If I understand the translation correctly, the Cambod’jeu 2014 project is raising funds to enhance toy and game libraries, and train librarians, at orphanages in Cambodia. C’mon, gamers! It’s not a zombie miniatures project but surely it’s worth your support.
Collins Epic Wargames’ Spearpoint 1943 Eastern Front would take the company’s card-based war game system to the Russian side of the WWII. Though compatible with the first Spearpoint 1943 (as well as the Village and Defensive Line Map Expansion), the new game would expand on the original with varying levels of infantry and armor-crew experience.
Planet Wars is an unlicensed expansion to Hasbro’s Battleship Galaxies. The game appears to be focused on planetary invasions and ground combat.
Under license from Paizo, Fun to 11 is Kickstarting a dice game of arena combat among characters from the Pathfinder RPG, aptly named Pathfinder Dice Arena. The game will include 64 custom dice, as well as individual character playmats, a bunch of cards, and scoring pads.
Privateer is a pirate game. It’s got miniature ships, individualized captains, ship and crew development, a map of the Caribbean Sea, raiding of merchant ships, inter-player combat, doubloons, and wind-affected movement. What else is there?
Level 99 blends a variety of styles in its Argent: the Consortium project, a game about campaigning for election as the next chancellor of a university of magic. The central mechanic is worker-placement but the game also features lots of thematic detail and a fair amount of inter-player conflict. The workers in Argent are wizards, each with special powers. And the election is by vote of a secret consortium, the member of which are influenced by different factors, not revealed until the end of the game.
Manorhouse Workshop is crowdfunding some slick-looking modular, medieval buildings for war game terrain.
Warring Kingdom is a deck-building game, where card play is aimed at building
persistent armies for player-on-player battles.
The core of 1A Games’ Cross Hares is a simple roll-and-move game, where the first one to the end of the path is the winner. But with heavy influence from modern adventure titles, Cross Hares also includes six unique and customizable characters, variable equipment, an assortment of story-enhancing event cards, and side-trek mini-games. The artwork on it is also beautiful! Unfortunately, the project page doesn’t provide any background. However, the images appear to be small, anthropomorphic, furry animals in either a post-apocalyptic or semi-industrial wilderness setting.
Emu Ranchers is a set-collecting card game with double-suited cards and illustrations of cute emus.
Some really nice fantasy-style, metal coins are available through the Rare Elements project. The coins are die-stuck with elements-themed images and artificially aged.
Larry Elmore is bringing back SnarfQuest, the old Dragon Magazine comic strip, in a 64 page, color graphic novel. Nostalgia alone had me contributing to this Kickstarter.
If you have a lot of money to spare and trust dramatic music over details, you might consider contributing to the $5 million goal of this live, international, treasure-hunt game.
Fifteen different story roleplaying games will make up The Protocol Game Series, though frankly I’d call them modules or playsets. They’ll use the same dice-free, card-based mechanics but address a wide variety of dramatic scenarios.
The minimum pledge to get a copy of Crash Games’ Where Art Though, Romeo? is only $1. But as the game is only 5 cards and instructions in a zip-top bag, I guess that makes sense. In terms of play, it’s supposed to be a Werewolf-like game of bluffing and deduction.
The producers of Pretty Ugly would like to break the fashion industry’s control over what is considered beautiful and they hope to start with a card game. Pretty Ugly sees players constantly re-adapting their appearance to meet an ideal that is randomly determined and constantly changing.
As a preliminary step to asking for help with a finished game, Rafat Sadowski is looking for $3,000 to produce a playtest document for his Infusion RPG. He describes the game as “fantasypunk”.
Even more audacious, Lamp Light Games is using Indiegogo to charge people for participating in its playtest group and for the privilege of pitching game designs.
Tremorworks is offering a discounted bundle that includes its Paragon core rulebook and Perfect Horizon campaign setting. For an introduction to Paragon’s HDL system, there’s also a free quick-start guide.
Some hot game deals at Amazon:
The Collector’s Trove is holding an auction of items from multiple collections, including Dave Arneson’s TSR business card and a signed, first printing of Metamorphosis Alpha.
Eagle & Gryphon Games’ 12 Days of Christmas Special adds a new game each day at at least a 50% discount.
Original Wits & Wagers is $12 online at Target. But check your local store. Mine was selling it for $9.
To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the World Beyblade Organization is running what it calls a scavenger hunt, with many prizes that of course include various Beyblade products.
Forged Foam LARP weapons are 10-20% off.
Stronghold Games is holding its first Cyber December Sale.
The $20 GURPS Bundle from Steve Jackson Games includes a randomized selection of five pre-fourth edition rulebooks and supplements.
To promote its Kickstarter project, Japanime Games is promising to give away three copies of Krosmaster Arena Frigost Expansion—the game for which the company is currently seeking funding—plus a grand prize package with the base game, this expansion, eight earlier expansions, a terrain set, and a token set. Facebook likes are required to enter.
iSlay the Dragon is giving away Click Clack Lumberjack from Mayday Games.
Through the end of the month, Far Future Enterprises (Traveller and other games) will include a Travellers’ Aid Society membership card, a Cr25 coin, and a Christmas-colored Traveller d6 with every order. Also, CD collections of the company’s games are on-sale 4-for-the-price-of-3.
Play The Case of the Missing Plate at Ryan’s, HomeTown Buffet, or Old Country Buffet for discounts on Hasbro products and a chance to win a stay at Singer Castle on Dark Island in New York and an “ultimate Clue family game pack”.
Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away three copies of Clubs from North Star Games.
Purchase Zogar’s Gaze from Grey Gnome Press by December 13th for some free tsotchkes.
The creators of Iron & Ale call it a drinking card game but I say it also has elements of LARP. That is, because the game has players acting-out dwarven mead-hall revelry, including arm wrestling, shouting dwarven battle cries, and giving each other dwarven kisses (also known as a slaps in the face).
The community at RPGnet can be difficult sometimes. Yet the forums and database there are tremendous resources for roleplayers. A membership drive is raising funds to help keep it going.
WWII is a MtG-style card game (but not collectible) that looks to be nicely adapted to an Allies vs. Axis theme. Instead of the battleground, there’s the map, where the two players fight over location cards. And each player also has an industry area, where cards are played face-down as factories.
Machina Arcana is a steampunk Cthulhu dungeon-crawl board game with custom dice. At this point, you’re either saying, “Yech,” or you’ve already clicked the link.
Silver Arrow Audio Works’ new venture to produce ambient music and soundscapes for tabletop games begins with 100 minutes of The Wilderness.
In Big Angry Monsters the players, as kaiju, battle each other using a push-your-luck dice mechanic. Also, players can purchase power cards to upgrade their monsters. So let me put it this way, we know the concept can work.
Daft Concepts is offering movement templates and tokens for Star Trek Attack Wing.
Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age is a sequel to the highly popular Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age. Designed by Tom Lehmann, this new game seeks to add depth to the original with more strategic options.
To expand on its existing line of Call of Cthulhu supplements, Cubicle 7 is developing the Cthulhu Britannica: London boxed set. In a box, the company is able to provide maps, postcards, and other handouts in addition to the standard campaign guidebooks.
Josh Levitan describes his magical-battle card game, Wands, as a cross between Uno and Magic: The Gathering. And he’s so close to funding.
Hold Your Breath is the “final chapter” in Mayday Games’ “Get Bit trilogy”. Now, the pirates, having escaped a shark but still alone in the ocean, are playing a stupid game of seeing who can dive the deepest and return to the surface alive. The game in real-life doesn’t sound so stupid, actually an intriguing push-your-luck card game.
The Advanced Bestiary project is for an update of Green Ronin’s d20 monster book to the Pathfinder RPG.
SteamShadows is an French steampunk urban fantasy RPG.
Go7 Gaming is offering laser-cut game tokens and storage inserts. Also some stand-alone cases. The inserts are custom designed to fit inside specific game boxes and look especially useful for games with lots of cards.
In the A-MAZE-ing Toy Giveaway from Cartoon Network and Hasbro, 250 winners will get a package of three products (Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow, Angry Birds Go Pirate Pig Attack Game, and Kre-O Cityville Skyscraper Mayhem). Another winner will get a package of 250 toys and games!
Buy one game, get one 50% off at Amazon.
And some other great deals at Amazon:
All Adamant Entertainment titles at DriveThruRPG are $1.99.
With orders of $50 or more, Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23 will throw in a free Munchkin Jolly Jumbo d6.
Fantasy Flight Games Holiday Sale is on with lots of great deals on board games, accessories, Dust Tactics, novels, and Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Fantasy roleplaying. Also, the company apparently still has plenty of old Diskwars stuff to sell.
Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea is 20% off.
The latest Bundle of Holding includes indie games Apocalypse World, Perfect, and Dungeon World.
Mayday Games is giving away a Crokinole board, discs, carrying case, and other accessories.
Grey Gnome Games is giving away a game, winner chooses, via one of those Facebook like things.
Radio station CHRI 99.1 in Ottawa is playing Buzzword on-air every Monday morning. The winner of each game will receive two lift tickets for Calabogie Peaks, as well as Buzzword and 5 Second Rule from Patch Products.
For a 25% discount and free shipping at HasbroToyShop.com, use coupon code “SAVE25″.
Save 20% on one regular-priced item at Toys “R” Us online or in-store.
The Saga supplement presents Adamant Entertainment’s alternative narrative combat system for the Pathfinder RPG. Based on similar rules that the company published in the d20 era, Saga has been updated for Pathfinder feats and provides an alternative to the tactics-focused rules of the original game.
The Saga ebook includes an explanation of story-based combat, specific narrative combat rules, sample encounter templates, and modified Pathfinder feats.
For a limited time, Saga is on-sale for $2.
UK game studio, Hide & Seek, is closing up shop. The organization specialized in running live game events but also produced other game projects, such as the Tiny Games App.
According to the announcement on the company’s blog, austerity and reduced government funding hurt Hide & Seek’s ability to focus on public-space games in the cultural sector.
Place a deposit on Geek Chic game furniture by the end of the year to get a free accessory added to the order.
Dice Hate Me Games is running a card game design contest. The prize is a limited, conditional publishing contract.
Walmart is matching other retailers’ Black Friday special discounts a week in advance for toys and electronics. Among the resulting deals is Monopoly for $5.
For $15 off purchases of $100 or more at Toys “R” Us, use coupon code “15OFF”. Also at Toys “R” Us, starting Saturday, select Hasbro games will be 50% off. And on Sunday and Monday, the price of a Lego Legends of Chima The Croc Swamp Hideout will be reduced $25 from $70 to $45 (while supplies last, limit 2 per customer).
Out of the Box is giving away five boxes of games. But you can’t win one for yourself. The idea is to win one for a friend. Submit a short explanation of why a friend or family member should win the games. The company will choose who to send the games to.
Out of the Box is also giving away Snake Oil to celebrate the game’s first birthday. Actually, the company is giving away six copies of the game to one person, as well as a signed Snake Oil cube and Snake Oil poster. A Facebook like, comment, and share are required for a chance to win.
A Year of Jubilee Reviews is giving away Rory’s Story Cubes: Voyages from Gamewright.
ThinkFun’s 8 Nights bundle includes one item for each night of Hanukkah at a 25% discount.
All Gypsy Knights Games science fiction and Traveller products, both PDF and POD, are on-sale for 30% off.
The Doctor Who Anniversary Special Bundle includes the Adventures in Time and Space RPG, plus a book about Doctor Who companions and a graphic novel, for 31% off the price of them separately.
All Scion ebooks from Onyx Path Publishing are 25% off until the end of November.
Swords & Wizardry is now available for free in PDF.
Purchase two of North Star Games at Amazon and get 25% off.
Woman’s Day is giving away 12 copies of Monopoly Empire.
Time to Play Magazine is giving away Boom Boom Balloon and Perplexus from Spin Master.
MeepleSource’s Thanksgiving Sale includes discounted sets of meeples and colored cubes.
Makobi Scribe is giving away The Game of Things from Patch Products.
Moving Through Life is also giving away something from Patch, Flash & Furious.
Chaosium’s Green Friday Sale began on Monday.
To give away Legend of the Five Rings clan banners, AEG is running an essay contest.
Fantasy Ground’s virtual tabletop products are on sale.
These dice are kind of self-explanatory. Since cubes don’t roll so well, these dice are 12 sided containing the numbers 1 -6 twice. The claim is that they’re rounder, therefor more balanced. Designed by Matt Fleming, the Kickstarter project has already reached it’s goal of $3,246 with 46 days left to go. Matt provides a very exact cost breakdown of the entire project, which is pretty damn cool.
Right now you can get a set of 12 Doublesix dice for a $10 pledge. That’s not a bad deal at all.
Paizo’s The Great Golem Sale includes over 900 game products in all categories.
Among other Lego products, various Lego Legends of Chima sets are on-sale at Toys “R” Us. For example, Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker is only $40.
Asmodee is celebrating the appearance of Takenoko on Tabletop by giving away a signed copy of the game via Facebook.
Eagle and Gryphon Games is offering some of it’s Reiner Knizia games for 50% off.
The Staffordshire Newsletter (UK) is giving away Terra Mystica.
Fab Frugal Mama is giving away Boom Boom Balloon from Spin Master.
Click is giving away the Trailer Park Boys Board Game.
Smassh.me is a new web service for sharing your gaming moments. What does that mean exactly? It basically lets you track your game collection and plays, in a very user-friendly manner.
The site is in Beta right now, though that really doesn’t mean much nowadays.
Taking a look around the site really quick showed me that more than half of my games aren’t in their database yet, and the system for adding new games is basically sending them an email
Right now I can’t really recommend the site, as other sites perform the same functionality better. You never know, though. It may take off if they can create something new and exciting to draw in players.