Tompet Games Launches Donning the Purple on Kickstarter

“It’s good to be king.” Sure, we’ve all heard that. But you know what’s better? Being the emperor. And being the emperor of one of the most vast empires the world has ever seen is even better. But, being emperor, as you put on the regal robes, you know that there’s a target on your back, as usurpers sharpen their knives in the shadows. That’s what you’ll be watching out for, or possibly being one of those usurpers, yourself, in Donning the Purple, a new board game from Tompet Games that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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12 Realms: Dungeonland Late Pledges Now Available

Mage Company is now taking late pledges for their 12 Realms: Dungeonland game. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, but want to still get the benefits of it, now’s your chance. The game is for 1-4 players, as you head your way through a dungeon (seems appropriate). Take on the mantle of famous characters from folklore and look for adventure and loot.
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Castell Now Available From Renegade Game Studios

We’ve all seen human pyramids being made by cheerleaders at some sporting event. It can be quite a sight to see. But they really don’t hold a candle to the tradition in Catalonia of Castell, where teams will create towers made of people that reach into the sky. If you’re like me and don’t really want to climb a human tower and risk falling, you can still enjoy the tradition on your tabletop with Castell, available now from Renegade Game Studios.
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Cryptozoic To Launch Cult: Choose Your God Wisely Board Game Kickstarter

I don’t know what happens after we die. I don’t know if there’s any god or gods out there in the universe, watching. But if you’re part of a cult, you’re pretty sure there is. But what god do you follow? That’s the first choice you need to make in Cult: Choose Your God Wisely, a new board game coming to Kickstarter from Cryptozoic and Idrology. It will launch next week on the 28th.
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Arcane Wonders Announces Senshi Board Game Coming This May

Arcane Wonders has announced a new strategy game that will be making its way to game shop shelves this May. It’s called Senshi. In it, players take on the role of warrior monks. Their master is ailing, and each student is trying to show that they have learned the master’s teachings the best, looking to find balance in their strength, agility, wisdom, and honor. Only one student will become the new master. Who will it be?
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Robin Hood and the Merry Men Board Game Up On Kicsktarter

Ah! Ho! Ha-ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!
Ok, so Robin Hood and the Merry Men doesn’t take place in the Warner Brothers universe, but whenever I think of ol’ Robin, I think of Daffy. And we’ve got Robin Hood up on Kickstarter with Final Frontier Games’ Robin Hood and the Merry Men board game. It blends together set collection, worker placement, some dice rolling, and more to give you a semi-cooperative game.
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Pandasaurus Games Announces Duelosaur Island

Many of us, growing up (or even now), wish we could go visit a dinosaur theme park. I mean, how cool would it be if Jurassic Park were a real thing (minus all the people getting killed and eaten, of course)? I think the only thing cooler would be being the one in charge of the park. And that’s what you’ll be in Duelosaur Island, a new stand-alone Dinosaur Island spin-off game from Pandasaurus Games.
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AEG Running Edge of Darkness Kickstarter

AEG has launched a Kickstarter campaign for what they’re calling their most ambitious board game ever. Edge of Darkness involves deck building and card modification (like in Mystic Vale) along with worker placement, area control, and threat elements, all rolled into one. Take control of one of the four guilds and fight to keep the land of Aegis alive.
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Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Board Game Now Available

A movie that many of us saw when we were younger and that opened up much love in strange and mystical worlds was Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Guide Jen and Kira past the ruthless Skeksis in order to restore the Dark Crystal with the lost shard.
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Into the Black: Boarding Party to launch on Kickstarter February 27th

From regular, run-of-the-mill pirates to space pirates we go. I’m not sure if you still have to hoist a misenmast or deal with yardarms, but there’s still plenty of plundering and pillaging taking place out in space. That’s what you’ll be doing in Into the Black: Boarding Party, a new game coming from I Will Never Grow Up Games that’s coming to Kickstarter in a week.
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TGN Review: Divinity Derby by Ares Games

Zeus has called together various gods and they’re having themselves a party. The ambrosia starts kicking in, and soon, they’re arguing over what mythical creatures would win in a flying race. Well, being divine in nature, the gods are able to figure this out directly by setting up a track and calling these creatures to fly for their amusement. Of course, no race is quite exciting enough without a little betting going on. That’s the story behind Divinity Derby, a new racing board game from Ares Games. They’ve sent me a copy to check out and let you know about how it works.

So get your $2 bet ready, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Divinity Derby.
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Exclusive International Tabletop Day Items Available to Pre-Order

There are a lot of holidays throughout the year (heck, as I mentioned earlier, it’s one here today in the US). But there’s only one holiday that’s specifically all about gaming. And it’s not just one country’s holiday. It’s everyone’s! It’s International Tabletop Day. And it’s been growing with every year. This year, you can even get some exclusive items. Just ask your FLGS to put their name on the list to get the box of goodies.
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Review Roundup

Saturday. How wonderful a day. I hope you’re taking advantage of it. I ran a bunch of errands this morning. Now I’m working on painting, of all things. I can’t tell you the last time I painted minis. It’s been quite a while.

But while I wait for this color to dry, lets get you the reviews I know you all so desperately desire.

This week, we have articles on: Alphas Volume #1, Lucky’s Misadventures, Act of Treason, Wildcatters, Konja, Hero Realms: Ruin of Thandar, Hunt for the Ring, Decrypto, Minute Realms, Civilization: New Dawn, and Star Trek Adventures.

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IDW Games and Taberna Jogos Announces Galaxy Hunters

Giant robot alert!
We have giant robot alert!
Try and keep calm!
IDW Games has announced they’re teaming up with Taberna Jogo to bring us Galaxy Hunters. The game is a worker-placement style game (which I love) with giant robots (which I also love). So you know I’ll be paying attention to where this one’s headed.
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Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep Now Available

For all the dangers in the modern world, we all know that the true evil is in the form of… Ancient Egypt! *Imperial March plays*
The Investigators must get together once more in order to stop this ancient evil from taking over the everyday world. That’s what you’ll be doing in Masks of Nyarlathotep, the newest expansion for Eldritch Horror, which you can pick up now.
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Osprey Games Announces Wildlands Miniatures Board Game

Osprey Games is working on their first miniatures board game. It’s called Martin Wallace’s Wildlands (but everyone can play, not just him). Players will team up and compete against each-other, each team trying to reclaim the glory of what had been a mighty kingdom, but is now just the wildlands. Defeat enemy characters, gather resources, and overpower your opponent’s defenses to win!
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The Reckoners Board Game Up On Kickstarter

It’s always cool when a bit of media you love gets turned into a game you can immerse yourself in. You get to join in with the actions and adventures of your favorite characters and do your own part to shape the world. That’s what you get in The Reckoners, a new cooperative board game based on the book series by Brandon Sanderson. The project is up on Kickstarter now.
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Way of the Fighter Now Available

If your Valentine’s day didn’t quite turn out like you’d hoped, I still hope it didn’t end up with you squaring off with an opponent, prepping your various martial arts moves in the attempt to knock the other fighter into unconsciousness… unless, of course, that was just you and your significant other playing some Way of the Fighter, which is available now from Ninja Division.
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Knight Models Posts New Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Board Game Previews

Well, it seems as though, as expected, everyone went pretty crazy over the announcement for the Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Board Game from Knight Models. Well, they’ve posted up a new preview. Have a look at some of the minis that only got teased a bit in their preview video.
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Knight Models Announces Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game Kickstarter Launch Date

Here’s one that I know a lot of people have been wanting to know more about. Knight Models has announced the launch date for their Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game Kickstarter (March 14th). So you’ve got a month to get your wands, owls, and brooms together.
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Cryptozoic Previews Toy Fair Previews

Yeah, I know, it’s a funny headline, but it’s what we’ve got. Cryptozoic has posted up a preview of the games that they will be previewing at New York Toy Fair 2018 (which is less than a week away). They’ll have two Rick and Morty games, two DC Deck-Building sets, and a pair of standalone board games.
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Z-Man Games Announces Lowlands Board Game

Is it just me, or is Z-Man Games turning into the “small community, apart from others, struggling against the elements”-game company? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you. I just happened to notice the pattern with their new game they’ve announced called Lowlands, where players are working semi-together to run a town along the coast of the North Sea.
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Review Roundup

Helloooooooo, Saturday. You know you’re my favorite. I hope the other days of the week get jealous, but you’re just so great. Time to put on some appropriate music and relax… and probably play some games, too. I plan on doing that as well. But, before I go do that, I gotta make sure the people get the gaming reviews I know they so desperately desire.

This week, we have: Go Nuts for Donuts, Loot N Shoot, London, Centipede, Stellium, DropMix, Cursed Court, Einstein, Peptide, Empires: Age of Discovery, Test of Honour Ronin, Photosynthesis, and Fast Forward series (Fear, Fortress, Flee).

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WYSIWYGames Posts Planet of the Apes Preview

I’m guessing most of you weren’t around when the original Planet of the Apes movie came out. I mean, it was 50 years ago, as of yesterday. But even if you didn’t see Charlton Heston screaming, “You blew it up! You maniacs!” on the silver screen during its initial release, you can still get pumped about the setting, as well as the games based on it. In this case, it’s WYSIWYGames with their upcoming Planet of the Apes miniatures board game. They’ve got a preview showing off what you can expect to see in terms of minis.
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13 Clues Now Available From CMON

Scotland Yard has seen a massive rise in crime lately. Their regular squad of bobbies is doing their best, but they’re going to need help. That’s where you come in. Take on the role of a detective looking to solve some of London’s most baffling cases. Be the first to figure out your clues and prove that you’re the best sleuth on the streets. 13 Clues is available now from CMON.
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Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers Board Game Up On Kickstarter

Anyone else got a sudden hunger for chilidogs? Extra onions? Just me? … Maybe that’s what I’ll have for lunch today.
Meanwhile, in the world of fast creatures and rings, Shinobi 7 has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers. Grab your favorite anthropomorphic furry critter, lace your shoes up tight, and race to the finish.
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Omens of the Pharaoh Is Now Available for Elder Sign

With all the troubles in the world today, we all know that the true evil is… Ancient Egypt! *Imperial March plays*
At least, the minions of Nephren-Ka are evil, and they’re looking to bring the long-dead pharaoh back to life. You investigators will have to make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s what you’re tasked with doing in Omens of the Pharaoh, which is the new expansion for Elder Sign, available now.
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Late Pledges Open Now For HATE

February is the month of love. But if you missed out on the HATE Kickstarter, it can also be the month of HATE. For those that didn’t join up with the Kickstarter and are just hating yourself for that (see what I did there?), you can still join in during the Late Pledge time and still get the game. Remember, this is a Kickstarter-exclusive game. If you want it, speak now or forever hold your peace.
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Fields of Agincourt Board Game Up On Kickstarter

One of the most iconic battles in Western Civilization, Agincourt saw King Henry the V beat the French on the fields of Agincourt. Now, you can bring that moment of history to your tabletop in Fields of Agincourt, a tile-laying game of positioning, terrain, and the plague. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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Planetopia Board Game Up On Kickstarter

There are billions and billions of stars in the galaxy, and around them are billions and billions of planets. In Planetopia, you take on the role of one of those planets, newly-formed and ready to harbor life. But with all those planets available, you’ll have to work hard at attracting life to you. You might not think about planets competing for life, but such is the case. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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USAopoly Announces Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time Board Game

I have to admit, I’ve read very few fiction books. They’re not really my thing. However, one I remember reading and enjoying was A Wrinkle in Time (actually, back in grade school, for a project, I even created a board game about it. So there’s your gaming tie-in). The book will soon be a movie. And that movie will soon be a board game (though no, it’s not the one I created almost 30 years ago) from USAopoly called A Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game.
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The Arrival Now Available From Cryptozoic

I had really thought about making the headline, “Cryptozoic announces the arrival of The Arrival” but decided against it. Still, obviously I made it the opening to the post. Anyway, The Arrival puts players in control of a Tribe, and they are looking to gain more territory in ancient Ireland from the other Tribes, as well as the demon-like Fomori. It was originally a limited release at Essen, but the rest of us can now get a hold of the game.
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Masque of the Red Death Late Pledges Now Open

Tiiiiiiiiiime is on my side, yes it is!
Tiiiiiiiiiime is on my side, yes it is!
Yes, even though the clock’s struck midnight and half the party’s dead, you’re still alive and can continue to party on. And even if you missed out on the Masque of the Red Death Kickstarter, you can still join in now that late pledges are being taken and the pledge manager is now open.
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews Campaign Mode in Masks of Nyarlathotep

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Just as soon as you’ve defeated one cult, another seems to pop up. One ancient terror from beyond is thwarted, another jumps in to take its place. But, if we don’t want all our brains to melt from insanity, you’ve gotta keep doing your job as Investigators. In the Masks of Nyarlathotep expansion for Eldritch Horror, Fantasy Flight introduces a new Campaign Mode for the game. Can you make it through 6 missions in a row?
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Workhouse Games Posts New Awful Orphanage Teaser

The folks over at Workhouse Games have posted up a new preview of their upcoming board game, Awful Orphanage. In the game, players will take on the role of an orphan, trying to escape the nightmarish realm of Ms. Pendergast’s Home for Wayward Children. You can get a good look at what you’ll be expecting in this new video.
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