Review Roundup

Happy International Tabletop Day, everyone! *party cannon*
I hope you’re celebrating in style. I know some of you are out at KingdomCon. Others of you are at PeteCon. Still others are just hanging out at your LGS getting your gaming on. Well, however you’re celebrating, I hope the dice/cards/whatever are in your favor. Remember, it’s all about having fun and making friends.
Anyway, if you’re wondering what game you should play today, maybe some of these reviews can help out.

This week we’ve got: Firefly: Crime and Punishment expansion, Strife: Legacy of the Eternals, Clans of Caledonia, Quartz, World’s Fair 1893, Game of Trains, The Captain is Dead, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Farsight, Martians: A Story of Civilization, Zephyr: Winds of Change, Exit The Game, Morels, and Perry Miniatures’ Confederate Infantry.

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Zenit Miniatures Releases Last Saga Sci-Fi Minis

Zenit Miniatures has a new sci-fi miniatures game out called Last Saga. The first two starter sets, as well as an expansion pack and a single blister are all available in their webshop. They’ve also got the rulebook up (beta version) that you can download and check out.
There’s only one thing with all of it… it’s in Spanish.
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Modiphius Releases Tales From the Loop RPG

Modiphius is just on a roll with releases and announcements lately. They’ve got all their Fallout stuff going on, but they’ve also got a new RPG they’re releasing (along with various ancillaries). It’s Tales from the Loop and it takes players back to a 1980s that’s a bit different than we remember (those of you old enough to remember the 80s, that is).
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Daruma Productions Bringing Back SLA Industries RPG

There’s been a lot of RPG games that’ve come and gone over the years. Not every game stays in print forever. And you can end up with some that many people love, but aren’t available anymore. Well, such was the case with SLA Industries. But it won’t be the case any longer. Daruma Productions is bringing it back.
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Friday Snippets

Woo!
We’ve made it back to Friday. We all know my love of today. But it’s not just any Friday. It’s International Tabletop Day Eve. Yes, tomorrow we celebrate our hobby all over the world. Hopefully you’re planning on going out and celebrating. Many LGSs and gaming clubs have festivities planned. Be sure to check with yours and see what’s going on. And if you’re going to be doing all that gaming, you should be well-fed. So let’s nosh on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today we have: New 3D Printable Tanks by 3DWargaming, Dark Sword Miniatures’ Stephanie Law Masterworks Expansion Up On Kickstarter, Blackwater Gulch Pledge Manager closing May 1st, Runewars Miniature Game Official Army Painting Guides Available From The Army Painter, and RBJ Games’ Significant Seven Kickstarter Reaches Funding Goal.

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New Chi-Ha Medium Tank Available For Bolt Action

The Chi-Ha was one of the most-often-seen tanks being used by the Japanese during WWII. In production since the Second Sino-Japanese War, these tough and reliable tanks were used all over the Pacific, giving Allied forces a bit of trouble on the various islands. Now, you can get them for your games of Bolt Action.
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WizKids Announces D&D Icons of the Realms Epic Level Starter

Role playing characters level up (unless they get killed off or your group can never manage to get together for a game). It’s sort of what they do. They gain new abilities and gear. Things change. So why shouldn’t your miniatures? WizKids has announced their D&D Icons of the Realms Epic Level Starter set. It takes the figures from the regular Icons of the Realms starter set and, well, levels them up.
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New C3 Plasma Bombard and Algoryn Weapons Available For Beyond the Gates of Antares

Sure, you could just use a sharpened stick, or even just your bare hands in a fight, but that’s not really going to be very effective. Instead, why not bring in the big guns, like a C3 Plasma Bombard or one of the new weapons available for the Algoryn? Probably be much more effective.
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CMON Inc Hires Adam Lovell as General Manager

Here’s one that I’ve known about for a bit, but can finally tell all of you about. CMON Inc is getting a new General Manager in the form of Adam Lovell. He’s bringing a lot of experience with the gaming community to the party. It’s going to be good to welcome here to the Atlanta office.
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Kharnage Card Game Now Available

Your army has been fighting against the enemy seemingly forever. Your hatred of them knows no bounds. You’ll do anything to stop their movement. You see them headed towards what appears to be an insignificant hill. You’re not quite sure why they want it, but you know that you’re going to get there first and take it! Casualties be damned! That’s the story behind Kharnage, a new card game that’s available now, along with its Dark Rampage expansion, from Asmodee.
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Thousand Sons Contemptor Dreadnaught Available To Order From Forge World

We all know that a Dreadnaught is a very old Space Marine that went above and beyond the call of duty during his regular service, but their body has been mostly blown to bits, so they’re tossed in a giant robotic body to keep them in the fight. But what happens when a Librarian gets put into one of those? Well, you get something like the Thousand Sons Contemptor Dreadnaught, now available to order from Forge World.
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New Bruin and Jackal Walkers Available For Konflikt ’47

We’ve been seeing a lot of Soviet and German releases for Konflikt ’47 recently. But that’s not to say that the Americans have just been sitting around, doing nothing. The engineers have been hard at work on a pair of walkers of their own. We present to you, the Bruin and the Jackal.
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Wild West Exodus Free 2nd Edition Rulebook Giveaway

You know, when a new edition of a game comes out, if you played the previous version, there’s the potential to feel a little cheated. You already bought a rulebook once. Why should you do it again? Well, the folks behind Wild West Exodus don’t want you to feel that way. They’re offering to give you a new 2nd Edition rulebook.
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Battlefront Features Grant Armoured Troop For Flames of War

During the fighting in North Africa, the British needed a tank that could match up to the German’s panzers. They found that in the form of the M3 Grant. Its gun and armor made it equal to its opponents in many ways. The one issue is that the tank was rather tall. So it was kind of hard to hide it. But still, they worked well. And a troop box of them will be making their way to your Flames of War tables.
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butt wasted Party Board Game Up On Kickstarter

So I’m told, occasionally, people like to get together. This seems like an odd and foreign concept, being the loner that I am. Anyway, when this “get-together” happens, often people will play games. Often, those games involve alcohol. These “party” and “drinking” games seem to be rather popular. And there’s a new one up on Kickstarter now. It’s call butt wasted.
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Thursday Terrain Corner

The busy week of being busy continues on. Yesterday was more of the same. The one thing that’s nice is that, sure, it’s been busy, but it’s been the good, productive kind of busy. So even though it’s a huge checklist I’m working through, things are being checked off. The next thing on said list is to give you stories about terrain. So let’s get to it.

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Heroic Maps Foxtail Moor: Ruined Watchtower Available Now, Acheson Creations LLC Releases 15mm Medieval Thatched Wattle & Daub House, Ruined Complex: Pwork Wargames gaming Scenery Set Now Available, and Mantic Games’ TerrainCrate Up and Funded On Kickstarter.

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Diceborn Heroes: A Co-op Dice Adventure Game Up On Kickstarter

An ancient evil is once more rearing its ugly head. The peace and prosperity of the land is under attack. Who will stand up to it? That would be the Diceborn, heroes who are able to utilize the power held within the die crystals. It’s up to them to travel throughout the land, performing quests as they build up their power before they take on the ancient evil and send it back where it came from.
That’s the story behind Diceborn Heroes, a new cooperative dice game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Steve Jackson Games Taking Pre-orders For Ghosts Love Candy

It’s April. The end of April. It’s about to get really hot here in Atlanta for a couple months. I don’t know about you, but I’m already wishing it was October. I mean, I have friends who always wish it was October, but at the moment, I’m ready for it as well. When many think about October, they think about ghosts and candy. Well, Steve Jackson is helping get that October feel here in April by taking pre-orders for Ghosts Love Candy.
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Fantasy Flight Games Posts More Legend of the Five Rings Info

Another game that’s recently had a bit of info posted about it, but I know a lot of you are clamoring for more, is the reboot of the Legend of the Five Rings card game, now being done by Fantasy Flight Games. Well, they’ve posted up detailed info about the first two phases of the game. Long-time players can get a look at what might’ve changed, and new potential players can see what they could be getting into.
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Modiphius Posts More Info About Fallout Miniatures Game

The previous announcement about the upcoming Fallout minis game was pretty bare-bones, just like a skeleton that you find out in the wastes. But it’s getting a bit fleshed out, with some more info about the game as well as some new renders of a couple of the figures.
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Privateer April Releases Wave 2 Available Now

There were just so many releases coming from Privateer Press this month that they had to split it into two groups. For those with a love of the undead, your wait is over, as the new Cryx Command book is available, along with a couple warcasters and a warjack.
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A Touch of Class: 7 New Classes for 5th Edition Up On Kickstarter

When playing Dungeons & Dragons, your class is pretty important. Even your race or alignment really isn’t quite as important for your character as your class is. Those others might come up from time to time, but your class comes up pretty much any time you roll the dice. As such, picking just the right class for you is important. Well, EN Publishing has been coming out with various classes for their Patreon backers. Now, they’re updating those and putting them together in a single book called A Touch of Class. It has 7 fully fleshed-out classes that you can use in your games. The book’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Retrocausality 1st Edition: A Time Travel Roleplaying Game Up On Kickstarter

How many of you would love to travel through time? Maybe you just want to see how things end up in the future, or check out some major event of the past, or maybe you’ve just got a history test coming up and flashcards just aren’t doing it for you. Whatever the reason, being a time traveler is what you’ll be doing in Retrocausality, a time-travel RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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The Book of Contemporary Magical Things Up On Kickstarter

If you’re playing an RPG set in a medieval fantasy setting, it’s not too difficult to find bunches of magical gear with which you can equip your character or dangle in front of your players for them to quest after. But if you’re playing a game in a more-modern setting it might be a bit harder to find the right types of gear. Not too many people walk around these days wearing gauntlets or grieves or have flaming swords. Well, The Book of Contemporary Magical Things is here to help. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Modiphius Announces Cold and Dark Sci-Fi RPG Pre-Order

Modiphius has started taking pre-orders for their new sci-fi RPG, Cold and Dark. This isn’t your bright and shiny sci-fi, but more your dark and scary sci-fi, with murderous aliens around every corner. Also, this isn’t your standard pre-order, but more crowdfunding-like. The more pre-orders Modiphius gets for the book, the more extras will be unlocked before the game is released this summer.
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Midweek Snippets

Busy weeks tend to be fast weeks. This is a busy week, and therefore it is a fast week. I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. Soon, it will once again be the weekend. Have you gotten your plans set? Mine are still a bit up in the air. The Hunter’s Guild releases didn’t come in like I was hoping they would. Perhaps this weekend (I need to ask Sketch about that). But before we get there, we should stock up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: Stars Reach space ship miniatures Up On Kickstarter, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm April Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, Imbrian Arts Undead Resin Collection Up On Kickstarter, The Adventures of Little Knife and Kronan Miniatures Up on Kickstarter, New miniature set by Brother Vinni, Symbaroum Art book Now Available, Ruma: Dawn of Empire Coming to Kickstarter Next Month, and New Chaos Legionary Winged Jump Pack Available From Kromlech.

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Club Fantasci Announces FLGS TV

Just about every FLGS I’ve been in has a couple TVs in it, usually playing material based on games that they’ve got for sale. Or maybe it’s just some geeky stuff that the customers love (I don’t know how many times I saw The Gamers while hanging out at The Fantasy Shop, St. Charles). Well, David Lowry over at Club Fantasci has created FLGS TV, a new service to help inform game store shoppers of all the cool products that are available therein.
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Barker’s Row Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Step right up! Come one! Come all! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! We’ve got freaks! We’ve got geeks! We’ve got feats of strength! We’ve got things mother nature never intended! We’ve got prestidigitation! We’ve got it all, and just for a couple dollars you can see it for yourself! Seating is limited, so you better hurry! That’s what you’ll be doing in Barker’s Row, a new card game up on Kickstarter from Otherworld Games. Hire acts and look to be the first to fill your tent with spectators.
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Z-Man Games Announces Valletta

I live in Atlanta. Driving around the city, I certainly go, “… I could’ve laid out the city better than this! You can’t get anywhere!” I’m sure many of you have done much the same. Well, Valletta gives you the opportunity to build your own city. It’s 1566 and you’re one of several builders in charge of creating the capital city of Malta. The game is a mix of resource management, worker placement, and deck-building all wrapped up into one.
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Fantasy Flight Games Announces New Edition of Blood Bound

Occasionally, you look at a game and go, “you know, this game works just fine, but the art could use a bit of touching up.” That’s just what Fantasy Flight Games did with Blood Bound, their social game of vampire clans. They have announced that a new edition is coming out with all-new artwork. AKA – New Look! Same Great Taste!
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Catalyst Game Labs Announces Dragonfire, D&D Deck-Building Game

Sometimes you want to get your D&D adventuring on, but you just can’t seem to get all your players together. Or you don’t quite have the time to have a full session. Well, before, you might just have to call it quits. But with the Dragonfire deck-building game coming from Catalyst Game Labs, you can just shuffle up your decks and get playing. It’s a new deck-building game coming soon.
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Gamboni Board Game Up On Kickstarter

I’d thought about starting this post with a bunch of bad Italian-American stereotypical thing, but decided against it, since I didn’t want to find myself in the Hudson with a pair of cement shoes on. Anyway, the various crime families in New York are having a bit of a war in order to find out who’s going to control which bits. There’s only so much town to go around. They’re going to have to fight to get the best parts. And that’s what you’ll be doing in Gamboni, a new board game up on Kickstarter.
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Sailor Moon Crystal Tabletop Games Coming From Dyskami Publishing

One of the most popular anime series out there is Sailor Moon. It’s one of those where even if you don’t watch the show and have never even seen an episode, you know about it just through all the other media it’s in. Well, soon you’ll have some new ways to experience the setting, as Dyskami Publishing is going to be coming out with some new games based on Sailor Moon Crystal. The first two are Dice Challenge and Truth or Bluff.
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WizKids Announces Defenders Team Pack For Dice Masters

Well, we’ve got the Avengers/Defenders War set coming for HeroClix. Might as well have some Defenders show up in Dice Masters, too, eh? WizKids has announced that they’ll be coming out with a Defender’s Team Pack for the game, including such heroes as The Hulk, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.
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Flying Frog Taking Pre-Orders For Shadows of Brimstone: Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion

When Shadows of Brimstone first came out, it was all about the Weird West where you’d head down into a mine in search of the monsters that’d been coming out. It’s since branched out, with those tunnels leading to strange and fantastic worlds. The next tunnel you go down doesn’t lead to a world, though. It leads you off-world, with Derelict Ship OtherWorld. Pre-orders are being taken now.
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