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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Mar 21st, 2017
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    And we’re back to Tuesday. I’d totally forgotten that yesterday was the first day of Spring. It certainly felt like it. The bit of a cold snap we’d had is gone. It’s supposed to get up to 80 today. We’ve switched the thermostat in the office from “heat” to “cool” in preparation.
    One thing that doesn’t change with the seasons is our weekly grouping of podcasts to help you make it to the weekend.

    Today we have: Plaid Hat Games Podcast: Crossfire – A new game by Emerson Matsuuchi; Losing Friends Podcast Episode 3: The Storm has Gathered; Forgot My Dice Episode 7(14) : Full NPR Mode; 40K Radio Episode 12: Adepticon Bound; Fireside Chats Episode 2; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 200: The War of 1812; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 97: Under the Radar; Guild Ball Tonight Episode 59: This Show is Cursed; Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 114: They Who Were 8, Rum & Bones Second Tides, & Fuzzy Tales; The Cardboard Herald Episode 19: The Rules Girl; The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 21: James Hudson and The Grimm Forest; The D6 Generation Episode 209: The Man Behind the F.A.T. Mats & Weta Workshop on GKR visuals; and Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 94: Adrenaline.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 21st, 2017
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    Well, unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to make it to Adepticon this year. Sad, too, because I was really looking forward to trying out Red Panda Miniatures’ new game, Wander: The Cult of Barnacle Bay. Well, I can still live vicariously through photos posted online.
    Or I could just drive over to BA’s place after they get back and make him show me how the game works. One of the two.
    Anyway, they’ve posted up some preview shots of the game laid out for the demo scenario.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 21st, 2017
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    When a lot of people think “post-apocalyptic,” one of the things that’ll pop into their mind is Mad Max. And what’s Mad Max without all those awesome vehicles? Well, Hyacinth Games’ Wreck-Age game also takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, and they’re looking to inject a bit of high-octane to it with their Vehicles Kickstarter campaign, running now (on all 8 cylinders).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 21st, 2017
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    So, yesterday was the first day of Spring (or Fall, depending on which part of the equator you’re on). We’re only mostly through March, but the true spirit of Christmas should be in our hearts all year ’round (or so we say at Christmas, anyway). Well, that includes games, of course. And a truly classic Christmas tale is making its way to your tabletop in the form of Scrooge: The Board Game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Mar 21st, 2017
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    I guess, if you play a game of Flames of War, you could have the British fighting against the British. To my knowledge, there’s nothing that says otherwise. But, really, people want to play the British versus the Nazis. And since we got a look at the Desert Rats book before, let’s take a look at the Afrika Korps book now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Mar 21st, 2017
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    The Guardians of the Galaxy are making their way back to the silver screen. They’re also going to be making their way back to your tabletops. WizKids is coming out with a Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 set for HeroClix. We’ve seen Drax. Let’s take a look at Star-Lord. *dance-off*
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 21st, 2017
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    When you’re dead, you’re dead. Or maybe not. What happens after we die is a mystery, only revealed once we get there. In the world of Terrinoth, death doesn’t mean you’re done with your military obligation. The reanimated dead walk the land, taking up arms for their masters. That includes Reanimated Archers, which give you a “reach out and touch someone” part to your army in Runewars. We get a detailed look at them with this preview from Fantasy Flight Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    With Battlefront headed to North Africa with their latest Flames of War releases, they’ve decided to head that direction in Tanks, their armored skirmish game as well. In May/June, they’ll be coming out with 6 new sets.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    Printing books is expensive. You’ve got to get together all the writing, all the artwork, and the layout done. Then you’ve got to send those files off to the printer. And you want to get as good a quality product as you can. Well, quality costs money. Even for popular titles, it might take a bit to get that print run done. As such, the 7th print run of the Castles & Crusades Players’ Handbook is up on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    When reading over the description for this game, all I could think of was the old Toys R Us jingle, “I don’t wanna grow up. I’m a Toys R Us kid…”
    And now I’ve probably gotten that stuck in a lot of your heads, too. No, I’m not ashamed.
    Anyway, Renegade Game Studios has announced that they’re going to be coming out with a new deck-builder card game based on Scott Pilgrim. It’s called Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    The most interesting thing about King Charles the I is that he was 5’6″ tall at the start of his reign, but only 4’8″ tall at the end of it (source).
    … Ok, seriously, that’s the only thing I could hear while reading about this book. Warlord Games has started taking pre-orders for their new Pike & Shotte supplement. This one is To Kill a King which covers the English Civil Wars.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Horror
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    Well, I’m coming to realize that this is not going to be a regular week. With all the prep and hype for GAMA last week, even though I realize that I leave for Adepticon this week, it’s still sort of a, “oh yeah, that…” instead of, y’know, “Oh yeah! That!!” At Adepticon, one of the things people want to see most are the cool armies and army boards. It’s a big miniatures game, so you know there’s going to be some awesome-looking tables. If you want your tables to look that good, you’ll probably want to check out the stories below.

    Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Dale’s RV Coming to The Walking Dead and

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    You know, normally, you’re trying to keep various Lovecraftian horrors from invading our mortal realm. But, you know, sometimes you just want your brain melted into insanity. Amirite? That’s what you do in Necronomicards. There’s a new expansion for the game that’s up now on Kickstarter. It adds new tactical elements as well as lets you have up to 8 players for your game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    The North African Front is sometimes neglected when it comes to the history of World War II. It was a long and dusty campaign of maneuver seeing the Desert Rats facing the Desert Fox. In this case, it was the rats that came out on top. The Desert Rats book from Battlefront gives you a good look at the forces involved, as well as how you can use them in your games of Flames of War.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Dice Games
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    Spirit of Rebellion is the next set coming out for Star Wars: Destiny. It will get here sometime in the next couple months. The game has really taken off, from what I’ve heard, so people are clamoring for more. In this preview, we get a look at some of the yellow cards (and dice) that will be coming in the set. Ummm… be warned. One of them involves the prequels.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    So, a while back, Forge World was coming out with a bunch of Adeptus Custodes miniatures. I remember lamenting how cool those space janitors had it while all I ever got was a kinda neat portable pressure washer for after basketball and football games at the Arena. Well, if you’ve been wanting to fill out your forces from those couple of bits, the home base of Games Workshop has come out with a box set, as well as individual kits that you can now pre-order.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Mar 20th, 2017
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    Warlord Games is wasting no time in getting you another release for Test of Honour. This time around, it’s a two-player starter box set.
    If you’ve been looking at the Wave 1 releases and been thinking, “I wish it was all just in one box for me to pick up so I could have two forces with which I would teach my friends.” you’re in luck.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 19th, 2017
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    Many of my friends have young kids who are just getting to the age where they’ve started to show an interest in gaming. They see mom and dad playing their tabletop games and want to join in. Several of those kids are also huge fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Heck, my niece is obsessed with the show. There’s also plenty of older people out there who enjoy the show (heck, I admit that I’ve watched the whole series), and many of them are gamers. So, it seemed only natural for there to be a My Little Pony RPG. That comes in the form of Tails of Equestria.

    The kind folks over at River Horse sent me a copy of the book (they’re true friends, for sure).

    Grab your saddlebags and watch out for timberwolves, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Tails of Equestria.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 18th, 2017
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    Ah, Saturday. And it’s Games Day at the Milton Library. So, of course, that means it’s raining. Funny how that seems to be happening. 3rd weekend of the month, we’ve got some rain. But, seeing as I like rain, it’s all good. Rain and gaming. Seems great. Anyway, we’ve got our reviews for you here. Let’s get to them so I can go back to gaming.

    Today we have: Airecon 4, Faith: A Garden in Hell, Original Laser Design Dark Age MDF Buildings, Banzai, Battles in the Age of War, Killer Katanas II, Mystic Miracles iOS, Incorporated, Grand Prix, Deep Sea Adventure, Ethnos, This Belongs in a Museum, Galactic Rebellion, and BrilliAnts.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    I’d been hinting and alluding to a lot of things over the past couple months. Stuff that I couldn’t rightly talk about. One of those things was that I had been playtesting A Song of Ice and Fire. The other thing is that I’d been doing pretty much all the writing for the new CMON Play Retailer Program. Ok, so maybe that’s not as exciting to you as A Song of Ice and Fire. But I still think it’s cool.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    Somedecade I need to go see the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I’ve heard it’s good. I’m just really lazy when it comes to that sort of thing. Well, apparently, a new one’s coming out soon. To tie-in with it, WizKids is releasing a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set for HeroClix. We get our first look inside of it with a preview of Drax.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    Since gaming has become my 9-5, I needed to find a new hobby. Well, that became cooking. I’ve always enjoyed it, but in the past several years, it’s really taken off. So, what do I do when I see a book that combines my “old” hobby with my “new” hobby? I take immediate notice, that’s what. Cooking With Dice is like an RPG, but also a cook book. You make recipes as your adventure, with hopefully a great story and a great dish at the end of it. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    This has been quite a week. There’s been all the excitement coming out of GAMA, with lots of great announcements being made. And tomorrow I’ve got Board Game Day up at the library. I’m feeling a bit drained from it all. Better nosh on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    Today on the platter we have: Halfsies Dice – The World Tour On Kickstarter, Blacksmith Miniatures: World of Jean-Baptiste Monge On Kickstarter, The Adventurer’s Collection Tabletop Soundtrack on Kickstarter, New Hammer Objective Markers Available From Kromlech, Syrinscape Announces License for Starfinder RPG, New 6mm Hammer’s Slammers Vehicles Released, and Gaming Accessories Weekend Promo Happening At Bits of War.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    The new campaign book for the Batman Miniatures Game is coming out soon. With it will come a lot of new vehicles that you can add to your game. The Batmobile, in particular, is getting a couple different versions. One of them will go to Batman’s greatest nemesis, The Joker.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    You’re just out walking the parapet, taking a look around, when you see something off in the distance. At first, you think your eyes are playing tricks on you. But as you look more, you realize that, yes, you are seeing what you’re seeing, and it’s not looking good. A seemingly endless mass of evil monsters is headed towards the castle. Bar the door and prepare for a siege. That’s what you’ll be doing in Defense of the Citadel, a new fantasy board game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    The Hobbit is getting a couple more releases over on Forge World’s website. It’s two ends of the scale this week. You’ve got the industrious but short dwarves. And you’ve got the nearly-mindless and rather monstrous trolls. So, whether you want little-smashy or big-smashy, they’ve got something for you.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    Just when you thought you were going to have a nice, relaxing weekend, a portal has opened and now hordes of undead are pouring through. I mean, really now. Well, if you’re going to salvage your weekend camping trip, you’d best deal with that. You and your other magic-inclined friends must work together in order to force back the undead and close up the portal. That’s the story behind The Banishing (though without the weekend camping trip part), which is available now from WizKids.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Contest
    Mar 17th, 2017
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    It’s St. Patrick’s Day. I’m half-Irish, myself (my mother’s side of the family is Irish. My grandfather was an Irish-Catholic police sergeant in Chicago, because stereotypes come from somewhere. My grandmother was the first uniformed police woman in the city of Addison, IL.). Corvus Belli is celebrating the day by having one of their famous give-aways.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Job Opportunity
    Mar 16th, 2017
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    So, you’ve seen all these cool, new games and such that are coming out and you’re thinking, “I want to be a part of that! … Also, I need money!” Well, you could theoretically get two birds with one stone by joining up with Osprey Publishing, who is currently hiring. They’re currently looking for a Marketing Designer, a Games Assistant, a Games Marketing Executive, and a Production Assistant.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 16th, 2017
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    Bushiroad has announced that they’ll be coming out with a new CCG this August. Dragonborne lets players take on the role of, well, a Dragonborne. They’re individuals that have been given great power by one of the 5 Great Dragon Lords. You’ll be the representative of your land and your Dragon Lord. Fight against your opponents and see who is the mightiest of them all.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 16th, 2017
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    It’s good to be king. Or so they say. They also say that everybody wants to rule the world (in this case, “they” is Tears for Fears). Well, Manifest Destiny lets you potentially do just that. You’ll be placed in control of a country and have total control of its economic, environmental, and defense policies. How will you go about making the greatest nation the world has ever see? The game is up now on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 16th, 2017
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    Shattered Tabletop Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for their new fantasy RPG called Shattered Dawn (apparently, the crack of dawn spread and the whole thing broke). The rules for the game have been written primarily with new players in mind. They’re as uncomplicated as possible in order to let you tell the story you want to tell, without having to go back and reference charts and graphs all the time.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 16th, 2017
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    I originally started typing “Monday Terrain Corner” there in the headline. I’m not entirely sure what that means. I do know that it’s been a rather long week. Lots of stuff going on. Busy weeks usually mean quick weeks, but not so much the case this time around. I guess I’m just anxious for game day at the Library this weekend. And if we’re going to be gaming, we should make our game tables look as good as possible.

    Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Hobgoblin-3D – 3D Printed Terrain Now Available, DUNGEONFOG RPG Map Maker Coming to Kickstarter, Final Days For Printable Scenery On Kickstarter, Hellgate Gaming Mat Available From Pwork Wargame, Heroic Maps – Day & Night: Hobcastle Ruins – Orc Fort now Available, and Deep Delve Dungeon – dungeon building kit in resin On Indiegogo.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 16th, 2017
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    While most of our readership is right here in the Good Ol’ U.S. of A., we do still have many international readers, including some from Sweden. Well… I know Henrix reads the site, anyway. But even if the rest of the Swedish gaming community doesn’t read the site (though I wish they would), I’m sure Henrix can just pass along the info to everyone else (I’m sure he knows them, personally). What info? That Nordic Game 2017 is coming to Malmö this May.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 16th, 2017
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    Well, with a company name like Impact! Miniatures, it seems only right that they’ve got some teams out there for fantasy football (it’s sort of what they were known for before they went into the chibi and dice market for a while there). Well, they’re back with not one, or two, but three teams, upsized to 32mm, over on Kickstarter.
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