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Aeon's End
Aeon's End

The survivors of a long-ago invasion have taken refuge in the forgotten underground city of Gravehold. There, the desperate remnants of society have learned that the energy of the very breaches the beings use to attack them can be repurposed through various gems, transforming the malign energies within into beneficial spells and weapons to aid their last line of defense: the breach mages. Aeon's End is a cooperative game that explores the deckbuilding genre with a number of innovative mechanisms, including a variable turn order system that simulates the chaos of an attack, and deck management rules that require careful planning with every discarded card. Players will struggle to defend Gravehold from The Nameless and their hordes using unique abilities, powerful spells, and, most importantly of all, their collective wits.

Nemesis
Nemesis

Nemesis is a 1-5 player survival sci-fi game where players are woken up from hibernation as a crew of a space ship. The emergency procedure states that there is a critical system failure and the space ship can't continue its cruise. The goal of the crew is to find what is causing this failure and fix the situation to safely return back to Earth. The main problem is that one crew member is dead. Somebody crashed his hibernation chamber and pulled his body out. In addition, if you listen closely, some additional noises and sounds can be heard. New ones, strange ones, ones that were never heard before… Nemesis is a cooperation game combined with bluffing, backstabbing, and other elements of a science-fiction survival horror adventure.

War of the Ring (Second Edition)
War of the Ring (Second Edition)

The War of the Ring has begun! The War of the Ring is a grand strategy board game that allows its players to immerse themselves in the world of J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and experience its epic action, dramatic conflict, and memorable characters. As the Free Peoples player you command the proud hosts of the most important kingdoms of the Third Age. From the horse-lords of Rohan to the soldiers of Gondor and the Elven lords of Rivendell, you lead the defense of the last free realms of Middle-earth. Face the evil minions of Sauron on the field of battle in a desperate attempt to delay their onslaught, while you lead the Fellowship of the Ring in the Quest for Mount Doom. As the Shadow player you lead the hordes of the Dark Lord and his most powerful minions as they try to bring darkness to Middle-earth. Legions of Orcs, Trolls, Wolfriders, and the dreadful Ringwraiths await your command. Hunt the Ring-bearer and bring the precious Ring to his Master, or crush your enemies with your unstoppable armies. This is your chance to forge the destiny of an age!

Just One
Just One

Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled!

Kingdom Death: Monster
Kingdom Death: Monster

19 lbs of Nightmare Horror Gaming 235 page hardcover rulebook, 18 hard plastic sprues of miniatures, 1000+ matte game cards, 400+ unique pieces of art, and 86 full page illustrations. Kingdom Death: Monster is a fully cooperative, tabletop, hobby game experience. Unite to survive by hunting monsters and collectively guiding the development of your settlement through a 30 year, self-running campaign. Every decision matters. A space moved during the showdown, every resource spent to craft a piece of gear, what principles your settlement upholds - all can have lasting impact on this highly replayable and challenging game.  Campaign System Embark alone or with up to 4 friends (6 with game variant) on a 30 lantern year campaign. Each lantern year will cycle through a chaotic hunt, a showdown with a monster, and the development of your settlement. With so much emphasis on player choice, no two campaign runs will be alike. Monster AI System You will fight 8 monsters, each controlled by their own pair of decks that scale to 3 levels of difficulty. (Except for the final encounter, it has only 1 level and it's HARD!) Every encounter, even with the same monster, is diverse and valuable. No two showdowns will resolve the same way. Players will have to plan their gear and keep their minds sharp to prevail. Gear System In Monster, survivors will craft gear using resources earned from defeating monsters or found on their hunt. Each survivor has a gear grid, and can slot up to 9 pieces of gear at a time. What gear you will carry and how you arrange it can unlock advantages that may make the difference between life and death. Story Event System You will encounter 40+ story events that will shape the story of your unique campaign. Your settlement's decisions and discoveries affect how the story events unfold. Story Events cover everything from setting up and fighting a monster to dramatic turning points in your settlements history.  Kingdom Death: Monster Contents 1 x Hardcover Rule Book - 11" x 8.5" 235 Pages. 1 x Showdown Board - 2' x 3' ( Heavy 3mm Game Board Matte ) 1 x Hunt / Settlement Board ( Heavy 3mm Game Board Matte ) 2 x Token Sheet - 127 Tokens 1 x Terrain Token Sheet - 31 Terrain Tiles 1 x Monster Controller Panel 4 x Gear Grids 1 x Character Record Sheet Pad ( 50 Sheets, 6"x6") 1 x Settlement Record Sheet Pad ( 50 Sheets, 8.5" x 11") 5 x 10 sided black Kingdom Death dice 1 x 10 sided white Kingdom Death dice 4 x 6 sided Hit location dice 1 x 10 sided translucent orange Kingdom Death Death Die Kingdom Death: Monster Contents - Miniatures 4 x Starting Survivors 1 x White Lion 1 x Butcher 1 x Screaming Antelope 1 x Kings Man 1 x The Hand 1 x Phoenix 1 x Watcher 1 x Gold Smoke Knight 1 x Unarmored Armor Kit (Creates 4 Survivors.) 1 x Rawhide Armor Kit (Creates 4 Survivors.) 1 x Leather Armor Kit (Creates 4 Survivors.) 1 x White Lion Armor Kit (Creates 4 Survivors.) 1 x Screaming Fur Armor Kit (Creates 4 Survivors.) 1 x Phoenix Armor Kit (Creates 4 Survivors.) 1 x Lantern Armor Kit (Creates 4 Survivors.) 4 x Bonus Mystery Miniatures 4 x Starting Survivor Heads for Armor Kit customization 9 x Assorted Survivor Heads for Armor Kit customization 150+ Gear for Armor Kit customization (Every weapon in the game represented!) 10+ Masks 10 x Decorative Stone Face Base Inserts 36 x Kingdom Death 30mm Base + Insert 6 x Kingdom Death 50mm Base + Insert 1 x Kingdom Death 100mm Base + Insert 

Alchemists
Alchemists

A little mandrake root, a little raven's feather. Toss them in the cauldron and see what they make. Should you drink it? Maybe not. After all, that's what students are for. Welcome to the world of Alchemists! Perform experiments to discover the magical properties of your ingredients. Demonstrate your knowledge by selling potions. Use the money to buy artifacts that further your research. Publish, publish, publish! Earn grants. And expose the fallacies published by those fools who think they can be your rivals. Alchemists is a game of strategy, risk assessment, and deduction. Do you experiment to get more knowledge or do you publish now to get more points? Pay to endorse the latest theory of toads or save your money for an artifact? And should you really be selling that potion to the large axe-wielding barbarian when you aren't quite sure of its effects? The choices you make will prove whether you are the world's greatest alchemist. This game is designed to be played using an app that turns your tablet or smartphone into an ingredient card reader. The app is available for free. Supported operating systems are: iOS, Android, Windows. If, for whatever reason, you don't want to use the mobile app, you can still use the web-based version or play with one player acting as the game master.

7 Wonders Duel
7 Wonders Duel

Create the greatest civilization the Ancient World has ever known! In 7 Wonders, you lead an ancient civilization as it rises from its barbaric roots to become a world power. Build an architectural wonder that will fascinate for eons to come, and rule the most powerful civilization on Earth! 7 Wonders: Duel is a fast-paced, two-player edition of Antoine Bauza's award-winning civilization-building game.

Terra Mystica
Terra Mystica

In Terra Mystica, players govern one of 14 factions seeking to terraform and colonize the landscape in their favor in order to build structures and preserve their race and culture. Upgrade structures to provide even more resources, like workers, priests, money, and power, erect temples to gain expanded influence in the four cults of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air, and fortify your stronghold to activate your group's special ability. Will your people prosper, persevere, and stand the test of time in Terra Mystica!

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If you find patchwork boring may I introduce you to A Feast for Odin?

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Evolution series: thoughts?

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Evolution: Beginning is a simplified form of Evolution made to be beginner and child friendly. The original Evolution game wasn't that complicated to begin with, so I'd skip on the Beginning. There's also a standalone expansion called Evolution: Climate. This works exactly like the original game except they added a climate mechanic so your creatures would have to deal with warmer or colder temperatures and the food fluctuations that come with it. You can also get it as an add-on expansion if you already have the original, but it's more expensive that way so I would buy the standalone climate version. There's also Evolution: Flight which is an expansion to the original Evolution, but while it is compatible with the Climate version they haven't been playtested together much.

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Evolution series: thoughts?

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Evolution: Beginning is a simplified form of Evolution made to be beginner and child friendly. The original Evolution game wasn't that complicated to begin with, so I'd skip on the Beginning. There's also a standalone expansion called Evolution: Climate. This works exactly like the original game except they added a climate mechanic so your creatures would have to deal with warmer or colder temperatures and the food fluctuations that come with it. You can also get it as an add-on expansion if you already have the original, but it's more expensive that way so I would buy the standalone climate version. There's also Evolution: Flight which is an expansion to the original Evolution, but while it is compatible with the Climate version they haven't been playtested together much.

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Evolution series: thoughts?

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Evolution: Beginning is a simplified form of Evolution made to be beginner and child friendly. The original Evolution game wasn't that complicated to begin with, so I'd skip on the Beginning. There's also a standalone expansion called Evolution: Climate. This works exactly like the original game except they added a climate mechanic so your creatures would have to deal with warmer or colder temperatures and the food fluctuations that come with it. You can also get it as an add-on expansion if you already have the original, but it's more expensive that way so I would buy the standalone climate version. There's also Evolution: Flight which is an expansion to the original Evolution, but while it is compatible with the Climate version they haven't been playtested together much.

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Evolution series: thoughts?

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Evolution: Beginning is a simplified form of Evolution made to be beginner and child friendly. The original Evolution game wasn't that complicated to begin with, so I'd skip on the Beginning. There's also a standalone expansion called Evolution: Climate. This works exactly like the original game except they added a climate mechanic so your creatures would have to deal with warmer or colder temperatures and the food fluctuations that come with it. You can also get it as an add-on expansion if you already have the original, but it's more expensive that way so I would buy the standalone climate version. There's also Evolution: Flight which is an expansion to the original Evolution, but while it is compatible with the Climate version they haven't been playtested together much.

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Any exciting new games coming out this year that aren't going to be on Kickstarter?

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Underwater Cities should be out in a couple of weeks!

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Evolution series: thoughts?

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I would only look at Evolution: Climate (standalone expansion) if you and/or your group are comfortable with a medium (light-medium) weight game. It fixes a couple of issues with the original Evolution, and adds an interesting bit of strategy. I wouldn't play the original game over the standalone if given the choice.

I haven't played Evolution: The Beginning (standalone) but from my understanding it is roughly an "intro"/"kids" version of the game, I would skip it.

I haven't played Evolution: Flight (expansion) as it isn't really compatible with Climate (can be house-ruled/variant), but generally it isn't regarded as a big improvement over the base game. Mostly adds a bit of variety.

Lastly there is a game in the works, Evolution: Oceans which changes the mechanics of Evolution a good bit and should be regarded as a different game for this discussion.

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Evolution series: thoughts?

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I would only look at Evolution: Climate (standalone expansion) if you and/or your group are comfortable with a medium (light-medium) weight game. It fixes a couple of issues with the original Evolution, and adds an interesting bit of strategy. I wouldn't play the original game over the standalone if given the choice.

I haven't played Evolution: The Beginning (standalone) but from my understanding it is roughly an "intro"/"kids" version of the game, I would skip it.

I haven't played Evolution: Flight (expansion) as it isn't really compatible with Climate (can be house-ruled/variant), but generally it isn't regarded as a big improvement over the base game. Mostly adds a bit of variety.

Lastly there is a game in the works, Evolution: Oceans which changes the mechanics of Evolution a good bit and should be regarded as a different game for this discussion.

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Storming the Gap - World At War 85
Storming the Gap - World At War 85

Goal: $68,762 / $18,000

Ends On: 3/7/2019

STORMING THE GAP is the first volume in the new WORLD AT WAR 85 SERIES, a line of games centered on fast and furious platoon-level combat. Set in an alternate history 1985, the globe is thrust into the maelstrom of World War III when the Warsaw Pact armies storm across the border between East and West Germany in a gamble to seize West Germany, and the whole of Free Europe.  Fight the opening battles of World War III; from desperate delaying actions by US Armored Cavalry and West German Panzergrenadier forces, to determined counterattacks by local ad-hoc armored forces against the might of the Soviet hordes. Strike fast with Soviet Air Assault troops in heliborne ops, securing roadways to allow the massed armor columns of the PACT to sweep westward into Germany.  The devastating armed forces of West Germany, the United States, East Germany, and the Soviet Union are at your disposal in your quest to reshape the world, and history.  The weight of the tactical decisions rest solely on your shoulders. Can NATO slow the Soviet advance with the armor and infantry they can bring to bear?  Or skillfully use Close Air Support and Attack Helicopter units to swing the tide of battle in your favor? Can the PACT slice through into Germany and cross the Rhine river, gateway to the conquest of all of Europe?  The  WORLD AT WAR 85  system features a unique combat system that involves die rolls by both attacking units and defending units, which keeps both players engaged throughout the game. Die rolls are compared and hits applied quickly, as all the information you need to fight your units is on the counters. No combat results table is necessary. Initiative, formation activation, random turn length, and close air support are all smoothly integrated. Twenty unique scenarios are provided in  STORMING THE GAP , positing battles that might have been, using 1985 era equipment at  PLATOON  and  BATTERY  level. In  Iron Horse, Iron Spear , direct the first local counterattack by US Armored Cavalry troops. In  Vertical Strike , Soviet Heliborne Air Assault platoons strike hard and fast to pave the way for advancing PACT armor columns. The West Germans launch a desperate counterattack in  Bundeswehr Gegenangriff . East German and Soviet forces attempt to break through hastily collected NATO companies, determined to deny the approaches to the river crossings in  The Rhine .  The  WORLD AT WAR 85  series features expansive rules for variable turn lengths, random formation activation, point blank and long weapon ranges, line of sight, anti-tank guided missile and surface-to-air missile ammunition reloading, headquarters assets and bonuses, indirect fire, close air support, night combat, minefield breaching, improved positions, movement and fire, assault, opportunity fire, anti-aircraft fire, attack helicopters, concealment, and more. All in a moderate complexity, yet flexible game system that plays fast!   The Formation Activation mechanics are  perfectly  suited for  solitaire play . All unit counters are color-coded, with a corresponding Formation card. When drawn, these cards determine which units are activated on the map, keeping the flow of battle challenging, unknown, and exciting! To make this the ultimate WWIII platoon tactical level package, we’re including a  Battle Generator . Using unit point listings and the game’s geomorphic maps, players can unleash their creativity to design, share, and fight battles that only you can imagine. It is all here, and YOU are IN COMMAND.

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