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    By Polar_Bear
    In Arcadia Quest
    Aug 2nd, 2015
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    Saturday was everything one would expect from Gen Con. The hallways were certainly filled with gamers, geeks, and nerds of all type. All sorts of awesome things were happening. Too many to just have still photos cover it all. Thankfully, there’s video, and CMON has a Day 3 video wrap-up they’re showing off.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 1st, 2015
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    Gen Con is full of exciting announcements. The latest comes to us from Jasco Games. They have just announced that they will be making games based on two very popular anime series (and one of them is one of my two personal favorites). Dragonball Z and Cowboy Bebop will soon be coming to your tabletop.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Arcadia Quest
    Aug 1st, 2015
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    The CMON booth was once again a big hive of activity. The World of Smog: On Her Majesty’s Service and The Grizzled joined Blood Rage from the day before as sell-outs at the show. People are simply gobbling up these games like crazy. (personal note: I love The Grizzled. I tried it out at CMON Expo last month and really need to get a copy for myself sometime soon)
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 31st, 2015
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    Day 2 is about to be in the books (as it’s only got about 15min. left and then I’m going to go to sleep). It was quite a wild and busy Friday. The frantic-ness of Thursday turned into a more calm, but no less busy Friday. Everyone was buzzing about the games that they’d picked up the day before or tried overnight.

    I, of course, once more made my rounds of the place and got some galleries of photos over on the TGN Facebook page.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 31st, 2015
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    About a month ago, I was digging through Netflix for something to watch when I saw that they had the original Conan movie. Right then and there, I knew what I was going to be doing for the next couple hours. The characters and world are so iconic, especially to nerds and gamers (of which I fit into both categories), it’s almost impossible not to love them. We’ve had some cool Conan games come around recently, and Pulposaurus Entertainment is looking to answer the riddle of steel and add theirs to the list. Conan: Rise of Monsters is now up on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Arcadia Quest
    Jul 31st, 2015
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    Gen Con is fully underway now. The first day went by in a flash. The energy in the air was palpable. Everyone I’ve talked to agrees that this year is much busier than last. When the doors open, there’s a huge rush as all the eager gamers head to the various booths in order to get the latest and greatest. One booth that attracted a lot of attention was CMON’s. With lots of new games available for the first time, the line quickly wrapped around the whole double-booth that they have.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 31st, 2015
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    Summer is a time of fun in the sun, beaches, outdoor activities, and wacky adventures.
    For a short while, then you end up sunburned and realize it’s 110 in the shade and are like, “man, I just need to get in to my hobby tables!”
    Dark Art Studio is helping you get some new figures to work on with their Summer Sale, happening now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Jul 31st, 2015
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    Everyone likes to personalize their army, but not everyone wants to have to green stuff their own special torsos, helmets, or shoulder pads. That’s where Forge World steps in with their upgrade kits. In this case, if you’ve got a White Scars force and you want to add a little flair to your bike-riding baddies, you can use these to make them more your own.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 31st, 2015
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    Day 1 of Gen Con has been an absolute whirlwind. It feels like 3 days have already gone by. But no, it’s just one. The show is a great time to sit down with some of the game companies in attendance and find out what they’ve been working on. One that I’ve been visiting a couple years in a row has been Justin Gary, the President of Stone Blade Entertainment (SBE). Ascension is on of my favorite games and one that I play most-often. So it’s always great to try and pry bits of information about what’s coming up for it. But it’s not just Ascension this year from Stone Blade. We’ve got Bad Beets. Not only did I get a little info about the game, I got a full demo. Check out below to see how the game plays.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    I love getting expansions for board games. I love it because you can have a game that you love, but has maybe stopped stretching your mind, challenge-wise, or perhaps you feel things have gotten a little stale. You think the game is fun and you enjoy playing, but you just wish there was … more. Well, obviously that’s what an expansion is. And for those of you that play the Mage Knight board game, Wizkids is happy to announce that their Shades of Tezla expansion set is now available.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    Gaming is certainly a worldwide phenomenon. You can go to any country and find people spending their free time by playing games. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet gotten that “one world language” thing down yet. And not everyone knows how to speak every language. So sometimes you can have a really awesome game, but people won’t be able to play it because they can’t read it. Well, Historical Games Factory is looking to release some of the expansions for their Theomachie card game, and they’ve taken to Spiele Offensive in order to get them funded.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    While Mantic posts their rules for free online, there’s no “bells and whistles” to what you get in that free packet. For those that like the extra fluff about the various races and units, there’s the full Digital Edition of the rulebook. Pre-orders for those have begun over on the Mantic site.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    I’ve mentioned before that I love to see a Kickstarter campaign fund successfully and then eventually make it so the products are available to the general public. Geek Fever Games’ Mars vs. Earth card game is one such success story. If you missed out on the original campaign, it is now available through The Game Crafter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    Gen Con is a place where a lot of companies make a lot of big announcements. Some are things we’ve heard rumors of before. Others are just sort of out of the blue. This is the second category. Granted, being surprised by something like this doesn’t mean it’s bad, of course. This is pretty awesome news, as Plaid Hat Games will be joining up with the F2Z Entertainment group.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    Wow! Gen Con got off to quite a start this morning! Seemed no sooner than I was awake than I was down at the hall looking over some things when Boom! The doors were opened! It was quite a mad rush in the hall. I don’t know actual numbers, but several people I talked with and I all agreed that this year seems even busier than last (and that was a record-setting year for attendance).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    With the drive to Indy yesterday, I obviously didn’t have much of a chance to make posts (and no, trying to type in the car all day was not an option. I would’ve gotten all the carsick). So today I bring you both the Midweek Snippets and today’s Terrain Corner together again in one place.

    In this batch of bite-sized articles and terrain stories we have: DLD Productions website now open, Web-Based RPG Toolset City of Brass Opens, New Releases Available from Hitech Miniatures, Pondemonium! A free print’n’play boardgame or 3D wargame, Now available – Ruins of Sanctuary 30mm RL deal (20x bases) and 40mm RL deal (8x bases), PK-PRO – Aetztech new etched brass, Werewolf Tokens Up On Kickstarter, Wheel of Flame Gaming Candles Up On Kickstarter, New Warthrone approved army list: Skaven from Warhammer, Free PDF at The Ion Age: Shia Khan Empire in Patrol Angis, Brigade Models – new 15mm SF Buildings, New Manorhouse Workshop Pre-painted – Tabletop Terrain, Some more installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Kromlech New Release – Legionary Pistols, and Icarus Miniatures Preview The Gunslinger.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    Though I am half-German and half-Irish, I’ve never been one for drinking any kind of alcohol. So if one were to find me in a Biergarten, it’d be of the variety that Steamboat Gothic has currently up on Kickstarter. It’s their new tile-laying game that is all about a casual afternoon in the mountains with a tall stein of some frosty, frothy beverage.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    I love Asian culture. Just the other day I found a whole bunch of Stephen Chow movies on Netflix that I’d never seen. I was in 7th heaven. Out of the Dark is hilarious as hell. I highly recommend it. And while it doesn’t involve a ghost-indicating plant, the newest Kensei releases from Zenit Miniatures certainly have Asian influence (duh!). The latest models are now available over in their webshop.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    You’ve hopefully seen some of the photos I posted from the Spartan Games display yesterday. If not, go check them out. If you have, what’d you think? Halo has made it to the tabletops with The Fall of Reach starter. Now, Spartan has started taking pre-orders for some more Halo goodies, as well as some releases for a few of their other games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    Morgajel goes underground with this release. The Player’s Guide for The Ronden Marr is now available for purchase. No matter what system you want to use, you can add this book to your campaign, as it’s system-free. There are a lot of deep and dark places underground. There’s lot of really interesting flora and fauna to find… some might even not try and eat you!
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 30th, 2015
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    Harebrained Schemes has announced their new project that they are going to be bringing to Kickstarter. It’s one that certainly I’m interested in. I spent many, many hours playing Mechwarrior 2 when I was younger. Some songs I listen to now, I still think back to those days, since I listened to them a lot while playing. Now, Battletech is back in a new turn-based battle game. I can’t wait!
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 29th, 2015
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    The time has come.
    Gen Con is here… well, ok, it technically starts tomorrow, but there’s already a bunch going on at the show. I’ve been up since way too early this morning in order to ride up here from Atlanta. I had some time looking around the Vendor’s Hall during set up and managed to snag a few photos.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    A new Games Workshop video game is now available on iOS. Warhammer: Arcane Magic lets players be in charge of a a cadre of wizards in the Warhammer universe, as you look to defeat enemy wizards using powerful spells, a bit of luck, and Arcane Fulcrums (character-specific spells of great power).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    Yes! More about Gen Con! It’s the greatest 4 days in gaming! Of course there’s more to talk about! This time, it’s Mantic. Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    As if there weren’t already enough going on at Gen Con, there’s yet more to find out about. Hey, knowing early lets you plan, and going to Gen Con without a plan means you’ll end up missing out on quite a lot of things. Anyway, Syrinscape’s got some really cool things they’ll be doing at the show, and you’re invited to help out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    Another month, another set of Darklands miniatures from Mierce Miniatures is available. You may not be able to pronounce most of the names (and thank god for copy/paste instead of trying to remember and type them back out again), but you still may want to use these new figures on your tabletop.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    Tuesday is here once more. I’m doing some last-minute laundry before packing. I know a few of you are on your way already to Gen Con. Heck, some of you are already there! *is a little jealous* I’m heading out early in the morning. The 10 hour drive is always… umm… fun?

    Good thing I’ve got a couple podcasts I can listen to along the way.

    This week we’ve got: Tales of Malifaux #9, Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 182, and Adeptus Infernus 025 .

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    I’ll often see Kickstarter campaigns that don’t make it to their funding goal the first time through. And you know, a lot of people will say, “that’s it. We didn’t make it. It’s over.” But honestly, that doesn’t have to be the case. Not everything is going to be a success the first time out. But if you take the time to check over your game and give it some tweaks, listen to feedback from the first round of backers, and can reconfigure how your campaign page looked to explain your product better, there’s a good chance that not only will your second campaign fund, but it’ll go far and beyond what you’d hoped for. That is hopefully the case for The 8th Day, which has relaunched on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    I grew up in the Midwest. I knew what a tornado siren sounded like, as I’d heard it on a regular basis. At least a couple times each summer they’d go off, as a summer supercell storm would roll through. Though I never had any of my houses destroyed by a tornado, I’d seen my fair share of funnel clouds and occasionally some shingles would get blown off. The storms are actually something that I miss. Living here in Atlanta, we don’t get summer storms anything like we did in St. Louis or Manhattan (Kansas, not New York). Though apparently the worst storm I’ve been through is nothing like the one bearing down on the land of Joro, as this one might just wipe civilization off the map. Such is the story behind Stormweavers.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    Many heroes have come and gone over the ages. They are bright, shining points in the darkness, but they fade out. Well, when the darkness rallies and looks to engulf everything, many lights must be used. Heroes must be brought back from the dead in order to turn the tide and make sure that good and light prevail. Such is the story in Sword & Sorcery, a new cooperative board game by Gremlin Project and Ares Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    Calliope Games may be working on their Titan Series of games, but that’s not the only games project they’re working on. They’ve just announced a new game that they’ll be showing off at Gen Con. For this one, grab your striped shirt and black mask, you take on the role of thieves.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 28th, 2015
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    Alternate History is an interesting genre. In ways, you could see a lot of Steampunk as an alternate history sort of thing. Weird War II is another that’s pretty popular. Dreamlord Press has created a new alternate history role playing game. Written by Davide Pignedoli, City of Judas gives a new spin on the Crusades and introduces us to a Jerusalem infiltrated by the Cult of Judas.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 27th, 2015
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    Sometimes you just need a facelift. I’ve been watching a lot of Kitchen Nightmares lately (because why not?) and seen a lot of restaurants that needed their look updated (good lord some of those looked terrible). The same can be said for websites. Let’s face it, website decor goes through phases (how about those old Geocities sites, eh?) and you need to keep up with the “hip, modern trends.” (lord knows we just updated a little under a year ago) Wyrd has done just that with their website.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 27th, 2015
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    You’ve heard of Deck-Builder games and Deck Construction games. Shuffle Heroes is a bit of a different animal when it comes to such things. In the game, you draft two heroes and shuffle them together to create your special set of cards for play. Then, during the game, your opponent can destroy cards out of your deck, meaning with each reshuffle, you’ve got fewer options. But don’t worry, you’re doing the same thing to your opponent. They call it “Deck Destruction.”
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 27th, 2015
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    It just wouldn’t be Gen Con without Randall and Catalyst Game Labs in attendance. As they have for the past… lots of years, they will once more be at the show and they’re gonna be packed with cool stuff to see and do at booths 417, 413, 509, and 617.
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