Once more it’s early in the A.M. and I’m up. That’s just my schedule. But I’ve got another batch of galleries to show off from Day 2 of Gen Con. Remember, the best way to see these immediately is to follow us over on our Facebook page. Anyway, let’s get to it!
At a media event held by CMON, they previewed numerous upcoming games that they have been working on. The first that I’d like to talk about is Arcadia Quest: Riders. Sure, the Guilds have had animal companions with their cute, little pets. But now, they’ll be able to actually take to battle riding impressive steeds!
But it’s not just any Saturday.
It’s the Saturday of a 3-day weekend.
Hopefully, you’re out, enjoying yourselves somewhere. Be it gaming, out at the lake, a camping weekend, or whatever. But if you’re stopping by here, I know it’s because you still crave those gaming reviews. So let’s get to them.
Today we have: Knot Dice Deluxe, Arcadia Quest: Pets, Hoyuk, Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia, Realm Master, Frostgrave: Ulterior Motives, Anansi and the Book of Stories, 3 to 4 Headed Monster, Histrio, Draconis Invasion, Green Deal, Difference, Terra Mystica iOS, Scum of the Earth, and The Campaign for Kharkov: October 1941.
This month brings you quite a lot of releases from CMON. There’s a new robot fighting game (so you know I’m on board). There’s a new worker-placement game (again, right up my alley). There’s also a bunch of Arcadia Quest releases, including new pets and dragons (gee, did they make all these releases just for me, or what?).
It’s release day for a bunch of new games and expansions from CMON. That includes one of my new favorite games, Ethnos. Other than that, Rum & Bones 2nd Tide, the Pets expansion for Arcadia Quest, and 75 Gnom’ Street are all available now down at your gaming shop.
It’s also October.
I mean, seriously, can it really get that much better than this? Oh, yeah, *puts on some Type O Negative while working on the post* There we go.
Anyway, you want ’em, so here’s your reviews for the week.
Today we have: Patchwork, Epic Roll: Eclipse, Arcadia Quest, Tutti Frutti, True Messiah, Eclipse, Trickerion: Legends of Illusion, Dodge Dice, Grifters, Codenames: Pictures, and Agamemnon.
It’s that time again, everyone. It’s Saturday. When you read this, it’ll be at least 2pm, Eastern. But for me, currently, it’s 5:30am. I’ve got a group of friends coming over for some gaming starting at 9am and have a bunch to get done before that. We’ll probably get in some Ascension, Blokus, maybe Dogs of War. All good stuff. Also, we’ll probably talk about characters for a D&D game that’s starting to coalesce. But that’s as may be, in the meantime, I need to type up your Review Roundup for the day.
Today we have: Arcadia Quest, The Pioneers Program, Dungeon Saga, The Hunt for the Ring, Tripods & Triplanes, Brides & Bribes, Terraforming Mars, Guild Ball, Cry Havoc, Flip City and Flip City: Reuse, Steam Time, M.U.L.E., Brick Party, and Snowdonia.
It’s been a great day here at the CMON Expo. Lots of cool stuff going on. Lots to see. Lots to do.
What? You don’t believe me? I thought we were better friends than that. But fine, if you want photographic evidence of the awesomeness, that’s alright. I’ve got you covered.
Watch It Played, for those that don’t know, is a YouTube channel that, well… it’s sort of right there in the name, but it’s a channel devoted to showing gamers how to play many of the great games that exist in our hobby. Rodney Smith has been running the channel for several years and many of his videos feature his son, Luke (who is known to just have “the touch” when it comes to getting dice to work in his favor). Well, Luke’s now getting his own figure for Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia.
Sometimes there’s a game you really love the world for, but you want to play something different than the “standard” game that you have with it. For many systems, that’s not really much of an option. However, if you’re a fan of Arcadia Quest but want to see something new, look no further than Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia. The Kickstarter launches in a week.
As I mentioned before, this week really seemed to go by fast. At least I thought so. Here it is, Saturday morning (well, it’s morning when I’m working on this post, anyway), getting ready for a full day of cooking (pot roast and banana pudding cheesecake pie) and thinking, “wasn’t it just Tuesday, like, yesterday?” Anyway, as my day is full of cooking, I hope your day is full of gaming. But what games should you play? Well, how about a list of reviews to help you make your choice? Seems like a good plan.
Today’s topics include: Arcadia Quest, Star Wars Risk, The Voyages of Marco Polo, Dominion: Adventures, Dragonwood, Treasure Hunter, Isle of Skye, Hocus, and Caylus.
The clock is running out. If you want to join in on the Arcadia Quest: Inferno Kickstarter campaign, you’d better hurry. It’ll all end tonight at 8:00pm EST (that’s 1:00am GMT to help for you internationals). The campaign is quite an extensive one, not only giving you Inferno, but gobs of extras as well.
Well, it seems people were excited about the Whole Lotta Lava expansion box for the Arcadia Quest: Inferno Kickstarter campaign. New backers and extra pledges coming in bumped the campaign up and over the $1mil. mark. What does that mean? Well, it means there needs to be new stretch goals to bust down. *sniffsniff* I hope that’s just almonds I smell… as the new Poison Dragon looks to make its way to the campaign.
Ok, yeah, I’ve got Christmas music playing right now, but what’s actually running through my head is Led Zepplin thanks to the title of this new expansion announced for Arcadia Quest: Inferno. Ignos, a new Minor Villain, is making (lava) waves in the Inferno, causing all sorts of trouble for the heroes. But his new box set is more than just a new figure to bring to the table.
Chaos is descending upon the heroes of Arcadia Quest… literally… like in the form of a big damn dragon… a Chaos Dragon, to be specific. That’s right, not only is there a Frost Dragon to worry about in the land of Arcadia, there’s a Chaos Dragon as well, and you can add it to your collection as part of the Inferno Kickstarter.
It should probably come as no surprise to you that I’m an animal lover. Until three years ago, I’d always had pets around the house, going back to when I was just a little kid. At parties, I’m the one that’s over in the corner, talking to the dog or cat instead of interacting with the other people there. Well, now Arcadia Quest is bringing in pets to the game. It’s a full expansion that’s just been added to the Arcadia Quest Inferno Kickstarter campaign.
All this heat!
Can’t we do anything to down this Inferno!
*gets hit with a freezing cold blast from the Frost Dragon*
… Thank you!
Yeah, this is one I’ve been anxious to talk about for a while. Arcadia Quest is getting itself a new super-boss monster in the form of the Frost Dragon expansion, now available as an add-on as part of the Inferno Kickstarter campaign.
Well, that was quite a 24 hours for the start of the Arcadia Quest: Inferno Kickstarter campaign. The campaign funded in about 5min. It possibly would’ve been sooner, but Kickstarter stalled out briefly right at launch (seems that CMON Kickstarters have that sort of effect). This, of course, then meant that stretch goals were being broken even by the time the first actual update was posted. Well, now it’s time to go through some more as a whole bunch of add-ons have been added.
Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?
Actually, things are heating up for every resident of Arcadia. Inferno is upon us. From CoolMiniOrNot and Spaghetti Western Games, the Kickstarter campaign for the new stand-alone expansion for Arcadia Quest has been launched. Head down into the burning caverns, collecting gear and rescuing Angels along the way to the very center of the world.
Yeah, Arcadia Quest Inferno might be just around the corner, but that’s just the Kickstarter campaign (which you can read more about here). There’s gonna be months to wait after that for the figures to make it to your doorstep. In the meantime, though, CoolMiniOrNot has some new heroes to line the ranks of your guild.
Hey everyone. We’ve got a special treat for you today. Our own, beloved, Jared Miller has written up a preview of some of the new things you can expect to see in Arcadia Quest: Inferno, which will launch on Kickstarter on Monday. So without further ado, take it away, Jared!
Welcome back to the city of Arcadia! There are beautiful sights to see, wonderful shops to spend your hard earned coin at, and if you’re the adventurous type, you can even join a Guild of heroes to fight against the occasional monster (or other Guilds) for loot and glory! Over here we have the city’s fountain. Uh oh. Looks like it’s spewing molten lava at the moment. Well, that’s not normal…
Well, it would seem as though you people can’t get enough of the chibi sci-fi miniatures game that is Arcadia Quest. The first Kickstarter went very well, but you have all been clamoring for more. Well, you asked for it and you’re gonna get it. The launch date for the next Arcadia Quest Kickstarter campaign has been announced.
CoolMiniOrNot is ramping up for their next Kickstarter campaign. You’ve got a bit of a breather here after The Others, but Arcadia Quest: Inferno, will be making its way to the popular crowdfunding platform next month. We got a lot of information about the upcoming set during the CMON Expo earlier this year. You can check out the panel report here.
And we find ourselves once more deposited here on the weekend. With any luck, yours includes gaming of some kind. Be it CCG, LCG, RPG, Minis, or something else (hey, someone out there might still be playing with POGs, you never know…), may the odds be in your favor.
As it is Saturday (most beloved of days), it’s time for another Review Roundup.
This week we have reviews/previews of: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Dungeons & Dragons: Out of the Abyss, Citadel Air Paint, Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep Booster, Halfling Feast, Sentinels of the Multiverse App, Ubongo, Traders of Osaka, VS System Card Game, The Undercity, Arcadia Quest, Clockwork Wars, Codenames, Privateers: The Golden Decade, and Neuroshima Hex.
Hey there everyone from here at the CMON Expo 2015! The panel for Arcadia Quest just wrapped up and have we got some news for you. We had a short look into the creation of the game, but what I’m sure most of you are excited to read up on are the new things coming for the game. So let’s dive in and see what had to be said.
Note: artwork and miniatures below are works in progress. So there’s a chance things might change slightly.
If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
Yeah, ask your parents about that song. Anyway, whether you have flowers in your hair or not, if you’re in San Francisco this weekend, be sure to stop by KublaCon for all sorts of fun gaming to be had. CMON will be there with plenty of events to keep you entertained. Also, they’ve teamed up with Game Kastle. For the first time ever, if you buy CMON products from the Game Kastle booth, you can pick up CMON special promotional miniatures from them!
CMON Expo updates every Friday (as I’m sure you’re aware). Well, it’s Friday. So we’ve got an update! This week’s includes all the painting classes that will be held by the awesome world-class painters that will be at the show. There’s also a new event with Eric Lang where he’ll run a game of Arcadia Quest for you. Finally, they’ve added more hotel rooms and an update about when event registration will go live.
CMON posted up 5 new releases on their website. They’ve got two new expansion packs for Rivet Wars in the form of Battle of Brighton (where players can take to the air) and Heavy Metal (where some of the biggest tanks in the world of Rivet can be yours to command). They also have 3 releases for Arcadia Quest, including Beyond the Grave, the first big expansion for the game, along with two new heroes, Nibbles and Zahra.
All are available now in the CMON Webshop.
From the announcement: Continue reading
Love is in the air.
We here hope you’re spending the day playing the games you love with the people you love.
And as usual, we’ve got our Review Roundup for Saturday.
Did the reviewers love the games they tried? Only reading on will find out.
In this week’s installment, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Arcadia Quest, G-Mat Snow Storm Terrain Mat, The Meeple Mechanic’s Top 8 Kickstarter Games Going On Now, Cyclades: Titans Expansion, Rhino Hero, Noctu the Bounty Hunter by Savage Forge Minis, The 5th Land, Road Rally USA, Machi Koro, XCOM, the expansion for Mascarade, San Juan, Pagoda, Rise of Cthulhu, and Hitman Holiday.
CoolMiniOrNot gives us a look inside their chibi fantasy board game, Arcadia Quest, in this unboxing video.
From the post:
Spencer with CoolMiniOrNot shows off the three Arcadia Quest boxes. First is the guildmaster box that all Kickstart backers will receive. Next is the Arcadia Quest core box, and finally the Beyond the Grave expansion.
Arcadia Quest is only up on Kickstarter for another 24 hours!
If you want in on this new and exciting board game (I’ve tried it. You’ll like it), better go now.
From the campaign:
The King of Thieves and Queen of Beggars are now unlocked!
Go forth and spread the word! Only with a tumultuous cacophony (of backers) will Chooloo awake!
Arcadia Quest is showing off some new stretch goals and optional add-ons in their latest post.
From the update:
It looks like $500k is right around the corner! So let’s take a look at what we have coming up for our backers! At $550K we have a new dynamic duo, a Kickstarter exclusive Hero set! The sovereigns of the simians, the emperors of the apes, it’s the Monkey King and Monkey Queen!
We’re also opening up another optional buy! Keeping with the anthropomorphism trend we’ve got going on, allow us to introduce the Kickstarter exclusive Hero Pigsy!
If you’d like Pigsy, just add $10 to your pledge by clicking Manage Pledge from the Arcadia Quest Kickstarter page and we’ll sort it out after the Kickstarter ends with our pledge manager.If you’d like Pigsy, just add $10 to your pledge by clicking Manage Pledge from the Arcadia Quest Kickstarter page and we’ll sort it out after the Kickstarter ends with our pledge manager.
Arcadia Quest is showing off some more heroes for the game. These aren’t what you generally think of when you think of the term “hero” but that’s alright.
From the post:
Just because you are a bad guy doesn’t mean you are a Bad Guy.
Another stretch goal reached! All backers will get Prince Aaron, and the vote to decide his ability is officially ended. May his enemies cower before his Mighty Presence! Thanks all for voting.
Next we have us a pair of turncoats. If we reach $475,000 everybody gets both The Nameless and The Heartless as heroes! Not only do you get hero cards for both, with new hero abilities, but also new miniatures of both in the same plastic color as the other heroes in the game (though you can also use them as extra villains if you’d like).
Arcadia Quest posted up the current rulebook for the game over on their Kickstarter page. Read it for yourself and feel free to leave feedback.
From the update:
Here is the rules draft as they stand today – it’s still being edited for language, diagram clarity and contents. Note internal components do not reflect the stretch goals. Have a look!
Arcadia Quest is also showing off new stuff over on their Kickstarter page. They’ve got some new stretch goals posted up, some preview shots of the first expansion’s minis and you can help vote on the abilities of one of the Kickstarter exclusive heroes, too.
From the update:
Adopting his namesake as a totem after a terrifying encounter in childhood being viciously bitten… err.. gummed by one, the ‘Black Newt’ is the son of a very large and wealthy Arcadian family who had the misfortune of being born last. His sisters were beautiful, his brothers were dashing, and all his elder siblings were intelligent, witty, and noble. Alas, the Black Newt had the heart of a troll. Sniping was his second nature, the cutting barb was his forte, and he even took to stealing their diaries to scrawl snarky comments in the margins. He was eventually disowned. But he had learned swordsmanship to at least a competent degree, and a Guild membership was easy enough for someone of his connections. Ironically, he welcomed the invasion as toady to Lord Fang, but was cast out when he was found scrawling derisive comments beneath graffiti the orcs would leave on each other’s’ walls.
Every Guildmaster and War Paint pledge gets the Black Newt free if we hit this stretch!