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Jinkies! There's a mystery to solve, gang! And only us, a group of meddling teenagers and a pesky puppy can do it.
*investigating happens here*
Oh no! We've become trapped in this haunted mansion! How will we get out?

How, indeed. That's just what you'll have to figure out in Scooby-Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion, the first in a series of home escape-room-style games from The OP Games as part fo their Coded Chronicles line.

Looney Labs are masters at making quick, little, fun games that can fit in your pocket. They tend to take simple mechanics and pieces and turn them into something greater. Well, they're looking to expand their game line by four new sets. As such, they've launched their Pyramid Quartet Kickstarter campaign.

The Power Rangers are a pretty amazing fighting force, but they can't do it all on their own. They've teamed up with many allies along the way in their quest to defeat evil. Soon, you can bring some of the most iconic Power Rangers allies to your tabletops with the Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid Ranger Allies Pack #1. Renegade Game Studios is taking pre-orders for this game expansion now.

I'm a big fan of abstract strategy puzzle games. So, Gorinto looks to be right up my alley. It's a new board game up on Kickstarter where you're trying to gain wisdom by moving stones up onto the shrine, moving them from your mountain board onto the main board. You'll change the landscape with each play. In the end, who will achieve enlightenment?

You'd think that in the wake of Hades winning over all the other gods and starting to bring all of mankind down to hell, people would be able to set aside their differences and work together. However, that's not the case in Hades Trap. Players are working against one-another as they try and collect holy medallions that will stop Hades' plan. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

Stretching your dollar further than it'd usually go is something all of us try and do. We all love getting stuff for free or extra with an order, and that's what Gamelyn Games has going on now. They're running a sale on their Heroes of Land, Air & Sea game. Go get more game for your buck.

Tears for Fears reminded us that everybody wants to rule the world. Well, in Deep State: New World Order, you just might be able to. Of course, you're not alone (everybody wants to, remember?). You'll have to be smarter and more cunning than other hidden-organization members if you want the ultimate prize. In the end, who will rule? The game's up on Kickstarter now.

There's many reasons to possibly miss out on a Kickstarter campaign. Heck, this month, I'm running a little tight, so I've not been able to put in as much into pledges as I'd wanted or back every campaign I was hoping to. However, next month, I should have a couple more bucks and can head on in. That's what's possible right now if you missed out on the Infinity Defiance campaign. They're taking late pledge pre-orders now over on gamefound.

The Spanish-American War of 1898 might not be as big and flashy as either World War or the Civil War or the American Revolution, but it is a big step forward for the US where we really started getting colonies after the fact. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we did need to actually fight the thing. And that's just what you'll be doing, partially, in Dawn of Empire, a new naval strategy board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Wonderland used to be a place of magic and whimsy with just a touch of danger. Now, however, the whimsy is gone, leaving just the magic... and the danger. Factions are being drawn together, armies are being recruited, and the people of Wonderland are headed to war. That's the story behind Wonderland's War, a new board game from Druid City Games that's up on Kickstarter now.

The world has been torn asunder. Giant cracks form in the ground after the rituals and offerings to the gods ceased. Now, mankind has to fight back against the encroaching hordes. That's the story behind Turris, a new competitive worker placement game that's up on Kickstarter now. Build your tower and offer your sacrifices back to the gods.

Atlantis. Mythical land that was swallowed up by the sea. In Atlantis Rising, you're looking to save what you can of its people, culture, and the island itself. Players must work together to place their islanders strategically so they can gain resources, but must watch out for the rising flood waters. Will they be able to stop the catastrophe? You'll find out when you play this new edition, now available from Elf Creek Games.

I like efficiency. I try and plan for where I'm going and what I'll need along the way to maximize my trips, for example, even if I'm just going from one room to another. I try and finish one project before moving on to the next. Being efficient saves time and resources. And being super-efficient with your time and resources is what you're trying to do in Kanban EV where players take on the role of supervisors at an electric car factory. The new edition by Eagle-Gryphon Games is up on Kickstarter now.

In Chaosmos, players are racing to find a cosmic egg before the universe collapses in on itself. The one holding it will survive and become the new elder race whent he next universe begins. Now, players can expand their game out with more players, new planets, new game elements and more with The Temple, a new expansion that's up on Kickstarter now.

Another week, another new Zombicide scenario. This time, the virus that causes zombies has mutated once again, creating an entirely new monster roaming the streets, even more fearsome and destructive than the dreaded Abominations. Will the Survivors be able to take it down?

How's your ability in magic? Can you conjure up the greatest magical creatures known to wizard-dom? If you can, then you might just have what it takes to impress the Magic Jury and become the next Arcanimus. At least, that's what you'll hopefully be doing in Alakazoo, a new board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

*rockin' guitar riff*

The Power Rangers are having to take on the coordinated efforts of several of their most nefarious villains in the new Heroes of the Grid scenario posted by Renegade Game Studios. Take on the combined threat of Tenga Warriors, Putty Patroller, Mastodon Troopers, and even more! You can download this scenario for free now.

Every theme park has a bit of an element of danger to them. Roller coasters, slides, bumper cars, everything has the potential to be amazing or harmful (hopefully closer to the amazing side of things). When building a park, unscrupulous designers might even try and cut corners so they can make the most money from their park. Well, that's where you find yourself in Danger Park. Players are collectively building a park, but are each out to try and get the most money they can by trying to get people to go to their rides, sometimes including sabotaging their opponent's attractions. This new game is up on Kickstarter now.

Earth's greatest heroes are teaming up to fight some of its most nefarious foes. Marvel United is the new board game from CMON and Spin Masters where players must work together to defeat an evil foe from the Marvel universe. Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and more head to your tabletops. The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now.

*rocking guitar riffs* Go! Go Power Rangers! *more rockin' guitar riffs*

The Power Rangers are a favorite show of many of you. These high-flying, martial arts masters are always looking to save the world from evil. And, of course, there's giant robots in the form of the Zords. While there's no Zords in this next wave of Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid releases coming from Renegade Game Studios, there's still a lot of iconic figures coming. Let's take a look.

If anyone can collect all of the Infinity Gems, they can attain godlike power. Thanos is looking to do just that. Of course, the heroes don't want that to happen, since he's not exactly going to give everyone a puppy with his newfound power. And stopping him will be just what you're up to in the Infinity Gauntlet expansion for Marvel United. We get a look at how this new set will work in this preview.

CMON is posting a new Zombicide scenario every week this year. They're going through all their different games in the series, this time focusing on Zombicide: Invader. A research station has been attacked and the scientists are trying to get out with as much research as they can grab before the xenos overrun their position. They've also got some kickin' music. Go check out Ill Communication... *rereads title of the scenario* ... I mean, Ill Tidings.

Chapters is a new adventure board game for Vampire: The Masquerade. But this isn't just some roll and move situation. It's got all the investigation, intrigue, decision-making, and more that you'd expect from an entire campaign in the RPG, but just down on the tabletop. Are you ready to sink your teeth into the action? The game is up on Kickstarter now.

Board games aren't new. They've been around for thousands of years and some look surprisingly familiar. Smithsonian magazine has a nice story covering some of the most popular ancient games. Maybe some will make a comeback?

River Horse's mascot, Buoyant George, was created on Valentine's Day. As such, the company's having a combined Valentine's/Birthday sale over in their webshop. Want to get games like Terminator Genesys, Fortresses & Clans, and more for cheaper than usual? Head over and get your order in now.