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The captain is dead! Long live the captain! Well, that captain won't live long, either, unless we can repair this spaceship and also fend off this band of attacking aliens. That's the story behind The Captain is Dead, a new cooperative board game coming this month from AEG.
Happy International Tabletop Day, everyone! *party cannon*
I hope you're celebrating in style. I know some of you are out at KingdomCon. Others of you are at PeteCon. Still others are just hanging out at your LGS getting your gaming on. Well, however you're celebrating, I hope the dice/cards/whatever are in your favor. Remember, it's all about having fun and making friends.
Anyway, if you're wondering what game you should play today, maybe some of these reviews can help out.

This week we've got: Firefly: Crime and Punishment expansion, Strife: Legacy of the Eternals, Clans of Caledonia, Quartz, World's Fair 1893, Game of Trains, The Captain is Dead, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Farsight, Martians: A Story of Civilization, Zephyr: Winds of Change, Exit The Game, Morels, and Perry Miniatures' Confederate Infantry.

AEG has announced a new expansion for Mystic Vale coming out this month. Vale of the Wild will give players more options for when upgrading their cards. They'll also come with Leaders that players will put into their decks at the beginning which will give them new abilities. Also, Eclipse Advancements can cover over other Advancements, letting you further customize your deck.
You know, one of the things I love about Smash Up is just seeing what factions they come out with next. Just when you think they've covered everything, another quartet of absurd yet awesome groups are announced. The latest set, What Were We Thinking?, adds Teddybears, Grandmas, Rock Stars, and Explorers. It's available now.
Well, it seemingly took an eternity, but it is now Saturday.
And, as I expected, from the time I clocked out until even now seems to have gone by very quickly. So, by the time I finish this, I guess it'll be time for Monday's Terrain corner...

But that's as may be.

Today we have: Cauldron Master, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows Of The Past Board Game Review, April O'Neil Hero Pack For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Dice City, Picassimo, The Who Were 8, Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Dragoon, Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins, Mage Wars: Paladin vs. Siren, Firefly: Crime and Punishment, and Frostgrave Expansions.

Alderac Entertainment Group (for those that didn't know what AEG stood for) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new edition of the Thunderstone deck-building game. This time around it's called Thunderstone Quest. Like before, you're in a fantasy realm, looking to do battle against evil monsters while building up your own power.
We've arrived, beautiful readers. Friday is here and we're making our way through it to the weekend. It won't be long now and there'll be a couple great days of just hanging out and maybe doing some gaming. I'm happy because my friend came back from LVO and brought me the new Season 3 cards and a couple players for Guild Ball. So I'll be assembling Granite and Veteran Siren either tonight or tomorrow, with them hopefully seeing the pitch soon. Best to make sure I'm well-fed on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: AEG Announces Thunderstone Quest Coming To Kickstarter, Sacred Sword Chibi Minis Up On Kickstarter, Nuclear Shrimp Posts Black Earth Indiegogo Preview, Tabletop-Art Releases Ancestral Ruins banderoles and symbols, Apocalyptic Upgrades Sci-Fi Minis Up On Kickstarter, Chronicles: The Game Coming To Kickstarter Later This Year, MidKnight Heroes Super Chibi Round 2 - Reboot Pledge Manager Now Open, Trollkins Minis Up On Indiegogo, 28mm Greek/Macedonian Figures Up On Kickstarter, Simeon and His Buffalo Available From Golem Miniatures, and Soviet Passenger Trays Available From Dark Art Miniatures.

The universe is filled with opposites, and many say you can't have one thing without having its opposite. You can't know what's good unless you have things that are bad. You can't know what is cold without having things that are hot. You can't have light unless you know what is dark. Opposite forces are always in conflict, and that's just what you'll be doing, either fighting for the light or the dark in Light & Dark, coming this month from AEG.
AEG has a new game coming out this month that you can put under your tree. It's called Siege and it puts you in control of your own military as you seek to destroy the enemy. Just make sure your king doesn't get offed. It's sort of like Chess like that. Losing your king would be bad.
November's a pretty big month for game releases. So begins the big push for the holiday shopping season and everyone wants their products on people's lists. Well, the folks over at AEG have posted up their releases they'll be coming out with this month so you can plan your purchases ahead of time.
Hey there, everyone. I hope you're all having a great Saturday. I just got back from the grocery store (I'm typing this up a decent amount earlier than it is set to go live) so I can get ready to have some company over for a low-key Halloween party. I'm making cookies, chocolate-coated peanut butter balls, and gumbo. Should be a good time. I'm sure a lot of you have somewhat similar plans.

As for the moment, though, before I dive into a bit of last-minute cleaning and then work on cooking, let's get you those gaming reviews I know you all so desperately desire.

This week we have: Bankers and Robbers, Dungeon Saga, Harry Potter Deck-Building Game, Conquest Games' Medieval Archers, Mysterium, Aeon's End, Love Letter: Premium Edition, Mortem Et Gloriam, The Networks, Eclipse: Shadow of the Rift, Tumult Royale, Necronomicards, Cthulhu Crusades, and Loony Quest.

I got the original set for Smash Up pretty soon after it came out. A friend had picked it up and we played at my LGS one evening. It was a hoot. Quick and easy to learn, with tons of replayability right out of the main box due to how you mix up two of the factions for your deck. Well, there's been quite a few expansions that've come out since then, meaning if you wanted to carry it all around, it could be quite a hefty box you're lugging with you. Well, now you can go digital and play online... and it's free, too.
There's a new set of cards for Smash Up available. This one, I'm sure, gave the lawyers over at AEG fits. Not to say that other sets haven't possibly done that, but this one they seemed to go out of their way to toe the line. But they own up to it. The name of the set's Cease & Desist, after all.
A bit of editorializing: I loved Smash Up when I played it after it first came out. We got it at my local shop near St. Louis and played many games. It was a good time had by all. But after a couple of the expansions came out, it was a little hard to keep up and to carry around the big box of extra cards. Thankfully, Nomad Games is going to be solving that with the digital edition of Smash Up coming soon.
Guildhall is still a relatively new game, having just been released in 2013. And it won a couple of awards, too (as well as being nominated for several others). But that doesn't mean the game was perfect. As such, the folks over at AEG looked it over and have decided a new version is in order. This new version is called Guildhall: Fantasy.
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.

Goblins aren't generally known for being frugal. You don't often hear about "the goblin who let that pile of gold just sit there" or "the goblin who figured those gems should probably go back to their rightful owner." No, they're more the, "takes what I cans gets!" sort. And it's just this stereotype that AEG is playing into with Greedy Greedy Goblins, which will be available soon.
The fellows over at AEG love having fun with the expansions for Smash Up. I mean, the whole point is to take popular memes and themes and... well... smash them together and see what happens. There's been cats, princesses, and (of course) Cthulhu, among others. Well, this time around we're getting Sharks, Dragons, Superheroes, and Mythic Greeks. And it's all your fault.
The Valley of Life is under a terrible curse. It's only through the dedicated healing powers of the druids that they will be able to save the inhabitants. But caution must be taken, for the curse will drain those that carelessly use their powers. No, it's the wisest who will be able to bring the most healing.
That's the story behind Mystic Vale, a new card game coming from AEG.
Hello there, Saturday! Nice to see you could stop by. Do come in, have a seat, and make yourself at home.

I hope your Saturday is going nicely. I've got baking to do. Cookies, brownies, and maybe some other stuff. We'll see.

But that's me. As for you, it's time to get you some review articles to chew on.

Today's articles feature: Fischkrieg Space Mat Starfield, the Pandemic App, They Come Unseen, Age of Tyrants, Thunderbirds, Jaipur, Hengist, Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Pharaoh’s Gulo Gulo, Expedition: Famous Explorers, Dragon Farkle, Ghostbusters: The Board Game, Codenames, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, Subterfuge (iOS version), Rome: Rise to Power, Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game, and Automobiles.

Licensing properties can cause some... interesting situations for us, the consumers. Things like "regional DVDs" and such can make it so a thing we want might be a bit tougher to get than usual. Well, such is the case with Star Wars Love Letter. Yeah, it's available from Hobby World. But unless you've got a contact who's also a Cossack, you might not be able to get one.
AEG has announced that they have entered into a deal with John Wick Presents to sell back the publication rights for the 7th Sea game line. This is not to say that AEG will suddenly cut all production for any 7th Sea lines currently in the works. They will continue to release products for the IP over the next several years. There are further negotiations for those as well. But yes, John Wick, one of the original creators of the 7th Sea world and its original products will be getting back the license to make games.
One of the bigger news stories of the past couple months is how AEG will be turning over production of the Legend of the Five Rings card game to Fantasy Flight Games. As AEG starts wrapping up production for the game, they're offering one last set of Koku sets for players.
What time is it? It's... time to find love! Or so the folks at Cryptozoic and AEG would have you think. They've teamed up to bring you a new version of Love Letter. This time it's mathematical with Adventure Time.
Well, this is some pretty big news.
Fantasy Flight Games has just announced that they have acquired the rights to produce the Legend of the Five Rings card game from AEG. The current version of the game will end with the Evil Portents expansion. After that, Fantasy Flight will take over. One of the first changes to be made is that the releases will move to the Living Card Game model, meaning there will no longer be random booster packs of cards (this has been how FFG has released card game expansions for some time now).
 

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