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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 4th, 2015
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    Magic: The Gathering is a game that, I’d be fair to say, that most of us have played. I know it was the game that I began with. I.E. – it was my “Gateway drug” to gaming. Back then, Snow-Covered Land didn’t do anything special. Oh Ice Age, such an interesting set.
    But anyway, enough of my trip down memory lane. Arena of the Planeswalkers, the board game based on Magic: The Gathering, is now available.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 4th, 2015
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    Hey there everyone. Welcome to Saturday. Hopefully you’re having a good day. If you missed it, be sure to check out the Age of Sigmar rules that Games Workshop posted.
    If you’re in the US and you’re celebrating Independence Day, be sure to be careful with those fireworks.

    I’m taking a moment from the cooking that I’m doing. What am I making? Well, I’ve got hamburgers and hot dogs that I’ll have later. I’m going to make some crawfish gumbo. On the sweet side of things, I’m making cheesecake with strawberry glaze and then chip’n’mint cookies.

    But that’s as may be. At the moment, we’ve got our Review Roundup.

    This weeks reviews/previews include: Unleashed RPG, Spyfall, Cockroach Poker Royal, Specter Ops, Ember: Shadow of the Demon, Star Realms: Crisis Expansion, Tuscany, Patrol Angis, Don’t Be That Guy, and Swords and Bagpipes.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 4th, 2015
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    Well, it’s the 4th of July and Britain has sent the US a present. That being Games Workshop has posted up the rules for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar on their website, for free, along with all the Warscrolls (I.E. – the unit rules) for all the armies. I’ve mentioned recently how game companies are more and more embracing the “free rules online” method, so you can see how a game works before you buy it. Well, Games Workshop has jumped into that bandwagon. What do you all think?
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    It’s generally not a good idea to poke the sleeping bear that is Russia. Historically, very few forces were able to conquer this large territory. It’s usually a combination of a harsh winter and the fact that they have quite a large population that they can throw at an enemy that does it. Now Battlefront lets you bring that population to the battlefields of Flames of War with their plastic Strelkovy box.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    You’d think it were Christmas with all the special deals going on right now. Well, I guess “Christmas in July” is sort of a thing. Spartan Games is joining in on the fun with their new Dystpian Legions Box Set Offers over in their webshop. If you’ve been interested in the game, but hadn’t thought of a good time to start, now just might be it.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    With the Zombicide: Black Plague Kickstarter campaign winding down (or winding up, depending on how you look at it, with all the unlocks expected in the next couple days), you might have forgotten about the original Zombicide game. Maybe the Medieval form isn’t quite for you. Maybe you prefer the present-day zombie-hacking. That’s perfectly fine. To help out with that, CMON has a new set of releases for the classic version of the game up on their website.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    In this day and age, with so many miniatures games out there (heck, just so many games total), it’d take a millionaire to be able to buy all of them to find out how they play. Thankfully, some companies put the rules for their games up online for free. Mantic’s been doing that with Kings of War since the beginning. So what’s the point of this post, then? Well, the new edition of Kings of War is also going to be posted for free, and it’s going to be done before the game is released.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    Friday!
    Time to let your hair down, get together with some friends, and hopefully get some gaming in.

    As usual, we’ve got some bite-sized stories we’ve collected together over the past couple days and serve them to you now.

    In this batch we have: AMP Adventures Collection Available Now, Res Publica by Reiner Knizia returns This Summer, Rebel Minis Releases Earth Force Kodiak Class Battlesuits, Dave Chalker’s Top 10 Tips When Negotiating Contracts, New Perk Added To Another World Indiegogo campaign, Kromlech New Release – Legionary Jump Pack, New Front Arc Marker Released by Tabletop-Art, ClearHorizon Miniatures Releases the 28mm Nemesis Light Strike Vehicle, Club Fantasci Interviews Karl Fenner of Common Man Games About Police Precinct: Uplift, Veil Fall Dark Future Horror Miniatures Kickstarter By Erebus Studios Running Now, and Victrix Ltd 28mm Napoleonic French Artillery – slight delay.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    Well, for those of us here in the US, it’s time for a good, old-fashioned BBQ. And what good, old-fashioned BBQ would be complete if it weren’t for some cow meat on the grill? Well, I might suggest not trying to eat one of these new Dark Age releases from CMON. Instead, you can put them down on the table and cause some havoc.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    There’s a lot of board games coming out lately that have some very pretty miniatures with them (recently being the last couple years, mind you). Many people just leave the figures in the colored plastic they come in. But others really want the board game to look as good as a miniatures game. So they take a lot of time and effort painting them up. Well, Flying Frog Productions wants to award those that take this extra step. They’re having themselves a painting contest at Gen Con for their Shadows of Brimstone game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    The Wild West. It’s hard to get more “American” than the wide-open spaces of the prairie. The time right after the Civil War when men were men and women were men, too, holds a lot of nostalgia for Americans. Much of our imagery of “what it is to be an American” comes from that time and place. So it seems only right that the guys at Outlaw Miniatures would have a big sale for the 4th of July.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    The end is near! … Really, there’s only 3 days left in the Zombicide: Black Plague Kickstarter. But CMON and Guillotine Games aren’t just sitting back, resting. Oh no, it’s a sprint to the end, as they give it their all, adding even more to the campaign. This time around it’s another guest artist box. Also, cards can sometimes get ornery, so there’s a little gizmo to keep them all together.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    Ares Magazine is running a Kickstarter. No, it’s not for more issues of the magazine. This is for High Frontier. More specifically, it’s for the 3rd edition of High Frontier. And no, before you make jokes, it’s not about the legalization of certain substances in Colorado and Washington. This is about space ship construction and resource rights in space. Just make sure you bring enough water. It not only will quench your thirst, but will also be what powers your rockets to the stars (or, really, the other planets and asteroids and stuff).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Jul 3rd, 2015
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    Customizing Space Marines… It’s a pretty popular thing to do. After all, there are so many different chapters out there, all with different rules of some form, that distinguishing one from another can be tough. A squad of Tac. Marines could be used just about anywhere as they are, but if you want your force to stand out, doing a bit to distinguish them could go a long way. As such, Forge World is once more helping out with some customization pieces. In this case, it’s Alpha Legion heads and torsos.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Painting
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    The reboot. While some people say it’s the death of Hollywood, sometimes the new version is better than the previous. It’s got the same elements as the original, but with some new ideas behind it. Well, 7TV from Crooked Dice is getting a reboot. The new beta version is up online and you can check it out for free.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    Every year, the NOVA Open holds their Charity Raffle. This year is certainly no different. You can now purchase tickets for your chance to one of these Warhammer 40k armies. This year’s prizes are a Sons of Orar Space Marines force and an Alaitoc Eldar force. Over 20 miniature artists from around the world put time into the project. There’s special detail from the top of these figures heads down to below their feet (Secrete Weapon Miniatures even made special bases for the figures). And to make sure the figures get to the table safe, KRMulticase is providing transport cases for them.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Job Opportunity
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    Seems it’s the hiring season for game companies. We’ve had Fantasy Flight Games and Warlord Games looking for new team members. Now it’s Mantic’s turn. They’re on the lookout for a new Graphic Designer. Personally, I can’t draw a stick figure without 6 weeks of lead-time and a drafting machine, so you don’t have to worry about beating my application out for the spot.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    Welcome once again to the Terrain Corner, where we collect together articles we’ve come across over the past couple days that deal with making your gaming table look the best it can. That coffee mug and stack of books won’t cut it anymore. You need to get some real terrain out there. Or at least, a good mat.

    In this batch of terrain articles we have: More Scale Comparisons for Manorhouse Workshop’s Underground Terrain, New Heroic Maps – Iron Peak Mine, and New Russian “Warzone40k”: battle boards for wargames.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    Having a game that you can just get out at just about any point and play in just about any space is a good thing. You never know when you might find yourself with some time and feel like playing a game while you wait for something else to happen. Be it another game of something that takes longer to play, or for the rest of your adventuring party to arrive, or if you’re in line at the DMV.
    Well, The Adventure Quest Card Game from Trilogames is just such a game that you can have on-hand for such an occasion. Games are as quick as 8 minutes.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    As a Game Master, sometimes you need a one-shot adventure. Whether it’s just that you haven’t had time to plan the next epic saga for your players, or that your players aren’t quite the right level yet and so they’d be TPK’ed if they went into your next planned dungeon, or maybe you’re trying to introduce new players to the game and want something pre-created to help out. Whatever the reason, they’re handy things to have around. Wyrd knows this and has created their new Penny Dreadful One Shots line of adventures for Through the Breach.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    Today we’re taking a look at Scoundrel Society, a new card game by Action Phase Games (they’re the guys behind Heroes Wanted). In the game, you play as a guild of professional conmen (and conwomen) who have gathered together for their yearly “game.” What’s the game? Well, to pick some rich sucker with more dollars than sense and then proceed to rob them of anything that’s not nailed down. However, it’s not just a smash and grab operation. You have to be careful about what you take because someone has to lose the game, and that person’s going to have a lot of time to think about what they’ve done while sitting in prison.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    An initial version of a game, while it may be playtested extensively and been in development for years, may not always be the perfect game that designers had hoped for. Things crop up that weren’t an issue initially. Rules interact differently than originally intended. That’s what happens when you go from a playtest group of a couple dozen (maybe. Some are even smaller than that), to hundreds and hundreds as people the world over try your game. That’s where a new edition comes in. Well, a new edition of Mantic’s Kings of War is coming out and they wanted to let you know what you can expect.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Job Opportunity
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    Warlord Games is hiring. Do you like their games? Do you like to talk about Warlord Games’ games? Are you a motivated individual? Would you go to a bean-eating movie with George Wendt?
    Skip that last one.
    If you’ve been looking for a way to break into the gaming industry, this might just be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 2nd, 2015
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    Ah, getting product in so you can send it back out again. “Shipping” has almost become a dirty word in our hobby, because it seems that’s the place things can go the most-wrong. That’s not actually the case, as there’s a lot of places where things can get a little mucked up, but during shipping is one of the most-visible parts of a Kickstarter campaign. Backers have waited for a long time and their stuff is almost there, and yet there’s still a wait. Well, Iello has some good news about shipping for Heroes of Normandie and Shadows Over Normandie backers.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    Under the sea.
    *dodges things being thrown at me as people now have that song stuck in their head*
    Hey! Hey! I’m not talking about some Jamaican Crustacean here. I’m talking about Rivals: Masters of the Deep, a new board game that’s up on Kickstarter where two rival groups fight below the waves for control of the rare and highly valuable mineral, Unobtainium… I mean UnderAether. But the depths of the Lurk (as the ocean is called) are a dangerous place. It’s not just your opponents you have to be watchful for, but also the various creatures that live down there and sudden currents that can sweep you away.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Magazine/webzine
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    Well, maybe you prefer your magazines to be more painting-centric than Mantic-centric (it happens). Perhaps you want to delve even deeper into the world of sculpting and painting miniatures. If that’s the case, you’ll probably want to check out Figure Painter Magazine. Issue 26 of that publication is now available for you to check out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Magazine/webzine
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    Most fans are content to just play the games they love. Others will actively learn all they can and talk about the game with others. Even others will make podcast shows about those games. And then there’s the ones that go out of their way to make a magazine based on their favorite games. Having been involved with making magazines and knowing what sort of work goes into one, yeah, I can say those fans might be some of the most dedicated. Anyway, Ironwatch issue 35 is now available.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    We’re halfway there, ladies and gentlemen. Halfway to the weekend. If you haven’t started making plans, now would be a good time. For those of you in the US, the 4th of July is Saturday. I’m sure cookouts will abound. And if you’re at one, why not bring along a game or two to play? There’s plenty of party games that would be most welcome at just about any gathering.
    For me? I’m going to keep things low-key this weekend. I had two rather busy weekends in a row. So this weekend I’m going to stay at home and cook. What am I going to cook? … I’ve not figured that out yet. Suggestions would be welcome (and any accompanying recipes also welcome).

    But as for right now, it’s time for some bite-sized stories.

    This batch includes: Fury is funded with 24 day left, Some More Installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New 32mm Resin bases (Tomb, Urban & Sci-fi Deck) from Dark Art Miniatures, Armorcast’s 4th Annual Cinematic Effects Contest is Here, Apex TDBG Expansion Kickstarter is now EU Friendly, Club Fantasci Editorial: Kickstarter Press Releases and Free Promotion, Old Dominion Gameworks posts Post Captain Bonus Ship files, Vending Bot free for July at The Ion Age, and Bullets & Brains Tokens Now Available from Sally 4th.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    All of us have things we’d like to do, or have done, to alter how we look and are capable of. Whether you work out, get tattoos, or even just pierce your ears, there’s things we do that can shape how we’re perceived or the various abilities we have. Well, in the world of Shadowrun, there’s a lot more options for body modification. Granted, since it’s all futuristic and stuff, it’s a bit more elaborate than what’s available now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    Theeeeeeere’s a bad moon on the rise.
    Or, for those that like misheard lyrics, “Theeeeeeeeere’s the bathroom on the right.”
    I wouldn’t go out tonight… instead, you can stay in and play the new adventure for the Iron Kingdoms RPG from Privateer Press. The adventure’s titled Bad Moon Rising. And in a world where werewolves are not-all-too-uncommon, I’d say that if something called the “bad moon” where anywhere near around, going out is bound to take your life.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    Red Duke Games has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for Numinous, their new card game where you’re looking to collect creatures from all throughout mythology. Capture the most points worth of monsters and show that you’re the greatest monster hunter of them all.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    Mierce Miniatures has some pretty cool looking figures. But let’s be fair, some of them can get to be a bit expensive. While resin gives you some really awesome detail on your figures, it’s not the cheapest thing around. And since Mierce’s figures tend to be pretty big, getting one can put a big dent in your gaming budget. Well, the fellows over there feel your pain. As such, they’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going that looks to bring some of their figures over to pewter production.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 1st, 2015
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    There’s less than a week left in the Zombicide: Black Plague Kickstarter campaign. That generally means that we’re about to see a big ramp up in backers and pledges, which means more unlocks and add-ons are coming. But that’s not to say that there’s been no action in the past couple days. Oh no, sir. There’s still been plenty going on.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jun 30th, 2015
    1 Comment
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    ‘Merika.
    Land of the free. Home of the brave.
    Independence Day is coming up. It’s time to celebrate with some BBQ cookouts, some fireworks, and some miniatures gaming.
    To help out with that last one, GameCraft Miniatures is having themselves a sale.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jun 30th, 2015
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    Some say that various famous guitar players made a deal with the devil in order to get their almost-mythical skills. And lord knows there are plenty of conspiracy theories around various celebrities. Well, what if at least one of those stories was true? War Stories: The Call, a new setting enhancement book for Contagion Second Edition lets you know what could happen if that was the case.
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