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Year 2019


These days, many vaunted video games are making their way to your tabletops. This time around, it's the award-winning Europa Universalis, which itself was based on the Europa Universalis board game from over two decades ago. Aegir Games is running a Kickstarter for Europa Universalis: The Price of Power. It's the 1400s and the age of exploration is on. European countries are looking to create empires that span the globe. Set out and make your own mark.

Characters from all over the universe and dimensions have teamed up together. What could bring such disparate characters together? Well, fighting off Cthulhu, for one thing (it's a Sandy Petersen game. You knew Cthulhu would be in there somewhere). 8 Bit Attack puts players in control of an 8-bit hero, heading down dungeon halls, fighting minibosses and powering up until they reach the big baddie himself, Cthulhu. The game's up on Kickstarter now.

The blending of the physical and digital is growing more and more every day. We've got our board games, but we also have supercomputers in our pockets. Why not bring the two together? That's where the Gameboard-1 comes in. It's a new tabletop gaming console that gives you the minis and figures you love, but with digital enhancements for your board game sessions. The project is up on Kickstarter now.

The balance of power in Rome was always rather tenuous. The Emperor supposedly had it all, but provicincial governors, ambitious generals, and even the people themselves could topple everything if opinion swayed far enough. And it's into this topsy-turvy world that you put yourself in Anno Urbis - The Fight for Rome, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Halfway there. We're halfway back to the weekend. We can certainly make it. I'm really excited. In our D&D game, the group got put into jail and will stand trial next session. I'm playing a bard. I got this. *brushes off shoulders*

But, before we get there, we should snack on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today on the platter we have: Jack Goblinton Available For a Short Time From Fox Box and New Releases and Dice Drop Sale from Kraken Dice.

How's your spelling? Can you come up with words using only a certain amount of letters? Are you good at guessing? If so, you'll be good at Letter Jam, a new card game available from CGE. In it, players are given a set of letters they must spell words from, but they can't see their own letter, only those of the other players. Spell words and guess which letter you have before time runs now.

The Toys are alive! But it's ok, they're here to help. But there's a lot of troubles for a toy in the world today, and they're going to have to work together to get past them. Toy Story: Obstacles and Adventures is the new cooperative deckbuilding game from USAopoly that puts players in the role of classic characters from the Toy Story movies. You can pick up your copies now.

Players only have to worry about their character while the GM has to worry about literally every one else in the game. As such, it's handy to have guides and lists of NPCs that they can draw from. But it can get old with just Bartender #483 or Commoner #87309. Sometimes, you need something a little more complex. That's what Paizo's giving you in this preview of the Lost Omens Character Guide.

No, the dials aren't going to be clear now on HeroClix figures. However, since the dials are printed on the back of the hero's stat cards, WizKids is going to be changing their game rules so that one player can look at another player's stat card whenever they want. Now, many games have such open information already. Now, it's just coming to the HeroClix world.

Path of the Serpent, new expansion for Mansions of Madness, is soon to hit game shelves. As always, intrepid Investigators will be trying to stop the nefarious forces of evil from bringing harm to humanity. But who are these stalwart defenders? In this preview, we get a look at exactly that, checking out the four new Investigators coming in this box set.

When you want to build a body from scratch but you don't have a lot of time, you might try and rush things. With the right knowledge, you can get that done. And that knowledge is here for you now from Plaid Hat Games. For those that love Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein, but only have a short time for a game, they've posted up the new Igor variant.

Sure, when you're playing an RPG, the focus is just on the PCs, but what about all the other things going on in the kingdoms/realms? How do those work? And what happens if someone does become ruler of the land? That's where a supplement like Kingdoms & Warfare comes in. It's a new guide for 5th Edition that's up on Kickstarter now. Find out about running a kingdom and even fighting wars to expand your territory.

In Marvel Champions, players take on the role of super heroes fighting to keep the city safe. But safe from what, exactly? Well, the Villains, of course, What sort of dastardly ne'er-do-wells are in the core box? That's just what we get a preview of here.

Tuesday. The work week is well underway and it's time to really buckle down and get things done. Instead of Nina over in Corporate Accounts Payable answering her phone, maybe you should listen in on some gaming podcasts. That'll help make the day go by faster.

This week on the dial we have: Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Episode 70: Silly Rules Exploits for D&D and More; Game Classy Podcast Episode 197: We’re Back (again); The Secret Cabal Episode 193: Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein, Eschaton and a Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza; Singled Out Episode 96: WTC 2019; Tabletop Talk Episode 44: Pandora (Neverborn) Deep Dive with Geoff Mansker; and Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 157: Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein.

I enjoy cooking and being a host. There's little I find more satisfying than seeing someone else enjoy a meal I made for them. That's what you'll be trying to do in Foodie Frenzy, feeding your customers the best food you can make. Just watch out for the cats that are hanging around. They might just ruin your dish. You can check out this new game on Kickstarter now.

Humanity is in danger. Barbarians, diseases, floods, and Cthulhu are all coming to get us. They must be stopped! And that's what you'll be doing in the Pandemic Survivor Series. Z-Man Games has posted up this year's events and games for you to check out. Can you keep humanity safe?

Paizo's filling up your trick or treat bags early this month. You can head over to your LGS and get yourself new releases for Pathfinder, Pathfinder Battles, and Starfinder now. Need some new terrain? They've got it. New character options for your Pathfinder character? You bet. New Starfinder adventure? Sure, why not? Some new minis to represent your fiends and foes? Check.

KeyForge, the card game where every deck is unique from one-another, is coming out with a new set. Worlds Collide will add many new cards as well as new factions to the game. In this preview, we get a look at the Star Alliance. What sort of new tricks will they be bringing to the party? Let's take a look.

There's nothing more relaxing than taking a stroll around a lovely koi pond, maybe tossing some little food pellets at all the beautiful fish inside, watching their colors shimmer under the water along with beautiful water flowers and decorative elements. If you're not close to a beautiful koi pond, you can just make one for yourself in your living room in Kohaku, a new tile-laying game that's up on Kickstarter now.

While up here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's getting into Fall. Down South of the Equator, it's just becoming spring. The same is happening in the land of the Dwar7s. The new worker-placement/engine-building Dwar7s Spring board game is up on Kickstarter now.

Board games are a social event. You bring your friends together and you game. Having games that are versitile in how many players can have a seat is good. Well, if you're a Barrage player and tired of having a friend sit out because it only seats 4, you're in luck. The 5th Player Expansion is up on Kickstarter now.

So, you want to play a railroad building game, but you don't want to have to buy a Ticket. What are you to do? Well, you could check out the different Railways games, two of which are up on Kickstarter now. Whether you want to head to the frozen land of Siberia in 1861: Railways of the Russian Empire or the frozen land of Canada in 1867: Railways of Canada, or both, you can head there now.

When you're looking to fill your day with gaming information, a gaming magazine's a great way to do that. "But I've already read all my copies!" Ah! But, Wargames Illustrated has come out with their November issue. *checks calendar* Uh, yeah. A bit early, but whatever works. You can order your copy now.

It's back around to Monday. I hope your weekend was good. Mine was. I got to see a bunch of good friends I'd not seen in a while. However, being up super-late has thrown off my schedule and made me head for a Dew to get me going again. But I'll make it. The other thing I'm going to make is your gaming tables look better.

Ok, so that link wasn't so great. I did say I was running in low gear today.

Anyway, today in the Terrain Corner we have: New Adeptus Titanicus Terrain From Forge World, Ded 'Ard Dakka Tower Available From Tabletop Scenics, and Ramshackle Fortress Available From TTCombat.

Many of you out there want to get into the gaming industry. Now, finding jobs like game designer or content creator are few and far between, but you gotta start somewhere. Perhaps getting your foot in the door through the Warehouse can work. I know of several people who've done just that. Privateer Press is looking for new Warehouse Associates, so you might just want to apply.