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Friday Snippets

Well, what a week we've had, eh?
Lotsa big stuff going on, not least of which is the apparent return of specialty games to GW. I look forward to where that will lead. In the meantime, you can expect a review of the most-recent specialty game from them, Betrayal at Calth, tomorrow. So be sure to check back for that.

In the meantime, though, we have a collection of bite-sized stories to bring you.

Today's batch includes: Another World Miniatures Releases Maya Miniature, Grand Manoeuvre to publish Nineteenth Century Wargames rules in February, Final Hours for Kill Dr. Lucky On Kickstarter, Warmachine: Tactics Mercenary Warcaster Screenshot previews, Ratgard: Preview of the New Anti-aircraft missile, Kromlech New Release - Plaguelings, Warbears and Stagriders Funded: On to Awesome Stretch Goals, Braille RPG Dice from 64 Oz. Games on Kickstarter, Brigade Models Release New Aeronef Models, and Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 On Kickstarter.

Another World Miniatures Releases Maya Miniature

We're very happy to announce that MAYA, our female chaos warrior, is finally online!

MAYA contains many bits in order to give you the chance of costumize her with a more fantasy or sci-fi touch!

Available both in metal than numbered limited edition resin.

Grand Manoeuvre to publish Nineteenth Century Wargames rules in February

Battle of Buda 1849 by Mór Than

I`m setting a target for February when I will endeavour to make the first book of Grand Manoeuvre Nineteenth Century rules variants available.
The new rules will in the same format as Grand Manoeuvre Napoleonic rules.
The first part, an introduction to basic game terms etc., will also have information about unit/army organisation and qualities, the weapons used, tactical doctrine and lists of historical generals` ratings.

The second part will be the basic game rules themselves.

The first part will also contain additional rules, rules amendments and omissions. This first part will be made available separately, at half the full cost, if you already have the Napoleonic version.

Also included for reference, there will be separate files for the rules changes in each war.

The wars covered will be as follows:
1. The South American Wars 1811-1824
2. The November Uprising 1830-1
3. The Egyptian–Ottoman Wars 1831–3 & 1839-41
4. The Mexican War of 1846-8
5. The First Italian War of Independence 1848-9
6. The Hungarian Uprising 1848-9
7. The 1st Schleswig-Holstein War 1848-51

As with GM Napoleonic rules, there'll be an ink-saving black and white version supplied too.

Final Hours for Kill Dr. Lucky On Kickstarter


Doctor Lucky’s future is both bright and terrible. Bright, because over 2,000 people have pledged over $160,000 to make him a reality. Terrible, because those 2,000 + people want him dead.

Having raised over 400% their original funding goal, Cheapass has added a number of stretch goals including custom meeples, alternate boards, a cat, and even entirely new games like Deadfall and Before I Kill You, Mister Spy…. Stretch goals continue to be met just as quickly as they are revealed.

“This campaign has turned out to be one of our largest Kickstarters ever.” says James Ernest, president of Cheapass Games and Kill Doctor Lucky designer. “I’m thrilled to be able to build on our flagship game, overwhelmed by the response, and grateful for all the support from the community.”

The Spite-a-Thon, the Kill Doctor Lucky¬-themed contest Cheapass Games is running on Twitter during the campaign, is still going on. The glorious grand prize is a portrait of the winner in the style of a Doctor Lucky murderer. Tweet your ingenious method, your unique reason, or both, using the hashtag #jrobertlucky by Friday at 8:00 PM PST to enter.

The Kill Doctor Lucky Kickstarter campaign will end on Friday, November 13, at 8:00 PM PST. Cheapass Games will hold a closing party that night at Lucky Mansion, with board games and special guests including Doctor Lucky himself.

Warmachine: Tactics Mercenary Warcaster Screenshot previews

Here some screenshots of the newest Mercenary Warcasters coming to Warmachine: Tactics soon!

Ratgard: Preview of the New Anti-aircraft missile

New Anti-Aircraft Weapon System of Ratgard, armed 4 anti-aircraft missiles. Based on Imperial Guard Chimera hull. Coming soon in late of November.

Kromlech New Release - Plaguelings

today we have a new release which is especially close to my heart :) Twelve masters of plague, bringers of doom, heralds of pestilence...just named it.
Do not let them deceive you by their inconspicuous appearance.
They are small but at the same time they are lethal and ruthless predators which will hunt their prey till the bloody end !

Warbears and Stagriders Funded: On to Awesome Stretch Goals

Dead Earth Games' Kickstarter Campaign for our wearbear and stagrider miniatures funded in just six days, which means we are now trying to get enough backing to have even more awesome miniatures made.
Our first stretch goal if for a female bear rider, Hrashnarr the Hunter.
Check out the concept art now.

Braille RPG Dice from 64 Oz. Games on Kickstarter

Braille Dice

We intend to create a high quality set of 3D printed Polyhedral Dice with a brand new 3d printer. These dice will be usable with a wide variety of RPG games and would be both functional for blind players and a great novelty item for sighted RPG players interested in being inclusive.

We've printed sample models using the model that we're looking at buying and we're pretty happy with the way they turned out.

Brigade Models Release New Aeronef Models

This week we have a couple of Aeronef models from foes either side of the Adriatic. The Austro-Hungarians get the Kaiserin class Dig Aircraft Carrier, a giant airship with a flight deck on top and capacious hangars inside the gasbag. The deck boasts a couple of cranes, and these are also available separately in an accessory pack.

The Italians meanwhile get the Ricardo PR-46 seaplane, a bizarre 3×3-winged beast used for transport and (when desperate) bombing raids.

VAN-713 – Kaiserin class Dig Carrier – £9.00
VAN-1808 – Ricardo PR-46 Tri-deck Seaplane – £1.50
VAN-7005 – Deck Cranes (x12) – £1.50
VANFP-703 – Austro-Hungarian Carrier Pack – £22.00

Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 On Kickstarter


Once upon a time, a television series called MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 was born. We debuted on Minneapolis' KTMA, local television, on Thanksgiving Day 1988, as the world was in the final throes of Teddy Ruxpin-mania. That was almost thirty years ago, but for some reason, people still seem to like the show – it’s a mitzvah!

Our show has had a long, strange run. Across a UHF channel, a cable network, cancellation, a feature film, then another cable network, the show lasted for 12 years, two generations of hosts and puppeteers, 2 Emmy nominations and a total of 197 episodes before we got canceled again for good in 1999. Sadly, it was just as Prince predicted.

But maybe that's not where it all ends.
Starting today, we finally get a chance to bring back MST3K.

With your help, we can create a new season of MST3K, prove there's still an audience, and maybe even convince a network to bring us back for more.

Note on that last story there: I obviously know that that's not a strictly "gaming" news story, but with how much MST3K has been a part of my "geek life," I wanted to share it with you. It's not the top of a "slippery slope" into just reporting on "whatever." I simply thought it might interest you as it did me.