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Midweek Snippets

We're halfway there, ladies and gentlemen. Halfway to the weekend. If you haven't started making plans, now would be a good time. For those of you in the US, the 4th of July is Saturday. I'm sure cookouts will abound. And if you're at one, why not bring along a game or two to play? There's plenty of party games that would be most welcome at just about any gathering.
For me? I'm going to keep things low-key this weekend. I had two rather busy weekends in a row. So this weekend I'm going to stay at home and cook. What am I going to cook? ... I've not figured that out yet. Suggestions would be welcome (and any accompanying recipes also welcome).

But as for right now, it's time for some bite-sized stories.

This batch includes: Fury is funded with 24 day left, Some More Installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, New 32mm Resin bases (Tomb, Urban & Sci-fi Deck) from Dark Art Miniatures, Armorcast's 4th Annual Cinematic Effects Contest is Here, Apex TDBG Expansion Kickstarter is now EU Friendly, Club Fantasci Editorial: Kickstarter Press Releases and Free Promotion, Old Dominion Gameworks posts Post Captain Bonus Ship files, Vending Bot free for July at The Ion Age, and Bullets & Brains Tokens Now Available from Sally 4th.


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TGN Preview: Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society

In a world where potion making is a cutthroat business, a secret society of Apothecaries exists, lording their skills above all others. The group is known as Apotheca, and you’ve been invited to join. But first, you must compete against other potentials in a black market competition to prove yourself the best potionslinger out there. Welcome to Knapsack Games’ Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, designed by Andrew Federspiel, backed up by a talented team of designers, artists, and writers.
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TGN Editorial - Press Announcement Pique

Associate Editor Enrico Nardini pulls out a pernicious problem present in Games Workshop’s latest press announcement. See what has him piqued! tgn-editorial_360 There are times when I feel like Games Workshop is in a position where they can do no right. 2014 did show improvement in some areas. Did you ever think you would see bundle deals that had an actual and meaningful discount? How about new starter sets that once again, could be considered a value for your gaming dollar (including units you might actually want to purchase)? Yet, in the age of the $25+ single figure blister, it’s hard to not think that there are still systemic issues in GW’s attitude and business model that may be causing their continuing profit backslide.
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Some Tuesday Snippets

We've got another set of those shorter news stories for you. It's time for another Snippets posts.

In this installment, we've got: A new Sulphur scenario from Terragnosis, New Round-lip Shaleground Bases from Tabletop-Art, New 32mm Bases from Dragon Forge Design, David Lowry from Club Fantasci talks about the "Board Game Messiah Complex", Shieldwolf Releases 2 Busts and Announces Kickstarter, New Dungeon Terrain Previews from MiniWorlds, Alternative Armies Previews Upcoming Von Rotte Crew, Kabuki Models Previews Alien Hunter, New knight marker kit from Mechanical Warhorse, New Previews from Siren Miniatures, Limana announces War of Wonders


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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Round-Up

It's another Saturday and so that means it's time for another Review Round-Up.

We've got reviews for Ares Games' The Battle of Five Armies, Red7 from Asmadi Games, Psycho Therapist, Gothic Invasion, and Mafia Casino.
Along with those, there are a couple "favorites of 2014" and a Top 10 or two to check out.


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Why Not to Run a Demo

PHD Games writer Chris Strecker wrote up a little editorial on why running a demo for a game might not be a good idea. Though having read the article, titling it "When Not to Run a Demo" would be a bit more appropriate, as the "why" is pretty much, "you don't have your full attention devoted to the demo because you're busy." But it's a good, quick read. So check it out.

Do you have any demo horror stories? I know I've had a few. Share yours below.

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News Snippets

We've got a bunch more news snippets for you.
There's some new miniatures from a new game company, Corvus Corax Miniatures. We've got new WWI terrain tile bases from Amera. Kromlech has some new wallpapers for your computer. Troll Forged shows off the test print for their Dreadnaught (he's a biggie). All that and more in this new batch.


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TGN Editorial – Thanksgaming: Support Your Friendly Local Game Store

Coming down off that turkey high and getting ready for the madness of holiday shopping? TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his thoughts on supporting your FLGS this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

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The web may rule all in terms of the dissemination of information. I love that the content I write about our great hobby is transferred from my mind to yours with alacrity and efficiency. The growth and reach of our shared past-time can be magnified by it, and when you really sit and think about it, it’s kind of amazing that I can share pictures of my painted miniatures, a new RPG character, or a decklist with gamers thousands of miles away. We live in a “golden age” of convenience; ordering the latest board game is accomplished with a few keystrokes.


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Nerds on Earth Picks Their 5 Best Board Games of 2014

Nerds on Earth lets us know what they feel were the 5 best board games of 2014.

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Board games have had one heck of a renascence in recent years. The hobby game market (which includes board games, card games, and RPGs) has grown, 20%, 15%, and 20%, over the last 3 years, respectively (Source: ICv2). Conventions like GenCon (which started out of the early days of D&D) are drawing record crowds and hundreds of new games and RPGs are released each year.

Here are my picks of the best board games of 2014, and I’d HEARTILY RECOMMEND you pick up any of these games, with the intention of inviting some friends over for a great game night:



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Honey I shrunk my hobby: The Rise of 10mm and 15mm gaming

The League of Extraordinary Gamers takes a look at the increase of 10mm and 15mm games on the market and being played on the gaming tables of the world's LGSs in this editorial.

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So, if you've been looking around, you've noticed that there's a large movement in Wargaming these days away from the "standard" of 28mm (heroic) figures. While some are getting larger and going into 32mm pieces, there's a growing hardcore support for smaller scales- 10mm and 15mm are becoming the rage. Let's look at some of the reasons why.



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Voices of Mars Top 5 Board Games for the Holiday Seasons

Voices of Mars gives you their thoughts on the top 5 board games to check out this holiday season.

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It’s that time of the year again where you don’t know what to get for your friends and loved ones. Let me help you out with some gift ideas that wont break the bank and easy to introduce to newer board gamers.

Mars' top 5 board games for this Holiday season are based on replay-ability, cost, and how easy it is to teach to new gamers.



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Board Game Quest posts their 2014 Gift Guide

Board Game Quest helps you out deciding what to get the gamer in your life with their Board Game Gift Guide.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s what the song says. That’s right, the holidays are right around the corner and you are probably wondering what to get that special gamer in your life. We never fear, we are happy to help. We’ve sent our magic elves out to do some research and they came back to us with a number of options to make any gamer excited this holiday season. We’ve created a bunch of categories to make things easier on you, so you can be sure to find something to appeal to whatever tastes the special gamer in your life might have. So relax and let us do the work for you with our 2014 Board Game Gift Guide.



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Kickstarter Broke the Internet

The League of Extraordinary Gamers gives us their thoughts on Kickstarter and if it's a good or bad thing for the gaming industry.
I have my own feelings about what Kickstarter has done for the gaming community. What do the rest of you think? I'd really like to see a discussion about this.
Heck, if the topic goes well, I might even hand out a prize to someone, but I want to know if you think that Kickstarter is hurting or helping the gaming world, and you gotta tell me why.
As always, keep the discourse civil, please.

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So, this article from Gizmodo has been circulating a lot this week. And by a lot, I mean I ran into it in no less than four different industry forums or webpages, all posted up by people that weren't directly communicating in the other conversations. Could be that one started it, the rest carried it elsewhere, and the next thing we know it's pandemic. I'm not going to get into a blog vs. blog war of words. What I want to address really is a lot of the conversation points that have come up in the discussions about Kickstarter.



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