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Corvus Belli is hitting the fantasy sports scene with Aristeia! But how do you actually win the game? What are you supposed to do out there on the pitch? Well, there’s actually a couple different ways to go about it, depending on what scenario you’re playing. All of them involve getting victory points, but how you score them is different in each. And, in one, it’s different every turn.
From the preview:
What do you have to do in order to win Aristeia!?
The goal of the game is to get more Victory points than the opponent. Achieving these points will depend upon the Objectives set by set by the scenario. So each of the Aristeia! scenarios gives the player a different challenge.
Assault: This scenario is based on controlling the Scoring Zones, which change location every round.
Conquest: Here the objective is to have more Scoring Zones than the opponent.
King of the Hill: This one consists of controlling the central Scoring Zone, but sending enemies to the infirmary can also bring you victory.
Scorched Earth: in this Scenario, the Scoring Zone also changes from round to round but can never repeat.
In each of these Scenarios the game will end either at the end of the fifth Round, or when one of the players gets eight or more Victory Points. In case of a tie, the winner will be the player with the most Frag tokens. A player will get a Frag token by sending an opponent’s character to the infirmary.
Well, civilization has collapsed again, this time because the sun exploded. Damnit, Todd. I told you to stop throwing rocks at it. Thankfully, things like a host start for your planet aren’t as necessary as you might think if you’ve got some powerful magic on your side. And the Nature Wardens were able to keep things warm enough to start camps that then grew into cities. That’s where you find yourself in Winter Eternal, a new Pathfinder setting from Just Insert Imagination. You can pick up a digital copy now, with print versions coming soon.
About the setting:
A frozen world, magically heated cities, early steampunk inventions and lots of new adventures to be had. Winter Eternal is a new setting using The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules.
Just insert Imagination describes Winter Eternal as a “post-, post-apocalyptic setting. The story starts hundreds of years after the sun exploded. The night-side of the planet survived the explosion, but natural disasters ravaged the continent of Ehlerrac. When the planet started cooling, survivors found themselves in a fight for their lives.
A group of Nature Wardens started camps and survivors of different races were forced together. Nature Wardens used their magic to grow food and over time the camps grew into towns, then into magically heated cities.
Now the discovery of a sun shard, a crystal that reacts to light, is bringing the world of Ehlerrac slowly into the industrial age. New ice suits makes it possible to explore frozen wastelands and forgotten ruins. Cities are now linked by the Archways (covered roadways) and jobs, money and security is suddenly in abundance.
The setting offers adventures in cities, exploration of the wastelands and everything in between. There are 3 new races together with most of the normal fantasy races.
The pdf is now live on DrivethruRPG and will soon be available on other online stores as well. Hard and soft cover options will also be available soon.
Look… it’s something we all do at some point. And we’ve all been “crop dusted” at some point. Maybe it was in class, or at a party, or in the office, or in an elevator, but it’s happened. So why not make a humorous game out of it? That’s what you’ve got in Who Farted? It’s a new card game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Nothing beats a great family game where no Wi-Fi is required and all ages can compete in a ‘fair fight’. ‘Who Farted?’ was born of this. We wanted to develop a ‘who-dunnit’ card game that didn’t need a board or plastic characters, pens or paper to complicate the flow of the game or get lost. The characters were already imagined; we just needed the game-play to bring them to life. After several months, three game versions and loads of laughter we arrived at a simple game that’s brilliant fun to play, requiring nothing more than our cards.
The campaign’s right around half funded with still 14 days left to go.
Well, it seems that civilization has once more come to an end. Damnit, Todd! I told you that working with those mutagenic compounds wasn’t a good idea! And pick up your stuff around here! There’s a rampaging horde of deformed mutations coming and I want this place to look nice when they arrive for the battle. That’s… sort of what’s going on in Tech Dust, a new post-apocalyptic miniatures skirmish game coming soon.
About the game:
A year has been working out an ambitious project, a skirmish wargame in the post-apocalyptic world – Tech Dusk. Soon the first starting set comes out, in this connection the authors decided to tell the story about the project to a large number of people.
The setting of the wargame is based on an original story, in the not too distant future, humanity due to the augmentation experiments will cause uncontrolled mutations of people and an epidemic of infection. In the end, people unite in cities-fortresses and will fight with mutants for survival.
My week continues to rocket by, so it feels. That’s not a complaint, mind you. Anytime the work week goes by quickly, looking to toss me back into the weekend, I’m happy. Not that I dislike what I do, of course. But, c’mon… weekend! Anyway, just the rest of today and tomorrow to get through and we’ll be back there. In the meantime, let’s make your gaming table look as good as possible. It’s a quick one today, it seems.
Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Lands of Mars Gaming Mat Available From Pwork Wargame and Fantasy Barrels Available From Siren Miniatures.
Lands of Mars! SciFi Gaming Mat from Pwork Wargames!
Play your battles on the Red Planet, characterized by sand, craters and canyons, among plains of reddish sand and long canyons carved thousands of years ago by rivers of water now dry!
Materials: PVC / Syntethic Cloth
Available size: 4×6′ / 4×4′ / 3×3′ / 3×6
Set of 5 high quality resin barrels. If you love to build fantasy scenery: tawerns, docks, camps, ruins or a large bases for your minis, this product is for you. Barrels are about 15 mm high and they should fit perfectly for 28 and 32 mm scale. Each barrell is a little different so it will add a little variety and flaveour to the background. All of our products are sold unpainted and need trimming, painting and and assembly.
We all have our favorite celebrities. For gamers and other nerdy types, that tends to go into areas such as artists and game designers (beyond just tv/movie stars and recording artists that many people have). Well, if you’re a fan of the Scott Pilgrim comic series as well as excited to get Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game coming from Renegade Game Studios, and if you’re going to be in LA this Tuesday, you can stop by and get your game and get it signed, too.
From the announcement:
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game is a deck-building game that challenges you to grow up and prepare for your finest hour. Players assume the roles of their favorite characters in the Scott Pilgrim universe, each of whom comes with a unique starting deck. Game designer Keith Baker will demonstrate how to play the game and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley will sign copies of the game.
Warlord Games is turning 10 years old. *snifflesniffle* They grow up so fast. They’re planning quite a party, too. You’ve probably seen the exclusive mini they’re going to have at the show. But that’s not the only cool thing they’ll have going on. Lots of special guests. Lots of special events. A special painting competition. Want to get some more of the details? Read on.
From the post:
With the HQ store up & running, Warlord Games reaches its 10th anniversary and is proud to announce that we can at last present to you a whopping 2-day extravaganza of activities, seminars and participation games – including everything from your favourite Test of Honour, Doctor Who, Konflikt ’47 and the upcoming Blood Red Skies to our traditional Hail Ceasar, Pike & Shotte, Black Powder, Bolt Action & Beyond the Gates of Antares games. There are just 300 available for each day so get in quick to make sure you don’t miss out as they’re sure to sell fast…
Having access to advise the king on matters is a good position to be in. You can make sure that the things you find most important get done. Well, King Tritus is looking to add a new person to his Royal Council. The thing is, you’re not the only one that could potentially fill that vacancy. You’ll have to prove your worth and leadership abilities by making your province as prestigious as possible. That’s the story behind Kingsburg, a new edition of which is coming from Z-Man Games.
From the announcement:
A coveted seat on King Tritus’ Royal Council has become available and you — a loyal servant of the realm — are the perfect person to take it over. Just think of all the power and prestige such a position would bring! But what’s this? Other would-be royal councilors are also competing for the king’s favor? It would appear the only way to take your rightful seat on the Council will be to build the best province you possibly can. It’s a good thing that the king’s advisors are easily influenced…
Z-Man Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new edition of Kingsburg, a game of city building and courtly intrigue for two to five players!
In every game of Kingsburg, you are free to construct your province as you see fit and this definitive edition offers more choices than ever before. Containing the base game, all five modules from the To Forge a Realm expansion, and the brand-new Alternate Advisor Rewards module, you will have more options than ever before!
Plaid Hat’s Stuffed Fables has been getting a lot of attention since its announcement. The gamebook style has intrigued many, along with the theme of stuffed animals coming to life to go on adventures and protect the children that they love. In this preview, we get a look at how the game stories work, themselves.
From the preview:
Welcome to the second preview of Stuffed Fables. Each week we will highlight a small portion of the Stuffed Fables world to give you an idea of what the game is all about. This week, we are looking at the fables themselves.
A Modern Twist
Stuffed Fables was partly inspired by classic fables that all of us become familiar with in childhood. A classical fable is a very short story, usually involving talking animals or objects, and is intended as a way to deliver a moral lesson to youth. The fable’s message is often open to interpretation, and commonly there will be an entertaining bit at the end of the fable where the author delivers the moral.
For Stuffed Fables, the goal was to create fables that were actually playable. In this case, the talking animals are stuffed plush toys, and the fables are all experienced through the course of a little girl’s nighttime sleep. Each fable here is new, created just for this game, but will feel like it belongs with fables of old.
Part of Warmachine/Hordes is that players are encouraged to run theme forces. That is, an entire army based around a certain style of unit or a way of play. Sure, you can go totally “combined arms” with some mercenaries or minions thrown in, but usually you’ll be able to get a couple bonuses if you go particularly for one type of force. Well, they’re further helping that along by coming out with a Trencher Theme Force box set. And I’m sure if it goes over well, we can expect more like this in the future.
From the post:
The trenchers of Cygnar are among the most tenacious soldiers ever to take the battlefields of the Iron Kingdoms. The first into the fight and the last to leave it, the soldiers of the Trencher Corps form the vanguard of Cygnar’s army, holding ground against all odds on behalf of their comrades in arms. Any enemy who tries to assault their fortified positions faces a force of tough-as-nails troopers ready to cut them down with rifles, bayonets, and even the blades of their shovels.
Take command of these veteran soldiers with this box, which contains a full complement of trenchers ready to support your warcaster’s battlegroup. Dig in and hold the line!
This box contains:
• 8-Page Trencher Primer
• Commander Anson Hitch character Solo
• Patrol Dog Weapon Attachment
• Trencher Cannon Crew unit (3)
• 2 Trencher Infantry Rifle Grenadier Weapon Attachments
• Trencher Infantry Officer & Sniper Command Attachment
• Trencher Infantry Unit (10)
• Trencher Master Gunner Solo
I am a fan of abstract strategy games. I also have an interest in WWI. Well, mix those two together and you get Trench, a new strategy board game that’s up on Kickstarter now. Take control of your army and maneuver your way across the diamond-shaped board and to the other side of the trench that divides it. Capture your opponent’s pieces and press on to victory.
About the campaign:
TRENCH is an abstract strategy game for 2 players, based on the trench wars of WWI.
With its innovative algorithm, TRENCH realistically reproduces the movements of each military rank, making the game scalable in its degree of difficulty and making it almost impossible for the game to end in a draw. From the Soldiers to the General, each piece being subject to specific maneuvers all will have to cooperate in order to occupy the trench, invade the enemy’s territory, and vanquish the foe. The army that manages to survive after two battles wins the game!
The Premium edition of the game, which is made in Portugal, is being offered for $36, and the Classic Wooden edition is available for $59.
TRENCH is 100% language independent, however, the rules are available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Russian
The campaign is up and running now. They’re about 1/3 of the way to their goal with still 29 days on the clock.
What’s the best animal? Ok, I mean, we know it’s the polar bear. But beyond that. What’s the next-best animal? Well, in The Champion of the Wild, you take on the role of an animal trainer that can communicate directly with the animals in your care, and you’re looking to train them to be the best that they can be before entering them in various events. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
The Champion of the Wild is a social card game for 3-6 players in which you take on the role of an animal trainer born with the innate ability to communicate with all animals. It takes about 20-30 minutes to play.
You’ll need to choose one animal (and ONLY one animal) to compete on your behalf in 3 different physical events. As the animal’s coach, you will come up with your strategy for each event and explain to your competitors, before going on to analyse the likely performance of yours and the other animals by way of a conversational thought experiment.
How will you choose to stack your anacondas…? Where can your eagle hide in the stately home? How will you joust on your killer whale?
Once most of the players have made up their minds on the likely rankings, you move on to a blind voting system where you rank all the OTHER animals as to how you think they’d finish.
A great quick social game with a unique theme – The Champion of the Wild has already funded on Kickstarter after just over 24 hours and once you’ve backed the project there’s a chance to be involved in the art direction and get your name on a card by suggesting new events for the animals to compete in.
So put on your armour, saddle up on your lion and come and join the fun!
The campaign is already over its funding goal, so it’s on to stretch goals for the next 29 days.
Playing games is fun. Even watching people play games can be fun. But what’s better than that? Playing or watching games for charity. And what’s possibly even better than that? Getting free stuff for watching games for charity. That’s what you’ll be able to do tomorrow, as Nomad Games will be giving away free digital copies of Talisman for those tuning into their Twitch and YouTube channels.
From the announcement:
Us Nomads are offering a free copy of Talisman: Digital Edition (£5.99/£7.99) to all our followers on Twitch and YouTube this Thursday.
It’s all in aid of raising money for One Special Day and the Charity SpecialEffect. The more Talisman players the more love for the Shaman character which raises money for SpecialEffect.
Simply watch our live stream on Thursday 5pm BST to access the password for a free copy of the game.
September is a time for change. We’ve got a new season starting up in just a couple days. The leaves are starting to change color. Warcradle Studios is also coming out with a new edition of Wild West Exodus. In fact, the first couple sets are available for pre-order. So if you want to be the first gamer on your block with the hot, new edition of the game, you can put your name down on the list now.
From the announcement:
Wild West Exodus are very excited to announce that September sees the launch of its new edition!
You can now pre-order Posse and Starter Sets for Warrior Nation, Enlightened, Union, Lawmen, and Outlaws, released at the end of September. The coming months will see more sets, particularly releases for the Order, Hex, and Watchers.
These new Posse Sets are a fantastic milestone for Warcradle Studios as they include the first resin miniatures from their new state-of-the-art resin production facility. They plan on keeping everyone up-to-date on this exciting new development.
Posse sets have been created to give you all the miniatures you need to get your favourite faction onto the tabletop. These are expanded further as Starter Sets which add to the Posse with the rules, dice, cards, tokens, templates and much more. If you’re a hobbyist who already has a bunch of miniatures that you’ll want to get playing with, the rulebook and the additional components are available in a box on their own called the Rules & Gubbins Set.
Wild West Exodus is also bringing out a new Introductory Set. Gunfight at Red Oak includes everything in the Rules and Gubbins box as well as two taster posses. That way you can give the game a go without having to commit to any one faction straight away! If that sounds like a plan, then Wild West Exodus: Gunfight at Red Oak is definitely the set for you. It’s time to settle the score between Jesse James and Wyatt Earp once and for all…
Wild West Exodus is building up to something spectacular!
No, they’re not dice that are something like 15′ on each size. That’d be pretty awesome (though probably not very practical for your games), but Titan Dice is a new dice game from Eagle-Gryphon Games. In the game, vicious mythic creatures have escaped and it’s up to you to capture them. They’re fierce, though, and don’t exactly want to go back into captivity. So you’ll have to watch out or be knocked out for the round to go heal your wounds. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
In Titan Dice, players race to capture mythical creatures by rolling dice and claiming creature cards to gain powerful abilities. Each player manages their own board and set of 6 dice as they attempt to “cage” the five different creature types.
Each turn you must roll dice to generate a new active pool, but which dice? Your choices are limited to: All Active Dice, All Spent Dice or All Active AND Spent Dice.
The campaign is already over its funding goal, so it’s on to stretch goals for the next 19 days.
It’s the dawn of time… Eh, that’s too early. Someone wake me up at the noon of time…
No, wait, I need to get up and make my bed… though I should probably build a hut and get a village going. But to have a village, I need resources. But there’s other villages out there that are also trying to grow. I’ll need to find the resources first. Maybe that woolly mammoth will help…
That’s what you’ll be doing in My First Stone Age, a new family-friendly card game coming from Z-Man Games.
From the announcement:
It’s time to go on another prehistoric adventure. Z-Man Games is excited to announce the upcoming release of My First Stone Age — The Card Game!
Following in the footsteps of the 2016 Kinderspiel des Jahres Award winner, My First Stone Age — The Card Game returns kids and families to the dawn of civilization while they join Martin the mammoth and Guff the wolfhound on a quest to build a village. This adventure will take them through a prehistoric valley where they can experience the Stone Age way of life. In the end, they’ll develop many skills as they build a better life for their people.
Battlefront is awesome at having big, worldwide campaigns for their games. Firestorm: Red Thunder is their latest, and it’s been extended for another weekend to let you get involved. It’s more than just bragging rights for having your side win, participants will possibly win cool prizes for joining in. So grab your Team Yankee minis, head out to the battlefield, and either kick some Commie butt, or spread the People’s Will all across Europe!
About the campaign:
The Team Yankee Firestorm: Red Thunder Campaign is coming to a close with this weekend signalling the last opportunity for players so get involved.
Of course since the Battlefront team have extended it by another weekend that just means one more chance to win some prizes for getting involved in the event.
Firestorm: Red Thunder will also be setting the scene for a follow-on campaign scheduled to happen later in the year so games played (and reported now) will have an effect on how the next stage till play out.
The New Zealand Studio team has been getting stuck in and playing some seriously big games. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their efforts then have a look now.
Don’t forget, this weekend is your last chance to get involved so roll out your tanks now and fight for apple pie, sauerkraut, bubble and squeak or borscht!
Steve Jackson Games’ Munchkin has been around for quite some time. In all those years, it’s gotten quite a lot of expansions, alternate sets, special add-ons, and all those great custom dice. Well, for this holiday season, Steve Jackson has put together Holiday Grab Boxes just filled with all manner of things. They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign running where you can order them.
From the campaign:
When we launched the Munchkin Special Delivery earlier this year, we made an error and underestimated demand for the box. After we launched the box on Warehouse 23, it sold out in five hours and left us searching for a way to get more boxes into the hands of Munchkin players.
Thanks to your support on Kickstarter, we shipped out over 800 more loaded Munchkin Special Delivery boxes. We were happy, you were happy, and it didn’t take long for the requests for another box to flood our mailboxes and social media channels.
We are delighted to announce the Munchkin Holiday Grab Box, a pack of Munchkin goodies that is our answer to your demands for more. And to make things a bit more fun, we are also producing an exclusive Munchkin bookmark for the box . . . and we’re even offering two different box sizes!
And both boxes come with the Twelve Bonuses of Christmas printed on the box!
We’ll also throw in lots of promos and random Munchkin dice!
There’s only 5 days left to get in on the action, if you’re interested.
Information is everything. Being informed of the situation at hand, especially in something as chaotic as a warzone can mean the difference between victory and defeat. And when an enemy is captured, getting accurate information from them is a good skill to have. Such is what you’ll be doing as an Interrogator in the Star Wars RPG. They’re getting new options in the upcoming Cyphers and Masks sourcebook from Fantasy Flight Games. They’ve posted up a preview you can check out.
From the preview:
The battles that spies fight are often chosen by the enemy. Almost entirely across the board, their goal is to covertly gain access. Spies may spend their entire professional lives in situations where discovery means death because that is where the targets are. Computer networks. Assassination targets. Classified locations. Even secrets that only exist inside someone’s actual brain. Were it easy to get to these things, spies would be unnecessary.
Cyphers and Masks, an upcoming sourcebook for Star Wars™: Age of Rebellion, expands the scope of responsibility and capability of the Spy career for both players and gamemasters.
Memes are pretty much an everyday part of our lives right now. Hell, I used a couple earlier today when talking with friends. Gaming is also a part of our everyday lives (well, if you’re visiting here, it probably is, anyway). So, why not mix the two? That’s when you get Memeology, a card game that’s up on Kickstarter now that takes memes off of your screen and onto your tabletop.
From the campaign:
You ever feel like your idea was ahead of its time? Tell me about it! Back in early 2012, I had an idea for a card game that had to do with memes. I LOVED me some memes – so hilarious! So, I created the game in a small batch to distribute and tried to sell the game through my own business.
While memes were very much prevalent on the internet, the average person had ZERO idea of what memes were! Can you imagine that? Well, guess what happened? It did not sell! So, the remaining copies sat in a dusty box in my garage for the last four years…
Fast-forward to 2017 and memes are EVERYWHERE! I figure now would be a good time to try again and see if there is a market for my game. My goals with this Kickstarter campaign are to completely redesign all of the artwork for the game (new tuck box art, custom card artwork, as well as newer – updated memes). If this version of the game is successful, I will try to create a mobile version of the game (similar to Hearthstone, Exploding Kittens, etc.).
The Kickstarter is running now and is set to go for another 27 days.