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I'm in the process of getting together a new Dungeons & Dragons group. It's been about 6 months since I last played, and that's just too damn long. Hopefully we'll be getting characters together next month and starting playing shortly thereafter. Now, every group I've played with has enjoyed using miniatures to represent our characters as well as the enemies we fight. It's sometimes hard to find just the right mini. Well, WizKids is giving us some more options with the release of their Icons of the Realms: Storm King’s Thunder set of Dungeons & Dragons minis. They're available now.
Pretty much everyone knows Rock, Paper, Scissors. Some even know the extended version with Lizard and Spock thrown in. So a game where certain hand gestures are required shouldn't be anything new to people. WizKids is getting themselves in on the action with Rock Paper Wizard, a new card game in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast.
It's the Saturday before Gen Con. A week from now we'll be shoulder-deep in the show.
Of course, that means this weekend is full of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get everything done before heading to Indy.
But, even with all the brouhaha, there's time to bring you the reviews that you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Book of Nox Deluxe, Fishy Tactics, Agamemnon, Infinity Morat Rodoks, Tyrants of the Underdark, Scythe, Dungeon Busters, Dead of Winter: The Long Night, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquistion Game, Vampire Hunters, Via Nebula, Antarctica, Titan Race, Agricola: Revised Edition, and Vikings on Board.

There are lots of things that can keep a gaming group from actually getting a session in. For the longest time, "distance" was a big one. Well, with virtual tabletops becoming a much more regular thing, that's not a factor. One of the most well-known virtual tabletops is Roll20. Well, they've teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to now officially bring Dungeons & Dragons adventures to the program.
Here we are once more, ladies and gentlegamers. Monday is past. The work week is well underway. Just gotta take it one day at a time until we're once more deposited in the weekend. To help get you there, we've got some gaming podcasts to help take you out of the regular office drudgery and into gaming nirvana. Or something, anyway. Just so you don't have to listen to Dwane in accounting talk about his Fritos collection again.

Today we have: Game Classy 118: Sales Report, D&D Podcast With Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast, Primecast Episode 34, Singled Out Episode 10 – Talking Brewers and SteamCon with Duke Jamie Giblin, The Kick Off – Episode 16 – There is No Podcast for this Episode, Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 77- Millennium Blades and Inside the Podcast Studio Year 3, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 63 Gotta catch 'em all!, and The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 7.

Well, hopefully you had a good 4th of July (whether you celebrated anything or not. I still hope you had a good Monday). For those getting back to the office today, you might need a little something to help you get through it. I suggest gaming podcasts, as it's a bit of the weekend's gaming (or so I feel, anyway) during the mid-week slog.

Today we have: News of the North – 2016-07-05, Man Battlestations Episode 8, Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 208: The Hoffcast, Dungeons & Dragons Podcast Peter Lee and Andrew Veen on Tyrants of the Underdark, Game Classy 117: Live Mailbag!, The Hub Systems Podcast Episode 22 - 3D, or not 3D, that is the question!, Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 76- The Networks and Origins 2016, Guild Ball Tonight Episode 41: Estimated Prophets, Singled Out Episode 9 – Talking Masons with Nobby, Gamers Lounge Ep 127 – Kickstarter Threeway, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 61 Q&A, The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 6, and The Rolistes Episode 11 – Supaéro Roleplaying Aircraft Engineers (also we checked-out Warcraft).

Saturday of a long weekend, too. All. The. Bonus!

But that doesn't mean I'm going to shirk my duties. You want your review articles, and I'm here to give them to you.

So I present to you: Who Knew, Everdawn, Flick 'Em Up, Night of Man, Ra, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, Tyrants of the Underdark, VIII Corps: The Somme 1916, Wombat Rescue, Nefarious, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Back to the Future: An Adventure Through Time, Dungeon Time, Bear Valley, and Millennium Blades.

The week marches on. Monday's finished with and we're getting ourselves through Tuesday. Hopefully your Tuesday is going well. Mine's... dragging along a bit. You know what I need? Some gaming podcasts to listen to while I work on the rest of the day's posts.

This week we have: Dungeons & Dragons Podcast: The Longest D&D Campaign, Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 207: Origins Recap, Through Gamer Goggles: Words With Loren Coleman of Catalyst Game Labs, Singled Out Episode 8 – Talking Butchers and Tournaments with Ben Redmond, The Kick Off – Episode 15 – Scrub Mascots, Ice Cream For Everyone Ep 31: Les Voix d’Altaride – French RPG Podcast, and Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 60 Haba Games with Lea Culliton.

Saturday! Glorious Saturday!
As you read this, I'm at a library that a friend works at. They're having their first Board Game Day and so I'm playing some board games. Actually, there's a very high likelihood that I'm playing Guild Ball, which isn't really a board game, but it's still alright.

Anyway, while I'm doing that, I've also got some review articles for you.

Today I have: Stolen Treasures, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space: Ultimate Edition, Statecraft, Shinobi, Terminator Genisys Heavy Weapon Endoskeletons, Ice Cool, The CopyCat, Stak Bots Red, 51st State, Tyrants of the Underdark, StoryLine: Fairy Tales, Dr. Eureka, and Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh.

WizKids is all about efficiency. Like for HeroClix , you get your minis already assembled and painted. That sort of efficiency goes all the way to their press releases. Like here, we've got the announcement about a new Dungeons & Dragons board game as well as a new set of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures.
On June 1st, Meltdown Comics will be holding a special Dungeons & Dragons session with various comedians. They'll be playing a new adventure, run by Matthew Mercer (veteran voice actor and leader of the Critical Role series). The game is going to be broadcast on the Dungeons & Dragons Twitch channel.
The first game I ever picked up was Magic: The Gathering. Back at the time, the only card games I'd known of were Gin Rummy and Poker. So the idea of a game where you can build your own deck just sounded weird. But like most, I soon learned exactly what that all meant and it opened up a whole world of hobby gaming for me. That world, of course, included Dungeons & Dragons. But my first game and my most-played RPG remained separate. And that way they remained for decades. That is, until now, with Wizards of the Coast posting a Magic: The Gathering/Dungeons & Dragons crossover pdf.
With many Dungeons & Dragons players heading to the dark and foreboding land of Barovia, it'd be handy to have some miniatures that help bring some 3D to your gaming tabletop. Hence the next release for the Dungeons & Dragons Collector's Series of miniatures from Gale Force 9. They bring you Rudolph van Richten & Ezmerelda d'Avenir.
I mentioned earlier that today's a big day for news. It would seem that it is going to be one of the biggest of recent memory. First we had Warmachine/Hordes MkIII. There's the Rum & Bones Kickstarter. There's the Ghostbusters II Kickstarter. Now something huge, Hasbro has announced a new President in charge of Wizards of the Coast.
It's another Saturday and that means another Review Roundup.
Hopefully you're having a good one. I'm working on putting together some Guild Ball minis.

Anyway, let's get right into the reviews.

Today we have: Parade, Incan Gold, X-Wing's Eighth Wave of Expansions, Booze Barons, Kakerlaken Poker Royal, Tsuro digital app, Pingo Pingo, Raptor, Hue, Battlecruisers, Celesta, Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach Expansion, Super11, Quadropolis, Ominoes, Curse of Strahd, and Imperial Settlers: Why Can't We Be Friends Expansion.

Many of us play our tabletop RPGs using figures to represent the action going on. Many systems also suggest using a board with a grid to help make sure that everyone knows where different things actually are in the game. But many gamers (myself included) like to only use the "proper" figure for the various monsters. That's not always easy. But WizKids is here to help with their D&D Icons of the Realms: Monster Menagerie set, which is available now.
Well, with the Curse of Strahd making a comeback to gaming tables, it seems only fitting to expand your player options in the direction of Gothic Horror. Whether you're playing a game set in Barovia or Ravenloft or just your own setting, adding a bit of horror to your game might help spice things up.
The land of Barovia is a pretty dark and bleak place. The citizens live in fear of the things that go bump in the night. Those that travel through the land would do well to visit Madam Eva, a fortune teller in the region, who can help them either stay out of trouble or learn just where to find it. Now you can use her Tarokka deck for yourself, as Gale Force Nine has just released it.
It has once again come to Saturday.
I love it when that happens.
Good thing it happens fairly regularly.

So let's not worry about ceremony too much. Let's get on with the reviews.

Today we have: Roll for the Galaxy, Magic the Gathering Arena of the Planeswalker - Battle for Zendikar Expansion, The Siblings Trouble, the Patchwork App, Circus Flohcati, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Star Wars: Rebellion, Odin's Ravens, My Happy Farm, The Golden Ages: Cults & Culture, The Last Spike, and Piratoons.

Well, WizKids just has a corner market on fantasy miniatures, don't they? Ask anyone what the two biggest fantasy RPGs are out there and you'll more-than-likely get Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons as the answers. Well, WizKids has a new set of Pathfinder miniatures available and they've just announced a new set of Dungeons & Dragons figures.
The work week marches on (as Glenn Miller - American Patrol plays on Pandora). We're halfway there, beautiful watchers. We've made it to Wednesday. Let's keep on keepin' on and make our way to the rest of the week. However, a quick bite would be good. Oh, look, some bite-sized gaming stories for you. How convenient.

Today's installment of Snippets we have: Brigade Models Release New 6mm Armoured Infantry, Cannon Fodder WW2 Stickers Now Available, New ATER miniatures are here, New Weapons and Accessories Available from Victoria Miniatures, DeepWars - Blood Reef Kickstarter coming soon, and New Bases Available From Tabletop-Art.

I have a love/hate relationship with games that rotate out elements from them. Various card games and minis games do it, usually coming from the "collectible" side of the hobby. I understand the desire to keep a pool of potential options down, as it can create a seemingly impossible wall for new players. Meanwhile, it does mean that cards/minis you like will someday be unable to be played in standard events. But there's always the hope for reprints. Well, Wizards of the Coast has announced the new Eternal Masters set for Magic: The Gathering that will bring a smile to a lot of gamer's faces.
"You can accomplish whatever you put your mind to" holds a bit of extra meaning for you psionics-players out there. Different from magic, psionics allows characters to use the "power of positive thinking" in order to change the world around them. In this installment of Unearthed Arcana, Wizards of the Coast expands on the Psionics class.
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
... is what day it is.
At least for me as I'm typing this, anyway.

But "fun with time zones" will have to wait, because right now we've got a couple of bite-sized stories to give you in our Sunday Snippets feature. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Age of Tyrants Funds, Khurasan releases 1980s Motor Rifles support weapons, Another World Miniatures Releases Selene Redux Mini, Hero Lab Launches D&D 5th Edition SRD, and Polyversal Kickstarter now EU Friendly.

The manic situation that is Monday has progressed into the calmer, more gentle Tuesday (or at least, I hope it's more gentle for you). The rest of the work week is ahead and you could use some help getting through it. And if you're tired of listening to your co-worker's pop music, grab your headphones and listen to some gaming podcasts.

Today we have: Blue Peg Pink Peg Episode 65- Orleans & Evolution of a Gamer, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 38 Q&A, Privateer Press Primecast Episode 26, D&D Podcast: Chris Perkins and Tracy Hickman on Curse of Strahd, and News of the North – 2016-01-26.