock additional goodies. Like other crowdfunding sites, projects might have tiers to unlock bonus material for backers.

Like beer and boardgames? So do Aaron and Matt of Blame Society Films. They drink beer with their friends, play board games, and record it for your entertainment. Games played range from the current hotness in party games to to obscure games that nobody really wants to play, like Dr. Ruth’s Game of Good Sex, Pretty Pretty Princess, or Party Mania (with VHS tape). It’s goofy fun with adult beverages that you can provide! Milestones for this project include better beer. Beer & Boardgames on Patreon.


Every Thursday evening at 9 PM Eastern, Liz Bauman organizes and hosts #RPGchat over on Twitter. The weekly hour-long chat is a guided discussion using the #RPGchat hashtag. By supporting Liz in this Patreon project, she’ll be able to have dedicated time to curate content and develop topics for the hour, and feature industry guests and co-hosts in the project. More information is at Patreon.com/RPGchat.

If you like Johnn Four’s Roleplaying Tips newsletter, he’s opened up the ability to let readers support him via Patreon. The fifteen-year old email newsletter is free, but he’s moved to crowdfunding for the fans who want to support the newsletter. (And, as a bonus, patrons giving at least $5 a month get a monthly PDF compilation of the 4-5 tips newsletters.)


cardboard edison

Over at Cardboard Edison, Chris and Suzanne Zinsli have been working on aggregating news and information about the game design world for the past three years. In addition to reviewing hundreds of websites, dozens of podcasts, and tons of social media, the couple has developed several industry report infographics and held interviews about design with Chris Kirkman, Matt Leacock, Daniel Solis, and more. They’re looking for patrons to help them aggregate game design news.


Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe Collector’s Trove is auctioning art and other roleplaying items from the collections of artists Jim and Laura Roslof.

Spin Master is teaming up with the Chicago Toy & Game Fair to give away a prize package worth $500. Tweets and follows required. The winner will be announced in November at the Fair.

Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Rumble in the Jungle Sale features a 65% discount on Dragon Rampage, a 60% discount on Triassic Terror, and lessor discounts on other products.

Bundle of Holding has two deals going on now, one for Hellfrost, a Savage Worlds setting from Triple Ace Games, and the other for Kenzer & Company’s Aces & Eights, one of the few western RPGs.

RAINN Studios wants email addresses to send announcements about the company’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign. To sweeten the deal, one of those addresses will get the set of three AD&D second edition reprinted rule books and a dice bag.

Gypsy Knights Games Traveller RPG ebooks are 30% off through mid-October.

The Toys “R” Us Clearance Blast has some great deals on games, including Star Wars Rebel Missions from Wonder Forge for 50% off and Words With Friends from Hasbro and Zynga for 80% off.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesUSAopoly is giving away 250 games, a different game to each of five winners in each of the 50 states.

Select d20 games and d20-inspired games are on-sale for 15-40% off at DriveThruRPG.

Everything Board Games is giving away Campaign Trail from Cosmic Wombat.

For a chance at one of five Cube Quest games, enter Gamewright’s contest on BoardGameGeek.

Mummy Vs Work is giving away Gobblet Gobblers from Paul Lamond Games (UK).

Coupon code “FALL15” gets you 15% off from HasbroToyShop.com, plus free shipping for orders over $25.

Leave a comment on Our 3 B’s YouTube video for a chance to win Stinky Pig from Patch Products.

BoardGameGiveaway is giving away Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs X-Men from WizKids.

Toy Halls of Fame

A new Toy Halls of Fame exhibit opens this weekend at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The exhibit combines The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame, which focuses on iconic toys and games, and the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame, which recognizes the people who make them.

As with the other exhibits at the National Museum of Play, the Toy Halls of Fame puts historical and educational information right alongside interactive displays. The 5,000 square-foot space includes installations that allow visitors to:

  • Create, move, and pop, via motion-capture technology, virtual bubbles in a 20-foot bubble tower.
  • Orchestrate a music and light show by playing a Crayon piano.
  • Use cranks, pulleys, and cords to manipulate a kinetic toy sculpture.
  • Aim an air cannon at a massive mobile hanging over the atrium.

Opening festivities Saturday and Sunday include a toy character parade, dance parties, and a Yo-Yo competition.

AI Game Designer

artificial intelligenceWatch out human game designers, your days may be numbered!

An artificial intelligence named Scheherazade, created by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has developed choose-your-own-adventure games that test nearly equal to those developed by a human.

At this point, human authored interactive narrative still remains the most cost-effective means of generating an interactive narrative experience. However, open interactive narrative shows promise in reducing authorial burden in the near future. Scheherazade-IF and the lessons we learned in creating and evaluating it serve as a first step in creating human-quality interactive narrative with almost no human authoring required.

This was among the conclusions reached after a study [PDF] that had the AI produce interactive fiction for two scenarios, one involving a bank robbery and the other a date to a movie.

In fact, this is not the first time a programmed system has authored a game scenario. What allowed these results to test so well, however, was a crowdsourcing approach adopted by the researchers. Alternate stories for the way each scenario might unfold were collected through the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform. From the language of those stories the AI assembled the branching narratives.

[via CNET]

Savage Tales of Horror

Savage Tales of Horror volume 1Savage Tales of Horror is a three-volume anthology of frightful adventures for the Savage Worlds roleplaying game. The books include selections for various Savage Worlds settings, including Solomon Kane, Deadlands, The Last Parsec, Slipstream, and others, as well as a number of generic adventures. This one in volume 2 sounds fascinating:

As players in a roleplaying game you love to fight demons and monsters as wizards and warriors. But what about when the LARP of Horror becomes all too real?

The Savage Tales of Horror series releases in PDF form one volume per week for the rest of September. They’ll be available in print next March.

UberStaxUberStax is a universal game accessory that can be used as a holder for cards, tiles, tokens and other game components. Its racks and supporting elements fit together in extra-wide, multi-level, or other configurations as appropriate to the game or desired by the user. UberStax are meant not just as a convenience for the general gamer but also as a support for those with manual dexterity issues.

Hawke Robinson is a registered recreational therapist who’s run both adapted and non-adapted roleplaying games for people with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and a variety of special needs, as well as for at-risk children. So far, he’s been limited to providing these therapeutic services—which he does without charge—to the area of Spokane, Washington. He’d like, however, to take his game on the road and so is turning to the public for help with funding a wheelchair-friendly RPG trailer—basically a game room on wheels.

RPG trailer

The Networks is a card-drafting game where the goal of players is to assemble the best lineup of television shows and attract the most viewers. Shows, stars, time slots, genres, demographics, and advertisers all must be managed and considered. The shows themselves even age over time, forcing players to continually develop new shows to keep viewers tuning in. Despite these various elements, The Networks is supposed to be a light-to-moderate game with a healthy dose of satirical humor.

LaticeLatice is beautiful and its gameplay simple. Place a tile adjacent to another tile with which it shares a color or shape. Place it next to two or more tiles with shared color or shape to earn special moves such as repositioning an already placed tile.

A Hindu board game out of Croatia, Catch Krishna in Vrindavan aims to encapsulate the Bhakti devotion. One player takes on the role of Krishna, the others become the gopis chasing him around a map of the ancient city.

Recall of CthulhuUnder a banner of “cultists have kids too,” Toy Vault is seeking funds for Recall of Cthulhu, a Lovecraftian memory-matching game. The basic game is straightforward—turn over two matching tiles—but the advanced game adds a layer of moderate complexity. For example, some tiles are worth more than others, matching is no longer 1-to-1, and certain tiles trigger special actions, like a bonus turn-over.



BoardGameCons is a site were you can find the nearest board gaming conventions to you, and when they’re going to be. The site, while still gathering information, already has some cons in there, and you can always let them know of ones they don’t have listed.

Hopefully the site catches on. It’d be great to have an easy-to-navigate place to see what’s going on in my area, as I just missed an awesome event in Boston recently.

It’s a simple idea, but an excellent one.

Dungeon Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Tabletop Role-Playing Games BadgeGary Astleford, a Girl Scout troop leader in southern California, is also a fan of tabletop roleplaying games. To share his hobby, as well as its social benefits, with his troop, he developed the Dungeon Scouts program. After learning about RPGs and actually playing a game, the scouts who participate earn a Tabletop Role-Playing Games Badge.

Gary has also taken his program on the road and is happy to arrange a badge session for other Girl Scout troops in the San Diego area.

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