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.

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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.

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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

University of California and McMaster University Are Offering Their Learning How to Learn Course Online for Free

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Deagreez/iStock via Getty Images Plus

If you've ever stayed up late cramming information the night before an exam, it probably didn't go well. Or maybe you tried doing the right thing by spending days or even months studying a subject, only to realize you weren't retaining the information. These failed attempts may have you believe you're just not cut out for the subject matter, but that's not always true. In the course Learning How to Learn from Coursera, you can understand what it takes to truly understand new information, as well as the key strategies and habits you can employ to make it all stick.

Learning How to Learn is taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley, a Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University, along with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, who holds the Francis Crick Chair at the Salk Institute and is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Throughout the weeks, they’ll teach you how to combat procrastination, how our brains process information, and the importance of breaking up new material into bite-sized chunks. You’ll also cover how taking breaks, getting sleep, and exercising are just as important as studying when it comes to learning something new.

According to Coursera, to finish the class in the typical four-week time, most students devote about three hours a week to the online videos, readings, quizzes, and coursework. There’s also no need to cram—which you’ll learn is not an effective learning tool—as this course is self-paced.

The course itself is free, but if you want a certificate of completion to share on your LinkedIn and resume, it will cost $49. Signing up for the certificate also gives you access to graded assignments, whereas the free version only allows you to read the course material.

You can also check out more free classes offered by Ivy League colleges by heading here.

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9 of Amazon’s Best Kitchen Knives

Wüsthof/Amazon
Wüsthof/Amazon

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting to build up your home kitchen, a dependable knife set is absolutely essential. But there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to kitchen knives and chef knives. So, to make things easier for you, we looked at some of the top-selling knives on Amazon with the highest user ratings (at least 900 reviews each) and came up with a list of the best options available. You can check them out below.

1. 15-Piece Cuisinart Knife Set (4.6 Stars); $45

A Cuisinart knife set.
Cuisinart/Amazon

Cuisinart has been making quality kitchen products for decades, and this knife set offers 12 stainless-steel blades that are perfect for slicing and chopping the ingredients of any dish you happen to be cooking up. In this package, you'll also get sharpening steel, kitchen shears, and a holding block.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Home Hero Set of Seven (4.6 Stars); $27

A Home Hero knife set.
Home Hero/Amazon

Inside this versatile set, you'll find a chef knife, carving knife, bread knife, utility knife, and a paring knife. Along with the five stainless-steel blades, there's also a finger guard and sharpener, so you can keep your utensils ready to go at all times.

Buy it: Amazon

3. McCook 14-Piece Set (4.7 Stars); $53

McCook Knife set.
McCook/Amazon

Made with high-carbon stainless steel, this knife set is built to last. The knives have an easy-to-grip handle that’s comfortable to hold, while the blades are built to cut through just about anything. And when they do get dull, there’s a sharpener built into the wooden stand.

Buy it: Amazon

4. AmazonBasics Eight-Piece Steak Knife Set (4.4 Stars); $22

A set of steak knives from Amazon.
Amazon

This set of simple yet dependable knives is what you'll want to have on hand to get you through barbecue season. Each one is made from a single piece of stain-resistant steel, and according to Amazon, you won’t need to worry about sharpening the micro-serrated part of the blade.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Set of Four Dalstrong Knives (4.7 Stars); $90

A set of steak knives.
Dalstrong/Amazon

After you cook your perfect steak, make sure you have the proper tools to enjoy it with. Dalstrong’s knives are made from high-carbon German steel and will stay sharp long after their first use.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Mercer Culinary Genesis Steak Knife, Serrated Edge (4.8 Stars); $14

A knife from Mercer Culinary.
Mercer Culinary/Amazon

Mercer Culinary makes knives for professional chefs and home cooks alike. Its santoprene handle allows for a comfortable grip, while its carbon-forged steel blade is rust-resistant.

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7. Wüsthof Eight-Inch Chef’s Knife (4.8 Stars); $165

A knife from Wüsthof.
Wüsthof/Amazon

Wüsthof has been making knives for over 200 years, and this sturdy chef's knife can be put through the wringer without worrying about quick wear and tear.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Utopia Kitchen 8-Inch Chef Knife (4.4 Stars); $9

A chef's knife from Utopia Kitchen.
Utopia Kitchen/Amazon

This rust-resistant stainless-steel knife is one you’ll want to have on hand. It's built to cut through large food items but you can also use it to mince or finely chop smaller ones. And with such a low price point, it's great to pick up if you're just looking to practice the basics before moving on to something more advanced.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Victorinox 10-Inch Swiss Classic Chef’s Knife (4.8 Stars); $40

A Victorinox knife.
Victorinox/Amazon

Victorinox has been around for over 130 years, and their versatile chef’s knife lets you put your slicing and dicing skills to the test. It has a tapered edge which allows you to get the perfect angle, while its razor-sharp blade can cut through pretty much anything a recipe might throw your way.

Buy it: Amazon

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

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