Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesTim Stafford, Game Board Guru, is giving away 1,000 board games from his personal collection, simply in the hope that people will play them.

For $10 off Barnes & Noble orders of $75 or more, use coupon code, “BN10OFF75″.

Vote for the 2015 Toy of the Year awards for a chance to win one of every nominee product in one category.

A kind reader alerted me to a special deal on a Subbuteo Starter Kit from Astrobase for 50€.

Get Surrey (UK) is giving away two copies of Downton Abbey: The Board Game.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the company, Lone Wolf Development is offering Hero Lab add-ons for 15-44% off and Army Builder for 25% off.

For registered Premium Customers, Black Tree Designs has all miniatures on-sale at least 10% off. Different ones each day are 50% off.

Candle Quest from Victory Point Games is on-sale for 25% off. Additional games go on-sale every other day through December 23rd.

Discounts of up to 80% are available in The Kobold Press December Sale.

Save 20% on Robotech RPG Tactics at RPGShop.com

Orchard Toys is offering a free game with every order and free delivery in the UK with orders over £20.

Scoreboard

Score Board - Boardgame tournaments, competitions and championships results and scoresScrabble

Craig Beevers of the U.K. was declared the World Scrabble Champion at the Scrabble Champions Tournament in London. On the strength of “talaq”, “diorite”, and “ventrous”, he won the best-of-five final match 3-1. Beevers rarely competes in Scrabble tournaments. He does, however, organize them professionally.

Perudo

At the 25th Annual Perudo Championship in London the winner was Minna Fry.

Chess

Thirteen-year-old Sam Sevian earned his place in the record books as the youngest ever U.S. Chess grandmaster.

Go

Chimin Oh won the Go to Innovation tournament in Berlin. Chimin Oh is a 7-dan, former Korean instructor who now resides in the U.K. The tournament employed the Hahn scoring system, which awards points to the winner and loser of each game.

Rubik’s Cube

At the Austrian Big Cube Open, Mattia Furlan of Italy achieved a world-record average solving time for the 7×7 cube of 2:48.03.

At the Toronto Open, Antoine Cantin did the 3×3 one-handed in 8.75 seconds for a world record.

Subbuteo

Local favorite Nikos Beis took the trophy at the Grand Prix of Greece, besting 43 other contestants in the open category.

Hundreds of players from across Europe gathered for the Cardiff Grand Prix. The team event was won by the Valletta Lions of Malta, the open section by Wolfgang Haas of Austria.

For the third time in four seasons, Mark Farrell of Dublin was declared the World Amateur Subbuteo Association’s All-Ireland Champion.

Magic: The Gathering

Seth Manfield of the United States triumphed at Grand Prix Ottawa. In the draft top-8, Manfield squeaked by in the quarter-finals but proceeded to decisive victories in the semi-final and final matches.

Grand Prix Strasbourg marked the first title win for Tamás Nagy of Hungary. He hopes to take that winning spirit with him to the upcoming Magic World Cup.

The win at the standard-format Grand Prix San Antonio went to Ryan Scullin of Rhode Island.

Yu-Gi-Oh!

In Anaheim, Patrick Hoban of Georgia survived three round of single-elimination top-16 draft to claim the title of Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Champion. Among the younger Dragon Duel competitors, the winner was Kenneth Bevens of California.

Legacy-Style MtG

MtG LegacyRisk: Legacy, which uses stickers, markers, and secret envelopes to modify the game each time it’s played, received such critical acclaim that I’m surprised we haven’t seen more Legacy-style products in the marketplace. With gamers, however, the lack of an official product is only an invitation to tinker.

Which is just what Dave Chalker has done, marrying the variable game-play of Legacy with Magic: The Gathering’s cube drafting format. Over on Gathering Magic, Dave has posted all the rules and materials needed for anyone to play this mashup: a tournament tracker, creature upgrade stickers, unlockable packets, and basic Cube: Legacy rules. Give it a try.

Pandemic Parties Combat Ebola

Global Pandemic PartyWith the goal of raising $100,000 for Doctors Without Borders to combat Ebola in Africa, game designer Matt Leacock has invited people around the world to host Pandemic Parties. The idea is to use his game about fighting the worldwide spread of disease as a fundraising tool for the real thing.

Many such events will be taking place this coming weekend for what’s been dubbed the Global Pandemic Party. The overall campaign, however, is scheduled to continue through January 31st. More than 60 events are listed on the campaign website, most of them open to the public.

For those interested in hosting their own Pandemic Party, the website also provides supporting materials, such as printable flyers, donation cards, and a special Pandemic scenario with role cards.

Monkeys Playing Go

Up for auction at Bonhams in San Francisco, a late 19th century carving in ivory of monkeys playing Go, estimated at $1,200-1,800.

Monkeys Playing Go

In Harm’s Way Tactics

138819New from Imperium Group, In Harm’s Way Tactics is a tactical combat game based in the Imperium Chronicles universe. Players choose from an Assassin, Duelist, Grunt, Medic, Officer, and Psi Mage to use during missions, skirmish battles, or solo play. To simplify play and reduce die rolls, the game uses the IMP System. All calculations are done by referencing a chart of two opposing attributes (e.g. Accuracy vs. Agility).

In Harm’s Way is currently available through DriveThru RPG for an introductory price of $7.99. There’s also Paper Miniatures and Enemy Cards to augment your games.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor 25% off everything direct from HABA USA, use coupon code, “blackfri2014″.

From Margaret Weis Productions get 20% off with coupon code, “HOLIDAY2014″.

Some Amazon deals:

At Barnes & Noble, educational toys and games are buy-one get-one-50% off.

Green Ronin’s Super Holiday Sale has Mutants & Masterminds and DC Adventures products 30% off.

Purchase a Mega Brush Set from The Army Painter and get a Warpaints Starter Paint Set for half price.

Get 10% off and free custom graphics from BBO Poker Tables through the weekend.

Small Niche Games’ POD adventure modules are $4.95 Thursday and Friday.

Use coupon code, “THANKS50″, for half off products from Legendary Games.

Coupon code, “30OFF”, works for 30% off at True to Life Baseball.

Savage Worlds Fantasy Grounds adventure modules on are on-sale for 10% off.

The Corporia RPG core rulebook is 50% off at DriveThruRPG.

Goodman Games’ Holiday Sale includes 50% savings on foil-cover adventures, limited edition holiday products, and up to 70% off PDF modules.

Save 40% on Gale Force 9 Dungeons & Dragons miniatures at RPGShop.com.

Get 10% off and free shipping at HasbroToyShop.com with coupon code, “FREESHIP10″.

Coupon code, “QM8GQG7V5Z”, is good for 25% off from Precis Intermedia.

Second Look—Garruk’s Revenge

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.The first expansion for Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers, Garruk’s Revenge, has been out for a bit now. I’ve taken some time to go through the new content and features, and think this is a great addition to not just the story of Magic 2015, but a great fleshing out of the actual game.

The new expansion takes place in the plane of Alara with it’s strong ties to mulitcolored magic. More importantly, the expansion opens the game up to multiplayer, and add some features to the deck builder to make it a bit more robust. You can now unlock premium Battle Boosters by winning multiplayer matches, too.

At $4.99, it’s fair to consider this a must-have expansion. The amount of content, cards, and new features make Magic 2015 feel more complete than any previous version of Duels of the Planeswalkers has ever felt.

A copy of Garruk’s Revenge was provided free for review on Steam by Wizards of the Coast

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThe daily prize in Spin Master’s sweepstakes is a copy of the company’s new What the Face? game. The grand prize, a $1,000 Target gift card.

For Canadian residents (but not those in Quebec), YesTV is giving away a package with over $700-worth of Spin Master games and toys.

The annual Holiday Sale is on at Fantasy Flight Games, with some serious discounts to be had on board games, RPG, novels, and accessories.

DriveThruRPG is bundling comics with related RPGs for 20-50% discounts. Included are a Valiant Universe RPG Starter Pack and a Dredd 2000 AD Bundle.

For the next two Saturdays, get an extra 10% off in-store purchases at Toys “R” Us when using an “R” Us credit card. Among the slew of Toys “R” Us Black Friday deals (available Thursday-Saturday), will be a variety of games for $3-7 and Kreo for 50% off. Starting Sunday night, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battroborg Electronic Battle Game will be $60 instead of $80.

At Target, buy one board game, get one 50% off, but just for the rest of today.

Voice of E is giving away the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull and Shackles Base Set.

Bicycle playing cards are $3.70 off at Costco but limited to 98 per person.

Get free shipping of orders $25 or more from HasbroToyShop.com with coupon code “FreeShip25″.

Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Black Friday Sale has ebooks 40% off and lasts for 10 days.

LPJ Design’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale has some products discounted 25%, others 50%, and still others selling for a dollar.

Skirmisher Publishing’s ebook sale is 33% off.

The first 700 Legend of the Five Rings Holiday Box orders will get an extra nine foil personality cards, a 43 card Coils of Madness art set, a 43 card Coils of Madness art set (either set A or set B), and 10 additional random packs.

Complete Nomad Games’ online survey for a chance to win key and promo codes for Talisman, Space Hulk, and other electronic games.

Use promo code, “HOL14″, for 30% off any game from Set Enterprises through December.

Blog giveaways:

WTF? Game is Not What You Think

What the Face boxWhat the Face? is a new adult party game from Spin Master. Each round, two players nominate face cards from their hands to match a personality label card. Then the rest of the players vote on the better fit.

For now a Target exclusive, What the Face? retails for $15 and includes 260 face cards and 88 label cards.

What the Face setup

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