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Silent promises, magnificent maps, and APPlicable progress…

  • Arkham Horror The Card game: The second Mythos Pack for The Path to Carcosa cycle has been announced with The Unspeakable Oath. Players will finally arrive at the asylum and get to meet all the nice people! Look forward to your fitting of your nice white jacket in quarter 3 of 2017.

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  • Lone Wolf Adventure Game: Those of you itching to get your hands on maps of the world of Magnamund rejoice! Cubicle 7 has announced the arrival of Maps of Magnamund Sets 1 – 8 for your adventuring pleasure. Each pack contains 4 maps of areas of Magnamund that are each printed on heavy card stock. The maps have the area represented printed on the front along with details of the area listed on the back of the respective map.

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  • D&D Beyond: The app in creation for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, D&D Beyond, has now opened phase 2 and 3 features of its beta for public testing. This advancement ” introduces the character builder, interactive digital character sheet, homebrew content creation, and campaign management”. D&D players are encouraged to download the app and provide feedback on its functionality. It’s also a good time to try it to get an idea of what it intends to be before you buy it, which the app should be available for full purchase later this summer.

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Game Time Decision

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

This weeks choice for Game Time Decision does its best to evoke that strongest emotion and does so by incorporating modern technology. Mansions of Madness Second Edition from Fantasy Flight Games is an investigative board game where the players are pitted against that oldest instigator of our fears, Cthulhu.

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From the Website: Fight for your life in Mansions of Madness Second Edition, the app-assisted horror game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. From the makers of Eldritch Horror, this fully cooperative game takes you and up to four other players on a harrowing adventure through the dark and desolate halls and alleyways of Arkham. Much like the original Mansions of Madness game, the second edition offers a number of thrilling and confounding scenarios, each with a unique and unpredictable map, intricate puzzles, and bloodthirsty monsters.

From RTHG Staff (Brandon): I’ve never really been a fan of Lovecraft and certainly have not read any of the books he has written. I am not, in fact, a great fan of the horror genre at large. It has just never really been my thing. I don’t get a thrill out of being scared or scaring others. Growing up I had no interest in Halloween (so was very content staying home and watching television) and the only reason I’m out on October 31st these days is my wife loves Halloween and so do our kids.

That said, I really dig Mansions of Madness Second Edition. My first exposure to this game was after a long day of walking around Gen Con this past August. One of the guys in our group picked it up and we decided we’d jump into it that night at the hotel (as gamers do after buying new shinies at a convention). I love solving mysteries and I think that aspect of the game plays more to me than the aesthetic of the Cthulhu setting. Many cooperative games don’t really guide you to interact with the other players with their definition of “cooperation” being that you aren’t actively working against the other players. Mansions fosters that cooperation by giving the investigators (your player personas) traits which encourage working alongside another investigators.

Certain scenarios also challenged my RPG gaming brain washing in that you must indeed separate the group if you want to achieve success. Coupled with the aforementioned teamwork synergies the players find themselves in sort of a ballet, balancing spreading apart to achieve goal coverage while timing their rendezvous to accentuate each other’s strengths.

Oh, and then there’s the app. That this game makes use of an app to guide the story I think is the gel that makes it all come together. Aside from the Vincent Price like narrator and eerie music (which help set the mood nicely) the app tells the story and when you factor that you input which personas the players are using it gives an even more detail enhanced version of the scenario format. A key feature of the app is to allow players various ways of accomplishing a task based on their ability strengths as well as random gear and spells they find. This flexibility is something you typically see in RPGs, rarely in board games. Also, when you factor that more content can/will be generated and easily delivered via download the app certainly adds to the value of the experience.

If you enjoy a cooperative gaming experience where thoughtful cooperation is rewarded, and you’re okay (or into) thing horror related then Mansions of Madness Second Edition is a quality game that you should try!

 

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Giant eagles, adventure cubed, and caw caw…

  • Adventures In Middle-Earth: Available for pre-order now from Cubicle 7 Entertainment is the PDF of the source book Rhovanion Region Guide. This resource will give you a personal tour of the Misty Mountains, show you the sights of the Mistwood, and reveal to you the ins and outs of Dol Guldur! Expect an expanded bestiary as well as a look at the cultural habits of those that inhabit Rhovanion. Currently there is no firm date for this release.

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  • Unlock!: Three new adventures have been announced for Space Cowboys’ game of mystery. The House on the Hill, The Nautilus’ Traps, and The Tonipal’s Treasure continue the excitement of a themed escape room from which you and your friends must gather your wits to gain your freedom. Look for these new adventures at your favorite FLGS or e-store in quarter 4 of 2017!

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  • The Crow: Fire it up!: Caw! Caw! Upper Deck has created a board game from the 1994 movie The Crow! The Crow: Fire It Up! places one player as The Crow side (Eric, The Crow, Sarah, Officer Albrecht) versus the other players as the Motor City Gang side. The MCG is bent on torching it all (literally) and The Crow side looks to stop them, with Eric in particular looking to end them. I’m not sure how good this game is but if you were a fan (or even half way liked) the movie you might want to give this at least one play through. It is available now.

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Welcome once again to Around The Table where we spotlight websites that we think can enhance your game night! This week we bring you a site that not only satiates your board games need for organization but also assists the players in quenching their thirsts. Game Trayz has a small but hopefully growing list of board game organizers and they also take custom orders (so don’t be shy!). Their idea that really got my interest up and noodle going is the Drink Trayz® that they offer. Currently they only offer three options (clear, black, white) HOWEVER I could easily see various options spawning from here based on how well their business goes. More colors and the option of adding various images and other graphics would create a very unique (and practical) gaming enhancement piece! One day I may have my Darth Vader’s force choking hand Drink Trayz®!

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Generating a new RPG, a 2nd legacy, more new minis, anatomy fun, and an app for martians…

  • Genesys: Fantasy Flight Games has been hard at work folks as today they have announced a new roleplaying game/system called Genesys! The obvious flexible trait of Genesys is that it is not grounded in one particular setting and is intended to be malleable to any setting the player chooses. The game introduces what FFG calls a Narrative Dice System which they claim fosters storytelling “…that goes beyond success and failure, and allows every dice roll to impact the story in dramatic ways.” Look for the core rulebook in quarter 4 of 2017.

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  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 2: Z-Man Games has has an announcement that is sure to make us all sick. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is coming to a FLGS this fall! This stand alone sequel picks up 71 years after the events of Season 1. Apparently in order to escape the rampant plagues humanity has relocated in large part to bastions floating on the oceans. A sneak peek will be available to those who brave the crowds of Gen Con 2017.

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  • Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park – The Game: Fans of Rick and Morty rejoice! Crytozoic and Cartoon Network have joined forces to create a board game based on the Rick and Morty episode “Anatomy Park”. Players get to choose to be of of a select few characters in effort to construct Anatomy Park. Get ready to “Play a Focus Group” and “Shoot a Disease” starting July 12!

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  • First Martians: Portal Games has a present for you little green folk who like to digitalize your gaming: First Martians, there’s an app for that! Portal is currently working on getting this out with no public firm date for launch.

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A new force in Terrinoth, saving a dragon’s fire with skill, boldly pre-order, and a pranching pdf…

  • Runewars Miniatures Game: Fantasy Flight Games has a big announcement today for Runewars with the first new army expansion box in the Uthuk Y’llan Army Expansion which is heading our way from the Ru Darklands! The Uthuk Y’llan army looks to be a demonic army that incorporates mutated humanoids under some sort of mind control alongside large, hideous beasts. I think I may have found my entry point into this game! Look for this new expansion in the 4th quarter of 2017.

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  • Dragonfire: The latest blog for this joint effort between Catalyst Game Labs is up and it gives us an inside look at the continued design of this deck building game. This go around we get a look at how Saving Throws and Skill Checks were being left further and further out of the game creation which necessitated a halt, rethink and redo. We also get a look at some of the preliminary card art!

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  • Star Trek Adventures: Opening Hailing Frequencies! Just a quick reminder that you can pre-order the upcoming Star Trek Adventures The Roleplaying Game core rulebook right now. Ordering the book ahead unlocks pdf bonus missions from Modiphius. Who doesn’t like bonus missions? Well, Klingons…and Romulans…definitely the Founders…

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  • The One Ring Roleplaying Game: Coming this week for The One Ring RPG is the PDF of the Bree sourcebook. Remember the physical book has been available but for those of you who game in digital your wait is about up. Stay tuned to the Cubicle 7 website!

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Yo-ho-ho Rum & Bones, know your enemies, and fantasy pit fights…

  • Rum & Bones: Second Tide: CMON has delivered its release docket for Rum & Bones: Second Tide for the month of May! This includes Blutrausch Legion, Iron Inquisition, and a Sea Monsters expansion pack. Look for these expansions at your favorite FLGS or e-store starting June 23rd!

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  • Bastion: The folks at Z-Man Games have an intelligence report for your commanders defending the city of Bastion! Scouts have information on the various types of foes on their way to assail you at the city’s walls and from the skies above. Mountain Flier,s Valkyries, and Fire Warriors, oh my!

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  • Underleague: New to kickstarter is a card based fantasy pit fighting game called Underleague. The game is for 2 to 5 players and stories them as creators and collectors of fantastical creatures that are bred/built with the sole purpose of a gladiatorial showdown! The box comes with 5 standard 30 card creature decks (plus 250 strategy cards) and doesn’t require any deck-building. Just open and go. The box can also support a draft tournament of up to 5 if you want to mix things up. Underleague is a quarter of the way to their goal of $17K at the time of this writing.

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Almost working, must…have…more…gear, and tailor made combat football…

  • Star Wars: Age of Rebellion: The latest update for this rpg is a continuation look at the upcoming Fully Operational sourcebook for engineers. This time around we get a taste of the new specializations and species options that will become available when this book arrives. The update introduces us to the Droid Specialist, which is a wunderkind of all things droid and will be the best friend of any droid in your part, and the Skakaon species, a somewhat reclusive group (willingly and not) group that prize technological advancement. Fully Operational should be at your FLGS soon so keep your scanners on!

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  • Pathfinder RPG: Newly released to the excitement of all of us hoarders…I mean gear aficionados is the Adventurer’s Armory 2 player companion! This manual contains all manner of new construct familiars, weapon and armor modifications, spells, feats and various other items that allow you to more fully customize your character. You can order or pick up your hard copy now at your FLGS or favorite e-store, and the PDF version will be available starting June 28th!

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  • Blood Bowl: Available now and for 1 week from Games Workshop you can order four classic teams from the game’s past. The Vampire, Ogres, Woodelves and Halfling team can be ordered via the Made to Order program from GW. Also for purchase is the vintage Treeman Star Player to help beef up your Wooldelves or Halflings.

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The Grand Admiral arrives, new version for night creatures, and this isn’t your dad’s Flintstones…

  • Star Wars Destiny: A new expansion is on its way in the form of the Empire At War expansion for Destiny! Characters of note in this edition Thrawn, Mace Windu, Chopper, and Ezra Bridger. Fantasy Flight Games states that this expansion looks to ” focus on taking core concepts of Star Wars: Destiny and throwing them into disarray.” So that deck synergy that you fell in love with just may be turned on its head soon! Look for this new expansion to arrive at a spaceport near you in quarter four of 2017.

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  • Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition: Yes indeed, folk it is no mere myth! The next incarnation of Vampire the Masquerade has started testing and you can get in on it. The pre-Alpha test kit is now available for download which contains rules and a scenario to introduce you to the new version. There is also the option to give feedback as well. Note that it is pre-Alpha and the rules are not complete. White Wolf is testing their “Hunger Dice” mechanic before the full Alpha test begins on August 1. So be gentle with the blood dolls, please!

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  • Rise of Tribes: Rolling through its kickstarter is the game Rise of Tribes which currently has met its funding goal 16 times over and is plowing through its stretch goals. The games charges 2 to 4 players to lead a their own unique tribes to glory…or at least survival as you explore a modular hex world. Those that play empire building games will find much familiar with this game.

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