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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    In an alternate, dystopian 1980s, the US is taken over by fascists. These thugs look to stamp out all forms of freedom. But there are those that fight back, and they have a secret weapon. When in range of FM towers broadcasting a specific signal, certain people turn into superhumans, letting them fight against the oppressive regime. But when not around those signals, they’re just regular people. How will they be able to fight on? That’s what you’ll have to figure out in SIGMATA: This Signal Kills Fascists, a new RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    Sometimes campaigns don’t go the way you want. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. All of us have started something only to realize we need to start over with a better plan. After some retooling, reconfiguring, and reassessing, a relaunch can go much further than originally anticipated. That’s what Unique Games is looking to do with Heropath. They are going to be relaunching their Kickstarter campaign on December 18th and hope you would check it out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    Occasionally, you end up gaming on your own. Maybe plans just don’t line up. Or people have to cancel on you. Or you’re just really early to a gaming session. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of times where a solo gaming option is best. Nemo’s War is one such game, where you take on the role of the eponymous Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus. A reprint of the game, along with a new expansion pack, is up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    I’d love to see humanity spread out to the stars. I mean, this planet is pretty awesome and all. I’m not gonna try and deny that. But, c’mon! There’s a whole universe out there to explore! So I wish we could be like the Terrans in Shadows in the Void. They’ve got their huge spaceships and are out there. At least you can have tiny versions of them on your gaming table.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    A cold wind is blowing here in Atlanta. Yes, I know many of you are much colder than we are here, but it was also almost 70F out yesterday. Today it’ll be closer to 45F. Definitely glad that, earlier this week, I got out my extra blankets that were buried in my closet. So those’ll be nice. What’ll also be nice is snacking on some bite-sized gaming stories.

    Today on the platter we have: The 12 Days of Reaper Is Now Live, Puppets War Head Sale Happening Now, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm November Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, RBJ Game Company Running S.T.A.R. Troopers 3 Kickstarter, Khurasan releases more 15mm Kushans/Indians, and BoxThrone Modular Board Game Shelving System Up On Kickstarter.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    Winter is coming… No, really, it is. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re just a couple weeks away from it. Winter is also coming to the land of Dwar7s. Vesuvius Media has announced the newest stand-alone expansion in their saga. It’s called Dwar7s Winter. And yes, Dwar7s Spring and Dwar7s Summer are in the works. But before we get there, we need to make it through the cold winter.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    So, you know, I don’t want to say that it’s a good idea running around and eating people. I just want to put that out there right from the start. However, if you’re maybe thinking of going out and doing just that, I might suggest that you, instead, play some Tokyo Ghoul: The Card Game. Based on the popular anime and manga series, the game is a new deck-building game from Shinobi 7. You can get your flesh-eating groove on now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    SolarFlare Games is looking ahead to the new year. You’ve seen their Robotech announcement (hopefully), but that’s not all they’re working on. They also have their Kids Vs. series of games. These will be making their way to Kickstarter next year.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Ancients
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    The Roman Empire has been around for hundreds of years. However, the glory of the empire has faded. Now, noble houses hire the toughest citizens they can find in order to fight for them in the streets. The winners are bound to get a seat in the Senate. But how much blood must be spilled in the meantime?
    That’s what you’ll have to figure out in Gangs of Rome, a new historical miniatures skirmish game available to pre-order from Warlord Games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 6th, 2017
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    The Star Wars galaxy is filled with all manner of characters on the fringes. They don’t necessarily follow any particular ideology. They’re just looking out for themselves. They’re a resourceful lot, making-do in a galaxy that’s struggling with war. In the Legacy expansion for Star Wars: Destiny, these characters and their kind are colored yellow. But don’t think that means they’re not up for a fight. Get a look at what you’ll be able to add to your decks with this preview.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    It seemed like a nice place, at the time. A valley that had a bit of a swamp problem, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed without a little dam. It turned the valley into a rather productive one, agriculturally-speaking. But now, there’s rumbling in the hills around the valley. Goblins.
    Those Dam Goblins is a new fantasy adventure for various systems that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    Few villains work alone. You’ve got the leader of a criminal organization and their hordes of underlings. Or a cult leader and all their cultists. Or a dragon and all their dragonlings. Whatever the case, you have a Master and Minions, and that’s also what we’ve got in this 5th edition supplement that’s up on Kickstarter. Masters and Minions gives GMs stats and rules for using NPCs and villains, along with their followers, in your games.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    I’m a big fan of anything that makes the job of a GM easier. Having been one, in many game systems, for decades at this point, I love when I get something that streamlines the process for everyone. And pre-made adventures are great at that. In this case, we’ve got The Best Below, a 5th Edition adventure for characters of 1st to 3rd level. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    While most Gamers think of Kickstarter when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns, there’s many more out there. That includes Unbound. And, in this case, you’ll probably want to check them out. As an historian, this is just the sort of book that I’d be interested in reading. It’s called Dice Men: Games Workshop 1975 to 1985 and it tells the tale of the start of Games Workshop.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    Happy birthday, mom!
    I know she doesn’t read the site, but still.
    It’s also Tuesday, so that means we’ve got the work week underway. Just gotta keep chugging along and we can make it to another weekend. In order to help that, here’s our weekly collection of podcasts.

    Today we have: Game Classy Episode 151: DeckBuilding; The Polyhedron Collider Cast episode 33: Kickstarter; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 134: Questions!; Drive Thru FM Episode 9: PAX Unplugged Breakdown; Guild Ball Tonight Episode 71: Hot Takes with Bill; Plan of ATK! Episode 16; The Secret Cabal Express 33: Mystery Television Series; The D6 Generation Episode 226: Fight In a Box Update & PAX Unplugged 2017; and The Cardboard Herald Episode 56: Kenna & Rich of Going Last – Live at PAX.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Sports
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    The Blacksmith’s Guild is the newest team to hit the pitches of Guild Ball. They’re a unique team in that they don’t have captains and mascots. It’s all just masters and apprentices. For now, there’s little variation in teams, as mostly just those first 6 figures are available. But if you’re waiting for the next batch to hit stores, you’ll be waiting until February. Steamforged is also showing off an alternate Bolt model you get when you pre-order through your LGS.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    It happens to many of us. We miss out on a Kickstarter campaign. There’s many potential reasons for it. Maybe you had an unexpected charge come in. Or just too many other Kickstarters going at once. Or you just flat-out missed it was going on. Thankfully, the late-pledge time for campaigns has given many people who would otherwise have missed out another chance. And that’s just what you’ve got now with the Wander: the Cult of Barnacle Bay Kickstarter. Late pledges just opened up.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Miniatures Game
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    We’re just getting nicely into the groove for December. Not quite a week in, but still a good foothold going. Well, it seems a good time to have some new Punkapocalyptic releases. Still plenty of time to order them and have them as gifts for your December-based holiday season. Nice.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    Robotech is a series with a rather long history. The anime has spawned numerous games. I mean… it’s giant robots. So you know my thoughts on the whole thing. Well, SolarFlare Games is looking to bring their own game to the lexicon. It’s called Robotech: Force of Arms, and it’ll be coming direct to you next year.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Hordes
    Dec 5th, 2017
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    Holy alliteration, Batman! We’ve got a double-dose of it for you in that headline. Black Anchor Industries, Privateer Press’ big-model shop, has previewed its next release. This time around, it’s a welcome sight for all you beer aficionados out there. It’s the Hooch Hauler for the Trollkin.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Kazmiizumi-kanchou, the famous sword master, sits in his dojo, quietly meditating. His sharp ears hear rustling outside. But it’s not simply the wind through the trees. Someone’s out there… multiple someones. He grabs his sword, ready to face whatever threat might be coming for him.
    That’s what’s happening in the Test of Honour: Dojo Assault set. Warlord Games is taking pre-orders for it now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    For those that haven’t picked up any of the previous 100 Oddities books, I can say from experience that they really help out. GMs send players all over everywhere in their games, and coming up with a full, rich world can sometimes be difficult. Players will always end up going somewhere or asking something that you might not’ve been prepared for. “Ok, so we go through the books in the wizard’s library. What do we find?” Sure, you could just go, “uh… stuff…” but where’s the fun in that? In this instance, they’ve made 100 Oddities for a Sewer. So you can have more than just “probably not a chocolate bar” and “rats.”
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Gamers, in my experience, are people who enjoy their booze. They also, in my experience, tend to have lots of obscure trivia floating around in their heads. Drinkuisition brings those two concepts together in a new party card game. Players will draw cards and have to answer questions that seem like things many people should know, and you probably do know it. But do you still know it after having a couple pints? That’s the real question. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Without a coherent plan and a competent commander, even the best-trained and best-equipped troops will fall in battle. So, making sure your soldiers get the intel they need to know what their objectives are on the battlefield is important. And a commander choosing the best options as the battle flows along is also important. In this preview for Star Wars: Legion, Fantasy Flight shows off how the Command Cards work in the game and how you’ll use them against your opponent.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Back in the office after a busy weekend. Heck, I was just here the other day, helping to pick and pack orders (or “the ol’ P’ n’ P'” as they apparently don’t call it, much to my disappointment). But it’s back to the regular desk (at least for now), making news posts. That includes letting you know about terrain to make your tables look great.

    Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Happy Seppuku Running MagRelief Kickstarter and Heroic Maps – Christmas Countdown Week 1.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Gamers are somewhat social creatures. Sure, we might enjoy hanging out in our dark basements, but we still like doing so with other gamers. Well, when together like this, gaming, you might want to try out Word Mines, a party card game of guessing the key word without using the forbidden words. It’s available now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    It’s always cool when a pre-production copy of a game makes it to the office. Sure, it’s not the entirely final version of the game, but there’s still plenty going on that you can get a good feeling of what you can expect in the retail copy. IDW Games got themselves one of their pre-production copies of Missile Command in and wanted to show it off for you.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Apps can help make your favorite board games run smoother. They can be used to track resources or turns or health or all manner of other items. It can also turn a game from a competitive one into a cooperative one. That’s what you get with the Legends of the Alliance App for Imperial Assault. If you want to get in a game, but want to work together as a team, you can just fire up the app and have it take on one side of the conflict for you. It is available to download now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Tanks!
    You’re welcome.
    No, I mean Tanks! And also Tank Destroyers. And a new edition of the Pegasus Bridge and Ham & Jam sets. What I’m saying is that there’s new Bolt Action releases available over in the Warlord Games webshop. There’s also dice, because we all love dice.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Dec 4th, 2017
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    Games Workshop’s a little bit of all over with this week’s set of pre-releases that you can order now. The biggest one is probably the new Blood Angels codex, as well as a bunch of units for them, including Primaris Marines with Blood Angels insignia. Second would be the Blood Bowl items, which includes a new Elf team, along with an Elf pitch, team cards, and other various and sundry. Finally, there’s some new The Hobbit releases, including a Battle Companies book.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 2nd, 2017
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    It’s Saturday. Usually, that would mean gaming. But Friday meant gaming for me, as a friend came over after work and we played some Guild Ball, Bunny Kingdom, and Apotheca. Great way to spend a Friday. So, what am I up to Saturday? Well, I’m in the CMON Offices, helping pack orders for the holiday sale. Yeah, seems people loved those deep cuts. And since I feel partially responsible (as the one they tasked with actually changing the prices on all those things), I felt it only right to help pack everything up. But while I get orders together, I know you’re here for a heaping helping of reviews. Heaping helping because we didn’t have a Roundup last week, due to the holiday.

    So, this week we’ve got: Near and Far, Queendomino, The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food, Dog Might Games Traveler Dice Tower, Campy Creatures, Camel Up, A Game of Thrones Card Game, Colt Express, Truth Bombs, Ex Libris, Star Trek: 5-Year Mission, Slide Blast, Happy Salmon, DownForce, Smash Up iOS, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Ink Monsters, The Quest for El Dorado, Reef Route, Crabs, Werewords, Fog of Love, Museum Heist, Crosstalk, Potato Pirates, Tulip bubble, The Chameleon, Ulm, Asset Drop Subscription Box, Tortuga 1667, Dwar7s Fall, The Expanse, Tokyo Highway, and Ulock!

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Dec 1st, 2017
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    WWIII is not currently happening. Let’s do our best to keep it that way, eh? I don’t really want Team Yankee to turn into a modern game, as opposed to just post-modern-sci-fi. So, for the meantime, these are just figurative, uh, figures. And in the Stripes book, Battlefront expands the U.S. options. Take a look at what you’ll get, and a bit more about items in this book.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Dec 1st, 2017
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    Conan wore a lot of different hats over the course of his long career chopping people in half. Barbarian, King, and in this instance, Mercenary. Modiphius has added a new book to their Conan RPG line. This one is Conan the Mercenary. It gives players many more options for their characters, as well as rules for GM to use in large battles in the world of Hyboria. You can pick up your copy now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Dec 1st, 2017
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    The digital world is becoming more and more important in our everyday lives. Hell, I work online. You’re reading this on some electronic device (unless you have someone print out all these articles for you and then hands you the hard copy, which just seems odd…). All of these items run using programs. So having knowledge of programming language is a handy skill to have. Well, Battle of Golems looks to help you learn basics of programming while also letting you play a cool game. It’s up on Indiegogo now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Dec 1st, 2017
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    Most RPG systems are very specific to a time or place. Medieval fantasy. Interstellar sci-fi. Pulp-noir Earth. The Genesys system isn’t like that. This new set of rules gives you the ability to play anywhere, anytime, anytheme. It’s now available from Fantasy Flight.
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