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Dead of Winter

Bit of a shuffle going on when it comes to where you can find some of your favorite games. Plaid Hat Games has once more become independant, the deal being negotiated by Colby Dauch to once more take over control of the company. The Asmodee Group retains the rights to different games and has moved them to some of its companies. For example, Dead of Winter is going to Fantasy Flight. Z-Man Games is getting Mice and Mystics, Stuffed Fables, and Aftermath.

We're just a couple days away from October. That means a whole new set of releases coming soon from Plaid Hat Games. But what, exactly, is coming out? And when will it be available? All your questions will be answered. (well... those two questions, at least... But not, like, anything really metaphysical... You're gonna have to go elsewhere for those answers)
Warring Colonies, the new expansion coming out for Dead of Winter, gives players the chance to team up against one-another and fight over the meager resources to be found. But what happens when there's an odd number of players? That's where the Lone Wolf variant comes in. It's rules for a single player that is independent from the other two factions. We get a look at how that works in this preview.
The end of civilization is bad enough. You've survived so far, but resources aren't going to last the winter if they're spread too thin. The various survivors are banding together and now attacking one-another in order to survive. That's what's happening in Warring Colonies, the upcoming expansion for Dead of Winter. Plaid Hat Games has posted up another preview of what you can expect in this new set.
When resources get scarce, people gather together to work as a team to survive. But what happens when to competing groups are looking to get the same resources? There might not be enough to go around. And so, even with all the other things that are happening, the groups have to fight with one-another. That's just what you'll be doing in the upcoming expansion for Dead of Winter. It's called Warring Colonies.
So, since I spend all my regular workdays gaming, I will often step away from it on my time off. You know, you don't want to get burned out on a thing. However, last weekend and this, I've been all-out gaming just about every chance I can! Last week was game day at the Milton, GA. library. Yesterday a friend came over for some Guild Ball. Today I'm headed to another friend's (and co-worker) house for more gaming, along with Italian beef and fresh-baked cookies.

So that's what I'm doing. How about you (besides reading this article)?

Speaking of this article, this week we have: Deadzone 2nd Edition, Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction, Mission to Mars, Tumult Royale, Expo 1906, The Cohort, MODX, The Siblings Trouble, Super Motherload, 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Fury Of Dracula, Dead of Winter, Potion Explosion, Dastardly Dirigibles, Apollo XIII, Snow Tails, Kune v Lakia, Deathbot Derby, Game of Train, and Ice Cool.

It's the Saturday before Gen Con. A week from now we'll be shoulder-deep in the show.
Of course, that means this weekend is full of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get everything done before heading to Indy.
But, even with all the brouhaha, there's time to bring you the reviews that you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Book of Nox Deluxe, Fishy Tactics, Agamemnon, Infinity Morat Rodoks, Tyrants of the Underdark, Scythe, Dungeon Busters, Dead of Winter: The Long Night, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquistion Game, Vampire Hunters, Via Nebula, Antarctica, Titan Race, Agricola: Revised Edition, and Vikings on Board.

Temperatures are heating up here in Atlanta. And along with it comes the pollen. Lots... and lots... and lots of pollen. It's almost enough to make you pine for those long, cold, pollen-less winter nights. Since we can't speed up time to make it winter again, it looks like just double-checking the air filters and hunkering down with The Long Night, the new expansion for Dead of Winter, will have to do. At least, once it gets here, as pre-orders are being taken now.
It's time once again for Saturday.

I think that's really all that needs to be said about it.

This Roundup we have: Camel Cup, Dead of Winter, Tash-Kalar, Ryu, Through The Ages, Mombasa, Raptor, Fury of Dracula, Monster My Neighbor, Grand Austria Hotel, Neue Heimat, Pi mal Pflaumen, Modern Art: The Card Game, Fog of Love, and Pew Pew.

Welcome to Friday, ladies and gentlenerds. We've made it here once more. Congratulations!
It means the weekend is just about here. Time to rejoice.
It also means we have a batch of bite-sized stories to bring to you now. Let's dig in.

Today we have: Arena Rex new release: Hagal, Dead of Winter Roberta Plum Promo Available From Plaid Hat Games, New Black Plague Zombicide Paint Set From The Army Painter Coming Soon, New Dawrves from Scibor, Kromlech New Release - Gentleorc Heads, New Maneuver Dials for X-Wing From Fantasy Flight Games, Dragon Queen finally available From Kabuki Models, Little Orc Wars: Human Troopers Available From Skirmisher Publishing, New Wild West Exodus Previews Posted, Cul-De-Sac Conquest Kickstarter Campaign - Week in Review, and Relicblade: Adventure Battle Game Inbound.

Did you know that Gen Con is next week? I know. We've not really been talking about it much, so you might've missed the subtle and scattered news stories about it. It's ok. We forgive you.
Anyway, Plaid Hat Games will be at the show, and they've got plenty in store for the weekend.
The Esoteric Order of Gamers posted up a review article for Plaid Hat Game's Dead of Winter.
Actually, the weather's not so bad here today.


From the article:

No. Please no. Not zombies again. NOT ZOMBIES AGGGGAAAAAIIIIINNNNNN!!!!!! Such is the cry you’ll hear, torn from the throats of gamers the world over every time they check Boardgamegeek and see another zombie game. NO MORE ZOMBIES! Truly, this is a genre which has been done to (living) death. Not only has it been raked over a million times, but most of the games follow the same tired old sequence—search for items, kit up, shoot zombies, find the chopper, get out alive. Surely Plaid Hat Games couldn’t have pasted these tired tropes on their latest release. Please tell me they haven’t made just another zombie game?

Gettin' Higgy With It takes a look at Plaid Hat Game's Dead of Winter in their new review video.


From the post:

We take a look at the board game, Dead of Winter, by Isaac Vega & Jon Gilmour. Distributed by Plaid Hat Games. Dead of Winter is for 2-5 players, age 13+ and takes about 60-120 minutes per game.

Nerds on Earth has posted a review of Plaid Hat Games' new Dead of Winter board game.

Dead of Winter


From the post:

I’m here to tell you that you and a few friends can gather around your dining room table, play with some cardboard zombies, and have a wonderful time. Plaid Hat Games have released Dead of Winter, a board game where your goal is to survive a harsh winter during a zombie apocalypse.

The objective of Dead of Winter is to survive both the harsh winter elements and the attacking zombie hordes, and players are cooperating to achieve this objective…kinda. The problem is that while all players are working toward a shared objective, each player also has a secret personal objective that may or may not put them at odds with the group. Oh, did I mention that there is also a chance that one player might be an outright traitor?