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Do you words good? Can you create interesting narrative and compelling characters? Can you sculpt witty dialog? Do you use the Oxford comma? If you answered "yes" to these questions, Harebrained Schemes might just be looking for you. They are hiring a new Narrative Designer/Writer to add to their staff.

With the release of Durani: Champions of the Western Wind, that marks the end of new releases for Golem Arcana from Harebrained Schemes. There are no more expansions that are planned. So if you need to catch up on the 17 retail expansions, 14 web exclusives, and other such products, you will have a chance to do so now.
With the new MechWarrior game coming out from Harebrained Schemes, there's a new and revived interest in the world. Lord knows I love Mechs, and MechWarrior in-particular. It could easily be said that MechWarrior 2 was my gateway into gaming. I'd played various video games up to that point, but it was really the one that I got really involved in. With all the new interest, there's plenty of new gamers getting introduced to the Battletech universe. And with such a rich and storied gaming universe that's been around for so long, it might be hard to figure out what all has been happening.
I know. I know. We don't usually cover video games on TGN. But this is one of those times where we make an exception. Harebrained Schemes has launched their Kickstarter campaign for a new turn-based Battletech video game. What makes this one so special? Well, Jordan Weisman is on board to help out.
Harebrained Schemes has announced their new project that they are going to be bringing to Kickstarter. It's one that certainly I'm interested in. I spent many, many hours playing Mechwarrior 2 when I was younger. Some songs I listen to now, I still think back to those days, since I listened to them a lot while playing. Now, Battletech is back in a new turn-based battle game. I can't wait!
I, as I mentioned in my post yesterday, am more-than-likely playing 2nd edition D&D when this will be posted to the site.
Some friends I know have a long-running campaign and the DM is writing me in as an occasionally-recurring NPC. Not sure what my character will be (at time of typing), but it should be a good time.

Anyway, that's as may be. Right now, it's time for some game reviews.

In this batch, we have reviews/previews of: Boss Monster 2, Dark City 30 Corner Apartment Building and Gargoyles, Golem Arcana, The Great War, Apotheca, Lord of the Rings board game, Hocus, Paradox, Kaleidoscope, Infinity, Penny Press, Argonauts, Argent: The Consortium, and Star Wars Armada.

Harebrained Schemes has announced some new features for their Golem Arcana miniatures game, as well as some new expansions. Some of the features include saving your game partway through so you can come back to it later. There's also a way for the various devices to communicate with one-another, even if the place you're playing doesn't have WiFi. And if there's a big group of you, you can now play up to 8-player games. Multiple languages will also soon be supported. As for releases, the next one will be Zikia Heralds of the Great Weald in April.

From the announcement:
Harebrained Schemes only has basically overnight (for those of us in the US) for their Golem Arcana Kickstarter campaign. They're not quite to their goal yet (at the time of this posting), but they're pretty close. Could your pledge be the one that takes them over?


From the campaign:

Thanks so much for supporting Golem Arcana. We deeply appreciate your support of our project. We suggest that you look through our previous updates to see all the cool stuff that's gone on over the last 34 days. There are some great images of golems from concept to sculpt, developer's diaries, and details about individual golems like the Valkali Colossus.

Harebrained Schemes posted up the 3D renders for their Valkali colossus for Golem Arcana over in their Kickstarter campaign.


From the preview:


You were warned she was coming. That she would arrive today. Did you hear the cries of your comrades as they ran from her? Did you see hardened warriors dropping to their knees, weeping?

She has come.

Behold, the Gudanna Valkali Colossus!

Harebrained Schemes has updated their Golem Arcana Kickstarter campaign with a new bonus item for certain backers if they make it to their goal. Plus, they're showing off what they have in store for stretch goals.


From the update:

Like the Knights, we’ve also been working over the weekend. We’re listening to feedback, and creating plans to drive momentum forward. So with that preamble in place, let’s get started!

As a special “thank you” for helping us reach our $500,000 base funding level, we present you with the Amulet of Numenesh!

Harebrained Schemes posted up a new Golem Arcana stretch goal video over in their Kickstarter campaign.


From the update:

In their latest update, the Golem Arcana Kickstarter shows off some of the potential game enhancements that they hope to unlock, and are soliciting input to help prioritize them.

list daily sat down with Joran Weisman and talked about his current Kickstarter campaign, Golem Arcana. Go and see what they had to talk about.


From the interview:

Jordan Weisman should be looking at his next Kickstarter campaign with all the confidence of a competitive swimmer looking down a familiar pool. After all, he raised over four times what he asked for Shadowrun Returns, collecting about $1.8 from more than 36,000 backers. Talking to him last Friday on the eve of launch for his next one, Golem Arcana, at one point he sounded more like a kid staring down a murky pond on the first day of camp.

Play Unplugged stopped by Harebrained Schemes' area at GenCon 2013 and tried out Golem Arcana.


From the article:

Almost a month after Gen Con Indy 2013 and we still have more awesome stories to share with you! This one took a particularly long time to edit because we had a microphone error which does effect the sound. The bad news is the sound quality is effected, but the good news is there is a ton of information on a up-and-coming gaming property, straight from the creators’ mouths.

Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini stops by the Golem Arcana demo booth to check out their new miniature board game (now up on Kickstarter). While there, he interviews Mike Mulvihill and plays a demo of the game with Jordan Weisman.

Harebrained Schemes has launched their Kickstarter campaign for Golem Arcana, a digitally-enhanced miniatures skirmish game.


From the campaign:

Golem Arcana combines miniatures with mobile technology to deliver a tabletop game that's easy to learn and fast to play.

We love tabletop miniatures games, but they can be a huge investment of time and effort. With so many games - both digital and physical - competing for our precious gaming time these days, it can be hard to commit to miniatures games that require hours upon hours of leafing through sourcebooks, measuring distances, and debating the rules. And while painted figures are cool, not everyone has the time or materials to paint an entire army of miniatures.

That’s why we're creating Golem Arcana - the digitally-enhanced miniatures game.
Catalyst Game Labs & Harebrained Schemes are going to be attending Pax Prime for the first time and they'd love it if you could stop by and say, "Hi."

Catalyst Game Labs is attending Pax Prime for the first time! Come check out all the latest releases for BattleTech, Shadowrun, Cosmic Patrol and yes, Leviathans will be there and on sale! We’ll have other board and card games for sale, such as Balance of Power, as well as showing off additional games coming down the pipeline, such as the successful Kickstarter tile laying game, The Duke.