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Tuesday. Tuesday. Tuesday.
Tuesday doesn't get a lot of attention, I feel. We talk about Monday, because it's the start of the week. Wednesday and we're halfway there to the weekend. Thursday, I could never get a handle on Thursdays. And Friday's Friday. But Tuesday... Well, we're here, we might as well make the most of it. And that includes listening to gaming podcasts.

This week, we have: Primecast Episode 50; SAGA THORSDAY Episode 74: Crusaders Battleboard and Tactics Pt 2; SAGA THORSDAY Episode 75: Mutatawwi’a Battleboard and Tactics Pt 1; Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 143: Countdown with Lindsey Rode; Drive Thru FM Episode 11: Translating Hygge; 40K Radio Episode 26: The Vincent Rospond Interview; The Cardboard Herald Episode 65: Casey Hill of Arkon; The D6 Generation Episode 230: Age of Rivals & Painting Large Armies Quickly; Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 137: Castell, Pulsar 2849, and Being Swaggled; Dungeon Master’s Ludus 01: The First Steps in Creating a Great RPG Campaign; and Glass Cannon Podcast Episode 141: Climbs and Misdemeanors.

It's the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Man... my grocery list was 2x as long as usual. I got 2 turkeys, some sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, dressing, carrots, and ingredients to make 2 pumpkin pies. ... I, uh... kinda take Thanksgiving seriously. My fridge is rather full. But before we get there, we've gotta get you those reviews I know you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Hotshots, Alien Artifacts, America, Noxford, Twilight Imperium, Rhein: River Trade, Queendomino, Exit the Game Wave 2, Folklore: The Affliction, and The Expanse.

Hey kids. It's Saturday! If you're like me, you're at the LGS, hanging out and talking/playing games. I hope you're doing that, anyway. I mean, it's what Saturday's for!
It's also for reviews. So let's get to it.

This week we have: Heldentaufe, Monster Trap, Galaxy of Train: New Order, Lords of Hellas, Bestiary 6, New York Slice, Orphan Black, Sailing Towards Osiris, Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift, Moons, Adrenaline, and Terraforming Mars.

A new work week, and a new month is underway. The first day's over with, so let's keep the train rolling. To help it all go by quickly, here's some gaming podcasts to listen to.

This week we have: Primecast Episode 43; Man Battlestations Episode 18; The Drift Podcast Episode 1: An Interview with Rob McCreary; The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 23 part 2: Questions from the Mail Bag; Anonymous Tabletop Episode 13.5: Marie-Claude Bourbonnais and Benson Green Interviews; Cheated Fates Radio Episode 4: ITC US Team B; 40K Radio Episode 14; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 206: Salute 2017: The Interviews; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 207: Salute 2017 Debrief + Snakes & Lattes (yup, they were busy this week) ; Epic Gaming Nite Podcast Episode 103: The stories board games create!; Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 97: Viticulture and When to Kickstart; Singled Out Episode 31: Talking Theron and Hunters Fluff with Sherwin; Rolling Dice & Taking Names Podcast Episode 117: Ethnos, Unfair, and The Captain is Dead; The Cardboard Herald Episode 25: Chris Bryan of Board With Life; The D6 Generation Episode 212: The Expanse Board Game Preview & Assault of the Giants Review; The Secret Cabal Express 25: The Three Amigos play ’The This or That Game’; and News of the North - 2016-05-02.

And we've come to another Saturday. Ah, the possibilities for today. I'm sure a lot of you are spending it at Adepticon. Me? I've picked up a bunch of snacks and some drinks and am going to watch some MST3K on Netflix. Because I'm cool like that. ;)
Anyway, I know what you're all here for isn't my choice of fizzy beverage, but for reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Realm-Master, Unlock, WizKids Unpainted Miniatures, Arkham Horror The Card Game, Bushi No Yume, Ronin, Element, Guns & Steel: Renaissance, Bloc by Bloc, The Oracle of Delphi, Dragoon: The Rogue and Barbarian Expansion, RPG Coasters, Kingsport Festival: The Card Game, Running With the Bulls, Magic Maze, Faith: A Garden in Hell, and Moons.

And we find ourselves once more deposited here on the weekend. With any luck, yours includes gaming of some kind. Be it CCG, LCG, RPG, Minis, or something else (hey, someone out there might still be playing with POGs, you never know...), may the odds be in your favor.

As it is Saturday (most beloved of days), it's time for another Review Roundup.

This week we have reviews/previews of: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Dungeons & Dragons: Out of the Abyss, Citadel Air Paint, Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep Booster, Halfling Feast, Sentinels of the Multiverse App, Ubongo, Traders of Osaka, VS System Card Game, The Undercity, Arcadia Quest, Clockwork Wars, Codenames, Privateers: The Golden Decade, and Neuroshima Hex.

Congratulations to everyone for once again making it to Friday. You've worked hard all week, and now it'll be time to kick back, relax, and enjoy some gaming. My weekend plans include putting together an Age of Sigmar set to test out early next week. Since the release of the rules last Saturday, I've had lots of thoughts on the new system. Those I will post next week after I get a chance to actually put mini-to-table and roll some dice.

But that's the future. The present has us giving you the various bite-sized stories we've collected over the past couple days.

In this batch we have: On the Lamb Games previews Dark Dragon sculpt for Endless: Fantasy Tactics, MadRat Games previews Madzzle Kickstarter, Nerd on Earth Interview with Bones Sculptor Bobby Jackson, Space Marines classic Asgard set at Alternative Armies, Critical Mass Games relaunches Large Scale Ayame Mecha on Kickstarter, New Warpaint Quickshade Ink Set II from The Army Painter Coming Soon, HOT100 Ghoul Dragon new and half price at, and Retained Lance with unique miniature released at The Ion Age.

Saturday night's alright for fightin'... orcs, and zombies, and evil robots, and elves, and any other sort of nasty you can think of.

Saturday's also the day for rounding up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.

In this batch, we have reviews of: Robinson Crusoe (the board game, not the book), Abyss (the board game, not the movie), Pretty Pretty Smash Up Expansion, Warmachine: High Command – Engines of Destruction Expansion, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, The Ion Age – Habitation Outpost, and the Best D&D 5e Actual Play Podcasts.

As you read this, I'm out playing D&D with my friends. I'm taking my new bard out for a spin. Hopefully, "we'll hide behind the pile of dead bards!" isn't uttered halfway through the adventure... hopefully...

But anyway, on to the review round-up!

This installment has: a look at the Evolution board game, a review of the Heroes of Metro City deck-building game, a look back at D&D's Oriental Adventures, a preview of Nearspace, a review of Cross Hares: Testing Ground, and a preview of The Kingswood.

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


From the post:

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:

Nerds on Earth takes a look at the Tyranny of Dragons D&D minis and gives you their thoughts on the situation in this review.


From the post:

So…I won’t follow the anonymous internet commenter and describe the D&D Icons of the Realms: Tyranny of Dragons miniatures as blisteringly sexy, but I will spend the next 700 words giving you a quick review of the new D&D miniatures.

Nerds on Earth gives us their thoughts on the new D&D Attack Wing from WizKids in this review article.


From the website:

D&D Attack Wing is a miniatures game. It’s the classic and beloved Dungeons and Dragons fantasy theme combined with tactical combat rules. Players plan their movement strategy with the included maneuver dials, then attack via custom dice and ability cards. I had a blast with the simple task of punching everything out and flipping through are the gorgeous cards. (And they are gorgeous. Well done art and design teams.)

D&D Attack Wing is played using modified rules from what is undoubtedly the most popular game of this type: Star Wars X-Wing. But even though they licensed X-Wing’s rules from Fantasy Flight Games, they made some modifications: Some good, some bad, and some not enough in my opinion.

Nerds on Earth squeaked out this review about Mice and Mystics.

Mice and Mystics


From the post:

Mice and Mystics is a cooperative story-driven fantasy game by Jerry Hawthorne of Plaid Hat Games. Each “chapter” of the story can be played individually like a dungeon crawl or played sequentially to form an epic narrative campaign that tells the story of Prince Collin and his worthy quest to save his father the King from the wicked Vanestra. Prince Collin and his closest friends have been turned into mice, the king is close to death, and Vanestra has turned the guards (roaches and rats) against you!

Nerds on Earth posted up a list of 7 great blogs for those of you that are newbs to the world of RPGs.
I know most readers of TGN aren't RGP newbs, but you probably have friends or family that might be. So you can direct them this way to help them out.



From the post:

This is a list of 7 great blogs, all filled with helpful advice for a new Dungeons and Dragons player.

Nerds on Earth takes a look at the iOS version of Star Realms and gives us their thoughts on the situation in this article.

Star Realms


From the post:

Have you ever been to a baseball game and noticed that the people sitting behind home plate think every high fly ball is a home run, so they explode to their feet and their hands shoot up in the air?

“Oh! OH! OH! Awwwww…”

Of course, it turns out that it wasn’t a home run at all and the ball was caught in shallow right field, so all the fans just sit back down and make comments about what could’ve been. Hold that image because it will be relevant later on in this review of Star Realms for iOS.

Nerds on Earth has posted a review of Plaid Hat Games' new Dead of Winter board game.

Dead of Winter


From the post:

I’m here to tell you that you and a few friends can gather around your dining room table, play with some cardboard zombies, and have a wonderful time. Plaid Hat Games have released Dead of Winter, a board game where your goal is to survive a harsh winter during a zombie apocalypse.

The objective of Dead of Winter is to survive both the harsh winter elements and the attacking zombie hordes, and players are cooperating to achieve this objective…kinda. The problem is that while all players are working toward a shared objective, each player also has a secret personal objective that may or may not put them at odds with the group. Oh, did I mention that there is also a chance that one player might be an outright traitor?

Nerds on Earth gives us a walkthrough of the new D&D Adventures League, the organized play event from Wizards of the Coast.

Adventurers League


From the post:

I went to my very first Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League event and I was as nervous as a junior high boy going to his first dance. Luckily my voice didn’t crack and I made sure I applied a liberal does of Axe Body Spray, so everything turned out OK.