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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.


Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition Announced

Games Workshop has announced plans for a new edition of Warhammer 40,000 due sometime this year. With just 3 years since the last revision, GW promises that every figure and all current armies will be supported in the new edition. The setting will remain the same, though some advance in the story line is expected. And a version of the core rulebook will be free.

The company’s main goal for a new Warhammer 40,000 appears to be to streamline game-play significantly, bringing a typical game down to 1½-2 hours and much easier for new players to learn. At the same time, veterans will have options for adding depth and complexity. Among the new elements being added to the game are command points rewarding players with special abilities for thematically-built armies.

Badges for the newest PAX convention go on-sale next Wednesday, May 3rd. Other PAX events have sold out, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate.

PAX Unplugged takes place November 17-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The event is a joint effort of Penny Arcade and ReedPOP, and will focus entirely on tabletop games.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor 15% off games from HasbroToyShop.com, use promo code “GAMES2017”.

HasbroToyShop.com also runs an eBay store front where many games are discounted more than at its namesake web site.

Here’s a coupon for 15% off at Toys “R” Us that’s good through tomorrow.

Dog Might Games Huge Inventory Sale means 20% off all in-stock items.

Amazon deals:

Blog and podcast giveaways:

Dungeon Masters Guild Megabundle #2 highlights products from the top-30 bestselling community authors for 87% off.

Currently available at Bundle of Holding are two deals for 4th edition Champions, Essentials and Universe. To get the Bonus Collections of both will cost around $70 but between the two, you’d get more than 60 books. Also being offered by Bundle of Holding is Rocket Age, the RPG of retro-style science-fiction from Cubicle 7, and East Texas University, modern high school horror setting for Savage Worlds.

AEG is conducting two surveys. The company will send respondents promo cards for Mystic Vale and Smash Up.

CoolStuffInc’s 15th Anniversary Celebration features many games at significant discount, such as Pandemic Legacy for 52% off, SeaFall for 56% off, and a MtG Modern Masters 2017 booster box for 21% off.

Through the end of the month, furniture orders from Geek Chic qualify for free accessories.

ACD Distribution is giving away a Pokemon: Sun & Moon Elite Trainer Box.

Fallout Miniatures

Modiphius Entertainment has announced plans for a tabletop miniatures war game based on the Fallout series of video games. Fallout Wasteland Warfare will have players commanding crews of 32 mm figures in player-vs-player, coop, and solo missions. No details on a delivery date.

An early adopter of crowdfunding, Tasty Minstrel Games is now looking to raise general operating and marketing funds through equity crowdfunding portal MicroVentures. The company says it has three games in development, 15 in production, and has sold over 400,000 units since 2010. It appears that any return on a crowdfunding investment could only come about through the sale of shares back to the company or if the company as a whole was sold at some point in the future. But equity crowdfunding is significantly more complex that your typical game project. Read those documents carefully.

Calliope Games has been doing a great job with its focus on easier-going strategy games. Next in that line is to be Dicey Peaks, currently funded and aiming for stretch-goals in its final hours on Kickstarter. I got a brief preview of Dicey Peaks at Toy Fair. It’s a push-your-luck dice game of mountain-climbing. To win, players must make their way to the summit while managing their oxygen and avoiding yeti attacks.

With Commands & Colors: Tricorne from Compass Games, designer Richard Borg takes his C&C card-driven system to the American Revolution. The game will include more than 300 wood blocks, printed dice, a mounted map-board, and separate decks of combat cards to represent the differentiated strategies of the British and Colonials.

On the verge of funding is another block war game, Combat Infantry. Columbia Games’s version of squad-level combat in World War II, this one emphasizes fog-of-war with blocks that are single-sided and rotate to record current strength. The box will include six historical scenarios from the invasion of Normandy, as well as four additional generic scenarios.

Tesla vs. Edison: Duel is an abbreviated, two-player card game that covers the same history of early electric utilities as Artana’s full Tesla vs. Edison board game. Most importantly, the company finally included Samuel Insull, my favorite personality of the period.

Kenzer and Company is on Kickstarter for the first time with Aces & Eights: Reloaded, a revised edition of its wild-west roleplaying game. Kenzer promises a second edition “chock-full of new rules, tweaks, art and other enhancements,” while maintaining the game’s unique shot-clock, a targeting overlay for fun old-west style shoot-outs.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesBoards Alive is giving away Sunken Treasures, an expansion for Clank! by Renegade Game Studios.

Sign up for Fat Dragon Games’ newsletter and get a free 3D model (STL file) each month. For April, it’s a model of a worship font. Last month, it was an altar.

White Wizard Games is giving away two sets of score-tracking cards for Star Realms.

Cool Stuff Inc. is giving away a Runwars Miniatures Game from FFG with painted figures.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (WWI), Microgame Design Group is giving away a free copy of its Vimy Ridge game with every order.

Rebel Minis is running its annual Spring Sale. Everything is 20% off with coupon code “Spring17”.

Buffalo Games’ Spring Sale includes all puzzles and games at 25% off.

ACD Distribution is giving away Escape From 100 Million BC from IDW Games.

Licensing Roundup

CMON is developing a miniatures board game based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series (that’s the novels, rather than the A Game of Thrones television show). To make that game, CMON is of a fashion borrowing the A Song of Ice & Fire license from Dark Sword Miniatures, which has been producing related minis for some time (in PR terms, they’ve entered a partnership). CMON, though, is working on a complete tabletop game, which the company promises will handle scenarios ranging from small skirmishes to large-scale battles with hundreds of figures.

IDW Games has licensed three early video game titles from Atari: Missile Command, Asteroids, and Centipede. IDW says the line of board games will be “fun, intense and fast-paced.” The first out will be Centipede this fall.

IDW is also publishing a game based on the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie. It’ll be a cooperative adventure game in which players take on different aspects of Colonel Taylor’s personality trying to figure out the history of humanity.

WizKids has renewed its Star Trek license with CBS Consumer products. And with that renewal came several new product announcements. The company is launching two new products for Star Trek: Attack Wing—Card Packs that have just new cards and tokens for existing ships, and Faction Packs that include four ships at reduced cost. WizKids will also be offering unpainted Star Trek minis, an expansion for Star Trek: Frontiers, more Star Trek Tactics ships, and Star Trek characters for HeroClix.

Fragor Games has secured a license from Aardman Animations for a Wallace & Gromit game.

Cubicle 7 is releasing its licenses for the Yggdrasill, Qin, Kuro, and Keltia roleplaying games back to French publisher Le 7eme Cercle. Cubicle 7 said that the extensive work involved in translating the games prevented a reasonable economic return.

ACD Distribution is looking to hire a Sales Representative in Middleton, Wisconsin. The job involves cold-calling and managing existing customer relationships. “Knowledge of and a passion for board games are a definite plus.”

TCGplayer has a number of openings in Syracuse, New York. Some are for software development; others are for some aspect of project management and customer relations.

Green Ronin is recruiting women for contract work on its upcoming Lost Citadel Roleplaying Game.

Patrick Leder, owner of Leder Games and designer of Vast: The Crystal Caverns, needs all-around help running his company—production, customer service, marketing, all of it—so he can focus on product development. The position he wants to fill, Operations Coordinator, is part-time and contract and can be done remotely, though proximity to the Twin Cities would be an advantage.

Also in the Twin Cities area, Asmodee North America (née Fantasy Flight Games) has openings for a Production Coordinator, License Compliance Coordinator, and International Sales Representative.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesHumble Book Bundle is offering a large lot of Horus Heresy books, plus some audio dramas, art books, graphic novels, and apps, from GW’s Black Library. The deal starts at $1 but at just $15 includes everything.

To recognize the availability of Purple Duck Games’ products through Rogue Genius Games via the Paizo online storefront, all 184 of the company’s Pathfinder items are bundled up and being sold for $40 (more than 90% off regular retail price).

Bundles of early issues of Pyramid and Roleplayer magazines are available from Steve Jackson Games’ Warehouse 23.

Another roleplaying bundle, for 196 PDFs from Ennead Games is just $20 at the Open Gaming Store.

At the usual place for RPG bundles, Bundle of Holding, the latest deal is for Dream Pod 9’s Heavy Gear.

Or there’s the Castles & Crusades Megabundle at DriveThruRPG—$150 of rulebooks, supplements, and adventures for $30.

For Dog Might Games’ Spring Sale, the company is discounting everything 25%.

Fling Pig Games ordered too many copies of Yah! magazine issue number 4, so the company is discounting it 25%.

Reaper Mini’s 25th anniversary bonus figure for April is Hecklemeyer and Styx, a pair of skeletons in jester costumes. Get a free figure for every $40 in orders.

For Osprey Publishing’s April Sale, books in the Aircraft of Aces, Combat AIrcraft, X-Planes, and Aviation Elite Units series are 20% off.

Delvecast is giving away a premium copy of Mothership from Peter Sanderson.

Madhouse Family Reviews is giving away Wordsearch from Drumond Park (UK).

EverythingBoardGames is giving away Dastardly Dirigibles from Fireside Games and Not My President from Just Joke Games.

The News Wheel is giving away Indycar Unplugged from Good Ole Games.

Chilling With Lucas is giving away a University Games game of the winner’s choice (UK).

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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.

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