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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    We all know I love gaming. Pretty much the only thing that’s better is gaming for a good cause. Celebrity ChariD20 does just that, having worked to raise over $15k playing some fun games with some cool people. Their next event is rapidly approaching. Heck, it’s happening just this Sunday at Meltdown Comics. And you can watch, live.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    I love playing Bards. I really do. They are, by far, my favorite character class to play. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was in band for years in school, even being section leader in Marching Band my senior year of high school (obviously, I peaked early 😛 ). Well, what if, instead of a high-fantasy world, you had an entire post-apocalyptic RPG based around musical conflict? Well, then you’d have Rockalypse, which is billed as, “Scott Pilgrim meets Mad Max, Tank Girl meets Jem, Beat Street meets Buckaroo Banzai, plus FLCL, Brutal Legend, Six-String Samurai, and more.” They’ve got my attention. They’re also up on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    The Var’Lande used to be a very nice elven thorp. However, it would seem as though some goblins have come marauding through there. The citizens have been slain. Some of the children have even been carted off. That would be horrible enough, warranting some adventurers to go avenge the slain and release the children. However, to add to it all, the goblins are looking to raise an ancient evil during the Garnet Gales Aurora. That you’ll definitely want to stop. That’s the story behind Slaughter at Splinterfang Gorge, a new adventure up on Kickstarter for Pathfinder and 5th Ed.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    Well, this week started off well, hit some rocky points near the middle, but it seems like it’s going to end alright. One friend got some good news, and at least things have smoothed out a bit for the rest. Me? I’m just looking to maybe get some gaming in over the next couple days and possibly make some Italian Beef sammiches. But before that’s done, we need to nosh on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    On the platter today we have: Nexus Miniatures Retro-Booster Promotion Happening Now, ZynVaded! EVO Fully Funded, Ice Kingdoms Kickstarter Enters Final Days, and Kromlech New Release: Junk City Resin Bases.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Horror
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    Wyrd’s doing a bit of batch-bundling with their stories, which is alright with me. They’ve got a new issue of their Wyrd Chronicles magazine that you can read over, hopefully escaping from this nasty heat that’s still outside (at least, nasty heat here in Atlanta). They’ve also got a new Penny Dreadful one-shot adventure for the Through The Breach RPG.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    Zombies! Zombies everywhere! But you’re not going to let that ruin your road trip. You’ve been planning it for quite a long time and you’re not going to let something like the apocalypse stop you. You’re California dreamin’. California, here you come. But will you survive all the way out there and be able to dip your toes in the Pacific? That’s the story behind Hit Z Road, now available from Asmodee.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Dice Games
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    I’ve seen what dice-o-philes you people are. The gallery that got liked/shared and commented on the most from Gen Con? Shots of dice. Though those dice were nice, they did have one flaw: You couldn’t change what was on them. Changing dice faces is the key behind Black White Dice, a new game coming from WizKids.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    The worst way to try and get your troops into battle is just having them walk there. Tac. Marines, Terminators, and Dreadnaughts aren’t known for breaking any land speed records, and they’re vulnerable to enemy fire as they approach. Sure, there’s Rhinos and Land Raiders, but those only hold a relatively small squad of guys. If you really want to get a bunch of Marines to where you need them, you might want to check out the Mastodon Heavy Transport.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Aug 26th, 2016
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    Watch The History Channel for a couple days, an undoubtedly you’ll see some sort of program about strange, occult things that the Nazis were researching during WWII. Or just go watch/read Hellboy. Basically the same thing, but only one has Ron Perlman. Anyway, in the alternate-history world of Konflikt ’47, those occult searches yielded some good results, some of which you can see in the new releases available from Warlord Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    You gotta eat. And if you’re a rabbit in Carrotia, you eat carrots (of course!). Unfortunately, carrot stocks are low. So you’ve gotta head out into the woods to gather more. But there are birds swirling over head, looking to pounce on an unsuspecting bunny. You must head out and collect the carrots, then get back to town as quickly and carefully as possible. That’s the story behind Carrotia, the new board game by Mage Company, up on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    What’s with all the fighting? – Dr. Zoidberg
    Lotus Dimension is a little bit different in terms of an RPG. Sure, other games have been set in a near-future world. Sure, other games can let you play characters like hackers, mystics, parkour specialists (well, not too many let you play the last one, really). Sure, other games involve portals to other realms. But how many other games are based on the tenets of non-violence, such as peaceful protests, historical peaceful leaders, and philosophical practices? Yeah, not so many of those.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    I have to admit, I was really kinda hoping today was going to be Friday when I woke up. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with Thursday. It’s just that… well… it’s not Friday, is it? It’ll be ok, though. We’ll get to Friday soon enough (that’s not soon enough!). Before we get there, we’ve gotta finish today, though. That includes making your gaming tables look as good as possible.

    In today’s Terrain Corner we have: Pwork Wargames Fantasy Gaming Mat Now Available, The Phalanx Consortium Running Neo Tyrannis Cityscapes Kickstarter, and Deep-Cut Studio Releases Limited Edition Bubble Nebula Gaming Mat.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    In the world of Pythos, the gods are wild and fickle. It is said that mortals can’t really ever grasp the intentions of a god, and these gods certainly seem to try and live up to that. This can lead to odd religions with self-conflicting beliefs. But even as the gods often confound the humans, there’s also the titans to reckon with. Bigger than even the largest god, they are believed to be living embodiments of the elements. Then there’s the mortals, who are as diverse as you can image. That’s the world of Pythos.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    Seems that Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper are hot items in gaming right now. We’ve had a couple stories on them lately. This time around it’s Fearlight Games that’s releasing a pair of new books for their Baker Street RPG. One involves old Jack, while the other brings in Sherlock’s older, smarter brother.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    Tanks.
    You’re welcome.
    Yeah, I probably used that joke before. Whatever. Tanks, from Gale Force Nine, lets you jump straight to where most of us want to go and puts your tanks versus your opponent’s. Well, they’ve got some new figures coming out in October. One of them is the Jackson, of which we get a look at today.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    I’m not an artist. All I can do is maybe draw flies (old joke). I’ve not even painted any minis in quite some time (really need to fix that soon). So you’d probably not want to try and hire me to put any sort of final touches on art forgeries. Well, unless we’re playing Final Touch, a new game coming out from Asmodee. That I might be able to do. But then again, I might just smudge the thing on purpose so you can’t sell it.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Hordes
    Aug 25th, 2016
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    Many times now you’ve probably read about my love of the 2-player starter box for games. My first foray into miniatures gaming was via a 2-player starter. It’s a great way to rope in… I mean… join in with a friend and have ready-to-play forces (once the glue dries, generally, anyway). Well, with the new edition of Warmachine and Hordes, Privateer Press has come out with new 2-player starters. They also have a new Cryx warjack box available today, too.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    Are you looking for a new sci-fi RPG to play with your gaming group? Well, EN Publishing might have just what you’re looking for with their N.E.W. sci-fi RPG (for you literalists in the audience). It’s always good to see Kickstarter campaigns not only fund, and not only ship, but then be available for the general public. That’s just what we’ve got here. Backers have their versions. Now it’s ready for those that didn’t pledge.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    Every year, famed artist John Kovalic does his bike charity event. In order to raise funds for it, he will make postcards for Munchkin that are 100% game-legal and legit. Pledging to his team during the charity ride is the only way to get ahold of these. Well, the event’s coming up soon, and Mr. Kovalic’s posted up the artwork for this year’s card.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Magazine/webzine
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    Looking at the calendar, it’s still summer (going by Northern hemisphere here, obviously). But, to me and a lot of other people I know, they’re already ready for autumn (hell, my Kroger has Halloween decorations out). So, it seems like it’d be a great time to come out with the Summer/Autumn issue of your magazine, if you were to release them in such a fashion. Irregular Magazine does that, and hey, their latest issue is available.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    The week rolls on. We’re halfway there. The weekend is ever-closer as time marches on, and other sayings of “it’s not yesterday anymore!” It seems people around me are feeling a bit drained. Tuesday wasn’t the best for them, so they’re gonna try and regroup today. Along with that, getting some bite-size gaming stories in their brain will help out, I’m sure. So let’s get to that.

    On today’s platter we have: Jess is done for Purgatory, Men and Monsters of Ethiopia Cardstock Characters Now Available, Final Week For The Lords of Rock On Kickstarter, Triple Ace Games Running Viking Dice Kickstarter, New Kromlech Release: Legionary Frag Launcher, and True 13 and 15 sided Dice now funding on Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions isn’t just for English games. No, any game in any language can be getting themselves a new edition. Take Totenstadt, for example. The game, originally published in German, is getting a second edition. This time around, those of us that speak English can get in on it, as they’ll be making a version in that language, too. They’re up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    It’s getting close to being the final act for Final Act up on Kickstarter. There’s under a week to go. But like a good play, there’s plenty to still see before the curtain falls. In this case, there’s several add-ons now available as well as a new pledge level for the gamer who’s gotta have it all.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    In the beginning, the gods created the Earth. Well, in the real beginning, the got their 4 Gods game out, opened it up, mixed up the tiles, set out the playing space, and got ready. Then they created the Earth. 4 Gods will soon let you build your own world. But, just as there’s rules that govern the physical world we live in, there’s rules for how you can build your world in the game as well. That’s what we get a look at in this preview.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    There’s all sorts of reasons why you might miss out on a Kickstarter. Perhaps you just didn’t have the funds at the time, or you were out of town when the campaign was going and missed the announcement for it, or you’ve since decided you wished you’d been on it. Well, thankfully, many companies will open up to new customers during the Pledge Manager section of the campaign. Cryptozoic has done just that with The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Contest
    Aug 24th, 2016
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    Seems any day a country has their “national day,” Corvus Belli has themselves a giveaway to honor it. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. It’s certainly helping me think about various other countries around the world and their histories. Well, today’s Ukraine Day and, once more, Corvus Belli is giving away a free mini.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    Many of us have a favorite gaming spot. Whether it’s a gaming club, a FLGS, or just a friend’s living room, garage, or basement, there’s the spot where we get together with our fellow gamers to throw down. Well, there’s going to be a new spot available for you to get your gaming on: Mantic’s Gaming Hall. That’s right, Ronnie’s letting you “crash at his place” (metaphorically) and play some games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    Superheroes are kind of a big thing these days. With the rise of both Marvel and DC movie series, people are clamoring for others in bright, spandex suits like never before. Many people want to bring that excitement to their tabletop. Okumarts Games lets you do that with their Save the Day super-powered RPG. But superheroes need supervillains. And that’s just what you’re getting with this pair of releases.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    Pretty much everyone knows Rock, Paper, Scissors. Some even know the extended version with Lizard and Spock thrown in. So a game where certain hand gestures are required shouldn’t be anything new to people. WizKids is getting themselves in on the action with Rock Paper Wizard, a new card game in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    So yeah, while Monday follows the weekend, so does Tuesday follow Monday and we work our way fully into the week. Eventually we’ll swing back around and get to the weekend. Personally, I’m looking to try and do some cooking this weekend. I’ve not really cooked anything major in a while. I need to change that. Also, Guild Ball on Friday, hopefully. So there’s that.

    But before we can get there, we need to finish up what we’ve got going on here. In this case, it’s our Podcast Roundup.

    Today we have: Guild Ball Tonight Episode 43: The Long Con, Singled Out Podcast Episode 12 – Designing Veterans with Jamie Perkins, Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 176 – Honours of War, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 67 Board Game Blitz – Part 1, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 67 Board Game Blitz – Part 2, The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 9: Gen Con 2016, Game Classy 120: Gen Con ’16 Part 1, News of the North – 2016-08-23, Lost Hemisphere Radio ep114: The Gen Con Interviews, Tales of Malifaux 37, Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 213 Gen Con Recap 2016, and Primecast Episode 35.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Dice Games
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    What is it about rolling dice? Just earlier, when thinking about what I wanted to type for a different story, I grabbed some D20 that I keep here at my desk (I’ve also got various D6s) and was just rolling them. It was for no reason at all, just something to do while I thought about what I wanted to type. Most of us love rolling dice. That’s why there’s so many games that involve them. And new games come out all the time that use dice. Take, for example, Rollers, a new dice game from USAopoly.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    I guess the Year of New Editions counts if it’s the first edition of a game. I mean, it’s a new edition, after all. That’s just the case with Aggressor: Recon. It’s a new sci-fi miniatures game that’s available now. Yeah, I know. No Kickstarter for this one. You can go and buy the over-150-page rulebook now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    Goblins. Most gamers are used to coming across packs of them as an initial adventure starting out a campaign. By about level 3, they’re probably not much of a threat anymore (except for those unscrupulous GMs that like to level-advance a whole tribe of them to throw at unsuspecting adventurers). The Dark Hold wants to put goblins front and center where they belong. Rebel Minis is running the Kickstarter campaign that’s going on right now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    Even with just the main box set, Runebound offers a lot of replayability, what with all the different quests that can come up at different times, the different heroes you can be, and the different pieces of equipment you can buy. But, if you’re like me, you want even more variance. That’s where the various expansions come in. The Mountains Rise is one that you can integrate with any scenario you choose to play. And it’s that set we get a preview of today.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    Legacy games grow with you as you play them. When certain conditions are met, you might add stickers to part of the board, write things on certain cards, open up extra packs of cards, or even shred parts of the game and throw them out. SeaFall is a new legacy game coming out from Plaid Hat Games. If you’d like to be the first gamer on your block with it, your time to pre-order is running out. Plaid Hat has also posted up an update about shipping the game.
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