Year 2016

I Think the Compass is Broke: An Unboxing of Lost Patrol

A friend of mine used to be in the Marines. He served overseas for a couple years. While there, they’d still go on regular training missions. One of them involved having to get from one place to another out in the desert. Well, unfortunately, the guy holding the compass was doing so right next to his weapon. Those that know how compasses work, they can be thrown off by a large piece of metal near them. You know… like a rifle… So the group got rather lost. Thankfully they all made it back safe, eventually. In Lost Patrol from Games Workshop, the Space Marine Scouts that have been sent out to find a downed Drop Pod have also gotten lost. Will they make it back alive?

The chaps over at GW were kind enough to send me a copy to check out and let you know about.

So remember that North is thataways and get ready for another TGN Unboxing. This time it’s Lost Patrol from Games Workshop.

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Review Roundup

It's Saturday. Those of you that are at KingdomCon, be sure to selfie responsibly. #RossFace
For me, it's the weekend before CMON Expo, so I'm super-busy getting things put together for the show. Lots to do, both work-related and just other things I need to get done.

In the meantime, though, I'm taking a break from baking German Chocolate Cake Cookies to bring you your regularly-scheduled Review Roundup.

Today we have: Blood Rage, Gempacked Cards, Star Realms, Polyversal, Scathach Games M.T.S Shipping Containers, Tash-Kalar Everfrost Expansion, VS 2PCG Defenders Expansion, Twilight Struggle Digital, Onimata, Warfighter, Stronghold 2nd Ed., Adventure Land, Thunder & Lightning, Celestia, Greedy Greedy Goblins, Splendor iOS, Feed the Shoggoth, Kingdom Death: Monster, and Res Publica 2230AD.

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Toxicity - I am Zombie RPG Up On Kickstarter

*eats seeds as a pastime activity*
Mark Rein, founder of White Wolf and the creator of Vampire: The Masquerade, has a new project he's been working on. Toxicity - I Am Zombie getting a new life over on Kickstarter. This new version brings new, cutting-edge rules to some traditional horror RPG concepts.

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Solar Auxilia Surgeon-Primus Available To Order From Forge World

Battlefield medics have a very rough job (putting it mildly). Everyone out there is looking to tear each-other to shreds. They're looking to put people back together again. Solar Auxilia Surgeon-Primus Aevos Jovan was a great surgeon before some of his "experiments" were discovered and he was given the option of cake or death... I mean, working for the Solar Auxilia or death. He chose to work with the Solar Auxilia.

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Friday Snippets

As much as I had to keep reminding myself that yesterday was Thursday and not Friday, I can now say that today is, indeed, Friday. There's certainly plenty going on today. Lots of preparations for the CMON Expo happening next week. More on that later. At the moment, though, it's time to fill up on some bite-sized gaming stories to help you power your way to the weekend.

Today we have: Today's new release - Praetorian Armour type Termos From Puppets War, Khurasan releases 15mm Timurids, Final Hours for Big Angry Monsters on Kickstarter, New 15mm Cold War Range From Totentanz Miniatures Coming Soon, and New Pulp Alley offers from Statuesque Miniatures.

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New Thunderbirds RPG And Accessories Available From Modiphius

So, who out there has been enjoying the Thunderbirds board game from creator Matt Leacock? Hopefully a bunch of you just raised your hands (which would be cool if you were just sitting in your cubicle at work and randomly raised your hand). Well, what about branching out from the board game to a full RPG in the Thunderbirds universe? Well, that's just what Modiphius is bringing you (along with some other, cool extra things for the games as well).

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Dreamwars Steampunk Horror Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Steampunk, as a genre, is generally associated with Victorian England. Victorian England is also associated pretty closely with Gothic Horror. So it seems only fitting that you bring the two together and create a game based on Steampunk Gothic Horror. Such is the case with Dreamwars, a new cooperative board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

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SeminART Painting Classes Booking Now

The fellows over at Figure Painter Magazine do their best to give you everything you need to up your painting game. But different people learn in different ways and having an instructor actually show you techniques first-hand is a great way to get better. Well, with that in mind, they've started their SeminART series of classes, the first of which is booking now.

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Android: Mainframe Now Available From Fantasy Flight Games

In the world of Android, any small gap in your computer security is going to be immediately exploited by anyone and everyone. Well, Titan Transnational Bank's software created such an opportunity. So now it's a race against time as hackers rush in to grab whatever they can before 1) someone else gets it or 2) the bank's own net security closes the breach. Get in there and get the goods, that's the story behind Android: Mainframe, a new abstract board game from Fantasy Flight Games that's available now.

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New British Infantry 1877-1885 For Black Powder

Warlord Games' team-up with Perry Miniatures brings you even more figures for you historical wargame fans. This time around it's British Infantry styled on the uniforms used by those stationed in Afghanistan and Sudan from 1877 to 1885. They're suitable for use if you're playing games set during the Second Afghan War, Sudan, and the Third Algo-Burmese War.

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Sharp Practice Second Edition Available From Too Fat Lardies

Sometimes games just need to get themselves a little update. Old mechanics that worked at the time get to seem bulky or don't adequately cover what you want them to. New units surpass old ones in value. Things just seem stale. It happens. Well, Too Fat Lardies felt it was time to update Sharp Practice, their historical game of 1700-1865 combat. So they updated it. And now it's available.

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Bloodstone Frontier Pioneer-Punk Miniatures Skirmish Game Up On Kickstarter

Well, I can't say I'd ever heard of Pioneer-Punk before. But it's not something entirely new. I know of a couple other games that might fit that description. But we're not here to talk about them. We're here to talk to you about Bloodstone Frontier, a new miniatures skirmish game that's up on Kickstarter now. So grab your six-shooter laser pistol and ride into town on your cybernetic horse.

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Avoid the Void Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Who else here has seen the old Disney movie The Black Hole? It was always one of my favorites growing up. It certainly gave me a healthy fear of falling into a black hole. It's that fear that also drive you in Avoid the Void, a new board game from Geek Fever Games that's up on Kickstarter now.
We are the best.

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Thursday Terrain Corner

Man, all night, as I lay in bed, not being able to sleep, I had to keep reminding myself that "tomorrow's not Friday. Tomorrow's not Friday." And, indeed, that is the case. I've got my Thursday shirt on and I'm here typing up a Terrain Corner feature. So, instead of dwelling on how it's not Friday, let's do what we can to make your gaming tables look as good as we can, alright?

Today we have: Heroic Maps release - Tagoskan Wasteland, Pwork War Sands - Mousepad Wargame Mat Available To Order, and New Homeland Battle Mat From Warzone40k.

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Granny Grating Armies Back Up On Kickstarter

Granny Grating Armies (or GGA to their friends) fell short of their goal the first time around on Kickstarter. But they didn't let that keep them down. They retooled, re-imagined, reconfigured, and have relaunched their campaign. This time they're seeing much more success, having made it over their goal already.

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Issue 35 of Figure Painter Magazine Now Available

Seeing as I've recently picked up Guild Ball, I really should think about getting back into painting. It's only a half-dozen models on a team when playing, and there's only about twice that available for each team, anyway. Reading through the pages of Figure Painter Magazine will certainly help me get back up to speed. Issue 35 is available now as well.

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Wizards of the Coast Posts Magic: The Gathering/Dungeons & Dungeons Crossover pdf

The first game I ever picked up was Magic: The Gathering. Back at the time, the only card games I'd known of were Gin Rummy and Poker. So the idea of a game where you can build your own deck just sounded weird. But like most, I soon learned exactly what that all meant and it opened up a whole world of hobby gaming for me. That world, of course, included Dungeons & Dragons. But my first game and my most-played RPG remained separate. And that way they remained for decades. That is, until now, with Wizards of the Coast posting a Magic: The Gathering/Dungeons & Dragons crossover pdf.

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Mierce Miniatures Running Darklands: Mighty Monsters Kickstarter

Mierce Miniatures makes some of the coolest monster figures around, if you ask me. They've got some great designs, great detail, great posing, and a lot of character in their figures. They're currently running a Kickstarter campaign to bring some more of these great monsters to the world of Darklands.

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Real Ghost Busters Set Added to Ghostbusters II Kickstarter

If you're about my age, a good deal of your knowledge of the Ghostbusters didn't necessarily come from the movies or comics. No, it came from the cartoon show. I know I watched the hell out of it. Well, now The Real Ghostbusters are making an appearance in the Ghostbusters board game from Cryptozoic as an add-on to their Kickstarter campaign.

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Fantasy Flight Games Announces Two New Runebound Expansions

The world of Terrinoth, in Runebound, is full of adventure, excitement, and really wild things. Each time you play, you take on the role of a great hero about to head out on a great adventure full of danger, but also filled with an opportunity for phat loots. And now you'll have even more options when you play with a couple new expansions that Fantasy Flight Games has announced.

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Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics Coming This August

I can't draw.
Well, that's not entirely true. I took a couple drafting classes. But as such, if I want to draw a stick figure, I need a drafting machine, t-square, and a set of French curves. Thankfully, you don't have to be a Doc Nickel, or Rickard Jonasson, or Lar DeSouza in order to win the game. But you will be writing a comic.

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