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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 9th, 2017
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    Ok, so I was being a little facetious, saying that we were expecting a Snowpocalypse here in Atlanta, with the little bit of snow that was coming down at the time… but… yeah… we had a bit of a Snowpocalypse. That was the view from my front door last night and it was still much the same this morning. Thankfully, since then, the sun’s come out and much of it is melting. But still… yeah, quite a thing. Good day to stay in and do some gaming. But what games? Well, you can find out what games are like with the Review Roundup!

    This week we have: Villages of Velaria, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Box of Monsters Expansion, Axis & Allies: Anniversary Edition, Wizards Wanted, Braintopia, NMBR9, Ticket to Ride: Germany, Planetarium, Barbarians: The Invasion, Space Race, The Captain is Dead, and Heaven & Ale.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Edgar Allen Poe is one of the world’s great authors. Inventor of the detective novel, he’s more well-known for his study of the macabre. One of his famous stories is Masque of the Red Death. Next year, players will be able to put themselves into the dark narrative, as IDW will be having a Kickstarter for a game based on it. Players will be trying to curry favor with the prince while making sure they don’t end up dead at midnight. Will you be able to survive?
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Even though ninjas never really wrapped themselves in black like we see in pop culture (that was a kabuki theater thing. Ninjas dressed like everyone else so they didn’t stand out), it’s still fun to have ninja figures running around on our battlefields in their iconic look. Well, if you’re a Test of Honour player, you can grab a bunch of different ninja sets for the game. There’s a big set, a blister, and the Dojo Assault bundle.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Games can occasionally need a bit of an update. Mechanics can be smoothed out. Art assets can be redone. Components can get a change in material or quality. In the end, you’ve got an old game that has a new feel to it. For those that are fans of Kingsburg, you’ll be happy to see that there’s a revised edition now available. For those that aren’t fans of Kingsburg, well, here’s a chance for you to possibly become one.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    There’s quite a lot of you out there with Saxon blood in your veins. Now, there can be quite a lot of you with Saxon minis out on your gaming tabletop (and, depending on how careful with your craft knife while cleaning and assembling the figures, you might have your Saxon blood out there as well..). Warlord Games has released some new Saxon Huscarls, as well as various new Saxon Leader sets. Ah yes, back when you could name your kid Leofric and nobody would bat an eyelash.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Apocalypse! Armageddon! The End of Times!
    Yes, it’s lightly snowing here in Atlanta.
    … Ok, so it’s kinda hard to see in that photo, but it’s actually picked up a bit more here.
    So, while we prepare our milk sandwiches with bleach, we can also nibble on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    Today on the platter we have: New Legionary Sentry Gun Battery Bundle From Kromlech, Rebel Minis Release Screecher Bug and Robot Gan, Woodland bases 30mm RL and 40mm RL Available From Tabletop-Art, and New Medusa Miniature Available From Brother Vinni.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Fridays are a magical time. They’re the gateway to the weekend, giving us a bit of freedom at the end of the work day. Fridays are also magical because Wyrd likes to give us regular previews. In this case, it’s a bit of a spiny preview for The Other Side. Have yourself a look at the Barbed Crawlers.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    The throne is empty. A new monarch must be set upon it. But whom should lead? Obviously, it should be the ruler of one of the realms that has shown that they are the most-prosperous and best leader. No bloodline nonsense. This is a merit-based system. Prove you’re the best ruler and you’ll be put in charge. That’s what you’ll be doing in Majesty: For the Realm, a new game that’s available now from Z-Man Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Team Yankee looks at what WWIII might look like as the forces of NATO go against the Soviets on the fields of Europe. This week, the Stripes book came out, adding to the American forces. This new book can be picked up now. Next week, we’ll be seeing new versions of several American units, including Harriers, Abrams tanks, and AA options.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    It’s a two-fer of Beyond the Gates of Antares news bits today. The first is that there’s a new Boromite Hauler available over in the Warlord Games Webshop. The other is that they’ve posted up a free download of the rules. This primer, called Antares Base One, will give you the rules overview, as well as a look at the different force lists available. If you’ve been thinking of checking out the game, but wanted to see how it all works first, this is the perfect opportunity for that.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Not that I dislike winter, per-se (I am a polar bear, after all), but really, it’s Fall and then Spring that are my favorite seasons. So I know I’m looking forward to March. Privateer Press is also looking forward to March. They’ve got some previews of their March releases that I think you might want to check out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Dec 8th, 2017
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    The new year is starting off with a bang at CMON. They have announced that they will be launching their Kickstarter campaign for HATE on January 16th. They’ve also announced that this will be a Kickstarter-exclusive game. What does that mean? What does it entail? How will this affect retailers? They knew you would have questions, so they’ve come up with a FAQ with all the answers.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Man, that forest just can’t catch a break. First there were zombies. Then there were aliens. Now, there’s all manner of monsters! That’s what’s happening on SolarFlare’s next installment of the Nightmare Forest game line. And if you want to make sure the game is as good as possible, they’re looking for playtesters. Put your name on the list and you can possibly be one of the ones chosen.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Ascension is one of my favorite card games. I bring it to just about any gaming get-together I go to. Easy to teach. Fun to play. And quite a lot of sets to choose from. If you’re looking to catch up, or you’re a rabid fan who wants cool, foil-y cards, you’ll want to order the Year 4 Collector’s Set. It’s got all the sets that came out in the 4th year of the game, including promos, and a combined rulebook, plus more. Pre-orders are being taken now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Usually, when you’re seeing Star Trek announcements form WizKids, it’s about Attack Wing. But, in this case, it’s HeroClix. Yes, the original crew has been miniaturized and is making their way onto your HeroClix boards. You can pick up Kirk, Spock, McCoy Uhura, and all the others now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Who wouldn’t want a dragon for a pet? I mean, really. I’d love a dozen! And that’s just what you can get in Dragon Pets, now available from Japanime Games. In it, you’ll be competing in the 1783rd Dragon Breeding Competition. Go out and catch the most wild dragons and get them… umm… together… (this just turned from G to NC-17 in a hurry) and show that you’re the best dragon breeder around.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    This week just continues to roll along. There’s now 2 of us in the office with Santa hats on. And we’ve got Burl Ives playing on the radio. It’s a good time had by all.
    It’s also getting really cold out. Being proper Atlantans, the mere mention of cold weather, and a tiny prospect for precipitation, has sent people into a panic. But while people hole up in their homes, preparing to be snowed in for centuries (we might get a bit of cold rain), best to make sure whatever gaming tables you’ve got with you look good.

    Today in the Terrain Corner we have: New Concrete Play Mat From Deep-Cut Studio

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Occasionally, games can use a bit of a revamp. There’s nothing wrong with it. Years of the game can show parts where there’s room for improvement. Or maybe some new expansions weren’t working out the way they were originally intended. Or the game can just feel a bit dated. Whatever the reason, a new edition is put into the works. Well, Hyacinth Games has been looking over Wreck-Age and figured it’s time for a new edition. They’re going to be sending out previews of the rules that you can sign up for as well.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Gangfight Games is gearing up for a new Kickstarter campaign for Blackwater Gulch. They’ve posted up some artwork so you can be excited about it. And, I mean, one of the new figures they’ll be looking to make is a weregator. So they’ve got my attention there. But that’s not the only strange thing they’re working on.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Mining can lead to all sorts of discoveries. You could be digging and suddenly stumble upon a huge area filled with energy crystals, for example! This treasure-trove will certainly bring wealth and power to your city. But you’re not the only one sinking mines into the earth. Other cities have come across the same stash and are trying to grab those crystals for themselves. And, to top it off, there’s monsters looking to come and attack your city! How will you balance between defending your city from the monsters and getting those gems? Well, that’s up for you to figure out in Age of Towers, of which, Devil Pig has posted an overview article.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Secret societies. What’re they hiding in there? Are they up to no good? Or are they just harmless? Well, it would seem as though the Order of the Silver Twilight is looking to do something with Arkham. But what? That’s what the investigators will have to find out in the upcoming Sanctum of Twilight expansion for Mansions of Madness.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Dec 7th, 2017
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    Games rarely go from first concept to print without a whole ton of changes in the middle. With each change, the game gets more refined, streamlined, and better. In this preview of Stuffed Fables, James Hawthorne, the game’s designer, goes over where the game started and where it’s come, both visually and mechanics-wise.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    In an alternate, dystopian 1980s, the US is taken over by fascists. These thugs look to stamp out all forms of freedom. But there are those that fight back, and they have a secret weapon. When in range of FM towers broadcasting a specific signal, certain people turn into superhumans, letting them fight against the oppressive regime. But when not around those signals, they’re just regular people. How will they be able to fight on? That’s what you’ll have to figure out in SIGMATA: This Signal Kills Fascists, a new RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    Sometimes campaigns don’t go the way you want. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. All of us have started something only to realize we need to start over with a better plan. After some retooling, reconfiguring, and reassessing, a relaunch can go much further than originally anticipated. That’s what Unique Games is looking to do with Heropath. They are going to be relaunching their Kickstarter campaign on December 18th and hope you would check it out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    Occasionally, you end up gaming on your own. Maybe plans just don’t line up. Or people have to cancel on you. Or you’re just really early to a gaming session. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of times where a solo gaming option is best. Nemo’s War is one such game, where you take on the role of the eponymous Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus. A reprint of the game, along with a new expansion pack, is up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    I’d love to see humanity spread out to the stars. I mean, this planet is pretty awesome and all. I’m not gonna try and deny that. But, c’mon! There’s a whole universe out there to explore! So I wish we could be like the Terrans in Shadows in the Void. They’ve got their huge spaceships and are out there. At least you can have tiny versions of them on your gaming table.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    A cold wind is blowing here in Atlanta. Yes, I know many of you are much colder than we are here, but it was also almost 70F out yesterday. Today it’ll be closer to 45F. Definitely glad that, earlier this week, I got out my extra blankets that were buried in my closet. So those’ll be nice. What’ll also be nice is snacking on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    Today on the platter we have: The 12 Days of Reaper Is Now Live, Puppets War Head Sale Happening Now, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm November Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, RBJ Game Company Running S.T.A.R. Troopers 3 Kickstarter, Khurasan releases more 15mm Kushans/Indians, and BoxThrone Modular Board Game Shelving System Up On Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    Winter is coming… No, really, it is. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re just a couple weeks away from it. Winter is also coming to the land of Dwar7s. Vesuvius Media has announced the newest stand-alone expansion in their saga. It’s called Dwar7s Winter. And yes, Dwar7s Spring and Dwar7s Summer are in the works. But before we get there, we need to make it through the cold winter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    So, you know, I don’t want to say that it’s a good idea running around and eating people. I just want to put that out there right from the start. However, if you’re maybe thinking of going out and doing just that, I might suggest that you, instead, play some Tokyo Ghoul: The Card Game. Based on the popular anime and manga series, the game is a new deck-building game from Shinobi 7. You can get your flesh-eating groove on now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    SolarFlare Games is looking ahead to the new year. You’ve seen their Robotech announcement (hopefully), but that’s not all they’re working on. They also have their Kids Vs. series of games. These will be making their way to Kickstarter next year.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Ancients
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    The Roman Empire has been around for hundreds of years. However, the glory of the empire has faded. Now, noble houses hire the toughest citizens they can find in order to fight for them in the streets. The winners are bound to get a seat in the Senate. But how much blood must be spilled in the meantime?
    That’s what you’ll have to figure out in Gangs of Rome, a new historical miniatures skirmish game available to pre-order from Warlord Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    The Star Wars galaxy is filled with all manner of characters on the fringes. They don’t necessarily follow any particular ideology. They’re just looking out for themselves. They’re a resourceful lot, making-do in a galaxy that’s struggling with war. In the Legacy expansion for Star Wars: Destiny, these characters and their kind are colored yellow. But don’t think that means they’re not up for a fight. Get a look at what you’ll be able to add to your decks with this preview.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    It seemed like a nice place, at the time. A valley that had a bit of a swamp problem, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed without a little dam. It turned the valley into a rather productive one, agriculturally-speaking. But now, there’s rumbling in the hills around the valley. Goblins.
    Those Dam Goblins is a new fantasy adventure for various systems that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    Few villains work alone. You’ve got the leader of a criminal organization and their hordes of underlings. Or a cult leader and all their cultists. Or a dragon and all their dragonlings. Whatever the case, you have a Master and Minions, and that’s also what we’ve got in this 5th edition supplement that’s up on Kickstarter. Masters and Minions gives GMs stats and rules for using NPCs and villains, along with their followers, in your games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    I’m a big fan of anything that makes the job of a GM easier. Having been one, in many game systems, for decades at this point, I love when I get something that streamlines the process for everyone. And pre-made adventures are great at that. In this case, we’ve got The Best Below, a 5th Edition adventure for characters of 1st to 3rd level. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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