TGN Review: Welcome to the Dungeon from Iello

Reviewing things for TGN is fun and games.
*waits for the laughter to die down*
Today, Jared and I take a look at a new game from Iello called Welcome to the Dungeon. The game was adapted from Masato Uesugi’s Dungeon of Mandom. The Iello version adds in new heroes to the mix. What do we think about those additions? Check out the video below the cut.
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TGN Review: Chaosmos by Mirror Box Games

People often ask me what my favorite part of working at TGN is. The answer is pretty easy. It’s getting to see new games as they’re in development and trying them out before just about anyone else. I’ve been doing this gig long enough now that games I tried out when they were early prototypes are now full-fledged games on the market. One of those games is Chaosmos from Mirror Box Games. I did a review of it back just at the start of their Kickstarter, and now they’ve sent me a final-edition copy to try out.
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TGN Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game

Gathering some friends together for Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) can be fun, but if your group is anything like mine, the position of Dungeon Master is not sought after. Everyone usually wants to play a carefully crafted character, which is understandable considering how much time can go into developing one. Sure, the DM controls a bunch of characters and story, but more often than not, the NPCs will be murdered (usually by friends’ characters) and the story will be derailed (by those same friends). Plus, D&D can eat up a lot of time. It’s for those reasons I was interested in the new Dungeon & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil board game from Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and WizKids. Continue reading

Found on TGN Desk: Hogger Logger

Welcome to another edition of Found on TGN Desk. This is our segment where we take a look at a game that’s happened to slide across our desk recently. Just so you know, this week’s installment isn’t kosher. That’s because this week’s game is Hogger Logger by Hogger Logger LLC. Let me just sausage your fears. We promise not to ham it up too much. This look at the game will be a bacon of hope to all who read it. *snort*
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TGN Unboxing: Star Wars Armada Starter Set from Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) takes gamers to a galaxy far, far away with their new Star Wars: Armada starter set. The highly-anticipated fleet combat game is making its way into people’s hands. We here at TGN got one and wanted to give you a few articles about it (since it’s a game I’ve been anxious to get for a while now). First we’ve got an unboxing. We’ll have a review article forthcoming as well. We just need to get in a few more games first.

So, without further ado, let’s take off the shrink wrap and dive into an unboxing of the Star Wars: Armada starter set. Continue reading

TGN Reviews: TableScapes Tiles from Secret Weapon Miniatures

Secret Weapon Miniatures is well-known for their bases, bits, and washes and pigments. But they want to help you with every aspect of your game’s aesthetics, including the surface you’re playing on. That’s where their line of Tablescape Tiles comes in. Originally funded through Kickstarter, the tiles are now available in their webshop.

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Mr. Justin over at SWM sent me four tiles from their first production run to check out.

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TGN Review: Dogs of War mini from Quantum Gothic

TGN is happy to have some great reviewers we can call on to check out items we get into the office. We’re also happy to get a first look at a new company’s products. This review combines both, as the Miniature Mistress gives us an exclusive review of Quantum Gothic’s Dogs of War mini.

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So it’s about time for another TGN Review. This time it’s the Miniature Mistress reviewing the Dogs of War from Quantum Gothic.

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TGN Review N’ Paint – Wasteland Pilgrims

It’s not just a review, and it’s not just a painting guide; it’s a TGN Review N’ Paint! Ravage Magazine‘s Enrico Nardini travels to the post apocalyptic world of Thunderchild Miniatures to scrutinize the Wasteland Pilgrims and take you step-by-step through his painting process.

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TGN Review: Grow by Cricket Games

I love games that have an innovative design to them. There’s dozens, if not hundreds, of games where you play in a sci-fi universe, shooting at other sci-fi creatures. And how many games have elves and dwarves and goblins all having it out for one-another? Can anyone even count the number of superhero games on the market? So when I heard about Grow, the game where you grow a tree (not a real tree), I was rather intrigued. I mean, who wouldn’t want to try out “Groot, the home game?” (You can thank my friend Crazy Two-Sheds Fish for that line.)

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The good people at Cricket Games sent me a copy to try out.

So let’s sprout into another TGN Review. This time, it’s Grow.
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TGN Feature: Fujian Trader Review

I love Asian history. Growing up in the US, schools didn’t really teach me much of what happened on basically an entire hemisphere of the planet. It wasn’t until I started working on a history degree that I was finally able to take some Eastern Civ. classes.

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The good people at Thinking Past sent me a prototype of their game to try out.
So grab your silk and rice and set sail for adventure. It’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Fujian Trader.
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TGN Budget Gaming – Cypher

 

TGN’s Enrico Nardini is taking budget gaming into cyberspace! In this review he relays data on Cypher from AEG.

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Smart packaging is a great way to get me to try your game, and AEG has released a series of budget-priced titles that happen to come in super hip embroidered bags. As a lover of all things accessory (in general) and gaming storage solutions (in specific), I had to pick one of these up. I imagined how well it would fit in the front pocket of my messenger-style gaming bag, and how I would use it to save the day during some boring downtime or lull in the action during my next game session. All I needed to figure out was whether the game was actually good…
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TGN Review – Coup

Want to overthrow the powers that be? JR Honeycutt reviews Coup from Indie Boards and Cards. Vive la Revolution!

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There’s something to be said about only keeping the games you like most as part of your collection. Why have games you’re not thrilled with cluttering up your shelves? Well, Coup is one of those games, for me at least, that would definitely be one I would own if I followed that line of thinking. It is my favorite hidden-role bluffing card game.

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TGN Review: Torn Armor From SoulJar Games

What is that you are ripping?

For regular readers of TGN, you no doubt remember the rather rocky road that SoulJar Games had gone through in order to get Torn Armor out to the world. Well, the base game has finally been created and shipped out to backers. The Roman and The Elf of SoulJar were kind enough to give me a copy of it to check out. I was rather excited to get one, so let’s tear into another TGN Review. This time, it’s Torn Armor from SoulJar Games.
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TGN Feature – Games Workshop’s new APPeal to Customers

TGN’s Enrico Nardini takes a look at Games Workshop’s latest digital marketing push: Warhammer: The App.

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Games Workshop is combating their stock exchange woes with an aggressive implementation of new strategies. We have seen a number of bundle deals on miniatures that actually represent a net savings on the per model cost (almost unheard of in recent memory), the rerelease of popular IP (such as Space Hulk), and an aggressive release schedule providing consumers with a plethora of product options. The latest attempt to “right the ship” comes in the form of a new app (application) for the iPhone. 

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TGN Review: Holiday Fluxx

Fluxx is nothing if not versatile. The combinations of keepers, goals, and other cards in the deck can be reskinned into almost any theme. There’s already at least 7 different varieties of Fluxx, but oddly enough, there’s never been a holiday-themed set. Considering the time of year, it seems as good a point as any to review the new Holiday Fluxx.

Now, when they say “Holiday” they really mean “fall and winter holidays.” The set covers Halloween, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s (though there’s no Eid (Muslim), Chinese New Year (China), and Diwali (Hindu). But I don’t overly-fault them for that. the deck can only hold so many cards). So there’s no Easter or 4th of July or anything like that. But honestly, in the vernacular, when people say, “the holidays,” they tend to mean the fall and winter ones at the end of the year (at least in most of the United States).

So how does Holiday Fluxx differ from the standard version? I’m going to focus on the cards entirely unique to this set. If you want an overview of how to play the game, check out my Fluxx 5.0 review.
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TGN Review: Fluxx 5.0 from Looney Labs

Looney Labs is continually working to get Fluxx to be all it can be. They’ve recently come out with a 5th edition of the game that brings it back to the original, simpler form that it had in the beginning.

For those that have never played Fluxx: first… get out from that cave you’ve been living in. You’ll probably get a better internet connection as a bonus. But just in case you’re one of those people that did just come out of a cave, Fluxx is a simple game that can get complex (sort of) very quickly. At the start of the game, the rules are simple: Draw 1 card then Play 1 card from your hand. How do you win? Nobody knows because nobody’s played that card yet.
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TGN Review: Dumpster Brawl By SolarFlare Games

The old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Well, in dumpster brawl, players are trying to rummage around a giant stack of garbage in order to find matching sets in order to win the game. The game has several variants, but they’re all variations of rummy-style set collecting. The first one with three sets and no extra cards is the winner. The game is currently up on Kickstarter and looking for some funding love.

Time to go dumpster diving.
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TGN Review N’ Paint – Graveyard Spirit (Wyrd Miniatures)

It’s not just a review, and it’s not just a painting guide; it’s a TGN Review N’ Paint! In this spooky Halloween edition of the series, TGN’s Enrico Nardini reviews the the Graveyard Spirit from Wyrd Miniatures and takes you step-by-step through his painting process.

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TGN Review N’ Paint – Dark Eldar Haemonculus

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It’s not just a review, and it’s not just a painting guide; it’s a TGN Review N’ Paint. TGN’s Enrico Nardini reviews the Dark Eldar Haemonculus and takes you step-by-step through his painting process.

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TGN Budget Gaming – OGRE Pocket Edition Review

Looking for great deals in tabletop gaming? TGN’s Enrico Nardini highlights the products that won’t break your budget.

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For the first installment of Budget Gaming, Enrico has his sights set on OGRE Pocket Edition from Steve Jackson Games.

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I used to have the set that fit in what looked like a VHS case.
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The Grand Carnevale

Vesper-On Games decided they wanted something a little bit different for their game, Carnevale. Not specifically fitting into the usual genres of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or even Steampunk, they have decided to make a world that’s rather unique to just them.

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TGN guest reviewer, Sean Dooley, takes a look at much of the game’s line and lets us know what he thinks on the subject.

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So grab your accordion and your gondola tickets, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Carnevale.
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TGN Review – Space Hulk Mission Files: Dark Angels Bringer of Sorrow (iBook)

Games Workshop supported Space Hulk, at least a little bit, with the release of their mission files. But are these extras worth it?

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TGN’s Enrico Nardini grabbed the Dark Angels book and is here to give you his thoughts.

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We keep the pressure up with another TGN review. This time it’s the Dark Angels: Bringer of Sorrow iBook.
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TGN Review – Roll for it!

Calliope Games specializes in what they call “filler” games. These are games that you use to fill in time when you don’t want to, or don’t have time to, play a larger, longer game. I.E. – they’re games for your gaming backpack.

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One of their main games is Roll for it! Well, they’re coming out with a Deluxe Edition and wanted me to let you know what I think about it. So they gave me a copy.

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Dice-rolling fiends wanted. It’s time for another TGN Review. This time it’s Roll for it!
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TGN Review – Star Realms

White Wizard Games ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for their deck-building game, Star Realms. Our own Enrico Nardini, hot on the heels of his editorial yesterday, takes a look at the game in this review post.

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Enrico picked up a copy for himself and wanted to share his thoughts on it.

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So strap on your flight helmet and space boots, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Star Realms.
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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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TGN Review: Monkeys Need Love Too from Topwise Games

Topwise Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Monkeys Need Love Too, their card game of simian escape. Poo and perfume flinging is mandatory.

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The fellows over there sent me a preview copy to test out (and it can be yours if you read on).

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So grab your animal cage keys and put a clothespin on your nose, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time it’s Monkeys Need Love Too.
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TGN Review: Wizard Dodgeball from Mind The Gap Studios

Wizard Dodgeball from Mind the Gap Studios brings the joys and childhood traumas of gym dodgeball to the tabletop, and throws in slinging spells just for fun.

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The headmasters over there sent me a prototype copy to try out.

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So, strap on your gym shoes and hope nobody hits you in the face, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time, it’s Wizard Dodgeball.
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TGN Review: Regular Show Fluxx by Looney Labs

Fluxx, by Looney Labs, is a card game where the rules are simple: Draw a card and then play a card. However, that’s just the beginning.

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There are many different versions of Fluxx out there. The newest being the Regular Show, a tie-in with the popular Cartoon Network cartoon. The good people at Looney Labs sent me a copy (along with the Cards From the Future mini-expansion) so I can tell you all about it.

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So let’s head to the park for some fresh air, because it’s time for a TGN Review of The Regular Show Fluxx.
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A Review of Codex: Tyranids Sixth Edition by Christopher Allen

Games Workshop’s resident hordes of slathering aliens got a recent codex update. Christopher Allen took a look at the book and gives us his thoughts in this review.

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Chris is our first guest-author here for a review on the site. Let’s give him a hand! *applause*

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So be ready to nuke the site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure. It’s time for another TGN review. This time it’s Codex: Tyranids.
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TGN Review: Reclaimers Box Set for Wreck-Age

Hyacinth Games is steadily expanding their Wreck-Age catalog. One of their more-recent sets are the Reclaimers. These post-apocalyptic scavengers make their way to your tabletop in their army box set.

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Hyacinth’s Matthew was kind enough to give me a box to look over and tell you what I think on the subject.

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So strap on your gas mask and power on your bionic eye, it’s time for another TGN Review. This time it’s the Reclaimers Box Set for Wreck-Age.
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TGN Review: Paulson Games Medium Mechs in 15mm and 6mm

Paulson Games wants their mecha minis available to a wide variety of gamers. As such, they’ve created their NorAm Lynx miniature in both 15mm and 6mm scales. I’ve previously taken a look at a trio of the light mech kits that they make. Can the quality keep up with the bump up to their first medium mech?

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Jon over at Paulson games sent me a pair of minis for my perusal.

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Strap into your cockpit and open the mech bay doors, please, Hal. It’s time for another TGN Review.
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TGN Review: The Agents

Double-Edged Games’ The Agents is a strategic card game where you must weigh the risks of every play. With each card, you’re giving your opponent the tools necessary to win. But will you be able to win first? Will your agents be loyal or will they jump ship to the other side? Only time will tell.

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Double-Edged Games has just launched their 2nd Kickstarter campaign The Agents.
The fellas over there sent me a copy of the game, along with some expansions to check out.

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So grab your covert gear, get your team prepped and get set for another TGN Review. This time, it’s The Agents.
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TGN Review: Extraterrestrial Grail

Extraterrestrial Grail is a board game where players must seek the grail (no word on the air speed velocity of an Obridlengile swallow, though). The player with the grail in their possession when time runs out is the winner. How do you get the Grail? You must search for it among the stars, battling your opponents to wrest it from their grasp if you must.

The makers of Extraterrestrial Grail sent me a copy to give you my thoughts on. The game was created by the fellows at The Game Crafter. So comments about part quality head to them. I’ve known of The Game Crafter for a while, but this is the first product I’ve gotten from them.

So fuel up your starship as we blast off in search of The Grail in this TGN Review.
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A demo of Aetherium

Anvil 8 Games is one of the many companies here showing off their games at Adepticon.
While moseying through one of the gaming areas, I came across their demos for Aetherium, the game they’re currently funding over on Kickstarter. So I sat down and tried out the game.

Aetherium is both the name of the game as well as the setting. Think a little bit Tron, a little bit The Matix and a little bit Inception and you’ll get an idea of what the Aetherium is. The game is played on a grid board. On the board are terrain tiles. However, the tiles don’t cover the entirety of the grid. The spaces in-between the tiles can be moved across… but at a price. More on that in a bit.
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