Destiny Aurora Sci-Fi Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Many Kickstarter campaigns are for games based on another property. But you usually just get the game. Well, the Destiny Aurora Kickstarter isn’t just for the Renegades board game. It’s also looking to fund a comic and novel for the setting. So you can get yourself a new game, a comic to check out, and book to read in your spare time. It’s kind of an all-in-one shop for the setting.
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CMON Launches HATE Kickstarter

Well, the world’s come to an end again. Damnit, Todd! I told you not to poke at that big, red button! Now humanity’s had to form back into small Tribes in our own, isolated Villages. There’s not much left out there, and what there is has to be grabbed before anyone else gets it. And, you know, if you just happen to grab an enemy and cook them for dinner, so be it. Such is the story in HATE, the new board game from CMON that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Z-Man Games Previews New Characters In Agents of Venice Expansion

It’s a long way from Italy to China. And both places are pretty big. Marco Polo certainly wasn’t alone that whole time. He met with all sorts of people along the way, each one having their own impact on the trip. In the upcoming Agents of Venice expansion for The Voyages of Marco Polo, there are new characters that you’ll encounter along your trip. Z-Man Games gives us a look at them in this preview.
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Wyrd Previews Bayou Bash Pig Rider

While some of us had yesterday off, the folks over at Wyrd were still working along as usual. This means they had their regular Monday preview. So, while it’s a little later, better late than never.
You know, they say you can’t put lipstick on a pig. Well, the Pig Rider for Bayou Bash, a new racing board game coming out soon, just might try it. Have a look.
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Review Roundup

It’s Saturday. And not just any type of Saturday, but Saturday of a 3-day weekend. I can’t think of a much better sort of Saturday… Well, maybe Saturday of Gen Con. But that’s a pretty damn busy Saturday. But for “above average” Saturdays, I’d say that 3-day weekend Saturday is a pretty good Saturday. Do you think I’ve typed the word “Saturday” enough by now? Well, I don’t know what you’ve got going on today, but I’m going to be delivering games to a friend, and then possibly having minis delivered to me. Because it’s an awesome Saturday. I’m also here to show off some reviews for you.

This week we have: Nemesis, Everdell, Fox in the Forest, Hamsterrolle, Codenames: Disney, Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Project, 878: Vikings, Kepler-3042, Okey Dokey, Santorini, Finished!, Ex Libris, and Hunger: The Show.

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Calliope Games Running The Mansky Caper Kickstarter

No honor among thieves. When a mob boss goes on vacation, it’s a free-for-all as rival mobs descend upon their house in order to grab whatever’s not bolted down… and maybe a few things that are. But Al Mansky isn’t a fool. He knew that others would be looking to grab his loot, and so he’s laid booby traps all over the house. That priceless statue might look better in your dining room, but you might be blown to pieces trying to take it. Only the luckiest and most savvy thief will make it out alive with the good stuff. That’s the story behind The Mansky Caper, the Kickstarter for which is being run by Calliope Games right now.
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River Horse Launches Highlander Board Game Kickstarter

You’ve seen the various previews, now it’s time to grab your sword and swing for the fences. River Horse has launched their Kickstarter campaign for The Highlander board game. Take on the role of an immortal from the series, train hard, and face your foes in an ultimate battle where there can be only one.
Queen soundtrack sold separately.
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AEG Announces Edge of Darkness Kickstarter

Along with all the Kickstarter that are launching this week, there’s also several that we’re excited to tell you about that are coming up. In this case, it’s AEG. They’re going all out for this one. They’re saying that it’s their most ambitious board game project ever. It’s got a bit of everything. If you like worker placement, it’s got that. If you like deck-building, it’s got that. If you like card crafting, it’s got that. It’s called Edge of Darkness.
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Kolossal Games Running Western Legends Kickstarter

The west, after the Civil War here in the US, is pretty much the foundation and bedrock of what the identity of the US became. Real people lived out their lives, while larger-than-life stories were being told of them. But how much was fabrication and how much was actual? Well, in Western Legends, you get to decide, as you take on the role of a Western hero and must make a name for yourself among the cattle drives, gold prospectors, and dusty streets. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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IDW Games Launches Masque of the Red Death Kickstarter

You’re at a fancy party. The Shostakovich is playing. You’re having a wonderful time, enjoying the food and dancing. But something seems… off. With every chime of the clock, everyone looks around nervously, unsure of what will happen. As the clock strikes midnight, the spectre of the Red Death arrives to kill. Will you make it out alive? That’s what you’ll have to try and do in IDW’s Masque of the Red Death game. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
*goes to listen to more of that Shostakovich*
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Late Pledges Open for Chronicle X

In the next week or so, there’s a lot of Kickstarters that are going to be launching (and, of course, all the ones that just started in the last couple days). These projects are great if you’ve got the funds to back them. But once that timer runs out, it’s over, right? Wrong! Late Pledges are a great way to get in on the action. For example, if you missed out on the Chronicle X Kickstarter, you’re not too late. Late Pledges are being taken now.
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River Horse Previews Juan Sánches Villa-Lobos Ramirez For Highlander Board Game

Some Immortals are older than others. They’ve lived several lifetimes before many of the others were even born. One of the oldest is Juan Sánches Villa-Lobos Ramirez, whose history stretches back as far as his name. He’ll also be one of the characters you’ll be able to control in the upcoming Highlander board game. That ish, if you should deshide to choosh him.
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Renegade Game Studios Previews Dokmus

For many of us, when we get a new game, we’ll play it once or twice and go, “You know, this is a great game, but I could see how it could be helped with an expansion.” It’s just sort of second nature. I know I’ve done it before. Be like, “This game’s great, but if it had (item) and (item), I think it’d be fantastic.” But you often never know when an expansion for a game will be coming out (if ever). Well, Renegade Game Studios is making us rest easy with Dokmus. Not only is it coming out later this month, but the expansion, Return to Erefel, is coming with it. Check ’em both out.
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CMON Previews A Mercenary Shaman for HATE

In the post-apocalyptic world, people have turned to the worship of the old gods and spirits that inhabit the ethereal realm. But it’s not always just the good spirits that they pray to. In such harsh, evil times, you might just need a harsh, evil god. These Shamans can bring powerful and different abilities to a Tribe’s arsenal. Check out the art and sculpt for one of them coming in the HATE board game.
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Home of the Brave Board Game Coming to Kickstarter

There are many groups looking to forward their agenda here in the United States. Each one wants particular things for society. Their struggle is real, as each feels that they are the ones best-equipped to take the country into the future. But what agenda will win out? That’s for you to decide as you take on the role of the leader of these various groups in Home of the Brave, a new board game coming to Kickstarter this February.
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Asmodee Previews Demise of a Teetotaler Mystery

Well, as a teetotaler, myself, I have to say that I’m concerned about this mystery. O,o
Demise of a Teetotaler is a new mystery coming in the Carlton House and Queen’s Park expansion for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. As before, these mysteries will test your skills of deduction and make you look for clues in all manner of interesting places and ways. Get a little glimpse into what you can expect with this preview.
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Capital City Now Available From Calliope Games

Capital City (“we’re safe and sound!”… No, that’s Capital Cities. Different thing) is a new board game available now from Calliope Games. In it, players will be looking to create the best boom town out in the West. Each round, new settlers will be coming on the train from the East. By having the best resources and attracting the best people to your town, you can be the next metropolis in the territory. Do you have what it takes?
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Mantic Announces Hellboy Board Game

The BPRD, along with their most iconic asset, Hellboy, will be making their way to your tabletop later this year. Mantic has announced that they’ve entered into a partnership agreement with Dark Horse Comics. As such, the big red guy, Abe Sapien, and more will soon be under your control. The Hellboy board game will be a cooperative affair as you and fellow paranormal defenders face off against some of the most iconic villains from the series. You can expect the game to be on Kickstarter this April.
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Review Roundup

I don’t know about you, but for me, that first week of 2018 seemed to take an eternity! Not that it was bad, mind you. I even got to play a new game. But there were several days where I was just going, “wait, it’s not even noon yet?” But yeah, we’re now firmly into the first weekend of the year. Hopefully you’re able to get some gaming in. I will be. But even if you’re unable to get out, you can still check out some reviews.

This week we have: Heaven and Ale, Favelas, Fallout: The Board Game, Codenames: Disney, Witches of the Revolution, LIberatores, The Ruhr: A Story of Coal, and Time’s Up!: Title Recall.

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River Horse Previews Sunda Kastigir For The Highlander Board Game

Immortals come from all sorts of backgrounds. Some were born into nobility, others, not so much. Sunda Kastagir escaped from slavers in his early life, but soon met up with and befriended Connor MacLeod. The two remained together for a while through the Revolutionary War until parting ways. He’ll be one of the characters that you can choose to play as in the upcoming The Highlander board game from River Horse. Check out his stats and a bit more about him below.
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Black Hole Council Board Game Up On Kickstarter

The secretive Council is negotiating the fate of planets. The negotiations are tense, as each Council Member has their own agenda. It’s not easy for the planets, either. They could be spared, or thrown into a black hole (that’ll certainly ruin your day). With each Council Member looking to become the Senior Councilor, you can bet that not every planet is going to be spared.
That’s the story behind Black Hole Council, a negotiation and deduction board game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Phalanx Posts UBOOT Board Game Kickstarter Preview

Life on a submarine is rough. It’s claustrophobic and you’re fighting enemies that you really can’t see (and hopefully can’t see/detect you). And it’s not like you can just jump overboard if there’s a hole in the ship. This cramped, tense feeling is just what Phalanx is looking to bring to your tabletops with their UBOOT board game. They’re going to be running a Kickstarter to fund it, and they’re letting people get an early look at how the page will be.
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IDW Games Posts Legend of Korra Updates, Announces Expansion

IDW Games had a bit of time off for the holiday and new year, but they’re once more working on all things Legend of Korra. They’ve got things just about finished up and are going to be targeting shipping to begin next month. So you can be excited about the game and what’s to come, they’ve posted up the rulebook for the game on their website. They’ve also got the rulebook for their upcoming expansion, Amon’s Invasion, along with some preview shots of what you can expect in that set.
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Topiary Coming Next Week

It’s cold out. Really cold out. And the Eastern US is bracing for a major storm, after which, some seriously cold air will come flooding in. But let’s not think about that. Let’s think about a well-tended garden and some topiary bushes, instead. That sounds much better. Well, in one week, you’ll get some help with that with Topiary, a new game coming from Renegade Game Studio.
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River Horse Previews Vasilek The Knight For The Highlander Board Game

As an Immortal, there’s two ways you can go about trying to be the last one. You can hermit yourself away in some remote place, practicing your swordplay continually, just in case anyone finds you, but hoping that they don’t. Or, you just run around beheading anyone and everyone you come across, just in case. For Vasilek, The Knight, he’s definitely opted for the latter of the two. He’ll be one of the characters you can choose in River Horse’s upcoming The Highlander board game. Have a look at this preview.
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Fantasy Flight Posts New Omens of the Pharaoh Preview

Knowledge is power. That’s been known for quite some time (and thus, has been powerful for quite some time). Knowledge of one’s enemy in a conflict can certainly make the going easier. And when the enemy is an ageless deity looking to destroy the Earth, yeah, you might want to know what you’re going up against. Finding that knowledge is a key part of the upcoming Omens of the Pharaoh expansion for Elder Sign. Look at how that’ll work in this new preview from Fantasy Flight.
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Stonemaier Games Announces Rise of Fenris Expansion For Scythe

They say that all good things must come to an end. Well, at least it’s good to know when you can prepare for that ending. Stonemaier Games has announced the final expansion set that’s going to be coming for Scythe. It’s called Rise of Fenris, and it will conclude the epic tale of a World War that turned out much differently from the one that’s taught in our history classes.
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River Horse Previews Weapons In The Highlander Board Game

Whenever people think of the Highlander series, one particular weapon comes to mind, the sword. Immortals are only immortal as long as they’ve got a good head on their shoulders, and the favored way of making that such not the case is via a length of sharpened steel. Of course, each Immortal prefers a particular kind of sword, and so you’ve got plenty to choose from in the upcoming Highlander board game from River Horse. Check out a bit about how they’ll work below.
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Review Roundup

The year is coming to an end. 2017 has been full of twists and turns. 2018 is looking like it will certainly be an interesting one. Certainly one of potential change. To all of you, I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.
I also wish you would read all of these review articles.
Actually, you don’t really have to read all of them, but they’re here if you want to check ’em out. 😉

This week we have: Dragon Pets, Too Many Bones, Circle the Wagons, Shipwrights of the North Sea, The Ruhr: A Story of Coal, Pile-Up Rush, and Summit.

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River Horse Previews Victor the Kurgan For The Highlander Board Game

Well, if there can be only one, that seems to imply that there’s more than one from time to time. Such is the case with the Immortals in Highlander. So, who else is out there besides the MacLeods? Well, how about Victor the Kurgan? He’ll be part of the upcoming board game from River Horse. Check him out here.
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AEG Posts Up New Releases

With just a couple days left in 2017, AEG has updated their website with a look at some recent and upcoming releases. Looking for a way to spend that holiday money or just trying to find a new game to play in the new year? Check these out. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.
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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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Thunder in the East WWII Board Game Up On Kickstarter

I know there are gamers out there who really love those intense, long-playing, scenario-driven, historical board games. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to check out the newest game from Frank Chadwick and Victory Point Games. It’s called Thunder in the East, and it’s the first in what will be a series of games that will cover WWII’s Russian front. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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River Horse Previews Connor Macleod for the Highlander Board Game

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere we are!
Born to be kings!
River Horse is going to be coming out with a Highlander board game, bringing it to Kickstarter soon. Of course, if you’re going to have a Highlander game, you should have the character that started it all, Connor MacLeod. And that’s exactly where River Horse is starting their previews. Check him out.
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Fantasy Flight Announces Omens of the Pharaoh Expansion for Elder Sign

Once again, the true evil in the world rears its ugly head.
I, of course, am referring to… Ancient Egypt! *Imperial March plays over scene of the pyramids*
That’s where you’ll be headed (well, Egypt, anyway, not necessarily the “ancient” part) in Omens of the Pharaoh, a new expansion coming for Elder Sign. It would seem that the Great Old Ones liked sunshine and cats, too.
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