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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    For some gamers, just diving into the deep-end with a new game and starting out with a huge game works just fine. I’m not some gamers. I like to learn a bit at a time, starting with whatever starter material a game might have and going from there. The folks over at Modiphius feel much the same way, as they’ve posted up Secret War Operations, a new free tutorial campaign for Achtung! Cthulhu Skirmish.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    Mantic is certainly wasting no time this month making sure their new releases are available to order. It’s only the 1st and the latest releases are over in their webshop. They’ve got some stuff for both the sci-fi and fantasy side of things.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    We’ve all embellished a story. Maybe you didn’t go 5 days without sleep, but only 2. Maybe you didn’t have a girlfriend that lives in Canada. Maybe you didn’t actually defeat 20 ninjas in combat, but only emptied out the cat’s litter box. But if you’re good at coming up with stories on the spot, and embellishing them as might need to be done, then you’ll be good at The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, the 3rd edition of which is coming out later this month (go Year of New Editions!). We also get a preview of it today.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    In a steampunk Victorian England, dark forces are at work. The crown is not safe, as an evil cult looks to bring the nefarious Moloch into the world. The only thing standing against these dark forces are the gentlemen of the Unicorn Club. But who will eventually control the dark, rainy, smog-filled streets of London? That’s up to you to decide in The World of Smog: Rise of Moloch, a new board game coming from CMON and launching on Kickstarter next month.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    Those of you who visit this site regularly are no stranger to crowdfunding. Indiegogo and Kickstarter are just a part of the gaming landscape now. But there’s other crowdfunding websites you might not know of as well. One is Patreon. There, you aren’t necessarily paying for a game you’ll get in the mail, but you’re funding an ongoing project. Well, a new one just started literally today that will help everyone become better painters. Miniature Monthly is up and running.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    It’s December. Yesterday, we had some pretty nasty storms roll through here in Atlanta. Today, it’s definitely a bit cooler than it had been. Sure, a high of 54 might not seem too cold to someone in Chicago (where I grew up). But it’s colder than the 70s it’d been the previous couple days. Staying in and playing some games sounds rather nice. So let’s make sure those gaming tables look good.

    Today in our Terrain Corner we have: New Firefly Airship from Burn In Designs, Heroic Maps – Explorer: Night Camps Now Available, Deep-Cut Studio releases a new Neo-Tokyo game mat, Infinity Scenery: Pwork Wargames gaming Scenery Sets Now Available, and Crossroads gaming mat by Warzone Studio Now Available.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    Just about all of us have had some experience with Dungeons & Dragons. Even if it’s not D&D, itself, it’s through the various D20 systems that have come from it. Pathfinder, for example, comes to mind. However, what if you want to play something that’s not a fantasy game, but you still want to use the Dungeons & Dragons/D20 rules set? Well, you could work at converting everything over, yourself. Or you could check out Hyperlanes, a sci-fi set of rules that uses the 5th edition rules set.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    Everything is smoke and mirrors. The governments of the world are just puppets for those that are really in control: the Illuminati. Those tinfoil hat-wearers were right. But, there’s a silver lining to it all. You’re a member of the Illuminati! Yes, you! You’re an Illuminatus and you get to control everything from your secret lair. Thing is, not all member of the Illuminati get along. Each has their own goals, and you all want yours to be the ones that happen. Oh, and the world will end eventually. That’s the story behind Illuminatus: You are the Conspiracy, a new board game up on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Dice Games
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    I guess if you happen to be a nurse during WWII, being thrown back in time to 1743 might not be so bad. Sure, you don’t have “modern” conveniences anymore, but hey… no Hitler. That’s gotta be a trade-up, right? Well, you can find out what it’s like for Claire Randall, who had that sort of thing happen to her in the Outlander series of books, as well as the television show. Soon you’ll even be able to find out what it’s like on your gaming table, as Toy Vault has announced they’ll be coming out with Outlander: Destiny Dice next year.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Dungeons & Dragons
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    On the 17th, we’ll be having the next session of the D&D group that I’m running. Nobody died last session (character or player, thankfully), but it did get kinda nasty for a while. I’m a big proponent of using miniatures for our gaming sessions, but I’m always a little bummed when I don’t have exactly the miniature I’d need for a particular encounter. That’s why I’m always happy to see that new minis sets are coming out. And while they won’t be out for the December session, the Icons of the Realms: Monster Menagerie II set might be out in time for our January game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 1st, 2016
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    Mansions of Madness 2nd edition will soon be getting their first full game expansion. They’ve had some bits that simply bring 1st edition things to the new version, but this one’s got some all-new content for you. If you want to greatly expand your Mansions experience, you’ll be wanting to check this out, as there’s plenty of new items to help you go crazy.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    As I’ve said before, I’m very much a “try before you buy” sort of person. I’m sure a lot of you out there are the same. Well, Sit Down Games will be coming out with a new game called Magic Maze in February. But they’ve posted up a print-and-play version of it so you can give it a shot and see if it’s something you’ll want to get when it comes out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Magazine/webzine
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    We’re actually getting some rain here in Georgia for the first time in several months. As such, it’s hard to go outside and frolic (as I am wont to do… ??). Best to stay inside and curl up with a gaming magazine. Thankfully, there’s a new issue of The Golden D6 to read.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    There’s never a bad time to start planning for the future. Well, next year is almost here and so it’s time to fill out your calendar with all the events you want to attend. For those that are a fan of Eden, you might want to attend the Happy Factory Days event that Happy Games Factory will be holding in February.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    It’s the last day of November. We’re 11/12s of the way through the year. We just might make it after all.
    Actually, I’m looking forward to this weekend. It should be a good time, as they generally are. I mean, weekend, right!?
    But, before we get there, we’ve got some more days to get through. To help, we should power up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    Today we have: Nomad Games adds Wizards and Tricksters to Steam Early Access of Smash Up!, Introducing Boxwood Genius Dice, Digital Edition of Colt Express Now Available, New Releases Available to Order From Victoria Miniatures, WarSeer Forum Relaunches Tomorrow, New Chaos Templates From Pyrkol, Old World Leather Gaming Mats for RPG Metal Dice Rolling Up On Kickstarter, Fantasy Football teams available at Flatminis as 2D plastic miniatures, New Release: Kromlech Battle Rulers, New Statuesque Fine & Pulp Scale Female Heads – Bald on sale, Special Artizan Service Miniatures Presents: Contractor On Kickstarter, Yet More Victoria Miniatures Releases, New Release: Kromlech Wound Markers, and Ouroboros Tales 54mm Fantasy Miniatures Up On Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    Sure, the Germans had their Tiger tanks, but they had plenty of other weapons of war at their disposal, especially late into the conflict. One of those vehicles was the Sd Kfz armored car. There were many different varieties of this vehicle, as the turret was easily modified to hold a different array of armaments.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    Six new figures will soon be making their way to your gaming tables as you look to take over your own little bit of the Jwar Isles. Yes, Bushido players are getting some new figures next month, with the Jung Pirates making out like bandits (see what I did there?) with 4 new releases. The Ito get a new figure. The Savage Wave is getting a figure. And the Cult of Yurei gets two. Wait… isn’t that more than 6? Read on.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Horror
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    Now when I was just a little boy, standin’ to my Daddy’s knee
    My Poppa said, “son don’t let the man get you and do what he done to me.”
    Ok, my dad never actually said that. But I can’t read “Into the Bayou” without thinking of some CCR.
    Well, whether you go running through the jungle when playing Through the Breach, or just sit on your back porch, you can get your copy of the pdf version of Into the Bayou now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    As the general of a marauding fantasy army, you’re not always so concerned what you’re marauding against, as long as you’re marauding. Look! A hill! We should maraud against that! And look! There’s other armies marauding that way as well! Now we’ve definitely gotta maraud in that direction. That’s the story behind Kharnage, a new fantasy card game that was just announced.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Nov 30th, 2016
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    Shadowrun is where a lot of players go to get their cyberpunk on. It’s a setting that’s got a long and storied history, with lots of supplements and players all over the world. It… can be kinda intimidating, actually, if you’re a new player and want to get into it. Where do you begin? Where’s a good jumping-on point? Well, Catalyst Game Labs is here to help with Shadowrun: Anarchy, which is now available.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    It’s always cool to see items that were on Kickstarter be available for general sale. It shows a real successful Kickstarter campaign. Well, Gavin over at Tor Gaming has started taking pre-orders for the latest C’thu models for Relics. They were originally on Kickstarter, and now you can get them (or, at least, you can get them soon).
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    Round 2… Fight!
    So, round 1 didn’t go so well for Way of the Fighter, the Street-Fighter-Style board game from Soda Pop Miniatures. The campaign was stagnating badly and hadn’t reached its goal a week from the end. So it was taken down. With a bit of refactoring, the game’s back up on Kickstarter not quite a week later. And this time around, they’ve already passed their funding goal.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to just go out and buy every game that comes out onto the market. Even games that fit a particular interest grouping of mine, there’s just so many, and I only have so much storage space and gaming time, I like to know what I’m getting into before I put my money down. That’s why it’s so helpful when a company puts the rules for their games online. Well, Fantasy Flight Games has done that for New Angeles, their new game set in the Android universe.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    Time keeps on slippin’ into the future.
    Shintiara is a planet on the edge. Both its host star as well as a nearby black hole push and pull on it with strange consequences. Time paradoxes are an everyday part of life, but that doesn’t always mean you’re used to that sort of thing. Suddenly, the past and the future meet together in one spot. Will you be able to guide the planet to its ultimate destiny? That’s the story behind Shintiara, a new RPG that’s up on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    It’s time once again to get you some gaming podcasts to listen to. Helps to get through the day when you can’t actually do any gaming, but you still have gaming on the mind.

    This week we have: Singled Out Episode 19: Changes In Season 3 With Jamie Perkins, Guild Ball Tonight Episode 50: Just 5 Hours on Season 3 (part 1), Guild Ball Tonight Episode 51: Just 5 Hours on Season 3 (part 2), Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 81: Hype!, The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 15: Knightmare Live, Legends Untold, and Mansions of Madness, Meeples & Miniatures Episode 185: Banter from the Bunker: Mid-November 2016, After Ullanor Episode 0, After Ullanor Episode 1, 40K Radio Episode 7: The Graham Files, and News of the North – 2016-11-29.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    November’s almost over, but there’s still some time to get the month’s releases posted so you, the eagerly-awaiting public, can get a hold of them. Such is the case with the folks over at Pulp Monsters, as the latest batch of Pulp City Releases are now available.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    The German Tiger Tank was one of the most feared pieces of war on the battlefields of Europe during WWII. It was no small feat to actually defeat one in combat. Many allied tankers would just do their best to avoid conflicts with one. Well, Battlefront is letting you field groups of them in your Flames of War armies, and they’ve also made very limited numbers of Marsch Edition boxes with extra content.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”
    One of my favorite lines from Futurama, and one that’s been thrown around a lot lately. Well, whatever might be going on in the world, I’d say that an impending meteor strike would certainly cause someone to want to flee the planet. That’s just what’s happening in Abandon Planet, a new board game from the creator of The Resistance that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    The holidays are a good time to get together with family. The Boromites are certainly family-centered in Beyond the Gates of Antares. Their new releases include the matriarch and patriarch of the family. But they’re not the only ones getting new figures. The Isorians are getting something special as well.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Nov 29th, 2016
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    There’s a lot of ships in the Star Wars universe with movable parts. X-Wings and B-Wings first come to mind, but there are many others. Until now, all the figures for the X-Wing Miniatures Game didn’t have movable parts. Well, with the release of the U-Wing (I’m going to name mine Patrick), that will change. And it’s not just aesthetics. There are different rules for when the wings are out for maneuvering or folded for landing.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Nov 28th, 2016
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    For those that have been waiting, there’s a new batch of Alkemy releases available now over in their webshop. What? You mean to tell me you’ve not been waiting for these new releases? That’s just silly. Of course you have. Let’s take a look at them.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Nov 28th, 2016
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    Well, it’s Monday and I’m back in the office after a very long and very nice weekend. 3 days of gaming/eating and then a chill day at home and watching my first Christmas movie of the year (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, to be exact). Since Thursday was a holiday, we didn’t get the terrain corner back then. So it’s a bit of an overstuffed (just like I was Thursday and Friday) version for you today.

    We have: Manorhouse Workshop Update #9 – Hard Plastic – Forgotten Halls without floors?, Heroic Maps – Geomorphs: Nordendorf – Houses Now Available, Industrial Ruins: Pwork Wargames science fiction gaming mat Now Available, Goal Markers Terrain Up On Kickstarter, Heroic Maps – Explorer: Forest Clearings Now Available, and Hellgate: Pwork Wargames fantasy gaming mat Now Available.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Nov 28th, 2016
    28 Comments
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    Pretty much every gamer out there knows of Kingdom Death. The original Kickstarter campaign made over $2mil. But then… oh the troubles. It was one of the campaigns that took the longest to actually deliver. However, from all I’ve seen, it was worth the wait… and worth the weight, since the final game’s components made it so heavy that selling it retail wasn’t really an option. Well, the game is back up on Kickstarter with a new, revised version, and a new record-breaking Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Nov 28th, 2016
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    The weekend might be over, but the weekend sales aren’t. Cyber Monday is here and there’s still some new deals to be found. What sort of deals? Just go check ’em out. But note: many of these end today, so you’d better be quick.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Nov 28th, 2016
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    Who doesn’t like getting a package in the mail? These days (and considering those of you in the audience), there’s a good chance it’s that game you’ve been waiting on seemingly forever since the Kickstarter campaign ended. Well, once the campaign for this game ends, you’ll be waiting for a package of Package!?, a new abstract strategy game up on Kickstarter.
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