What's New, Old, "Borrowed" and Blue - 5-08-18

Ash Gavin
Games Workshop pre-orders and GenCon highlights - all available to order now!

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What's New: 14-5-18

Ash Gavin

Players - it's Warhammer Fest weekend! Plenty of incredible news from the Games Workshop crew to get through in the next few weeks and months - but what about right now? Let's get into it...

The final wave of preorders for the Idoneth Deepkin have arrived! Electric eel riders (in metal armour, hmm) and gigantic battle-sharks ahoy. 


Meanwhile, the World That Was makes a comeback with the fourth edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay! The team have outdone themselves again with an adventuring setting that's grim, sinister, and inescapably funny. Gather your band of anti-heroes: the Old World is your oyster! 

Along with the rulebook and starter set, we have the limited edition collector's book, in glorious embossed leather-effect hardback. Presented in a beautiful, magnet-sealed box, featuring gilt-edged pages, cloth bookmarks and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. 

Meanwhile, fans of the Lovecraftian LCG can continue their spiral down into madness with the Arkham Horror: Labyrinths of Lunacy expansion. Awaken in a dim dungeon, vision blurred and muscles weak, and greet your new companions. Will you escape the mastermind's lair? Act quickly - for better or worse, you are not alone...

Terraforming Mars: Prelude is here, and it's cracking. Whatever your general thoughts around prequels in space, this expansion for the bestselling board game gives you stategies to kickstart your Corporation's endeavours on the Red Planet, giving the game as a whole a faster, more exciting pace with greatly raised stakes!


Today, players, a new feature comes to the blog. Since we've been expanding our board game sectioin week by week, we thought it'd be worth telling you a little bit about some of our favourites, new releases or not. So without further ado, here's Not Monopoly issue #1. 

Today we're looking at Scythe, a 2016 release with no fewer than 22 prestigious awards and nominations behind it. 

This is "an engine-building game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valour." It's set in a decidedly creepy alternate 1920s Eastern Europe, with a lurking sense of unease and doom. When your monstrous mechas start firing up, it's easy to see why that was. 

Some of our favourite features include the total lack of player elimination - everyone plays to the end, and has fun doing it! - and the level of control you have over your character's fate.

Luck barely comes into it except when you draw your Encounters, and you still have unprecedented input into the outcome of that Encounter. Even combat is choice-based and without random factors. 

 Not enough? Scythe also has expansions involving airships (what alternate history setting is complete without giant floating skyvessels?) and the Albion and Togawa factions - check out The Wind Gambit and Invaders From Afar for the ultimate Scythe experience! 

Chuck that on your barbie and grill it, players. Have a great week, and we'll see you soon!

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What's New - 30/4/18

Ash Gavin

Welcome to another feast of new gaming things, players! I hope you're well. I've been thinking about you. 

There's plenty to look at today: we've got pre-, mid- and post-apocalyptic goodies, and some that aren't anything to do with the end of the world at all! Let's get into it.

The unstoppable hype train that is Games Workshop pulls into town again, carrying even more Idoneth Deepkin for Age of Sigmar. The mysterious deep-aelves bring their Isharann Agents to battle: the Soulrender, Soulscryer and Tidecaster. Command the tides of magic and steal your enemies' souls with the power of the abyss! 

Not to be outdone by the Mortal Realms, the grim darkness of the far future gets its own new addition as the Van Saars stride into the turf wars of Necromunda. Accompanying them is Gang War III, with all you need to take your gang wars to the next level (figuratively of course - nobody escapse the Underhive!) with expanded campaign rules, scenery tutorials and more.

From one industrially-ruined planet to another now, as we approach Earth, in a hellish alternate 2018. The Martian corporations run everything, Earth is a ghetto, and the mob is kept entertained by the most extreme and violent of gasoline-powered blood sports.

Players, GASLANDS is here! Osprey Games' most famous work, GASLANDS is a tabletop racing game filled with outrageous mods, burning rubber and utter carnage. All you need is the rulebook, a selection of toy cars and a twisted imagination! Keep an eye out for our Gaslands organised play series, coming soon!

In another, slightly more pleasant world, Blood Bowl gets a new team and a new publication. In the first issue of Spike! journal you'll find tons of advice on coaching your Chaos Chosen to victory on the pitch, star player profiles, a misty-eyed career retrospective on Lord Borak the Despoiler, and even rules for how to proceed if one of your players is turned into a frog! Magical moments indeed...

The aforementioned Chaos Chosen team are also out this week. The Doom Lords, a motley collection of Chaos Blockers and Beastmen, are sure to carve themselves a niche in your local league... One way or another... 

Now let me hear those engines revving, players, and we'll see each other very soon!

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New Releases 16-4-18: Dominaria and Deepkin!

Ash Gavin
Dominaria and Deepkin preorders are live at JustPlay!

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