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Gale Force Nine Previews Upcoming D&D Collector's Series Minis

With great power comes... the desire for even greater power. Or at least, that's generally the case for demons. They're not necessarily known for their restraint. With the Rage of Demons adventures going, Gale Force Nine is bringing another couple Demon Lords to your tabletop as part of the Collector's Series of minis.

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Magic Duels: Origins Now Available

A couple months back, we told you about Magic Duels: Origins, a new, free, online way to play Magic: The Gathering. Well, now it's available for iPad and iPhone. Those of you with such iDevices can download the game and start creating your decks.

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Wizards of the Coast Releases 1st Edition AD&D Players Handbook in PDF

Dungeons & Dragons has been around for seemingly forever. Well, for most of us reading this, it essentially has. It's been around longer than I have, anyway. The first edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook came out in 1978. For those of you that missed out on getting a copy (or if your copy has since disintegrated from use), you can now get the 1st edition of the Players Handbook for AD&D in pdf format.

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Arena of the Planeswalkers Now Available from Wizards of the Coast

Magic: The Gathering is a game that, I'd be fair to say, that most of us have played. I know it was the game that I began with. I.E. - it was my "Gateway drug" to gaming. Back then, Snow-Covered Land didn't do anything special. Oh Ice Age, such an interesting set.
But anyway, enough of my trip down memory lane. Arena of the Planeswalkers, the board game based on Magic: The Gathering, is now available.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Weeeeekeeeend! Hopefully you're having a good one, even if you're not at Origins or Lock & Load or the Board Game Challenge... like how I'm not at any of those. But it's ok! We can have a good time gaming, anyway.

As usual for our Saturdays here (except for that weird mix-up last week), we've got our Review Roundup.

In this installment we have reviews/previews of: Pathfinder Battles: Gargantuan Shemhazian Demon, Princes of the Apocalypse, Mage Wars Companion App, Transylvania: Curses and Traitors, Pew Pew, Patchwork, Lanterns, and Sultan's Library.


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TGN Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game

Gathering some friends together for Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) can be fun, but if your group is anything like mine, the position of Dungeon Master is not sought after. Everyone usually wants to play a carefully crafted character, which is understandable considering how much time can go into developing one. Sure, the DM controls a bunch of characters and story, but more often than not, the NPCs will be murdered (usually by friends' characters) and the story will be derailed (by those same friends). Plus, D&D can eat up a lot of time. It’s for those reasons I was interested in the new Dungeon & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil board game from Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and WizKids.
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Rage of Demons, a new Dungeons & Dragons Storyline, Coming This Fall

Wizards of the Coast brings fan-favorite Drizzt Do'Urden to the forefront once more with their new Rage of the Demons storyline for Dungeons & Dragons. Stock up on lanterns and sunrods, players will be headed into the Underdark in order to halt the nefarious plans of various demon lords. Players will be able to experience the setting across multiple platforms, including Sword Coast Legends, a new RPG for your computer. The Neverwinter MMO will also be getting an expansion that takes you into the Underdark. Of course, it's not all electronic. Tabletop RPG players will be getting a new book, Out of the Abyss. WizKids and Gale Force 9 will have product tie-ins as well.

From the announcement:
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WizKids releases Temple of Elemental Evil board game

WizKids lets you experience one of the classic modules for Dungeons & Dragons in a whole new way. They've released their Temple of Elemental Evil board game. This new cooperative board game pits 1-5 adventurers against the horrors of the Temple of Elemental Evil. Brave traps and monsters in order to grab some of the most powerful relics and valuable loot that can be had. There are both stand-alone scenarios, or you can play the 13-scenario campaign. The game is also compatible with other D&D Adventure System Cooperative Play board games.

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Two New Collector's Edition Dungeons & Dragons Sets from Gale Force Nine Released

Gale Force 9 expands their Collector's Edition line of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures with two new kits available to pre-order from their webshop. Last time around we had wind-theme miniatures. We continue around the elemental circle this time with water. Sure, every living thing needs water, but it's also an incredibly destructive force. These two sets are the Gar Shatterkeel & Priest and Water Myrmidon. Useful as representations of those particular figures, or as other figures you might need for your game, these sets are limited to 1500 apiece, so if you want them, you'd better hurry and get your order in for them.

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Dungeons & Dragons Now Available on Steam

Fantasy Grounds is now letting you play Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition online. They've got new, officially licensed, D&D modules available on Steam. The first products available are the Complete Core Class Pack, the Complete Core Monster Pack, and The Lost Mine of Phandelver. The system includes all official artwork and maps from the physical release of those books. Now, you don't have to let the constraint of physical distance keep you from gaming with your friends.

From the announcement:
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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

It's Saturday! Hope you're getting in some gaming. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm currently getting my arm repeatedly jabbed and ink permanently applied to it. It's fun!... Really!...
Actually, it's not so bad, honestly.
And I'm sort of a wimp when it comes to needles. So if I can do it, you can, too (if you want).

But anyway, as usual, we've got our regular feature of collecting all the review articles we found all week and have them here for you now.

Included this week are reviews/previews of: Eggs and Empires, Meteor, Summoners Wars Aliiances Master Set, Dreamforge Valkir Assault Troopers, D&D Miniatures Ancient Silver Dragon, New Mars Attacks Terrain Sprues, March of the Ants, Bill Shakespeare Is Dead, Lords and Ladies, Find my Monsters, and Ion.


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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Saturday night's alright for fighting... your enemies on the tabletops around the world!
Hopefully you're doing that, anyway.
I've got various whatnots I'm working on at home, one of which is spring cleaning. Joy of joys. But hey, it means next weekend I can have a game day here and not worry about people thinking that an actual bear lives in this place.

Anyway, until then, we've got our regular series of collecting up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.

This week's reviews/previews include: Cog 'O' Two Paint and Hobby Station, D&D Miniatures: Elemental Evil Booster, Fallen by Watchtower Games, Five Points: Gangs Of New York By Mayfair Games, Sandcastles Kickstarter, Lost Cities Card Game, Dungeon Dwellers, War of Kings, Super Fantasy Rumble, Black & White, Animal Upon Animal, Tide of Iron, Legion of Honor, and Star Wars Armada.


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Wizards of the Coast announces Magic: The Gathering Un-Pro Tour

Wizards of the Coast is always getting requests for a new "Un" set for Magic: The Gathering. Well, they're not quite giving you that, but they're giving you something better. They've got the whole Un-Pro Tour. Next year a whole bunch of Magic players will be showing up at Richard Garfield's home and duel it out with their favorite Un-Magic cards. Reserve your seat!

From the announcement:
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Gale Force 9 Releases 2 new Air-Themed Sets for D&D

Gale Force 9 has two new air-themed sets (seems appropriate) that they have released as part of their collector series of D&D miniatures. The first is the Air Myrmidon, which is an elemental bound to a magical set of armor and used at the whims of its creator. The other is the Aerisi Kalinoth & Air Priest (who could have very likely created the aforementioned Myrmidon). This is a two-mini set. These are both limited edition sets, so if you want yours, you'd better get in on it.

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An In-Depth Look At How Dungeons & Dragons' New Miniatures Are Made

io9 gives us a look at what it takes to make a D&D mini. The article goes from art concept to finished mini that Gale Force Nine goes through to make their figures. The "tour" is guided by GF9's Matt Parkes, the creative manager for the company. If you've ever wondered what goes into the sculpting process or why miniatures sometimes look the way they do, you'll want to check it out. They look at several different miniatures and how the process works.

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