The 2nd Annual Club Fantasci Christmas Game Drive Happening Now

Gaming is good. Giving to those that are less-fortunate is also good. So when you put the two together, you get something great. And that’s just what Club Fantasci is doing again this year. They’ve started up their Christmas Game Drive and you can help out! Give the gift of gaming to someone in need.
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Review Roundup

Hey everyone! As you’re reading this, I’m enjoying Day 2 of the CMON Expo. If you’re in the Atlanta area, head down and check it out. It’s a great time had by all. Can’t make it? Be sure to check out the TGN Facebook Page for updates about all the stuff going on here throughout the day.
As for here and now, it’s time for those game reviews I know you all love so much.

Today we have: Zombie Tsunami, Arctic Scavengers, Dastardly Dirigibles, Ivion, Darkrock Ventures, Battle for Greyport, Phalanxx, V-Commandos, Mangaka, Onirim iOS, Twenty One, 3 to 4 Headed Monsters, Neroshima Hex: Mephisto, Veggie Garden, Barcelona: The Rose of Fire, Dragoon, Path of Light and Shadow, Watson & Holmes, Steam Works, and Gyrating Hamsters.

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Club Fantasci Announces FLGS TV

Just about every FLGS I’ve been in has a couple TVs in it, usually playing material based on games that they’ve got for sale. Or maybe it’s just some geeky stuff that the customers love (I don’t know how many times I saw The Gamers while hanging out at The Fantasy Shop, St. Charles). Well, David Lowry over at Club Fantasci has created FLGS TV, a new service to help inform game store shoppers of all the cool products that are available therein.
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Friday Snippets

It’s been a long week.
Well, ok, technically it’s been as long as pretty much every other week. But it seems that it really slowed down starting Wednesday afternoon. I’m certainly ready for the weekend, anyway. Gotta refuel in order to make it there, though. So I’m going to chow down on some bite-size gaming stories. Don’t worry. I’ll share.

Today we have: The Big League Campaign Deck and Hunter’s Guild Token Set are now available for pre-order, Fantasy Flight Games Releases New Allies and Adversaries Packs for Star Wars RPG, Red Panda Miniatures Shows of Painted Tank Mini for Wander, Club Fantasci Sets Up GoFundMe Campaign To Recoup Gear Stolen During Origins, Coins of the Forge Candle Set with Embedded Metal Coins Up On Kickstarter, Eternity Dungeon Tiles And Dice Up On Kickstarter, Free Shipping This Weekend From Bits of War, and Firefly Fluxx Coin Available From Looney Labs.

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Midweek Snippets

Hello and welcome to the middle of the film! Err… I mean, week. Welcome to the middle of the week. It’s Wednesday. It’s also the start of Autumn (or Spring). Pumpkin spice everything! That includes today’s bite-sized stories.

This batch includes: Pathfinder & Q-workshop Metal RPG Dice Set on Kickstarter, Avatars of War: Amazon Warrior Princess Released, Hardwood Dice Accessories from Three Tree Studio, ArmiesArmy 15mm Pegasus VTOL preorders, The Army Painter Announces New Warpaints Zombicide Black Plague Paint Set, Wild West Exodus previews from Outlaw Miniatures, Serious Poulp To Launch ‘7th Continent’ Board Game on Kickstarter 9/29, Arc Markers Coming Soon From Tabletop-Art, Eaten by Zombies expansion coming to Kickstarter, Vengeance Miniatures, a New Line From Dark Art Studios, and The Lowry Agency Announces Their New Quick Sell Video Series.

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Review Roundup

Hey there everyone. Welcome to Saturday. Hopefully you’re having a good day. If you missed it, be sure to check out the Age of Sigmar rules that Games Workshop posted.
If you’re in the US and you’re celebrating Independence Day, be sure to be careful with those fireworks.

I’m taking a moment from the cooking that I’m doing. What am I making? Well, I’ve got hamburgers and hot dogs that I’ll have later. I’m going to make some crawfish gumbo. On the sweet side of things, I’m making cheesecake with strawberry glaze and then chip’n’mint cookies.

But that’s as may be. At the moment, we’ve got our Review Roundup.

This weeks reviews/previews include: Unleashed RPG, Spyfall, Cockroach Poker Royal, Specter Ops, Ember: Shadow of the Demon, Star Realms: Crisis Expansion, Tuscany, Patrol Angis, Don’t Be That Guy, and Swords and Bagpipes.

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Friday Snippets

Friday!
Time to let your hair down, get together with some friends, and hopefully get some gaming in.

As usual, we’ve got some bite-sized stories we’ve collected together over the past couple days and serve them to you now.

In this batch we have: AMP Adventures Collection Available Now, Res Publica by Reiner Knizia returns This Summer, Rebel Minis Releases Earth Force Kodiak Class Battlesuits, Dave Chalker’s Top 10 Tips When Negotiating Contracts, New Perk Added To Another World Indiegogo campaign, Kromlech New Release – Legionary Jump Pack, New Front Arc Marker Released by Tabletop-Art, ClearHorizon Miniatures Releases the 28mm Nemesis Light Strike Vehicle, Club Fantasci Interviews Karl Fenner of Common Man Games About Police Precinct: Uplift, Veil Fall Dark Future Horror Miniatures Kickstarter By Erebus Studios Running Now, and Victrix Ltd 28mm Napoleonic French Artillery – slight delay.

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Midweek Snippets

We’re halfway there, ladies and gentlemen. Halfway to the weekend. If you haven’t started making plans, now would be a good time. For those of you in the US, the 4th of July is Saturday. I’m sure cookouts will abound. And if you’re at one, why not bring along a game or two to play? There’s plenty of party games that would be most welcome at just about any gathering.
For me? I’m going to keep things low-key this weekend. I had two rather busy weekends in a row. So this weekend I’m going to stay at home and cook. What am I going to cook? … I’ve not figured that out yet. Suggestions would be welcome (and any accompanying recipes also welcome).

But as for right now, it’s time for some bite-sized stories.

This batch includes: Fury is funded with 24 day left, Some More Installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New 32mm Resin bases (Tomb, Urban & Sci-fi Deck) from Dark Art Miniatures, Armorcast’s 4th Annual Cinematic Effects Contest is Here, Apex TDBG Expansion Kickstarter is now EU Friendly, Club Fantasci Editorial: Kickstarter Press Releases and Free Promotion, Old Dominion Gameworks posts Post Captain Bonus Ship files, Vending Bot free for July at The Ion Age, and Bullets & Brains Tokens Now Available from Sally 4th.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Hey everybody! (Hey Louie!) CMON Expo 2015 is in full swing. Yesterday was fantastic and today is only going to build on that excitement. There’s a lot planned for today, mostly (at least for me and Jared) the various panels. Be sure to check back throughout the day for reports from those panels. We’ve seen a sort of “Sneak peek of the sneak peeks” and you’ll be excited, I’m sure.

But for the moment let’s give you the review articles we’ve found over the course of the week.

In this batch we have reviews/previews of: Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis, Indigo, Fidelitas,Yggdrasil, Forge War, Alchemists, Apotheca, Buy the Rights, Nations: The Dice Game, Reign: The Card Game, Machi Koro’s Harbor Expansion, and Forbidden Stars.

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Club Fantasci Interviews Smirk & Dagger Games

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry (and his wonderful hair… Seriously. I wish I could have hair like his) has a chat with Curt Covert of Smirk & Dagger Games. Topics include the multitude of Smirk & Dagger’s games that are available now as well as what sort of goodies they have in store. Also, some about running a gaming company in this day and age. You can check out the video interview below the cut.
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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Hello again TGN Readers and welcome once more to Saturday. With any luck, you’re gaming. I know I am. We’ve got one of our guys in my D&D game moving to Ohio this summer, so we’re trying to get in as many sessions as we can before he goes.

As per usual, we’ve collected together various review articles we’ve found during the week and present them to you here now.

In this week’s articles, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Roll for the Galaxy, Gruff, Alchemists, Chaosmos, Elysium, Arboretum, Battle Sheep, Ystari, Spike, Patchwork, XenoShyft, Salvation Road, Tide of Iron: Next Wave, Stones of Fate, and Dungeon Crawler Fantasy RPG Miniatures Sets 1 to 3.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Welcome back to Saturday, dear friends. Hopefully you’re enjoying the day. I’ve been running around like crazy this morning, getting stuff done before I head to my friend’s place this evening for gaming fun. Once I’m done making this post, I need to bake cookies. But that’s as may be. I know you’re here for the reviews. So let’s get to them.

In this batch of reviews/previews, we’ve got: Warchimera Hammer Armoured Personnel Carrier, Lords & Ladies, Darkest Night, Hordes: High Command, Dogs of War, Race to the Rhine, Fishing Party, Machi Koro, Imperial Settlers, Cards Against Humanity, Witness, Tinku, Dragon Punch, and Mining Maniac.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Welcome, friends, to Saturday. Another week is over and it’s time to relax with some gaming. When this posts, I’ll be in the middle of a D&D session. The current DM and I are gonna tag out once more and I’m gonna take back over the campaign. Of course, that leaves my character I was playing. I’ve told the other DM I want him to go out in a blaze of glory. So we’ll see what happens.

Anyway, we’ve collected together a bunch of review articles we’ve come across and present them to you here now.

In this batch, we’ve got reviews/previews of: Wrath of Kings, AquaSphere, DC Comics Dice Masters, Dragon Punch, Cauldron, Battlebards, Elysium, Panamax,

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Saturday night’s alright for fighting… your enemies on the tabletops around the world!
Hopefully you’re doing that, anyway.
I’ve got various whatnots I’m working on at home, one of which is spring cleaning. Joy of joys. But hey, it means next weekend I can have a game day here and not worry about people thinking that an actual bear lives in this place.

Anyway, until then, we’ve got our regular series of collecting up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.

This week’s reviews/previews include: Cog ‘O’ Two Paint and Hobby Station, D&D Miniatures: Elemental Evil Booster, Fallen by Watchtower Games, Five Points: Gangs Of New York By Mayfair Games, Sandcastles Kickstarter, Lost Cities Card Game, Dungeon Dwellers, War of Kings, Super Fantasy Rumble, Black & White, Animal Upon Animal, Tide of Iron, Legion of Honor, and Star Wars Armada.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

We hope your week has gone by well. It’s been a busy one over here. Lots of news and lots of work on the next issue of Ravage US. However, we have had time to collect our regular group of reviews for you to look over.

This time we have reviews/previews of: D&D Miniatures: Tyranny of Dragons Booster, Keyflower: the Farmers Expansion, Sentinel Tactics, Hitman Holiday, Fleet Commander: Nimitz, The Robotic Age RPG, Mutiny, Grifter: A Game of Cons, and Bruges.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

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.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

It’s another Saturday. Hopefully you’ve got something fun going on.

Anyway, here’s the reviews we found during the week (it was apparently a big week for posting reviews. There’s quite a lot to go through).

We’ve got reviews/previews of: Chaos & Alchemy, Fields of Arle, High Command – Escalating Conflict, Sellswords, War Stories, Trains: Rising Sun, Kalypto, 7 sins, Hitman Holiday, Amber Route, Twisting Catacombs Dungeon Scenery, M4 Sherman from Warlord Games/Italeri, Trikerion: Legends of Illusion, Games Workshop’s Wood Elf Treeman, Sisters of the Thorn, Dark Eldar Voidraven Bomber, and the Zen Terrain Fast Food Stall.

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Some Tuesday Snippets

We’ve got another set of those shorter news stories for you. It’s time for another Snippets posts.

In this installment, we’ve got: A new Sulphur scenario from Terragnosis, New Round-lip Shaleground Bases from Tabletop-Art, New 32mm Bases from Dragon Forge Design, David Lowry from Club Fantasci talks about the “Board Game Messiah Complex”, Shieldwolf Releases 2 Busts and Announces Kickstarter, New Dungeon Terrain Previews from MiniWorlds, Alternative Armies Previews Upcoming Von Rotte Crew, Kabuki Models Previews Alien Hunter, New knight marker kit from Mechanical Warhorse, New Previews from Siren Miniatures, Limana announces War of Wonders

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TGN Sunday Snippets

Here we are again. Some shorter stories for Sunday surfing.

Today we’ve got: new Commands and Colors storage options from Sally 4th, Club Fantasci Interviews Ed Teixeira of THW Game Designs about Heroes of the Colosseum, new Abscessus release from Hitech Miniatures, a new Wolsung preview, new 15mm Trench Terrain available from Tabletop-Art, some fluff about Clan Ika from Ninja All-Stars, New Kurganovas Shock Troops models from Raging Heroes’ TGG range, Free Sci-Fi Ashcan for Brink of Battle gets a face lift, Kabuki Models – Legio Praetoriana Updates, and some new releases from Mierce Miniatures.

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TGN Interview: David Lowry of Club Fantasci

Game reviews are an important part of TGN. I’m a firm believer in getting all the information you can about a product before you make a purchase. With the price of many board games out there on the market, most of us can ill-afford to drop a load of cash on a game that’ll just sit on the shelf.

A game review blog that’s recently been on the rise is Club Fantasci. At the helm is David Lowry. I had a chat with David, trying to get to know a bit more about the man behind the website.

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And since turn-about is fair play, he interviewed me as well! Check out Club Fantasci for my half of the interview.

So let’s dive into another TGN Intervew. This time it’s David Lowry from Club Fantasci.
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Club Fantasci reviews Viceroy by Hobbyworld Games

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry gives us his thoughts on Viceroy from Hobbyworld Games.

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Looking out your window at the snow-covered landscape bathed in the moonlight, watching the ice crystals twinkle their beautiful show you wonder if you have what it takes to lead your people. Do they trust you enough? Have you even earned it? What makes you think you understand this game of politics and can safely navigate it to protect Laan and bring her out of the cold, dark despair your predecessor has drug her into and back to an age of prosperity that will allow its citizens to be healthy, fruitful and happy? With a grimace, you turn back to your desk, sit in your brown leather chair and start to pour over the important documents that demand you attention. These are the days your legacy will be formed upon. Your opponents will take every shot they can at you. You must build the best team of people you can and consolidated as much power as possible. Today is the mantle you bear is a heavy one and soon you will define what it means to be Viceroy!

David Lowry Interviews Larry Bogucki About Warparty for Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry sits down with Larry Bogucki and has a chat about Warparty.
There’s a party… in my war… would you like to go to the party in my war?

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From the post:

David Lowry interviews Larry Bogucki about his game Warparty and his experience in the board game industry for Club Fantasci.

Planes by AEG Review on Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci’s Christopher Dickinson takes a look at Planes from AEG and reviews it for the website.
No word on when the “Trains” and “Automobiles” reviews will be up.

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Last Boarding Call for Destination Fun..?

When I first heard AEG were releasing a game set in an airport and I saw the box cover I automatically assumed it was going to be another deck builder in the vein of Trains before it. Admittedly, I did not research the game beyond this largely because the idea of recreating a bustling airport full of passengers, one of the most stressful situations I can think of, is of limited appeal to me.
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Imperial Stars II by Victory Point Games Review by Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci’s Maurice Fitzgerald takes a look at Imperial Stars II by Victory Point Games in this new review article.

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Imperial Stars II is a fun two-player sci-fi wargame with a lite 4X flavor recently released by Victory Point Games that plays in around 60 minutes. The game centers around empire expansion and big fleet space battles with minimal bookkeeping that is both easy to learn and play while still offering good strategic depth and high re-playability, minus the big time commitment. It’s a simple, straight forward wargame that fits into the space combat niche nicely.

Tiny Epic Kingdoms From Gamelyn Games Review by Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci’s Jason Hancock takes a look at Tiny Epic Kingdoms from Gamelyn Games in this new review article.

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Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a 2-5 player micro game designed by Scott Almes and published by Gamelyn Games. I just received my Kickstarter Edition of this game and was excited to get it to the table. Of course, like all games when I first get them, (Wife claims I’m worse than a kid), I open them immediately to examine all the bits, tokens, boards, currency, and whatever extra goodies that came with it way before it ever hits the table.

Darkest Night From The Abyss Expansion Review by Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci’s Maurice Fitzgerald takes a look at the latest From the Abyss expansion, Darkest Night, from Victory Point Games, in this new review article.

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The latest expansion, From the Abyss, can be played by itself with the main game or in concert with the others and I strongly recommend you play the expansions together to get the most enjoyment and challenge from your experience.

Club Fantasci Interviews Randy Hoyt of Foxtrot Games about Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry talks with Randy Hoyt of Foxtrot Games about his Lanters: The Harvest Festival game.

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David Lowry interviews Randy Hoyt of Foxtrot Games about Lanterns: The Harvest Festival currently on Kickstarter for Club Fantasci.

Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual Review By Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry gives us his thoughts on the new D&D 5.0 Monster Manual in this new review article.

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The 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual is a bestiary tome packed full of denizens, god like creatures, undead aberrations and monsters of any kind you can dream up. Laid out in alphabetical order, the Monster Manual describes not only the creatures appearance, stats and tendencies, but also any lair implications that may come with happening on such a creature in the game i.e., a dragon’s lair has special abilities to help protect the dragon from harm which may be applied in the game towards the adventurers.

Greed by Queen Games Review by Club Fantasci

Club Fantasy is here to tell us if they agree with Gordon Gekko. Is Greed good?

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Greed is the latest offering from Donald X. Vaccarino and if you’re a card gamer you’ve most likely played and loved his extremely popular Dominion series or you may know him from the Kingdom Builder series that he also designed. The game is for 2-5 players and is set in the late 1960’s as gangs are re-emerging in a powerful way, prior to the Gun Control Act of 1968.

This was a Kickstarter project that funded this past March and arrived to backers over the summer, I received my copy in early July which is very much on time for a June released Kickstarter.

The goal of Greed is to own as much share of the city’s wealth by any means, legal or otherwise, by the end of the 12th round. The game seats 2-5 players equally well and uses 12 card draw piles from which to draft, these piles are then passed clockwise after each draw until they are exhausted in the final round. With 80 cards in the box even a full 5 player game will not see all of the cards provided in play and this helps keep things fresh even after multiple games.

Club Fantasci on Talking with Game Review Blogs

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry talks about how gaming companies should approach game review sites about doing articles about their products.
Note: All opinions in the article are those of Club Fantasci. TGN has their own guidelines for reviews.

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David Lowry discusses how to approach game review blogs and things to be aware of when planning your launch of your project on Kickstarter and the reality of how far in advance you need to plan for Club Fantasci.

Club Fantasci spends A Weekend At LnL Publishing

Club Fantasci spent the weekend with the fellas from LnL Publishing and they wanted to let you know how it was.

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Last weekend I was visiting LnL Publishing (formerly Locked n’ Loaded Publishing) out in Pueblo, Co for a three-day game tour and conference. LnL Publishing is primarily known for the history in war gaming but they are so much more than that and from what I saw, much more to come. The facility was extremely nice as you walk through the front doors with covers of their “Line of Fire” magazine lining one wall and their logo on the other. After a brief tour of offices that are all labeled with popular sci-fi/fantasy themes and art, I was taken straight into a business meeting in a conference room with a gaming table to die for where Chief Operations Officers David Heath fed us breakfast and then led us through a 4 hour presentation on where LnL Publishing was heading and how they were getting there.

Enter To Win A Copy of BraveRats From BlueOrangeGames & Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci and BlueOrange Games is giving you a chance to win a copy of BraveRats.

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Would like to enter to win a copy of BraveRats from BlueOrange Games?

Well now you can! Just head over to the home page of www.clubfantasci.com and enter to win. The contest runs from Oct 13th – Oct 18th! Two winners will be chosen!

Selling Your Game – Start with your Press Release

Club Fantasci’s David Lowry gives you his thoughts on how to sell your game better. His first part talks about your Press Release.

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I can’t tell you how many press releases I get from board game publishers (read brand new board game publishers) announcing their game on Kickstarter. Normally this would pique my interest and make me want to read or follow-up with them until I start to read the press release. More and more often, the press release does a very bad job of announcing the game. More often than not, I am left wondering what the game is about. I got no sense of anything except, it’s a game that is soon to be launched on Kickstarter. And……..? Your press release needs to convey the basics of the product, contain excitement and capture the reader’s attention before you even consider sending it out. I know a lot of people think it’s “just an announcement” and you are right if you don’t want anyone sharing it. If you want it to create buzz, then you better write it that way.

Enter To Win Warparty from LnL Publishing and Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci and LnL Publishing are teaming up to give you the chance to win Warparty.

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Enter to win a copy of the fantasy game Warparty from LnL Publishing and Club Fantasci! Two winners will be announced, worldwide entry.