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Year 2020


There's some pretty classic set-ups for a hack-and-slash video game. One involves demons invading. The hero or heroes need to suit up and just get choppin' to save humanity! Well, that's what you get to emulate in Down to Hell, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

I mean, yeah, right now, I'm stuck at home. But if it weren't for this pandemic I'd... ... still be stuck at home. Let's face it, even in better times, many of us don't have the ability to go globe-trotting on a whim. I know I don't, at least. But even without that, I can still live vicariously through my board games. Trekking the World is a board game all about planning a 'round-the-world trip in the best way possible. It's up on Kickstarter now.

Under the sea... Under the sea...

Sorry. Had to.

Anyway, if you're looking to head under the sea and do some exploring in the last great frontier on our planet, Aquanauts can take you there without the need for a multi-million-dollar submarine. It's a new board game up on Kickstarter where players are looking to find new life and studying them in the dark below the waves.

Another announcement of a temporary closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This time around, it's River Horse. They've been forced to shut down customer service for the time being. Their webshop is still running, since it's run by another company, but if more restrictions come down, those may close up, too.

It's Tuesday. The work-week is underway. I hope you're all safe and healthy out there. These are tough times and we are all going to need to rely on each-other to get through it. I know something that helps is just getting your mind off the situation for a while. A good podcast can help, and I'm here to bring you this week's shows.

Today on the dial we have: Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 194: Great Western Trail Vs Maracaibo, Ettin, Europe Divided, War of the Ring; Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Episode 93: Identeco with Shawn Rourk; The Secret Cabal Express Episode 58: Questions, Misconceptions and WTFs of Board Game Publishing with Stephen Buonocore; 40K Radio Episode 50: Today We Mourn; and Tabletop Talk Episode 67: Mah Tucket (Bayou): Malifaux Deep Dive.

Ah, the American wild west. There's a lot of legend and myth around that time and place of the world. The West during the late 1800s and early 1900s is quite a place to move around in, if you get a chance. And you get said chance in Mud, Blood, & Glory, the western RPG. There's a new, updated 2nd edition that's available now in pdf form. If you're wanting to get out and see some big sky and traverse the plains and desert, now's a good time to do it (vicariously through RPGs, that is. You should stay indoors).

Ok, so the Romans actually existed (and, I mean, they still exist). And Warlords of Erehwon is a fantasy game. However, there are many mythical and legendary things about the Roman Legions of ancient times and so the folks over at Warlord Games have decided that, sure, you can use your Roman Legions in games of Warlords. Why not? Head on over and check out this new army list.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, production and shipping has been delayed in all areas of the gaming community. While, most of the time, these delays are only negative, in this case, there's a small, silver lining around that cloud. Corvus Belli has extended their period to pre-order Operation Kladstrom, their upcoming starter set for Infinity. So, if you're wanting, you can have a couple extra weeks to get together funds for the pre-order.

As everyone knows, all aspects of life have been impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. Game companies are having to halt production and shipping in some cases due to the situations in various countries. Fantasy Flight has posted an update about what they're doing during this time. Long story short: delayed shipments, especially to certain areas of the world.

Many companies have halted and pushed back releases during the COVID-19 outbreak. But there's still planning going on. Assuming things work themselves out, Privateer Press has posted an expected release schedule for April. Want to know what'll be coming at the end of next month? Have yourselves a look.

Looking for a new system to try out while you're at home? Can't go out and drive anywhere but wish you could? Watched any Mad Max movies lately? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, you might want to check out Devil's Run. It's a post-apocalyptic RPG that's available now from Modiphius.

No matter how much testing a company does, whenever their product goes out into "the wild," there's bound to be things that are found that could have possibly been better in the design. That definitely holds true for minis games that have quite a lot of different moving parts associated with them. Well, thankfully, many companies look to fix these issues. Steamforged, for example, has released a new Guild Ball Errata. Make sure you're playing with the right rules!

It's the fi-nal de-fense! *doodle-doo-doo! doodle-doot-doot-doo!*

CMON continues their weekly tradition of new scenarios for Zombicide (I mean, tell me that this wasn't a good year to have started that plan, amirite?). This time around, they're headed back to fantasy realms with Black Plague. There's nothing standing between the Survivors and a huge mass of undead. Who will win?

I know for a fact that you can still play your RPGs while practicing social distancing. I played just this past weekend, for example, while nobody was in the same apartment as me. And since you can still get pdfs without having to worry about shipping woes. So, Paizo's got their Spring Social event going on where you can save on their products over in their webshop.

And we've circled back around to Monday. Ok, so it's not most people's favorite day, but waddyagonnado? We gotta get through it before we can make our way into the rest of the week. It'll be alright. Anyway, as always, we're here on Mondays to make sure your gaming tables look good, and while most places have had to shut down, Acheson Creations is still cranking out new releases.

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Acheson Open For Business, 20% Sale Continues.

The folks over at Unstable Unicorns are making it a bit easier to pick up their products while we're all stuck indoors. They've launched a sale over on their webshop that includes everything they make. Simply use the coupon code Unicorn and you'll get 20% off your entire order.

Since many game nights have been cancelled as we're not supposed to get all that close to one-another, many people are turning to online ways to play their favorite games. I played D&D via Roll20 and Discord on Saturday, for example. Well, if you're a fan of some of Plaid Hat Games' offerings, they've posted up some resources to help you play their games when you're not in the same room as well.

Games Workshop might be temporarily closed down due to COVID-19, but that doesn't mean they're not still working. They're taking pre-orders for a new made-to-order figure, Lieutenant Amulius. If you're looking to add a new space marine to your collection, go get your name on the list now.

If you were thinking that there wouldn't be a single sheep or goat as part of the Shepherd's Guild, you would be mistaken. They've got themselves a big one. It's Ram, and we get a look at just how they work on the pitch in this preview.

Sure, you're at home. But that doesn't mean you can't get some new stuff. One Page Rules is here to help alleviate your qurantine woes with new rules sets for both Age of Fantasy and Grimdark Future. As always, you can just head over to their website and download them now.

Hey there, Legal Eagles. It's time to think like a lawyer (love that channel on YouTube). Rock Manor Games is looking to take you to court. But don't worry, you're not being put on trial for anything. Instead, you're playing as legal counsel. Lawyer Up is a new asymmetrical card game where players look to argue their case in court. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

What do you love about D&D adventures? What do you hate? What would you like to see more of? What level makes them the most useful? What sort of tables and charts help out? It's going to be a little different for everyone, but still, Elderbrain is looking to create the Best D&D Adventure and they want your help. They've posted up an extensive survey and are asking gamers to partake.

For the next couple Star Wars: Legion support units, Fantasy Flight is headed to prequel territory. They've announced that they're working on the Republic AT-RT unit as well as the STAP Riders for Separatists. Have yourselves a look at these two mechanical, fast-moving sets.

The Starcadian Alliance was supposed to bring peace and order to the galaxy. And it worked! Hooray! However, not everyone wanted to join in on the celebration. Supreme Commander Thorne was like, "That's all stupid. You're stupid. I want to be in charge!" and so he got together a bunch of different minion races and have invaded! Oh no! Thankfully, the Starcadian Alliance is full of heroic crews that want to take the fight right back to him... and each other. That's the story behind Starcadia Quest, the new stand-alone game in the Arcadia Quest family that's available now from CMON.

We're almost to the weekend. I'm sure we can make it there. I hope you're all safe and healthy out there. I had to go out yesterday to pick up meds (regular stuff. Not sick that I know of) and a few other things. I should be able to stay-put here in the den for almost a month if necessary. Of course, that means I grabbed some snacks to munch on. Speaking of, let's nosh on some bite-sized gaming stories as well.

Today on the platter we have: Catalyst Game Labs Releases Battletech and Shadowrun Activity Book PDFs, Victoria Miniatures LE Adepticon Mini Goes On Sale Today, and Glowquarium Dice Sets Available From Kraken Dice.