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Phases of strategy, Holmes in digital, Cool releases, continuing the path, and Portal prizing…

  • Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition: Looking forward to the new version? Fantasy Flight Games knows you are craving bits of information to chew on and has thus plated for you a look at the Strategy Phase of the upcoming Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition! Sit down with your favorite beverage and dig into the Strategy Cards and begin weighing if your primary usage is worth giving your opponents the secondary. Decisions, decisions!
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Commander, receiving a change in orders from the Admiralty!

  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The folks at Space Cowboys have just advised that the Companion App for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is now live and available on the Google Play store. Unfortunately there is still a bit of a wait before you will find an iOS version though one is on the way. Go, download, solve crimes!
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“I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection.”-Sherlock Holmes

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Did you remember, to buy those games in September!

  • Pathfinder: The newest path for the Ruins of Azlant Adventure Path is now available! The Flooded Cathedral is for characters of 7th level and continues the party’s search for the missing colonists on a nearby island. Oh, and there’s this bit about a dead god that may have something to do with it all. You can find a copy at your FLGS or favorite e-store and the PDF version will be live starting October 18th.
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No, not “Drowned god”, I said dead god…

  • Portal Games: If you like contests and are heading to Speil 2017, Portal has something nice for you. They are running a trivia contest for which you will receive two entries for every question you answer correctly. Grand Prize (1) is a copy of First Martians and the runners up (2) will receive a copy of Alien Artifacts. Its free to enter and your trip to Spiel 2017 may end up just that much more win!
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Many will enter, one will win. Oh, and two others get prizes too!

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Game Time Decision

“My sons! [sighs] My sons, if you are to become true ninja, you must work harder. Your path in life will not be an easy one. The outside world will not be a friendly place for you…” – Master Splinter

The wonderful magic of Mutagenic Ooze is the gift that keeps on giving. Prepare to slip on your half-shell, grab your ninja weapon of choice and head out into the streets to battle the Foot in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past! Cowabungaaaaaaa! Oh, and don’t forget to order the pizza. It is game night after all!

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There the world’s most fearsome fighting teens!

From the Website: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a miniatures combat, scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the IDW TMNT comic. Taking the role of their favorite Turtle or the ultimate villain Shredder, players battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions in which they develop their characters’ strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex appear throughout the missions as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes. Designed by premiere game designer, Kevin Wilson (DescentArkham Horror) and featuring more than 40 sculpted miniatures, 12 unique maps and over 100 cards featuring all-new original artwork, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is the definitive gaming experience.

From RTHG Staff (Brandon): We have “The Works” version of this game and the pizza box package alone is worth it for die hard Turtles fans. I honestly had no idea what to expect as I missed the kickstarter for this one though, as I mentioned above, being a Turtles fan I was ready to play once I saw it hit the table.

I have always gravitated toward Leonardo. Mike was just too much of a doofus to me, Don was way to smart for me to even try, and Raph was too much of brooding butthead. I sat down to Mike (ugh) however lucky for me RTHG Jo was gracious enough to trade characters with me (the cards were already placed when I arrived, but now I had Leo!) and then in turn she traded with RTHG Chip for Donatello who ended up with Mike.

Each of the turtles have their own schtick (Leader-Leo, Smart-Don, Nimble-Mike, Loner-Raph) and based on your rolls of 3 specific-to-Turtle dice for Leo, Mike and Don (6 dice for Raph who can’t use dice from the other three) you can share one die with the player to the left or right of you with the third only being usable by your Turtle. Each die face contributes to a ranged, melee, move or defense action through which you put the hurt on the Foot. The game is played out cooperatively through scenarios on boards that resemble the streets you see in the various forms of the IP. One person will play as the Foot with the remaining as our intrepid heroes.

We had a very good time with this one and came to the conclusion after our game that where you place your Turtles does really matter based on the scenario goals, especially if you have a cagey player controlling the Foot. Seating order seems to play a role too as there were a few times I as Leo could have benefited from Mike’s move granting die faces (I had Don and Raph on either side of me). The sharing of one individual die per player with the players next to you helps mitigate dice randomness some and allows for forming a small bit of strategy based on player abilities and special moves.

Get this game, order a pizza, watch your favorite Turtles movie or TV episode and then play a couple of scenarios of this game. Game night win!

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Preview of future, color battle, how you conquer, and don’t touch my cheese…

  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 2: Excited about the upcoming second season of Pandemic? Of course you are! Z-Man knows this and has penned a preview of some of the ways you and your team can affect the world in Pandemic Legacy: Season 2. Delivering supplies to help keep mankind alive, and doing some recon to find various game resources to aid your cause will be a significant part of your mission. There is still no eta other than soon and you can pre-order the game now at your FLGS.
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Timely aid to areas of disaster makes all the difference!

  • RWBY Combat Ready: Arcane Wonders has partnered with Rooster Teeth of Red Vs Blue fame to bring one of anime’s highly popular series to a table near you! RWBY Combat Ready is now on kickstarter and is just about $45K from its original goal of $250K from funding after only 1 day (see, I told you it was popular!). The game aims to  “…captures the flavor and excitement of the series, with fast-paced battles, where all players are actively involved and engaged at the same time.” It’s Arcane Wonder and Rooster Teeth so this game should be interesting and good. Currently 31 days to go.
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Do you….battle?

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn: Fantasy Flight Games has a new primer up on the World Wonders in their upcoming title! As of now we know that the following wonders will be included: Chichen Itza, Kremlin, Alhambra, Estadio Do Maracana, Hanging Gardens, Petra, Venetian Arsenal, and the Pentagon. Check out the article to see more of what these structures can do for you on the road to glory. Oh, and obligatory nudge…more Alpha Centauri please!
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If you build it, you will conquer!

  • Ratland: The turtles aren’t the only ones to rule the sewers. Take control of your own rat clan and vie to become master of the sewers in Ratland! This new game is on kickstarter and has reached its original goal and is tunneling ahead through stretch goals. Gather cheese from various location and make your clan the most populous. Beware, there will be danger. Currently 35 days left.
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You dirty rat, you stole my cheese!

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Where the Rum is going, software update, Q&A&U, and populating the stars…

  • Rum & Bones: Second Tide: CMON has updated their site with information on the new releases for Rum & Bones: Second Tide that will be available shortly. Upcoming are the Iron Inquisition, and the Hammers of Ragnarok expansions with the latter introducing the new Glory mechanic. Additionally the Mercenary Heroes Chest is incoming adding ten more heroes to choose from to crew your decks. All three boxes will be available at your FLGS and possibly your favorite e-store on September 29th!
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Yarrr!

  • Android: Netrunner: FFG has released a rules update for Anroid: Netrunner and it is ready to be deployed to your gaming table. The NAPD Most Wanted List is now online and sports a number of changes intended to bolster the health of the overall game. This update includes both a Restricted and a Removed card sections so be sure to check it out if you play competitively or just like to know all the the things! This update goes into effect October 1, 2017.
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You can use this, or you can use that!

  • Fallout Wasteland Warfare: Fallout fans impatiently waiting on this game (*raises hand*) take note that Modiphius will be creating a video series where they answer questions submitted by fans. You need only post your questions on the appropriate facebook post (the link should take you there) and wait. Yep, the dreaded wait. Also of note is that additionally they will be creating a video play through to show you how the game works in detail!
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You there! Post your questions now!

  • Starfinder Masterclass: If you have recently started playing Starfinder from Paizo and have lamented not having a large cache of Starfinder specific miniatures with which to carry out your adventuring then take a look at this. Ninja Division is kickstarting a line of those such miniatures and giving you a nice level of customization to boot! Based on your pledge level you can choose from a number of different hero, encounter pack, creature, and ship types to “slot” into the associated slots you get with said pledge level. This in addition to the base level iconic legendary race heroes and unlocked freebies. Certainly looks like a nice way to bolster your collection!
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Crew all here and ready to explore the galaxy!

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Hey folks and welcome to another Around The Table! This week we bring to your attention a site that will set the scene for the moments you decide to do tabletop battle. Battleboards is a UK based site that offers everything from 2D battlemats to 3D terrain which will allow you to create a high degree of fidelity to the setting in which you fight. They ship anywhere and produce pieces that range from historical to alternate realities. Looking at many of the pieces it is clear that a very high level of detail is put into making the pieces with frozen terrain pieces having icicles hanging from rock structures as an example. Battleboards also offers backdrops which you can hang on the wall behind your table terrain board and with some creative photography create movie quality battle scene pictures.

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Rules rulings, rebelling rebelliously, revenging ruler, and personalized panzers…

  • Dungeons & Dragons 5: Wizards has published another rules update to their Sage Advice Compendium clarifying another round of questions. The updates included in this round will be shaded against the rest of background so that you can skip right to them. If you wanted to know if your blinding smite© does extra damage while concentrating you now have the answer!

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  • Gateway Uprising: Coming soon from CMON is a game that encourages you to rebel and take it all. Gateway Uprising is slightly cooperative deck builder that challenges players to take on the city of Gateway’s government (and overthrow them) in the midst of an invasion of a bunch of huge hairy beasts. The city is built using hexagonal tiles which allows for a different experience each time you play, and success also depends on a degree of area control. Look for Gateway Uprising starting September 29 at your FLGS or possibly your favorite e-store.

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  • Runewars Miniatures Game: Another leader for the Latari Elves is on her way and man is she ever mad at the Ynfernal! Maegan Cyndewin has been announced by FFG and is now available for pre-order. Her mother killed by Ynfernal forces that were summoned by her father, this enchantress has a near eternal grudge and a desire for revenge. This expansion comes with a mounted and dismounted version along with all appropriate cards and dials.

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  • Bolt Action: Ever wanted to have rules that allowed you to insert your tank commanding great grandfather with characteristics you think he possessed from the countless stories you’ve heard about him into your game of Bolt Action? Now you can! Warlord has introduced some new rules that allow you to create and field the tank commander you always wanted, be they historical or fictional.

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Splendid news, mastering history again, rpg funiture, and terraforming zombies?…

  • Splendor: Good news for fans of Splendor in that the much awaited expansion, Cities of Splendor, is now available! This update has four different gameplay modules that allow you to modify the base game in four ways and promises new cards, new objectives, amazing powers and new interactions. Check your favorite e-store or FLGS for your copy.

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  • History of The World: Z-Man Games must be in update mode as they have also announced a remastered version of History of the World following the Revised Kingsburg revealed yesterday! Currently no eta given so we’ll keep an eye out for this one.

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  • Pathfinder Deep Cuts: Available for pre-order is another set of Pathfinder Deep Cuts set called the “Rusty Dragon Bar”! This set of primed miniatures (ready to paint out of the box) can certainly spruce up the decor of your current favorite tavern or set the scene for a new place to gather before and after adventures. And yes, there is a keg!

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  • After the Virus: So the guys at FryxGames, makes of Terraforming Mars, are making a zombie themed game. I can see RTHG Chip dancing now. Here’s a bit about After The Virus“A cooperative deck building game where your deck is invaded by more and more zombies each time you reshuffle, your tension building  while you desperately try to complete the current mission. In most deckbuilders you mainly add cards to your deck to get stronger, but in After the Virus many cards stay in your play area and you have to deal with your deck getting worse as the game progresses.” Needless to say that considering its pedigree and that its zombies, we’ll be seeing this when it hits.

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Warmameeples, and kingly revision…

  • Meeple War: CMON has recently given us a look at the upcoming Meeple War by Max Valembois! I found out something I didn’t know in that, according to the press release, Meeples started out as giant war machines used for combat. Meeple Battletech is certainly a thing in my mind! It isn’t the guiding story behind Meeple War, however, as you instead play a people called ” Lilliputians” that use Meeple war machines to gain and control territory while crushing your enemies beneath your giant Meeple boots. Meeple War will be available at your FLGS or favorite e-store on September 29th.

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  • Kingsburg: Fans of Kingsburg are getting a rules touch up in the near future. Z-Man games has announced a revised edition of Kingsburg, their city-building game. This new version will have “the base game, all five modules from the To Forge a Realm expansion, and the brand-new Alternate Advisor Rewards module…” with the latter promising to add more paths to victory. Currently no listed eta.

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Hello gamers and welcome to another edition of Around The Table where we spotlight websites that will elevate the quality of your gaming time! This week we’re going back to class with the Elderwood Academy where you can pick up an assortment of dice towers, trays, dice boxes, spellbook boxes and other goodies. The spellbooks are very cool and you have a number of options to choose from to build your own box, including the interior layout, which better facilitates that perfect individual solution. I’m personally impressed with their dice towers as their look and the style options appeal to my gaming aesthetic.