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Well, it's almost like the week is getting back on schedule, even though it's Saturday. I woke up. I got groceries. I'm now typing up the Review Roundup in my living room while listening to music and contemplating the rest of my day. Sort of nice to get things back to how they should be. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit. Anyway, as it's Saturday, it's time to get you those review articles I know you all so desperately desire. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Knot Dice Deluxe, Via Nebula, Lords of Hellas, 12 Realms: Dungeonland, 1754 Conquest: The French and Indian War, Star Realms: Colony Wars and United Expansions, Tournament of Towers, Manhattan Project: Energy Empire, Tesla vs. Edison: Duel, Balloon Pop, Terra Mystica App, Star Trek Panic, Sagrada, Yokohama, Ravage: Dungeons of Plunder, and EXIT: The Game - The Secret Lab.

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And we've come to another Saturday. Ah, the possibilities for today. I'm sure a lot of you are spending it at Adepticon. Me? I've picked up a bunch of snacks and some drinks and am going to watch some MST3K on Netflix. Because I'm cool like that. ;)
Anyway, I know what you're all here for isn't my choice of fizzy beverage, but for reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Realm-Master, Unlock, WizKids Unpainted Miniatures, Arkham Horror The Card Game, Bushi No Yume, Ronin, Element, Guns & Steel: Renaissance, Bloc by Bloc, The Oracle of Delphi, Dragoon: The Rogue and Barbarian Expansion, RPG Coasters, Kingsport Festival: The Card Game, Running With the Bulls, Magic Maze, Faith: A Garden in Hell, and Moons.

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It's another beautiful day here in Atlanta. The clouds are out. It's raining. There was dense fog this morning.
What? You don't think that's beautiful weather?
You know what they call a place that has nothing but "beautiful, sunny days"? The desert. Relatively few things live there.
You know what they call a place that has rain all the time? The rain forest, some of the most bio-diverse and bio-dense areas of the planet! So there!
Ok... that got weirdly antagonistic for no reason. Maybe I should just go check out some game reviews. Yeah. That's a good idea.

Today we have: Everzone, Portal, The Captain Is Dead, Triumvirate of the Imperium - Inquisitor Greyfax, Triumvirate of the Imperium - Belisarius Cawl, Raise Your Goblets, The Three Little Pigs, Concordia, Adrenaline, Hands in the Sea, Neuroshima Hex iPad Edition, 7 Wonders: Duel, Klask, Rise of Mafia, and Cavern Tavern.

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Well, my previous plans for the day sort of fell through. No worries, though. The day will not be ruined.
I might just see if my N64, that I brought back from my parent's place last time I visited, still works or not.
If so, hello Ocarina of Time!
But in the meantime, let's get you some reviews, shall we?

Today we have: Tides of Madness, Smiths of Winterforge, 3 Wishes, Garden Adventures, Top That, Happy Salmon, Kenjin, The Oracle of Delphi, Retreat to Darkmoor, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Escape From Colditz, and Onitama.

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*puts on Elton John garb*
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday night's alright!
Ok, so it's not actually Saturday night yet, but it will be soon (well, for me. Some of you are already well into Saturday night. Bloody time zones). Anyway, I know what you want. You want some reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Package, Zombicide Black Plague, GAMEMAT EU's Battle Mats, Sprue Grey: Wargame Hobby Magazine - The Golden D6 Tutorial Issue, D-Day at Omaha Beach, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Beer Empire, The Undercity, Haspelknecht, Pursuit of Happiness, Dracula’s Feast, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small iOS, Agricola: Family Edition, Dwarf War, and Get Rich Quick.

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I don't know about you, but my week has been busy. Lots of news. Lots of proofing projects. Lots of e-mails to reply to about a myriad of things. And tonight's going to be busy, too. Friend's birthday party tomorrow, so I'll be doing some baking to take to the party. Pumpkin snickerdoodles, to be specific. I'm going to make them a lot smaller than my usual cookies I make, then make a cream cheese filling and basically make them Oreos with it. It's the first pumpkin-flavored thing I'm making this year.
Speaking of bite-size morsels of joy, we've got our regular assortment of stories for you.

On the platter today we have: Kromlech New Release: Legionary Heavy Thunder Gun, Trapdoor Bringing Playbook Digital RPG Companion to Android, Mage Company launches new website for Dungeonland, Smart Device App Dized Being Soft-Launched October 2016, The Board Game Show Interviews The Donner Party Game Designer Greg Porter, New Lamia Available From Brother Vinni, Super Chibi Round 2 - Reboot Funded, Three New Mechs Available From Raging Heroes, Kromlech Weekend Promo: Orc Mech-Boss, and New Releases Available From Scotia Grendel.

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The "busy day" at Gen Con is in full swing. I'm running around like crazy trying to get photos of things. What you're reading now is past me telling you about current me. But past me knows that current you also wants to read about some game reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Scythe, Medici, Evolution: Climate, Kraftwagen, Bear Valley, Oh My Goods, Here, Kitty, Kitty, The Grizzled, Bureaunauts, Cigar Box Battle Mats, Viticulture, Euphoria, Old School Tactical, Star Bastards, and Ember.

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Hey there, everyone. I hope you're enjoying your Saturday. Mine's not the greatest, as I'm driving back from visiting my parents. Not that visiting my parents is bad. But the 8.5 hour drive back home is. Buh. No fun at all. But at least once I'm back home I'll be able to get back into the groove of some gaming.

In the meantime, let's get you some gaming reviews.

Today we have: VS 2PCG A-Force Expansion, Conflict of Heroes Guadalcanal, Shattered Void, Wake Up Cthulhu, Oh My Gods, Scape, Legendary Dice Throwers, Blood & Fortune, Histrio, Mistborn: House War, Celestia, and Morocco.

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Saaaatuuuuuuurrrdaaaaaaaaaay!
Saturday of a long weekend, too. All. The. Bonus!

But that doesn't mean I'm going to shirk my duties. You want your review articles, and I'm here to give them to you.

So I present to you: Who Knew, Everdawn, Flick 'Em Up, Night of Man, Ra, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, Tyrants of the Underdark, VIII Corps: The Somme 1916, Wombat Rescue, Nefarious, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Back to the Future: An Adventure Through Time, Dungeon Time, Bear Valley, and Millennium Blades.

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Saturday! Glorious Saturday!
As you read this, I'm at a library that a friend works at. They're having their first Board Game Day and so I'm playing some board games. Actually, there's a very high likelihood that I'm playing Guild Ball, which isn't really a board game, but it's still alright.

Anyway, while I'm doing that, I've also got some review articles for you.

Today I have: Stolen Treasures, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space: Ultimate Edition, Statecraft, Shinobi, Terminator Genisys Heavy Weapon Endoskeletons, Ice Cool, The CopyCat, Stak Bots Red, 51st State, Tyrants of the Underdark, StoryLine: Fairy Tales, Dr. Eureka, and Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh.

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Hey everyone and welcome to Saturday. How's yours been? Mine's been busy as f... err... it's been busy. Since this morning I've made homemade caramel sauce, strawberry-lime sauce, peanut-butter-caramel-pretzel-chocolate-bar-things (though having just cut them, "mess" is a good way to describe them), and a batch of dark chocolate chunk cookies. What's all that for? Well, Ray (the CMON Convention Organizer) has his birthday coming up and we're throwing a party.

But while I wait for the batch of cookies to cool down enough so I can put them into a tin for transport, let's get you some gaming reviews.

Today we have: Myths at War, Creature College, Deadzone Second Edition, Legends of the American Frontier, Perfect Crime, HOPE, Steam Time, Guilds of London, Stockpile, Slaughterball, Knuckling Knights, Ice Cool, Maze Racers, Odd World, and Bring Your Own Book.

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Well... it was worth the wait. We find ourselves once more in Saturday.
Joy...

Anyway, let's get to the various review articles we've bee coming across recently. I present to you the Review Roundup.

This week we have articles on: Dark Stories, Hunt: The Unknown Quarry, Hengist, Mystery! Motive for Murder, Porta Nigra, A Study in Emerald, One Night Revolution, Bountytown, Zombie Tower 3D, Fall of Magic, Terrakami Games MagLev Train MkII, Seven7s Card Game, Warfighter, and Phantom Fury.

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Hello there, Saturday! Nice to see you could stop by. Do come in, have a seat, and make yourself at home.

I hope your Saturday is going nicely. I've got baking to do. Cookies, brownies, and maybe some other stuff. We'll see.

But that's me. As for you, it's time to get you some review articles to chew on.

Today's articles feature: Fischkrieg Space Mat Starfield, the Pandemic App, They Come Unseen, Age of Tyrants, Thunderbirds, Jaipur, Hengist, Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Pharaoh’s Gulo Gulo, Expedition: Famous Explorers, Dragon Farkle, Ghostbusters: The Board Game, Codenames, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, Subterfuge (iOS version), Rome: Rise to Power, Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game, and Automobiles.

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Welcome once again to Saturday. It's been quite a morning over here. Rather busy for a Saturday. Biggest thing I've been working on is my decision to magnetize my Betrayal at Calth set (yes, this means it's not 100% assembled yet. The games I've been playing of it have been using stand-in figs for much of it. It happens). The only problem comes from maneuvering small, fiddly pieces that, very literally, will move on their own. As such, I have glue all over my fingers. Thankfully, though, on at least one occasion, that's helped me when my drill bit slipped and instead of giving me a scrape, it just gouged the glue that'd built up there. So, an asset hidden in a liability.

But that's a story for when I post the review later today. At the moment, we've got other reviews/previews to deal with.

In this batch we have: Late French Napoleonic Infantry from Perry Miniatures and Warlord Games, Dark Moon, Clockwork Kingdom, Queen of the Hill, Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man, Conquest at Kismet, Barony, Star Wars Armada Wave 2 Ships, Tides of Time, Pentoggle, Mars Attacks Miniatures Game, Risk: Star Wars Edition, Space Cadets: Away Missions, Bomb Squad, Escape the Nightmare, and T.I.M.E Stories.

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As we tend to do after Friday, we are now deposited here on Saturday. That means all day getting the chance to do some gaming. It also means we have our Review Roundup.
So without further ado...

This week we have stories on: Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman, King's Pouch, Space Movers 2201, Warehouse 51, Neon City Rumble, Viceroy, Machina Arcana, 7 Wonders: Duel, Age of Tyrants Junkers and Viridians, The Minecraft Card Game, Battle Foam P.A.C.K 720 Molle Army Bag, Thunder Alley, Halo: Fleet Battles, and Starfighter.

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Hello, and welcome once again to Saturday. Mine so far has been... busy. Wake up, groceries, mechanic, and now here. Birthday party for a friend later (for whom I made a cheesecake last night), and possible gaming to be had. Should be a good time. But before we get to that, we've got some reviews and previews to talk about.

In today's batch we have: 7 Wonders Duel & 7 Wonders, Dark City 30 Aircon Ducts, Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Creature College, Out of the Abyss, Cartagena, Morocco, and Mistfall.

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We hope your week has gone by well. It's been a busy one over here. Lots of news and lots of work on the next issue of Ravage US. However, we have had time to collect our regular group of reviews for you to look over.

This time we have reviews/previews of: D&D Miniatures: Tyranny of Dragons Booster, Keyflower: the Farmers Expansion, Sentinel Tactics, Hitman Holiday, Fleet Commander: Nimitz, The Robotic Age RPG, Mutiny, Grifter: A Game of Cons, and Bruges.

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Love is in the air.
We here hope you're spending the day playing the games you love with the people you love.

And as usual, we've got our Review Roundup for Saturday.
Did the reviewers love the games they tried? Only reading on will find out.

In this week's installment, we've got reviews/previews of: Arcadia Quest, G-Mat Snow Storm Terrain Mat, The Meeple Mechanic's Top 8 Kickstarter Games Going On Now, Cyclades: Titans Expansion, Rhino Hero, Noctu the Bounty Hunter by Savage Forge Minis, The 5th Land, Road Rally USA, Machi Koro, XCOM, the expansion for Mascarade, San Juan, Pagoda, Rise of Cthulhu, and Hitman Holiday.

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We've got another Saturday here on TGN and that means a collection of the review stories we found throughout the week. What are others saying about the games you're interested in playing? Read on to find out.

This time we've got reviews (and a couple previews) for games/models like: Rivet Wars, Eight Minute Empire, Kromlech's Orc Warchief, Witness, new Nachtjager releases for Flames of War, Scoville, Wizard Dodgeball, San Juan (the game, not the location. Though one is based on the other), Xia: Legends of a Drift System, Out of Dodge, Hoyuk, the 5th Edition Monster Manual, Amerigo, and King of New York.

That should keep you busy for a while.

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The Board Game Show has posted episode 16 of their podcast up online for your listening pleasure.

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In this episode:

In Episode 16, Scott Bogen recaps his summer by resurrecting 30-Second Review (Flash Point) and talks about an amazing chance encounter with Andy and Andrew, reviews Lost Legacy: The Starship, and shares a previously unreleased, horrifying audio clip of the crazy leaf-blower man.

Also in this episode, a review of Eight-Minute Empire. In our Warfare segment, 3D Battle Cry at Gen Con 2014 is discussed, and Kevin of The Big Board talks about the Napoleonic game, The Last Days of the Grande Armee. Ash Green returns for our cocktails segment and introduces James Bond’s Vesper Martini. Finally, Scott, Ash, Chris and Mike play a round of Knee Jerk, a new card game available on Kickstarter. Let’s begin now, shall we?


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The Board Game Show has posted episode 14 of their podcast up online for your listening pleasure.



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In this episode:

In Episode 14 of The Board Game Show podcast, Scott Bogen interviews designer Chris Urinko of Daft Concepts and Wicked Boar Games. Also, Scott tells us why Eldritch Horror unseats Arkham Horror as the ultimate Lovecraftian board game. In our Warfare segment, Kevin returns from the Game On wargaming convention in Seattle, and talks about Combat Commander, The Hunters and Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. And in Cocktails with Ash Green, it's Negroni and Compari time. Let's begin now, shall we?



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The Board Game Show has posted episode 13 of their podcast up online for your listening pleasure.



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In this episode:

Scott Bogen interviews designer Ed Marriott about his game of hot pepper farming, called Scoville, now on Kickstarter. Marriott also gives us a sneak peak at another game he is working on.

Scott also interviews designer Danny Devine to talk about his game, Mob Town, also currently on Kickstarter. Devine shares with us details about the expansion for Mob Town.

Let’s begin now, shall we?


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The Board Game Show takes a look at the Mob Town board game and gives you their thoughts on the subject.



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From the review:

Mob Town is coming to Kickstarter January 31. The Board Game Show has a preview:

In the 1920’s mafia families began waging war against one another for control of lucrative bootlegging operations, but when that ended, it was time to diversify. All manner of businesses would quickly become fronts for illegal activities.

Not unlike this period in history, the card game Mob Town has players waging turf wars over the most lucrative businesses and control of three towns over the course of the game. Despite the theme, don’t expect violent hit men, illicit drug rings and prostitution. This is a game you can play with your kids or grandparents, and that has everything to do with game designer Danny Devine’s deft hand at crafting a game that is remarkably balanced and accessible...


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The Board Game Show has posted episode 12 of their podcast up online for your listening pleasure.



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In episode 12 of The Board Game Show, Mudslides and Pyroclastic Flow, Scott Bogen reviews Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island and somehow manages to weave in a sound bite of Wil Wheaton. Scott also reviews the board game, The Downfall of Pompeii, with references to the upcoming movie. Bradley L’Herrou joins us from Sovereign Games to talk about Masterless, The Samurai Game of Bluff and Intuition and the quick-playing miniatures game, Army Dudes. In our Warfare segment, Scott and Kevin discuss Aspern-Essling 1890 and the classic Avalon Hill game, Battle of the Bulge, as well as iOS games, Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow from Shenandoah Studio. In Cocktails with(out) Ash Green, it’s a mudslide in more ways than one. And we wrap things up with a Kickstarter preview by Chris Solis, the designer of Terrene Odyssey: Battle Card Game. Let’s begin now, shall we?


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The Board Game Show has posted episode 11 of their podcast up online for your listening pleasure.



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In this episode:

In episode 11 of The Board Game Show, Author Chris-Rachael Oseland talks about her book Wood for Sheep, The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook. Scott Bogen reviews the latest Resistance installment, Coup, as well as a nearly 50-year-old, mold-ridden game of Probe by Parker Brothers. In our Warfare segment, Kevin and Scott talk about some gaming in Italy, as well as the solitaire game, Space Infantry. And in Cocktails With Ash Green it’s all about Pappy Van Winkle and Holiday Slush. All this and more. Let’s begin now, shall we?


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