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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    I love a good debate. Let’s have a deep discussion about what makes a good tabletop game. Or maybe talk about different recipes and what techniques make the best cookies. Or we can discuss the best wood to use when smoking pork shoulder. Or we can talk about whether we should eliminate brain-melting torture devices because they pose a threat to the entire galactic population.
    Ok, so the first three you can have whenever. The last one is mostly going to come up in Galactic Debate, a new party card game that’s up on Kickstarter (though knowing my friends, we might just start talking about that sort of thing just because).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    Ares Games will be in Indy in a week for Gen Con. Hopefully, you will be, too (I will be). If you’re a fan of their games, you’ll want to stop by their booth. Heck, even if you’re not a fan of their current games (no game is going to please every gamer), you’ll want to stop by, since they have several new games they’ll be releasing at the show.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    The Force Awakens has created a place where new fans can hop on the Star Wars fan bus. And with gaming being more mainstream, that means more people interested in getting involved with the RPG opportunities that are out there. Fantasy Flight Games has made it very easy to get started with their Beginners Game Box that is coming out soon.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    It’s been a scorcher so far this week in the US. Certainly has been here in Atlanta, at least. That heat’s made it rough to go outside for anything. Seems like a good time to stay inside and do some gaming. Or at least get set for some gaming this weekend. But if we’re going to make it through the heat and the week, we need to hydrate, as well as chow down on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    On the platter today we have: Ainsty Castings Summer Sale and New Hammers Slammers 15mm, MidKnight Heroes Online store opening sale and Super Chibi round 2 Kickstarter, Silverclutch Games Launches Beneath Nexus Kickstarter Next Week, The Warriors: Turf Wars Kickstarter Launches On the 29th, Son of a Blank Party Card Game Contest Happening Now, Hero Master RPG-Inspired Greeting Cards Up On Kickstarter, and A.E.G.I.S. Coming To Kickstarter Soon.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    Companies often run special promos at their booth during big shows, and Gen Con is certainly a big show. As such, Arc Dream Publishing is going to be running their Open the Green Box promotion. People will be able to sign up ath Booth 623 to be able to open up the box and win a prize. What’s in the box? (What’s in the boooooooooox!?!?!) Nobody but the folks at Arc Dream Publishing know.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    Yo ho-ho, a pirate’s life for me. If you want to live the pirate’s life as well on your Bushido tabletops, your wait is nearly over. The next faction for the game, the Jung Pirates, are soon to be let loosed upon the seas of the Jwar Isles. If you’re going to Gen Con, you can pick up your figures there. If not, have no fear, as pre-orders have just opened up.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    The Kickstarter campaign for Cryptozoic’s new board game based on The Walking Dead TV show hit quite a rough patch last week. They went from funding and heading through stretch goals to actually dipping down below their funding goal level. But with only 5 days left in the campaign, there has been a bunch of restructuring, with new pledge levels and some new add-ons that seem to have righted the ship back up again.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    Since humans first realized that rolling logs can help move things and you can attach a sharp rock to a stick to make it more easy to hunt, there have been great inventors making our lives simpler and more enjoyable. Now Asmodee puts you in charge of a group of these great inventors, all of you looking to be the one that creates the next latest and greatest marvel of science and technology, in Legendary Inventors.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 27th, 2016
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    Well, the big news from yesterday was Fantasy Flight Games adding a bit to the Year of New Editions by telling us that they’re coming out with a new edition of Mansions of Madness. And while there was a 3-question FAQ at the bottom of the preview, a lot of you had a lot more questions, I’m sure. Well, Fantasy Flight has put out a new preview that will hopefully answer some of those by letting you know what you can expect.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    Bad Roll Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring a fourth faction to you for Punkapocalyptic, their post-apocalyptic miniatures skirmish game. Seems people are pretty stoked about it, too, since they funded pretty quickly and are already on their way through some stretch goals.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    The idea of Eden conjures up a nice, tranquil, peaceful garden. The Eden game, though, is anything but tranquil and peaceful, and that’s just how they want it. There’s a new set of releases available for you if you like things like pneumatic hammers and scythes and rollerskates.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    Monday has come and gone. It wasn’t the greatest one for many of my friends. Hopefully yours wasn’t so bad. But I know just about everyone’s happy that it’s over with. The week’s good and underway now. Let’s help it continue along smoothly by listening to some gaming podcasts. That should help.

    This week we have: The Hub Systems Podcast Episode 23- Shattered Void, Who Cares Who Wins Episode 18 – Jamie owes me a pint, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 64 We love Board Games, Guild Ball Tonight Episode 42: Kids, Ask Your Parents, Meeples & Miniatures Episode 174 – The Chicago Way, Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 211: Endings, and Announcing the Freebooter’s Network.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    The original Kickstarter for DreadBall was one of the first crowdfunding campaigns I’ve been a part of (and I’ve only been a part of 4, total). It was a pretty exciting thing, with lots of stretch goals getting me lots of extra parts and pieces. I also did add-ons for a few of the extras like Keepers. So, at home, I’ve got a fairly decent-sized collection of DreadBall bits. I know I’m not the only one like this. But, it seemed like if I wanted to get in on the new edition, I’d need to repeat a bunch of my old purchases. Not so anymore. Mantic has a new pledge level for us DreadBall veterans. They’ve also gone into more detail about what’s changed in this new edition.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions just just hold for games, but also the material that goes with them. Modiphius has released the Venusian Apocalypse campaign for Mutant Chronicles, with an updated and expanded version of the original adventure. Howso expanded? Well, you get the original three chapters (updated for 3rd edition), as well as a fourth, concluding chapter to the adventure.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    A lot of people are out there looking for good card games that they can play with their kids. You don’t want something too complex, or with possibly questionable imagery. But you also might want a game that you and your other gamer friends can play. There’s a growing list of games like that out there and Card Master looks to add their name to the rolls. It’s a new game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    We all know my love of giant robots. One place they tend to show up a lot is in anime. Well, if you’d like to bring your love of giant robots to your gaming table, you might want to check out the Anime Hack supplement that Okumarts Games just put out for The Black Hack RPG system.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions will happily bring in all types of games. From card games to miniatures games to board games. Well, Fantasy Flight Games is stepping up by announcing that Mansions of Madness is getting a new edition. Don’t worry, you’re still going to be hunting down strange monsters and solving intricate puzzles in the cramped and spooky halls of Arkham. However, there’s a bit of technological assistance coming along to help with things.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    We’ve got just under a week left in July. Spartan Games had said that they were going to be shipping out Halo: Ground Command in July. That means that the game should be shipping out this week.
    Well, that, and Spartan sent out a press release saying it was going to be shipping this week. So there’s that.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    While Monday means a return to the regular workday for us, it also means that it’s time for another preview from Wyrd. So we’ve got that going for us. This week we step away from Malifaux to look at Through the Breach. That has a new book coming out as well. It’s called Into the Bayou. And if you want to play Amos Moses (if you get that reference, good on you), you’ll probably want to check out the Trapper pursuit.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    If you’ve played the X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games, you know that having your ships within Range 1, and within the firing arc of your opponent’s ships isn’t generally the best place to be. I mean, sure, you want your opponent’s ships to be there, but you generally do your damndest to make sure your own ships aren’t there. Well, all that could change with the Protectorate Starfighter, on preview today.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    And we’re back to Monday. We knew it was going to happen, eventually. Doesn’t mean we have to like it. I hope everyone’s weekend went well. Mine was… productive. Lots of things to get ready for Gen Con. The new shoes will help. And I got an industrial-sized pack of cough drops. Also, some granola bars, for when I can’t make it out for any real food. The weekend also went by super-fast, I felt. I remember going, “wait, when did it get to be 7pm?” on Saturday. Seems the whole day flew past. It’s alright, though. We’ll get back to another weekend.

    Anyway, in today’s Terrain Corner we have: Mousepad Woodland Gaming Mat Available For Pre-order, Armorcast Xmas in July Sale Happening Now, and Streetscape: 28mm Resin and MDF buildings Up On Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    Seeing as there will be tens of thousands of gamers all stacked one on top of the other in a week and a half in Indianapolis, game companies would be wise to bring out new products to show off, particularly if they’re going to be seeking funding for said projects later in the year. Well, the people at Mythic Games are wise, and so they will be showing off Mythic Battles: Pantheon, at the show.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    I’m a rather busy individual. Always have something going on, it seems. Plus… to make a confession… I don’t really enjoy painting minis. I know. I know. A lot of you out there love doing it, and that’s great. It’s just not for me. Sitting all hunched over, staring at all those tiny details. Never quite getting the eyes just right. Thankfully, there are people out there willing to paint your minis for you (for a fee, of course). Well, there’s a new service in town. It’s Wargaming Mamas.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    I remember having the original Behemoth figure. … Never was quite sure on the posing of that guy. He always seemed like he was trying to do a little jig or something. Well, Privateer decided the Dancing Behemoth needed a bit of an update, so they were working on a reculpt, which they’re now ready to show off.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    As a conflict progresses, both sides learn things from the other. Crews will gain combat experience and battle plans will be altered based on how technology reacts during engagements. And that’s just what you’ll get to simulate with the Corellian Conflict expansion for Star Wars Armada from Fantasy Flight Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    Not every piece in the Superior Foes of Spider-Man set for HeroClix is, in fact, a foe of Spider-Man. Some are regularly seen fighting against the same villains as Spider-Man. Take these two… err… one… err.. two…
    Why the confusion? Because Power Man and Iron Fist is two figures in one.
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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
    In Board Games
    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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