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Venturing into the Nightvault of Warhammer Underworlds

Nightvault landing on my doorstep sprang the initial question of “Where am I going to keep all these cards?!”. I remember the very same thought trawling through my mind when Shadespire appeared within my clutches. When the first season of Warhammer Underworlds landed, it relentlessly became my most-played game for months to come and brought with it untold enjoyment. Nightvault follows it including new warbands, new cards and the inclusion of magic to the game. Do these tarnish the refined formula that Shadespire ushered in? Or does it bring with it a new era of card-focused skirmish that my table will quickly be overwhelmed by? The answer to these questions are not as clear-cut as you’d might hope. There’s a number of factors to consider here. Whilst it’d take a sizeable chunk of time to go into detail for each of them I’ll summarise as best I can. The first key thing to acknowledge is that it’s impossible to fully bring judgement to Nightvault until all cards are re

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Painting the Lannisters

One of the first things that I wanted to accomplish with the A Song of Ice and Fire miniature wargame was to treat the game like a historical wargame, with the books by George R.R. Martin as the reference. I didn’t want to rely on either the TV show or the game’s art for my colour schemes. This would be difficult as certain decisions of arms and armour were made for me by the game’s designers and sculptors. Still, I wanted to keep as close to the book as possible in regards to uniforms. It turns out I’d have an easier time baking Lamprey Pie; George R.R. Martin spends far more time describing food than he does describing outfits. This is fine as a writer but frustrating for someone trying to envision how the armies in his books would have dressed. The red cloaks wore mail shirts over boiled leather and steel caps with lion crests.George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones This is pretty much the entire description of Lannister guards throughout the first book. There may be more e

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Starting the A Song of Ice and Fire Project

A year ago I backed a small Kickstarter project by CMON. It did well enough and even shipped in what I would consider to be a reasonable time, for a Kickstarter. It arrived when I was on vacation in July. Although I was excited to begin painting the miniatures I was in the middle of painting some Guildball Fishermen which I had received this past Christmas. Sticking with my goal of painting all purchased miniatures before starting more I finished the Fishermen so that August 21st was the first day I applied brush to miniature. The first three Lannister Guardsmen are Flatted. Do not ask me what made me choose the Lannisters first. I am a Stark by nature and if I were to pick an army to complete for this game it will be a Stark army. None-the-less the Lannisters were the first prepped and so I have begun. Plans for Painting I have not fully decided on the painting order for the A Song of Ice and Fire core set. I can either paint all of the Lannisters first and then the Starks, or I can alternate unit by un

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Nanty Narking Kickstarter Review

Well-dressed gentlemen, dirty street urchins, pea soup smog and a young paper boy calling you “Guv’nor”, are all part of the sights, sounds and awful smells of a nanty narking in Victorian London Town. Nanty narking is an old fashioned phrase for a right good time (something now I can’t say without putting on a Barbara Windsor impression and adding “saucy” to the end of the sentence) and it’s an appropriate, if at first odd sounding, name for Phalanx Games’ remake of Discworld Ankh-Morpork.Read more »

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 47 - Micro Brew, Nanty Narking and Simulation Theory

Nanty narking is an old Victorian phrase for a right good time, and that's what we're having as we give you another generous helping of tabletop gaming chat.Jon takes on the role of News Ferret as he weasels out the latest board game news, Steve takes us through current Kickstarter games Simulation Theory, Micro Brew and Nanty Narking, and Andy just adds his usually colourful language and unique sense of perspective to proceedings.Read more »

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Flip Through: Pathfinder Playtest (2nd ed)

In this Flip Through Matt takes a look at the Pathfinder Playtest core book.  He makes note of may of the changes and new design.  Much of the book is about Character Creation. Click here to view the video on YouTube. This is my first thoughts on the Pathfinder Playtest book. I hope to be able to go more in depth next week (August 30 2018)

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Ruthless Review

Ruthless, from Alley Cat Games is very much like a firework.  Not the type of firework that goes off randomly at 11:36pm on a Thursday night in March, waking the dog up, and thus you.  No, Ruthless is like a firework in that despite the fact you’ve played many other deck builders, this one will make you go “Ooohhh”, like you do when watching fireworks, despite having seen many fireworks go off before.Read more »

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Gen Con 2018 Video Bllitz 44: Rob McCreary Starfinder from Paizo

I had the opportunity to meat with Rob McCReary The change of fantasy weapons to tech weapons,  vehicles, the Beginner Box, and Reworking of the adventure path series. Click here to view the video on YouTube. There are way too many good things on the horizon for Starfinder!   All of your Starfinder can be found here.

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Blitz Bowl Review

Ever wanted to try out Blood Bowl but found yourself intimidated by all the rules? Maybe the big, full price box set was too much of a commitment without trying out the game? Then perhaps this is just what you need! Blitz Bowl is a new intro level board game from Games Workshop. The game is aimed at new players and seems suitable for near all ages. It also slots quite nicely for players who don’t feel that they have time to play a full game of Blood Bowl but love the setting. Using a mix of scoring touchdowns and achieving challenges victory goes to the coach who beats their opponent by 10 points. Contents The game comes with a double-sided gaming board and card dugouts for your teams. Also included are all the dice you need to play and two packs of cards. The first pack contains all the players cards for the models in the box. It also comes with stat cards for all the other available Blood Bowl teams. The second pack is the challenge and bonus play cards needed to play the game. Lastly, there are 12 m

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The Champions of Chance face Storm King's Thunder - Episode 3, 4 and 5 - Goldenfields

The Champions of Chance continue their adventures in Storm King's Thunder from Wizards of the Coast. We are playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, using Roll20 to play. In our latest instalment, the heroes venture to the farming city of Goldenfields, only to find that it was recently attacked by giants.You can watch the entire adventure on YouTube and don’t forget to join us in Twitch, every Thursday at 1930 BST for more ramshackle shenanigans as we continue the adventure of the Champions of Chance and follow the adventures of the Masters of Fate (or team frozen balls as they are more commonly known). Available at: https://www.twitch.tv/polyhedroncollider

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