The Curse of Dead Man’s Hand Available For Pre-Order

Great Escape Games has started taking pre-orders for The Curse of Dead Man’s Hand, the next expansion for Dead Man’s Hand. The set includes four new gangs: The Baron, The Seven, the Mountain Men, and The Malevolent Seven. Sounds like a right nasty group of ruffians.
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Review Roundup

Ah, Saturday. What cannot be accomplished on a day such as this?
… except maybe typing correctly, since the first time through writing that I had 3 typos. *double-checks that they’re all fixed* … Ok, I think I got ’em.
I’m big on tradition, and the tradition for Saturday is to post a Review Roundup. So let’s get to it.

Today we have: Destroy BCN, Waggle Dance, Amasser Dragons, Cthulhu Realms iOS, Builders of Blankenburg, Imps Devilish Duels, Crisis, Ra, Piratoons, Star Wars: Empire Vs Rebellion, The Chicago Way, GemPacked, Animals On Board, Cry Havoc, Potion Explosion, and Klask.

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Pre-Orders Being Taken For The Chicago Way From Great Escape Games

Well… I mean… I am here in Chicago (ok, Schaumberg, but that’s like saying “I live in Norcross, not Atlanta”). Seems fitting to announce that Great Escape Games is now taking pre-orders for The Chicago Way, their new skirmish game based on the rough-and-tumble Chicago streets during Prohibition.
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Daughters of the West Gang Available To Pre-Order For Dead Man’s Hand

We’ve got a spaghetti western here on 36.
I like spaghetti westerns.
I like the way the boots are all reverbed out walking across the hardwood floor.
In fact, everything’s got that big reverb sound.
There’s also a new gang available to order for Dead Man’s Hand.
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Great Escape Games Releases Iron Cross

As a historian, I love looking at historical game rules and seeing how each one tries to recapture the look and feel of whatever conflict they’re trying to represent. You’ve got the big phalanx formations of ancient times. The ordered firing lines of the American Revolution. And then you’ve got some of the crazy chaos of WWII. Great Escape Games’ new release, Iron Cross, looks to make the most simple and straight-forward set of WWII rules available. They’re available now for you to try out.
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TGN Sunday Snippets

For everyone that’s been worried about it: My fruitcake turned out perfectly. 😛
Since I know that all of you have been waiting with baited breath to find out about it. We’ll see how it goes over with everyone at the office tomorrow, where everyone will get a good bite of what, I hope, is a new revolution in thinking about fruitcake.

On the subject of good bites, we’ve got some bite-sized news stories for you, as usual.

Today’s include: Iron Cross: release date & pre-order announced, Rebel Minis Releases 28mm Dark Hold Bonewalker Wraiths Set, Squadron Strike 2nd Edition Coming Now, and Hadekine Demon release by Gary Hunt Miniatures and Zombiesmith.

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Monday Terrain Corner

Well, for those of us here in the US, it’s back to the “normal work week” for a few. Thanksgiving was great. I did make soup afterward. I’ve got quite a lot of it. Some will be frozen. Some will be given away. Much will be consumed over the next week. Should stave off any early-winter illnesses I might encounter.

In the meantime, though, normalization of everything begins with our Terrain Corner. We missed Thursday’s because of the holiday, so we’ve got some extra for you today.

Stories include: Pwork Wargames City Ruins gaming mat now available, New 4Ground Dead Man’s Hand Railroad Station and more, Sally 4th Terra Block Barroom set released, Manorhouse Workshop Update #7 – 3D Bases – Modular Terrain: Skirmish & Wargame, Final Days for Trash Bash Bits Part 2, and Two news Russian 15mm houses available From Escenografia Epsilon.

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Sword & Spear 2nd Edition Now Available

The time for pre-orders has come and gone. You can now order the 2nd edition of Sword & Spear for yourself from Great Escape Games. The rules let you play large battles set in the Ancient and Medieval periods. There aren’t any minis specifically for the game, so you can use whatever figures you find most appealing. As long as they have equal basing, you’re good to go.
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Sword & Spear 2nd Edition Available For Pre-order

For those of you historical gamers out there, Great Escape Games is now taking pre-orders for their 2nd edition rules set for Sword & Spear. For those that don’t know, Sword & Spear is a rules set that lets you play out battles from the Ancient to Medieval time periods. There’s no set of figures for it. You can use whatever you want, as long as the unit’s facing is equivalent.
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Sunday Snippets

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Atlanta. Seems like just the time to make some caramel-filled chocolate chip cookies.

Also seems like a good time to give you some bite-sized stories we’ve come across over the past couple of days.

In this batch, we have: Fireforge New Deals, Great Escape Games Posts FAQ for upcoming Iron Cross WWII rules, and “By Fire and Sword” North American webstore is ready to go.

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TGN Sunday Snippets

Welcome to Sunday. Hopefully you had a good day yesterday. I had my character die in my D&D game, but it was scripted that way, as I am taking back over DM duties for the campaign. It should be a good time.

Anyway, it’s Sunday and we’ve got another batch of bite-sized stories to present to you.

This time we’ve got: Some more Installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Drill Sergeant free miniature for May at The Ion Age, Brigade Models Release 6mm Mercenaries, Fireforge website back online, BluBot Masking Stencils Kickstarter Stretch Goals Unlocking, Heroic Maps – The Sepulchre of Last Vigil, New 10mm Dark Age Barns from Escenografia Epsilon, and Great Escape Games: fantastic new 4Ground realistic trees.

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Great Escape Games Salute Deals

Great Escape Games has plans for this Saturday that coincide with a lot of other people’s plans for Saturday. They’ll be at Salute and would love to see you there. They’ve got various special deals going on. You can get free minis or terrain with select purchases. They have special bundle deals on books as well. Check below the cut for what they’ll have going on.

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Friday Snippets

You’ve survived another week! You deserve something special. You know, you’ve worked hard. Take the next two days off, on me. (Note: offer only valid if you work Monday-Friday. I don’t need anyone messaging me saying I got them fired over the weekend. 😛 ) Hopefully you have some gaming action lined up. My D&D got moved to next weekend. So this weekend I’m getting my tattoo finally colored in. I’m rather excited. I’ve been wanting to finish the piece for months now.

For those that don’t know, I’ve got the werebear artwork, done by the legendary and world-famous Heath “BA” Foley, from Blackwater Gulch on my upper right arm. Yeah, it’s a bear and has gaming ties. What sort of game-related tattoos do the rest of you have? Share yours and there may be a special prize in it for one lucky commenter. (do try and keep photos work-appropriate, as much as possible, please)

Anyway, on to the bite-sized stories we’ve collected in the past couple days.

This installment we’ve got: Campaign Coins Starter Sets and Epic Treasure Kickstarter, Market of Heroes Running T-Dice Kickstarter Campaign, Human Interface Nakamura Tower KS terms and game announcement, New Girl and Mummy Mini from Brother Vinni, Fantasy Arc releases fan inspired pieces for the Bug Hunt Corridors, Khurasan releases 15mm BTR-60PB, Heroic Maps Releases Modular Kit: Industrial Spacecraft Rooms, ‘Gamers Behaving Badly’ Launches Season 2 Kickstarter, New Napoleonic Ottoman Infantry 28mm from Miniature Figurines, Muster Platoon with Unique Miniature released at The Ion Age, Tabletop Fantasy re-releases at 15mm.co.uk, New Dwarves Cannoneers from Scibor, New Lone Wolf Figures from Minifigs, New Drago Kenthorius Mini from Hitech Miniatures, and New basing material in the GEG store: Gamers’ Grass.

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Dead Man’s Hand Down Under pre-order

Great Escape Games has begun taking pre-orders for their new Dead Man’s Hand expansion, Down Under. The book takes you to the land where women glow and men plunder with 12 new scenes and 3 new gangs (though, unfortunately, none of them are “The Dundees” or “the Men at Work”, but waddyagonnado?) : the Kelly Gang, State Police, and Bushrangers.
You can order the book now and they’ll start shipping out April 25th.

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Friday Snippets

Though it’s raining here in Atlanta on this Friday the 13th, we’re not letting it get us down. GAMA is next week, as well as AdeptiCon. So there’s plenty to be looking forward to.

And, of course, there’s gaming this weekend. For me, there’ll be D&D. What do you have in store?

In this installment of Snippets, we have: More installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Final Week and New Pledge Levels for Fujian Trader, Tabletop-Art Previews Upcoming 32mm Bases, New 10mm modular building range for DZC available from War Mage Games, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm February Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, New Maori Pa Terrain from Catalyst Creative, Legendary Metal Coins Now Live On Kickstarter, LaserCutCard Stacked Containers Plus Bundle Offer, New Dead Man’s Hand 4Ground pre-painted buildings and accessories, and EZPainter Kickstarter updates and Rates news.

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New 4Ground Buildings for Dead Man’s Hand

Great Escape Games helps terrain-up your gaming table for Dead Man’s Hand, or any Western-themed game, with some new buildings and board walks.

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From the announcement:

After a load of big, feature buildings 4Ground have released two small “under construction” buildings for the Dead Man’s Hand range, a single and a double storey.
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New 28mm Pre-painted WWII scenery from Great Escape Games

Great Escape Games gives you more options for your WWII-themed terrain boards with the release of several new elements, from accents like tank traps, to a pegasus bridge.

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From the release:

Loads of WWII goodies from 4Ground have been added to the Great Escape Games webshop.

Fist up is hedgehogs and dragon’s teeth tank obstacles and the very lovely telegraph poles.

And the awesome Pegasus Bridge, pre-painted and absolutely stunning, measuring over 2 foot long!

Also Café Gondrée, again pre-painted.

All are available now along with our extensive range of Dead Man’s Hand, WWII miniatures and scenery/basing accessories.

New 4Ground Pre-Painted Old West Stage Coach and DMH Stage Coach Set

Great Escape Games has a new 4Ground and Dead Man’s Hand stagecoach set available over in their webshop.

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From the release:

Now in the store, the 4Ground Pre-Painted Stage Coach and the Dead Man’s Hand Stage Coach Set. 28mm scale.

The set comes with the pre-painted stage coach, 4 horses (Crusader Miniatures), two passengers, driver and guard.

The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand available for pre-order

Great Escape Games is now taking orders for their The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand organized play kits.

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From the announcement:

“Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Fortunes will be made. Men will be ruined.”

Releasing April 12th, The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand is available now for pre-order priced £15

The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand is the campaign sourcebook for Dead Man’s Hand, in which players take a gang of no-good crooks or a posse of untried, but honest, good men, and endeavor to make their mark on the Old West. Rivals develop business schemes or criminal enterprises, gain skills and experience, expand the size of their respective bands, and engage in plenty of Wild West gunplay in their rise to glory or descent into an early grave (or the bottom of a bottle).

The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand contains rules for running multi-player campaigns, eleven new scenes (including multi-gang shootouts), and four new gang types: Banditos, Renegade Indians, 7th Cavalry, and Pinkertons.

In the coming weeks we’ll give you the lowdown on different aspects of The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand, and give you details on a host of new 28mm miniatures, buildings and accessories and more.

Become a Legend

Great Escape Games will be coming out with The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand, an organized play format for their game Dead Man’s Hand.

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From the announcement:

The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand is the campaign source book for Dead Man’s Hand in which players take a gang of no good crooks or a posse of untried but honest, good men and endeavour to make their mark on the Old West. Rivals develop business schemes or criminal enterprises, gain skills and experience, expand the size of their respective bands, and engage in plenty of Wild West gunplay in their rise to glory or descent into an early grave (or the bottom of a bottle).

The Legend of Dead Man’s Hand contains rules for running multi-player campaigns, 11 new scenes (including multi-gang shootouts) and four new gang types: Banditos, Renegade Indians, 7th Cavalry and Pinkertons.

Great Escape Games releases the Complete Dead Man’s Hand collection

Great Escape Games is offering up a one-click collection of all things Dead Man’s Hand and giving a nice discount if purchased that way.

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From the post:

For a limited time only, a bundle deal saving £100 for the following:
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Dead Man’s Hand feature and exclusive cards in Wargames Illustrated 315

Great Escape Games will have a new gang and scenes in the upcoming issue of Wargames Illustrated.

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From the post:

The upcoming issue 315 of Wargames Illustrated features a brand new gang, three new scenes and a new set of gang specific cards which are exclusive to Wargames Illustrated and come free with the magazine.

The new gang sees a Stranger coming to town and gathering up the local citizens, arming them and getting them ready to fight. Once in a while things’ll get so bad around town that the folks have just had enough. Sometimes the law helps, other times the folks in town are brought together by something else entirely. The Stranger came into town and shook everything up. Short on words, he let his pistols do the talking, and when they spoke they sang a song of death. Nobody knew his name, when he came or when he left; they just knew that the streets were safer and the cemetery held a few more corpses.

Great Escape Games will be stocking this issue of WI and have a couple of bundle deals in the webstore.

And if you haven’t played Dead Man’s Hand yet, then it’s time to quit talkin’ and get shootin’!

This item will be shipped upon release in the third week of December and will be due in time for Christmas in the UK. Pre-order now in the webstore.

Dead Man’s Hand Casualties available from Great Escape Games

Great Escape Games has new Casualties available for Great Escape Games.

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From the release:

Great Escape Games has released four sets of dead wild west figures for the Dead Man’s Hand range of 28mm miniatures.

Each set consists of 3 casualties cast in resin:

Dead Outlaws
Dead Lawmen
Dead Cowboys
Dead Desperados

Available now!

New Dead Man’s Hand Undertaker’s Shop and 4Ground Furniture sets from Great Escape Games

Great Escape Games has a new Undertaker’s Shop as well as some new furniture sets available over in their shop.
I’d have to put a sign on mine that says “Rigor O’Mortis, the Smiling Undertaker.”
Name that cartoon.

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From the announcement:

Brand new for the Dead Man’s Hand range of pre-painted buildings is the Undertaker’s.

This is the most extravagant DMH building to date. The building pictured has had nothing added except for the PVA/wood glue used during construction of the kit. This corner building comes with sub base C and its boardwalk decking enabling it to fit seamlessly along the boardwalk on ‘the corner of main street. These bases may be modelled into a gaming board permanently, allowing you to create a realistically modelled gaming area but still allowing flexibility with the placement of buildings.
As a feature building with large shop windows it also has glass (acetate) shop windows with painted advertising of his trade. All doors (exterior and internal) are pin hinged and this building has an internal staircase.

Also released is the range of pre-painted furniture sets for various wargaming periods. 4Ground’s pre-painted “Furniture and Belongings” are particularly useful when giving your buildings that lived in (or once lived in) look. These items may be used as furnishings or improvised barricades; streets and Western buildings look so much more appealing with furniture and belongings strategically placed! This range will grow and they are usable for many different periods.

It’s not “dolls’ house” stuff as long as you have armed men in close proximity…

Great Escape Games to attend Crisis

Great Escape Games will be at Crisis in Antwerp this weekend. Will you be able to stop by and say hello?
I wish I was going.

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From the announcement:

We will be at Crisis in Antwerp on November 2nd with the following:
• Dead Man’s Hand rules, figures and pre-painted buildings
• Rules of Engagement rules and 28mm figures
• Die Waffenkammer and Company B 1/56 scale WW2 tanks and decals
• Clash of Empires inc. the new Kingdom of Heaven source book (we have only a handful of the free Saladin figure left)
• Mininatur/Silflor Tufts
From the North Star figure ranges:
• In Her Majesty’s Name
• Of Gods and Mortals
• Muskets & Tomahawks
• North Star Africa
• North Star 1672

We will also have the very lovely 28mm Crimean War range from Great War Miniatures.
Please pre-order by Thursday 31st. Cash only at the show, Euros or Sterling.

Great Escape Games’ Kingdom of Heaven miniatures sourcebook now released

Great Escape Games has released their Kingdom of Heaven sourcebook for Clash of Empires. Gamers who order early get a free Saladin miniature.

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From the release:

Kingdom of Heaven is the third source book for Clash of Empires™, charting the era of the Crusades. The 136 page hardback book is split into three parts each focussing on a specific time period and series of battles and combatants, plus superbly painted miniatures, covering more than 40 army lists including variants.

The first 150 copies sold will receive a free Saladin miniature

New Dead Man’s Hand terrain in the Great Escape Games store

Great Escape Games helps enhance your gaming with four new terrain pieces for Dead Man’s Hand.

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Loads of new stuff in the store recently, with a new wave of 4Ground/Dead Man’s Hand buildings including these lovely part-constructed ones:

Plenty of additional scenery is available with the 4Ground Yard and Livestock fencing and resin furniture from Frontline Wargaming.

Lastly, we have the Dead Man’s Hand Wagon kit which includes horses, yoke and driver for the 4Ground General Purpose Wagon.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details of some more great stuff coming later in the month.

Kingdom of Heaven book for Clash of Empires available for pre-order from Great Escape Games

Great Escape Games is now taking down names of those of you gamer that want their Kingdom of Heaven source book for the Clash of Empires system as soon as it’s available.

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From the announcement:

Kingdom of Heaven is the third source book for Clash of Empires™, charting the era of the Crusades. The 136 page book is split into three parts each focussing on a specific time period and series of battles and combatants, plus superbly painted miniatures, covering more than 40 army lists including variants.
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Dead Man’s Hand: Armed Citizens Out Now from Great Escape Games

Great Escape Games has their new Armed Citizens available for Dead Man’s Hand.

From the release:

Out now from Great Escape Games for the Dean Man’s Hand range. Sculpted by Steve Saleh.

Dead Man’s Hand can be a deadly place – some folks just keep their heads down and try to keep out of the way, others pick up a gun and get involved. Whether helping out the local sheriff or looking to fill their own pockets, each person in Dead Man’s Hand has their own reasons to be armed.

More pics on the website.
Miniatures come unpainted. 28mm.

New Armed Citizens available for Dead Man’s Hand from Great Escape Games

Great Escape Games has added to their Dead Man’s Hand line with the release of new Armed Citizens.

From the release:

Dead Man’s Hand can be a deadly place, some folks just keep their heads down and try to keep out of the way, others pick up a gun and get involved. Whether helping out the local sheriff or looking to fill their own pockets each person in Dead Man’s Hand has their own reasons to be armed.

Set of eight 28mm miniatures including bases. Released August 12, 2013. Available for pre-order now priced £20.

New Marshal’s and Sheriff’s Offices available from Great Escape Games

Great Escape Games gives you some more Western-themed terrain options with their new Marshal’s and Sheriff’s Offices piece.

From the release:

The Marshal’s is one-storey and costs £24, the Sheriff’s is two-storey, includes boardwalk sections, and is £48. Both are 28mm scale.
Miniatures are shown for scale only and are not included.

All photos pictured are exactly as they come out of the pack; external doors work, all internal jail doors work, multiple sign options are included, wanted posters come in the instruction sheet, stone sections can be removed from the jail.

More basing packs added to Great Escape Games webstore

Great Escape Games helps you make your bases stand out with the release of new basing packs in their webstore.

From the announcement:

We have nearly 130 different Mininatur basing packs in the webshop. New in are two-colour grass strips, more blossom strips, dead ivy, and more two-colour grass tufts. Treat your bases with a bit of love and go to basing section to see the whole range.

Standard packs come in strips with a size of approx 31 x 4.5cm. By combining a couple of packs of tufts of complimentary colours and, possibly, different sizes, plus another pack to contrast your first selections (such as flowers or blossom), you can really enhance the look of your bases beyond what static grass can do. Three packs should provide plenty of material to complete a decent sized army.

Thanks for looking.