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.


RPG Theater

Through June 3rd at The Bartell Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, Of Dice and Men is a play about a group of decidedly non-stereotypical Dungeons & Dragons players and lifelong friends.

Humor, brutal honesty and the good-natured kidding of people who know each other far too well culminate in an unforgettable evening that will make you laugh and think – and do so in a way that celebrates the power of gaming to bring people together, never once apologizing for it.

AdventureFight, which debuted this past Tuesday at JJ’s Bohemia in Chattanooga, is a live comedic roleplaying event with audience participation. The people rolling dice on-stage are actors but the game is unrehearsed. Also, audience members can volunteer to play various NPCs. Admission is $5 or free for those wearing medieval fantasy costumes.

Improvised Dungeons & Dragons shows are running in Edmonton, Atlanta, and Denver. This one has audience members rolling dice and challenging those on-stage to act their way through the adventure in-character.

The Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay license has landed with Cubicle 7 Entertainment. The company announced today plans for a new edition that “takes its direction from the first and second editions of the game.” Other than that, the company only said the game would be released this year.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDMLeviathan is giving away two Dungeons & Dragons books, Tales From the Yawning Portal and Volo’s Guide to Monsters. Follow and retweet to enter.

Save 50% on a variety of games, including Skateboard Madness and Pentago Lite, direct from Mindtwister.

For 30% off any Hexbug product direct from the company, use either coupon code “BLOG30” or “HEXBUGOFF30”.

The Mommyhood Chronicles is giving away winner’s choice of games from Winning Moves.

KidsPlayUK is giving away Barbeque Party from Drumond Park.

Quirky Engine Giveaways is giving away Shoot Your Friends from Quirky Engine Entertainment.

All E-Z Dungeons 3D terrain models from Fat Dragon Games are 50% off this week.

The latest deal at Bundle of Holding is for Shadow of the Demon Lord starting at $13.95.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBlog and podcast giveaways:

  • By Brawlin’ Brothers Boardgaming Podcast, 25 games from nine different publishers.
  • By Everything Board Games, Yamatai from Days of Wonder and Zombie Tsunami from Lucky Duck Games.
  • By Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, Color Cube Sudoku from ThinkFun.
  • By The Discriminating Gamer, They Come Unseen from Osprey Games.
  • By The Long View, Yokohama from Tasty Minstrel Games.
  • By The Giveaway Geek, Islebound from Red Raven Games.
  • By Mom to Grandma, Sunk! from Winning Moves.
  • By the Octothorpe Board Games Podcast, Clank! from Renegade Game Studios.

Starplayer Games of the UK is giving away a Starplayer Footy Board Game.

Fading Suns, with the Revised Second Edition rules from RedBrick Limited, is available at Bundle of Holding starting at $14.95 for four books, and $25 for the full Bonus Collection with another six books.

Rory’s Story Cubes, those symbol-covered dice meant to inspire creative storytelling are set to become the basis for a new cooperative roleplaying game. The company behind the Story Cubes, Belfast-based The Creativity Hub, launched this morning on Kickstarter Untold: Adventure Awaits, a game meant to offer a “deeper level of storytelling while also being accessible to as wide an audience as possible.”

The game has players creating individual characters and building a story in five scene stages—danger, intrigue, confrontation, revelation, and showdown—which together comprise an “episode”. At each stage, a scene tile will provide the overall structure. For example, the chosen danger tile might indicate that someone is being attacked, with fill-in space for where and with what. Then players roll the Story Cubes to fill in the details.

Also part of the game are reaction cards and toolkit cards. Reaction cards are used for resolving character actions. The toolkit cards allow players to take special actions in developing the story. For example, a flashback card allows a player to incorporate elements from a previous episode and an “and” card gives a player the ability to superimpose their idea on to another player’s concept.

The base game, available for a £20 ($26) pledge, includes one set of nine Rory’s Story Cubes, an episode board, six alternative scene tiles for each stage, reaction cards, toolkit cards, player aids, an adventure journal, and hero sheets. For a £28 ($36) pledge, backers get, in addition to the base game, one set of licensed cubes (Doctor Who, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Moomin, or Adventure Time). Or for £160 ($206), backers get everything. That is, every Rory’s Story Cube ever released, including the 3-cube Mix Sets that were not previously sold in the United States.

Assuming The Creativity Hub hits its funding goal of £10,000 (around $13,000) for the Untold project—a pretty safe bet—the company plans to deliver games to backers in October of this year, followed by a formal launch at Essen Spiel. Of course, the project also has stretch goals. The first, at £12,000 ($16,000), would add a set of Batman Story Cubes to the base game.

Retail Games

Launching soon in the Longmont, Colorado area is a board game rental service, Borrowed Boards. The plan is to have a 60 day borrowing period.

A long abandoned storefront in the Midtown area of Muskegon, Michigan is being completely renovated and will soon house The Griffin’s Rest, a game and comic shop.

House Rules Cafe is supposed to be open by now in Hudson, New York serving coffee, tea, bagels, breakfast, and board games.

Davis Cards & Games recently moved to a new larger location in Davis, California, significantly expanding its play space.

Recently opened in the North Portland area is Game Knight Lounge, a board game bar with game-themed menu items such as the Catanwich and Hungry Hungry Chippos. There’s also Cosmo Encounter drink. Access to the game library is $4 a day.

Starlit Citadel, an online retailer in Canada, has opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Vancouver.

Back to Games of Abu Dhabi has opened its second location in the Times Square Center in Dubai. The shop holds themed game nights every day.

Las Vegas should soon be getting another game cafe, Tables Board Game Spot.

There’s a Chess-themed restaurant in Budapest appropriately named Chess Restaurant. As far as I can tell, there’s no game-playing on-site but the food looks amazing and comes recommended as one of the best places to eat in the city.

The Plainfield, Indiana public library has added board games to circulation.

Registration for the 2017 Connecticut Festival of Indie Games is now open! The festival will be held on June 3, 2017 at the Tabletop Shop in Newington, CT. Tickets are $10, and upon arriving at the event guests will receive $5 in store credit to spend.

Along with registration, CT-FIG has set up a giveaway for the following games:

  • Plus Word by Geek Fever Games
  • Raid & Trade by MAGE Company
  • Captains of Industry by TMG
  • City Hall by TMG

Just head on over ct-fig.com to enter. Prizes will be awarded the day of the event.

CT-FIG is an awesome event. I’ll be there again as a judge for the Figgie awards.

Hope to see you there!

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesGet one pack of TPK Tissues for every $25 ordered from Goodman Games.

Blue Orange Games is giving away Clear for Takeoff.

Evil Hat is giving away one copy of The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game plus all expansions before it hits retail. Twelve people will win other prizes.

Get a free copy of the Wild West Exodus second edition rules when they’re released for posting on social media a photograph with a first edition rulebook.

Select Paizo PDF products are 25% off.

CoolStuffInc is running a Mother’s Day Sale on 183 products.

Dog Might Games is offering a 25% discount to anyone who feels they’ve been shortchanged or let down by someone else’s woodworking Kickstarter project.

Collins Epic Wargames has various Spearpoint 1943 games and expansions on-sale and is also discounting preorders for Polyversal.

In celebration of the company’s fifth anniversary, DramaScape is offering a bundle of its Modern Floor Plans (sold separately for $239) for 75% off.

For 10% off purchases from Precis Intermedia, use coupon code “AJZJ7R8SSM”.

The 20th Anniversary Edition of White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade is currently featured at Bundle of Holding with a deal starting at $14.95. Also at Bundle of Holding (actually returning after a previous engagement) is a deal for 13th Age.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Gardens of Mars from Big Kid Games and Honshu from Renegade Game Studios.

The prize pack in Casual Game Revolution’s Big Box O’ Games giveaway includes seven games.

A group of reviewers has gotten together also to give away a bunch of games.

The Giveaway Geek is giving away Above and Below from Red Raven Games.

Sahm Reviews is giving away Fantasy Fantasy Football from CSE Games and New York Slice from Bezier Games.

For an extra 20% off in-store clearance purchases from Toys “R” Us, print this coupon.

Amazon deals:

Rise of the Dungeon Master

Releasing today is Rise of the Dungeon Master, a graphic novel about the life of Gary Gygax and development of Dungeons & Dragons. The book, written by David Kushner and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, is 144 pages and available in paperback or Kindle format.

Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story.

 

Dice Guards

If dice are the weapons of a fantasy gamer, then maybe they deserve these new Dice Guards from Dog Might Games. They’re handcrafted wood dice storage boxes in the form of fantasy armament: hammers, axes, and maces. Normally, they retail for $80-100, depending on the choice of wood. However, the company does have a few in-stock at 20-40 percent discounts.

 

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