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

Saturday!
Woo!
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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Foxtales Studios Bringing Overturn: Rising Sands to Kickstarter Soon

Middle Eastern folklore stretches back as far as humanity. There are countless epic tales of heroic deeds versus all manner of monsters. Foxtales Studios is looking to bring all those classic tales to your tabletop in Overturn: Rising Sands, a new cooperative board game they will be bringing to Kickstarter next year. The game uses a multi-board system, where each board has its own dangers and bosses. Only by defeating the different boards will the players be able to advance and defeat the final boss.
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Friday Snippets

It’s the last day before the weekend. And I know a lot of you out there will be having themselves a long weekend, too. Many of you will be spending the time hanging out with friends and loved ones, more-than-likely having many tasty things to eat. Well, before we get there, let’s fill you up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today we have: Blood Red Skies Previews New Render, War of the Ring Now Available in Russian, and New Dark Elf Punisher Mini Available From Brother Vinni.

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X-Smash Tree Giveaway Happening Now From iello

You’ve probably seen videos of Christmas trees falling over (sometimes with the assistance of family pets) and causing damage. They’re cute and often hilarious. What’s not so funny, though, is when a massive Christmas tree starts stomping around downtown, wrecking entire city blocks at a time. That is, unless, you’re the one controlling said Christmas tree. And if you’d like to get your own for King of Tokyo or King of New York, there’s two ways to do so from iello Games.
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Pandemic: Rising Tide Now Available

The Netherlands are in a unique situation wherein most of the country is beneath sea level. This has been helpful, as the country, when under attack, can open up their system of dams and levees and flood regions. But what happens when those systems start failing and there’s no approaching army to defend from? It’s up to the country’s engineers to fix it before everyone’s left not-so-high and not-so-dry. That’s what’s happening on Pandemic: Rising Tide. You’ve read the rulebook. Now you can get a copy for yourself, as it’s available now.
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Mainland Board Game Up On Kickstarter

I’m a big fan of abstract strategy games. So, looking at Mainland, a new tile-laying game up on Kickstarter, it looks right up my alley. In it, players are looking to place their tiles out on the board, in an effort to create large sections of interconnected tiles called their Mainland. Tiles must be placed partially covering another of your tiles, and that overlap must match symbols. As the board grows and space gets tight, placement will be key in the race to have the largest land mass under your control.
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IDW Games Posts Insider Look at Rayguns and Rocketships

Roooooooooooooooookeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet ship!
Roooooooooooooooookeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet ship!
You don’t know me. But I don’t know you, either.
But what you can know about is an insider’s look at Rayguns and Rocketships. The Kickstarter backers have their copy. The game’s available, but if you’ve been wanting to know more about it before you pack your bags and are ready to go, you might just want to check out this article, posted by IDW Games.
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Kitty Quest Now Available

What we have here is another of those success stories of a Kickstarter that funded and is now available for general release. This time around, it’s Kitty Quest. You must guide your little cats back home. But how will you get there? Kitty Quest is a game where you make the board as you play, so no two games are ever quite the same. The first player to guide their kitty home is the winner. You can pick up your copy now.
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Archon Studio Running Chronicle X Kickstarter

The aliens are invading!
Earth is being besieged by a fleet of flying saucers, and only the elite soldiers of Chronicle X have the gear, skills, and knowhow to defeat them. It’s not going to be easy, though. The alien Overmind is cunning, and will be looking to stay one step ahead in their plan to add a new planet to their conquests.
That’s the story behind Chronicle X, a new sci-fi board game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Z-Man Games Posts Rulebook for Pandemic: Rising Tide

Being an informed consumer is important. You don’t want to know what you’re getting when you buy something. That’s why I love when companies put their rulebooks up online. Pandemic: Rising Tide is a whole new twist on the Pandemic theme. You’re not trying to stop various diseases from spreading. You’re trying to make sure that the Netherlands don’t flood. Want to know how that’ll work? Go read all about it.
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Snag the Flag Game Coming to Kickstarter

I need to be more active in my everyday life. I could stand to lose about 10 stone, give or take. And with the New Year coming up, I know a lot of people make resolutions to lose weight. A game like Snag the Flag might just be able to help out. It’s a game, but it also gets you up and out of your chair. The game will be coming to Kickstarter soon.
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Review Roundup

Saturday and I have all the baking to do. Baking for friends. Baking for coworkers. Baking for friends that are coworkers. Baking for coworkers that are friends.
I mean, I bought 4 pounds of unsalted butter. I’m going to be busy today.
But before I get up to my elbows in cookie dough, I need to type up those review articles I know you all so desperately desire.

Today we have: Arena Rex, Seikatsu, New York Slice, Dragonfire, Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn, Macroscope, Kingdomino, and 1750: Britain vs. France.

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Gaia Project Now Available

Z-Man Games has released their follow-up to Terra Mystica in the form of Gaia Project. Instead of just building a world to your liking, you are now able to spread out among the stars and make entire systems, and more, and put them under your guiding control. By exploring, managing your resources, dealing with threats, and working with your economy, you can create the greatest empire that the galaxy has ever seen.
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Favelas Tile-Laying Game Now Available from WizKids

The Favelas in Rio de Jeneiro could use a bit of sprucing up. However, like many things involving government committees, the city council keeps changing their minds about how, exactly, they want these neighborhoods to look. That’s what’s happening in Favelas, a new tile-laying game available now from WizKids. Players must work through the council’s desires while laying down their tiles in the hopes of satisfying their desires. In the end, one player will win the council’s favor and be declared the winner.
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Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Sure, you’ve got Conan out there, but what about Red Sonja? She’s out there kicking as much ass as anyone else. She’s also getting a new board game. In Red Sonja: Hyrkania’s Legacy, players will work together to complete objectives and overcome evil. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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Z-Man Games Posts New Agents of Venice Preview

Marco Polo heading out into the East is only half the story. It wouldn’t be quite a big deal if he never returned. But when he did, he brought all his accumulated findings back and helped increase communication and trade between the two regions of the world. In the Agents of Venice expansion for The Voyages of Marco Polo, Marco Polo has made his way back to the famed city and is now looking to work with various trading houses. But how will that work? Well, find out in this preview from Z-Man Games.
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