Hotel Registration Now Open for CMON Expo 2015

CMON Expo will be here before you know it! It’s a great convention because the special guests aren’t sequestered away in some back room until their panel and then hidden once more. No, they’re out there on the convention floor, just talking with anyone and everyone. Want to play Kaosball with Eric Lang? You can do that. Want to paint next to Jen Haley? You can do that. And of course, there will be much, much more.
Pre-reg and hotel registration are up and running, so get your tickets now.

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New Thureophoroi Light Infantry from Warlord Games

Warlord Games has some new Thureophoroi Light Infantry available over in their webshop. While not “the world’s oldest profession,” mercenaries have certainly been around a long time, too. At least, long enough to have fought in some of the biggest battles in all of history. Well, now you can bring some to the biggest battles of your tabletop (or any small battles, too) as well. And because you want to make sure that the mercs stay in line and do as they’re told, they’ve got a command set for them, too.

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Podcast Roundup

It’s that time again for another posting of the podcast produced previously this past week.

As always, there’s a new episode of Removed From Play, episode 105 of Lost Hemisphere Radio, Episode 14 of Privateer’s Primecast, Screaming Heretic 75 (because we can’t just have Privateer-related stuff), and Gamers Behaving Badly.

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Fantasy Flight posts A Preview of the M3-A Interceptor Expansion Pack for X-Wing

Fantasy Flight Games gives us another look inside the Scum and Villainy faction for X-Wing with a preview of the M3-A Interceptor. Not exactly the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe (in fact, I can’t say I remember hearing about it, but it’s been a long time since I read any of the extended universe stuff), the M3-A is sort of a middle point between the big, heavy hitter of an X-Wing and a light, nimble TIE-Fighter. There is a “heavy” version you can create as well with the expansion cards in order to sort of fit into the Y-Wing role as well.

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Free Adventure goal for Aihrde RPG Kickstarter

Troll Lord wants to ring in the new year in style. They’ve been more than 5x funded in their Aihrde RPG setting Kickstarter, but want to get even further. So if they can break $25k by midnight tonight, they’ll add in a free adventure to all backers.
They’ve got less than $4k to go to get there, and just over 13 hours.
The overall campaign still had 5 days to go, but if you can get a free adventure, why not jump in now?

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New models and deals from Raging Heroes

Raging Heroes continues to bring out more models from their Toughest Girls of the Galaxy line over in their webshop. The first Iron Empire heroes are now available. And because they’re so kind-hearted and in the spirit of giving this season, they’ve got some special deals over in their webshop, too, if you buy them as a bundle. Plus, you can get a free beer coaster with certain orders. Because why not?

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Dragon Forge Design brings you the First New 32mm bases in its Broken Wasteland range of base sets

Dragon Forge starts bringing you the first of their new 32mm bases for your new Space Marine armies with their Broken Wasteland set. And since 32mm isn’t the only type of base you might need in Broken Wasteland style, they’ve got a whole bunch of new sizes available in that style as well. Get the base you need to create a cohesive look for your force with these new sizes.

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Bring Powered Armor To Your Crazy8s Game With Mecha8s

Aegis Studios brings out more for their Crazy8s rpg system with the release of Mecha8s. Who doesn’t love giant powered armor suits battling it out against one-another? If you just said “me.” then… you’re kinda lame, but that’s alright. We love you, anyway. The Mecha8s book is fully compatible with all the other Crazy8s books. So you can have your wizard or psychic or super hero fight with or against these new mecha.

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Fire for Effect Studios Boxing Week Sale on Miniature Sculpting Courses

Fire For Effect Studios wants you to start the new year off by becoming the best sculptor you can be. As such, they’re having a sale on their Miniature Sculpting Courses over on their website. They’ve got a bunch of different options for the sale, depending on what you want to focus on (or if you need basically everything), so go check it out.

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More Algoryn releases for Beyond the Gates of Antares

Warlord Games continues to expand their Beyond the Gates of Antares line with some new Algoryn releases. They have their new AI Squad, which is cool. But for me, I’ve always been about the big guns. They’ve got a new mortar and a plasma cannon platform as well. And to make sure you’ve got your target squarely in the crosshairs, they’ve got targeter probes as well.

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“Warfare in the Age of Madness” Expansion Available Now

A Clear and Present Madness is the first expansion for Warfare in the Age of Madness. The expansion adds a bit of everything to the party, including more battlefield obstacles, more gear, more units, and more actions. The set also changes the force creation charts a bit in order to give you more options. The set also has rules for creating such things as Bradley companies and such, if you’re so interested.
Now, for the fun part. Not only is the expansion free, but they’re having a special sale on the original book as well.

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Infinity Table Street Set available from Micro Art Studio

Micro Art Studio is filling up your Infinity table in one, easy step with their Table Street Set. The kit comes with 16 terrain sets, as well as the gaming mat to go underneath.
Granted, even if you’re not playing Infinity specifically on the table, you still get a good bunch of terrain for a reduced price. Go check it out.

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Mistborn Allomancy Dice up on Kickstarter

Crafty Games is running a Kickstarter for their Mistborn Allomancy Dice. The initial goal was to create 8 individual dice with a special symbol for the 6. And, well, they’ve made it! Their real hope is to expand the line to 10 dice. They’re a good ways there, and with 25 days yet to go, it’s entirely possible they could make it.
And besides, it’s dice. Gamers can always use more dice.

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The Game Publishers Guild created

The Game Publishers Guild is a group of small, independent role-playing game publishers who have banded together in order to help strengthen their overall forces in this topsy-turvy world of gaming. Initially created by Aaron Huss of Mystical Throne Entertainment, the 7 charter members (Arcanum Syndicate, Cakebread & Walton, DramaScape, Imaginary Empire, Mystical Throne Entertainment, Rogue Games and Scrying Eye Games) hope that by joining together, they can achieve greater reach through conventions and retailers, where such action had not been previously possible.
Membership is open and if you’re interested in joining, you can contact any of the Guild members to see about the application process.

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New Gaming Mats from Deep-Cut Studio

Deep-Cut Studio has teamed up with Wargame Print (Deep-Cut loves those team-ups) for four new gaming mats. Available in several different sizes, so you can make sure you’ve got the right size mat for your game, they make sure your table is lookin’ good. The four styles are rocky plains, arctic tundra, wild steppe and deep waters. Other than the general look, there’s no real specific, identifiable things on them so they’re good for fantasy, historical, or sci-fi gaming.

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Maze Quest – Eternal Stone up on Verkami

Maze Quest – Eternal Stone is a new dungeon delving board game that’s up on Verkami (a crowdfunding website). Taking creative cues from works like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, the game pits heroes versus a labyrinth master who will do everything they can to keep the heroes from their goal. The game will come in both Spanish and English.
The campaign is online for another 33 days. They’re still a long way from their goal, but with a cool idea and a lot of time on the clock, they’ve got a good chance of making it.

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New Year, New Adventures Sale

New Realms Publishing thinks a new year is a great time to start a new adventure… and I’d have to say that I agree with that. As such, they’re having a sale on their universal adventures over on RPGNow. Go get yourself 25% off their products until January 5th.

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15mm Modern City Block from Sally 4th

Sally 4th knows you love their modern/near future terrain sets. But if you’re a 15mm gamer, they weren’t really useful for you. Well, now Sally 4th has several new 15mm modern city blocks terrain kits available over in their webshop. There’s several buildings as well as roadways and accessories to populate your tabletop with. And if you want, you can get them pre-painted to save yourself the trouble.

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Meet the Titans: Paul Peterson

Calliope Games posted up another short video interview with another of their Titan Series game designers. This time it’s Paul Peterson, designer of such games as Guillotine and Smash Up.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as TGN will have an interview with Ray Wehrs, president of Calliope Games, all about the Titan series and what it was like working with all those designers.

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Kickstarter Funded Darkfast Dungeons Basic Set Now Available On RPGNow

Okumarts Games now has their Darfkast Dungeons Basic Set now available. You can even get it at a discount if you hurry. Successfully funded via Kickstarter, Darkfast Dungeon is a print-and-play dungeon crawl game, great for new players and introducing non-gamers to the genre. With multiple scenarios and modes of play (cooperative and competitive), no two games are ever the same.

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Final hours for Underground Lasers Kickstarter campaign

Underground Lasers has only about 5 hours left in their third Kickstarter campaign. They’ve made it over their funding goal, but it’s just barely over. With some extra pledges, though, they can maybe make it through some stretch goals. They have some new photos up of some of the terrain printed out and painted, though, to ooh and aah over.

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Bombshell Games products 25% off sale

Bombshell Games has a 25% off sale going on for Rogue Planet and Mayhem going on now until the 5th of January. So if you’re looking for sci-fi or fantasy mass battles, they’ve got you covered. Go pick up one of the games (or both) for cheaper than usual.

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Victrix previvews next year’s releases

Victrix has posted up some renders of some of the first kits they’re working on for 2015. They’ve got a little bit of everything coming for you historicals gamers. For WWII players, they’ve got new aircraft on the way. Those look pretty sweet. Going back a couple centuries, they’re showing off some Napoleonic artillery crews. As everyone knows, Napoleon was an artilleryman in the military. And then going back some more centuries, they’ve got some Carthaginians they’re showing off.

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TGN Sunday Edition: News Snippets

Hey there gaming buddies, it’s time again for another Sunday Snippets here on TGN.

So what’s happening? We’ve got some photos of Medrin cast in resin resin, Torn Armor gives us an update of their 3D renders with Reaper, a look at some new 10mm terrain from War Mage Games, a new release from Hitech Miniatures, some new template colors from Micro Art Studios, and more.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

As usual here on our Saturdays now, we’ve got our Review Roundup.

We’ve got some Go for Broke, La Isla, and Board Game Quest takes a look at Gravwell, as well as (see what I did there?) gives us their top 10 board games of 2014.

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Fantasy Flight Games previews Fleet Building in Armada

Fantasy Flight Games gives us a Boxing Day treat and lets us know how fleet building works in their upcoming Star Wars Armada miniatures game. They’re showing off how the different ship cards can turn one ship into potentially many different ones, depending on what extras you add. Much like their X-Wing minis game, they’ve got crew and upgrade cards as well. Included along with that, you’ve got fleet commanders that turn one of your capital ships into your Flagship.

The thing that sets Armada apart is the fact that you have to also purchase three Objectives for your fleet.

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Final Days for Rum & Bones on Kickstarter

CoolMiniOrNot is in their final couple days on Kickstarter for Rum & Bones. Their MOBA-style board game has come quite a long ways since launch. They’ve added new factions in the form of the French and the Chinese. They’ve got boatloads (no pun intended) of of mercenaries and extra crew members. They’ve got custom dice. They’ve got Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Lord Nelson (among others).

They’re more than 9x funded, and still plenty more they can go through, so check ’em out before the end of the weekend.

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Heroic Maps 100th product, the Mage’s Tower, now available

Heroic Maps has released their 100th product, and it’s a biggie. They have their new Mage’s Tower now available. The map has 6 different floors to it, giving your players many different challenges along the way.
The bonus is that it’s on sale for only $1 for the rest of the year. That’s a lot of terrain for very little green.

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Bad Santa Sale Happening at Warlord Games

Warlord Games knows that Santa isn’t perfect and sometimes he screws up. Hey, there’s a lot of homes in the world to visit, mistakes are bound to be made. Anyway, if you didn’t get what you wanted, in terms of Warlord Games minis or rulebooks, under the tree like you had hoped for, Warlord Games isn’t going to punish you for Santa’s mistakes. So they’re offering 10% off every order until the end of the year.

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Final days for Cogz from Raez over on Kickstarter

Raez is in their final couple days for their strategy board games, Cogz. In the game, players are trying to help a steampunk professor clean up his lab. The machine that he’s built for researching color has gone all wrong. Players are trying to help fix the color streams by playing tiles on the board. The game comes rather highly rated, being Mensa approved. The simple gameplay, yet deep strategy, means it’s easy to learn but hard to master, being good for a wide range of players.

The campaign is more than 3x funded, but only has 5 days left on the clock. So if you want to use some of your holiday money on it, you’d better go quick.

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Happy Gaming Holiday!

Alright, so it’s the season of giving.

So, what gaming gifts did you give and also, what gaming gifts did you get?

I got a new Kitchenaid mixer.
How does that relate to gaming?
Well, for several years, I brought cookies to GenCon (about 16 dozen every year, to be precise). But my previous mixer is gone and I never had a chance to replace it. So that means cookies for GenCon again!

But that’s me, what’d you get?

TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 3: Blue Dragon Blues

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 1 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.

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Fantasy Flight Games Releases The End of the World Zombie Apocalypse RPG

Fantasy Flight Games doesn’t head to the “zombie apocalypse” well too often, so it’s interesting to see when they do. This book is the first in their The End of the World line, which will be RPGs that focus on various ways, well… the world could end. Be it zombies or ancient gods or cosmic encounters, the books will pit PCs against the ruins of a dying world.
And by PCs, I really mean “you” since character creation is creating a stylized version of yourself in the game. Also, you come equipped with what you bring to the gaming session. (though I’m not sure I’d want to have my players actually carrying around baseball bats and knives if I’m about to run them through some terrible scenario as the DM… hmm…)

Anyway, the game’s available now for you to try out and see if you and your players can survive.

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News Snippets

We’ve got a bunch more news snippets for you.
There’s some new miniatures from a new game company, Corvus Corax Miniatures. We’ve got new WWI terrain tile bases from Amera. Kromlech has some new wallpapers for your computer. Troll Forged shows off the test print for their Dreadnaught (he’s a biggie). All that and more in this new batch.

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Realm of Darkness now available for Ogres & Underworlds

New Realms Publishing has a new supplement book out for Ogres & Underworlds. This time it’s the Realm of Darkness. Inside you’ll find rules for using darkness to power your spells (I’m attacking the darkness! … with darkness!). It’s got the Warlock class, as well as new special abilities. And of course, new monsters (because a DM loves having more monsters around).

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