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rally round

Lost Battalion Games is pleased to announce that Mort Künstler is the featured artist in S. Craig Taylor Jr and Jeff Billings’ tabletop game covering the battle of Gettysburg, “Rally Round the Flag”. The artist, famous for his Civil war art work in the late 1980s, is considered by many the premier historical artist in America.  Currently on Kickstarter, the game is a card driven strategy game featuring a hand-painted board derived from an 8′ x 8.5′ high resolution map based on the 1872 survey map commissioned by the army corps of engineers.  Each card features different artwork from Mort Künstler’s Civil war library.

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The beautiful foundation of the map is used with our innovative standee playing pieces in this card driven strategy game.  Spend time with friends and family exploring the battle as you play this fun filled game together.

The game also features an interesting mechanic:

For the first time a table top board game allows Gettysburg to be played with the ability to zoom into the battles as they are fought.  As a player you can play with divisions, brigades or even regiments and move between the different points of view on the battlefield as much or little as you choose.

There are a variety of Kickstarter rewards ranging from postcards to thousands of card and troop stands to let you recreate the battle at the scale of your choosing.

For more details visit Rally Round the Flag

 

xwing wave 7

SLAM into the middle of your enemy’s starfighters. Pummel your foes with plasma torpedoes and ion bombs. Eliminate everyone who would come between you and your bounty!

Fantasy Flight Games announces the next wave of Star Wars X-Wing starship expansions, this being the seventh wave in this popular miniatures game.  In this wave, FFG has included four new ships, including 2 new ships for the Scum and Villainy faction, and one ship for each of the Rebellion and Imperial factions.  These new ships include:

  • Hound’s Tooth Expansion Pack
  • Kihraxz Fighter Expansion Pack
  • K-wing Expansion Pack
  • TIE Punisher Expansion Pack

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Hound’s Tooth

The infamous Trandoshian bounty hunter Bossk swoops into the fray in the Hound’s Tooth, his modified YV-666 light freighter.  This large ship expansion includes:

  • 1 large YV-666 ship model, base, and maneuver dial
  • 4 YV-666 ship cards
  • 13 upgrades
  • Rulesheet with a new mission, Hunting the Hunter

Among the thirteen included upgrades is the Hound’s Tooth Title, which allows your YV-666 pilot to survive imminent destruction by escaping aboard a unique Z-95 Headhunter known as the Nashtah Pup. Although this expansion pack includes the ship card for the Nashtah Pup, a Z-95 ship is not included, meaning that players will need a Z-95 ship model from the Most Wanted Expansion Pack to play with this ship.

Kihraxz Fighter

The Black Sun, one of the galaxy’s most infamous crime syndicates, possesses ace fighter pilots of reputable skill.  Such pilots demand a starship to match their abilities, and this is accomplished through the deployment of another Scum and Villainy ship, the Kihraxz Fighter, a small ship modeled after the popular Incom X-Wing starfighter.  The Kihraxz sports three attack dice, two agility, four hull, and one shield.  This expansion includes:

  • 1 Kihraxz Fighter ship model
  • 1 maneuver dial
  • 4 ship cards
  • 5 upgrades

K-Wing

The K-Wing expansion is a heavily-armed bomber that specializes in strafing runs during planetary bombardments and slow-moving capital starships.  One of the more durable small fighter ships, the K-Wing possesses surprising acceleration despite its strong hull and hefty payload.  In addition to its four shields, five hull, and primary turret weapon with an attack value of “2″, the K-Wing also carries a new ability known as “Slam”, which allows this ship to move quickly across the battlefield to drop its bombs.

The K-Wing expansion includes the following components:

  • 1 pre-painted K-wing miniature
  • 1 maneuver dial
  • 4 ship cards
  • 9 upgrades that feature a massive armament of new missiles, bombs, and torpedoes

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TIE Punisher

This starship is a very enhanced version of its predecessor, the TIE Bomber, featuring added shielding, a second bomb chute, and three additional ordnance pods, each equipped with a twin ion engine.

The TIE Punisher expansion includes:

  • 1 pre-painted TIE Punisher model
  • 1 maneuver dial
  • 4 ship cards
  • 9 upgrades

The TIE Punisher has not only a slightly larger payload than a TIE Bomber, but it also features an innate Boost ability that allows it to shoot into position to drop its bombs amidst enemy ships.

This seventh wave of expansions for X-Wing are scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2015.  For more information, visit the FFG website here.

unspeakable words deluxe 2

You are an intrepid researcher, unearthing words man was not meant to spell…

So begins Unspeakable Words, an incredibly unusual party game designed by James Ernest and Mike Selinker. This game was already gaining steam when it was picked up for use in the second season of Wil Wheaton’s web series Tabletop. Now publisher Playroom Entertainment is running a Kickstarter to finance a “deluxe” edition, with cool new multi-colored pawns and special artwork by none other than John Kovalic.

According to the Kickstarter page:

In the game, you and your opponents will attempt to form words from the letter cards in your hand. Each letter is worth points – the amount of points is determined by the number of angles in the letter (where the hounds of Tindalos are lurking!). You may try to make the highest scoring word possible, but… you’ll have to test the strength of the word against a roll of the 20-sided die. Roll equal to or higher than the value of your word and you’re safe… but roll less than the value of your word and you lose a precious piece of your sanity, represented by an adorable Cthulhu pawn!

For owners of the current version, the Kickstarter notes that the deluxe edition doesn’t completely replace the base edition. Instead, the base edition can be combined with the deluxe edition to create a super edition of unspeakable proportions.

Check out Unspeakable Words on Tabletop here. Read the rest of the Kickstarter here.

monopoly

We all do our best to focus on the positive, but sometimes reflecting on those things that are lacking helps us grow, improve and push to make things better for everyone.  In that light, it can be useful to take a look at games that aren’t getting the love from gamers, at least in reputation.  In a recent article for FiveThirtyEightLife, Oliver Roeder shares his recent findings on what, according to the ratings on BoardGameGeek, are the worst board games ever invented.

In an analysis of over 15,000 games that had at least 10 ratings by users, Roeder identifies the games that lie at the “bottom of the heap”, including Tic-Tac-Toe, Monopoly, The Game of Life, and Candy Land.  Roeder points out that most of these games tend to rely mostly or solely on luck (random card draws, die rolls, etc.), creating a boring and frustrating experience for players.

Chart from fivethirtyeight.com

Chart from fivethirtyeight.com

Also presented in the article is a chart of the worst game for each decade, beginning with the 1910’s (Uncle Wiggly) and ending with the 2010’s (Angry Birds tabletop games).

It should be noted that while all of these games have very low ratings on BoardGameGeek, they get the most notice via one other criteria: they continue to be played by many people each day.  Roeder calls these games “cultural touchstones”, and indicates that these games continue to be played for sentimental value rather than actual interest in the gameplay itself.

To read the full article, visit the fivethirtyeight.com website.

imperial raider

Fantasy Flight Games is thrilled to bring you the all-new Raider-class corvette, a new Imperial ship for X-Wing Epic Play and a new addition to the Star Wars galaxy!

Fantasy Flight Games has announced an Imperial match for the Rebel Corellian CR90 Corvette: the Imperial Raider.  While FFG was in the process of designing the huge Rebel Corvette ship for their Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures game, they quickly realized that the Imperial player would need a ship that was comparable to this Rebel behemoth that could go toe-to-toe with it.  After scouring the Star Wars IP lore, they failed to find a ship that would fit this bill, with the next larger ship than the VT-49 Decimator being the Lancer-class frigate.  As the frigate would be entirely too big for the scope of the game, FFG has partnered with Lucasfilm Ltd. to design a new ship that would be able to counter the CR90 Corvette’s bulk and firepower and maintain the integrity and balance of the game.

Designed to be an anti-fighter ship, the Imperial Raider expansion pack will include not only this huge, sleek powerhouse, but also a TIE-Advanced ship model with a new paint job.  The expansion pack will also include the usual slew of new and exciting upgrades, pilots, and other quality features that make X-Wing a thematic, action-packed hit.

The Imperial Raider expansion pack is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2015.  For more information on this exciting new announcement, read the full announcement here.

freespace tactics

Some of us may remember the hit space combat game for the PC, Freespace.  Now, Interplay’s cult space combat simulator series returns in the form of a tabletop game, FreeSpace Tactics.  Led by game designer Chris Taylor, this Kickstarter project seeks to produce a tabletop miniatures game set in the FreeSpace universe.

FreeSpace Tactics is a fast-paced miniatures game of space combat for 2-4 players set in the war-torn FreeSpace universe. Inspired by the intense dogfights of the FreeSpace video games, we have been testing and refining the gameplay of FreeSpace Tactics for more than a year to create a tactical and highly customizable experience beyond the traditional miniatures game.

FreeSpace Tactics seeks to recreate battles set in the FreeSpace universe through ship-to-ship combat scenarios.  In this miniatures game for 2-4 players, players are able to customize their ships, move them with move cards designed for each ship, and use especially powerful Ace Cards that grant each ship special abilities.

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The core set comes with:

  • 4 different plastic ship miniatures
  • 6 asteroid tiles
  • 2 range rulers
  • 80 Move and Ace cards
  • 24 Pilot cards
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 13 dice of 4 different types
  • Damage markers
  • Shield markers
  • Critical hit markers
  • Missile Ammo markers

The goal for the project is $75,000, and has currently raised $14,513.  For more information on the project, visit the Kickstarter page HERE.

dragonmeet

On December 6th, 2014, the Dragonmeet Tabletop Gaming Convention will be held at the Ibis Hotel Earls Court & ILEC Convention Center in London.  Hailed as “one of the most vibrant tabletop gaming conventions and the largest of it’s kind in London,” Dragonmeet offers a wide variety of activities and opportunities such as tabletop gaming of all varieties, cosplay, book signings, industry panels, tournaments, art shows, and a huge exhibitor hall.

Featured celebrity guests include well-known fantasy authors Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, authors of the beloved Fighting Fantasy game books and cofounders of Games Workshop, as well as Joe Dever, author of the Lone Wolf series.

Dragonmeet will also feature a “Bring and Buy” event, in which attendees can bring their old games and gear to sell in order to free up some cash for new releases.  To do so, you will need to fill out a form on the Dragonmeet site and register for the event.

Dragonmeet will feature many of the hottest releases from Essen.  Registration for the event costs £10 at the door and £8 in advance.  To register for the event, follow this link HERE.

Picture from www.theatlantic.com

Picture from www.theatlantic.com

In a recent article by The Atlantic, there is a growing desire for people to fill the need for good ol’ face-to-face socialization that has developed over time as digitalized social media and networking have become the norm.  Quick, shallow electronic blurbs thrown out to the world don’t really feed the need for meaningful human interaction.  The article states that “we are tempted to think that our little ‘sips’ of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don’t.”  Board gaming seems to be creating a shared experience that is becoming the centerpiece around which others can experience such interaction.

This recent increase in the popularity of board gaming has given rise to a growing need for public places where those seeking such social activity can congregate.  Building on age-old social environments where people could gather to enjoy a beverage, a cozy corner and the company of a friend, a growing number of cafes and pubs are opening around the world where a healthy dose of tabletop gaming is added to that classic mix.

The article discusses the change in board gaming as a hobby from what it was decades ago, where classic games such as The Game of Life, Risk and Monopoly were great ways to pass the time.  With the advent of the European-style game, the ways games work and the way players approach them are completely different:

Today’s games typically have fewer rules and more variability. As opposed to a single winning strategy, many games have multiple ways to approach them, or strategies that evolve depending on who the players are or how the game board comes together…Today’s game players do not want to do mundane things like purchase real estate, collect an allowance, or even take over Europe. They’re looking for bigger challenges. Today, when someone opens up a board game, it’s so they can travel to mythical islands, build cities with roads and infrastructure, and save the world.

The entire article can be read by following this link to The Atlantic web site.

heirs of blood

HEIRS OF BLOOD

The kingdom of Saradyn lies in peril. After centuries without a ruler, an heir to the kingdom has arisen, but he is not the only one to lay claim to the throne. Lady Eliza Farrow, an immortal vampire and the wife of a renowned necromancer, has claimed Saradyn as her own. She is more than willing to slay anyone who may stand between her and the hidden kingdom. Only you and your fellow heroes can protect the true heir from a horrid death at Eliza’s hands.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the first official campaign book for the hit strategy dungeon-crawl board game, Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition.  With thirty-two completely new encounters interwoven within two acts, Heirs of Blood allows Descent players to embark on a whole new major campaign using the Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition core set.

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This new content alone will likely be great news for Descent 2.0 fans.  The more exciting news, however, is that this campaign is fully playable with just the core set, relieving any requirement for those who have not purchased the myriad of Descent 2.0 expansions and additional content to be able to purchase and play the game.  The logical question that follows is whether the new campaign will scale well for those players who do own expansions and wish to add in all the various combinations of heroes, monsters, rules additions and tiles.

Much like previous campaigns in the Descent 2.0 realm of Terrinoth, the outcome of each encounter in Heirs of Blood has consequences for the entire campaign.  Fantasy Flight’s website outlines the campaign plot summarily:

In the first act, you and your fellow heroes must foil Eliza’s initial incursions into the hidden kingdom. You may battle goblins to retrieve treasure from a hidden cavern, or attempt to keep Eliza Farrow from completing an unclean ritual. When the second act begins, Saradyn is launched into open war against the dark forces and machinations of the Farrows. You may battle a rival army amid a graveyard filled with undead or seek to infiltrate the haunted dungeon of Khinn! The Heirs of Blood campaign concludes with an unprecedented, three-encounter finale that brings Saradyn’s two claimants together in a magical showdown that will determine the fate of the kingdom. Your heroes are all that stand between the rightful heir and a grisly demise.

The scheduled release for the Heirs of Blood campaign book is the first quarter of 2015.  For more information about Heirs of Blood or of the Descent 2.0 system, visit the Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition pages on Fantasy Flight’s website HERE.

king of war

Mantic Games, publisher of Deadzone and Mars Attacks – The Miniatures Game, is currently running a Kickstarter project to fund the second edition of their Kings of War Fantasy Battle Game Rulebook.

Kings of War is the two-player fantasy miniatures game where epic armies of brave warriors and devastating cavalry clash against powerful wizards and fantastical monsters – all on your tabletop.
Kings of War already boasts an easy-to-learn and intuitive rules set, fast, immersive play, and very affordable miniatures.  This Kickstarter, born from the demand of Kings of War fans, seeks to fund the 2nd Edition Kings of War Hardback Rulebook.
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         The new version of the rules set includes:
  • Enhanced Game Play – with improvements to the rules to improve the strategy, speed and simplicity in the game.
  • Refreshed Army Lists – all armies will be updated and rebalanced, and new units and new armies will be added to the core rulebook.
  • Fantastic New Art – an update to the art library throughout the book to bring the world to life.
  • Develop the Background – exploring the fantasy world and each of the factions like never before.
  • and more!
This Kickstarter project will be funded on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM EST.  To support this project, visit the project’s Kickstarter page at THE KINGS OF WAR 2ND EDITION KICKSTARTER PAGE.