TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y, Night!
Ok, so it’s not exactly “night” yet… unless you’re East of here. So those of you in Europe might consider it night.

I’m getting off track. Anyway, it’s Saturday and hopefully you’re getting your gaming groove on.

We’ve got a collection of the review articles we found during the week and present them to you now.

In this edition, we have reviews/previews of: Doomtown: Reloaded, Mysterium, Between Two Cities, Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, Sanssouci, Mythtopia, The Tyrant and Dreadnought Army Cases from Tabletop Tyrant, Oh My Gods!, Iron Kingdoms: Unleashed Adventure Kit, and Specter Ops.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Time for another Review Roundup here on TGN. Here’s the review articles we found this week and thought you’d like to check out.
Here’s a list of the games/products on review this week.

-Heroes of Normandie: a video review
-Dungeons & Dragons 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide
-Sheriff of Nottingham Board Game
-The Agents card game
-Previews of the new Mantic Battlezones sprues

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Play Unplugged reviews Level 7: Invasion

Play Unplugged has another Gold Medal in 100m Dash-winning review up. This time it’s Level 7: Invasion from Privateer Press.

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I have A Thing for the end of the world. Apocalypse books and zombie movies are absolutely my cup of tea. As a philosopher once said, “Some people just like to watch the world burn.” I’m one of them, I guess. Ask me sometime about my scars.

One thing I don’t have A Thing for is so-called “Ameritrash” board games, with lots of bits and pieces and rulebooks that take several hours to read. I like my games with cubes, and lots of ‘em or rows of nice orderly meeples and clearly-labelled spaces. That’s my kind of game.

So to say I went into Level 7: Invasion confused is putting it lightly. A bits-and-pieces game where we’re fighting to save the world against an alien invasion? Okay, I thought, let’s watch this world burn.

Super Special Play Unplugged Podcast – Gen Con Indy Recap Quarter 3 2014

Play Unplugged has posted a new episode of their podcast up online for your listening pleasure.

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In this episode:

Still haven’t heard enough about “The Best Four Days in Gaming?”

Good!

Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini and Matt Snodgrass return with their final thoughts on the awesomeness that was Gen Con Indy 2014. And though the amount of awesome at any event is often difficult to quantify, this podcast is over two hours long. That’s pretty awesome, and like all our quarterly podcasts, is super special as well. Enjoy!

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Chaos in Cochise County Kickstarter Miniatures Preview

Play Unplugged takes a look inside CIA Game’s Chaos in Cochise County in this preview of the models from the game.

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Howdy Pardners! Play Unplugged received a box of preview figures for Chaos in Cochise County from Chaos In Action Games (now on Kickstarter). Enrico travels to the weird west to give you a look at their growing line of figures.

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Cerci Speed Circuit Faction Starter

Play Unplugged takes a look inside the Cerci Speed Circuit Faction Starter box in this unboxing video.

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Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini returns from Gen Con Indy 2014 with a deluge of miniature gaming goodness! In this episode, he takes a look at the Cerci Speed Circuit Faction Starter for the anime inspired skirmish miniature game, Relic Knights.

Play Unplugged Review – Rat King and Rat Queen Theme Packs (Ascension)

Play Unplugged has a new MTV Viewer’s Choice Award-winning review up. This time it’s the Rat King and Rat Queen mini-expansion packs for Ascension.

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Pass the cheese and mind the traps; here comes the Rat King and Queen for the Ascension deck-building game from Stone Blade Entertainment. Can Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini survive the infestation?

Play Unplugged Review – Shroud of Ancients – Part 3

Play Unplugged continues their Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award-winning review of Shroud of Ancients with part 3.

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Play Unplugged’s Matt Snodgrass finishes up his review of Shroud of the Ancients D5 Roleplaying Game from Dark Tavern Press. Can he navigate the perils of the beta edition of the book and find his way to the fresh roleplaying system at its core?

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set

Play Unplugged gives us a look inside the new starter set for D&D 5th edition.

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It’s finally here! Fans of Dungeons & Dragons have been waiting for what seems like ages for the first official release for 5th Edition, also known as D&D Next. Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini delves into Wizards of the Coast’s first new D&D product, The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set.

Play Unplugged Review – Shroud of the Ancients – Part 1

Play Unplugged has a new World Cup-winning review up online. This time it’s the first part of their Shroud of the Ancients article.

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Check out Part 1 of Matt Snodgrass’s deep dive review into Shroud of Ancients from Dark Tavern Press.

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Mage Wars: Forged in Fire

Play Unplugged takes a look at the latest Mage Wars expansion in this unboxing article.

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Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini dives into another Mage Wars spell tome in an attempt to divine its arcane secrets. In this video, he unboxes the latest Mage Wars expansion: Forged in Fire.

Play Unplugged Review – Scrapyard Empire

Play Unplugged has posted another Nebula-award-winning review up on their website. This time it’s for Scrapyard.

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Play Unplugged’s Mike Eaton reviews Scrapyard Empire from Galliant Games, the card game of racing to finish your dream inventions by hook or by crook!

Play Unplugged Review – Zombies Keep Out

Play Unplugged posted another Grammy-Award Winning review over on their website. This time it’s Zombies Keep Out from Privateer Press.

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Can Play Unplugged’s Dan Bidwa repulse the zombie hordes with only a handful of gobbers on his side? Find out in his review of Zombies Keep Out by Privateer Press!

Play Unplugged Review – High Command: Savage Guardians

Play Unplugged posted another Louisiana State Fair Cook-off award-winning review. This time it’s High Command: Savage Guardians.

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Play Unplugged’s Matt Snodgrass gets feral with his review of Privateer Press’s Savage Guardian expansion for Hordes: High Command!

Play Unplugged Review – High Command: Into the Breach

Play Unplugged posted up another of their Nobel Prize in Physics reviews wherein they take a look at the Into the Breach expansion for Privateer Press’ High Command card game.

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Play Unplugged’s Tony Borzok charges Into the Breach, to review the eponymous High Command expansion from Privateer Press!

Play Unplugged Review – Hordes: High Command

Play Unplugged posted another Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award-winning review article. This time it’s Hordes: High Command.

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Play Unplugged’s Matt Snodgrass reviews Hordes: High Command from Privateer Press. Will it bring a boost to his tabletop collection or cause him to frenzy?

Play Unplugged Super Special Podcast – Quarter 1, 2014

Play Unplugged comes back to the airwaves with a new episode of Play Unplugged radio. It’s up now for your listening pleasure.

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It’s finally here! The long awaited return of Play Unplugged Radio is here, and we have a doozy of a first episode for you. Our podcast is indeed Super and Special, as the team gets together for almost two hours of gaming gab and goodness!

This episode features:
Play Unplugged Staff – Dan Bidwa, Mike Eaton, Enrico Nardini, and Matt Snodgrass
Part 1 – Roles in gaming and the way they influence our play in CCGs, Board & Card Games, Miniature Games, and Role Playing Games
Our awesome sponsors!
Part 2 – Kickstarters and why we choose to support some and not others

Let’s Play SuperSystem 4th Edition – Part 2

Four-Color Studios posted up their next game play preview for SuperSystem 4th edition up on their Kickstarter page.

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Four-Color Studio’s Enrico Nardini and Scott Pyle present the second of a series of Let’s Play videos featuring the new SuperSystem 4th Edition (now on Kickstarter). In this video they resolve a Ranged Attack and Super Leap.

Play Unplugged Review – Chess: Two Player Battle Box

Play Unplugged has our one April 1st post for the day with a look at the Chess two-player box set.

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Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini is always tackling the latest releases in miniature wargames. Check out his review of the Chess: Two Player Battle Box. Will this game live up to his high standards?

Play Unplugged Review – Father Lucant

Play Unplugged takes a look at the new Father Lucant miniature from Privateer Press and gives you their thoughts on the subject.

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I’d love to tell you how excited I am to get my hands on the new Father Lucant, but this is not the first time that the Divinity Architect and I have crossed paths. My companions and I were exploring a temple devoted to the Convergence’s clockwork goddess. We were lucky to escape alive…

Unplugged Review – Battle for Stalingrad

Play Unplugged takes a look at and gives you their thoughts of Battle for Stalingrad… the game, not the actual historical event, though the former is based on the latter.

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Play Unplugged’s Damian Mastrangelo is back in the trenches with a review of Battle for Stalingrad from Dan Verssen Games (DVG).

SuperSystem 4th Edition Trailer posted

SuperSystem has a little over 2 weeks until the launch of their Kickstarter campaign for the 4th edition of their game. They’ve got a teaser trailer posted up to help entice and excite you.

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There are 18 days left to sign-up to Four-Color Studios mailing list, and receive a free Major Meteor miniature as a part of your Kickstarter pledge (Protector Level or higher). While you wait, check out this brief trailer featuring a cover teaser with art from Rich Yanizeski.

Play Unplugged Review – Body Builders: A Tale of Taxidermy

Play Unplugged has a review up of Body Builders: A Tale of Taxidermy.
… and here I thought it was going to be Rico telling us how he got his washboard stomach and 30″ biceps…

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Play Unplugged?’s Matt Snodgrass? stitches together his thoughts on Body Builders: A Tale of Taxidermy from Overworld Games.

Play Unplugged Review – Smash Up

Play Unplugged takes a look at AEG’s Smash Up card game in this review post.

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Nerd culture likes it’s in-jokes. Unfortunately, nerd culture is also really good at driving those in-jokes straight into the ground and beating the proverbial dead horse into a fine paste. For example, while zombies and bacon will always have some diehard fans, they have overstayed their welcome in many a geek’s opinion (this reviewer included).

Play Unplugged Review – Love Letter: Legend of the Five Rings Edition

Play Unplugged is a bit late for Valentine’s Day, but they wanted to send you this letter anyway.

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Play Unplugged’s Mike Eaton wants to know what love is. He wants AEG to show him. Will he find true romance in Love Letter: Legend of the Five Rings Edition?