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 prizesFirst off, a reminder that we’re giving away a copy of D&D Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.

Amazon deals:

Buy two board games, get one free from Target.

For 25-40% off in Compass Games’s Holiday Sale, use coupon code “HOLIDAY17”.

Privateer Press is the latest to partner with Humble Bundle. Get nearly $400 in Hordes, Warmachine, and Iron Kingdoms books, plus coupons for physical products, for just $15.

Not its first time, Paizo is back on the Humble Bundle platform, this time contributing various Pathfinder products to an Extra Life fundraiser.

At Bundle of Holding, the latest is another Old School Revival Bundle.

Retweet D&D Character for a chance to win one of two Deep Magic series PDFs from Kobold Press.

The grand prize in the Meccano Sweepstakes is a fully paid trip for four (including airfare, hotel, and event tickets) to the 2018 Maker Faire in Sane Mateo.

Neon Rival is giving away the Tomb of Annihilation adventure for Dungeons & Dragons, plus dice and other accessories.

The Monster Man podcast is holding a monster design contest. Prizes include RPG PDFs and miniatures.

Eagle-Gryphon Games will give away a copy of Isaribi Deluxe to one of its Twitter followers as of November 24th. An additional entry can be earned by subscribing to the company’s newsletter. The company is also running a sale on miniatures and other components.

One of University Games’ Twitter followers can win a Pete the Cat: The Missing Cupcakes Game today for the cost of a like.

Multi-Man Publishing’s Veteran’s Day Sale starts Thursday (November 9th) with discounts around 45%.

As usual, EverythingBoardGames is doing several giveaways.

Blue Orange Games is giving away two copies of Photosynthesis via Facebook likes.

Inside Voices is giving away Stop Thief! from Restoration Games.

Board to Death is giving away Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate from WOTC.

Rolling Dice & Taking Names is giving away Massive Darkness from CMON and up to four future products from Restoration Games, depending on the ability of contestants to guess the games connected to Restoration’s project code names.

Sahm Reviews just started a 150-day series of giveaways and so far has listed Atari Centipede from IDW, Just Desserts from Looney Labs, and Rubik’s Flip from University Games. Sahm Reviews also has ongoing giveaways for Zoo Ball from Osprey Games and Aura from Breaking Games.

ChiTAG’s Hot New Toys giveaway includes five different games from Spin Master, Goliath, Pressman, and Play Monster.

Space Cowboys is giving away one (winner’s choice) of three new Unlock! Mystery Adventure games.

Board Game Revolution is giving away a Monster Slaughter Kickstarter pledge.

Greenbrier Games is giving away a copy of Folklore: The Affliction with expansions, accessories, and Kickstarter “exclusives”.

We Are Teachers is giving away copies of a Chutes & Ladders inspired social studies board game to 50 educators.

Rolling Solo is giving away Perdition’s Mouth: Abyssal Rift from Dragon Dawn Productions.

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Xanathar’s Giveaway

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, the first major expansion to Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition, releases in game stores next Friday, November 10th, and to general retail November 21st. The book contains a variety of resources for both players and Dungeon Masters—among them new character class options, spells, and racial feats for players; magic items, encounter guidelines, and downtime activities for the DM.

Though I haven’t had an opportunity to study it in detail yet, Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to send me an advance copy. In fact, they sent me two! One is the standard edition, the other a beautiful alternative art cover (the one on the right) that will only be available through local game stores. But what do I need with two?

So while I’m reading through the book this weekend, leave a comment below with the name, race, and class of your favorite D&D character for a chance to win my extra book.

Leave your comment by Monday (November 6th) at noon Eastern Time. Sometime that afternoon, I’ll choose someone at random and contact them by email for a shipping address (U.S. only). Keep a watch out for the email. You’ll have 24 hours to respond before I choose someone else.

Good luck! You could have a copy of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything before it’s available in stores.

Update: The deadline has passed. Comments are closed. No more entries. I will select on contact the winner shortly.

Update: The winner was Grant and I’ve shipped out his book already. Thank you everyone for participating. I loved reading those character stories!

Though summer is generally considered the height of convention season, fall too provides some great opportunities for game events in the United States.

Several run through the upcoming weekend. Perhaps the biggest, certainly the most elaborate, is Play Fair, a consumer toy and game show Saturday and Sunday in New York City. At Play Fair, families will find demonstrations, activities, and character appearances from some of the largest brands. Look for a world-record slime, drone races, life-sized games, virtual-reality opportunities, and more. Tickets are generally $30 per person for a 4 hour session but a discount code (“TOYASSOCEMP5“) shared with us by the Toy Association will give you $5 off per ticket.

EuroQuest, an event put on by the Games Club of Maryland, begins Wednesday in Pikesville (just outside Baltimore). Featuring board game tournaments and an active and friendly open game room, EuroQuest is also a good place to catch some of the hot releases from Essen Spiel on this side of the Atlantic.

Gamehole Con, Thursday through Sunday (November 2-5) in Madison, Wisconsin, hosts nearly 2,000 scheduled events covering all types of tabletop games, including the live action True Dungeon.

Also starting Thursday (in Morristown, New Jersey), Metatopia is a convention for game designers, with scheduled playtests, seminars, and panel discussions. Gamers who haven’t yet been hit with the design bug are also welcome, to help with playtesting.

Friday through Sunday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is Fall-In, which focuses on historical miniatures gaming. There’ll be tournaments and scheduled games for a wide range of periods and systems. Also, dozens of classes on painting and terrain-making.

Another war game-focused event follows the next weekend, Friday-Sunday (November 10-12). That is the San Diego Historical Games Convention, where in addition to open gaming and scheduled miniatures, attendees have access to a number of play-with-the-designer events, a large game raffle, and free table space in the flea market.

Con on the Cob takes place the following weekend (November 9-12) in Richfield, Ohio. This one includes all types of analog games, along with a healthy dose of art, music and comedy performances, cosplay, and partying.

Then just before Thanksgiving we get three major conventions all on the same weekend! BGG.Con November 15-19 in Dallas is sponsored by the Board Game Geek website. Its big draw is a large open gaming room and a library of hot new titles but unfortunately it’s been sold out for a while.

ChiTAG is an event in two parts. There’s the consumer show, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, Saturday and Sunday (November 18 &19), with many large and small exhibitors welcoming the public to play. There’s also the Chicago Toy & Game Week track of professional conferences and networking events that begin on Thursday (November 16), such as meetings for inventors and educators and the TAGIE Awards Gala. A special part of ChiTAG is the Young Inventor Challenge, a design contest for children ages 6-18. Prizes include over $10,000 in scholarships. For tickets to the consumer show, discounts of 50% are available through Groupon.

Finally, there’s PAX Unplugged November 17-19 in Philadelphia, where you might find me some part of the weekend. PAX Unplugged is a new convention from the organizers of PAX West, PAX East, etc. The series might be described as fandom events but this one is specifically focused on tabletop games. In its first year, it’s already seeing strong support from hobby game publishers. There’ll be a keynote address from the president of Wizards of the Coast, live performance Dungeons & Dragons games (Dice, Camera, Action! and Acquisitions, Inc.), open gaming, vendors, lots of board and card game tournaments, and a variety of panel discussions.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFat Brain Toys is celebrating 15 years in business with a promo code for 15% off: “PT-3967”.

Twist Gaming is giving away Millennium Blades from Level 99 Games and accessories for Kingdom Death Monster.

Daddy Stinks is giving away (appropriately) Gassy Cow from Drumond Park (UK).

Through Monday, Victory in Europe is 30% off direct from Columbia Games.

ACD Distribution is giving away Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game from Fabricate.

Miniature Market is giving away Mansions of Madness from Fantasy Flight Games but only members of the Board Game Revolution Facebook group are eligible to win.

Rock Manor Games is giving away Brass Empire and its expansion soon to launch on Kickstarter, New Canton.

Buy one, get one 40% off all Pokemon cards and construction sets from Toys “R” Us, in-store only.

The Game Doctors is giving away board game inserts and accessories.

Pinnacle Entertainment (Savage Worlds, Deadlands) is starting its Holiday Sale early.

Medieval gothic horror RPG, Shadows of Esteren reappears on Bundle of Holding with the original offer resurrected from 2016 and a new one, Esteren +2, with the latest supplements, soundtracks, and a recipe.

Unfiltered Gamer is giving away 7th Continent from Serious Poulp and Story Bowl from Entrance Labs.

BoardGame Stories is giving away Valley of the Alchemists from Creativemaker, Monster Lands from Second Gate, three copies of Too Many Bones: Undertow from Chip Theory Games, three copies of OKKO Chronicles from Red Joker, and Gloom of Kilforth from Tristan Hall. All these are actually project currently up on Kickstarter, so to win the prize, the project must fund and deliver.

The Soup Dragon is giving away Mysterium from Esdevium (UK).

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The Asmodee Group today launched new branding consisting of a new logo, new motto—”Great Games, Amazing Stories”—and new corporate website. The company described the changes as…

An expression of Asmodee’s ambition to offer a narrative transmedia experience around its intellectual properties, while continuing to develop and expand its premium physical and digital games catalogue.

After a series of acquisitions that’s united major game properties and design studios under the Asmodee umbrella, the company looks to be taking steps toward a broader business strategy. As an example, the company on the same day separately announced the formation of Fantasy Flight Interactive, a digital development studio “not just adapting tabletop games, but creating fresh, new digital experiences based on Fantasy Flight Games’ beloved brands.”

It was also recently reported by Variety that Sony Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the film rights to Catan from producer Gail Katz, with potential plans for a series. It’s not clear, however, what Asmodee’s role might be in those plans, as Katz’s acquisition of the movie rights dates back to 2015.

Asmodee’s new logo is meant to focus on the company’s B2B position in the industry. Branding for the group’s various publishing studios (Fantasy Flight Games, HeidelBear, Asmodee Studio, Space Cowboys, Days of Wonder, Plaid Hat Games, Ystari, Z-Man Games, and Pearl Games) will not change.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor Halloween, Indie Press Revolution is running a sale, 50% off on all Onyx Path Publishing products (including World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness but excluding Pugmire).

The winner of The Toy Insider’s 2017 Room Full of Toys Holiday Sweepstakes will receive over $1,000 of toys. Three runners-up will receive boxes with $200 worth of prizes.

TTPM’s next weekly live giveaway event (Wednesday at 1:00 PM ET) is for a bunch of Hasbro’s newest games.

ThinkFun is giving away free coding games to teachers.

Bundle of Holding’s latest deal includes the entire Savage Worlds Rippers and Rippers Resurrected lines of Victorian monster-hunting games, plus the Savage World Deluxe rulebook and Horror Companion, for just $20.

Big G Creative is giving away How to Rob a Bank. Tweet and follow to win.

Sometime today, ThinkFun is giving away an Escape the Room game.

Also ending today is USAopoly’s Ghoulish Games Giveaway.

A 30% discount on Julius Caesar by Columbia Games ends tomorrow.

To commemorate the Battle of Cambrai during the First World War, Multi-Man Publishing is discounting Breakthrough: Cambrai 50%.

Dog Might Games is discounting gift cards 20%. Get one for yourself.

Moe’s Game Table is giving away White Star Rising from Lock ‘N Load Publishing.

In its Halloween Giveaway, Goliath Games is giving away Greedy Granny and Catch the Fox. In a separate Halloween Giveaway by the company’s Pressman subsidiary, the prizes are Rummikub Twist and Your Worst Nightmare.

For 15% off in a special Toys “R” Us 4-day cyber sale, use coupon code “SAVE15”.

Mayday Games is running a Halloween Myth & Magic Sale with discounts up to 65% off. Plus, for an additional 20% off card-sleeve bundles, use coupon code “mythandmagic2017”.

To encourage voting in the Beasts of War Gaming Awards, Firelock Games is giving away Blood & Plunder galleon ship model.

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Hot Jobs

Kickstarter is looking for a Games Content Strategist to work at its office in Brooklyn, evaluating games projects, writing about them, and promoting them through various online outlets.. The company is also looking for a Games Intern for a 3 month research project. There’ll be a lot of detail work online and either previous academic study of games or 3-4 years of professional experience with games is required.

Recruiter Aardvark Swift is searching for a Marketing Manager to work at The Pokemon Company in London. The successful applicant will familiar with media for 4-14 year olds across Europe.

Steamforged Games (Guild Ball, Dark Souls) is looking to fill two positions: Commercial Brand Coordinator and Retail Support Manager, both in Tukwila, Washington. The former will focus on marketing, the latter on retailer account management.

Esdevium Games, part of the Asmodee Group in the U.K., has openings for a Finance Manager, an HR Officer, and a Sales and Customer Service Account Handler. The last of those is about sales to the hobby channel.

University Games, located in the Mission area of San Francisco, needs someone to fill the dual role of Receptionist and Office Manager.

The Stars Group is working to develop a state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence that could learn to play a variety of games. Toward that end, the company is recruiting for a Poker AI Research Engineer and a Graduate Poker AI Research Engineer.

Cubicle 7 needs an Office Assistant in Swindon, U.K. to help with customer service, order handling, and administrative tasks.

Tabletop Tycoon (Game Salute, Myriad Games, Ship Naked) is staffing up in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The company has job openings for an Account Manager, an Assistant Account Manager, full and part-time Fulfillment Staff, and a General Manager. The Account Manager and Assistant Account Manager will be responsible for sales and logistics for Ship Naked. Fulfillment Staff will handle packing and shipping. The General Manager, who will run everything, is expected on-site 7:00 AM-7:00 PM.

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DriveThruRPG is holding a Halloween Sale on horror titles, including Vampire, Shadow of the Demon Lord, 3D graveyard printables, all things Cthulhu, and more.

To celebrate the coincidence of a Friday the 13th and Halloween in the same month, Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23 is adding free horror-themed games and expansions to all orders starting at $50.

Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s Halloween Horror Bundle includes the three Savage Tales of Horror softcover books, the same books as PDFs, and four Savage Worlds Action Adventure Deck Promo Packs for $40 (a third off the price of the books alone).

Five people will will nano Zombie Edition and BattleBots Rivals in HexBug’s BattleBots vs. the Undead Giveaway.

Bundle of Holding’s latest offers are also horror-themed. There’s the Demon: The Descent bundle, a Chronicles of Darkness game from Onyx Path Publishing, and the World War Cthulhu and Cthulhu Britannica bundles, with Call of Cthulhu supplements and scenarios.

The Pathfinder Worldscape Ultimate Crossover at Humble Bundle includes RPG rule books, supplements, maps, comics, and miniatures.

New podcast Roll for Combat is giving away $1,000 in prizes. To enter requires leaving a review on one of the podcast subscription services.

In commemoration of the Battle of Jena (October 14, 1806), Victory Point Games has its Napoleonic 20-series games on-sale.

For the remainder of October, Osprey Publishing’s Combat and Duel series titles are 20% off.

Geeknson is giving away a Limited Edition Borg Cube for the Star Trek Adventures RPG by Modiphius Entertainment.

The app version of Funforge’s Tokaido is on-sale until the 18th, iOS and Android.

Goliath Games will send a package of four games (Pop the Pig, Fish Food, Tick Tock Boom, and Wordsearch) to the winner of its giveaway and another package to the school of the winner’s child. Goliath’s Pressman subsidiary is holding a similar you-and-your-class giveaway, where the prizes are Rummikub, Smath, Mastermind for Kids, and Make 7.

Punchboard Media is giving away Scythe from Stonemaier Games.

Purchase a Blue Happy Salmon direct from North Star Games and get either Crappy Birthday or Happy Birthday for 50% off with coupon code “HIGH5”.

Dog Might Games wood Dice Chests are 20% off.

Revolution Games Year End Sale means discounts up to 40%.

Dice at Dusk is giving away Clank! from Renegade Game Studios but to enter the giveaway, one must purchase a t-shirt.

Restoration Games is giving away a package of all three of its games: Indulgence, Stop Thief, and Down Force.

Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Exploration Sale includes discounts on such products as Empires: Age of Discovery, Francis Drake, Wildlife Safari, Backpacker, and others.

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Hot Jobs

To support its fast-growing catalog, Renegade Game Studios seeks a Localization Coordinator (in Europe, to support European partners), a Marketing Coordinator (in North America, to support brand-building and social media), and a Game Producer (in San Diego, to push the development of new products).

In addition to a number of jobs related to its digital products and a few art-related positions (contract and in-house), Wizards of the Coast is recruiting for a Principal Product Designer. This job involves overseeing R&D design for Magic: The Gathering. Responsibilities include managing all aspect of a MtG block, contributing to strategic development and decision-making, and otherwise supporting the MtG brand.

Two positions are open at Paizo. One is for a Game Developer “to take responsibility for the creation, revision, and editing of content for… the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder, and associated product lines.” The other is for a Customer Service Representative to answer inquiries and troubleshoot problems.

Pelgrane Press has an opening for an Administrative Assistant but it’s no mere secretarial position. The job involves working with directly with customers, online and in-person, as well as managing supply-chain issues such as print buying and tracking warehouse inventories. Pelgrane is headquartered in the U.K. but remote work is OK. The work is estimated at 25 hours per week for a salary of US$1,500 per month (about $14/hr, no benefits).

Games for Change (G4C), the organization that promotes driving real-world change using games, has three openings: Senior Director (an executive leadership position), Community Manager (a part-time but front-line, point-of-contact between G4C and the whole range of its stakeholders), and Operations Manager (also part-time, and responsible for office and financial management, and maintaining institutional knowledge). All three are based out of New York City.

Ceaco (Gamewright) is looking for a Stock Room Assistant, part-time in Newton, Massachusetts.

At Lost Battalion Publishing in Upperco, Maryland there are openings for a full-time Graphic Designer and a part-time Game Manufacturing Technician.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesWith the Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play license recently acquired by Cubicle 7, the game’s second edition is now up as a Humble RPG Book Bundle. That means the entire line, plus the first edition core rule book, can be had in ebook form for just $20.

DriveThruRPG is hosting a huge Setting Sale, with up to a third off hundreds of RPG supplements, including old TSR D&D material (Planescape, Birthright, Ravenloft, Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk), JWP’s new 7th Sea, Cubicle 7’s Adventures in Middle Earth, and many more.

Amazon deals:

Current offers at Bundle of Holding include:

Trying to reduce inventory ahead of moving to a new warehouse, Mayday Games has many products on-sale for 60-80% off.

Lion Rampant is giving away a Party Package that includes six games and $50 of pizza.

To get the Lock ‘N Load Tactical Starter Kit direct from LNL Publishing for only 99¢ plus shipping, use coupon code “LnLT-Now”.

Osprey Publishing’s September Sale means 20% off Air Vanguard, New Vanguard, and Weapon titles.

Some of Buffalo Games’ games are on-sale at Target.

Restoration Games is giving away one copy of Fireball Island (when it’s released) each month through December. A photo posted to social media is required to enter.

Modiphius has a number of Achtung Cthulhu products on-sale, some discounted more than 50%.

Green Ronin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying line is on-sale for 10% off. And 20% of all sales will go to Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston.

Many of Dave Graffam Models’ print-and-play paper terrain kits are on-sale, up to 80% off.

DramaScape’s already discounted Space Ship Bundle of print-and-play combat maps is getting an extra discount through the end of the month, so that it’s currently running 75% off the cost of the maps priced separately.

Toys “R” Us’ Fun for All Sale includes discounts on 50 titles from Pavilion Games.

Everything Board Games is giving away:

The Giveaway Geek is giving away:

Unfiltered Gamer is giving away the Villains and Vigilantes Card Game, plus expansion, from Game Salute.

Daddy Stinks is giving away Gassy the Cow from Drumond Park (U.K.).

The In Character Podcast is giving away Roll Player from Thunderworks Games.

The Soup Dragon Says is giving away King Pong from Drumond Park (U.K.).

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