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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 23rd, 2016
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    Congratulations! You’ve made it to Saturday! *throws a little party*
    Mine’s been busy so far. We’re just a couple weeks out from Gen Con, and that means about a million little things to get done (along with a couple big things) before heading to the show. My “To Do” list is imposing, but with steady work, I’ll chew through it all.
    *looks at list* Hmm, “Type up Review Roundup.”
    Alrighty…

    Today we have: Sugi, Stak Bots, Food Fighters, Infinity Combined Army Onyx Force, Galaxy Defenders: Operation Strikeback Expansion, SET, Dragonwood, Millennium Blades, Beyond Baker Street, Dark Dealings, America, Fate of the Elder Gods, Burano, Happy Party, and My Village.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    And now for something completely different.
    While much of the focus of Gen Con is on the vendor’s hall or maybe the tournaments for your favorite games or the gaming hall with all the demos and open gaming space, there’s about a zillion other things that are going on during the weekend. Making a return this year is the Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. It’s cool acrobatic acts but with a distinctly nerdy twist.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Well, King Robert Baratheon is dead (uh… spoilers, I guess, for those that haven’t even seen the whole first season of a show that’s been out for years now). Now, the throne is up for grabs (I mean, really, nobody wants to give it to Joffrey) and so the great houses of Westeros are now gearing up for conflict while trying to also forge whatever alliances they can in order to improve their chances of putting the next person on the Iron Throne. That’s the story behind Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne, a new board game by Fantasy Flight Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions means a lot of work for a lot for a lot of game designers. So in the initial release of those new editions, there might be parts of the game that had been around, but weren’t updated right away. This means the games get to you quicker, but then some catch-up has to be played. Well, the folks over at One Page Rules are working to bring everything possible to the new edition of One Page 40k. That includes Genestealer Cults and Space Marine chapters.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    It’s bad enough that there’s humans that have been infected by the zombie plague. Then you’ve got the wolves coming after you as well. But this time around, the zombie plague is going airborn (of sorts) as now even the crows have succumbed to the foul magics of the necromancers and are seeking to devour the flesh of the living. It’s going to take some stalwart heroes to face down this menace and make the world safe for the not-un-dead. And that’s just what we have with the new Zombie Crowz as well as the Guest Artist Boxes now being available for Zombicide: Black Plague.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Well, yesterday slowed things down, but it seems to have picked back up again rather nicely. We now find ourselves halfway through Friday. That weekend will be here before we know it! What have you all got set up for the weekend? I’ve got a whole heap of chores to get done before Gen Con in a couple weeks (new shoes, haircut, etc), but still hope to get some gaming in afterward. I’m gonna need my strength. Better fill up on some bite-size gaming stories.

    Today on the platter we have: Dragonfather Tokens available from Advanced Deployment, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm July Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, Blackwater Gulch 2nd Edition Kickstarter Launches August 15th, The Animal Games Coming To Kickstarter August 2nd, and Short Fuse Designs Launches Tokens Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
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    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Nebula Valley has been going through some rather tough times. For many years, it was overcome by darkness and evil. The town within the valley suffered greatly. But things are looking up. Evil has been vanquished. The hero rode off into the sunset. But that doesn’t mean everything’s been magically put back together. No, that’s going to take some more hard work from all the villagers. And that’s just what you’ve gotta do in Via Nebula. Asmodee’s posted up a new preview of the game as well as an announcement about picking up the game at Gen Con.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    With summer stretching on, you may feel as though you’ve “played out” all your current games and are in need of a change. But what to get? Well, Fantasy Flight Games is having a “Christmas in July” sale on all the digital versions of all their Legend of the Five Rings RPG books.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    And there’s the starting gun. Mantic has launched their Kickstarter campaign for their 2nd edition of DreadBall (taking full part in the Year of New Editions). The game puts you in charge of your own sci-fi sports team in one of the most brutal leagues out there. Score strikes against your opponent while they try and crush you into the ground.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Dun na-na-nun na-na-nun na-na-nun na-na-naaa-naaa, Barracuda!
    Even if you’re not a fan of classic rock, you might be a fan of taking out your enemies from up in the sky. Or maybe you just want some giant robots (we all know my thoughts on giant robots). The new Barracuda flier and a set of “experimental” Battlesuits is available to order from Forge World.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    In Guild Ball, each full team must have one Captain and one Mascot. The other four players you can change out as you wish. Since the game’s release, there’d only been one mascot available to each team. With Season II, everyone is getting a new one. So if you’ve not been enjoying the current mascot, or if you just feel like you need a bit of a change, the time is coming where you’ll get to do that. Pre-orders are being taken now for four of the new mascots.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Asmodee is looking to become an even larger board game entity by acquiring F2Z Entertainment. You might not hear about F2Z, directly, a lot, but you know of their brands: Plaid Hat Games, Z-Man Games, and Filosofia. The deal is looking to be closed in the next several months. Doing so will bring games like Pandemic and Dead of Winter under the Asmodee umbrella.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    You know, if you name it the “Warloands” you have only yourself to really blame when people hold their wars there. And such is the case with the various forest tribes. Each one is looking to be the sole controller of the Warlands, and have mustered their forces in order to make sure that happens. That’s the story behind Roots of Mali, an abstract strategy board game up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    A dense mist hangs in the air, giving a dreamlike feeling to the near-motionless garden. The sun rises on scene, casting the first bits of light onto two warriors. They stand in silence, staring intently at one-another. They know each other well. And as the dawn works its way, bringing a new day to the world, each warrior knows that it will possibly be their last. They think back to what brought them to this place. Two lives flashing before their eyes, so intertwined they seem as one. With a sigh, almost in unison, they both know it’s time. They reach for their swords. A bright flash. A pair of sudden moves. And it is over.
    That’s basically what you get with Reflections, the Samurai dueling RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    As Gen Con gets closer, so does the imminent release of the newest faction for GCT Studios’ Bushido (editorializing here: it’s tied for my favorite miniatures game out there). It’s not just a starter set that’s coming out, either. The faction is rolling out in style with extra figures, faction dice, and the Jung Pirates Special Cards Pack 1. We get a look at two more pirates, as well as those dice and cards, today.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    You know, the start of this week went by quick. It seemed like it was Tuesday evening and getting onto Wednesday in a flash. Yesterday was pretty standard, but by now, it feels like it should be further in the week. I’m not sure what put the brakes on the forward progression of time, but I wish it’d waited another 24 hours before it happened.

    Oh well. While we wait the seemingly interminable amount of time to get to the weekend again, let’s make sure our gaming tables look as good as possible for when it finally gets here.

    In our Terrain Corner today we have: Darkburg Mat Now Available On Synthetic Cloth From Pwork Wargame, and New Muddy Fields Terrain Mat From Deep-Cut Studio.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    We’ve got another bit of Star Trek news for you today. Modiphius, makers of such games as Mutant Chronicles and the Conan and Infinity RPG games has announced that they’re going to be making Star Trek Adventures, a new RPG as well as a line of miniatures to go along with it. This is the first official Star Trek RPG that’s come out in the last decade.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    We all know that Gen Con is coming up in a couple weeks. But it’s not the only big event being held on August 3-7. If you’re not going to Indy, but instead are going to Vegas, you can take part in the huge Star Trek Las Vegas event happening there. Gale Force 9 will be attending both, and they’ll have special versions of their Star Trek: Ascendancy game with them.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    The other day I lamented that History classes tend to gloss over (or simply skip) the many influential women in history. That’s not just the case with Medieval royalty, either. Many women have made groundbreaking contributions to the field of science, and yet we rarely hear about them (even ones that you do sometimes hear about). Well, one card game is looking to solve that. Women in Science is available now. There’s even an online demo you can play.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    Well, you gone and done it. You and your dwarfy pals were doing just fine, stealthily stealing all the loot from the sleeping dragon when Halfi had to go and rip one of the loudest farts you’ve ever heard. It rattled the walls and seemed to go on for hours. As the echo of this legendary flatulence slowly subsided, you all heard another disturbing noise. The dragon’s awake and isn’t happy to see a group of dwarves pocketing their gold. The dragon’s not heartless, though. They promise not to eat/incinerate the dwarf who took the least. That’s the story behind Dwarves in Trouble, a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter (well, not specifically the farting part. I came up with that because my humor level is that of a 12 year old sometimes).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    I mentioned in this previous Monday Preview from Wyrd that they generally have a big “Here’s everything we’re going to have at Gen Con!” sort of post. I kinda figured it’d be sometime this week, and I was right. Wyrd Games has give us their Gen Con Newsletter, letting us know what sort of pre-releases, special show figures, and special deals they’ll be having in Indy.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    The gaming shop that I will always consider my “second home” is The Fantasy Shop, St. Charles in Missouri. It was there that I really cut my gaming teeth there. It’s where I bought my first packs of gaming cards (first Magic, then NetRunner) and learned to play minis games. In one corner, they had a continual loop of the original The Gamers playing. I must’ve watched that a thousand times. Well, the boys (or should I say, gentlemen) are back and up on Kickstarter looking to create the next part of The Gamers saga.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions comes up with another. This time it’s the 3rd Edition of Mutant Chronicles by Modiphius, formatted to be used with the Savage Worlds game system. So if you like the setting for the game, but not the way the rules work in their original format, perhaps give this version a spin and see how you like it. All of the conversions have already been done for you.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions takes on many forms. Take, for example, the Chronicles of Arborell. They’ve recently released 38 updated and reformatted PDF titles. Not only that, but they’ve bundled together 25 of those into a special mega-pack, giving a special price of less than $1 per book.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    They say a bad day of fishing beats a good day at the office. I’m not 100% sure that still holds true with tabletop fishing games, but I’m willing to bet it does. Coldwater Crown is a new fishing board game that’s up on Kickstarter and they’d love to reel you in.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 19th Century
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    We’ve made it to the halfway mark. Just the rest of today, and then two full days and we’ll be back into the sweet embrace of the weekend. How will you be beating the heat? Inside gaming? Outside trying to catch them all? A little of both? Just be sure to hydrate. A group of friends want to wander around downtown Atlanta on Sunday… when it’s supposed to get to 99F out. Whoof. Too hot for this arctic ursine.

    Anyway, being the middle of the week, it means we need to stock back up on bite-size gaming stories.

    Today we have: Team Canada Adventure for Save the Day Super-Powered RPG, Precision Polyhedral Floating Face Dice On Kickstarter, Siren lands in Purgatory, New 28mm 1806 Prussian Hussars, Semi Realistic Portrait Generator for your games, New Numidian Cavalry Available From Victrix, 3rd Annual Great Wargaming Survey Posted, Another World Miniatures Releases Alfred – Steampunk Monkey Assistant, and Baueda Releases new 15mm Sicilian Normans range.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    Unfortunately, here in the US (at least), in your average History class, they don’t tend to go too deeply into the fascinating history that is the various powerful women that lived in the Middle Ages. There’s just not much in the way of time, really. But where schooling falls short, gaming can pick up the slack. The Ladies of Troyes expansion for Troyes adds three rather fascinating women to the game, as well as many other new components.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    The resources required for a mad scientist to create their various and sundry devices are generally limited. There’s only so many lasers to go around, after all. That’s why the Mad Scientist Foundation was created. It takes the limited resources and will dole them out to the scientists that need them. However, being mad scientists, themselves, that resource allocation isn’t always the most equitable. That’s the story behind Mad Scientist Foundation, a new card game now available from Cryptozoic.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    At Gen Con, Steamforged will have a lot of new Guild Ball figures available early. It’ll be your first chance to pick up many of the new Season 2 figures. I know I’ve got my list of what I want to get. And while that doesn’t include the Vileswarm for the Mortician’s Guild (since, y’know, I don’t play the Morticians), that just means you don’t have to worry about me snatching up the last one before you get there.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    Big, adventure board games like Runebound offer an entire day’s worth of gaming in a single package. There’s quite a bit of replayability right in the box, what with all the different heroes, equipment, and skills you can choose from. But any game, if played often enough, can start to feel a bit stale. That’s when a little newness injection, in the form of an expansion, can really bring a game back to life. Fantasy Flight Games is coming out with two expansions soon for the game. The Gilded Blade, the first Adventure Pack expansion, is what we get a look at today.
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    By Polar_Bear
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    Jul 20th, 2016
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    You know, vampires are a tricky group. Just when you think you’ve got ’em, they can suddenly slip away, forcing you to chase after them all over again. Dark Gate Games is tenacious, though, and they’re once more hunting down vampires with their Vampire Hunters board game on Kickstarter. And this time around, it’s looking like steak is on the menu for everyone.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 19th, 2016
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    So, it would seem that all the books that H.P. Lovecraft wrote weren’t just some crazy stories he decided to jot down. They were, instead, notes from investigations that he was doing into the strange, other-worldly beings that were seen invading into our own reality with ever-increasing regularity. Along with the likes of such people as Nikola Tesla, Amelia Earheart, Harry Houdini, Marie Curie, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin, and many other of the 20’s most famous people, it’s a race against the elder gods to save the Earth. That’s the story behind Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla (which is based on the Action Lab comic series as well). They’re up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
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    Jul 19th, 2016
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    As we all know by now, I feel that you can never have too many options when it comes to your RPG. You should be able to create the character you want when playing, and having more resources to help make that character a reality is good. That’s why Interjection Games made their Strange Magic supplement. It was a success and so they’re following it up with Strange Magic 2, up now on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
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    Jul 19th, 2016
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    While a Kickstarter campaign is going, you might want to jump in on the action, but you might not be able to for whatever reason. Thankfully, there’s a second chance for people to join in during the Pledge Manager portion of the campaign. As backers are able to add to their order, so too can people who missed out on the campaign join in and get their order put in at special prices and offering special items that might not be available later on. Such is the case with Aether Captains. The pledge manager for that has opened up and is accepting new backers.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 19th, 2016
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    One of the comics I’ve read for longer than pretty much any other is Dork Tower. I remember getting some compilation issue decades ago and carrying it around with me in my gaming backpack. I think it finally disintegrated a couple years back. So I love seeing when John Kovalic has a new game coming out. Such is the case with Cthulhu in the House, a game that CoolMiniOrNot will be publishing soon.
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