Play Unplugged Brings It to the Table

Play Unplugged posted a new Play Unplugged Academy post. This one’s about sorting out the world that is the RPG gaming lifestyle.

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From the article:

It’s time to get that RPG campaign out of your head and onto the tabletop! Play Unplugged’s Dan Bidwa discusses the use of random tables and other tools, for reactive campaign building.

Play Unplugged checks out the neighborhood

Play Unplugged takes a look at the Townsfolk Bones set from Reaper and gives you their thoughts on the subject.

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Non-combatants are often an afterthought in miniature gaming. It is easy to see why, when our hobby encompasses so many differing elements, and speaking frankly, civilians are simply less glamorous or in the case of some historical battles, can be downright horrific to include. (Generally speaking, the rule of good taste should guide you.) That said, the inclusion of a few civilians can really add some realism to the appearance of your table, and can even be useful for scenarios and roleplaying situations. The inclusion of tons of science fiction civilians in the crowded hives of our Dark Hersey campaign had made for many a memorable battle.

Play Unplugged Review – Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia

Play Unplugged takes a look at making their own dystopian future by checking out Euphoria.

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Play Unplugged’s Damian Mastrangelo tries to make his way in the dystopian future city of Euphoria. Check out his review of this new worker placement game from Stonemaier Games!

Designer’s Log 3 – Testing, Testing…

Play Unplugged has posted up the third installment of their Designer’s Log where you get some insight into what it takes to make the games that you love to play.

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Scott Pyle’s series documenting his design process for Super System 4th Edition continues. This installment focuses on play testing.

Play Unplugged – Dwarf Gyrobomber Unboxing

Play Unplugged takes a look at the new Dwarf Gyrobomber from Games Workshop in this unboxing article.

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From the article:

Play Unplugged’s Thane Enrico Nardini unboxes the latest in dwarf air superiority, the Gyrobomber from Games Workshop!

Play Unplugged Review – Android: Netrunner

Play Unplugged takes a look at the Netrunner LCG from Fantasy Flight Games.
I know we don’t generally do LCGs and such, but Netrunner’s my favorite card game out there, by far.
Plus, Uncle Rico over at PU’s a friend. So there.

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From the review:

Play Unplugged’s Paul Carboni reviews Android: Netrunner, the futuristic living card game from Fantasy Flight Games.

Play Unplugged Miniatures Review – Threshold Operatives 4 (Strange Aeons)

Play Unplugged has another miniatures review up. This one’s for the Threshold Operatives 4 set from Strange Aeons.

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From the review:

I first stumbled across Strange Aeons while chatting with a Canadian gamer at a Gen Con Indy a few years back. I wish I could remember his name to give him a shout-out, but alas, I can’t seem to jog it from my memory. (Gen Con Indys begin to blur together after you’ve covered enough of them!) Regardless, I’m glad he did, because as a enormous H.P. Lovecraft fan, I was happy to see that a company (Uncle Mike’s Worldwide) was exploring the Lovecraft Mythos in a format other than RPGs.

Play Unplugged Designer’s Log 2 – Devil, Meet The Details

Play Unplugged continues their Designer’s Log series with entry #2, “Devil, Meet the Details.”

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Here comes the second installment of Scott Pyle’s Designer’s Log, chronicling the development of SuperSystem 4th Edition from Four-Color Studios.

Play Unplugged reviews Seamus, Avatar of Dread (Wyrd Miniatures)

Play Unplugged takes a look at the Seamus, Avatar of Dread from Wyrd Miniatures in this week’s miniature review.

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From the review:

I had the pleasure of playing Malifaux 2E yesterday, and without writing a full review of that (don’t worry; it’s on the way), I’m happy to report that the game was a blast! I had already painted a Seamus Crew from the previous edition of the game, and I wanted to paint something new for my gang. Seamus, Avatar of Dread had been sitting in my bin of miniatures waiting for some brush love, so I pulled him out of the box and set to work.

Play Unplugged Review – Kos City Campaign Setting & Lands Beyond Kos

Play Unplugged has another of their Golden Globe award-winning reviews up. This one’s for the Kos City and Lands Beyond Kos books.

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From the review:

Play Unplugged’s Paul Carboni travels to the island of Kos for an adventure through two new systemless setting books: Kos City, and Lands Beyond Kos from Skirmisher Publishing LLC.

Play Unplugged Review: Waste Priests (Sgt. Major Miniatures)

Play Unplugged posted another mini review on their website. This one’s the Waste Priests from Sgt. Major Miniatures.

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From the review:

I first encountered Sgt. Major Miniatures at Historicon last year, and I was immediately impressed by the diversity of figures their company had on offer. As a lover of weird science fiction figures, I made sure to pick up a few packs, including a pack called Waste Priests from their Get Some! range.

Play Unplugged Review – Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team (ebook)

Play Unplugged posted up another of their Rubber Stoat of Zurich-award winning reviews. This one’s for Kill Team from Games Workshop.

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From the review:

Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini takes point on a mission to review Kill Team, a skirmish gaming supplement for Warhammer 40K.

Play Unplugged reviews Dr. E-Vil from Crossover Miniatures

Play Unplugged takes a look at the Dr. E-Vil miniature from Crossover Miniatures in their latest review.

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From the review:

Did everyone have a great holiday season? I hope you did! Every year around this time my wargaming pals get together at our LGS and there is often a modest gift exchange. My gaming groups are pretty darn thoughtful in general, and with so much awesome and exciting stuff going on in the world of miniature gaming, it’s hard not to get some sweet gifts. One of my gifts from this gathering just happened to be perfect for the first of what will be my on-going miniature review series, highlighting cool figures I’ve found that I think you will love.

Play Unplugged Review – Apocalypse Survivors: The Men

Play Unplugged has posted another of their Technical Emmy-award-winning reviews. This time it’s Apocalypse Survivors: The Men from Wargames Factory.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Apocalypse, everywhere you go! Play Unplugged’s Matt Snodgrass reviews Wargames Factory’s Apocalypse Survivors: The Men.

Play Unplugged – Writer’s Choice Holiday Game Buys 2013

Play Unplugged has posted up their choice picks for the games you should be buying this holiday season.

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It’s the holiday season! No matter what you celebrate, chances are, if you are reading this, there is a tabletop gamer in your life that you need to purchase a gift for. Each year around this time we ask Play Unplugged’s writers to share their tabletop gaming gift picks for the holiday season. Check out what our writers want for the 2013 holidays.

Play Unplugged Review – Clairvoyance

Play Unplugged has another of their Palme D’or award-winning reviews with a look at Clairvoyance (they knew they were going to win ahead of time).

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Play Unplugged’s Paul Carboni dusts off the old crystal ball to review Clairvoyance, Eye4Games game of psychics and… furniture!?!?

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Apocalypse Survivors: The Women from Wargames Factory

Play Unplugged takes a look at Wargames Factory’s Apocalypse Survivors: The Women (how much for the women?) in their latest unboxing article.

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From the article:

Play Unplugged‘s Enrico Nardini unboxes the second set of Wargames Factory armed civilians for the zombie apocalypse.

Play Unplugged posts Codex: Inquisition review

Play Unplugged takes a look at the new eBook Codex: Inquisition available from Games Workshop.

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From the review:

I was in Historical gaming heaven at Fall-In 2013, but that did not stop me from taking some time back at the hotel to read the newly released Codex: Inquisition. To give some context, I’ve been moving away from Games Workshop’s games for some time now, and their products make up only a tiny portion of my gaming purchases. There have been many reasons for this, and I won’t elaborate further here. It is important to note that, despite my current feelings regarding Workshop, I was very excited for this release.

Play Unplugged Review – Glass Top Tray (Dave’s Baggage Train)

Play Unplugged takes a look at the glass-top tray from Dave’s Baggage Train and gives you their thoughts on the subject.

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How are you going to store those beautiful miniatures, once you have painted them? While at Fall-In 2013, Play Unplugged’s Enrico stopped by Dave’s Baggage Train to check out some new storage solutions. Check out his review of their glass top tray with magnet insert.

Play Unplugged Retro Review – Original Dungeons & Dragons Premium Reprint

Play Unplugged steps into the Wayback Machine and takes a look at the D&D Premium Reprint that WotC made.

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It’s Play Unplugged Retro Review time! Jason Vey looks at the Wizards of the Coast premium reprint of the Original Dungeons & Dragons rules.

Play Unplugged’s Thrifty Wargamer – BattleSworn and Reaper Miniatures: Bones

Play Unplugged helps you game on a budget by showing off some of the more-affordable avenues into minis gaming with a look at BattleSworn and the Reaper Bones minis.

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Tabletop miniature games can be expensive. This reality is frustrating to both beginners looking for a low-cost entry point and veterans looking for value. Our Budget Wargamer articles highlight inexpensive and exciting games and figures that provide the most bang for your buck. In this article Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini looks Ganesha Games’ BattleSworn and Reaper Miniatures’ Bones.

Play Unplugged Review – Krosmaster: Arena

Play Unplugged has posted up another of their Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award-winning reviews. This one’s for Krosmaster Arena.

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Who will become the king of the Krosmoz? Play Unplugged’s Damian Mastrangelo battles his way through Japanime Games’ Krosmaster: Arena.

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Mage War: Druid Vs. Necromancer

Play Unplugged has posted up another of their unboxing videos. This time it’s Mage War: Druid vs. Necromancer.

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Break out your spell books Play Unplugged fans! Enrico unboxes the latest expansion for Mage Wars. Druids and Necromancers duke it out for domination of Etheria!

Play Unplugged Halloween Game Picks for 2013

Play Unplugged gives you a list of their favorite games for this spooky season in their latest editorial.

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Greetings gamers and ghouls! It’s that time of year again, the time when I ask Play Unplugged’s team of freelancers what games they would like to be playing this Halloween. These games can be brand new horrors or spooky old favorites. Here are their terrifying choices.

Play Unplugged Review – Orc Archers (Ramshackle Games)

Play Unplugged posted up another of their AKC Championship-winning reviews. This one’s for the Orc Archers from Ramshackle Games.

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From the review:

Orcs are one of the most iconic antagonists in the realm of fantasy. They are downright pervasive in our collective gaming, and you can find examples of them in almost any fantasy game in which you would push toy soldiers around a battlefield.

With so many options, miniature gamers are spoiled for choice, when it comes to selecting orcs for your all conquering horde. There are miniatures like those in Games Workshop’s fantasy line, that suit a more modern aesthetic; while traditionalists likely love Otherworld Miniatures’s old school sensibilities. The point is, there are a lot of orcs out there, if you bother to look.

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Star Trek Attack Wing

Play Unplugged takes a look inside the Star Trek: Attack Wing box from WizKids and gives you their thoughts on the subject.

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It’s time to beam up the contents of another new game! Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini and “Navy” Dave Spurlock break out the tricorders and analyze Star Trek Attack Wing from WizKids Games.

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Brothers of Iron Kickstarter (Ramshackle Games)

Play Unplugged takes a look at the Brothers of Iron Kickstarter box contents from Ramshackle Games and gives you their thoughts on the matter.

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From the article:

In a previous episode of Play Unplugged TV, Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini unboxed an assorted collection of figures from Ramshackle Games. Enrico enjoyed those miniatures so much he had to jump in on their recent Kickstarter for the Brothers of Iron. In this unboxing we take a look at his rewards.

Play Unplugged Review – The Agents

Play Unplugged has another of their Winter X-Games Downhill Snowboarding Halfpipe gold medal award winning reviews posted up. This one’s for The Agents card game.

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From the review:

Play Unplugged’s Matt Snodgrass goes deep undercover to investigate The Agents, an espionage themed card game from a recently successful Kickstarter.

Play Unplugged posts The Painting Detail – Episode 1

Play Unplugged has posted the first episode of their new vidcast series, The Painting Detail, up online for your watching pleasure.

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It has finally arrived! Grab your brushes and report to the barracks! It’s time for The Painting Detail!

The Painting Detail is the newest web-series from tabletop gaming website Play Unplugged. The show is a true labor-of-love for its host Enrico Nardini, who has been enjoying the miniature game hobby for over 20 years.

The goal of the painting detail is to demystify miniature painting and assembly (making it more accessible for the beginner and novice) and provide tips and advice to help enthusiasts derive more satisfaction from their hobby.

The first episode features the following segments:
1. Skill – Miniature Assembly and Preparation
2. Supply Depot – Warpaints Starter Set
3. Speed Painting – Kobold Warrior

We hope you love the show!

Unplugged Review – Level 7 [Omega Protocol] posted

Play Unplugged posted up another of their Pulitzer Prize-winning reviews. This one’s for Privateer Press’s Level 7 Omega Protocol.

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From the review:

Omega Protocol has been initiated… Can Play Unplugged’s Damian Mastrangelo clean up the mess created by those Subterra Bravo scientists in Privateer Press’ latest addition to the Level 7 series? Check out his review of Level 7 [Omega Protocol]!

Play Unplugged Radio 3.6 – 3 Men and a Gamey

Play Unplugged has posted Unplugged Radio episode 3.6 up online for your listening pleasure.

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We’re back after an extended hiatus, due to convention coverage and other gubbins, with more riveting conversation by and for gamers (and a nice insomnia cure for everyone else). Enrico Nardini is joined by Monson “Tony” Borzok and “Navy” Dave Spurlock for another great geek-out!

Topics include:

– Tony – Ashen Stars, Warhammer Chaos campaign, Warmachine & Hordes, Reaper Bones
– Dave – 6mm World War II, Battleforce scale Battletech for Alpha Strike, new naval rules
– Enrico – Mechanicum, BattleSworn, French and Indian War
– Game Science dice
– Donald Featherstone’s passing
– Random game stuff
– Tabletop role-playing with Skype
– Monthly GW Rant (fear not, only 6-8min.)
– History is fun!

Play Unplugged Review – High Command

Play Unplugged has posted another of their National Spelling Bee award-winning reviews. This one’s for Privateer Press’ deck-building game, High Command.

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From the review:

Play Unplugged’s Tony Borzok takes command of the growing conflict in the Iron Kingdoms. He takes a look at Privateer Press’s foray into the world of deck-building games, WARMACHINE:High Command!