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Year 2018

New lands have been found. A previously unknown river has led settlers to an untouched land. Now, the race is on to create new settlements along the river's banks. But which one will grow the fastest and utilize its resources the best? That's up to you to decide in The River, a new game coming from Days of Wonder.

A lot goes into making a character for an RPG. You've got your own thoughts on how the character should be, and working within the rules to make those thoughts into reality. In this article, Fantasy Flight continues their previews of how character creation works in the Legend of the Five Rings RPG.

CMON has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new addition to the Arcadia Quest franchise. It's called Starcadia Quest, and as you'd expect, it takes players out into the cosmos. This new version of the PvPvE game includes streamlined setup and play, along with more random elements to make games different each time you play. The campaign is up and running now.

The future is not set in stone. It can be changed and altered depending on what we do now in the present. If someone had the ability to look into the future, they could perhaps alter their path in order to change things. That's what is going on in A Thief's Fortune, a new card game up on Kickstarter from Artipia Games. Which path will lead the thief to safety? And which of you is the real one to begin with?

A new version of the Troika RPG is up on Kickstarter. The game is designed to be rules-light, so even if you've never played an RPG before, there's no huge lists of charts or tables you have to consult. They've even given you a set of backgrounds that your character can have, and reading over them will give you a good idea of what sort of things your character is capable of, as well as the universe overall.

Well, Monday's over. The work week is well underway. And I know a lot of people here in the States are excited because it's a 3-day weekend coming up. And not only that, but for many, it's coming up to Nerd Mardi Gras. Yes, it's Dragon*Con this weekend. And while I'll be OTP during the festivities, I know a lot of people who'll be headed downtown. So I know they want the week to go by quickly. Let's help with some gaming podcasts.

This week on the dial we've got: Game Classy Episode 170: Forgeworld poops the bed; Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 129: Tile Laying Suite; Anonymous Tabletop Episode 26: Under The Gunn; Rolling Dice & Taking Names Episode 151: Villainous, Keyforge and Age of Sigmar Champions Discussion; Dungeon Masters Ludus Episode 06: Game Master Meta, Cheating and Thinking on Your Feet; and Epic Gaming Night Podcast Episode 168: This game is Dead Last! With Matthew Jude.

For a dungeon master, there's little better than a golem to patrol through your halls. You can just give 'em a simple command and know they'll go take care of it. There's relatively little upkeep. You don't have to worry about them getting lippy with you. They're great. Skirmisher Publishing has released New Golems of the Labyrinth that's a sourcebook with new golems that you can populate your dungeons with.

Just below giant robots on my "things I love" scale comes dragons. You know, if I could summon one, I definitely would. And, hey, if it happened to be a dragon god and I could use it to conquer the various realms, as well as use it to defeat my enemy's forces, that's just that much better. And that's exactly what you get to do in Dragon Dreams, a new card game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Season 4 of Guild Ball is nearly upon us. We've seen some of what players will look like in it with the Navigator's Guild. However, there's lots of already-existing figures that are going to be getting updates and changes. Steamforged has posted up the first of these "new versions" of minis with a look at Snakeskin.

Fantasy Flight Game is bringing the world of Terrinoth to a new place with Heroes of Terrinoth, their upcoming strategic card game. In it, players will become one of the mighty heroes that roam the land. But the question remains: what type of hero will you be? In this preview, we get a look at just that sort of thing.

Would you like to get more involved with the gaming industry? Maybe go out and talk with your fellow gamers about the games they love? Interact with the community and guide the discussion in new directions? If that's you, then Corvus Belli might just want to hear from you. They're looking for a new Community Manager.

A new batch of releases are available now for Warmachine. There's a new unit for the Crucible Guard, as well as a new solo for them. But the Protectorate of Menoth has slipped in and gotten themselves a new Command attachment as well.

In the post-apocalyptic world of Mutant: Year Zero, the surrounding landscape has been forever altered. Robots roam in their own enclaves. Psychics sit in control of shadowy organizations. All manner of strange things have become commonplace. Modiphius has released two new Zone Compendiums for the RPG. They're Zones 4 and 5, and you can pick them up now.

You just can't keep a good lair down. While adventurers might go in and clean them out, given enough time, new evil will find them and take up residence. That's what's happening in Wakening Lair, a new game announced by Rather Dashing Games. Players will have to work together as they head out to a long-dormant but-now-active-again evil lair. Head in and take on the evil before it can grow too powerful.

GCT Studios will have a new wave of Bushido releases coming out soon. They've started the previews with a look at the first piece of artwork for a new figure. Along with that, they've been working on a new design for their stat cards. They're showing off what they've come up with there, as well as asking for your feedback.

Well, someone, somewhere decided that it should be Monday again. I'm not entirely thrilled with that choice, but waddyagonnado? Eventually, we'll make it back to the Weekend. It just seems really, really far away at the moment. In the meantime, let's get your gaming tables looking good, shall we?

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: Acheson Creations' American Frontier Miniatures on Sale Through the 31st.

In this Year of New Editions, that includes anniversary editions of games. In this case, Stone Age is celebrating 10 years of placing workers in a prehistoric city. Z-Man Games has announced that they're taking pre-orders for a new version, with new components, a double-sided map, and rules for playing in the cold of winter. Have a look.

Mature content ahead. Cryptozoic has announced a new expansion for Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards. It's called Panic at the Pleasure Palace and it's pretty much everything you're kinda thinking it is, based on that name. There's Magically Transmitted Diseases and everything.

So, you've got your character put together. You're all set up to do something cool in the Legend of the Five Rings RPG. And... now what? You've got some funny-lookin' dice. What do they do? How do they work? In this preview from Fantasy Flight, we get a look at just how all that stuff works.

Man, Warlord Games has been busy. They've got all manner of new releases and pre-orders available over on their website. There's new plastic sets for Germany and Britain in Bolt Action. There's a new pre-order for a gang in Strontium Dog. Then there's a whole bunch of new Konflikt '47 releases for you to check out.

This Year of New Editions is coming in all forms. In this case, a beloved book and film series is getting a reboot. Games Workshop is taking pre-orders for the new rulebook for their Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game, as well as Armies book. Plus, there's seemingly a hundred miniatures bundles to go with it. Also dice, because you can't have too many dice. For those that want something more sci-fi, there's a trio of Kill Team sets you can pick up as well.

Woooooo! Saturdaaaaaaaaaaaay!

I started my weekend off with some D&D, and that's actually what I'm doing again now (through the miracle of future-scheduling posts). But no matter what you're doing, I know you're here to check out some reviews. So, while my Bard is hopefully not getting stabbed to death, let's see what we've got this week.

We have: Starship Samurai, Tofu Kingdom, Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, My First Stone Age, Fae, Duhr: The Lesser Houses, HOPE, Dwarves with Swords, and Hero Master.

It's a big release weekend for Flames of War. Battlefront's got two new books out, but also various units to go along with it. In this case, they're showing off some Iron Cross sets. So, if you're interested in some Axis Powers releases, you'll want to check them out.

Normally, you'd never see the Ultramarines and the Deathguard on the same side of a battle. But in Dice Masters, you can certainly do that. But, if you want to just go at one-another, the Battle for Ultramar Campaign Box certainly lets you do that, as it's got everything that 2 players need to get into Dice Masters all at once.

Grand Admiral Thrawn.

He's a fan favorite from the Star Wars extended universe that's managed to survive the culling after the franchise was sold, so manic are fans for him. And he's making his way to Imperial Assault tabletops. The Tyrants of Lothal expansion, as well as four more Ally and Villain packs are all available now.