TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

It’s another Saturday. Hopefully you’ve got something fun going on.

Anyway, here’s the reviews we found during the week (it was apparently a big week for posting reviews. There’s quite a lot to go through).

We’ve got reviews/previews of: Chaos & Alchemy, Fields of Arle, High Command – Escalating Conflict, Sellswords, War Stories, Trains: Rising Sun, Kalypto, 7 sins, Hitman Holiday, Amber Route, Twisting Catacombs Dungeon Scenery, M4 Sherman from Warlord Games/Italeri, Trikerion: Legends of Illusion, Games Workshop’s Wood Elf Treeman, Sisters of the Thorn, Dark Eldar Voidraven Bomber, and the Zen Terrain Fast Food Stall.

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Fantasy Flight Games Previews Rebel Wave 1 Releases for Armada

Fantasy Flight Games gives us another look inside Star Wars Armada with a preview of the Rebel expansion packs for Wave 1.
The game is soooo close to release, I can almost taste it! I can’t wait for this to hit store shelves.

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The February issue of Wargames Illustrated magazine is available now

Wargames Illustrated has their February issue available now for your downloading and reading pleasure. As usual, the issue is packed with articles. It includes such as a look at fighting in South Africa during WWI, painting several WWI forces, a battle the Australians fought during Vietnam, and a look at the Blucher Napoleonic rules set.

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Trickerion Board Game up on Kickstarter

Mindclash Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for their new board game, Trickerion. In it, players play as magicians and illusionists looking to be the David Copperfield of them all (he’s still a thing, right? I remember watching his specials all the time when I was younger. My sister was a huge fan). The campaign has already passed their funding goal with still 28 days to go.
Though now that I’m thinking about magic, I’m thinking Gob Bluth, and now that I’m thinking Gob Bluth, I’m thinking The Final Countdown…

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Friday Snippets

The week is coming to an end. What do you have planned for your weekend?
I’ve got some new review articles I’ll be working on. It’s been really exciting playing some of these new games.

Anyway, there’s been a bunch of bite-sized stories coming across my desk, so it’s time for another Snippets.

This time around we have: A new preview for Sector Commander, Cure/Heal Dice on Kickstarter, a new Predette from Predastore, Clan Kitsune preview fluff from Ninja Division, New Tokens Available from Advanced Deployment, Bloom Role-Playing Game Character Sheets Now Available, LaserCutCard Reduces Price on Statis Tomb Terrain, New Bits Packs at Alternative Armies, How To Serve Man coming to Kickstarter, and Skirmisher Publishing releases 100 Oddities for a Thieves’ Guild.

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TGN Interview: Elan Lee of Exploding Kittens

TGN contributor and Ravage Magazine’s EIC Jared Miller managed to get a moment of Elan Lee’s time to quickly chat about the “Most Backed Campaign in Kickstarter History,” Exploding Kittens.

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Darkraven Soundscapes: Cthulhu & Horror Music Kickstarter

Darkraven Games is running sort of a double-Kickstarter all in one. They’re looking to fund both a Cthulhu-Fantasy and Horror Music soundscapes sets. Bring some atmosphere to your gaming sessions (because blasting Foreigner during your fantasy RPG group just isn’t cutting it… unless your playing a bard like I am in my campaign. He rocks!).
And to be fair, you don’t have to just play it while gaming. It also makes just good mood music while painting or working on other things.

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New French Army Releases for Bolt Action from Warlord Games

Warlord Games helps you keep your French troops in line with the release of their new French Army HQ set. And to get them around safely and in style, they have the new Lorraine Armored Carrier as well. I hear it can also transport cheese very well.
Because the Simpsons.

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TGN Editorial – Press Announcement Pique

Associate Editor Enrico Nardini pulls out a pernicious problem present in Games Workshop’s latest press announcement. See what has him piqued!

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There are times when I feel like Games Workshop is in a position where they can do no right. 2014 did show improvement in some areas. Did you ever think you would see bundle deals that had an actual and meaningful discount? How about new starter sets that once again, could be considered a value for your gaming dollar (including units you might actually want to purchase)? Yet, in the age of the $25+ single figure blister, it’s hard to not think that there are still systemic issues in GW’s attitude and business model that may be causing their continuing profit backslide.

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Conan Khitai Expansion Updated

Monolith Games has listened to you, the backers of their Conan board game Kickstarter campaign, and expanded their Khitai expansion to include more. More what? More just about everything. There’s a new hero, a new game board, and a pair of new scenarios.
The campaign still has a little less than 2 weeks to go. Go take a look and see all the good stuff going on.

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WizKids previews 2 cards for D&D Dice Masters

WizKids keeps to their “show two things” for their D&D Dice Masters previews as well, with a look at two of the upcoming cards from the set. Check out the Dimension Door basic action card and the Beholder Apprentice Aberration card. Eye hope you like it. (see what I did there?)

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Final days for Ater Kickstarter, all stretch goals unlocked

Ater has just a few days left in their Kickstarter campaign. They’ve unlocked all of their stretch goals (Lasciva being the latest), so you can now pledge for any of the minis they’ve shown. You have until the 2nd to pledge.

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Ultimum sci-fi RPG on Kickstarter

Ultimum is back up on Kickstarter. They’ve regrouped, reconfigured, and relaunched their campaign for their sci-fi tabletop RPG. Players adventure on an Earth in the far future where new sentient creatures and aliens bring unique situations to the sessions. Players will also help determine the storyline for the game. Groups can upload their session details and help mold how the setting changes over time.

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Terminus Gate Sci-Fi Minis Game up on Kickstarter

Spider Monkey Games is running their Kickstarter campaign for Terminus Gate, their scenario-driven sci-fi skirmish game. Players build their forces of space privateers and must work to complete contracts in order to gain riches and experience. The game sounds much like Gorka-Morka or Mordheim, where your crew progresses and changes as you play more games, becoming more experienced and gaining new abilities and gear. So if you like that style of game, give them a look.

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Soda Pop Miniatures posts January Relic Knights Releases

Soda Pop Miniatures has posted up their January releases for Relic Knights over on their website. There’s a new unit for each of the factions, helping you bolster your forces on the battlefield.

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3 New Pre-Orders from Forge World

Forge World has a trio of new releases up for pre-order on their website. The first is the next in their line of Horus Heresy characters. Sevatar was the First Captain of the Night Lords. Rather nasty fellow, it would seem. Next up are a new Imperial Fist Legion Command. You get a banner bearer and the other a leader of some kind (you pick the rank). “Oh! Shot right in the heraldry!” The final new model is the Solar Auxilia Basilisk/Medusa, because Forge World didn’t want Battlefront to be the only one releasing new artillery pieces lately.

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Fantasy Flight Releases XCOM Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games tells you to watch the skies, their new XCOM board game is now available. Players must attempt to thwart an alien invasion, played by an application on your smart phone, tablet, or online, in order to protect the world. But it’s not just the aliens you have to worry about. Panic caused by their attacks has the civilian populations uneasy. You must balance between focus on the skies and focus on those around you.
And I know it’s not the same franchise at all, but when I think alien invasions, I think, ” *punch alien in the face* Welcome to ‘erf!”

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WizKids previews Dr. Sivana and Black Adam for DC HeroClix

WizKids keeps up their previews for the upcoming Trinity War set for DC HeroClix with a look at Dr. Sivana and Black Adam.
I looked up the Trinity War on the DC Wiki the other day. Seems like an interesting (if maybe a bit confusing at times) story line.
Are you HeroClix players also comic book readers? I’ve not regularly read comics since the mid-90s, and then, it was primarily Marvel (the X-Factor team with Havok at the lead was my favorite).

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Snippets for your Wednesday

Hopefully all our readers up in the North East are safe and warm.
Well, if you’re snowed in (or even if you’re not, I guess), here’s a selection of some of the shorter stories we’ve come across the past couple days.

We’ve got: 2nd Special Edition Dragon Head Challenge Coin Kickstarter, RN Estudio’s 2nd Master Series Mini release: Alice, Tabletop-Art Previews Meteoric Surface Bases, Assault on the Unknown Cover Revealed, Kabuki Models previews First Knight renders, MiniWorlds: New Pictures of Sepulcrum Expansion Set, Dystopian Wars Demo Event Announced for Gnome Con, New Cyborg Hills from LaserCutCard, Schrödinger’s Cats Starts in on Stretch Goals, new pedestal from Thomarillion, and new stretch goals unlocked for the Fightin’ Fungi Kickstarter.

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New Gang for Across the Dead Earth Up for Pre-Order

Dead Earth Games has begun taking orders for a new gang for their post-apocalyptic miniatures skirmish game, Across the Dead Earth. These are the The Engineers Forward Expeditionary Squad (or just “Engineers” to their friends). The first 5 of them are just about ready to head to your gaming table.

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Heroes Wanted: The Stuff of Legend up on Kickstarter

Action Phase Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Heroes Wanted: The Stuff of Legend, their first expansion to their popular Heroes Wanted board game. Inside, you’ll get new Mythic and Supernatural heroes, as well as new game mechanics, and some new scenarios, too.
They’re more than 2x funded, and then some, already and have some stretch goals already added to the campaign.
Check out the upcoming issue of Ravage Magazine US for a review of the original Heroes Wanted game.

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Battlefront Features the M50 (155mm) Gun for Fate of a Nation

Battlefront continues their “all artillery, all the time” previews for Fate of a Nation with a look at the M50 155mm gun. It certainly can’t be said that you don’t have options in your methods of bombardment in that game.
I’ve got basically no knowledge of the conflict the game surrounds, but it seems there were lots of artillery pieces present.
Napoleon would’ve loved it.

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English version of Theomachy up on Kickstarter

Petersen Games and Historical Games Factory are teaming up to bring you an English version of their Theomachy card game. They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign up and running to get it funded, and they’ve already made it to their goal. So it’s on to stretch goals and extras for the next 32 days.

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DreadBall Xtreme now available for Pre-Order

Mantic is now taking pre-orders for the next expansion of DreadBall, DreadBall Xtreme. This version of the game eschews the lights and glamor of the arena for the rough and rumble world of “wherever we can have a game that doesn’t get busted by the feds.” No referees. No fouls. Just you vs. the opponent.

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R.A. Salvatore’s Demonwars RPG Kickstarter under way

R.A. Salvatore, the world-famous author, is running a Kickstarter campaign for his DemonWars: Allheart RPG. A continuation of his DemonWars RPG series, the game expands the story of the world as well as a new character class (the Knight), and new game systems like jousting.
The campaign still has 22 days to go if you want to get in on some fantasy RPG action.

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New German HQ Set from Warlord Games for Bolt Action

Warlord Games has a new, thematic set for Bolt Action available. It’s the “Guarding the Chateau” set and is good for use as a command section for your German army. Or the guy in the trench coat, hat, and glasses could work in something for 7tv, too.

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Battlefront Features Artillery HQ and Crew for Fate of a Nation

Battlefront doesn’t want you to have to leave your artillery pieces without crew and looking like there’s no leadership. So they’re showing off their Artillery HQ and Crew for Fate of a Nation. While most of the artillery was surplus from WWII, it doesn’t mean it was any less effective on the battlefield.

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Kolaps Ground Zero Rebooted on Indiegogo

Kolaps Ground Zero is a new sci-fi miniatures skirmish game using 40mm miniatures that’s back up on Indiegogo after regrouping an re-evaluating their product. Players fight in a post-apocalyptic Europe with themes from horror, sci-fi, cyberpunk, and even mythology. They’ve made it over their funding goal (it was only €650, but they’re still over it) and still have 19 days to go.
Note: the page is in French, as is the game, but English is coming soon.

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Rise of Cthulhu Card Game on Kickstarter

Rise of Cthulhu is a new 2-player strategy card game that’s up on Kickstarter. Players must lead their cult in order to gain the most influence at key Lovecraftian locations in order to have the most favor with the Old Ones when they return. Sure, you’ll lose your sanity at the end, more than likely, but you’ll probably not get ripped to shreds right afterward.
The game is already over its funding goal with still 22 days to go.

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