TGN Saturday Edition: Reviews in the News

By Polar_Bear
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Dec 6th, 2014
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Even when I was younger and had a bit more disposable income than I do now, I always looked to reviews (mostly through my friends) to let me know if a game was worth picking up or not. Reviews are a vital resource so as to not end up with a new game/model that will just sit on your shelf, collecting dust, but instead see plenty of table time.

Here’s a list of reviews we found over this past week.

Read down to the bottom, if you wouldn’t mind, as I’ve got some questions for you and a contest as well.

Model Dads:

Model Dads posts Battlefront 15mm KV 1, KV 1e & KV 2: a video review

They don’t come a lot bigger than this, well, in 1940 at least: Battlefront’s 15mm white metal and resin KV-1 obr 1939/40, KV-1e and KV2:

Play Board Games:

Claustrophobia: Furor Sanguinis Expansion Review

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Furor Sanguinis is the second expansion for Claustrophobia. It adds a new playable creature, the squamata that is fighting the humans and demons, new scenarios and new tiles.

Cyclades Board Game Review

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Cyclades is a board game about winning the favor of the gods so you can control two metropolises and win the game. You must bid wisely to get the actions you need or keep your opponents from getting the actions they need.

Brueckenkopf:

Micro Art space mat Review

The full mat with a little battle scene

Tank week is over but our reviews move on! Today we take a closer look at a pre-production sample of the new space mat by Micro Art Studio. Time to check out a galaxy far, far away!

Warmage Games Brush Holder Review

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Time to get out brushes in order! Today we take a look at some brush holders by Warmage Games. We even got them engraved with the logo of our magazine Tabletop Insider.

Terrakami Sci-fi Power Generator Review

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Not enough energy, huild more generators! We power up our battlefields with or review of the Terrakami Sci-fi Power Generator 01.

Ratgard Ratshilovitz Tractor Review

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Sci-Fi times on Brueckenkopf! Today we bring you a review of the Ratshilovitz Tractor, the new resin kit by Ratgard.

After fixing a little construction error (reading instructions properly IS helpful…) we ended up with a really interesting model!

Breacher18:

Breacher18 reviews Fungi.

Useful Info:

No. of players: 2 Play Time: 30 mins Age: 10+

cianty’s blog:

cianty’s blog reviews TabletopWorld Mansion and Townhouses

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Cianty takes a look at the recent releases from TabletopWorld, including their new Mansion.

Roebeast’s Magical House of Sunshine:

Reaper CAV Unboxing on Roebeast’s Blog

I just got my Reaper CAV: Strike Operations rewards and made a couple of videos to show them off. These turned out to be very cool minis that are somewhat interchangeable and perfect for conversions.

Graven Games:

Squire Plastic Figure Case Review

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We’re always on the lookout for good ways to store and transport our wargaming miniatures, so today we’re reviewing the Squire Plastic Figure Case from Tabletop Tyrant. The Squire Plastic Figure Case is the lowest priced case in the Tabletop Tyrant range, and is actually the cheapest army case we are aware of at the moment. This is a lightweight, water resistant case which is available from the Gifts for Geeks store.

And there we have it. The reviews from the previous week. Which sparked your interest?

And now, dear readers, you may have noticed a bit of a change in posts this previous week. We here at TGN are dedicated to making this website the go-to place for gamers to get their news about the games they love. We’re trying out a few things and wanted a bit of feedback. A full “reader survey” will be coming soon, but in the meantime, we were interested in your thoughts on posts such as the above, where we collect like-style stories and group some of them together. We were thinking about doing this with such things as reviews and podcasts. The idea is to “clean up” the news feed a bit more and to help filter what you see a bit better. Also, if you’ve noticed with the posting style, we’re trying to bring more “voice” to the posts, and not just copy/pasting press releases. We do hope you’ve been enjoying that.
So anyway, as I mentioned, we’ll have a full reader survey coming soon, but in the meantime, tell us what you think about the changes below. One reader will win a prize of their choice (from a list of options I have available. No “a hundred billion dollars, please!!” 😛 ).

Thanks for your time and your continued readership.

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  • Sunstrider910

    I like the idea of collected news posts, but I worry I will miss things. I tend to scan the headlines for news of games I am interested in, and I might skip a headline that just says review roundup, and miss a review in the list for a game I’m interested in. Would it be possible to include a summery at or near the title with the posts reviewed games. I am thinking this is a bigger problem on the mobile site then on the web.

  • Chameleon

    I do like the idea of placing reviews and/or podcast announcements as a single listing, perhaps on a daily basis. The posts containing news items in each such category could be posted at the same time each day, with a recap post (possibly pinned) going up on Friday or Saturday.

    This would be helpful to those (such as myself) that come here primarily to be informed of new product releases/previews and updates on Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaigns I may be interested in supporting.

  • Veritas

    I agree with Sunstrider. Have a sort of table of contents at the top with titles of all the reviews in a bulletpoint list, in order, so we can quickly find the reviews we want to read and skip the rest.

  • natedogg123

    I like the idea of grouping things together but also worry I’ll miss something cool. Love the site keep up the great work

  • maxxev

    Due to the little amount of time I have, I generaly scan the pictures for content I will like or that looks interesting, so if you go down this route then if the first image could contain large bullet points of the content or thummbnail images it would help.

  • disasterwargamer

    I also like to scan through the headings – while I generally focus on certain times of things – occasionally an old interest or one I haven’t discovered yet will pop up.

    I do like the idea of having sections – so as not to have to wade through too many of the areas I have no interest in – so the table of contents appeals to me as well.

    Would also recommend looking at some key words – like euro, card driven, historical, etc…

  • Lemminkaeinen

    Out of these reviews, I checked out the Squire minis case (£20 with foam included – that’s pretty damn cheap!) and the brush holder (though I don’t read German, the pics were interesting but I already have a brush holder (made by my dad as a Christmas present, no less!)).

    I do like the idea of grouping podcast posts (I have no interest in them) and reviews (they are interesting to me) but indeed thumbnail images in the news post would be awesome.