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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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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    We started the day with some news about super heroes, why not keep that going here at the end of the day (as well as rolling along the Year of New Editions)? The folks over at Monkey House Games are running a Kickstarter for Villains and Vigilantes: Mighty Protectors (aka – 3rd edition).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    I’ve had my fair share of history tests over the years (I do have a degree in the subject, after all). And yes, for some of those tests, I didn’t study nearly as much as I should’ve. I certainly did wish I’d had access to a time machine. If nothing else, I’d go and study a bit more and then come back, but going back to the events in question could’ve also worked. And that’s just what you’re doing in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Board Game, now available from Steve Jackson Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    ReadWriteRoll is a new tabletop RPG. Well, it’s more like a set of rules to help you collectively tell stories with friends. All RPGs are basically that, but ReadWriteRoll is a lot more slimmed down in terms of rules, which lets the storytelling really come to the forefront. So if you’re looking for a way to help guide collective storytelling, it might just be the book for you.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    Well, as always happens, we’re back to Monday. I hope you had a good weekend, full of gaming. My Saturday certainly was. Guild Ball, Wizard, Apples to Apples. Good times (especially when you win 12-0 in Guild Ball 😉 ). So, while there wasn’t much in the way of terrain being used, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still talk about terrain now. And so we will.

    In today’s Terrain Corner we have: Deep-Cut Studio releases new gaming mat for Dropzone Commander and City Ruins: Pwork Wargames Sci-Fi Gaming Mat Now Available.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    Gen Con tends to be the big show that sees a lot of new releases for gamers here in the States. Essen is much the same thing for those of you gamers who are over in Europe. The show is rapidly approaching, and Z-Man games has posted up what sort of releases they’ll have with them at the show.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Kings Of War
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    Warehouses are not infinite in size. They can, and often do, get filled up with things. This can be a problem when you’ve got a bunch of new, cool things you need to store in it. Mantic is running into that problem. Their warehouse is full, but they’ve got a bunch of new games on their way. That means they need to make some room. That’s good news for you.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    This message is brought to you by the Eagle Hand Laundry. If your eagle’s hands are dirty, we’ll wash ’em clean.
    WashingCon is not a convention based on soap and showers and loofahs. No, it’s about gaming (though that doesn’t excuse people from practicing good hygiene at the show). It’s coming to Washington, DC. in a couple weeks. Will you be there?
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    A new RPG will be making its way to your tabletops soon. It’s Bloody Quest and it’s… well… bloody. For lots of other RPGs, you take some hits, and maybe even get KO’ed for a while (in D&D terms, “hit negative numbers”), but if you get some healing you’re just fine and right as rain in the morning. Not so with Bloody Quest, where you can end up carrying around scars, or other such, of your encounters.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 22nd, 2016
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    The folks over at Knight Models have a couple new releases for their Marvel Universe Miniatures Game. So while we’re waiting for more looks at the upcoming Suicide Squad figures, you can still get some new superhero action on your gaming table.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 20th, 2016
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    Hey there, everyone. We’ve once more made it to The Weekend. Isn’t it just grand? As you’re reading this, I’m hanging out at my friend’s Library, playing some games. It’s a good time had by all.

    But that’s me. As for you, you’re here to check out some game reviews. So let’s get to it.

    Today we have: Ice Cool, Game of Trains, Sprue Grey: Wargame Hobby Magazine – The Golden D6 Tutorial Issue Six, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, Gloobz, Sushi Go Party!, 13 Days, Junk Art, Lotus, Beyond Baker Street, Rise of Man: Stone Age, and Quarto.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    Ah, the Tactical Marine. The Swiss Army Knife of the 40k world. Pretty much every Space Marine player, as well as quite a few Chaos players, will have a couple units of them around. But with all those players using basically all the same figures, what’s to keep them apart? Well, Forge World is here to help, as they’re taking orders for dozens of new Legion Tactical Squads in their webshop from all sorts of different chapters.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    Wrath of Kings: Rising Conflicts will be releasing soon. With it will be plenty of new things to add to your forces. But this is more looking back on old releases, but in a new way. Since the game’s release, thousands of gamers have played probably a couple hundred-thousand games of Wrath of Kings. Even the most thorough playtesting regimen can’t compare, and so certain things might be found that weren’t found originally. Well, those cracks have been filled in and a new version of the rulebook, as well as the various stat cards and motivations have been updated on the game’s website.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    Well, I’m sure a lot of you out there have seen the new Suicide Squad movie. And love it or hate it, it’s certainly gotten people talking about the group. The folks over at Knight Models have certainly been thinking a lot about them. They’ve got their Batman Miniatures Game, after all. They’ve posted up a teaser preview about the upcoming set.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    We’ve made it, everyone. We’re into Friday. Just gonna finish up the day and we’ll be into the weekend. The end is in sight (and it’s not just a freight train at the end of the tunnel… … … I hope). But if we’re going to have a weekend full of gaming (as I hope to have), we’ll need to fuel up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    On today’s platter we have: Spartan Games Running Summer Survey, Norse Foundry Running Wondrous Dice Kickstarter, Dice Coins Up On Kickstarter, Mage Company Posts Raid & Trade: Bloody Package Scenario, Carrotia Kickstarter Preview Posted, Time Almost Up for Arkham Nights Party Game Pre-Orders, New Space Invader From Brother Vinni, Brigade Models Releases 6mm Hammer’s Slammers Vehicles, and Sally 4th Releases Combat Patrol Unit Record Cards.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    A thousand years ago, the gods and the titans fought for domination. One by one, they fell to each-others attacks. Their blood spilled out all over the ground. In the end, none were left. However, where their blood soaked into the ground, new beings were spawned. Those created from the gods’ blood were creatures of perfection. Those created from the blood were strange and evil. Then there were is the third group, created from a mixing of the two types. They are the bloodless gorgons, half-titan and half-god. Now, the King of Storms’ throne is ready for a new occupant. Only one can take that place. Who will it be?
    That’s the story behind King of Storms, a new gm-less RPG up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    Not every tank has to be bigger and stronger than the last. There’s plenty of tactical room for a smaller, lighter, faster, and more maneuverable tracked vehicle. So, while the Russians might be generally known for looking to build the biggest version of many battlefield weapons, the T-70 tank heads in the other direction. It’s also now available from Warlord Games for your Bolt Action armies.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    There are many iconic ships in the Star Trek universe. While most of us know of the Enterprise (or, at least, one variant or so of the Enterprise, depending on how many different series/movies you’ve watched), there’s also the U.S.S. Voyager. There’s one version of the ship already available, but with all the changes that happened during the run of the show, a single version of the ship is hardly sufficient. So they’re coming out with another.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Sports
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    At Gen Con, Steamforged had all the new mascots for Season II available in limited numbers. I was lucky enough to get my Wrecker and a Tentacles while at the show. If you weren’t able to go, or weren’t able to pick up your minis there, it’s ok. You can order them now over in the webshop. Also, something that wasn’t at the show, the Veteran version of Graves is available.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Job Opportunity
    Aug 19th, 2016
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    You know, the cliche starting jobs that people talk about are, if you’re in a restaurant, you were a dish-washer. If you’re in an office, you start in the mail room. That’s usually said by a chef or an owner or some other high-ranking individual to show that they “paid their dues” down at the bottom before rising to the top. Well, I can’t guarantee that you’ll eventually become the CEO of Warlord Games, but I can say that they’re hiring a Mail Order Dispatch Picker.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 18th, 2016
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    Sandy Peterson is back at it, making another epic board game with lots of high-quality miniatures. It’s sort of a thing he does. And I’m pretty sure we’re all happy that he does it! We’ve seen what he can do with the works of H.P. Lovecraft. This time he’s tackling the writings of Greg Stafford and his Glorantha world. Glorantha: The Gods War is the resulting game, and it’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 18th, 2016
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    Are you the type of RPG player (the video-game kind) that loves to make your way away from the main storyline in order to go find the big, bad monsters that are almost invariably lurking around? Do you love to go and find those super-tough monsters and take them out with a party of fellow hunters? Do you like to test your limits against the most deadly creatures in all the land? If so, then this book might just be for you. It’s called Hunters Mark and it’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Aug 18th, 2016
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    Rokugan is a vast and magical place. Those that have played the Legend of the Five Rings RPG already know this. But what about getting maps of all those cities and lands all put into one place? That’s what you’ll be getting with the Atlas of Rokugan, which will be available next month.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 18th, 2016
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    It’s still really hot here in Atlanta. Personally, with Gen Con being over, it’s “autumn” in my mind. I realize that the official season doesn’t start for a month still, but my grocery store already has Halloween decorations for sale (so, to you that think the Christmas stuff comes out too early, but want Halloween to last a couple months, your wish is being granted). I know I’m ready for falling leaves and cooler temperatures. As it is, though, I’m still hiding out inside, playing games. And as such, I want my gaming tables to look good. Y’know, mimicking the outside world that I refuse to participate in. 😛

    Anyway, in today’s Terrain Corner we have: 6mm Scale “Genatorium” Sci Fi Power Plant available from HoneyBee Works, Heroic Maps release – Abandoned Dwarven Hold & Mines, Maki Games – MUP Modular Underground Plastic Dungeon is coming to KS, The Valley: Pwork Wargames Fantasy Gaming Mat Now Available, Tabletop Cartographer: Large Scale Fantasy Maps Up On Kickstarter, and New Plastic Modular Jersey Barriers 28mm – 1/48th Scale at Armorcast.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Magazine/webzine
    Aug 18th, 2016
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    Just jumping into a painting/modelling project and going at it can be a good way to up your skills. However, if you never learn about new or different techniques, you might continue along as you always have and become stagnant in your abilities. That’s where a good tutorial can come in. You’re given step-by-step instructions about a process you might not have known about before, and as such, your hobby knowledge can grow rather quickly. The folks over at The Golden D6 think it’s good, anyway, and they’ve filled up the 6th issue of their magazine with new tutorials. You can get your copy now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 18th, 2016
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    Andy Hopp has, for quite a while, amused us with his odd drawings of curious creatures. Not too long ago, he came out with an RPG that lets you jump into the skin of one of these oddities and live in their world. Well, like our everyday world, there are religions in the Low Life RPG world. Lots of them, in fact. Holy Crap: The Great Sects Change Operation (which, by the way, I think is a hilariously fun name for a game book) looks to bring all of those religions to your gaming table. And even if you don’t play the game, it’s designed to just be a fun read.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Aug 18th, 2016
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    When you look at it, it’s pretty amazing that modern humans exist at all. Let’s face it, the natural world isn’t what you’d really call “forgiving.” Nope. Stuff is out there ready to straight-up murder your ass and everyone around you. And before we had all these climate-controlled spaces and technology and weapons we had… rocks. Yeah, just rocks. And using those rocks, early humans did some amazing things. It’s that time that you get to recreate in Rise of Man: Stone Age, a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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