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While the world might be warming up now, there's always a chance, far into the future, that we might hit another ice age. At least, that's what's happening in D.E.I. - Divide et Impera, a new strategy board game from Ludus Magnus Studio that's up on Kickstarter now. Resources are scarce and it's up to you to collect the rest of it for your survivor faction.

Research. As a former grad student, I know all about it. Going around and trying to find information about your topic can be rough, especially if your topic is the strange and dangerous creatures that inhabit dungeons. In Dungeonology: The Expedition, players take on the role of professorial candidates who must find out about their research topic of choice while staying undercover in a dark dungeon. In the end, only one will get the info needed for their thesis and be promoted.

The folks at Ludus Magnus Studios have been a little silent lately. Apparently, they had a really good reason for that: their offices got broken into and all their stuff was stolen! So they were waiting to get replacement computers and such. Thankfully, it seems all their files had backups elsewhere, so nothing was lost development-wise. So that was a bit harrowing. They're now set up in a new office and are happy to preview the new Nova Aetas expansion, Under Siege.
Obviously, it's good when a Kickstarter campaign gets off to a good start. Companies hope to have that initial jump right at the gate to hopefully get some good press going about the project. Well, Ludus Magnus Studios' newest game, Sine Tempore, got off to a good start. They funded in 34min. and are working their way through stretch goals.
We're halfway there, everyone. Midway point of the week. The weekend's coming ever-closer. Hopefully you have some sort of gaming plans scheduled. I mean, it's the weekend. Don't want to just be sitting at home doing nothing (though, actually, there's something to be said about that from time to time, too). Well, no matter what you do, we need to finish up this week first. So let's get some energy via bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: Brigade Models Release Updated Japanese Aeronef, Black Earth 28mm tabletop wargame launches on IndieGoGo in February, Purgatory is entering the final 2 weeks of Pledge Manager, Krakon Games Kickstart their Scum & Smuggler characters, Latest Releases Available From Dark Sword Miniatures, New Legionary Releases From Kromlech, Ludus Magnus Studio Announces Sine Tempore Board Game, Tabletop Tyrant Miniatures Cases Up On Kickstarter, New Releases Available From Victoria Miniatures, Khurasan releases 15mm T-64BV Tank, and Hardwood deck boxes with Illuminated artwork on Kickstarter.

And we've made it, once again, to Friday. Woot!
The weekend lays ahead of us. If you're lucky, you've got some gaming scheduled. That's what I'll be doing.
In the meantime, we've got our regular set of bite-sized gaming stories for you.

On the platter today we have: Sine Tempore Coming To Kickstarter, Devil's Run RPG Coming To Kickstarter, Unit Reference Cards for Combat Patrol Napoleonic Skirmish Released, Raging Heroes Releases Toughest Girls of the Galaxy Heavy Weapons Teams, Board Game Beaver Interviews Anne Pätzke, Brother Vinni Releases Robotic Dog, Kromlech Weekend Promo Happening Now, and Dreamchaser: A Game of Destiny Coming To Kickstarter.

Sometimes you just don't get a chance to back a Kickstarter that you really want to. That funding period might fall during a time when you're short on cash and you just can't make it. It can really bum you out. But in the past couple years, more and more companies are letting people join in after the project's concluded during a Late Backer period. Well, Ludus Magnus Studio is one such company. They've just opened up their Pledge Manager and are letting people join in now.
I've always found the "RPG board game" to be a rather interesting genre of game. You've got the character customization and missions to accomplish like a tabletop RPG. You've also got a board and often various mechanics like a board game. If they're cooperative, you don't have to worry about singling someone out to be the "bad guy" or to have to take on the duty of playing all the monsters while everyone else gets their cool characters. All of those aspects come into play with Nova Aetas: Dark Renaissance, up on Kickstarter now.
The week rolls on. To think we've already made it to Wednesday. We deserve something nice. Like... a batch of bite-sized stories served up all in one place for your convenience. Yeah, that sounds good.
So let's get to it.

Today we have: Bailey Records New Release: Kaiju Kaos - OMFG Series 4 Stat Cards, Folklore: The Affliction announces Story Journal created with Adam & Brady Sadler, Dragonborn - Symphonic Album for Table RPGs Kickstarter, Rebel Minis Releases 15mm Civilian Hunters Pack #3 now Available, Alternative Armies: Dwarf Runic Golem 28mm kit pre-order offers now live, Nova Aetas - Vesuvio's Forge overview, Purgatory Releases St. Peter Figure, New Medieval Soccer tokens and templates from Advanced Deployment, A0 The Rising Knight -- Adventures for 5th Edition Rules, Now available – Flagstone Deals From Tabletop-Art, Bardagi - The claim for Gold - 170% funded on Kickstarter, Red Box Games Halloween 20% Sale, and Machu Picchu Dice on Kickstarter.

Well, it's the first Sunday of autumn and yeah, it's easy to tell here in Atlanta. Yesterday was a heavy drizzle all day. Today it's overcast with a little bit of a breeze. Rather nice.

And, as usual for Sundays, we've got some bite-sized stories to give to you.

Today's batch includes: Crystal Field 30mm and 40mm Round-Lip Base Deals from Tabletop-Art, New Titan Lava Base From Dark Art Miniatures, Mage Company Taking Essen Pre-Orders, and All-New Nova Aetas in January 2016.

Our week is halfway over, dear TGN readers! For many, it's been a shortened week. That must be nice.
And hopefully you have some gaming planned for the weekend. I'm not entirely sure what my plans are going to be yet.

Anyway, as it's Wednesday and it's 2pm (here in Atlanta, anyway), it's time for our Midweek Snippets post.

In this batch of bite-sized stories we have: New The Army Painter Hobby Set Announced, Hero sheet for Nova Aetas from Ludus Magnus Studio, and Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm August Releases Arrive at PicoArmor.

Ludus Magnus Studios regrouped, reconfigured, re-mathed, and has relaunched their Kickstarter campaign for Nova Aetas, their cooperative dark renaissance strategy game. They've already made it over 50% of their goal in this short time, and there's still 22 days to go.

From the campaign:
A dense fog falls over Atlanta this Wednesday. Though it's supposed to actually be a nice day later on.
A lot of people are headed towards Boston for PAX East this upcoming weekend. If you're traveling, travel safe, and listen to some Dropkick Murpheys along the way.
I'm shippin' up to Boston! (waaaaaayooooooooo!)

Anyway, we've got another batch of bite-sized stories to share with you.

This time there's: Esper Crystals and Resin Bases for Relic Knights, Fabled Environments Launches Wild West Floorplans Kickstarter, Manorhouse Workshop Modular Underground Terrain Update #16, another nstallment of The Fiver from Meeple Mechanic, Ludus Magnus Studio Show the pladge level for Nova Aetas Kickstarter, New releases form O8 arrives at Assault Publishing, Loud Ninja Games to Release 15mm Ikwen Aliens, New 28mm Prehistoric Settlement minis from Steve Barber Models, New 25mm and 60mm Lipped Bases from Warlord Games, THMiniatures running Tabletop Terrain Kickstarter, Final Days for Going Native Kickstarter campaign, New German officer from Vepafigures, New Undead and Shaleground 40mm Bases Coming from Tabletop-Art, New Stretch Goals Announced for Faith RPG, New Egyptian Vampire Girls from Brother Vinni, and Halfsies Dice up on Kickstarter.

It's a drizzly Sunday here in Atlanta. But I've got gumbo simmering on the stovetop and a batch of fresh cookies. So all is well.

Anyway, here's a couple of the bite-sized stories we've come across in the past few days.

Below the fold we've got: Microworld Games Releases New 6mm Fantasy Army, Ludus Magnus Studio start to show all the models in Nova Aetas' box, Final Days for Dungeon Worlds Kickstarter from Acheson Creations, Britt Shotte - An Orcs in the Webbe Original Scenario Returns, New Aeronef Releases From Brigade Models, the latest update about Super Dungeon Explore, Heroic Maps - Modular Kit: Industrial Spacecraft Corridors, The Lost Dungeons of Xon interactive e-module now up on Kickstarter, Happy Burger Bot free at The Ion Age, and Spectre Miniatures Technical Kickstarter Launches.

We've made it through another week. *throws a party*
It seems to be the general consensus that this week "took forever." Has that been the case for you?
Anyway, that's all in the past, as the weekend will soon be upon us. What sort of gaming do you have planned?

We've also, as usual, been collecting some of the shorter stories together for presentation. And here you go.

This time we have: More of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Godslayer Gnolls Swarm the Battlefield, More $1 shipping from LaserCutCard, Ludus Magnus Studio presents Vezio the Executioner, New Female Punk Heads and Shoulder Pads from Brother Vinni, New ISO Shipping Container Variants at Burn In Designs, Heroic Maps - Encounters: Winter Wilderness Locations, New MDF Paint Racks from Advanced Deployment, Beardy Brothers Announces Project Green Plunder, Tooth and Sword chibis now availible, New Kromlech Mutated Shoulder Pads, New Hardfoam Container Sets from Micro Art Studio, and the Final Days for Theomachy up on Kickstarter.

I know that gamers aren't generally known for their sports knowledge, but you'd have to be willfully ignorant not to know that it's Big Game time (because the NFL is about as litigious as GW, I'll skip out on using the actual term for what's going on today). That's right, here in the US, our American Football championship is happening tonight. Wings, beer, nachos, giant sandwiches, and pizza will be consumed in mammoth proportions.

But before you head to your party, check out some these bite-sized stories.

This time we've got: More unlocks for the Fightin' Fungi Kickstarter, a new release from Hitech Miniatures, New Knights Bundle from Kabuki Models, New Gaming Mats from Deep-Cut Studio, New Mine Tunnel Terrain from Heroic Maps, NOVA 40K Qualifier offered at TotalCon 29, New Previews Posted for Alternative Civil War, New 15mm Houses from Tabletop-Art, New Drunk Goblin Guard from Rebel Minis, and Ludus Magnus Studios announced their relaunch date for Nova Aetas.

Here's the latest batch of news snippets for your Sunday reading.
There's a bit of everything. New Skeleton Centaur Cavalry paper minis, a new Inquisitor from Kromlech, a new NOLA house from Finger and Toe, some new fantasy minis from Lone Wolf's 32mm range, and a whole bunch more to see.
Click on through to the other side!

Ludus Magnus Studio is working on regrouping after they canceled their Kickstarter campaign. Obviously, they are not disheartened and have a new piece of concept art to show off. This one's the Centaur Archer.


From the preview:
Ludus Magnus Studio did a mid-campaign reboot for their Nova Aetas Kickstarter. They've not started entirely over, but had a bit of a reconfigure.


From the campaign:

Hi everyone
As always we are careful to your tips so we decided to reboot the project on way.
The project will be renew in three points:
Ludus Magnus Studio has added a new pledge level for retailers to their Kickstarter campaign for Nova Aetas.
They've also got some preview renders up they'd like your opinion on.


From the campaign:

Hi guys
We are happy to show you two new WIP.
Are two miniatures on which our sculptors are working.
Soon the finished models.

Ludus Magnus Studio has their Nova Aetas Kickstarter campaign underway. They're already around 1/3 funded, so be sure to check them out.


From the campaign:

Nova Aetas is a tabletop miniature wargame set in an alternative Italian Renaissance.

Inspired by the classic japan tactical RPG (such as Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre), in Nova Aetas tough you will fight battles against enemies overseen by a sophisticated artificial intelligence. Every challenge will get you in front of choices that can change the course of events. To guarantee a more more engaging game experience, we opted for high quality materials and the use of highly detailed miniatures.

Ludus Magnus Studio is showing off their WIP cover for Vesuvio's Forge for Nova Aetas. Their Kickstarter launch is just around the corner.


From the preview:

We are proud to presents the semi-final version of Vesuvio's Forge cover!

Vesuvio's Forge will be the first Excluvie Expansion for Nova Aetas only available during our KS Campaign!!

The KS Campaign start on 20/11/2014 at 6:00 PM EST

Support us!!

Ludus Magnus Studios is getting close to launching their Kickstarter campaign. They've got a preview up for people to look at and comment on before it goes live.


From them to you:

The countdown is started...are you ready?

Ludus Magnus Studio is showing off previews for the tokens they're working on for Nova Aetas.



From the preview:

Hello everyone! The work on the graphic part of Nova Aetas proceeds intensely and today we are happy to show you the study we are doing on tokens of the game. We discussed a lot about the role that the tokens will have in the game and on their functioning, in particular with regard the negative and positive status. The outcome of the discussions was the division into 3 categories immediately distinguishable from their frames: wounds (beige frame), negative status (dark red frame) and positive status (blue frame). We think that this division in colors will allow you to more easily identify the right tokens during the game. When we will complete the work on status, there will be no less than 20 different tokens! yes ... we love tokens!

As usual we wait for yours feedback!

Stay tuned!

Ludus Magnus Studio gives us a guide as to how they'll be dealing with stretch goals in their upcoming Nova Aetas Kickstarter campaign.

Stretch Goals


From the post:

Hello everyone!
Today I will explain how work the streatch goals (SG) of our Kickstarter campaign! The picture below (which will be the first SG) will help us to make things more clear.

Here are the various elements in detail: