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TGN Review: Iconic Blue 2 Dice Set From Kraken Dice

#NoSuchThingAsTooManyDice
That’s my honest belief. I mean… I guess if you’re not able to feed or clothe yourself, but you’re buying more dice, that might be too many, but until you reach that point, you can never have enough. A couple months back, people were talking about a website that’ll show you exactly how much money you’d spent on Steam over the years. They were lamenting the thousands of dollars they’d spent. I don’t have a Steam account… but I do have bags and bags and bags of dice. One company I’ve been following a lot lately has been Kraken Dice (I’m sure you’ve all probably noticed). Well, waaaaaay back, I got their Iconic Blue 1 set, one of their first limited edition sets. Well, I just got my Iconic Blue 2 set. And since I did a review of IB1, let’s do a review of IB2.

So, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Iconic Blue 2 from Kraken Dice.

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TGN Review: The Bestiary of Equestria

I’m an unabashed fan of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. I’ve seen all the way through Season 7. I’ve got the movie on Blu-Ray. And I’ve done multiple reviews for the Tails of Equestria products in the past. So, it seems only fitting that I continue on. I recently managed to get a Bestiary of Equestria, a book I’d been eagerly anticipating getting for a while, due to what’s been said to be inside. Did it live up to my expectations?

So, grab your favorite Wonderbolt hat, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s The Bestiary of Equestria for the Tails of Equestria RPG from River Horse Games.

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TGN Review: Kraken Dice Iconic Blue Set

I don’t collect a lot of things. My board game collection is actually rather small. I only play 2 minis games, and the amount of each is relatively tiny. But when it comes to dice? … Well, I have a saying, “No such thing as too many dice.” I love these little jewels. I’ve got all types and am always looking out for new places to get them. In the past couple months, I’ve come across Kraken Dice. In that short time, they’ve quickly become my favorite dice company. My most recent purchase just showed up, and so I figured I’d tell you about them and about why I love this company so much.

So grab your Crown Royal bag, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s the Iconic Blue dice set from Kraken Dice.

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TGN Review: Divinity Derby by Ares Games

Zeus has called together various gods and they’re having themselves a party. The ambrosia starts kicking in, and soon, they’re arguing over what mythical creatures would win in a flying race. Well, being divine in nature, the gods are able to figure this out directly by setting up a track and calling these creatures to fly for their amusement. Of course, no race is quite exciting enough without a little betting going on. That’s the story behind Divinity Derby, a new racing board game from Ares Games. They’ve sent me a copy to check out and let you know about how it works.

So get your $2 bet ready, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Divinity Derby.

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TGN Review: Munchkin CCG

Just about all of us have at least seen all the variations of Munchkin out there. It’s been a staple of Steve Jackson Games’ line since it came out. Most of the sets have been illustrated by the illustrious John Kovalic. Well, a new set of Munchkin is about to come out. One that’s different than all the others. It’s the Munchkin CCG.

Steve Jackson Games was kind enough to hook me up with a Cleric vs. Thief starter set, as well as some booster packs so I can tell you all about it.

So grab your alluring codpiece and chainsaw of bloody dismemberment, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s the Munchkin CCG by Steve Jackson Games.

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TGN Review: Super Kitty Bug Slap

Those that’ve been long-time readers of TGN know that I have a love of “gaming backpack games.” Those are games that are very small and compact, tend to have few rules and a small footprint on the table, and can be played at almost a moment’s notice. They’re so named because you can toss them in your gaming backpack and whip them out whenever you’ve got a spare moment, be it before the rest of your group shows up for an RPG session, or between rounds in a miniatures game tourney, or just whenever you and some friends have a couple spare minutes. Super Kitty Bug Slap, from Steve Jackson Games, fits firmly into that category. But how does the game work?

Well, the fine folks over there sent me a copy, so I can tell you all about it.

Please, leave your fly swatters at home (they’d be cheating). It’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Supper Kitty Bug Slap.

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TGN Review: Deep-Cut Studios Custom Game Mat

Recently, Deep-Cut Studios started a new program where you can send in a photo and they’ll print a custom game mat for you. They sent out invitations for reviewers to get an early look at the service and give people their thoughts. I was one such reviewer selected, and since I’d been meaning to get a custom mat for a while, I jumped at the opportunity. So, let’s take a look at the custom printing service from Deep-Cut Studios in this TGN Review!




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Photos from Day 4 of Gen Con

Well, Gen Con wrapped up yesterday. Today's a travel day for me. Then we'll get you back to a closer-to-regular posting schedule tomorrow and going into the rest of the week. It's impossible to thank all the people who made this show so awesome. There's just too many to list (and my brain is still far, far too tired, even after some sleep). But it was an amazing show. Every year, I wonder if "The Greatest 4 Days in Gaming" is going to be false advertising or not, and every year, it proves itself correct. The show does, truly, deserve that title. Anyway, here's the last galleries from the show. I hope you like 'em.

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Photos From Gen Con Day 3

Gen Con this year has been everything I was expecting it to be. Mostly: filled with awesome stuff to see and filled with lots of people! Saturday has always been the busiest day, and yesterday was no exception. And while there was a mildly-noticeable larger crowd, we weren't all packed in like sardines, for the most part. You could still get around to see all the great booths here at the show. Though taking pictures was sometimes difficult. But take them I did. And here they are for you to see.

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Galleries From Day 2 at Gen Con 2017

Once more it's early in the A.M. and I'm up. That's just my schedule. But I've got another batch of galleries to show off from Day 2 of Gen Con. Remember, the best way to see these immediately is to follow us over on our Facebook page. Anyway, let's get to it!

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Galleries From Day 1 At Gen Con 2017

It's early dawn here at Gen Con Day 2. I... wish I could tell you what happened to Day 1. I swear it was just here a minute ago. At least, that's how it feels. I can tell you that the hall is busy. But what would you expect from a show that's sold out? Thursday already felt like a Saturday. So it's anyone's guess as to what the rest of the show will be like.

Anyway, over on the TGN Facebook page, I've been regularly updating with galleries from the show. Here's what we had yesterday.

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Small Statues of Ponies? Who’d’ve Thought? A Review of Curse of the Statuettes Adventure

I’m an unabashed fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I put it in the same league as something like Animaniacs and Tiny Toons, where, sure, I may not be the real target audience, but I feel it’s a quality cartoon product that has enough references to keep me interested (they dress up as the characters from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas at one point, for example). So yes, I do also enjoy the Tails of Equestria RPG book and, as soon as I could, ordered my copy of The Curse of the Statuettes, the first full-length adventure for the game. It got here the other day, and I figured, for my 25,000th post (more on that later), I’d give it a (spoiler-free) review. So let’s get into it.



So let’s head out into the badlands and take a look at The Curse of the Statuettes.

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TGN Review: Tails of Equestria RPG

Many of my friends have young kids who are just getting to the age where they’ve started to show an interest in gaming. They see mom and dad playing their tabletop games and want to join in. Several of those kids are also huge fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Heck, my niece is obsessed with the show. There’s also plenty of older people out there who enjoy the show (heck, I admit that I’ve watched the whole series), and many of them are gamers. So, it seemed only natural for there to be a My Little Pony RPG. That comes in the form of Tails of Equestria.



The kind folks over at River Horse sent me a copy of the book (they’re true friends, for sure).

Grab your saddlebags and watch out for timberwolves, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Tails of Equestria.

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TGN Exclusive Preview: Arkoline Artwork For Star Saga

Mantic Games has been doing rather well with their Kickstarter campaign for Star Saga. As I type this, they're less than $2k from reaching $200k, which will be 2x what their original goal for the campaign was. As such, they've made it through several stretch goals (4 to be specific, soon to be 5). They've shown a bit for quite a few more, but right here is the first place we get a look at another one: Arkoline.

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TGN Guild Ball Player Analysis: Tater

Hey everyone, and welcome to sort of a mini-review of sorts. At Gen Con, Steamforged Games had a new player available for Guild Ball. Ok, so they had new mascots too, but they also had a new player. It's Tater, the first of the Farmer's Guild (play for full effect). Wanna see his stats? Wanna know what these Harvest Tokens do? Read on.

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TGN Demo Report: Dark Souls

Hey everyone. Gen Con has closed up shop for another year. The going consensus seems to be that it was a great show, but also an exceedingly fast one. I can certainly relate. It seems just this morning (which was actually Thursday morning), I was joking, "So, it's Sunday tear-down, right?" and here it is, even after tear-down. However, before I post up the day's few galleries and get some rest before a long drive tomorrow, I need to tell you about my demo this morning of the Dark Souls board game over at the Steamforged Games booth.

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TGN Preview: Kronia

The final game we took a look at was also a cool bluffing/blind bidding game. It's by some of the same designers that made Sheriff of Nottingham. So if you liked how those mechanics worked, you'll probably like how this one works, too. It's called Kronia and it's all about getting the right gifts to the right Greek gods.

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TGN Preview: Raise Your Goblets

Of all the games we saw at the CMON Media Event yesterday here at Gen Con, the only one we got to play a full game of was Raise Your Goblets, and we're all happy we did. This is a great and fun bluffing and deception game where the object is to simply live through a toast during a royal banquet. That's not nearly as easy as it sounds.

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TGN Preview: Ethnos

Welcome back to the previews of games shown off at a special media event by CMON here at Gen Con. I'm rested and refreshed and ready to tell you about another new game that will soon be gracing your gaming table. And not to spoil it too soon, but I loved this one, and I think you will, too. It's a game called Ethnos.

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TGN Preview: Rising Sun

Here at Gen Con, CMON has made a couple announcements about new games they're working on. The one that I've heard creating the most buzz is Rising Sun. For those that like Blood Rage, you're going to want to pay attention, as the "gang's back together" that worked on that game: Eric Lang design, Adrian Smith artwork, and Mike McVey doing the minis. A few media people were given a closer look at what the game will be like.

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TGN Preview: The Godfather

Today at the CMON booth here at Gen Con, the folks were kind enough to invite a group of media people to get a sneak-preview of several games that will be coming out in the next 6-12 months from them. It was a great experience to get a closer look at what will be the "new hotness" in gaming soon. First up, Eric Lang, himself, gave us a preview of The Godfather board game he's been working on.

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Gen Con Day 2 Photo Galleries

So, it's coming up to 8pm. Day 2 is definitely in the books for Gen Con 2016. It's been a very busy day. I'm tired, but still pretty amped about everything that's gone on. And I'm sure you all would like to know about some of it. There's been about a billion things to see. So, relatively, here's a rather small percentage. More will come tomorrow.

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Gen Con Day 1

Hey Everyone!

It's really hard to believe the first day of Gen Con's already over and I'm here getting prepped for Day 2! It was such a whirlwind, I didn't get a chance to make this post last night. But don't worry, I'll be sure to get plenty more pictures today and get 'em up this evening for you. Remember, follow the TGN Facebook page to get these as they're posted if you simply cannot wait to see what's going on here at the show.

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