Friday Snippets

Fridaaaaaaaay! Woo! *runs around with arms over my head* It’s “Weekend Eve” and, as always, I’m excited.
… That is, even though my weekend plans include, “thoroughly clean the apartment” because it’s finally time to do some Spring Cleaning. But if I’m going to be doing all that cleaning (and singing), I need to be full of bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: Super Chibi Round 4 Up On Kickstarter and Judgment Week Adds Free Miniatures On Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Kickstarter.

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Pacific Victory Up On Kickstarter

Columbia Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for the second edition of Pacific Victory. WWII had numerous theaters of war, each was like a conflict in and of itself, with different countries using different tactics in vastly different environments. The Pacific Theater was unique in that it was two navies fighting it out while aircraft soared overhead and troops embarked on deadly island-hopping expeditions. Bring that action to your tabletop now.
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Victory Point Games Running Gem Rush: Second Edition Kickstarter

Victory Point Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for a new edition of Gem Rush. This new set includes updated artwork and components, cooperative modes, new gems that can be found in the ever-expanding mine, and new skill cards so no two dwarves are exactly alike.
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On Their Merry Way Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Get out your best set of green tights. There’s wealthy merchants to rob from! On Their Merry Way is a new board game up on Kickstarter where players take on the role of members of Robin Hood’s merry band. Set traps for unsuspecting wealthy merchants. Get the most money and you’ll become Robin’s right-hand man.
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Asmodee Announces New T.I.M.E. Stories Expansion

Yarr arr yarr! I loddie the hotpants!
It’s time to get some sunshine on your skin and some salty air in your lungs. The new expansion for T.I.M.E. Stories has been announced, and it’s sending players to the golden age of piracy. Brotherhood of the Coast is the name of this new set, and you’ll be looking to find out what happened to a previous team that was sent to the same time but never came back (because that’s not ominous…).
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Archona Games Launches Small Star Empires 2nd Edition

Archona Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new edition of their Small Star Empires game. In it, players are looking to spread out among the stars, grabbing the best systems for themselves, placing bases and colonies as they go. In the end, the player with the most points wins. The Kickstarter isn’t just for the 2nd edition, but also a pair of expansions to go along with it. You can check it all out now.
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Holy Grail Games Announces DomiNations Board Game

Being put in charge of an entire civilization isn’t easy. there’s many facets of life to take into account, and many different ways you can build your society. In DomiNations, “build” is exactly what we mean, too, as you’ll use triangle-shaped dominoes to expand and strengthen your reign. Holy Grail Games will be bringing DomiNations to Kickstarter in June.
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Ludus Magnus Studios Running Black Rose Wars Contest

Ludus Magnus Studios will soon be launching their Kickstarter campaign for Black Rose Wars. But they’re wanting to just give a copy away… and not just the new game, but all of the Nova Aetas goodies. Simply head over to their Facebook page, like it, sign up for their newsletter, and reply with your favorite mage, and you’ll get your name in the hat for a big bundle of stuff.
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Zombicide: Invader Up On Kickstarter

CMON and Guillotine Games’ latest Kickstarter campaign is up, up and away. Head for the far-off planet of PK-L7 in Zombicide: Invader, the latest in the ongoing series. Though, this time, the regular zombies we’ve come to know have been replaced by Xenos. They’re no less deadly, though. Thankfully, there’s all sorts of futuristic weapons and equipment to help the Survivors, well… survive.
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Late Backing Open for Into the Black: Boarding Party

With all the Kickstarter campaigns going on, its easy for one to slip by you. Maybe you just missed it. Maybe you were short that month. Whatever the reason, the end of the Kickstarter doesn’t always mean you’ve missed out on all the goodies. Take, for example, I Will Never Grow Up’s Into the Black: Boarding Party. If you missed the campaign, you can still jump in, as they’ve opened up late pledges.
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Renegade Game Studio Taking Pre-Orders For Junk Orbit

Humans are pretty bad about leaving a trail wherever we go. Even well-meaning people leave stuff behind. And that penchant for being a bit messy can follow us even out into space. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s where you find yourself in Junk Orbit. Your job is to collect this junk for disposal. Pre-orders for the game are being taken now from Renegade Games.
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River Horse Launches Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Kickstarter

Dun-dun-dun, dun-dun
Dun-dun-dun, dun-dun
Skynet has taken over the world. The machines are marching through the streets, killing anyone they come across. A resistance movement has formed and the fight for humanity’s survival is on. That’s where you find yourself in Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance, a new cooperative board game by River Horse that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Last One Standing Board Game Coming Soon

Reality TV can be pretty dull. In the not-too-distant future, they’ve decided that a way to spice things up is by parachuting people into a remote location, load them up with weapons, and offer cash and prizes for the one that’s the last one standing. And that, in fact, is the name of a new game coming soon.
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Z-Man Games Posts new Fae Preview

Z-Man Games is working on recreating Clans under the new name of Fae. The mechanics still work much the same, while all the artwork is getting a makeover. But what are those rules, anyway? In this preview, you get a look at how the druids walk around their enchanted forest, looking to complete their rituals in peace.
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Review Roundup

As I type up this post ahead of its actual publication time, when you read this, I’ll be hip-deep in my new D&D game. At least, that’s the hope. Session 0 starts at noon, so I gotta finish this up and then head out. But I know how much you all desperately desire these reviews, so let’s get right to it.
Also, it’s apparently “Short Game Title Week” here in the RR.

This week we have: Unbroken, Imperius, Arena: The Contest, Cytosis, Samara, Sakura, Tammany, HEXplore It, King of the Dice, Topito, and Majesty: For the Realm.

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Kitchen Rush: Piece of Cake Coming To Kickstarter April 16

Alright, so you’ve had a great meal. Appetizer, soup, main course, all were absolutely astounding. But now your sweet tooth is getting to aching. Where’s dessert? Well, in the case of Kitchen Rush, it’s coming to Kickstarter on April 16, when the campaign for Kitchen Rush: Piece of Cake will launch.
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Kazrak Studio Previews Saber & Blood Kickstarter

Ever see a Kickstarter launch and think, “man, this project would be better if they just ____”? Well, Karzak Studio is looking to avoid that by showing off the preview of their Saber & Blood Kickstarter campaign before it launches. Check it out, find out about the game, and if you’ve got anything you’d like to recommend, that’s just the sort of feedback that they’re looking for.
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River Horse Announces Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Board Game

River Horse is still working on their The Highlander board game and just wrapped up their Pacific Rim Kickstarter, but they’ve got yet another licensed board game coming to Kickstarter just next week. They’ve announced the new Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance board game.
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IDW Announces Nickelodeon Splat Attack Kickstarter Launch Date

Even as they gear up for the Galaxy Hunters campaign which gets underway next week, IDW Games is already looking to what they’ll be launching next. Now, this hits me right in my nostalgia center, because I used to watch Nickelodeon all the time (and I mean back when You Can’t Do That On Television was on). So, seeing that they’re coming out with Nickelodeon Splat Attack, and the Kickstarter is starting May 9th, I’ll be checking it out more.
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Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers Up On Indiegogo

Shinobi7 is doing something interesting with their late pledges for the Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers campaign that they ran on Kickstarter. They’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign for the same game, but open to anyone that Kickstarter might not cover, and giving people a chance to pledge for it.
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Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game Up On Kickstarter

And it’s up and running. The Kickstarter campaign for Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game is going now. If you want to bring the action of the classic video game series to your tabletop, now’s your chance… and your only chance! This is a Kickstarter-exclusive campaign. So if you want in, you’ve got until the end of the match.
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Z-Man Games Taking Pre-Orders for Taj Mahal

India is a land filled with beauty and wonder, along with a rich history. In Taj Mahal, you are sent back to the Mogul Empire as you go see the sights in the countryside along with the Grand Mogul. Of course, as you’re going along, you have to be wary of those that want to influence the Grand Mogul… that’s your job, after all! Be the one that proves you’re the most trusted and you will become the power behind the throne. You can pre-order your copy from Z-Man Games now.
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Atari’s Missile Command Now Available From IDW

You know all those post-apocalyptic games out there? This is where they begin. The nuclear missiles are raining in, and you’ve got to defend against them while sending out your own to destroy your enemies. Trust in your allies (or don’t), and make sure your civilization survives more or less intact. That’s what you’ll be doing in Atari’s Missile Command, now available from IDW.
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Fireball Island Board Game Up On Kickstarter

I never had a copy of Fireball Island when I was a kid. However, I do certainly remember the commercials for it. It did always look like fun. Well, Restoration Games has gotten a hold of it and has upgraded basically everything about the game. They’re up on Kickstarter looking to get this new edition of Fireball Island created. And, considering the pledge totals, it’s gonna happen.
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Randy, Lrod of Spiders Available From Soda Pop Miniatures

Much like Veteran Captain Salt, Randy, Lrod of Spiders is an April Fool’s joke that’s actual a real thing you can get. This new boss for Super Dungeon Explore is the 3rd in the Masterclass Series of minis. You can get yours this month from over in the Soda Pop Minis store.
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True Messiah Back Up On Kickstarter

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Words to live by. If you’ve got a dream, don’t let some setbacks totally kill it. The makers of True Messiah have faith in their game and they are going to get it made come hell or high water. They’ve got a new campaign with a new target and they’re giving it their all in this go-round.
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Plaid Hat Games Announces Starship Samurai Board Game

Space is vast… and you want to control it all! Plaid Hat Games has announced a new area management game called Starship Samurai. In it, players are in control of their own clan and must utilize their vast armadas in order to control the most and best parts of the galaxy.
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Fantasy Flight Previews the Investigators of Sanctum of Twilight

It seems that Arkham just can’t catch a break. If it’s not ancient horrors looking to rend the living world asunder, it’s a local group trying to influence things. In this case, though, the local group is the Order of the Silver Twilight, a very wealthy and powerful club. This is going to be a lot more delicate an operation than the Investigators have handled before. And it’s a preview of those Investigators coming in the Sanctum of Twilight expansion for Mansions of Madness that we get here.
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Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War Now Available

Thanos is collecting together the Infinity Stones in an attempt to gain the power of a god. Of course, the heroes want to keep that from happening. That’s what you’ll be doing in Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War from USAopoly. Players must work together against the great purple one. Will they manage to keep him from his ultimate goal? That’s for you to find out.
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Z-Man Games Announces Fae

Z-Man has announced that they’re going to be taking the 2003 game Clans and update the look of it and release it as Fae. Players will be in control of groups of druids, wandering around a mysterious enchanted forest. As they find each-other through the mist and trees, they’ll form larger and larger groups. Once away from anyone else in these groups, they’ll be able to perform their incantations. This new version is getting updated production quality and artwork from its original release.
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Latest Releases Now Available From CMON

As the sun rises on a new month (ok, that was yesterday, but go with it), CMON is bringing us some new releases, including the highly-anticipated Rising Sun board game, as well as 3 of its expansions. The game, created by the same team that brought you Blood Rage, puts you in charge of a Clan in Japan where the Kami have decided it’s time for a change. But which Clan will be able to form the new government in its image? Along with that, there’s 6 new Wrath of Kings sets, 2 each for Goritsi, Shael Han, and Nassier.
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Review Roundup

Here we are back on Saturday. Hard to believe it’s as late as it is already. Day just seems to be flying by. If there’s any day of the week that I usually hope “drags on,” it’s Saturday. But not so today. I’ve been up since 3:15am (that’s just what time my brain decided to be awake this morning), and can’t believe how late it already is. But, one of the last things I really need to get done is get you those reviews you so desperately desire.

This week, we have: HEXploreit: The Forest of Adrimon, The First Steps of Calais, Vinyl, Mobster Metropolis, Rise of Moloch, Lotus iOS, Manhattan, Empires, Stuffed Fables, Hellapagos, Bunny Kingdom, The Fox in the Forest, and Burning Suns.

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Days of Wonder Holding Small World Giveaway

Who doesn’t like getting games for free? Nobody. Who doesn’t like winning contests? Nobody as well. Combine the two and you’ve got a contest where you can get free games. That’s what Days of Wonder has going on right now. They’re giving away Small World stuff in celebration of the release of their Power Packs.
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40 Thieves Board Game Up On Kickstarter

In a hidden warehouse, an incredibly wealthy merchant keeps all manner of precious items. Expensive liquors, fine clothes, piles of gold, but most precious of all are a set of nine sapphires. Now, a group of thieves has decided that they are going to crown a new king, and they figure the best test is to see who can get the most of those sapphires out from under the guard’s noses. That’s your goal in 40 Thieves, a new board game up on Kickstarter.
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Z-Man Posts New Lowlands Preview

Running a farm certainly isn’t easy. It could be argued that running a farm along the cost of the North Sea is even tougher. But that’s what you’re tasked with in Lowlands, the upcoming farming game from Z-Man Games. In this preview, we get a deeper look at what it takes to work the land and produce crops, all while making sure your farm stays safe and is improved over time.
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