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Rome wasn't built in a day. It took many builders many centuries to get it done. However, with your friends at the gaming table, you could knock it out in an afternoon. Foundations of Rome is a new board game from Arcane Wonders where you and your fellow builders are trying to make the grand city as majestic as possible. However, only one of you can end up being the most revered architect. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

"Rome wasn't built in a day."
No, that's true. You can build it in just a couple hours with your friends. At least, you will be able to when Arcane Wonders releases Foundations of Rome, a new city-building board game they're working on. It will be coming to Kickstarter in a little over a month and a half, but if you sign up for notifications, you'll get a free, metal 1st player token when it launches.

Are you looking to break into the gaming industry? Do you look at what a company is doing and go, "Pfft, I could market and sell that game so much better!"? If so, you might be just what Arcane Wonders is looking for. They want to hire a new Marketing & Sales Manager. Think you're up to the task? Send in your resume today.

We're in the thick of Gen Con day 2, but that doesn't mean the show's over by any stretch. Arcane Wonders is here, and they've got a post talking about all the cool things they've got going on in their booth just over *points* there.

Seriously, I've only had a smartphone for about 3 years now, give or take. Honestly, for the longest time, I didn't really think I needed one. But, eventually, my slide-out-keyboard phone gave up the ghost and upgrading was practically mandatory. Since then, I've loved it. I'm not addicted to it, but this job would be a lot different without one. Oh, and the English version of Smartphone Inc is up on Kickstarter. There's that, too.

Look, I only speak one language. I realize that many of you out there are multi-lingual and that's cool. But if it's not in English, I'm kinda out of luck when it comes to games. Thankfully, there are those out there looking to bring games to an English-speaking audience. In this case, it's Arcane Wonders bringing Smartphone Inc. to those of you out there like me.

You did it. You pulled off the heist of the century. Now you're back at the hideout and it's time to divide up the loot. But, of course, nobody wants to just get their fair share. They worked harder than everyone else, of course, so they deserve a bigger cut. But who's to decide who gets what? That's what you'll have to figure out in GoodCritters, a new card game available to pre-order from Arcane Wonders now.

They call me the breeze. I keep blowin' down the road.

The wind is a wild and fickle thing. Sometimes, we're happy for a cool breeze on a hot day. Other times, it's a hurricane gale destroying all around us. Arcane Wonders is bringing the wind to Onitama. The new expansion, Way of the Wind is coming next month. In this preview, we get a look at how you have to both deal with and can harness the wind in the game.

Most of my friends and I are ridiculously ready for October. Personally, I'm really excited for the cold, crisp mornings and the changing colors on the trees. I really need to make a pumpkin pie just because. Meanwhile, the folks at Arcane Wonders are thrilled about October because that's when Critical Mass comes out. They've posted up a new preview talking about all the mech-on-mech action the game holds.

Giant robot alert! We have giant robot alert! Try and keep calm. Arcane Wonders is taking pre-orders for Critical Mass, their new mech-on-mech combat board game. This new simultaneous-play game puts you in control of your own custom-built mech, with plenty of weapons and other options to give you an advantage. They've also got an expansion pack, Raijin vs Archon, that you can get along with the core box.

It's feeling a lot like Saturday 2: Sat Harder (editor's note: rework that title before publishing) here. Yesterday I spent much of the day at home, hanging out and working on my friend's Guild Ball minis. He moved recently and a bunch of his stuff got jumbled and busted up. Plus, there were some new kits he'd gotten in that he wasn't sure when he would be able to assemble them. Putting figures together is arguably my favorite part of the whole hobby, so I've offered to fix his busted minis, assemble his new ones, and even move some of his other figures over to sculpted bases he'd gotten. There's ~35 minis that are getting some kind of work on them, from assembly, to those bases, to fixes, to green-stuffing the slots. It's been a fun project. Certainly kept me busy. Plus, next time I see them on the other side of the pitch, I don't have to see a bunch of half-assembled and busted figures. :P
But I'm currently taking a break (my hand's cramping from using a pin vice all morning) to bring you those reviews I know you all so desperately desire.

This week we have: Storm Hollow, The Mysterious Forest, Pandemic Legacy Season 2, Vengeance, Gloom of Kilforth, Spoils of War, Santorini, Kerala, Mini Rails, Armageddon, By Order of the Queen, NMBR 9, Coded: Card-Time Strategy, Legend of the Five Rings, Woo-Hoo!, AquaSphere, and Cities of Splendor.

Rooster Teeth and Arcane Wonders are teaming up to bring you a new board game. It's called RWBY: Combat Ready, based on the show of the same name. Players work cooperatively, taking on the role of one of the four main characters from the series, each with their own unique combat deck, looking to take out the various villains. The basic artwork and concepts for the game are done, but with a successful crowdfunding campaign, it can be so much more. As such, they've taken to Kickstarter to get such funding.
Well, it seemingly took an eternity, but it is now Saturday.
And, as I expected, from the time I clocked out until even now seems to have gone by very quickly. So, by the time I finish this, I guess it'll be time for Monday's Terrain corner...

But that's as may be.

Today we have: Cauldron Master, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows Of The Past Board Game Review, April O'Neil Hero Pack For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Dice City, Picassimo, The Who Were 8, Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Dragoon, Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins, Mage Wars: Paladin vs. Siren, Firefly: Crime and Punishment, and Frostgrave Expansions.

First part of the weekend is already a success. The pizza last night was pretty much everything I could've hoped for. It's nice when a week-long cooking project turns out good (ok, the pizza doesn't really take a week to make, but parts I was able to do ahead of time like render the bacon and such was done along the way, instead of doing it all last night). Today it's all about the Board Game Day at the Milton Library. If you're in the Atlanta area, stop on by.

But that's for later (well, later to me now as I'm typing this, not later from the time you read this, since I'm typing this at 6am and will be gaming at 2pm when it posts).

Right now we've got reviews of: London, Colosseum, Ophidian 2360, Ore-Some, Critter Combat, Gloomhaven, Runebound: The Gilded Blade Expansion, Mage Wars: Arena Paladin vs Siren Expansion, Conquest of Speros, Castles of Burgundy, Flamme Rouge, and Ponzi Scheme.

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're well into cold and flu season. I've got various friends that are in various stages of being sick/getting over being sick. Sometimes it can feel like different pathogens are fighting it out for different organs within your body. Well, in Viral, that's exactly what is happening, and soon Arcane Wonders will be bringing it to an English audience.
Like any good vikings, you've done your fair share of pillaging. Now, it's time to get your fair share of the loot. The tables are piled high with all manner of gems, jewels, gold, goblets, tankards, and every other type of loot you can imagine. But how do you split it all up? What was once a jovial raiding party has turned a bit darker as everyone wants to get what they feel is rightfully theirs (well... beyond it being rightfully belonging to the people you just stole it from, anyway). That's the set-up for a new board game coming out from Arcane Wonders. It's called Spoils of War (appropriately enough).
Ah, Saturday. What cannot be accomplished on a day like today?
*hears someone shout out "You can't build Rome in a day!"* ... Ok, besides that. *hears people shout out hundreds of other things* Ok, fine! But besides the roads, education, the aqueduct, and stability, what have the Romans ever given us?
... I feel I've gotten off-track. Here's today's Review Roundup.

This time around we have: V-Wars, Imhotep, Celestia, Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space, Ghost Stories, Adventure Time Card Wars: Fionna vs Cake, Tanks – Panther vs Sherman Starter Set, T.I.M.E. Stories (spoiler-free and spoiler reviews), Light of Dragons, Roots of Mali, and Mage Wars Arena Battlegrounds Domination.

It's Saturday. Those of you that are at KingdomCon, be sure to selfie responsibly. #RossFace
For me, it's the weekend before CMON Expo, so I'm super-busy getting things put together for the show. Lots to do, both work-related and just other things I need to get done.

In the meantime, though, I'm taking a break from baking German Chocolate Cake Cookies to bring you your regularly-scheduled Review Roundup.

Today we have: Blood Rage, Gempacked Cards, Star Realms, Polyversal, Scathach Games M.T.S Shipping Containers, Tash-Kalar Everfrost Expansion, VS 2PCG Defenders Expansion, Twilight Struggle Digital, Onimata, Warfighter, Stronghold 2nd Ed., Adventure Land, Thunder & Lightning, Celestia, Greedy Greedy Goblins, Splendor iOS, Feed the Shoggoth, Kingdom Death: Monster, and Res Publica 2230AD.

Welcome back once again to Saturday. I hope it's treating you well.

Lots of things to look at today, so let's just get right to it.

Today's articles include: 7 Ronin, Adventure Land, Karuba, Warehouse 51, Aether Captains, Rattle Battle Grab The Loot, Istanbul, Wings for the Baron, Shenanigans The Musical Kickstarter, Brass, Star Realms, Star Vixen from Kabuki Models, and Mage Wars Academy.

CMON has announced that they have acquired Sheriff of Nottingham from the Brazilian publisher, Gapalagos Jogos. In the game, players are looking to smuggle goods past the titular Sheriff. The Sheriff can only search so many wagons at a time, so you don't want to get caught with the illegal goods. However, there's plenty of legitimate things you can sell as well. Bluff your way past in order to make the biggest profit.
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday night's alright for fightin'! (as long as it's fighting battles out on the tabletop. Don't actually go out and get into fights, people)
When this posts, I'll be hanging out with Shaughn, our warehouse manager/resident tattoo artist, getting myself my 2nd tattoo. Should be good times.

Anyway, while I have some ink permanently injected into my skin, you can check out some game reviews.

This week our review/preview products include: Seven Card Samurai, 7 Wonders: Duel, King Chocolate, Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance, Twilight Struggle Collector's Edition, Nippon, The Best Treehouse Ever, T.I.M.E. Stories, Bermuda Crisis: Discovery Dawning, Sheriff of Nottingham, Cthulhu Wars, Soldiers of God, Space Crusade, Concordia, Abyss, and Dark Stories.

Tuesday. Not exactly the most popular of days. But still, it's not a Monday, so it's got that going for it. Another thing it has going for it is our weekly Podcast Roundup.

It's another lean week, as we've got one podcast and one vidcast for you. Seems most shows are on a bi-weekly schedule these days, and most happen to match up to be on the same week.

Oh well, this time we've got: Through Gamer Goggles Words With Scott from Arcane Wonders at Origins 2015 and Adeptus Infernus Ep24.

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.


TGN's Enrico Nardini directs his palantir towards Bryan Pope, resident conjurer at Arcane Wonders and the creator of Mage Wars.


Board to Death grabs the green tights and bow and heads out to review Sheriff of Nottingham in this video review.


From the website:

Prince John is coming to Nottingham! Players, in the role of merchants, see this as an opportunity to make quick profits by selling goods in the bustling city during the Prince’s visit. However, players must first get their goods through the city gate, which is under the watch of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Should you play it safe with legal goods and make a profit, or risk it all by sneaking in illicit goods? Be mindful, though, as the Sheriff always has his eyes out for liars and tricksters and if he catches one, he very well may confiscate those goods for himself!