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Year 2019


The regular Earth is experiencing a New Year. I don't know when New Year's is for the citizens of Middle-earth, but either way, you can go order some new kits from Forge World to add to your forces. Let's take a look.

I know. I know. "Shouldn't this go in the Terrain Corner?" It should, but it's a light news time, so you get it right here. Anyway, as you're getting out all those new minis you got for the holidays, you'll want your gaming table to look as good as possible, right? So, why not grab some of the new terrain strips from Deep-Cut Studio? Perfect for roads all over your battlefield.

It's that weird, interim time between Christmas and New Year's. I've been enjoying a bit of a vacation, though it's not been everything I expected (hooray for sudden $500 car repairs for Christmas! Whee!), but it's been good to unwind. It seems most game companies are taking some time off, too. As you can tell from the bit of silence here (the news room isn't exactly flooded at the moment). Don't worry, the site's still going strong. We're taking the opportunity to rest and recoup some. Anyway, as you wait out your midnight celebrations, maybe tune in to some gaming podcasts.

On the dial we have: Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Episode 79: Eberron with Keith Baker; Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Episode 80: A License to Game: An Hour with Ryan Dancey (originally recorded in 2014); Meeples & Miniatures Episode 283: Gaming Review of 2019; Game Classy Episode 202: Rise of Game Classy; Polyhedron Collider Episode 76: The Best Games of 2019; Tabletop Talk Episode 53: Playing Malifaux Online: Vassal with Dan Brown and Steve Johnston; Tabletop Talk Episode 54: Why Ray (and you) Should be Playing Marvel Crisis Protocol; Exploding Dice Radio Episode 13; Blight and Boon – A Godtear Podcast Episode 19: Organised Play Isn’t Just Tournaments; The D6 Generation Pip Episode 33: 2019 Prediction Results; The D6 Generation Pip Episode 34: 2020 Predictions; Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 161: The Taverns of Tiefenthal; The Secret Cabal Episode 197: Sanctum, Auztralia and Our Christmas Wishlists; and The Offline Gamer Episode 44: Top Games of 2019.

They say that hindsight is 20/20. Well, at the moment, forward sight is 2020. Corvus Belli is looking ahead with crystal clarity at what they'll be working on for the next year. Want to know where your favorite games are headed? Well, they don't give away all the details, but it's enough to get you interested. Let's take a look.

Warlord isn't the only company taking the opportunity to help you correct any gift-giving mistakes that might've occurred over the last couple weeks. Mantic's in on the action as well. They've let Crazy Bobby go all Lawnmower Man, and so he's giving some super-deep discounts on items over in the Mantic webshop.

Warlord Games is having their annual Bad Santa sale. No, they're not selling Blu-Rays of that Billy Bob Thorton movie. They're saying that sometimes you don't always get what you wanted as a present and so, "if you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself." They've got deep discounts on a lot of their figures over in their webshop so you can correct your friend's and relative's mistakes from under the tree.

I'm guessing a lot of you have Star Wars fever right now. There's a new movie out and pretty much everyone's going to see it. If you're wanting to bring that excitement to your tabletops, Fantasy Flight's X-Wing Miniatures Game is a great way to do it. And soon, your Rebel and Resistance squadrons will have some new pilots jumping into the cockpit. In this preview, we get a look at some of them and just what sort of skills they bring to the skies.

Privateer Press is ending the year on a high note. They've got a new batch of releases available over in their webshop. Flush with holiday cash and looking where to spend it? Maybe see if any of these new figures tickle your fancy. There's Riot Quest. There's Warmachine. There's Monsterpocalypse. If you play a Privateer Press game, you'll want to see what you can pick up now.

Alex Watkins, the Global Director of Organized Play for Fantasy Flight Games, looks back on 2019 and shares his plans for the coming year of Star Wars™: X-Wing Organized Play:

Star Wars: X-Wing has gone through its transition year in 2019 and will have fully carried over to its new structure come next month. This is very exciting for all of us involved with Star Wars: X-Wing and we cannot wait for you to experience what's in store for this fantastic game!

Venger Satanis over at Kort'thalis Publishing has a deep love of those nostalgic RPGs of the 80s. And he wants to share that love with you. To do so, he's created Old School Renaissance Like A (Censored) Boss, a new book designed to help you run old-school style RPG sessions. If you've ever wanted to get back to that "classic" feel, this is the book that'll help you do so.

The folks over at One Page Rules have been busy, little bees. They're giving you a special holiday gift with six, yes, six new sets of miniatures game rules. There's a little bit of everything. There's sci-fi fleets. There's fantasy sports. There's modern-era. There's fantasy. If you like playing with miniatures, chances are good there's a rules set you'll be interested in.

Fantasy Flight has some new releases for Marvel Champions available for you to pick up from your local game shop. You can fight the nefarious Norman Osborn in his Green Goblin form. And to do so, you can take up the mantle of Captain America or Ms. Marvel. All these packs are available now.

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Finishing out the week with a Giant Robot Alert. And considering that this is a 40k titan, it's one of the giantest giant robot alerts. Forge World is taking orders for the new Macro Gatling Blaster for your Titans, as well as a Titan bundle where you can get the whole thing in one swoop.

Unfortunately, babelfish aren't real. We can't all just understand all languages. As such, we're still translating games to different languages. If you find that French is your preferred language of choice, Funforge is here for you. They're teaming up with Modiphius to bring you French versions of their Conan RPG.

The OP Games has a new release available for you. If you're looking for that last-minute gift for the gamer on your list, this might just be it. Heaven and Hell have been at war. Stuck in the middle is Death. Fed up with the whole situation, they're looking to take control of the conflict. That's where you find yourself in Court of the Dead: Mourners Call, available now.

This time of year, many people take a bit of a vacation. That means lots of chances to get some gaming in. Warlord Games is here to help out with some new free downloadable supplements for Blood Red Skies, Cruel Seas, Hail Caesar, and Black Seas. Head on over and check them out.

Corvus Belli has a holiday present for you over in their webshop as well as down at your local gaming store. The December releases for Infinity are now available. Looking for a last-minute gift? This might just be it.

In deep space, humanity struggles for survival. In particular, the humans in Sanctorvm (because Rome?). It's a new sci-fi horror/survival board game with heavy RPG elements that's up on Kickstarter now. Play in two modes: Adventure mode with 15 huge missions, or for a quicker game you can go through Mission mode where each game takes about an hour.

The holidays are pretty much upon us already. But there's still time to pick up some last-minute gifts for the gamer on your list. And Privateer Press is helping as they have a bunch of new releases available now over in their webshop and down at your local game store.

A new Star Wars: Destiny set is coming out soon. It's called Covert Missions. In it, vehicles will play a heavy role, as will those behind the wheel/stick, the pilots. In this preview, we get a look at just what those pilots are capable of and some of their signature ships that go with them.

The Horse Lords are coming. From across the sea, the Dothraki are making their way to the Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. Invading next month, the Targaryen Starter Set is unlike others from the game, being composed of only cavalry units. Players will have a fast, hard-hitting, but slightly fragile army to toss onto the field. Let's get a look at what they can do.

What do you get when you combine the classic songs London Bridge is Falling Down and London Calling?

A really weird tune, but you also get Fall of London (you really don't, but this is where my brain went, ok?). It's a new book for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition in the long history of sourcebooks for the game. Fall of London will be coming in March of next year, but if you want to get your name on the list, you can pre-order now from Modiphius.

Do you words good? Can you create interesting narrative and compelling characters? Can you sculpt witty dialog? Do you use the Oxford comma? If you answered "yes" to these questions, Harebrained Schemes might just be looking for you. They are hiring a new Narrative Designer/Writer to add to their staff.

Damn the diets! Full speed ahead to the buffet table!

Look, this time of year, many people are having feasts of all types. CMON is bringing the joy of eating good food in too large of quantities to Foodies, their food-stall board game. They've posted a special holiday scenario that you can download now.

Since the end of their Kickstarter campaign, Corvus Belli has been working hard at making Infinity: Defiance a real thing. They're happy to show off some of their work, giving us a look at the sculpt for Lucien Sforza. Missed out on the campaign? Don't worry, as they will be opening up their pledge manager soon and you can late-pledge for the game then.