Raks Geek To Perform During Gen Con

And once more it’s time to let you know about something a little different in terms of entertainment that’ll be happening next week in Indy. This time around it’s Raks Geek. You may have seen a video of one of their performances. It involved a wookie doing a bellydance to a tune being played by Klingons. Because why the hell not?
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Dear Leader Party Card Game Up On Kickstarter

You ever have one of those jobs where your boss is super-crazy, but you really don’t want to lose your job, so you keep praising whatever ridiculous thing they say in order to stay there? Well, what if your boss is the leader of a country and you’ve gotta keep them happy, lest you meet with an… uh… early retirement? That’s the idea behind Dear Leader, a new party card game about making your crazy leader as happy as possible, even as they spout utter nonsense.
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Armored Core Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Taking a short break from all the Gen Con announcements to bring you an announcement about giant, fighting robots (I dig giant robots). Armored Core, based on the popular video game, puts players in control of a mech or group of mechs in combat against their enemies. Only the strong will survive in this real-time game, where rounds are a quick 20min.
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Review Roundup

It’s the Saturday before Gen Con. A week from now we’ll be shoulder-deep in the show.
Of course, that means this weekend is full of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get everything done before heading to Indy.
But, even with all the brouhaha, there’s time to bring you the reviews that you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Book of Nox Deluxe, Fishy Tactics, Agamemnon, Infinity Morat Rodoks, Tyrants of the Underdark, Scythe, Dungeon Busters, Dead of Winter: The Long Night, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquistion Game, Vampire Hunters, Via Nebula, Antarctica, Titan Race, Agricola: Revised Edition, and Vikings on Board.

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Morning Players To Attend Gen Con

Companies from all over the world will be descending on Indianapolis next week for Gen Con. That includes companies like Morning, a new board game publisher that you might remember from their recent Kickstarter for Hope. They’ll be at the show showing off their meta-cooperative tabletop game, as well as their other games.
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Vesuvius Media Premiering New Games at Gen Con

I’ve mentioned that Gen Con’s a great place to show off games, well, Vesuvius Media is certainly taking the opportunity to do so over in Entrepreneurs’ Avenue. They’re going to be showing off some games that were successfully Kickstarted in the past year, as well as two upcoming games.
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Holy Grail Games Demoing New Games at Gen Con

With tens of thousands of gamers converging in the ICC (I can see those lights in my sleep…), it’s a great place for companies to show off new games that they’re coming out with Holy Grail Games is no different and they’ve got four new ones that they’ll be showing off at the show.
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Gale Force Nine Posts Gen Con Plans

I said the other day that this weekend is going to be crazy with everyone getting any sort of last-minute things ready for the show. That includes letting people know what sort of things will be waiting for them when they get to a particular booth. Also, that includes me taking a Saturday to share all that news coming in with you. It’s cool, though. Gamers, on the whole, are pretty cool people, especially guys like Peter over at Gale Force Nine. He’s posted up what they’ll be bringing with them to the show and wanted me to share. So here you go.
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Asmodee Announces New Edition of Citadels

The Year of New Editions rolls on further as Asmodee and Windrider Games have announced that they’re coming out with a new edition of Citadels. First published in 2000 (man, does that seem long ago…), Citadels puts you in charge of creating the most grand city in all the land. It’s up to you how you go about things. Will you keep order with an iron fist, building lots of barracks for troops and plenty of prisons? Will you go for grandeur with lofting edifices? Or will you let people take care of themselves, enlisting thieves to keep things in check?
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Ninja Crusade: Empire’s Reign Book Up On Kickstarter

The Year of New Editions means that those games need expansions and supplemental material to go with them. Such is the case with Ninja Crusade. They’re into their 2nd edition and so it’s time to get some new sourcebooks for it. Such as Empire’s Reign. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Dr. Strange Team Pack Available To Pre-Order For Dice Masters

Dice Masters fans, there’s going to be a new Team Pack coming out this September which will add a new set of heroes and dice that you can add to your collections. This time around, things are getting a little strange… Dr. Strange, in fact. That’s right, the world’s premier magic-user, the Sorcerer Supreme, himself, is getting a team pack.
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews The App For Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition

With the new edition of Mansions of Madness being announced, the thing that got most people’s attention was the inclusion of a companion app that would now “run the game.” As such, that would turn Mansions into a fully cooperative experience. There’s been a lot of questions on what, exactly, the app will do, since it’s now a required part of the game. Well, Fantasy Flight has heard you and put up a preview of what you can expect.
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Dungeons & Dragons Teams Up With Roll20

There are lots of things that can keep a gaming group from actually getting a session in. For the longest time, “distance” was a big one. Well, with virtual tabletops becoming a much more regular thing, that’s not a factor. One of the most well-known virtual tabletops is Roll20. Well, they’ve teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to now officially bring Dungeons & Dragons adventures to the program.
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Friday Snippets

It’s Friday. So tomorrow’s the weekend. It’s also the last weekend before Gen Con. I know some people that’ll be headed towards Indy as early as Monday morning. That means there’s lots to get done this weekend to prepare for the show. And if there’s lots to get done, that means we need all the energy we can get. That means fueling up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

On today’s platter we have: Acheson Creations Running Heavy Metal Pewter Minis and Accessories Kickstarter, Magic: The Gathering Puzzle Quest 1.5.8 Update Adds PvP, Kill the King Coming To Kickstarter This Fall, NonSenseMiniatures new Swat team and gangs, Superheavies & Flyers for 1p40k released, First Teaser posted for Cretacea: A game of gargantuan survival, Battle Valor Games Latest 15mm Fantasy New Releases Posted, 54mm NeoProspector Kadmon Available From Hitech Miniatures, Only Four Days Until the Start of the 2016 Windhammer Prize, Free Shipping In August From FG MiniZ, and Legion Armoury Weekend Promo From Kromlech.

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Fantasy Flight Games Announces Star Wars: Destiny Dice and Card Game

Fantasy Flight Games has just announced a new game to be part of the Star Wars line of products they make. This one’s Star Wars: Destiny, a new collectable dice and card game. This game will take some of your favorite characters from all across Star Wars lore and put them together in a grand battle where your card plays and dice rolls will determine who stands triumphant at the end.
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Two Black Powder Supplements Now Available in PDF

Technology is ever-advancing. These days you can keep a whole library’s worth of books right in your pocket. Digital books are easier to carry, and can be easier to sift through to find exactly what you need. Warlord Games is adding to your available digital library now with two supplements for Black Powder, Zulu and Blood on the Nile, available in .pdf format.
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Heist To Paradise Dice Game Up On Kickstarter

If games like Grand Theft Auto have told us anything, it’s that it can be fun to sometimes play the bad guy. Running around, stealing cars, robbing banks, and doing all that sort of nasty stuff in order to gain fat piles of cash and retire to some tropical island certainly has its appeal. And it’s just that sort of appeal that gets you playing Heist to Paradise, a new dice game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Steamforged Previews Mother For Guild Ball

Gen Con’s just around the corner. I know I’m excited. Are you? I’m really looking forward to hitting up the Steamforged booth, personally. Got a bunch of Guild Ball stuff I’d like to pick up. Speaking of which, they’re showing off the final mascot that they’ll have available for pre-release at the show.
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WizKids Previews Mephisto For HeroClix

Today we’ve got another of those champion-inspired previews for HeroClix. This time we get a look at the devil, Mephisto, with stats created by Paris Gordon. Mephisto certainly has had quite a history with Spider-Man. Just ask Linkara what he thinks about all of it, too. I’m sure you’ll love the response. Anyway, so, what sort of thing does Mephisto do in the game?
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Fantasy Flight Games Announces Doom: The Board Game

Man, I remember when the Doom video game came out. I didn’t have it, but my neighbor did. So I’d go over there and we’d play for hours, running up and down those pixelated corridors (that still looked exceedingly awesome at the time) and blasting cyberdemons with our gatling guns and shotguns and BFGs. Soon, all of that will be able to be played on your tabletops (though much less pixelated than that original game), as Fantasy Flight Games has announced Doom: The Board Game.
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Clank Deck-Building Game To Be Available At Gen Con

Renegade Game Studios and Dire Wolf Digital are teaming up to bring you a new deck-building game at Gen Con (well, they’re bringing it to you after Gen Con as well, but it’ll be debuted at Gen Con). The game is called Clank and it’s all about trying to get a nice nap in… kind of.
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New Releases Available From Privateer Press for Warmachine

Privateer Press has a new selection of releases available. Sorry, Hordes players, nothing specifically for you this time around. This is all Warmachine stuff. Well, that is, except for No Quarter. That one’s equal-opportunity for all of Privateer’s products.
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Agamemnon Strategy Board Game Up On Giochistarter

During an Ancient Greek history class, I had to read the Iliad, which tells the epic tale of the Trojan War. Helen had been taken by Paris to Troy. There he kept her while the Greeks landed on the shore, ready to reclaim her, besieging the city. People got stabbed. Armor got taken. Gods intervened whenever they wanted. Zeus forgot to yell “spoilers” before he said, “By the way, the Greeks are gonna win” at the beginning of it all (they did up winning, of course, because it’s Zeus). Soon you’ll be able to bring the conflict to your tabletops with Agamemnon, which is up on Giochistarter now.
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Thursday Terrain Corner

Hello Thursday. How are you? I’m doing well. It’s a bit warm out, but what’re you to expect for July in Atlanta? Best to just stay inside where it’s cool and do some gaming. And if you’re going to do some gaming, you’ll want your gaming tables to look as good as possible. How do you do that? By checking out our Terrain Corner.

Today we have: Secret Weapon Miniatures Tablescapes Dungeons Up On Kickstarter, Sally 4th Summer Sale Happening Now, New Cart Wheel Set Available From Tabletop-Art, New Jungle Geomorph Maps From Heroic Maps, Warland Gaming Mat Available From Pwork Wargame, Deep-Cut Studio releases new Medieval Ruins gaming mat, Brigade Models Release new 6mm SF Items, and Heroic Maps Releases Grim’s Gullet Map.

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WizKids Previews Chameleon For HeroClix

There are several game companies out there that, for their highest-level tournaments, give the winners a chance to work with the design team for the game and create new figures to be part of the line. That’s just such a figure we get a preview of today that’s going to be part of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man set. We get a look at the Chameleon.
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Asmodee Announces 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon Expansion

In the ancient world, the supernatural was around you everywhere. The gods were a living part of your everyday life, in everything you did. We could have a deep, theological discussion about whether that’s the case today, or we could just talk about the Pantheon expansion for 7 Wonders Duel that does bring the gods right down to your tabletop when you play.
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Pre-Painted Bolt Action and Black Powder Sets Available From Warlord Games

Not everyone has time to paint their minis. As such, they like the idea of getting them either painted after they get them, or just buy models that have already been painted. Well, Warlord Games has been kicking around the idea of selling pre-painted minis for a while. They got the first batches of samples in for both Bolt Action and Black Powder. They’ve given their notes on how the models look, and now they’re available to you.
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Fantasy Flight Games Announces The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen 3rd Edition

Well, the Year of New Editions has now tied in with one of my absolute favorite movies (I’ve read the book, but it was a looooong time ago. The movie, however, I’ll watch once every couple months). For those that don’t know of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, I’m truly sorry, for you are missing out on one of the greatest adventure tales of all time. For those that do know of it, you’ll be happy to know that a 3rd edition of the roleplaying game will be out later this year.
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Galactic Debate Party Card Game Up On Kickstarter

I love a good debate. Let’s have a deep discussion about what makes a good tabletop game. Or maybe talk about different recipes and what techniques make the best cookies. Or we can discuss the best wood to use when smoking pork shoulder. Or we can talk about whether we should eliminate brain-melting torture devices because they pose a threat to the entire galactic population.
Ok, so the first three you can have whenever. The last one is mostly going to come up in Galactic Debate, a new party card game that’s up on Kickstarter (though knowing my friends, we might just start talking about that sort of thing just because).
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Ares Games Posts Gen Con Pre-Releases

Ares Games will be in Indy in a week for Gen Con. Hopefully, you will be, too (I will be). If you’re a fan of their games, you’ll want to stop by their booth. Heck, even if you’re not a fan of their current games (no game is going to please every gamer), you’ll want to stop by, since they have several new games they’ll be releasing at the show.
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews The Force Awakens RPG Beginners Game Box

The Force Awakens has created a place where new fans can hop on the Star Wars fan bus. And with gaming being more mainstream, that means more people interested in getting involved with the RPG opportunities that are out there. Fantasy Flight Games has made it very easy to get started with their Beginners Game Box that is coming out soon.
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Midweek Snippets

It’s been a scorcher so far this week in the US. Certainly has been here in Atlanta, at least. That heat’s made it rough to go outside for anything. Seems like a good time to stay inside and do some gaming. Or at least get set for some gaming this weekend. But if we’re going to make it through the heat and the week, we need to hydrate, as well as chow down on some bite-sized gaming stories.

On the platter today we have: Ainsty Castings Summer Sale and New Hammers Slammers 15mm, MidKnight Heroes Online store opening sale and Super Chibi round 2 Kickstarter, Silverclutch Games Launches Beneath Nexus Kickstarter Next Week, The Warriors: Turf Wars Kickstarter Launches On the 29th, Son of a Blank Party Card Game Contest Happening Now, Hero Master RPG-Inspired Greeting Cards Up On Kickstarter, and A.E.G.I.S. Coming To Kickstarter Soon.

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