Plaid Hat Games Posts Specter Ops: Broken Covenant Preview

The world of Specter Ops is a rather dangerous one. The workings of Raxxon go way back and its roots are deep. The world is expanding out with a new stand-alone sequel called Specter Ops: Broken Covenant. Plaid Hat Games has posted up a preview, giving you an opportunity to see what exactly will be changed and added (at least, some of them). Have yourself a look.
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Plaid Hat Games Announces Starship Samurai Board Game

Space is vast… and you want to control it all! Plaid Hat Games has announced a new area management game called Starship Samurai. In it, players are in control of their own clan and must utilize their vast armadas in order to control the most and best parts of the galaxy.
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Crystal Clans Now Available

There are stones out there that are filled with power. These magic crystals are heavily fought over, each clan wanting them for their very own. Take control of one of these clans and prove that yours is the mightiest of them all. At least, that’s the plan in Crystal Clans, the new card game available now from Plaid Hat Games.
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Review Roundup

Here we are back on Saturday. Hard to believe it’s as late as it is already. Day just seems to be flying by. If there’s any day of the week that I usually hope “drags on,” it’s Saturday. But not so today. I’ve been up since 3:15am (that’s just what time my brain decided to be awake this morning), and can’t believe how late it already is. But, one of the last things I really need to get done is get you those reviews you so desperately desire.

This week, we have: HEXploreit: The Forest of Adrimon, The First Steps of Calais, Vinyl, Mobster Metropolis, Rise of Moloch, Lotus iOS, Manhattan, Empires, Stuffed Fables, Hellapagos, Bunny Kingdom, The Fox in the Forest, and Burning Suns.

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Plaid Hat Games Announces Seasoned Stuffies Variant For Stuffed Fables

Many of you out there have had a chance to give Stuffed Fables from Plaid Hat Games a try. You and your friends have taken on the role of stuffed animals who look to keep their little girl safe from all the things that go bump in the night. Perhaps, though, you’ve found the challenges aren’t as challenging as you’d hoped. Well, things are about to get tougher. The new Seasoned Stuffies variant rules gives well-seasoned players ways to up the difficulty and challenge in their game via several alternative and extra rules. You can download your copy of this new variant now.
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Review Roundup

You ever have one of those days where you wake up, get going with doing things, then look at the clock and are like, “Whoah! It’s already 7pm!! How’d that happen!?!” Yeah, that was my yesterday. I woke the same as any other day except a voice was in my head… Ok, no voices in my head, but I did get started on various things, then realized that goddamn, it was late! So you didn’t get your reviews yesterday. So I’m making up for it by posting them early today. Don’t worry, this won’t become a regular thing.

Anyway, today we have: Elder Sign: Omens of the Pharaoh, Zombicide: Green Horde, Batman: Gotham City Chronicles, Listit, Draconis Invasion, Dice Throne, Palm Island, City of Gears, Stuffed Fables, Pandemic: Rising Tide, V-Commandos: Secret Weapons, Planet of the Apes, Indian Summer, When I Dream, and Gaia Project.

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Plaid Hat Announces Release Date for Crystal Clans

Crystal Clans is Plaid Hat Games’ upcoming strategic card game. It will put players in control of their own forces as they look to battle against their opponents, with the goal to be controlling the powerful crystals that grant immense power to those that wield them. Many of you have been waiting for this game to hit store shelves. Well, you’ve got just about a month left to wait. It’ll be available March 29th.
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New Story Released For Stuffed Fables

Well, Stuffed Fables has been released, and it seems the big reaction to it has been, “this is amazing! We want more!” Well, Plaid Hat Games is here to oblige. They’ve created a new, stand-alone story for the game that you can download and add to your storybook now.
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Review Roundup

Woo! Saturday!
And I’m finally mostly over being sick. You never realize just how much you are thankful that you can breathe through your nose or take a couple breaths without coughing until that’s exactly the opposite of how you’re doing. Ah well. While I groove along to The Guess Who (because why not?), let’s get you some gaming reviews.

This week, we’ve got: 51st State Master Set, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters, Arkon, Pockety Odyssey, Noises at Night, Siege Storm, Rambo: the Board Game, Hardback, Voodoo, Palette Swap, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Pryamids, Kingsburg (2nd Edition), Crossfire, Through the Desert (Euro Classics Edition), Nemesis, Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha, and Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga Warband.

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Stuffed Fables Now Available

Stuffed Fables is now available.
That could just be the whole crux of the story, and that’d be fine. But Plaid Hat Games went one further. They’ve also posted up a video on their site about the psychology of playing board games, and they got a real professor of psychology to talk about it with.
But yeah, you can get your copy of the game now.
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Plaid Hat Games Posts Stuffed Fables Overview

It’s been a bit since we got our last Stuffed Fables look from Plaid Hat. I know a lot of you have been excitedly waiting for more news. Well, in this instance, they’re giving you quite a bit. They’ve posted up a video overview of the game that you can check out. They’re also letting people know that the game will hit store shelves February 1st.
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Plaid Hat Posts New Stuffed Fables Preview

Games rarely go from first concept to print without a whole ton of changes in the middle. With each change, the game gets more refined, streamlined, and better. In this preview of Stuffed Fables, James Hawthorne, the game’s designer, goes over where the game started and where it’s come, both visually and mechanics-wise.
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Plaid Hat Posts How-to-Play Video for Stuffed Fables

The release of Stuffed Fables grows ever-closer. People are excited to try out taking on the role of those snuggly characters and head into the dream world to protect their dreamer. You know who else is snuggly? Rodney Smith. He’s created a how-to-play video of the game and Plaid Hat has posted it up on their website. Check it out.
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Plaid Hat Games Previews Villains from Stuffed Fables

The plushie characters in Stuffed Fables are protecting their sleeping girl from being harmed. But what are they protecting her from, exactly? What are these dangers out there? Well, they’re Crepitus (brother of The Man in the Moon) and his army of minions. In this preview from Plaid Hat, get a look at them, so you can know what you’re confronting each night.
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Asmodee Launches Holiday Sale

So, it’s come to this…
We all knew they’d show up eventually. Well, they’re here. Asmodee looks to be leading the group, having launched their Holiday sale. And, being Asmodee, it’s not just them, but all their subsidiaries like Z-Man, Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, and others. And, you know, I’m a big fan of getting holiday shopping done ahead of time, especially ordering online. You order. It shows up. You’re done. Simple.
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Plaid Hat Games Previews Stitch for Stuffed Fables

Many of us have had a stuffed animal that got loved to the point of needing some repairs. Hugs and cuddles can lead to requiring some stitching or a new panel sewn on. But such damage might not have been due to hugs, but to the nightly battles that the plushie fought to protect you while you slept. In Stuffed Fables, one such plushie is named Stitch. We get a preview of them here from Plaid Hat Games.
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Plaid Hat Games Previews Lumpy For Stuffed Fables

In Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed animals, going on adventures in the night. The game uses an innovative game book that not only gives you the rules for the various encounters and scenarios, but also acts as the map. It has been garnering a lot of attention since its announcement, and Plaid Hat’s previews are always eagerly-anticipated. Well, here’s another for you, in which we get a look at another of the cuddly crusaders. This time, it’s Lumpy.
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Plaid Hat Games Posts New Stuffed Fables Preview

Stuffed Fables is a new type of storytelling game where the game book, itself, is the scene for all the action. Players will move their figures on the book’s pages, even as it tells them how the scenarios they’re playing goes. But how does that all work, exactly? In this preview, Plaid Hat Games tells us just how these mechanics work on the game table.
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Plaid Hat Games Announces Specter Ops: Broken Covenant

The original Specter Ops game was just the beginning. Plaid Hat Games has announced that they’re expanding the universe with their next game, Specter Ops: Broken Covenant. You must decide for yourself whether humans are at their best when they’re free, or if having total control over their lives is in their best interest. Check out this new preview and see what you can expect in this new chapter.
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Plaid Hat Games Posts October Release Dates

We’re just a couple days away from October. That means a whole new set of releases coming soon from Plaid Hat Games. But what, exactly, is coming out? And when will it be available? All your questions will be answered. (well… those two questions, at least… But not, like, anything really metaphysical… You’re gonna have to go elsewhere for those answers)
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Plaid Hat Games Previews Flops From Stuffed Fables

Many people are excited for the upcoming Stuffed Fables storytelling game from Plaid Hat. It’s gotten quite the reaction over on our social network sites. So you should be excited to know that a new preview has been posted. This time, we get a look at another of the fuzzy creatures that you can play as in the game. Say hello to Flops the bunny.
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Plaid Hat Games Posts New Stuffed Fables Preview

Plaid Hat’s Stuffed Fables has been getting a lot of attention since its announcement. The gamebook style has intrigued many, along with the theme of stuffed animals coming to life to go on adventures and protect the children that they love. In this preview, we get a look at how the game stories work, themselves.
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Plaid Hat Games Previews Theadora From Stuffed Fables

An upcoming game that’s gotten some real attention lately is Stuffed Fables from Plaid Hat Games. It’s the adventure gamebook where players collectively tell a story using the book as a rules guide, game board, and more. Players will take on the role of different stuffed animals and their adventures in the night. The first preview for the game is Theadora, the adventurous teddy bear.
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Plaid Hat Games Posts Gen Con Preview

It’s coming down to the wire. It’s the last day before Gen Con officially begins (though, trust me, there’s plenty of activity going on behind the scenes). Vendors are setting up their booths and carting in product. What sort of product? New and awesome things you’ve yet to see. Plaid Hat Games has some of those, and you’ll be able to check them out tomorrow.
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Plaid Hat Games Announces Stuffed Fables Storytelling Game

Just about everyone, when they were a kid, had some sort of stuffed animal that was their favorite. Maybe a stuffed bear or dragon or tiger or something. You know, the Hobbs to your Calvin. And, like Calvin, you probably went on some epic adventures (either real or imaginary) with them. Well, Plaid Hat Games is letting you relive those with Stuffed Fables, a new StoryBoard game from the creator of Mice and Mystics.
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Asmodee North America Goes Exclusive Through Alliance Distribution

Another bit of news about where you’ll be able to get your favorite games (like CMON did recently). This time, it’s Asmodee North America (which deals with Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, Asmodee, Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat, and Catan Studio) who is going exclusive through Alliance distribution.
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Plaid Hat Game Previews Lone Wolf for Dead of Winter

Warring Colonies, the new expansion coming out for Dead of Winter, gives players the chance to team up against one-another and fight over the meager resources to be found. But what happens when there’s an odd number of players? That’s where the Lone Wolf variant comes in. It’s rules for a single player that is independent from the other two factions. We get a look at how that works in this preview.
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Plaid Hat Games Announces Crystal Clans Board Game

Plait Hat Games has announced a new game they’ve been working on. In Crystal Clans, players are looking to control the four powerful crystals that will let them take over the world. They’ll do this by creating armies of fantasy creatures and units. Build your forces, take on your opponent, and grab those stones!
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Plaid Hat Games Posts New Warring Colonies Preview

The end of civilization is bad enough. You’ve survived so far, but resources aren’t going to last the winter if they’re spread too thin. The various survivors are banding together and now attacking one-another in order to survive. That’s what’s happening in Warring Colonies, the upcoming expansion for Dead of Winter. Plaid Hat Games has posted up another preview of what you can expect in this new set.
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Podcast Roundup

While it’s good to be back in the office and once more in my regular routine, after last week’s ordeal with my apartment, I’m still looking forward to the weekend. For those of us here in the US, it’s even (potentially) a long weekend, what with Monday being Memorial Day. So I’m ready for that to get here as soon as possible. To help it along, I like to listen to some gaming podcasts as I work.

This week we have: News of the North – 2017-05-23; Geeks of the North Episode 39: Chaosludik and Figurines Québec wrap-up; The Secret Cabal Episode 135: Watson & Holmes, Star Wars Rebellion and Playing to Your Potential; The Cardboard Herald Episode 28: Scott Almes – Tiny Epic Designer; The D6 Generation Episode 213: Ronnie & Mantic Games Origin Story plus Terrain then and Now; The Rolistes Episode 20 (Part 2) : Nephilim with Mira, Willem & Rob; Singled Out Episode 34: Vengeance 2017 Round Up; Blue Peg, Pink Peg Bonus Episode 1: Board Game Backstories; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 106: CMON Expo; The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 25: The UK Games Expo Preview; Forgot My Dice Episode 11 (18) : It’s Moments Like This Where I Want This to be a Solo Show; 40K Radio Episode 15: 8th Edition Preview Roundup Part 1; Anonymous Tabletop Episode 14: In the Not Too Distant Future; Nerdherders Episode 105: Star Wars by the Numbers; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 210: Glenbrook Games Painting Services; Plaid Hat Games Podcast: Out of the Box Edge of the Empire Part 2; and Game Classy 138: Sigmar Skirmish!

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Podcast Roundup

Busy week is busy. Lots of stuff going on over on this side of the screen, from proofing projects for new games to typing up articles about upcoming releases to… oh yeah… that show-thing we’ve got at the end of the week. Just a few things to do in order to get ready for that. 😉
And while I currently have Pantera going to keep me motivated and getting things done, I’ll eventually switch over to come gaming podcasts.

This week we have: Plaid Hat Games Podcast: The House on Carver Hill – D&D – Part 5; Plan of ATK! Episode 2; The Secret Cabal Episode 134: Clank, A Game of Thrones and a Short Topic Extravaganza Founders Edition; The Cardboard Herald Episode 26: Francesco Nepitello, Co-designer of War of the Ring; Guild Ball Tonight Episode 61: Hunterering; Singled Out Episode 32: Building Up to Vengeance 2017; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 104: Giant Epic with Scott Almes and Michael Coe; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 208: Conan Boardgame Review; and Forgot My Dice Episode 10(17) : A Full Slow Clap.

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Plaid Hat Games Announces Warring Colonies Expansion for Dead of Winter

When resources get scarce, people gather together to work as a team to survive. But what happens when to competing groups are looking to get the same resources? There might not be enough to go around. And so, even with all the other things that are happening, the groups have to fight with one-another. That’s just what you’ll be doing in the upcoming expansion for Dead of Winter. It’s called Warring Colonies.
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Podcast Roundup

We’ve made it past Monday. The work-week is well underway. Most of us are at our jobs, looking to get through the day. To help them go along faster, I’ve found that gaming podcasts help. Hopefully they help you, too.

Today in the Roundup we’ve got: The Cardboard Herald Episode 22: Sebastian Koziner: designer, artist, and Argentinian publisher; Guild Ball Tonight Episode 60: Last Time on Guild Ball; Singled Out Episode 29: Off The Season 3 Scrapheap; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 203: Pig Iron Productions; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 100: 100!!!!; Forgot My Dice Episode 8(15) : Hey Dawg I Heard You Like Landmines; Anonymous Tabletop Episode 13: Austin, We Have a Problem – Adepticon Live Show; Plaid Hat Games Podcast: The House on Carver Hill, Parts 3 and 4; Adeptus Infernus Episode 039; The Secret Cabal Episode 132: Anachrony, Nippon and A Short Topic Extravaganza; and News of the North – 2017-04-11.

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