Blood Rage Digital will be the next Flash Kickstarter campaign by CMON. Featuring Multiplayer and Solo options, the core game as well as many expansions, a customizable AI that can be used to introduce new players to the game or challenge the most strategic Vikings out there, and graphics that will put you in the middle of a war at the end of days, Blood Rage Digital is perfect for any fan of the Eric M. Lang original masterpiece. If that is not enough to get your Norse spirits fired up, this short campaign will also offer a few amazing promos, like new versions of the four exclusive Monsters only seen in the original Blood Rage Kickstarter, and the all-new Stag Clan!
Sharpen your axes, assemble your clan, and call on the services of some mythological beasts! Stay tuned for more information as the call to battle approaches!
The first thing we noticed on the Boards and Bits Traveler was the weight. The bag empty weighs over 5 lbs. A closer look reveals why, as the thought and design of this bag is truly amazing. The entire bag is reinforced with foam and rigid PVC board on all six sides. A rigid interior padded divider guarantees separation of boards and bits and prevents warping of boards. We found the inner compartment able to hold an amazing amount of games.
Airplanes - The bag is within guidelines for carry on luggage and easily fits extra travel items.
Conventions - Great storage protection to and from the gaming area.
Road Trips - Take your favorite games to family events and Holidays.
Game Nights - An easy solution to take multiple games in one bag to all your club events
The Board & Bits Traveler far exceeded my expectations. The size, construction and design make this the perfect bag for all your gaming travel. I have two events left this year with BGG-Con and PAX Unplugged in the next 30 days and this is my "go to" carry on for both. If you see me at either convention, you can see the bag first hand.
I encourage you to visit Spielgeek (https://spielgeek.com/boards-and-bits-traveler) and check out this bag further. Steve has done a great job and we look forward to his next project in gaming storage and travel!
(Disclosure: the manufacturer provided a sample to Gamechefs, but had no editorial input into this review)
FLASHFORGE Finder 3D Printer
So, you want to print some mini's for tabletop or some tabletop terrain for the club? How about a fidget spinner for your co-worker or a toy for the kids? Here is you answer for an entry level 3D Printer with a budget price point, compact footprint, and some features of the more expensive competition.
Meet the new kid on the block. the user-friendly, home-friendly, and wallet-friendly 3D printer from FlashForge is ready to play. Loaded with easy-to-use features, and designed to be at home in kids rooms and classrooms, the new FlashForge Finder is the first choice for 3D printing novices and educators. Beginners benefit from the slide-in build plate, assisted bed-leveling, and intuitive color touchscreen. And parents and teachers appreciate its quiet and safe operation. The Finder uses only non-toxic PLA, and the heated components are safely encased. The creative world of 3D printing awaits, and the FlashForge Finder is here to show you the way.
Here is a example of the Features:
Slide-in build plate. Easier 3D prints removalSlide-in build plate allows you to draw it out of the printer and then remove the finished 3D prints more easily. At same time, it can minimize damages or offsets to the build plate.
Intelligent assisted leveling system. More precise and easier calibrationFinder features an intuitive calibration detection system to assist leveling. You are directed to tighten or loosen leveling screws until a beeper barely sounds, then it detects the distance between nozzle and build plate to verify whether your leveling is at the right position. Once the first location is leveled, you’re directed to next two screw locations accordingly with same operation. In this whole process, you’re well instructed with clear messages on the touchscreen display. And all of these make calibration much easier and more precise than before.
Quiet during operationFinder is equipped with super quiet printing design, the sound of operation is low to 50 decibels, provides a quiet printing experience for colleague and family!
2nd Generation Wireless connection. More stable.Finder features the 2nd generation Wi-Fi connection with more stable wireless file transmission. And now you can send 3D files from your computer to Finder 8GB memory with your own Wi-Fi network under AP or STA modes.
Colorful Cloud experiencesFinder supports 3D Cloud function. 3D Cloud not only allow you to store, edit, share and printing status checking online, but also provides you a massive model database.
Here is a list of the items that come in the box:
Quick start guide
After-sales service card
Filament guide tube
Tool bag(Contains 2×Allen wrench, Wrench, Screwdriver, Unclogging pin tool, PTFE tube, Grease)
Finder 3D Printer
1 roll of 300g PLA filament, color randomly selected
The price point as of this article is about $299 and is on my Christmas list this year! Maybe I can 3D print the printer itself and return the original...lol
While I am quite connected to many players in the gaming world, both video and tabletop, I ran into a bit of lag a few years ago. As many of you know, I moved to a small town 4 years ago. I was able to secure the lower level and lower deck of the new house (with my wife's permission of course) and promptly set up my office, my gaming room and studio, and lastly, enough storage for my geek & grognard items as well as the online store. Within the first month I noticed that my change of geographical location left me without a close proximity to any gamers I know or stores I am used to frequenting. What I needed was a way to connect to stores, events, clubs and gamers close to me. What I needed was the Gamefor App. (I just wish they would have released it four years ago)
The Gamefor App, which is available for Android & iOS, helps you find stores, tabletop events, players and more, all within a customizable distance. Each of these search variables yields a result that can be expanded upon. Users can signup within the app and from there, can find new and existing stores in the database. Another feature allows players to add or search for clubs which can help you find games and gamers with similar interests.. You can also add your profile to a search area so fellow gamers can find you by the games and game types you would like to play. A new feature lets you tag #iamgamefor on social media and the developers might add your photo's on your account. The App supports all tabletop gaming such as Roleplaying Games, Board Games, Collectable card games, tabletop wargaming and more.
If you are a store owner, it gets even better. You can make an account online, go through a simple verification process, and directly connect to you customer base. It will give you insights such as creating a window of what gaming enthusiasts are playing in your area and help traveling gamers find your store easily. You can set up store events to attract more players to your venue and use it to organize their gaming.
You can find the developers attending several conventions this year and next as they introduce the Gamefor App directly to gamers. The company also has a very responsive support team, answering questions and inquiries via email. A member of the Support team for Gamefor is none other than Atom Smasher from Tabletop Minions. Uncle Atom regularly mentions the App on his weekly YouTube show as well as his bi-weekly livestream on YouTube. The Principal and Co-Founders of Gamefor are Jason Stephenson formally of ZyQuest and Matthew Ridley.
The Gamefor App was developed by Milk Can LLC which is a Software Development and Design Studio specializing in custom mobile apps and software. The developers and staff are all tabletop gamers themselves and it shows in the unique design of the application.
So, click the picture below to download the app and let the world know what your "Gamefor" today. Who knows, maybe you will find a game or event hosted by myself or even Uncle Atom!
Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault is an action-packed combat game for two players. Build your warband, construct your deck, and defeat your rivals. The game is considered a Season 2 of last years Shadespire. Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault is stand alone game and is also compatible with Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. The game expands on the existing rules adding the "magic" component, new maps and counters which seems very well balanced in the factions released in this new box set. I see no reason for it to be overpowered if you use your existing Shadespire units.
In Warhammer Underworlds, you and your opponent pick a warband – 2 are included in this box – and build a deck of power and objective cards (6 more expansions Warbands are planned along with the 8 released last year). After placing your warband on the hex-tiled game boards, you take turns making actions – movement and attacks – until 3 phases are played. Between actions, you can use the power cards to introduce effects and reactions that can swing the battle in your favour; building the best deck you can and using cunning to deploy these abilities at the perfect time is the secret to mastering the game and dominating your foe. Merely vanquishing your opponent’s warband does not guarantee victory – capturing objectives, standing your ground, making the best tactical choices and deploying the right cards at the right time will gain you the glory points you need to win! Once you’re familiar with the rules, games will take around 30 minutes – you’ll always have time for a rematch.
Everything you and a friend need to play games of Warhammer Underworlds is included in this box. Contained within:
- A Stormcast Eternals warband – Stormsire’s Cursebreakers – made up of 3 push-fit, blue plastic miniatures (Rastus the Charmed, Ammis Dawnguard and the leader, Averon Stormsire);
- A Nighthaunt warband – the Thorns of the Briarqueen – made up of 7 push-fit, bone-coloured plastic miniatures (The Ever-Hanged, Varclav the Cruel, the leader Briar Queen and 4 Chainrasps whom Nagash has not afforded the dignity of names). Both of these warbands are Easy To Build, with no glue necessary and a comprehensive, easy to follow construction guide;
- A 32-page rulebook, including the story of Shadespire’s rise and fall, the opening of the Nightvault, the background of the 2 included warbands and all the rules you need to play – including new scatter mechanics, rules for resolving magic spells, and the use of lethal hexes, sections of game board that are fatal to those pushed in;
- An 8-page quick start guide, covering the contents of the box, understanding your cards, movement and attacks, and playing your first game;
- 2 double-sided game boards, featuring hexes and objectives;
- 2 pre-built decks of power and objective cards – 96 in total – for use with the included warbands;
- 10 double-sided Fighter cards, providing the stats and information needed for the fighters in each warband at a glance;
- 5 attack dice, 3 defence dice and 3 magic dice;
- 11 double-sided objective tokens;
- A scatter template;
- 30 wound tokens;
- 46 double-sided glory point tokens;
- 15 double-sided move and charge tokens;
- 15 Guard tokens;
- 8 activation counters.
If you like a good skirmish game or do not want to start collecting that large army, but enjoy the aspect of wargaming, give this game a try!
It's the year 3030, and technology offers humankind unimaginable entertainment. What used to be virtual reality is now reality, and sports that once occupied your flat-screen now occupy the world stage. The largest of them embodies the evolution and integration of athleticism and machinery. Once every five years, hundreds of millions of viewers tune in to witness the spectacle that is M.E.C.H.s: Mechanized Entertainment Combat Heroes.
The amazing ITEMeeples are snapped into your Mech when you earn it in play!
Tiny Epic Mechs is an arena-style player-vs-player action-programming game. It features ITEMeeples with plastic molded power armors and a Mech suit that the ITEMeeples actually go inside of. They compete in a free-for-all battle royale over the span of six rounds. In each round, players select four of eight available actions to program.
These actions keep you moving around the arena while allowing you to deploy high-scoring defensive turrets, plant explosive land mines with hidden values, collect resources, purchase weaponry, and power up into your Power Armor or eventually the highly-sought-after Mech Suit. While each player has their own Power Armor, there is only one Mech Suit, reserved for the king of the hill.
Your programmed actions are played out one at a time around the table until all players have executed their four actions. When you cross paths with another player, combat ensues. During combat, players exchange fire until one player is out of ammo and must retreat, or they are defeated and forced to reset.
Combat is fast, and you can use each weapon only one time per fight, so the more weapons you have, the longer you'll last. Weapons are categorized into three types, and each type counters one of the other types. If you time your weapons correctly, you can counter your opponent and unleash a more powerful attack and gain an edge over them. Dealing a lot of damage to your opponent will wow the audience and earn you lots of points, which brings you closer to victory. You also score victory points every other round based on area control and who controls the Mech. At the end of the game, you also earn points for each weapon you own.
Time travel back 10 months to Pax Unplugged 2017 and you will see me walking the convention hall in the dealers area doing what I do in the gaming, geek, and grognard world. I was passing by a very visual demo setup of Mech's, Tanks, and some extremely tricked out infantry. While looking familiar, it was enticing and in my haste to get to my next video interview, I made a note of this company and told myself, I have to get back to this. It was Paolo Parente's "Dust 1947" .
Fast forward to June of 2018 and as I head to a media broadcast for a local news station, I catch a glimpse of the Dust 1947 booth. While my time was limited, I again did not get back to talk to the booth staff but, the word on the show floor was this game is taking tabletop miniatures to the next level.
Fast forward again, this time it's August of 2018 and Indianapolis is the place. Gencon is happening and the city is full of gamers everywhere you go. I planned accordingly with my limited time and thought I should be set, but again missed the opportunity to talk with the company rep's onsite. From what most of the tabletop groups I network with are saying, I missed the best booth at the show.
Now it is Labor Day, 2018 and I start to get calls and texts from friends and local gamers telling me I should have been at "The Gameroom's" (a game store in Toledo, Ohio) Annual Game Demo Event. The demo teams along with the USA Distributor's staff from DUST USA were present and running games. They also answered questions and helped new and existing players choose factions to take home. Even my son, who was in attendance for an RDI tournament, said that the game is visually stunning and bringing him back to the tabletop miniatures world.
"So, what is this game that keeps eluding me? Lets hear from the Publisher:
"The year is 1947. The war that started eight years ago with Germany invading Poland isn’t over. The conflict has long spread worldwide. Other than the three great blocs, there are but a handful of countries left hanging on to relative neutrality.
As the conflict grew longer, old alliances were broken while new ones were formed.
Nowadays, the leading powers of the past are assembled into three huge states:
Throughout the world, the three blocs are fighting to gain exclusive control over a revolutionary ore: Vk. This ore has revealed extraordinary properties and brought forth the design of gigantic combat robots, capable of challenging the world’s most advanced tanks. The discovery and first military applications of Vk came from Germany. Everything concerning this ore is shrouded in mystery. Rumors have been going around saying its secrets were revealed by aliens from another planet… But who could take such rumors seriously after years of war propaganda?
So as I contemplate on how to tell you that I have missed several opportunities to bring this game to you, a couple things happened.
While working on a Xbox feed, I get a notice from Miniatures Market (a Online Retailer with a retail store in St Louis) that they are hosting a Dust 1947 "Learn to Play Day" at the Retail Store on Sept 22nd. Now the kicker as I gather information to bring you, I found out that the USA Distributor is located about 20 minutes south of where I live!!! This game is calling me now.
What else can I say that all of you probably don't already know? The game is currently distributed through Dust Studios, it was previously licensed and sold by Fantasy Flight Games and before that, through Battlefront. While it has a Alternate History Post WWII theme, it already incorporates the Cthulhu mythos and army faction. Plans are coming to bring in a Alien race in late 2019. The possibilities are endless. The miniatures are amazing and the company welcomes players to use any previous models they might own from FFG or Battlefront. The models from Dust Studios now come in three versions and this is a huge step in appealing to all gamers. You can order them unassembled, you can order them assembled and primed and, now get this, you can order them fully painted! This is not some 3 color paint scheme, these painted miniatures are presented very well...with the use of multiple colors and even have a weathered and battle worn look! The game is easy to learn, does not seem to get bogged down in rules, has various complexity in its game mechanics and did I mention that the miniatures look awesome!
So there you have it. I have brought you Dust 1947 and have not talked to a company rep, not to a demo team member, I don't have any product in my hand and I have not played the game at all yet. What I can tell you is that every gaming group, friend and relative I know is playing, or going to play this game. The reviews if based upon my readers & followers is extremely high! One person wrote "...this is what a tabletop game should be". Chad from Orlando, FL "...and the visuals of the game, the game mechanics, the pre-painted or primed models are awesome all around".
I will be picking up some Dust 1947 product in the coming weeks and will do an unboxing of some newer models on our Mixer Channel and schedule a Mixer feed later this Month or next.
The smash hit Arcadia Quest series goes to space! - NOW ON KICKSTARTER
Starcadia Quest is an action-packed board game where 2 to 4 players control Crews of Heroes in a sci-fi campaign to defeat the foes of the Starcadian Alliance. As alien monsters react to the heroes' actions, no one is stuck playing the role of game master. But don't kid yourselves: the Crews are not working together at all! Only one intrepid Crew will be ultimately victorious, so players must battle each other as well as against monstrous enemies.
Set in the same colorful universe as the highly-acclaimed Arcadia Quest game series, Starcadia Quest is an all-new standalone entry that draws from the electrifying gameplay from its fantasy counterpart, optimizes the experience, and takes it to a universe where no Hero has gone before!
If you or a friend are looking for the right time to join the Xbox family, this is for you! We’re introducing Xbox All Access, a limited-time offer available only in the U.S. at a Microsoft Store near you while supplies last.
For no upfront cost and one low monthly price for 24 months^, Xbox All Access gets you a new Xbox One S or Xbox One X, access to more than 100 great games through Xbox Game Pass, and online multiplayer with Xbox Live Gold. That’s more than 100 all-you-can-play games—including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, plus more games added all the time— the fastest, most reliable gaming network and an Xbox One console.
Fans who purchase an Xbox One console with Xbox All Access can enjoy:
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With Xbox All Access, joining the Xbox family becomes easier than ever. Visit your local Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com for more information.