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Renegade Game Studios is running their Worldwide Play Days every Wednesday. You can tune in with them and watch some games and play along. You can even win prizes! This upcoming week, they'll be playing The Fox in the Forest. For details, read on.

"Sometimes, ya gotta fight fire with fire." It's an old saying that means in some situations, the only way to win is to take on aspects of one's opponent. In this case, it's the mother of all demons that's taken on the form of a Lilarch. To win, one of the Lightbringers must become a demon, themselves. That's what's going on in the new Massive Darkness scenario that CMON's posted over on their website.

While a lot of us are working from home or on a... unscheduled break from work, we're spending a lot of time bored. Well, one thing that I know peps a lot of people up is a good Kickstarter campaign. CMON's next is just around the corner. They've announced an April 14th launch date for Ankh: Gods of Egypt. Mark your calendars (or Steve or Laura your calenders, if you prefer).

You wake up and find yourself in a dungeon. Guh. I hate when that happens. But there's a way out, surely so. You've just gotta find it. And hey, if you find some loot along the way, that's just yours by fiat, right? Anyway, that's the story behind Dungeon Breakout, a new board game from Goblinko that's up on Kickstarter now.

The icy grip of winter is releasing its hold on us here in the Northern Hemisphere. Sure, in Atlanta, it got to almost freezing last night and my coworkers up in Canada have multiple feet of snow in their back yard, but still. If you're a fan of winter, you might be sad to see it go. However, you can always live vicariously through playing Winter Kingdom, the new game by Queen Games that's up on Kickstarter now.

People love Scythe from Stonemaier Games. They also love My Little Scythe. Soon, they'll have a whole new thing to love as My Little Scythe is getting itself an expansion. It's called Pie in the Sky and pre-orders will start up later this month.

Your home (hopefully). I'm home. Everybody at home. Many people have the opportunity to get some gaming in. Cryptozoic would like it if you made it some of their games. They've expanded their sale with more game titles and have also now included their collectables, if you're into those kinds of things.

Ankh is the next board game that's coming to Kickstarter from CMON. It's the third in the series of games created by the people that also brought you Blood Rage and Rising Sun. Egypt is moving to a monotheistic society and the gods are fighting to see who that single deity will be. The game will be on the platform on April 14th.

You know me. I'm a fan of games with a unique premise. Well, in Zoollywood, players are penguins looking to get the best part in a new movie. Yeah, that's right. They're ready to audition and only one will be the star. Lights! Camera! Action!
The game's up on Kickstarter now.

Longtime readers will know my love of "gaming backpack games." They're the games that you can just toss in your backpack with you when you go to gaming night and pull out at a moment's notice when there's some downtime between other games. Well, up on Kickstarter now, there's a set of three such games. They're called GPS, Sequoia, and Mountain Goats, and each takes about 10min to play.

I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubble gum... because I can't go out to the store... ... ... ... Anyway, They Live is a classic cult movie about aliens taking over the world through subterfuge, subliminal messages, and infiltration. Thanks to a special pair of sunglasses, their secret is out and now it's time to put a stop to them by exposing their lies. That's what you'll be trying to do in They Live: Assault on Cable 54, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Planning. Thinking ahead. Knowing what you're going to do. It's important in many situations, but vital right now. It's also going to be a major part of the upcoming Forgotten Waters game from Plaid Hat. So much so that it's got its own phase: the appropriately named Planning Phase. It's that which we get a preview of here today.

You know Gloomhaven? You know how much you love it? Well, now there's a new stand-alone, compatable, sequel game. It's called Frosthaven. It's up on Kickstarter right now and is taking everyone's money.

There's some pretty classic set-ups for a hack-and-slash video game. One involves demons invading. The hero or heroes need to suit up and just get choppin' to save humanity! Well, that's what you get to emulate in Down to Hell, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

I mean, yeah, right now, I'm stuck at home. But if it weren't for this pandemic I'd... ... still be stuck at home. Let's face it, even in better times, many of us don't have the ability to go globe-trotting on a whim. I know I don't, at least. But even without that, I can still live vicariously through my board games. Trekking the World is a board game all about planning a 'round-the-world trip in the best way possible. It's up on Kickstarter now.

Under the sea... Under the sea...

Sorry. Had to.

Anyway, if you're looking to head under the sea and do some exploring in the last great frontier on our planet, Aquanauts can take you there without the need for a multi-million-dollar submarine. It's a new board game up on Kickstarter where players are looking to find new life and studying them in the dark below the waves.

As everyone knows, all aspects of life have been impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. Game companies are having to halt production and shipping in some cases due to the situations in various countries. Fantasy Flight has posted an update about what they're doing during this time. Long story short: delayed shipments, especially to certain areas of the world.

It's the fi-nal de-fense! *doodle-doo-doo! doodle-doot-doot-doo!*

CMON continues their weekly tradition of new scenarios for Zombicide (I mean, tell me that this wasn't a good year to have started that plan, amirite?). This time around, they're headed back to fantasy realms with Black Plague. There's nothing standing between the Survivors and a huge mass of undead. Who will win?

Since many game nights have been cancelled as we're not supposed to get all that close to one-another, many people are turning to online ways to play their favorite games. I played D&D via Roll20 and Discord on Saturday, for example. Well, if you're a fan of some of Plaid Hat Games' offerings, they've posted up some resources to help you play their games when you're not in the same room as well.

The Starcadian Alliance was supposed to bring peace and order to the galaxy. And it worked! Hooray! However, not everyone wanted to join in on the celebration. Supreme Commander Thorne was like, "That's all stupid. You're stupid. I want to be in charge!" and so he got together a bunch of different minion races and have invaded! Oh no! Thankfully, the Starcadian Alliance is full of heroic crews that want to take the fight right back to him... and each other. That's the story behind Starcadia Quest, the new stand-alone game in the Arcadia Quest family that's available now from CMON.

With many people in their homes, there's more changes than ever to get a game night in. But what if you've already played through all the scenarios you've got? Well, here's another for you. CMON has posted up The Cure, a new scenario for Massive Darkness.

As with most companies, there have been changes over at Ares Games based on the COVID-19 outbreak. They've posted up an article talking about what they're doing this time and what products will be affected as well as a hopeful timeline of when they'll be able to start sending things back out again.

Since many game stores are closed and many products are being delayed and we're not supposed to go outside anyway, However, nobody says you can't go online and download stuff. In fact, that's what they're encouraging people to do. And Portal Games is here to help with some free content for their games that they've put up online so old games can feel new again.

With the world all sick, there's delays in all sorts of production and manufacturing. This includes the gaming industry. As such, Asmodee has announced that they're delaying all product releases until at least May 1st so that their workers can stay home and hopefully not catch COVID-19.

As I mentioned, a lot of different countries rolled out new regulations and closures during the outbreak. Japanime Games is being affected by these new orders and have temporarily stopped shipping product.