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Hello, Saturday. How are you? I'm alright. Still a little sick. Bit of a lingering cough, but I'm working through it. So no gaming will be had by me today (I'm actually just contemplating a nap). But I hope that your Saturday is a bit more exciting than what I've got going on.
At the very least, though, before I take another shot of medicine and go lay down, I gotta make sure you get those reviews you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Museum Heist, Race for the Galaxy iOS Expansions, Battle for Rokugan, Yogi, The Pursuit of Happiness: Community Expansion, Bubblee Pop, XCOM: Evolution Expansion, Dicetopia, Hot Shots, NewSpeak, Dragonfire, Codenames: Duet, Outpost Siberia, and Mage Wars Academy Warlord and Forcemaster Expansions.

Well, it seemingly took an eternity, but it is now Saturday.
And, as I expected, from the time I clocked out until even now seems to have gone by very quickly. So, by the time I finish this, I guess it'll be time for Monday's Terrain corner...

But that's as may be.

Today we have: Cauldron Master, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows Of The Past Board Game Review, April O'Neil Hero Pack For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Dice City, Picassimo, The Who Were 8, Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Dragoon, Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins, Mage Wars: Paladin vs. Siren, Firefly: Crime and Punishment, and Frostgrave Expansions.

First part of the weekend is already a success. The pizza last night was pretty much everything I could've hoped for. It's nice when a week-long cooking project turns out good (ok, the pizza doesn't really take a week to make, but parts I was able to do ahead of time like render the bacon and such was done along the way, instead of doing it all last night). Today it's all about the Board Game Day at the Milton Library. If you're in the Atlanta area, stop on by.

But that's for later (well, later to me now as I'm typing this, not later from the time you read this, since I'm typing this at 6am and will be gaming at 2pm when it posts).

Right now we've got reviews of: London, Colosseum, Ophidian 2360, Ore-Some, Critter Combat, Gloomhaven, Runebound: The Gilded Blade Expansion, Mage Wars: Arena Paladin vs Siren Expansion, Conquest of Speros, Castles of Burgundy, Flamme Rouge, and Ponzi Scheme.

It's time once more for a Review Roundup. Why? Because it's Saturday! Woo!
As you read this, I'm hanging out with some friends, playing games. Took over a group of favorites, and hopefully will get me a new Guild Ball opponent, too. I also baked brownies, because I can't go to a friend's place empty-handed. Hopefully you're doing something similar, be it at a friend's place, your garage, or your LGS.
But anyway, I know you're really here for those reviews.

Today we have: Legends Untold, Mage Wars Academy: Warlock & Priestess Expansions Review, Aggressor: Recon, Shadows of Brimstone, Tambuzi, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, Kill Doctor Lucky: Deluxe 19.5th Anniversary Edition, Tanks: Panther vs Sherman, Junk Art, Roll Player, and Potion Explosion.

Ah, Saturday. What cannot be accomplished on a day like today?
*hears someone shout out "You can't build Rome in a day!"* ... Ok, besides that. *hears people shout out hundreds of other things* Ok, fine! But besides the roads, education, the aqueduct, and stability, what have the Romans ever given us?
... I feel I've gotten off-track. Here's today's Review Roundup.

This time around we have: V-Wars, Imhotep, Celestia, Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space, Ghost Stories, Adventure Time Card Wars: Fionna vs Cake, Tanks – Panther vs Sherman Starter Set, T.I.M.E. Stories (spoiler-free and spoiler reviews), Light of Dragons, Roots of Mali, and Mage Wars Arena Battlegrounds Domination.

Welcome back once again to Saturday. I hope it's treating you well.

Lots of things to look at today, so let's just get right to it.

Today's articles include: 7 Ronin, Adventure Land, Karuba, Warehouse 51, Aether Captains, Rattle Battle Grab The Loot, Istanbul, Wings for the Baron, Shenanigans The Musical Kickstarter, Brass, Star Realms, Star Vixen from Kabuki Models, and Mage Wars Academy.

Tuesday. Not exactly the most popular of days. But still, it's not a Monday, so it's got that going for it. Another thing it has going for it is our weekly Podcast Roundup.

It's another lean week, as we've got one podcast and one vidcast for you. Seems most shows are on a bi-weekly schedule these days, and most happen to match up to be on the same week.

Oh well, this time we've got: Through Gamer Goggles Words With Scott from Arcane Wonders at Origins 2015 and Adeptus Infernus Ep24.

Weeeeekeeeend! Hopefully you're having a good one, even if you're not at Origins or Lock & Load or the Board Game Challenge... like how I'm not at any of those. But it's ok! We can have a good time gaming, anyway.

As usual for our Saturdays here (except for that weird mix-up last week), we've got our Review Roundup.

In this installment we have reviews/previews of: Pathfinder Battles: Gargantuan Shemhazian Demon, Princes of the Apocalypse, Mage Wars Companion App, Transylvania: Curses and Traitors, Pew Pew, Patchwork, Lanterns, and Sultan's Library.


TGN's Enrico Nardini directs his palantir towards Bryan Pope, resident conjurer at Arcane Wonders and the creator of Mage Wars.


Gamer Goggles posted up a video looking inside the Forged in Fire expansion for Mage Wars.


From the website:

In this Box Breaking Matt takes a look at the new warlock and warlord for Mage Wars. He discusses the strategy a little as well as his favorites from the expansion. I do believe my favorite card is Conquer it offers so much strategy to an already strategic game.

Mage Wars gets their expansion, Druid vs. Necromancer, reviewed by the experts over at Play Board Games.


From the review:

Druid vs Necromancer is the latest expansion for Mage Wars. Included are two new mages with unique playing styles and spells.

Gamer Goggles has a new unboxing video up. This one's for Mage Wars: Druid vs. Necromancer.


From the video:

In this Box Breaking Matt takes a good look at the newest expansion for Mage Wars; Druid vs Necromancer.

Play Unplugged has posted up another of their unboxing videos. This time it's Mage War: Druid vs. Necromancer.


From the article:

Break out your spell books Play Unplugged fans! Enrico unboxes the latest expansion for Mage Wars. Druids and Necromancers duke it out for domination of Etheria!

Play Unplugged has another of their Nobel Prize in Chemistry award winning reviews up. This one's for the Mage Wars expansion Conquest of Kumanjaro.

From the review:

If there is one thing a mage is always looking for, it's a way to expand their spellbook. Play Unplugged's Matt Snodgrass peruses the incantations of Conquest of Kumanjaro, the latest expansion for Mage Wars.

Play Unplugged was at GenCon Indy (though how I managed to not run into them is beyond me. Enrico's apparently a slippery one) and talked with the guys from Mage Wars while there.

From the interview:

It’s Gen Con Indy time! Woot! We start our interviews off with the bang of a conjured bolt of lightening! Enrico visits the Arcane Wonders booth to interview Mage Wars creator Bryan Pope. Bryan shares tons of information on the upcoming Druid Vs. Necromancer expansion (coming in October), as well as hints of more detailed multi-player rules.

Play Unplugged posted another of their unboxing articles up on their website. This one's for Mage Wars: Conquest of Kumanjaro.

From the article:

Play Unplugged‘s intrepid adventurer can’t be held back by a little surgery. Enrico is back, and he had better remember his pith helmet, as he is set to explore the mysterious continent of Kumanjaro. Why? Well, to bring us the scoop on what’s inside Mage Wars: Conquest of Kumanjaro of course! Wait… Did you just hear something in the brush over there?!?!

Play Unplugged held their Force Master vs. Warlord event for Mage Wars over the weekend and they've posted up the results.

From the event:

What an awesome weekend of gaming goodness! Check out the results of Play Unplugged's first cosponsored event: Forcemaster Vs. Warlord: Enter the New Challengers. A release event featuring the first expansion for Mage Wars.

Play Unplugged is going to be holding a Mage Wars tourney at their Pittsburgh HQ.

From the announcement:

Mage Wars, Play Unplugged, and Phantom of the Attic Games proudly present Forcemaster Vs. Warlord: Enter the New Challengers! This event is a 16 person swiss style tournament pitting you, the player as either the Forcemaster, a potent psychic mage, or the brutal Warlord, a combat mage focused on physical might. This tournament will be judged by Mage Wars Staff Member Patrick Connor, who will be making the trip to Pittsburgh for this event and to run demos!

Play Unplugged has teamed up with Mage Wars to bring you free swag. Just gotta say what your favorite type of magic user is.

From the website:

Jump on the Play Unplugged forums and tell us about your favorite type of magic user in five sentences or less. Our top two picks win Mage Wars swag!

Play Unplugged has up another video interview. This one with Bryan Pope of Mage Wars.

From the interview:

Ten-hut gamers! Sgt. Murder is back for for Gen Con Indy 2012 madness! This interview features Bryan Pope, the creator of Mage Wars. After two years of demoing their game at conventions, playtesting, and getting fan feedback, Mage Wars is finally being released at this very show! Bryan Pope briefly discusses the trials and tribulations of bringing Mage Wars to market, their release at Gen Con, the game’s future releases, and organized play.

Play Unplugged have posted a video interview with the author of the Mage Wars game. From their announcement:
Mage Wars made an fantastic splash at Origins Game Fair 2011! Their enthusiastic demo team was truly tested by the sheer volume of interested gamers (including yours truly) waiting to get a look at this exciting new game. While at Origins, Bryan Pope of the Mage Wars team and Arcane Wonders agreed to sit down for an interview with Play Unplugged.