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So, they’ve got Aristeia out there to you. But what if you want to just play more Infinity? What sort of stuff do they have coming out for that? Well, you’re in luck. Corvus Belli has posted up a preview of next month’s releases.
From the post:
Infinity December 2017 New Releases
Always are people of few words.
Even rampaging hordes have those individuals at the front, directing it. It’s no good to have a whole army of slathering monsters and soldiers if they’re headed off in the wrong direction. That’s where the Uthuk Y’llan Infantry Command Unit comes in. They’ll make sure all that destructive effort goes in the right direction. We get a preview of them here from Fantasy Flight.
From the post:
During the First Darkness, the Uthuk Y’llan were pushed to the edge of extinction. The foolish Daqan believed that the forces of the locust swarm were as good as dead—but they were wrong. Now, the Uthuk army has returned stronger than ever, using their link to the Ynfernael to fill their ranks with more advanced fighters. Complete with blood witches, shriekers, grotesques, and warsprinters, the Uthuk Y’llan’s infantry command are ready to face off against even the most highly trained armies of Terrinoth. Today, we offer you a closer look at the demonic warriors who can strengthen your locust army with the Uthuk Y’llan Infantry Command Unit Upgrade Expansion for Runewars Miniatures Game!
Steamforged Games had their SteamCon UK event over the weekend. It was a celebration of all things Steamforged. Of course, there were plenty of announcements about their current projects, but there was also a new game announced. It’s called Godtear, a new fantasy miniatures game. Details are still pretty thin on the ground, but we’ve got some renders and artwork we can look at.
What little we know:
Godtear – The Legacy Miniature Game.
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The Ghar might be diminutive on their own, but they compensate on the battlefield by making exoskeletons and walkers that they pilot into battle. That’s what you’ve got here with the hew Ghar releases for Beyond the Gates of Antares. But it’s not just the little fellas hitting the field. There’s also the new Hükk Bounty Hunter.
One of Fartok’s many Lieutenants, the new Outcast Rebel commander is outfitted in battle armour, equipped with the awesomely destructive Scourer Cannon and deadly Claw…
The Outcast Rebels have been driven deep into the depths of Antarean space by the forces of the Ghar Empire, and everywhere the brave rebels are forced to fight for their very survival. Cut off from the workshops and armouries of Gharon Prime, rebel leaders are obliged to make the best of the equipment they have, what they can capture, and what they can repair and adapt.
Providing intense fire support, the Ghar Outcast Rebels utilise their Attack Crawler to the utmost efficiency.
Across the Ghar Empire rebellion spreads as Outcast forces led by the disgraced High Commander Fartok confront the armies of the Empire in open battle. The rebels are tough and determined, but so far at least, vastly outnumbered and woefully under-equipped.
Once the Hükk has their sights on you, there are only two ways out…kill or be killed.
The Hükk are intelligent, have a sparse and narrowly focused language but almost no social cohesion or culture. When their world was discovered by human explorers in the remote past, the Hükk recognised the value of human artefacts and material culture – especially weaponry – but never felt any inclination to learn how to understand or make it. They simply took what they found and adapted it to their own purposes.
Skirmisher Publishing loves their customers. Really, really, really loves them. How much? Well, they’ve got a special bundle available from their DriveThruRPG shop that’s only $0.10 for 10 titles. Yes, a penny apiece. Obviously, this won’t stay around forever, so you might want to hurry and get your bundle for yourself.
From the post:
This special 10¢ bundle contains 10 titles — one for each year Skirmisher has been active at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow — and these have been carefully selected to represent the rules systems and themes that have been reflected in our products over the past decade. We very much hope you will enjoy it!
While we might not think of them much anymore, for the longest time, trains were the main mode of long-distance transportation. And one country that was quick to adopt the locomotive and use it to expand all across its land was the United Kingdom. And that’s where the new Ticket to Ride expansion takes you. The set also brings you Technology cards, letting you create better locomotives. You can pick up your copy now.
From the post:
Discover a whole new board, rule variants, and brand new cards with Ticket to Ride United Kingdom!
Explore new Ticket to Ride strategies and relive the history of the railroad with the United Kingdom expansion and its new technology cards.
Lay down the first tracks in an incredible railroad adventure that begins in Great Britain and Ireland in the 19th century.
Master the technology of the first steam locomotives to win the game. Technology cards are essential in order to expand your rail network, build new double-routes, and cross the sea to reach the coasts of Ireland and Scotland. More complex gameplay means more strategy and rivalry between opponents!
I foresee making a lot of similar posts along this line in the upcoming week or so. The fine fellows have wrapped up their stay at PAX Unplugged and are ready to tackle the holidays. They’ve got their seasonal sale going on over in their webshop now. If you want to get some of the (IMO) prettiest models out there on the market today for a bit cheaper than you’d usually have to spend, head over to their store now.
From them to you:
Our holiday sale begins now; check out arenarex.com for 15% off our whole catalog!
If you’re looking to get into a new sci-fi sports game, your time has come. Today’s the release day for Corvus Belli’s Aristeia. Grab your team and head on down to the pitch. There’s both the main core box, as well as a collector’s edition available to order over in Corvus’ webshop.
About the game:
One hundred and seventy five years into the future, the human race has reached the stars. The ancient nations have gathered into immense, international, federated blocks and have divided the star systems proved suitable for human life. The most advanced medicine makes it possible to extend life, and together with the most advanced (and most expensive) technology, almost reach corporeal immortality. It also allows treats such as the most popular extreme-contact sport: Aristeia!, a series of high-level, armed combats where death is a real possibility.
Aristeia! is the new sports game by Corvus Belli, a MOBA-style tabletop game that allows two players to take the role of competition team managers in the greatest visual show of the Human Sphere.
You don’t need anything other than the *Aristeia! Core Box *to enjoy one of the best games on the market, as it contains everything you need to play.
It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Man… my grocery list was 2x as long as usual. I got 2 turkeys, some sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, dressing, carrots, and ingredients to make 2 pumpkin pies. … I, uh… kinda take Thanksgiving seriously. My fridge is rather full. But before we get there, we’ve gotta get you those reviews I know you so desperately desire.
This week we have: Hotshots, Alien Artifacts, America, Noxford, Twilight Imperium, Rhein: River Trade, Queendomino, Exit the Game Wave 2, Folklore: The Affliction, and The Expanse.
Board Game Quest:
The game board is made up of 18 randomly placed tiles, each of which has a specific scorch limit that players must be aware of. To combat the fires, each player will control a firefighter with a special ability.
Alien Artifacts is card driven 4x game (eXplore, eXploit, eXpand and eXterminate). Players manage their hand of resource cards to build a vast fleet of ships, develop fantastic new technologies, and discover far away worlds (well, they are on the table in front of you, so they aren’t THAT far away, but I am trying to stick to the space theme).
After plopping all the components out of the box and laying out the board, setup is pretty much complete. Players will take turns guessing answers to the current topic shown on a variety of subject cards which sit in a box hiding the answers at the bottom of the cards. Guessing tokens record the players answers.
If players guess the exact right answer out of State, Year, and Number types of answers, they earn 7 points. Any answers adjacent to the correct answer get 3 points. Players can also gain points from guessing that no player has a correct answer. Turn order rotates so everyone will have a chance to guess early.
So there are no thematic stakes at play in Noxford. Rather, in this simple design you head a seedy crime syndicate looking to muscle in on turf throughout the ever evolving city of Noxford. And muscle others out. All with steampunk card art. If you can outmaneuver your opposing bosses by deploying henchmen around key districts, the town will soon be eating from your hand!
Twilight Imperium is an epic 4x strategy game (well, technically 3x but let’s not quibble over details) wherein players compete to expand their galactic empire, conquer planets, exert their influence, and ultimately prove the worth of their people to rule the galaxy from the throne on Mecatol Rex.
Players take on the role of the head of a freight company that moves goods to cities along the Rhine. You’ll take orders that designate which city to deliver the containers and how long you have to do it. You, along with the other players, will charter planes, trains and ships along with your own personal fleet of trucks to deliver these goods and collect money on the contracts. Whoever can earn the most capital by the game’s end is the winner.
To begin each round, players take turns selecting an order card from the market row. Each card is a contract that dictates where you promise to deliver goods and how long you have to do so. When taking a card, you’ll put a number of time markers on it as indicated by the card you choose.
Toucan Play That Game:
In this video you can find out my thoughts on Queendomino by Blue Orange Games.
In this video you can find out my spoiler free thoughts on Exit the game Wave 2 by Kosmos. (Wave 2 is The Forbidden Castle, The Forgotten Island and the Polar Station)
theMCGuiRE review takes a look at Folklore the Affliction a newish game from Greenbrier Games and its on its second printing in kickstarter right now! so check out the link below to get in on that. Man, I go on for a while on this one – over an hour actually! this really is a great game and a fantastic implementation of your classic RPG but in a board game style and approach. It has a ton of content and expansions already available. Please look into this one and consider your options as I am not sure we will see this one in retail and you may only be able to get it through kickstarter and Con’s. Excellent game!
Nerds on Earth:
For those who don’t know, the story of The Expanse is set in our solar system some two hundred years in the future. Four political entities struggle for control, and comprise the playable factions:
the United Nations of Earth,
the technologically advanced Martian Congressional Republic,
the oppressed asteroid belt miners of the Outer Planets Alliance,
and the mysterious ProtoGen Corporation.
It’s an interplanetary cold war that threatens to become hot at any moment, which is why it’s not surprising that the game is very much reminiscent of GMT’s classic Twilight Struggle (a fantastic game about U.S.-Soviet conflict from 1945-1989). Just like that game, the emphasis in The Expanse is on subterfuge and intrigue rather than open conflict, and high player bluff skills are definitely rewarded.
Thanksgiving’s not quite here yet, but we’ve already got some of the holiday sales going on. In this case, it’s West Wind Productions. If you’d like to get some of their awesome products for a lot cheaper than you usually would, you’ll want to head over to their website and see what they’ve got on offer.
From the website:
Black Friday Offer Price – £30.00
Normal RRP – £55.00
Offer includes 1 x Empire of the Dead full colour hardback rule book + 1 x Professor Erazmus Limited Edition 28mm pewter miniature + 1 x Empire of the Dead Faction box set of your choice.
As we all know, Thanksgiving is coming up really quickly. As such, quite a lot of turkeys have gone to meet their maker to supply us with our traditional feast meal. In Fat Turkey, you’re one of those potential Thanksgiving dinners. You’re being fattened up, but you know better. Try and keep your weight down while stuffing your opponents so you’re the one still out on the yard this upcoming holiday. The game is available now.
About the game:
After the success of Bone Head, the spooky little card game, Zadorf Games is pleased to announce the release of Fat Turkey, the mini card game for 2-9 turkeys.
Farmer Jack is busy trying to fatten up his turkeys ready for market. As one of the turkeys your aim is to try and keep your weight down and avoid being selected.
As war goes on, the organization charts for the various armies can change dramatically. As the military heads see what is and isn’t working on the battlefield, they will adjust accordingly. Same goes for the generals in charge of minis games armies. Battlefront has posted up new Force Organization Charts for the Late War era in Flames of War, as well as for Team Yankee.
From the Flames of War update:
The Armies of Late War book was an interesting project. We wanted to provide an easy entry point into the Late War period for new players, while keeping things completely compatible with all the existing Late War intelligence briefings.
As there are literally hundreds of Late War intelligence briefings, the approach we took was to pick the core tank formations to collect, along with the most common infantry formations, and make them work with the V4 rulebook without the need for the EW/LW 1939-41 & 1944-45 conversion rules. The result is the Armies of Late War book and four decks of unit cards for all the formations covered in the book
From the Team Yankee update:
Our latest two army books, Stripes and Red Thunder have greatly improved the range of options available to US and Soviet players to the point where the old lists included in the original printing were out of date. So we have replaced these with Force Diagrams for all five nations currently in Team Yankee, as well as a miniature catalogue of all the models currently in our range.
These new Force Diagrams will make it much easier for new players to work out which nation they would like to field, as well as helping them to plan out the first armies. Because all Team Yankee models come with the appropriate Unit Cards these you can even start building a new army without buying the appropriate Army Book if you desire.
In any army, you’re going to have the elite units. Those that take on extra training and get extra equipment. This month’s releases for Wrath of Kings epitomize the “elite” ethic. Both House Nasier and House Goritsi are getting new units. Check ’em out.
From the post:
Within each house, there’s the elite of the elite. They’re those regiments of soldiers that go above and beyond in training and equipment. When they hit the field, the enemy trembles. Nobody wants to see them across the battle lines. This month’s releases for Wrath of Kings gives House Goritsi and House Nasir each one of these elite units.
While many of us love unicorns, it’s not everyone that thinks they’re so great, especially if they’re overrunning your Queendom, as they were doing in a land far, far away. Now, many conservationists will tell you that regulated hunting can be beneficial to a wild population. But the Queen in this Queendom was sick of the constant candy and sugar… ahem… “leftovers” form the unicorns that she just wants them all gone. That’s where you come in when you play Kill the Unicorns, a new card game coming to Kickstarter next week.
From the website:
A long time ago, far far away, a Queendom was overrun with thousands of pesky unicorns, relieving themselves on private property, eating endangered plant life and subsequently farting a lot! As unicorn gas is toxic, air pollution in the Queendom drastically increased, seriously impacting the local environment. This contamination created microclimates around the Queendom: it started raining sugar and candy, making everything sticky.
The good old Queen knew that unicorns had to be dealt with. Too kind to take action herself, she left the matter with her spoiled and selfish daughter, the Princess. Eager to show citizens that their princess was able to take action, she and her team of misfits would catch, and kill all the unicorns! She declared that four days each year would be dedicated to hunting unicorns, and everyone was invited!
This was great news for the Gnomes, who ran an illegal unicorn trade, a global black market for unicorn parts. This annual hunt meant they didn’t have to waste time catching the beasts themselves – a difficult thing to do – and could instead buy them cheaply from the citizens!
It’s CMON’s release day for the latest board games. This time around, they’ve got a new medieval-based one called Richard the Lionheart. Be a part of either Robin Hood’s band of merry men or throw your support behind Prince John. When Richard returns from the Crusades, only one side will be victorious. There’s also a new set of heroes for the Blutrausch faction in Rum & Bones. Finally, Massive Darkness gets a massive release, with three new sets.
From the post:
In your FLGS today, CMON has some new releases that will make you rethink the meaning of teamwork. From a semi-cooperative struggle over the throne, to a new crew for adventures on the high seas, to a whole bunch of new material for battles in the dark, these releases will test the bonds of friendship and make you question how much can you trust your team.
Fridaaaaaaay! And man, I worked like mad yesterday, but there’s still tons to do. And you should see what my grocery list looks like for tomorrow. We’ll see if I can fit everything into my little Chevy Aveo. I might have to do it in two goes. But that’s for tomorrow (and into next week). At the moment, it’s about getting some bite-sized gaming stories.
Today on the platter we have: Khurasan releases 15mm West Sudanese, New Version of PaintMyMinis App Now Available, Comet Lord Miniatures: Legendary Monsters Up On Kickstarter, and Trolls & Goblins by Aenor Miniatures Up On Kicsktarter.
We’re pleased to release a complete range of 15mm West Sudanese, representing the great empires in the western part of immediately sub-Saharan Africa in the medieval and renaissance periods. These included the Mali, Gao, Songhai, Bornu and Kanem Empires, and fought each other, tribes to the south, the Arab powers on the other side of the Sahara, and eventually the Europeans during the age of exploration.
This was a time when “Timbuktu” was a great city in the Mali Empire, and not a synonym for “the end of the world!”
The armies were made up of swarms of tribal infantry archers shooting poisoned arrows, but could field very large numbers of highly mobile light and medium cavalry as well. Supporting troops included infantry swordsmen and javelinmen, and there were elite heavily protected foot and mounted spearmen as well. Some West Sudanese empires, such as Bornu and Kanem, preferred large numbers of close order spearmen with big shields rather than archers as an infantry core. These armies have long been popular with wargamers because of the very interesting mix of troop types, but gamers have always had to fudge on representation in 15mm, so we decided to make dedicated figurines. (Even the oft-used stampeding cattle.)
Too large a range to fully preview, so head over to the store page to check it out.
a new version of the miniature painting app PaintMyMinis has been released!
To celebrate the new version, PaintyMinis 1.4 is going to be FREE on Saturday 18th November 2017 and the week afterwards at a reduced price.
Comet Lord Miniatures is seeking to fund the production of its first line of miniatures through this Kickstarter campaign.
This campaign will start with 2 miniatures including ‘The Giant Mimic’ and ‘The Eye Sovereign’. Hopefully we’ll expand this into a full series of miniatures through some stretch goals!
Things are getting serious at Aenor Miniatures’ Trolls & Goblins Kickstarter, as after unlocking a Wizard, we are trying to unlock a second Troll!
You can pledge for 5, 10 or 20 Goblins. If you get 10 or 20 you’ll have some doubles for now, but they’ll be swapped for new models when they are unlocked, including some characters (there are 8 goblins unlocked for now).
You can pledge for Trolls separately or add them to a Goblin pledge.
The trolls are cast in resin whereas the Goblins are available in both metal and resin .
With 25 days to go I hope we can unlock many more of them!
Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective ever (… well… at least next to Batman). If you’re looking to fit in his shoes and head to the streets of London, solving all sorts of cases, you’re in luck Asmodee and Space Cowboy have announced that they’re coming out with 10 new mysteries for Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.
From the announcement:
The fog creeping its way through the streets of London envelopes you in mist. The streets are lined with gas lit lamps, highlighting the various shops and other establishments. Victorian London is known for its greatness, but within the dark streets, devious acts of crime are committed far too often. Outcries from the beautiful Queen’s Park can be heard, warning all that are within earshot that something is perpetually amiss. Whispers in dark taverns mention the mysterious Carlton House Mansion—the crimes that have been committed inside are both unspeakable and incredibly difficult to solve. However, even the most difficult cases to crack are only but a mere game for the world’s greatest detective: Sherlock Holmes.
Space Cowboys is proud to present a brand new standalone collection of 10 cases to solve in the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective game line, with Carlton House & Queen’s Park. Some of these cases include the long out-of-print expansions from the original game by Ystari, both updated and revised.
The enemy is here. The rampaging hordes of monsters have been ransacking the countryside, but now they’ve made it to the walls of the castle. Comparatively, they outnumber you about a billion to one. But all is not lost… hopefully. By banding together, the remaining survivors look to turn the tide of battle and send the monsters home. But will they succeed, or will the citadel be overrun? That’s what you’ll have to figure out in Bastion, the new cooperative tower defense game available from Z-Man Games.
From the announcement:
The enemy has arrived at the gates! You are the last line of defense against the endless hordes of monsters that now line the outer walls of the citadel. Mount the walls and muster your courage. Bastion is on sale now!
Combining aspects of popular tower defense video games with the tactile feel of a cooperative board game, Bastion puts you in the middle of an all-out onslaught from beasts, archmages, dragons, and all manner of legendary creatures. The tension mounts every game as new foes arrive and slowly advance along the bastion’s walls.
CMON has posted up the latest Dark Age releases. And my favorite faction is front and center. What can I say? I’m a polar bear and they have a lot of Ice Caste stuff. So that’s how things are. This month continues the new packaging and numbering releases, as well as the updated sculpts and switching to plastic for some models. You’ll want to check them out. If you’re looking to get into the game, now’s a great time.
From the post:
A cold wind is starting to blow across Samaria. The Ice Caste is marching to war. In this month’s releases for Dark Age, the Ice Caste, one of the oldest factions for the game, is getting the updated box treatment that has been sweeping through the line. So that’s the cold, but what about the wind? Well, the Air Caste is also getting an updated box set. Grab your snow boots and let’s take a look.
Some people work well in groups. Those types of people will probably do well in Team Play, a cooperative card game coming from WizKids (licensed from Schmidt Spiele). Players will be looking to complete objectives and score points faster than the other teams. However, you can’t just communicate directly with your opponent. You’ve gotta get creative with it. Those with ESP and mind-reading will probably do really well at the game.
From the announcement:
WizKids is excited to announce the cooperative card game, Team Play! Licensed from Schmidt Spiele, you and your partner work together to complete your mission cards and earn points before the other team. These missions are various combinations of numbers and/or colors, such as 2 pairs of uneven numbers, or having 3 low numbers, or 5 consecutive red numbers, etc.
Unable to directly say what your goals are, you and your teammate must be able to read each other’s needs, helping to accomplish missions by passing crucial cards. The other team(s) are also trying to accomplish missions, so you must work smart and fast in order to score the most points. You are hard pressed to do this on your own, so team work is the key to winning!
Think you and a friend have what it takes to work together and fulfill the various missions? Or are you looking for an easy “pick up and play” party game? OR BOTH!
Preorder Team Play from your FLGS today for $19.99, and get ready for cooperative fun! Available at your Friendly Local Game Store January 2018.