Unboxing: Pathfinder Battles - Deadly Foes and Red Dragon Evolution from WizKids

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Unboxing: Pathfinder Battles - Deadly Foes and Red Dragon Evolution from WizKids

We're opening Pathfinder Deadly Foes blind boxes and the Red Dragon Evolution figures from WizKids! Whose army of Paizo predators will win against the Dragon Menace?

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Get the Game - Gunkimono by Renegade Game Studios

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Get the Game - Gunkimono by Renegade Game Studios

In Gunkimono from Renegade Game Studios, players become daimyo, plotting their military advances across the Japanese countryside of feudal Japan as they expand their territory and build strongholds.

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Critical Hits - Dragon Shield Gaming Accessories!

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Critical Hits - Dragon Shield Gaming Accessories!

Every gamer and collector knows that wear and tear happens no matter how careful you are with your gaming supplies. Dragon Shield is one of the most popular lines of accessories created to help protect your collection. Their accessories aren’t just made of long lasting, collector friendly materials, but are also a good value.

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Get the Game - Legends of Andor & Dark Heroes by Thames & Kosmos

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Get the Game - Legends of Andor & Dark Heroes by Thames & Kosmos

Legends of Andor is a cooperative adventure board game for two to four players in which a band of heroes must work together to defend a fantasy realm from invading hordes. Dark Heroes adds more anti-heroes to the mix!

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Get the Game - Maiden's Quest from WizKids

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Get the Game - Maiden's Quest from WizKids

Adventure as a self-rescuing princess right in the palm of your hand in Maiden's Quest from WizKids!

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Unboxing: Icons of the Realms - Monster Menagerie III Blind Boxes and Kraken from WizKids

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Unboxing: Icons of the Realms - Monster Menagerie III Blind Boxes and Kraken from WizKids

Get a front row seat as host Anne Richmond and guest Dave open nine Icons of the Realms Monster Menagerie III blind boxes and the Kraken from WizKids.

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Get the Game - Fist of Dragonstones by Stronghold Games

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Get the Game - Fist of Dragonstones by Stronghold Games

Return to the Dragon & Flagon Tavern with the bluff and barter bonanza: Fist of Dragonstones by Stronghold Games!

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Take a Dive into Ido's Game Photography

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Take a Dive into Ido's Game Photography

With thousands of new board games released every year, it takes a near-impossible state of vigilance to keep up with the expansive buffet of titles that are available to us. Luckily, there’s no shortage of dedicated enthusiasts who actively share information about the games they enjoy most, either as a profession or as a generous contribution to the hobby they love.

Today, Active Player Network would like to take the time to introduce you to one of those individuals who we are especially thankful for: our friend Ido!

 Ido: Photographer Extraordinaire and owner of @the_review_board on Instagram.

Ido: Photographer Extraordinaire and owner of @the_review_board on Instagram.

Ido is an active player from Chicago who’s stunning photo-sets highlight some of his favorite tabletop games and their components. His imagination and whimsy truly bring the games to life, encouraging viewers to step deep into the universes contained within each box. His unconventional style yields an outstandingly unique perspective that supplements the standard package and component photographs offered by game producers, inviting us to see these products in a new light: and to appreciate the craftsmanship and vision that go into bringing each product to market.

When Ido is not being a responsible adult (which is often), he can be found cooking, gaming, and honing his craft as a photographer.

Below, we invite you to scroll through some colorful aquatic shots that Ido shared with us to celebrate Emerson Matsuuchi’s new abstract strategy game: Reef, which hit Friendly Local Game Stores this week. Reef, brought to us by Next Move Games (who also released 2018’s Spiel des Jahres winner: Azul), is quickly becoming a favorite at my house, due to it’s subtle balance of simplistic rules and the potential for advanced strategy:

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Get the Game - Illusion by Pandasaurus Games

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Get the Game - Illusion by Pandasaurus Games

Are your eyes deceiving you or is that Illusion from Pandasaurus Games? Which of your friends can defeat this deck of optically illusive graphic designs?

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Get the Game - Reef by Next Move Games

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Get the Game - Reef by Next Move Games

In Emerson Matsuuchi’s Reef from Next Move Games, compete against your friends to build the most beautiful reef at the table through color and pattern matching on the depths of the ocean floor.

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Wildlands Factions: The Pit Fighters

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Wildlands Factions: The Pit Fighters

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, you helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm where they fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

The first decision you have to make is to select which faction you want to run the game with, and we're going to help you with that choice by featuring the incredible miniatures from the game, painting them up, and pairing them with a description of their faction from Osprey's rule book! As you know, the APN team will literally jump at any excuse to paint miniatures so I'm not sure why you'd be surprised by this choice - but that being said, the world behind Wildlands will suck you in and immerse you immediately. This week, we'll have a look at another base game faction: The Pit Fighters.

“Marie, the elven assassin” painted by Bobby Stickel.

The Pit Fighters

Warriors. Killers. Monsters. Slaves, prisoners, and professional gladiators were made to fight for the Empire’s entertainment, but who is left for them to entertain? Who do an elvish assassin, an angry gnoll, orc siblings, and a mysterious challenger have left to trust but each other? Now they are free, where will they go? And who is going to stand in their way?

The Pit Fighters are extremely dangerous up close, as they are exclusively focused on melee combat. They seek powerful shards to keep themselves free.
— Wildlands

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Unboxing - Waterdeep Dragon Heist Blind Boxes and City of the Dead: Statues and Monuments

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Unboxing - Waterdeep Dragon Heist Blind Boxes and City of the Dead: Statues and Monuments

Get a front row seat as host Anne Richmond and guest Emily Floyd open 8 Icons of the Realms Waterdeep: Dragon Heist blind boxes and unbox City of the Dead: Statues and Monuments from WizKids.

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Get the Game - Terraforming Mars: Prelude by Stronghold Games

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Get the Game - Terraforming Mars: Prelude by Stronghold Games

Learn about the much anticipated expansion to Terraforming Mars in our overview of Prelude. With new cards revealed at the start of play, 5 new corporations, and 7 new project cards, this is sure to be a game changer in the exciting series from Stronghold Games!

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Get the Game - Western Legends by Kolossal Games

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Get the Game - Western Legends by Kolossal Games

IIn Western Legends from Kolossal Games, explore the Wild West in an open sand box style board game and make a name for yourself as one of several diverse historical figures by rustling cattle, playing poker at the saloon, panning for gold, defeating bandits and more!

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Interview: Steve Jackson - Gaming Goliath and Munchkin Mastermind

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Interview: Steve Jackson - Gaming Goliath and Munchkin Mastermind

 Legendary Game Designer, Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games

Legendary Game Designer, Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games

Munchkin has been around since 2001 and has worked with countless properties to developing its several serial versions. Back when you were creating the base game, what hole were you trying to fill?

I just wanted to do a simple parody of the dungeon-crawl genre. I had no idea where it would go. We found out, though . . . Munchkin didn’t create the genre of humorous card games, but it lent it a lot of energy.  

What has been the most rewarding thing about designing this game?

Definitely, the personal feedback. The game has touched a lot of people in ways that my other work hasn’t. Players want to make Munchkin part of their lives! We hear all the time about Munchkin-themed birthday parties, and there have been at least three Munchkin weddings and several proposals and “little Munchkin on the way!” baby announcements. 

When you are looking for partners for the various new installments, what’s your criteria?

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 The property has to be one that lends itself to the Munchkin tropes, and the licensor has to be willing to “break the fourth wall” a little bit, and let us be silly even if the property is not primarily humorous. Warhammer 40,000 is a good example; Games Workshop has given John and Andrew a lot of latitude to jump right through the fourth wall and poke gentle fun not just at their game but the players. It's respectful and always, always trying to laugh with, not at, and to me that's an important key to make Munchkin work. We're all in on the joke together, even when we're the butt of a particular giggle.

Is there a partnering property that you would love to work with on a Munchkin game that you haven’t yet?

Yes. Yes, there is  :)

Do you have a favorite card?

I might have a dozen favorites; narrowing it down to one is hard. I do really like the Potted Plant, the Net Troll, the Plutonium Dragon, and the Gazebo from the original set.

Is there a set that you’re most excited about debuting this year?

Yes, absolutely. Munchkin Warhammer 40,000! Aeldar and Death Guards and tanks, oh my. The Games Workshop crew have been very good sports and fun to work with.

Is there a favorite Munchkin game of all time and why?

Well, my very favorites to play are (1) the original set, just because; (2) Munchkin Cthulhu, because we got to do a lot of really silly cards AND put in a good alternate victory condition; (3) Munchkin Booty, because pirates!  Lots of Arrrrr! jokes, and avast wasteland of low pirate humor. And (4) whatever I am working on right now!

How did the now iconic partnership with artist John Kovalic come about?

I think his first game for us was Chez Geek, and we had been regularly working with him on the “Murphy’s Rules” feature for PYRAMID Magazine, and I thought his style would work well with the tone of the cards. Oh, my, it certainly did! He really gets the game, he’s very prolific, and sometimes we read each others’ minds when it comes to developing the look of a card. And we pay a lot of attention to every single card because we know that an important element of the game is the “look at the card and laugh” phase! 

How did the Munchkin CCG come about? Was the concept developed internally from the start, or did the designers come to you with the game and suggest Munchkin as a good fit? Or somewhere in between?

We developed the concept internally but we knew we wanted to get an experienced CCG designer to make it happen. I’m very pleased with the results. The “bluff” mechanic is, as far as I know, unique to the Munchkin CCG, and it adds a lot to play. Eric, Kevin, you done good!

There's been a variety of supplemental Munchkin accessories released, like dice, pins, character pawns, plushes, etc. Is there anything else like this in the works that you can talk about?

We’re coming out with a couple of play mats that will alter the game slightly and provide (yet another) way to keep track of levels. And the Starfinder “I Want It All" box includes a level tracker, a Kill-O-Meter, dice, and metal “credsticks" based on the currency of the Starfinder RPG. The Unicorns and Friends “big box” has Boxes of Holding and a Kill-O-Meter as well. People like Stuff and we are happy to create new Stuff for them!

Munchkin is often cited by fans as being the game that opened the door for them to modern board games. Any good stories about teaching the game to new players?

Just the observation that new players tend to win a lot. I have finally figured out why . . . I think. It’s very important in the beginning and middle game to make a lot of deals, and people tend to help, or accept help from, the new player just to show them the ropes. That advantage adds up!

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Get the Game - Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game by Portal Games

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Get the Game - Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game by Portal Games

In Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game from Portal Games, work with your friends to take on several investigator roles and solve five different inter-connected cases while double checking your clues against information from the agency's online database.

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Wildlands Factions: The Unquiet Dead

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Wildlands Factions: The Unquiet Dead

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, you helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm where they fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

The first decision you have to make is to select which faction you want to run the game with, and we're going to help you with that choice by featuring the incredible miniatures from the game, painting them up, and pairing them with a description of their faction from Osprey's rule book! As you know, the APN team will literally jump at any excuse to paint miniatures so I'm not sure why you'd be surprised by this choice - but that being said, the world behind Wildlands will suck you in and immerse you immediately. This week, we'll have a look at the expansion faction: The Unquiet Dead.

Painted by Bobby Stickel.

The Unquiet Dead

Drawn to the life-giving power of the crystal shards, a gang of undead nightmares have taken to the battlefield. This ghoulish team can replace one of the existing factions, with the unique mechanic of shared activations offering and aggressive new play-style, or they can be played using the new ‘Encounter’ rules as monstrosities that can be controlled by any player, flooding the board as the battle rages.
— Wildlands

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Let's Play Catch the Moon

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Let's Play Catch the Moon

Watch as Anne Richmond and Emily Floyd play a lovely French dexterity/balance game called Catch the Moon from Bombyx!

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Get the Game - Wildlands by Osprey Games

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Get the Game - Wildlands by Osprey Games

In Wildlands from Osprey Games, helm a faction of five characters in a post apocalyptic fantasy realm and fight for dominance and survival via the collection of scattered crystal shards. 

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