6 Game of Thrones- and Star Wars-Themed Games That Are 20 Percent Off for April

Game of Thrones Monopoly, Walmart
Game of Thrones Monopoly, Walmart

Tabletop gaming tends to be a pretty geek-friendly pastime, so it's no surprise that there is a bunch of games out there that cater to fantasy and sci-fi nerds. After all, if you're into the obsessive world-building of Settlers of Catan, you're probably also into the obsessive world-building of George R. R. Martin and George Lucas. And for the month of April, Game of Thrones and Star Wars fans who are also into games of strategy are in luck: Walmart is having a big sale on games, including some fantastic titles based around the iconic franchises. Below are some of the best deals, which will last until the end of the month.

1. Game of Thrones Monopoly; $23 (Regularly $30)

Forget Park Place—in this version of the classic real estate game, you’re playing for Winterfell, the Cave of the Three-Eyed Raven, and other key places within the Game of Thrones universe. You’ll accumulate Gold Dragons and Silver Stags to buy up holdfasts and castles, pledge your loyalty to one of the Great Houses, and try to outlast your fellow players.

Buy it: Walmart

2. A Game of Thrones Hand Of The King Strategy Game; $8 (Regularly $10)

Set in the courts of King's Landing, this game of strategy challenges players to navigate conspiracies and twists of fate while brokering deals and trying to gain influence over the Great Houses of Westeros. Players compete to become the power behind the Iron Throne—but only the most cutthroat will succeed.

Buy it: Walmart

3. Star Wars: Destiny Two-Player Card Game; $24 (Regularly $30)

This game gives you 23 cards and 16 dice with which to play out epic battles between the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe. As the game description puts it: “Will you join the First Order and take control of Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, or uphold the values of the resistance with Rey and Poe? If you ever wondered who would win a duel between two teams of heroes and villains from across the entirety of the Star Wars galaxy, there's no better way to find out than with Star Wars: Destiny.”

Buy it: Walmart

4. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition; $48 (Regularly $60)

This three- to six-person board game challenges players to assemble military forces to battle for control of castles and strongholds across Westeros. But players will also need to build alliances and engage in diplomacy as they fight wildings in the far North. The player that can best navigate complicated alliances, inevitable betrayals, and acts of war will come out on top. The latest edition adds new Tides of Battle cards (to “convey the uncertainty of war”), streamlined rules, and updated art.

Buy it: Walmart

5. A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch; $64 (Regularly $80)

Combine your nerdiest passions with this standalone version of Catan that revolves around the task of improving the infrastructure of the Gift. In the process, players must also defend the Wall from wildings and fight to rise above the other brothers of the Night Watch to become Lord Commander.

Buy it: Walmart

6. Star Wars Destiny: Empire at War Display; $86 (Regularly $108)

You can expand your Star Wars: Destiny game with the Empire of War booster packs, which “focus on taking core concepts of Star Wars: Destiny and throwing them into disarray.” The 180 brand-new cards will give you light years of material to play with.

Buy it: Walmart

These Modern, Minimalist Cremation Urns Double as Planters

C.C. Boyce
C.C. Boyce

Cremation is becoming an increasingly common end-of-life plan, but many have lamented the lack of options when selecting an urn to store their loved one's ashes. Many of these vessels take the form of drab-looking vases that, for some people, serve as reminders of a painful event.

That’s why C.C. Boyce stepped in. The Los Angeles-based designer and woodworker created a collection of “planturns”—urns that double as planters—to fill a gap in the market.

“A while back a friend’s father passed away and they couldn’t find a cremation urn that they liked, so they asked me to make something, and I did, thinking this would just be a one-off custom job,” Boyce said in a video uploaded to Kickstarter. “But when I posted the final product to Instagram, I was flooded with messages from people all across the death care industry—people who took care of pets as well as people.”

Plant urns
C.C. Boyce

Some wanted an urn with a more modern aesthetic, while others wanted a subtler piece that would effortlessly blend with their household decor. The symbolism of death fusing with new life has not gone unnoticed, either.

Boyce spent a year experimenting with different designs and settled on two styles: one that comes in speckled maple, and another that comes in a two-toned walnut and sycamore. All of the vessels have two parts that attach via magnetic pull, so even if the planturn gets knocked over, the ashes will still be safe and sound.

The bottom part contains a hand-waxed muslin bag to store your loved one’s cremated remains, and the top part features a glass or ceramic holder for your plant of choice, whether it’s a succulent or air plant.

They come in three sizes, which will vary in accordance with the amount of ashes you want to store. A small planturn is suitable for small pets, while a large can hold the ashes of a person. Get it on Kickstarter for $225 to $500, depending on the size.

Celebrate Earth Day With 7 Eco-Friendly Fashion Options That Won't Pollute the Planet

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iStock.com/lolostock

Fashion is one of Earth’s most resource-intensive, environment-polluting industries. Manufacturing clothing requires vast quantities of water, international transport, and labor—and after all that, clothes regularly get thrown away after just a few months or years. (In part because recycling fabric into new textiles is very difficult.)

But that doesn’t mean that you need to become a nudist in order to save the Earth. There are plenty of clothing companies that take their environmental impact very seriously, using recycled and organic materials and trying to minimize the carbon footprint of their supply chain and manufacturing process. This Earth Day, take a look at some of the clothing that allows you to feel good about looking good.

1. Ralph Lauren Earth Polo

While it’s easier to find eco-friendly clothing at outdoor and sporting retailers, some mainstream fashion companies are getting in on the trend, too. Ralph Lauren just launched its first polo shirt made of recycled material—the Earth Polo. Available for both men and women in four different colors, the shirts are made with fabric derived from plastic bottles. Though they look nearly identical to the company’s regular styles, each Earth Polo is made from approximately 12 recycled plastic bottles. And to reduce water pollution, the colored fabrics are dyed with a process that requires no water.

Buy it from Ralph Lauren for men and women for $90.

2. Madewell Second Wave Swimwear

Madewell launched its first sustainable swimwear line in February 2019, meaning that you can feel a little less guilty about ocean trash while frolicking at the beach. Made from recycled plastic bottles, Second Wave swimsuits are available in two-piece or one-piece designs in a variety of colors and patterns. According to the company, the one-piece suits incorporate material from eight used plastic bottles, while its separates are each made from two plastic bottles. (In other words, if you want to save the environment, cover up!) We like the simplicity of this $80 red one-piece suit, but there are plenty of options to choose from starting at $45 per piece. Sizes run from XX small to 3X.

Buy it at Madewell for $45 and up.

3. PrAna Shirts

The California-based clothing company prAna is all about sustainability, from its materials to its manufacturing to the composting program at its headquarters. It makes pieces with organic and recycled materials and participates in fair trade and bluesign certification. You can filter items in its online store based on whether it’s made with recycled content, and there’s a lot to choose from, whether you’re looking for something to wear to the office, the beach, or yoga class. The Iselle t-shirt line for women is made with 92 percent recycled polyester and 8 percent hemp (which requires fewer pesticides and less water to produce than cotton), and comes in short-sleeve (left), long-sleeve, and tank designs. For men, the Transverse line of shirts is made with 95 percent recycled polyester and 5 percent hemp. There are also dressier options—the Merger button-down shirts (right) are made with 44 percent recycled polyester, 53 percent hemp, and 3 percent spandex.

Buy it from prAna.

4. Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket

A navy blue Patagonia jacket
Patagonia, Backcountry.com

Patagonia’s Rainshadow jackets are designed to keep you dry but cool during summer showers or while you’re working hard. The latest version of the design—which is fully waterproof but still breathable—is made with ECONYL, a recycled nylon made from discarded materials like abandoned fishing nets. ECONYL’s manufacturer estimates that the material reduces the climate change-related impact of nylon by up to 80 percent compared to new construction made from oil.

Buy it from Backcountry.com for men and women for $200.

5. Mammut Convey Recycled Down Jacket

Down-filled jackets are a reliable way to stay toasty during the cold months, but you may worry about the impact your outdoor adventures have on the ducks and geese that serve as the source for your jacket’s filling. Many outdoor retailers are switching to recycled down, which repurposes down from used bedding, cushions, and other items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Mammut’s Convey is one of the best puffy jackets for cold weather, according to Popular Mechanics, and its 700 fill down comes from recycled sources.

Buy it from Mammut for men and women for $200.

6. Decathlon Fleece

Decathlon, a French mega-retailer that’s essentially the IKEA of sporting goods, makes a number of jackets, shirts, and pants using recycled polyester and other eco-friendly materials. (It’s also dedicated to reducing any unnecessary packaging.) The company just launched its first U.S. store in the Bay Area, and is rolling out its online store nationwide. If you’re looking for gear made with recycled materials, head to the fleece department—it its lightweight Forclaz 50 fleece jackets are made with 100 percent recycled polyester. The company also manufactures plenty of warm-weather gear with recycled materials, too, like its TREK 500 t-shirts (available for men and women) and flip-flops, all made with a majority, if not 100 percent, recycled materials. Oh, and did we mention that everything is dirt cheap?

Buy Forclaz 50 fleece jackets from Decathlon for both men and women for $5.

7. Pacsafe ECONYL Backpack

Recycled fabric isn’t just for clothing. A number of retailers also use sustainable textiles to make accessories. Pacsafe, which makes secure bags designed to keep your stuff from getting snatched while you’re traveling, makes a line of anti-theft bags designed with ECONYL regenerated nylon. The carry-on backpack has all the same security features as the company’s other products—cut-resistant straps and fabric, locking clips and zippers, and more—but it’s made with recycled materials. And all the profits from the line go to the Turtle Fund, the company’s conservation effort aimed at helping endangered sea turtles.

Buy it from Pacsafe for $130.

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