Review Roundup

Saturday and I have all the baking to do. Baking for friends. Baking for coworkers. Baking for friends that are coworkers. Baking for coworkers that are friends.
I mean, I bought 4 pounds of unsalted butter. I’m going to be busy today.
But before I get up to my elbows in cookie dough, I need to type up those review articles I know you all so desperately desire.

Today we have: Arena Rex, Seikatsu, New York Slice, Dragonfire, Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn, Macroscope, Kingdomino, and 1750: Britain vs. France.

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Heroes Wanted: Dragonfire Dungeons & Dragons Deck-building Game Now Available

Sometimes you want to get your D&D on and your group’s not there. Maybe you’re waiting for them to show up. Maybe you weren’t able to get everyone together. Maybe it’s not your regular gaming day. Whatever the reason, you want your D&D and you want it now! But how to get that experience without your regular group? Perhaps Heroes Wanted: Dragonfire could scratch that itch. It’s the new Dungeons & Dragons deck-building game from Catalyst Game Labs, and it’s available now.
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Photos from Day 4 of Gen Con

Well, Gen Con wrapped up yesterday. Today’s a travel day for me. Then we’ll get you back to a closer-to-regular posting schedule tomorrow and going into the rest of the week. It’s impossible to thank all the people who made this show so awesome. There’s just too many to list (and my brain is still far, far too tired, even after some sleep). But it was an amazing show. Every year, I wonder if “The Greatest 4 Days in Gaming” is going to be false advertising or not, and every year, it proves itself correct. The show does, truly, deserve that title. Anyway, here’s the last galleries from the show. I hope you like ’em.
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Catalyst Game Labs To Release Master of Orion Tabletop Games

Catalyst Game Labs has announced that they have acquired the license to make tabletop games based on the Master of Orion computer game universe. Their first game as part of that series will be a deck-building game called Master of Orion: Conquest. But that is only the beginning of what they have planned.
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Catalyst Game Labs Announces New Leadership for BattleTech Line

One of the games that’s been around for as long as I can remember is Battletech. I was first introduced to it as Mechwarrior II on my computer, but it’s been a tabletop game (in several forms) for just as long. Well, Catalyst Game Labs has moved around some personnel to make sure it continues to grow and thrive.
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Catalyst Game Labs Announces Dragonfire, D&D Deck-Building Game

Sometimes you want to get your D&D adventuring on, but you just can’t seem to get all your players together. Or you don’t quite have the time to have a full session. Well, before, you might just have to call it quits. But with the Dragonfire deck-building game coming from Catalyst Game Labs, you can just shuffle up your decks and get playing. It’s a new deck-building game coming soon.
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Shadowrun: Anarchy RPG Book Now Available

Shadowrun is where a lot of players go to get their cyberpunk on. It’s a setting that’s got a long and storied history, with lots of supplements and players all over the world. It… can be kinda intimidating, actually, if you’re a new player and want to get into it. Where do you begin? Where’s a good jumping-on point? Well, Catalyst Game Labs is here to help with Shadowrun: Anarchy, which is now available.
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Catalyst Game Labs Taking Pre-Orders For Valiant Universe: The Deck-Building Game

Most of us, at some point or another, wants to be a superhero. In the Valiant RPG from Cryptozoic, you can do just that. Now there’s going to be another way to live out your superhero aspirations with the upcoming Valiant Universe: The Deck-Building Game. It’s the first deck-building game with collectable figures as well as an interactive story line.
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Catalyst Game Labs Posts May And June Street Dates

Catalyst Game Labs has a quartet of releases coming out in the next month+ that they’d like to tell you about. That way, you can save up your nickels and make sure you’re at the game shop right as they open so you can be the first gamer on your block with these new books. If you’re a fan of Battletech, Shadowrun, and/or the Valiant RPG, you’ll want to check out what’s coming up.
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Midweek Snippets

Monday and Tuesday are in the rear view mirror. Meanwhile, we work our way towards the weekend. We’re halfway there, people. We can make it. But if we’re gonna do it, we should stock up on some bite-sized gaming stories. Thankfully, that’s just the sort of thing we have for you right now.

In this installment there is: Q-Workshop to Release Battletech Dice, ToSS: Trials of Sword and Staff Coming To Kickstarter May 14th, Dreamwars Hits Kickstarter Next Week, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm April Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, Awful Fantasy: The Card Game coming to Kickstarter May 3, The Painting Frog announces new “Rumble in the Jungle” 40K event, VIII Corps: The Somme 1916 Coming April 29th, Khurasan releases 6mm space demons, New 30mm and 40mm Trench Warfare Bases Available From Tabletop-Art, Final stages of JoeK Minis’ Odyssey:Argonauts Kickstarter, KritterKins on Kickstarter April 25th, Mutant Chronicles GM Screen and Dark Legion & Dark Symmetry dice Now Available, British 8th Army WWII 28mm Miniatures Now Available From Crucible Crush, 28mm Halfling Militia Rooster Rider Miniatures on Kickstarter Now, and New models for Ramshackle Miniatures Dwarf Bikers.

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Catalyst Game Labs Posts March and April Releases

Yes, yes, yes. I know that March is basically over. April will be here… well… Friday. But it just means that if you didn’t know about the books released for Shadowrun and Battletech the other day, you can just run yourself out and get it. Also, you can get your finances in order for all the things releasing in April. And trust me, there’s a lot.
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New Sourcebook and Adventure Available For Shadowrun From Catalyst Game Labs

Randall and friends have been busy over at Catalyst Game Labs. They’ve got a new sourcebook for Shadowrun available in pdf (with print versions available for pre-order) and a new adventure that works with it. I did say that they’d been busy.
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New Releases for December from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs doing much to diversify the games that they offer. Take, for example, this month’s releases that they just posted. On one side you’ve got Wrath of Dragons. On the other, you have Shadowrun: Crossfire – High Caliber Ops. Yup, a bit of a difference there, but that’s half the fun.
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Catalyst Game Labs Releases Beta Version of Combat Manual: Mercenaries for Battletech

It’s always pretty cool when game companies get their players involved in the game-making system. Even if you have a couple dozen playtesters for a game, there’s always the chance that something can be missed. So letting a rules set go to a public beta can make it so thousands of people look over the rules. Catalyst Game Labs has done that for Combat Manual: Mercenaries, the first in a new line of sourcebooks for Alpha Strike.
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Catalyst Game Labs Posts MechWarrior Primer pdf

With the new MechWarrior game coming out from Harebrained Schemes, there’s a new and revived interest in the world. Lord knows I love Mechs, and MechWarrior in-particular. It could easily be said that MechWarrior 2 was my gateway into gaming. I’d played various video games up to that point, but it was really the one that I got really involved in. With all the new interest, there’s plenty of new gamers getting introduced to the Battletech universe. And with such a rich and storied gaming universe that’s been around for so long, it might be hard to figure out what all has been happening.
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Catalyst Game Labs Posts September Releases

Can you believe we’re only a couple days away from September? We’re 2/3 through the year. Oh how time does fly by. My Kroger has had Halloween candy displays for 2 weeks already. And after that… we’ll start getting the 4th of July stuff…
In the meantime, Catalyst Game Labs has posted up their September releases in one, convenient place for you to check out.
There’s some Battletech. There’s some Bravest Warrior. There’s some Shadowrun. And there’s some Jarl.
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Catalyst At Gen Con 2015

It just wouldn’t be Gen Con without Randall and Catalyst Game Labs in attendance. As they have for the past… lots of years, they will once more be at the show and they’re gonna be packed with cool stuff to see and do at booths 417, 413, 509, and 617.
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Catalyst Game Labs Posts BattleTech Announcements

And now for a post that doesn’t relate to Gen Con.
Ok, there’s a little bit of Gen Con at the very end. But it’s only a little bit.
Catalyst Game Labs has a couple announcements to make about BattleTech, the biggest of which is the Beta release of Interstellar Operations, the sixth core rulebook for the game.
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BattleTech Technical Readouts: 3145 & 3150 Print Preorder/PDFs Available from Catalyst Game Labs

If there was one video game I’ve enjoyed playing the most, it’d probably be Mechwarrior 2. While I might’ve played Diablo II more, I really think Mechwarrior 2 is the one I had the most fun with. As such, I’ve always had a love of Battletech stuff. Though, sad to say, I’ve never actually played the tabletop game, itself. I did a brief stint with the Dark Age version that WizKids put out. I really should look into the game more. And Catalyst Game Labs is here to help with some new Technical readouts.
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Catalyst Game Labs Posts Wrath of Dragons Rules Online

In games, you get to take on the persona of someone else. This isn’t just reserved to RPGs, but basically any game. You’re the survivor of a zombie attack, or you’re the high command in charge of a squad of sci-fi soldiers, or you’re the town planner for a village. Well, in Wrath of Dragons from Catalyst Game Labs, you get to be a dragon. How cool is that? I know I’d want to be a dragon if I could be a dragon. Wouldn’t you want to be a dragon?
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Chrome Flesh now available for PDF purchase and print pre-order

All of us have things we’d like to do, or have done, to alter how we look and are capable of. Whether you work out, get tattoos, or even just pierce your ears, there’s things we do that can shape how we’re perceived or the various abilities we have. Well, in the world of Shadowrun, there’s a lot more options for body modification. Granted, since it’s all futuristic and stuff, it’s a bit more elaborate than what’s available now.
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TGN Sunday Snippets

It’s Sunday. Here in the States, it’s Father’s Day. If you are a father, hope you have a great Father’s Day. If you’re not a father, I still hope you have a great day, regardless. As for me, I’m sitting here at the start of the last day of CMON Expo 2015. It’s been a great time. Very busy, lots of panels yesterday. I hope you enjoyed the reports of all the new stuff. I’ll get you a link to the other photo collections here in a minute from yesterday, and there will be some more today.

But anyway, for the moment, we’re getting together the bite-sized stories we’ve come across in the past couple days.

In this batch we have: Dragon Forge Tech-Deck Additions – Expansion Base Set Kickstarter Running Now, Pedion Wall System unlocked, New Dwarves Female Regiment 28mm from Scibor, Fantasy Concept Cards IV: Creatures and Treasures on Kickstarter Now, Dungeon Revolutions is available now from Thomarillion, Amber Portable Weapon and Gun Crew at The Ion Age, 28mm Satyr Group now available from Lone Gunman Games, Khurasan releases planet-killing space monster, Tabletop-Art Ancestral Ruins RL 30mm and 40mm Deals Available Now, Brigade Models – New 15mm Releases, Battle Flag : Cloth Battlemats for Wargames Indiegogo, Q-Workshop to Publish Shadowrun Dice, Secret Weapon Adds Five New Knight Bases, Manorhouse Workshop Launches Underground Terrain Kickstarter, Post Captain Master Index Pt 3 Shore Raids Chapters, and Heroic Maps – Modular Kit: Town – Streets & Houses.

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New Data Trails Sourcebook for ShadowRun Available

Greetings Program! I always did like the idea of going into a computer, into the internet and just flying around inside of it. Movies like Tron and Lawnmower Man (don’t laugh. I liked that movie) and TV shows like Futurama (where they go into the internet) have always been fascinating to me. I’m hoping that we get to that point sometime relatively soon. Well, the latest sourcebook for Shadowrun is right up my alley, since Catalyst Game Labs takes you to the Matrix with their new Data Trails sourcebook.
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A Shadowrun: Crossfire Expansion is Coming

Catalyst Game Labs has announced the first expansion for their Shadowrun: Crossfire deck-building game. High-Caliber Ops is soon to be headed to print. This isn’t just a couple of cards, but a pretty large expansion that will definitely change the way you play the game.
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Valiant Universe RPG On Sale At DriveThruRPG

Comic books and tabletop gaming have a long history together. I don’t know many comic book readers that don’t also dabble in gaming or vice-versa. So when a major comic book company gets their own RPG, it’s a pretty neat melding of these two “sectors of geekdom.” Catalyst Game Labs’ Valiant RPG is just one of those. Valiant comics are a gritty take on the super hero genre, and the RPG allows players to get into that setting and walk around. The main book for the RPG is currently on sale.
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New Shadowrun campaigns out for PDF purchase, print pre-order

Catalyst Game Labs expands your Shadowrun resources with two new campaign books. You can get them in pdf now, or if you prefer something a little more solid, you can pre-order the print versions over in their webshop. The two books differ much from one-another, and will test your players in very different ways. In one, a strange force is killing random people and must be stopped. In the other, Megacorps are gearing up for an all-out attack.
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New Releases: Handbook: House Kurita and Turning Points: Irian from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs has a pair of new Battletech books available over in their webshop. There’s the House Kurita book, that covers the history, politics, and cultures of this feared House. Not just a history book, though, it also covers game rules for various resources for both BattleTech and Time of War. The Turning Points: Irian book takes you to the Dark Age of BattleTech and lets you create a campaign, through individual battles, to give your system an “Irian feel” to it.

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Do You Want To Playtest Vikings: Longships?

Catalyst Game Labs is looking for a few, good playtesters. Do you want to be one of the first to try out their new card game Vikings: Longships, the new fast-paced bluffing game based on the History Channel TV series? Well, Catalyst would like to hear from you. Just send them an e-mail with a paragraph or two stating why you’d be a great playtester for their games. They’ll pick out those who they think are the best fit and send you the materials. Simple as that.

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Catalyst To Attend Emerald City Comicon

Catalyst Game Labs will be making their way to Emerald City Comicon next weekend and are showing off a bit of what they’ll be bringing with them to the show. They’ll be running demos of many of their games, as well as have a special Oni card for Shadowrun: Crossfire. You can win a special figure if you play a Braves Warriors demo. They’ll also have limited quantities of free Valiant comics to tie in with their Valiant RPG.

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Catalyst February Street Dates Posted

Catalyst Game Labs has posted up the street dates for products they’ll be releasing this month. In there, we’ve got Shadowrun: Run Faster (in both standard and limited edition models), a book designed to expand your options with your Shadowrun character. There’s also London Falling, a sourcebook for adventure in Jolly Old England. For you Battletech fans, there’s a couple new lances (Battle and Support) that will be hitting store shelves.


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Shadowrun: Crossfire Mission contest voting now open

Catalyst Game Labs has opened up voting for their Shadowrun: Crossfire Mission Contest. You sent in your missions, now it’s time to decide which is the best. You can either vote on their forums or send an e-mail directly to Randall.


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Catalyst Game Labs releases 2 new ShadowRun books

Catalyst Game Labs takes you into the future with two new ShadowRun books (one an e-release) available now.

The first is Aetherology. When the real-world (full of ogres and dragons) and the net-world (with its sentient programs) aren’t strange enough, there’s Aetherology. This book explores altered states of consciousness (whether your player wants to be part of them or not) and the powers and creatures that govern such states. You thought things could get crazy before? You’ve not seen anything yet.

The second book is London Falling (and yes, now London Calling is stuck in my head), an adventure book for Shadowrun gaming in Jolly, Old London. There are four adventures within it. They were originally designed to be played at conventions, so each one can either be used as a stand-alone, or be integrated into your current campaign.


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New Token Set for Shadowrun: Crossfire from CorSec Engineering

CorSec Engineering helps you keep track of where you are in cyberspace with their new Shadowrun: Crossfire token sets.


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CorSec Engineering has released a brand new set of tokens for Shadowrun: Crossfire. This set is available as a set and as individual components. It features a damage indicator that will securely hold your spot for the damage on objectives. It also include Futuristic yen tokens in fluorescent orange acrylic and tokens to mark Health and Max Health.

Catalyst Game Labs announces The Vikings expansion for The Duke

Catalyst Game Labs has announced a new expansion for The Duke tile-laying game. This one’s based on The Vikings TV series.


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In the long winters between raiding seasons, warriors keep their intellect sharp through games of wits and chance. Ragnar, Rollo, Floki and even the Earl challenge each other to this game of stone placement filled with tactics and subtle maneuvering for victory.

In Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, players move their warriors (tiles) around the board and flip them over after each move. Each tile’s side shows a different movement profile. If you end your movement in a square occupied by an opponent’s tile, you capture that tile. Capture your opponent’s Jarl to win!