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Year 2015


I grew up in the Midwest. I knew what a tornado siren sounded like, as I'd heard it on a regular basis. At least a couple times each summer they'd go off, as a summer supercell storm would roll through. Though I never had any of my houses destroyed by a tornado, I'd seen my fair share of funnel clouds and occasionally some shingles would get blown off. The storms are actually something that I miss. Living here in Atlanta, we don't get summer storms anything like we did in St. Louis or Manhattan (Kansas, not New York). Though apparently the worst storm I've been through is nothing like the one bearing down on the land of Joro, as this one might just wipe civilization off the map. Such is the story behind Stormweavers.
Many heroes have come and gone over the ages. They are bright, shining points in the darkness, but they fade out. Well, when the darkness rallies and looks to engulf everything, many lights must be used. Heroes must be brought back from the dead in order to turn the tide and make sure that good and light prevail. Such is the story in Sword & Sorcery, a new cooperative board game by Gremlin Project and Ares Games.
Calliope Games may be working on their Titan Series of games, but that's not the only games project they're working on. They've just announced a new game that they'll be showing off at Gen Con. For this one, grab your striped shirt and black mask, you take on the role of thieves.
Alternate History is an interesting genre. In ways, you could see a lot of Steampunk as an alternate history sort of thing. Weird War II is another that's pretty popular. Dreamlord Press has created a new alternate history role playing game. Written by Davide Pignedoli, City of Judas gives a new spin on the Crusades and introduces us to a Jerusalem infiltrated by the Cult of Judas.
Sometimes you just need a facelift. I've been watching a lot of Kitchen Nightmares lately (because why not?) and seen a lot of restaurants that needed their look updated (good lord some of those looked terrible). The same can be said for websites. Let's face it, website decor goes through phases (how about those old Geocities sites, eh?) and you need to keep up with the "hip, modern trends." (lord knows we just updated a little under a year ago) Wyrd has done just that with their website.
You've heard of Deck-Builder games and Deck Construction games. Shuffle Heroes is a bit of a different animal when it comes to such things. In the game, you draft two heroes and shuffle them together to create your special set of cards for play. Then, during the game, your opponent can destroy cards out of your deck, meaning with each reshuffle, you've got fewer options. But don't worry, you're doing the same thing to your opponent. They call it "Deck Destruction."
It just wouldn't be Gen Con without Randall and Catalyst Game Labs in attendance. As they have for the past... lots of years, they will once more be at the show and they're gonna be packed with cool stuff to see and do at booths 417, 413, 509, and 617.
Japanime Games will be hitting Gen Con full-force later this week. Their booth will certainly be a hive of activity with all they have planned for the show. If you'll be at the show, be sure to stop by booth 1139 to see what all the commotion is about.
Radio Dishdash and Skirmish Sangin is running a Kickstarter campaign for The Day of the Rangers (also called Maalintii Rangers) and a new figure range they're calling Gothic Serpent. The new book is full of scenarios for fighting modern military combat on your tabletop.
Far-out, man. Are you hip to the jive? It's like, totally wow.
Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx in all its forms, has announced a new card game that they'll be releasing in just a couple months. Retro Loonacy is a fast-paced card game where you look to try and empty your hand as fast as possible. Actually... now that I think about it, I played a prototype of something like this last year at Gen Con. It would seem that all the bugs have been worked out and it's time to release it to the masses.
At the CMON Expo, there was a lot of stuff going on, and not just for CMON, itself. Several vendors were there showing off new projects they had in the works. One of them was On the Lamb Games. I talked with Em and Matt and they showed me a prototype of their new 2-player starter boxes for Endless: Fantasy Tactics. Those kits are now available to pre-order from the On the Lamb website.
This week, we are certain to see lots of awesome-looking terrain tables during Gen Con. If you want your table to look as good, you'll probably want to check out what sort of terrain is being offered up by various vendors. Conveniently, we've put all of those together in one place for you here online.

In today's Terrain Corner we have: New 4Ground Parish Church & Accessories, Deep-Cut Studio releases new gaming mat for post-apocalyptic settings, New Terrain preview from ModelEarth, Pwork Releases the Lifeless Land Wargame Mat, and Angry Mojo Games July Releases Part 1: Wild West Terrain.

There's a lot of things to do and see at Gen Con. Why not get some of the shopping out of the way ahead of time to leave you more time for other stuff? Modiphius feels that's a pretty good idea, and so they've got a whole pre-order page set up for you to make purchases and have them ready for pick-up at the show. But that's not all they'll have going on this weekend.
Age of Sigmar seems to be getting an overall positive response. No, it's not for everyone. But it seems just about all my friends have ended up with at least a starter set. That includes players who haven't really played much in the way of Games Workshop games before.
Well, a new set of troopers is available to pre-order. This one will let your opponents fight in the shade.
I wake up pretty early as it is. Generally between 5 and 5:30am. Wednesday, I'll be making sure to get up just a little bit earlier, as my ride up to Gen Con will be picking me up around 5:30am for our 10-hour drive to Indy.
Man, I miss those days in St. Louis where it was only about a 4-hour drive.
But it should be a good show. Table Forged will be there. And they've posted up what sort of goodies they'll have with them at the show.
Enascentia. It's not the new fragrance from Calvin Clone. It's the high-fantasy RPG setting by GGStudio, using the Savage Worlds rules set, and originally published in Italian. The game is now up on Kickstarter in order to bring it over to an English-reading audience. And with your help, they just might get it done.
Take to the skies in Sky Relics: Battle of Iron Ring Skies by Sky Relics Games. Flight wasn't achieved the first time it was ever attempted. And such was the original launch of Sky Relics. Well, the important thing is to not give up. After some regrouping, reconfiguring, and refactoring, the campaign is once more over on Kickstarter and looking for some funding love.
The Superhero genre is rather popular right now. It's fun to think of having superpowers, yourself. With so many out there, it's hard to tell which you'd want if you got to pick. Well, in The Assembly, a new board game by Mastermind Games, you don't just have to pick one superpower, or just one hero you might like, but you get to pick a whole group. But will you fight for the side of truth and justice, or power?
Ah, Sunday. Is there a more relaxed, laid-back, restful day of the week?
... Well not this week it isn't! We've got Gen Con this week!
Yeah, this week!
*runs around, screaming*

Until then, we've got some bite-sized stories we've collected together.

This batch includes: Celestial Knight box art preview from Kabuki models and Quantum Gothic Wars new 32mm 3D print "Warper Alpha" has landed.

Welcome to another Saturday, beautiful readers. We're in a bit of the "calm before the storm." The last weekend before Gen Con. I did some grocery shopping specifically for the trip (granola bars and cough drops to have in my satchel as I run all around Indy). Next will be making a packing list to make sure I've got everything I need while there. What sort of prep do you guys have going on?

Well, take a small break from all that packing and painting and whatever else you're doing to enjoy some reviews we found during the week.

In this week's batch, we've got reviews/previews of: Systema Gaming Base-0 HQ Unit, Police Precinct, Random Encounter, Roadkill Rivals, Fleet Wharfside, Specter Ops, Karma, The Voting Game, DeadFellas, Black Fleet, Fief: France 1429, Imperial Assault, Flea Market, and Gold Ahoy.

Sometimes you just need a bigger gun. Thankfully, Warlord Games is here to help you out (if you force of choice is the British, at least this time around). They have released their new 18/25pdr gun and limber for Bolt Action. Badaboom!
Drac-u-leeeee! Drac-u-laaaaa!
I should probably stop. I wouldn't want to incur the ire of Dracula. Though, it seems his Fury is already out. Or at least, it will be out when Fantasy Flight Games releases the 3rd edition of Fury of Dracula, the game of vampire hunting all across Europe.
Did you know that Gen Con is next week? I know. We've not really been talking about it much, so you might've missed the subtle and scattered news stories about it. It's ok. We forgive you.
Anyway, Plaid Hat Games will be at the show, and they've got plenty in store for the weekend.
Spartan Games has caused quite a stir with the announcement of their Halo: Fleet Battles miniatures game. The Fall of Reach starter box sets just started shipping a couple days ago. We got one in here at the office and whipped up this little video showing off the box's contents for you. Go have a look-see.
And now for a post that doesn't relate to Gen Con.
Ok, there's a little bit of Gen Con at the very end. But it's only a little bit.
Catalyst Game Labs has a couple announcements to make about BattleTech, the biggest of which is the Beta release of Interstellar Operations, the sixth core rulebook for the game.
 

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