You Are What You Eat… Err…Play, A TGN Review of Chew: Cases of the FDA

Chicken is outlawed. Over 100 million people died after the Avian flu outbreak. At least that’s what the governments are saying caused it. In the wake of the disaster, the US’ Food and Drug Administration became one of the largest and most powerful policing agencies around. Tony Chu is an agent of the FDA with the power to know the history of anything he eats. He is a Cibopath. This is the world of Image’s Chew, a comic created by John Layman and Rob Guillory. Now, IDW Games presents Chew: Cases of the FDA, a game based on the popular series.
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TGN Preview: Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society

In a world where potion making is a cutthroat business, a secret society of Apothecaries exists, lording their skills above all others. The group is known as Apotheca, and you’ve been invited to join. But first, you must compete against other potentials in a black market competition to prove yourself the best potionslinger out there. Welcome to Knapsack Games’ Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, designed by Andrew Federspiel, backed up by a talented team of designers, artists, and writers. Continue reading

TGN Review: X-Men: Mutant Revolution

Before Tabletop Gaming News, I managed a comics and tabletop games store for ten years. So I’m sure you’re not surprised when I tell you I’m a comic fan. And, obviously, I’m a fan of games as well. So when WizKids combined those two hobbies in X-Men: Mutant Revolution, I was more than willing to be the one that reviewed it. (Cue the 90’s X-Men animated series music.)
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The Future of Wrath of Kings Revealed at CMON Expo 2015

CoolMiniOrNot’s miniature game news keeps rolling in from CMON Expo as the design team behind the newly launched Wrath of Kings (WoK) held a panel looking at the future of the franchise. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it’s a miniatures game offering scalability in battle, ranging from small skirmish games to more massive battles between huge regiments and battalions. In it, five Houses — Teknes, Hadross, Nasier, Shael Han, and Goritsi — clash over the land of Arikania. Michael Shinall (Senior Designer) and Eric Kelley (Writer and Editor) took players through the changing environment and story of the game and revealed a few secrets of what’s to come. Continue reading

Dark Age: Forsaken Revealed At CMON Expo 2015

Today at the CMON Expo, the development team behind the skirmish miniatures game Dark Age held a panel discussing the present and future of the game. Earlier this year, Dark Age: Outcasts hit shelves, bringing a new twice-yearly book release schedule and introducing a new subfaction. CMON also revamped several models to give the faction a more modern aesthetic. During the panel, Michael Shinall (Dark Age Senior Designer) and Eric Kelley (Writer and Editor) looked at how Outcasts affected the state of the game and gave us a peek at the upcoming book Dark Age: Forsaken. Continue reading

CMON Looks to the Past, Present, and Future at CMON Expo 2015

The CoolMiniOrNot Expo 2015 (or CMON Expo if you’re hip) kicked off in Atlanta, Georgia today. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it’s an annual tabletop gaming convention hosted by the folks at CMON where gamers get to try out the company’s past, present, and future games along with a wide array of other titles from companies like On The Lamb, Action Phase, Witchborn, and more. To kick off the event, CMON held their State of Affairs panel detailing its releases during 2014 and 2015, what’s to come later in 2015, and a taste of the games we can look forward to in the future. Continue reading

TGN Preview: Street Kings

I pulled my car up to the line. The engine roared in my ears as I revved it, tipping my hat to the power under the hood. I saw the other racers’ knuckles whiten. This is it. After all the small time street races and car shows, I was finally one race away from being crowned king of these streets. I hope the track is in my favor and my rivals don’t have anything up their sleeves. The flag drops, I hit the gas. The race is close, but my car is built for speed and has great handling. As I crossed the finish line, I jumped up from my chair at the table, champion of Street Kings. Continue reading

CoolMiniOrNot Gets Brutal

Blood stains the ground as warriors clash in the fighting pits, each armed with the skills, weapons, and bravery needed to survive. However, no matter how prepared the warriors are, only one will make it out. Combat is fast, furious, and brutal. So it’s fitting that the game I’m talking about is Brutal from Italian artist (and game designer) Gipi. Currently funding on Ulule (the first European crowdfunding site), Brutal has been snatched up by CoolMiniOrNot for distribution stateside and already has a tie in with the upcoming Zombicide: Black Plague. For more about the game and the trailer, check after the break. Continue reading

Halo: Fleet Battles Expands The Halo Universe From Console to Tabletop

In 2001, Microsoft changed the landscape of console based shooters with the release of Halo: Combat Evolved for the original Xbox, introducing the world to Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 (or the Master Chief for short) and a rich, sci-fi universe. Over the years the franchise spawned many more releases ranging from sequels to books and comics to updated re-releases on new consoles. And on October 27, 2015, Microsoft and 343 Industries (the developers and caretakers of Halo) will release Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One. But soon, another all-new gameplay experience will be available thanks to Spartan Games — an appropriately named UK based tabletop game studio. In February 2015, Spartan announced its forthcoming tabletop miniature game, Halo: Fleet Battles. Continue reading

TGN Preview: Zombicide: Black Plague

Many of you have played at least one of version of Zombicide by now, so you know whether you like the basic premise of the series from Guillotine Games. Run around a board made of up different tiles, complete objectives, and kill lots of zombies along with way. Currently, tabletop gamers have their pick of Zombicide, Prison Outbreak, and Rue Morgue (plus a few expansions), each bringing something a little different to the table. If you’re like me, I always felt each one was simply an iteration of the last, not degrading the experience but also not pushing it forward in an overly-meaningful way. However, after having a chance to sit down with a non-final version of the game, I’m happy to say I think that’s all going to change with Zombicide: Black Plague. Continue reading

TGN Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game

Gathering some friends together for Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) can be fun, but if your group is anything like mine, the position of Dungeon Master is not sought after. Everyone usually wants to play a carefully crafted character, which is understandable considering how much time can go into developing one. Sure, the DM controls a bunch of characters and story, but more often than not, the NPCs will be murdered (usually by friends’ characters) and the story will be derailed (by those same friends). Plus, D&D can eat up a lot of time. It’s for those reasons I was interested in the new Dungeon & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil board game from Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and WizKids. Continue reading

TGN Exclusive: The Survivors of Zombicide: Black Plague, Part 6

The final reveal is here for Guillotine Games’ Zombicide: Black Plague core Survivors. If you haven’t had a chance to check them all out, you can find links to each Survivor at the end of this post. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday if I say so myself. Today’s hero is the elven archer, Silas. Samson couldn’t be the only non-human! So let’s take a look.
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TGN Exclusive: The Survivors of Zombicide: Black Plague, Part 5

A quick note to our readers, if you’ve been keeping up with the reveals everyday, you might have notice Samson’s Skills seem shockingly similar to Nelly’s from Thursday. That’s because they are! Or well, were. The designers at Guillotine Games caught the issue yesterday, and TGN has already posted an updated Nelly reveal with the appropriate ID card and commentary. However, if you’re just coming to these articles, everything is as it should be. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Over the past several days with the Survivors from Guillotine Games’ upcoming Zombicide: Black Plague, we’ve meet a lot of great human heroes, but any good fantasy setting needs a few fantasy races. Black Plague is no different. That’s why today’s reveal is so much fun. I’m talking about the dwarven blacksmith, Samson! If he isn’t swinging a smithy hammer at his anvil, he’s swinging a hammer at a Zombie’s head.
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TGN Exclusive: The Survivors of Zombicide: Black Plague, Part 4

Update: This post has been edited since its initial publication. Guillotine Games discovered the stats for Nelly and Samson had been mixed up in some sort of horrible encounter with a Necromancer’s dark forces. (Imagine a designer’s face turning into something from Munch’s The Scream painting.)  These things happen, especially before a game is published. Below you’ll find the updated Survivor card and article for Nelly.

Over the past couple of days, we’ve met some interesting Survivors – a former paladin, a warrior nun and a wise wizard – from Guillotine Games’ upcoming game, Zombicide: Black Plague. Today, we take a look at a hero from the streets, or the tavern to be more exact. I’m not talking about some stumbling drunk either. I’m talking about the kick butt lady who has to deal with all of those drunks, Nelly!
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TGN Exclusive: The Survivors of Zombicide: Black Plague, Part 3

When it comes to fighting the Zombies, Abominations, and Necromancers of Guillotine Games’ upcoming Zombicide: Black Plague, strength of conviction and sharpness of blade are key, as our previous Survivor reveals have shown. But blade and brawn are not the only way the game’s heroes stand against the horrors of their world. Magic is new to the Zombicide franchise, and today’s Survivor, Baldric, knows it well.
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TGN Exclusive: The Survivors of Zombicide: Black Plague, Part 2

Yesterday TGN readers got an early look at the unstoppable warrior Clovis as part of our daily series revealing the six core Survivors from the next chapter of Guillotine’s successful Zombicide franchise. In Black Plague, players explore the tangled streets, buildings, and secret vaults of a medieval town while battling Zombies summoned by evil Necromancers. Today we turn to the next hero in the series: Anny, a nun out to right the wrongs of a monster infested world. And when you’re battling evil, there’s no one you want more on your side than a holy woman.
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TGN Exclusive: The Survivors of Zombicide: Black Plague, Part 1

Earlier today, we highlighted the Zombicide: Wulfsburg expansion for the forthcoming Zombicide: Black Plague (coming to Kickstarter in June) from Guillotine Games and CoolMiniOrNot. Now, TGN is getting an exclusive look at the core Survivors of Black Plague. Every day this week (and Saturday), we’ll highlight one Survivor from the game. When battling hordes of medieval Zombies and Necromancers, the world needs heroes like no others. In Black Plague, players can take control of a mighty warrior, an elf archer, a wise mage, a blacksmith dwarf, a tavern maid, or a nun out for holy vengeance. Today we’ll take a look at Clovis, our mighty warrior, and the game’s new dashboards.
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TGN Is Hiring!

Update: Application deadline extended to June 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST.

Do you spend every day hunting down the latest in tabletop gaming news? Do you plan your weekends around board gaming? Are you reading this post right now on Tabletop Gaming News (your favorite tabletop news website)? If so, you might be interested to know we are hiring! Check after the break for all the fabulous details!
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Blue Orange Europe Collection Announced for Origins 2015

Last year, Blue Orange Games tested the waters with several European developed games, including BraveRats, Battle Sheep, and more. While the company was founded on creating family friendly games, it felt there was a market for these Euro designed games that would attract the more dedicated tabletop gamers while still be accessible by everyone. The plan must have been a success because the Blue Orange Europe Collection was just announced and will premiere at Origins 2015. Check after the break for the first eight titles in the collection.
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Crysis Analogue Edition on Kickstarter

Frame6 recently launched a Kickstarter for Crysis Analogue Edition. This is their first board game, with previous releases including two video games. Based on the Crysis video game series from Crytek, Analogue Edition looks to bring the world and action of the digital game series to tabletops. Two to eight players form teams of CELL and USF soldiers equipped with the signature Nanosuits of the series and make their way around the hex based map in two modes — Team Instant Action (think team deathmatch) or Capture the Relay (find objective and secure). Analogue Edition has the full backing of Crytek to ensure it matches the video games thematically and visually. Continue reading

Found on TGN Desk: Exodus Trading Card Game

Welcome to another installment of “Found on TGN Desk,” a weekly feature where we talk about a game sent our way. This feature gives us a chance to present a game to our readers without going in to full blown review territory. Think of it like the time you were asked to write a book review but actually wrote more of a report because you didn’t know the difference… only, you know, this is something we’re doing on purpose. Okay, on to this week’s game: Exodus: The Trading Card Game. Continue reading

Found On TGN Desk: POOP In A Bag

It’s another day at the TGN office. Another day where I get to my desk and a bag of POOP is on it. You may say, “But Jared, I never have those type of days. That’s not normal.” Not to worry, it wasn’t a real bag of poop this time. Well, the bag was real, but the POOP was not, well, poop. It was POOP: The Card Game from Feels Right Design. Their current Kickstarter is offering to send you or your friends/enemies POOP In A Bag! The original game had a successful Kickstarter back in February of 2014, but the new Kickstarter campaign introduces the bag delivery concept and a couple new versions of the game. What is the normal game you ask? Let’s take a look. Continue reading

Fast & Furious: Full Throttle Races To Kickstarter

Game Salute has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fast & Furious: Full Throttle. Designed by Jeff and Carla Horger (Thunder Alley), this licensed game promises to deliver the high-speed excitement of the successful The Fast and The Furious film franchise to your tabletop. In the game, racers will choose a car, a favorite driver (such as Dom, Brian, Han, and the rest of the crew), and their racing path before pulling up to the starting line. When the flag drops, players race to the finish line using a card-based mechanic that lets you play it safe through smart hand management or risk it all on the reveal of a card. Continue reading

WarQuest Is On Kickstarter Now

L4 Studios and Mr. B Games‘ new board game, WarQuest, is now up on Kickstarter. Fans of epic, fantasy board games should give this project a look. The tragline promises you’ll need a bigger table to fit the game, and you just might with a board measuring in at 36″x42″ and 115 miniatures. As players battle across the fantasy world of Myrathia, they’ll amass their armies of Dwarfs, Elves, Goblins, Satyrs, and Orcs and complete quests with the ultimate goal of becoming the most powerful Warlord of Myrathia and push back the forces of the Wraith King.
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Crystal Brush 2015 Award Winners

On Sunday, March 22 at Adepticon 2015, painters and fans of the hobby gathered around for the fifth annual Crystal Brush Awards. The first place winner walked away with $10,000, second with $2,000 and third with $1,000. Doing what you love can really pay off! So who won big? Check out the winners after the break. Continue reading

Crystal Brush 2015 Awards Voting Now Open (Updated)

The fifth annual Crystal Brush Awards are now open for voting! This celebration of talent in the world of miniature painting gives equal choice to users and judges. So don’t miss your chance to see some of the hobby’s best talent in action and award them for it. Winners will be revealed at the Adepticon awards ceremony later today.

Head here to place your  votes!

Update: Voting looks like it is closed, but you can still check out all the great entries right here.

Privateer Press Reveals Skorne Desert Hydra Model

In February at SmogCon 2015, Privateer Press showed a sneak peek of the next wave of gargantuans for the Hordes line. One of those massive minis was the Desert Hydra for Skorne. Well, today, the team brought along the actual model to Adepticon 2015! That’s right, it does exist outside of the teaser video. And it look gorgeous, especially with Matt Diepietro’s paint job. For more about the Desert Hydra and pictures of the model, check after the break!

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Steve Jackson Games Announces Munchkin: The Nightmare Before Christmas

More news from the GAMA Trade Show 2015. Steve Jackson Games announced the newest edition of Munchkin. This time it’s based on the popular Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Not much else was revealed about the game, but I’m sure you can expect Jack Skellington and the rest of the Halloween Town crew to fit right in with the rest of the Munchkin titles already out there. The game is slated for launch in October 2015, so you don’t have to wait too long. I feel it’s more of a Christmas release, or at least that’s when I enjoy watching the movie the most (right alongside Die Hard.) What do you think?

 

Flying Frog Productions’ Announces Dark Gothic: Colonial Horror

Flying Frog Productions continues their history of new game announcements at GAMA this year with the reveal of Dark Gothic: Colonial Horror. This game is a stand alone expansion for last year’s deck building game set in the A Touch of Evil universe. Players who own the original Dark Gothic can expect to add brand new Heroes, Villains, and other cards to the set. Meanwhile, players who don’t own the original can still enjoy Colonial Horror but at a reduced player count of two to three. Continue reading

Les Poilus Recieving English Version Release As The Grizzled

Announced at the GAMA Trade Show, the French game Les Poilus (first release in France in February 2015) is receiving an English translation and release in America as The Grizzled thanks to Sweet Games and CoolMiniOrNot. Les Poilus was designed by Fabien Riffaud and Juan Rodriguez, with art by Tignous, who was a victim of the tragic Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, France.

The Grizzled, whose tagline is “Can Friendship be stronger than War?”, is a game of survival set in the trenches of World War I. Players must work together to survive the terrible conditions or everyone loses.

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Stone Blade Entertainment’s New Game Bad Beets Announced

Today at the GAMA Trade Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Stone Blade Entertainment announced Bad Beets, its first physical release since the successful Ascension deck-building franchiseWhereas Ascension was very much targeted toward the established gamer, Bad Beets takes the approach of being a casual, family game designed for anyone and everyone to have fun with. Gateway games seem to be a popular trend among companies as of late (for good reason), and Stone Blade seems to have recognized the benefit of having an easy to access game for anyone to try.

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Orcs Must Die: The Board Game Announced At PAX East 2015

The popular tower defense series Orcs Must Die from Robot Entertainment has spawned three video games so far. Now, with Petersen Games, the Orcs will keep dying on your tabletops. On Friday at PAX East, Petersen Games and Robot Entertainment announced the upcoming Orcs Must Die: The Board Game. Technically, they announced two games: Orcs Must Die: Order and Orcs Must Die: Unchained. These two core sets can be played on their own as cooperative tower defense board games or combined to create a PvP game. Each set will feature a fair number of 28mm miniatures representing the games’ different heroes and enemies.

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Exploding Kittens Campaign Goes Boom

Well, it’s all over, folks. The Exploding Kittens Kickstarter campaign has come to an end. The final total was a whopping $8,768,845 with 219,382 backers, making this the most backed project in Kickstarter history.

The crew held an AMA on Reddit leading up to the campaign conclusion. We picked out some of the more interesting questions/answers after the break.

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Interview with Chez Geeks’ co-owner Giancarlo Caltabiano, target of OQLF

Recently, Chez Geeks, a FLGS in Québec, was targeted by the L’office du Quebec de la Langue Francaise (Québec Board of the French Language). Put simply, this board’s goal is to keep Québec’s French heritage alive. They claim Chez Geek is violating several of their laws that were put into place in 1977 to do just that. Where video games have received special disposition to other goods, board games have not, leaving Chez Geek and its owners in a difficult position. TGN’s Jared Miller had a chance to speak with one of the co-owners, Giancarlo Caltabiano, about the problems the store and Québec face.

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Dark Age Brings TempleCon To You

Those of you looking forward to the new Dark Age: Outcasts releases but bummed they were hitting first at TempleCon 2015 should turn those frowns upside down. CMON has announced that all the goodies on sale at TempleCon will be available on the Dark Age store at the same time! The sale is live today, Thursday, February 5, to Sunday, February 8.

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