Tabletop Gaming: Creating Worldwide Friendships

International Tabletop Day, organized by the fine people over at Geek & Sundry is coming up in just over a month. As part of the run-up to the event, they’ve asked me to be part of a group of bloggers who would share a bit about their experiences with gaming.

So in the first TGN Editorial, I’m going to talk a bit about my history with gaming and the great friendships it’s created all over the world over the years.
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Town Center 4th edition up on Kickstarter

LudiCreations has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Town Center’s 4th edition. They’ve already doubled their funding goal with still 30 days to go.

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From the campaign:

Town Center has been through a lot. It has been done in tiny 10mm cubes, in Lego bricks, in big 16mm cubes, even in giant 30mm cubes. Now, it is time for the game to reach its full potential, and be published for all to enjoy building their city, growing it to become a mini-metropolis.

Town Center could be the best adaptation of a city-sim computer game, *and* a fun, challenging board game in its own right.

With your support, we have the opportunity to create a living game that fulfills Alban’s vision for everything this fine specimen of European game design can be.

Easy Painter Adds Massive Deals

Easy Painter has added some new deals to their website.
You don’t have to play with an unpainted army.

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From the update:

EASY PAINTER has added three new fantastic deals on his website.
The deals include introductory deals, regiments and armies.
Offering up to £50 in savings and a great way to get your masses of lead painted quickly these deals are an excellent way to get into the Easy Painter experience and get your miniatures onto the tabletop as fast as possible with some of the cheapest rates in the entire world!

Send Arthur (Easy Painter) a message using the contacts page for more information and get digging into those deals!

Khamel Bikes released at The Ion Age

The Ion Age gives your little mans a quick way to get around with the release of their Khamel Bikes set.

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From the release:

We are super happy to release the second bike code for the Ion Age 15mm Range. Following on from the Canthus Monocycle (IAF007) we have code IAF028 Khamel Tracked Bike pack! A tracked beast that can really scare the enemy.
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On Board Games Interviews Universal Head

On Board Games chatted a bit with Universal Head
and figured you’d like to know about it.
It’s posted up by the Esoteric Order of Gamers.

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From them to you:

Universal Head talks to On Board Games about the strangely compelling practice of creating rules summaries … and whether he’s seen any hobbits lately.

Turn of Phrase, a party drawing game, available for free

Turn of Phrase is a party game where teams of players try and guess the phrase being drawn out by their teammate. The game is available for free over on their website. All they ask is you share the game with others.

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From the website:

Turn of Phrase is a card game designed to make your game night more interesting.

Simply put, the object of the game is to cleverly draw a phrase that you or someone else has chosen. Your team will make attempts to guess the phrase that you are drawing. The first team to call out the phrase correctly wins that round.

It is a game of wit, art, and adult themed entertainment. Due to the nature of our game, it is intended towards mature audiences. You can still play the game if you are immature, though.

Drake releases new Southern Dragon Stretch

Action Games Miniatures makes it through some more stretch goals over on Kickstarter for their Drake II Kickstarter project.

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From the update:

Stretch Details:
$82K – Crotalis – The Sand Viper of Death – Shi Nation – Dragon – Pledge $39

Only a few of these terrifying beast have awoken, and each one of them brings fear and doom. The southern Shaka Dragons moved quickly to appease these creatures, who competed with them for food and resources in the old world. Surprisingly they took to the Shaka’s plan of alliance and war quickly, most think too quickly… The Crotalis are nearly impossible to strike in combat, their shifting coils move with blinding speed. They posses the most potent venom of the Dragon races, with a bite capable of stopping a mountain Dragon in his tracks. While they do not have the diplomatic touch of the Shaka, they lead their human “allies” effectively, and strike with might against the enemies of the south.

Battlefront features their Panzer IV H Platoon

Battlefront is showing off their new plastic Panzer IV H Platoon over on their website.

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From the article:

Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H entered production in April of 1943 as the ninth variant of Panzerkampfwagen IV tank family. Designated Sd Kfz 161/2 it was produced between April 1943 and July 1944 when it was replaced by the Ausf J.
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Primary Preview from Board Game Quest

Board Game Quest has a preview up of Primary, a new strategic card game from Nosidam Games.

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From the post:

When you think of the color spectrum, invariably you get transported back to your high school science class where you first learned about ROYGBIV. In Primary, the powers of the color spectrum are harnessed to attack, defend, cycle, and draw, with each player using their own custom mix of cards that aligns with their personality and play style. Will Primary shine bright among card games, or will it dull to grey? Read our preview to find out!

Primary is an abstract strategy card game for 2-4 players that plays under 30 minutes. Primary plays best with any number of players.

Play Unplugged Brings It to the Table

Play Unplugged posted a new Play Unplugged Academy post. This one’s about sorting out the world that is the RPG gaming lifestyle.

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From the article:

It’s time to get that RPG campaign out of your head and onto the tabletop! Play Unplugged’s Dan Bidwa discusses the use of random tables and other tools, for reactive campaign building.

Arcadia Quest Game Play Video posted

Arcadia Quest continues to bust through stretch goals and show off new stuff over on their Kicsktarter page. The big post for the day, though, is the game play video that’s just been posted up. Watch how this new PvPvE system works.

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From the campaign:

We’re happy to announce the Arcadia Quest gameplay video is up and ready for your viewing pleasure! We’re stoked that the guys at Jogando Offline got to play Arcadia Quest! Jogando Offline is a very popular board gaming reviews, previews, and news YouTube channel in Brazil. When Spaghetti Western Games came to them, the team at Jogando Offline jumped at the chance to play Arcadia Quest! This video will give you details into how the game plays, the unique mechanics it offers, while also showcasing how quest completion, PvPvE, special abilities, and loot work in the game! Also, thanks to the team at Jogando, it’s a lot of fun to watch.

Preview Creatures of Icewind Dale

Gale Force 9 has another D&D preview posted up. This one’s for the Creatures of the Icewind Dale.

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From the preview:

Far from the civilized south, Icewind Dale sits on the edge of the map. The vicious yeti and the ferocious ice troll are two of the many creatures that stalk the tundra. Uncounted adventurers have met an untimely demise courtesy of these brutes.

PMC 2640: Hell on Echidna released

Assault Publishing is proud to release Hell on Echnida, their free demo version of PMC 2640 which also doubles as a mini-expansion.

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From the release:

Today “PMC 2640: Hell on Echidna!” was released.

Hell on Echidna is free demo version of Assault Publishing sci-fi PMC 2640 miniature wargame but also its mini-expansion with a little new stuff which can be valuable for existing PMC 2640 players.

“Hell on Echidna” is far more than typical, few random pages. It constists of all you need to play the battle: core rules (exactly the same like in the rulebook!), shortened terrain list, special terrain generator for post-apocaliptic planets, the rules of composing the army on Tier II, the new scenario (not presented in the main rulebook) and the list of a few units (incuding two new ones) and special rules they utilises. There is also new Battle Honour, which may be given to your troops if you decide to play your campaign battles on Echidna or other post-apocaliptic planet.

To summarize, “Hell on Echidna” everything you need to try the game mechanics, mood and assumptions and of course spend a great time playing the wargame! And remember that it’s just a piece of all cool things that full game offers!

Dungeon Share is Live

Dungeon Share is a new resource for DMs, bringing together gamers from all over the world in order to improve everyone’s games.

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About the site:

Dungeon Share is a new website hoping to bring together all the game masters of the Tabletop RPG world. The website itself is a collaboration; veteran game masters submit ideas, those ideas are translated into easy-to-read blurbs (called modules), and new game masters can read these blurbs to improve their campaigns.

The site currently features modules in the categories of Challenges, Puzzles, Encounters, and Creatures. However, it has high hopes of expansion with enough help for game masters everywhere.

Ghost Train Games Stonewall Jackson Giveaway

Ghost Train Games has a contest going where one lucky winner will get a copy of their Stonewall Jackson miniature for Alternative Civil War.

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From the contest:

To commemorate our newsletter is ready, we wanted to launch another raffle: March 15th we will draw a winning name that will get one copy of this miniature amongst all emails subscribed to our newsletter and all shares and retwitts of the relevant post on those platforms

Final days for Mk1881 on Indiegogo

MK1881 is in their final couple days on Indiegogo for their Honos Pro Cult Elf Fantasy Sports Team.
Go get them before the final buzzer.

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From the campaign:

Both campaigns are now fully funded. Several new Special Characters where unlocked and are now available. Last chance to get them at an incredible discount and free shipping worldwide.

The Forgotten King coming to Super Dungeon Explore

Soda Pop Miniatures has announced The Forgotten King, a new expansion for Super Dungeon Explore, will be coming to Kickstarter next month.

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From the announcement:

Hello from Soda Pop Miniatures!

We are happy to announce the next edition for Super Dungeon Explore, Forgotten King! This companion edition of Super Dungeon Explore uncovers a whole new realm of adventure with new rules, new tiles and gameplay components. Featuring fully assembled and beautifully sculpted miniatures from the Soda Pop Team. We are looking forward to this next chapter of Super Dungeon Explore and wanted to keep you in the loop.

Lost Hemisphere Radio ep88 online

Lost Hemisphere has posted episode 88 of their Radio podcast up online for your listening pleasure.

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In this episode:

We live in exciting times, fellow gamers. Lost Hemisphere’s favourite game, Warmachine, is on the verge of a new book release, we’re moving out of the colder months and inching closer to the Summer convention season, and there’s a plethora of neat games in development through crowdfunders like Kickstarter. For this episode of Lost Hemisphere Radio we took the time to natter with the developers of the Guild Ball and Mutant Chronicles kickstarters. Might they be up your alley? Have a listen, see what you think. Also, Other Travis is now a pirate.

More Kromlech Armored Orcs

Kromlech brings even more armored orcs to your tabletop with this set of releases.

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From them to you:

No time to waste. We’re adding two more deals with the new armoured orcs.
The first one is an Armoured Orc Assault Squad, consisting of Commander Kromm and his 9 tough lads.
They are all armed with pistols and melee weapons and feel all tough and mighty with their extra armour plates.

The second deal is a full Armoured Orc Assault Company!
This set consists of Commander Kromm and 29 of his chosen and best of the best lads. Or so they think of them selves. Either way, morale is high, at least until bullets start flying.

New Modern Australians available from Empress Miniatures

Empress Miniatures has some new squads of Modern Australian troops available over in their webshop.
And they’re all named Bruce.

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From the release:

From our recently completed Kickstarter 20 Modern Australian troops suitable for Afghanistan or anywhere in the Pacific.

Shiny Model Syndrome Episode 44 – Dark Age, Without the Plague

The Shiny Model Syndrome has posted episode 44 of their podcast up online for your listening pleasure.

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In this episode:

This week we return with a newly ripped off New Release Rating System (TM), and then jump into an overview of the game Dark Age. We all bought in at Templecon, and we’re in love. Hope you enjoy!

Follow us on the twitters @ShinyModelPC, and check out our facebook!

Pulp City Giveaway

Upshot, over at Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher, is giving away some Pulp City squads in commemoration of the last days for the Pulp City Kickstarter.

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From the announcement:

Do you want to get your hands on these 2 stunning Pulp City teams?
Of course you do!

From left to right –
Heroes – Nuclear Jones, Sovereign, Dr Red
Villains – Silverager, Seabolt, Hellsmith

How do you get them? Easy!

Check out the Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher Facebook Page and share the image pinned to the top of the page.
OR share this image, the PC Kickstarter Link and link to this giveaway on your own blog or a forum and leave a link to your post here in the comments.
You have 48 Hours!

Once the Kickstarter has ended, one random ‘sharer’ will be chosen to win both of these pro-painted teams.
Good Luck!

A quick view at The Howling Horde starter from Norsgard Miniatures

Chest of Colors has a review article up taking a look at the Howling Horde set available from Norsgard Miniatures.

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From the review:

Recently I came into possession of this set. I decided to make a short review of it’s contents and the minis’ quality.
This starter box contains five metal models: Warchief, Vei-Banshee and 3 Tribal Warriors. All come with round 30mm bases. The figures are about 37mm tall. The quality of the casts is good. The mould lines are visible, but easy to remove. There are many tiny parts, as you can see on the pictures:

eCodex Legion of the Damned pre-orders happening now

Games Workshop has started taking orders for their new eCodex: Legion of the Damned. Reserve your copy now.

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From the announcement:

Codex: Legion of the Damned allows you to add Legion of the Damned squads into your Warhammer 40,000 army, or field them as a detachment in their own right. It includes extensive background on the mysterious Legion of the Damned, detailing the times they have appeared to fight alongside the armies of the God-Emperor. Also inside you will find rules for Legion of the Damned units, as well as three new missions, an artefact and Warlord Traits and, all unique to these legendary warriors.

This interactive edition features quick-links to special rules for ease of reference during your games.

Crone Pre-Funding Campaign Launched

Crone, a fantasy RPG card game, has posted up a preview of their upcoming Kickstarter campaign and are looking for your feedback on how things look.

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From the campaign:

CRONE RPG has launched a “pre-funding” campaign for their upcoming tabletop roleplaying card game, Crone. Interested gamers are encouraged to leave their advice, feedback, and questions on the campaign in anticipation of it’s March 15th Go-Live on Kickstarter.
In Crone you are a wizened old witch of great power and fearsome reputation. Your magic will shake the very foundations of the earth.

Anarchy Models HD Stencil System Now live

Anarchy Models has their HD Stencil System, that’d been successfully funded on Kickstarter, available over in their webshop now.

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From the announcement:

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign last year, we are now producing a great range of stencils to add camo, detailing, symbols and words to your miniatures and scenery.

Each HD stencil sheet will be roughly A4 in size (+/- a few mm) and in most cases are designed to fold down the middle to save space.
The plastic film our stencils are made from is specially designed for this purpose;
• It is self adhesive, but with a low tac, to help stop it peeling paint from your models
• Semi re-usable depending on model, paint and care of removal.
• solvent proof.
• It has a moderate amount of stretch to help it go round complicated detail
• transparent for exact application, but grey in colour to see it easily
We have a large range of designs, with something to suit most tastes.

Volt releasing soon, Cipher Ops next from Nazca Games

Nazca Games will be releasing their first board game, Volt: Robot Battle Arena, at the start of next month. This is their first board game and are hitting the ground running, already announcing Cipher Ops, their next game.

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From the announcements:

VOLT: Robot Battle Arena is a tactical game of robotic combat. With easy to learn rules and engaging gameplay, VOLT is a game for both families and avid gamers. You must use your wits to out-think and out-maneuver your opponents to win!

Be the first player to score five victory points. Players earn victory points by having their robot on the active control point at the end of the round or by destroying opposing robots.

Announcing Nazca Games’ upcoming release: Cipher OPS. A game of stealth and cunning for 2 players. One player will take the role of the spy, a covert operative on a mission to infiltrate a remote military installation. The other player will take on the role of the spy hunters, highly trained counter-espionage task force who much hunt down the spy and stop him. Estimated release: Q3 2014

The Cavalry has arrived from Copplestone Castings

Copplestone Castings released a pair of new 15mm cavalry units over in their webshop.

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From the release:

FM20 Northlander Cavalry – 6 different hairy tribesmen with a couple of horse poses.
FM21 Barbarian Cavalry – 6 clean-shaven warriors in more of a Conan style.

Command packs for these tribes are just about to go in production and will be available by the middle of next week.

By the way, our Barbarica range is now available in blisters at most UK shows from the Wargames Emporium stand – as well as our other ranges.

Legends and Lies Now Includes First Expansion

Legends and Lies has unlocked their first expansion for their Kickstarter campaign. There’s still a week left, so hopefully they can make it through some more.

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From the update:

With only a week to go in their Kickstarter campaign for Legends and Lies, Shoot Again Games announced that they were unlocking stretch goal #1 The Skeptic expansion even before reaching the goal. “We were only a few hundred dollars from the goal and felt that starting on the artwork in an effort to deliver the game as soon as possible was worth it. Also, we felt the expansion, which adds the ability to play a non-partnership four player game was something we wanted our backers to have access to especially since they have been so supportive”. said the game’s designer Diane Sauer. The Skeptic expansion is a twelve card expansion that also includes a Skeptic player marker which is a cryptozoological creature such as the Loch Ness Monster or a Jackalope.

New Custom Trays from Battle Foam Available

Battle Foam has several new custom foam trays to help get your Wild West Exodus minis to their destination in tip-top condition.

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Counterblast looks to put on their helmets

Airlock Games has posted up some stretch goals for their relaunched Counterblast Kickstarter campaign. Bubble Helmets ahoy.

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From the update:

CONGRATULATIONS! You have now unlocked the Edo Leader Prototype for everyone! It is added FREE automatically to backers at the MISSiON TECH level and above plus it is also available as an ADD-ON for $10 at ANY level. Remember this is an exclusive mini made specifically for running live demo games and playtesting and it will not be available for sale outside of the Kickstarter project.

On to the HELMETS!