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I really enjoy Tsuro from Calliope Games. It's that type of abstract strategy game that I just adore. Well, a new version is up on Kickstarter now in honor of Calliope's 10th Anniversary. It's Tsuro: Rising Phoenix, and it adds in new concepts like diagonal movement, a molded board, and the ability to rise again from the ashes like the titular bird of flame.

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No honor among thieves. When a mob boss goes on vacation, it's a free-for-all as rival mobs descend upon their house in order to grab whatever's not bolted down... and maybe a few things that are. But Al Mansky isn't a fool. He knew that others would be looking to grab his loot, and so he's laid booby traps all over the house. That priceless statue might look better in your dining room, but you might be blown to pieces trying to take it. Only the luckiest and most savvy thief will make it out alive with the good stuff. That's the story behind The Mansky Caper, the Kickstarter for which is being run by Calliope Games right now.
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Capital City ("we're safe and sound!"... No, that's Capital Cities. Different thing) is a new board game available now from Calliope Games. In it, players will be looking to create the best boom town out in the West. Each round, new settlers will be coming on the train from the East. By having the best resources and attracting the best people to your town, you can be the next metropolis in the territory. Do you have what it takes?
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And once more, we have made it to Saturday.
Isn't that just grand? I certainly think it is. Hope you've got yourself some gaming lined up, because... I mean, that's the way things should be, amirite?
Anyway, let's get to those reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Manaforge, Magmeda Monsters, Menu Masters, Coal Baron, Model Box – The Monthly Subscription Box for the Miniature Hobbyist, City of Kings, Saboteur, Morocco, They Who Were 8, and 7 Wonders: Duel Pantheon Expansion.

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Why do you climb the mountain? Because it's there.
Just, y'know, what out for yetis as you're climbing. You don't think there's yetis? Should I remind you that the mountain you're about to climb is called Yeti Mountain? There's yetis, alright! And you should watch out for them (as well as other dangers of climbing a mountain) as you and your other mountaineers race to the top.
That's the story behind Dicey Peaks, a new board game from Calliope Games that's up now on Kickstarter.
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Calliope Games had one heck of a Kickstarter not too long ago with their Titan Series. It was a success. Those games are now starting to be ready to make it to your tabletops. Running with the Bulls was created by Paul Peterson. Calliope is going to be showing it off at their booth this year.
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It's another Saturday and that means another Review Roundup.
Hopefully you're having a good one. I'm working on putting together some Guild Ball minis.

Anyway, let's get right into the reviews.

Today we have: Parade, Incan Gold, X-Wing's Eighth Wave of Expansions, Booze Barons, Kakerlaken Poker Royal, Tsuro digital app, Pingo Pingo, Raptor, Hue, Battlecruisers, Celesta, Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach Expansion, Super11, Quadropolis, Ominoes, Curse of Strahd, and Imperial Settlers: Why Can't We Be Friends Expansion.

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All of us here love gaming (or, I assume we do. But considering the nature of the site, I think it's a safe assumption). So what could be better than just gaming? Gaming for a good cause, of course! And just such an opportunity is coming up next month. FTW Events and Calliope Games are teaming up for the inaugural Top of the World Board Game Extravaganza. It's an evening full of gaming and helping out The Imagine Guild at Children's Hospital.
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Have you shown appreciation for your dragon lately? Think of all the things that dragons do for you in your everyday life. And yet, for the most part, they go totally unappreciated for it all. Well, this coming Saturday is Appreciate a Dragon Day (so I'm told), and so you should be sure to appreciate your dragon. Calliope Games is also having a sale in honor of the date.
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Well, Halloween is over. Time for Christmas.
Well, ok, so there's Thanksgiving in there (personally my favorite holiday, but sadly often overlooked), but my Kroger has had the first few Christmas items up for a couple weeks for now. Well, if we're gonna get into the swing of things, we might as well start brushing up on our Christmas trivia. Do you know all 12 days in the 12 Days of Christmas? It's ok if you don't (I can't think of them all off the top of my head, but then again, I've got Led Zeppelin playing right now and it's a bit of a distraction... not that I mind). Calliope Games, though, is here to help.
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Wow! Gen Con got off to quite a start this morning! Seemed no sooner than I was awake than I was down at the hall looking over some things when Boom! The doors were opened! It was quite a mad rush in the hall. I don't know actual numbers, but several people I talked with and I all agreed that this year seems even busier than last (and that was a record-setting year for attendance).
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Calliope Games may be working on their Titan Series of games, but that's not the only games project they're working on. They've just announced a new game that they'll be showing off at Gen Con. For this one, grab your striped shirt and black mask, you take on the role of thieves.
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Calliope Games is well-known for their gateway games. They want to get as many people involved in gaming as possible. They want to make games that anyone can pick up and play, even if those people don't feel like they're "gaming people." The Titan Series of games is all about creating a whole slew of new gateway games to store shelves. The games are created by some of the most famous game designers in all of gaming-hood. The Kickstarter campaign has been up and running for a while, but nothing lasts forever and it's soon to come to a close. They've made their funding goal and then some, so it's trying to break through as many stretch goals and create as many extra games as possible in the next couple days.
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Calliope games keeps chugging along on their Titan Series Kickstarter. They're getting closer and closer to reaching their base funding goal. To help things along, they've announced the Titans Game Designer Seminar. Do you have an idea for a game? That's a silly question, of course. I've never met a gamer who didn't have at least one, if not several dozen ideas for a game. Anyway, now backers of the Titan Series at the Titan and Mt. Olympus levels will be able to participate in game-design sessions held by some of the top names in game design today.
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You've made it successfully halfway through the work week. Congratulations! The weekend will be here before you know it. Hopefully you'll have some sort of chance to get a game in before then, but if not, your wait's almost over, anyway.

So, as we tend to do, we've collected some of the bite-sized stories together and present them to you now.

This installment contains: More The Fiver interviews from The Meeple Mechanic, Crates, Barrels, and Wine Casks 28mm Available from Castle Kits, New Miniature Building Authority items are now for sale, BluBot Masking Stencils Kickstarter Running Now, First "Queen Of The Dragons" WIP by Kabuki Models, Tabletop-Art Undead Ground Round Lip Bases Preview, Machi Koro Championships Announced, Fantasy8s Oddities Now Available from Aegis Studios, Free Terra-Blocks available at Salute, MidKnight Heroes reveals Yegdra art, Rack & Ruin Core Rulebook Now Avaiable in Digital, Dungeons & Dickery Webseries up on Indiegogo, Siren Miniatures published new concept arts - its ladies time, Micro Art Studios New releases - Update Token Set and more single Tokens, New 16mm Base released at 15mm.co.uk, and Merdian Miniatures previews Terramortis.

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Calliope Games isn't just collecting together some of the greatest game designers for their Titan Series. They've got some of the greatest gaming artists joining the club as well. The games will now feature special, Kickstarter-exclusive cover art. Echo Chernik (Shadowrun), Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons), Andrew Hepworth (Exalted, Love Letter), and John Kovalic (Munchkin) have joined on to make these covers and other artwork for the games into truly something epic. The campaign is 2/3 to their funding goal and still has 40 days to go. Remember, backers will be getting these games for roughly 50% of MSRP, and you can get just the games you want from the campaign.

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Once again we're here at a Wednesday. The first half of the week is done. The rest of it stretches before us like a 2-day behemoth.
Or maybe it's not so bad for you. Maybe Thursday and Friday are like puppy-dogs. That'd be nice. I love puppies. But now we're getting off-topic.

On-topic, we've collected some bite-sized stories for you and present them now.

In this grouping we've got: New Carthaginian Shield Transfers from Victrix, More WIPs pics of the Queen Of Hearts by Kabuki Models, New Magnetic Foil 32mm Rounds from Tabletop-Art, some more episodes of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, The Nexus Terror from Icarus Miniatures Artwork Preview, Meet Brunhild and The Flag for War of Wonders Miniatures Game, Kromlech New Release - Hobby Drill and Super Glue Activator, New Ogre Cossacks Band from Scibor, New 15mm Hippogriff Aerodyne pre-order from Darkest Star Games, and Previews of the Harlequin Burglar for ShadowSea.

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I hope everyone had a great International TableTop Day yesterday. Though, of course, the spirit of International TableTop Day is with us always, and we should celebrate as often and with as many people as we possibly can.

As for us here at TGN, it's another Sunday. So as my arm heals from getting my werebear tattoo colored in and my roux for the gumbo I'm making starts to brown, here's another set of bite-sized stories we collected over the last few days.

In this batch we have: 1p40k Beginner's Guide & One Page Rules Anniversary, some more editions of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New Armada accessories from CorSec Engineering, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm March Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, Stoelezel's Structures launches the Underlooked Inn, New Angry EON Mini from Hitech Miniatures, and Final Day for Olleys Armies Scrunt Empire on Kickstarter.

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Wednesday. Is there a day that personifies the progression of the week more than Wednesday? We've made it through Monday and Tuesday. Thursday and Friday are ahead. Stuck in the middle is Wednesday. Saying "it's all downhill from here" isn't exactly the right phrase, but you get the gist of what I'm going for.

Anyway, we've got another set of bite-sized news stories for you for today.

In this bunch we have: Hydra Miniatures posts Retro Raygun Preview Video, Recon Force Alpha PDF From Finger and Toe Models, Alewood - A Modern Tabletop Drinking Game Preview, some new installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Sally 4th Releases Public House from range of photorealistic building kits, Tabletop-Art Previews Upcoming 32mm Bases, Queen of Hearts WIP & New Bases for your miniatures by Kabuki Models, Kromlech New Release - Legionaries Pistols, New Release: 15mm Stalingrad/Russian Buildings from Novus Design Studios, New 6mm scale superheavy tank pre-orders from Gregster's Lab, and New Steampunk Bases From Fat Spider.

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Calliope Games has launched their Titan Series Kickstarter campaign. Calliope has brought together some of the greatest game designers and asked them to create their own version of a "gateway game." Gateway games are those designed to be quick to pick up and learn and fast to play. But they're not just for people looking to get into gaming. They're great games to have around for when you've got some spare time and want to play something. Each game is only $16, so they're rather economical as well.
The campaign is set to run for another 59 days.

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Calliope Games is letting people check out their Titan Series Kickstarter campaign before it goes live. You can check out the descriptions of the first couple games for the series, plus a peek at the first stretch goals. Also, take a look at the extras. You can get a leather bomber jacket.
... You know, not nearly enough Kickstarter campaigns have an add-on of a leather bomber jacket. Other game companies should take note.
So be sure to look at their campaign and let them know if there's anything you'd like them to change about it.

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In Ravage Magazine Issue 18, there's an interview with Rey Wehrs, CEO of Calliope Games about the upcoming Titan Series of games. We've got some excerpts from the interview here on TGN (because Ravage and TGN are tight like that, yo!).

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Calliope Games knows nothing says "love" like gaming with your significant other. To help get you some more games you can play together, they've got a 20% off sale happening over on their website.
They're also talking more about their upcoming Titan Series of games they're working on, posting an interview with Richard Garfield (I'm sure you recognize that name... and not just from the comics) and Zach Weisman.
And if you check out the latest issue of Ravage Magazine US, you can see an interview with the CEO of Calliope about the upcoming games as well.

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Calliope Games is really excited about their upcoming Kickstarter for their Titans Series of games (stay tuned to TGN in the coming weeks for my interview with Calliope's president about it!). To get things rolling, they've got a short video with Eric Lang, one of the designers that's part of this ambitious project. Check out the video after the break.

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Calliope Games has a holiday sale they're running now over on their website.

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Give the gift of gaming
Whether you're shopping for a friend or coworker, gift or stocking stuffer, party or family gathering, we've got you covered. Use the coupon code THANKS on CalliopeGames.com to receive a 30% discount. And remember, shipping is always free on orders over $27.99.

Coupon valid until 12/12/2014. Free shipping available to US addresses only.


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