The Little Game Master Up On Kickstarter

Many of my friends have kids who are just getting to the age where mom and dad are showing them the joys of gaming. In order to give them another opportunity to inject the joy of gaming into their lives, there’s the storybook, The Little Game Master, all about a group of friends who turn to RPGs in order to stave off some boredom. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Ostfront Releases Missile Threat (Modern Air Combat) Rules

I’d sort of always wanted to be a fighter pilot. My eyes have never been good enough for that sort of thing, but it was one of those dreams I had in the back of my mind as a kid. Now, certainly the potential of being a Top Gun are exceedingly slim, but I can still live vicariously through gaming. And that’s where Missile Threat comes in. It’s a new set of air combat rules by Ostfront that looks to accurately recreate air battles from the past 60 years. You can get your copy now (aviator glasses sold separately).
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DGS Games Releases The Trilian Bladerider For Freeblades

In Freeblades, there’s more than one way to outfit your characters. Depending on how you want to create your warband, you might want certain weapon loadouts on certain characters. Thankfully, the folks at DGS take this into consideration when they have a new release. For example, the new Trilian Bladerider’s now available, and there’s multiple ways you can outfit this swift addition to your team.
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Blue Orange Previews 2018 Releases

As the first month of the year comes to a close, it’s good to look forward to what the rest of the year will be like. How many of your resolutions have you managed to keep? Blue Orange is looking to make 2018 a great one, and they’ve resolved to have a bunch of game releases. But what sorts of things will there be? Glad you asked! Because they’re here to show their plans.
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Midweek Snippets

Still working on getting better from this cold. It always seems to take me longer to get back to 100% than it does days that I’m actually feeling sick. It’s like, “Ok, these are the days I’m definitely sick” and then a week of, “I’m hoping this is the last day of this garbage.”
I’m starting to get my appetite back, though. So I’m going to chow down on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today in the platter we have: Treasure Towers Dice Towers Up On Kickstarter, Now available – New Ancestral Ruins bases From Tabletop-Art, Necronomicon Dice Up On Kickstarter, and New Nurgle Trays from Battle Foam: Great Unclean One.

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Voodoo Games Running Isles of Terror Board Game Kickstarter

When the Conquistadores made their way into the islands of the Caribbean and around South and Central America, there were plenty of dangers among the palm trees. The Natives certainly weren’t always interested in having their riches plundered. There were storms that could wipe out entire islands. Then, of course, there were the ancient gods. Facing all these trials is what you’ll be doing in Isles of Terror, a new board game from Voodoo Games that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Way of the Fighter Available For Pre-Order

I’ve got friends who have been showing off that they’ve been getting their Kickstarter editions of Way of the Fighter. They’re excited about the old-school fighting game feel right on their tabletop. Well, for those that weren’t part of the Kickstarter campaign, their wait is almost over, too. Soda Pop is celebrating Valentine’s Day with the game’s release (that’s Feb. 14th, just in case you didn’t know). But you can put your name down on the list to get your copy now, as they’ve started taking pre-orders.
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Fantasy Flight Announces Pre-order Bonus For Star Wars: Legion

We all know gamers want to be the first ones with the new toys when they’re released. Nobody likes to wait for their awesome figures. So pre-ordering is a good way to make sure you get yours first. Well, those that are pre-ordering Star Wars: Legion through Fantasy Flight’s website will get an extra bonus.
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Infinity Cargo Box Giveaway Happening Today

Corvus Belli is having the first of their giveaways for the year. This time, they’re teaming up with Bandua Wargames to give you a free Infinity Cargo Box. I mean, who doesn’t like getting things for free? Check out their page so you can enter your name into the drawing.
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Plastic French Cavalry Single Frames Now Available For Black Powder From Bolt Action

Box sets are handy when you want to get an entire unit of figures at once. But what about when you just need a single figure? Maybe one got lost or busted or you want to customize your forces just a little bit. It can be annoying to have to get a whole box just for a single fig. Thankfully, Black Powder players looking to just get single sprues of French Cavalry are in luck. You can now buy individual frames from Warlord Games.
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Fantasy Flight Previews the Dark Cults and Investigators from Masks of Nyarlathotep

As we all well know, even with all the evil out in the world today, it pales in comparison to the truest of evils… Ancient Egypt! *Imperial March plays*
Cultists, praying to a forgotten god, are trying to cause all sorts of havoc. It’s up to you, the investigators, to come up with an answer and stop them. Being an investigator, knowledge is your greatest weapon. Best to get some intel on these cultists, plus the other investigators you’ll be working with. Good thing that’s just what we’ve got here for the Masks of Nyarlathotep expansion pack for Eldritch Horror.
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5150: Bugs: Into the Tunnels Minis Game Up On Kickstarter

I mean, I realize they’re a vital part of the ecological system and all, but I’d prefer if they didn’t come invading into my apartment. However, as bad as seeing something scurry across your kitchen floor in the pale moonlight may be, it is nothing compared to the bugs one comes across in the depths of space. For those, you’d best get out your plasma rifle. I don’t think a tennis shoe will suffice.
That’s the type of thing you’ll be fighting in 5150: Bugs: Into the Tunnels, a new minis game that’s a team-up between Two Hour Wargames and Acheson Creations. The game’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Tiny Shark Interactive Announces SpacebabiesNRobots

Well, I have to say, I’m always intrigued when I come across a game that has a theme that’s different from most. I think it’s safe to say that that’s what we’ve got here from Tiny Shark Interactive. Their first board game is called SpacebabiesNRobots (or perhaps SpaceBabies N Robots… It’s one way in their press release, another on their website). The premise is simple, get your robots (that are carrying babies) to the escape pods in time.
The game will be coming to Kickstarter next month.
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Podcast Roundup

Tuesday and the work week is fully underway. I’m still on the road to recovery, every day feeling a bit better, but still trying to take it easy, lest I suddenly relapse and get sick again. So, while I try and get the last of this gunk out of my head, lemme also get you some podcasts to listen to so your week can go by quickly.

This week we have: Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 142: sculpting miniatures with Chad Hoverter!; Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 115: Rajas of the Ganges; Gamers Lounge Episode 141: What is the Aetherium; Singled Out Episode 59: Talking Hunters With Aaron Wilson; Guild Ball Tonight Episode 75: Not A Kickstarter; Anonymous Tabletop Episode 21: The Last Jedi Spoilercast; Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 136: Hunt for the Ring, Heaven & Ale, Muse, Finished!, and Lotus; Cardboard Herald Episode 64: Gabe Barrett of Board Game Design Lab; The Secret Cabal Express Episode 34: Euro Games, Some We Love and Some We’d Love To Play; and News of the North – 2018-01-30.

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Fantasy Flight Games Previews Imperial Forces in Star Wars: Legion Starter

Come to the Dark Side. We’ve got cookies!
All of us have heard the siren call of the Dark Side of the Force at some point or another. Whether we’ve actually crossed over or not, you have to admit that they’ve got some pretty cool armor and gear. And if you want to play the Dark Side in Star Wars: Legion, a good place to start is with the starter (makes sense). But what will you be getting in said starter? That’s what we get a look at in this preview from Fantasy Flight.
Also, they announce that the game will officially be released on March 22nd. So be on the lookout for that.
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Godtear Playtest Kits Go On Sale Today

Gamers want to be in the know. You want to have all the info. And you want to make sure that the games you’re playing are as good as possible. So, if you can, you’ll look to help out with the game design process. In this case, you’re in luck, since Steamforged is going to be sending out playtest kits for Godtear. You can jump in and order yours today.
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Anvil Eight Previews The Wurm For Aetherium

We’ve all heard about computer worms. They’re nasty, little programs that can infect your system and just keep on tunneling through. That might be annoying enough as-is, but in the world of Aetherium, you might just run into The Wurm, one of the terrors of the Rhommox Faction.
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New Shadowsea Releases Previewed

Down under the surface world we know is another layer. Here, a deep, dark, underground ocean has its own inhabitants… but also its own riches. It’s into this subterranean, submarine world that you find yourself in Shadowsea. AntiMatter Games is showing off some new releases they’ll be coming out with for the game in the next couple months, including a huge kraken.
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Latest Issue of Tabletop Gaming Magazine Now Available

Filling your entire day with gaming is easy when you have a gaming magazine on-hand. And you’re in luck. The latest issue of Tabletop Gaming Magazine is now available. I mean, you come to Tabletop Gaming News to get news about tabletop gaming. You might as well read Tabletop Gaming Magazine as your magazine where you get info about tabletop gaming. It just makes sense.
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Castles & Crusades: Monsters & Treasures Up On Kickstarter

When your game has been around for 14 years, regularly putting out new material, it’s easy for a new player, or even veterans, to get lost when looking for a specific bit of info. That’s where compendiums come in handy. In this case, Castles & Crusades: Monsters & Treasures looks to bring together all the monsters that’ve been created for the game over the almost decade and a half and give you one, giant tome of fights for your adventurers to take on. The book is up on Kickstarter now.
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Manual of Mythology Up On Kickstarter

In folklore, there’s nearly countless spirits, creatures, and other beings that inhabit the world. In the Manual of Mythology, they’ll bring those creatures to your D20 RPG games. It will bring all these “real world” creatures into the mythical realm of your adventures. The book is up on Kickstarter now.
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Ascendant Destiny Fantasy RPG Up On Kickstarter

When playing in an RPG, we tend to have a very specific idea of what we want our characters to be. We have a rather clear picture of what they look like, how they act, what their personality is like, what they’re good at. Sometimes, it’s hard for a game to actually make that character live and breathe in the system of the rules. Ascendant Destiny looks to be as flexible as possible with character creation rules, so the character you make is exactly the one you want. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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Steamforged Previews Skulk and Pelage For Ratcatcher’s Guild

The Ratcatcher’s Guild will be the first minor guild released for Guild Ball. They will be hitting shelves relatively soon, and so, as to make you all informed customers about what you can expect, Steamforged has posted up a preview of two of the characters that’ll be in the box. They are Skulk and Pelage.
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Monday Terrain Corner

Ooof, it was not the best of weekends, having been sick. Thankfully, even though it’s still pretty early in the morning (as I’m typing this up, anyway), I’m feeling better now. I think I turned a corner on it overnight. We’ll see how the rest of the day goes. I need to heal up. Gotta be ready for my friend to come over next weekend and do some gaming. Also, we’ve got our regular terrain feature for you today.

In the Terrain Corner we’ve got: Axolote Tiles Up On Kickstarter and Woodland Gaming Mat Available From Pwork Wargame.

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Suen Ikna: The Known Lands RPG Up On Kickstarter

Language is such an interesting thing. We think something, and then either create a pattern of symbols or a collection of noises, and then what we were thinking is transmitted to other people. In Suen Ikna: The Known Lands, game creator Tariq has created his own language, with its own alphabet, punctuation, and grammar rules, to use in the game. The fantasy RPG setting is up on Kickstarter now.
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Late-Pledges open for Kings of War: Vanguard

There was kind of an explosion of Kickstarters here in the past several weeks. With all the campaigns going on, its easy for one to have slipped by your notice, to you just didn’t have the funds for one because you wanted to back another. It happens. Thankfully, there’s the late-pledge time for many campaigns. If you’re wanting to get in on Mantic’s Kings of War: Vanguard, now’s your chance, even though the Kickstarter’s over. They are taking late pledges now through the month of February.
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Wyrd Previews Rooster Rider for Bayou Bash

It’s Monday. And while that may not mean it’s the greatest day of the week, it does mean that Wyrd has a new preview to show off. They continue along their looks into the upcoming Bayou Bash board game with a preview of the Rooster Rider.
… I might just stop by Publix for some chicken on the way home…
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League of Seekers Horror RPG Up On Kickstarter

There’s a lot of things out there in the dark places that want to get you. Strange, otherworldly things with malevolent intentions. But you aren’t some weak-hearted individual who would just scream and cower. You’re a Seeker. It’s your duty to go find those nightmares-made-flesh and make the world safe. That’s the story behind League of Seekers, a horror RPG set in an alternate 18th century Europe. The game’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Asmodee Announces Three New Unlock! Sets

Escape rooms are quite the rage these days, with all manner of them popping up all over the place. They can also appear on your tabletops in the form of the Unlock! series of games from Asmodee. The thing is, once you’ve solved the puzzle, that’s kinda it. Thankfully, there’s a new trio of sets coming out soon so you can give your brain an all-new workout.
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New Thousand Sons, Adeptus Custodes Releases Available To Order From Games Workshop

You know what’s annoying to clean up? Sand.
It gets everywhere. It ruins the wax finish on floors. It’s a pain to try and get rid of. So I can see why the Adeptus Custodes might be getting a bunch of reinforcements. They see the new Thousand Sons stuff coming and they just know that those heretics are going to track sand all over everything. Ugh. Just the worst! How inconsiderate!
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TGN Recent Changes

Hello TGN Readers!

My name is Marcus and my company, BV Software acquired TGN from CMON back in December. I’ve been working closely with CMON and Polar_Bear over the past 30 days to ensure a smooth transition. Polar_Bear will be staying on as the editor so news won’t be interrupted. You may have seen the user survey I posted to help understand what’s working and what isn’t working for TGN readers. Based on the fantastic responses to the survey, we’ve already implemented some changes:

  • Refreshed the site design to be cleaner and responsive so that it works better on tablets and mobile devices
  • Moved to a new web host for faster page response times
  • Removed the non-tabletop related ads from the Disqus comments section
  • Improved Twitter posts by including the first part of article text instead of the headline only

I hope that these changes have improved TGN a little but there is more work to do. Please take a moment and help us by ranking the most wanted features so that we can prioritize improvements that you’d like to see:

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Review Roundup

Hello, Saturday. How are you? I’m alright. Still a little sick. Bit of a lingering cough, but I’m working through it. So no gaming will be had by me today (I’m actually just contemplating a nap). But I hope that your Saturday is a bit more exciting than what I’ve got going on.
At the very least, though, before I take another shot of medicine and go lay down, I gotta make sure you get those reviews you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Museum Heist, Race for the Galaxy iOS Expansions, Battle for Rokugan, Yogi, The Pursuit of Happiness: Community Expansion, Bubblee Pop, XCOM: Evolution Expansion, Dicetopia, Hot Shots, NewSpeak, Dragonfire, Codenames: Duet, Outpost Siberia, and Mage Wars Academy Warlord and Forcemaster Expansions.

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UBOOT Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Under the sea.
Under the sea.
There’s lots of dangers for a submarine crew when you’re deep under the sea.
I know, not the lyrics you were thinking when you first started reading this post. But being deep underwater in the cramped confines of a submarine is where you find yourself in Phalanx’s UBOOT board game, which has officially launched its Kickstarter campaign.
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