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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 28th, 2015
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    Welcome to another Saturday. I’m working on putting together a Kanjira mini from Reaper Minis, documenting it for an upcoming issue of Ravage magazine. Other than that, since I often mention my culinary hobby as well, there’s Italian Beef in the crock pot. It’s an old family recipe (I used to live in Chicago). It’s going to start smelling heavenly in here in a couple hours.

    Anyway, we’ve grouped together review articles from throughout the week and offer them to you now.

    This time we’ve got reviews/previews of: Monikers, Main Event, Patchistory, Play Board Games’ Top 10 Deckbuilding Games, and Onward to Venus.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    CMON Expo posted another trio of events for the upcoming show. I know I’m excited for it to be here. One of the new events is for Dogs of War. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to play it or not, but it’s one of my favorite board games out there. It’s worker placement with a difference. Lots of fun back-stabbing opportunities as well. Great game. You should check it out. Anyway, there’s an event for that as well as two new HeroClix events that will be at the show.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Silverleaf Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Battleborn Legacy, their new strategy board game. Choose your unique hero to lead one of the many races in a race to control and maintain territories while managing the difficult task of overseeing a growing empire. Of course, your opponents are going to be interested in those same resources and regions, so defending yourself is also paramount. Your heroes and units can gain ranks as they battle the enemy and complete epic quests to find rare and powerful artifacts. Will your civilization be the one that reigns supreme in the end?
    The campaign is set to run for 24 more days.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    The Spoils has a new expansion set coming out on April 10th and you can make sure you get your cards right away by pre-ordering. Holy Heist adds to the strange horror/whimsy of the game in the form of 140 new cards. They’re also upping the number of cards per pack form 13 to 14 (including 2 rares in every pack). This new set will certainly see the meta shift as the new cards work their way into your decks.

    Check out 5 of the new cards below the cut.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Acheson Creations has reconfigured their Kickstarter’s stretch goals in order to get them to closer to their current pledge totals, meaning the ability to get them unlocked is right within reach. With just a few more pledges, they should be able to make it through the first of them.
    They’ve still got 11 days in which to make it through as many as possible.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Games Workshop has announced a new army is coming for Warhammer 40k. They are the Adeptus Mechanus: Skitarri, the shock-troopers of Mars. They currently have two units available on pre-order. They’re the Rangers and the Vanguard. They also have a walker (which has two variants), the Syndonian Dragon and the Ironstrider Ballistarius. There’s also transfer sheets available to order.

    Check out preview photos below the cut.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Looney Labs is getting set for International TableTop Day and they’re inviting you to come along as well. If you’re in the Washington DC area (or if you want to travel there) you can stop by at their free event (that’s right, no charge to come and hang out) and play games. Have someone that’s maybe not so into games? The Cherry Blossom Festival will be going on as well. So they can check that out while you go flip some cards and roll some dice.
    The event’s happening on April 11th, so mark your calendars.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Dungeons & Dragons
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    io9 gives us a look at what it takes to make a D&D mini. The article goes from art concept to finished mini that Gale Force Nine goes through to make their figures. The “tour” is guided by GF9’s Matt Parkes, the creative manager for the company. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the sculpting process or why miniatures sometimes look the way they do, you’ll want to check it out. They look at several different miniatures and how the process works.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Fantasy Flight Games has unleashed the locusts in the latest major expansion for BattleLore. Locust brings new units with which to fight your opponents in the form of the Uthuk Y’llan. Coupled with the new multiplayer version, the expansion also brings 5 new maps for you and your opponent to throw down on. Go check out this new bug-filled (the good kind, in the form of ones that go and attack your enemies) expansion.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Friday is once more upon us. I hope you’ve got plans for gaming over the next couple days, be it FNM, some miniatures action, or maybe an RPG or two. I’ve got some projects on my desk to work on in the form of some minis to build for review articles. Should be a good time. Reminds me that I need to borrow the good camera for the weekend.

    Anyway, as is custom, we’ve collected some bite-sized stories and now giving them to you to snack on.

    In this group we’ve got: Von Rotte Light Troops released by Alternative Armies, a new free scenario for Skrimish Sangin, New 32mm bases from Tabletop-Art, 4 New Desert Tomb Maps from Heroic Maps, USA Today talks about Earth Encounters, New Photo-Realistic Building Release from Sally 4th, Coming Soon from Silly Kid Games: Golem Academy Action Anime Card Game, Khurasan releases Space Demon Vampires, New 32mm bases from Micro Art Studio, and New Legionary Smash Hammers from Kromlech.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Shades of Vengeance has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for Era: Lyres, their new fantasy tabletop RPGs. Though this one’s a touch different. You don’t actually go out adventuring. Instead, your characters are safe (or, hopefully they’re safe, depending on the story they tell) in the bar, talking about all the heroic things they’ve done. This is an RPG that makes the “big fish story” the center of attention. “I always like to keep my audiences riveted.” (If you know the line, give yourself 15 internets for knowing good movies)

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Contest
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Pigeon Guard Games is giving away 5 free Big T minis over on their Facebook page. All you have to do to possibly get your own limited edition resin model is go and “Like” their page. That simple. They’ll draw 5 names randomly from the Like hat and send those people a free mini.
    The drawing will be done on April 2nd.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Smoke and Mirrors Games is running a Kickstarter for Cartomancy, their new game that’s a bit of everything. There’s an RPG, a card game, and a toolbox for creating encounters, worlds, and characters. They bill the game as “RPGs if Gary Gygax had been obsessed with cards.” You can roll a die any number of times, but once you play a card, it’s gone until you reshuffle. So you must make that hard decision to play the card, knowing it might not be back for a while.
    The campaign is set to run for another 22 days.

    From the campaign: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Forge World has begun taking orders for Armillus Dyant, the Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion, another mini in their Horus Heresy Character Set. He comes with both a 32mm and a 50mm scenic base, so you can pick how you want to mount him. This model isn’t as flamboyantly posed or adorned as a lot from the set. I could see using him in regular play as a commander of some sort on a regular basis.
    Forge World is taking orders this week and will begin shipping next Friday.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Gen Con LLC (the link opens to a .pdf file, just so you know) has posted their response to the passage of Indiana Legislative Bill SB101. Earlier this month, they had sent one letter stating that they will reconsider keeping the convention in Indianapolis if the bill passes. Well, it passed. So what’s Gen Con’s response?

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Modiphius has announced some new big names who are attached to work on their Conan game. For the gamebook covers, they’ve got Ken Kelly and Tomas Giorello joining the team. For writing is also growing with Thomas M Reid, Monical Valentinelli, Kevin Ross, Lou Agresta, and Scott Oden. They’ve worked on titles such as Forgotten Realms, the Firefly RPG, Cthulhu by Gaslight, and more. Patrice Louinet, who works also with the Conan board game by Monolith, will be making sure everything is tip-top in quality. Sally Christensen will be there to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.
    It’s quite a group they’re putting together.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Mantic continues to roll along with their Deadzone Kickstarter campaign. Though, for those of you that just want the terrain that they’ve got as part of the game, they’ve heard your pleas and have created a terrain-only pledge level. The sets utilize the same terrain system that Mantic has come to be known for. The system creates easy-to-build, modular terrain that can be put together and taken apart many times. Or you can set a style you like and glue it permanently in place. The choice is up to you.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Second Gate Games has posted up a teaser trailer for their upcoming board game B-Sieged. In the game, players are trying to defend their town from the rampaging hordes coming at them. They must also make sure that a messenger makes it through the melee and out to get help in the form of the Grand Ritual of Vlaruside. The game is a cooperative sort of tower-defense game brought to your tabletop.

    Check it out below the cut.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    ThunderChild Miniatures has posted an overview pdf of their Waseman sci-fi skirmish game up on their Kickstarter page. Along with that, they’ve added some new add-ons, including Johan the Slayer, a Kickstarter exclusive for the campaign.
    There’s 9 days left to get in on the action.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Järnringen is running an Indiegogo campaign to bring their Symbaroum fantasy RPG to an English-speaking audience. The game is D20-driven, but there are certain mechanics that make it unique, such as having the players handle all the dice-rolling, which gives the DM more time to focus on narrative and not worry so much about counting pips. Players also must balance their actions and not create too much blight in themselves (or, I guess you could just go on a rampage and grab all the blight you can find).
    The campaign is set to run for the next 38 days.

    From the campaign: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Contest
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Wamp has started another of their world-famous painting contests. This time the focus is on Mindwork Games. They’re a brand new company out there in the big world of miniatures. Their first mini is the Mad Clown. Anyway, if you think your painting skills are good enough, get yourself set up and get painting.

    From the announcement: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Mr. B. Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Posthuman, their new post-apoacalytpic board game. Players play as the last of the human race (as far as they know), who are all trying to get to a mythical fortress where the rest of humanity has supposedly gathered. Along the way, they encounter mutants, which humans have started turning into. Will you succumb and become a mutant yourself, trying to keep everyone else from winning? Or will you strive to persevere and make it to the end?
    The campaign has passed its funding goal, and so it’s on to stretch goals for the next 29 days.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Indiana legislature has passed the SB101 bill that critics say will allow businesses to deny people service based on religious grounds. There have been many that are critical of the bill, most importantly for gamers, Gen Con LLC sent a letter to governor Pence, saying that the company may reconsider having their annual convention in Indianapolis if the bill passed.

    So now it’s a waiting game to see how the replies to the passage of the law will be.

    Update: GAMA has shown their support for Gen Con LLC’s concern over the issue. Their release posted below.

    From the report on CNN: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Fantasy Flight Games has released the online multiplayer format for BattleLore: Command. So if you want to play your buddy in Walla-Walla, but you’re stuck in Addis Ababa, you can do that. You get to set your own battlefield and create your force and throw down. The update is free for those that already have BattleLore: Command.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Iron Ivan Games is happy to have released Age of Saints, their new Sci-Fantasy Miniatures game. The game presents the age-old struggle of good vs. evil, saintly vs. demonic, and so forth in their 145 page book. It covers everything from troops, to heroes, to vehicles, to special weapons. All set to take over your tabletop.

    From the release: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    ZombieSmith is happy to announce a new faction for Shieldbash, their 15mm fantasy miniatures game. The Ki-kak are ready to make their way onto your tabletop battlefields. There’s a starter set, command set, battle-hardened veterans, and even a “creatures” section with which to topple your opponents.
    ZombieSmith also has a little bit of time left on their winter sale. Just put the winter code in at checkout and get 15% off your order.

    From the announcement: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Gale Force Nine has some new Elemental Evil previews they’re showing off. First, don’t let the players know what you’re doing with their new DM screen. Gotta keep those notes secret. Next up are new Spell Cards to help you keep track of your spells available and their various effects. These really save time on having to flip through a rulebook to find the exact wording of what your nuanced spell really does.

    From the preview: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Modelling
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    TGN is happy to have some great reviewers we can call on to check out items we get into the office. We’re also happy to get a first look at a new company’s products. This review combines both, as the Miniature Mistress gives us an exclusive review of Quantum Gothic’s Dogs of War mini.

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    So it’s about time for another TGN Review. This time it’s the Miniature Mistress reviewing the Dogs of War from Quantum Gothic.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    Adepticon is here and gone. I hope everyone had a great time and everyone made it back safe. The only thing is that it seems Con Crud is going around the office now. Here’s to hoping I miss out on catching it as people make it back into the office.

    Anyway, we’ve got the final batch of photos from the show, including photos from the Crystal Brush Awards Ceremony (video will be up soon as well).

    Go have yourself a look-see.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    Anvil Eight has just opened up their webshop. You can now get all those Aetherium miniatures (and, of course, the game, itself) for your very own. Another one of those products that come from a successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s always good to see those turn into general releases, and I look forward to seeing more upcoming releases for this new game.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    Fearlight takes you to the smokey/foggy streets of London during the time of Sherlock Holmes. But Sherlock’s not around at the moment, and Dr. Watson is in need of some assistance. He turns to you to help solve some of the most baffling crimes. The game is now available in electronic format, for those who prefer that style, or just to add to your collection in terms of portability.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    We’ve made it to another Wednesday. The previous weekend is as far away as the next one is. Some comment about camels.
    Hopefully the week has been treating you well.

    Anyway, we’ve got some of those bite-sized stories to give you. In this installment there’s: Angry Mojo Games opens up Webshop, Brigade Models Releases New British Spaceships, Menhir Games posts new renders for KStarter stretch goals, Beasties & Bygones posts Jester Class preview, Quantum Gothic re-releases Quantum Cannon and Sentry-platform twin gun systems/rocket v1, some more sessions of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New Army Men Combat Update from One Page Rules, Acheson Creations Releases new Skull Tower, 15mm Hades Ghost Team has been released by ClearHorizon Miniatures, Manorhouse Workshop Update #20 Modular Underground Project, and EZPainter Price adjustments.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    Raging Heroes once more takes to Kickstarter with a Toughest Girls of the Galaxy Kickstarter campaign. This time it’s Light and Darkness, as they have 6 new armies. One of the armies are the Lust Elves (so be warned if you’re at work and want to peruse the campaign). The campaign funded right away and has already funded several times more over (with it continuing to rise rather quickly at time of posting). So, like before, there’ll be stretch goals broken aplenty. An interesting aspect of this Kickstarter is that the armies have both sci-fi and fantasy styles, so there’s a larger group of gamers who might be interested in checking out what’s on offer.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    Olleys Armies has launched their 3rd Kickstarter campaign. This time they’re looking to expand their Scrunt line even more with the Armies of the Scrunt Empire. With the help of stretch goals, they’re hoping to bring you several new Scrunt styles. From underwater, to cenobite, to Prussian, to argonaut. They’re already about 2/3 of the way to their funding goal, so they can start unlocking those extra armies over the next 19 days.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 25th, 2015
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    Homes 4 Dogs is a strategy party game where players are trying to match the right dog with the right person/family. Can you find the perfect match? Getting a better match scores more points (and makes you feel more warm and fuzzy, too, as a side-effect). The game is available in both physical and online forms via the campaign.
    The Kickstarter is set to run for another 22 days.

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