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

TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Saturday night’s alright for gaming. Well, all of Saturday is alright for gaming, really. At the time this posts, there might or might not be a TPK happening. For my player’s sake, hopefully they’ll not just “charge at the enemy” as their go-to strategy. But… that’s PCs for you.

But that’s as may be. In the meantime, we’ve got a collection of review articles we’ve collected from the week.

This week’s batch of reviews/previews includes: Homeland: The Game, Monstrous, Welcome to the Dungeon, Dimension, Ether Wars, Immortal, Sultan’s Library, and Forbidden Stars.
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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 Sunday Edition: Review Roundup

Hey everyone. Welcome to another Sunday Edition here on TGN.
Now, some of you might’ve noticed that we ran Sunday Snippets on Saturday and are doing the Review Roundup here on Sunday.
I’m… not entirely sure how that happened actually. I think all the necromantic energy from the Zombicide previews got to me and confused up my brain! All day yesterday felt like Sunday. It wasn’t until like 4-5pm that I was like, “Wait… it’s Saturday!” Anyway, we’ve got your reviews for you today.

This week we’ve got reviews/previews of: Pathfinder Battles: The Lost Coast Booster, Kromlech Orc Character Set, 12 Realms: Ancestors Legacy, K2, XenoShyft, Fief France 1429, Samurai Spirit, Deus, and Galactic Strike Force.

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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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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

TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

I hope Saturday is treating you well and is currently, or soon will be, full of gaming goodness.
I’ve got a little hobby project I’m working on for an upcoming review article. Obviously, details on that will be made specific soon when the piece goes up on the site.

Anyway, it’s time again for another Review Roundup, where we take all the gaming and hobby reviews we found throughout the week and present them to you here.

In this batch, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Warlord Games’ Wrecked House terrain piece, Citadel Crusade Figure Case, Forbidden Desert, Commands & Colors: Napoleonics – The Spanish Army Expansion, Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Adventure Kit, Dreams of Dystopia, Gamboni, Barnyard Legions, Dogs of War, Cthulhu Wars, and DC Dice Masters.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Welcome to another Saturday. This week went by quick (at least for me). I hope you’ve been enjoying the Adepticon photos we’ve been posting. Be sure to check out the ones of the Desert Hydra. Makes me almost wish I played Skorne. I might get one of those just to paint up.

Anyway, as is custom here on TGN, we’ve collected the review articles from the week and have them here in one place for you here today.

In this batch we have previews/reviews of: Kromlechs’ Armoured Orc Assault and SMG Squads, Urban Commando and Battleground Gaming Mats, Deus Board Game, Dead Man’s Draw, The Institute of Magical Arts, Board Game Quest’s Top 10 Cooperative Games, Port Royal, Saboteur, Mysterium, Wizard’s Academy, and XCOM.

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TGN Review Roundup

Well, well, well. Here we are at another Saturday. I hope that those of you out in Boston for PAX East are having a good time, enjoying the cold and snow and all that. Here in Atlanta, it’s rainy and decently warm. Not the greatest weather to be outside, so that’s why everyone should be inside at a gaming table, enjoying this wonderful hobby world of ours.

Anyway, it’s also time for another Review Roundup.

This week’s installment includes reviews/previews of: Sally 4th 28mm Modular Castle Kits, D&D Miniatures: Tiamat and Bahamut Dragons, Clairvoyance, Harbour, Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansions 2 & 3, Super Motherload, Cyclades: Titans, RESISTOR_, Epic Resort, and Vault Wars.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y, Night!
Ok, so it’s not exactly “night” yet… unless you’re East of here. So those of you in Europe might consider it night.

I’m getting off track. Anyway, it’s Saturday and hopefully you’re getting your gaming groove on.

We’ve got a collection of the review articles we found during the week and present them to you now.

In this edition, we have reviews/previews of: Doomtown: Reloaded, Mysterium, Between Two Cities, Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, Sanssouci, Mythtopia, The Tyrant and Dreadnought Army Cases from Tabletop Tyrant, Oh My Gods!, Iron Kingdoms: Unleashed Adventure Kit, and Specter Ops.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

We hope your week has gone by well. It’s been a busy one over here. Lots of news and lots of work on the next issue of Ravage US. However, we have had time to collect our regular group of reviews for you to look over.

This time we have reviews/previews of: D&D Miniatures: Tyranny of Dragons Booster, Keyflower: the Farmers Expansion, Sentinel Tactics, Hitman Holiday, Fleet Commander: Nimitz, The Robotic Age RPG, Mutiny, Grifter: A Game of Cons, and Bruges.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Love is in the air.
We here hope you’re spending the day playing the games you love with the people you love.

And as usual, we’ve got our Review Roundup for Saturday.
Did the reviewers love the games they tried? Only reading on will find out.

In this week’s installment, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Arcadia Quest, G-Mat Snow Storm Terrain Mat, The Meeple Mechanic’s Top 8 Kickstarter Games Going On Now, Cyclades: Titans Expansion, Rhino Hero, Noctu the Bounty Hunter by Savage Forge Minis, The 5th Land, Road Rally USA, Machi Koro, XCOM, the expansion for Mascarade, San Juan, Pagoda, Rise of Cthulhu, and Hitman Holiday.

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Board Game Quest posts oddball Aeronauts 2: Double the Trouble Preview

Board Game Quest goes in for another, with a preview of oddball Aeronauts 2: Double the Trouble, in this preview article.

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We recently posted a review of oddball Aeronauts. This was a successful Kickstarter campaign that brought us a strategy game that can be played without a table. I enjoyed the game a lot and think it makes a great travel game. The people over at maverick:muse were not done with this game however, and currently have a Kickstarter running for oddball Aeronauts 2: Double the Trouble. This standalone game adds two new factions to the battle and gives people the opportunity to play the game with up to four players (if they have the first edition). I’m not going to go into detail about how the base game plays, for more on that please see my full review of the first game. Let’s get into the preview to talk about these new decks and new game play.