Year 2014


Tabletop Gaming: Creating Worldwide Friendships

International Tabletop Day, organized by the fine people over at Geek & Sundry is coming up in just over a month. As part of the run-up to the event, they've asked me to be part of a group of bloggers who would share a bit about their experiences with gaming.



So in the first TGN Editorial, I'm going to talk a bit about my history with gaming and the great friendships it's created all over the world over the years.

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Town Center 4th edition up on Kickstarter

LudiCreations has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Town Center's 4th edition. They've already doubled their funding goal with still 30 days to go.



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From the campaign:

Town Center has been through a lot. It has been done in tiny 10mm cubes, in Lego bricks, in big 16mm cubes, even in giant 30mm cubes. Now, it is time for the game to reach its full potential, and be published for all to enjoy building their city, growing it to become a mini-metropolis.

Town Center could be the best adaptation of a city-sim computer game, *and* a fun, challenging board game in its own right.

With your support, we have the opportunity to create a living game that fulfills Alban's vision for everything this fine specimen of European game design can be.



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Easy Painter Adds Massive Deals

Easy Painter has added some new deals to their website.
You don't have to play with an unpainted army.



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From the update:

EASY PAINTER has added three new fantastic deals on his website.
The deals include introductory deals, regiments and armies.
Offering up to £50 in savings and a great way to get your masses of lead painted quickly these deals are an excellent way to get into the Easy Painter experience and get your miniatures onto the tabletop as fast as possible with some of the cheapest rates in the entire world!

Send Arthur (Easy Painter) a message using the contacts page for more information and get digging into those deals!



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Khamel Bikes released at The Ion Age

The Ion Age gives your little mans a quick way to get around with the release of their Khamel Bikes set.



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From the release:

We are super happy to release the second bike code for the Ion Age 15mm Range. Following on from the Canthus Monocycle (IAF007) we have code IAF028 Khamel Tracked Bike pack! A tracked beast that can really scare the enemy.

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On Board Games Interviews Universal Head

On Board Games chatted a bit with Universal Head
and figured you'd like to know about it.
It's posted up by the Esoteric Order of Gamers.



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From them to you:

Universal Head talks to On Board Games about the strangely compelling practice of creating rules summaries … and whether he’s seen any hobbits lately.



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Turn of Phrase, a party drawing game, available for free

Turn of Phrase is a party game where teams of players try and guess the phrase being drawn out by their teammate. The game is available for free over on their website. All they ask is you share the game with others.



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From the website:

Turn of Phrase is a card game designed to make your game night more interesting.

Simply put, the object of the game is to cleverly draw a phrase that you or someone else has chosen. Your team will make attempts to guess the phrase that you are drawing. The first team to call out the phrase correctly wins that round.

It is a game of wit, art, and adult themed entertainment. Due to the nature of our game, it is intended towards mature audiences. You can still play the game if you are immature, though.



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Drake releases new Southern Dragon Stretch

Action Games Miniatures makes it through some more stretch goals over on Kickstarter for their Drake II Kickstarter project.



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From the update:

Stretch Details:
$82K - Crotalis - The Sand Viper of Death - Shi Nation - Dragon - Pledge $39

Only a few of these terrifying beast have awoken, and each one of them brings fear and doom. The southern Shaka Dragons moved quickly to appease these creatures, who competed with them for food and resources in the old world. Surprisingly they took to the Shaka's plan of alliance and war quickly, most think too quickly... The Crotalis are nearly impossible to strike in combat, their shifting coils move with blinding speed. They posses the most potent venom of the Dragon races, with a bite capable of stopping a mountain Dragon in his tracks. While they do not have the diplomatic touch of the Shaka, they lead their human "allies" effectively, and strike with might against the enemies of the south.



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Battlefront features their Panzer IV H Platoon

Battlefront is showing off their new plastic Panzer IV H Platoon over on their website.



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From the article:

Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H entered production in April of 1943 as the ninth variant of Panzerkampfwagen IV tank family. Designated Sd Kfz 161/2 it was produced between April 1943 and July 1944 when it was replaced by the Ausf J.

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Primary Preview from Board Game Quest

Board Game Quest has a preview up of Primary, a new strategic card game from Nosidam Games.



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From the post:

When you think of the color spectrum, invariably you get transported back to your high school science class where you first learned about ROYGBIV. In Primary, the powers of the color spectrum are harnessed to attack, defend, cycle, and draw, with each player using their own custom mix of cards that aligns with their personality and play style. Will Primary shine bright among card games, or will it dull to grey? Read our preview to find out!

Primary is an abstract strategy card game for 2-4 players that plays under 30 minutes. Primary plays best with any number of players.



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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.



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Arcadia Quest Game Play Video posted

Arcadia Quest continues to bust through stretch goals and show off new stuff over on their Kicsktarter page. The big post for the day, though, is the game play video that's just been posted up. Watch how this new PvPvE system works.



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From the campaign:

We’re happy to announce the Arcadia Quest gameplay video is up and ready for your viewing pleasure! We’re stoked that the guys at Jogando Offline got to play Arcadia Quest! Jogando Offline is a very popular board gaming reviews, previews, and news YouTube channel in Brazil. When Spaghetti Western Games came to them, the team at Jogando Offline jumped at the chance to play Arcadia Quest! This video will give you details into how the game plays, the unique mechanics it offers, while also showcasing how quest completion, PvPvE, special abilities, and loot work in the game! Also, thanks to the team at Jogando, it’s a lot of fun to watch.



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Preview Creatures of Icewind Dale

Gale Force 9 has another D&D preview posted up. This one's for the Creatures of the Icewind Dale.



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From the preview:

Far from the civilized south, Icewind Dale sits on the edge of the map. The vicious yeti and the ferocious ice troll are two of the many creatures that stalk the tundra. Uncounted adventurers have met an untimely demise courtesy of these brutes.



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PMC 2640: Hell on Echidna released

Assault Publishing is proud to release Hell on Echnida, their free demo version of PMC 2640 which also doubles as a mini-expansion.



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From the release:

Today "PMC 2640: Hell on Echidna!" was released.

Hell on Echidna is free demo version of Assault Publishing sci-fi PMC 2640 miniature wargame but also its mini-expansion with a little new stuff which can be valuable for existing PMC 2640 players.

"Hell on Echidna" is far more than typical, few random pages. It constists of all you need to play the battle: core rules (exactly the same like in the rulebook!), shortened terrain list, special terrain generator for post-apocaliptic planets, the rules of composing the army on Tier II, the new scenario (not presented in the main rulebook) and the list of a few units (incuding two new ones) and special rules they utilises. There is also new Battle Honour, which may be given to your troops if you decide to play your campaign battles on Echidna or other post-apocaliptic planet.

To summarize, "Hell on Echidna" everything you need to try the game mechanics, mood and assumptions and of course spend a great time playing the wargame! And remember that it's just a piece of all cool things that full game offers!



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