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Hot lizards, hackers and Uruk and Sam-urai, and the Old Ones are kicking…

  • Dragonfire: Catalyst Game labs has announced a new title in which they have teamed up with the folks at Wizards. Dragonfire is a cooperative deck building game for 3-6 players that will allow you to grow your characters as you explore various locales throughout the Forgotten Realms! Catalyst states that it is built using the Crossfire engine so it should be quite familiar to fans of that game. The current information hints at a more persistent relationship with your character for an extended time which to me is a welcomed change to the current Crossfire style. I will say that I hope Catalyst goes away from using stickers for the upgrading options (feats, abilities, equipment, etc) as that was my least favorite aspect of Crossfire. We do not have a due date for this yet.

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  • Fantasy Flight Games: LCG love for all the people! FFG has released two expansions and a preview for three of their titles in their LCG line. The Land of Shadow Nightmare Decks are now available for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game and promises more evil than you can shake a warg at! Switching jumpers we also have a new addition for Android Netrunner: The Card Game with the Terminal Directive Campaign Expansion. Teeming with futuristic mysteries it should have your head spinning like a Windows Update™! Lastly there is a preview for the first few phases of the Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game (releases later this year at Gen Con) which give you all the basics you need to know to for your bid to control the Emerald empire!

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  • Unspeakable: Sigil & Sign: The kickstarter for this RPG in which you take on the role of one of the cultist following the Old Ones has started! This RPG explores the viewpoint of said cultists and their take on “normal” humans and their attempts to destroy the cultists world. A view from the other side if you will. Go, pledge, Cthulhu compels!

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Why’s the rum gone, new wave, and SPAAAAACE…

  • Rum & Bones: Second Tide: CMON has made an announcement that is sure to make all you salty sea dogs happy. Two new expansions are in the pipe for summer 2017. Mercenary Hero Chest brings 10 new heroes that you can use to fill out the ranks of your current forces. Hammers of Ragnarok is a faction expansion and brings to the table a mighty Viking style pirate band. Both expansions will be exclusive to retail which is something nice for those FLGS’s. Go to yours and let them know to order (which they can do today)!

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  • Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Paizo has news for fans of their adventure card game: more decks! Coming our way throughout the rest of 2017 are more than a handful of new character/class decks. The Magus Class Deck, the Pathfinder Tales Character Deck, Hell’s Vengeance Character Deck 1, and  Hell’s Vengeance Character Deck 2 should all be in our hands by November of this year. There are also a few more in the works with a Ranger deck in December and another at the beginning of the new year.

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  • Shadows of Brimstone: Pre-orders for the newest expansion for Shadows Of Brimstone are now available! Shadows of Brimstone: Derelict Ship are awaiting your clicks and pay information and are planned to ship as of May 7th, 2017. Note that if you purchase via Flying Frog’s official web store you will also receive two exclusive promotional cards.

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Around The Table

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Hey folks! This week’s Around The Table brings you a company that specializes in trays and overlays for many of the games we play. Board Game Innovation has taken the initiative to wrangle all of those free floating tokens and pieces that run amok at times. Their trays and overlays are of acrylic and look clean and professional.  They also produce miscellaneous tokens and shapes which they offer to sell in bulk if you are in the market of making a game and need lots of pieces.

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Your daughter’s wedding day, sanguine power struggles, and no holds barred…

  • The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire: Coming to CMON Play stores this July is a pre-release of the new game The Godfather: Corelone’s Empire! Take on a role as the leader a NYC crime family and work to earn the praised of the Don. Do well and live in the luxury of the Don’s good grace. Fail and find yourself in the ocean wearing cement boots. If you are a fan mafia movies then most certainly, Bonasera, you should check this one out.

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  • Blood Bound: Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new title that should give gamers who love nocturnal creatures that engage in social power struggles! Blood Bound is a game for 6-12 players in which players divide up into clans of vampires and are tasked with finding out the identity of your rival clan’s leader(s) and eliminate them. All is not what it seems, as would befit such a game of social intrigue, and you must plan your attacks carefully lest you injure a friend instead of a foe. Look for Blood Bound this coming third quarter!

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  • Beat Down Wrestling: Up on kickstarter is a game for all of us who grew up watching professional wrestling. Beat Down Wrestling is a board game that allows you to choose from one of 10 wrestlers provided with the goal of bringing home the three coveted championship belts! Be you hero or heel, will you have what it takes to come out on top? Beat Down Wrestling is just under way as a kickstarter and currently has a way to go to meet its $37K goal.

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Playing smart, shadow boxing, and nuka cola for everyone!

  • American Mensa: The folks at Mensa have released 2017’s Mensa Select® choices and those games may now display the Mensa Select seal on their packaging. The seal means Mensa found the title to be “a game is original, challenging and well designed. Indirectly, it indicates that a game is original and creative in concept, challenging, a good value for the price, easy to comprehend and play, and, above all, fun!”. You can also search past recipients of the seal if you want to dive into titles that make all the Mensa parties!

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  • Pathfinder RPG: The Ironfang Invasion Adventure Path rolls on with the latest installment Assault of Longshadow. The story turns to the walled settlement of Longshadow and the all important natural resources it possesses. If the hobgoblins capture it they could fuel their machinations of war almost indefinitely. Will your intrepid group stop them and save the citizens of Longshadow? Or will the city fall and reduce the chances of you ever seeing your homeland see peace dwindle further away?

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  • Fallout: Wasteland Warfare: Modiphius has just made all the wargaming Fallout fans giddy with the announcement of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare! There isn’t much about the game up as of yet however we do know that players will control a group of 32mm miniatures, and that there will be multiple methods of play: Player vs.Player, co-op & solo missions. Rules for a Fatman launcher please!

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Game Time Decision

“We have met the enemy and they are ours.” — Oliver Hazard Perry,

Hey folks and welcome to another Game Time Decision! This week we have up for consideration a game that takes us on a bit of a historical trip. 1812 The Invasion of Canada from Academy Games doesn’t require a degree in Military History to play yet it will leave you feeling like a grizzled field commander ready to take the field again and again.

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From the Website: The year is 1812. Great Britain and her allies are battling Napoleon for control of Europe. In response to British seizure of American ships and goods, the young United States declares war on Britain and invades Canada. You and up to 4 other players take command of the armies of the British Redcoats, Canadian Militia, and Native Americans, or of the American Regulars and American Militia to decide the fate of the Americas. The action takes place on a huge historically accurate map that spans the United States and Canada from Detroit to Montreal. Players from each faction cooperate to gain control of key towns and forts.

1812 features fast, intuitive and fun gameplay that involves teamwork and strategic planning in a historic and educational setting. This is THE GAME for people who want an enjoyable and manageable introduction to historic/conflict based games.

From RTHG Staff (Brandon): The thing I love about Academy Game’s Birth of a Nation series of games is that their historical aesthetic is very well done yet the games are not so drenched in minutiae that they take forever to play. Granted, there are certain games or IPs for which I LOVE the most exhausting level of detail possible, I just don’t think it would have served this series very well. Sometimes quick and easy is good!

I’ve played 2 of the 3 games in this series with 1775 being my first and I find that 1812 is my favorite of the two. The deciding factor for me was the inclusion and manner of incorporation of the Native American force in the game which plays as its own, wily entity. It also allows the game to be played by up to 5 players as well with players controlling Regulars and Militia respectively on both the British and American sides plus a player with the Native Americans (fighting alongside the British and Canadians).

The combat is very neat and tidy in that you roll a number of dice based on which types (Regular, Militia or Native) are present at the battle site. The number of dice is limited and not all dice have the same chance of dealing a killing blow (Regulars, for instance, have the best shot at taking out an enemy) which presents several rounds of combat in larger battles. Commanders have to weigh in those onslaughts if they should fall back and regroup or see it out to the bitter end.

The game plays with each faction having a set of cards that provide movement options as well as combat bonuses. Players shuffle then draw 3 cards and plan their course of action accordingly.

1812 lists an hour and a half to play and that’s about right even if it’s your first time. There are a limited number of turns and additionally there are Treaty Cards that which when one side has two on the table it triggers end game. Fun, Fast playing, and Factual, 1812 The Invasion of Canada is one of the best strategic decisions you can make!

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A second round, they’re herrrrreeee, and more humies…

  • Rum and Bones Second Tide: When you visit your FLGS next weekend you’ll find another treasure on the shelves: Rum and Bones Second Tide! April 21st marks the date that this stand alone sequel will hit stores and CMON promises it has “enough content to write a whole album of sea shanties about it”. Prepare your crew to assail those dirty seadogs and remember: the Kraken always lurks nearby!

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  • Pathfinder RPG: The monsters and beasts of Beastiary 6 are now here! This sixth installment of the creature compendium contains over 200 different entries , new player races, new animal companions, templates and more. There are also new monster rules that help simplify combat. You can pick up your copy today at your FLGS or favorite etailer.

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  • Blood Bowl: Another team is coming in the form of the human team The Bright Crusaders. The kit builds on the Reikland Reavers human kit and is currently available for pre-order from Forge World. You have two options to choose from with the first being just the Humans of The Bright Order, and the second having the addition of The Mighty Zug, an Ogre star player.

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