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Red rebellion, ninjas in space, and frickin’s airships, man…

  • Star Wars Destiny: Fantasy Flight Games gives us a look at the red heroes of their upcoming expansion Spirit of Rebellion. Featured prominently are Mon Mothma, C3PO, and Baze Malbus. You also get the skinny on some useful tactics and risky strategies when using the red faction. Meh, rebel scum…

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  • Starfinder: Paizo has recently announced a partnership with Ninja Division to produce a miniatures line for the upcoming Starfinder RPG. The miniatures will range from individual characters to space ships and will be pre-painted. While currently not sure of the significance it is of note the characters will be on round bases while spaceships will be on hexagonal. Does this mean special space based maps? We sure hope so!
  • Scythe: Stonemaier Games has announced a new expansion for their hit game Scythe! Called The Wind Gambit it will contain two new concepts: airships and resolutions. Resolutions tiles, you draw 1 of which there will be 8, add a twist to the end game and may influence choices throughout the game. Airships will be new miniature pieces with which to further extend your influence on the game board. Two airship tiles will be drawn at the start and all players airship will possess those abilities. Look for this expansion in quarter 4 of 2017!

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Game Time Decision

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few…~Winston Churchill 

This week we submit to you a game that will take you back to the battlefields of Europe during the late 1930s into the 1940s. The game is called Heroes of Normandie and not only do you need to bring your helmet, your humor and a little hollywood moviemaker will be needed too!

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From the website:  A wargame in the tradition of the classic Hollywood war movies.

Just beyond the Normandy Coast in the beautiful summer of 1944… The sun shines, the daisies bloom, the hedgerows stand tall. Early in the morning, distant machine guns chatter sporadically, and the boom of distant explosions rumble in the sky. Thousand of men battle one another and die, in bravery or in cowardice, as Heroes or simply as men.

In our story, we leave out the extras and focus in on the Heroes who populate the classic Hollywood war movies, from the supporting actors up to the stars. A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day, Patton, Kelly’s Heroes, Saving Private Ryan. These films are our inspirations, and this is what we have given you in Heroes of Normandie!

In order to reproduce the atmosphere of these timeless movie classics, we stepped up the pace of the traditional war game. We have provided you with everything you need to make even the smallest scene explosively exciting! We want you to grin with delight as you mow down those invading GIs with your MG42, or when you bombard those Nazi swine with your bunker smashing mortar fire!

From RTHG Staff (Brandon): Heroes of Normandie is a game that really appeals to those history buffs AND movie aficionados that enjoy watching the World War II movies of Hollywood. The game plays to its name in that the heroes are significant pieces to any force, but make no mistake…they can and will die a death that is worthy of any movie screen!

The game comes with 6-two sided game boards that represent various terrain in the D-Day era France on which your opposing forces will clash. Devil Pig Games does a very good job with the artwork on these boards as well as on the cardboard pieces that represent the units. The artwork is stylized which helps accentuate the humor that is also a primary characteristic of Heroes of Normandie. The humor isn’t too over the top, mind you, and seems to me to hit a sweet spot between the Gomer Pyle and Hogan’s Heroes television shows if you are old enough to remember them. If not, you have the internet and you’re welcome!

Heroes of Normandie uses a points based system with each unit having a clearly marked cost. You simply agree with your opponent on a point cost (or go with the point totals given in a scenario), choose your forces and go!

Currently there are American, German, and UK Commonwealth forces from which to choose. There are also a number of terrain and troop/hero expansions to pick up to give a ton of variety to your games in terms of new units, new machinations of war and new terrain to explore/exploit. Once you have a grasp of gameplay, which has a small learning curve, you’ll knock out games in less than the listed one hour play time and will likely want to play “just one more”!

The base set for Heroes of Normadie (pictured above) can be found at most FLGSs or on the internet on a plethora of board game sites.

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What’s best in life, two if by Harad, and war hammering under things…

  • Conan: Asmodee has announced four new free scenarios for the Conan board game available now to download. They are Conspiracy of Khauran, Yogah’s Rebirth, Yara’s Trap, and The Cursed Mirrors. Go download and continue to see your enemies driven before you!

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Card game: The wargs are coming! Well, technically they have already come as the newest adventure pack, Race Across Harad, is now available at FLGS near and far. With this pack your companions are ever pressed to get to the chopp…River Harnen as the warg/orc horde behind you grows larger every moment. You’ve got such a long way to go, ride like the wind!

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  • Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire: Games Workshop recently at Adepticon announced a brand new game for their catalog in Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire. It looks like a miniatures skirmish based affair that incorporates a deck of cards and what looks to be a fold out game board. Additionally teased is some form of Organized Play which as a concept has been very well received and is a staple of companies like Fantasy Flight Games. Look for Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire in late 2017.

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Old West new rules, just misunderstood, and hurry Rob they’re waiting there for you…

  • Wild West Exodus: Warcradle (subsidary of Wayland Games), the new owners as of this past fall of WWE, have announced a new edition of the game along with a new logo as well. Players and retailers are assured that all current miniatures will make the transition to the new edition and anyone that has purchased a copy of first edition rules will receive free a copy of the new rules. Very nice!

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  • The Unspeakable: Sigil & Sign: Cubicle 7 Entertainment has announced a partnership with Make Believe Games (founded by Vampire: The Masquerade alum Mark Rein-Hagen) to produce The Unspeakable: Sigil & Sign. Based in the Cthulhu mythos, the RPG puts players in the role of cultists working for an evil organization. Akin to V:TM, The Unspeakable looks to attempt to allow players to explore what it means to be on the dark side of things and their view of a world that is as equally terrifying to them! There will be a kickstarter for The Unspeakable launching in April of this year.

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  • A Game of Thrones: The Card Game: The fourth chapter pack for the Blood and Gold cycle has been announced with The Red Wedding. This pack brings the House Frey keyword along with many new cards that act on said keyword. Look for the new pack in the third quarter of 2017!

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Around The Table

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This week’s Around The Table brings you more dice! If you have ever wanted a set of custom dice that replaced the traditional numbers with Kanji, Runic characters or Viking script then Artisan Dice is the website for you! You can also choose from metal, wood, stone, and polymer for your material and even choose to have your dice made from wood from barrels that once held whiskey!

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Harmonious consultations, three’s a party, and sky pictures…

  • Star Wars: Force and Destiny: A new sourcebook is available for pre-order for all you Jedi Consular (and those of you who must have one of all the things!). Disciples of Harmony expands on the options available to those diplomats of the light side of the Force in order to achieve peace in most conditions. It also adds a sizable amount of gear and weapons, plus some vehicles and starships, as well. There is no Chaos, there is Harmony.

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  • Dungeons & Dragons 5E: Unearthed Arcana: The latest from the Unearthed Arcana workshop brings a three new, ready for testing subclasses. The Paladin gets the Oath of Redemption, the Ranger gets the Monster Slayer, and the monk has the Drunken Master. As always these aren’t official so if you find a way to break them please let the folks at Wizards know!

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  • Hasbro: Hasbro in partnership with Indiegogo and Daymond John (creator of the FUBU clothing line and a star of television’s Shark Tank) have announced the winner of the 2016 Crowd Funding Gaming Challenge. The winner is Cloud Control by Eugene Bryant from the Atlanta, GA area in the US. The game is a family friendly one in which the players twist and contort the cards in order to make recognizable shapes. Bryant will receive a $25,000 prize and a trip to Hasbro offices for “advice, mentoring and assistance” to make Cloud Control a retail reality.

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Oh ho ho ho ho, two new from PEG, and bleak trees…

  • X-Wing Miniatures Game: The upcoming C-ROC expansion for the Scum faction in Fantasy Flight’s game marks the introduction of one of the IP’s most notorious characters: Jabba the Hutt. Jabba makes his intro as a crew card that requires two crew upgrade slots. What you get in turn for his fee is an extra use of all Illicit upgrade slots on the ship for which he is crew. Oh the possibilities!

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  • Pinnacle Entertainment Group: Tomorrow is a big day for PEG as they launch kickstarters for not one but two new RPGs. The Goon RPG and Fear Agent RPG will both begin their campaigns to become full fledged RPGs on the hopes (and dollars) of existing IP fans as well as those looking for new RPGs with quirky character. The Goon has a 1920s/30s feel with a bit of Weird incorporated while Fear Agent is sci-fi, terror/post apocalyptic in nature. Very interesting!
  • The Grimm Forest: New to kickstarter from Druid City Games is a game set in the Grimm Forest, hence the name! This game pits players against each other as well as other cunning creatures of fairy tale fame in an effort to be the first to build three houses with out them being huffed and puffed or otherwise smashed to bits. The first to do so wins! You will of course have some help along the way from notable heroes of such as the Robin Hood, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood so fret not! This kickstarter has funded and is steaming ahead toward stretch goals.

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Game Time Decision

” O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!” ~ Westmorland

Up this week is a game that probably has the fastest play time yet of our Game Time Decision suggestions. The game is called The Duke and if you are a fan of chess, you’re welcome.

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From the Website: In The Duke, players move their troop tiles around the board and flip them over after each move. Each tile’s side shows a different movement pattern. If you end your movement in a square occupied by an opponent’s tile, you capture it. Capture your opponent’s Duke to win!

From RTHG Staff (Brandon): I was turned on to this game by others on the RTHG staff a while back and was impressed so much at its simple presentation that packaged a game with great strategic depth. You may initially think “Oh it’s like chess”, and it is and it isn’t. There are different pieces like chess, and one of those pieces is the most important, sure, but setup and how the pieces play is different.

First, imagine that when you set up your pieces you only got a King and two pawns. Granted, the board is not as wide as a chess board and in The Duke you play from a “getting reinforcements” perspective as opposed in chess where you have your full force before you. The pieces also move differently. Imagine in chess if your bishop moved diagonally the first time you moved it, then had vertical or horizontal options (along that complete line) as it move the next turn. Yeah!

The other great thing about this game is that it comes in a relatively small package which makes it a great travelling game! You can find The Duke at your FLGS or online at the link provided above.