Review Roundup

It’s very early on Saturday morning. Well, not as early as it was when I first got up (Now: 6am. Woke up: 3am). I’d love to know why, on weekdays, my brain is all, “man, I dun wanna get up!” while on the weekend it’s like, “3am, homebear. Be awake now!” Maybe I’m just so excited about D&D today. I guess we can go with that. But while I get ready for all the things I’m gonna do today, I also need to get you your reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Go Nuts for Doughnuts, Sushi Go!, Bamboleo, Cry Havoc: Aftermath, Down in Flames: WWII-Guns Blazing, Gaslands, Dinosaur Island, Dr. Beaker, and Crusader Kings.

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New Releases Available For Super Dungeon Explore

Ninja Division/Soda Pop is adding to their Masterclass Miniatures line for Super Dungeon Explore. But they’re not going with just one new release. They’ve got three new figures for you this month. There’s a new mini-boss as well as a pair of new heroes to either fill up the dungeon or try and clear it out. All of them are available to order now.
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Late Pledges Open for Pacific Rim Board Game

The one thing about crowdfunding campaigns is that they only last so long. Miss out, and those deals and exclusives are gone forever… or are they? That’s where the Late Pledge time comes in. River Horse has opened up late pledges for their Pacific Rim board game. Jump in your Jaeger and go take out some Kaiju.
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Fungeon Party Now Available

It’s a little bit dungeon delve. It’s a little bit dexterity game. It’s a little bit party game. It’s a little bit country. It’s a little bit rock-and-roll. Fungeon Party is the new game from WizKids where players take on the role of traditional dungeon-delving characters, but don’t necessarily go about searching that dungeon in the most traditional ways. Bounce dice around a box, stack them, try and knock over meeples, and more.
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Modiphius Launches Kung Fu Panda Board Game Kickstarter

The Valley of Peace seemed… well… peaceful enough. That is, until Tai Lung broke free of prison and vowed to destroy all of it. Then, it was up to Po and the Furious Five to stop him. That’s your goal in the Kung Fu Panda Board Game from Modiphius. There is no charge for awesome… but there is one for the game. The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now.
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CMON Announces Kick-Ass Board Game

This game is Kick-Ass, y’all.
No, really, it’s Kick-Ass, a board game based on the comic by Mark Millar and John Romita, coming to you in Q3 from CMON. Grab your spandex and weapons and hit the streets of New York as one of its vigilante crime-fighters. Take on the tough gangs all while still making sure you get to your day-job on time.
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Z-Man Games Posts Race to the New Found Land Preview

The Age of Sail is upon us. Ocean-going ships are making their way across the seas to all corners of the Earth as European nations vie for new colonial interests. Race to the New Found Land from Z-Man Games puts you in control of those nations and those ships. Head out and find new resources and goods to trade for and build up your trading empire. They’ve posted up a new preview of the game for you to check out.
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CMON Posts New Cthulhu: Death May Die Preview

It’s too late to keep the cultists from actually summoning some ancient evil into the world. The Investigators only have one chance to save the world. When that Great Old One shows up, they gotta shoot it in the face while they have a chance. That’s what’s happening in Cthulhu: Death May Die, the new game coming from CMON. In this preview, we get a look at the art and render for the Hunting Horror mini.
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Carthage Board Game Now Available

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.
Although, in this case, it’s alright if Carthage sticks around. It basically just got here. It’s the new gladiator-fighting board game. It’s got fighting elements and positioning. It’s got deck-building aspects. It’s got a bit of everything. And you can pick up your copy now.
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Happy Games Factory Launches Arenabots Kickstarter

Happy Games Factory is looking to get more people involved in their Eden world, as well as expand the universe into more gaming facets. To get both those in one go, they’re running a Kickstarter campaign for Arenabots, their new board game. Think the show Battlebots, but in a post-apocalyptic future world.
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Condottiere Being Added to Z-Man Games’ Catalog

Z-Man Games seem to be the place to go for re-releases and new editions of recently-classic games. They’ve got another they’re adding to their catalog. In this case, it’s Condottiere. They’re updating the rules and the map, while still keeping the art style from the 2007 version. They’re also bringing in 2-player version. You can check out their announcement below.
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Review Roundup

In which I totally mess up the date for when this was supposed to post and then go back and fix it. 😛
Look, these things happen sometime!
Anyway, here’s the regular grouping of review articles I know you all so desperately desire.

This week we have: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, Rush in the Forest: Three Little Pigs, Torres, Exoudus Fleet, Steepseers, Super Hack Override, This War of Mine, Assembly, Noria, Get Off My Land, and Monster Card BLVD.

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Forbidden Games Posts New Raccoon Tycoon Preview

In just 12 days, Forbidden Games will be rolling out their Kickstarter campaign for Raccoon Tycoon. The game puts players in charge of building and maintaining trade networks of goods. It’s a boom time in the kingdom of Astoria, and everyone wants to get a piece for themselves. But, in the end, only one will be the true racoon tycoon. Forbidden has given us some new preview shots, as well as some info about the world and gameplay for you to check out.
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New Heroes and Mini Boss Coming For Super Dungeon

Next week, a pair of new heroes and a new mini-boss will go on sale for Super Dungeon from Soda Pop Miniatures/Ninja Division. The first hero is the Celestial Healer, great for making sure that your other heroes don’t die. Though it’s a little too late for the Gloomborn Champion. He’s already dead, but he’s not letting that keep him down. Finally, the new boss is Hecate Vilethorn, and evil Centauress.
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CMON Posts New Cthulhu: Death May Die Preview

In Cthulhu: Death May Die, the cultists are winning. They have started their ritual. The Old Ones are waking up. The Earth will surely plunge into chaos and disorder… or will it? Yes, it might be too late to fully stop the ceremony, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. It’s just, like, 99% lost. CMON has posted up another preview for the game, giving us a bit more information on how it all works.
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WizKids Announces Seal Team Flix

While Gaia’s Hope might seem like just a bunch of tree-hugging hippies, they’re really an eco-terrorist organization looking to solve things their way. They’ve gotta be dealt with, and the SEALS are just the team to do it. But the operations aren’t going to be easy. SEAL Team Flix is a new dexterity-based cooperative game coming from WizKids. Travel through different terrain and eliminate your targets with surgical precision… or just flick your piece off into no-man’s land. Whatever works for you.
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Ninja Division Bringing Ninja All-Stars Into Super Dungeon Explore

The fantasy chibi games of Super Dungeon Explore and Ninja All-Stars are teaming up. Yes, like a galaxy merger, the two are joining together into an even bigger super-game. Ninja Division has announced that it is coming out with rules and cards for running the different Ninja Clans in games of Super Dungeon Explore.
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A Look Into Making History of the World

A board game doesn’t just spring, fully-formed from the head of a game designer. Sure, they might have a pretty good idea of what a game will be, but it’s actually quite a long process where the final version might be leagues from the original. In this article, Z-Man Games gives us a look at the design process behind one of their upcoming releases, a new edition of History of the World.
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Review Roundup

Woo! Weekend! Woo!
Yeah… so, it was actually a short week in the office, since I had Monday at home. But damn, it still felt just as long as a regular week… maybe even longer.
But after seemingly interminable years, it’s finally Saturday again.
So, while I’m playing some D&D, you can read about some game reviews. Sound good? Let’s get to it.

This week we have: Anno Domini 1666, Century Golem Edition, Vanguard of War, 7 Wonders, Super Mario: Level Up!, The Lady and the Tiger, Chariots of Rome, and Heaven & Ale.

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Wyrd May Newsletter Posted

Ok, so it’s actually the first day of June, but Wyrd had this up yesterday afternoon, so it was still May when it hit. Squeaking in just over the line, though. But better late than never, as this issue is filled with all sorts of information about Malifaux releases, Darkness Comes Rattling expansions, and The Other Side stuff, plus more.
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Plaid Hat Games Posts New Starship Samurai Preview

A good military relies on accurate, appropriate, and quickly-issued orders. How can you take on the enemy with disarray as your military strategy? That’s never going to work. In this preview of Starship Samurai, Plaid Hat Games gives us a look at how Orders work in the game, and how choosing the right order at the right time will make all the difference.
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CMON Announces Cthulhu: Death May Die

An unspeakable evil is ready to descend upon the Earth. The only chance to avoid utter annihilation is in the hands of a few investigators. Those investigators are already going a bit mad from knowing what they know, but they’re more than willing to sacrifice themselves if it means saving humanity. That’s the story behind Cthulhu: Death May Die, the new board game from CMON.
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Vast: The Mysterious Manor Board Game Up on Kickstarter

In most games, players are all pretty much doing the same thing. Sure, they might have different classes or abilities, but they’re generally all working the same way. In Vast: The Mysterious Manor, things couldn’t be more different… pretty much literally. The things that players take on the role of are drastically different, have different abilities, different goals, different play styles. This is a game where changing what you play as really makes a difference. You can check it out on Kickstarter now.
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Heroes of Land, Air & Sea: Pestilence Expansion and New Print Run Up On Kickstarter

Gamelyn Games is looking to expand the world of Heroes of Land, Air & Sea, and they’ve taken to Kickstarter to do it. Pestilence is said new expansion, and it brings in a new floating island to conquer. Along with this new set, though, they’re looking to do a reprint of the base game. So if you’ve been wanting to jump in, this is the perfect time to do so.
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Ares Games Announces New Edition of City of Chaos

There’s a lot of board games out there than many of us haven’t tried, simply because they were here and gone before many of us got involved in the gaming hobby. Many of those are beloved titles that were very innovative for their time. One such is City of Chaos. Well, you don’t have to worry about finding a copy in resell shops, as Ares Games is going to be coming out with a new edition. Though there’s still a bit of a wait, as it’ll be coming in the second half of next year.
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WizKids Announces Betrayal at House on the Hill Upgrade Kit

WizKids is looking to make your experience with Betrayal at House on the Hill even better than it is now. They are going to be bringing out an Upgrade Kit for the game this September. It contains new, custom dice, high-quality, double-sided player cards, and much more to create a deluxe playing experience.
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Battlespace Games Releases Jester’s Court, Suit Thyself! Board Game

A lot of power is dangerous, but a little can be just as dangerous, if you don’t know how to use it. Well, you, as a wizard of medium power, shot off your mouth around some wizards of maximum power, and now you’ve been banished to a little pocket dimension called Limbo. You and some other wizards who thought they were cool enough must try and escape. To do so, you have to collect banners from the four powerful wizards. That’s the story behind Jester’s Court, Suit Thyself!, a new board game available from Battlespace Games.
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May Releases Now Available From CMON

The month is coming to an end, but there’s still time to get some new releases on your gaming tables. In this case, we have CMON’s. There’s Dragon Castle, where you use materials from a crumbling castle build a fantastic new one. Then there’s Way of the Panda, where the Panda Clans have decided to retake their homeland from ninja invaders. And then there’s Council of 4, where merchants are creating trading empires across the kingdom.
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Fantasy Flight Announces 42nd Anniversary Edition of Cosmic Encounter

Some games have just been around forever, so it seems. And for many of you gamers out there, Cosmic Encounters has, essentially been around forever. It’s been around as long as you have, at least. Cosmic Encounters is celebrating 42 years as a game and Fantasy Flight is coming out with a new edition.
… and I really hope I don’t have to explain why the number 42 is important in a cosmic standpoint.
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Review Roundup

Weeeekeeeeeeeend! Woo!
Time to get out there and get some gaming in. What kind of gaming? Doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re out there having fun. But if you’re really stuck for a game idea, perhaps these reviews can help.

Today we’ve got: Darwin’s Choice, Star Wars: Rebellion, Majesty: For the Realm, Time Barons, Herbalism, Feudum, Cabooses in the Corner, Seikatsu, and Guards of Atlantis.

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Renegade Game Studio Announces Clank! In! Space! Apocalypse!

A couple weeks ago at the Game Day up at the Library near here, I got to watch a game of Clank! In! Space!. I actually really liked the game. It’s a deck builder. It’s a board game. It’s a deck builder AND a board game! I have been thinking of getting a copy for myself. Now, I see that Renegade Game Studio is coming out with an expansion, Clank! In! Space! Apocalypse!. Now I’m definitely interested.
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Don’t Let It Die Board Game Up On Kickstarter

It’s hard to think just how important fire was to early man. We take it for granted now, with heat and light sources basically everywhere we look, but before we knew to rub two sticks together, we had to rely on fire created through other natural means and just keep it going. That’s your goal also in Don’t Let It Die, a new cooperative board game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops Boardgame Kickstarter Launched by Catalyst Game Labs

Man, been a while since we’ve heard from Randal and the others over at Catalyst Game Labs. What’ve they been up to? Well, they’ve been prepping for their Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops Boardgame Kickstarter. Head into the world of ogre hackers, dragons, and other cyber-fantasy creatures in this new competitive worker-placement game.
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The Pit: The Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Deep in the far reaches of space lies The Pit. It’s an alien laboratory of mythic proportions where scientific experiments are carried out (mostly the really nasty kind of stuff that you can only do when far out in space). It is, however, into this nightmare landscape that you and your party members are headed. The Pit: The Board Game brings the Sword of the Stars: The Pit video game to your tabletops. The project is up on Kickstarter now.
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Plaid Hat Posts New Starship Samurai Preview

Plaid Hat Games recently announced that they were coming out with a new sci-fi board game called Starship Samurai. And, I mean, it’s giant robots fighting in outer space, so you know it’s got my attention. But the giant robots, alone, aren’t enough to make me want to get the game. I need to know more. I need to know how it plays. Thankfully, that’s just what Plaid Hat is giving us a little preview of today.
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