This Is Halloween. A Review of The Nightmare Before Christmas Munchkin by USAopoly and Steve Jackson Games

For most of my friends, Halloween is their favorite holiday of the year. What can I say? I’ve got some weird/cool friends. Though certainly they are known to sometimes dress up just for funsies at any point during the year, Halloween really lets them pull out all the stops. As such, they’re pretty much all huge fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. So yeah, they were all pretty jealous when this one showed up on my desk.

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So I know you’ve already got at least one song from the movie stuck in your head, but let’s see what is this with another TGN review. This time it’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Munchkin.
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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Happy Halloween, everyone!
Whether you’re going out to a party or staying in, celebrate the holiday with some spooky-themed gaming. At least, that’d be my suggestion.

But how do you know what will and won’t be a good game? You read a review, of course! And we’ve got a whole new batch for you here today.

They include: Blood Rage, The King is Dead, D&D Miniatures White Dracolich Miniature,Battle Foam P.A.C.K 432 Molle Army Bag, Apocalypse Chaos, Conflict of Heroes – Awakening the Bear Second Edition, Brother Vinni Minis, The Grizzled, Pandemic Legacy, Bright Future, Nautilus Industry, Warband Board Game, Stealing Mona Lisa, The Batman Miniatures Game, Isle of Trains, and Sneaky Cards.

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Knight Models Posts Latest Batman Miniatures Game Releases

Batman just seems custom-made for Halloween. Dark, brooding, and with enemies that certainly fit into various “Halloween tropes.” Black cat, scary clown, scarecrow, … ummm… penguins… Ok, so maybe not that last one, but there’s no new Penguin releases this month. What they do have, however, more than makes up for it. You’ve seen the preview of the Batmobile. Well, now you can pick it up. Plus, there’s a place to park it, and all the insane characters you catch during the course of the game.
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Warlord Games Taking Pre-orders For New American Revolution Miniatures Sets

Warlord Games might be breaking into the sci-fi miniatures business with Beyond the Gates of Antares and Terminator: Genisys, but they’re still mostly known for their historical miniatures, and for good reason. They’ve got quite an extensive catalog of figures and they’re constantly adding to it. For example, they’ve got a whole bunch of new sets for the American Revolution era that they’re taking pre-orders for now.
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Add-Ons Added To Sword & Sorcery Campaign From Ares Games

Ares Games keeps chugging along with their Sword & Sorcery board game Kickstarter campaign. There was quite the surge right out of the gate. They’re now well over 400% funded and still have a lot of time to go. To help raise that funding total even further, there’s a bunch of add-ons that people can add to their pledge.
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Fury of Dracula Now Available From Fantasy Flight Games

Seems like this would be the perfect time of year to release a board game based on one of the classic monsters in all of literature. As such, Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce that you can now pick up Fury of Dracula from either your LGS or from their very own webshop.
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Friday Snippets

We have made it to Friday, ladies and gentlemen. Rejoice!
And, like, go eat some candy or something because of Halloween. Have yourself a good time.

Speaking of bite-size items such as those “fun” size candies (never did quite figure out what was so “fun” about them, but there we are, then), we have our usual platter of stories for you. These, however, know exactly why they’re fun.

In this batch we have: Free 15mm personality figure: Gaius Marius in Baueda Indiegogo Campaign, Final Day for Anarchy Models HD Stencils Wave 2 Kickstarter, The Prang by Eli Arndt moving to The Ion Age soon, Arena Rex Faction Dice Now Available, New Modern Adventurers & Mercs From Warhansa, and Plaid Hat Games Posts Halloween Downloadable Content for Mice & Mystics.

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Hawk Wargames Launches Dropfleet Commander Kickstarter

Hawk Wargames takes to the air with their latest Kickstarter campaign. Well, more to the air than they already were with Dropzone Commander. How did those drop ships get to the planet they’re commanding, anyway? That would be the spaceships of the various faction fleets. That’s where Dropfleet Commander comes in. Take control of your own armada of ships, fighting off your enemy’s fleet, in order to dominate the upper atmosphere.
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Sandstorm Virtual Tabletop Up On Kickstarter

It’s a small world after all.
Sorry about that, but it’s becoming more and more true with each passing day. For example, I was just talking with one friend in Wales and another in Australia at the same time. And here’s the thing: that’s not anywhere near such a big deal as it used to be. The fact that you read that and probably went, “yeah, so what? I do that all the time.” just proves my point. And, us being gamers, if we know someone, we probably want to game with them. Well, Sandstorm is a new virtual tabletop that can help make that a reality. They’re up on Kickstarter now.
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Zenit Miniatures October Releases Now Available

As the month draws to a close, we see that it’s time once more for Zenit Miniatures to post up their new releases for both of their minis games, Kensei and Nemesis (which always makes me think of the line, “Do you know what nemesis means?” But that’s me). There’s several releases for each game, so let’s go take a look.
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New Solar Auxilia Unit Available to Pre-Order from Forge World

I have to say, the look of various Games Workshop/Forge World models sometimes leaves me scratching my head. I tend to not really like it when things are overly-flashy or models are in really awkward poses. Neither of those are the case with the new Solar Auxilia Veletaris Storm Section unit that’s up for pre-order now over on Forge World’s page.
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Cryptozoic Announces Release Date For Ghostbusters Board Game

Well, ghosts and such seems like an incredibly appropriate topic for this time of year. Y’know, with the Halloween thing and all. In fact, now that I think about it, I might just watch Ghostbusters on Saturday (along with the Evil Dead movies, just because). And shortly thereafter, I’ll be able to play Ghostbusters, as Cryptozoic has announced the release date for their Ghostbusters board game.
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Warlord Games Taking Pre-Orders for Beyond the Gates of Antares Rulebook

So you’ve seen all this stuff about Beyond the Gates of Antares. You’ve followed along with the twists and turns of its history. You maybe even downloaded the Beta rulebook. But you know some of the rules changed between that and this final version. So maybe you’re a little leery of wanting to buy an entire battle box set only to find out that the rules aren’t what you’d hoped they would be. Well, Warlord Games is now taking pre-orders for the Beyond the Gates of Antares rulebook.
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Final Week For Scythe Up On Kickstarter

Well, as all things do on Kickstarter, they have to come to an end at some point. For Scythe, the new alternate-history board game from Stonemaier Games, that end point is a week away. “How’s that campaign been doing since it started?” you might ask. Well, they’ve broken $1mil.
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Sig: The City Between RPG Up On Kickstarter (But Not For Long)

I’ll be honest, I’m not one for cities. Crowded thoroughfares and bustling nightlife really isn’t for me. I’ll gladly take the suburbs or even just small-town life out in the styx somewhere. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to visit cities from time to time. There’s always plenty to see and do. I just wouldn’t want to call one “home.” Well, for as much as there is to see and do in someplace like New York or London or Hong Kong, there’s even more to see in Sig: The City Between. And that’s just the topic of a new sourcebook for the Spark RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Thursday Terrain Corner

We’re getting there, people. We’re making our way to the weekend. For many, it will start with some Halloween parties tomorrow night. Any of you got any Halloween gaming plans? I’m thinking I might just get a bunch of bags of candy and watch all the Evil Dead movies and then figure out what else from there. Anyone wanna come over and join in? 😉

At the moment, though, we’ve got some stories to make your gaming table look as good as possible. It’s time for another Terrain Corner.

Today we have: Chaos Factory Fantasy Sports Accessory/Field Indiegogo Campaign Running Now, Scenery Dice are now available, and Fat Dragon adds ‘snap-lock’ cave terrain to Kickstarter.

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Paradox Interactive Acquires White Wolf Publishing from CCP Games

Well, it seems that Halloween is time for monster-related news of all type. Though this is a bit different than a sale or a new zombie mini. Paradox Interactive has announced that they are purchasing White Wolf Publishing from CCP Games. This means that World of Darkness, Vampire: the Masquerade, and Werewolf: The Apocalypse are now under Paradox’s umbrella. Paradox has said that White Wolf will remain an independent entity with its own dedicated team.
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Final Koku Offers Available from AEG for Legend of the Five Rings

One of the bigger news stories of the past couple months is how AEG will be turning over production of the Legend of the Five Rings card game to Fantasy Flight Games. As AEG starts wrapping up production for the game, they’re offering one last set of Koku sets for players.
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Join the Fantasy Flight Games Flight Crew

Are you really into games? Do you already like to host events either at your LGS or other locations? Would you like to get rewarded for it? Would you like to help out a major gaming company at conventions? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Fantasy Flight Games might have just the program for you. They’re now starting up their Flight Crew demo team and are looking for new recruits.
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Imagine 3D Miniatures Mounted Heroes Now Available

It’s sometimes rough to try and find just the right miniature for your army or RP character. You can spend hours surfing online, looking through catalogs of figures and never quite find the right one. One might be the wrong race. Another might be armed incorrectly. Another doesn’t have quite the right armor. Add in needing the proper mount and it makes things 10x worse. Thankfully, Imagine 3D Miniatures is here to help and they’ve got their Mounted Heroes sets now available.
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Witty Wars Card Game Up On Indiegogo

Have you ever been gaming when the lights go out? Maybe the power went out because of a storm or some accident. Or perhaps you’re out camping and the fire’s dying. Or maybe you just like playing games in the dark (not those types of games, you perv!). Well, even without light, you can play Witty Wars because these cards glow in the dark.
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CoolMiniOrNot Hiring Video Editor/Producer

Our intrepid cameraman, Joe-Nathan, who shot pretty much every video you’ve seen with me in it, and the other various videos on TGN, and did many of the Kickstarter and extra videos for CoolMiniOrNot is going to be starting his own video production company. So that leaves a bit of a gap that needs to be filled here. So our loss is your gain, as CoolMiniOrNot is looking for a new Videographer/Editor/Producer.
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Midweek Snippets

Well, we’re making our way through the week. My week has been…
So yeah, we’re making our way through the week. Let’s get you some bite-sized stories that we’ve come across recently.

In today’s batch we have: Warbears and Stagriders Kickstarter Announced, New 20mm Car Conversion Set From Ramshackle Games, Good: The Battle Halloween Special Rules Available Now, Geek Fever Games and Firepeng Games Join Forces, Cul-De-Sac Conquest Heading Through Stretch Goals, Ratgard: Badger Multiple Launch Rocket System Now Available, New Infinity Status Discs from Warsenal, Scotia Grendel New releases, Happy Seppuku Passes Kickstarter Goal, Mr. Maksimov’s Manor coming to Kickstarter in January 2016, and Aquelarre Dark & Mature Medieval RPG On Kickstarter.

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Fantasy Flight Games Announces Lead By Example, A New Age of Rebellion Sourcebook

I just started a new D&D campaign on Saturday. With the makeup of the party and the characters therein, my Battle Chef sort of became the de-facto leader of the group. That sort of things happens often. I was a group leader in my last Star Wars RPG I was in, though that was over a decade ago at this point. Now, if I were to play in another Star Wars RPG game, we’d probably be using the rules from Fantasy Flight. And if I were playing a leader-type character, they’re coming out with a book that’d be seemingly all for me in Lead by Example.
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Warlord Games Hosting Beyond the Gates of Antares Launch Event

We’re less than two weeks from the official launch of Beyond the Gates of Antares by Warlord Games. It certainly has a lot of odd twists and turns along the way. Starting out as a Kickstarter that didn’t quite make it. Then went underground for a while. Then picked up by Warlord and released as a free Beta rules set that people could leave feedback about. Minis started coming out for it. Then, with the official version coming out, the beta was taken down. Well, those that have been following along the entire time, or even if you’ve just had a passing notice of it, the final release is almost upon us. And Warlord Games wants to start it off in a big way.
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Escape the Nightmare Card Game Up On Kickstarter

I don’t tend to have nightmares.
And I realize that typing that means I’ll probably have one tonight, because that’s how karma works.
Anyway, those that I do tend to have, after I wake up from them, I go, “wait… why the hell was I afraid of that again?” because usually what was so scary in the dream is just really dumb in real life.
Some friends I have, though, have it a lot worse. So they probably shouldn’t play Escape the Nightmare, a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter, lest it give them horrible nightmares.
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Knight Models Previews Batmobile Mini

He is the terror that quacks in the night!
Wait, that’s Darkwing Duck. My bad.
And while Darkwing had that cool motorcycle, I don’t think he ever had anything quite as cool as this Bat Mobile that Knight Models is showing off that they’ll be releasing eventually for the Batman Miniatures Game.
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Horus Heresy Doubles Weekend Coming Next Month

In battle, it’s always best to have a buddy. Someone there to watch your back and make sure the battle goes as according to plan (as “according to plan” as it can, anyway, considering battle). Next month, Games Workshop is running a Doubles Weekend. And you don’t even have to win to get something.
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Kings of War: Uncharted Empires Now Available To Pre-Order

Do you like Kings of War but want something a little different in terms of the faction you play? Well, Mantic is here to help. They’ve started taking pre-orders for their new Kings of War: Uncharted Empires book over in their webshop. Feel free to go and order yourself a copy so you’ll be the first gamer on your block with this book when it’s released in November.
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GCT Studios Previews Kerasu For Shadow Wind Clan

Shadows and wind. They’re not really something you can catch and keep. Wind, by its very definition, is always on the move. And a shadow you can never grab. Seems like an appropriate clan name for a group of ninjas. And that is just the case for Bushido. GCT Studios is showing off a new mini for the Shadow Wind Clan with a look at Kerasu.
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Halloween Horror Sale from New Realms Publishing

Halloween would be a great time to get together with your gaming group and get a session in. It’s on a Saturday this year. And even beyond that, for those of you with Daylight Savings Time, “Fall Back” happens on Sunday morning, so you effectively get an extra hour of Halloween night. To help get your group into the ghoulish mood, New Realms Publishing is having a Halloween Horror Sale.
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GOTY Video Game Card Game Up On Kickstarter Now

GOTY (which is different from Gotye) is a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter. In the game, players are video game developers and they are all trying to create the Game of the Year (hence the name of the game). Only one game will receive that title, and it’s up to you to make sure that happens. Will you be the next Goldeneye or the next E.T.?
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