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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Aug 17th, 2017
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    As you all can probably tell from the multiple times I’ve mentioned it: I’m in Indy for Gen Con. It’s the 50th anniversary of the show and so it’s going to be quite wild. The show is completely sold out! Already, over the past couple days, I’ve seen this city start to swell with gaming enthusiasts from all over the world (literally, I’ve seen people from Brazil, Italy, China, and many other countries). If you want to get the fastest updates about what I’m checking out, be sure to head over the TGN Facebook Page, where I’ll be regularly posting galleries of the various booths from around the show floor. Got anything specific you want to make sure I get photos of? Feel free to post below and I’ll see what I can do.

    Let’s get ready for a great Gen Con!


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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 17th, 2017
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    Continuing with our look at new products that CMON was showing off at a media event here at Gen Con, we get a look at a game that looks pretty kick ass. It’s Kick-Ass! Once more, I was able to wrangle Eric M. Lang away and get the lowdown on this new game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 17th, 2017
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    At a media event here at Gen Con, CMON was showing off some new games they have coming down the pipeline. I was able to grab designer Eric M. Lang and get the lowdown about Hate, a new bloody and brutal board game that will be CMON next Kickstarter project.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Arcadia Quest
    Aug 17th, 2017
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    At a media event held by CMON, they previewed numerous upcoming games that they have been working on. The first that I’d like to talk about is Arcadia Quest: Riders. Sure, the Guilds have had animal companions with their cute, little pets. But now, they’ll be able to actually take to battle riding impressive steeds!
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    There’s treasure in them-thar barrows. And you aim to be the one to get it. Collect together your band of legendary heroes and head into the deep, dark, foreboding, and monster-infested halls underneath dark-ages Britain. That’s what you’ll be doing in Darkholds: Ancient Barrows, a new fantasy board game from Mierce Miniatures that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Man, people sure do love to get into wars. I have a history degree, and I still can’t keep up with all of them. I have to admit… I have no clue what the Marlburian Wars were. But if they’re a favorite of yours, Studio Capitan has released Marlburian Commander, a new set of rules for fighting those battles on your tabletop.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    There’s a new subscription box that will be available soon. This one is called QST and it’s bringing together some of the greatest minds in gaming to deliver you regular games right to your doorstep. The project is up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    I used to play a lot of Scrabble. I still have my Deluxe set that’s got ridges on the board to keep the tiles in place and the whole thing’s on a Lazy Susan, so you can spin it around to see the words easier. It’s a great game. But, occasionally, it could get a bit old. Well, Digraphs are here to help shake things up. They’re a set of new tiles that can be added to the game. They’re up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    As I’ve said numerous times over the past couple weeks, Gen Con is coming. Like… tomorrow. There’s going to be, oh, about a bajillion things going on, so it’s best to stock up on some bite-sized gaming stories. Plus, since we didn’t get it on Monday (and there’s a chance I might not be able to get to it tomorrow), let’s go ahead and get some Terrain Corner pieces in here, too.

    So, in all we have: 1-48TACTIC now has free add ons, Warzone Studio Releases Gigafactory Battle Mat, Brigade Models Releases 2mm Scale City Blocks, Crocodile Games Releases Remastered Abominable Snowbeast, Badlands: Fantasy Gaming Mat Available from Pwork Wargames, New Statuesque Female Heads on Sale for 10% off, Darkmook Paper Miniatures Releases Supernatural Western Town Terrain, A Dog’s Life Introduces Tillman the Skateboarding dog, The Army Painter Announces Runewars Paint Sets, and Arid Plain! Fantasy Gaming Mat Available from Pwork Wargames.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    You know, a lot of bad things can happen out in space. So when a giant ice hauler suddenly started changing its course and not telling anybody why, people were curious. Enough so that a team has been sent out to find out what happened. That’s what’s going on in The Dying Ship, a new full-length adventure for the Coriolis RPG. It’s available now from Modiphius.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    WWII was truly a global conflict. While the various European forces were making their way back and forth across that continent, and Rommel and Monty were dueling it out in Africa, the islands of the Pacific saw plenty of fighting as well. Sally 4th is now letting you recreate those battles with their South Pacific supplement for Combat Patrol. It is available now. But it’s not just the supplement that’s new. There’s also a new deck box and some terrain.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    It’s coming down to the wire. It’s the last day before Gen Con officially begins (though, trust me, there’s plenty of activity going on behind the scenes). Vendors are setting up their booths and carting in product. What sort of product? New and awesome things you’ve yet to see. Plaid Hat Games has some of those, and you’ll be able to check them out tomorrow.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Card Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Most of us have known someone who just had too many cats. I had a neighbor when I lived out on Kansas that was a true “reclusive crazy cat lady.” Well, those cats started out as kittens. And maybe the lady was just looking to create a cat army. That’s what you’ll be doing in Kitten Casualty, trying to build up a cat army. Of course, your opponents don’t want that, and so will be looking to take your kittens out of the fight. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy Flight Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Many gamers love tweaking their army lists to get the most out of them. They look for any points-saving measure they can find. Well, the Guns for Hire expansion for the X-Wing Miniatures Game gives Scum & Villainy players several new options to do just that. One such is the Vaksai title. It reduces the costs of upgrades to the ship it’s on.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Well, they did it once. Why not do it again? Steamforged Games found great success with their Dark Souls board game. Now they’re looking to add another dark and loved video game to the tabletop. They’ve announced that this fall they will be running a Kickstarter campaign to create a Resident Evil 2 board game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Accessories
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Dungeons & Dragons is a great game. However, it can, occasionally, be rough to try and keep up with everything for it. The various books and other supplemental material offer players and DMs lots of chances for customization, but it can occasionally be a bit daunting to sort through it. That’s where the D&D Beyond set of digital tools comes in. You can get it now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Isle of Sky is getting its first big expansion. Mayfair Games has announced Isle of Skye: Journeyman. In it, players will have more control over their characters, getting special player dashboards that will let you track your various stats. As you progress along, you’ll be able to place new tiles, but only if you’ve moved your Journeyman pawn around the kingdom to the right spaces.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Guys! Guys! Gen Con is just a couple days away! I know, I spent all of yesterday and will be spending all of today getting ready for it. It’s going to be an awesome show. All the vendors here are excited to get things underway. There’s tons of new things to see and games to try. Z-Man Games certainly has plenty of new stuff to check out. And they’ve posted a little primer to get you ready for it.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    Just about everyone, when they were a kid, had some sort of stuffed animal that was their favorite. Maybe a stuffed bear or dragon or tiger or something. You know, the Hobbs to your Calvin. And, like Calvin, you probably went on some epic adventures (either real or imaginary) with them. Well, Plaid Hat Games is letting you relive those with Stuffed Fables, a new StoryBoard game from the creator of Mice and Mystics.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 16th, 2017
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    One of the bigger news stories of the last week (and there’s been several), is that Fantasy Flight Games is coming out with a new edition of Twilight Imperium. Got an older version? Want to see what’s changed? Wondering what all the excitement is about? Well, the rulebook has been posted online for you to check out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Many of my gaming friends have kids that are just starting to get to the age where they’re wondering about all these cool games that their parents are playing. But many games are a bit more complex than your average 6yr old can really manage. Thankfully, there’s an ever-growing catalog of games designed specifically to bring new gamers into the fold, as well as be interesting enough to keep veteran players engaged. That’s what Gauntlets & Goblins looks to do. The fantasy RPG is up on Kickstarter now.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Crowdfunding
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Spartan Games is looking to massively expand their Firestorm Armada range. They have launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to do just that. The project contains a couple different 2-player starts (and we all know how much I love those), a 3.0 set of rules, as well as core faction expansions and other goodies. Whether you’re a veteran captain or a rookie ensign, there’s a bit of everything for you.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    If there’s a game that lets you go just about anywhere and do just about anything, it’s Rifts from Palladium. It’s well-known that players can dimension-hop all over everywhere. With such an open ability to travel, there’s countless potential destinations. One such is the Mythical Lost City of Atlanta…. err, I mean, Atlantis. (That just raises further questions!)
    Palladium has a new sourcebook talking all about this race of sub-mariners.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Historical
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Though many of us think of grand battles such as Waterloo or the sieges of Vienna when it comes to conflicts from a couple hundred years ago, truth is that there were countless little skirmishes between warring factions during those larger campaigns. Studio Capitan feels that those, too, should be able to be recreated on the battlefield. As such, they’ve released Company Commander, a new set of skirmish rules for historical battles.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Many of you out there will be traveling via planes, trains, and automobiles towards Indianapolis over the next couple days (or you’re on your way now). Well, for those long hours as the Earth moves beneath you at a rapid rate of speed, you’ll need something to make that time go by. I might suggest some gaming podcasts. Which ones? Maybe these…

    This week we have: Game Classy 143: Top sellers from a couple months ago!; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 224: Forager; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 118: Gencon Preview!; The Cardboard Herald Episode 40: Dr. Gordon Hamilton, designer of Santorini; SAGA THORSDAY Episode 50: Battle Report – Anglo-Danes vs Jomsvikings; and Plan of ATK! Episode 9.

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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Even the dead hate to simply walk their way into battle. And what’s a horse to do after it’s been put out to pasture and, well… passed? Their glory days can be relived during the nightmare life of an undead cavalry horse. That’s just what will be galloping their way to Runewars tabletops soon. Fantasy Flight Games has posted up a preview.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Who you gonna call?
    Well, I’m kinda hungry, so I was thinking about calling for a pizza. But if it’s rivers of pink slime that causes people to go crazy, or paintings taking over people, you might just want to call the Ghostbusters. And you’ll be able to soon, as Cryptozoic has announced that they are coming out with Ghostbusters: the Board Game II.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Osprey Games is one of the hundreds of vendors that’ll be here in Indy this week for Gen Con. They’re going to have some new pre-releases available at their booth, as well as a chance to meet some of the game designers. Check it out.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Catalyst Game Labs has announced that they have acquired the license to make tabletop games based on the Master of Orion computer game universe. Their first game as part of that series will be a deck-building game called Master of Orion: Conquest. But that is only the beginning of what they have planned.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Soda Pop Miniatures loves to do crossovers. They look to their other properties, as well as other popular games and integrate them into their games. It’s cool to see characters you love from one game making their way into others. In this case, they have started taking pre-orders for the Twilight Knight from Kingdom Death, as well as Takoashi schoolgirls as characters for Super Dungeon Explore.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    I have a degree in history. I made quite a study of various ancient civilizations, as well as saw just the general flow of history. Of course, with the knowledge of what has happened, it’s easy to look back and go, “Man… I sooo would’ve done that differently!” Well, that’s what you get to do in Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn, a new game in the vaunted game series. Will you make the world better, or just conquer everything you can get your hands on?
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Fantasy
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    We’re halfway through August, the most gaming of months. Seems like a pretty good time to have your latest releases available. And that’s just what Mierce Miniatures has. You can go pick up their latest Darklands offerings over in their webshop.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In News
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    Shades of Vengeance’s last Kickstarter campaign was to create a bunch of expansions for Era: The Consortium. It was successful and the game got quite a huge boost in terms of material. Well, those products are now starting to be made available to a general audience. That’s in preparation for Shades’ upcoming Kickstarter this October where they will be adding even more to the game.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Events
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    I’m here in Indy, ready for Gen Con. Ok, so not quite actually ready for Gen Con yet. But I’m closer to ready than I was yesterday and the day before. Anyway, other companies are also filtering in and about to get things set up. That includes Modiphius, who has posted their Gen Con plans.
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    By Polar_Bear
    In Board Games
    Aug 15th, 2017
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    One of the companies that ends up with a lot of really cool licenses for games is IDW. They’ve got several rather popular IPs that they’re working on games for and they’ll have them here at Gen Con this week for you to check out. There’s sci-fi. There’s fantasy. There’s card games, board games, dice games. Just a bit of everything, really.
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