TGN Review – Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Quick-Start Rules

Chaosium is coming out with a new edition of the long-standing gaming staple, Call of Cthulhu. They’ve released the Quick Start version of the game.

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“That is not dead, which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.” Call of Cthulhu rises from the grave with a new edition. TGN’s Enrico Nardini unearths this eldritch tome at the risk of his sanity.

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Though, we’re not entirely sure he was all that with it to begin with (just kidding, Enrico!). Get ready for another TGN Feature. This time it’s Call of Cthulhu 7th edition QSR.
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15mm Mullo AFV Released at The Ion Age

The Ion Age now has their Mullo AFV figures available in their webshop.

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From the release:

Now released! Three variants of the mighty Mullo AFV in 15mm scale.

I would like to thank everyone who took part in the ESO on this great vehicle. More news over the next two days from The Ion Age. We are always delivering quality and unique experiences and miniatures to wargamers.

Click through for full details and more images of these vehicles.

Land of the Free Available to Pre-Order from Osprey

Osprey Publishing has started taking pre-orders for their new Land of the Free rulebook, which helps you recreate conflicts from around the American Revolution.

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From the website:

Land of the Free: Wargames Rules for North American 1754 – 1815 are now available to pre-order from the Osprey Publishing website.

Designed to capture the tactics and atmosphere of the battlefields of late-18th and early 19th-century North America, Land of the Free is a miniatures wargame that embraces this tumultuous time. The simple, but challenging, rules have been developed with flexibility in mind, and can accommodate both small skirmishes and large engagements. With scenarios and force lists for the French and Indian War (1754–63), the American Revolutionary War (1775–83), the Northwest Indian War (1785–95), and the War of 1812 (1812–15), Land of the Free is a dynamic, versatile game that allows gamers to recreate the battles that birthed a nation.

Hobby World headed to Essen

Hobby World will be at Spiel Essen and they’ve got quite a lineup planned for the show.

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From the press release:

Hobby World at Essen 2014

It’s that special time of the year again — the long-awaited Essen show is upon us! October 16th-19th Essen becomes the center of the world for all boardgamers. Hobby World is totally going to be there! We will be located at the same place as we were at last Essen — Hall 1, Booth E151.
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New Dvaregs Tsardom Specnaz minis coming from Werewoolf Miniatures

Werewoolf Miniatures is showing off some new Devaregs Tsardom Specnaz minis they’ve been working on that will be released soon.

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From the announcement:

Dvaregs Tsardom Specnaz coming soon to our eBay store.

Designed and sculpted by Marcin Szyma?ski

Sentinel Tactics now available

Greater Than Games has their Sentinel Tactics board game now available over in their webshop.

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From the website:

It’s the beginning of the week AND the beginning of a new product line being in regular rotation!

Sentinel Tactics has been shipped to the retailers and distributors who support us (just so you know, we LOVE our retailers and distributors! Support your friendly local gaming store!) along with promos! Some stores will already have copies in hand and on shelves by now, whereas other are just now getting their games or will be getting them soon! As a result, we’re ready to put them on our own webstore.

The October issue of Wargames Illustrated magazine is available now

Wargames Illustrated has their October issue of their magazine now available for your downloading and reading pleasure.

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In this issue:

For WI324 we take the theme of ‘Modern Warfare’ and feature articles and photos covering wargames in Vietnam, South Ossetia, Palestine, The Rhine and The Golan Heights. We also have author Harvey Black writing for us this month and suggesting scenario ideas for ‘The Day the Cold War Turned Hot’. Our theme concludes with a look “Twenty years from now” at near-future gaming.

Outside of our five theme pieces we have a further nine articles to enjoy covering AWI, Colonial, World War Two, Shows, Modelling and more.

Arcknight running Flat Plastic Miniatures Kickstarter

Arcknight has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for Flat Plastic Miniatures. Pretty self-explanatory in the description there.
They’ve made their goal, so check out stretch goals and extras they’ll be aiming to unlock for the next 57 days.

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From the campaign:

Something NEW in miniature gaming – hundreds of affordable, quality tokens printed onto transparent plastic with front and back art.

We want to bring a new option to tabletop gaming – miniatures printed on thick clear plastic, with great double-sided art that’s pre-cut and ready to use for pennies on the dollar.

The Flat Plastic Miniature (FPM) is similar to a cardboard pawn or papercraft mini, except that it’s produced on thick transparent plastic. They are artistically pleasing without any white edges and can be used to create a library of miniatures OR supplement the existing miniatures you already have.

Enter To Win Mint Tins from Subquark Games and Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci and Subquark Games are teaming up to get you some Mint Tin Pirates and Mint Tin Aliens.

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From the announcement:

You can enter to win both Mint Tins Pirates and Mint Tins Aliens from Subquark Games and Club Fantasci! Contest runs through Oct 4th!

New Endless Fantasy Tactics Adventure

On the Lamb Games has posted up some new downloadable content for Endless Fantasy Tactics. Go pick up the Misadventures of Gelato now.

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From the website:

We are pleased to announce the release of DLC 02 – The Misadventures of Gelato for Endless: Fantasy Tactics. This is a Pay What You Want release, customers are able to select any price (Including Free!) they wish when checking out. As with DLC 01 (The Trials of Battsu), we will be updating the PDF for Gelato every other week during our regular Visiting Hours post. Once you have added the DLC to your Wargame Vault account you will receive an e-mail whenever the update goes live, and there is no additional cost to download the updated files.

Nerds on Earth reviews Star Ralms iOS version

Nerds on Earth takes a look at the iOS version of Star Realms and gives us their thoughts on the situation in this article.

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From the post:

Have you ever been to a baseball game and noticed that the people sitting behind home plate think every high fly ball is a home run, so they explode to their feet and their hands shoot up in the air?

“Oh! OH! OH! Awwwww…”

Of course, it turns out that it wasn’t a home run at all and the ball was caught in shallow right field, so all the fans just sit back down and make comments about what could’ve been. Hold that image because it will be relevant later on in this review of Star Realms for iOS.

Miniature Building Authority launches Castle Kickstarter Campaign

Miniature Building Authority has launched their Kickstarter campaign for their new castle terrain. Go get yourself a nice place for your little mans to live or to lay siege to.

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From the campaign:

The MBA Castle Kick Starter will run in October of 2014. Delivery is tentatively planned for May 2015. Products: MBA will introduce several new items to make our castle system the most complete, modular and versatile system available on the market. Products will include a new Keep, Great Hall, Drawbridge, Barbican, Castle Dungeon, Tavern Cellar, new Town Building, and many other exciting new products. Additionally, there will be great stretch goal freebies, and a specially sculpted line of castle wenches to add to your collection.

Gang Up Crime Adventure Card Game up on Kickstarter

Gang Up is a new “criminally fun card game” that’s up on Kickstarter and looking for some funding love.

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From the campaign:

‘Okay listen up, it’s time to show who’s boss is around here!’

Gang Up! is casual card game where you compete to become the ultimate crime lord! Recruit legendary gang members and commit crazy daring crimes. Use criminal influences and team up with other players to get ahead. And when they least expect it, backstab them to win the game!
What’s so good about Gang Up!?

Well…!
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Dice Crawl: Optional Rules for Advanced Solo Play and a new Ironman Mode

SoulJar Games gives you more ways to play their Dice Crawl game with new, free optional rules for advanced solo play and an Ironman Mode (you don’t actually play as Ironman, though that would be cool).

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From the website:

Hi Dice Crawl players! Postworldgames Jim Pinto – the designer behind Dice Crawl – has come up with two new optional rulesets for your Dice Crawl games: an Ironman Mode and Advanced Solo Play rules!

Ironman introduces elimination rules and a lower dice count than maybe you are used to: it’s Yahtzee meets a gladitorial contest and players aim to eliminate each other from the game.

The Advanced Soloplay Rules introduces three different gaming ‘personalities’ and play styles for your AI opponents! How will you beat them?

Ares Games acquires the license to publish the “Age of Conan” strategy board game

Ares Games has acquired the license to publish the Age of Conan strategy board game.
Prepare to drive your enemies before you.

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From the announcement:

Ares Games is proud to announce that a deal has been signed with Conan Properties International LLC to re-launch and expand the “Age of Conan” Strategy Board game.
“Conan is a classic property with great stories, and the Hyborian world is a wonderful setting for a board game”, commented Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games, and one of the game authors. “We think that Age of Conan will be a great addition to Ares’ catalog, and we have very exciting plan to develop the game.”
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It’s like a Sorny or a MagnetBox

Polyhedron Collider has a post up talking about a Chinese knockoff version of the Hearthstone card game.
I know a lot of people who would love if this were really a real, licensed product.

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From the post:

Those cheeky Chinese have done it again and created a physical version of the online CCG sensation Hearthstone. Since first released by Blizzard card gamers have been asking if Hearthstone will come to a physical version, hoping for a replacement for the now defunct World of Warcraft TCG but most people who have played Hearthstone agree that it just wouldn’t work as a physical game.

But that hasn’t stopped Chinese retailer Taobao from selling a copy of the game. As reported by Games in Asia the game runs a lot slower in real life and isn’t tweaked for balance like Blizzards digital version. Both these issues go to show off just how clever Blizzard has been with their design and implementation.

Will this get shot down by Blizzard? Well I doubt it. Copyright infringement in China is rife, this is the country of Nikee sportswear, eyePhones and, let’s not forget, the World of Warcraft theme park.

Casual, card-based language game coming soon to Kickstarter

Predicate (wow, when was the last time you saw that word?) has created a new game called Roots. Create your own words and justify their existence. It’s coming soon to Kickstarter.

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From the website:

Roots© is a game of inventing language. Players combine Prefix and Suffix cards to create new words, competing for the best connection to a Subject card. Whoever delivers the best explanation for their word captures that Subject card, gaining a potential piece of their secret Win condition – but stay sharp: players can manipulate each other’s progress with various Power cards, undermining opponents while advancing themselves. The result is narrative warfare in which the most creative, best spoken, and craftiest thrive.

Think Apples to Apples meets Scrabble meets a philosophy class.

Fire For Effect Studios Launches Retailer Program

Fire For Effect Studios is looking to retailers to help promote their online courses. Join in and you can get a nice finders fee.

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From the announcement:

F4E Studios is proud to announce the launch of their Quartermaster Corps, an exciting and new retailer program for their online Miniature Sculpting Courses.

Retailers on the program receive 40% commission! There is no need for inventory or process orders; completely hassle free.

For more information on our Quartermaster Corps program, contact james@f4estudios.com.

I’m a Big, Fat Dynamo!

Privateer Press is showing off a new Cygnaran warjack they’ve been working on. Say hello to the Dynamo.
Shocking.

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From the preview:

Dynamo is the most successful of Sebastian Nemo’s many prototype warjacks, the one that has survived extensive use in the field. Powered by its galvanic generator, Dynamo is outfitted to render electrical destruction via its devastating storm cannon. This weapon fires deadly bolts of lightning that can strike clusters of advancing soldiers, or concentrated to melt heavy armor to slag. Thanks to Dynamo’s ability to harness and channel its own kinetic energy, each attack it unleashes is more deadly than the last.

New Bolt Action Japanese type 4 Ke-Nu light tank

Warlord Games expands the Imperial armored corps with the release of their Ke-Nu light tank kit for Bolt Action.

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From the website:

The forces of the Imperial Japanese are further reinforced by the addition of this new resin Ke-Nu light tank.

With the Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tanks undergoing up-armament and therefore a new turret, older Chi-Ha turrets were surplus to requirements. A use was found for them by marrying them to the hulls of the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, giving birth to the Ke-Nu. Approximately 100 of this hybrid light tank were produced.

Bonesylvanians are coming

Reaper will be running special, weekly sales all through the month of October on special Bonsylvanian minis. Miss out and you’ll have to wait until next year.

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From the announcement:

This year, we’ve got a special treat for all you Trick or Treaters!
Each week in the month of October, we’ll be revealing three new Bonesylvanians Miniatures! These fierce little ghouls will only be available in this metal edition for a specific week before they slink back to their crypts until next Halloween.
Get them before it’s too late!

WizKids previews Deathstroke for DC HeroClix

WizKids gives us a look inside the upcoming Flash set for HeroClix with a look at Dethstroke.
Maybe he can tell us why all the rum is gone.

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From the preview:

Welcome HeroClix Fans!

Thanks for joining us we continue to explore the upcoming DC HeroClix: The Flash set! Today we check out a villain and sometimes anti-hero who became a pirate in search of his daughter in the Flashpoint universe, Deathstroke!

Wave 20 for Bushido available to pre-order

GCT Studios has started taking orders for their latest wave of Bushido minis over in their webshop.

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From the website:

That’s right over in the store the Wave 20 models are available for Pre-Order, these have a street date of October 10th. Who are you most looking forward to getting your hands on?

New 2mm Scenery Items from Brigade Models available

Brigade Models give you some more terrain options for your tiniest of battles with some new 2mm terrain pieces.

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From the website:

We have two new items available for our 2mm Small Scale Scenery range this week. The first is the largest model to date, an airship shed. This is modelled on the designs of the ones at RAF Cardington, although slightly smaller in size (they still scale out at over 400 feet long).

The second item is a large English church. These are supplied randomly with one of three different tower types.

SSS-8035 – Large Airship Hangar – £9.00
SSS-8041 – Large English Church – £2.50

Veranthea Codex Kickstarter ends this week

Veranthea Code, a Pathfinder Resource and Campaign Setting, is in their final week over on Kickstarter. They’re getting ever-closer to their goal. They won’t make it without your help, though.

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From the campaign:

This Pathfinder campaign setting, player resource, and GM tool is unlike anything you’ve read before and there are four FREE preview PDFs right on the project page to prove it!

There’s only 1 week left before the funding period ends!

Foreword and art prints by Larry Dixon, dozens of new player options, goblins in jets, and so much more await you within the Veranthea Codex!

Dungeons & Dragons 5e Monster Manual Review posted on Play Board Games

Wizards of the Coast gets their 5th edition Monster Manual reviewed by the experts over at Play Board Games.

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From the post:

The Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition (5e) Monster Manual has a plethora of baddies to pit against your players.

Gettin’ Higgy with Munchkin Adventure Time

Gettin’ Higgy With It gets mathematical and delves into Munchkin Adventure Time in their latest vidcast.

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We take a look at the card game, Munchkin: Adventure Time, by Steve Jackson. Distributed by Steve Jackson Games. Munchkin: Adventure Time is for 3-6 players, age 10+ and takes about 90 minutes per game.

Oddzial Osmy’s Latest 3mm and 15mm Releases Arrive in the US

PicoArmor, your exclusive place to get Oddzial Osmy in the US, has their latest releases now available over in their webshop.

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From the post:

PicoArmor (Oddzial Osmy’s exclusive North American distributor) is pleased to announce that Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm and 15mm August and September releases are in stock and available to order.
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Fire for Effect Studios Final Days for Back to School Sale

Fire for Effect Studios has their big 50% off “back to school sale” coming to an end tomorrow. Go register for your classes now.

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From the dean:

Learn the fundamentals of sculpting at 50% off! Designed with the miniature painter, modeler, converter and sculptor in mind, these courses are complete guides to sculpting with HD videos, pdf guides, exercises, and teacher guidance.

Our back to school sale ends September 30th so don’t miss out on the sale!

New release from Hitech Miniatures

Hitech Miniatures continues their sci-fi releases with the release of Consul Titus Helva.

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From the website:

Supreme Council Member – Consul “Titus Helva”

Multipart ( 6 pieces) 28mm scale one miniature represent “Amadeus ” – Incantator / Summoner blessed army in heavy Egzekuthor armor.

This is a high quality resin miniature, which comes unpainted and requires assembly.
Feet to eyeline dimension: 31mm
1) Body 2) Left hand with scroll 3) Right hand 4) rod 5) pennant 6) 25mm base

Club Fantasci interviews Jason Washburn about Hooch

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry sits down with Jason Washburn from Talon Strikes Studios about their Hooch card game, currently up on Kickstarter.

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From the post:

Hooch is a card game set during the Prohibition Era of the 20th Century. Players build a Criminal Syndicate from the ground up, earning Respect Points by completing missions, attacking opposing Store Fronts and making bathtub gin. From back alley deals to buying your way into City Hall, Hooch has it all. Play your cards right and you’ll run the streets of Temperance Town.

Going Native hits 50% funded

Paymaster Games has made it to over 50% Funded for their Going Native Kickstarter campaign. They’ve still got 9 days to go to make up the other half. Will they make it?

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From the campaign:

Hello Everyone,

We have reached 50%. That is a fantastic achievement. Your hard work was has been rewarded, the Kallawaya Doctor is off the sculptor and hopefully we will have WIP very soon. We just need to push this up to the final goal. All of your work on the various forums and message boards has be the most useful and powerful tool that we have. Please keep getting the word out.

I want to reward everyone who helps out and joins in. To do that I have these gift goals to bring us up to the funding goal. Let’s start with Facebook, new Facebook shares made from the campaign page is tracked by Kickstarter. If we reach 150 shares it will unlock the landed Flying Head and 250 shares will unlock the flying Flying Head. Once unlocked each Flying Head will be available for 1 point each.

The next bonus for new backers. Once we reach 55 backers it will unlock the Eastern Woodlands Clan Mother.