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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    A lot of people are out there looking for good card games that they can play with their kids. You don’t want something too complex, or with possibly questionable imagery. But you also might want a game that you and your other gamer friends can play. There’s a growing list of games like that out there and Card Master looks to add their name to the rolls. It’s a new game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    We all know my love of giant robots. One place they tend to show up a lot is in anime. Well, if you’d like to bring your love of giant robots to your gaming table, you might want to check out the Anime Hack supplement that Okumarts Games just put out for The Black Hack RPG system.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 26th, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions will happily bring in all types of games. From card games to miniatures games to board games. Well, Fantasy Flight Games is stepping up by announcing that Mansions of Madness is getting a new edition. Don’t worry, you’re still going to be hunting down strange monsters and solving intricate puzzles in the cramped and spooky halls of Arkham. However, there’s a bit of technological assistance coming along to help with things.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    We’ve got just under a week left in July. Spartan Games had said that they were going to be shipping out Halo: Ground Command in July. That means that the game should be shipping out this week.
    Well, that, and Spartan sent out a press release saying it was going to be shipping this week. So there’s that.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    While Monday means a return to the regular workday for us, it also means that it’s time for another preview from Wyrd. So we’ve got that going for us. This week we step away from Malifaux to look at Through the Breach. That has a new book coming out as well. It’s called Into the Bayou. And if you want to play Amos Moses (if you get that reference, good on you), you’ll probably want to check out the Trapper pursuit.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    If you’ve played the X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games, you know that having your ships within Range 1, and within the firing arc of your opponent’s ships isn’t generally the best place to be. I mean, sure, you want your opponent’s ships to be there, but you generally do your damndest to make sure your own ships aren’t there. Well, all that could change with the Protectorate Starfighter, on preview today.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    And we’re back to Monday. We knew it was going to happen, eventually. Doesn’t mean we have to like it. I hope everyone’s weekend went well. Mine was… productive. Lots of things to get ready for Gen Con. The new shoes will help. And I got an industrial-sized pack of cough drops. Also, some granola bars, for when I can’t make it out for any real food. The weekend also went by super-fast, I felt. I remember going, “wait, when did it get to be 7pm?” on Saturday. Seems the whole day flew past. It’s alright, though. We’ll get back to another weekend.

    Anyway, in today’s Terrain Corner we have: Mousepad Woodland Gaming Mat Available For Pre-order, Armorcast Xmas in July Sale Happening Now, and Streetscape: 28mm Resin and MDF buildings Up On Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    Seeing as there will be tens of thousands of gamers all stacked one on top of the other in a week and a half in Indianapolis, game companies would be wise to bring out new products to show off, particularly if they’re going to be seeking funding for said projects later in the year. Well, the people at Mythic Games are wise, and so they will be showing off Mythic Battles: Pantheon, at the show.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    I’m a rather busy individual. Always have something going on, it seems. Plus… to make a confession… I don’t really enjoy painting minis. I know. I know. A lot of you out there love doing it, and that’s great. It’s just not for me. Sitting all hunched over, staring at all those tiny details. Never quite getting the eyes just right. Thankfully, there are people out there willing to paint your minis for you (for a fee, of course). Well, there’s a new service in town. It’s Wargaming Mamas.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    I remember having the original Behemoth figure. … Never was quite sure on the posing of that guy. He always seemed like he was trying to do a little jig or something. Well, Privateer decided the Dancing Behemoth needed a bit of an update, so they were working on a reculpt, which they’re now ready to show off.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    As a conflict progresses, both sides learn things from the other. Crews will gain combat experience and battle plans will be altered based on how technology reacts during engagements. And that’s just what you’ll get to simulate with the Corellian Conflict expansion for Star Wars Armada from Fantasy Flight Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 25th, 2016
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    Not every piece in the Superior Foes of Spider-Man set for HeroClix is, in fact, a foe of Spider-Man. Some are regularly seen fighting against the same villains as Spider-Man. Take these two… err… one… err.. two…
    Why the confusion? Because Power Man and Iron Fist is two figures in one.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 23rd, 2016
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    Congratulations! You’ve made it to Saturday! *throws a little party*
    Mine’s been busy so far. We’re just a couple weeks out from Gen Con, and that means about a million little things to get done (along with a couple big things) before heading to the show. My “To Do” list is imposing, but with steady work, I’ll chew through it all.
    *looks at list* Hmm, “Type up Review Roundup.”
    Alrighty…

    Today we have: Sugi, Stak Bots, Food Fighters, Infinity Combined Army Onyx Force, Galaxy Defenders: Operation Strikeback Expansion, SET, Dragonwood, Millennium Blades, Beyond Baker Street, Dark Dealings, America, Fate of the Elder Gods, Burano, Happy Party, and My Village.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    And now for something completely different.
    While much of the focus of Gen Con is on the vendor’s hall or maybe the tournaments for your favorite games or the gaming hall with all the demos and open gaming space, there’s about a zillion other things that are going on during the weekend. Making a return this year is the Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. It’s cool acrobatic acts but with a distinctly nerdy twist.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Well, King Robert Baratheon is dead (uh… spoilers, I guess, for those that haven’t even seen the whole first season of a show that’s been out for years now). Now, the throne is up for grabs (I mean, really, nobody wants to give it to Joffrey) and so the great houses of Westeros are now gearing up for conflict while trying to also forge whatever alliances they can in order to improve their chances of putting the next person on the Iron Throne. That’s the story behind Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne, a new board game by Fantasy Flight Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions means a lot of work for a lot for a lot of game designers. So in the initial release of those new editions, there might be parts of the game that had been around, but weren’t updated right away. This means the games get to you quicker, but then some catch-up has to be played. Well, the folks over at One Page Rules are working to bring everything possible to the new edition of One Page 40k. That includes Genestealer Cults and Space Marine chapters.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    It’s bad enough that there’s humans that have been infected by the zombie plague. Then you’ve got the wolves coming after you as well. But this time around, the zombie plague is going airborn (of sorts) as now even the crows have succumbed to the foul magics of the necromancers and are seeking to devour the flesh of the living. It’s going to take some stalwart heroes to face down this menace and make the world safe for the not-un-dead. And that’s just what we have with the new Zombie Crowz as well as the Guest Artist Boxes now being available for Zombicide: Black Plague.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Well, yesterday slowed things down, but it seems to have picked back up again rather nicely. We now find ourselves halfway through Friday. That weekend will be here before we know it! What have you all got set up for the weekend? I’ve got a whole heap of chores to get done before Gen Con in a couple weeks (new shoes, haircut, etc), but still hope to get some gaming in afterward. I’m gonna need my strength. Better fill up on some bite-size gaming stories.

    Today on the platter we have: Dragonfather Tokens available from Advanced Deployment, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm July Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, Blackwater Gulch 2nd Edition Kickstarter Launches August 15th, The Animal Games Coming To Kickstarter August 2nd, and Short Fuse Designs Launches Tokens Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Nebula Valley has been going through some rather tough times. For many years, it was overcome by darkness and evil. The town within the valley suffered greatly. But things are looking up. Evil has been vanquished. The hero rode off into the sunset. But that doesn’t mean everything’s been magically put back together. No, that’s going to take some more hard work from all the villagers. And that’s just what you’ve gotta do in Via Nebula. Asmodee’s posted up a new preview of the game as well as an announcement about picking up the game at Gen Con.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    With summer stretching on, you may feel as though you’ve “played out” all your current games and are in need of a change. But what to get? Well, Fantasy Flight Games is having a “Christmas in July” sale on all the digital versions of all their Legend of the Five Rings RPG books.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    And there’s the starting gun. Mantic has launched their Kickstarter campaign for their 2nd edition of DreadBall (taking full part in the Year of New Editions). The game puts you in charge of your own sci-fi sports team in one of the most brutal leagues out there. Score strikes against your opponent while they try and crush you into the ground.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Dun na-na-nun na-na-nun na-na-nun na-na-naaa-naaa, Barracuda!
    Even if you’re not a fan of classic rock, you might be a fan of taking out your enemies from up in the sky. Or maybe you just want some giant robots (we all know my thoughts on giant robots). The new Barracuda flier and a set of “experimental” Battlesuits is available to order from Forge World.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    In Guild Ball, each full team must have one Captain and one Mascot. The other four players you can change out as you wish. Since the game’s release, there’d only been one mascot available to each team. With Season II, everyone is getting a new one. So if you’ve not been enjoying the current mascot, or if you just feel like you need a bit of a change, the time is coming where you’ll get to do that. Pre-orders are being taken now for four of the new mascots.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 22nd, 2016
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    Asmodee is looking to become an even larger board game entity by acquiring F2Z Entertainment. You might not hear about F2Z, directly, a lot, but you know of their brands: Plaid Hat Games, Z-Man Games, and Filosofia. The deal is looking to be closed in the next several months. Doing so will bring games like Pandemic and Dead of Winter under the Asmodee umbrella.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    You know, if you name it the “Warloands” you have only yourself to really blame when people hold their wars there. And such is the case with the various forest tribes. Each one is looking to be the sole controller of the Warlands, and have mustered their forces in order to make sure that happens. That’s the story behind Roots of Mali, an abstract strategy board game up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    A dense mist hangs in the air, giving a dreamlike feeling to the near-motionless garden. The sun rises on scene, casting the first bits of light onto two warriors. They stand in silence, staring intently at one-another. They know each other well. And as the dawn works its way, bringing a new day to the world, each warrior knows that it will possibly be their last. They think back to what brought them to this place. Two lives flashing before their eyes, so intertwined they seem as one. With a sigh, almost in unison, they both know it’s time. They reach for their swords. A bright flash. A pair of sudden moves. And it is over.
    That’s basically what you get with Reflections, the Samurai dueling RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    As Gen Con gets closer, so does the imminent release of the newest faction for GCT Studios’ Bushido (editorializing here: it’s tied for my favorite miniatures game out there). It’s not just a starter set that’s coming out, either. The faction is rolling out in style with extra figures, faction dice, and the Jung Pirates Special Cards Pack 1. We get a look at two more pirates, as well as those dice and cards, today.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    You know, the start of this week went by quick. It seemed like it was Tuesday evening and getting onto Wednesday in a flash. Yesterday was pretty standard, but by now, it feels like it should be further in the week. I’m not sure what put the brakes on the forward progression of time, but I wish it’d waited another 24 hours before it happened.

    Oh well. While we wait the seemingly interminable amount of time to get to the weekend again, let’s make sure our gaming tables look as good as possible for when it finally gets here.

    In our Terrain Corner today we have: Darkburg Mat Now Available On Synthetic Cloth From Pwork Wargame, and New Muddy Fields Terrain Mat From Deep-Cut Studio.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    We’ve got another bit of Star Trek news for you today. Modiphius, makers of such games as Mutant Chronicles and the Conan and Infinity RPG games has announced that they’re going to be making Star Trek Adventures, a new RPG as well as a line of miniatures to go along with it. This is the first official Star Trek RPG that’s come out in the last decade.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    We all know that Gen Con is coming up in a couple weeks. But it’s not the only big event being held on August 3-7. If you’re not going to Indy, but instead are going to Vegas, you can take part in the huge Star Trek Las Vegas event happening there. Gale Force 9 will be attending both, and they’ll have special versions of their Star Trek: Ascendancy game with them.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    The other day I lamented that History classes tend to gloss over (or simply skip) the many influential women in history. That’s not just the case with Medieval royalty, either. Many women have made groundbreaking contributions to the field of science, and yet we rarely hear about them (even ones that you do sometimes hear about). Well, one card game is looking to solve that. Women in Science is available now. There’s even an online demo you can play.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    Well, you gone and done it. You and your dwarfy pals were doing just fine, stealthily stealing all the loot from the sleeping dragon when Halfi had to go and rip one of the loudest farts you’ve ever heard. It rattled the walls and seemed to go on for hours. As the echo of this legendary flatulence slowly subsided, you all heard another disturbing noise. The dragon’s awake and isn’t happy to see a group of dwarves pocketing their gold. The dragon’s not heartless, though. They promise not to eat/incinerate the dwarf who took the least. That’s the story behind Dwarves in Trouble, a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter (well, not specifically the farting part. I came up with that because my humor level is that of a 12 year old sometimes).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Jul 21st, 2016
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    I mentioned in this previous Monday Preview from Wyrd that they generally have a big “Here’s everything we’re going to have at Gen Con!” sort of post. I kinda figured it’d be sometime this week, and I was right. Wyrd Games has give us their Gen Con Newsletter, letting us know what sort of pre-releases, special show figures, and special deals they’ll be having in Indy.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    The gaming shop that I will always consider my “second home” is The Fantasy Shop, St. Charles in Missouri. It was there that I really cut my gaming teeth there. It’s where I bought my first packs of gaming cards (first Magic, then NetRunner) and learned to play minis games. In one corner, they had a continual loop of the original The Gamers playing. I must’ve watched that a thousand times. Well, the boys (or should I say, gentlemen) are back and up on Kickstarter looking to create the next part of The Gamers saga.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Jul 20th, 2016
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    The Year of New Editions comes up with another. This time it’s the 3rd Edition of Mutant Chronicles by Modiphius, formatted to be used with the Savage Worlds game system. So if you like the setting for the game, but not the way the rules work in their original format, perhaps give this version a spin and see how you like it. All of the conversions have already been done for you.
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