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.


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 It has been replaced by one from Shuffle iT.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.

Deadly Terrain for Warhammer 40K

Games Workshop is shipping later this week Deathworld Forest, a $130 box filled with the makings of deadly terrain for Warhammer 40,000. Included are 84 plastic pieces that can be mixed and matched to assemble grapple weed, shardwrack spines, barbed venomgorse, and eldritch ruins. Also in the box are the specific rules for each individual component.

As part of a broader effort to revitalize its steampunkish, super-science Dystopian Wars miniatures battle game, Spartan Games is turning the series’ main line of battleships in to modular figures. Parts provided for the different variants of each nation’s ships will also be magnet-friendly so players can switch out components as needed.

Other changes to the refreshed game include new Core Nation Expansion Box packaging, additional Alliance Nation factions, and a Dystopian Wars Core Rule Book version 2.5 with Fleet Action alternate fast play rules and a World Builder campaign construction system.

New from Turn One Gaming Supplies, a series of Space Invaders themed card sleeves ($5 for 50 sleeves), deck boxes ($4), play mats ($21), and dice ($7 for 6d6)—each in multiple designs.

 

 

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesApparently Eagle-Gryphon Games is tired of winter. The company has already launched its Spring Cleaning Sale.

A bundle of 60 Pathfinder RPG ebook products from Legendary Games is going for just $30 on DriveThruRPG. That’s 90% off the unbundled price.

Also at DriveThruRPG is a bundle for the Dying Earth Roleplaying Game, at 70% off.

For 15% off Trolls items direct from Hasbro, including a Trolls Trouble and a Trolls Operation games, use promo code “TROLLS2017”.

Victory in Europe is 20% off direct from Columbia Games but the discount ends today.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away a handmade copy of Jutaku from Dark Flight Games and three copies of Blend Off from Thunderworks Games.

The Make Room Special from High Flying Dice Games features a free Pocket Battle game, buy-two-get-shipping-free, and $5 discounts on Professional Series games.

All in-stock items are 20% off from Dog Might Games.

UNO, Pictionary, and Apples to Apples games are 20% off at Toys “R” Us.

ACD Distribution is giving away Element from Rather Dashing Games.

Lily’s Little Learners is giving away Yeti in My Spaghetti from University Games (UK residents only).

The Giveaway Geek is giving away The Blood of an Englishman from Renegade Game Studios.

According to a study by researchers with the Mayo Clinic, seniors who play games are less likely to experience mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an intermediate stage of dementia. Nearly 2,000 subjects, 70 years or older were followed for 4 years, interviewed about mentally stimulating activities, and evaluated for cognitive function. Those who played games at least once-a-week were 22 percent less likely to suffer from MCI.

Similar results were also found for craft activities (28 percent), computer use (30 percent), and social activities (23 percent).

The study, published in the January issue of JAMA Neurology, did not control for the same activities performed earlier in life and could not conclusively determine cause and effect.

PETA Don’t Like Your 40K

Never mind the destruction of civilizations, the human skulls, or the other violent themes, PETA (specifically the UK organization of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants Games Workshop to stop sculpting its Warhammer 40,000 miniature figures with images of animal fur.

PETA has written to Games Workshop CEO Kevin Rountree asking that the leading British miniature war-gaming brand ban “fur” garments from all Warhammer characters. While we appreciate that they are fictional, draping them in what looks like a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable – when, in fact, it has no more place in 2017 than it would in the year 40,000.

Come to think of it, how do they know it’s not fake fur?

Penny Arcade, partnering with ReedPOP, is launching its first tabletop-focused game convention, PAX Unplugged. The event, which is scheduled for November 17-19 this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, will join five other PAX shows with special attention to board games, card games, RPGs, and miniatures.

PAX Unplugged will take all the elements that have drawn millions of gamers to PAX – the chance to play and see the reveal of highly-anticipated upcoming games, attend game-inspired music concerts, participate in tournaments and watch panels with industry leaders – but with a renewed focus on fostering the best event for the burgeoning tabletop gaming community.

That makes the weekend before Thanksgiving a hot one for game events. PAX Unplugged is scheduled opposite BGG.CON and ChiTAG, though each serves different target markets.

Tickets to PAX Unplugged will go on sale in the spring.

Retail Games

The Nerd Cave was opened this fall in Lakeport, California as an alternative outlet for the non-electronic inventory of The Game Shop. The latter is located just up the road and was recently purchased by new owners, who decided to separate digital and analog product lines.

In Frisco, Texas, @Nerdvana serves coffee and board games.

Carolina Tabletop Games opened a few months ago on Main Street in Pineville, North Carolina, selling games and hosting gamers.

Utica has a new cafe in Wanna Play?, where the potato chips are fresh-made and the board games are $5.00 per person per day, or $2.50 with a meal.

Opening day of the D20 Board Game Cafe in Warford, UK was exactly 1 year from the day they came up with the idea.

The upstairs, public, cafe area of a Publix supermarket in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida has become a gathering place for people playing Mahjong, Bridge, and Canasta.

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