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In many games, we vicariously place ourselves inside the game and become one with it in a metaphoric sense. In the case of this contest from Cryptozoic, it can be much more direct. They're looking to turn someone into a wizard in Epic Spell Wars, and that person could very well just be you.

It's been a while since I played a deck-building game. They used to be on my table almost every time I went to game. Maybe I just need to find a new one, and Tortuga 2199 might just be it. In the game, you're a space captain who's looking to recruit a crew, go out and find some adventure (and loot), and backstab your opponents along the way. The game's up on Kickstarter now.

Puns. Some people love them. Some people hate them. Personally, I enjoy a good pun. You know, the kind that makes you stop, think for a moment, then usually groan at how bad it is. If you're like me, then Puns of Anarchy, a new party card game up on Kickstarter now, is right up your alley.

Well, I tell you what, they have my interest based on the game name alone. I love. I love lunchtime. And battling is fine (especially if someone tries to mess with my lunch). Space Battle Lunchtime Card Game is apparently based off a graphic novel. I can't say that I've heard of it before, but it might be worth checking out. It's a bit cooking show. It's a bit battle. In the game, players will have to create magnificent dishes to wow the judges. The game's coming out in April, but you can get your name down on the list to get a copy asap.

The folks behind the wildly successful Unstable Unicorns card game are back at it with their unique form of cute/vicious artwork. The game's called Here to Slay and it pits you against your foes as you each try to build the best RPG group that you can. Defeat foes while avoiding your opponent's nefarious intents. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

One of the greatest spies ever, Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, has had a bit of a checkered past. However, she's on the side of the superheroes these days. And she brings unprecedented espionage abilities to bear. Soon, you'll be able to don the black and head to battle with the Black Widow deck for Marvel Champions. Let's take a look at what's in store.

From the company that brought you Shroedinger's Cats, it's Pavlov's Dogs (anyone want to be their next game will be Darwin's Finches?). It's a new party game where players take on the role of pooches that are trying to complete different tests brought about by famous dogtors of old (not a typo). How fast are your reflexes? How good is your memory? You'll find out when playing Pavlov's Dogs. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

Master of Wills is a strategic card game where players are looking to move their cards around the board, placing them strategically to strike at their opponent. Bloodcrown is a new faction for the game, offering new opportunities and new challenges as you look to maneuver and manipulate your opponent's cards until only one stands strong at the end. The new expansion is up on Kickstarter now.

The Star Wars: Destiny game line is coming to an end. It's been around since 2016, with the card/dice system that set it apart from other games. It's had quite a run, but Fantasy Flight is bringing it to a close.

From my experience, most gamers are completionists, myself included. If a game comes out, you want -everything- for that game. Expansions, extras, LEs, everything. Sometimes, it can be rough to try and keep up. For example, Apex has had a bunch of expansions come out. What if you're behind? Where will you find them? Well, right here. Apex: Collected Edition has the base game and all the expansions available as part of the campaign. Great for those that need to catch up, or those that are looking to dive into the deepend in this deck-building game.

While the Rebellion and the Empire fight it out in the galaxy, there are many individuals who are just there to stay out of the way and make a credit or two if they can. They're the pirates and smugglers who take the conflict as opportunity to do what they want while nobody else is hopefully looking. In Covert Missions, the upcoming set for Star Wars: Destiny, there's some new pirates and scavenger cards coming, along with their support cards. Let's take a look.

Gamers, in my experience, are fans of drinking. Nothing wrong with that, even as a teetotaler myself. But hey, if you enjoy a few libations, there's nothing wrong with that if you do it responsibly. And if you happen to be playing a game along with it, that's just all the better. Dungeon Party is a coin-bouncing dexterity-based RPG of sorts where players are looking to defeat monsters and overcome traps in a dungeon made of coasters. Perfect for holding your drink and perfect for gaming. The project is up on Kickstarter now.

Humanity versus the machines. It's a struggle for survival in a dark future. Can the humans pull together enough resources and fighting power to force back the mechanical onslaught? That's up to you to find out in Terminator: Dark Fate The Card Game, a new cooperative deckbuilding game from River Horse.

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There's gems in the forest. Gems that you and your partner want to collect. However, the paths through the forest are winding and it's easy to get lost. Will you be able to find all the gems? That's what you'll find out in The Fox in the Forest Duet, a new cooperative trick-taking game from Renegade Game Studios. I know the website still says "coming soon," but I have it under good authority (from Teri Litorco!) that it's available now.

It's game night, but nobody else showed up. Or maybe you're sick at home and don't want to infect anyone else. *blows nose* Whatever might be the reason that you're on your own, that doesn't mean you can't get some gaming in. Renegade Game Studios has a Kickstarter running for Warp's Edge, their second Solo Hero Series game where you take on the role of Taylor Minde, a rookie pilot who's humanity's only hope against an alien invasion.

The Force is a strong ally. It turns regular people into superhuman fighting machines. That's handy when you've got a war on. And in the Star Wars universe, there's always a war going on. In Covert Missions for Star Wars: Destiny, new blue characters and their accompanying support cards will be added to the card pool. Get a look at what that will include in this preview.

Fantasy Flight has some new releases for Marvel Champions available for you to pick up from your local game shop. You can fight the nefarious Norman Osborn in his Green Goblin form. And to do so, you can take up the mantle of Captain America or Ms. Marvel. All these packs are available now.

A new Star Wars: Destiny set is coming out soon. It's called Covert Missions. In it, vehicles will play a heavy role, as will those behind the wheel/stick, the pilots. In this preview, we get a look at just what those pilots are capable of and some of their signature ships that go with them.

Did you watch all of Game of Thrones? And I mean, really watch all of it? Like, several times and memorize all the minute details of the setting and characters? If so, you're probably going to win the Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game from Fantasy Flight. They've announced the new Season 5-8 Expansion pack.

It's a giant meeting of spies. Secret information is being passed back and forth like crazy. Contacts are being found and deals are being made... err... hopefully they're the right contacts and deals, anyway. With everyone being spies and disguised somehow, it's always tough to tell. But that's just what you'll have to figure out in Spycon, a new party game coming soon from Hobby World.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth The Card Game is now available from River Horse. This new trick-taking game includes elements inspired by the lovely images and artwork from the original movie. It includes two different modes of play, depending on the level of complexity you want that game. You can pick up your copies now.

The Simpsons. They've been a beloved part of life for 30 years. And there's now a new way to enjoy the color characters of Springfield. Codenames: The Simpsons edition is available now. If you're a Simpsons fan, this is a must-have for your collection.

These days, we live our lives online. Heck, I can do my entire career from anywhere that has internet access. But in such an environment, there are those bent on getting into any and every system they can. They're the hackers, and they're the bunch that you get to join in Entromancy: Hacker Battles, a new cyberpunk card game of cybersecurity and counter-attacks. This new card game is available now.

I'm guessing many of you have heard of the McElroys. I know I routinely laugh my ass off watching Monster Factory. There's a good chance you've listened to their podcasts as well. But even if you haven't, you should check out The Adventure Zone podcast. But even if you haven't listened to -that-, you can still check out The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance, their new adventure storytelling card game. There's a regular and a Limited Edition version that you can pre-order now.

Draco Ideas has launched their Kickstarter campaign for 2GM Pacific. If you've wanted the action of 2GM, but over in the sunny shores of the Pacific theater, now's your chance. This new expansion is stand-alone but also 100% compatable, so feel free to mix your sets together. You can go get your pledge on now. *gets out corn cob pipe*