Miniature of the Week — Battlelords of the 23rd Century Both Old and New

This week’s Miniature of the Week comes from SSDC and their classic Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century sci-fi RPG. They’ve got a collection of new Battlelords minis available, plus a limited supply of original series minis.

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Space Hulk: Death Angel Review

It is very rare for a game to scale well enough that it’s just as enjoyable played solitaire as it is with five friends. It’s also rare for a game to capture it’s theme perfectly, with the mechanics reinforcing the story. A game that does both? Space Hulk: Death Angel is one of the very few.

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Did Fantasy Flight Games Acquire the Star Wars License?

The Star Wars gaming license has been floating in limbo since Wizards of the Coast dropped it earlier this year. It was purchased this week by a mystery game company that has yet to make any kind of official announcement, but educated guesswork has many game industry observers thinking Fantasy Flight Games is the big winner.

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Gladiator Mechs Battle for Fame and Cash in Heavy Gear Arena

Nils “Deadeye” Alrik just lost contact with his sole remaining teammate. He knows there are at least two members of the Northern Reapers team still active, and he’s low on ammo. Luckily, his Crusader IV is equipped with a sword. He spots the Reapers standing too close together, so he charges forward and strikes with a Vibrostab, then combos it into a High Stab. For added style, he slaps the last Reaper with the flat of the blade. It doesn’t do any damage, but the sponsors love it. Welcome to Heavy Gear Arena.

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Win the New Heavy Gear Arena Two-Player Starter Kit!

Dream Pod 9 will be shipping Heavy Gear Arena in just a few weeks. This new set of rules for their signature mech combat game allows smaller squads of mechs to battle in gladiatorial matches for fame and fortune. I’ll have a full review later today, but you can win your own copy of the starter kit right now!

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Gamma World

My excitement about Gamma World has been inescapable for Robot Viking readers, the many people who watched the unboxing video, friends and family, random strangers, etc. Maybe I was a little too excited, since I ended up not liking Gamma World as much as I thought. The good news is, there’s a lot of awesomeness in that weird green box, and the stuff I didn’t like is easily fixable.

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Smallville RPG Wields Big Drama

Margaret Weis Productions has a host of TV licenses in their stable of RPGs, from Battlestar Galactica to Leverage. These aren’t just generic systems with a layer of genre-colored paint slapped on — if the Smallville RPG is any indication, each MWP game is carefully designed to integrate the important themes and concepts that fans love about the show into the game itself.

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Space Hulk: Death Angel — Tense Missions in Deadly Space

Fantasy Flight’s new Space Hulk: Death Angel card game pits your squad of space marines against a terrifying swarm of aliens inside an abandoned spaceship. All you have to do is make it to the control deck before the Genestealers tear your crew to pieces. Total milk run. Right?

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