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Year 2015


'Merika.
Land of the free. Home of the brave.
Independence Day is coming up. It's time to celebrate with some BBQ cookouts, some fireworks, and some miniatures gaming.
To help out with that last one, GameCraft Miniatures is having themselves a sale.
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Some say that various famous guitar players made a deal with the devil in order to get their almost-mythical skills. And lord knows there are plenty of conspiracy theories around various celebrities. Well, what if at least one of those stories was true? War Stories: The Call, a new setting enhancement book for Contagion Second Edition lets you know what could happen if that was the case.
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Seems the guys and gals over at Wyrd have been really busy bees lately. They've got a whole bunch of new previews up on their site to check out. There's something for everyone who likes Wyrd products. There's some new Malifaux releases on the horizon. They've also got a new expansion book for Through the Breach. Finally, there's a new board game they'll have out later this year.
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Tuesday, Tuesday. (ba-laa, ba-la-la-laaa... Hmm... doesn't have quite the same ring to it)
Well, one day down. Four to go until the weekend. We should be able to make it there pretty easily, I'd say.

At the moment, our attention turns to talk radio. Specifically, the talk radio of podcasts. There's a trio of them we've collected over the past week and present them to you now for your listening pleasure.

In this batch we have: Privateer Press Primecast Episode 20, Lost Hemisphere Radio ep111, and Geeks of the North Episode 16 – Exciting games ahead.

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Detroit. It's sort of a mess. And in The Thin Blue Line supplement for Savage Worlds, it's even worse than you've been seeing on the news. There are angry spirits, dangerous supernatural creatures, and a secret cult on the rise. Ok, now for what's different from reality... Just kidding.
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Many gamers dream of getting into the gaming industry. To be able to actually be part of the machine that churns out some of our favorite games is something many strive for. Well, Fantasy Flight Games has six (yes, six) different spots in their machine that are looking for new gears. Are you the right gamer for any of these jobs?
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In the glittering, shiny, neon-infused future, there is only war. At least, that's how it is in Infinity by Corvus Belli. The various factions that we have on the Earth now have taken to the stars in order to spread their influence and doctrine to the rest of the galaxy. Obviously, they don't always get along with one-another and... disagreements happen. Also, aliens. Because aliens are cool.
Anyway, the latest set of releases for the game are up on the Corvus Belli website.
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We all endure setbacks in our life. They're just a natural thing that we must overcome. We try. We don't succeed. We try again with new knowledge of the situation. That's what Moroz Publishing is doing with Swords and Bagpipes on Kickstarter. They had cancelled their first Kickstarter campaign and have since reconfigured and relaunched with a new campaign.
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Superheroes are pretty popular right now. The various movie franchises are drawing in new fans all the time. Some of those fans are getting deeper into the genre and getting into the comic books and other aspects of "geek culture." Some of that might extend to wanting to play superhero-themed characters in an RPG. Well, Metahumans Rising by HouseDok, which is up on Kickstarter now, is one way you could get that going.
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Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they're going to be bringing back the Reiner Knizia classic game, Samurai. In the game, players are in control of their own daimyo and are looking to expand that influence to all of Japan. You do this by establishing the loyalty of lesser lords, the control over rice production, and the sway of the religious leaders of the areas. Of course, if all else fails, you send in the dudes with the fancy armor and the really neato swords.
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Gryphon and Eagle Games are in their final week for The Gallerist over on Kickstarter. In the game, you play as the owner of an art gallery. You must attract artists and visitors to your gallery and sell valuable paintings. Over time, you'll build up your prestige and wealth as you look to become the premier place for artists to display their works and for art collectors to buy the most wondrous pieces of art.
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Welcome back to Top Gear: Star Wars, as we take a look at another of the ships coming out in the next wave for the X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games. This time around, it's the K-Wing for the Rebel Alliance. A heavy, sturdy fighter, this ship is in the same vein as the Y-Wing and B-Wing that came before it as a heavy-ordinance delivery platform. Bombs, missiles, torpedoes, laser turrets. This baby can handle them all.
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Monday, Monday. (ba-la, ba-la-la-laa)
Hopefully you had yourself a good weekend. It was rather busy for me. Lotsa gaming. Lotsa laughs. Lotsa pizza and Dew (because, you know, gamers). Heck, there was even The Gamers.

But that is the past. The present is a new Terrain Corner post, where we gather together the various terrain stories we've gotten in the past couple days and bundle them together for you.

This batch we have: Happy Seppuku has started the presale of the Your Board System, New Heroic Maps - Geomorphs: Wardenhale Sewers, Final Days for Pedion Modular Terrain on Kickstarter, No customs fees for EU, US, and Australian backers of Manorhouse Workshop Kickstarter, New Heroic Maps - The Altar of Tenoch, and Pwork release new wargame mats.

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Well, we're getting close to the new version of Warhammer Fantasy Battles from Games Workshop. There's been lots of rumors and half-heard things being passed along for quite a while. Well, you know that we here at TGN don't deal in rumors. That's a disservice to you, the readers. These, however, aren't so much rumors anymore. It does look like Warhammer is getting more of a reboot than anyone might've expected.
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Stone walls do not a prison make. Though they make a really good try at it. In Jailbreakers: Plan Your Escape, you are a prisoner, but tonight you want to sleep in your own bed, so you've come up with a plan to bust out. However, there's only so many resources to go around, and your other inmates want to get out as well. And, of course, there's those pesky guards to deal with, too. But with a bit of luck, you can make your way to freedom. The game is designed for 1-4 players ages 10 and up.
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Michael Scott Rohan is an award-winning British author of the Winter of the World novels. Cakebread & Walton has announced that they will be making a tabletop RPG game based on those novels. So now lovers of the books (as well as any gamer who wants to play in a very fleshed-out setting with hundreds of pages written about it) can add their heroes to those already established in the book series.
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Zenit Miniatures has released version 2.0 of their Kensei rules over on their website. This new edition has new miniature profiles, a new faction (the Otokodate), and more. The rules can be downloaded from the Zenit Minis website now. It's free, so why not?
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Dead Earth Games (makers of Across the Dead Earth) has launched their Kickstarter campaign for The Shattered Crown, their new fantasy miniature wargame. The game is influenced by historical units from the years 1200 to 1500 in Europe. Despite the focus on historical aspects to create the units, the game is not a historical battles game. It is a true fantasy game with various fantasy elements like mages, magical weapons, and bear cavalry. Who doesn't love a good bear cavalry unit?
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A new faction is always an interesting thing to add to a game. Suddenly, the whole meta can change as a whole swath of new figures enter the field. And not only that, but they tend to bring along new special rules with them. There's all new spells and special ability combinations to have to learn and react to. How will this new faction face up against your favorite army? Well, you can get a preview of the stat cards for the upcoming Tengu Descension for Bushido after the cut.
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Busy Sunday here at the bear cave. The past couple days have been full of classic D&D action, and now it's catch-up-with-all-the-work time. For the record, the DM of the game I played in knows me well. He picked a Totemic Druid for me to play and, of course, picked polar bear as my totem animal. *smirk* It was a good time had by all. "Defeating some giant ants by way of sugarbomb" sort of good time.

But anyway, we've got our usual batch of bite-sized stories we want to bring you.

In this group we've got: New 15mm Sci-Fi Polish Released from Brigade Models, Voodooworx Miniatures Releases First Collectors Series Figure, New Goodies from Advanced Deployment (with TGN-special deal code),

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I, as I mentioned in my post yesterday, am more-than-likely playing 2nd edition D&D when this will be posted to the site.
Some friends I know have a long-running campaign and the DM is writing me in as an occasionally-recurring NPC. Not sure what my character will be (at time of typing), but it should be a good time.

Anyway, that's as may be. Right now, it's time for some game reviews.

In this batch, we have reviews/previews of: Boss Monster 2, Dark City 30 Corner Apartment Building and Gargoyles, Golem Arcana, The Great War, Apotheca, Lord of the Rings board game, Hocus, Paradox, Kaleidoscope, Infinity, Penny Press, Argonauts, Argent: The Consortium, and Star Wars Armada.

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Hard to imagine that a week ago at this time, we were elbow-deep in the CMON Expo. I love the Expo. It's small enough that you don't feel pressured to be running around to try and see everything, but still big enough that you're never bored, going "what is there to do?" There's tons of VIPs that you can talk with about all sorts of topics. From painting, to game design, to blogging. There's all sorts of games going on. It's quite a thing.
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Strategic Elite knows the best place to beat the summer heat is at the miniatures gaming table. To help out, they're having a big sale on both their Brink of Battle and Epic Heroes rulebooks in pdf. Brink of Battle lets you play in any historical period, using any historical army, against any other historical army you want. As for Epic Heroes, that's the fantasy miniatures rules for those that like dwarves, and elves, and magic, and stuff in your games.
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Hey everyone!
You know that lately we've been starting to try and group various like-type stories together. We've got our Podcast Post we make on Tuesdays and our Review Roundup on Saturdays. Well, we've looked it over and decided that Terrain would be a good story type to bundle all together in one place as well. This is the first of our Terrain Corner spots, where we'll be bringing you the latest in products to make your gaming table look the best it can.

In this inaugural batch we have: New Industrial Battlefield and English Timber Framed Buildings from Warlord Games and Sarissa Precision, MicroClad Metropolis released by Fantasy Arc, Deep-Cut Studio releases gaming mats for aerial combats, Manorhouse Workshop Kickstarter Halfway There Goal Unlocked, and New Nebula 36x36 inch battle mat from Micro Art Studio.

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Street Judges have to be ready for just about anything. This includes having gear that won't quit on them when they need it the most. That's where the Tek Judges come in. They're the mechanics, scientists, and engineers of the Justice Department's staff.
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