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This is the season of buying things for cheaper than you’d usually have to spend. Pretty much every company out there’s got a sale going, and Privateer Press is no different. Their sale is actually already going. You’ve only got until Sunday to get these special deal pricings, though.
From the website:
Black Friday Sale!
Now through Sunday, November 26th.
$10 off purchases $60-$99, $20 off purchases $100-$139, $30 off purchases $140+!
No, the headline doesn’t mean that we’re taking a look at the different bardic classes in the game. Here, tone refers to how the game comes across for players. Is it light-hearted and comedic? Is it dark and brooding? Is it gritty? When a system says that it’s universal, it should be able to cater to all of these. But how does the game go about doing such? Well, take a look.
From the post:
A group of medieval adventures discover a town that cowers in terror with the rise of every full moon. High school students begin to realize their latent superpowers. A detective investigates an abandoned starship to discover the location of its missing crew.
Not only does the Genesys Roleplaying System allow you to craft an adventure in a variety of settings, the Core Rulebook introduces a variety of tones to augment these settings. Your adventures don’t just take place in a Fantasy setting, but Fantasy Horror, or a Sci-Fi Superhero Adventure. Focusing in on a specific tone can be a daunting task, but the Genesys Core Rulebook includes sections to help Game Masters out with rules and advice.
Today, Genesys Lead Designer Sam Stewart previews some of these tones and their unique rules found in the book to immerse your players in all kinds of adventures.
You might know Battle Systems for all that awesome terrain that they make. Well, if you’ve been wanting a specific game to go with said terrain, your wish has been granted. They are running a Kickstarter campaign for Core Space, a new sci-fi miniatures campaign game. Grab your crew and head out into the black.
From the campaign:
Core Space is a deluxe fully modular three dimensional board game for 1 to 6 players. The game can be played as single missions or campaigns with each player in charge of a team of traders, their sole objective, to survive in a dangerous galaxy!
Each of your characters can be levelled up with new skills and equipment to help them in their mission, but it will not be easy. The rival teams, gangs and the Galactic Corporation will hinder your every step… but the real threat is the ever expanding plague of synthetic life forms that are slowly purging the galaxy of all life…
Play using our unique ‘real search’ system and advance your characters between games. It’s fast to set up, fast to play, and fully compatible with all the Battle Systems terrain products. To win you will need to follow the trader credo: salvage, trade, adapt and survive…
The campaign is right on the cusp of reaching their funding goal (if not already passed it, by the time you see this), with still 25 days left to go.
Gavin over at Alternative Armies has been a busy bee. He’s got six new releases for you to check out. Along with that, there’s a bunch of sales stuff he’s set up that go live at the end of the week. Save some of your holiday dollars for them!
From the announcement:
Six brand new releases, two dozen big deals, free worldwide shipping and a fantastic cyber event. All of this begins now and will continue over the next week plus as the Alternative Armies mega Black Friday Event! Ending 9am GMT Tuesday 28th November. You will want to see this and read the details. It’s huge! Get your supplies for the winter wargame season from among our thousands of miniatures and more. Our biggest event of the year. Click through. Thanks.
We all know how much I love posting stories about Kickstarters that succeed and then are able to be put up for sale to the general public. So, it could be said, that I love making this post, because that’s exactly what we’ve got. The Games Collective is pleased to announce that their Awaken RPG is now available.
From the website:
Become a Vasall in Awaken, join the world of battles against the darkness, political struggles and discover the price of retaining humanity in the ruthless world!
Awaken is a tabletop roleplaying game set in a dark, war-ravaged fantasy world heavily influenced by Slavic and Mediterranean folklore, where the forgotten mythologies have resurfaced as Vasalli, powerful humans gifted with abilities capable of changing the course of history.
Inside the Awaken rulebook you’ll find:
A dark, war-ravaged fantasy universe influenced by Slavic and Mediterranean folklore.
A complete game system with intuitive and light rules, which help you tell a story rather than burden you down.
Streamlined rules for Character creation and guidelines for
Narrators, including examples of antagonists.
A Story suitable for venturing into
the world of Awaken.
We’re just a couple days away from the start of all the Black Friday Sales (well, except for those couple that’ve already started). In the case of Wyrd, they tend to go all-out, and this year is certainly no different. They’ve posted up what they’ll be selling. It’s quite a lot, so check it out.
From the post:
It’s time for all the glorious details on our Black Friday, Thanksgiving, birthday (and so much more) sale! I won’t belabor the newsletter with all sorts of extraneous information, so I’ll just get right into the offerings.
In a way, it’s Wednesday, because it’s the middle of the work week for me. In a way, it’s Thursday, because it’s the penultimate day of the work week for me. But in several ways, it’s Tuesday, because it’s the 2nd day of the work week for me, and I’m also in my Tuesday shirt and… y’know… it legitimately being Tuesday and all… And, seeing as it’s Tuesday, it means it’s time to get you all those Podcasts I know you love listening to.
This week we have: Game Classy Episode 150: Ducktails, Woo Hoo, Indeed; The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 33: Gloom of Kilforth, Dice Forge and Star Trek RPG; Epic Gaming Night Episode 132: Stuffed Fables with Jerry Hawthorne; Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 111: Valletta with Stephanie Straw; The Rolistes Episode 24 (Part 2): Armagnac, Strudel, Munchausen, James Wallis & a Few Other Friends; The Cardboard Herald Episode 54: Ken Meyer Jr. – Artist behind the (Kird) Ape; The Secret Cabal Episode 147: The Thing Infection at Outpost 31, Conan and Second Chance Board Games; SAGA THORSDAY 64: Byzantines Battleboard and Tactics Pt 1; and Plan of ATK! Episode 15.
Yeah, we kinda spend a lot of time talking about Bigfoot and Ducktails. We talk about some gaming stuff too.
The Polyhedron Collider Crew return, with another slice of board gaming chat interspersed by rabbit holes and nonsense.
Steve and Jon venture out to battle the Gloom of Kilforth, all three members of the team love Dice Forge so much they keep getting distracted and Andy tell us the tales of Captain Cocktail and his intrepid crew in the Star Trek Adventures RPG from Modiphius.
Roy & Rob talk to Jerry about his new game Stuffed Fables!
In this week’s episode:
1) The Pegs are joined by the incredible Stephanie Straw to discuss some of their most recent game plays, including discussions of Calimala, Pixie Queen, Banned Words, The Wizard Always Wins and more;
2) Review the unique card drafting game Valletta;
3) And revisit Salem and The Others.
Here’s the second and final part of your evening with James Wallis.
As promised you will hear James’ theory that Nordic LARP is actually a Galaxy Quest kinda situation, as well as a few other things.
Jack talks with Ken Meyer Jr., prolific artist behind several classic Magic: The Gathering Cards and numerous Vampire the Masquerade illustrations. Ken has had a wide range of art jobs over the years, and we talk about his time working in tabletop gaming, his childhood dreams of being a comic artist, his time modeling art for video games, and more.
The Founders are back for some tabletop gaming goodness! First we give an overview and review to The Thing Infection at Outpost 31! Then we look back at Conan one year later. Tony T gives you the best tabletop gaming news coverage in the entire universe and the rest of the gang causes trouble in the background. Then finally the guys talk about games that they think deserve a second chance.
Rodge here. Welcome to SAGA THORSDAY – your weekly source for Saga the miniatures game content! This week, I’m chatting Byzantines w/ Hamza from Sweden!
As Simon continues his international travels for fame and glory, we’ve prepared a very special episode for our fifteenth entry of the Plan of ATK podcast! Andy Hobday joins us once more, this time to tell us all about his latest and greatest: Gangs of Rome. Delve into a shadowy world of intrigue and violence with us as we discover what this new miniatures game has in store. Win prestige and glory of your own as a Dominus/Domina employing your gang to secure your seat in the Senate. Gangs of Rome features some lively mechanics that are sure to keep you on your toes! We’ll be back next time with our regular format of tabletop geekery.
Modiphius takes you out into the stars in Mindjammer, their sci-fi RPG of space-faring action and excitement. But when you’re out there, it’s good to know where you are and what you’re doing. These two releases help you do just that. There’s the Enhanced Commonality Space Schematic (so you can know exactly how to find Planet X), and The Mindjammer Player’s Guide so you can have a fully-fleshed out character when you get there (to get your illudium phozdex).
The Enhanced Commonality Space Schematic is a starmap of Commonality Space, showcasing its stellar regions, sector capitals, fargates, capitals, and more. Now presented in updated and enhanced format, this gorgeous poster map and digital file suite is the perfect compliment to your Mindjammer game.
The Mindjammer Player’s Guide is a rules book for Mindjammer—The Roleplaying Game, intended exclusively for the use of players.
-All the rules you need to create and play characters in the Mindjammer universe. You can even play a sentient starship!
-Descriptions and histories of the New Commonality of Humankind.
-New starmaps, homeworlds, and genotypes of Commonality Space.
-Rules for the Mindscape and virtual worlds.
Yeehaw, pardner! Mount up, men! We’ll head ’em off at the pass! Come on out with your six-guns a-shootin’ and a-blazin’! Unhand that rancher’s daughter! Tear up that mortgage! Cattle… lariats? … Anyone for tennis? Anyway, Wild West cliche sayings aside, Knuckleduster Miniatures has launched their Kickstarter campaign for their new miniatures skirmish game, Gunfighter’s Ball.
From the campaign:
If you have ever held a Gunfighter’s Ball game miniature in your hands, you can attest to the stunning quality of these digitally-designed wild west miniatures. The Gunfighter’s Ball game system ties together these digitally-sculpted miniatures with extremely fun rules and matching terrain items worthy of the figures themselves.
Gunfighter’s Ball is a tabletop miniatures game that puts the focus squarely on combat. Each player controls one or two characters with a card-driven turn sequence, dice-rolling for hit results, and a very detailed wound chart which specifies where you are hit and how much damage you take (tracked by poker chips).
The campaign is already over its funding goal, so it’s on to stretch goals for the next 29 days.
I’ve mentioned before that I love alternate sculpts for figures, and it’s true. I think they’re a great way to have holiday and event special figures that doesn’t have people that couldn’t attend/whatever miss out on chunks of the game. Well, Steamforged has shown off some of the alternate-sculpt minis they’re going to have this Friday. They’ve just shown off some more now.
From the post:
Black Friday begins on November 24th!
Get your copy of ‘A Yuletide Hearth’ this Friday on the SFG Webstore!
All miniatures shown are included in ‘A Yuletide Hearth’
Three days hence, we will have our most-darkest of days. That which is called, “Black Friday.” I don’t know why I’m talking like Thor from Texts from Superheroes, considering we’re here to talk about Corvus Belli, but there we are, then. They have posted up a graphic showing what special deals you’ll be able to get on this one-day-only sale.
Well, this game’s name is at least a bit shorter than what Cryptozoic has been putting out lately. This time around, they take on Teen Titans Go! with a new Deck-Building game, appropriately titled the Teen Titans Go! Deck-Building Game (one thing you have to say, you know exactly what you’re getting when you read that name). So grab a cup of hot salad water and get ready to fight!
From the announcement:
Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, today announced the November 29 release of Teen Titans Go! Deck-Building Game. In this two-player game based on the popular TV show Teen Titans Go!, each player becomes a member of the team—Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, or Raven—and engages in a friendly competition to take down DC Super-Villains such as Blackfire and the H.I.V.E. Five. Each player starts with one DC Super Hero, but is able to recruit “Sidekicks,” other Titans who can help the player. Each DC Super Hero has a Sidekick version on the back with information on how to recruit it
Games are, by their very nature, competitive. Someone is going to win, in the end. However, some games have all the players working together against the game, itself, instead of against one-another. Imperial Assault wasn’t originally a cooperative game. It was one player as the Light side and one player as the Dark side. Well, with the Legends of the Alliance App, coming soon for the game, you’ll all be able to join up on the same side and fight together.
From the post:
Legends of the Alliance is a free companion app for Imperial Assault that promises to revolutionize the way that you play the game. Until now, your campaign games of Imperial Assault have been divided between two sides. Up to four players became heroes of the Alliance, fighting for freedom across the galaxy. The final player took on the role of the Empire—commanding Imperial forces, triggering powerful events, and serving as the heroes’ opponent over the course of the campaign.
With the Legends of the Alliance app, you immediately have the chance to challenge and reform these existing roles. The Legends of the Alliance app assumes the role of the Imperial player—handling every aspect of the game once controlled by that player, whether commanding the Imperial forces in battle, springing traps on the Rebel heroes, and inviting you to explore secret bases and strange planets in entirely new ways.
At its core, Legends of the Alliance introduces a fully-formed, cooperative way to play Imperial Assault, controlling all of the soldiers and responsibilities once handled by the Imperial player and freeing you and your friends to unite against the Galactic Empire.
My favorite holiday of the year is this week. So, personally, for me, it’s all about Thursday. But *sigh*, I know it’s the day after that most people are excited about. I guess I can’t be too upset. I like to save money just like everyone else does. If you’re interested in what Warlord Games has to offer, check out their deals page.
From the post:
It’s that time of year, with Christmas mere weeks away, to get your lists prepared and your loved ones primed! We have a hugely exciting set of offers for you starting today!
So whether its a company of tanks or a platoon, a new army or game system, now’s the time to explore the Bolt Action, Antares, & Doctor who ranges via the links below:
Do you want to get involved in the gaming industry? Do you like working with your hands? Are you willing to relocate (or are already in) the Seattle area? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might just be the person that Privateer Press is looking for to add to their team as a new resin caster.
From the website:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The resin caster is a full-time entry-level position. The primary duties are to assist the production casting team. These duties include but are not limited to:
• Demolding cast parts
• Conducting QC checks on demolded parts
• Solving problems with casting
• Adjusting machine settings for optimal performance
• Preserve mold life through careful demolding
• Achieve daily quota for parts produced
• Assisting with special projects as required on an as needed basis
• Other duties as necessary
You know… I don’t think anyone makes games with names as long as Cryptozoic does. Full disclosure, I’m copy/pasting that name in this article. I’ve got to much to do to type out Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh every time I want to mention Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh. I mean, there’s just so many words in Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh, that if I were to simply type out Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh every time, that’d be the second half of my day!
Anyway, the expansion’s coming later this month.
From the post:
Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, today announced the November 29 release of Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh. In the third card game in the popular Epic Spell Wars series, 2-6 players once again create Spells with up to three Components—this time with new keywords “Cantrip,” “Bad Trip,” and “Everlasting”—as they try to destroy opposing Wizards. Every aspect of the game, from the cards to the rulebook and box, is filled with the series’s trademark off-the-wall humor and mature, at times bizarre art (over 100 original illustrations).
You know, if you’re going to have a gun, you might as well know how to use it properly. And not just little guns, either. But big ones. Really big ones. Really, really big ones. Such is the case with the Gunner pursuit from Through the Breach: Above the Law. We get a look at how they’ll work in today’s Monday Wyrd Preview.
From the post:
Hey everyone! Today we’re taking a look at another Pursuit from the upcoming Through the Breach supplement, Above the Law. The Guild has lots of red tape, and politics, but sometimes the Guild needs some raw firepower. For that purpose the Gunner pursuit is just what they need.
The Soviets made some pretty good tanks during WWII. This was causing the Germans some issues. They had their reliable Pak 40 gun, but it wasn’t easy to move the thing around. And the original Tank Destroyers that were made had exposed crew quarters, so they could be taken out with small arms fire. The Pak 40 auf RSO compensated for that with an armored crew compartment, even though it made the whole thing rather slow. Now, you can bring it to your Bolt Action battlefield and take out those annoying T-34s.
From the post:
German ingenuity and efficiency have bought a new weapon to the Bolt Action battlefields – the new Pak 40 auf RSO… available in three different options. Crew with either Heer, Heer in Winter equipment, or Waffen-SS uniforms.
In 1943, some 60 Raupenschlepper Ost (RSOs), were modified by mounting a Pak 40 anti-tank gun and some light armour plates for the protection of the crew from small arms fire.
The resulting tank destroyer, regardless of the fact that it was quite slow due to the weight of these additions, was rushed into use to face the growing threat of the Soviet armoured divisions.
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!