Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe Genius of Play, a program of The Toy Association, is holding a Back-to-Play sweepstakes, with nominations being taken for a school to win $1,000 in educational toys and learning materials.

Gamewright is giving away a copy of Jump Ship!, one of its Cardventures series of games.

During Gen Con (that is, this coming Thursday through Sunday), Asmodee will be giving away free Steam keys for Ticket to Ride and Mysterium.

Also in recognition of Gen Con, Jon Brazer Enterprises is running a sale on all print RPG books ($2 off everything under $10, $5 off everything over).

Turn One Gaming Supplies is giving away two copies of Space Invaders Dice.

Use promo code “SHIPAUG17” for free shipping in August from HasbroToyShop.com.

Modiphius Entertainment’s Month of Madness Sale means 70% off on Achtung! Cthulhu ebooks.

EverythingBoardGames is giving away two copies of The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire from CMON and one copy of Nexus: Scrapyard from Pawn Joker Games.

Save up to 30% in Osprey Games’ Summer Sale. Or enter the company’s Triple Sprue Challange (kitbashing Frostgrave figures) for a chance at the grand prize of Frostgrave books, accessories, and more figures, or runner-up prizes of 20% discount vouchers.

Board Game Revolution is giving away Feudum and Queens Army Expansion from Mark Swanson.

Available now at Bundle of Holding is BASH! from Basic Action Games. The $8.95 starter collection includes the Ultimate Edition (superhero), Fantasy Edition, and Sci-Fi Edition rulebooks, and an adventure supplement.

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Playthings in Early Modernity

Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games collects 15 interdisciplinary essays addressing play “not merely as a pastime, a leisurely pursuit, but as a pivotal part of daily life, a strategic psychosocial endeavor.” Published earlier this year by Medieval Institute Publications, the volume includes such chapters as:

  • “Mixt” and Matched: Dance Games in Late Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Europe by Emily F. Winerock
  • Ludic Intermingling/Ludic Discrimination: Women’s Card Playing and Visual Proscriptions in Early Modern Europe by Antonella Fenech Kroke
  • Letter Games: Machiavelli and Guicciardini in Carnivalesque Correspondence by Sergius Kodera
  • “Sportes and Pastimes, done by Number”: Mathematical Games in Early Modern England by Jessica Marie Otis
  • Trading and Trick Taking in the Dutch Republic: Pasquin’s Wind Cards and the South Sea Bubble by Joyce Goggin
  • The Problem of Excessive Play: Renaissance Strategies of Ludic Governmentality by Andreas Hermann Fischer

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SimplyFun’s two latest are all about feeding the animals.

In the Reiner Knizia-designed dexterity game, Feats of Cheese ($30), players stack plastic cheese wedges and wood mice discs on three separate pegs. When a stack falls, each player scores points equal to the number of their discs times the number of cheese wedges matching the color of the underlying peg.

In Tempting Treats ($29), the players’ goal is to draw the cats to their side of the game board. Each round, players reveal treat cards at the same time and then the one with the highest number moves the cat in their direction.

 

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Fallout Board Game

Fantasy Flight has announced a Fallout board game based on the video game series from Bethesda Softworks. This’ll be a scenario-based, adventure-style game that can be played solo or with up to four. The scenarios in the box include The Capital Wasteland, The Pitt, The Commonwealth, and Far Harbor and players can adopt human, super mutant, or ghoul characters.

To win Fallout, players attempt to accumulate the most influence via influence cards. Some of these award points based on a character’s own achievements, while others are tied to the accomplishments of the various game factions (Railroad, Synths, Brotherhood of Steel, The Institute, Slaver) that a player may have aligned themselves with during the game.

The Fallout board game should be available at retail later this year for $60.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTo celebrate the imminent release of Commands & Colors Tricorne: The American Revolution, Compass Games is offering a package deal that includes the aforementioned title plus one of every other in-print game (35 in total) for just $1,776 (normal retail is over $3,000).

Attending Gen Con?

  • Enter for a chance to play Peaceable Kingdom’s Mole Rats in Space with designer Matt Leacock.
  • Share a Pandemic Legacy photo via Z-Man Games’ Facebook page for a chance to attend a Pandemic Legacy Season 2 training session taught by designers Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau.

ACD Distribution is giving away two copies of Hafid’s Grand Bazaar from Rather Dashing Games.

Use coupon code “BF-9847” when spending $40 or more at Fat Brain Toys to get 10% off on that order and a certificate on October 1st for 10% off another order.

Winning Moves UK is looking for someone to stand in as VIP (very important player) at the launch of Monopoly Sterling Edition. The person selected will also get a copy of the game.

Renegade Game Studios is giving away a copy of Sentient before its general retail release.

theMCGuiRE Review is giving away Mooquake Escape from Breaking Games, Master of the Galaxy from Ares, Quest for the Antidote from Upper Deck, and Balloon Pop and Bottlecap Vikings from Tasty Minstrel Games.

Unfiltered Gamer is giving away Arithmetic from Simply Clever Cards and a bunch of different games to 32 separate winners.

Everything Board Games is giving away Feudum and expansion from Odd Bird Games and Photosynthesis from Blue Orange Games.

Bundle of Holding’s latest offering features the 1984 Revised Edition of the Palladium Role-Playing Game. At $14.95 the starter collection includes the core rulebook, game master kit, an introductory scenario, setting supplement, and print-and-play paper miniatures. Starting at $26.25, the bonus collection adds more adventures, setting materials, and minis.

With the free release of Dystopian Wars: Fleet Action fast-play rules, Spartan Games has put up several discounted bundle deals for its steampunk naval battle game. The company has also significantly reduced the price on special battle boxes for its sci-fi Firestorm Armada and Firestorm Planetfall games (25-35% plus extra goodies for those who purchase both).

DramaScape’s sci-fi bundle of 38 print-and-play battle maps (also good for VTT use) is on-sale for 75% off.

Pair-of-Dice Games has listed all four of its products (and one bundle) for 25% off.

The Open Gaming Store is giving away free print RPG products with orders of $20 or more in other physical products. Customers can choose the premium but supplies are limited.

Amazon deals:

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Hasbro today announced that the next product to come out of its Magic Digital Next initiative will be Magic: The Gathering Arena. “Designed for Magic fans and beyond,” Arena will feature “AAA graphics” and serve as a platform for growing Magic as an esport, said Chris Cocks, head of Wizards of the Coast.

Magic: The Gathering Arena is currently in alpha testing and will open to public beta testing in the fall (details of that process to be revealed September 7th on the Magic Twitch channel).

This announcement follows recent news of a Magic MMO being developed by Cryptic Studios and a highly anticipated schedule of set releases leading in to the card game’s 25th anniversary next summer. In September, Ixalan will release with vampires, dinosaurs, and pirates. December will see Unstable, a unconventional, silver-bordered, un-set (not legal for standard tournament play), followed by a 25th Anniversary Masters set in March 2018 and Dominaria in April. Core sets are also returning, with one scheduled for next July.

According to WOTC, 2017 has already seen a 27 percent increase in the number of new Magic players and a 150 percent increase in viewers of events on its Twitch channel.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesDriveThruRPG’s Christmas in July Sale, which offers 25% off thousands of items, ends tomorrow.

Doctor Who RPG books from Cubicle 7 are available in a Humble Bundle deal starting at just $1 for the rulebook, First Doctor sourcebook, three adventures, a computer game, and a coupon for 30% off any other purchase from Cubicle 7. Get 17 books at $15.

For 25% off in Precis Intermedia’s Christmas in July Sale, use coupon code “J86MG8Y9GV”.

Multi-Man Publishing is running a Summer Sale, to coincide with the World Boardgaming Championships, with discounts starting at 25%.

Use promo code “FANMILY” for $20 off an adult ticket and $10 off a child’s ticket to Hascon, Hasbro’s in-house fan convention.

Gen Con and USAopoly are giving away the latter company’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle game.

From Dr. Finn, get three games (Biblios Dice, Foragers, and Let Them Eat Shrimp) for $45.

Giveaways:

Over at Bundle of Holding, there are two Numenera offerings, one with the core rulebook and early supplements starting at $9.95, the other starting at $14.95 with more recent supplements, including one based on the Torment: Tides of Numenera computer game. There’s also a RIFTS bundle, starting at $17.95 for four books including Ultimate Edition, and the bonus collection with seven more books starting at $27.86.

Venger’s Old School Gaming Blog is running an RPG adventure writing contest with a prize of $500.

Strat-O-Matic is running a t-shirt design contest. The winner will receive a $250 merchandise credit, plus a shirt.

A bundle of all five years of Steve Jackson Games’ The Space Gamer magazine is now available for half off.

Dice from Dog Might Games are on-sale for 20% off.

For one more day, Osprey Publishing’s Campaign, Fortress, and Raid series books are 20% off.

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Carcassonne Under the Big Top

It’s a circus of Carcassonne expansions with this, the 10th, Under the Big Top, where the focus is on scoring points through interactions with adjacent tiles.

Included in Under the Big Top ($20 retail) are 40 new tiles, animal tokens, ringmaster meeples, and a wood big-top piece. Circus tiles give points both to the meeples on them and to those on adjacent tiles. Acrobat tiles score multiple meeples, with new ones stacked in a pyramid when tiles are placed adjacent. And ringmaster meeples are placed as normal but score bonus points for adjacent circus and acrobat tiles.

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Coming soon from USAopoly is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Gear Up and Rock Out. The game, for 2-8 players, has them taking on the roles of individual guardians, bluffing, trading, and stealing their way to the best collection of gear. It’s due at retail in August for $20.

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ASTRA 2017—Breaking Games

A recent release by Breaking Games, Aura ($25) turns four individual decks of numbered cards in to a head-to-head tactical battle game. Opponents’ cards are arrayed against each other with higher numbers eliminating lower numbers and certain cards empowered with special effects, such as trumps and blocking ability.

Coming in the fourth quarter of this year is Kawaii ($10), a Japanese/English crossover card game that’s essentially the same as Poop, except for a few extra action cards and more poop emojis.

Then just into 2018, Breaking Games plans to ship Convert ($30), a wood piece, three-dimensional abstract played in two dimensions. That is, though the pieces are blocks and when placed must be considered in three dimensions, the goal of four-in-a-row applies only when viewed from above.

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