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[3 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Warlords: China in Disarray

 
 
Panther Games’ light strategic representation of the ‘Warring States’ period after WWI running through the
formation of the KMT, CCP, and the Japanese invasion. This Aussie game comes close on the heels of Empires
in Arms, and (though much lighter) shows some of the same design features – though this is more of
a pure balance of power game, at least in the early eras.
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[2 Mar 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Shadows Of Malice – A Written Review

A fantasy adventure in the spirit of Mage Knight that throws out the complexity in favor for an old-school D&D feel that’s centered on discovery and the generation of diverse narrative.

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[28 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
OTSBGR – XCOM: The Board Game

Placed in command of the elite military organization known as XCOM, you and your friends must find some means to turn back an escalating alien invasion. As UFOs appear in orbit and worldwide panic threatens to undermine national governments, the game’s free companion app and its push-your-luck dice rolling mechanics immerse you deep in the tension and uncertainty of a desperate war against an unknown foe.
You are humanity’s last hope…
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[26 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Game Pit: Episode 41 – Picking Over the Bones

Sean and Ronan discuss and review four more games in this episode. Featuring are 8 Minute Empire, Hoyuk, Titans Tactics and Omen: A Reign of War.

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[25 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Happy Dungeon Master Appreciation Month from Wizards of the Coast!

February is Dungeon Master Appreciation Month and to celebrate Wizards of the Coast has released the Dungeon Masters Support Group video series! In this three-part series, DMs can find the innovation, inspiration, and flexibility they need to get their games back under control.

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[23 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Triumph & Glory

 
(from GMT site)
Triumph & Glory contains the following five battles:
Castiglione (1796), fought over exactly the same field as would see the massive destruction at Solferino 63 years later, this is considered the first great, truly Napoleonic-style battle. Here the unfortunate opponents are the Austrians.
Austerlitz (1805), perhaps the greatest Napoleonic victory of all time, presented here in a most playable version.
Raab (1809), while Napoleon was to the west, capturing Vienna, his son, Prince Eugene led a sizable army into Hungary, chasing Archduke John’s Austrians and attacking them across a river, with …

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[18 Feb 2015 | One Comment | ]
Homeland The Game – A Written Review

Gale Force Nine hits us with another astounding release out of the dark. This design team needs to be recognized as they’re doing some of the most interesting and innovative work in the hobby.

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[16 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Game Pit: Episode 40 – Council Chamber Mega Review of 2014 with Top 5s

 Sean and Ronan take a look back at the best and worst of 2014 in our longest episode yet. Featuring Biggest Disappointment, Best Expansion, Top 5 2014 Games and more…
Joining us with their thoughts are our fantastic contributors Chris, Teri, Paul and Nathan.

Also featuring our Competition to win a brand new copy of Hoyuk from MAGE Company.

THE GAME PIT: EPISODE 40 – COUNCIL CHAMBER MEGA REVIEW OF 2014 WITH TOP 5S

 

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[16 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Albion

 
An attempt at a [i]real[/i] fantasy wargame, on what amounts to an operational game. The twilight
of the old world of elves and trolls is represented in the final climactic war. The game features leadership,
heroic combat, magic and enchantments, magical items, monsters and wizards, and a whole bunch
more – all in what amounts to a two-player wargame with semi-coop type victory conditions.
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[12 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
OTSBGR – Samurai Spirit

“You and your small Samurai crew are the only obstacles between a frightened village and a horde of bloodthirsty brigands!
The confrontation seems very uneven while you are standing in front of dozens of enemies ready to cut you to pieces, but that is without counting on your combat skills and the strong solidarity keeping your group united in adversity.
Above all, and when the cause will seem hopeless, your enemies will discover the beast inside you: a fearsome warrior ready to unleash his true strength!”
Learn More Over At Fun Forge!
How To …

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[10 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
1826

 
18xx set in France and Belgium. Nationalized railways, loans, and low initial capitalization
make it sound a lot like ’56, but there are significant differences. For one, the stock market
is less volatile – growth is based upon an earnings requirement. Train efficacy is (at first) based
upon distance rather than cities serviced. There are TWO nationalization options. Electric and
High Speed trains (which don’t worry about the distance factor).
(from deep thought)
1826 is a railroad operations and share trading board game in the 18xx series, set in France and Belgium. It was first published …

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[8 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Mushroom Eaters – A Written Review

The Mushroom Eaters is over the top, certifiably insane. Players follow a shaman on an extended trip experiencing nature, enlightenment, and horror. It’s the only game you’ll find that ships with 3D glasses.

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[7 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Cthulhu Wars – OTSBGR

“Cthulhu Still Lives…” H.P. Lovecraft
 
The Old Ones have risen. Monsters walk the Earth.  Humanity is finished but the struggle continues.  Which Great Old One will rule the ruins of Earth?  Now, you take charge!
Cthulhu Wars is a fast-moving strategy game about the end of the world.  You take part of various monstrous aliens seeking to dominate the world.  You can play as Great Cthulhu himself, or you can take charge of the other factions, such as the slither hordes of the Crawling Chaos, or the insane minions of the Yellow …

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[2 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
SafeBreaker – A Written Review

I like Martin Scorcese, James S.A. Corey, and Jack White. Gritty realism and harsh dissonance in my entertainment get me going. I like my comedy dry and witty, favoring Flight of the Conchords or even Bo Burnham. If you would have approached me a year ago and said, “Hey, you need to check out this game about anthropomorphic Teddy Bears breaking into safes” I would have responded with a Britney Spears X Factor eye roll.

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[2 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Stronghold Games and Portal Games Announce “Stronghold – 2nd Edition”

Stronghold Games and Portal Games Announce “Stronghold – 2nd Edition”
 
New Jersey, USA and Gliwice, Poland – February 2, 2015
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Stronghold Games and Portal Games are proud to announce jointly the release of Stronghold – 2nd Edition, a reprinting and reworking of the Portal Games best-selling title, Stronghold, originally released in 2009.
 
Stronghold – 2nd Edition is a 2–4 player game, which tells the story of the siege of a castle. Players take on the roles of either the defenders or attackers with one side defending the stronghold and the …

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[31 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Cthulhu Wars Unboxing – OTSBGR

Cthulhu Wars is a strategy board game in which the players take the part of alien races and gods taken from the Cthulhu mythos created by H. P. Lovecraft. It is a boxed game complete with four different factions, including faction cards, dice, counters, rulebook, and a massive 40×20 inch reversible gameboard. It also includes sixty-four high detail figures of cultists, monsters, aliens, and Great Old Ones that range in height from approximately 20mm to nearly 180mm.
The game takes place on a map of Earth. Each player takes the part of one …

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[30 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Mushroom Eaters

 
Strange topic – a competitive shared dreamquest fueled by magic mushrooms.
Game features 3d artwork (with glasses). Something of a psychedelic candyland,
where the candy is all mental – except that there are significant choices and an
interesting gameplay. Bottoms up!
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[29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Credo

 
Chaosium’s game of dueling dogmas, Credo purports to cover the entirety of early ecumenical councils,
but in reality, since the game results in the Nicaean Creed, at most the first couple.
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[28 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Hoplite

 
 
(from GMT site):
Hoplite, the 15th volume in the Great Battles of History series of games, allows players to recreate classic battles from the pre-Alexandrian Persian-Hellenistic Age, the heyday of the Hoplite (heavy infantry fighting in packed formation). This period is often considered to feature the birth of Western Warfare, as opposed to the Persian/Eastern style, which relied on archery , light cavalry, and mobility.
Exactly how hoplite warfare was fought – what really happened when “the bell rang” – is highly disputed by ancient military historians, even today. Hoplite allows you …

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[28 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Glenn Drover’s – Empires: Age of Discovery – Kickstarter Details!

Eagle-Gryphon Games has been hinting about a deluxe edition for Empires: Age of Discovery and many of us have been chomping at the bit for any additional information about this highly (most?) anticipated release for 2015 for quite a while now! So without further delay this is the information I have and can release for now.
Eagle-Gryphon is planning for the Empires: Age of Discovery Kickstarter to launch February 15th. They have been working very hard with a committee of game experts and fans from BoardGameGeek  as well as the Eagle-Gryphon …