RoboArena - The Greatest TDTTBCSMAG You Will Ever Play!


RoboArena is a currently in development "Top Down Tactical Turn Based Casual Strategy Multiplayer Action Game", or TDTTBCSMAG for short, for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad by Bravado Waffle Studios. Imagine the classic RoboRally mixed with X-Com and RoboSport where players program moves for a robot or team of robots to complete the level objectives. The game will come with both single player and multiplayer modes. The single player mode consists of 30 levels of robot destroying, puzzle solving challenges as the player attempts to escape from the evil robot factory. Multiplayer is made up of a variety of different game modes like free-for-all, capture the flag, and Robo Hunt. There are already plans for an expansion so there will be plenty of content to enjoy. Also as another added bonus, if they can fund up to $2000 USD on their kickstarter campaign, they will also release a limited first edition board game version for backers. Pretty sweet deal.

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June 17, 2011

AEG Brings Us One of Our Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan


In advance of GenCon 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Alderac Entertainment Group has announced what has now become one of Critical Gamers most anticipated board games of 2011. Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan marks is set in the Legend of the Five Rings and marks a major milestone in the L5R property. This game looks and sounds amazing and instead of trying to paraphrase the awesomeness, we'll just let the announcement prove it to you -

The game centers around one very dangerous night at a castle in the provinces of the Lion Clan. Honorable Lion samurai stand vigilant watch around the castle, protecting it from harm. The Scorpion Clan sends one well trained ninja to infiltrate the castle for nefarious purposes... it may be to assassinate an imperial guest under the Lion's protection, or poison the well, or steal the daimyo's war plans for the coming season. Whatever the goal, the ninja has vowed to accomplish it, or die trying. Worse yet for the Lion Clan, the ninja has an accomplice: a traitor among the ranks of the Lion samurai whose true loyalty lies with the Scorpion.

Designed by the prolific Fr├ęderic Moyersoen (Saboteur, Nuns on the Run), Ninja is a game of stealth, bluff, guile, and critical thinking for 2-4 players that has a different setup 2, 3, and 4 player games to create their own set of challenges and benefits. Ninja will have a special preview at GenCon and is expected to hit shelfs in October, which can't come fast enough now.


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June 13, 2011

Victory Point Games Gives Us "The Horror! Pack"


Victory Point Games has just announced the release of The Horror! Pack. A two game package that includes both Forlon: Hope, a Space Hulk-esque space marine vs. alien scenario game, and the unreleased Dawn of the Zeds: The Battle for Farmingdale, an undead themed horror survival solitaire title in the States of Siege line. Dawn of the Zeds is currently only available in The Horror! Pack and is not for sale individually. In addition the pack is a 25% savings over purchasing both titles individually. For more information about these titles and to purchase this awesome deal, head over to the Victory Point Games website.

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June 5, 2011

Conquest of Nerath - The Latest in the Dungeons & Dragons Board Game Lineup from Wizards of the Coast


Recently announced, Conquest of Nerath is the latest in the successful Dungeons & Dragons line of board games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon) from Wizards of the Coast. Conquest takes players out of the dungeons and into some large scale open terrain battles as the Dark Empire of Karkoth march against the League of Nerath. Simultaneously, to the south, the elves of Vailin are in the midst of trouble with the goblin hordes of the Iron Circle. Players will be able to summon together their soldiers, siege engines, dragons and other monsters in attempts to thwart their enemies advances all while scouring dungeons and ruins for the magical artifacts and treasures that will help turn the tide of battle. Grab three of your friends and get ready for an epic battle of these four great powers from the coasts of ancient Vailin to the snow laden Winterbole Forest.

Conquest of Nerath will be available June 21st, 2011 and head over to Amazon to place your pre-order.

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June 4, 2011

Tasty Minstrel Games Pre-order Bundle Sale


If you are like us at Critical Gamers then finding good deals on awesome games is an important part of keeping our finances and respective spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc., happy. It's almost as if the crew over at Tasty Minstrel Games heard our internal plea for great deals and has set us up with some great bundle deals. They currently have two bundles available that include both the upcoming hits Belfort and Homesteaders at a discounted rate and then they will throw in either Jab or Train of Thought for free. Either deal ends up being just shy of 50% off the MSRP of the titles. The catch is that they will be shipped in August and are only available in limited quantities at this price; after all the cheap bundles have sold, the price will go up. Also while you are there check out Eminent Domain, the highly anticipated deck building game due out in August as well.

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June 2, 2011

Talisman Expansion 'The Dragon' Announced


In other Fantasy Flight Games news, of which there is no shortage of, an expansion for Talisman called, The Dragon, was announced yesterday. Fantasy Flight must have realized how quick this game is to play that they needed to add even more content! (*sarcasm*) Still, we love playing Talisman regardless of the play time required and are super excited about kicking some dragon tail, go check it out!

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May 31, 2011

Small World Underground Available for Pre-Order


Days of Wonder announced today that Small World Underground is available for pre-orders. My guess is that if there is a limited availability, they won't last long. Remember that Underground is a stand alone title that can be played outside of the base game or can be played in conjunction to give you the flexibility of size and scope of your play experience. The expansion takes players into the underground and includes new terrain types, races, powers, and maps. In addition, the neutral monsters now guard places of power and artifacts that the players can use to their advantage. Head over to the Days of Wonder store and pre-order your copy!

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May 30, 2011

Kickstarter Projects Worth Backing! - 5/30/11

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One of the greatest things about our society is that there is always fresh content and ideas being put out there for the world to enjoy. The analog gaming industry is no different in this aspect The industry has a long and storied history that has given our and many other generations the creativity and drive to turn ideas into products that have brought families and friends closer together, and sometimes even farther apart (sorry about that John). With Kickstarter the power has been put into the hands of the common man, check out some of the latest and greatest submissions and decide whether you want to be a part of bringing these ideas to life!

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May 29, 2011

Twilight Imperium: Shards of the Throne Expansion Released


Shards of the Throne [Amazon, Funagain], the latest expansion for Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition, is now on sale. The latest expansion includes three new races: the Ghosts of Creuss, beings made of light and energy; the Nekro Virus, a machine whose sole purpose is to destroy biological life forms; and the Aborec, a plant based sentient ecosystem. Also included are new alternate Strategy Cards, units, and the Political Intrigue option which allows you to influence the Galactic Council; however, be warned that your enemies might try to undermine you. Want even more? Not a problem with Shards of the Throne as it comes with a scenario that allows one player to take on the role of the Lazax, Race-Specific Technologies, Preliminary Objectives, new Domain Counters, and new System Tiles, there is tons of new content to conquer and control the galaxy with.

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May 28, 2011

Wargaming Fans Rejoice at the Latest Death Ride Kursk Release from Grognards


From the Grognard's release announcement -

Death Ride Kursk - 11th Panzer (DRK-11Pz) expands on the DRK series and will be released by 28 May. This game covers the operations of the 11th Panzer Division, as part of the XXXXVIII Panzer Korps, as the right flank of Gross Deutschland during the Battle of Kursk. Players do not need to own the DRK-GD game to play this as it uses different maps. 11th Panzer parallels Gross Deutschland north toward Oboyan and Kursk. The division ran into 31st Tank Corps and elements of the 309th Rifle, 52nd and 13th Guards Rifle Divisions. The game features such rules as Overwatch, Patrols, Reserves, and uses obstacles extensively. Elite forces in this game include the Red Army Guards (52nd and 13th GRDs) that are shoved into the battle.

Head over to the Grognard's Simulations, Inc. website for more details - GSI Death Ride Kursk - 11th Panzer

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