Steamforged Previews Ratcatcher’s Guild

Minor Guilds are coming to Guild Ball. These guilds are offshoots of the main guilds already in the game. There’ll be some character sharing between the main guild and the minor guild associated with them. For the Morticians, their minor guild is the Ratcatcher’s Guild. They’ll be the first of these minor guilds to roll out, and Steamforged has posted up preview photos of the team.
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Review Roundup

Saturdaaaaaaaaaaay!
I’m sure a lot of you are probably traveling today, or perhaps hanging out with some non-gaming family. So, to take your mind off of things, here’s your regular list of reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we’ve got: Guild Ball Blacksmith’s Guild, Rail Raiders, Naruto Shippuden The Board Game, Zendo, Cottage Garden iOS, Meeple Circus, Gut Check, Mountains of Madness, Import/Export, Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6: France/Old West, Welcome to Centerville, Hunt for the Ring, and Master of Wills.

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Steamforged Previews February Releases

The Blacksmith’s Guild is the newest team to hit the pitches of Guild Ball. They’re a unique team in that they don’t have captains and mascots. It’s all just masters and apprentices. For now, there’s little variation in teams, as mostly just those first 6 figures are available. But if you’re waiting for the next batch to hit stores, you’ll be waiting until February. Steamforged is also showing off an alternate Bolt model you get when you pre-order through your LGS.
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Steamforged Previews Farris and Bolt For Guild Ball

The game of Guild Ball is part rugby, part soccer, part football (and yes, I know many of you think that soccer and football are the same game, but you know what I’m talking about here), but in their upcoming expansion, the Blacksmiths are showing that it’s also part polo. Farris takes to the field on her horse, along with her apprentice, Bolt. Dude flings horse shoes. Check ’em out.
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Steamforged Previews More Black Friday Alternate Miniatures

I’ve mentioned before that I love alternate sculpts for figures, and it’s true. I think they’re a great way to have holiday and event special figures that doesn’t have people that couldn’t attend/whatever miss out on chunks of the game. Well, Steamforged has shown off some of the alternate-sculpt minis they’re going to have this Friday. They’ve just shown off some more now.
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Steamforged Announces Rookie League Event

People love to see characters grow and change over time. That’s the whole point of the narrative structure for a story. In Guild Ball, we’ve seen how numerous characters have progressed along (including now taking dirt naps, because the Guild Ball fluff is the Game of Thrones of miniatures sports games). But what about heading the other direction? By that, I mean taking characters we know and seeing where they came from. That’s what the Rookie League is all about.
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Steamforged Games Previews Alternate Millstone

I am a huge fan of alternate-sculpt models. They’re a great way to get an exclusive figure out there to the players. Well, for those that are into the Farmer’s Guild and looking to get the new box that’s coming out in January, you can also pick up an alternate-sculpt Millstone. How? Just order from your LGS and tell them you want one.
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Steamforged Previews Cast For Blacksmith’s Guild

The Blacksmith’s Guild is different from the others in Guild Ball. Their teams are always made up of 3 Masters and 3 Apprentices. As each Master has a specific Apprentice they work with, there’s a strong impetus to use the matching pairs. Well, we’ve seen the Master Burnish. So what’s his apprentice like? Well, her name’s Cast and you can get a look at her here.
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Steamforged Previews January Releases

The New Year is rapidly approaching (at the rate of 3600 seconds an hour!!). When January does roll around, Steamforged will be ready with some new releases for Guild Ball. There’s going to be the 2nd Farmer’s Guild box set, as well as a Launch Party kit for their newest faction, the Blacksmith’s Guild.
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Steamforged Previews Veteran Minx For Guild Ball

In the Union in Chains event, the Hunters and the Morticians had been fighting for Hemlocke. Well, it would seem as though the Morticians are getting antsy and don’t want to give her up. So they’re offering a trade: they get Hemlocke and the Hunters get Minx.
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Thursday Terrain Corner

It’s odd. Each day this week I’ve found myself, at some point, looking at the clock and going, “How is it only (time)?! Geeze! Today is taking forever!” And yet, in contradiction of that, I’ve also found myself going, “Whoah! It’s already (day)!? This week is flying by!” So while each day is taking forever, the week is just speeding past. I don’t really get it, but it does mean we’re already most of the way to the weekend. I’m in my Thursday shirt, and that means it’s time to make your gaming tables look as good as possible.

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: New Steampunk Ironclads From Burn In Designs, Tabletop Scenics Giving Away An Orc Quarters, Skull Forge Scenics Halloween Sale Happening Now, Acheson Creations at Fall In! and Millennium Con, New Modern Civilian 28mm – 32mm Vehicles From Antenociti’s Workshop, and New Masons and Brewers Terrain For Guild Ball.

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Steamforged Posts Final Version of Guild IDs for Guild Ball

Though sports teams are built around a core style that they want to utilize in order to win, each one will also practice ways to counter-act other team’s special styles. You certainly know of teams that focus more on offense or defense, or some other specialization. Guild Identity Cards for Guild Ball let coaches customize their team a bit more with a particular style of play, some of which help them against certain other styles. Steamforged has been going through beta tests of these for a while now. Well, that’s finished and you can now find the final versions of these cards online.
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Steamforged Previews New Harry the Hat Minis For Guild Ball

The Union in Chains event continues along. It sees the Union guild captured, tortured, interrogated, and then make a break for freedom. Who will make it out? Who will end up with other guilds? Well, we know some things if you’ve been reading along with the fluff and following the results (all my teams are losing… so I’ll end up with nothing, apparently). We’ve got a new preview for you today.
Note: spoilers if you’ve not read the story yet.
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Steamforged Previews Burnish for Blacksmith’s Guild

It’s getting cold here in Georgia. Well… cold for Georgia, anyway. Lots of my office mates are bundling up in coats and hats. I’m still in shorts and a t-shirt, because I’m from Chicago. But even I consider it to be getting a bit cool out. I’d certainly like to warm up a bit. And if I lived in the world of Guild Ball, Burnish would be just the sort of guy I’d talk to about that. He’s an upcoming player for the Blacksmith’s Guild, and you can get a look at him here.
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Steamforged Games Launches Halloween Sale, Previews New Union In Chains Alternates

Busy morning for Steamforged Games. First off, they’ve launched their Halloween Sale over in their webshop. They’ve got a trio of new kits you can pick up. One’s showcasing all the different characters that’ve died in the fluff, while another has a Pumpkin King vibe to it, with the last going back to the Bavarian traditions of Oktoberfest (hey, there is a Brewer’s Guild, after all). After that, they’ve also posed the next preview for the Union in Chains event. Will Gutter go to the Butchers or the Fishermen?
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TGN Review: Deep-Cut Studios Custom Game Mat

Recently, Deep-Cut Studios started a new program where you can send in a photo and they’ll print a custom game mat for you. They sent out invitations for reviewers to get an early look at the service and give people their thoughts. I was one such reviewer selected, and since I’d been meaning to get a custom mat for a while, I jumped at the opportunity. So, let’s take a look at the custom printing service from Deep-Cut Studios in this TGN Review!

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Steamforged Previews Alternate Decimates For Guild Ball

The Union in Chains event is continuing.
… All my teams are losing… badly (or I guess, they’re really great at losing, it would seem). So there’s a chance I won’t get any of these awesome resculpted models for my teams, but that doesn’t mean someone won’t be getting them. In this preview, we get a look at two different forms for Decimate. One will exist as an actual mini. The other will just be a picture.
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Steamforged Posts Hemlocke Alternate Sculpt Previews

The Union in Chains event will see several members of the Union get new versions of their characters being recruited into different Guilds. These figures aren’t just going to get a new stat card and you use the old mini. Oh no. They’re all getting new sculpts. The first we get to look at is Hemlocke, who will end up with either the Hunters or Morticians.
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Steamforged Announces Union In Chains Worldwide Event

Last year, Steamforged ran their The Butcher’s Civil War event, with players all over the world throwing their support either behind Brisket or Fillet. This year, the scope of their worldwide event is a bit more extensive. The Union, the “mercenaries” of the Guild Ball world, are the center of attention, as various players might be looking to make a permanent home with one of the other Guilds. But who will win these news players? That’s up to you to decide.
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Steamforged Previews Alloy For Guild Ball

You might think that a team like the Blacksmith’s Guild would have all the subtlety of… well… a gigantic hammer smashing into a near-molten-hot piece of metal. “Ninja” might be the last thing on your mind. However, the Blacksmith’s Guild knows that just running headlong into the enemy at full speed might not always be the best strategy. As such, they’ve got Alloy, their “sneaky” Apprentice. Check out how they work in this preview.
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Steamforged Previews Hearth For Guild Ball

The article, itself, already uses “Home is where the Hearth is,” so I can’t really do that one again. So, I’ll go with “Happy Hearth’s-Warming, everyone!” A few of you might get that, anyway. But enough on puns of this player’s name, Steamforged is showing off the next Master for the Blacksmith’s Guild. It’s Hearth and we get a look at her card as well as his 3D render.
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New Fishermen Guild Starter Box Coming From Steamforged Games

Steamforged Games has been looking to make entry into Guild Ball easier for new players. They’ve created starter boxes for all of their factions. But what if someone has looked online, seen the stat cards, and kinda wanted the other captain and mascot for the team? Well, there’s help now for them, too. A new starter set is coming tomorrow for the Fishermen’s Guild (and I presume other guilds will be getting them as well).
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Steamforged Previews All Guild Identity Cards

Guild Identity cards give coaches in Guild Ball a new way to customize their team. Each Guild is starting out with 3 different Identities they can choose from, each one giving you a universal ability, from getting you more kicking distance to offering new ways to get VPs and just about anything in-between. We’d seen the first ones of these, but now Steamforged has posted up all of them for you to check out.
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Steamforged Previews Ploughman For Farmer’s Guild

Still rather new to the Guild Ball pitch, the Farmer’s Guild has an interesting dynamic of planters and reapers on their team. Planters set out harvest tokens that can later be used by the reapers for some sort of bonus. There’s a lot that goes into building a Farmer’s team, looking to create a balance between the two types of players. Well, a new player is coming soon that fills the planter role. He’s Ploughman and Steamforged has posted up his cards for you to check out.
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Steamforged Previews Guild Identities for Guild Ball

Before a game, professional teams will do a lot to prepare for their upcoming opponent. That includes particular training regimens that are designed to specifically beat what the other team usually brings to the match. Until now, Guild Ball has lacked such a details. But Steamforged is looking to change that with their Guild Identities cards. They’ll be coming fully in Season 4, but they’re previewing the first of them now and looking for everyone’s feedback, much like they did with Guild Formations.
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Galleries From Day 2 at Gen Con 2017

Once more it’s early in the A.M. and I’m up. That’s just my schedule. But I’ve got another batch of galleries to show off from Day 2 of Gen Con. Remember, the best way to see these immediately is to follow us over on our Facebook page. Anyway, let’s get to it!
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Steamforged Games Posts Guild Ball Balance Update

Nothing is perfect. And the more complex something is, the more chances that something not being quite right getting through. Well, miniatures games can be pretty complex, and sometimes things need to be fixed. Guild Ball has a lot of interactions that go on, and some of them have been deemed a bit too powerful. So Steamforged has fixed the errors, as well as posted up a bit about why they made the decisions they did.
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Steamforged Previews Gen Con Releases

Well, like Corvus Belli earlier today, Steamforged is showing off their upcoming releases for Gen Con. Also, like Corvus Belli, there’s Chibis involved. And… ok, I’m not too proud to say it, but I actually went, “Squeee!” when I saw that there’s going to be a Chibi Salt mini available at the show. They’ll also have the Farmer’s and Blacksmith’s Guilds, along with a couple other offerings.
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Steamforged Previews Cinder For Guild Ball

Always two there are, master and apprentice. Where you find one, you will find the other. Recently, we got a preview of Furnace. He was the master. So, now we get a look at the apprentice. Her name’s Cinder. She can, literally, blow up the ball and have another one kicked out onto the pitch. Let’s take a further look.
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Steamforged Games Previews Furnace for The Blacksmith’s Guild

The Blacksmith’s Guild is looking to reshape the world of Guild Ball like a smith reshapes metal. Their Master/Apprentice dynamic gives you a team with no mascot and no official captain (you pick who is in charge at the start of the game). So there’s a lot of anticipation on what these players are going to look like. In this case, we get a look at Furnace, a new master that, as you would expect, is going to heat things up out on the pitch.
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Steamforged Previews Team Construction For Blacksmith’s Guild

The Blacksmith’s Guild is an interesting group, to say the least. Steamforged is slowly showing off this new Guild Ball team, teasing us along as they go. This time around, we get a look at team building. Here’s a place where the Blacksmiths break a couple rules. 1st: no mascot. 2nd: no captain (in the traditional sense). 3rd: the team is made up of 1/2 Masters and 1/2 Apprentices.
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Steamforged Games Taking Pre-Orders For Farmer’s Guild Starter and Dice

My dad’s side of the family is from South Dakota. Many of them are farmers. It’s not easy work. Me, as a city boy, would go and visit and spend a week or so helping out around the farm. It was fun, but man, it would definitely kick my ass. It’s easy to see how such a living would pair well with a physical game like Guild Ball. As such, the Farmer’s Guild will be making their way to the pitch this August (the 18th, to be specific). You can get your name on the list to get the starter set, as well as the faction dice.
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Steamforged Previews Anvil For Guild Ball

Well, Steamforged shows off most of Anvil, anyway. We got a little preview back when they first announced the Blacksmith’s Guild, but now we’re getting a little more. They’re showing off the rest of the front of Anvil’s card, along with the majority of the back of it.
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Grace and Benediction Now Available For Guild Ball

It’s New Release Day over at Steamforged Games. The next couple of releases are available for Guild Ball. I just got a game in of that last night. 12-0 Win for the Hunters against the Union. Though things might’ve been different if these two new Union members had been on the pitch. Grace and Benediction can now be added to your teams.
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