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New ‘Mouse Guard’ RPG Announced

BOOM! Studios announced, according to hobby industry news source ICv2, its Archaia Entertainment imprint will release a second edition of the award-winning Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game in April.  The release will include both a hardcover rulebook and a box set edition.




The Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard comic is an all ages anthropomorphic epic fantasy series written and drawn by David Peterson.  The RPG, designed by Luke Crane and David Petersen, was the winner of the 2009 Origins Award for “Best Role-Playing Game”, and Archaia released a box set in 2011.

The new Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set, Second Edition includes everything players need to know about the world of the Guard.  The revised and update rulebook includes information for forming patrols and leading missions and features new art from David Petersen. Additional Action, Weapon, and Condition cards are also included.



The new Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game, Second Edition hardcover is a 320-page, full-color, 8″ x 8″ volume.  Source:






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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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A holiday gift guide by Sam Pearson

Cold wind howls through the trees. The sun flees the skies early, leaving the world in an icy gloom. What do you do?


Well, you probably start thinking about holiday shopping! And if you’re looking for RPG gifts this season, here are a number of great options for the roleplayer on your list. All of these products are available at either Battleground Games & Hobbies location, or you can check out our D&D selection on our online store!


The Beginning: Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

Know someone who has always wanted to give D&D a try, but never had a chance? The Starter Set has everything a new player needs to start on that amazing journey of imagination! With five pre-made characters, a handy rulebook, and an awesome adventure to bring characters from first to fifth level, the Starter set is the first step to a lifetime of RPG fun!


D&D Starter Set


Something Different: Fate RPG

Maybe the roleplayer on your gift list wants to try something new, or has a great idea for a superhero/cowboy/space opera adventure… with dinosaurs. Lots of dinosaurs. If unbridled storytelling is what you’re after, look no further than Fate! The Fate RPG offers all the tools a gaming group needs to build their own setting (any setting) and play deep, story-based adventures with any character they can dream up! Lots of interesting rules options can be found in the Fate Core book, or try the slim and easy-to-learn Fate Accelerated book for a quick, cheap, but no less complete introduction to one of the top ten RPGs in the world!




Hilarious Holiday Disaster: Fiasco

If you want a zero-preparation RPG that everyone can play together this holiday season, you should take a look at Fiasco. Based on movies like Fargo and A Simple Plan, Fiasco lets you play out stories where everyone has big plans… and everything goes horribly wrong. If you want to exercise your malicious side and need a break from Cards Against Humanity, Fiasco is always a good option. Check out the episode of Tabletop if you want to see it in action!


Fiasco RPG



The Big One: D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide

So many gamers tell the story of receiving a DMG as a gift, setting off a lifetime of storytelling. If you know someone who wants to run D&D games of their own, this brand new book is one of the best gifts you could ever give. Packed with hundreds of pages of inspiration, tools, and advice, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to cause excitement right out of the wrapping paper!




Stocking Stuffer: More Dice!

Nothing rounds out the holiday shopping list like a shiny new set of dice. Both Battleground Games & Hobbies locations offer a huge variety of dice sets, ranging from the simple to the devastatingly pretty. And let’s face it; nobody can ever have too many dice.




Whatever the preference, Battleground Games & Hobbies has something for the RPG player in your life. And don’t forget to come on down for D&D Encounters on Wednesday nights to see these games in action! Enjoy the holidays, and keep on gaming!


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Wizards of the Coast Announces Delay to ‘D&D: Dungeon Master’s Guide’

After making the dates on most of its long-planned rollout of the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast has announced that the last of the first range of releases will be delayed, as first reported by  Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Master’s Guide, originally planned for November release, will now ship in December.

The delay is blamed on “an entire additional cycle of design and editing to ensure that the books were as close to perfect as humanly possible” introduced with this new edition of the game.  While this effort is touted as a boon for the quality of the Player’s Handbook and Monster Manual, which are releasing on schedule, it has pushed the production schedule back on the Dungeon Master’s Guide.  For stores participating in WotC’s early release program, the book with have an on sale date of November 28th, with general release following on December 9th.






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Paizo Publishing Announces February 2015 Releases

Paizo Publishing has announced its Pathfinder RPG releases for the month of February 2015, first reported by, which is the beginning of a new Adventure Path series: Giantslayer.  Releases include the first adventure, a new campaign setting book, an adventure “toolbox,” and a map pack.

The Battle of Bloodmarch Hill launches the new six-part Giantslayer Adventure Path.  In this adventure, players must defend a human settlement besieged by orcs while uncovering the truth behind a mysterious death.  The adventure is designed for first level characters, and includes information on the giants of Golarion, new game mechanics for giants, and a new Pathfinder’s Journal.  The adventure is compatible with the Pathfinder RPG and the Open Game License.


The new Pathfinder Campaign Setting:  Tombs of Golarion presents a number of deadly dungeons and tombs for the Pathfinder game world.  The 64-page softcover book includes a number of adventures including new monsters, traps, and treasures, as well as suggestions for game masters who want to include them in their own campaigns.

The Pathfinder Player Companion:  Melee Tactics Toolbox will be a 32-page softcover book with new rules and game materials designed to enhance melee combat in the game.  This book was written with the player in mind, designed to appeal to them rather than gamemasters.  MSRP is $12.99.

The last of Paizo’s planned quartet for February will be the Pathfinder Map Pack:  River System.  Designed to work with thePathfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain Multi-Packand other grassy flip-mats, this set includes 18 full-color map tiles illustrated by Jason Engle.  The tiles can be used to create a variety of river scenes, and have a special coating that allows wet, dry, and permanent markers to be used and erased.  This will be the 54th Map Pack game accessory.

What do you think of these new offerings from Paizo Publishing? Does Pathfinder have what it takes to stand up to D&D Next? Let us know what you think!






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Coming in 2015: ‘Mouse Guard’ Board Game

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The Burning Wheel, in conjunction with Mouse Guard graphic novel creator David Petersen, will release Mouse Guard: Swords & Strongholds, a two-player strategy board game based in the world of the popular all-ages series, according to hobby channel news website


The game was conceived by Petersen for use as a unique pastime for his Mouse Guard graphic novel characters, and Petersen partnered with game designer Luke Crane (creator of The Burning Wheel RPG and the Origins Award Winning Mouse Guard RPG)  to adapt the game for the real world.  The two-person light strategy game is intended as a simple to learn but engaging pastime in which players move mouse pawns across a gridded wooden board while playing sword, stronghold and diplomacy cards.

The box will include a wooden board, eight plastic mouse pawns, 30 cards, and a rules sheet.  The game is for 2 players, and takes 10 – 20 minutes to play.  


The game is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter for January 2015 fulfillment, and has raised over $28,000 from more than 683 backers as of this writing.  The campaign features two retailer pledge levels.



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