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:

Click Here to Rank the Features You want on TGN

5 Great Tabletop Game Conversions for iPad

Digital versions of your favorite tabletop games are becoming popular. They offer some fantastic benefits but also sacrifice some of the experience for convenience.

Virtual or Actual?

There are benefits and disadvantages to both iOS and physical versions of games.

It’s hard to cluster four players around a single iPad to play a game, but cleanup and setup is way, way faster with the iOS versions. Some titles can be sent to an Apple TV with AirPlay or Apple’s Lightning to HDMI adapter, making the small screen less of an issue.

“House rules” are nearly impossible on iOS games, unless already selectable in a preference somewhere in the game —for instance, some of the more popular Monopoly rules, like money on the “Free Parking” space are generally toggle-able.

One might think that the barrier to entry on the iOS is the cost of the iPad, but if you add up all the savings for all five titles here, you’re looking at about $500, far more than the retail of a new iPad.

Regardless of the list of pros and cons, iPad gaming goes far beyond simple school-house favorites, with something for everybody.

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Xenoshyft iOS launch sale

Looks like more tabletop companies are moving into the digital realm. CMON has announced their first app title with Xenoshyft , on sale now on the Apple app store. The App takes the XenoShyft cooperative deck-building card game and puts it right on your phone or tablet. Mine for Xenosathem, but beware of the local fauna, as they want to get their hands on it, too, and they’ll not hesitate to run over and tear apart anything in their path to get at it.
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Operation Babylon, Battlefront replies (redux)

Battlefront has posted an updated addressing Dust Studio CEO William Yau’s statement on the Operation Babylon Kickstarter.

It was very disappointing to hear, via a recent Facebook message from Dust Studio CEO William Yau, that mediation has been rejected out of hand. To clarify, we have never had any independent third-party mediator try to help us resolve this dispute. The three times we have offered it has been rejected outright. As English is not the first language of several people involved, it’s understandable that the terminology has been a little blurred. But, while there have been attempts at negotiation, nothing resembling external mediation that has taken place.

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Dust Tactics Operation Babylon saga continues

Regular readers may be aware of the continuing saga around the Dust Tactics Operation Babylon Kickstarter – (you can catch up here).  What little glimmer of hope there was of resolving the matter amicably appears to have evaporated with this recent post by Dust Studio claiming legal action has commenced.

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Dust Studio and Battlefront in public spat over Kickstarter (UPDATED)

Is Battlefront refusing to pay for the remaining Kickstarter rewards for Operation Babylon?

Dust Tactics is a Weird War II game set in an alternative super science version of World War II, created by Dust Studio – of which Paolo Parente is one of the principals.

In 2013, Fantasy Flight Games dropped publishing and distribution of Dust Tactics, and Battlefront (of Flames of War fame) took over.  Battlefront, in cooperation with Dust Studios then launched a Kickstarter in 2014 for a new expansion, entitled Operation Babylon, which ended up raising close to $470,000.  It now seems the future of the project is in doubt.

Update: Paolo is asking for Kickstarter backers to send him their Kickstarter invoice. Details below.

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Games Workshop CEO annual report preamble leaked

Update: The preamble has been confirmed as genuine today with the release of GW’s 2014 annual report.

The forum readers over at Warseer have unearthed Tom Kirby’s preamble to the annual report ahead of its scheduled release tomorrow.

Games Workshop has had a really good year. If your measure of ‘good’ is the current financial year’s numbers, you may not agree. But if your measure is the long-term survivability of a great cash generating business that still has a lot of potential growth, then you will agree.

Full text available here from Games Workshop investor website.  Of note, Mr Kirby announces he is stepping down, and admits that they spent “far too much money for too little gain” suing “someone stealing [their] ideas and images” – presumably he is referring to Chapterhouse Studios.  He also comments at some length about 3D printing.

Even more interestingly, assuming this is the true preamble to the annual report there may be some complications with the London Stock Exchange tomorrow if these communications were released prematurely.

Originally Posted by frozenwastes
To find the preamble, I looked at the URL of previous reports and typed in the URL if it had this month and year as the date. The end result was a directory that had the preamble, an agenda for the annual meeting and a form for proxy voting at the annual meeting.

Source: Warseer

Torn Armor Kickstarter rewards “dead in the water”

Torn Armor has posted up an unfortunate update to their Kickstarter campaign. It seems as though the project is on a forced-hiatus due to money troubles with Defiance Games.

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From the update:

Dear Backers,

This is not an easy update to send out, but I have always been open, honest and transparent with you all and recently the Torn World team has had to have some very unpleasant conversations regarding “Torn Armor.”

We have hit a major obstacle here – which I will detail below – and it is only fair to be open and clear on the parties involved. I will simply layout the facts as they have occurred and you can form your own conclusions. What I will say is that ultimately you put your faith and trust in me to ensure that this project was delivered, and in that I have failed you. So while the Torn Armor team has hit unforeseen circumstances and been subjected to unprofessional behavior and broken promises, ultimately I am responsible and please direct your frustrations squarely towards me.

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TGN Video from Day 1 at GenCon

As promised, I’m here at GenCon and updating!

First up is a video with a couple different game companies here at the show talking about the awesome stuff they’ve got in store.
If you’re in Indy, be sure to come by their booths. If you’re not in Indy… well… get to Indy!!

We’ll have another of these videos up tomorrow for you, showcasing more of the attending vendors here at the show.

Wrath of Kings Kickstarter begins!

In development for over 3 years, Wrath of Kings is now launching on Kickstarter with 5 complete factions.  From CMoN’s internal studio 5 Houses, this is a team that is built from such ex-Rackham hands as Eduoard Guiton and David Preti.  If you like great miniatures at a reasonable pricing, you owe it to yourself to check this out!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/wrath-of-kings

Mark Wells steps down as Games Workshop CEO

Well this one is interesting… from their announcement dated 18th January to investors:

Games Workshop announces that after five years of outstanding service Mark Wells is stepping down as CEO.  He leaves on good terms and with our very best wishes.

The board will be seeking to appoint a new CEO in due course.  In the meantime, our Chairman, Tom Kirby, will be Acting CEO and Chairman.

Faeit 212 appears to have an unsourced internal communication expanding on this a little, which in a nutshell is (and we’re paraphrasing here) – the Chairman’s job (Tom Kirby’s) and the CEO’s job (Mark Wells) were identical, so someone had to go for the good of the company (Mark).  Originally brought on as the director of strategy in 2000, that makes it an (almost) 13 year run with GW.

Maelstrom Games ceases trading, says Wayland Games calling in debt

In a message that isn’t a surprise to some, Maelstrom Games, the UK maker of BaneLegions as well as general retailer of miniature games, has announced that they have ceased trading with immediate effect. The announcement also specifically mentions that Wayland Games calling in of a debt owed was the primary reason for the liquidation. Apparently, a new site and business based in the same location has started at http://eye-of-the-storm.co.uk according to Faeit 212. What will happen to current customers, or to BaneLegions is not known at this time.

Warning! End of Relic Knights Kickstarter Approaching! Also… Boss!

Here’s something our marketing team passed along, as a reminder that the Relic Knights Kickstarter is entering its final 20 hours!  Be sure to check out the really cool mech design after the break!

I have to say, it has been a genuine pleasure running this Kickstarter for all you great folks on the Internets, and from the team here at Soda Pop Miniatures and CoolMiniOrNot thank you so much for your awesome support!….
Since we’ve got a whole 22 hours left, do you think we can hit our last stretch goal?

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Sedition Wars 24 hours to go! Last chance to get 98 Studio Mcvey miniatures for $100!

News flash – Sedition Wars now most funded Boardgame ever! Gnosis Kara and Exo-armor Barker unlocked

And so another epic Kickstarter is drawing to an end! With less than 24 hours left to go and over $700,000 raised, we have one last stretch goal, and it’s a doozy!

If you haven’t checked out the Sedition Wars Kickstarter yet, now is your last chance: http://www.cmon.co/sedwar

98 miniatures so far with the stretches for the $100 Biohazard pledge level.

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Sedition Wars at $420k with only 5+ days to go!

With less than 6 days to go, the Sedition Wars Kickstarter is really rocking along!

The large AI Drone actually carries quite a large load out of smaller drones.  In the game, these are represented by cardboard counters. Every Biohazard set will get a set of 6 baby drone miniatures free as part of the $420k stretch goal!

Aren’t they adorable?

Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster Kickstarted!

The Battle for Alabaster begins! If you love Studio McVey’s beautiful figs, here’s your chance to get them at a great discount and support Mike’s baby at the same time!

Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster is a fast paced tactical miniatures game for two players. Survival horror at its finest, game play is fast and and bloody – creating urgency and claustrophobic terror, as the Vanguard fight for their lives against an unrelenting Strain.
Battle for Alabaster is a survival horror themed tactical science fiction miniatures game from Studio McVey. Pitting the stalwart Vanguard and the horrific Strain against each another in a miniatures board-game for 2 players, Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster is exciting and easy to learn and calls to miniature enthusiasts, hobbyists and gamers everywhere.

Mike McVey is something of a legend in the miniatures industry, leaving his mark on tons of GW products as well as launching Warmachine at Privateer Press.  If you like him as much as we do, check it out here: Sedition Wars Kickstarter

Monte Cook, lead designer for 5th edition D&D, announces he’s leaving WOTC

A huge bombshell dropped by Monte Cook on his blog.

Last week I decided that I would leave my contract position with Wizards of the Coast. I am no longer working on Dungeons & Dragons, although I may provide occasional consultation in the future. My decision is one based on differences of opinion with the company.

Check out the his full post here: http://www.montecook.com/cgi-bin/page.cgi?montejournal

Also, the RPG Examiner has collated some responses from WOTC itself: http://www.examiner.com/article/why-did-monte-cook-leave-the-dungeons-dragons-5th-edition-design-team

Crystal Brush 2012 voting begins, Sunday 12am CST to 12pm CST

Midnight to noon, vote on the Crystal Brush!

Crystal Brush

Some amazing entries for our 2nd annual $10,000 grand prize painting competition, where your vote counts for 50% of the overall score, with our judge Raul Latorre (of Enigma Miniatures) and Cinematic / Special Effects category judge Romeo Filip (of Battlefoam)!

Make sure you get your votes in before CST noon on Sunday!  Only registered users in good standing allowed to vote!

SOPA Blackout 18th January

Edit: Our blackout has ended, but keep spreading the word!

We’ve decided to add CoolMiniOrNot and TGN to the proposed SOPA protest blackout on January the 18th, from 7am GMT to 7pm GMT, which translates to 2am EST to 2pm EST and 11pm PST to 11am PST. For more information, hit http://www.sopastrike.com

In theory we aren’t directly affected, being a wholly owned US corporation on US servers (the proposed act applies only to websites outside of US jurisdiction), and CoolMiniOrNot Inc as publishers could conceivably benefit from anti-piracy laws. While preventing piracy is a laudable aim, we feel that this legislation as proposed goes too far and will have a chilling effect on the Internet as a whole. It just isn’t right, and so we will join the blackout on the 18th to spread this message.

If you agree with our position, please support us and educate those who are not aware. If you do not know what SOPA is, take the time learn about it as  you will be affected, where ever you are in the world.

Funny (and a little sad) video illustrating this after the break.

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Effigy Miniatures open for business

After a successful Kickstarter program, Tom Mason (better known as the sculptor of Mercs miniatures) has launched Effigy Miniatures new store!

In his own words:

Currently, all 5 of the original figures offered during the Kickstarter campaign (both in pewter and resin) are available to purchase. There are also several other miniatures in the works which I will be posting updates for early in the new year.

 

Old Dominion GameWorks to attend Williamsburg Muster

ODGW will be attending the Williamburg Muster, a historical gaming convention held on  Feb 3-5, 2012.

From their announcement:

We will be running 4 different historical table top games! There will land and sea game and games sutiable for kids 6 years old and up.

For more information, hit up their site.

Artemis Black Market opens

Artemis Black, UK retailer and convention veteran, is opening an online store with an esoteric selection of items for sale.

It’s basically where you’ll now find end of line product, sell-offs of product lines that got revamped and we can’t be bothered to go through it all and change the cards or packaging etc and lines from companies that went to the great miniature storage cupboard in the sky.

Now the holidays are over and there’s more time for such things as photography and updating we’ll also be adding items from our brick & mortar store such as painted miniatures and armies, old boxed games and oop minis and stuff like the citadel dragons we buy off kids parents for 20p by telling them it’s worthless tat, you know the kind of thing!