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When you picture the Old West, you probably have a certain view in mind. However, things were much more diverse than the popular tales and old Western movies portray. For example, 1/3 of all Cowboys were of African descent. Going West was popular for them after the end of the Civil War, where opportunities were better. Haunted West looks to rectify some of the whitewashing that's been created in Old West mythos and bring it to your tabletop. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

Some people are moving into new spots over in the Catalyst Game Labs offices. They have named John Helfers will move into the role of Executive Editor. Meanwhile, Ray Arrastia has been promoted to full BattleTech Line Developer. And a line that we've not heard from in a while is getting a bump as well with Bryn Bills taking over as Line Developer for Leviathans, which will have a Kickstarter relaunch in the summer of 2020.

Warlord Games has a ton of games that they make. It's just a huge catalog. And it's been a while since we've heard about a few of these, but that doesn't mean they're entirely dead and gone. In fact, Warlord Games is posting up some extra, experimental, and additional rules for them. Check out experimental rules for Konflikt '47, creating an army of monsters in Warlords of Erehwon, and creating characters for yourself in Strontium Dog.

Just as WWI was at its climax, a strange fog permeated the Argonne forest, killing and warping whomever tried to go into it. This brought the conflict to a swift end, as entire armies were swallowed by it. Now, 66 years has gone by with the fog staying mostly still. But now it is growing. What is in store for the world? That's for you to find out in Eldritch Century, a new alternative history RPG that's up on Kickstarter now.

We may be 2/3 of the way through summer (up here in the Northern Hemisphere, that is), but that doesn't mean there isn't time for a Summer Sale. And that's just what AntiMatter Games is having now over in their webshop. Want to pick up some DeepWars and ShadowSea figures for cheaper than usual? Now's your chance.

Usually, when stuff falls from the sky, it's rain or snow and it's just fine. No worries at all. We need rain, after all. But when what's falling from the sky is an otherworldly metal that changes whatever it touches, it's a little less good. But that's what's happening in Flashback, a new alternate-history RPG that's up on Kickstarter now.

As usual, Warlord Games isn't good for just one release, or two, every week. They've got a whole bunch, and for a bunch of different games. There's some of the new Bolt Action: Korea line. There's new Konflikt '47 if you want some Weird War II. There's Cruel Seas if you want maritime non-Weird War II. And they round things off with Ancients in Hail Caesar.

There were many manufacturing advances during WWII. The Tesla Corps chief among them, with their new weapons of war that were secretly being sold to both sides of the conflict. The war has also seen the return of the aos si' to the world, coming up out of the Leylines. In this new form of WWII, who will come out on top? That's for you to decide in Guardians of Umbra, a new setting book using the Savage Worlds system that's up on Kickstarter now.

Some new miniatures are available for Achtung! Cthulhu from Modiphius. They're the Unleashed version of Sing and Araine. And, I have to admit, the effect on the Singh Unleashed miniature is rather interesting. These figures can be used in your RPG games or games of the Achtung! Cthulhu minis game.

The Japanese air force is making its way to the scene in Blood Red Skies. Warlord Games has a new Imperial Japanese Expansion Pack, as well as a pair of squadrons, available for the game. There's also a pair of Konflikt '47 releases, for those that like their WWII with a bit of Weird thrown in.

The horrors of WWII were immense. And that's just the real world before you throw in other-dimension horros like Cthulhu. But that's just what happens in Achtung! Cthulu from Modiphius. And to help you bring that existential horror to your tabletops, they've got a quartet of new miniatures sets available over on their website.

Dark Traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaails to you until we meet in hell.

At least, that's how I feel the song would go in the Dark Trails RPG. It's a new RPG that's all about a much darker Wild West than we actually had here in the US. It's originally based on the Dungeon Crawl Classic, but it's branching out to be its own thing. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

It's some regular WWII and some alternate-history WWII that Warlord Games has for you this week. There's a new walker for Konflikt '47 and then a group of new boats for your Cruel Seas games. Let's dig on in and see what we have.

Another week, another set of releases for the Oil War in Team Yankee. This time, they're headed to the Holy Land with the Israeli army. Let's take a look at what is hitting store shelves now.

The Oil Wars are on over at Team Yankee. The Middle East has long been a volatile location, and with WWIII going on, it's no different. There's a host of new releases hitting the sands that you can check out now.

The Year Without a Summer was a real event. Caused by a massive volcanic eruption, it caused greatly reduced temperatures all over the world. In Europe, this lead to crops failing and a widespread famine. In 1816, that's just the beginning of it all. While the real world continued on as it did, in 1816, the world veered off from our path, with countries looking to take advantage of the weakened state of their neighbors in order to gain some much-desired land. The alternate history miniatures skirmish game is up on Kickstarter now.

As I'm sure we're all aware, the Middle East is a pretty volatile place. However, with all the wars that have gone on there, the world of Team Yankee there's even more. The Oil Wars book delves into that, and the latest releases from Battlefront continue in that direction. Check 'em out.

John Carter of Mars is a classic set of books that Modiphius is letting you recreate on your tabletop with their RPG version. This month is a big release month for the game, and Modiphius is looking to celebrate appropriately. Over the next several weeks, they have several live events happening online to get you all the John Carter you can handle. Read on for a schedule and where you can find all this cool stuff going on.

Mars. The Red Planet. Here in the real world, we're hoping to maybe send someone there in the next 20 years. But in the world of Space 1889, people have been going there for a while. So, while it might be a while before you, yourself get there, you can vicariously go there now with the new Space 1889: Mars supplement, now available from Modiphius.

The live launch event for Oil War, the latest expansion for Team Yankee, is coming soon. Be there for all sorts of special articles, live video, release specials, and more.

Whether you like your WWII miniatures games up in the air, down on the waves, or a little weird, there's something for you this week from Warlord Games. They've got a whole bunch of new squadrons for Blood Red Skies. Theres's a new ship for German fleets in Cruel Seas. Finally, there's a pair of Konflikt '47 kits you can pick up now. Let's take a look at each.

Oil War is the upcoming expansion for Team Yankee from Battlefront. Players head from the plains of Europe to the sand dunes of the Middle East as everyone wants to get their hands on that black gold under the sand. In this post, we get a look at the different factions that will be added to the game, as well as a little overfiew of how they work.

While not a serious newsman, I do consider myself a bit of a reporter. So seeing an RPG about being a reporter for a major city newspaper set in an alternative 1920s New York where there's not only bureaucrats, gangsters, and flappers, but also demons, devils, and magic, it piques my interest. Dangerous Times is just that, and they're up on Kickstarter now.

In Night Life, magic isn't given by some deity, or through study, or people who were just born with it (and it's not Maybelene, either). It's surviving a near-death experience. As such, it means there's a lot of people out there with magic who aren't the most stable pillars of society. It's into this world that you go in the game. It's also the 80s, because neon and spandex are cool. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

Warlord Games has some WWII, Weird War II, and Sci-Fi new releases this week for Bolt Action, Konflikt '47, and Beyond the Gates of Antares. So, whether you like your historical miniatures games actually historically accurate or not, or just want to blast off for the deepest reaches of space, they've got you covered. Let's take a look at some more specifics.