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  • New Game Round-up: Fallout into a Pile of Miniatures, and Prepare for More Catacombs
    by W. Eric Martin • The tabletopping of video games continues with the announcement of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare by James Sheahan and Modiphius Entertainment, with this minis-heavy game being due out in November 2017. Here's the game info that's been announced so far:In Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, players build their own crew from a wide range of factions, allies, and iconic characters from the Fallout series, then play in apocalyptic games of 3-30 high-quality 32mm scale resin miniatures through a huge variety of iconic scenery and settlement buildings, from the Red Rocket to Sanctuary Hills, Nuka-Cola vending machines and wrecked vehicles. Settlements include buildings, defenses, and resources that impact the crew's army list and abilities in the wasteland.Fallout: Wasteland Warfare includes an entire narrative campaign arc as well as unique random missions with narrative-style objectives, and crew caps recovered in missions can be used to improve the crew's perks, weapons, gear, and upgrades for the next encounter. In either player vs. player or tournament mode, players try to survive the tabletop wasteland.The game also comes with a customizable solo-play AI deck to control enemies that play to their strengths and replicate a faction's tactics while attempting a narrative mission or perfecting settlement-building strategy. Players can also team up with a friend to defend a larger settlement or explore narrative missions in cooperative games against AI forces or the post-apocalyptic dangers of the wasteland.• Aron West from Elzra Corp. has passed along a few updates about game availability and future plans. To start, reprints of both Catacombs (third edition) and the Cavern of Soloth expansion should be available "very soon". Second, West will be at Origins 2017 in June, and while he's not exhibiting, we are arranging to demo Catacombs & Castles (on a production copy of the game) and the Catacombs: Wyverns of Wylemuir expansion on camera. Notes West, "I was going to run a Kickstarter campaign for the Wyverns title, but decided to release it directly to retail." Both Wyverns and Catacombs & Castles will be released in German by Schwerkraft-Verlag.Third, Elzra Corp. no longer uses Impressions for distribution, but instead uses both Alliance and ACD in the U.S., Lion Rampant and Universal in Canada, and Brave New World in Germany, with talks underway for distribution in other European countries as well.Finally, says West, "We have a number of titles in development, including a card game set in the Catacombs world, an entry-level Catacombs title, and a new dexterity-based game line in conjunction with Jasco Games." Should you want to check out their offerings new and old, Elzra Corp. will have a presence at Gen Con in the Jasco Games booth and at SPIEL 2017 with Schwerkraft-Verlag.• Designer Tom Lehmann says that the next Roll for the Galaxy expansion will be titled Rivalry — and that's all that he says. No other info for now.• German publisher franjos will release a new edition of Sid Sackson's Can't Stop in June 2017, with this edition being (I think) its fifth version... Read more »
  • New Game Round-up: Returning to Sailor Moon, Resetting Fantasy Defense, and Raising an Army of Alices
    by W. Eric Martin • In 2001, Canadian company Guardians of Order co-published a standalone expansion for James Ernest's Button Men that featured characters from the Sailor Moon anime. Guardians of Order had previously released a Sailor Moon RPG in 1998 and the Sailor Moon CCG in 2000, so the partnership made sense, similar to how AEG partnered with DC Comics license holder Cryptozoic Entertainment to produce Love Letter: Batman in 2015.Fast forward to 2017: Cheapass Games has just launched a Kickstarter for a new button-free version of Button Men, now titled Button Men: Beat People Up, which is due out in October 2017. Guardians of Order's Mark MacKinnon is now president of Dyskami Publishing Company, which has just announced a "North American licensing arrangement with Toei Animation Inc. to design and distribute a line of tabletop board games based on the popular Japanese animation series Sailor Moon Crystal", an anime series based on the original Sailor Moon manga.The first such title coming from Dyskami, due out Q3 2017, is Sailor Moon Crystal: Dice Challenge, a 2-8 player dice game based on — wait for it! — James Ernest's Button Men. Dyskami also plans to release the tile-passing-and-bluffing game Sailor Moon Crystal: Truth or Bluff in late 2017, with more SMC games to follow in 2018.I think it's fair to point out that Guardians of Order went out of business in 2006, with many freelance creators accusing MacKinnon of using their work in GoO publications without paying them, then continuing to sell works following the closure of the business, again without paying them. MacKinnon presented his version of what happened to GoO in 2013 when starting Dyskami and attempting to fund Upon a Fable on Kickstarter, with many of those freelancers responding in that same BGG thread. • One of the many titles distributed by Japon Brand at SPIEL 2016 was Yoshiyuki Arai's Defense Three Kingdoms, a solitaire game in which a player had to defeat an invading army while losing defense forces to attrition in each combat and taking damage when avoiding combat. That game included a competitive two-player mode in which one player would take charge of the attacking forces to make the game's AI a little less A.Now Sweet Lemon Publishing and Mandoo Games are partnering on a new version of the game titled Fantasy Defense, with the game featuring new artwork by Yann Tisseron, a new cooperative two-player mode, a new setting (with humans and elves now partnering to defend against orcs), and a new "campaign" mode that unlocks new cards after meeting certain criteria in the game.• To stay with Japanese games this post, let's look at Alicematic Heroes, a new game from Kuro that will be co-published by Japanime Games and his own Manifest Destiny. The game debuts at Tokyo Game Market in May 2017, with Japanime demoing the game at Origins 2017 in June ahead of its U.S. release. Here's an overview of the gameplay:The Queen of Hearts has summoned Alice to rebuild... Read more »
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  • Ship Files: Atticus Class Freelancer
    Publisher: Moon Toad Publishing This book details the Atticus Class Freelancer. A fast and able small ship, it is able to fulfil a multitude of roles. Ideal for just about any setting and a small group of adventurers. Contains: Description and Technical Information. 2 versions, the standard and the non jump  (NJ) variant. Deckplans for both vessels. Colour plates of 5 example craft. Game stats and play sheets Example Crew Air/Raft stats using the new CE Design System   Compatible with the 2d6 SCIFI OGL and The Cepheus Engine SRDPrice: $3.99... Read more »
  • Battlemap : Grandfather Tree
    Publisher: Christian HollnbuchnerThis full color battlemap is the 350th of a series featuring various terrains. This installment of the battlemap series features a cult site centered upon an ancient tree. The map is 28 x 30 squares in size, with each 1 inch square scaled to represent 5 feet. It is provided in 12 segments, which need to be assembled, in a single PDF using the letter format. The product has been updated to include a large gridless JPG image of the map, intended for use with VTT software. It is 4032x4320 pixels in size at 144dpi.Price: $1.31... Read more »

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  • mp3Gnomecast #13 – Texting in Character
      Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have John, Matt, and myself, Ang. Today the topic at hand is Texting in Character, a guest […]... Read more »
  • Why You Should Donate To A Library Or Community Gaming Program
    Today’s guest article is a joint venture of Gnome-In-Chief John Arcadian and Lori Caskey-Sigety of the Middlebury, Indiana library. Lori reached out to us about the possibility of donating to their gaming program, so we donated some books and some miniatures to the program, then we pulled Lori into helping us write an article about […]... Read more »

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  • An Analysis of the #dnd Twitter Community
    Before we begin, we have about a week left on our Fantastic Adventures Kickstarter. If you're a fan of the site and are looking for ten short adventures for your fifth edition RPG, please give it a l... Read more »
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    Travel scenes in D&D can be tricky to run. We want travel to be meaningful. If the characters are going to hike it from Nightstone to Bryn Shander, they should feel like they've actually gone five... Read more »