Although the pandemic has been a disaster for many businesses, some are thriving. Hasbro and Mattel both announced better-than-expected revenue as we all try to find something–anything–to keep us entertained and engaged. Hasbro, which owns Monopoly and Scrabble as well as Dungeons & Dragons, saw a 21% increase in revenue during the third quarter.
With an increasing interest in tabletop gaming, you can expect to see some great deals leading up to the holidays. Whether you’re building a game cabinet from scratch or expanding your current collection, November is a great month to stock up.
If you have a local game store, please consider shopping there first. They might not be able to compete with Amazon or Target for prices, but they need your support more than ever right now.
Amazon, Target Offer Buy 2, Get 1 Free Deal on Select Titles
For price and convenience, you can’t beat Amazon. The online retailer is making it even more tempting to shop with them this holiday season with a buy 2, get 1 free deal on their most popular games. Combined with free shipping and their everyday discounts, it’s hard to beat.
Some of our favorites–Catan, Ticket to Ride, Codenames–are available. You’ll also find your basic, family-friendly titles like Monopoly and Connect 4. There’s a distressing number of Cards Against Humanity expansions and booster packs, as well as various knockoffs. I’d rather play a 12-hour game of Ultimate Werewolf than a single hand of CoA, but to each their own.
Target is offering a very similar deal in the weeks before Black Friday. They’ve got a buy 2, get 1 free sale on games, movies, music, and books. Customers can shop online and ship to their homes or pick-up curbside at the store. The selection of games is similar to Amazon, but the prices on some titles may be higher.
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set Is Dirt Cheap
If you’re looking to get into D&D over the holidays, it’s really cheap on Amazon right now. The Starter Set is $11.22, while the Essentials Kit is $15.59 as of this writing. New players should pick up the basic starter set, while new Dungeon Masters might want to look at the essentials kit.
The Player’s Handbook is almost 50% off, at $27.73 for the hardcover. If you decide to start playing D&D regularly, then you’ll need a copy. The Dungeon Master’s Guide and Monster Manual are also discounted.
Seasoned players can get in on the preorder for Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, the latest rules expansion, which comes out on November 17.
For the High-Tech Tabletop Gamer
Personally, I love games with lots of interesting little pieces. But if you’ve got kids in the house–or rowdy adults who somehow lose game components every time you play–the Infinity Game Table might be a good choice for you.
The Kickstarter from Arcade1Up has partnered with Hasbro as well as smaller indie publishers to load their virtual game table with more than 50 titles. The company has pledged to continue recruiting publishers and adding to their library.
The table is essentially a giant tablet screen on legs. Up to 6 people can gather ’round for a rousing game of Scrabble or Ticket to Ride. The legs detach for easy storage when you’re not using it or want to place it directly on a table. If you remember the table-style Pac-Man game from Pizza Hut, then this will hit your nostalgia button.
At $499 for the smaller version, it’s not exactly cheap. However, if you consider that most quality games cost at least $50, it’s not that bad. In addition to the pre-loaded games, you’ll be able to purchase more through the Arcade1Up store. It’s not clear how much those will cost in the future, but it will certainly be less than a physical edition of the game. Is it worthwhile? For people who already have a closet full of games, maybe not.