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All Adamant for $1.99

Taking a lesson from the success of the smartphone market, Adamant Entertainment has instituted what it’s calling “app pricing,” $1.99 on all its ebook products . Actually, for less than a day it was 99¢, but transaction fees meant that the distribution agent, OneBookshelf, was losing money on every purchase at that level.

My Favorite Game Console is a Table and Chairs

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Game Bandit—Toy Edition

Send Hasbro your receipt for the purchase of $20 or more in Hasbro toys or games and they’ll send you a toy of your choosing worth $10. HasbroToyShop.com is also running a significant sale on Cuponk , CirKis , Candy Land , and Sorry . All Triple Ace Games’ products are 20% off at DriveThruRPG through January 9th. Dungeon Trader has a 45% off clearance sale on Warmachine and Hordes . Lock &#…

Family Board Games Etc Wants to Throw You a Party

If you live in central Ohio, at least. Taking a page from SimplyFun , which has been throwing house parties for its own games for years, Family Board Games Etc is a retailer who wants to come to your house, school, or cafe and demonstrate the games they carry. This is a pilot project that they’re hoping to launch into something bigger.

Purple Parlay—What Do You Like?

As we enter a new year, we’d like to know what you guys would like to see more of on Purple Pawn. What do you visit Purple Pawn for? What do you wish we had more/less of? You can choose as many options as you’d like on this poll, and we’ll be running it until Jan 24th to give you all enough time to respond. Also…

$1,000 Game Design Prize

Daniel Solis, someone we’ve mentioned here before for his story-telling game, Happy Birthday Robot , can’t seem to get game design off his mind. In his own words: I love designing all sorts of games, from storytelling games to abstract strategy board games to physical playground games. I do it because I like the process of getting inspired, experimenting, testing and revising. I like…

Roleplaying Game Database Syndicate

There’s a ton of user-created content for RPGs available on the internet. But some of it can be difficult to find (like individual websites), is available irregularly (fanzines), or requires a certain amount of technical expertise or dedication to contribute (wikis). The Roleplaying Game Database Syndicate was formed to provide fans with the website infrastructure to host community…

December Board and Card Game Patents

Dear Patent Office: It’s 2011. Why don’t you accept videos in your submissions, in addition to the wholly inadequate pictures? It would make the patents a lot easier to understand. Team matching – From Microsoft. Using the ELO system to form teams. The abstract, and in fact the entire patent, doesn’t actually say that the patent actually does anything, only that the patent MAY do something; MAY…

New Year Grants +1 Vigor to Two RPG Companies

According to ICv2 , Palladium Books has settled its lawsuit with Trion Worlds over the use of the name Rifts in Trion’s upcoming MMOG. That game will now be called “Rift: Planes of Telera,” leaving off the “s.” With that resolved, Palladium can focus more attention on its books, and plans to bring several Rifts and Palladium Fantasy RPG products back in to print in January…

New Year Grants +1 Vigor to Two RPG Companies

According to ICv2 , Palladium Books has settled its lawsuit with Trion Worlds over the use of the name Rifts in Trion’s upcoming MMOG. That game will now be called “Rift: Planes of Telera,” leaving off the “s.” With that resolved, Palladium can focus more attention on its books, and plans to bring several Rifts and Palladium Fantasy RPG…

Free Obsidian for Charity

To cap off it’s holiday fund-raising effort, for today only, and just the first 100 customers, the online campaign management tool Obsidian Portal is giving away free memberships in return for donations to the Child’s Play charity. Child’s Play donates toys, games, books, and cash to entertain sick kids in children’s hospitals. For details on the program, see the Obsidian

Campaigns in Russia

Campaigns in Russia is a package of three new Eastern Front hex-and-counter war games from publisher Victory Point Games and veteran designer Frank Chadwick. Based on the system in Battle for Moscow , which Frank originally published with Game Designers Workshop, this set includes The Arduous Beginning , Objective: Kiev , and Target: Leningrad .

100 Rooks Over Krakow

In anticipation of the World School Chess Championship and the FIDE Congress, 100 larger-than-human rooks are being erected all over Krakow. ( source ) Source doesn’t say who’s doing the erecting, nor who took the pictures, but I will assume it’s FIDE Poland.

Nightfall

AEG will be launching this spring Nightfall , a game of horror, with cards representing vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and other creatures of the night. Yes, it’s another deck-building game, but one with several interesting twists. In addition to those cards placed in the common area at the start of the game, each player drafts two sets of cards for a personal cache. Play…

Settlers Hex Board

If the $150 wood set is too much for you but you still need something to better hold your cardboard Settlers of Catan tiles, then consider the Settlers Hex Board . It’s a $30 plastic frame, also available in sizes to fit the 5-6 player and Seafarers expansions.

BoardGameInfo.com, New Board Game Megasite

A few days before BoardGameGeek, currently the Internet’s only comprehensive source for information about board and card games, announced its first month with over 2,000,000 unique visitors , a new competitor with muscle announced that it is open for beta: James Mathe ‘s BoardGameInfo.com . BGI builds on the already existing and comprehensive framework used for James’ RPGhost network of sites, which already has a sizable…

Game Bandit—You’re the Star of This Edition

Atamaii is holding a 30% off sale on various toys and games, including Bakugan . The ZeroFortitude Podcast is giving away a copy of the Hellas RPG . Use the coupon code “holidaze” for 50% off online orders of many (but not all) Kenzer & Company products. At Paizo , the code “holiday11″ will get you 10% off one order…

Settlers in Wood

[Insert easy wood joke here.] The Settlers of Catan 15th Anniversary Edition includes wood tiles, cards with new art, and even building-cost summaries printed on wood hexagons, all in a nice wood box.

Game Criminal Statistics 2010

Our game criminal roundups are mostly a result of Google News alerts. It’s fair to say that a great majority of game related violence is not reported (assaults, petty robberies, and so on), or not noted as game related (not noting that a robbery was of a card game), or simply not carried on Google News. What do we learn from a year of game related…

Gatecrashing

Gatecrashing is a new Eclipse Phase supplement that details 30 alien worlds and the Pandora Gates that lead to them. In addition to new morphs, equipment, implants, and traits, the book includes guidelines for a GM to create custom planets. Gatecrashing is available as a 200 page PDF or as a Hack Pack including image files for artwork and Wormhole diagrams.