TGN Review N’ Paint – Wasteland Pilgrims

It’s not just a review, and it’s not just a painting guide; it’s a TGN Review N’ Paint! Ravage Magazine‘s Enrico Nardini travels to the post apocalyptic world of Thunderchild Miniatures to scrutinize the Wasteland Pilgrims and take you step-by-step through his painting process.

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 5: A Wizard Went a Wandering

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 2 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.

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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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TGN Top 5 – Enrico’s Top 5 Gaming Resolutions for 2015

Associate Editor Enrico Nardini keeps his promise to share his personal gaming resolutions for 2015.

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We looked at 5 CMON staff members gaming resolutions last week. This week as promised, I’m sharing my 5 gaming related New Year’s resolutions with you.

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TGN Feature – It’s the End of the Old World as We Know It

TGN Associate Editor Enrico Nardini speculates on the rumors of dynamic change in the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

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Yep. It’s a cliched title. Sue me. If there is one thing Games Workshop (GW) fans have been conditioned to accept (much like victims of Stockholm Syndrome), it’s receiving news of upcoming releases via leaks and rumors. It’s so pervasive now that , as a conspiratorially minded individual, I often wonder if this pattern of rumor, leaked photos, and eventual confirmation isn’t a calculated marketing ploy to generate buzz. Sure, sites posting rumors and leaked images shut down on occasion, victims of GW’s legal team. But, couldn’t that be done to keep up appearances. Karl Franz doth protest too much, methinks.

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TGN Feature – Fate Reforged: Not So Different After All

What do spirit dragons, game designers, and Marty McFly have to do with Magic: The Gathering? We have no idea, but our own Doc Brown, Mike Eaton will surely explain. Gotta get back in time!

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As they do every winter, those Wizards of the Coast have produced a new Magic: the Gathering set. And, though I haven’t been behind the scenes in a meeting, I know the plot of Fate Reforged, and I feel like I can guess how the planning went down:

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TGN Top 5 – New Year’s Gaming Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again. Enrico Nardini reports on 5 CMON staff members and their gaming resolutions for 2015 (in no particular order).

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 4: Let’s Hunt Some Kobold

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 2 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.
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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 3: Blue Dragon Blues

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 1 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.

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TGN Top 5 – Battles from The Hobbit Trilogy That I Want to Play

Enrico Nardini is always watching over Durin’s folk. TGN’s resident Hobbit freak lists his top five battles from The Hobbit book and its film trilogy that he would like to recreate with miniatures!

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Spoiler warning! Though I don’t believe you can spoil a book that is over 75 years old, it’s important to note that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movie trilogy embellishes and in some cases diverges from J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece. Aspects of Jackson’s trilogy are discussed in this article. You have been warned.

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 2: Dragon Our Assets

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 1 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.

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TGN Review – D&D Spellbook Cards

TGN’s Enrico Nardini delves into the tomes of arcane lore that are the D&D Spellbook Cards from Gale Force 9. Will these 5E compatible accessories cast a spell on him?

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Did I mention that I love accessories? I am sure I’ve mentioned that before. It’s practically an addiction, and my wife has, on more than one occasion, commented on my “love of storage solutions.” It is one of those strange obsessions that mark me as a game enthusiast. Of course, my accessory infatuation is not limited to game storage.

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 1: The Quest Begins

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (D&D Next, 5E)  dropped a few weeks prior to Gen Con 2014. I can say in all honesty, despite my current employment, I just wasn’t that excited. That doesn’t mean 5E is not a great product, hasn’t generated buzz, or wasn’t worthy of my attention. When D&D Next was announced and public playtesting and feedback began, I was interested. It was a bold move (seemingly in the right direction) from an industry leader. But, as a year passed with nothing new on the shelves, and older editions got their premium rereleases, I simply moved on.

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TGN Editorial – Thanksgaming: Support Your Friendly Local Game Store

Coming down off that turkey high and getting ready for the madness of holiday shopping? TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his thoughts on supporting your FLGS this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

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The web may rule all in terms of the dissemination of information. I love that the content I write about our great hobby is transferred from my mind to yours with alacrity and efficiency. The growth and reach of our shared past-time can be magnified by it, and when you really sit and think about it, it’s kind of amazing that I can share pictures of my painted miniatures, a new RPG character, or a decklist with gamers thousands of miles away. We live in a “golden age” of convenience; ordering the latest board game is accomplished with a few keystrokes.

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TGN Budget Gaming – Cypher

 

TGN’s Enrico Nardini is taking budget gaming into cyberspace! In this review he relays data on Cypher from AEG.

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Smart packaging is a great way to get me to try your game, and AEG has released a series of budget-priced titles that happen to come in super hip embroidered bags. As a lover of all things accessory (in general) and gaming storage solutions (in specific), I had to pick one of these up. I imagined how well it would fit in the front pocket of my messenger-style gaming bag, and how I would use it to save the day during some boring downtime or lull in the action during my next game session. All I needed to figure out was whether the game was actually good…
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TGN Interview – 5 Questions with Bryan Pope (Creator of Mage Wars)

 

TGN’s Enrico Nardini directs his palantir towards Bryan Pope, resident conjurer at Arcane Wonders and the creator of Mage Wars.

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TGN Feature – Games Workshop’s new APPeal to Customers

TGN’s Enrico Nardini takes a look at Games Workshop’s latest digital marketing push: Warhammer: The App.

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Games Workshop is combating their stock exchange woes with an aggressive implementation of new strategies. We have seen a number of bundle deals on miniatures that actually represent a net savings on the per model cost (almost unheard of in recent memory), the rerelease of popular IP (such as Space Hulk), and an aggressive release schedule providing consumers with a plethora of product options. The latest attempt to “right the ship” comes in the form of a new app (application) for the iPhone. 

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TGN Review N’ Paint – Graveyard Spirit (Wyrd Miniatures)

It’s not just a review, and it’s not just a painting guide; it’s a TGN Review N’ Paint! In this spooky Halloween edition of the series, TGN’s Enrico Nardini reviews the the Graveyard Spirit from Wyrd Miniatures and takes you step-by-step through his painting process.

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TGN Feature – Magical Halloween

The mists are rising, all manner of specters prowl the woods, and the witching moon shines brightly in the heavy sky! Halloween is a spectacular time in Magic: The Gathering, where all sorts of fun themes and strategies are possible. Find your favorite Black Cat and get ready. Today, Douglas Linn looks at some creative ways to work the holiday into your Magic games tonight.

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TGN Top 5 – Zombie Miniatures

It’s the Halloween season! And what better way could there be to celebrate the month of maleficent monsters than with a top 5 countdown of modern horror’s most ubiquitous villains: ZOMBIES! Tabletop Gaming News counts down their top 5 favorite zombie miniatures (in no particular order).

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