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Game Bandit—Just a Coupla’ RPGs Edition

RPGshop.com is discounting prices, 15% off items originally $10 or more, 20% off items $20, 25% off items $45, and 30% off items $70. Also, every order over $25 in September gets free plush dice. Over $75, giant plush dice. The Imperium Chronicles RPG is celebrating its second anniversary with a bundled deal for 75% off .

CrystalicuM 2nd Edition

Polish publisher, Wolf Fang , has just announced that a 2nd version of their card game, CrystalicuM, will be released September 14th. Unfortunately, the game will be in Polish only. Wold Fang doesn’t want you to cry though, as a board game version will be hitting Poland, the US, and Germany later this year. You remember Wolf Fang from when we reported…

Scattergories Categories

Scattergories Categories is a new variant on the Scattergories word game. Published by Winning Moves , the game challenges players to find words that begin with the letters making up the category name. So for example, when the category is “road trip,” players need to come up with words beginning with R-O-A-D-T-R-I-P. …

Warhammer Fantasy and WWII

Games Workshop has released the boxed starter set for the latest edition of the Warhammer fantasy battles game . The Island of Blood includes High Elf and Skaven armies (74 figures total), a rule book, a getting-started booklet, dice, templates, and range rulers. In other GW news, Bwana Bill over at the Tabletop Wargames Blog reports that Games Workshop is planning a Warhammer Historical …

Necronomonopoly

John Wick does Monopoly… what!?! Oh, a Cthulhu version with monsters and cultists moving counter-clockwise to rob players of their sanity. That makes sense, sort of.

Incremental Game Changes Through Brand Leveraging

What’s considered safe in the board game industry by Hasbro? Releasing a game that plays nearly identically to a previously popular game, and using the popularity of the previous game to sell the new one. The thing is, the games often have new mechanics, some of which actually improve the game. It’s just nice to have a well known brand name …

Callisto, Reiner’s Answer to Blokus

Callisto is a tile-laying game that looks and plays remarkably similar to the hit game Blokus . What’s different? Tiles must touch orthogonally, not diagonally. You have three single piece tiles; place two at the beginning of the game anywhere you want, and place the third anywhere you want later during the game. Use the third piece if you need to start a new field, …

Spontuneous

Given a word, sing a song with that word in it; I play this game all the time at the dinner table. That’s the premise of Spontuneous , self-published by Rob Ridgeway. Add a die to randomly reward someone with movement after they name a tune and you’re set. The game is $30, but for $100 you can get the “Platinum” edition, which includes …

Purple Parlay—Kingmaking

We’ve all done it at some time or another. There’s no way you’re going to win, and one of the other guys so brutally wronged you in the past. What do you do? Help someone else gain the upper hand to totally crush your mortal enemy! Now, of course, you’re probably being a total jerk by doing this. So what are your…

Hamlet’s Hit Points

Hamlet’s Hit Points is a game-mastering advice book for the seriously-minded story-teller. Actually, it’s not what you would normally think of as game-mastering advice. Rather, in it Robin Laws presents a system for analyzing the emotional ups and downs of a story, and then applies that method to Hamlet, Casablanca, and Dr. No. The…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Games

Not counting themed versions of Uno and Scrabble , the only currently existing Diary of a Wimpy Kid game is Cheese Touch from Pressman Toy. It’s a “guess who chose which answer to the question” games.

Buzz It!

Buzz It! is a repackaging of an old party game. You have a few seconds to come up with a word in a category. If you can’t, it’s the next player’s turn. If you can’t you lose a point and a new category is chosen. Lather rinse repeat. What makes this game special? It has an electronic buzzer doodad…

Agricola, all the Goodies

Agricola: The Goodies combines in one box several of the Agricola expansions: X deck, C deck, A deck, L deck, themed boards, sticker sheets to spruce up your peeples, and a complete set of animeeples, vegimeeples, and resourcemeeples. Currently available for pre-order, although it was supposed to have been released in August.

BakuMorph and More Bakugan

Spin Master keeps putting out crazy new types of Bakugan. The transformations of BakuMorph Bakugan aren’t finished when sprung by a gate card. The legs, wings, and tails of these figures extend even further to create Bakugan that tower over their opponents. In September and October, other radical Bakugan being released include: Two core Bakugan that split when landing on a gate card— Sky and Gaia , which…

Signs & Portents #84

Ooh, more ships for Traveller! I love space ship designs. Pictures would have been nice, but deck-plans for all 13 ships is pretty cool. Oh, the latest issue of Mongoose’s house magazine also has flora and fauna for Earthdawn, horror scenes for Traveller, and a preview of Cthonian Stars (a Lovecraftian setting for Traveller). Signs & Portents #84 is available as a free

Pride and Prejudice the Trivia Game

If the Pride and Prejudice Board Game is not to your taste, mayhaps you’ll enjoy the Pride And Prejudice Trivia Game . Published by Alauna through Marina Games .  Contains 300 cards, and costs $15. Contains a die, for some reason. ( source )

PASH: Another Model for Cheap Board Game Self-Publishing

PASH stands for Print and Shipped Board Games. Like Cheapass Games, its founder David Bush believes that people should print and scrounge for the easy components of a game, and only have to pay for components that are unique. He’s looking for a half-dozen designers to try out his publishing system. His first game effort is the game …

Pentology Cards

Pentology by Trevor Cram is a 60 card deck system of fantasy symbols. Trevor supplies a number of games to start with, but are hoping for more contributions. Games range from 1 to 3 players. The deck lends itself to storytelling games, as well as a small amount of combat mechanics (RPS). I think it’s still undergoing beta testing; anyway, there’s not way to buy a deck, just yet…

Gametasia

Gametasia , designed by Mel Wayne, is from the Freedom Within Foundation. Gametasia is part of a trilogy of works by Mel, which also includes the book Octilogy , the world “Planet Millennium”. All are free to print and play. The game requires you to scrounge up some additional pieces, such as Chess pieces and tokens. The game site, rules, board, and cards are all part of the same mythological…

The Dice Tower Gaming Awards

There are many awards given out each year for games, and while I don’t take any of them as definitive, I do find that they each have something to offer. The Dice Tower podcast has been organizing its own awards program for the last few years with the help of a number of other podcasts and blogs. This one offers the perspective …