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The August edition of Dust Chronicles Monthly is now available for your downloading and reading pleasure. Paolo Parente was at Gen Con this past weekend. He was hanging out at the CMON booth, where people could pick up some of the latest Dust releases. It was cool to see him there. Paolo's a good guy to hang out with.
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We all know the... things that've been going on with Dust Studio and Battlefront over the past year. Rehashing it all here isn't really important. What is important here and now is that Dust Studio will be part of the CMON booth at Gen Con in a week and Paolo Parente will be on-site to tell you all you'd want to know about Dust Tactics.
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As promised last week, Dust Studio has given us an update about the situation with Battlefront and the shipping of the Wave 2 models from their Operation Babylon Kickstarter. Good news, everybody! It looks like people will be getting their alternate-history figures after all (more than likely). Apparently payments and shipping instructions are being exchanged and shipping should begin within a week of that exchange being made. You can read the letter from Dust Studio below the cut.
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Paolo Parente has posted an update about the Wave 2 shipping of items from the Operation Babylon Kickstarter campaign. Spoiler alert: The news isn't very good. The relationship between Dust Studios and Battlefront is officially ended. Dust Studios is asking backers of the Kickstarter campaign to call their credit card company and ask for a refund. They will also have a further update about the project and shipping out product that has been produced next week on the 17th. You can check out the full letter from Mr. Parente below the cut.
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Dust Chronicles has their second issue now available for your downloading and reading enjoyment. It's free, so you should go ahead and check it out. Inside, there's rules for air combat in the world of Dust, a look at the UK Dust Knights, and instructions on how to make a Laser Flak-Vierling... I don't know what that last one actually is, but it sounds cool. Anyway, the issue is available now.

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Dust Studio keeps rolling with the world of Dust. They give us an update about what they've got in store for the future. First off, they hope to make the Blutkreuz an independent faction, able to play just on their own. They're also working on coming up with models for the Pacific Theater. That's a very major part of the whole WWII experience and they hope to have models representing the forces that fought there soon.

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Battlefront has posted an updated addressing Dust Studio CEO William Yau's statement on the Operation Babylon Kickstarter.
It was very disappointing to hear, via a recent Facebook message from Dust Studio CEO William Yau, that mediation has been rejected out of hand. To clarify, we have never had any independent third-party mediator try to help us resolve this dispute. The three times we have offered it has been rejected outright. As English is not the first language of several people involved, it’s understandable that the terminology has been a little blurred. But, while there have been attempts at negotiation, nothing resembling external mediation that has taken place.

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Regular readers may be aware of the continuing saga around the Dust Tactics Operation Babylon Kickstarter - (you can catch up here).  What little glimmer of hope there was of resolving the matter amicably appears to have evaporated with this recent post by Dust Studio claiming legal action has commenced.
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Is Battlefront refusing to pay for the remaining Kickstarter rewards for Operation Babylon?

Dust Tactics is a Weird War II game set in an alternative super science version of World War II, created by Dust Studio - of which Paolo Parente is one of the principals.

In 2013, Fantasy Flight Games dropped publishing and distribution of Dust Tactics, and Battlefront (of Flames of War fame) took over.  Battlefront, in cooperation with Dust Studios then launched a Kickstarter in 2014 for a new expansion, entitled Operation Babylon, which ended up raising close to $470,000.  It now seems the future of the project is in doubt.

Update: Paolo is asking for Kickstarter backers to send him their Kickstarter invoice. Details below.

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Board to Death has posted up a new video review. This one's for Dust Tactics Miniatures. Go check out the Revised Core Set.

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From the post:

Get ready to fight the war anew! The Dust Tactics: Revised Core Set is the perfect introduction for new players or a great expansion for veterans. It includes all new, never-before-released miniatures exclusive to this Core Set, an updated and comprehensive rulebook, the “Victory Bridge” scenario book, six custom dice, two double-sided terrain posters (each the size of six terrain tiles), ten unit cards, nine double-sided hazard squares, two ammo-crates, and two anti-tank traps.


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Dust Devils will be holding the 2014 North American Dust Championships at GenCon in just a couple months.

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From the announcement:

Prove your skills for the title of North American Dust Champion in this exciting tournament! Prizes for the top tier as well as participation prizes will be awarded. You must bring a tournament legal, (100 point Tactics, 300 point Warfare) army and two copies of a written or printed army list to compete. The tournament will consist of multiple Swiss-paired rounds, cutting to single elimination final rounds (the number of rounds depending on attendance), with one player claiming the title of 2014 North American Dust Champion. Have your army list ready at registration to be inspected by our TOs for tournament legality. Good luck in the tournament!


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Dust Studio is in their final 24 hours for Dust: Operation Babylon up on Kickstarter. They've made it through a lot of stretch goals, but there's always more to pass as well.



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From the campaign:

After going back and forth we have managed to secure some very special models for the final stretch goal of the project. The cards for these models will go up tomorrow morning but we did not want to go home tonight without showing you just how cool they are.

Thank you for all your support over the past month and as we near the final day of the project we are seeing more and more new players jump on board to join in the fun. If you have anybody left to tell give them one last shout out as there will never be a better time to get into DUST.


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Dust Studio is running special army bundle deals over on their Kickstarter page.

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From the announcement:

Many of you have asked for an easy way to just get everything for a single faction so here is the complete add-on package that when combined with an army deal leaves nothing out.

Because the list of add-on units varies for each faction there are three different deals for both primed and premium. Given we are soon to unlock the free body/legs add-on I have also included the fourth body so every pair of arms you have coming can be fielded as a stand alone unit.

All you have to do is up your pledge by the Special Bundle Price shown for either primed or premium and at the pledge manager stage tick the all-in option for your faction. These deals have some extra discount in them and as such they are fixed, just like the army deals, and cannot be split up. You can of course still add other items to your list.


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Dust Studio is in their final week for Dust: Operation Babylon Kickstarter campaign. They've made 6x more than their goal, so check out what all is going on with the campaign.



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From the campaign:

We are down to the final week and the rollercoaster ride continues. Our first Kickstarter campaign has been a wonderful experience. The huge variety of models for Operation Babylon has made the project a monster - especially as they are all available either in the standard pre-assembled, pre-primed form, or as expertly painted Premium Edition models! As we head into our final weekend a brand new faction, Mercenaries, is about to appear on the scene. And with several new free unlocks imminent there has never been a better time to get into Dust.

At the main 'Troop Leader' army-deal pledge level, backers are already receiving double the value of their pledge. And over the final days there will be even more added value thrown into the mix. Come and check us out and see what all the excite is about as DUST will change how you think a tabletop miniature game should be as it comes primed and assembled ready to play right out of the box.


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Battlefront posted up a short video showing off how to play the new Version 2 of Dust Tactics and Dust Tactics Battlefield.



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From the post:

Phil Yates, who co-designed Dust Tactics v.2 and Dust Tactics Battlefield with Olivier Zamfirescu and Andrew Haught, talks you through the basics of gameplay.


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Wargames Illustrated is giving away a free 44-page booklet for Dust Tactics with the latest issue of their magazine.



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From the announcement:

Wargames Illustrated is pleased to announce the inclusion of a FREE, 44-page Dust Tactics booklet with the March issue of the world’s premier tabletop gaming magazine.

"Wargames Illustrated have teamed up with the Battlefront Studio to publish this introductory guide to the world of Dust – a world in which WWII has continued into 1947 and alien resources have allowed the Allies and Axis to create heavy body armour, combat walkers, lasers and more and their quest to defeat the other."

As well as introducing you to the background of Dust, your FREE Dust Tactics booklet provides a set of rules for playing Dust as a tabletop wargame.

The Dust Tactics booklet is available with all printed and digital copies of WI317.

Visit The World Of Dust website to learn more about the Dust universe


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Dust Tactics has their starter rulebook available for a free download from their website.



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From the announcement:

This weeks starter set spotlight is the starter rulebook itself. The whole book is now available as a free PDF download. The starter set rulebook covers rules for the starter sets and updates some of the basic core rules.


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Dust World Expo is just a couple months away. While there, they'll be holding the Dust World Championships. Who will reign supreme?



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From the announcement:

World Championship Tournaments for Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare are scheduled to be held Dust World Expo 2014. Sponsored by Dust Studios, Battlefront, and Dust Devils International, these tournaments will be held March 15 & 16, 2014 at the Commemorative Airforce Airbase Arizona. The Dust World Championship Tournaments will be supplemented by a storyline tournament (Operation Mambo) and a new player introduction tournament, open play, demos, learn how to play with Olivier Zamfirescu, a modeling competition, Dust Cosplayers, and much, much more. The modeling competition will include categories from the World of Dust and historical World War II. Special guests include Dust creator Paolo Parente and Dust Tactics Designer Olivier Zamfirescu.


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Dust Studio is showing off their new Allied Starter Set for Dust Tactics.



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From the preview:

Here is the first look at the Allied Dust Starter Set.


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Dust Chronicles has a new lineup behind the pages for their magazine. They've also got a whole new magazine coming later this week, too.



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From the announcement:

Dust Warfare and Tactics lovers, Attention!
Dust Chronicles has a new crew in the turret and is targeting release of the newest issue for Christmas Eve, 2013. Not only will a new issue of Dust Chronicles be available, but a new sister publication, Dust Hintergrund will also premiere.
As Battlefront drives Dust into 2014, Chronicles has undergone an upgrade and has new camouflage. Player driven content, international submissions and news directly from Paolo Parente and Battlefront are in the mix.
Hintergrund, which is German for background, takes a more in-depth look at player-developed histories, art and writing in the world of Dust.
Check it out at www.dust-devils.com. Available Tuesday, 24 Dec.


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Battlefront has what all gamers want: dice. They've got new dice for Dust Tactics that'll be in the starter sets.



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From the announcement:

The new dice are one of the new surprises in the upcoming starter sets.

Dust dice no longer have blanks on them, though you can still use the old dice instead of the new ones. We did not want blank sides on the dice. What does this mean in the game? Each die now has three symbols: a faction symbol, a shield symbol and a target symbol. Your unit symbol always is a success when rolling no matter what.

The other symbols are come into play when the rules would have you rolling for blanks. Instead of rolling for blanks with the new dice you now roll your faction symbol plus one of the other symbols depending on what you are rolling for, if you are rolling in a defensive situation then you add the shield and for attacking situations you add the targets.

Both the new and the old dice are covered in the new rule book so don’t worry- your old dust dice are still perfectly valid.


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Games & Gears has announced adhesive Battle Board Grids for Dust Tactics for their Kickstarter campaign.



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From the update:

Games & Gears LLP and Dust Studio have partnered to produce a new add-on item for the current Games & Gears Battle Boards. Games & Gears will be producing an adhesive transparent grid sheet, specially made to the measurements of Dust Tactics grid system, to be layered on top of their Battle Boards. Dust Tactics players will now be able to add this item on to their existing pledges to enable them to play this fantastic game on their brand new Battle Boards!

"As fans of Dust Tactics and admirers of Dust Studio's amazing game. We are excited that Dust Tactic players, including ourselves will be able play and have cinematic games of Dust Tactics on our Games & Gears Battle Board. Good times!" - Creative Gamer.


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Dust Tactics will have some new box sets coming out soon since Battlefront took over production. They're showing off the cover art for the boxes over on their website.



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From the preview:

We are proud to announce we will be releasing new Dust Tactics starter sets early next year. These sets will contain everything one player needs to play a game of Dust Tactics. Each faction will be getting its own starter box set. Each box Contains, 1 hero, 1 Walker, 2 Infantry Units, 1 battle mat, Terrain and Objective squares, and Faction themed Dice. The box sets are set to be Priced at US$50. Stay tuned each week as we spotlight all the new aspects of the box set, but for now here is the first look at the new cover art!


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Battlefront has posted up the .pdf files so players can look over and critique them for their Achilles Warfare open beta test.



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From the announcement:

Battlefront is pleased to announce that the Dust Warfare Operation “Achilles” PDF is now available to download. It is part of the open beta test in which we hope all players interested in Dust Warfare will participate. The PDF will let you play with all the Operation “Achilles” releases, like bunkers, the SSU heavy walkers and the new Laser Blitz plane.


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Model Dads goes off-script with a non-historical unboxing. This time it's Operation Achilles for Dust Tactics.



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From the video:

Join Model Dads out of their comfort zone on Animal Farm as we unbox Operation “ACHILLES” – the new campaign expansion set for DUST Tactics


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