Welcome back, hello hello, I’m here this time to talk to you about some resources and tips you can use to save some money while playing some tabletop games! This will mostly focus on Pen and Paper Role Playing Games (RPGs), Board & Card Games, and even a bit for those who want to play Collectible Card/Trading Card Games (CCG/TCG)! Miniature Wargamers, I will do what I can. May the dice gods keep your wallet in check. IMPORTANT: I highly support going to your friendly local game store (you’ll see it online as FLGS) but I understand sometimes, full MSRP won’t cut it for your budget. If you’re playing a game that is popular within the store, enough to have tournaments and such, I highly recommend buying it there. Without further ado, here we go!
So, websites. There are quite a few I frequent when checking out tabletop games and tabletop gaming deals, but my favorite tool is BY FAR a twitter called @Tabletop_Deals. Every day the admin posts and updates most major online retail sites with amazing deals on tabletop games. Whether it be board games, RPG Rulebooks or even components, this twitter has it all. They even have an affiliate shop through Amazon where they organize every board game deal (on Amazon) in a neat format. I highly recommend checking them out. Amazon, in general, has some good deals, but you have to watch out and make sure you’re not buying from some store on the marketplace scalping games. For example, I am writing this on February 11, 2018, and the MSRP of a very popular board game Gloomhaven MSRP price is $139.99. The lowest price on Amazon right now is $179.99 , which for an already pricey board game is extremely pricey. At the same time, other smaller sellers have them for $124.99! So just watch out for those sort of issues with Amazon and other websites as well. The sites I check at least weekly would be Troll and Toad for collectible games like Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh! (and others!). I really enjoy using Cool Stuff Inc. and Miniature Market, I’ve had great experiences with both and they are a catch-all of tabletop! For Miniature War Games, I have heard great things about Frontline Gaming. Also, you can check out Facebook trade groups or Board Game Geek’s market! One more thing, Board Game Geek is a wonderful tool to find new board games! Its like yelp, except for your tabletop.
This portion will specifically be about Pen and Paper RPGs! My personal favorite type of game to play. Usually, Pen and Paper RPGs have players create characters to roleplay, and use statistics to manipulate the world around them. This can be done without any visual aid, with one person (The Dungeon/Game Master) running the game weaving word to provide action and imagery for the players. Pen and Paper alludes to the fact that the characters are made with a character sheet that contains the description and statistics. The statistics are further used with dice that determines the result of a situation. The most popular example of this type of game would be Dungeons & Dragons. Other really fun examples would be Pathfinder/Starfinder, FATE, Dungeon World, Star Wars (there are a few), and tons of others with wildly different settings, game engines and play-type! There are quite a few ways to obtain the rulebooks for these games now, especially with the digital print revolution. If you’re looking for a physical copy though, Amazon and other online game retailers would be your best bet. For Dungeons & Dragons, my favorite release from any game company shifting to an online medium would be D&D Beyond. With half the price of the physical books, you can own it online and have it completely hyperlinked and organized to a T. You can create multiple characters VERY quickly, and find multiple items and monsters in seconds. Instead of bookmarks in books, you just keep the tabs open for the session that day! Its a resource I use quite often when it comes to running and playing D&D. For other role-playing games, your mileage with online content can vary. With Pathfinder, FATE, and Dungeon World, you can find almost all the rules completely free online, known as SRDs or System Reference Document. This is because a specific Open Gamin Licence these systems are under, so its even cheaper playing these games. For character sheets I like using Myth Weavers, but I know other people like to use Google Document layouts they find online. For dice, they can usually be very cheap to extremely expensive, but you can always find an app or a webpage with their own dice roller. Most games you can completely create from your own imagination with guidance from the rules, but you can also purchase or find free adventures online! All of this might sound difficult, but the degree of control you have over the game is what I really enjoy about RPGs.
That’s it for now, have fun hunting! For games I mean!
– Kenny M, your friendly local Gravity Magician