Mole Rats in Space


War games are board games where historical accuracy and simulation play a large role. War games are typically two-player, with high levels of strategy, tactics, and conflict.


Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe Giveaway Geek is giving away Tyrants of the Underdark from Gale Force Nine and Get Off My Land! from First Fish Games.

EverythingBoardGames is also giving away Get Off My Land!, as well as Terraforming Mars and a couple of promo cards from Stronghold Games.

BoardGamePrices is also giving away Terraforming Mars.

Renegade Game Studios is giving away a game of the winner’s choice.

Bundle of Holding has a deal for the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG, which is based on the Fighting Fantasy game books.

DramaScape has bundled up $343 of print-and-play battle maps and is offering them for $49.76 via DriveThruRPG. Offer expires in 3 days.

The Ultimate Indie Giveaway is a joint effort to award one winner eight games by various publishers.

Toys “R” Us has all junior versions of board games at 20% off for Easter.

Some Palladium books are on-sale today but not tomorrow.

Green Ronin’s Justice For All Sale means a discount of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG. Also, $10 from each sale will go to the National Immigrant Justice Center.

UK blog and publisher giveaways:

Board Game Couch is giving away two prize packages of FAITH RPG stuff.

Sahm Reviews is giving away Huh? from Eagle-Gryphon Games.

The prize package in Game On Family’s giveaway includes Ticket To Ride, Qwirkle, Telestrations, Reverse Charades, and Taboo.

Play Library, which started with a popup in the Globe Gallery, Cincinnati, opened last week at a permanent location in Over-the-Rhine. Games can be played on-site for free or they can be checked out and taken home with a paid membership. The cost depends on the number of games a member wishes to check out at the same time. Play Library is also seeking sponsors for low-income memberships.

After hosting a series of Magic: The Gathering tournaments in a local coffee shop, Dice City Games wants to open an all-around geeky shop in Wheaton, Maryland. [Hey, that’s just up the street from my house!] The proprietors are seeking support via Indiegogo and have already built up some inventory tabletop games, videos, video games, vinyl albums, and pop-culture doodads.

Kingmakers of Columbus has opened a second location in Indianapolis. It’s a board game lounge that serves drinks and charges $5 for access to the game library.

Board game cafe Well Played opens this weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. The space fits over 100 people. The fare is updated kid food—house-made hot pockets, fresh-baked cookies, mason-jar puddings, grilled cheese, and charcuterie made to look like Lunchables.

Games Inn, a shop which launched four years ago in Hobart, Indiana, has opened Dark Ground Cafe. The attached dining option will focus on healthy dishes and ramen noodles.

South Hill Games recently opened in South Hill, Washington. Though trying to stay small, the shop still has some play space in the back.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe latest deal at Bundle of Holding is for Traveller20, the d20 adaptation of Traveller and a fantastic resource for any version of the game. The Player’s Collection is priced at $12.95 and is already a pretty good deal but it’s the Referee’s Collection that really ramps up the value, which starting at $27 includes the full rule set, several setting books, more starship guides, separate adventures, and a campaign book.

For the month of March, Academy Games is bundling Fief, the Fief Expansions Pack, and Fief Buildings Pack for $130.

Dog Might Games is offering free worldwide shipping on all its wood boxes and trays this week only. It’s also giving away a $180 flaming birch Adventure Case on April 1st.

Apps from Asmodee Digital are on-sale at discounts of up to 60% for the next several days. Ticket To Ride, Small World 2, Splendor, Mysterium, Potion Explosion, Pandemic, and Colt Express are all included (Android, iOS, and PC), as are even some in-app purchases. Mysterium on Steam and in-app Ticket to Ride USA 1910 are excluded, however.

Until the launch of Mora Games’ crowdfunding project, the company is collecting email addresses for a giveaway of three copies of Wages of War.

Susan Polgar’s The Polgar Method of video Chess lessons is 60% off.

With Passover approaching, Amazon has a coupon for an additional 15% off TorahLine from 613 Games.

Other Amazon deals:

Savage World Bennies are 15% off direct from Pinnacle Entertainment.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away The Village Crone from Fireside Games and, along with the Crazy Like a Box Board Game Community, is giving away one-year memberships and a copy of Rising Sun (currently on Kickstarter).

Hasbro’s Toilet Trouble and Fantastic Gymnastics are $2 off at Toys “R” Us.

For the game’s 15th anniversary, Spectrum Games has a complete bundle of Cartoon Action Hour ebooks for 80% off.

March Madness means 30% off on basketball products from Strat-O-Matic. And the start of spring training means 25% off on card sets for select baseball seasons.

The prices on printed versions of the Ghastly Affair Player’s Manual and Ghastly Affair Presenter’s Manual have been reduced $5.

Complete ThinkFun’s customer survey to be entered in every future monthly giveaway by the company. And don’t forget to mention Purple Pawn as one of your sources for information.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesJon Brazer Enterprises has bundled up every one of its Pathfinder ebooks (that’s more than 60 products) and is selling the package at a 90% discount.

For $5 off purchases of over $35 from Fat Brain Toys, use promo code “RO-2429”.

For 15% off “most items” from Hasbro Toy Shop, use promo code “SPRING17”.

And for 20% off Spin Master’s Toy of the Year winners and finalists (excluding Hatchimals), use promo code “TOTY20”.

Chanegling: The Lost makes an appearance at Bundle of Holding. The Player’s Collection is $17.95 and includes the World of Darkness rulebook, Changeling: The Lost, and three other sourcebooks. At the threshold price of $29, six more books are added.

Amazon deals:

EverythingBoardGames is giving away The Refuge from B&B Game Studios and Castle Dukes from Medieval Lords.

Flying Pig Games has Night of Man on-sale for 25% off.

For baseball’s spring training, Strat-O-Matic is offering 25% off select seasons of cards.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesWin a Magic: The Gathering Modern Masters 2017 Booster Box from MTGHeadQuarters by subscribing, commenting, etc.

Blue Orange Games is giving away Vikings on Board.

Brilliant PR is giving away a $333-value package of toys and games, which includes Word on the Street Junior and Kanoodle Jr. from Educational Insights.

OffWorld Designs is giving away five pairs of passes to Gen Con, with five pairs of Gen Con t-shirts.

Two deals are currently running at Bundle of Holding. One is for the 2014 edition of Space: 1889 and starts at just $6.95. The other, Designers, Dragons, and More, includes a variety of books about games, as well as a comprehensive series on the history of roleplaying games.

Osprey Publishings’s March Sale is 20% off Men at Arms, Elite, and Warrior series.

The Cardboard Republic is giving away Captain Sonar from Asmodee.

The Board Game Revolution Community on Facebook is celebrating achieving 5,000 members with a series of giveaways. Two of the latest are photo contests with prizes from Minion Games and R&R Games.

The Board Game Vault is giving away the winner’s choice of Santorini or Attack of the Giants.

The Giveaway Geek is giving away Champions of Midgard from Grey Fox Games and Emergence from The Emergence Team.

Devetos Gaming is giving away a Star Wars Destiny Booster Box (36 booster packs) from Fantasy Flight Games.

Blue Peg, Pink Peg is giving away Gloomhaven from Cephalofair Games.

Passport Games is giving away a copy of They Who Were 8 before it’s available in stores.

Retail Games

Pi Social, a cafe in Karachi, Pakistan, has opened a board game section with a daily cover charge of 329 Rupees (about $3). Customers can also get a free drink for beating the bartender at Connect-4.

At Sanctuary Games, which opened this month in Hutchinson, Minnesota, the owner was going to use a back room for a computer repair business but demand for games has been so strong that he’s keeping it as play space.

After a hiatus of a couple of months, Dragon Tears Gaming is reopening under new management at a new location at the East Pointe Village Shopping Center in Dunn, North Carolina.

Satellite Comics & Games is moving from Chatham, New Jersey to Madison and is dropping comics in the process.

In the barroom of the newly opened The Wooly Public in the Woolworth Building in New York City, the tables are painted with game boards.

Coffee & Dice, a game cafe opening next month in Boscombe, UK, will have custom-built game tables, which feature space underneath to stash game boxes while playing.

The Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City has started hosting adult game nights.

Kathleen Miller is raising funds on Kickstarter to open the House Rules Cafe in Hudson, New York.

Game Blotter - A roundup of crimes, legal cases, and when "the law" gets involved with gamesPolice in New Delhi, India arrested a man for replacing cash in an ATM with fake 2,000 Rupee notes he got out of a board game that he had purchased for his nephew. The police were alerted by bank customers who were given currency guaranteed by the “Children’s Bank of India”.

Hasbro has applied for a U.S. trademark on the smell of Play-Doh.

Already banned by FIDE for misfeasance at the Bulgarian Chess Federation and improperly diverting money from Chess tournaments, Silvio Danailov and Vladimir Sakotic have allegedly used illegal means to take over the Serbian Chess Federation and have sent threatening and blackmailing emails to the president and board of the European Chess Union.

Teen siblings, Dorsa and Borna Derakhshan, have been banned by Iran Chess Federation from playing in domestic tournaments and representing the country at international events. Dorsa played at the recent Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival without wearing a hijab. Borna played a game against an Israeli.

A 23 year-old mother in Hong Kong was arrested by police for abandoning her baby (only 18 days old) unattended at her mother’s house so she could go play Mahjong. In consideration of the weeks she already spent in police custody and the support of her family, a magistrate sentenced the mother to just 12 months probation.

The Ningdu County Committee of the Communist Party of China has banned local officials from playing Mahjong. The goal of the order is to combat gambling, though it applies to any occasion, on-duty or off.

Between the two separate Mahjong games police raided in Davao City, Philippines, they arrested 11 people and confiscated gambling money totaling 320 Pesos (no more than $6.50).

A Denver-area high school principal was found guilty of 3rd degree assault for kicking his wife between the legs and punching her in the ribs. The incident occurred after he called her a “cheater” during a game of Backgammon. It’s unclear whether by cheating he was referring to the game or their marriage.

A man and woman were captured on video surveillance shoplifting $400 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards from a Walmart in Potsdam, New York. State police eventually caught the pair when they tried to sell the cards.

The makers of Secret Hitler, a Mafia-like game about the rise of fascism, sent a copy of the game to every member of the United States Senate, thinking maybe the education would do them good.

Sophisticated Games, which owns the rights to the original board game version of Ingenious (also known as Einfach Genial), registered a U.S. trademark for “Ingenious” and began demanding that the game’s designer, Reiner Knizia, pay a royalty for using that name on related game designs. Rather than acquiesce, Knizia has come up with a new name for games in that series—at least the ones for which he has the rights. So for example, there’s AXIO Hexagonal and AXIO Octagonal now available to play online. Under license from Sophisticated Games, though, Thames & Kosmos will be publishing the original in board game form as Ingenious later this year.

For the second month in a row, a car crashed in to a game shop. This time, the incident occurred at the Spielbound board game cafe in Omaha.

Portal Games has had its PayPal accounts frozen pending delivery of First Martians. The bulk of funds in those accounts were for preorders of the game. However, Portal assures customers that the move by PayPal will not interfere with delivery.

First in Parliament, then on Facebook, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar criticized the Leader of the Opposition for skipping a session of Parliament to officiate at a dog show in Brussels. Another MP responded by pointing out that a Government Minister had also missed a session to take part in a Backgammon tournament.

The immediate past president of the Northern Region Chess League in Malawi asserts irregularities in the latest election of officers. He claims that the president of the Chess Association of Malawi, who presided over the balloting, refused to let all local Chess players vote (as required by the organization’s constitution) and instead only accepted the votes of players who had participated in the last tournament.

The resignation of the president of the Japan Shogi Association wasn’t enough for members upset that the group’s leadership had banned a prominent player on suspicion of cheating but without evidence. A no-confidence vote has resulted in the ouster of three more board members.

As with Bridge and Chess, supporters are trying to get Sport England to declare Scrabble a sport.

A New York City police officer visiting the Virtual Crime Information Center for some training recognized the man on a wanted poster as a regular at the Chess tables in Washington Square Park. And so police went to the park and arrested him.

Two of four men in an SUV, who robbed and shot up a Dominoes game taking place in the parking lot of a Houston convenience store, were captured by police following a second incident later the same night.

An argument broke out between two people playing Dominoes in Dolores Park, San Francisco. One slashed the other’s arm with a pocket knife and escaped on-foot.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor the next few weeks, the prizes that come with Chick-fil-A kid’s meals are mini games from Educational Insights. To get the full-sized versions of those games at 20% off direct from Educational Insights, use coupon code “GAMEPLAY”.

Spartan Games has packaged up some bundle deals in Halo Ground Command (Covenant and USNC) and Halo Fleet Battles (Covenant and USNC).

The Mum Diaries (UK) is giving away the Multiplication and Writing Letters games from Cartamundi’s Fundels series.

Over at Bundle of Holding, the latest offering is for the Classic Battletech RPG (originally published as MechWarrior third edition).

Buy one HexBug Battle Ground, get one 35% off.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away one copy Quodd Heroes from Wonderment Games and three copies of Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy from Adams Apple Games.

Animal-themed products are on-sale in Eagle-Gryphon Games’ Safari Sale.

Find 77 games in Fat Brain Toys “Biggest Sale of the Year“.

White Wolf’s World of Darkness returns to digital with Vampire: Prelude (iOS, Android) and Mage: Refuge (iOS, Android) interactive fiction apps.

Support for Clank! has been added to the Renegade Game Studios Companion App (iOS, Android), providing “mini-quests” and a solo game mode.

GMT Games is working with HexWar Games on digital versions of Commands & Colors: Ancients and Commands & Colors: Napoleonics. Ancients will launch first in this summer, followed by Napoleonics in the fall or winter. At launch, the games will support PC and Mac. A couple of months later, there’ll be support for iPad. Android support will come eventually, probably.

The previous implementation of Dominion online is no longer. It has been replaced by one from Shuffle iT. Accounts, though, were transferred, supposedly with usernames and passwords intact.

Victory Point Games’ Hunt: The Unknown Quarry recently launched on Steam. It’s a “deductive combat game” for 3-6. One plays a monster trying to escape. The others are hunters. A whole group can play with just one purchased license.

Online accounts for Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, and Asmodee have been merged. If you had an account, you should have received an email.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDruid City Games is giving away a $500 shopping spree to Funagain Games.

Retweet Weird Hobbies for a chance to win WOTC’s Dungeons & Dragons adventure campaign, Out of the Abyss.

Use coupon code “rain17” to get 10% off a single order direct from Pazio.

The Advanced Adventures deal at Bundle of Holding features six OSRIC modules in the Starter Collection for $5.95 and nine more modules with the Bonus Collection starting at $15.80. The Bundle for Two deal collects games for two players (one GM, one player/character) in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Actualol (AKA Jon Purkis) is giving away five board games he says are much better than Monopoly. I’ve played three of them and I’d have to agree.

As part of the launch of its Kickstarter project, RAINN Studios will be giving away Lovecraftian-themed Elder Dice.

EncounterRoleplay is giving away three copies of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook.

Use coupon code “RoosterSale” to save on purchases direct from Greater Than Games. How much savings the company’s email forgot to say.

Use coupon code “LOVE2017” to save 10% and get free shipping from HasbroToyShop.com.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Dice Throne from Mind Bottling Games, Element from Rather Dashing Games, and two copies of Affliction from DPH Games (or $30 gift certificates if the game doesn’t fund on Kickstarter).

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Victory Point Games is discounting all bagged games by 25%. Zulus on the Ramparts is discounted 20%. And everything else is discounted 10%.

Mile High Game Guys is giving away Imperial Settlers from Portal Games.

@SmashUpDigital on Twitter is giving away a new copy of the Smash Up What Were We Thinking expansion from AEG each week this month.

Spectrum Games’ Heroic Valentine’s Day sale means discounts of 40% on Cartoon Action Hour, Retrostar, and Capes, Cowls and Villains Fowl.

Use coupon code “LOVE14” for 14% off purchases from White Wizard Games. Discount ends today.

Also ending today, Treasure Tokens are on-sale 50-70% off (depending on quantity) from GameTrayz.

Save 20% site-wide at Dog Might Games.

In-store only at Toys “R” Us, buy one get one 40% off on all arts & crafts, board games, puzzles, and collector cards.

Online from Toys “R” Us, save 20% on all Monopoly games.

« Previous Entries  Next Page »