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For those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's cold and flu season. Already, several co-workers have come down with various illnesses that've kept them home. Personally, I've got an immune system tempered in the fires of "former janitorial supervisor at a major hospital." And no, "supervisor" doesn't mean that I didn't stick my hands into things best left unmentioned. But it's not just in the real world we have to worry about contagious diseases. The Virulent Strain has been added to Pandemic Mobile.
Hello there, Saturday! Nice to see you could stop by. Do come in, have a seat, and make yourself at home.

I hope your Saturday is going nicely. I've got baking to do. Cookies, brownies, and maybe some other stuff. We'll see.

But that's me. As for you, it's time to get you some review articles to chew on.

Today's articles feature: Fischkrieg Space Mat Starfield, the Pandemic App, They Come Unseen, Age of Tyrants, Thunderbirds, Jaipur, Hengist, Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Pharaoh’s Gulo Gulo, Expedition: Famous Explorers, Dragon Farkle, Ghostbusters: The Board Game, Codenames, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, Subterfuge (iOS version), Rome: Rise to Power, Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game, and Automobiles.

Hello to everyone on this cold Saturday. I hope you're having a good day. I'm cracking nuts... for that fruitcake I've been telling you all about all week. They don't use the phrase, "nutty as a fruitcake" for nothing, you know. I hope you have your own projects you're working on, be they gaming-related, culinary-related, or just whatever else you feel like doing.

What I feel like doing at the moment, though, is taking a small break from making small breaks (these are the jokes, people!) and share with you the reviews I've come across in the past week.

Today's articles feature: Black Hat, Ships, Above and Below, Traders of Osaka, The Bloody Inn, Hangtown, Rum & Bones, The World of Smog, Avarium Academy, The Builders: Antiquity, T.I.M.E. Stories, Bang! The Dice Game, Mysterium, Fury of Dracula, Pandemic Legacy, Between Two Cities, El Grandulon for Freebooters Fate, Opel Blitz by Rubicon Models, Star Wars Armada Wave 2, DreadBall Xtreme, and Pathfinder Battles: Red Dragon Evolution Set.

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Happy Halloween, everyone!
Whether you're going out to a party or staying in, celebrate the holiday with some spooky-themed gaming. At least, that'd be my suggestion.

But how do you know what will and won't be a good game? You read a review, of course! And we've got a whole new batch for you here today.

They include: Blood Rage, The King is Dead, D&D Miniatures White Dracolich Miniature,Battle Foam P.A.C.K 432 Molle Army Bag, Apocalypse Chaos, Conflict of Heroes – Awakening the Bear Second Edition, Brother Vinni Minis, The Grizzled, Pandemic Legacy, Bright Future, Nautilus Industry, Warband Board Game, Stealing Mona Lisa, The Batman Miniatures Game, Isle of Trains, and Sneaky Cards.

Board Game Quest had themselves a little chat with Matt Leacock. They talk about the creative process that he uses and how it's changed over time, what it's like to have created a gaming phenomenon such as Pandemic is, what it's like to work on a licensed product like The Thunderbirds, and his thoughts on Legacy games. Plus, several other things. Go check it out.

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Z-Man Games has started taking pre-orders for Pandemic Legacy. They've got two versions available, Red and Blue (but I think that's where the resemblance to Pokemon ends). In this cooperative game, players must try and keep 4 deadly diseases at bay for a whole year. You must balance between trying to simply treat areas while researching a cure. Event cards mean that things are always getting more complicated as you go along. No two games are ever the same. Each time you play, you create changes that stick with the game. If you've not played a "Legacy" style game before, it can be a bit odd to mark up or somehow change game components, but it really does create a unique gaming experience.

The game will be released October 8th.

From the announcement: Discuss
Z-Man Games has announced that they're coming out with a new Pandemic expansion next year. This one's State of Emergency.


From the announcement:

2015 - New to the Z-Man collection - Pandemic: State of Emergency

Saving the world just got a little bit harder!

Three new challenges await you in this new expansion for Pandemic:

The Hinterlands Challenge
Where the diseases are spreading from animals to humans…