Review Roundup

Another Saturday, another Review Roundup.
It’s a calm and subdued Saturday here at the den. Just chillin’ for a cool, December day.
So, let’s just head over to today’s articles.

We’ve got: Rise of the Kage, Imhotep, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Conan the Board Game Review, Dominion: Empires, Dicey Goblins, Theomachy, Microfilms, Clank!, and The Amberden Affair.

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Friday Snippets

And so this week comes to an end… Well… not yet. Technically the week comes to an end tomorrow. But the work week comes to an end today… unless you’re like me and you work weekends as well…
Ok, so this has gotten off-track. It’s Friday. We should all be excited about that. And we’ve got a set of bite-sized stories to share with you. So there.

Today’s batch of stories includes: 28mm Dwarf Figures Up On Kickstarter, Rise of the Kage is shipping now, Acheson Creations Releases the Final Kajiu Kaos Fantasy Worlds Kickstarter pieces, BitCrates: Boxes That Will Change Your Gaming Table For Any Game, New Skimmers and Crews at 15mm.co.uk, First Look at the Pudigroan Dog Line and Casualty sculpts for Flintloque, LaserCutCard New Product: Na-To chassis, New Legionary Power Gloves from Kromlech, and Ion Age: Taranis Tanks by Bob Naismith first parts and render.

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GCT Studios Previews New Bushido Art and Kage Painted Minis

GCT Studios has a couple previews to show off for their two major projects they’re working on. There’s a new art piece preview for Wave 25 of Bushido and we’ve got some painted minis they’re giving us a look at for Rise of the Kage (which can also be used, eventually, for Bushido since they made it to that stretch goal).
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Photos Coming out of Gen Con

Wow! Gen Con got off to quite a start this morning! Seemed no sooner than I was awake than I was down at the hall looking over some things when Boom! The doors were opened! It was quite a mad rush in the hall. I don’t know actual numbers, but several people I talked with and I all agreed that this year seems even busier than last (and that was a record-setting year for attendance).
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GCT Studios Previews Rise of the Kage Production Copy

Gordon over at GCT got a special surprise for his birthday. He was shipped the first production-run copy of their Rise of the Kage board game that they funded over on Kickstarter. He took a moment from the birthday celebrations to snap some photos of what the box, the components, and the board looks like.
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Rise of the Kage WIP plastic miniatures revealed

GCT Studios has posted up a preview shot of what the plastic models for their Rise of the Kage board game will look like. The team has really been working closely with the manufacturer in order to make sure the minis are as detailed as any of the metal ones for Bushido would normally be. And remember, with the stat card deck, you can use all your Kage models in Bushido as well.

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Some Snippets for Wednesday

Hey everyone. Here’s another batch of news snippets for you.
Remember, snippets aren’t “leftovers” or “scraps” or anything like that. They’re news like everything else. They’re just… smaller. There’s good stuff in here and we want you to know about it. It’s just that the story’s shorter, but no less important!

So what do we have in this round? Well, there’s a new punk green from Slow Death Games, an announcement from ThunderChild Miniatures about a new Kickstarter, a new release from Hitech Miniatures, a new adventure for Fantasy8s, new Pulp Alley templates from Sally 4th, a notice about the final days of the Rise of the Kage pre-order, some new goblin nurses from Kromlech, a Squadron Strike: Traveller Preview, an announcement about the Death Saves Anthology release, and some new accessories for Robotech from Burn In Designs.

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Dakufaia takes on all for the Silvermoon Trade Syndicate

GCT Studios shows off another Wave 21 preview for Bushido as well as gives some info about pre-orders for Rise of the Kage.

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From the website:

Not all those children raised in the monasteries and taught the teachings of Subarashi Baransu are able to complete their training, return to their homes and continue the cycle that has been in place since the beginning of memory. Dakufaia was a promising student, however the gnawing rage that burns inside him stoked by an unknown trauma could not be dowsed by the secrets of the temple. Despite many attempts to help and guide the boy, the masters could not risk letting him continue his training such was the ferocity of his temper. So when the teenager was cast out he had no choice but to travel to the city to try and survive and survive he did. A natural fighter who has since used his teaching in the martial arts to earn his living. In the Silvermoon he has found his family and acceptance that had eluded him for so long. The Oyabun encouraging his fiery talent, unleashing Dakufaia like a fireball on those who have slighted them.

Rise of the Kage Pledge Manager Opens Up

GCT Studios has their Pledge Manager opened up for Rise of the Kage, their ninja board game. Missed out on the Kickstarter? You can join in now.

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From them to you:

Following Rise of the Kage’s successful Kickstarter the game is being opened up to new backers. This is the last chance to pick up the game with the Kickstarter prices and offers. The KS finished with the Red Alert level offering a cracking value with 100+ models.

Rise of the Kage pledge manager coming next week

GCT Studios has announced the launch of their Rise of the Kage pledge manager in one week. If you didn’t get a chance to be part of their Kickstarter campaign, now you can jump in.

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From the announcement:

We are delighted to announce that the pledge manager will be open during the month of November from 3pm GMT on Saturday the 1st of November. We will be using Backerkit to manage the pledges and will provide a link soon.

Existing Backers:
This will allow existing backers to manage their pledges making final selections. You can add any extras you may want that you missed during the campaign as well as upgrade your pledge level if you choose.
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The Sun is about to Rise on the Ninjas

GCT Studios is in their final days over on Kickstarter for their Rise of the Kage board game. They’ve come quite a ways from the initial goal, bringing the game to now include 123 models (at time of posting here).

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From them to you:

Over on Kickstarter we’ve been smashing through stretch goals and there really is quite a lot on offer now including 123 high quality miniatures, a cracking Bushido cross over essentially offering two games for one. If you haven’t checked it out yet come and have a look.

Final week for Rise of the Kage on Kickstarter

GCT Studios has just under a week left for their Rise of the Kage Kickstarter campaign. They’ve made their goal and gone through several stretch goals as well. How many more can they get through? Well, that’s up to you.

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From them to you:

The campaign has been ticking along nicely and we have unlocked a ton of stretch goals along the way. Come and join us for the final push.

Equip Yourself like a Real Ninja

GCT Studio made it through another stretch goal in their Rise of the Kage game, adding a new game board to the mix. They’ve also added in ninja special cards as an add-on and posted up a new stretch goal. Still a little more than a week left to get in on the action.

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From the campaign:

Wow, firstly thank you for all the support for the campaign. Yet again the gamers of the world have enabled us to bring yet another faction to the battlefields of Jwar isles. So last time I spoke about the faction in general terms but this time I’d like to talk about some of the challenges I faced and how I feel we have overcome those challenges to create an interesting and unique feel to the Shadow Wind Clan.
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Rise of the Kage is breaking through stretch goals like a ninja

GCT Studios is making their way through stretch goals for Rise of the Kage. The couple of add-ons they’ve put in certainly didn’t hurt.

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From the campaign:

Over on Kickstarter Rise of the Kage is going all shurikens blazing, we have smashed through some great stretch goals and the Red Alert pledge level is currently sitting on 81 models. Many more are in the pipeline and there is still 12 days to go!

TGN Review: Rise of the Kage from GCT Studio

Rise of the Kage, from GCT Studios, is a new board game where ninjas must stealthily infiltrate a samurai’s mansion in order to carry out their mission. The game is currently funded over on Kickstarter with a lot of time still on the clock for stretch goals.

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GCT’s Gordon gave me an in-depth demo of the game, and I’m here to pass on what I know about the game.

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So strap on your tabi and ready your throwing stars. It’s another TGN Review. This time it’s Rise of the Kage. Also, read on to see how you can get yourself a copy of the game for nothing (like a ninja!).
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Rise of the Kage funds, restructures stretch goals

GCT Studios has made it up and over their funding goal for Rise of the Kage. They’ve also double-checked their numbers and have updated their stretch goals.

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From the campaign:

Well what a great start, you guys have certainly got us off to a great start and still 23 days to go! We are looking to smash some stretch goals but before we do that we want to reward everyone that has put their faith in us this far, we are going to dish out some rewards, we’ve termed these Instant Funding Bonuses (IFB’s) and their individual updates are coming next, so don’t go away.

GCT Studios launches Rise of the Kage Kickstarter

GCT Studios has launched their Kickstarter for their new ninja infiltration board game, Rise of the Kage.

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From the campaign:

In a game of Rise of the Kage, 2-4 players can choose to play as the ninja of the shadow wind clan. Deadly warriors, tasked with a variety of missions all ultimately focussed upon taking down the Takashi clan, the Jwar Isles’ ruling family. Or you can choose those that have sworn their lives to protect their Daimyo; the brave guards of the Prefecture of Ryu.

GCT Studios previews Rin for Rise of the Kage

GCT Studios has a picture up of the exclusive mini for their Rise of the Kage Kickstarter that starts in just a couple days.

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From the preview:

Rin, House of the Bleeding Moon
Rin is swift as she is deadly. Her ability to combine speed whilst remaining as quiet as a mouse with ferocious fighting skills makes her a real asset to the clan. Her twin katana blaze with the fury of her House and leave a trail of dead in her wake. Her lust for battle is matched only by that of Katsumi, also of the Bleeding Moon.

GCT Studios launches Rise of the Kage website

GCT Studios launched their website for their upcoming Rise of the Kage board game.

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From the launch:

In the run up to our KS launch we are delighted to get our website up and running, check it out for more info, a newsletter and a countdown clock to the KS making sure you don’t miss out on an Early Bird!

New preview art for Bushido from GCT Studios

GCT Studios had another good show at GenCon. They’ve posted up a bit about their experiences there, as well as a new piece of Bushido artwork.
Expect a demo report of Rise of the Kage, their new board game coming to Kickstarter, from me later this week.

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A phenomenal event was seemingly had by all and we at GCT Studios had a blast. We had great chats on the booth and we’re blown away with the players enthusiasm for the game of Bushido. We want to start with a massive and special thanks to our Retainer Crazyfish who pretty much ran the show from helping us to set up to running the tournament, he even brought along a trolley (a big thanks to his father in law for that one). Without you it wouldn’t have been half as good to say the least. The event is huge and we got in a bit of time to explore as well, as a team we particularly enjoyed howling down the late night corridors on the hunt for a game of Werewolf, excellent fun!

The tournament was great and everyone that experienced the Bushido Dojo came away happy and loaded with Silvermoons, congrats to Anthony for picking up first place with his Bakemono heavy Savage Wave list.

See you next year for the best four days in gaming.

New Prefecture art preview for Rise of the Kage

GCT Studio gives us another look at some art for the guards in Rise of the Kage.

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From the post:

Kenta, Guard Boss
A warrior of some renowned. The state of calm Kenta achieves in battle is admirable and will be essential in the coming weeks. From a small and obscure family living in the Takashi’s allies lands of the Hare clan, Kenta’s skills come from his training under Takashi Akio an opportunity that he will forever be grateful for. Kenta’s allegiance to the Takashi’s Dragon clan is unquestioned and his management of the guards under his command unparalleled.

New preview art for Rise of the Kage

GCT Studios has posted up some more artwork for the upcoming Rise of the Kage board game.

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From the post:

The elite guards of the Prefecture of Ryu come into play later in a game of Rise of the Kage. Once the alert level is suitably raised the guard player can call upon them. At this point the ninja need to pick up the pace as they race to complete their mission whilst they are hunted down by these superior guards.

Bushido’s Wave 19 now available for pre-order

GCT Studios is taking orders for their 19th wave of Bushido releases over in their webshop.

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From the announcement:

We are delighted to put Wave 19 up for pre-order, these will be shipped to arrive on the 8th of August. Oh and we have revealed another ninja for Rise of the Kage.

GCT Studios looking for reviewers of Rise of the Kage at Gen Con

GCT Studios will be running demos of their new board game, Rise of the Kage, at GenCon and wants game reviewers to know when those are scheduled.

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From the post:

We are looking for reviewers to come in for pre-booked demos at our stand and get a feel for the game before we launch the Kickstarter. If you write boardgame reviews and would be interested in a kickass ninja board game, then we want to hear from you.
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Rise of the Kage previews a new ninja

Rise of the Kage gives a look at the concept art for a new ninja over on their Facebook page.

Shizuka

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A master of the shadows, her cautious personality ensures her ideal mission is played out clean and without contact with the enemy.
As a worm Shizuka waited until the day before her twelth birthday to launch an attack on an adept. She had been courted for a number of worm squads over the years and as time passed many thought she wouldn’t have the stomach for it. They assumed she was destined, despite her promise, to join the ranks of the genin. Little did they know Shizuka was merely biding her time. Her waiting game paid off, she spent the time learning the strengths and weaknesses of her peers and assembled a squad she could be sure of. Her ascent to the rank of adept was painless, for her at least.

Giveaways over on the Rise of the Kage Facebook page

GCT Studios is running special promo give-aways over on their Rise of the Kage Facebook page in ramp-up to the game’s Kickstarter.

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From the post:

We’re blown away by the number of likes we have received on our Rise of the Kage™ Facebook page, 400+ already, and we are giving away the chance to win extra models to people simply for liking our page. Get to 600 and three people will have an additional metal model version of Katsumi (pictured) added to their pledge.

We are also already running a competition for every 200 likes by Saturday one person will be drawn to win their choice of Bushido Wave 19 model. This currently stands on two people winning but can we get to 600 or beyond before Saturday?

Rise of the Kage coming soon

GCT Studio has announced their new board game based in the Jwar Isles, the same setting as their Bushido minis game. Rise of the Kage is coming soon.

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From the announcement:

GCT Studios are delighted to announce and reveal more about the upcoming release of our first ever board game, Rise of the Kage.

In a game of Rise of the Kage, 2-4 players can choose to play as the ninja of the shadow wind clan; deadly warriors tasked with a variety of missions all ultimately focussed upon taking down the Takashi clan, the Jwar Isles’ ruling family. Or you can choose those that have sworn their lives to protect their Daimyo; the brave guards of the Prefecture of Ryu.