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Year 2019


Baseball. It's the American Pastime. It's a fun game to play. But... I mean... have you been outside? It's hot and the sun gets in your eyes and... bleh. Best to just stay inside and play Base Roll. It's a new cards and dice baseball game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Sure, buffing your other party members is cool. But what if you would prefer to instead debuff your opponents? You could help set up for the killing blow from your party mates. That's exactly what the Ruinblade is a master of. It's a new character class for Pathfinder that's available from Silver Games.

Draw one card, then play one card. That's all the rules there are to Fluxx... well, in the beginning, anyway. It tends to get a bit more complicated than that. The game of ever-changing rules is endlessly reskinnable, and Looney Labs has a new one for you Trekkies out there. They've released Star Trek: DS9 Fluxx for your gaming pleasure.

Thursday. Friday Eve. We've almost made it back to the weekend, everyone. I know I'm excited, because we'll be playing D&D again. We missed a session, so that means it's been 4 weeks since our last game. Faaaaaar too long. But, in the meantime, we still have today and tomorrow to get through. And that means making your gaming tables look good.

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: New Candle Holder Kit Available from Tabletop-Art, Manorhouse Workshop Sale Happening Now, Crashed Vertibird Terrain Available From Modiphius, and Official Eden Terrain Mats Available From Deep-Cut Studio.

A trio of new releases are available for Monsterpocalypse  from Privateer Press. There's an enormous squid. There's a driller-beast-thing. And there's the Statue of Liberty (a nice segue into our Terrain Corner coming up in an hour, I see). You can get your hands on all of these new figures now.

Raiding ancient tombs and civilizations. In the far-off future, it's just as dangerous as it is now, with ancient traps still ready to spring, and all manner of dangerous beast that may have taken up home there. But that's what you're up to in Golgotha, a new sci-fi RPG that's up on Kickstarter now.

Outside of Mort City, in the desolate wasteland, is Cannibal Sector 1. As you'd expect from the name, it's not the nicest of places. You don't want to be caught out there unawares. Thankfully, Nightfall Games has provided a guide to keep you alive. It's SLA Industries: Cannibal Sector 1, a new expansion book for their RPG and a stand-alone skirmish game all in one.

When you want to fill your day with gaming information, a gaming magazine is a great way to do it. And if you feel you've already read every magazine out there, well, Initiative Magazine Issue 14 just hit the shelves, so you can go grab it and have yourself a good time.

Black Sabbath, Dead Kennedys, and System of a Down all asked why politicians don't go out there and actually fight on the front lines of the wars they start. In the Star Wars saga, that actually is often the case. In this preview of the upcoming Collapse of the Republic book for the Star Wars RPG, we get a look at the stats for some of the soliders and politicians that you can find in the game.

For those that want to get more involved with your Infinity games, you can head over to the Infinity RPG from Modiphius. They have two new sourcebooks available for two of the major factions. You can get pdf versions of the Nomads and PanOceania books now.

Ours is a global world. You could be just about anywhere reading this news. It also means that you could be just about anywhere and playing Dungeons & Dragons with your friends, just about no matter where they are. That's thanks to Roll20. And they've expanded their line again with the classic Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure line, available now.

A disease is spreading around. It's causing people to become violent maniacs (more than usual, that is). At the moment, it seems to be limited to the city of San Lazaro, which has since been blocked off and quarantined. However, the still-healthy citizens aren't happy with being shut in and are trying to escape. That's what's going on in Omicron Protocol, a new miniaturs game up on Kickstarter.

This game belongs in a museum!
This game is Museum!
... You ever say a word enough that it starts to sound funny? ... Museum...
Anyway, after a successful Kickstarter and sending out games to backers, the rest of us can now get in on the set-collecting action. Museum is now available from Holy Grail Games.

It's the middle of the week, and I have survived my latest hot sauce trial. I had one that's pretty much just ground up Chocolate Bhutlah peppers and a little vinegar. The gaming snacks I have for you today aren't nearly as likely to set your mouth on fire.

Today on the platter we have: Left at the Bottom of the Garden Figures Up On Kickstarter, New Wild Dogs Toughest Girls of the Galaxy Figures From Raging Heroes, New Trolls and Goblins Available From Aenor Miniatures, Da Plane Now Available From Puppets War, and Seelie Glass Coming Tomorrow From Kraken Dice.

Trees. They're a vital part of the ecosystem. The spirits help them grow and become strong. And that's what you'll be doing in Kodama 3D. Indie Boards and Cards' popular 2D tree-growing card game is now getting a 3D makeover. The project is up on Kickstarter now.

Things are heating up in the Deadzone. Factions are getting reinforcements and the battles are becoming bigger than ever. Mantic's been working hard on their sci-fi miniatures game, and a new expansion will soon be hitting shelves. You can check out the new book as well as a bunch of new minis, as well as get your name on the list to get them as soon as they're available.

On the edges of civilized space, there's bound to be some conflict. You've got smugglers looking to trade goods. There's the Empire looking to stop them. And, of course, a smuggler might get double-crossed by the person they're working for. In this preview for Star Wars: Outer Rim Fantasy Flight looks at how combat will work in the game.

Pandemic is a beloved board game that has had numerous popular spin-offs as Z-Man Games likes to bring you new opportunities to explore the Pandemic world in new ways. Pandemic: Rapid Response will be the next in the family. But while previous Pandemic games let you calmly stop and think about what to do for your next move, that amount of time is rarely available during a disaster. As such, Pandemic: Rapid Response will be a real-time board game, where split-second decisions are what keep you from losing.

You've seen the previews, now it's time to back the project. Ulfsark Games has launched their Kickstarter campaign for Tayio Dynasties, their new fantasy skirmish miniatures game based in an alternate-reality Feudal Japan. Grab your clan and fight for your place in the world.

If you know gamers like I know gamers, they can sometimes be uninterested in learning a whole new rules system to play a game. Some would rather just stick to what they know. This can be difficult when it comes to wanting to branch out into different genres from one that a game system was originally made for. That's where Ultramodern5 comes in. It gives you rules for expandind Dungeons & Dragons games with themes like Weird West, Deeep Space, Cyberpunk, and (possibly my favorite) Giant Robots. The book is up on Kickstarter now.

Arabian fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiights, like Arabian ... uh... days?

Arabian Fights is a new setting book for your Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder games. As one would expect, it's a vast desert, but it's far from uninhabited, with several different cultures, various magic items, and two different villains for you to defeat. The book is up on Kickstarter now.

Dungeons & Dragons has had many extra worlds and modules made for it, but this might be one of the most out-there. *waits for the comments to fill up with ones that are way crazier* It's Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty (yes, the ampersand on one side and not the other is causing my eye to twitch).

Most of you probably know Modiphius for their large amount of RPGs they produce. And, truly, their catalog is vast and varied. But soon, they'll be bringing you a new board game, one that's based on a very popular line of videogames. It's The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, and the first promo miniature is available to pre-order now.

Tuesday. We've made it into the work week proper. And I got my next subscription box from Heatonist, so I had a new hot sauce to try on my wings last night, and it was super-tasty. I realize that doesn't have anything really specific to do with gaming. I just like hot sauce.

Something that does have to do specifically with gaming is giving you some gaming podcasts to listen to while we all make our way to the weekend.

Today on the dial we have: Morrus Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Episode 48: Exploring Saltmarsh Finale: The Styes; Meeples & Miniatures Episode 267: It’s all Greek to me, Part Omega; Geeks of the North Episode 73: Contrast-ing opinions; The Secret Cabal Episode 183: Space Gate Odyssey, Lords of Helas and a Short Topic Extravaganza; Chance of Gaming Episode 31; 40K Radio Episode 40: Adepticon Wrap Up; Anonymous Tabletop Episode 33: Accents and Apologies; The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 62: UK Games Expo 2019 Preview; and Game Classy Episode 187: No, WE did it.

Can you figure out the hidden word? That might seem pretty easy. But what if you want to really flex your nerd cred and muscle? If so, you might have to figure out the hidden word in Klingon. Yes, the native language of Security Officers on starships is being added to Decrypto, and iello is looking to give you a set of cards for free.