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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Quick News June 14th – June 20th

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Another week has zipped by, and with it we’ve got all sorts of gaming announcements. Origins Game Fair was this past weekend, and as you can tell from Brendan’s post this week, it was a ton of fun. There weren’t as many announcements from the convention as we’d assumed to see, but that just means there was more focus on playing great games. Let’s get to the news tidbits from this past week.

Announcements and Tidbits

  • Cryptozoic announced this week that they’ve partnered with AEG to produce three brand new versions of Love Letter: Adventure Time, DC Comics, and The Hobbit. I’m a fan of Love Letter, and it’s a game that’s beloved to many different gamers out there, but with these new versions coming I only have one question: who will be the princess?
  • Privateer Press has announced the Monsternomicon, a brand new supplement book to the Iron Kingdoms RPG. Think of this book as a monster manual or bestiary to games like D&D and Pathfinder, respectively. The book comes in soft-cover only, and it’s packed with information for over 40 different foes found in the war-torn lands of Immoren.
  • Steve Jackson Games has announced that they’re also partnering with AEG to release Munchkin Smash Up. Apparently the game will combine the best of both the games it’s being based off of, and fans of either Munchkin or Smash Up should find the game to their liking.
  • A really cool Kickstarter is live, offering gaming dice for the visually impaired. These dice have not only numbers, but braille as well on their faces, making it possible for the visually impaired to enjoy dungeons, monsters, and just about anything else your gaming habits would include. The campaign is already funded, and it’s smashing forward at an alarming rate.

In the Office

Being a bit selfish, I’ve been working hard at constructing two brand new Commander decks for Magic: the Gathering. I plan on listing their contents once I have them complete and post a bit of a deck-tech article once they’re complete and I’ve gotten to play them a few times. We’ve been working at getting things prepared for the move, and we’re in the final stages of doing so. We haven’t had a lot of time for playing games, but I will say that I got a video review recorded which will go live next week. We’re working hard as we approach Gen Con time, and we’ll have more on that later. Thanks for sticking with us, and remember: we’re nothing without our readers!


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