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Gale Force 9


Frank Herbert's tale of interstellar politics, strange weapons, and even stranger creatures has been seen in movies, books, toys, and even cooking shows (go watch the Punch episode of Good Eats). But soon, Gale Force 9 will be bringing entirely new versions of the series to you in the form of new tabletop games, including both miniatures and board games.

The week rolls on. We've gotten all the way to Thursday. And as you read this, I'm busy helping set up for CMON Expo. Yeah, they did a lot of set-up yesterday, but there's always more to do. If you're in Atlanta this weekend, stop on by. I'll be down by the Media Room, hobnobbing with all the stars. :D
But, in the meantime, I need to make sure your tables look as good as possible.

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Gale Force 9 Previews Galactic Battlezones Terrain Boxes, Papierschnitzel Releases Samurai Village Builder, Deep-Cut Studio Releases Limited-Edition Space Mat, and Laser Terrain Co Modular Painted Terrain Up On Kickstarter.

Gen Con this year has been everything I was expecting it to be. Mostly: filled with awesome stuff to see and filled with lots of people! Saturday has always been the busiest day, and yesterday was no exception. And while there was a mildly-noticeable larger crowd, we weren't all packed in like sardines, for the most part. You could still get around to see all the great booths here at the show. Though taking pictures was sometimes difficult. But take them I did. And here they are for you to see.
As we get closer to the show, we get more companies posting up what sort of awesome goodies they'll have at the show. In this case, it's Gale Force Nine. They're certainly not going to the show empty-handed. They're bringing new items for pretty much every one of their lines. You'll be able to check them out at the GF9 booth before they're released later this year.
And we've made it to another weekend. I'm sure a lot of you are up at the LGS, trying out 8th Edition 40k. But between those games and talking about all the stuff you're going to do with your army, here's the regular grouping of reviews that I know you all love so much.

Today we have: Small World, Galactic Warlord Battle For Dominion, Dice Hospital, Shahrazad, Dark Souls, Bushido, Dungeon Crawler The Thorn Expansion, Star Trek: Ascendancy, VS 2PCG Legacy Expansion, Alchemists The King’s Golem Expansion, Super Dungeon Explore Arena, Terra Mystica App, Tomb Trader, Jaipur App, Bio-Logic, Dragon Tower, Gnomi, and Zombie Tower 3D.

I have never been to a convention where I wasn't working for some gaming company. Back in the day, it was Privateer Press, doing things like running Tour of Duty for 40 hours, or Iron Arena (where, among other shifts, I once did a 24 hour shift). Then, of course, once I took over this gig, I was doing TGN coverage at shows. I honestly wouldn't know what to do at a convention if I wasn't working it. It's, honestly, pretty awesome. If you want to see what it's like to work a show, Gale Force Nine is looking for people to help out at Origins and Gen Con.
Well, it seemingly took an eternity, but it is now Saturday.
And, as I expected, from the time I clocked out until even now seems to have gone by very quickly. So, by the time I finish this, I guess it'll be time for Monday's Terrain corner...

But that's as may be.

Today we have: Cauldron Master, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows Of The Past Board Game Review, April O'Neil Hero Pack For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Dice City, Picassimo, The Who Were 8, Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Dragoon, Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins, Mage Wars: Paladin vs. Siren, Firefly: Crime and Punishment, and Frostgrave Expansions.

Exterminate! Exterminate!
The Daleks have been the nemesis of the Doctor for seemingly forever. Will he ever be able to finally stop those nefarious constructs and their plans to conquer? That's just what you'll be trying to do in Time of the Daleks, coming from Gale Force Nine. We've seen a bit about what the Daleks do, but now we've got a few more details.
We've seen a lot of different previews about how the different Doctors work in Time of the Daleks, the new Doctor Who board game coming from Gale Force Nine. But what about the Doctor's greatest nemesis, the Daleks (whose own greatest enemy is a flight of stairs)? How do the Daleks work and what will cause them to win the game? We get a look at that here in this preview.
Tom Baker was my favorite Doctor. That's just how it is. When I was first introduced to Doctor Who, it was via the physics club at Truman State. I know. "How nerdy can you get?" A bunch of physics students sitting around watching Doctor Who. But it was good times. Of course, the 4th iteration of the Doctor will be part of Time of the Daleks. In exactly what form you can get a look at in this preview.
Sometimes, you need to get some help from someone else. But, if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. Thankfully for the Doctor, he can do both at the same time. In Time of the Daleks, some tasks are just too daunting to do on your own. Thankfully, there's other Doctors who can jump in and help. And if everything should go pear-shaped, you can always just regenerate as the next incarnation of yourself.
Bow ties. Only certain people can really rock the look. Orville Reddenbacker. Alton Brown. Bill Nye. Matt Smith certainly did as well in his portrayal of the 11th iteration of The Doctor. Soon he'll be headed to your tabletops in Time of the Daleks, and Gale Force Nine gives us a look at what you can expect with that.
It's time to once more look into the future (of sorts) by seeing what waits in store for us in the Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks board game that's coming out from Gale Force Nine. This time around, we get a look at some of the tokens you will come across in the game, plus a bit more about how some of the dice mechanics work.
Gale Force Nine likes to put in special surprises with their first print-run of games. You could get special cards or scenarios. For Time of the Daleks, they're adding in a fan-favorite from the Doctor Who series, K-9. Get a look at what that'll en-tail (see what I did there?) in this preview.
As the various incarnation of the Doctors look to defeat the robotic Daleks in Time of the Daleks, they will be headed all across time and space, going on adventures, recruiting companions, and meeting different alien species (hostile and helpful alike). With all the timey-wimey stuff going on, you'll be rolling your different dice that you have in the game. In this preview, Gale Force Nine shows us a bit about how those dice work.
Hey everyone. Congratulations as you've made it to the weekend. Saturday is here and that means it's time to sit back and relax some. Hopefully you've got something gaming-related going on. I might be working (on a super-secret project that's set to revolutionize the gaming world!!! ... ;) ), but it's still at least gaming related. I also have a fresh 12-pack of Mt. Dew Pitch Black. So it's a good day. But anyway, let's get to those reviews I know you all love so much.

Today we have: Bite Nite, Papayoo, Dungeon Busters, Steampunk Rally, Castle Panic Engine of War Expansion, Colt Express (iOS), Gangs of Cammorragh, Star Wars: Destiny, New York Slice, Burano, Mysterium App, Seasons, and Tyrants of the Underdark.

Everyone has an opinion about which Doctor incarnation was the best one on Doctor Who. Though they were all the same person (of sorts), each certainly did have their own personality and style. For Andrew over at Gale Force Nine, it was the Fifth Doctor that he liked the most. And that's the one we get a preview of here.
When one goes gallivanting all across time and space, it's a good idea to have someone go along with you. You know, someone to watch your back, talk to, and make sure your scarf is clean. That kind of stuff. In Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks, you can have companions as well. But how do you get them? That's what we get a look at here.
The cultural impact of Doctor Who is undeniable. Especially if you're in the "nerd crowd," you see references and allusions to it all over. And it's not just the older Doctors who get referenced. The newer ones have their own followings, as people debate about which was the best. Well, the Tenth iteration certainly has a lot of fans, and you can play him in Time of the Daleks, coming from Gale Force Nine. Take a look at what you can expect in this preview.
It is with a heavy heart that we must report on the passing of game designer Sean Sweigart. Sean had worked with Gale Force Nine on various projects including Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery, Firefly: The Game, Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem, Homeland, WWE Superstar Showdown, Family Guy: Stewie’s Sexy Party Game, and Star Trek: Ascendancy, among others. Sean passed over the holidays. There is a GoFundMe page set up for his daughter, Alyssa.
There are a lot of iconic items in Doctor Who. From giant scarves to the sonic screwdriver, but even those pale in comparison to the TARDIS. Yes, the police call box that's bigger on the inside and is actually capable of traveling all through space and time, taking the Doctor and his companions all around in order to keep the universe safe. Well, in Time of the Daleks, you'll be able to use your TARDIS, but you need to know how to work the controls, first.
For the majority of us, movement is a 3D experience. You can go forward, backward, left, right, up, down, and any combination thereof. However, we're all pretty much locked into one direction when it comes to time. The Doctor, however, doesn't have such constraints. As such, movement in Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks, coming from Gale Force Nine, is a bit more than just going one way around a board.
Doctor Who... it's almost hard to put it into perspective. It's been around basically forever, has had billions of watchers over the course of that time, and is a worldwide phenomenon. Even if you're not a die-hard fan, you generally have a knowledge of it, just by how much it has permeated our "regular" culture. Well, trying to encompass all of that into a game isn't easy. In this preview of Time of the Daleks, game designer Andrew Haught from Gale Force Nine shows us how they looked to incorporate the 12th Doctor into the game.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
Ok, so time isn't so easy. It's actually all wibbly-wobbly, if you believe the Doctor, anyway (and why wouldn't you?). Well, if you're able to travel in time you have probably already played Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks. For those of us stuck to the regular one-direction of time thing, you'll have to just make-do with this preview from Gale Force Nine.
Well, I did my Thanksgiving grocery shopping. It's... well, I'm having 2 Thanksgivings, so there's that. Turkeys, dressing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuff to make glazed carrots, rolls (from scratch), and a couple pumpkin pies. Because, you know, if anything's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

But that's for Thursday and Friday. For right now, we've got reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Robots Love Ice Cream, Acquire, Bloodborne: The Card Game, The Arrival, Trick of the Rails, Great Western Trail, 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon, Inis, Fabled Fruit, Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails, CO-OP: The Co-op Card Game, Star Trek: Ascendancy, Terraforming Mars, Hit Z Road, Hocus, Ta-Da!, Legends Untold, and Ominoes.