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Smash Up is the card game from AEG of sending out Minions and breaking Bases. The game has a bunch of expansions utilizing all kinds of themes and now, a new one is available, and it's a big one. It's Smash Up: Marvel and it's thanks to the partnership between AEG and The OP.
From the announcement:
You’ve waited to have your hand at pitting powerful factions against one another in the first officially licensed version of your tabletop favorite… And that boundless comic world geek-out is finally here! Smash Up: Marvel is now available from The Op and AEG!
This first officially licensed Smash Up product created in partnership with AEG carries on the fantastical concept of their flagship “shufflebuilding” card game, by allowing players to choose two decks of fan favorite characters and combining their powers to dominate the creations of their opponents!
At all times, it's always good to have your dollar go just a little farther. And in these strange times, that only increases in importance. Well, AEG is looking to stretch your gaming buck. They've got a special deal going where if you buy the base game set for Smash Up, you can pick an expansion and get it for free! Free's pretty good. Hard to beat free. But the sale won't last forever, so head over there now.
From the announcement:
Don't miss this chance to dive right into the greatest gaming experience you will ever have*. Not only do you get the life-changing game of Smash Up, you get your choice of any of the expansions! Choose from Time Travelers, Rock Stars, Princesses, Ghosts, Kaiju, Sumo Wrestlers, Kittens and tons more. It's all up to you which you'll bring to the table!
No special code needed, but the offer is for a limited time so don't miss it!
Smash Up is custom-built for adding factions from pretty much every genre. Well, thanks to the team-up between AEG and The OP Games, we're getting some new decks coming in the form of Smash Up: Marvel. Yup, your favorite superheroes will soon have cards of their own trying to break bases and defeat minions.
From the post:
Last year, Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) and Usaopoly (The Op) announced their freshly penned partnership to bring official licenses to AEG’s popular “shufflebuilding” game franchise, Smash Up, this year and beyond. Quickly garnering excitement on social media, followers began anticipating what the new year had in store for their ever-growing collections.
The Op is thrilled to reveal the first license to welcome pop-culture fans into the fold: Smash Up: Marvel!
For hobbyists on the outside of this entertaining fusion of illustrated worlds, Smash Up is a card game designed by Paul Peterson (Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering) that lets competitive archetype enthusiasts face-off for virtual territory, using dream teams that they pair up. These fictional armies, called factions, have comprised everything from campy characters (Kaiju, Disco Dancers) to relatable clichés (Geeks, Rock Stars)—but players of the award-winning title can now celebrate having superheroes and villains of galactic proportions at their disposal.
Smash Up: Marvel will allow seasoned players and newcomers of all ages to join the limitless clashing with comic mainstays, such as the vigilant members of The Ultimates and criminal masterminds HYDRA as two of eight factions leading the charge!
In Smash Up, players crash together two factions and create something strong out of the team-up. Well, the game is now a representation of real life because AEG and The Op Games (aka - USAopoly) are teaming up and they will be releasing new factions for the wild card game.
From the announcement:
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), publishers of hit games like Tiny Towns™ and Ecos: First Continent™ along with The Op Games | usaopoly, the Carlsbad board game and puzzle publisher behind best-selling party games Telestrations® and Blank Slate™, are thrilled to announce their new partnership to bring officially licensed Factions to AEG's flagship card game Smash Up in 2020 and beyond.
The award-winning "shufflebuilding" game allows fans to draft decks of fictitious dream teams and pit them against other campy collections in a battle to dominate targeted bases. Through ongoing play, players familiarize with and combine mechanics unique to each of their Factions to best their opponents' point values.
In joining forces with The Op, who celebrates 25 years of co-branded products and partnerships this year, Smash Up designer Paul Peterson is confident that fans will embrace what is to come of the collaboration. "The Op has consistently put out some of the highest quality games in the industry,” says Peterson, known best for his work on Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering. “By pairing with the design team from AEG, the Smash Up game we are building together is going knock the fans’ socks off!"
This will be the first time both California board game companies have worked together to develop content for Smash Up. More will be revealed come AEG's 2020 March Smashness and future events. Learn about AEG's current offerings at alderac.com, learn about The Op's current offerings by visiting TheOp.games, and join the conversation on the Smash Up Smashposting Facebook group to share your thoughts!
From the post:
Can you dig it? We’ve put Smash Up into the not-so-wayback machine and set the controls for “GROOVY!”
That 70s Expansion celebrates all the greatest pop-culture memories from the Age of Aquarius! Put on your mood rings, bust out your leisure suits, spin that disco ball and put the pedal to the metal good buddy! The streets are mean, there’s a bear in the air, but the music is fantastic and everyone is Kung Fu Fighting!
So, this week we've got: Near and Far, Queendomino, The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food, Dog Might Games Traveler Dice Tower, Campy Creatures, Camel Up, A Game of Thrones Card Game, Colt Express, Truth Bombs, Ex Libris, Star Trek: 5-Year Mission, Slide Blast, Happy Salmon, DownForce, Smash Up iOS, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Ink Monsters, The Quest for El Dorado, Reef Route, Crabs, Werewords, Fog of Love, Museum Heist, Crosstalk, Potato Pirates, Tulip bubble, The Chameleon, Ulm, Asset Drop Subscription Box, Tortuga 1667, Dwar7s Fall, The Expanse, Tokyo Highway, and Ulock!
Toucan Play That Game:
Near and Far Review
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Near and Far by Red Raven Games.
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Queendomino by Blue Orange Games.
The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at The Oregon Trail Hunt for Food the card game. This is an expansion based off The Oregon Trail card game released last year and overly popular Target store purchase. Both of these are exclusive to Target and I do recommend picking them up (if you can find them). Each game has a different feel and that is what I like best about this expansion. It offers another type of experience that can be enjoyed as a stand alone or add-in to the original.
Dog Might Games Traveler Dice Tower Review
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at the new DOG MIGHT Traveler Dice Tower. This thing is pretty cool and hold up to 20 dice while allowing for 7 dive to be rolled all at once. It offers a back carving in the wood and a lazer engraved image in the front. You can choose from up to 20 different different woods/finishes and its on kickstarter doing very well right now! It has super small form factor for a dice tower and is a great add on to the Component Collector if you already have that.
Learn to Play:
In this video I will teach you how to play including: Setup, the different phases of the game and how they work, player turns, and final scoring. I will also give you my thoughts and opinions on the game, and would love to hear yours.
Campy Creatures Review
Campy Creatures is a love letter to the 1950’s monster movies played out as a deduction card game. You’ll be playing as a mad scientist on his devilish mission to collect mere mortals for your zany experiments. Of course, you’re not going to put yourself in danger, so you'll instead send one of nine different monsters to capture innocent engineers, teenagers and archaeologists.
Camel Up Review
Camel Up is a fun, fast paced racing game for the whole family. It has won numerous awards since it’s release in 2014; blending simple to understand gameplay with the perfect mix of strategy and luck, all rolled into the unique theme of camel racing.
Players control a set of camels racing around a track in the desert with coloured dice, betting on the camels as they go. Each camel has its own dice of the same colour that controls how many spaces forward it moves each time it is rolled. There are rewards for predicting the winner of each leg and the overall winner and loser of the entire race, with the person who has collected the most prize money at the end of the race becoming the winner.
A Game of Thrones Board Game Review
A Game of Thrones is an advanced strategy game for 3-6 players designed by Christian T Peterson, the creator of the legendary Twilight Imperium and founder of Fantasy Flight Games.
The game is set on the island of Westeros, where each player takes on the role of one of the six Great Houses who inhabit the island at the start of the story. Over the course of ten game rounds, each player will attempt to gain control of the most castles and strongholds to cement their claim as holder of The Iron Throne, and subsequently ruler of Westeros.
Colt Express Review
Hold on to yer’ hats and climb aboard the Colt Express for a rootin’ tootin’ robbery ride and the chance to bag some serious loot. Colt Express is a turn-based family board game that puts you in the shoes of a Wild West Bandit looking to rob a train. Using cards from your hand, you take it in turns perform actions that will help you pilfer the most loot before your rival bandits get there first.
The game is designed for 2-6 players and features not only one of the best “boards” I have played on but also some of the most genuinely fun moments in my board-gaming career. The game table is comprised of a locomotive at the front of the train and then train carriages equal to the number of the players in the game, plus one.
Truth Bombs Review
A great party game for me involves learning some embarrassing truths about my friends and being able to taunt them for it, in a friendly well-meaning way of course. I got my hands on Big Potato games’ new party game ‘Truth Bombs’ and assembled the Playopolis team for a few games this week.
Ex Libris Review
Ex Libris is a game about being a librarian, which at first may seem a bit monotonous, but given your library is set in a fictional town, where gnomes, goblins and mummies reside it is anything but dull. Add in one of the most anal library inspectors you will ever meet and hundreds of different books, and you have something a bit special.
As a self-confessed bookaholic I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Ex Libris to play and review. Published by Renegade Game Studios and designed by Adam P. McIver, Ex Libris was first debuted at the 2017 GenCon and generated a great deal of hype.
Star Trek: 5-Year Mission Review
Games that are attached to a well know Intellectual Properties can be a bit hit and miss. What you tend to find is that many of these games rely heavily on the IP to drive sales (I’m looking at you, every TV/film version of monopoly) because the core gameplay isn’t all that great or different. Occasionally though, a games mechanics and its theme go together like bread and butter, with each element complimenting the other and providing a greater experience for players as a result. Is Star Trek: 5-Year Mission a shameless money grab or can it boldly go where no man has gone before?
Board Game Quest:
Slide Blast, Happy Salmon, & DownForce Review
After a little bit of time off, we are back with another edition of Parental Guidance. If you haven’t read any of our past articles, the goal of this series is to help you find games to play with your family and friends outside of the usual gateway games (which you are already probably sick of). Once again we are going to take a look at three board games I chose to play with my parents during our latest gaming session. For these reviews, I’ll provide a quick summary of the game, followed by why I thought it would be a good choice for my non-gamer parents. My mother will then comment on what she thought of the game.
Near and Far Review
On one side of the coin, Near and Far is a game about equipping an adventuring party by visiting various buildings in town. On the other side, players make choices about which locations outside of town to visit and, possibly, have adventures requiring heroic choices. The results of these and the placement of camps deliver journey points, the victory currency of the game.
Smash Up iOS Review
The gameplay contained in Smash Up relies on a multitude of half-decks of cards, each with a theme (pirates, aliens, zombies, wizards, etc…).Each player makes a deck of cards from two different themes. The goal is for a player to take control of bases, which are worth a varying number of points, and the player with the most strength at the base when the threshold is reached, wins it. On a turn, a player can play 1 minion card to a base and 1 action card. Usually, players are trying to play cards with abilities to give them higher strength, play more minions, or disrupt other players. Once a player manages to get 15 points from winning bases, the game is over and highest points wins.
Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time Review
The goal in Professor Evil is to rescue 4 treasures before the Professor can lock enough away. Each player will get to control a unique character, each of which specializes in a specific area of the game (movement, locks, etc…). Once the board is seeded with switches and treasures, you are ready to begin.
Ink Monsters Review
Ink Monsters is played over a series of rounds. Each round, a 12-card circular layout of monster cards is placed on the table with the pen card above one of the monsters. Every player also has a hand of 3 action cards.
Every turn, players may play an action card to manipulate the movement of the pen card and draw a replacement. Then, they MUST take the card located under the pen. Once they do this, the pen moves to the next monster.
The Quest for El Dorado Review
One of the most common ways people sum up a game (and indeed the same way Board Game Quest does it) is to mention the primary mechanisms in a game. For example, a press-your-luck, dice rolling game might immediately conjure visions of Yahtzee and other derivative games. Unfortunately, this can also have the effect of turning noses in the air when a particular mechanism is mentioned.
This deserves mentioning because the game reviewed here has two of the mechanisms some gamers love to hate. The Quest for El Dorado is a deck building race game set in the wilds of a South American jungle. Two to four players will be acquiring cards representing useful resources or personalities and use them to navigate the various terrain types.
Reef Route Review
There are some games that kids somehow become familiar with by the time they are about three years old. Tag, and all of its varieties, is one of those. At my son’s preschool they play a somewhat modified game of tag called Sharks & Minnows, which is basically tag where you try to be the last minnow standing.
Reef Route might as well be Sharks & Minnows: The Board Game. It plays 2-4 players, aged 5 and up, in about 15 minutes.
Crabs is a hand management card game for three to five players. Players are catching, raising, and binding crabs to fulfill contracts and get valuable crabs. The player with the most points after the points threshold is met wins.
Werewords is a social deduction guessing game for four to ten players. Players are members of a village on either the villager team or the werewolf team, trying to either guess the magic word or prevent it from being guessed, respectively. The team that reaches their goal without being discovered by the other team is the winner.
To begin, mix together the mayor card, a werewolf card, and the seer card, plus villager cards to equal the number of players +1, then deal one card to each player, placing one card face-down in the center of the table. The player who receives the mayor card receives the Yes/No, Maybe, So Close, and Correct tokens, takes the face-down role from the center of the table, and starts the app.
Fog of Love Review
Fog of Love is a card-based “storytelling” game that attempts to replicate the experience of falling in (and sometimes out of) love with a partner. There are the usual butterflies of excitement at first, followed by the drama later. (Dealing with the in-laws, anyone?) I’m not going to try to explain every rule and phase of the game. It’s best understood as more of a story. The mechanics support the story, but it’s easier to wrap your head around it if you see what the game is trying to achieve.
Your goal is to satisfy your character’s destiny. You begin the game with the same number and type of destinies in hand as your partner. During the game you will gradually secretly discard destinies until you have only one left. This will be the one you must achieve at the finale in order to win. (More on that in a minute.)
Museum Heist Review
The goal of Museum Heist is to claim 3 artifacts. Each round, a group of 7 thieves pursues 1 piece of artwork, but only one player will be able to claim it.
At the start of a round, each player secretly chooses one of the 7 thieves, placing a corresponding card facedown in front of them. No one knows who you chose, and you don’t know who others chose, and it’s entirely possible two or more players chose the same thief.
Board to Death TV:
CrossTalk is the party game of subtle conversation in which two teams race to guess secret keywords. Each round, teams select a clue-giver, and those clue-givers are given knowledge of the same secret keyword. The goal of the clue-givers is to help their teammates guess this keyword before the other team.
Potato Pirates Review
Roast, mash, or fry your opponents and send them down to Davy Jones’ locker — but before you can reign terror on the high seas, you have to first master the art of potato war. Use programming concepts such as functions, loops, and conditionals to fortify your attacks. If that’s not enough, you could just loot and hijack your way to victory by saving Potato King from the deadlock of doom.
When in need, summon the Kraken to your aid and deny everything…
Tulip Bubble Review
In 1637, the tulip craze fuelled one of the first speculative investment bubbles. Coveted tulip varieties led to skyrocketing prices with tulip bulbs costing more than houses in Amsterdam. Then just as suddenly as it started, the bubble burst when investors could no longer afford even the cheapest bulbs, leaving economic turmoil.
In Tulip Bubble, players buy and sell on a fluctuating market, trying to earn the most guilders. The game flow includes a preparation phase, buying phase, and selling phase, with these phases recurring until the bubble collapses or someone manages to outwit the markets by purchasing a black tulip for 120 guilders before that collapse occurs.
The Chameleon Review
A bluffing deduction game for everyone.
Each round involves two missions, depending on whether you’re the Chameleon or not.
Mission 1: You are the Chameleon. No one knows your identity except you. Your mission is the blend in, not get caught and to work out the Secret Word.
Mission 2: You are not the Chameleon. Try to work out who the Chameleon is without giving away the Secret Word.
Ulm is at its heyday. The construction of the Ulm cathedral has not yet been completed, but the city is already wealthy and prestigious. In Ulm, players try to expand their spheres of influence and to make optimal use of the hustle and bustle on the marketplace around the cathedral.
Meeples & Miniatures:
Asset Drop Subscription Box Review
I recently ran a news item about a brand new subscription box service – Asset Drop. Andy from Asset Drop very kindly offered me the November box to review – here are my thoughts…
Tortuga 1667 Review
I must admit, I did rather enjoy The Curse of the Black Pearl – Captain Jack running around the Caribbean drunk and sunburned was an entertaining film that refreshed the way we looked at pirates. Even if it was responsible for a million poor attempts at dreadlocks from Hallowe’en partygoers from then on.
I say refreshed – we’ve always loved pirates and it seems that Façade Games agrees as their most recent game, Tortuga 1667, is centred around the loveable, survy-ridden rogues as they plunder a galleon for more booty than a Beyonce music video.
The initial reaction to Tortuga 1667 is that it is gorgeous. Even down to the fake book that it’s stored in and the roll out map you play on. It’s such a lovely looking game that you can’t help but like it right from the off.
Dwar7s Fall Review
I think I must secretly be a Dwarf. At 175 cm tall, it’s hard to justify that statement, but I have a beard, I don’t mind being underground, I like large stone structures, I enjoy drinking ale and I listen to loud music. So, I’m going with it. This kinship I’ve just made up is going to be used to thinly explain why I find Dwarfs’ Fall from Vesuvius Media so appealing, at least the idea of it anyway.
Actually, there’s a few reasons why I backed Dwarfs’ Fall on Kickstarter and it wasn’t entirely based on my affinity for rock. The artwork is very whimsical and I love its cartoon style. It’s cute and serious at the same time. There is the other hefty reason that it is in fact a worker placement, so of course I gave it a looksee being the Euro-lover here are Collider Towers.
Drive Thru Review:
The Expanse Board Game Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:43); final thoughts and review (15:34)
Tokyo Highway Review
Intro (00:00); game overview (01:26); final thoughts and review (07:20)
Intro (00:00); game overview (02:03); final thoughts and review (09:42)
From the announcements:
Custom Heroes is a fast-paced, strategic game of set building and strategy. Similar to Diafugo (aka The Great Dalmuti, etc.) the objective of the game is to get rid of all your cards faster than your opponents. You can play sets of cards that have the same or greater value and the same number in the set as the previous player, but you have to balance the use of high value cards vs. the risk of getting stuck with low value cards in your hand as other players finish before you.
The twist in Custom Heroes is that as you play you earn and spend Power resources which allow you to Card Craft the cards in your hand by sliding upgrades into their sleeves that overlap the card and upgrades already present to alter the value and special abilities of your cards. As each round passes the cards become more and more valuable and complex!
Smash Up is back after a vacation in the far east, and it brought all new factions like you’ve never seen before! Unless you, like, watch TV or movies, or read comics or something. But who does that?
The Purrfect Game For Cat Lovers and Gamers Alike!
Players are cat ladies, part of an elite group of people including Marie Antoinette and Ernest Hemingway. During the game, you and your fellow cat ladies will draft cards three at a time, collecting toys, food, catnip, costumes, and of course lovable cats. But watch out! Make sure you have enough food for all of your feline friends or your hungry cats will subtract points from your score. The player with the highest total victory points wins the game!
The island of Isla Granuja is a pirate safe haven and the headquarters for the secretive elite council of the Brotherhood of Pirates. Each year the Brotherhood chooses just one new pirate to join their ranks. Only the most skillful and daring need apply.
In this 2 to 5 player game you take the role of a young pirate, trying to outwit and outgun your rivals through the dark streets and ports of Isla Granuja. you will have to command your crew, recruit new members, discover lost locations, battle other pirates and complete quests to impress the pirate elite.
From the announcements:
A mind-shattering journey into the world of HP Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos warped into the shape of a Love Letter experience.
You’re not trying to gain affection from the Princess. You are trying to eliminate your rivals for power as you seek to understand the cosmic horror that lurks just beyond what we foolishly call “reality”.
In each round only one player will prevail. Use deduction and luck to eliminate other players or watch as their own madness consumes them.
Will you accept madness as the price that must be paid for Knowledge Man Was Not Meant to Know? Or will you attempt to hold the shreds of your sanity together in the face of eldritch nightmares attempting to enter and destroy our world?
Now Announcing Advanced Guildhall: The Gathering!
This new set of Guildhall contains an all new stand-alone set for Guildhall, featuring six never before seen professions. Additionally, this set contains two mini expansions: “The Chapter Masters” and “The Master Houses.” All this content can be used as a stand-alone game, or mixed & matched with any of the content from the original Guildhall Fantasy games!
Play in a Smash Up event at your local game store!
This event will give you the chance to get the new “All-Stars” faction and cool Smash Up accessories. The All-Stars faction is a specifically chosen mix of existing Smash Up minions and actions that have formed an all-star team. To play basketball… in Space! Because that’s their Jam.
Includes a new faction, the All-Stars, for your Smash Up game!
Introduces the first ever table-sized playmat for Smash Up, featuring spots for bases and power trackers.
Supports up to 8 players.
From the website:
How could something so cuddly … OH MY GOD GET IT OFF! GET IT OFF!
Never underestimate the power of an old lady to Smash All The Bases!
Fire up your lighter and wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care! When the Rock Stars come to town they always bring huge crowds with them.
No risk is too high, no treasure is too big! The Explorers will peek into every locked chamber and lost temple searching for gold, fame and wahoo powers!
Actually, I'm looking forward to this weekend. It should be a good time, as they generally are. I mean, weekend, right!?
But, before we get there, we've got some more days to get through. To help, we should power up on some bite-sized gaming stories.
Today we have: Nomad Games adds Wizards and Tricksters to Steam Early Access of Smash Up!, Introducing Boxwood Genius Dice, Digital Edition of Colt Express Now Available, New Releases Available to Order From Victoria Miniatures, WarSeer Forum Relaunches Tomorrow, New Chaos Templates From Pyrkol, Old World Leather Gaming Mats for RPG Metal Dice Rolling Up On Kickstarter, Fantasy Football teams available at Flatminis as 2D plastic miniatures, New Release: Kromlech Battle Rulers, New Statuesque Fine & Pulp Scale Female Heads - Bald on sale, Special Artizan Service Miniatures Presents: Contractor On Kickstarter, Yet More Victoria Miniatures Releases, New Release: Kromlech Wound Markers, and Ouroboros Tales 54mm Fantasy Miniatures Up On Kickstarter.
Nomad Games adds Wizards and Tricksters to Steam Early Access of Smash Up!
Spells and trickery are making their way into Smash Up this week. So join us as we celebrate the arrival of Wizards, Tricksters, and the ability to invite your friends to the game!
Nothing is more fun than interrupting your opponent with some spells. The Wizards bring in a powerful force with magic and manipulation that will leave your opponent scratching their head in confusion.
If that is not bad enough, then leave your deck in the hands of the ultimate trouble makers. Gnomes, Leprechauns, and Gremlins are the ultimate ally against anyone. Pure chaos follows their every play so don't feel bad if you let out a giggle each time!
Both of these factions now join our ranks so feel free to Smash them up with some fun combinations. Maybe the Tricksters manipulate while the Dinosaurs chomp down on opponents? Perhaps the Wizards and Robots have struck a deal?
The latest update includes the option for public and private online game creation along with the ability to invite friends to your game!
It is all in good fun when it comes to this fast growing digital card game.
Join us on Steam and check out our new decks!
We look forward to seeing you online!
Introducing Boxwood Genius Dice
Dice have been around for thousands of years, but sculptor and woodworker William Manke found room for innovation. Affectionately known as “genius dice,” his original design represents the face value with the number of wood segments shown. Segments are clearly distinguishable because of the color variations in the hardwoods used – maple, cherry and walnut. The configuration of values is the same as traditional dice, so they may be used for any dice-based game. Manke has also developed an original game called “three trees” based on the wood types used.
Exploring the idea of making dice using wood colors was a complex three-dimensional puzzle. “One, two and three were easy. Figuring out how to make four, five and six work was more difficult”.
Manke crafts the dice by hand-selecting walnut, maple and cherry boards for depth of color. He cuts and measures segments by hand using precision woodworking tools. Dice are individually assembled and sanded, then boxed in a bed of their own shavings.
Manke makes creative wooden games and toys under his maker brand Boxwood Pinball – so named because the first project was a fully-articulated wooden pinball machine. “I love seeing games bring generations together,” says Manke. “These games are works of art as beautiful to look at as they are fun to play.”
Digital Edition of Colt Express Now Available
The digital adaptation of Colt Express is finally available on your phone and tablet for $6.99! You can also play on your PC with Steam for $9.99.
Make a name for yourself in the Wild West as one of 6 desperados ready to risk it all for some cash!
Plot your scheme step by step and dive into the action to loot a train. But watch out, you are not the only Most Wanted Man with the intention to become rich today: you might have to rethink your strategy…
New Releases Available to Order From Victoria Miniatures
I have 2 new products this release: The Male Standard Bearer Arms x2 Pairs and the Male Sword and Laser Pistol Arms x5 Pairs.
12 Days of Christmas free miniatures offer is now live! Every order placed between the 23rd of Nov and the 4th of Dec will receive the miniature of the day free. See below for details.
WarSeer Forum Relaunches Tomorrow
On 1 December 2016, WarSeer - a cornerstone of the online gaming community - will see an exciting relaunch.
The new-look board has had a thorough software update and retains all of its most popular areas such as the painting logs which have raised the bar for other sites. WarSeer has also been restructured to reflect changes the community have been asking for such as a Warhammer: Age of Sigmar board.
There's plenty to absorb community members both old and new. With the whole spectrum of gaming covered from Wargaming to Roleplaying and CCGs, there'll be a very warm welcome for all.
New Chaos Templates From Pyrkol
Pyrkol´s new set of 3 inch, 5 inch and Chaos templates are the new weapon of choice for your daemonic armies.
Designed to represent the unholy energies of the warp being unleashed on the battlefield.
The perfect tool to please the Dark Gods.
Old World Leather Gaming Mats for RPG Metal Dice Rolling Up On Kickstarter
You've got the dice, now protect your table! Designed for Metal/Copper Dice, these are Genuine Leather Dice Rolling Mats for your game.
Fantasy Football teams available at Flatminis as 2D plastic miniatures
Flatminis released orc and human fantasy football teams as their 2D preprinted plastic miniatures. You can find all essential characters for both teams, each miniature with its own distinct features and character. These minis sound like a great way to try the new game or explore new teams before deciding if you really want to own them. Plus there are so much more at www.flatminis.com to fill the ranks with.
New Release: Kromlech Battle Rulers
we have a new category at http://bitsofwar.com/ : Gaming Accessories.
And you can find there:
Chaos Battle Ruler
Imperial Battle Ruler
Avatar Battle Ruler
Immortal Legions Battle Ruler
Swarm Battle Ruler
Enclave Battle Ruler
Orc Battle Ruler
Chaos Battle Ruler
Imperial Battle Ruler
Avatar Battle Ruler
Immortal Legions Battle Ruler
Swarm Battle Ruler
Enclave Battle Ruler
Orc Battle Ruler
New Statuesque Fine & Pulp Scale Female Heads - Bald on sale
Statuesque Miniatures is pleased to announce the release of two new Fine Scale and Pulp Scale female head sets.
The smallest of the three sizes now available, the Fine Scale Female Heads - Bald set is designed to match the size of the Statuesque Sci-fi range and is on sale at a New Release Special Offer price of only £4, saving over 10%.
The mid-sized Pulp Scale Female Heads -Bald set is designed to match the size of the Statuesque Asylum and Pulp Alley ranges, and is also on sale at a New Release Special Offer price of only £4, saving over 10%.
These Fine Scale and Pulp Scale items join the existing Heroic Scale Female Heads - Bald set.
All three Statuesque Accessories ranges – Fine Scale, Pulp Scale and Heroic Scale – can be used to convert all manner of miniatures. Check out the comparison photos links on the website to see just some of the possibilities!
These offers will run until Sunday the 11th of December, or while stocks last.
Special Artizan Service Miniatures Presents: Contractor On Kickstarter
Tim S. has done it, the proprietor of Kings Hobbies and Games an online retailer local to Saint Louis has launched a Kickstarter with some cool and unique figures! I am supporting this local project and wanted to let the community know!
Yet More Victoria Miniatures Releases
Some new goodies this week. From the talented hands of Jake Schneider come two new guns: The Bolt Action Rifle and the Grenade Launcher. We also see an old metal favorite given a resin makeover: Resin Imperial Noble. If you want to snap up a metal one there are 8 left: Metal Imperial Noble.
Another resin remake is the 10 Male Bald Heads.
New Release: Kromlech Wound Markers
Hi, today we continue our acrylic product line with:
Each of those sets contains 10 markers but also 20 small acrylic blood drops to track number of wounds left on your models during the game.
Ouroboros Tales 54mm Fantasy Miniatures Up On Kickstarter
We are proud to present the first two miniatures from our Ouroboros Tales range, the Shaman and the Brave. These two 54mm scale miniatures were sculpted by the very talented Denis Soul and are cast in high quality resin by the renowed Grx Créations.
Ouroboros Miniatures is a relatively new company specialising in high quality large scale resin miniatures for painters and collectors. We have been preparing several ranges for quite some time now and could really use your help to bring some of these onto the market.
Producing high quality large scale resin miniatures like the Shaman and the Brave is quite expensive. This Kickstarter, with your help, makes sure we can release them sooner than if we would have done so through the regular channels!
Nomad Games has teamed up with AEG to bring you the digital version of Smash Up. The Early Access version is up on Steam now, with plans for further releases across various platforms (PC, iOS, Android) later this year. The Free version comes with Dinosaurs, Ninjas, and Geeks. Further packs are available (for a discounted rate during Early Access). The starter Pack promotion comes with Aliens and Zombies (during Early Accesss), with Pirates, Robots, Wizards, and Tricksters coming at the actual Launch.
The four new groups in this set are the Astroknights, the Star Roamers, Changerbots, and Ignobles. Each one gives you new Minions and Actions with which you can take over bases. Astroknights fight with the Power of the Fours. Star Roamers head from here to there in space, buying up all the red shirts they can (they seem to always end up mangled in some form). Changerbots are able to transmorph from one object to another, gaining different bonuses in each form. Meanwhile, the Ignobles are just looking for winter and trying to find a comfy throne to sit on. Plus, dragons!
You can pick up your copy now.
The initial release will come with 8 factions, with the other factions from the physical game available eventually as DLC. So, which will you do battle with? Zombies and Aliens? Pirates and Robots? Wizards and Tricksters?
The digital version of Smash Up will be available this fall.
This new expansion was created by your vote. So if you don't like it, you have only yourselves to blame. As usual, the goal is to get your minions into the various bases and have the right amount of power (not always the most, mind you), when the total value of the minions there equals or beats the bases breaking point. Score the most VPs and be crowned Smash Up Ruler Of All Time (until the next game starts).
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.
Dog and Thimble:
Robinson Crusoe Review
You’ve shipwrecked on a mysterious island with three others. You’re a soldier, the other surviving members a cook, explorer, and a carpenter. The good news is you think you can manage to get some food from the beach where you washed ashore. The bad news? You think you saw a cannibal tribe at the edges of the forest watching you. Well… crap.
This is how the experience with Robinson Crusoe’s Cannibal Island scenario begins. One of six included scenarios that will truly test your ability to work as a team, manage your resources, and mitigate an onslaught of bad s--- that comes your way.
Board Game Quest:
The throne is vacant. No not the Iron Throne (although that seems to happen often with that chair…). It’s the one that lies at the bottom of the ocean. The King of the Abyss has died, or maybe retired (were not 100% sure), and a successor must be found. Using your cunning, skill, and maybe a little bit of luck, you could be the next to claim the throne and become the king of the Abyss.
That’s the theme behind today’s review of Abyss, a eurogame designed by Bruno Cathala (5 Tribes, Shadows over Camelot) and Charles Chevallier (Sultaniya), and published by Asmodee Games. Is this game of undersea strategy just a pretty face or does it have what it takes to earn a spot on your gaming shelf? Let’s find out!
Abyss is a hand management and set collection game for 2-4 players that takes about 45-60 minutes to play. Abyss plays best with 3-4 players.
Play Board Games:
Pretty Pretty Smash Up Expansion Review
The Pretty Pretty expansion adds four cute and sweet new factions to Smash Up. But don’t worry they still help you capture bases for the win.
Warmachine: High Command – Engines of Destruction Expansion Review
Engines of Destruction is the second expansion for Warmachine: High Command – Faith & Fortune. It adds more options for building decks with the Faith & Fortune factions, including battle engines.
Gettin' Higgy With It:
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Review
We take a look at the co-operative board game, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, by Gary Grady, Suzanne Goldberg and Raymond Edwards. Distributed by Ystari Games. Sherlock Holmes is for 1-8 players, age 13+ and takes about 60-120 minutes per game.
The Ion Age – Habitation Outpost Review
The Ion Age makes many great 15mm Sci-Fi miniatures, but also some interesting resin scenery for your 15mm battles. Lets review their Habitation Outpost.
The Ion Age is a British brand that makes Sci-Fi miniatures and scenery with an space opera setting. In this post we’re reviewing a scenery pack named Habitation Outpost from their modular scenery range.
The Habitation Outpost pack consists of 11 grey resin elements that can be bought separately. If you buy the pack, you’re saving 20% of the price of the 11 elements.
Nerds on Earth:
The Best D&D 5e Actual Play Podcasts
Nerds on Earth takes a look at the best D&D 5e actual play podcasts: The Adventure Zone and Board With Life. Which is the best D&D 5e listening experience?
From the announcement:
Think only pirates, time travelers, vampires, and bears can smash bases? Well get ready to be taught a lesson… in the nicest way possible!
Pretty Pretty Smash Up brings the sweetest factions ever to the vicious fight for victory! Kitty Cats use their incredible cuteness to take control of enemy minions. Princesses ply their royalty, beauty and even their love to get their way. Fairies’ fickle tricks give you options like never before, while the herds of Mythic Horses work together for dominance. Get ready: your opponents will never know what hit them!
Fairies – From deep in the magical glades come these little sprites, bringing magical wishes and pixie dust (but only in emergencies) to your plans for world domination. Don’t judge them by their size. The Fairies’ magic gives you great options in how to deal with your enemies.
Mythic Horses – The power of togetherness shows through in Horses, whose mighty herds race across the land, trampling any who stand in their way. Not only normal horses, but pegasi, sea-horses and more will join the fight for the base! Remember that friendship is… smashable!
Kitty Cats – Can haz base? Kitty Cats have the power to compel those of weak will to do what they wish… and the power to have billions of internet memes. Perhaps those are the key? Either way, the Kitty Cats will use their alluring power to dominate the fight at any base. Then head out for a night of jazzy music in the alleys!
Princesses – Dream a dream of ruling over your enemies! Princesses will make every wish come true through the power of pure love and happiness. Which can be used, oddly, to order everyone about, and even destroy your enemies. Don’t be fooled: these innocent-looking beauties are few in number, but royal, strong and determined!
Combine these groups into teams of two for various effects! Pretty Pretty Smash Up also contains 8 new Base cards to compete over.
From the announcement:
We didn't make it to June 1! Smash Up's next expansion was already spoiled, so here it is to make it official. The next Smash Up expansion will be "The Obligatory Cthulhu Set." The international gaming authority informed us that by law if a game goes more than 2 expansions you must include Cthulhu in some way. This set features crazy Cthulhu cultists, fishy Innsmouth locals, horrifying Elder Things, and good old Miskatonic University members (the Fightin’ Cephalopods). To be certain we got it right, this set also includes a new card type fittingly known as “Madness”, that each of these groups use to various effects. But remember that Madness brings you power but at a price.
We'll have the official product page for it up next week with the first previews!