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    By Polar_Bear
    In Alternate History
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Spartan Games has several really great deals going on over in their webshop. For starters, all of their rulebooks are at least half-off. Sure, you can download them for free from their website, but some people like to actually have a book in their hand (I’m included in this count), and Spartan’s making it a lot cheaper for you to do so. The other deal is for Dystopian Legions army bundles. If you’re looking to get either Prussians or English, now’s the time. You get several box sets, the rulebook, tokens, and templates, plus free shipping for one, low price.
    These deals last throughout the month of April.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Mantic is in their final week for their Deadzone Kickstarter campaign. To help that sprint to the end, they’ve added in a stretch goal that, if passed, will ad a Faction Booster, for free, to any Quarantine-level pledge. Who doesn’t love free minis? I know I love free minis. The Faction Booster gets more options into your force creation with specialists of all sorts.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Contest
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Hyacinth Games is running a Scenario Contest over in their game forums for Wreck-Age. Simply come up with a scenario for their game, or conversely, you can come up with a scenario for an RPG that’s set in the Wreck-Age universe, and post it up. All participants will get a $10 voucher for the Hyacinth Games webshop. Participants will have their scenario posted and the community will vote on the winners.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Cthulhu Project has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for Who is Lovecraft? their new board game where one player will be crowned the true author, while the others are just hack wannabes. You can check out a preview of the rulebook on their Kickstarter page.
    The campaign is set to run for another 10 days.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Ares Games is in their final 3 days on Kickstarter for their Wings of Glory – Giants of the Sky campaign. They’re closing in on 10x funded, and it would be awesome to see them pass that. In order to get them there, they’ve added in a cultural icon, Snoopy. You can get Snoopy piloting his Sopwith Camel (aka – his doghouse) in the skies above Europe, searching out the Red Baron. You can either get Snoopy on his own, or as a bundle with the Sopwith Camel mini for the game.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    CMON has started posting up new Faction Spotlights for the upcoming Wrath of Kings game. They’ll be posting one a day. The first one is the Nasier. This faction draws most of its power from ceremonial masks that have been imbued with spiritual and elemental powers. They’re a very martial nation and their combat prowess shows. On the tabletop, they’re not much for trickery and deception and would much rather run in and chop your face off.

    Check out the video below the cut: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Dungeons & Dragons
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Gale Force 9 has two new air-themed sets (seems appropriate) that they have released as part of their collector series of D&D miniatures. The first is the Air Myrmidon, which is an elemental bound to a magical set of armor and used at the whims of its creator. The other is the Aerisi Kalinoth & Air Priest (who could have very likely created the aforementioned Myrmidon). This is a two-mini set. These are both limited edition sets, so if you want yours, you’d better get in on it.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    GASPcon, put on by the Gaming Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania, GASPcon 16 is coming to the Monroeville Convention Center (the same place the event was held last year) in Pittsburgh this November. November 6th-8th, to be specific. So be sure to mark your calendars. New for this year will be a dedicated exhibitor space at the show. They’re looking to have both local and international retailers at the event. As every year, the main focus is on the gaming, though. Whether you’re an RPGer, CCGer, or minis gamer, there’ll be something for you to do at the show.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Warlord Games is now taking pre-orders for their Stug III Zug Box Set over in their webshop. The set not only contains the standard 3 tanks (which an be assembled as either the StuG III?Ausf G assault gun or as the 10.5cm Sturmhaubitze infantry support gun, but they’re throwing in an extra bonus. They’ve got 6 plastic German Grenadiers (that haven’t been released elsewhere by them). So you get the tanks and you get some trooper support, all in one order.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 30th, 2015
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    Mierce Miniatures (whose website is back up and running after being down most of last week), has their latest set of Darklands releases available. There’s 14 of them to check out. In classic Meierce fashion, there’s monsters, giants, trolls, snake-people, and all other sorts of things to check out.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 29th, 2015
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    Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

    The weekend is halfway done. Hopefully you got a chance to get some gaming in, or will be doing some today. I’ve got some photos of minis to take. Or at least, that’s the plan. We’ll see if that actually happens, what with other various whatnots to attend to on a weekend such as this.

    Anyway, here’s some more bite-sized stories to nibble on while you do your Sunday thing.

    In this batch, we’ve got: Several more editions of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New 15mm Terrain from Tabletop-Art, Stretch Goal Unlocked and new Add-On From Acheson Creations, Mad Robot Releases Command Squad Parts, and New Cave Maps Available from Heroic Maps.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 28th, 2015
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    Plaid Hat Games has announced that they’re working on two new games to be released soon. The first, slated for Gen Con, is Ashes: Rise of the Phoenix. This is a hybrid card/dice game, where players play as powerful wizards vying to become a god. Each player gets a customizable deck to represent their character’s abilities. There will be standard and draft versions of the game available. The other is Tail Feathers, which will be set in their popular Mice and Mystics world. You play as a mouse (or a rat) and you’re flying around on a bird, attacking other mice (or rats). Because… why not? Sounds pretty sweet to me. That game is currently in playtesting.

    Video interview with The Dice Tower below the cut.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Mar 28th, 2015
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    Harebrained Schemes has announced some new features for their Golem Arcana miniatures game, as well as some new expansions. Some of the features include saving your game partway through so you can come back to it later. There’s also a way for the various devices to communicate with one-another, even if the place you’re playing doesn’t have WiFi. And if there’s a big group of you, you can now play up to 8-player games. Multiple languages will also soon be supported. As for releases, the next one will be Zikia Heralds of the Great Weald in April.

    From the announcement: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Mar 28th, 2015
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    Fantasy Flight Games has released Star Wars Armada. You can now take control of your own fleet of mighty starships and battle against your opponents for control of the skyways. Will you use your Star Destroyers to crush the Rebellion, or Nebulon-B Frigates and Corellian Corvettes to bring freedom to the stars? The choice is up to you.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Mar 28th, 2015
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    Paizo, mostly known for the Pathfinder game, has made a deal with French company Gob In Tux to bring their RPG games and novels to a North American audience. The first release will be Polaris, a sci-fi game set in an undersea world. The core rulebook (400 pages) will be released this October. Later will follow other RPG products and novels.

    From the announcement: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 28th, 2015
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    Welcome to another Saturday. I’m working on putting together a Kanjira mini from Reaper Minis, documenting it for an upcoming issue of Ravage magazine. Other than that, since I often mention my culinary hobby as well, there’s Italian Beef in the crock pot. It’s an old family recipe (I used to live in Chicago). It’s going to start smelling heavenly in here in a couple hours.

    Anyway, we’ve grouped together review articles from throughout the week and offer them to you now.

    This time we’ve got reviews/previews of: Monikers, Main Event, Patchistory, Play Board Games’ Top 10 Deckbuilding Games, and Onward to Venus.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In CMON
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    CMON Expo posted another trio of events for the upcoming show. I know I’m excited for it to be here. One of the new events is for Dogs of War. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to play it or not, but it’s one of my favorite board games out there. It’s worker placement with a difference. Lots of fun back-stabbing opportunities as well. Great game. You should check it out. Anyway, there’s an event for that as well as two new HeroClix events that will be at the show.

    From the announcement: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Silverleaf Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Battleborn Legacy, their new strategy board game. Choose your unique hero to lead one of the many races in a race to control and maintain territories while managing the difficult task of overseeing a growing empire. Of course, your opponents are going to be interested in those same resources and regions, so defending yourself is also paramount. Your heroes and units can gain ranks as they battle the enemy and complete epic quests to find rare and powerful artifacts. Will your civilization be the one that reigns supreme in the end?
    The campaign is set to run for 24 more days.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    The Spoils has a new expansion set coming out on April 10th and you can make sure you get your cards right away by pre-ordering. Holy Heist adds to the strange horror/whimsy of the game in the form of 140 new cards. They’re also upping the number of cards per pack form 13 to 14 (including 2 rares in every pack). This new set will certainly see the meta shift as the new cards work their way into your decks.

    Check out 5 of the new cards below the cut.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Acheson Creations has reconfigured their Kickstarter’s stretch goals in order to get them to closer to their current pledge totals, meaning the ability to get them unlocked is right within reach. With just a few more pledges, they should be able to make it through the first of them.
    They’ve still got 11 days in which to make it through as many as possible.

    From the update: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Games Workshop has announced a new army is coming for Warhammer 40k. They are the Adeptus Mechanus: Skitarri, the shock-troopers of Mars. They currently have two units available on pre-order. They’re the Rangers and the Vanguard. They also have a walker (which has two variants), the Syndonian Dragon and the Ironstrider Ballistarius. There’s also transfer sheets available to order.

    Check out preview photos below the cut.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Looney Labs is getting set for International TableTop Day and they’re inviting you to come along as well. If you’re in the Washington DC area (or if you want to travel there) you can stop by at their free event (that’s right, no charge to come and hang out) and play games. Have someone that’s maybe not so into games? The Cherry Blossom Festival will be going on as well. So they can check that out while you go flip some cards and roll some dice.
    The event’s happening on April 11th, so mark your calendars.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Dungeons & Dragons
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    io9 gives us a look at what it takes to make a D&D mini. The article goes from art concept to finished mini that Gale Force Nine goes through to make their figures. The “tour” is guided by GF9’s Matt Parkes, the creative manager for the company. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the sculpting process or why miniatures sometimes look the way they do, you’ll want to check it out. They look at several different miniatures and how the process works.

    From the article: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Fantasy Flight Games has unleashed the locusts in the latest major expansion for BattleLore. Locust brings new units with which to fight your opponents in the form of the Uthuk Y’llan. Coupled with the new multiplayer version, the expansion also brings 5 new maps for you and your opponent to throw down on. Go check out this new bug-filled (the good kind, in the form of ones that go and attack your enemies) expansion.

    From the announcement: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Friday is once more upon us. I hope you’ve got plans for gaming over the next couple days, be it FNM, some miniatures action, or maybe an RPG or two. I’ve got some projects on my desk to work on in the form of some minis to build for review articles. Should be a good time. Reminds me that I need to borrow the good camera for the weekend.

    Anyway, as is custom, we’ve collected some bite-sized stories and now giving them to you to snack on.

    In this group we’ve got: Von Rotte Light Troops released by Alternative Armies, a new free scenario for Skrimish Sangin, New 32mm bases from Tabletop-Art, 4 New Desert Tomb Maps from Heroic Maps, USA Today talks about Earth Encounters, New Photo-Realistic Building Release from Sally 4th, Coming Soon from Silly Kid Games: Golem Academy Action Anime Card Game, Khurasan releases Space Demon Vampires, New 32mm bases from Micro Art Studio, and New Legionary Smash Hammers from Kromlech.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Shades of Vengeance has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for Era: Lyres, their new fantasy tabletop RPGs. Though this one’s a touch different. You don’t actually go out adventuring. Instead, your characters are safe (or, hopefully they’re safe, depending on the story they tell) in the bar, talking about all the heroic things they’ve done. This is an RPG that makes the “big fish story” the center of attention. “I always like to keep my audiences riveted.” (If you know the line, give yourself 15 internets for knowing good movies)

    From the campaign: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Contest
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Pigeon Guard Games is giving away 5 free Big T minis over on their Facebook page. All you have to do to possibly get your own limited edition resin model is go and “Like” their page. That simple. They’ll draw 5 names randomly from the Like hat and send those people a free mini.
    The drawing will be done on April 2nd.

    From them to you: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Smoke and Mirrors Games is running a Kickstarter for Cartomancy, their new game that’s a bit of everything. There’s an RPG, a card game, and a toolbox for creating encounters, worlds, and characters. They bill the game as “RPGs if Gary Gygax had been obsessed with cards.” You can roll a die any number of times, but once you play a card, it’s gone until you reshuffle. So you must make that hard decision to play the card, knowing it might not be back for a while.
    The campaign is set to run for another 22 days.

    From the campaign: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In 40K
    Mar 27th, 2015
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    Forge World has begun taking orders for Armillus Dyant, the Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion, another mini in their Horus Heresy Character Set. He comes with both a 32mm and a 50mm scenic base, so you can pick how you want to mount him. This model isn’t as flamboyantly posed or adorned as a lot from the set. I could see using him in regular play as a commander of some sort on a regular basis.
    Forge World is taking orders this week and will begin shipping next Friday.

    From the website: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Gen Con LLC (the link opens to a .pdf file, just so you know) has posted their response to the passage of Indiana Legislative Bill SB101. Earlier this month, they had sent one letter stating that they will reconsider keeping the convention in Indianapolis if the bill passes. Well, it passed. So what’s Gen Con’s response?

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Modiphius has announced some new big names who are attached to work on their Conan game. For the gamebook covers, they’ve got Ken Kelly and Tomas Giorello joining the team. For writing is also growing with Thomas M Reid, Monical Valentinelli, Kevin Ross, Lou Agresta, and Scott Oden. They’ve worked on titles such as Forgotten Realms, the Firefly RPG, Cthulhu by Gaslight, and more. Patrice Louinet, who works also with the Conan board game by Monolith, will be making sure everything is tip-top in quality. Sally Christensen will be there to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.
    It’s quite a group they’re putting together.

    From the announcement: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Mantic continues to roll along with their Deadzone Kickstarter campaign. Though, for those of you that just want the terrain that they’ve got as part of the game, they’ve heard your pleas and have created a terrain-only pledge level. The sets utilize the same terrain system that Mantic has come to be known for. The system creates easy-to-build, modular terrain that can be put together and taken apart many times. Or you can set a style you like and glue it permanently in place. The choice is up to you.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Second Gate Games has posted up a teaser trailer for their upcoming board game B-Sieged. In the game, players are trying to defend their town from the rampaging hordes coming at them. They must also make sure that a messenger makes it through the melee and out to get help in the form of the Grand Ritual of Vlaruside. The game is a cooperative sort of tower-defense game brought to your tabletop.

    Check it out below the cut.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    ThunderChild Miniatures has posted an overview pdf of their Waseman sci-fi skirmish game up on their Kickstarter page. Along with that, they’ve added some new add-ons, including Johan the Slayer, a Kickstarter exclusive for the campaign.
    There’s 9 days left to get in on the action.

    From the campaign: Read more

    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Mar 26th, 2015
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    Järnringen is running an Indiegogo campaign to bring their Symbaroum fantasy RPG to an English-speaking audience. The game is D20-driven, but there are certain mechanics that make it unique, such as having the players handle all the dice-rolling, which gives the DM more time to focus on narrative and not worry so much about counting pips. Players also must balance their actions and not create too much blight in themselves (or, I guess you could just go on a rampage and grab all the blight you can find).
    The campaign is set to run for the next 38 days.

    From the campaign: Read more