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Essen SPIEL ’18 Live Blog – Thursday

Essen SPIEL ’18 Live Blog – Thursday

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Come and join us for SPIEL '18 as we're diving into the first day of coverage here at the event. We have some prizes to be won and of course, we're going to be delving into all sorts of new games and more here at the event.

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Check Out Day One & Win Prizes

Decrypto - Aliens: Hadley's Hope - Witless Wizards - Gizmos - Dragon's Breath - Escape Tales: The Awakening - WWX Forlorn Hope Posse - 8BitBox - The Walking Dead: Here's Negan - Magnificent Flying Machines - PlastCraft Crashed Plane Terrain

Check Out Day Two & Win Prizes

Vault Of Dragons + 2x D&D Paint Sets (Heroes & Monsters) - Aristeia Walls Terrain Set - Lincoln - Don't Get Got - Holding On: The Troubled Life Of Billy Kerr - Dicium - Mountains - Fog Of Love (Choice Of Cover) - Swordcrafters - Silk - V-Commandos - 3x Tainted Grail Artbooks + Exclusive Coin - Pyramid Of Pengqueen

Check Out Day Three & Win Prizes

Talisman: Legendary Tales - Venus Next (Terraforming Mars Expansion) - Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles - Tsukuyumi - War Chest & Scorpius Freighters - FAITH RPG Core Book - Dungeon Terrain Set - Magnate Resin Buildings - Lightseekers Playmat, Deck Box & Folio (Of Your Choice)

Check Out Day Four & Win Prizes

Age Of Sigmar Champions Playmat & Deck Box (Of Your Choice) - 2x KeyForge Decks - Mistfall: Chronicles Of Frost & All That Burns - Contract - Doomseekers - Dinosaur Island - Blood Red Skies Core Box Organiser - 4x4 Gaslands Mat - Trapwords - 10x Harry Potter Ford Anglia Puzzles - Village Attacks - Dark Souls The Card Game - Hero Realms - Goblout

Make sure to comment on all of the Live Blog posts today and see if you could be in with a chance to win goodies for yourself.

Also, tell us what you'd like to see tabletop-wise here at the event!

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Welcome To Day One Of Essen SPIEL '18!

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Welcome to the first day of Essen SPIEL ’18 here in lovely Germany! We’re here at the Mythic Games stand who have been gracious hosts for us this weekend.

We are going to be checking in with them and looking into each of their games including Solomon Kane, Joan Of Arc and also their new game; Reichbusters: Projekt Vril.

Make sure to check out all of our videos over the next few days AND comment to win prizes on some of our videos too!

Watch Out For Videos Soon!

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Take Off To Explore Matt Leacock's Forbidden Sky

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We’ve explored the Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert, now it’s time to take to the skies!

We continue the survival adventures as we take a look at Matt Leacock’s Forbidden Sky from Gamewright.

A lot of you will have played these games yourself as they are a great gateway game for both younger gamers and the old veterans looking for a new window into tabletop gaming.

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Funky Dinosaurs In Jurassic Snack!

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As quite the fan of dinosaurs when I saw this game pop up at the press event yesterday I just had to take some snaps and have a better look at the game.

Jurassic Snack has you playing as Diplodocus who are trying to eat more goodies than the other team. However, all is not safe in the dinosaur kingdom as you can also call in the T-Rex to hunt down your opponents and stop them enjoying a nice, safe meal!

Each grass token has a special ability that you will reveal when you eat it and they are randomly dropped onto the board making it different each time you play…AND this game comes with some of the coolest game figures!

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It's Time To Start Guessing In Concept Kids

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Ryan was able to stop off with the minds behind Concept Kids here at Essen SPIEL ’18 and even took part in a little demonstration.

Concept is a great game all about trying to convey a word or idea through the use of icons and pictures. It can be quite the brain teaser and the kids game gets them started that little bit earlier.

You can play along with Ryan in this video and see if you get it before him!

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It's All Go At The Mythic Games Booth!

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As we mentioned in the introduction to today’s Live Blog, we’re here at the Mythic Games stand at Essen SPIEL ’18.

They are showing off a few of their games here including Joan Of Arc, Solomon Kane and their newest big project called Reichbusters: Projekt Vril.

We’ll be catching up with them later to find out more about the game but if you’re coming to Essen SPIEL ’18 over the next few days make sure to call in at Hall 2 F113.

It's All Go At The Mythic Games Booth!
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Can You Crack The Code In Decrypto + WIN The Game!

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As an evolution of games like Codenames continues we see Le Scorpion Masque coming out with Decrypto. This game has you trying to not only hint to your friends on your team what the code is they are trying to call out but make sure that the opposing team doesn’t guess what you’re doing!

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This game seems easy at first but it becomes a real brain teaser as you get going with it, diving into the intricate puzzle of words where you’re trying to not trip up your friends.

We personally see this as a great next step over a game like Dixit or Codenames if you want a new social deduction game in your collection.

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Set Sail & Revisit 7 Wonders With Armada Expansion

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7 Wonders Armada takes the format of 7 Wonders, a nice gateway game which introduces many different initial concepts in board gaming, and adds a whole new layer to it as you go trading on the high seas.

Players will now be able to not only interact with their neighbours but also set sail across the seas to interact with people across the other side of the tabletop.

This adds a whole new dynamic into the game, developing it into one of adventure and exploration as well as one of warfare and culture that we’ve seen before.

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It's Not Game Over, Man For Aliens: Hadley's Hope + WIN The Game

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Crazy Pawn Games are ready to unleash Xenomorphs upon Essen, as they show off their game Aliens: Hadley’s Hope.

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The game seeks to recreate the tense, claustrophobic feel that made the Alien movies so good and bring many iconic elements of the films to the table.

Comment below to be in with a chance to win Aliens: Hadley’s Hope.

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Blind & Lost; Could You Escape in Nyctophobia?

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Pandasaurus Games have talked about Nyctophobia with us before on the website but it’s great to see that the game is coming together nicely right now.

This game has you playing blinded (using those snazzy glasses) whilst the murdering crazy man will be chasing you around the woods.

You will have to feel your way through the woods which can be ever-changing and see if you can survive…this is an awesome new concept that we’d love to find out more about.

Blind & Lost; Could You Escape in Nyctophobia?
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WHAT? Spells? Witless Wizards Are A'Comin + WIN The Game

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We stop in with Drawlab to talk about Witless Wizards which has only just come off Kickstarter. Ryan has a chat with the folks behind the game and talks about what this is all about.

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This game is a humorous jump into the world of magic where you are trying to remember just what spells you can cast as a poor old man!

It’s quirky, full of magical awesomeness and well worth diving into.

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Exploring CMON's Death May Die With Eric Lang + Wacky Races - WIN Gizmos!

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We have stopped in with CMON and are talking to the one and only Eric Lang about one of his new games, Death May Die, which has you delving into a world of Cthulhu madness and more. The game, as you might imagine, looks superb and comes with brilliant miniatures and a stunning level of art direction.

Win A Copy Of Gizmos

We also stop in to talk about another of their new games, Wacky Races, which I’m sure will be a favourite with many of you who enjoyed the cartoon back in the day.

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Brain Games Show Off Pyramid Of Pengqueen!

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The folks at Brain Games have done some awesome games in the past including, as many of you know, Ice Cool. One of their newest games is Pyramid Of Pengqueen which continues with the idea of a Hunter (the Mummy) and a bunch of Treasure Hunters!

The penguin treasure hunters will be rushing forth trying to avoid the Mummy in a crazy chase to grab some goodie before being spooked!

The almost ‘Battleship’ style looking set-up makes this a great game of cat and mouse…or penguin and errr…undead penguin.

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Experience The Woodland Serenity Of Everdell (It's So Gorgeous!)

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Ryan got a chance to talk with the folks behind Everdell which features all manner of wonderful woodland creatures.

Come and learn more about what this game is all about from Starling Games and maybe give this one a look yourself. I love the fact that it comes with this awesome big 3D tree!

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Everyone Piles In To Play Some Games

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Every year at Essen Spiel, gamers from all over the world come along to try their hand at some of the fantastic games on display.

The place is crowded and everyone is having a good time playing the latest and greatest in tabletop gaming.

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Follow The Lights To HABA's Luxantis

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Hot off the success of their Kinderspiele des Jahres winner Dragon’s Breath, HABA are at Essen Spiel showing off their game Luxantis.

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Luxantis is an interesting family game, utilising LEDs built into the board to send your players on a fantasy adventure.

Wandering The Wilderness In Discover: Lands Unknown...

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Games Workshop Take Us From Mortal Realms To The Grim, Darkness Of The Far Future

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Games Workshop have brought all their games with them to Essen Spiel and take us through some of the activities people can take part in at their stand.

As well as their main, tabletop games, Games workshop have three board games on display. Heading out for wide retail release in Germany and America, these games let you play on the fields of Blood Bowl, fight Necrons as a Space Marine, or evade the eye of Sauron in a quest for the One Ring.

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Spiel Brings Out the Best In Gaming

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At Essen Spiel, lots of new games are on display. Some are brand new versions of old favourites, while others are hitting the table for the first time.

What games are you keeping an eye out for?

Spiel Brings Out the Best In Gaming
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Board and Dice Tell Us Story of Escape Tales: The Awakening + WIN The Game

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Board and Dice have launched their latest game The Awakening at Spiel 2018.

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The game takes players through the story of a father trying to save his daughter from a mysterious coma. But as you delve deeper into game your choices could lead the story down some interesting paths.

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Dystopian Wars And Wild West Exodus Sail Into The Warcradle Stand +WIN A WWX Forlorn Hope Set

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Warcradle are busy demoing Wild West Exodus, as well as their upcoming game Dystopian Wars, with some fantastic tables showing how both worlds intertwine.

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It’s great to see how these games are developing and shaping the world in parallel to one another. It’s particularly exciting to see Dystopian Wars take float with the new miniatures Warcradle have made for the game.

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Essen Spiel For Everyone

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Essen Spiel has tons of activities going on, including loads aimed at kids and families.

Essen Spiel For Everyone
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iello Embrace The Old School In 8BitBox + WIN The Game!

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We stop in with iello and talk about one game which is a fantastic look back at retro video gaming. 8BitBox is a fantastic set of four different games which allows you to see if you’re any better with your cardboard and chits than you were with a joystick.

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It’s time to stop in with Robin and learn more about the game so you get to see what it’s like ahead of winning yourself a copy!

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Gathering Into Tribes With KOSMOS

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KOSMOS has been working on a game this year which takes you back into the world of Prehistory called Tribes. It allows you to play out 30,000 years of civilization in 45 minutes.

The players start with a small tribe with the immediately surrounding area explored. They discover new land and send the members of their tribe out to discover valuable resources. Who will be the most tactical leader and guide their tribe to victory?

This game has been revamped from its Kickstarter release and looks very pretty indeed.

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Go On Board Fill Us In On Valhalla [On Kickstarter Now]

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We might have seen that we’ve been talking about Valhalla on the website over the last couple of weeks. This is a game by Go On Board which is showing off here at the convention whilst they run a Kickstarter for an English version of the main game and the expansion.

You can check out the Kickstarter HERE and get stuck into the game now you know a little more about it!

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Discover The Power Of The Earth In Mystical Seeds

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Come and check out the rather fantastic looking Mystical Seeds from Two Plus Games which has players working as botanists collecting and grafting together seeds to understand their mystical properties.

Once you have worked out your findings you then publish them to gain prestige amongst those in the botanist world.

The game LOOKS beautiful and I am quite a lover of nature and the wilds so plants are always for me.

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Learning The Origins Of Gloomhaven & What's Coming In The Expansion?

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We got a chance to talk to Isaac Childres of Cephalofair Games about what is happening in Founders Of Gloomhaven and what lies ahead for him as he explores the expansion to the original (and expansive) Gloomhaven.

Founders Of Gloomhaven allows you to find out what happened when the city was created, introducing the races that became popular in the massive dungeon crawler all with the aid of euro-mechanics.

The new expansion for Gloomhaven also throws into the mix a new character class which will make the different combinations and card plays of the game even more deadly for the foes you encounter.

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Mantic Games Talk Hellboy, Kings Of War Vanguard & Here's Negan + Win The Game!

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Justin stops in with Mantic Games and talks about what they have brought here to show off at the show. The first of these is the final production miniatures for Hellboy which are looking stunning!

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We also get a little bit of a lowdown on Here’s Negan which is what we’re giving away as a prize on this video.

As well as that make sure to check out Kings Of War Vanguard which is out right now giving you the ability to delve into skirmish gaming from the world of Mantica.

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People Delving Into Games...Of All Ages!

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The whole of SPIEL ’18 is jampacked with happy gamers. It’s pretty insane that even today, on a Thursday, in the middle of the week, there are people here playing games and getting really stuck into everything tabletop.

It’s quite inspirational to see people of all ages playing old games, new games, big tough games and even smaller fun diversions.

We’ve still got lots to come for Essen SPIEL ’18 so watch this space.

People Delving Into Games...Of All Ages!
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Take Flight In Magnificent Flying Machines - WIN This Game!

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We stop in with Jane from Medusa Games to talk about what’s happening with Magnificent Flying Machines. This is a game that we’ve been looking at before at events like UK Games Expo and the like.

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This game is a lot of fun with plenty of room to expand and change it as you see fit. Taking flight with your exceptional pilots in their incredibly haphazard planes makes for a game which not only looks towards the inspirational age of flight but also the funny daring calamity which befalls you in this game.

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What Do You Do At Conventions?

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I thought this would be an excellent time to ask what YOU do when it comes to conventions.

Do you go out of your way to see as many games as possible or do you focus in on just a few?

Do you sit down to play demo games that you’re interested in, or do you prefer to do some shopping and make sure those shelves groan when you get back home?

Everyone approaches conventions differently and some people even come along JUST to take part in tournaments and events of a competitive nature.

What do you do?

What Do You Do At Conventions?
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PlastCraft Games Explores The Post-Apocalypse In EXO - Win Crashed Plane Terrain!

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PlastCraft Games is exploring EXO now that the Kickstarter is over with a Late Pledge Manager and soon after the game arriving on peoples doorsteps.

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We have done some great Let’s Play content with the guys for EXO over the last year or so, so make sure to check it out in more detail HERE.

For now, though you can win yourself a great piece of terrain from the PlastCraft Games guys for use in your post-apocalyptic games.

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It's Not Just All Cardboard & Plastic At Essen SPIEL '18

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Essen SPIEL ’18 is a massive convention that not only attracts folks who like their board games but also those that want to expand beyond the tabletop and cover their homes in wonderful geeky artefacts too.

That means wonderful toys, accessories and even pieces to adorn your house including decorations and more.

It's Not Just All Cardboard & Plastic At Essen SPIEL '18
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Venturing Out With Vegetables In Mr Cabbagehead's Garden

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It sounds quirky and it very much is! Come and explore Ludi Creations’ Mr Cabbagehead’s Garden which is a wonderful game for 1-2 Players which has been re-balanced and tweaked from its early days as a single player print-and-play game.

It has gone through Kickstarter since then, expanding to garner support online and proving to be a fantastically eccentric puzzle which is easy to learn and hard to master.

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Blast Off For Matt Leacock's Space Escape

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Matt Leacock has a new family game showing at Essen Spiel. We stopped off with him to find out more about Space Escape.

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Reichbusters - Close & Personal With The Enemy!

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We have been seeing a lot of people having fun with Reichbusters: Projekt Vril here at the show and TOMORROW we will be doing a gameplay video with the folks from Mythic Games!

With that in mind, we thought we’d close in on some of the awesome looking miniatures for the Nazis which have been hitting the tabletop.

The quality of this game is looking great and we hope to be able to delve into it a lot more over the coming weeks as well with the team.

Reichbusters - Close & Personal With The Enemy!
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Reichbustin' It Out Of Day One At Essen Spiel '18

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We wrap up our coverage of Day One of Essen Spiel 2018. It’s been a day chock full of interesting games, from wargames and board games, to role playing games and family-friendly activities.

The event has been filling up as the day went on and there promises to be even more on the horizon for the next three to come.

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Pierre Vendel
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I’m at the Uhrwerk Verlag/Top Tables booth (Hall 6, stand 6I100) at friday and saturday, giving demo games of Wild West Exodus. Head over for a small chat (especially about “La Belle”) 🙂

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Get a demo of EXO (booth 6H113)

pagan8th
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Interesting viewing the various conventions and, in my opinion, this year UK Games Expo has been the most interesting with regard to new games and the generosity of exhibiters for prizes.

andre77
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Have fun. I will work these days.

midget
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Have fun everyone 🙂

arkhosh
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We need more coverage for Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles !!! 😉

alimyles
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I second this..

zorg
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the show looks great.

toricova
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great!!! lests start the coverage

Stefan "Havoq" Arts
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sat in on a demo of reichsbuster. im so getting this game

maguila
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Next year I´m in.

tibour
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Those Ape minis look great!

fettmonger
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Thanks for all of the great coverage.

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