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It's a Long Way Down, Salvation Road (whoa-oh-oh oh-oh-oh)

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My Kickstarter basic copy of Salvation Road arrived from Van Ryder Games this week and I did a quick unboxing, but then waffled back and forth on actually publishing it as I wasn't really happy with my somewhat disjointed ramblings. (not to mention early R.E.M.-esque mumbling).

But as it's going to be released July 12, I thought at the very least you could watch and see the contents anyway. Even if you turn off the volume and put on the Mad Max soundtrack ("We Don't Need Another Boardgame"). Or better yet, the one for National Lampoon's Vacation.

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I Guess I'm Going Back To My Old School

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Designer Mark H. Walker is one "busy bee"... or perhaps that should be "prolific pig"? His company Tiny Battle Publishing has been cranking out games on a regular basis since first forming and now his other endeavor Flying Pig Games has released its new Kickstarter funded WW2 eastern front title Old School Tactical.

Designed (both game and artwork) by Shayne Logan and clocking in at EIGHT POUNDS in a 12x18" box, the base game features two gorgeous mounted maps (44x34"). Want to see all of what you get? Check out this unboxing video:

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Unboxing the Pipes of Ypres

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Even though I looked it up and Ypres is pronounced "ee-Pris" (EDIT: apparently WRONG), I always think "ee-Pree" (EDIT: Apparently more correct), especially if I can turn it into a reference to Paul McCartney's song "Pipes of Peace" complete with its WWI theme video of a Christmas Day truce of 1914...

Received the new Compass Games title Red Poppies Campaigns: The Battles for Ypres and very quickly and roughly threw together this unboxing video. Looks great except for the second counter sheet slightly misaligned.



And for those interested...

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Zombies in a Box, Got Zombies in a Cardboard Box...

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Finally brainwashed (brain-rinsed, brain-seasoned, brain-slow-roasted-on-an-open-flame) enough to jump onto the Dawn of the Zeds (Third edition) bandwagon. My copy of the super deluxe premier edition arrived yesterday, so I prepared a video of my first experience with the classic Hermann Luttmann title from Victory Point Games.

The value is basically seeing what's in the box. I have no idea yet how it all works being a newbie to the game. This should almost be played when you fail at Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, right? I've only come onboard the zombie crazy train for 1. great titles and 2. the theme has become more scientific and less "undead". Good move really.

Of course this has always seemed the best defense.



And one of the creepier moments in 80s music video history...

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Fri Jun 3, 2016 2:00 pm
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Hostage Cards "Unboxing"

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Seems weird to do an unboxing of my own creation... but this is less about the quality of the expansion itself (it's awesome of course, lol), but about the revealed quality of the GameCrafter printing of it.

And here it is...



In all I think they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. The alignment was just as I designed and the color was excellent!



They are not yet searchable in the store for a couple of more days, but you can find the cards here: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/hostage-cards-expansion if you don't want to print and play your own set.

The print and play will remain free of course: Hostage Negotiating Just Got Real-er-er-ish (and Dark)
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Games Outside the Box: Operation Dauntless & Talon

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A couple of new releases from GMT Games arrived yesterday (three actually, but my camera was tired and refused to let me record the unboxing of Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection, darn it)

Undaunted, I opened up Operation Dauntless: The Battles for Fontenay and Rauray, France, June 1944 as well as sunk my claws into Talon and hereby present their innards for your perusal.




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The Search Is Over - MERCS Is Right Before My Eyes

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How can I convince you, that what you see is real?
Who am I to blame you, for doubting what you feel?


In April 2014, the MegaCon Games Kickstarter campaign for MERCS: Recon ended with a surge pushing it over the $800,000 mark. Concerns were high given the launch debacle for Myth (problems were eventually corrected). McG was given the benefit of the doubt that they'd learned from their myth-stakes (hat tip: Robert Lynn Aspirin), the campaign more than funded and the clock started on a reasonably realistic, yet not very probable January 2015 fulfillment date.

Unfortunately while McG is great at designing games as well as generating initial interest and funding, their follow through skills leave a lot to be desired. Delays and production problems (and McG's world famous poor public relations skills) bring us forward, finally, to January 2016.

The games have arrived.

Not quite as planned (of course). What was supposed to be the whole enchilada in one box changed to more than one (hopefully only two) shipments. The first, including just the two base games MERCS: Recon – Counter Threat and MERCS: Recon – Assassination Protocol, is finally starting to arrive around the world. The second with the mission packs, stretch goals, and other add-ons is slated to "hit the water" by the end of January and be in gamers hands 6-8 weeks later.

Time, as always, will tell.

But all past problems aside, the base games in their final first edition form are now here. I assume they will be in the retail chain very soon as well as online gaming stores already have them for pre-order (retail $60, online about $38 as of this writing). Reviews have been mixed from backers concerning the quality of the components and the packaging. So when my copy arrived yesterday, I decided to do a full unboxing video from the packing box to the components to show exactly what you get and what the extent of any issues are.

For those who remember the Myth issues, I am happy to report that McG did learn about making a decent rulebook this go round, even soliciting feedback on an early draft to make clarifications. They also did extensive playtesting, letting newbies "lead" the group of players based on their reading of the rules with no prompting from experienced players. This was an excellent move on their part to get things right. Of course, there is already an FAQ available -- but isn't there always?

The main issues people are having are with the dice (they aren't great, but they will serve until replacements can be had) and the quality of the miniatures. For boardgamers, the miniatures are just fine (though note they DO require minor assembly). For fans of tabletop miniatures gaming who like uber detail, they are perhaps not up to Games Workshop Ltd. quality... but they aren't at that price either. There were also some printing errors and reports of damaged components that McG has already promised to make good on starting next week.

In summary, I'm pretty happy with what arrived. I am pretty sure I'm going to make some standees instead to make play easier and faster.

Now see for yourself watching this unboxing of MERCS: Recon.

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Two Unboxings and an Unbagging: Zombies, Tanks, Stick and Stones

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Three unboxing/unbagging videos to cap things off before Christmas.

Two are from Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC. and one from Tiny Battle Publishing.

First up is Mark H. Walker's Sticks and Stones a World War IV tactical wargame.



Next is the quick to play tank battles game Tank on Tank: East Front.



Finally, we have zombie tactical All Things Zombie: Reloaded



Reviews coming soon in the new year.

Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for all your support in 2015.
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Unboxing Heroes of Normandy. No, not with an "ie".

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Prepared a quick unboxing video of the latest release in the Lock N' Load Tactical series: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of Normandy. Spoiler alert... there's a lot to like about this one, at least as far as the presentation goes.

Cannot wait to get into the game play.



Hope you enjoy!
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