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Deluxe Edition of ‘Unspeakable Words’ Coming This Summer

Playroom Entertainment will release a new deluxe edition of Unspeakable Words, with new artwork by John Kovalic, this summer, according to hobby industry news website ICv2.

The Call of Cthulhu word game, designed by James Ernest and Mike Selinker, with artwork by Tony Steele won Games Magazine‘s 2007 Word Game of the Year and appeared on the second season of TableTop.

Players compete to form words from the letter cards in their hand, where each letter is worth points based on the angles of the letter.  The goal is to make the highest scoring word possible, but the player must test the strength of the word against a roll of a d20. If the roll is equal to or higher than the value of the word, the player is safe. If it is lower, the player loses a piece of sanity, represented by Cthulhu pawns.  The first player to reach 100 points (without losing all their sanity) wins.


Originally intended for 2-6 players, the Deluxe Edition will support up to eight players.  The edition includes a host of extra items, including a glow-in-the-dark custom d20 engraved with Cthulhu, a screen printed dice/pawn bag; plus 10 of the 40 Cthulhu pawns (in 8 colors) will be glow-in-the dark.

In addition to the Deluxe Edition, Playroom will be reprinting the classic edition ofUnspeakable Words for the 6th time.  That edition includes 30 single-colored pawns, and is suitable for up to six players.  Classic and deluxe editions can be combined to host up to 14 players.








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Privateer Press Announces Intro Product for ‘Iron Kingdoms Unleashed’


Privateer Press has announced it will introduce its more violent role-playing game, Iron Kingdoms Unleashed  with an introductory box, and continue its strategy of army boxes for Warmachine and Hordes in March.

Privateer will release Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game Adventure Kitin March, with an MSRP of $44.99.  This will be the first Iron Kingdoms Unleashed product, similar to the way Wizards of the Coast launched the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons with the D&D Starter Set.


Designed to allow new players to play using only the contents of the box, the Kit will include an abridged rulebook, one 32-page scenario, four pre-generated character sheets, four plastic hero figures, ten plastic antagonist figures, four six-sided dice, a ruler, nine double-sided map tiles, and four map token sheets, all at an MSRP of $44.99.

The army boxes are follow-ons to the first pair, one each for Warmachine and Hordes, which will be released in February.  In March, Privateer will release Warmachine: All-in-One Army Box–Protectorate of Menoth and Hordes: All-in-One Army Box–Legion of Everblight.  They are configured to be useful both to new players and to experienced players looking to add a faction.


If this looks like a game you’d like to get your hands on, let the friendly staff at Battleground Games & Hobbies know!

Warmachine: All-in-One Army Box–Protectorate of Menoth will include over $200 worth of product (a complete 35-point army, rulebook, and strategy cards) for a $134.99 MSRP.  The following models are included:

  • Grand Scrutator Severius (white metal)
  • Reckoner (plastic)
  • Vanquisher (plastic)
  • Redeemer (plastic)
  • Heirophant (white metal)
  • Exemplar Errants (plastic)
  • Choir of Menoth (white metal)
  • Exemplar Errant Seneschal (white metal)
  • Vassal of Menoth (white metal)
  • Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (white metal)


Hordes:  All-in-One Army Box–Legion of Everblight will include almost $200 worth of product (complete 35-point army, rulebook, and strategy cards) for $129.99.  The following models are included:

  • Saeryn, Omen of Everblight (white metal)
  • Scythean (plastic)
  • Neraph (plastic)
  • Angelius (white metal)
  • Nephilim Bloodseer (plastic)
  • Strider Rangers (white metal)
  • Strider Deathstalker (white metal)
  • 2 Blighted Nyss Shepherds (white metal)


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Queen Games Announces ‘Orcs, Orcs, Orcs’ Board Game

Queen Games announced is has released the board game Orcs, Orcs, Orcs this winter; and if you’re familiar with Queen Games products, this is a game you won’t want to miss. So make sure you ask your local Battleground Games & Hobbies to order you a copy!


Now, let’s check out the details:

The game is designed by Frank Thyben, and combines the mechanics of deck building and tower defense as players battle the orcs and each other in the annual Orc Squash Tournament.  Players are mages, each defending a tower in the middle of a battlefield, using their magic to deflect the hordes of orcs charging the towers.  There are three different categories of orcs with different strength and special abilities that are conveyed to a player when an orc is defeated.


The game is for 2-4 players, ages 13 and up (due to an orc making a rude gesture in the art) and has an MSRP of $69.99.

The game was funded via a Kickstarter campaign in September which raised $59,861 from 724 backers ($82.68/backer average), well over the $10,000 goal.  The Kickstarter also featured an expansion for the game, Expansion: Reinforcements which includes new fate cards, terrains, creatures and more.





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WizKids Announces New ‘X-Men’ Board Game for March

WizKids announced they will release the X-Men: Mutant Revolution strategy board game on March 18th.

Set in the aftermath of the Phoenix event, players take the role of one of four iconic mutants (Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm), and attempt to spread their unique visions of the future across the globe.  Players recruit heroes and students, train their teams, and send them on missions, battling for the future of mutant-kind.  Gameplay is based on Gale Force Nine’s Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery.



The box contains 4 character figures, 24 dice, 269 custom tokens, 157 cards, 4 custom bidding dials, and a game board.  The game is for 2-4 players, ages 14 and up.






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This week in gaming: My board game wishlist

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Yeah, this is going up late. It’s been a little bit of a hectic week for myself. A big hectic to the point that I forgot that today was Wednesday (well, now it’s Thursday). I’m in the very slow process of moving my family and I into a new house. Let me tell you, moving is not very fun. However, there is a small exception here. Since I’ve been in between moves since the beginning of the summer, most of my belongings have been in storage. I had to pack up most of my Magic cards and, worst of all, most of my board games went into storage.


Now that my family and I are at our new house, I’ve been able to get most of my belongings out of storage. Tonight, I was able to grab my board games. It’s funny. I really didn’t know how much I missed them until I opened the box that contained them. It’s not much, but what I do have means a lot. So, I bet you’re wondering what games I have. In no particular order:


Netrunner LCG
Marvel Legendary
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Elder Signs
Takenoko (Sealed)
Rampage (Sealed)
Ascension (Base Set)


The reason Takenoko and Rampage are sealed is because they were originally for the Extra Life fundraiser that was held a couple of weeks ago, but due to the fact that they were in storage, I was never able to give them away. Now the question is, “What do I do with them?” Obviously these games would make great additions to my collection. Of course, there is also a part of me that wants to stick to the original plan and give them away for a good cause. I’m not sure. Although, I am open to suggestions.


Lords of Waterdeep

There are some games I have been wanting to get my hands on for some time now. One game I definitely want for my collection is Lords of Waterdeep. I’ve played this game a few times, and, while I have yet to win a game, each time has been a blast. You don’t even need to be that knowledgable in the Dungeons and Dragons lore, but it does make the game that much more fun if you know the whole story, or at least parts of it.


7 Wonders

Another game I’d like to add to the list is 7 Wonders. I remember when Andrew Pegg-Wheat was demoing the game for the store. I took every chance I could to sit in on a game. It is extremely fun and I highly recommend it. How does it play? For Magic players, I like to describe it as Drafting, but it’s just the best part – the drafting. Everyone gets three “packs” or pile of cards; a pile of cards from each of the three ages. They choose a card from their pile and then pass the cards on to the next person. You continue to pick cards from the “packs” until there is one left, and that card goes back into the box. The object of the game is to score the most points.


The neat part of the game is that you need to build up your resources in order to draft certain cards. For example, you may need brick, wood, gold, or all three in order to draft a library. That library then scores you points in one of numerous categories. It may sound a little complicated, but once you play it, the game is very easy to follow.


Marvel Dice Masters

This game had been out of stock for a long time. Also, if you’ve ever played Quarriors, this should be no surprise that this is on my list of board game wants. So not only does the game play exactly like Quarriors, but it features some of my favorite characters from comics – the X-Men. What sets the game apart from Quarriors, though, is the fact that it’s a collectible dice game. What do I mean by this? When you buy the game Quarriors, you get everything you will need for the base set inside the box. When you purchase Marvel Dice Masters, you start by buying the 2-player starter set. From there you buy booster packs that contain two dice and their corresponding cards.


This allows for the possibility of tournaments with the game. I’m hoping that game catches on enough that there will be plenty of people willing to play. As a gamer, I enjoy anything that involves rolling dice. That’s probably why this is at the top of the “list.” Anyone up for a game?


Star Trek Attack Wing

I get there isn’t a board involved, but I am a big Star Trek fan. Am I a Trekkie? I don’t know, but I enjoy it nonetheless. I’ve played Star Wars Attack Wing and that was a lot of fun. In the end though, I guess you either like Star Wars or Star Trek (or, at least, one more than the other). Of course, one of the reasons I’d like to own the game is because of the look of the figures. I’ve watched enough episode that the idea of controlling one of these ships (albeit in a game) excites me.


Tabletop miniatures adds a lot to gaming that you can’t get with normal board games. I like to think of board games like 2-D side scroller video games. So, I guess that makes tabletop miniature gaming like wearing an Oculus Rift.


Well that’s it for now. You know that the holiday season is closing upon us. If you’d like to get me a gift, make sure you bookmark this page so you can refer to it in the future.


As always, thanks for reading.


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Simeon is now the Community Manager for Battleground Games & Hobbies. If you have any questions or inquiries, then you can reach him at He is also an avid gamer who loves to play board games and video games. He graduated college with a degree in Political Science, and now serves the public by writing about games. You can check that out here. Don’t forget to “like” him on Facebook as well. It’ll update you on all of his newest content. Best of all, you can follow Simeon on Twitter (@SimeonCortezano) for some real time hilarity. Thanks for reading!


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Now Available – D&D Attack Wing! & Marvel Dice Masters

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Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing


D&D Attack Wing is a Dungeons & Dragons tactical flight and ground combat miniatures game, featuring pre-painted dragons, siege weaponry, and troops from the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms®   universe.

Utilizing the FlightPath™ maneuver system, command your army in epic aerial and ground combat & customize your army with spells, equipment, weapons, special abilities and more!


Battleground’s first impressions are that this is one that shouldn’t be missed!
Here’s a link to the rules, check em out!

Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men


The smash hit game is back with it’s second installment!!  Don’t miss out!

Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men is a collectible dice-building tabletop game designed by Quarriors! creators Michael Elliott and Eric M. Lang.


Featuring Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, Iceman, Psylocke, the Sentinels and more – each player fields a superhero team, with each hero being represented by custom-tooled dice! Each hero also has one or more character reference cards, which show the special abilities for the characters based on the die rolls. Different versions of these cards will be available in booster packs, allowing for more customization of your team. Players use these dice to collect energy, recruit new heroes, and battle head-to-head.




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