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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Apr 26th, 2016
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    Who doesn’t love hearing or telling a good story? You’ve got emotional highs, soul-crushing lows, drama, comedy, despair, laughter, tension, excitement, and really wild things. Well, with Plot Twist, the act of storytelling turns into a great party game, as each player must string together outlandish plots in order to score points.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Apr 26th, 2016
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    Monday’s gone. That first hurdle to the work week is in the past. Time to get over it not being the weekend anymore and, instead, set our sights towards next weekend. We’ve got another 3.5 work days to get through, and we could use something to help make that time go by quicker. I know time tends to speed up when I’m talking about gaming. Thankfully, I get an opportunity to do that just about every day. I know others aren’t so lucky. But even if they’re not talking about gaming, you can listen to people talk about gaming in the various podcasts. Here’s what we’ve collected over the past week.

    We have: The Hub Systems Episode 19 – Salute 2016, Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast #40: Reiner Knizia’s Relationship Simulator, Primecast Episode 31, Through Gamer Goggles Role-Play Ramblings 5: Is Cheating Acceptable, Docking Bay 94 podcast Episode 30: Polyversal, Game Classy 112: Better than Deathclock, and News of the North – 2016-04-26.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Apr 26th, 2016
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    Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
    *waits for the reply of, “Oy! Oy! Oy!”*
    G’day Bruces and Sheilas. The fine blokes over at Warlord Games and the WWPD Blog have teamed together to bring you a new Australian army list for Bolt Action.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 26th, 2016
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    I have to say, there are some games that I’ve only ever played digitally. One such case is Ticket to Ride. It’s been a bit, but we used to play a game during lunch on a coworker’s tablet. Considering all the cards, the board, and all the pieces for the game, playing the digital version was really the only way we could get a game in while we ate. Well, a new Nordic map is available for the digital version of the game, and it just might mean we break it back out again at lunch.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Apr 26th, 2016
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    Well, we’ve seen what the TIE Bomber upgrades look like in the upcoming Imperial Veterans box for X-Wing. This time around it’s shining a light on the upgrades for the TIE Defender. The first thing you’ll notice is the dashing new paint job. Rather stunning in its red coloring.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 26th, 2016
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    So the other day we had the Blutrausch Legion added to the Rum & Bones Kickstarter campaign. It’s a whole new Orcy faction that you can have join your high-seas adventures. But what if you want more than just the basic set? Well, that’s where you can pick up the Blutrausch Hero Pack 1 as well as some Dice.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Sports
    Apr 26th, 2016
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    Are you ready for some Guild Ball!?
    I know I am. I’m working on a Masons article this week, actually. But in the meantime, today I’m probably going to be reading the Season 2 Guild Ball rulebook, since the fine fellows over at Steamforged have put them up online for free.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    As the year winds along (can you believe we’re almost 1/3 of the way through it?), spring is turning into summer (here in the North, at least), and soon summer will be turning into autumn. I’m looking forward to fall for a lot of reasons, but I know a lot of people are looking forward to it because of the return of (American) football. In the meantime, you can get your football action on the tabletop. And Iron Golems is giving you a whole set-up for doing just that.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    We’re just a few, short days from the release of the Uncanny X-Men set for HeroClix. We’ve gotten a bunch of previews of various models that will be in the set. But WizKids is really good about giving people more than one way to get into the new sets. One way is the Fast Forces pack. Today we get a look into the first half of that.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    Well, it would seem that this time out, Aether Captains is doing much better over on Kickstarter. They’ve more than doubled their funding goal total and still have two weeks left in the campaign. To help them get through more stretch goals, and to help entice gamers to join in, they’ve got a new add-on as well as a new pledge level for the campaign.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    Well, it’s not really a Monday Preview this week from Wyrd. But it’s certainly something that I think is just as good, if not a lot better. You’ve all read how I love when companies post up the rules for their games for free online. I think it shows a lot of trust in their product that you’ll read them, see how great they are, then run out and buy the game. As a consumer, it also lets me pick and choose the games I know I’m going to like and only play those.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    Well, here we are again at Monday. I know. I’m not the biggest fan of it, either. But we gotta get through it if we want to get back to Friday afternoon and into the weekend. I hope those of you that are recovering from PAX East are finding it easy-going. Hopefully nobody comes down with Con Crud.

    Seeing as it is Monday, that means it’s time once more to try and make your gaming tables look as good as we can.

    In today’s Terrain Corner we have: Thunder Chrome: 3d Printable Terrain On Kickstarter, Miniature Building Authority WWII Sale, Sally 4th 28mm Normandy Building range available now, Heroic Maps Release Rho-Aglaci Research Station, Pwork Deadland – Mousepad Wargame Mat Now Available, and Oil Barrels Set 2 Available From Tabletop-Art.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    Long, long ago, the idea of the chain of command was created. You have the person in charge. Then you’ve got the 2nd in command. And so on down the line. We see it everywhere. Apparently on the FSS Polemus, the chain of command was replaced with “first come, first served” when it comes to who gets to be captain if the current one dies. Well, the captain’s dead, so it’s a race to be the first one in the captain’s chair in Storm the Bridge, a new card game up on Kickstarter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Age of Sigmar
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    Orks! Orks! Orks! Orks!
    Back at my old LGS in St. Louis, they’d hold quarterly used gaming auctions. The miniatures day ones always ran long. I remember it being 3am or so, with still plenty of items yet to go, Dave (the auctioneer and owner of the shop) would just hold up some Orks and everyone would start chanting, “Orks! Orks! Orks!” over and over. Wild times. Well, these new Orks aren’t available in the used gaming auction yet. They’re available for pre-order from Games Workshop’s site.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    The Tengu Descension has regular humans in it, as well as bird-people. But what about just birds? Well, they’ve got that covered, too. They’re equal-opportunity on the man-to-bird scale when it comes to faction members. Today we get a look at the Giant Eagle figure for Bushido.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    Who doesn’t love a bit of questing? It’s the whole backbone of the adventurer’s monetary cycle. Get quest. Complete quest. Get gold. Buy gear to do more quests. It’s a great cycle, and one you and your family can partake in when playing Loot Quest, a new adventure board game up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Job Opportunity
    Apr 25th, 2016
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    More shuffling of personnel over at Privateer Press. This time around it’s an Editor. So if you want to get into the business of gaming and you want to maek sur gaming book’s don’t look like thiss, you should read on.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Apr 24th, 2016
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    Would you believe it’s already Sunday?
    I don’t know about you, but my Saturday rocketed by. I was working on various things, then just looked up and it was 8pm. It was kind of crazy.

    Anyway, it’s time for just a couple snippets for you today.

    We’ve got: Brigade Models Release 15mm Fasolini’s Company Figures, Battle Valor Games New 15mm Fantasy Releases Available, and New Stretch Goals Added To Blood and Plunder Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 23rd, 2016
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    Welcome back once again to Saturday. I hope it’s treating you well.

    Lots of things to look at today, so let’s just get right to it.

    Today’s articles include: 7 Ronin, Adventure Land, Karuba, Warehouse 51, Aether Captains, Rattle Battle Grab The Loot, Istanbul, Wings for the Baron, Shenanigans The Musical Kickstarter, Brass, Star Realms, Star Vixen from Kabuki Models, and Mage Wars Academy.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Apr 23rd, 2016
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    Time and time again you have seen me laud the decision of companies coming out with two-player starter sets for their games. You get pretty much all you need to get you and an opponent playing a game as soon as possible. Well, Wrath of Kings has themselves a brand new 2-player starter that you can pick up now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 23rd, 2016
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    A pretty big story from the past couple months was CoolMiniOrNot teaming up with Ankama to distribute Krosmaster Quest to English-speaking customers. Well, the time for that change over officially is on now, as you can pick up your copy from the CMON webshop now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 23rd, 2016
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    I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, walkin’ through the streets of Soho in the rain.
    Ok, being fair, I’ve never been to London, and thus, never to Soho. Maybe someday. I hope I don’t run into any werewolves, though. And while you might run into a werewolf in the Wulfsburg expansion to Zombicide, you will run into zombie wolves (and the wolfbomination, which is pretty close to a werewolf, but not exactly one), which is probably worse.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    As the day draws to a close, we have one last update to post. As is customary this time of year, the last post on Friday evening is about the CMON Expo. We’re just two weeks away from the show. I’m certainly excited for it. Today’s update is a returning guest for the show. It was really great to meet him last year, so it’ll be cool to get more time to hang out with him this year. It’s sculptor Patrick Masson.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    There are various video games out there that draw their influence from various tabletop properties. But most of them don’t actually play like a tabletop game. So what if you’re out, away from your minis, but you want to play a minis game? Most of the time you’d be just out of luck. But with Warbands: Bushido, you could play a miniatures game right on your tablet or smartphone. They’re up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Job Opportunity
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    As I’ve mentioned before, working at a gaming company isn’t like working in Willy Wonka’s factory. It’s a job that has requirements and expectations, just like any other. But at the same time, occasionally during the day you might be pulled into a playtest session or be able to classify “putting together models and writing about them” as part of your duties. It’s with that in mind that I’m telling you that Gale Force Nine is hiring for several different spots in their Nottingham office.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    Back when I was getting my history degree, I took classes on just about everything. One of the classes was on the Aztecs. Great class. Learned a lot of very interesting things. That was also the year Apocalypto came out. Our class went to go see it. Never before had we seen a car chase movie set in 1500s Central America. It was hilarious to listen to my professor muttering under her breath about all the things that were wrong. I wonder what she’d have to say about the new Jaguar Tribe minis for Savage Core from Warlord Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    We’ve made it to Friday, people! This is not a drill! This is not a drill! … It’s a belt sander. But that’s beside the point. We’ve been working all week for this. The weekend is just about here. We must get ready. It seems like a good time to fill up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    On this platter we have: New Double Grip Force Guns From Puppets War, Steamforged Games Posts Guild Ball Season 2 Errata Preview Video, New English Guides for Pablo El Marques Static Grass, The Army Painter and CoolMiniOrNot in cooperation with Studio McVey are proud to announce The Others exclusive paint set, Stonemaier Games Token Trilogy & Metal Coins Pre-Order is Live, Bone Origins – Polyhedral Dice Up On Kickstarter, Khurasan releases 6mm Exterminators, Soulspryte Studios announces launch of Bloodstone Frontier Kickstarter, and Portrait of a Young Tiefling – 1/10th Scale Resin Bust Available From Dark Sword Miniatures.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of Sobe Citrus Energy (being a teetotaler, I don’t drink rum. And besides, the vitamin C will help stave off scurvy). The wild winds in the world of Rum & Bones has brought forth some strange creatures in this Kickstarter campaign. There’s been the denizens of the deep. There’s been the fairy tale crew. Now the greenskins are getting into the action with the Blutrausch Legion.
    Also, I’m glad I just have to type Blutrausch and not actually say it, since I have no idea how to pronounce it.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    My first job was in fast food. I worked at a Fazoli’s in St. Louis. For those that don’t know, Fazoli’s is (“was?” Do they still exist somewhere? They don’t have them here in Atlanta that I know of) a fast-food Italian place. It was a fairly thankless job. But it certainly gave me an appreciation for those that do still work in such an environment. Thankfully, playing Cavern Tavern is much more fun and exciting than actually working at a tavern. It’s up on Kickstarter now and looking for funding love.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    Well, it seems that the world has come to an end. Damnit, Carl! I told you not to shine your flashlight up into the sky like that! Now the world’s been devoured by a humongous space-beast and we all ended up inside its guts and have to scrounge around, looking for whatever might’ve survived being eaten, and hoping to maybe find a way to keep from being digested. That’s also the story behind Belly of the Beast, a new RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    One of my previous jobs was as a supervisor for housekeeping at a major hospital in the Atlanta area. It was… quite a job. I’ve seen things, man… I won’t go into detail, just in case any of you are have eaten recently (or are currently eating), but suffice to say I’ve seen just about it all. Thankfully, none of the things in Doctor Panic are anatomically correct. Otherwise it might not be such a light-hearted game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    Though my main force back when I played 40k was Orks, after a while I kinda wanted an army that had an armor save, so I bought some Dark Angels, because I still wanted something green, apparently. But then I realized I missed melee. So I went with some Space Wolves for a while. Since my history was with Orks, I loved converting models. I wish these parts had been available back when I played, I would’ve used them if I could.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Apr 22nd, 2016
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    Two related items coming from Warlord Games today in relation to Bolt Action. First off they’ve got a new tank, the IS3, also know as “the most powerful tank in the world” available to order. They’ve also bundled together a bunch of their Theater Books and are selling them at a single price.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Apr 21st, 2016
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    As I mentioned back in the FFG post earlier, you all know that I love abstract strategy games. Well, Cheapass Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Tak, a strategy game first described in Patrick Rothfuss’ book The Wise Man’s Fear. If you’re a fan of games like Chess or Go, you might want to check it out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Apr 21st, 2016
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    Even with all the various options out there for games, sometimes you just can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. At that point, you sit down and write your own system, taking bits from games you like while omitting the parts you don’t. In the end, you have your own, unique system. You can then place your game out there for other people to try and then become a part of the cycle anew. That’s just what’s going on with Questor’s Journey, a new fantasy RPG up on Kickstarter.
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