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I'm guessing it's not a big, friendly giant by any means. Things in the Dark Souls universe don't tend to be friendly. But it is apparently the last giant, and it's running amok. It's up to the Hunters to stop it. That's where you come in. The Last Giant expansion for the Dark Souls board game is available to order from Steamforged now.

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The West Kingdom is getting itself some more craftspeople coming to it. It's got Architects. It's got Paladins. Now, it's time to pretty things up a bit. Age of Artisans is a new expansion for Architects of the West Kingdom from Renegade Game Studios. While it won't be out until May, you can get your name on the list to get it right when it comes out. Pre-orders are being taken now.

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Cities are big. However, games about cities don't have to be. Micro City is one such game. This pocket-sized game can travel with you as you travel around your actual city. In it, players are looking to build the greatest city that they can. The second edition of the game is up on Kickstarter now.

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Potato Pirates 2: Enter the Spudnet. It's a game that uses potatos (that are pirates) in order to help teach cybersecurity and computer networking.

Because that's the world we live in these days.

By the way, I'm not saying that there's a thing wrong with that. I find it absolutely amazing. Some people don't get concepts right away. If you can find a good metaphor that gives you the information in a new and creative way that does jive with your learning style, bring it on. This new standalone game does just that and it's up on Kickstarter now.

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It's been rainy here in Atlanta for a couple days now. It's been a perfect time to watch Coraline, one of my personal favorite movies. It's supposed to rain again today, and while watching the movie, I could also slap Coraline: Beware the Other Mother down on the table. The new board game based on the movie (which was based on the book) is now available.

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The un-life of a vampire can be rough. You spend a century comfy in your castles until the townsfolk come with torches and pitchforks, driving you from your home. So you roam, looking for a new place to hang our hat. Perhaps this city would work, but you can't just move in and take over at once. That would bring too much suspicion and the gaze of the Inquisition. Instead, you must work slowly and stealthily. Of course, you do have time on your hand. That's what you'll be doing in Masters of the Night, a new cooperative vampire board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

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Ah, Dark Tower. That was the name of the first comic book shop I ever went to. You could say that it's where I became a nerd. Unfortunately, this game isn't about running a comic shop in suburban St. Louis. But it's still pretty cool. Many of you have maybe played the Dark Tower board game from almost 40 years ago. If you have, you already know what's up. If not, well, read on, as Restoration Games is looking to restore the game to your tabletops with Return to Dark Tower (but with all new mechanics, rules, pieces, and technology, of course). The game's up on Kickstarter now.

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Leder Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Oath: Chronicles of Empire, a new board game where players are trying to tell the story of the empire as it goes along. Each play through is unique, and what you do in one game will have effects on games further down the line (so, it has legacy elements in it). Will the Chancellor maintain control, or will outside forces come in and topple everything? That's up to you to decide.

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A lot of people over on Kickstarter want more with their pledge. And I can't blame them. Everyone wants to get more, not less, for their money. So, if you're looking to get a whole ton of figures (almost 250 of them) along with all the cards, dice, and rest for $100, oh, and a game to go with it all, you might want to check out Grendha: Search for Lost Triumphs. It's a new strategic miniatures board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

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Rome wasn't built in a day. It took many builders many centuries to get it done. However, with your friends at the gaming table, you could knock it out in an afternoon. Foundations of Rome is a new board game from Arcane Wonders where you and your fellow builders are trying to make the grand city as majestic as possible. However, only one of you can end up being the most revered architect. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

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Beureaucratic paperwork. Some pencil-pusher in some galactic central office somewhere has made an error. The Cosmic Citizenship Council had been ready to add two new races to their ranks. However, only one set of forms was drawn up. Of course, just copying a new set wouldn't work. Too much red tape involved. Instead, the races are going to have to fight it out to see who's admitted. That's the story behind Cosmic Encounter: Duel, a new game coming soon from Fantasy Flight.

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And now here's one for all you theater and literature majors in the audience. Black Sonata, the solo board game of trying to fing out who the Dark Lady from William Shakespeare's sonnets are. This Kickstarter campaign looks to get you a new version of the game as well as the The Fair Youth expansion.

Exit, pursued by bear.

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Well, it's an inventive name. I'll definitely give it that. It has me intrigued. And looking over the gameplay, it's certainly not something you see everyday. A maniac has built a murder castle. You helped him do so. Now, you find yourself in said murder castle trying to find evidence to clear your name as an accomplice. However, it's a murder castle, and not everyone will be getting out. Yeah, that's what's going on in H. H. Holmes' Murder Castle. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

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The Middle East. Several major world religions center around a relatively small geographic area. In particular, Muslims and Christians see it as the seat of their religions. And, of course, they both want to control it. During the Crusades, Christians and Muslims fought for the land, and you can recreate those events in Crusader Kingdoms: War for the Holy Land, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

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You might look around you at times and go, "I don't want to live on this planet anymore." Well, in Lift Off!, getting the heck out of here is exactly what you're attempting to do. Players are trying to clear out their aliens before the whole planet explodes (we may have things going wring right now, but at least the whole planet's not about to go kerplooey... hopefully). The deluxe edition of this game and its expansions is up on Kickstarter now.

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The lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly is pretty amazing. They start in Mexico, then fly all the way up to Canada before flying all the way back again. However, desipte this migration has been happening for thousands of years, not a single butterfly has made the entire journey. How can that be? Because it takes multiple generations to make each full migration. And it's recreating that epic journey that you'll be doing in Mariposas, a new board game coming from AEG.

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Wizards build towers. It's just something they're known for. But each wizard's tower is a little different. How they build it reflect who they are as a wizard and the things they're looking to focus on. In the Silver Lotus Expansion coming soon for The Towers of Arkhanos, players will have more options for rooms and floors. IDW gives us a little look into what you can expect.

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The most nefarious evildoers are planning destruction and conquest the likes of which has never been seen before. In order to stop them, Earth's mightiest heroes must band together. That's what's going on in Marvel United, a new board game announced by CMON and Spin Masters.

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In deep space, humanity struggles for survival. In particular, the humans in Sanctorvm (because Rome?). It's a new sci-fi horror/survival board game with heavy RPG elements that's up on Kickstarter now. Play in two modes: Adventure mode with 15 huge missions, or for a quicker game you can go through Mission mode where each game takes about an hour.

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Damn the diets! Full speed ahead to the buffet table!

Look, this time of year, many people are having feasts of all types. CMON is bringing the joy of eating good food in too large of quantities to Foodies, their food-stall board game. They've posted a special holiday scenario that you can download now.

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Since the end of their Kickstarter campaign, Corvus Belli has been working hard at making Infinity: Defiance a real thing. They're happy to show off some of their work, giving us a look at the sculpt for Lucien Sforza. Missed out on the campaign? Don't worry, as they will be opening up their pledge manager soon and you can late-pledge for the game then.

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Mike McVey has created a ton of amazing minis in his years as a leading sculptor in the industry. Now, he's trying his hand at making some rather inconic characters in the form of the survivors and ghouls from Night of the Living Dead. In this article, McVey talks about what it took to get the look of these figures just right on the tabletop.

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When creating the tiles for the Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game, artist Henning Ludvigsen did his best to recreate the actual sets used. He really goes all-out when creating these pieces, not simply throwing together whatever, but actually doing what he can to remake the real house used in the movie on your tabletop. Check out his process in this article.

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The far reaches of outer space. All the familiar things we have here at home are nowhere to be seen. You and your crew must work together to survive in this strange place. That's what you're up to in Unsettled, a new sandbox cooperative board game that's up on Kickstarter now from Orange Nebula.

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