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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AEG Announces New Mystic Vale Expansion

Mystic Vale lets players actually customize their cards as they play. Using the clear sleeves, players will insert clear upgrades to their cards, building their deck in an entirely new way. The game already has several expansions, but more is on the way. In this case, it’s Conclave, and it will be available in April.
Plus, the box will be able to hold all your current sets.
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Draft Packs Now Available For Star Wars: Destiny

I love draft events. Sure, there’s something to creating a deck ahead of time and making sure it’s as tightly-wound as you can. But there’s also something to flying by the seat of your pants, making your deck from a limited set of cards and having to use only your wits and skill to make it through. Star Wars: Destiny has new draft packs that you can use to have some cool events with.
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Portal Dragon Announces Palm Island Card Game

If you know me, you know I’m a fan of easily-portable games that can just slide into your gaming backpack and go with you. Palm Island is just such a game. It even has a solo variant so you can play when nobody else is around. Portal Dragon will be bringing it to Kickstarter in a couple weeks and wanted you to all get hyped about it ahead of time.
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WizKids Announces Endless Pass Card Game

WizKids seems to be in that pattern again of announcing several new games in rapid succession (nothing wrong with that, mind you). In this case, it’s Endless Pass: A Viking Saga. Players take on the role of mighty vikings, searching the Pass as they look to defeat the Endless, a never-ending (ooooh, that explains the name…) group of monsters. But, being vikings, they’re also looking for glory! As such, they’ll compete against one-another as well. Whose story will be told throughout all time? That’s for you to decide.
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Tavern Masters Now Available From Dann Kriss Games

You all know how much I love being able to post about a game having been on Kickstarter now being available for general release. Well, this is one of those posts. Dann Kriss Games is now sending out Tavern Masters to distributors for delivery to brick and mortar gaming stores the world over. If you’d like to get your own fantasy tavern and stock it with the best patrons, now’s your chance.
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Indie Boards and Cards Running Aeon’s End: Legacy Kickstarter

Legacy games are an interesting concept. As you play, you permanently alter the game. It’s quite an interesting thing that’s been sweeping through the gaming industry for a while. Well, Indie Boards and Cards is bringing that format to their Aeon’s End game, with Aeon’s End: Legacy. The cooperative deck-building game is up on Kickstarter now.
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IDW Games To Release Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Munchkin

Lotsa people grouping together for this one. IDW has teamed up with Steve Jackson Games and Nickelodeon to bring you a new Munchkin set. In this case, it’s all about pizza, ninjas, and heroes in half-shells. Yes, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (every time I write that, the editor in me wants to put commas between the words).
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Lexicons of Dueling: Japanese Katana Up On Kickstarter

Lexicons of Dueling is a card game that takes from actual fighting manuals for various types of weapons and puts them in your hands. They’ve created several decks already for such weapons as rapiers and English longswords. Now, they’re headed to the land of the rising sun with the Japanese Katana. This is the first of their far-Eastern decks they have planned. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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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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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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Animal Ailments Party Card Game Up On Kickstarter

So, I’m told that, occasionally, people will have parties where they play games. I just have to take y’all’s word for it, solitary creature that I am. One such game played at parties like this is Charades. But that can get kinda boring, so why not liven it up some by mimicing your favorite animals and the strange ailments they might get? That’s what you’ll be doing in Animal Ailments. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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Dungeon Solitaire: Devil’s Playground Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Sometimes you find yourself the only gamer around. Maybe you’re at a doctor’s appointment, waiting to get in. Or you’re the first one at the LGS for the day. Or you’re waiting for everyone to show up for gaming night. Or you’ve just gotten home from work and nobody else is there and you wanna game. That’s where great solitaire games come in. one that’s been making people talk is the Dungeon Solitaire game. There’s a new stand-alone expansion, Devil’s Playground, that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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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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TGN Review: Munchkin CCG

Just about all of us have at least seen all the variations of Munchkin out there. It’s been a staple of Steve Jackson Games’ line since it came out. Most of the sets have been illustrated by the illustrious John Kovalic. Well, a new set of Munchkin is about to come out. One that’s different than all the others. It’s the Munchkin CCG.

Steve Jackson Games was kind enough to hook me up with a Cleric vs. Thief starter set, as well as some booster packs so I can tell you all about it.

So grab your alluring codpiece and chainsaw of bloody dismemberment, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s the Munchkin CCG by Steve Jackson Games.
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Arkon Strategy Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Hill Gaming Company is running a Kickstarter campaign for their new card game, Arkon. The game involves bidding mechanics as all the players are looking to recruit the best cards from the single deck in order to build up their forces. Players take on the role of powerful, mystical characters from long ago. Who will be able to best-build their group and out-bid their opponents to greatness?
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Team Play Now Available From WizKids

Two heads are better than one.
It’s an old saying that’s now in game form via Team Play, a new card game from WizKids and Schmidt Spiele. In the game, pairs of players are looking to complete objectives, but they’re unable to directly say exactly what their goal is. Players will have to find other means of communication and understanding if they want to come out on top.
You can pick up your copy now.
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Review Roundup

Woo! Saturday!
And I’m finally mostly over being sick. You never realize just how much you are thankful that you can breathe through your nose or take a couple breaths without coughing until that’s exactly the opposite of how you’re doing. Ah well. While I groove along to The Guess Who (because why not?), let’s get you some gaming reviews.

This week, we’ve got: 51st State Master Set, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: The Monster Box of Monsters, Arkon, Pockety Odyssey, Noises at Night, Siege Storm, Rambo: the Board Game, Hardback, Voodoo, Palette Swap, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Pryamids, Kingsburg (2nd Edition), Crossfire, Through the Desert (Euro Classics Edition), Nemesis, Bad Squiddo Games Onna-bugeisha, and Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga Warband.

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Star Wars: Destiny Legacies Is Available Now

The newest packs for Star Wars: Destiny, called the Legacies expansion, is now available. These new cards and dice span the realm of Star Wars lore, from the Republic to the Rebellion and beyond. You can pick up your starter sets and booster packs now.
And, to keep everything together, Fantasy Flight’s also got three new binders to store your stuff.
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Asmodee Announces Three New Unlock! Sets

Escape rooms are quite the rage these days, with all manner of them popping up all over the place. They can also appear on your tabletops in the form of the Unlock! series of games from Asmodee. The thing is, once you’ve solved the puzzle, that’s kinda it. Thankfully, there’s a new trio of sets coming out soon so you can give your brain an all-new workout.
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Review Roundup

Hello, Saturday. How are you? I’m alright. Still a little sick. Bit of a lingering cough, but I’m working through it. So no gaming will be had by me today (I’m actually just contemplating a nap). But I hope that your Saturday is a bit more exciting than what I’ve got going on.
At the very least, though, before I take another shot of medicine and go lay down, I gotta make sure you get those reviews you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Museum Heist, Race for the Galaxy iOS Expansions, Battle for Rokugan, Yogi, The Pursuit of Happiness: Community Expansion, Bubblee Pop, XCOM: Evolution Expansion, Dicetopia, Hot Shots, NewSpeak, Dragonfire, Codenames: Duet, Outpost Siberia, and Mage Wars Academy Warlord and Forcemaster Expansions.

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Renegade Game Studio Announces Clank! The Mummy’s Curse

The Pyramids of the ancients. Grand funerary vaults to powerful kings of the past.
… or, to a grave-robber, a giant “LEWT HERE!!!” sign. 😛
Renegade Game Studio has announced Clank! The Mummy’s Curse, a new expansion to the popular game series. Make your way through the twisting halls and passageways, looking to get all the treasure you can while making sure to stay quiet, lest the deadly Croxobek hears you.
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Dead ’til Dawn Zombie Survival Horror Card Game Up On Kickstarter

Well, there’s zombies attacking. Damnit, Todd! I told you that you should’ve gotten that cough looked at. Now we have to pool our resources and work together unless we want to become lunch for some walking skin sac. Good thing we played a bunch of Dead ’til Dawn, so that we know what to do.
Ok, so Dead ’til Dawn isn’t quite out yet, but it is up on Kicktarter, and it could save your life!
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The Devil’s Level Card Game Up On Kickstarter

As we know from the Bible (as well as many heavy metal songs), the number 666 is associated with forces not so aligned with good things (depending on who you ask/read, it’s the Devil’s number, or the Antichrist’s number, or the Number of the Beast, and so forth and so on). In The Devil’s Level card game, you’re looking to raise your three stats (Depression, Horny, and Genius) each to 6, in which case, you win. The game’s up on Kickstarter now.
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The Red Dragon Inn 7: The Tavern Crew Up On Kickstarter

Beer! Beer! Beer! Tiddilly beer! Beer! Beer! Tiddilly beer! Beer! Beer!
The Red Dragon Inn is the place to go when you head into town. The ale flows and there’s plenty of gambling and some light brawling, too. Of course, everyone wants to show they’re the toughest and can handle the most drink. But who will be the last one standing and who will have nasty things drawn on their face while they’re passed out? That’s for you to decide.
SlugFest Games is currently running a Kickstarter for the 7th expansion in the Red Dragon Inn game. It’s a stand-alone set called The Tavern Crew.
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TGN Review: Super Kitty Bug Slap

Those that’ve been long-time readers of TGN know that I have a love of “gaming backpack games.” Those are games that are very small and compact, tend to have few rules and a small footprint on the table, and can be played at almost a moment’s notice. They’re so named because you can toss them in your gaming backpack and whip them out whenever you’ve got a spare moment, be it before the rest of your group shows up for an RPG session, or between rounds in a miniatures game tourney, or just whenever you and some friends have a couple spare minutes. Super Kitty Bug Slap, from Steve Jackson Games, fits firmly into that category. But how does the game work?

Well, the fine folks over there sent me a copy, so I can tell you all about it.

Please, leave your fly swatters at home (they’d be cheating). It’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Supper Kitty Bug Slap.
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Review Roundup

Saturdaaaaaaaaaaaay!
Woo!
I mean, who really doesn’t love Saturdays, in general? Sure, there’s not always the best Saturdays, but overall, it’s probably the greatest day of the week. At least, in my opinion.
While we’re on the subject of opinions, it’s time to get into this week’s reviews.

Today we have: Import/Export, Dream Catchers, Gaia Project, Schrodinger’s Cats, Indulgence, Smile, and Shop ‘N Time.

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It’s Saturday. And not just any type of Saturday, but Saturday of a 3-day weekend. I can’t think of a much better sort of Saturday… Well, maybe Saturday of Gen Con. But that’s a pretty damn busy Saturday. But for “above average” Saturdays, I’d say that 3-day weekend Saturday is a pretty good Saturday. Do you think I’ve typed the word “Saturday” enough by now? Well, I don’t know what you’ve got going on today, but I’m going to be delivering games to a friend, and then possibly having minis delivered to me. Because it’s an awesome Saturday. I’m also here to show off some reviews for you.

This week we have: Nemesis, Everdell, Fox in the Forest, Hamsterrolle, Codenames: Disney, Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Project, 878: Vikings, Kepler-3042, Okey Dokey, Santorini, Finished!, Ex Libris, and Hunger: The Show.

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Stone Blade Entertainment Announces Shards of Infinity Card Game

Stone Blade Entertainment makes one of my favorite games. Ascension is the only deck-builder game I really collect, but it looks like I might be looking into a new one. Stone Blade’s announced a new deck-building game they’ve been developing for a couple years. They’re ready to let us all in on the fun. Check out Shards of Infinity.
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Saturday!
Woo!
I don’t know about you, but for me, that first week of 2018 seemed to take an eternity! Not that it was bad, mind you. I even got to play a new game. But there were several days where I was just going, “wait, it’s not even noon yet?” But yeah, we’re now firmly into the first weekend of the year. Hopefully you’re able to get some gaming in. I will be. But even if you’re unable to get out, you can still check out some reviews.

This week we have: Heaven and Ale, Favelas, Fallout: The Board Game, Codenames: Disney, Witches of the Revolution, LIberatores, The Ruhr: A Story of Coal, and Time’s Up!: Title Recall.

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Blood Bound Now Available From Fantasy Flight Games

It’s never good when vampire clans get to fighting. You think that regular gang warfare is rough. It’s just that much worse when the supernatural is involved. The war that’s gone on has left both sides near their limit. Both are looking to finish this off while they can. Only by finding the enemy leader and taking them out will this war come to an end. That’s just what you’ll be looking to do in Blood Bound, available now from Fantasy Flight Games.
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President Bigly Card Game Up On Kickstarter

The world today seems absolutely crackers,
With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky high.
There’s fools and idiots sitting on the trigger.
It’s depressing and it’s senseless, and that’s why… you should check out President Bigly, a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter.
Ok, so that’s not originally how Eric Idle finished out the opening to that song, but it seems just as relevant now as it did back in the 70s. Anyway, if you’re looking at a light-hearted way to pass the time, taking a lighter look at the world around us, the Kickstarter’s a good place to head to.
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A Look Into The History of Magic: The Gathering

On Netflix right now, there’s a new series called The Toys that Made Us. It’s a look at several iconic toy lines and where they originated. It’s also a look at the foundation of several toy companies. I found it rather fascinating. Well, I just came across an article that does much the same for Magic: The Gathering. I read it through and found it pretty interesting as well. I think you’ll like it.
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